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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,167
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 armock
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA.

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of spiced Belgian yeast with hints of fruit

T - Like the smell starts of with the spicy Belgian yeast then some fruit flavors come out a little sweet

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

O - This is a very enjoyable beer from two breweries that I like there's better beers out there from both of them but they came together to make a good tasting beer that's worth trying if you see it around

Photo of Spineypanda
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden in color with a good but not long lasting head for what it is.
Smell is quite sharp, with the typical yeastiness but some almost acidic notes I cannot quite pinpoint to a fruit.
Taste is refreshing! A bit of an alcohol kick but it works well, and a good punch of what I would have to guess is granny smith apples...may be wrong.
Aftertaste is strongly banana.

Great beer!

Photo of ngeunit1
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a really nice slightly cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down slowly to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of fairly strong yeast and fruit/citrus esters. There is also some nice malt and spices present as well.

T - Starts off with lots of yeast flavor and some light fruit and citrus flavors. Through the middle some banana flavor comes through alongside some stronger spices as well. The finish is a mix of banana, malt, and some spices that linger really nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate lively carbonation. The beer feels really crisp and smooth. The finish is a nice mix of sweet fruit flavors and spices.

D - Very drinkable. The beer feels nice and complex and balanced from start to end. The 9.5% abv here is also pretty much hidden. The mix of fruits, spices, and yeast is really nice here.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gnomegang | 750 ml. | 9.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Brewery Ommegang
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale (BSPA)
Glass: Ommegang chalice

Radiant honey-orange body, lackluster head and lacing. I would have given this a perfect score because the color is so beautiful under light, but the head and lacing really detract from it.

The alluring scent of tropical fruit wafts above the surface. Citrus and spices are also there.

An intense spicy character permeates the first sip, dry and crisp. But then I'm shocked by the wave of juicy tropical fruits and citrus that rushes in to fill the gustatory chasm. The finish is full of pepper, coriander, and it's oh so dry, grassy, and arresting.

It comes across as thin but very crisp. The carbonation is fierce, and the pepper singes the tongue. Mouthfeel is not its strong suit.

Overall, I am impressed by the intensity of flavor, if not the breadth of the experiene. The emphasis is on spicy, grassy flavors over the tropical fruit found in the nose. I tend to enjoy sweeter drinks by themselves and drier, spicier ones, like Gnomegang, with food.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, but there are many formidable competitors in the BSPA genre, that I like better.

Bottled: ?
Served: June 4, 2011

Price = $9.99 at the Whole Foods (NYC)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of brees6221, thanks Ben! Pours a hazed gold color with a large-bubbled white head. Fades pretty fast and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is juicy tropical hops and a nice fruit-laden yeast aroma. Little bit chalky and the malts are light and grainy.

Taste throws off lots of yeast, bready and fruity. Alcohol is big and dry with a light hop bitterness on the finish. Hop flavor shows up a bit, herbal and leafy. Mouthfeel is soft and almost manages to be creamy - finely bubbled. Even though both breweries yeasts were used, I think the 'Chouffe is more distinctive and noticeable. Pretty smooth and drinks easier than a 9.5 BSPA should. Not a bad collab here, worthy of a test drive.

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into snifter - thanks to phan869 for sharing

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with some bright yellow tones. A fluff of white head bubbles up, retains for a bit with some cloudy film and splotchy lacing.

Plenty of spice and fragrance in the nose, biscuit malt and dough, slight alcohol, fruit sweetness with raisin.

Floral hops and spice up front, followed by some tempering sweetness. Raisin and pear with some herbal hop qualities. Biscuit malts with some more sweet tones mix with a fairly boozy edge towards the finish.

Full medium body, higher carbonation, tingly and dry on the tongue. This reminds me of La Chouffe a bit, it drinks pretty well but I wasn't too into it.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gnomegang 9.5% ABV, Belgian Strong Ale

A: Hazy yellow with lots of wheat particulates, huge carbonation from the bottle, after you wrestle open the draconian Ommegang cork that extends deep into the bottle. Moderate lacing and straw notes all around.

