Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 104
Gots: 209 | 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: 1,302 | Reviews: 411
Photo of atr2605
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy straw color with a white fluffy head that has excellent retention
S-spicy, black pepper, creamy, apricot
T-lots of spicy yeasty flavor with the apricot flavors to follow. Nice gentle bitterness balances out the beer
M-medium bodied, very creamy, good amount of carbonation
O-very tasty beer

Photo of Uglylilpup
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spicy rich flavor. Alcohol aftertaste--almost a burn. Strong and heavy. A nice distinctive beer, but I'd only have one.

Photo of microbrewlover
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours an opaque light straw/copper color with a 1 finger head some of which lasts until the end as a collar. Very hazy with a good amount of carbonation and light lacing.

The smell is complex with orange and other fruits; possibly peach. Swirl it around a bit and you will get thick bready malts along with some caramel. There is also a strong yeasty smell.

The taste follows the nose with thick bready malts mixed with caramel, orange and other fruits. Then there is a slightly frothy yeasty taste The finish is slightly dry and just very lightly hopped. The feel is thick, bready and chewy.

Overall this is an excellent beer.

Photo of aobrehm
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of yeast sediment in my bottle. Sure, it's bottle conditioned, but this seemed excessive. Awesome Belgian esters. Drinks real easy for a high ABV beer.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, the head explodes as soon as the beer hits the glass until you're left with a huge fluffy white head sitting on top of a cloudy amber brew. Great lacing. Spice from the yeast is the first thing picked up in the nose, followed by banana and citrus fruit. The flavor is dominated by spicy clove-like yeast, but a huge wave of fruit hits you soon after. Very effervescent and boozy. The high ABV cannot go unnoticed. Medium to full bodied with a slightly dry and warming finish.

This collaboration between Brasserie d'Achouffe and Brewery Ommegang is a winner in my book.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I must be missing something . . . I was looking for an easy drinking Belgian blonde but instead I got a Belgian tripel ? Is this one of those styles that blurs the lines and I didn't know it until now ? Don't get me wrong, I very much enjoyed this beer and am glad I pulled the trigger on a 4 pk rather than a single bottle. This beer is so tasty and the aromas are some of the best from a Belgian inspired brew I've come across. I'm just a little dumbfounded as to what this beer is.

Photo of Gambot1256
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer brewed in the U.S.

I gave it 5's across the board cause I think it is the closest beer I have had that taste like a Belgium style beer.

Smooth, refreshing and great taste.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Super quick review.

For those who enjoy a banana-forward Belgian-style, this brew is for you. For me, too much banana. I mean, lots & lots of banana.

That said, it is complex & features some interesting yeasty flavors beyond the banana. I just can't get past that dominant banana note.

Photo of Scarycarrie1
2.96/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet taste. No beer taste.

Photo of Wilshade
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glassware: Pint
ABV: 9.5%

Appearance: Cloudy deep gold with a luxurious fluffy white head. Beautiful beer.

Smell: Fruits and spices, heavier on the fruit with hints of cloves

Taste: Fruity with an overriding earthiness and hints of caramel

Mouthfeel: Effervescent but heavy. Tingles the tongue.

Overall: High ABV kicks in almost immediately. Goes very well with Caribbean jerk spice chicken and fish dishes.

Photo of tjsmith910
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

very much enjoyed. like all other ommegang brews

Photo of ajm5108
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, bold malt body on this one...has a lot of the prickly yeast punch that a long of Ommegang beers have with some coriander, pepper and citrus zest. Full-bodied feel with good carbonation. Dry malt finish with some earthy grass.

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden blonde like any respectable Belgian blonde should be. Nearly 2 fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell: All KINDS of Belgian funk, estery fruity goodness mixed in.

Taste: The Belgian funk TANG whops you upside the head, estery fruity goodness follows, with some warming alcohol on the finish.

Feel: Well carbonated, bubbly almost like a sparkling wine.

Overall: I really like Ommegang, and this is a world-class Belgian blonde, IMHO.

Photo of classixIII
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy blonde color with a fairly slow forming meringue like head that stuck around for awhile. A tad sweet, great yeast smell and flavor. Bit of a creamy feel. Slightly peppery and warming, alcohol notable but nice. Had to run out and find more of these. Like many of those honored at Cooperstown, Ommegang consistantly knocks it out of the park.

Had to revise this after trying a few more, it moved way up on my batting order!

