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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 74
Gots: 121 | 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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Photo of JizackFH
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

A - This beer pours a nice hazy golden yellow color. It has a fluffy 2-finger white head. The head leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells bready and yeasty. There are nice notes of spice and fruit, mostly pear and banana. There is also a bit of a barnyard smell here.

T - This starts of with nice fruit flavors and bready malts. There is some spicy belgian yeast present, as well as some other spices. There is some citrus and pepper notes. The finish is dry. The alcohol is hidden very well for being 9.5% ABV.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth and easy. There are some spices that tingle the mouth, and the finish is dry.

O - This has good drinkability. It is refreshing and leaves you wanting more. Overall, I think this is a good representation of the style, and just a good beer all together. Im glad I got the chance to try it. I would pick this one up again.

JizackFH, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

The beer appears hazy and golden yellow hued, with 1/4" of head and decent lacing left on the chalice. The aroma brings apples, yeast, alcohol, cider, grapes, and white wine. Flavor brings much of the same, along with a subtle alcoholic sweetness. The feel is pretty good, with a lasting quality of alcoholic apple cider. Overall, a decent brew.

Huhzubendah, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +8%

Poured into my Ommegang flute glass.

A - Pours a hazy slight golden color with some nice straw hues. There is a nice soapy head with some bigger bubbles. The head is quite chunky but recedes at a medium pace. The head is about 1 inch tall and white in color.

S - Notes of apples and white wine. Slight grainy malt but mostly delicious sweet fruit juice notes. There is some tart character and some very slight funk and yeast phenols. Pear notes are also present.

T & M - Starts off with delicious fruit sweetness. Fresh apple and pear with some slight grape notes. There is some good bready notes mixed in with the sweetness that gives it a nice backbone. The tartness goes along well with the sweetness. There is also some nice clove notes with the grain notes as well. There is also some slight heat but it is cut down by some tartness. There is a nice cut and dry finish to this beer with good clean bitterness. Very crisp and carbonated beer.

O - Yummy take on this awesome style. Great collaboration.

JoEBoBpr, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev +2%

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm from my fridge for half an hour before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Gnomegang pours a halfway cloudy tangerine, though it gets as light as lemon yellow depending on the lighting. The frothy white crown comes up to being three fingers tall. Head retention is just average for the style, and lacing is a bit short of top notch examples. The nose is a spot on blend of pears/granny smith apples, hebal and spicy hop notes, and more intense pepper and clove phenols. That balance gets lost on my palate though as a the phenolic/hop notes take over just a tad too much for the beer to be great. The hop bitterness is dialed in perfectly to mark the transition from fruity flavors to the other, and there's also just a hint of warmth from the alcohol that blends in nicely to the finish. The beer just finishes too phenolic and dry (even for a BSPA) for my taste. Given that, I'm pleasantly surprised by how superb the mouthfeel is. The body is light for such a potent beer, yet maintains enough of a backbone to stand up to all the flavors that make up the beer. At the same time the carbonation cuts through everything like a knife, without becoming obtrusive. The bubbles feel very small/fine and precise on my tongue, and as a result I don't think I'd change anything about the mouthfeel. A little bit more balance in the flavor department and Gnomegang would be world class, but as it is it's a very good beer.

axeman9182, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy notes and a spicy cinnamon. In the taste, earthy, spicy, and a big cinnamon presence. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon spice in the aftertaste. Quite spicy, but nice earthiness to balance it out.

OWSLEY069, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

oline73, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%

A-cloudy golden orange with a nice white head

S-a burst of citrus and belgian spices in a fashion that reminds me of a witbier. the citrus scent is strong of tangerines. its a good strong scent.

T-comes in with a blast of tangerine and unwanted creaminess. its an odd creaminess that makes me wonder that the the bottle might not have this. there are some decent belgian spices, possibly some licorice. the strength is definitely not hidden in this one. the after-taste isn't strong but is dominated by the spice and alcohol.

M-medium and creamy carbonation with a creamy finish. its a bit strong.

D-i was glad to find this on tap with out having to buy a bomber to try it. this beer really reminds me of a very strong witbier. the ABV does hit quickly and makes it more difficult to finish. I think they could've made this a bit lighter and it would be a spectacular belgian for the summer.

AdamBear, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Spinshag
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Reminds me a bit of Augustijn Grand Cru. Had a few kegs of grand cru to make the comparison. Spicy and dry. If you like dry Belgian ales, this one will not dissappoint. The floral mouthfeel and occasional desire for insane ABV are the only reasons I haven't gone 100% German with my beer choices.

Spinshag, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

drabmuh, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%

This bottle was shared with a fellow BA last night. This beer poured a slightly cloudy, vibrant gold with a light white lacing around the rim of the glass. The aromas was quite impressive and varied. It gave off pale malt sweetness, honey, yeast, some spice, cloves, and light floral hops (almost like hibiscus even). The taste was superb! It was a beautiful bouquet of perfectly blended flavors. The spices, light hops, floral aspects, yeast, cloves and honey all blended so perfectly. I was blown away. It's probably the best tasting Belgian strong pale I've had since the first time I opened a Bruery Mischief, but better. It drank light and left a nice yeasty, spicy aftertaste. This beer is a top notch representation of the style. I'm really glad we tried it.

aasher, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of snpub540
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured a nice pale gold with some darker bronze highlights at the bottom of the glass with an active off white head. Delicate web like lacing was left scattered on the glass after every sip.

