1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang


Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

896 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 896
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 896 | Reviews: 349 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a sunny, golden yellow, and somewhat opaque, although I wouldn't call it cloudy. But it's certainly not transparent like you might see in a nice pils. Atop the body sits a frothy bleached white head with a ton of smaller bubbles, with a few medium sized ones mixed in. Retention is excellent--a good 4-5 minutes--and as it finally starts to recede, it leaves swaths of foam drapery on the sides of the glass. So far so great.

Smell - Most dominant is a nice spice and bread aroma, almost like fresh baking pastries, but more subdued. Clove, nutmeg, maybe some . The grain blend really works to create that effect, and it seems like the red wheat lends some softness. Yeast contributes a bit of tropical fruit element, like mango or perhaps nectarine, as well as a faintly floral overtone. Quite an intoxicating smelling beer.

Taste - No surprises here, with the yeasty phenols and spice again presenting the most aggressive individual components of a rather complex overall flavor. The spice is pretty heavy, but somehow not overpowering, due to the more savory elements from the grain, like fresh-baked butter croissant. And there is a finish that comes in with some gentle bitterness that again counteracts the more spiced, almost sweet notes. The alcohol is nicely hidden by the complexity of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and slightly creamy/soft. Levels of carbonation are slightly on the high side of moderate. Just slightly dry finish.

Overall, this is an excellent take on the style. The spice and yeast contributions remind me a lot of a tripel, which makes sense given that a case could probably be made that tripels are essentially just a subset of Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It's taken me far too long to finally try this and now that I have, I'll have to make a habit out of picking some up from time to time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 17:20:02 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of BarleyHawley120


1.8/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this at Oblivion Tap Room here in Orlando Florida and was very unimpressed with it. It poured well in a cloudy gold tint with a nice head. It smelled slightly of cloves with hints of what I thought was bananas. As soon as I tried it, it easily was one of the worst beers that I have had recently. I could not taste what was going on with it. Not balanced at all but very complex and left a sweet bitter after taste. You could taste nothing but the cloves. I could not finished it, for me it was that bad. Possibly I got a bad batch but will not take the change of ordering it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 02:13:42 | More by BarleyHawley120
Photo of cjgator3


4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Pours a slightly hazy golden orangish color with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is very fruity with banana and some spices. The taste is incredibly smooth for a beer of such potency with fruity notes of apples and spices in the finish with some warmth from the alcohol. Overall, glad I tried this collaboration from two great breweries.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 02:04:16 | More by cjgator3
Photo of bmwats


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes 7/11/13

Pulled from a tap into a standard pint.

A: Pours a 1+ finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving some dry residue behind as it does. Effervescence visibly rising throughout experience. Thick beer ring lacing remains. Head never fully dissipates.

S: Yeast, sourdough, and a little clove.

T: Very yeasty with a crisp hop bite, accented with some Italian spice.

M: Light and crisp. Pungent yeast character lingers on the palate. High alcohol is apparent.

D: Sip and savor.

Overall a great quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 02:52:22 | More by bmwats
Photo of Tone


3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus, slight earthy malt, yeast, herbs, and floral hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spice, alcohol, dark citrus, floral hops, herbs, and slight yeast. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 13:15:08 | More by Tone
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cotton foam with a thin ring of lacing as the foam disappears. Gold color.

Smell: Lemon, grapefruit, and sourdough. Very light for a strong ale.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Plums, raisins, and some licorice. Excellent spritzy feel combined with a full-bodied mouthfeel that is surprisingly heavy for a light-hued beer.

Overall Drinkability: Better than Ommegang Abbey.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 03:53:41 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. 2011 vintage. Poured into a snifter. White fluffy head, high retention on a hazy, almost opalescent golden body. Aroma includes lemon, grass, lemon peel, some banana and some light candi sugar. Mouth feel is tongue coating and dry. Lemony taste, slightly sweet, some peach and star fruit. No alcohol in the taste and amazingly drinkable considering the abv. Stupendous.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 04:19:26 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an outstanding brew from ommegang, as so many of their offerings are. this one was on tap at bull and bush in denver. pours a very thick raw honey color with a small white head and a lot of suspended sediment. the nose indicates that its got a very unique yeast going on. its spicy yet it contains some fruit notes of peach and green apple. theres also a biscuity malt aroma and a candy sugar sweetness that is undeniable. the flavor is a lot like the nose. the sweetness is intense and is the last thing left in the finish. in addition to the spice and light fruit from the yeast, there is also a particular pine pollen essence i am gathering as well. the feel is great, like most ommegang brews. its got spunky carbonation and a pretty thick body for a belgian pale ale. its not filling, but at 9.5% abv its not a beer you are probably going to have more than one of per sitting. exceptional stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 19:18:09 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of sonata2008


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served in a 12 oz. glass. Cloudy light gold. Very little foam, at most 1/8".
Smell: Very spicy, with lots of cloves and a little bit of banana. I adore it!
Taste: A bready flavor with spiciness, peppermint, malt, and yeast. Not a lot of hops. Some bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel: Definitely a lot of body.
Overall: Lovely blend of flavors. Very nice!

