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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,026 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,026
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 72
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: Pilsner, Carapils, Flaked Oats, flaked Red Wheat, Special B
Hops: two Saaz varieties, 3 additions
Spices: none
Sugar: yes
Yeast: Chouffe yeast in primary fermentation, Ommegang yeast in bottle conditioning
OG: 19.9 o Plato
FG: 2.9 o Plato
IBU: 19

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2011)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a sunny, golden yellow, and somewhat opaque, although I wouldn't call it cloudy. But it's certainly not transparent like you might see in a nice pils. Atop the body sits a frothy bleached white head with a ton of smaller bubbles, with a few medium sized ones mixed in. Retention is excellent--a good 4-5 minutes--and as it finally starts to recede, it leaves swaths of foam drapery on the sides of the glass. So far so great.

Smell - Most dominant is a nice spice and bread aroma, almost like fresh baking pastries, but more subdued. Clove, nutmeg, maybe some . The grain blend really works to create that effect, and it seems like the red wheat lends some softness. Yeast contributes a bit of tropical fruit element, like mango or perhaps nectarine, as well as a faintly floral overtone. Quite an intoxicating smelling beer.

Taste - No surprises here, with the yeasty phenols and spice again presenting the most aggressive individual components of a rather complex overall flavor. The spice is pretty heavy, but somehow not overpowering, due to the more savory elements from the grain, like fresh-baked butter croissant. And there is a finish that comes in with some gentle bitterness that again counteracts the more spiced, almost sweet notes. The alcohol is nicely hidden by the complexity of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and slightly creamy/soft. Levels of carbonation are slightly on the high side of moderate. Just slightly dry finish.

Overall, this is an excellent take on the style. The spice and yeast contributions remind me a lot of a tripel, which makes sense given that a case could probably be made that tripels are essentially just a subset of Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It's taken me far too long to finally try this and now that I have, I'll have to make a habit out of picking some up from time to time.

11-28-2013 17:20:02 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into a large tulip glass a peach infused golden with a large fluffy white head that took its time coming down leaving brokin globs of lace behind.The aromas were quite citrusy with the phenols lending some spice but they didnt overpower.Light spiced phenols start the ou in the flavor profile some grainy notes,the citrusy hops really take over about halfway and linger in a nice finish.I wouldnt think the alcohol content was so high because it goes down easy without any alcohol sting,its a great food friendly beer.

07-04-2011 21:47:57 | More by oberon
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Gnomegang by Brewery Ommegang New York, Belgian Strong Pale Ale 9.5% alcohol. This Corked and Caged 750ml bottle poured into a oversized wine glass.

A- Produces a fluffy off white head that slowly desipates to a half inch leaving patchy lacing on the rim of the glass. Hazy orange and firery red when light passes through it, quite the spectacle.

S- Smells of rich and musky Belgian yeasty notes followed by sweet over ripe pears. Light notes of sharp alcohol sting the nose.

T-M- Taste upfront is a yeast and alcohol flavored warmth. As the beer warms up I found that the flavors of pear, bannanas, and tangy hop bite come into place. All and all this is a yeasty Belgian Strong Pale Ale at it prime, that being said... I love it! With its multi complexities of fruit flavors, to its musky yeast notes, and alcohol warmth that is what makes this a winner in my book. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with bubbles that tingle the tongue with help of the alcohol. Smooth with a sharp punch.

Overall this beer is everything it promises in the long run. A strong Belgian Pale that produces the lasting flavor and feel that they have for years and years... cheers!

05-28-2011 03:27:54 | More by wesbrownyeah
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steelerguy

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

A - Hazy golden color, moderate white head that fades quickly leaving a coating of foam on top and a bit of lacing. Low to moderate carbonation, would like a bit more to keep the head around longer.

S - Spicy phenols, some clove, yeast, with a touch of sweet tropical fruit. Good, but a bit muted.

T - Lots of pale malt, there is a flavor of tropical fruit but it doesn't come across at sweet. Lots of spicy characteristics from the yeast which is nice and not overpowering in any way. Ends with a touch of alcohol, just as a large Belgian beer should. What it lacks in aroma it more than makes up for in taste.

M - Highly attenuated, lets the carbonation and alcohol cause a tingle on the tongue, finishing with a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Very pleasing.

O - When I saw and smelled the beer, I was slightly disappointed as I though this was a sure winner. Once I tasted it, my disappointment disappeared, it is a winner indeed. I have a feeling a bit of aging would up the carbonation slightly and make this even better.

12-18-2011 21:03:32 | More by steelerguy
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Outchillen

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Slightly cloudy golden orange, nice white head, with nice lace

S: Slightly fruity belgian yeast, wheat malt and little to no hops

T/M: Belgian yeast with its banana and cloves, very light bodied for a beer so strong, finishes a little dry

O: I liked this beer a lot, Im very happy with the half case that I bought, Ommegang makes great Belgian beer in NY

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 16:34:38 | More by Outchillen
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-17-2013 19:19:03 | More by danthehopslamman
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kuishinbo_tantei

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

07-06-2014 01:59:33 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

In a tulip the beer was a hazy orange color. The head was white and very thick, resembling whipped cream. A good amount of lace.
Fruity, yeasty aroma. Some spice.
The taste improved on the aroma. Sweet pear, clove, earthy yeast.
I thought there was an excellent balance between the fruit and the yeast.
A very pleasant beer to drink. Never noticed the alcohol.

