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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 wilkowski
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured a 750ml bottle into my Chimay chalice. Serving temperature: 42F

A: beautiful honey color, tall thick paper-white head.

S: big doughy yeasty aroma at first pour. some fruity esters. the nose becomes quite muted as the head goes down.

T: soft shortbread, subtle banana and spices accent the well balanced yeasty and malty body.

M: great mouthfeel, carbonation is flawless. I'm floored by how good this feels.

D: outstanding for the mouthfeel and solid all around. I will be going to buy another one or two of these soon.

wilkowski, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

750ml, 1st bottling, poured into pint.

A- Nice pale golden yellow and a big chouffe head. Snowdrifts.. mild lacing, great retention.

Nose is very fruity- green apple, pear, and ripe peach.

T- Bready spicy malt, lots of great yeast spiciness and fruitiness... peppery and some clove to. Some banana to round out the others found in the nose. Bitterness in the finish cuts through the sweetness.

M- Fantastic- great body, carbonation, and finish. Near perfection.

O- I am impressed. I love a good BSPA, and this is one that should not be missed. Worth seeking out, I can't wait to get some more.

ShogoKawada, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from a corked "bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
Tawny gold ihn color, with a lovely head of whipped-eggwhite foam.
Aroma-Perfumy boquet of spicy Brett yeast, tropical fruit, and earthy hop note
Taste-Fruity, spicy yeast, Belgian candy sugar, complemented wonderfully with subtle earthy hops and faint pepper. Very easy drinking and refreshing. More of a Saison-like feel without the obvious hop/peppery finish. Very smooth, with alchohol almost not evident, but take the time to savor this one. Duvel-like without the coarse hoppiness and bite.
Super-smooth and very flavorfull. Get some while you can. Worth every penny. A superbly well-done collaboration!

hosehead83, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured a clear, orange gold w/ small head and not much lace on top of an aroma that perks up w/ citric notes, spice, yeast, some sugary sweetness and a touch of sourness. A very crisp, clean blonde that is somehow light in body yet smooth, chewey, a little sticky as well in the mouthfeel. I'm getting all kinds of balanced tastes such as breadiness and crisp carbonation and some bitter hops for dryness, and yet I'm also picking up fruit flavors that range from sour citric to grape to plush fruit like apple and pear and also sweetness from caramel, sugar and sweet fruit, plus a pickup from spices and the ABV is rather well hidden, though it combined w/ the spices bring a little hotness to the finish (nothing major). Pleasantly surprised that none of this is muddled and this is a great collabo.

clayrock81, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.43/5  rDev +8%

Served from tap into a snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and slight sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The banana aspect going on in this one was quite pleasant and enjoyable. When this was coupled with the slight heat from the alcohol it was quite nice. The aroma was very good too and kept me coming back for more... This one was pretty good in just about all aspects. Definitely would suggest this to other BAs and friends as it is a must try.

thagr81us, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Thanks, Al, for the growler.

A: The ale has a Belgian glow, orange-golden with a pervasive haziness. A thin head, less than a finger, left a few patches of lace around my goblet.

S: Spicy sweet with pears and anise featuring prominently. Candi sugar sweetness is there too, adding to the pear-like aromas.

T: An intriguing combination of hops and spices, so much so that it beats out BPA on initial impression. The hops have an American feel, strength-wise, pleasantly bold with grassy flavors. Pepper and candi sugars add heat and sweet together. The Saaz hops lend a Duvel flavor that pairs nicely with the Achouffe yeast strain's pear flavors. Citrus flavors continue to emerge as the ale warms, pairing nicely with the hops. I like the ale, it brings together the best of LaChouffe, BPA, and Duvel Triple Hop. Money in a growler.

M: The mouthfeel, well-carbonated, is sweet and zesty, spicy and tangy. A brilliant hybrid ale.

O: The ale doesn't feel like a 9.5% beast. Instead, the swirling flavors are comforting and brilliant. Hands down the best brewer of Belgian-style ales in the U.S.

akorsak, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of alexkeil
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Had this on tap at the Blue Monk in Buffalo. Pours a straw to golden color with a thick white head that lasted to the bottom. The aroma was mostly belgian yeast with hints of citrus and honey. The mouthfeel was that wonderful belgian creaminess. The flavor was a smooth balance of belgian yeast, bready malts, and hints of lemon and honey. It had a very tasty, bready aftertaste that lasted. If this is what the two breweries can produce when getting together, then they should do so more often.

alexkeil, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +9%

Served in a tulip glass at Map Room 4/2/11.