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 16:27:00 | More by sonata2008
Photo of BARFLYB


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Monk's Cafe and a bottle into a glass at Monk's cafe a month later

Gnomegang glides into the glass golden with a small tint of faded bronze within. a nice sheet of bright white up top, leaving a cap and small splotches. OK retention. Smell is fruity with a bready Belgian yeast with trace amounts of candi. No grassy scents, some hints of alcohol. Pretty bold in scent off the tap with a bit candi like scent than alot of American versions. Taste is up front with Belgian essence and a fruit. Apple, pear, small earthy hop bite in between with some candi sugar in the end that does not cloy. First sips give off some alcohol that warms the gullet. The 9.5% is not all the way hidden. Feel is a strong medium with a nice crisp carb. After half the glass this becomes all to easy to drink. A nice stab at the style and much better than alot of American versions out there. I just wish bottles were not so damn pricey, this would be a nice one to slide into 4 packs or so. Until then, I'll grab it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 03:33:43 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Milltown, naturally. Pour is an extremely cloudy yellow. Tight white head. The smell is overpowering at best. Lots of banana and bubblegum (with the latter coming out more than I expect). Very sweet and full of those yeast esters (which I love alot). my mouth is just filled with all those esters that thats all I get. A decent sweet body comes late with a slight booze kick coming in very late.

I think this rivals Duvel in terms of BSPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 21:56:46 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of thecheapies


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Remarkably clear. Yellow-gold in color. Rising carb streams. Head was not much before it quickly became a ring. 3.0

Dusty yeast, apple, and white grape. Fruity and damp-smelling. 4.0

Tart apples and quince upfront, spicy in the middle and end. Slight booze shows up in the tail and sustains. Reminds me a bit of Augustijn Grand Cru. Peppery and slightly anise. Pretty nice. 4.0

Subdued carbonation with a solid medium body. Decent feel. 3.5

Very enjoyable Belgian pale. Would have it again (for cheaper). 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2012 02:14:40 | More by thecheapies
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange-yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and some slightly soapy aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. A solid collaboration beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 08:29:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of kylehay2004


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger thick bright white head on a orange tinted murky golden body.

S: Breads and yeast with lemon and tangerine citrus.

T: nicely balanced malt profile with herbal, citrus (mosty tangerine) and earthy hops. The yeast and pepper profile creates a hopper than average version of the style.

M: medium body and high carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: a touch hoppier than I feel the style should be but overall a very complex and flavorful brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 02:37:17 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of drpimento


4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good, interesting, strange, complex beer. Served at a good temperature with nice cream colored, thick, creamy, foamy head that slowly subsided and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, apricot, malt, fruit, caramel. Flavor's like nose, has some dominant sweetness, yet also has some persistant bitterness on the back of the tongue, a little carbonic tang. Body is good; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long and only a little alcohol warmth. On one hand the beer is almost too sweet, yet on the other it isn't. A little rich to have another though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 03:10:40 | More by drpimento
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from on tap at the Dutch. Hazy golden hue capped by an abundant white head in my tulip glass. Nose is full of tropical fruit, and slight earthiness. Taste follows suit with the addition of spice from the yeast and light malt. Medium bodied, this is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 12:54:40 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of zaphodchak


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strawberry blonde body with a finger of fine white head. Elegant lace honeycomb patterns.

Delightfully light, fruity nose with strawberry, pear, and grape.

Taste is fantastic to match the nose. A touch boozy, perhaps metallic. Other than that, it's a smooth wash of light fruit. Peach dominates, but there's plenty of other goodness in there. I may be imagining a trace of carrot.

Nice and smooth, but leaves a lingering tingle of the booze and carbonation.

Fantastic blonde (or in this case BSPA, in retrospect)-- at this strength more like a tripel, but with a bit more hop character, though not much.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 16:23:36 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of notchucknorris


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a thin off white head.

S: Candi sugar, golden raisins, belgian yeast, honey and some pear.

T: Pretty good stuff here. Sonefruit, pear, honey, some spice and Belgian yeast with a touch of heat from the alcohol. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 19:18:51 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of grittybrews


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale gold with a small off-white head. Aroma of yeasty spice, banana, and hints of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Mildly sweet, biscuity malt backbone with pear, tart apple, banana, a good amount of spice, and earthy hops mixed with hints of boozy warmth on the finish.

Nicely balanced and easy-drinking considering its size. Not exactly groundbreaking, but some very nice flavors for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 04:25:35 | More by grittybrews
Photo of falloutsnow


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed last night at Max & Joe's in Omaha, NE. Review from notes.
Served in an Ommegang chalice.

Arrives with a 1.5cm head, very creamy and dense. Just off-white in color. Never completely fades, about a 0.3 cap on top of the beer body. Excellent, consistent lacing. Body is a cloudy golden-orange color. Very nice overall.