Nose has a nice earthy yeast profile with some spicy and floral hop aromas.

Flavor is very much reminiscent of the aromas. A spicy black pepper and a slightly tongue numbing clove flavor upfront with a floral very dry and crisp finish. Alcohol strength and warmth show up in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is very nice and refreshing. Its pretty easy drinking and the alcohol only really appears in the finish. Clove flavors get slightly more aggressive as the beer warms but nothing too crazy. Glad I got to try this one.

snpub540, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of MufflnMan
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Shared this 750ml bottle over some great shrimp and grits, pairing went well but maybe something less dry and more buttery would have gone better. Poured a gorgeous gold with a nice head that stayed put almost the whole way through.

Well pronounced smells of yeast, citrus, clove and flowery hops.

The taste follows the nose with a bit more spice and a little bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Hops are present and kicking but well balanced by everything else going on. Some bitter grapefruit which became more pronounced as I drank more.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium carbonation, maybe high for a pale ale, and you hardly feel the 9.5%. Bitterness is there but not at all offputting.

Not much into pale ales but thought I'd give this one a try being of the Belgian persuasion, glad I did. I wouldn't seek it out again because it is still a little bitter for my taste but definitely worth the try.

MufflnMan, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of GermanHero
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%

750ml bottle purchased about three weeks ago. Figured it's time to open it up and try it.

The appearance changed as I worked through the bottle. Started clear and as I made it to the bottom it got a bit cloudy. But that is to be expected, the wonders of bottle fermentation. It has a nice dark golden pour with a then 1/4inch head that reduced to a lace-like head after a few moments.

The smell is great a bit of citrus, maybe some apples or something. A great smell, has some Belgian yeast smells. Also some spices, some coriander and a bit of pepper.

Taste like golden heaven. But then I'm a softy for Belgian golden ales. The smells are similar to the taste, bits of apples and maybe some banana flavors, unexpected but still very good. A good balance of flavors, very much a great taste. Earthy, bready, a hint of sweetness, a bit boozy but it's very well done.

In my mouth it feels, exactly like you'd expect. It presents itself but is not over the top. Sort of tickles the back corners of my mouth. Not sure if it's the spice flavor coming through or what, but I approve. Has a nice warm finish.

Overall, I would rate this beer as one of my new favorites. It has some amazing qualities that I love in beers. Defiantly makes me what more, I'm going to have to head back to the store tomorrow and see if there are some more. Very drinkable, the higher ABV (9.5%) is well done. Definitely a beer that I would recommend to anyone who like Belgian ales.

GermanHero, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
4.18/5  rDev +2%

Pours a bright yellow color with a two finger head which recedes to skim and leaves a little lace on the glass. The aroma is of citrus fruits along with yeast sweetness and a hint of clove. The taste has a nice sweet yeast backbone along with some citrus flavors up front, in the middle is the clove presence. The noble hops come through at the end to round out the beer, not a big hop bite but a nice mellow flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and just a hint of alcohol slickness. The overall is good, very solid nice inviting aroma and solid flavor. The abv is very well hidden with just a hint being shown in the mouthfeel.

goblue3509, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

A- poured a hazed golden sunshine color with a frothy white 2 finger head it revealed nice lacing on side of glass

S- is nice blend of apples/bananas mixed with a dash of pepper and clove with belgian yeast

T- was excellent it followed the nose tart light fruits mixed with sweet candied malts mix in that touch of pepper/clove and finish it of with a touch of hops

M- was light to medium with medium carbonation very drinkable despite 9.5 abv it was slightly dry.and slightly tart/sour

O- an excellent collaboration that was quite tasty

gatornation, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
4.43/5  rDev +8%

75 cl

Pours slightly hazy gold with medium white head with good retention.

Smells of esters, coriander, and fresh grains.

Flavor is rich, estery with some mild hop bitterness, some brett and citrus, and fresh grains.

Medium body with sudsy carbonation and mild warmth.

Excellent beer, good flavor. Drinkable in spite of its higher ABV.

Cylinsier, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

jlindros, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of GuruDel
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

750 Cork and Caged bottle into a Tulip

Pour a semi clear bright yellow with a rocky 3 finger white head.

Smell is of apples and pears, zesty spice and pepper. What a wonderful smelling beer.

Taste, wowzer this tastest great, very complex, hard to pull out each component but pepper, yeast, apples, pears and a welcomed hop bite. This has to be my favorite beer from Ommegang. The 9.5% alcohol is no where to be found, what a great beer.

Mouthfeel is amazing, great carbonation, drying finish is extremely refreshing

Overall I will seek more, this is fantastic. One of the best belgian style blondes I have had.

GuruDel, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of dcsoke
4.18/5  rDev +2%

A: Light golden in color, this beer pours out smooth with generous amounts of carbonation so leave plenty of head space.