A: Served a hazy pale straw-gold with a killer 1 1/2 layer of bright white meringue that left a ton of messy lace behind.

S: Big time fruity yeasty esters with a kiss of toasted grain. Green apples and fresh mown grass.

T: See above. Tangy and grassy flavors straddle the line between a Saison and a BSPA.

M: Smooth and sticky with just a hint of hoppy prickliness. No trace of its' supposed 9.5%.

O: Excellent effort. This might just re-ignite my interest in Ommegang.

GbVDave, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of unseenbyyou
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Luckily was at 38 degrees last night when they tapped this...
could not believe that 9.5% could taste so good. It had a nice saison quality to it (though it's not the style--that's the impression that I had of it at first)
Taste: There is a nice citrus afterbite...very mellow though...
Appearance: A nice golden color, reminds me a good belgian, not much head, diffuse carbonation
Mouthfeel: You got to be kidding me, easy to drink...way too easy to drink...4 or 5 of these would be way to easy (if I could afford four of five of them)
Overall another winner from the Ommegang Brewery! Can't go wrong with them ever...

unseenbyyou, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Plinythechugger
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

A - Pours a lemony orange color, with a nice amount of lacing on the tulip. It is quite obvious that it is well carbonated.

S - Plantains, cloves and yeast - you know...belgium yeast.

T - Absolutely amazing! The carbonation is almost too high - so well crafted. This is what a colaboration should be...the best of both worlds.

M - Silky and plush. A touch strange, yet complex. A finish that continues to linger on.

D - Very drinkable. This is a beer to seek out!

Plinythechugger, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%

A- Pours a golden honey color with some prominent haze. Two Fingers of off white head recedes into a finger and lasts with some great retention. Some spotty lacing as it is sippped.

S- Starts of with an aggressive spicy character that is reminiscent of cracked black peppercorn and a balancing honey sweet aroma. Sweet and spicy. Clove and baking spices are mixed in for good measure. Surprisingly there is a nice leafy hop profile in the aroma with hints of lemongrass. What would a Belgian style be without some yeast in the aroma? Fruity yeast esters comprised of sun dried peach and apricot gives this brew a nice little zing. Finishes with a slightly hot alcohol presence that detracts from the overall aroma.

T- Has all the positive qualities of a Belgian Golden Ale however it is overwhelmingly alcoholic for the style and detracts from the overall flavor and makes my cheeks a bit to red. Initially clove, orange peel and spicy pepper blend on the palate. Yeast flavor and fruity pineapple and white grape juice flesh out nicely. Crisp and refreshing. Finish is again way to hot. Wish they had hidden the booze better. my taste buds are like teenagers sneaking into their parent's liquor cabinet.

MF- Medium body and carbonation with a slick and stingy (from the alcohol) mouthfeel.

D- Low drinkability.

Viciousknishs, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

ST: 750ml poured into an over sized wine glass

A: Tangerine cloudy orange with a nice head that quickly settles onto the sides of the glass. It leaves wonderful lacing.

S: What a great aroma! Tons of fruit: apple, lemon, mango, and pineapple. There is also a bunch of yeast, pepper, and clove.

T: Sweet honey malt backbone that is surrounded by strong clove and spice. There is some good amount of fruit: apple, apricot, and strong orange. The finish has a nice amount of wheat and bitterness from the hops that helps balance the beer out. Citrus hangs on the tongue.

M: Slightly heavy and mildly cloying.

O: I wanted to try this the moment I heard about it, and I only regret I did not buy two. This is an excellent beer with wonderful flavor, and it is pretty balanced. It has sweetness, but it also has hops. It is smooth and delightful. I plan on buying another one.

ianjsullivan, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.18/5  rDev +2%

A - Crisp tangerine color with a large, fluffy, slightly creamy, light, pillowy, white head. Great retention with a nice sticky lace.

