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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 85
Gots: 147 | 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 BeardedBoffin
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This collaboration brew hits the mark. It pours dark yellow to amber with a big white head. The aroma is a mixture of earthy herb and yeast along with some orange citrus and a little cherry. Fruit and sweet malt roil across the tongue as it mixes with pepper and spice to produce an authentic Belgian experience. Hints of toffee and apricot and alcohol. The booze is well hid, but there is a hint of it underneath. I really enjoyed this brew, Belgian through and through.

Photo of ADTaber
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviwed from notes, 750 ml btl poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: pours a hazy golden yellow with a thick 1.5 finger white head with good retention that leaves a lot of lacing down the side of the glass

S: sweet fruit, yeast, malt, spice and a hint of citrus hops

T: sweet plantains, white grape, lemon citrus, hint of caramel malt, ginger and peppery spice, faint hops presence, very complex and flavorful

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, quite smooth but sticks to the palate a little

O: this is a great beer, the flavors are pretty complex and blend nicely, the alcohol is very well hidden, I hope this isn't a one-time collaboration

Photo of Trilogy31
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark golden brown with a creamy white head that leaves very little lacing. The nose carries classic belgian spices with prominent clove and white pepper along others, with sweet citrus peel. The taste has citrus, rich wheaty malt, citrus and after it warms up weizen beer taste with banana and clove. The taste is classic belgian though a bit astrigent with the abv showing. A nice beer. But i prefer my hangovers from la fin du monde.

Photo of tapman
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium gold in color and appears to shine from the inside out. Large 3 finger + head of yellowed foam is crawling back to the beer at a quick pace. Unfiltered, though is this bottling yeast or the yeast made for the beer?

Sweet orange fruit in the nose; I smell nectarines and peaches. Also some pear, light clove and pale, grainy malt.

Bitterness is very aggressive and is in the middle and definitely in the finish. Wow, that's a lot of bittering hops. Once again I get some nectarines. Also, a dusty yeast taste and diluted pineapple juice. You can't taste the alcohol, not in a "hot" way, but it certainly adds to the strong bitterness. The finish is quite messy.

Very crisp and very dry.

A fine Belgian Strong Pale, it is just so bitter that it is hard to sip this one for me.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Able to get this in a bottle and on draft from Butch's Dry Dock in Holland, Michigan. I loved the bottle, but for the record, I will be reviewing the draft.

Poured into a snifter glass, white frothy head sits atop a golden orange haze. Beautiful color.

Wheat goodness on the nose. Some small hints of citrus and maybe even strawberries? Definitely some belgian yeast aroma in there. Nothing overwhelms. Total harmony.

First of all....this is very refreshing. I can hardly believe the 9.5%, but you get all kinds of smooth flavors. Hay, straw, orange, grapefruit, wheat, touch of bubblegum, and more smoothness.

Easy to drink, easy to drink and easy to drink.

I don't want to fall into hyperbole and say this is the best ever, but it is one hell of a collabo between two awesome breweries. Get your hands on this if you can.


Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with racing sea of microbubbles supporting a bubbly pours white head that last as a thin film.

S- This beer has a green herbal note that blends with a fruity yeast character and some white cheese rind with a paper quality blended in to it. The fruity esters take on a pear and white apricot quality as the beer opens.

T- The light tartness that starts blends with a green dry Noble hop finish and some yeasty dry fruit characters finish with a green pungent hint that lingers for a moment after each sip. Like the smell the fruity esters of peach and white apricot come through in the taste aswell.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight fizz which compliments the pungent hop note that lingers and no real alcohol heat until the last few sips and that is a gentle warmth.

O- This beer is delicious with a well-blended complexity and a supporting hops flavor that balances everything. The Noble hops and soft yeast funk blend well and the crisp texture make this beer disappear much to quickly.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold/orange color. Poured a 3 finger coarse stark white head. Decanted lightly. Laced in patches.

S: Banana and some clove along with other light-colored fruits. Pale malt along with sweet bubblegum. Peppery tickle. Complex nose.

T: Very much like the nose. The pale malt is sweet and bready.. Fruit and spice flavors are very intense. Nice complexity and well-balanced.

M: Medium in body. Moderate carbonation. Spice and ester character. Slightly warming considering hearty ABV.