S: Light yeast cake smell with sweet Belgian aroma and little hop presence.

T: Perfectly carbonated with spicy notes and earthy flavors. The esters give off a slight fruitiness. After taste is good, but the high alcohol makes its presence known. Drink this at the temperature listed on the bottle or that alcohol flavor will overpower the beer. Aging may help this.

M: Full bodied Belgian with high carbonation. Leaves somewhat of a dry feel in the mouth after drinking.

O: Great beer, definitely up in the ranks of top Belgians.

dcsoke, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Pahn
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%

On tap at Plan B in Glastonbury, CT. Served in a chalice.

Appearance: No head left by bartender. Pours a beautiful hazy yellow that darkens to orange in the middle. Very little lacing.

Smell: Lots of tangy and spicy characteristic Belgian yeast smells, with even more earthiness and citrus. The smell gives a strong impression of freshness, like walking through a forest after it rains. As with the taste, there's very little in the smell to suggest any type of sweetness, which enhances the earthy and citrus aromas for me.

Taste: Bold, not-sweet-at-all citrus and tangy yeast, with a mildly sugary ending. Succulent, giving the same extreme impression of freshness as in the aroma, but stronger. Complex fruity and yeasty aftertaste, with sort of a suggestion of breadiness.

This beer is packed with flavor. It sounds ridiculous, but the best way I can describe this beer's flavor is by comparing it to the sex scene in the film I Am Love. The flavor is so earthy, fresh, bold, and sensual.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and juicy. Somewhat sugary, warm finish with a tiny bit of dryness. Great vehicle for the flavor.

Overall: This beer came out of left field for me... given the two breweries involved with its creation, I expected a decent, spicy and fruity BSPA, but the actual flavor completely over-delivered. It has tons of earthy, fruity, herbaceous flavor and lots of nice characteristic-BSPA esters while having very little sweetness (or bitterness). I find that combination very enjoyable.

I'm glad to have tried this beer on tap, since my love for Brasserie d 'Achouffe and occasional interest in Ommegang had me eying the bottle, but until now I've balked at buying it. Now I'm planning on buying a bottle and saving it in case I get a chance to seduce someone in a forest.

Pahn, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

MasterSki, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of bosco7
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours a brilliant golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves an extremely attractive lacing.

Perfumey noble hops shine beautifully in the nose. Apples and pears in there. Also present are some pleasant soap aromas that really make this smell interesting.

Nobel hop presence is mirrored in the taste. Fantastic spicy and earthy hops in here. Malt character is bready and clean. Spicy pepper notes with minty herbaceous flavors following. Hint of sweetness is reminiscent of La Chouffe but is short lived and finishes super dry. Bitterness is assertive for the style but is definitely welcomed.

Mouthfeel is luscious for the style which is characterized as dry and refreshing. This lusciousness is not viscous by any means but there is something velvety dry about it. Very nice for early spring.

I am extra skeptical of these collaborations these days but this beer goes above and beyond my expectations and created a beer that I enjoyed more than comparable products from either brewer (if my memory serves me right...I always thought La Chouffe was fantastic). Best new beer I've had in a long while highly recommended.

bosco7, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

A- Pours a medium gold color w/ a one finger off white head that quickly goes away. Lots of carbonation on this beer. Lacing is prominent on my glass.

S- Smell is really nice. The first thing that hits me is pepper in the forefront w/ pear and spice right behind it. A nice balance between the two. Very light airy aroma that begs you to taste the beer. I'm torn whether to give the smell a 4.5 or not- right now I'll go w/ a 4.. It's a tough call though.

T- Wow. This has got to be my favorite beer from Ommegang, and I've had almost all of them. Definitely a step way up from their BPA released last year. Pear/fruit/spice/pepper/hops all make their presence known, but really nicely balanced. A very tasty beer. No alcohol burn at all. I would never guess 9.5% ABV on this one. It's SMOOTH (for the most part).

M- Nice. It seems very light, but at the same time there's a substantialness to the feel that really makes this beer work. Nothing to really latch onto in the aftertaste- very balanced, and lingers quite a while. I might have almost caught a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste, but if I did, it's imperceivable.

O- This is a really nice beer. Kudos to Ommegang for making this one. It's not my favorite in it's class, but it's definitely worth trying if you can get ahold of this limited release.

jayhawk73, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Pakaged on 2/15/11 drink by 02/2013. Poured into a tulip glass.
A - A clouded golden yellow with a big bubbly white head. Bottle conditioned, be careful of yeast pour (they warn you on the bottle no worries).
S - Very light but sweet and peppery nose. Light citrus and a slight warmth of alchohol on the back end.
T & M - The beer starts crisp and fruity on the front end. Lots od citrus fruits mixed with some peppery spices. Then the beer mellows to a nuttyness and smoothed earthen oakyness. The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a good level of carbination that cleans the palate. Good alchohol warmth on the back of the throat that is decently hidden.
O - A very awesome collaboration! Well balanced spice and fruit body. Well hidden alchohol. I am glad I didn't just grab one of these!


CuttDeez, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

feloniousmonk, Apr 05, 2011
Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.