S - Spicy orchard and tropical fruit. Clove is quite strong along with pepper and yeast aroma. Apple, pear, lemon, and some tangerine, and pineapple. A touch of floral aroma as well. Nice aroma.

T - Lots of clove and some other spice. Good malt/honey backbone with orchard fruit also fairly strong. The citrus/tropical fruit peeks its head every now and then but it is not too strong. Belgian yeast fairly strong.

M - Fuller side of medium body with good carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - A little too spiced for my liking. I had no trouble finishing the bottle, but it isn't something that I would regularly want.

Notes: Enjoyable BSPA, a little heavy on the spicy but a sweet malt/honey provides a bit of balance. I enjoyed this, but it wasn't my favorite for the style.

FreshHawk, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Manoftyr
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%

Appearance-Pours a lovely golden-amber with a fluffy perfectly Belgian white head, carbonation is lively enough with bubbles clearly visible on their way up in the midst of the liquid. Looks like your picture-perfect BSPA.

Aroma-Very floral up front, fruity Belgian yeast aromas with that associated light twang of funk and spicyness; I pick up a lot of pear, green apples and some apricot. A clear Chouffe presence on the nose.

Taste-Sweet maltiness up front followed by a sudden bittering of noble hops followed almost as quickly by the yeast character which largely follows the nose with floral/fruity tastes reminiscent of apricot, green apples and pear; particularly apricot. There's also a faint honey-like taste, this really is a delicious and suprisingly complex BSPA.

Mouthfeel-Lush with perfectly prickly carbonation, it easily slides down your throat like any well made Belgian ale should.

Drinkability/Overall-Easily goes down and superbly crafted; an excellent collaboration attempt, my hats off to both Ommegang and Chouffe for this excellent team effort.

Manoftyr, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Mildly opaque, golden pear juice. Big white head with nice retention and lace.

S - Wheat, bitter malt, touch of grapefruit rind. Green apples.

T - Big, smooth malt body up front. Banana, caramel apples. Hay. Unflavored chewing gum.

M - Soft mouthfeel with a medium/full body. Great smoothness. Sweet, slightly syrupy, caramel finish.

O - Hides the 9% well. Taste is great. A little too sweet to really throw back, but pairs fantastic with sweet & spicy pulled pork... which I just so happen to be eating : )

vfgccp, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

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

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

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

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

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

Halcyondays, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is impressive in this beer, showcasing clove, orange candy, honey and underlying spice. On the palate this is one tasty beer, with a considerable dollop of hoppy bitterness to buoy the honey, vanilla, fruit cocktail, cotton candy and clove. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, rich, sweet and bitter finish. Drinkability is very good, with the alcohol very well integrated into the flavor profile. There's no alcoholic heat, and the beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

Yumm!!! I'd have to think long and hard to recall an Ommegang beer I've liked more than this. Very impressive.

John_M, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

750 poured into unibroue tulip.

a - classic gorgeous ommegang visual appeal. honey straw colored yellow with steady visual carbonation and a nice frothy yeasty head. ommegang always makes a pretty looking beer. great lacing as well.

s - Unreal saisonish smell. Citric grass with a really nice sweetness. Very heavy bubblegum smell. Really nice.

t - Very good. The grassiness is a bit heavier on the pallate than the nose. Grassiness is a bit heavy for my tastes and I'd prefer it to be more on the bubblegum side as the smell suggests. As the beer warmed more flavors came out and the grassiness seemed mellow by clove and banana...everything you'd expect from a saison, not so much a belgian strong pale ale.

m - Mouth is lively with the carbonation. The alc is there and gives the beer a tingle in my mouth.

o - Overall this beer reminds me of the ommegang brewery in many ways. I'm really surprised that this categorized as a BSPA since it screams Saison in every way except for the ABV. Way more earthy and grassy than I expected for the style, but with the collaboration, it makes sense. This is a good beer, but I think you'd be happier with a bottle of Hennepin at a fraction of the price.

cosmicevan, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of jackie7787
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Shared the bottle with the bf at Sapsuckers in Huntington NY.

A- Very golden yellow in color. White foamy head on top was real perdy but didn't stick around for long.

S - You can really smell the spices in this one. Cloves, Belgian yeast, and a hint of citrus fruits. It smelled really nice!