O: Very interesting character. Complex and balanced. A little boozy, but definitely ABV.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice collab take on a Belgium Golden Ale

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle. Main label with a lazy design using a red and golden palette pivoting around a large Ommengang "O", D'Achouffe logo, and name of the brew. Right side notes main intent, and collaboration ethos. Left side note offers serving instruction, brewery background and perfunctory legal sections. Shows serving temperature, and Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) . Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy pale gold pour, rich frothy head, nice retention, good surface memory, and fair touches of lacing.

S - Fruity, a sweet touch with a Belgian yeasty sense, hint of spices.

T - Sweet, fruity, hint of pineapple, pear, a bit of citrus around the spicy hint.

M - Light/medium body with generous carbonation and a nice dry sense throughout.

O - Very pleasing, leaning on the sweet edge and with a great range.

Notes: Nice surprise and collaboration! I was hesitant around the notion of the style, and the potential for this one despite the reputation of both brewers, but sure enough they have crafted quite the quality strong golden ale.

Photo of Outchillen
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy golden orange, nice white head, with nice lace

S: Slightly fruity belgian yeast, wheat malt and little to no hops

T/M: Belgian yeast with its banana and cloves, very light bodied for a beer so strong, finishes a little dry

O: I liked this beer a lot, Im very happy with the half case that I bought, Ommegang makes great Belgian beer in NY

Serving type: bottle

Photo of rlee1390
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Semi cloudy orange, very carbonated. About a two finger head and some lacing is left.

S-Wheat, yeast and some fruity notes.

T-Very similar to the nose, some bananas and clove.

M-Light and carbonated.

O-A solid beer, used it to celebrate the Bruins winning. Ommegang continues to make great beers.

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured beautifully with an ace lace of head, golden blonde liquid filling the glass.

Smelled sweet like banana-bread with bits of pear & apple.

Wonderful balance of fruity esters, tantalizing malt bill & a sweet alcohol warming.

Overall, an expertly crafted collaboration deep rooted in it’s Belgian Strong spirit.

Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden colored beer with a frothy white head that had decent retention. Nothing left on the sides.

S - Stone fruits, very sweet, lots of belgian yeast. A fair bit of honey in there.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells, which is very sweet. Strong yeast taste which is kind of off-putting but tempered by some syrupy sweetness. It's okay.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel.

O - I don't care much for this beer, it's okay, but nothing I'd ever drink again.

Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light yellow pour with about a finger of white head. Initially bubbly body, the bubbles fade quickly as does the head. Only a ring around the outside remains after a few minutes.

S: Candied sugar, Belgian yeast, citrus, banana, booze on the smell. Very sweet overall and Belgian all the way.

T: The taste is very familiar to other of the style, but is more complex, balanced, and the flavor profile develops on the palate very nicely. The taste begins with the candied sugar and Belgian yeasts that are prototypical of Belgian Pales. A maltiness and breadiness comes next, balancing the beer nicely. As the flavor evolves, the citrus and bananas come out, and are finished with a slight warming booziness.

MF: A tangy carbonation holds this beer together. Very light and refreshing.

O: Two very good breweries coming together to make one very good beer. Really like both Ommegang and La Chouffe and this surely did not disappoint.

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased at Table & Vine, West Springfield, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1/2" eggshell head over the cloudy amber brew. Head lasts okay, with thick coating lace. Aroma is sweet wheat, with a touch of funk.

Taste begins deeply sweet, cloves in the middle, with a fruitiness peeking in, and closes quietly with lingering of the same flavors. Alcohol warmth comes on as well. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is very easy, esp for the abv. Very nice brew.

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golen straw colored beer maybe a bit darker.
Exceptionally well carbonated helping to boost up a tall and loose structured foamy white head.

Aroma is that of rich malts and Beligum yeast. Hops have a spicy bit but are restained.

With 5 different malts and 2 noble hops and 2 yeast strains this beer difinitly has a complex taste but yet similar. The malts greet your taste buddies with a fruity sweetness and hops have a restrained floral to earthy taste.
There is sutle spiciness and fruity esters.

Mouthfeel is medium and the beer slides around smoothly. A dry finish with soft alcohol warming at the aftertaste.

A good beer from two outstanding breweries but the alcohol and price could act as a deterent for some.

Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang champagne bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours cloudy light copper with an inch of white foam. Residual lacing grips the sides of the glass. Belgian yeast smell. Taste is smooth, light sugar blended with an even hop. Very mild and even. Some honey taste, and dark fruit. Very good.

