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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,217
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 86
Gots: 166 | 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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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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 +5.1%
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 -13.7%
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 +9.3%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has been floating around my fridge for a while, I finally decided to dedicate a Friday night to it. I wanted to try it while I could still buy bottles at the store if I wanted to.

A slightly hazy, straw colored body has a large and billowing white head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good in my tulip.

The aroma has lots of fruit, that smells a little bit tart. Candied sugar and some coriander and clove come through also.

I would say that the fruit is the most powerful flavor in Gnomegang, but that distinction isn't a very noteworthy one, because the fruit is nowhere near dominant. Everything seems to be roughly even in Gnomegang. The main fruit that I pick up is a green apple flavor, with just a hint of tartness. I almost wish the apple was a little stronger actually, because I like it. The apple gives way to a pretty strong spice flavor that is somewhere between pepper and clove; it is a bit medicinal actually. Next there is a bit of sugary sweetness, and a big bread flavor. It's hard to say exactly what the order that I detect these flavors is, but they're all in there somewhere. How the beer finishes, however, is with a dash of spicy hops.

Body is fairly unremarkable, so about medium for the style and solidly-done.

Gnomegang is a solid (half) American-brewed Belgian.

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has lots of fruity, yeasty notes, slightly sweet. It poured a hazy golden/yellow, decent head with medium retention. I taste tropical fruit, lots of Belgian yeast character going on, very refreshing. Medium-full body with high carbonation. Very tasty treat from Brewery Ommegang.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with some brownish highlighting, very murky, and served with a short but tight cap. Nice look.

Aromas are lightly grainy, some esters and fruits. Banana and a little alcohol.

Sweet and light in flavor,definitely on the pale side. I would prefer more in terms of power here. Banana and pear, with a hint of maybe an attenuated sourness.

Ommegang signals quality, as does la Chouffe. The body and quality are apparent, but a bit light in the flavor department.

Photo of philbe311
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worth of lush creamy eggshell colored head with lots of big chunky bubble mixed in... Minimal retention gives way to a full slightly splotchy veil of lace... The ale is honey in color... A slight haze permeates... Very still with limited carbonation... A slight sticky film coats the glass...

S - Orange zest... A bit of candied sugars... Wheat... A bit of apple... Some subtle floral notes... Very nice notes of Belgian yeast... Some very delicate spice notes as well... A bit of bubblegum... Even a slight bit of funk... Deep and complex...

T - Lots of grassy notes... Belgian yeasts... Some spicy notes... Subtle candied sugars... Some mandarin orange sweetness... A surprising noble hop bitterness rises on the finish and lingers for a bit...

M - Very dry from the get go... Medium bodied... A lite carbonated bite... A bit sticky... A little alcohol induced warmth...

D - First off, kudos for a brilliant name... It should be no surprise that a quality beer like this is the result of a collaboration between two excellent breweries...

Photo of Sensaray
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with nice white head.

Smells of fruitiness and belgian yeast are prominent. Some citrus character.

Good fruity taste. Definitely belgian yeast. Great spice note throughout. Reminds me of a good tripel at times.

Finishes warm. Smooth and drinkable. Medium light body.

Good beer.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Soft pour leads to over 3 fingers of foamy white head with tons of bubbling action. Light golden color, a little hazy. Good lacing.

S: Slightly sweet pale malts, sight citrus/apple, slightly spicy, floral hops, belgian yeast. Very soft smelling.

T: Soft, rich pale malts with a touch of a buttered biscuit quality. It's definitely a little warm on the front end. Sweet fruits come through right away: pear, apricot, a little apple, and just a hint of banana/clove. Very soft profile. Spiciness picks up towards the end, leading to a warm, spicy, and slightly sweet finish with just a touch of bitterness lingering from the hops. Bold, intricate flavors that manage to keep a very soft profile. The biggest problem is it is touch hot with slightly unpleasant phenols popping up occasionally (solvent-like I suppose).

M: Fairly high carbonation, per style. Definitely thicker than your normal BSPA. It's thick, but oh so smooth and creamy. The middle is perfect with the viscosity and smoothness, but the tip of the tongue and finish do lack a little (not sharp enough on the front, not crisp or dry on the finish).

