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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 89
Gots: 175 | 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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Ratings: 1,238 | Reviews: 395
Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost clear, orange peel, bronze , and sunshine colored ale. The head after the pour is very quick, and no residual foam. Moderate bubbling.

Soft spice, and juicey, biter oarnge peel aroma. I smelled the sweet part of fresh juice right from the fruit also. Sweet malt and yeast bring out Summer fruits to the nostrils. Very inviting aroma.

Juicey and syrupy palate of sweet Summer fruit. Oranges, apricots, nectarines, and apples. Lightly oasted mlat and maybe a little earthy hop profile and thats it. Oh yeah, and some warm alcohol on the finish, especially as the beer warms. Very nice sipper, great carbonation on the palate.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang was one of the first two brewers whose products I pursued (Unibroue was the other). I found their beers to be of strong character and excellent craftsmanship. I was excited to try this beer, and have since maintained a watchful eye for it. A favorite of mine.

A: slightly hazy pale gold straw with an off-white "beware-the-overpour" head; left sticky lace down the tulip glass

S: hops and yeasts kick up a fruity, floral bouquet over a honeyed malty sweetness

T: sweet and smooth but with a crisp, sharp edge; hints of spiced pale fruits like apricots, pears, and peaches; bit of spicy tartness over a very clean-tasting pale malt base.

M: solid medium-full body, strong carbonation; soft - I would almost think this a tripel in feel

O: this was a really good beer - it had a much "softer" presentation than I expected in a strong pale Belgian. This beer leans toward the tripel end of the BSPA spectrum, but with an emphasis on the malt sweetness and yeasts.
Highly recommended.

$17 bomber.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Murky golden with a modest head and not much lace from a relatively gentle pour into a Duvel tulip.

S-Has a nice Belgian thing going on but it's subtle with a nice spice I can't put my finger on.

T-Biscuit, apricot, and a bit of a malt with a nice hoppiness that makes for a rather complex ale; very nice! Finishes crisp with some grapefruit on the tail end. The high ABV doesn't detract at all, so this one is dangerous.

M-Very silky with a touch of carbonation.

O-A splendid ale worthy of your attention and is probably food friendly given the low carbonation and silky mouthfeel.

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely deep cloudy gold. White head that leaves spots here and there. A fair amount of carbonation evident as I move the glass around. Smell has a lot of pale malt with a mild banana and light fruits. Belgian yeast flows well and brings out a healthy breadiness maybe a trace of funk. Taste is so close to perfect I may have to come back and p the score. It follows the nose but adds a peppery bite. A touch of sweet alcohol that melds into grains and cinnamon. Mildly spicy hop finish that features a bit of alcohol bit and citrus skin. Crispy dryness gives you a reason to go back to the glass way too soon. Feel is superb with creamy carbonation that laves a quenching sensation and and velvety swallow. A great beer that I will be stocking up on frequently.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Packaged _/15/11, best by Feb. 2013. Cool label; 5 malts, 2 hops, 2 yeasts.

Appearance: Poured into my Hennepin glass, this is a hazy goldenrod beer, capped by a nice creamy ivory cap with nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of tropical fruit, hints of alcohol, and TONS of spice, which I remember from the other Brasserie D'Achouffe beer I had (I don't remember the name). The spice notes are somewhat reminiscent of cardamom. It's pleasant, but not lots of depth.

Taste: Tons of spice up front here, both from the yeast and from the hops as well, methinks. I can't really pick out any individual spice flavors, or fruit flavors for that matter, but this is full of tropical fruit, spice, hints of herbal hops. Bitterness is on the light side of medium, nice and clean. Some mild malt notes, with a hint of dry caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Overall: Tasty, reasonably-complex, and no major flaws, but I just can't get myself to love this. For the approx. $14 it cost me, I probably wouldn't pick up another one.

Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Hazy straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Vague light fruit nose, flavor is sweet & tart fruit. Higher ABV is hidden. There are other blondes like Leffe that are better. Not worth $15.95 for a 750ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure where I got this. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy straw color. The head is a bright white color, four fingers tall, small medium sized bubbles, very retention, not much lacing.
Smell: The aromas are yeasty, peppery, and nothing else.
Taste: The flavors are banana, slightly tart, wheaty.
Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is medium, with a lingering finish.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber colour with a thick cloud and protein floaties (proaties), steady but thin bead. Head is white, nice and dense with decent retention. Lace is stretched, but sticky.

Smell is underwhelming. Plenty of fruit hiding in there, but hiding. Notes of apricot, raspberry and a hint of tamarind towards the back where it gets more bitter and phenolic. Touch of orange peel, cardamom and green peppercorns. Subdued, but nice.

Taste is very complex and Belgian, with bitter, boozey phenols competing with fruity esters for supremacy starts with a vanilla-malt base with nice cereal grain notes. Phenols come through with hints of cardamom, rubber and fresh fennel, blending with lemon, apricot and mildly tart berry notes for a mid-to-late palate that straddles the hub between fruity, spice and bitter quite nicely. Starts fruity and ends fairly spicy-phenolic. Good Belgian palate.

Full body, slight boozey warmth, otherwise very smooth.

Good, complex brew. Could see it matching well with an Indian curry or chilli prawns.

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

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy straw-gold with an inch-plus head of dense white. Elongated dots of lacing throughout the glass along with a barely solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics begin with pleny of clovey phenols with accents of corainder and orange peel. Some plump malt and candi sugar follow through. Citrus with some wafting booziness round out the finish.

Light bodied with a crisp, zesty mouthfeel. Carbonation on the light side for the style and adds a bit of chew.

Toasted biscuits drizzeled with honey and orange marmalade start the palate. The malt backbone is light but plump and juicy, and plenty of grassy, earthy hops pull quickly through. Bright coriander with an orangy citric undercurrent and loads of phenols.

Finishes with a trace of heat, lingering citrus and spice, and plenty of Belgian goodness.

Great beer, although I have a soft spot for LaChouffe anyways. Ramp up the carbonation and maybe a bit more rustic character would really put this one over the top. A bit more refined than I remember my first LaChouffe being, but a great offering from Ommegang nonetheless.

Photo of Badbobx
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bomber into a pint glass. The beer presented a hazy golden color with a small head of foam.
The aroma was Belgian with strong hints of spice and mild orange.
The flavor is full of spices. I am sensing some mild clove, pepper and a hint of cinnamon. I am getting a bit of biscuit flavor. There is a slight astringency and a warm alcohol finish.
The mouthfeel is full warm and a strong feel of the carbonation.
This is a example of a Belgian strong ale.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright, hazy golden color with almost no head but a small ring of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Lemon and orange with a backing that has a slight mustiness. Also has a strong floral aroma.

Taste: Begins with spicy hops, finishing with lots of lemon and noble hop flavors. There is a bit of Belgian yeastiness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice carbonation bite and a somewhat alcoholic warming finish.

Overall: A good beer and a nice representation of some of the better flavors that Belgium has to offer. Definitely worth a taste.

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

Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe as we brewed our flagship IPA.

Pours a very light amber colour, quite bright when held to the light, and with a pleasant haze that collects and refracts the light. Head is bubbly but fine, leaving some patchy lacing of pure white. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is round and supple, giving some pleasantly smooth, almost buttery Belgian phenols, and a pleasant spicy sweetness that suggests the bright pepper notes of Belgian yeast, with the smoothness that underlies it. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste is also relatively smooth, but the sweetness comes and goes with a semi-sweet nut butter and grain character cut with a spicy, slightly phenolic bite through the centre. Very smooth feel, with an almost indistinguishably light carbonation.

Very nice beer this one—it hides the alcohol well, and comes across a lot lighter and easier drinking than it is. Interestingly, I put this and the Rare Vos side-by-side and they're miles apart. Obviously this is stronger, but it shows how much the strengths assists the style. This was fuller, rounder, more integrated and better balanced.

