Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by Agent1:
British Columbia (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A collaborative blonde ale that I have been holding on to for a few months now. Being an avid drinker of both Ommegang and Brasserie d’Achouffe, I am very excited to see how this beer measures up in comparison to their own brews. I am also excited knowing that much like all Brasserie d’Achouffe ales, this is an unfiltered, unpasteurized beer (you can tell just by looking through the bottle).
Appearance - A gleaming golden ale. Great head on this. White and fluffy. It comes to life the moment it is poured out. Highly carbonated (a typical characteristic of Achouffe beers). Strong color and superb retention.
Smell - Wheat, honey, yeast, Saaz hops, pineapple and orange peel. Quite an impressive aroma. Lots to take in here.
Taste - After the second sip, it becomes apparent just how incredibly dry this blonde ale is. Whoa! Lots of Saaz hops and Pilsner hops sit on the palate after swallowing. Light fruits and sugars are also present, which help to balance this quite well. Grapefruit, honey, wheat, pineapple, light caramel, pine, bitter dry hops, orange peel all come rushing through. Well balanced with a shocking finish. An *extremely* dry aftertaste, which is interesting.
Mouthfeel - This is my favorite part to this beer, personally. It is extremely aggressive on the palate (but in a good way). Overall, nice and balanced. You can definitely feel this stimulate the front of your mouth the most, nearest the teeth and front part of the tongue. Lots and lots of carbonation here, too. This makes this beer really jump out at you!
Overall - Sharing many characteristics with a standard Begian-style blonde, this truly blurs the line between Tripel and Saison. It still has the qualities to that of Chouffe or Duvel, yet at the same time, somehow manages to make a confident leap into new territory. I also appreciate the craftsmanship here; using Chouffe yeast in the primary fermentation and Ommegang yeast in the secondary is a really interesting and creative way to make this a real collaborative ale. Definitely pick this up if you see it!
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2012 01:28:40 | More by Agent1
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4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle packaged on 04/08/14, best before 04/20/16. Poured into a Rastel tulip glass.
Appearance: Hazy gold-amber. Off white rocky persistent head. Islands and strands of lacing that would slowly slide down the glass.
Smell: Orange, citrus, yeast, hint of tropical fruits.
Taste: Sweet, but lots of subtle flavors to balance it. Candi sugar, fruity Belgian yeast esters, floral, herbal. The finish has some more sweetness and a German noble hop taste. Everything is subtle but blended together in such a way that it's hard to pull it all out. All the flavors merge together, but not in a mess, but rather in a complimentary way.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick, with just right carbonation. Coats the mouth and leaves with no stickiness on the teeth.
Overall / Drinkability: Refreshing, wonderfully crafted, and a great savoring/sipping beer. Alcohol well hidden and this beer is dangerously drinkable. I suspect if I had bought a 4 pack rather than a single I'd be cracking open another bottle and regretting it later. But the wonderful flavor of this beer is making me wish I had bought that 4 pack rather than the single, which tells me overall this a great and very drinkable beer. I am indeed wowed by the flavor of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 22:31:10 | More by damndirtyape
4.24/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Gentle hand. I don't see a date on the bottle, but I do see a couple of gnomes in clogs, getting boozy.
A: Hazy, golden yellow body with 3 fingers of rocky, white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.
S: Slight musty, fruity Belgian yeast. Touches of lemon, apple, banana, pineapple. Faint candi sugar. Noble-type hops, lightly floral, grassy.
T: Spicy yeast up front with a touch of bitterness. Fruit and pale malt notes build. Nice (black) pepper notes. Finishes fairly dry with some lingering flowery hops in the aftertaste. Alcohol is present, but light for 9.5% ABV.
M: Fairly creamy, moderate carbonation with medium body.
O: Fine Belgian blonde. Easy drinker for the ABV. One of my favorite Ommegang regulars. I will say that I prefer it in the 750 mL format, as I do most Ommegang offerings.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 06:58:02 | More by fourstringer
Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.