Photo of ScotB260
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding Belgian style brewed in the US that I have had so far. Probably has a lot to do with it being a colab with the Chouffe brewery. Pour a nice thick head that dissipated rapidly. Floral on the nose. Very "bready" taste. Typical Belgian style blonde ale. Outstanding!

Photo of IPAlmighty
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really solid, I recommend this to my customers often. The booze is completely hidden. A bit sweet, but not cloying. I prefer Hennepin beer to beer but it's really good.

Photo of IPA1978
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great belgium strong pale. As good as they get. Better than duvel IMO.

Photo of Duvel_Boston
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Collaboration between Brasserie D'Achouffe and Brewery Ommegang - easily two of the best Belgian and Belgian-inspired brewers in the world. I love La Chouffe for its soft and clean Belgian flavor. This beer, however, is bigger and punchier. Rich notes of peach and apricot (which I saw one reviewer aptly describe as "meaty") that lead to a bready, sweet finish. Candy sugar flavor is there too - just a light touch of caramel.

At 9.5% abv, this beer masks the alcohol extremely well. It's the definition of a warming beer - but thanks to the moderate body, and big peachy aromas, this beer stays very relevant in the springtime. I can enjoy this year-round.

Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Smudged best buy date year of 2016 but I can't read the exact month. Sampled on March 10, 2015.

Unfiltered, cloudy pale yellow pour leading up to a modest white lingering head.

Lots of aroma to speak of including toasted bread, Belgian sugar, coriander, pepper, apple, and only a hint of alcohol.

Medium to full body.

It warms my senses with each ensuing sip that is built upon the toasted bread, Belgian yeast strain, meaty fruits, coriander, pepper, and a bitter finale. Luscious.

Photo of digitalflood
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cascade of pale yellow to amber. Good head upon pour reduces to excellent lacing retention. Smells of cloves, flowers, and a little funk. Banana and citrus undertones. Crisp biscuit and cloves on the nose. Transitions to lagered hops, malted cream, and some bitter cinnamon. On the back palate a bit of pepper, warm spice, some more skunky hops, and little clove. Crisp citrus aftertaste, a little skunky hops, and some cinnamon. Very complex flavor profile. Crisp and bold mouthfeel. Very good. 4.25 out of 5.

Photo of wedge
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold with vigorous carbonation and an awesomely thick, lumpy Belgian head. Lacing sticks to the glass in clumps. Hefty yeast aromas of fruity esters, clove, and peppercorns along with a pale malt sweetness, herbs, and a little bubblegum. Yeasty flavor as well, starting off a little more rustic, before settling into dried fruit, citrus, phenolics, and spices. There's more bite to the taste overall, but a sweetness from the malts helps round it out. Despite the high ABV, the feel stays fairly crisp and drinkable, drying out into the finish. Smooth and leaning towards full bodied. Not tremendously complex or anything, but well crafted.

Photo of Vixie
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a large white head. The head does stick around for some time, and is also quite thick.

Smell is sweet at first, malt and yeast are very present. Also a bit of citrus on the nose.

Lot of flavor from this one. Fruity at first, apricot, peach, and orange. There is some Belgian funk there from the yeast behind all that. Getting hints of pepper at the finish, and a bit of warming.

Real nice active feel to this one. I am reminded of the line, it's like there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited.

Overall, this beer is a winner. Lot of flavor, easy drinking, nice feel. I am a big fan of both breweries that came together for this one, and the beer does not disappoint. One of the best I have had from Ommegang, will definitely be getting more of this.

Photo of PA-hunter
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 9.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a bright yellow/orange peach type of color. Two finger thick white head. Very cloudy which makes this beer opaque in terms of clarity.

Smell- Rich, sugary belgian yeast. Dark fruits like plums and dates. Floral.

Taste- The sugars of the Belgian yeast really shine through on this one. Very sweet. Quite fruity with a tart plum flavor. Some raison like qualities arrive as well. The yeast goes all the way through the taste profile but some hoppy bitterness is present towards the end as well.

MOuthfeel- Heavy in body. The warming effect from the alcohol is noticeable.

Overall- A nice showcase of Belgian yeast. There is plent of it here. A Strong ale for sure. Well done. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of beerme626
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delicious and wonderful smelling, but the yeast sediment kind of throws me off. I know it's supposed to be there, but still...
Also, how did they hide all that alcohol? No burn at all.

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

Opaque golden body with an off-white head. Fruity, earthy, yeasty, pear and green apple tart notes. Hides its 9.5% ABV nicely with flavor.

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