T- Spicy! The taste of the spices hit me hard at first, I tasted cloves and pepper. The yeast lends a LOT of flavor. Got hints of banana and just a bit of citrus. Almost a bit heavy for me, as you can really taste the alcohol in this one. A lot of bitterness to it.

M - I thought it had a pretty full bodied mouth feel. It was nicely carbonated.

D- Really drinkable! I quite enjoyed this one despite the bitterness. Too bad it's pretty limited, not to mention pretty expensive at Sapsuckers at $25 a bottle.

jackie7787, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and cloudy consistency. There was a big, fluffy, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big nose of yeast, citrus, malt, hops, and spices.

T: Lots going on here. Belgian yeast, malt, citrus, spices (cloves, etc.), some caramel, and just the right amount of hops. A very complex, vibrant and powerful flavor. Tasty stuff.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the most drinkable BSPAs I've had in long while.

avalon07, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

poured cold from the tap at Finch's to a super tall fru fru glass a translucent gold with a full finger and a 1/2 head leaving lace to the rim.

great big banana and belgian yeasty aroma. nothing else. that's plenty.

tasty, bready, banana and cloves, caramel and perhaps a bit of floral hops in the wayback.

medium to big bodied, high carbonation, creamy smooth - nice bite followed by sweet after.

drinkable - oh yes.

robwestcott, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a dirty golden color with some orange hues. The pure white head settles into a sparse cap with some sticky lacing.

The aroma is sweet and spicy, typical belgian aroma. Solid clove flavor mixed with some juicyfruit, pepper and light lemon. This smells like juicyfruit gum.

Big clove on the taste, candi sugar sweetness, some floral honey and a barely there hint of orange. A good amount of pepper offset. It is a very blended flavor profile, has a bit of a creamy flavor to it. The belgian flavors don't pop but are good.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Despite the carbonation, it does have a smooth feel to it and the abv is nowhere to be found.

A very enjoyable brew by two of my favorite breweries. Spot on flavors, well balanced. It could be a bit more dry and crisp.

Gmann, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of FatJesus
4.47/5  rDev +9%

Poured into an ommegang tulip from a cage and cork style bottle. Pours hazy orangish yellow with an off white, fluffy head that sticks around for awhile.

When smelling I catch very fruity, peppery notes with maybe vanilla and wiffs of the 9.5 alcohol

Taste is unbelievable. Fruit, pepper and a nice little sweetness and not a strong sign of the alcohol that I smelled.

Coats the mouth very nicely. Defiently what I expected from both breweries. Full of carbonation on the tongue. Leaves you wanting more.

Will be stocking up on a few more of these and at 13.99 a bottle you can't go wrong. Get them while you can they are a limited release and will probably go fast.

FatJesus, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of output01x
4.18/5  rDev +2%

Enjoyed on tap at The Brew Kettle in a tulip glass

A 1-finger foamy off-white head sits atop a beautiful opaque golden honey-colored body. The head fades quickly but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Spicy, fruity, yeasty, and a little hoppy in the nose. Banana and pear are most obvious.

The taste follows the nose quite closely. Citrus, banana-flavored candy, an indescribable slight spiciness (but definitely clove), and a nice alcohol warmth are all present.

The body is quite full with moderate carbonation. Creamy but not sticky.

More head retention and better lacing would have been appreciated, but the excellent flavor, smell, and mouthfeel definitely made up for that.

output01x, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of sitarist
4.47/5  rDev +9%

Shades of yellow, and orange pour into my tulip. Lots of tiny bubbles rise rapidly up to two fat fingers of frothy white head. The head falls to a top coat that leaves lots of lacing. The first pour is clear; the last pour is cloudy.

The aroma is sweet, spicy, fruity, with hints of sulfur. There is really a lot going on...banana (banana now 'n' later) , apple, lemon(lemon-poppy muffin), pear, kiwi, clove, coriander, dough proofing, etc...

Hops, yeast, malts, sugar, and water come together to please my senses.The flavors follow right in line with the nose with an added dash of pepper.

Creamy, and rich...dam near perfect mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable, complex without being cloying. This is one you can savor, or share with friends. What a great beer!

sitarist, Mar 25, 2011
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