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Gnomegang | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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: 26

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2011

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Photo of stanzy1
4.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow! Loving this beer. A great cloudy golden color with lacing and big head. The taste is very tight. I smell and taste package of sour citrus, bread, and slight spices (even though the description says no spice). Every sip elicits a reaction - it doesn't get boring. More carbonation than expected and it gives it a fresh feeling. The 9.5% packs a punch but not over powering in any way in terms of taste. I feel like I could drink this in the middle of winter or summer. This reminds me of La Fin de Monde. My favorite Ommegang yet which is saying a lot.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great pour ( a somewhat hazy deep orange color) with exceptional head retention into an oversized wine glass. Beautiful color, moderate smell. A solid attempt at the style.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden color with plenty of visible carbonation. 1 inch off-white head. Nice lacing
S - Cloves and tropical fruits. Pretty spicy and yeasty. Inviting
T - pretty complex. Alcohol is present along with the Belgium spiciness and yeastines. Getting some banana on the finish
M - moderate carb. Bit of a boozy bite
O - Ommegang is yet to disappoint me. Happy to have them and allagash putting out excellent Belgium style beers in the US. Chèers.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - body is a golden straw hue with white head

Smell - pear, apricot, peach, belgian yeast

Taste - very good here, pear, peach, apricot, green apple, clove

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, sweet upfront from the tropical like fruits (pear, apricot), back end is the aftertaste from the belgian yeast

Overall - this is a very nice take on a Belgian ale, that is easy drinking. Worth a try

Price Point - $9.99/4 pack 12 ounce bottles

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Leffe chalice. Best by 11/2017.

L: Pours a hazy gold with a substantial, creamy white head. Effervescent. Head recedes to a fairly thin layer of foam. Some scattered, splotchy lacing.

S: Wheat, earthiness, pepper, an underlying sweetness- La Chouffe's yeast is quite prominent. Spicy, with some underlying fruitiness of the light variety, such as apple and grape.

T: Apple, pear, grape - quite estery. wheat, bread, spiciness, a slight hint of caramel, and a lingering earthy bitterness that is fairly tame.

F: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with a slight bite from the carbonation. The finish dries over time.

O: Very nice. Drinks very well for it's ABV (largely undetectable) and packs plenty of complexity in it's flavor profile. Recommended.

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Photo of heytomcat
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at RLBC. A great representation of the style. Clean taste with a good alcohol bite. Well balanced. I would definitely try this one again

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours a hazey golden orange with a good finger of off white head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma fruity, spicey, yeasty, malt. Taste grape, Apple, earthy, spicey notes. Very nice.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely freakin' phenomenal! My favorite beer of 2015, and so far 2016 (it's February). Great taste, great drinkability, true belgian-style flavors and smells, and a huge booze-punch! WOOHOO!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with 3 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice frothy cap that leaves some soapy lacing

S: Very yeasty up front, imparting notes of fruit and spices. Pilsner and wheat malts come through along with the yeast character. Also get some estery alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the yeast character which imparts lots of lighter fruits (grape, apple, etc.) along with some nice spiciness. Goes into the malts, especially the pilsner and wheat. The saaz hops also impart some nice earthy and spicy notes. Finishes with more fruity and spicy yeast notes as well as a hint of the alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A very nice BSPA with a huge focus on both yeast strains. Obviously, the Chouffe yeast is a little more prominent as it's brewed with that, but the Ommegang yeast is also nice and present. Definitely a must-try for the strong Belgian ale lovers

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Photo of Samp01
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy coppery yellow with a medium white head, some lacing. Aroma and Taste is sweet fruity spices, tropical fruit notes, biscuit malt, yeast and spiced hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body, fairly smooth with good carbonation. Finish is sweet fruity flavors, biscuit malt and yeast make their presence with a mildly dry sweet bitter ending. A well rounded flavorful brew.