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque golden color with some sediment residual. A half inch of white head with poor retention. Lots of carbonation as depicted by the multitude of bubbles rising to the surface. Interested choice of

S - Floral natural aromas typical of a good belgian pale ale. Some woody hints as well from the belgian yeast.

T - The natural and earthy taste that is so prevalent in this style is complemented by a malty and yeasty background with slight hop notes. The yeast strain is typical of Belgium thanks to Brasserie D'Achouffe who designed this beer in collaboration with Ommegang.

M - A citrusy hop aftertaste is aided by the dominant yeasty character. No alcohol detected. Medium-bodied brew.

O - Remarkable representation of a Belgian Pale Ale as is typical of Ommegang! Great brew that is worth trying if you are in to those yeasty and spicy Belgians.

Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a blend of wonderful caramel, brisk feel and subtle husky adjunct. Corn hints to a bubble golden pour. Nose of brie and hay. Palate a tad on the sweet side. I wouldn't have this in a bottle due to fear of a dominating protein husk candy that blends well but your make for a cardboard feel if it sat around too long. Great little brew... Early autumn feel. Mild floral linger.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a new offering for me from Ommegang, and I like D'Achouffe as well, so this should be interesting. I picked this beer up at the Spring Cypress and 249 Spec's. Let's see what this one has to offer:

Appearance: Amazingly pours with almost no head though there was head-pressure on the cork. Interesting. There are quite a few bubbles rising, though they don't stick once they get to the top. The beer itself is a pretty hazy yellow gold. The few bubbles that collect on the side of the glass are white and very fizzy as you can tell they have no intention of sticking around.

Aroma: I get lots of Belgian yeast character that is quite bread dough like. The yeast is mixed with a secondary hop character that is pretty earthy for the style. There are some floral notes to the hops, and the malt gives a subtle wheat and sweet crystal malt, but that is about it. The yeast is the bigger player in this beer.

Taste: The flavor is pretty much in line with the aroma except that the yeast isn't as huge of a player as the aroma suggested. It is still a very large contributor to the flavor profile, but the hops and alcohol are coming out a lot more than in the aroma and is pushing this beer over almost to the Tripel category. The body is medium to a little light with carbonation present on the tongue, but not doing much for the overall drinkability of the beer. There are some more fruity notes coming out as the beer warms. There is peaches, maybe some green apples and pears, and who knows what else? The finish is balanced toward the sweetness with some subtle light toasty caramel to linger with the hops and bread-dough for quite some time after the sip.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. It is a little yeasty for my taste, but I feel that this will mellow with age. The hops are such that they would probably be conducive to to the aging as well. I would venture to guess that this beer would be ready in about 18 months or so of cold aging. At that point, hopefully the yeast will settle and the hops and alcohol would co-exist a bit better to make this beer more drinkable. As it is, it tastes young, so it really isn't all that enjoyable.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know what to expect here. Nice pour, honey gold color rests under a two finger white rocky head. Belgian lacing, check. Head retention, less of a check. Aroma, well its weak. A little spicy, a little banana, and a suggestion of belgian candi sugar. The taste is clean, crisp. There are flavors of clove, banana, and spicy belgian yeast. A very clean pils malt, not much in the way of hops. Very esters are present, some green apple too. To think this is almost 10%, can't be but it is. A really well crafted, but simple beer. This makes it all the more impressive. These simple ales are tough to pull off well, and this one is a winner.

Photo of mynie
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's way too many brewery crossovers these days. At first, it was the The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones. Sure, it was cheap. But you loved both of those things and couldn't help but give them a chance. But lately, man. It's hard to work up any enthusiasm for the Boddington's/Magic Hat collaboration.

So we're dealing with something that is rarely, cheaply interesting and usually just a sad marketing ploy. How, then, does it work.

Well, when two brewers are complimentary, maybe? Like when the Floyds' hops mixed up with Sun Kings unparalleled yeastmanship. Or here, when the two Kings of dry, earthy Belgian-style beers get together to try and out dry earth one another.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is one hell of a Belgian Blonde. Like, the best BB I've ever had that wasn't brewed by De Dolle.

I'm so tired of listing the same handful of descriptors for each beer. (This tastes spicy, sweet, and a little bit hoppy) If you've had a strong BPA, you know the basic formula. Only, wow, it don't usually come together like this. The sweetness starts things off, then it gets so nice and spicy in the middle that burns--but it burns like peppers, not like alcohol--and then that fades slowly away and leaves a taste of tangy honey upon your tongue, and the whole time the beer's as thick as silk.

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.