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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang


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896 Ratings

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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)
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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 mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 20:12:24 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 19:46:56 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:12:15 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 18:56:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:24:26 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 22:38:38 | More by metter98
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3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 18:16:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 21:47:57 | More by oberon
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3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to JayQue for this bottle!

Best quasi-portmanteau name for a beer ever. It pours a lightly hazy tawny-straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises loads of banana, wheat, very light cobweb, powdered sugar, and a few sprinkles of nutmeg. It's sweet, generally pleasant, and loaded with banana. The taste holds notes of banana peel, sharp orange rind, light lemon peel, sweet flowers, and light acetone. Man, this stuff really bites the tongue with bitterness! The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a decent brew, but the bitterness comes across as far too astringent for me, and to the partial detriment of the Belgian character, no less. A bit of a miss for me, even though everything else about it works nicely...

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 03:18:13 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

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

750ml, caged and corked bottle, from the gift pack available here in Alberta. Ah, a collaboration with the corporate overlords, good to see everybody playing nice.

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot hue, with a bit of swirling sediment (I was careful!), and a solid five fingered head (wait, what?), which is bubbly, foamy, and just off-white, and leaves some nice honeycomb lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet pale grainy malt, some tart orchard fruit - nectarine, apple, and unripe pear, dry banana chip esters, mild black pepper and clove spiciness, a white wine barrel vinous essence, and a muted honeysuckle meadow simulacrum. The taste is sweet Euro-bakery pastry malt, some subtle, blended table-top bowl fruitiness - apple and banana, chiefly, a gently spiced warming, like rum cake, or gingerbread and a glass of Fino sherry - whatevs - and softly herbal, grassy hops.

The carbonation is present, dated, stamped, and subsequently forgotten, the body a decent medium weight, and genuinely smooth, but with a slight sugar solution caveat. It finishes fairly off-dry, but with a crazy balancing mechanism, which I fear I may never quite flesh out, as the malt sweetness is deftly tempered by an olio of pleasantly innocuous, hard to pin down offsets.

Wowzers. So, firsties, this style is more or less near the bottom of my list of favourites, and yet this offering has to go and mess with that bias, so much so that I'm now the bad guy in this sad trope. Secondly, mea culpa, a BSPA can apparently, kick major ass, as evidenced by the hefty, layered, fruity, boozy (not that you can actually taste it) goodness harnessed herein. A bit too bad about its pricey intro to these parts, but I'll say it: totally worth it. Oh, and somehow I'm just getting the beer's name: gnomes are Brasserie D'Acchouffe's thing, and that fits so well in a pun with this brewer's name, so...um, that's it. Word.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 01:44:19 | More by biboergosum
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gnomegang. Ommegang. With extra gnomes.

Clouded golden hue, prodigious head on it, lovely, lovely, snow capped bubbly and lacy. Beautiful.

Aroma: Ah!!! Wow, really, nothing but, Ah!!! Nice and spicy, a little citric fruit, some lemon and orange, light and airy, a little funky and barnyard-y, just a bit.

Tasting it: on the palate, some of those flavors are there in the flavor, fruity, spicy, zesty, but also dry. Juicy, fruity, ...dry. Spicy, fruity,...dry. Orange, banana, lemon, pepper, ...dry. Bounces with flavor, then curbs right off, and jumps back in with each new sip.

Long, hoppy, spicy, dry finish. Very satisfying brew. The gnomes came through.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 23:08:58 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of MasterSki


3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Whole Foods on the way home from working out. Served in a Jester King snifter.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of white foam that eventually settles to a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazy golden apricot body.

S - Cooked vegetables (cauliflower and broccoli), herbal notes, some sweat, and peppery Belgian yeast. Pretty unpleasant, although it gets better as it warms with some light tropical fruit notes coming into play.

T - Taste is better. Mostly pale malt, stone fruits, with some peppery spices. Well-hidden alcohol is a plus. Finishes lightly bitter. Probably a 3.75, but since I hammered the aroma I'll be kind here.

M - Smooth medium body, light alcohol warmth, light stickiness, and a dry finish. Appropriate carbonation level.

D - Other than the unpleasant smell, this is pretty solid. Better than Tramp Stamp in any case. I'd try it on-tap to see if the smell is from bottle shock.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 15:10:55 | More by MasterSki
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a killer yeast nose that compliments a solid pale malt base. It's fruity with a touch of funk along with a bit of malty sweetness. The taste is great as well. It has a silky smooth pale malt flavor that's light and easy drinking with little alcohol warmth. The yeast provides a ton of character and adds a good deal of depth to the flavor. The mouthfeel is near perfect. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm a huge fan of collaborations and this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 23:53:07 | More by WesWes
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip, part of my tax day bender. You don't have to read the review (as if people read these things). I'll tell you right now, it was like La Fin Du Monde except 3x as expensive and slightly less fruity.