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Photo of dacoit
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent yank Belgian pale calque. Fabulous funk from the Chouffe yeast, great body and refined taste for the punch it packs. Sure to be appreciated by all who love the style.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden light copper with a big foam head.
In the aroma I first detected some citrus peel. Then, the smell becomes quite sweet with honey and fruity melon like aromas. In addition, there is a lovely floral like aroma that reminds me of fresh cut flowers.
I found the taste to be very sweet. It was fruity, honey like and also had some candi sugars. It bordered on cloying, yet, there are enough peppery spices and alcohol to balance it out. The feel was medium bodied and easy to drink. I really like the soft carbonation. Unlike other BSPAs that I've had, in which the carbonation starts out tight and one has to wait for it to settle, I was able to quaff it right away.
Overall, a pretty good belgian style ale made by Ommegang which is one of my favorite american breweries and who usually does a great job at approximating belgian styles.

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Photo of mrpoizun
1.3/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

First of all, this is a Belgian-style blonde ale, NOT a pale ale. This beer was from
I normally don't rate beer styles that I don't like, but I got this beer in an assortment of New York state brewery beers given to me as a gift.and I drank it knowing only that it was labeled a blonde ale. Blonde ales often are nothing more than light beers, so I generally avoid the style altogether. However, in this case, with its 9.5% abv, Gnomegang can in no way be considered a light beer. In any case, I took my first drink thinking this was nothing more than your typical blonde ale, not having looked closely at the label.
First impression was an astringent, acidic taste, citric acid perhaps, but pretty much overwhelmingly acidic. Startled, I took my first look at the label and saw for the first time that this was a Belgian style blonde ale. Two strikes, as I normally avoid any beer labeled "Belgian" because of the odd taste that always seems to accompany that style of beer. In any case I finished the bottle, despite the strong chemical aftertaste that did nothing to improve the original impression.
It goes without further explanation that this beer did nothing to change my impression of Belgian-style beers. Truly something I hope never to mistakenly taste again.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super hazy, orange color with a soft golden hue. It pours a fluffy white, two-finger head.

Aroma is fruity, spicy, and yeasty: Bright and citrusy. I get some pear juice and sweet malt as well.

Taste is extremely pleasant. The main flavors I keep detecting is clove and pineapple. Start of the sip is full of clean citrus. The malt comes in soon after with a nice sweetness. Clove spice and canned pineapple juice finishes the sip. The finish is neither too sweet nor too dry.

Amazing this is nearly 10 percent alcohol. I can't detect it at all. I see this pairing well with a truffled mushroom risotto. It gets a 88/100.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice Belgian, with all the requisite characteristics. Flavors of banana, wheat, clove, toffee, and citrus. It has a nice full body from the bready malts and Belgian yeast. It smells wonderful as well. Watch out for the ABV though!

All in all, you can't go wrong with this option. I think if I had to choose though, I would probably go with Delirium Tremens first. It just slightly eeks out this option. Both are very good though.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of fx20736
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 4 pack from Beers of the World on 11/14/15. Served cool (not cold) in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Hazy apricot amber with a natural linen white head. Good lacing.

Smell:mild white wine tempered by soft malt.

Taste: like the smell; soft malt, a touch of tart fruitiness and a kiss of Belgian style spicy yeastiness.

Feel: soft, full, awesome

Overall: World class! Will buy more, lots more.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

an outstanding blonde ale. the flavor was very balanced and the mouthfeel was excellent. the beer poured with a two inch head and plenty of lacing. the flavor was very citrusy and well balanced. the beer was very drinkable and hid the high alcohol content extremely well.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Nice golden color with a big lacy head
S: Belgian yeast
T: Easy drinking, a little sweet and fruity, Belgian yeast taste, with a little tang
F: Light body
O; Very drinkable

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After not being able to pull the trigger on the 12 dollar bomber I am glad I found this in a 12oz bottle for under 3 bucks. Into a sniffer.
A - Very Bright golden pale ale slightly hazy from sediment age with full inch plus of frothy head that takes a bit to dissipate.
S - Bubble gum like yeast fruity with touches of grassy hops and honey kisses. Smells divine.
T - Yeast is very balanced with just a touch of dryness. Fruity honey like esters with pale malts and a bit of bready dough. Hops to balance not too bitter more citrus in nature.
M - Wow this is smooth its like the alcohol esters are there but so inter worked. Medium bodied at most.

