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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

975 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 975
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 66
Gots: 102 | 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 SkeeterHawk:
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a new offering for me from Ommegang, and I like D'Achouffe as well, so this should be interesting. I picked this beer up at the Spring Cypress and 249 Spec's. Let's see what this one has to offer:

Appearance: Amazingly pours with almost no head though there was head-pressure on the cork. Interesting. There are quite a few bubbles rising, though they don't stick once they get to the top. The beer itself is a pretty hazy yellow gold. The few bubbles that collect on the side of the glass are white and very fizzy as you can tell they have no intention of sticking around.

Aroma: I get lots of Belgian yeast character that is quite bread dough like. The yeast is mixed with a secondary hop character that is pretty earthy for the style. There are some floral notes to the hops, and the malt gives a subtle wheat and sweet crystal malt, but that is about it. The yeast is the bigger player in this beer.

Taste: The flavor is pretty much in line with the aroma except that the yeast isn't as huge of a player as the aroma suggested. It is still a very large contributor to the flavor profile, but the hops and alcohol are coming out a lot more than in the aroma and is pushing this beer over almost to the Tripel category. The body is medium to a little light with carbonation present on the tongue, but not doing much for the overall drinkability of the beer. There are some more fruity notes coming out as the beer warms. There is peaches, maybe some green apples and pears, and who knows what else? The finish is balanced toward the sweetness with some subtle light toasty caramel to linger with the hops and bread-dough for quite some time after the sip.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. It is a little yeasty for my taste, but I feel that this will mellow with age. The hops are such that they would probably be conducive to to the aging as well. I would venture to guess that this beer would be ready in about 18 months or so of cold aging. At that point, hopefully the yeast will settle and the hops and alcohol would co-exist a bit better to make this beer more drinkable. As it is, it tastes young, so it really isn't all that enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:51:27 | More by SkeeterHawk
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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.

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Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
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