Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang
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4.12/5 rDev +0.7%
Picked this up recently up in Totowa, excited to give this a go since nearly every 4-pack from Ommegang that I've had lately had been nothing short of fabulous. This was no exception to that trend and this beer easily matched up well with Duvel or solid domestic offerings like the Brooklyn Local 1. Having the alcohol be so well recessed was a big plus as the sensory aspects of this beer were able to shine through that much easier!
The pour was pretty much what I expected to this but the head was *way* bigger and fluffier than any other beer that I've had from Ommegang. It took quite a while for the head to settle down and the lacing stuck to the side of my glass in one cascading ring after another, as if a wave had washed through it when I wasn't paying attention. Not a powerful aroma to this but the taste and mouthfeel more than made up for it, as there was a wonderful mix of banana, clove, grass, yeast, and tea to this. What wasn't in the midst of all of that was the booze as I couldn't taste it at all and thought this was a BPA before I looked it up on here. The carbonation was perfect and let the flavors linger for long enough before they slowly faded away.
Part of this reminded me of a Witbier since the yeast and funk wasn't too strong and the alcohol was recessed enough that this seemed like a session beer. Obviously, the latter was not the case here as I could feel the booze kicking in by the time I finished this bottle off. I have to admit that many of Ommegang's beers start to taste the same to me after a while but when they're good enough to be mistaken with something imported, who cares? I don't and this was another great example of why I love these guys so much. A hint of spice combined with Belgian fruity flavors and the perceived absence of alcohol combined for a beer that I'll reach for again, even if I don't consider it to be a categorical anomaly. Fun stuff!
08-25-2014 08:25:01 | More by JerzDevl2000
Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.