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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,144 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 81
Gots: 136 | 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 ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bomber poured into a tulip

Pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy, bubbly little cap that filled the tulip beautifully.

The aroma is soft and spicy. Lemon peel and orange zest, coriander, doughy undercooked bread and a touch of band-aid funk for good measure.

This is soft and delicate on the palate. It cascades beautifully over the tastebuds and then washes away with ease. Coriander, oranges, lemons, tart yeast, banana, and that band-aid funk adding just a touch more complexity. This is extremely playful and enjoyable.

The finish here is great. A spicy, citric, crisp, dry finish that lingers forever. Light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, this is a win for everybody involved. A great example of style and another successful collaboration. Let’s hope we see more of these guys in the future.

ColForbinBC, May 19, 2011
Photo of RedSpecial1
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, carbonated, yellow with a half finger of white foam that clings to the sides of the glass. It has a very typical Belgian nose, lots of clove, phenol, and maybe a hint of banana at the end. The taste matches the nose fairly closely with clove, and a nice sweetness at the end. A nice, light mouthfeel, very refreshing. Overall, a nice, tasty, Belgian.

RedSpecial1, May 18, 2011
Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: tawny gold with a finger of head

S: fruity forwardness and spices

T: Malt flavors and belgian yeasty spiciness battle each other in for the forward taste, withthe peppery yeast adding an interesting twist to the citrus.

M: Bubbly yet moderately thin

D: definitely not an everyday beer, but an excellent rare collab to stumble upon.

itsfreeasinbeer, May 18, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy yellow body with a moderate head and mild lacing.

S: A nice and fruity nose of citrus zest, bananas, pear, clove, bubblegum, pepper, and Belgian yeast. Pretty standard, but very pleasant.

T: Belgian yeast and sweet pale malts makes an immediate role in the flavor, followed by some spices (pepper & clove) & fruit (pear or apple), and finishes slightly warm and citrusy.

M: Medium body; Medium-high carbonation; Very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

O: Really enjoyed this beer. Can't see myself getting it again due to the fact it was a once time release. Great collaboration however.

BrewCrew2010, May 18, 2011
Photo of BranfordBound
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a straw like golden color that is opaque from the cloudiness (I like to go against Ommegang's suggestions and disturb the yeast.) Nice carbonation with a one finger head.

Smells very light, almost too light. Some belgian yeast and fruit esters.

Flavor makes up for the lack of aroma, but this isn't a heavy hitter in the flavor department, but rather, the subtleties make this beer great. Starts very sweet and bready with the aforementioned fruit esters. This ends with the nice spice from the yeast which mingles with a slight alcohol heat (not burn) to really bring out a contrasting spiciness to fight back the sweetness. Overall very mild.

A little on the dry side with light carbonation and some alcohol heat.

Very drinkable and light for 9.5% ABV, I was able to patiently finish off the bomber without too much struggle or too much of a buzz.

BranfordBound, May 18, 2011
Photo of HattedClassic
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A clear and consistent orangish yellow. Pours a fairly good head that lasts a while but diminishes quickly.

Smell: Belgian yeast with a tinge of hops in it and with Belgian spices. However the smell is not too thick that your nose gets a lot but enough to let you know that it's in there.

Taste: Like the smell, the hops are slight and the Belgian spices and yeast dominate. There is also a slight tarty taste but barely noticeable. I am going to assume that the tarty taste is the result of some green apples.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a crisp feel to it. The beer goes down smoothly as expected.

Overall: Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I didn't pick this up at first but now, I'm glad that I did.