Beer is hazy, yellow on the spectrum and really carbonated, lots of lacing, looks like beer.

Aroma is yeasty, mildly fruity, slight alcohol. Smells good.

Beer is thinner than I thought it would be a very flavorful, nice body, nice carbonation, good breadiness to it. The yeast fill otu the midpalate nicely, the finish is a little dry, overall a good beer but I won't have more, I'll just drink la fin du monde.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 17:08:31 | More by drabmuh
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer on the Lake.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast with some orange citrus and lemon notes mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get some orange and lemon notes as well as some flowers, possibly from the hops. The Belgian yeast and a little bit of alcohol are also present in the flavor, as well as some spice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 01:30:05 | More by Mora2000
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and fruity with a nice caramel sweet aroma.

T - Good spicy and yeasty bite up front.Good grain flavor with caramel sweetness and some dried fruits.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a really good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. A very good collaborative effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 01:56:32 | More by zeff80
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Fluffy 1 finger head fades semi slowly with sticky lacing, super hazy golden yellow color.

Nose has a nice Belgian toasty malt aroma, light Belgian yeast I think the typical Omegang style yeast, light citrus and zest, and light hops, light creamy malts, little booze, sweet belgian fruits, light candi sugar.

Taste starts with semi sweet Belgian malts, light candi sugar, little boozy, creamy malts, some light spices from Belgian yeast as well as some fruits, light citrus hops, floral as well, some light zest and citrus, some warmth and tingle. Finishes a little sticky, dry, some light candi sugar and citrus.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb and a bit boozy.

Overall, pretty good, nothing wrong, tasty, little boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 01:46:02 | More by jlindros
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:20:20 | More by Knapp85
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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml - cage-corked bottle, poured into a Duvel glass:

Pours dark golden with a thin white bubbly head. Carbonated bubbles run up the side of the glass (rather than from the middle, as I would have preferred in this style). The head eventually settles to a thin bubbly patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is fruity (citrus and banana) with earthy and herbal tones. Some bubblegum is in the background.

The taste of bubblegum and cotton candy are reserved and not too sweet (a good thing, to me). It has a fruity (bananas and peaches)/herbal balance. A hint of alcohol shows slightly after the first couple of sips. It is malty with adequate hop balance with a Belgian yeast strain that is noticeable but not too dominant. It has a refreshingly crisp finish.

The feel is a little solvent with carbonation not quite effervescent. Still it is light and crisp and is "above-average".

A nice collaboration between two great breweries. Aspects of both are seen here. Carbonation is more Ommegang - flavors are a mix of both. One to get while it lasts!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 00:58:52 | More by jwc215
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3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Eh. This is not doing it for me. Odd tang. Lack of balance or interesting flair. Middle of the road mediocre, for me. I may have had this in the past, and if I did, I am sure I liked it more than this. At least, I certainly hope I did.

I'd go for anything from Draai Laag over this any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:46:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale golden slightly clouded Belgian ale here, this is pretty much the best American brewed Belgian ale around owned by Belgians tagged teaming with the La Chouffe folks to creat Gnomegang. Started by beer enthusiasts I basically love Ommegang. Head is fluffy white with fine, you guessed it Belgian style lacing. Aroma is spicy citric with hints of tropical fruit a very pleasant aromatic experience as a whole. Hints of pineapple and apricot very enticing with each sniff or use it as a reduction in your next sauce creation at home in the culinary kitchen. Effervescent body sent by the beer gods above, in truth well executed Belgian style ale I can't wait for the next Steel City Big Pour the only event that Ommegang attends in the Burgh currently.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:37:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark gold with a somewhat fizzy but impressive head. Fair retention, some lace.

S: Pear and spice/yeast characteristics, clear Chouffe presence.

T: Spiced pear and yellow apple, clear coriander type notes, with a hint of fermented lemon and honey. Strong yeast presence.

M: Nice crisp carbonation, but with a smooth and soft character. Medium to full-bodied, but refreshing.

D: A great beer. I'm seeing the price is going to be around $15 for the 750 which is pushing it, but you'll get quality believe me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 20:22:59 | More by Halcyondays
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3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear and sparkly. Attractive golden color with a wispy head in the Ommegang chalice. The head is not a long-lasting as you would hope. The sediment breaks loose with floating chunks, so my advice is to make one careful pour the first time.

This is not notably well-carbonated or creamy. Sweet with a powerful flavor reminiscent of a Hefeweizen with lots of oranges. Huge overdose of clove flavor takes over the scene. Yeasty bitterness lasts into the aftertaste.

This has the family characteristic of just too damn much yeasty intensity. The flavor is good, it's just totally relentless. It give you no space for savoring. A water chaser is needed. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:45:02 | More by mactrail
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