05-10-2011 16:29:48 | More by lordofthewiens
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-17-2014 23:11:32 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-09-2013 01:41:08 | More by warnerry
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generallee

New York

4.83/5  rDev +17.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description of the beer and it lists the abv at 9.5%.

Appearance: The body has a tan/blonde color with a heavy haze and some light brown sediment floating around near the bottom of the glass. On top there is an off white cap of foam that slowly settles and makes some nice slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a big classic Belgian yeast character coming to the nose. With it comes fruit, funk and wet hay mixed with some sweet bready malt and solid notes of floral/spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: It started with a nice base of sweet bready malt and yeast with a light touch of funk and wet hay. Inside this are some nice fruity notes as well and I get white wine grapes, light unripe peach and mild orange blossom. This is all backed up by a firm floral and spicy hop bitterness that adds a pleasant balance and dryness to the finish. It’s well balanced on the palate and fun to drink.

Notes: Overall it is an outstanding Belgian which to me seems to fits somewhere between a Blond and a Triple. Also of note here is the very well hidden 9.5% abv.

04-25-2011 18:34:54 | More by generallee
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Someguyperson

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-03-2013 17:50:42 | More by Someguyperson
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.13/5  rDev -23.7%

The look is very pale with a nice lace nothing to special.

The aroma is fruity with apple and a slight citrus with yeast backing.
The taste is carbonation and a mix of yeast upfront.. The yeast is spicy and leaves a slight candy flavor. All other flavors are subdued as the beer seems unbalanced.

06-27-2011 01:01:34 | More by bishopdc0
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22%

11-25-2011 07:39:07 | More by TimoP
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jisom123

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-28-2011 22:53:24 | More by jisom123
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

750ml brown corked and caged brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Thin off-white lace, shiny golden color.

SMELL: Papaya, mango, yeast, alcohol, pineapple, crackers, herbal, bandaid, spearmint, spicy alcohol.

TASTE: Very smooth, moderate body, estery alcohol, semi-creamy, clean pale maltiness, slight hoppiness, orange peel, blonde tobacco, yeast, ripe fruit, more alcohol, phenolic, semi-dry finish.

Big bold blonde, perhaps not hugely complex it has its way with the palate regardless. Dare is say "dangerously drinkable" ... it is. Good times rolling with this bottle.

11-10-2011 01:04:09 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8%

Two of my favorite breweries, one of my favorite styles, been looking out for this ones arrival...$13.99 @ deCicco's in Ardsley, NY, typical Ommegang presentation, caged and corked, has bottled on, and best before info stamped on the neck of the bottle, but both dates are smudged and hard to read...2-15-11? and ?/?/13 ?

Pours slightly hazed dull tangarine, lively and large off white head, that stays forever, goes to a decent maraingue and leaves ample fine strands of lacing.

Fresh tropical fruit, lime, ginger and pepper in the vibrant nose.

Tasty, zesty, flavorful BSPA, more waves of pleasing tropical fruits, fresh ginger, moderate pepper and again lime. Yeast o' plenty in the final pour, adds complexity and nuttyness.

C'mon this one is two good to be a one off...gonna stock up on a few bottles...Belgian lovers go get some and enjoy...

03-25-2011 02:31:38 | More by Billolick
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mctizzz

California

1.5/5  rDev -63.4%

02-12-2012 14:56:52 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quick, cloudy, bright orange/yellow in color, some sediment, moderate carbonation

Smell: light Belgian spices and apple

Taste: apple, grass, honey, light Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet with some funk, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: Super clean and drinkable. Light and funky. This one wows me more with its smoothness than its overall taste. Just complex enough to make me want more, but not one of my favorites from a very solid brewery.

12-19-2011 13:25:49 | More by tigg924
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ctodda

Texas

3/5  rDev -26.8%

08-31-2013 17:14:22 | More by ctodda
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

On tap at the Flying Saucer on the Lake.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast with some orange citrus and lemon notes mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get some orange and lemon notes as well as some flowers, possibly from the hops. The Belgian yeast and a little bit of alcohol are also present in the flavor, as well as some spice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

07-05-2011 01:30:05 | More by Mora2000
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3/5  rDev -26.8%

12-18-2011 18:59:07 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy orangish-yellow with good sized white cap with tiny bubbles.

Smell: Banana, fleshy fruit, clove, pepper and crackery malts.

Taste: Lots of banana and fleshy fruits upfront, with some depth from from the crackery malts, clove and pepper. There is a lingering, sweetish, fruity aftertaste that reminds me more of Belgian Dark Ale than a Pale Ale and is distracting.

Feel: Medium body with decent carbonation but not as effervescent as my experience with either Ommegang or Chouffe beers. Maybe the yeasts don't entirely get along. However, the finish mostly nice and dry.

Overall: Pretty good overall but I expected more. Specifically, I would have liked a light, spicier, more effervescent BSPA.

04-01-2014 22:31:17 | More by bsp77
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-15-2011 18:35:41 | More by mjtiernan
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Milkysunshine

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-02-2012 22:44:27 | More by Milkysunshine
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