Photo of Soultiller
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- not very impressive, small head that dissipated quickly. Cloudier than I expected ( much more than ommegangs bpa)

S- distinct fruit and spicy Belgian yeast aroma with a nice malty undertone. Very little alcohol in the nose despite the 9.5 abv.

T- taste is very good,a nice light fruity flavor balanced by the alcohol bite without either flavor overpowering the other.

M- very smooth, silky texture makes this beer go down almost too easy

O- overall this is a very good beer, a delicious flavor and smooth mouthfeel make this beer very drinkable without any of the heaviness that usually accompany a beer of this abv. The only letdown here is the subpar appearance and aroma, things which ommegang gets right too often for this misstep to occur.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Gnomegang

Ontap into a snifter. Bright gold in color, fizzy, bone white head forms and leaves alittle lace. In the aroma, estery Belgian yeast and some floral hops. In the flavor, nice dry yeast, moderate hop presence with notes of earth, pine and faint citrus. Alcohol is also rather pronounced in the flavor profile, but does not detract from the experience. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, with a dry finish. Overall, this is a good belgian pale, would have liked more hops to cut the alcohol flavors a bit. This one was similar to the Ommegang BPA only bigger.

Photo of capeannbass36
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, slightly orange tinted gold with a 2 finger white head. Steady stream of bubbles rising from center of glass throughout, leaving a white film on top. Light lacing left behind. Looks great!

S- Nothing special. A little fruit. A little malt.

T- Some malt. Some clove. That's it for me.

M- Medium body. Fine tingled carbonation. Crisp and dry. Not warm at all, considering the ABV.

O- For something that poured so nice...and looked so great....a little disappointing.

Photo of nickthetick
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear pale gold into a DFH signature glass with a finger of pure white head that slowly dissipates to a couple of centimeters, the nucleation site keeps a solid stream of bubbles flowing.

S: fruity, raisins, sweet malt, apricots, yeasty, and until I looked this up I couldn't identify the smell but now its all I get. Bubble gum.

T: light yellow fruits; pineapples, apricots, shiro plums and pears. Some dough and sweet malt. A good dose of alcohol at the end.

MF: medium body, crisp flavor, dry and warm.

O: a great and interesting beer I would love to get my hands on again.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a slight copper tinge to it. Thee is a lot of carbonation in this one somewhat reminiscent of champagne. The smell is belgiany with a definite alcohol presence bu still very subtle. The taste is very good with the Belgian yestyness coming through up front followed by a slight hop presence and the. The alcohol is noticeable but in no way unpleasant. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Overall the beer is great and you should try it while it's still on the shelves

Another thanks to my boss who brought this one back from Belgium comes to cooperstown

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to my buddy pat for opening this one up.

A: Pours a deep orange/copper color with a large white head on top, made up of many tiny bubbles. Lots of small carbonation bubbles are released from the bottom of the glass. Nice head retention, eventually resulting in a patch on top. Not as much lacing as expected from the head that formed.

S: Rather fruity aroma with banana, pears, apples, and a bit of raisins. Rather yeasty, typical Belgian characteristics, with a bit of spice and some doughy malt. Slight bubblegum aroma and a hint of alcohol as well.

T: The aroma shines through nicely with lots of big fruit flavors. The banana and bubblegum flavors are dominant with undertones of apples and pears. There is a honey-like sweetness along with a decent amount of biscuity and doughy malt. There is a little bit of pepper spice.

M: Medium to full bodied with some prickly carbonation. Seemed to be just about right in this department.

O: A very nice collaboration beer between two great breweries. Drinks very smooth with a little bit of an alcohol kick. Not much wrong with this beer at all.

Photo of Sam21
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Packaged 2/15/11. Best before February 2013. Poured into tulip.

Appearance – Pours with a vibrant golden body and pristine white head. Excellent retention and creamy appearance.

Smell – A wonderful bouquet of clove, green apples, citrus rind, and light hay that is finished off by a pleasant hop spicineness.

Taste – Honey, oranges, a bit of bitter citrus rind, candy sweetness, and apple build a nice sweet base. The Ommegang and D’Achouffe yeasts add clove, spice, and build into a fantastic finish that is accented by the noble hops. Wonderfully spicy and fruity.

