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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,108 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 76
Gots: 126 | 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:
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)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Sammy, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

zestar, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Rick's in Alexandria. 750mL bottle split at a Belgian dinner and poured into a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a moderate golden color with a fair amount of haze. Good fluffy white head and a pretty good amount of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries strong amounts of bread along with a moderate amount of fruity esters and a bit of spice. The flavor is chewy and bready; a bit too thick, though still quite enjoyable. Lots of bread plus some mild fruit and a bit of clove and spice. Medium body with average carbonation. A very solid brew that I'd be happy to have again.

Thorpe429, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

acurtis, Jun 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
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.

metter98, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Texasfan549, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a modest head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind

Smell: A blend of fruit (peach, mango and lemon), peppery yeast and grassy hops

Taste: A cornucopia of fruit, at the outset, with apricot, peach, mango, pear and lemon) joined, mid-palate, by the grassy hop and peppery yeast favors; the finish adds a bit of alcohol, though the aftertaste is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I was expecting to be blown away by this beer but, alas, I wasn't; still, I respect the creation though I am not wild about the way the elements came together

brentk56, Jan 10, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

kjkinsey, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a super large off-white foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian malt with light bready yeast notes and light fruity ester. Taste is also a mix between some semi0sweet Belgian malt with a bready yeast with light peppery notes and some light refreshing ester also noticeable. Body is quite full with great carbonation and very light alcohol noticeable. Another winner from breweries that don’t get it wrong very often.

Phyl21ca, Jul 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

GRG1313, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

surprisingly bright amber with a large almost immeasurable head of white froth foam that literally just towered over the top of the glass and never really came down.

The first thing I could find was this night bright fresh cut grass like aroma that really gave it a nice fresh appeal to me. Once working past that and deciphering my way through the nice cereal like grain backbone I found very nice aromas of light and fruity yeast with hints of pears, peaches, apricot and a touch of lemon and tangerine even. Very nice and light aroma.

lemon was the first thing that greeted me, very bright flavors that really perked you up and let you prepare for what was coming in behind them. In their wake were the nice flavors of light yeast coated with pears and a touch of fig, with a nice light spice sprinkled in throughout. These melded seamlessly with the light grainy back and then rounded the corner to bring home a nice dry long lasting finish that had just the right hint of bitterness to really make it interesting

mikesgroove, Jul 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Provisions

A: This pours a lightly cloudy golden orange color with a surprisingly small white head.

S: Lots of banana and some clove notes to it, as expected, with a bit of straw and bubblegum. Nicely sweet with plenty of bread and pale malts. As it sits for a few moments, the banana becomes even more intense.

T: Despite the mild spice aroma, the clove flavor is quite intense. The banana flavor is also quite intense, as is the sweet bread and malt character. A light floral hop note as well as some alcohol coming through.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Other than the little hint of booze, this was pretty solid. A nice Belgian beer.

womencantsail, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

kylehay2004, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle as a lightly hazy, golden yellow color. No head retention with basically no lacing. Banana and clove aroma on the nose. Same flavors in the taste plus some citrus too. The mouthfeel is dry and little bitey. Overall I really liked this beers taste and smell. I found it to be rather enjoyable and would like to try it again some day.

Knapp85, May 04, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Completely obscured body, displaying a dirtied, yellow-orange appearance with a half-finger-high, yellow-tinged head.

Smell: Slight florals, lightly fruity, with some hints of malted barley and lemon. I gotta say, I'm sniffin' with all my might here, but not picking up all that much, so it's not nearly as expressive in the aromatics department as it is in taste.

Taste: Sweet and sugary at the beginning with some tastes of honey and sugar cookies, as well as some chewy whole wheat bread. Tangy and a smidge tart, with a touch of lemon zest. Stock flavors of banana and cloves. Splash of liquor. A modest amount of bitterness is felt, then it's back to a general tangy-to-tart sensation until the full finish with remains to be tangy and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation. Some heft to it from the carbonation as well as the oat and wheat inclusions.

Overall: It's alright, kinda like an iced sugar cookie topped with a dollop of banana pudding and garnished with a bit of Meyer lemon peel and cracked cloves. Still, the sweetness and slight booziness made the eleven ounces more than enough for me.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 09, 2014
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.

oberon, Jul 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 28, 2011
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