HattedClassic, May 17, 2011
Photo of adamette
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pt., 9.4 fl. Oz. corked and caged bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $9.99 last week into (what else?) my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style gold rimmed goblet. Stamped on the neck of the bottle is the following:
PKG on 02/08/11
BEST BY 02/2013

A Brief very light brown head over a golden yellow, opaque body with lots of carbonation rising up from below. Additionally, very small, not immediately obvious yeast sediment floating about makes the look not only appropriate but attractive. 4.0

S Great Belgian yeast smells rise up from this “Belgian Style Blonde Ale” as announced on the neck label with some light malt and nearly no hops. Great, classic Belgian Blonde smell. 4.5

T Yes, a really good, classic Belgian taste of medium sweet malt, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops. I can just about taste the Brasserie D’Achouffe influence with that great Belgian yeast taste. There is also a nice tart citrusy note that I really like and the taste is a strong one, not weak like some in this style. 4.5

M The tart citrus brings some kick but the physical feel is certainly smooth with the silky head and body. It is actually a really great example of the style. Somewhere half way through the feel there is even a nice, thick, sticky, syrupy feel that I did not expect and do not always sense in beers of this style. I am really thinking that the mouthfeel cannot be improved upon. 5.0

D Very, very good for the style. It is so delicious I found myself halting my review to take a few more sips! 4.5

Notes: This is my 17th Brewery Ommegang review. A really excellent example of a successful collaboration beer in that Ommegang has always excelled at the Belgian Styles but now, with Brasserie D’Achouffe, they have created a really classically made version of the style that really could be considered THE example of the style. Bravo!
I do not recall being this positive on an Ommegang beer since I first had Three Philosphers. That is really saying something because 3 Phils is one of my sentimental favs!

adamette, May 17, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: hops, malts, yeast, spice

taste: hops, lemon, spice,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: enjoyed this beer quite a bit. glad I was able to pick up an extra bottle to bring home.

The CpJ

THECPJ, May 16, 2011
Photo of waldoiverson
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into tulip

A: golden with very aggressive, fine white carbonation, slightly turbid

S green apple, rich yeastiness, slight biscuit nose

T: bright, clean smooth carbonation, light caramel, sweet but not cloying, a little alcohol at the end

M: Rich, rich, rich but it is nicely cleaned up by the carbonation

O: Fantastic. This beer is dangerously drinkable for the ABV thanks to the perfectly executed carbonation. Well done.

waldoiverson, May 16, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. Very hazy light yellow body with a one-finger white head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

The aroma is a sharp combination of lemony zest and spicy yeast notes. A little apple and some light bready malt follow in the background.

Very nice flavors that follow the aroma. Definitely more of the spicy yeast in the flavor than in the aroma. Fruity lemon, sweet pale malt, and a particular notice of the noble hops come through in the flavor. Overall, very rich and complex taste.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of the alcohol heat being noticeable. Excellent offering that should age very well.

FanofHefe, May 16, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours pale orange to yellow. Head is about a finger or so, but settles to a halo around the glass. Minimal lacing.
S: light lemon, a bit of yeast spice, some malt sweetness. Some floral hops.
T: light malt sweetness. Must be hops giving a little lemon to this. Also a light mix between yeast spice and very light banana.
M: rather crisp. Good carbonation and smooth.
O: doesn't taste a hint near 9.5%, but is a new favorite yet it is a limited edition.

rootbeerman, May 15, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly strong and rather fruity, equal parts apple/pear and lemon, not too sweet, with a malty underpinning. It pours a pretty clear golden yellow with a thick and fluffy, it not persistent, white head. Refreshing flavor is fruity and malty, having tones of apple and butterscotch, a little malt and a bit of hops, a touch of sweetness, and a fairly strong alcohol bite. Ragged, fizzy texture has a good edge and leaves a persistent tingle with some fruitiness and maltiness as well as a nip of alcohol.

Cyberkedi, May 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a killer yeast nose that compliments a solid pale malt base. It's fruity with a touch of funk along with a bit of malty sweetness. The taste is great as well. It has a silky smooth pale malt flavor that's light and easy drinking with little alcohol warmth. The yeast provides a ton of character and adds a good deal of depth to the flavor. The mouthfeel is near perfect. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm a huge fan of collaborations and this one is no exception.