Overall I was amazed by the smoothness of this high gravity Belgium ale. Would have gotten more at the time but will keep it in mind next time I am at Vintage.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Sturges Speakeasy, served chilled in a goblet.

The color is light amber with golden hue and light haze with thick white head and fine bead. The smell is spicy with yeast phenolics and slight pine-like hop aroma with subtle peppery and candy sugar type scent with light alcohol. The feel is spicy with dry and moderately high alcohol and light sweetness in the back with semi-bitter texture.

The taste has a great mix of spicy yeast with subtle pepper and candy sugar combination with a mild toast element and gentle yeast in the middle with slight dried fruit flavor and mix of pine-like hop with slight caramel quality and light alcohol as it finishes warm and dry. Overall I would rate this higher if it had less alcohol in the taste but still pretty damn drinkable for the strength

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had been meaning to try this variety of the beloved Ommegang brewery for a while. It looks innocent and smells even more so, but packs a 9.5% ABV. My brother and I are great fans of Ommegang and you should be, too!

Look-It pours a mildly cloudy off golden yellow color with a strawberry/copper appearance that is absolutely amazing. The head comes in strong, but settles into a thin large bubble head.

Smell-I get a banana, citrus, and salty hot dog, and lemon with spicy, creamy, black pepper, and apricot aroma. It is also complimented by pineapple rind and cotton candy. It has an amazing bland flavor that cuts the sweetness due in part to the Chouffe yeast.

Taste-The taste boasts thick bready malts, toffee, orange, and other fruits such as clementine and mango, but very subtle so that I’d be surprised if your faggot ass dumb tongue can detect it. In order to school you, I’d say that this variety has a slightly dry finish and is very lightly hopped; the perfect brew for anyone. This brew is almost like a farmhouse ale, because of its spicy fruitiness that is so common for that variety.

Mouthfeel-It is sticky and sweet, but moist and syrupy. I think that this variety is spicy, hoppy, and fruity. The
peppercorn and fruit cake make you want to chug this brew, but be careful, because it does not taste like a 9.5% ABV, but rather like a 7% beer.

Overall-This beer is moist, oily, thick, and sweet, but not overwhelming. It also has a variety of flavors and smells as well as a fun appearance and mouthfeel. Ommegang has done it again, but you need to try it for yourself! Cheers!

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Photo of barczar
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure of age on this one.

Aroma is very grainy, with light phenolic notes of pepto and estery peaches, pears, and green apple. There's a touch of clove and peppery spice.

Flavor is ester dominant, with a slightly sweet grain malt backbone. The peppery and clove notes really shine, accenting green apple, apricot, and pear notes nicely. That characteristic confectioners sugar sweetness is contrasted my dryness in the finish. More farmhouse notes surface as it warms.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. The color is a pleasant golden-yellow with a creamy milk-white head and lacing. The primary smell is citrus and malt. The taste is a nice blend of orange peel, perhaps some apricot, and yeast. There's a slight bitterness at the finish. The mouth feel is delightful: highly carbonated and a subtle kick at 9.5 ABV; you have to pay attention because there is no discernible alcohol burn. This is another great Ommegang summertime ale. Nicely complex but very drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold to straw with a persistent, rocky 3” off-white foam collar
S: Some banana, citrus, faint smoked bacon
T: Some light peach, a light bubble gum sweetness balanced on the end with an assertive hop finish – the hops are bitter and earthy – this is not a grapefruit rind or grassy bitterness or piney or minty. There is a touch of citrus, a hint of lemon.
F: Above average carbonation, medium body
O: Another well crafted Belgian Strong Pale Ale from Ommegang.

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Photo of atr2605
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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