Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,279 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,279
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 102
Gots: 195 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2011

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
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Ratings: 1,279 | Reviews: 403
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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pale malts and fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts and fruity yeast along with notes of spices towards the finish. It's not sweet, but there are some candi sugar-like flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer lacks the complexity of some of the good beers in the style but is still pretty good and quite drinkable considering its strength.

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of steelerguy
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Outchillen
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of generallee
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Oberson58
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Love ommegang brews, but not this one. It misses the mark. Leaves a nasty after taste that requires a cheesesteak and a miller lite to wash away.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle a little above fridge temp poured into an ommegang goblet.

off the pour the carbonation did not seem as strong as ive come to know in most belgian pales. pours out a cloudy golden yellow color with one finger of white head that faded to a patchy, creamy foam. just small spots of lace. some yeast sediment visible off the second pour.

yeasty phenolics, bannana, bubblegum, sweet candied grains, spicy floral hops, a little clove. i almost might have expected just a little more aroma.

again, lots of yeasty phenolics, a little bannana and bubblegum, some fruits, apricot, candied sweet grains, balanced by a decent grassy, floral, spicy, citrusy hop with some bitterness in the finish. some alcohol heat is there. just a hint of almost a plastic like yeast bite towards the finish.

medium to heavy in body. carbonation is bubbly at first and settles as the beer warms. it goes down easy, but lets you know its strength real quick.

overall, i definatly enjoyed this beer but it fell just a little short of my expectations from 2 highly regarded breweries. i most likely will not buy this again, mainly because of the price.

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head that slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with hints of peppers and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some upfront hints of pepper, clove, and slight funk. Big mix of fruit esters with hints of banana, orange, lemon, mango, apple, and pear. Also some hints of bubblegum and candied sugar. Wheat and pale malt with hints of straw, grains, oats, cracker, and biscuit. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A very solid Belgian style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian style taste with good notes of pepper and fruits. Upfront Belgian yeast along with notes of peppers, clove, and a little funk. Lots of fruit flavors with some notes of banana, orange, mango, lemon, apple, and pear. Some bubblegum flavor as well. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Pale malt along with notes of wheat, grains, straw, oats, biscuit, and cracker. Subtle background notes of earthy hops with some grass. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, spicy, and pretty drying and smooth. Alcohol is masked pretty well.

Overall: A very solid take on a Belgian Pale Ale. Good mix of fruit and spice esters with a smooth body.

Photo of alexkeil
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Blue Monk in Buffalo. Pours a straw to golden color with a thick white head that lasted to the bottom. The aroma was mostly belgian yeast with hints of citrus and honey. The mouthfeel was that wonderful belgian creaminess. The flavor was a smooth balance of belgian yeast, bready malts, and hints of lemon and honey. It had a very tasty, bready aftertaste that lasted. If this is what the two breweries can produce when getting together, then they should do so more often.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a straw like golden color that is opaque from the cloudiness (I like to go against Ommegang's suggestions and disturb the yeast.) Nice carbonation with a one finger head.

Smells very light, almost too light. Some belgian yeast and fruit esters.

Flavor makes up for the lack of aroma, but this isn't a heavy hitter in the flavor department, but rather, the subtleties make this beer great. Starts very sweet and bready with the aforementioned fruit esters. This ends with the nice spice from the yeast which mingles with a slight alcohol heat (not burn) to really bring out a contrasting spiciness to fight back the sweetness. Overall very mild.

A little on the dry side with light carbonation and some alcohol heat.