S: There is plenty of orange and lemon zest present with a nutmeg and/or holiday spice profile to it. There are some clove notes and musty belgian yeast that are expected from the style.

T: This beer has a huge bread profile with an expansive body that burns itself away with the alcohol profile. You get a honey with biscuit quality up front that subsides into a heat that tastes like chinook or perhaps just the unsupported alcoholic profile. The balance is precarious but well executed.

M: This beer has an incredible balance for the three batons it maintains in the air at all times. First and foremost a big wheat and malty character lays the groundwork for all of the sweet notes including banana and very starchy fruits. Finally the heat from the alcohol appears and drives a heated zambonie over your palate to await the next sip.

D: For a beer of this abv and character, this is dangerously dirnkable. If they sold this in 12oz bottles I would see it performing as a condescending older brother to any Blue Moon siblings. It shines most in its ambition and delivers in execution. I would be able to drink this throughout an entire game of Civilization, which is to say I would pass out because 5 hours of Gnomegang is just too much gnome for any man.

Narrative: PING! PING! PING! Garnab loved his craft and it showed. He surveyed the blade of the battleaxe with pride and rolled its haft in his calloused hands. The blade was competent and durable, yet light and precise. FSHHH! The iron sizzled upon being cast into the cool water. "GARNAB GET IN HERE!" his supervisor called from down the hall of the Morgrem guild. Garnab slid into the chair daintily, an impressive feat for a gnome of his heft and weight. "Garnab, we have all been noticing you around here, your fine work, your precise castings, and impeccable attention to detail." Garnab grunted lightly and carressed the chain of precious silver that he painstakingly created years earlier. "That is why you have been promoted to assistant vice-Gnome of the Belbgaar foundry." He nodded silently and exited, his cool stride demonstrating his poise and power within, Garnab was going places.

Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Sean via Wakefield... black body with some dark brown fringes, no carbonation... strong syrupy nose of molasses and raisins, the oak is really smooth adds a nice spicey note to the beer, some alcohol, but in your face and strong... the taste is too sryupy, raisins, lots of char, a bit of vanilla on the finish... worth trying, better than its parts

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy yellow color, with not to much of a head. The aroma was full of spices, and almost a wheat smell. The taste had a very strong spice taste, in a strong pear taste. The taste was strong and bold, and the alchool while not noticable did make a hit. Overall it was a good beer, but I was just expecting more.

Photo of EORS
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a goblet. No bottled on/expiration date on label.

Appearance: Honey golden color with fine carbonation and a billowing white head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet orange dominates the nose. Spicy, musty aroma from the yeast and a sharpness which may be either hop or alcohol.

Taste: Tangy fruits (citrus, richer flavors along the lines of plum and cherry) alcohol adds warmth and a bit of punch. Mellow and sweet through the body, with spice from the yeast mixing with the malts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and rich without being syrupy.

Overall: Lovely and rich brew from Ommegang and Chouffe. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

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

A: Smooth yellow with an orange tint. Highly opaque. One finger white head with moderate lacing.

S: Orange and lemon zest, bananas, grapefruit and Belgian yeast. Some hints of pepper and creamy malts.

T/M: Not far from the nose. Sugared fruits (listed above), Belgian yeast bite, mildly bitter hops and smooth/bread-like malts. Tastes almost like a bock-style brew. 9.5% ABV is beautifully tapered in the body of the beer as the slight burn of alcohol brings out more flavor. Sweet, malty/bready, fruity. Tangy, almost sour mouthfeel. Well-balanced for a Belgian strong ale. Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: A good Belgian. This is definitely the brew you're looking for if you like this style.

Photo of chasebrownyeah1
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gnomegang ABV: 9.5%

A: Pours a hazy orange fluid that sticks to the glass each time you take a sip. Leaves a minimal head.