WesWes, May 15, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a grill in Clarendon, VA poured into a snifter glass. Pours a tan/blonde color with a heavy haze and some light brown sediment floating around near the bottom of the glass. On top there is an off white cap of foam that slowly settles and makes some nice slick lacing on the glass. There is a big classic Belgian yeast character coming to the nose. With it comes fruit, funk and wet hay mixed with some sweet bready malt and solid notes of floral/spicy hops. It starts with a nice base of sweet bready malt and yeast with a light touch of funk and wet hay. Inside this are some nice fruity notes as well and I get white wine grapes, light unripe peach and mild orange blossom. This is all backed up by a firm floral and spicy hop bitterness that adds a pleasant balance and dryness to the finish. It’s well balanced on the palate and fun to drink. Overall it is an outstanding Belgian which to me seems to fits somewhere between a Blond and a Triple. Also of note here is the very well hidden 9.5% abv. Went extremely well with the grilled burger and asparagus I ordered.

CuriousMonk, May 14, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a hazy, pale amber color with a big, white, rocky head to it. The head faded to a thin layer, but remained there through drinking it.

The aroma shows a zesty, lemon citrus mixing with some of the Belgian yeast, spice flavors. Behind that I get some sweeter, bready, malt flavors coming through. Very nicely balanced and flavorful.

The taste starts out with some of the zesty, lemony, citrus flavors. Midway it starts to get more malty with more of the Belgian yeast showing through. Some nutmeg and clove like flavors linger along with the bready, sweeter, malt flavors. Pretty good flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. It had some nice flavors to it and felt pretty balanced overall. Enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

billab914, May 14, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a cloudy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like crisp citrus zest, with some grassy hops and sour Belgian yeast and a bit of spice.
T: It tasted like lemon and sour yeast, with some grassy hops and candi sugar and light caramel. It had a very clean and mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick and creamy, with moderate natural carbonation. Excellent body!
D: This was a very nice BSPA, with clean and balanced scent and taste. The body was fantastic, and the alcohol was very well hidden, so it was quite easy to drink. One of the better examples of this style. Definitely recommended.

Pencible, May 13, 2011
Photo of MowryJC
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Hopleaf in Chicago.

A - A hazy orange topped with a half-finger of light head. Leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Very light lemon leading into bready yeast, with a nice complex mix of clove, pepper, and almost a cinnamon. Very nice.

T - Alcohol heat at the beginning which quickly fades into the peppery clove and light breadiness of the yeast. There's a touch of spicy hops at the end. It's all about the yeast here.

M - A light mouthfeel which gives the slightly solventy alcoholic heat, but finishes nice and clean.

All in all I was happy with this beer, the only thing keeping it from being a really awesome beer is the alcoholic heat. Could be a touch rounder with the alcohol. But I'd still rock this beer again for sure.

MowryJC, May 12, 2011
Photo of suspect
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Split with mrmarmot.

A: Super-cloudy yellowish gold tint. Lots of floaties. The bottled warned me to pour slowly as to not disturb the yeast sediment but aggressive enough to get some head. I think I was a bit too cautious with the pour because the head was only about 1 finger. It disappeared quickly, leaving a thin ring around the outside. Lacing is slight and not very sticky.

S: Earthy, spicy, not overly pungent...maybe nutmeg or cinnamon spice. Some sort of ground brownish/maroon spice.

T: This beer shines in the flavor. It's a wonderful Belgian Blonde ale with great spice and yeasty goodness with some sweet, malty aspects as well. I can't begin to explain how complex this brew is. I'm blown away by the taste.

M: Light body, highly carbonated, sticky mouth leaves me wanting more and more. Alcohol is non-existent.

O: Wow. Fantastic beer. One of the most complex, fulfilling brews I've ever had. Even at $15 per 750, I will be seeking this beer out for aging pronto.

suspect, May 12, 2011
Photo of Preismj
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: hazy off-white/yellow with a mild head and moderate lacing. looks heavy and cloudy.

s: the requisite clove/spice is present but also a heat and yeasty scent. Not terribly complext smell profile, but there is also a sweetness here that makes it pleasant.

t: yeast up front. I can't taste multiple strands, though this does seem like a nice blend of Ommegang with something else (haven't had Le Chouffe yet). There is a spicy yeast in here...something past clove, that produces a kick. Also a bit of booze as it warms like a strong white wine. Sugary sweet and dashes of vanilla, nutmeg and other holiday spice in the background.

m: nice coating and fair carbonation. slight burn from heat.

o: a nice change of pace from traditional Ommegang fair. Will have to try more Le Chouffe to know what I taste in the yeast here. Nice spices in the taste despite a weaker scent. Don't need many of these, though what they did here is still very enjoyable.

