Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.29/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-28-2013 17:20:02 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
4.18/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Always been a fan of Ommegang, and quite interested in what their collaboration with Chouffe will yield. I made short work of the previous 3 in the pack, but was careful to save one to review on a clean slate this warm summer evening.
Pours to a lovely first appearance: golden and opaque with a generously heady crown. After several minutes and sips, a solid layer of white remains. Not vigorously bubbly, but I did open this promptly after removing from the fridge so those bubbles might just be too cold to be excited at the moment. Impressively, this coating of head is retained right to the end.
Crisp citrus and surprisingly delicate yeast on the nose. I initially gave the smell a lower rating because I was expecting something more intense, but bumped it up a tad to show my appreciation for balance. But still, given the players involved I thought the yeast would be more upfront.
Yum. While first impressions were too subtle to fully appreciate, this blonde is winning me over. It's actually so lively that it would be an injustice to separate mouthfeel and taste in different paragraphs. Gnomegang coats my mouth with a full body of sweetness, which quickly and distinctly gives way to a gentle bitterness on the back and sides of my tongue. It finishes with a mild slight (and pleasant) metallic taste, that I attribute to the deceptively high abv (9.5).
Overall we have ourselves a winner. I am curious to see if the larger 750mL would have any effect on the bottle conditioning.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 02:19:37 | More by Hop2it
3.36/5 rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
On tap at Hops and Pie. Golden yellow color, minimal head. Aroma of strong Belgian yeast, fruity, spicy. Flavor was yeasty, very fruity, very Belgian. Not quite my cup of tea but a well made Belgian strong golden for sure. Would I order this again? No but I'd buy abotyle for my girlfriend, she liked it a lot.
Serving type: on-tap
06-23-2014 00:00:36 | More by ArrogantB
Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.