S: Smells of citrus, plums, banannas, hops and the alcohol is very potent. The smell in very pungent in the nose.

T-M: Has a very sweet taste of what you would see in a fruit basket. The alcohol is apparent in the taste that adds nicely to the flavors. The fluid coats the palate very well and goes down to the gut very smoothly.

O: Overall, this is a good beer. Would I have this beer again... Sure! Very tasty and an appealing.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gnomegang by Brewery Ommegang New York, Belgian Strong Pale Ale 9.5% alcohol. This Corked and Caged 750ml bottle poured into a oversized wine glass.

A- Produces a fluffy off white head that slowly desipates to a half inch leaving patchy lacing on the rim of the glass. Hazy orange and firery red when light passes through it, quite the spectacle.

S- Smells of rich and musky Belgian yeasty notes followed by sweet over ripe pears. Light notes of sharp alcohol sting the nose.

T-M- Taste upfront is a yeast and alcohol flavored warmth. As the beer warms up I found that the flavors of pear, bannanas, and tangy hop bite come into place. All and all this is a yeasty Belgian Strong Pale Ale at it prime, that being said... I love it! With its multi complexities of fruit flavors, to its musky yeast notes, and alcohol warmth that is what makes this a winner in my book. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with bubbles that tingle the tongue with help of the alcohol. Smooth with a sharp punch.

Overall this beer is everything it promises in the long run. A strong Belgian Pale that produces the lasting flavor and feel that they have for years and years... cheers!

Photo of ne0m00re
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

05/24/11- Review of a 750 mL bottle.
A: Pale clear golden, constant bubbles and a frothy white head.
S: Wheat, floral, slightly rustic, bananas, overall clean, some chrysanthemum. Good.
T: Sweeter, herbal and floral, lingering acidic twang, nice green hops, lemon zest, and good overall.
M: Starts thick, almost creamy, turns froty, then evacuates with a sticky sweet twang lingering.
O: Great beer. I probably won't seek it again, but I rather enjoyed trying it.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Bodega. 10oz served in a tulip.

A slightly hazed gold with a small cap of pure white foam. Lacing here and there.

Lots of nice yeasty esters. Very spicy and floral. Apples and pears add a juiciness to it that really bulks up the aroma.

Very spicy and yeasty. Almost too much so. There is a little bit of that band aid flavor that really intense Belgian yeast can give off, but it is mostly blanketed by floral and juicy hops.

At first this beer was way too cold. I had to wait quite a while before I could fully enjoy it. The mouthfeel is dry and fluffy with a lively carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but the yeast flavors are very strong. I'd like to see it toned back so that the juiciness of the fruity hops can shine.

Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed and bubbly golden yellow, pillow of soft white head. Scent is pale, light watery and sweet fruits, belgian yeasts and faint hints of bread and spice. Taste slightly more aggressive then scent, watery and sweet fruits are the start (apple, citrus and tropical all present), malt is lightly sweet and bready, standard belgian yeast notes in moderation, some spice. Medium bodied, smooth. A nice, easy drinking beer that hides its ABVs very well.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes
- 750 ml bottle
A - yellow/amber hazy with a short head.
S - yeasty Belgian spicy smells with light fruity aromas.
T - cloves and other spices with a little sweet.
M - tingly carbonation that I am finding enjoyable.
D - quite drinkable and look forward to another if I can find it.

Photo of mwilbur
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice under ripe lemon color with faint haze. Moderate carbonation produces a 1 inch bubbly white head. Decent retention. No lacing.
S: Nice belgian yeast and spice, citrus, lemon...very fresh.
T: Very nice here...honey, caramel malt, belgian spice, fresh yeast, clove, citrus, banana. More deep, complex, and balanced than the aroma suggested. Excellent.
M: Soft and smooth. Some tingly effervescence from the carbonation. Mild alcohol bite and burn in the finish. Very nice feel.
D: Wonderfully drinkable. Overall a tremendous collaboration brew. Highly recommended. Excellent, especially for style.

