Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 407
Hads: 1,338
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 19.27%
Wants: 114
Gots: 233 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2011

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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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,, that's it. Word.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of womencantsail
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam that rests on top of a slightly hazy, dark-golden colored body. The head is supported by vigorously rising columns of bubbles and it settles very slowly, leaving rings of sticky lace as it goes.

S - A yeasty aroma of pear and clove with some black pepper and spicy hops.

T - Fruity notes of pear and pineapple up front with lots of clove. Thick, sweet malt comes out in the middle and intertwines with the fruit. The yeast character gets spicy towards the finish with more clove and some black pepper as well as some herbal hop flavor and a hint of bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, strong carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Lots of yeast character, as expected with anything Chouffe-related. I like the spicy complexity of the yeast as it works very well with the rich, bready malt character. There is some hop character, but not quite as much as it seems like there should be, especially considering how thick the malt character is. The finish is a bit of the sweet side for my taste however and this holds the beer back a bit. A very nice example of the style, though as far a Belgian-American collaborations go it is still second to the Green Flash/St. Feuillien strong golden ale.

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Photo of oline73
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden/amber with a half a finger of fluffy white head. No head remains except at the edge of the glass.

Smell: This beer has a mild smell. Sweet fruit and mild perfume. There is also some Belgian spice, banana, and I pick up some alcohol in the finish.

Taste: This beer is very sweet. I'm picking up a lot of malt, along with a perfume like fruitiness and Belgian spice. The finish is quite bitter and there is a hint of soap in the aftertaste. I also pick up some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild delicate carbonation that tingles the tongue. The finish is very dry.

Overall: I can't say that I loved this beer. The aftertaste bugged me, and the hops and spice from the yeast didn't seem to get along. All that said, it's not a bad beer, just not for me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
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...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang "Gnomegang"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG ON 07/14/14 BEST BY 07/2016"
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More #301, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Very hazy deep golden body with an orange cast beneath a massive head of frothy off-white foam that holds remarkably well and leaves thin rings of craggy lace with each sip.

Aroma: Gentle spice, candy sugar, apple, grass, clove, wheaty malt, mineralish yeast.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests with the addition of: bread dough, soft Italian bread crust, orange marmalade, a drop of lemon juice, coriander seed, a dusting of white pepper, and spicy hops. It starts fruity for just a half second as it's quickly set upon by sugar. Spiciness kicks in immediately as well, and it becomes a balloon of flavor across the middle with bread malt at the center of a fruit and spice orgy. The balloon slowly deflates through the swallow and into the finish. Sweetness lingers, but with the spiciness of the yeast, a splash of alcohol, and a moderate bitterness it doesn't seem cloying at all, and eventually ends fairly spicy and mineralish with just a hint of tart and bitter citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and effervescent, it probably seems fuller due to the residual sugars and alcohol.

Overall: A truly impressive Belgian style offering that for the most part is Belgian (by ownership) but brewed in America. It ranks right up there with the best. If the sweetness was dropped a slight bit it might even be confused for some of the finest Belgians, but then it wouldn't be very unique. Interesting, completely satisfying, and almost compellingly drinkable - worth seeking out!

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Jason
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown corked and caged brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Thin off-white lace, shiny golden color.

SMELL: Papaya, mango, yeast, alcohol, pineapple, crackers, herbal, bandaid, spearmint, spicy alcohol.

TASTE: Very smooth, moderate body, estery alcohol, semi-creamy, clean pale maltiness, slight hoppiness, orange peel, blonde tobacco, yeast, ripe fruit, more alcohol, phenolic, semi-dry finish.

Big bold blonde, perhaps not hugely complex it has its way with the palate regardless. Dare is say "dangerously drinkable" ... it is. Good times rolling with this bottle.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with cork and screw-cap served into a Brasserie Chouffe glass (25cl) in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. A million thanks to Schimlenhaumer out of New York for mailing this to me. I couldn't have tried it otherwise.

A: One finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and poor retention - though in fairness the ABV is 9.50%. Colour is a cloudy yellow.

Sm: Very malty, light spice, and full barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Malt, some winter warmer evocative spices, and barley. A light lemon citrus ester is present, alongside some clove. Only a little alcohol comes through. Built and balanced well, but a touch simple. It doesn't have a clear focus, to its detriment, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and crisp. Quite pleasant and complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Hides its ABV extremely well. Very pleasant and easy to drink, but at the same time you wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle. It's good to try once, but I imagine the price doesn't justify repeated purchasing. I think the collaboration may actually have hurt the quality of the beer in this case; I have full confidence in both breweries independently.

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3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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