O: Not perfect by any means, but I've enjoyed this more than any BSDA I can remember. Yes, there are flaws, yes it's hot, yes the mouth feel isn't perfect, but overall, I really enjoy it.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

surprisingly bright amber with a large almost immeasurable head of white froth foam that literally just towered over the top of the glass and never really came down.

The first thing I could find was this night bright fresh cut grass like aroma that really gave it a nice fresh appeal to me. Once working past that and deciphering my way through the nice cereal like grain backbone I found very nice aromas of light and fruity yeast with hints of pears, peaches, apricot and a touch of lemon and tangerine even. Very nice and light aroma.

lemon was the first thing that greeted me, very bright flavors that really perked you up and let you prepare for what was coming in behind them. In their wake were the nice flavors of light yeast coated with pears and a touch of fig, with a nice light spice sprinkled in throughout. These melded seamlessly with the light grainy back and then rounded the corner to bring home a nice dry long lasting finish that had just the right hint of bitterness to really make it interesting

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a super large off-white foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian malt with light bready yeast notes and light fruity ester. Taste is also a mix between some semi0sweet Belgian malt with a bready yeast with light peppery notes and some light refreshing ester also noticeable. Body is quite full with great carbonation and very light alcohol noticeable. Another winner from breweries that don’t get it wrong very often.

Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a hazed gold with a small tightly bubbed cap of head that fades pretty quickly.
the aroma is a little subdued, but it is sweet and fruity with banana bubblegum, apricot, touches of orangey and lemon citrus and some crackery characteristics. some herbal hoppiness can be detected also.
the taste has less sweetness to it than the smell would lead you to believe, as well as a more substantial yeast aspect. the fruit is all there, as well as a moderate bitterness and spicy, herbal noble hop flavor that takes you a bit by surprise. finishes quite dry.
the mouthfeel is a revelation. it's has the suppleness of a more full bodied beer while maintaining the light airy effervescence of a fine sparkling wine. it glides down the throat, nd is a joy to drink on texture alone.
overall a very nice effort by both of these breweries. i would love to see this make a yearly appearance.

Photo of scottfrie
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter.
A: Pours a deep apricot with about a finger of off-white head that quickly faded into a thin fizzy collar that left little lacing.
S: Notes of medicinal and syrupy fruits, Belgian yeast and cloying spices. I get a bit of apple juice and lemon zest as well as bubble gum and banana.
T: Syrupy, spicy and floral notes of Belgian yeast, golden fruits, a touch of earthy hops, banana, and apricots. I get a touch of caramel and doughy bread crust in the finish, and the aftertaste is drying with notes of light tobacco and booze.
M: Pretty thick and chewy mouthfeel actually. Carbonation was pretty ample as well over the medium-full body. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden for being almost 10%.
O: Enjoyable all around but a bit too thick and syrupy sweet for me to fall head over heels for it.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very faint head over a cloudy dirt-gold color with very little carbonation.

Aromas are very sweet - rich, white fruits including pineapple, apricot, and white grape. Touch of soapy hops and yeast.

Thick on the palate, with a continuation of the aromas in the flavor...apricot, peach fuzz, pineapple rhind, and unsalted crackers. Mouthfeel is thicker than the best versions of this style, and a little more carbonation would help to cut the alcoholic haze.

Don't get me wrong, this is a really tasty and enjoyable brew overall, and one that I'd buy again. But this style has some phenomenal varieties, and this one is right about average between the top and bottom... which is still a good feat, given that it's a collaboration.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, powerful, yet elegant golden ale with the soft and succulent fruitiness of Achouffe and the bready dry maltiness of Ommegang. No wonder this beer is an immediate standout.

Pouring with a hazy medium golden color with a yeasty haze, the beer carries a dense and froathy cotton white foam stance with great persistence and sticky lace that adorns the glass as the beer falls. Carrying more visual weight than most, the haze and controlled carbonation gives the beer the look of slight density.

Inviting aromas of soft bready malts, powdered sugar, mild and sweet spice, and overall fruitiness all meld into a powerful but gentlemanly scent. Cookie dough, waffers, yeast, candied appricots, oranges, mangos, pears, apples, and under rippened berries are the perfect base aromas yet balanced by white pepper, corriander, clove, and light floral hoppy notes. The aromas change with each visit to the rim as the olfactories acclimate to the beer and as the temperature rises.