Mouthfeel – The body walks the line between medium and full with a light creaminess. The carbonation is perfect and lifts the flavors effortlessly across the palate.

Drinkability – At 9.5% alcohol, you expect a touch of alcohol in the finish. The stomach warming finish is the only indicator. Expertly crafted, deceivingly drinkable, and full of complexities.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The idea of the collaboration is interesting, and the beer itself is good, but nothing particularly unique as I had hoped. Conforms well to the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style. Bright malt with lively carbonation. Some yeasty funk lurking in the background, with hints of slightly over-ripe apple. Finish is firm with some pepper bite at the end. Overall it struck me as a bit fruitier take on Duvel.

Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy, white head. Head falls slow leaving decent lace.

Rather clean aroma. Hints of citrus and coriander with obvious, familiar Belgian yeast aromas. Nice.

Nice taste. Typical Belgian flavor with mild, sweet malts, perfect amount of spice and citrus and awesome flavors from the yeast. Hops in the finish with mild bitterness.

Medium to full in the mouth with average carbonation.

Good stuff, very easy to drink.

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this as part of a La Chouffe/Omegang promotion that was going on at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Overall a very good beer and a nice collaboration between two related breweries. A little bet on the strong side.

Color is a light straw with a very nice, fluffy head and belgian lacing left behind.

Aroma is very nice. A lot of fruit aroma with a nice esthery yeasty smell as well.

Overall flavor was very good, bready and fruity but, as mentioned before, a little on the strong side.

I enjoy this beer although I think it's more of a late night and/or winter beer than a hot weather beer (it's 100 degrees today!).

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy peachy yellow/gold color, with a thin snow-white head that, while not huge, never totally disappears, remaining dangerously close to a skim the whole time.

Aroma is big sweet fruits, front and center. Pears, peaches, apples, white grape/raisin, all dunked in alcohol, because the 9.5% definitely tickles the nose a bit. Yeast carries a slight funk but is still on the clean side of earthy. Malt is sugar cookie dough and wet hay.

This is not a subtle beer. The taste is magnified by the alcohol, a component which never veers toward the extreme, but simply lends its warming, glowing support to everything else. All those fruit notes in the aroma are here, big and bountiful and bright, with the crisp snap of hops and clean, biscuit-like maltiness reminding particularly of Duvel, in that it has that almost pilsner-ish character. But then the yeasts impart their personality and it becomes a whole other thing. Slight bit of honey sweetness and some white pepper spiciness. Not that this is an entirely original or unique beer, there are quite a few Belgians in the Gnomegang realm, but what does happen here is simple: pure Belgian ale magic.

Slick feel + tingly carbonation + an airy but not unsubstantial body = just the right delivery system for this beer.

Despite pretty strong alcohol presence, this thing drinks so easily...dangerously easy. In the middle of a country-wide heat wave, this totally hits the spot. But I'll be honest, this would hit the spot any day of the year, winter, summer, spring, fall, whatever. If you don't like this, you don't like Belgian beer.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a good amount of foamy head settling into larger bubbles.

S: Smells spicy with pepper and fruity with dark and heavy fruits; apricots, plums and oranges are predominant.

T/M: Taste is extremely yeasty and bitter up front followed by a small alcohol bite, faint but noticeable nonetheless. It soon gives way to some of that spicy pepper and nutmeg with orange and lemon citrus and apricots.

This is good beer and a complex brew, but in the end, I much prefer their independent contributions. Keep trying though, guys, and I’ll keep drinking them.

Photo of jamescain
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a champagne style glass

Appearance: Pale yellow with a rocky white head that fades into a lacing and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Spicy Belgian yeast, notes of citrus, peach, and other fruit. Very spicy and earthy.

Taste: Yeasty and earthy with a hint of citrus and a dry spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light dry finish with a lingering spiciness.

Overall: Very good beer, refreshing, complex, flavorful, I’m not contemplating buying more the only thing that would prevent me from that would be price.

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