Preismj, May 11, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip the beer was a hazy orange color. The head was white and very thick, resembling whipped cream. A good amount of lace.
Fruity, yeasty aroma. Some spice.
The taste improved on the aroma. Sweet pear, clove, earthy yeast.
I thought there was an excellent balance between the fruit and the yeast.
A very pleasant beer to drink. Never noticed the alcohol.

lordofthewiens, May 10, 2011
Photo of RashyGrillCook
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ McK's

A: Served in a tulip it appears just a shade yellower then a ripe orange. There was no head and negligible lacing.

S: I expected a little more complexity here but it was just above average in terms of belgian ales. Earthy and peppery is how I would describe it.

T: This is where I was disappointed. There really wasn't much depth to the flavors. Mostly just an overly sweet, sour, tartness that left my mouth dry and numb. It wasn't terrible, aka there were no off-flavors, but I couldn't help but feel as though something was missing.

Still this is overall a great high quality beer that deserves a try.

RashyGrillCook, May 09, 2011
Photo of lazjuarez
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated: 02/08/11
Note: Last pour including yeast sediment, poured vigorously.

A: Pours a hazy golden pale color with an orange hue. One finger of bright white head which dissipates fairly quickly to a fine ring, leaving behind good lacing.

S: Nose is spicy like pepper, citrusy, hints of cloves, and of course as expected a lot of yeast earthiness.

T: Big pepper notes upfront, some sweet malts, some faint fruits, and some phenols albeit small.

M: Medium-bodied, small carbonation, nice biscuity/bready mouthfeel. Overall a very nice Belgium ale with characteristics of both breweries involved in this collaboration.

lazjuarez, May 09, 2011
Photo of TheDoorman
2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden ale with grassy, yeasty aroma and sweet, sugary palate that coats your mouth.

Unbalanced. Too sweet. Nothing special.

The last few beers I have had from Ommegang have not met my expectations. I fear that have they have increased output they have decreased in quality.

TheDoorman, May 08, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, corked & caged, picked up for $10.99 in Columbus. I'd looked forward to this one since first hearing about it months ago, finally it's arrived.

It pours a pale golden color transparent except for some minimal haze, very thin layer of foam. The nose is nowhere near what I was hoping for. I guess I was expecting more Chouffe, as this was made with their yeast, but this smelled more like a generic Belgian pale ale. Not bad in any way, this just didn't have the characteristics I was hoping for. Yeasty and bready, a little estery too.

This tastes intitally sweet, candi sugar and sweet pale malts, following through with strong yeasty flavors reminiscent of any number of solid Belgian beers. Definitely Ommegang can be included in that list, despite living in NY.

Well carbonated and easy drinking, not sure where the 9.5% ABV is, I can't taste it. Recommended as a very good collaboration beer, would have been nice to taste more of the Chouffe though.

TurdFurgison, May 08, 2011
Photo of bernie879
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pured into a Duvel goblet, pretty much straight down and only got a faint 1cm head out of the hazy gold beer. Nice color to the beer, but the head was a disapointment.

Aroma: Yeasty and fruit; apples, banana, bubblegum, slight clove and a spritz of lemon. Spicy notes also expressive along with bready and floral notes.

M/T: Medium-full body matched well with a higher carbonation. Malty mouthfell balanced out with spicy, peppery bitterness. Fruity characteristics in the background, offering a nice blanket for the phenolic highlights.

Overall: Excited to try this one and wasn't let down. Great aroma, taste and drinkability. The only negative was the lack of head. Dont really know what happened there, others seemed to get better results and I don't usually have issues pouring a nice head on the beer.

bernie879, May 08, 2011
Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.