Bready, cracker-like, yeasty sweetness balances toward the crisp pilsner malts but with also a glimpse into freshly picked barely with confectioner's sugar. Medium sweetness amplifies the fruity esters, especially those of oranges, pears, and appricots. Balanced by the yeasty spices of white pepper and clove, the hops add a growing lemony-grassy bitterness that reinforces a crisp and clean flavor in finish. Mildly tart with the slight vinous note of white sparkling wines, the acidity gives rise to the fruit flavors and crisp ending.

Medium throughout, the early carbonation expands the beer, giving a fuller and more robust mouthfeel. But the carbonation soon subsides and allows for a mid palate of growing bitterness, dryness, and peppery sensation on the tongue. Finishing dry and with alcoholic warmth, the beer seems to evaporate from the palate just before the finish in much the same way as powdered sugar or cotton candy.

An absolute home run for both Achouffe and Ommegang. A quicker turn away from early maltiness and toward fruity dryness could make the beer more drinkable. Also, a more champagne-like carbonation could better reinforce the vinous dryness that could improve. An absolute gem of a beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer on the Lake.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast with some orange citrus and lemon notes mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get some orange and lemon notes as well as some flowers, possibly from the hops. The Belgian yeast and a little bit of alcohol are also present in the flavor, as well as some spice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Poured into a large tulip glass a peach infused golden with a large fluffy white head that took its time coming down leaving brokin globs of lace behind.The aromas were quite citrusy with the phenols lending some spice but they didnt overpower.Light spiced phenols start the ou in the flavor profile some grainy notes,the citrusy hops really take over about halfway and linger in a nice finish.I wouldnt think the alcohol content was so high because it goes down easy without any alcohol sting,its a great food friendly beer.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a white head leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth pilsner malts with good amounts of heavy citrus and hints of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as vibrant. The malts are still smooth but the citrus and herbal notes aren’t as pronounced. The ending is mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is great, smooth with grainy carbonation and drinkability is very good.

Overall I’m glad I had the chance to try this beer, very nicely done all around.

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

A: Pours a hazy gold with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing and low carbonation.

N: Belgian yeast, pear, apple, clove and hay.

T: Pear and apple upfront followed by wheat, cider, clove, some coriander and notes of banana. Finishes earthy and grassy with hints of citrus.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, frothy and crisp.

O: Very nice Belgian Blonde. The yeast flavors are fantastic! Smooth and easy drinking. Nice lingering bouquet of spices in the finish.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Completely obscured body, displaying a dirtied, yellow-orange appearance with a half-finger-high, yellow-tinged head.

Smell: Slight florals, lightly fruity, with some hints of malted barley and lemon. I gotta say, I'm sniffin' with all my might here, but not picking up all that much, so it's not nearly as expressive in the aromatics department as it is in taste.

Taste: Sweet and sugary at the beginning with some tastes of honey and sugar cookies, as well as some chewy whole wheat bread. Tangy and a smidge tart, with a touch of lemon zest. Stock flavors of banana and cloves. Splash of liquor. A modest amount of bitterness is felt, then it's back to a general tangy-to-tart sensation until the full finish with remains to be tangy and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation. Some heft to it from the carbonation as well as the oat and wheat inclusions.

Overall: It's alright, kinda like an iced sugar cookie topped with a dollop of banana pudding and garnished with a bit of Meyer lemon peel and cracked cloves. Still, the sweetness and slight booziness made the eleven ounces more than enough for me.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a delightful bright golden color with lots of variations of light and dark. Maybe a fingers worth of tight pearly white foam on top. Decent retention.

S - it smells very sweet. Tons if bubble gum and confectionery notes. Some pear and a bit of apple esters and a hint of citrus all on top of bready malt.

T - starts off dry but just as the nose suggests it is plenty sweet but not cloying in the least. Brisk hops and fruit esters are abundant. Long sweet finish.

M - light bodied verging on medium. Low carbonation.

D - all I can say is a very nice collaboration between ommegang and chouffe. Great for a warm summer eve.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The look is very pale with a nice lace nothing to special.

The aroma is fruity with apple and a slight citrus with yeast backing.
The taste is carbonation and a mix of yeast upfront.. The yeast is spicy and leaves a slight candy flavor. All other flavors are subdued as the beer seems unbalanced.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.