Aroma is full of complex fruity esters: plum, pear, and apple. Also some spicy phenolics, can't put my name on them, but not the nutmeg that was mentioned in the menu.

Taste is fruity, as of sour apples and pears. Also features some peppery, spicy, and Belgian classic yeast flavors. All this on top of a gentle maltiness that's a delight. Some ethanol is present in the back of the mouth and tongue, but nothing particularly harsh.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Generally soft on the palate with little ethanol burn, implying that the carbonation is modest and well-suited to the beer.

This was a good tasting, generally pleasurable sipper, which gets it good marks. I didn't think it was particularly unique for the style, which was a bit odd given the collaboration and nature of the two brewers, so loses a few points in that respect. Still, tasty, and a solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 20:13:06 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Gnomegang

Ontap into a snifter. Bright gold in color, fizzy, bone white head forms and leaves alittle lace. In the aroma, estery Belgian yeast and some floral hops. In the flavor, nice dry yeast, moderate hop presence with notes of earth, pine and faint citrus. Alcohol is also rather pronounced in the flavor profile, but does not detract from the experience. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, with a dry finish. Overall, this is a good belgian pale, would have liked more hops to cut the alcohol flavors a bit. This one was similar to the Ommegang BPA only bigger.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 16:28:52 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of david18

New York

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this as part of a La Chouffe/Omegang promotion that was going on at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Overall a very good beer and a nice collaboration between two related breweries. A little bet on the strong side.

Color is a light straw with a very nice, fluffy head and belgian lacing left behind.

Aroma is very nice. A lot of fruit aroma with a nice esthery yeasty smell as well.

Overall flavor was very good, bready and fruity but, as mentioned before, a little on the strong side.

I enjoy this beer although I think it's more of a late night and/or winter beer than a hot weather beer (it's 100 degrees today!).

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 18:49:30 | More by david18
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a good amount of foamy head settling into larger bubbles.

S: Smells spicy with pepper and fruity with dark and heavy fruits; apricots, plums and oranges are predominant.

T/M: Taste is extremely yeasty and bitter up front followed by a small alcohol bite, faint but noticeable nonetheless. It soon gives way to some of that spicy pepper and nutmeg with orange and lemon citrus and apricots.

This is good beer and a complex brew, but in the end, I much prefer their independent contributions. Keep trying though, guys, and I’ll keep drinking them.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 00:18:27 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of BretSikkink


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with some brownish highlighting, very murky, and served with a short but tight cap. Nice look.

Aromas are lightly grainy, some esters and fruits. Banana and a little alcohol.

Sweet and light in flavor,definitely on the pale side. I would prefer more in terms of power here. Banana and pear, with a hint of maybe an attenuated sourness.

Ommegang signals quality, as does la Chouffe. The body and quality are apparent, but a bit light in the flavor department.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 02:23:45 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of BEERchitect


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, powerful, yet elegant golden ale with the soft and succulent fruitiness of Achouffe and the bready dry maltiness of Ommegang. No wonder this beer is an immediate standout.

Pouring with a hazy medium golden color with a yeasty haze, the beer carries a dense and froathy cotton white foam stance with great persistence and sticky lace that adorns the glass as the beer falls. Carrying more visual weight than most, the haze and controlled carbonation gives the beer the look of slight density.

Inviting aromas of soft bready malts, powdered sugar, mild and sweet spice, and overall fruitiness all meld into a powerful but gentlemanly scent. Cookie dough, waffers, yeast, candied appricots, oranges, mangos, pears, apples, and under rippened berries are the perfect base aromas yet balanced by white pepper, corriander, clove, and light floral hoppy notes. The aromas change with each visit to the rim as the olfactories acclimate to the beer and as the temperature rises.

Bready, cracker-like, yeasty sweetness balances toward the crisp pilsner malts but with also a glimpse into freshly picked barely with confectioner's sugar. Medium sweetness amplifies the fruity esters, especially those of oranges, pears, and appricots. Balanced by the yeasty spices of white pepper and clove, the hops add a growing lemony-grassy bitterness that reinforces a crisp and clean flavor in finish. Mildly tart with the slight vinous note of white sparkling wines, the acidity gives rise to the fruit flavors and crisp ending.

Medium throughout, the early carbonation expands the beer, giving a fuller and more robust mouthfeel. But the carbonation soon subsides and allows for a mid palate of growing bitterness, dryness, and peppery sensation on the tongue. Finishing dry and with alcoholic warmth, the beer seems to evaporate from the palate just before the finish in much the same way as powdered sugar or cotton candy.

An absolute home run for both Achouffe and Ommegang. A quicker turn away from early maltiness and toward fruity dryness could make the beer more drinkable. Also, a more champagne-like carbonation could better reinforce the vinous dryness that could improve. An absolute gem of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 16:20:12 | More by BEERchitect
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.