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

Served from the tap a light cloudy yellow with a quarter-inch of bright white head. Light lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of light tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, apple, lemon and light caramel malts.

Tastes of Juicyfruit gum and cinnamon up front followed by Belgian yeast, cloves, apple and light caramel malts.

Light-to-medium bodied with a sharp carbonation.

An incredibly delicious brew and one I'd defiintely have again.

Photo of beenitty
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13$ 750mL Bottle from Decicco's Ardsley

Poured into Delirium Tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange, with decent layer of white head. Quick swirl reconstitutes a nice layer with ease.

S: Sugar and Belgian yeast up front. Slight fruit notes but cant distinguish, definitely a BSPA. Alot going on in the smell, vvn.

T: Tastes like the aroma, there are clove and spicy flavors up front followed by some candy sweetness and light fruit notes. Taste falls off for me because the sweetness starts to accumulate. Not tasting the alcohol that some of the other reviews are commenting on. After having a few it seems like the flavors clash a bit for me and kind of cancel each other out.

M: Good body with high carbonation, crisp feel but doesnt add to the taste like some beers with nice mouthfeels do.

O: Decent beer, though I have to say I prefer the individual parts as opposed to the sum in this case. Nice to try but not as good as I'd hoped it would be.If not for the accumulation, this would be an A- or A beer IMO. Possibly tastes better on draft or soon after bottling.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First campfire beer of the year!

Hazy, translucent daisy yellow with a goldenrod center. Pillowy white head is fairly reserved compared to some of the foamy monsters that reside within this style but I like being able to walk away with a glass full of beer, not foam. Splashy lace and good retention.

A little spicy and farmy at first whiff but that soon settles in with a sweet, floral apricot-ness. Peach fuzz and Wherther's Orange Creamsavers. Like lemoncello but with apricots instead of lemons.

Sweet start, clean fade and an extremely satisfying sweet/clean resurgence after each swallow. Fruit basket includes juicy golden pear, white grape, and peach. Appropriately the alcohol is well hidden.

A collaboration ale that actually lives up to the billing!

Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $13.99.

A: Peach-golden hue with 1-finger of big-bubbled off-white head with average retention and a few crusts of lacing.

S: Hoppy and tart, horsey aromas dominate with a mild barnyard yeast note up front that smooths out to more of a tart and herbal hoppiness. The malts are pale and bready.

T: A very flavorful ale to be sure with big juicy fruitness with light funk factor and big, very Belgian IPA-like flavor profile. The maltiness is to be respected and comes through with much more power than in the nose. the hoppiness is staunch and herbal with some lemon features. The yeast flavor is tart, slightly medicinal, with a barnyard, wild aspect to it. This is a very lush brew all the way around with a complex roundness. I still think it fits Belgian IPA stylewise, but the ABV power, which a bit hot but not at all intrusive, does tend to tip towards the BSPA style.

M: Very viscous, lush mouthfeel with a nice moderate dryness in the finish.

O: A really surprising beer as collaborations tend to be either spectacular successes or letdowns. This one works really well with a very interesting, complex brew that puts a heavy-hitting twist on the style.

Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brownish-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Some spice and clove notes up front followed by bubblegum and candy sugar. There are some pear notes and floral aromas in there as well. The finish is of slightly bitter yeast.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are clove and spicy flavors up front followed by some candy sweetness and light fruit notes. Then comes the bready backbone with some yeast notes as well and a light bitterness provided by the hops. A surprisingly noticeable alcohol burn on the finish as well.

M: Light body with high carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated to give it a light, crisp feel. Unfortunately, the alcohol burn detracts from it.

O: A good beer overall and among the better BSPAs out there. The main drawback of this beer (other than the price) is the obvious alcohol presence. While it's not super hot, I feel like the best versions of the style hide it better.

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.

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.

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.