Very drinkable and light for 9.5% ABV, I was able to patiently finish off the bomber without too much struggle or too much of a buzz.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale golden slightly clouded Belgian ale here, this is pretty much the best American brewed Belgian ale around owned by Belgians tagged teaming with the La Chouffe folks to creat Gnomegang. Started by beer enthusiasts I basically love Ommegang. Head is fluffy white with fine, you guessed it Belgian style lacing. Aroma is spicy citric with hints of tropical fruit a very pleasant aromatic experience as a whole. Hints of pineapple and apricot very enticing with each sniff or use it as a reduction in your next sauce creation at home in the culinary kitchen. Effervescent body sent by the beer gods above, in truth well executed Belgian style ale I can't wait for the next Steel City Big Pour the only event that Ommegang attends in the Burgh currently.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A flavorful but not well crafted beer; at least the elements didn't mesh as I would like. Disappointing given the heritage of the two breweries involved; maybe a committee decision. In any case, it is fruity and a little earthy with a tad too much spicing. The high alcohol content also was too evident.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a white head leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth pilsner malts with good amounts of heavy citrus and hints of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as vibrant. The malts are still smooth but the citrus and herbal notes aren’t as pronounced. The ending is mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is great, smooth with grainy carbonation and drinkability is very good.

Overall I’m glad I had the chance to try this beer, very nicely done all around.

Photo of frankiepop
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice fruity wake me up beer. Gnomegangs are brewed in a strong Belegium tradition. Pleasant surprise for this blond ale skeptic. Nice aroma for a blonde ale anyway. A summer drink for me that competes well with the white beers, but this tends sweetness over a lemon tartness.

Complements Bob Marley and the Wailers style music. If you tend a more artsy, side then try Trio X (Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval & Jay Rosen) Try Trio X Sugar Hill.

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 750ml poured into an over sized wine glass

A: Tangerine cloudy orange with a nice head that quickly settles onto the sides of the glass. It leaves wonderful lacing.

S: What a great aroma! Tons of fruit: apple, lemon, mango, and pineapple. There is also a bunch of yeast, pepper, and clove.

T: Sweet honey malt backbone that is surrounded by strong clove and spice. There is some good amount of fruit: apple, apricot, and strong orange. The finish has a nice amount of wheat and bitterness from the hops that helps balance the beer out. Citrus hangs on the tongue.

M: Slightly heavy and mildly cloying.

O: I wanted to try this the moment I heard about it, and I only regret I did not buy two. This is an excellent beer with wonderful flavor, and it is pretty balanced. It has sweetness, but it also has hops. It is smooth and delightful. I plan on buying another one.

Photo of beenitty
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13$ 750mL Bottle from Decicco's Ardsley

Poured into Delirium Tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange, with decent layer of white head. Quick swirl reconstitutes a nice layer with ease.

S: Sugar and Belgian yeast up front. Slight fruit notes but cant distinguish, definitely a BSPA. Alot going on in the smell, vvn.

T: Tastes like the aroma, there are clove and spicy flavors up front followed by some candy sweetness and light fruit notes. Taste falls off for me because the sweetness starts to accumulate. Not tasting the alcohol that some of the other reviews are commenting on. After having a few it seems like the flavors clash a bit for me and kind of cancel each other out.

M: Good body with high carbonation, crisp feel but doesnt add to the taste like some beers with nice mouthfeels do.

O: Decent beer, though I have to say I prefer the individual parts as opposed to the sum in this case. Nice to try but not as good as I'd hoped it would be.If not for the accumulation, this would be an A- or A beer IMO. Possibly tastes better on draft or soon after bottling.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with racing sea of microbubbles supporting a bubbly pours white head that last as a thin film.

S- This beer has a green herbal note that blends with a fruity yeast character and some white cheese rind with a paper quality blended in to it. The fruity esters take on a pear and white apricot quality as the beer opens.

T- The light tartness that starts blends with a green dry Noble hop finish and some yeasty dry fruit characters finish with a green pungent hint that lingers for a moment after each sip. Like the smell the fruity esters of peach and white apricot come through in the taste aswell.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight fizz which compliments the pungent hop note that lingers and no real alcohol heat until the last few sips and that is a gentle warmth.

O- This beer is delicious with a well-blended complexity and a supporting hops flavor that balances everything. The Noble hops and soft yeast funk blend well and the crisp texture make this beer disappear much to quickly.

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92 out of 100 based on 1,279 ratings.