Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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outstanding

402 Reviews
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Reviews: 402
Hads: 1,313
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 4.63%
Wants: 105
Gots: 210 | FT: 0
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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 NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang "Gnomegang"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG ON 07/14/14 BEST BY 07/2016"
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More #301, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Very hazy deep golden body with an orange cast beneath a massive head of frothy off-white foam that holds remarkably well and leaves thin rings of craggy lace with each sip.

Aroma: Gentle spice, candy sugar, apple, grass, clove, wheaty malt, mineralish yeast.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests with the addition of: bread dough, soft Italian bread crust, orange marmalade, a drop of lemon juice, coriander seed, a dusting of white pepper, and spicy hops. It starts fruity for just a half second as it's quickly set upon by sugar. Spiciness kicks in immediately as well, and it becomes a balloon of flavor across the middle with bread malt at the center of a fruit and spice orgy. The balloon slowly deflates through the swallow and into the finish. Sweetness lingers, but with the spiciness of the yeast, a splash of alcohol, and a moderate bitterness it doesn't seem cloying at all, and eventually ends fairly spicy and mineralish with just a hint of tart and bitter citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and effervescent, it probably seems fuller due to the residual sugars and alcohol.

Overall: A truly impressive Belgian style offering that for the most part is Belgian (by ownership) but brewed in America. It ranks right up there with the best. If the sweetness was dropped a slight bit it might even be confused for some of the finest Belgians, but then it wouldn't be very unique. Interesting, completely satisfying, and almost compellingly drinkable - worth seeking out! (1,620 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, golden, copper/orange color with a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of aromas of toasted malt, Belgian yeast, orange citrus, butterscotch, spices of coriander, black pepper, orange zest, cardamom, a touch of black pepper, honey and a touch of piney hops.

Taste: Wow! Very flavorful and delicious! Strong flavors of toasted malt and Belgian yeast up front, imparting notes of freshly baked English muffins and French baguettes, Belgian yeasty-funkiness, butterscotch, honey, candied sugar, spices of black pepper, coriander, cardamom, saffron and sage, finished with a strong booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent, as there is a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 9.5%, there is a definite, pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: What a delicious, outstanding Belgian-style pale ale! Malty, spicy, funky, slightly sweet, delicious! Highly recommended! (1,096 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with two fingers of dense but fizzy white foam, settles quickly to a thin layer, a few streaks of lace down the glass. Smell: sugar cookie, spicy and mildly herbal hopping, fruity - pear, grape and white peach. Taste: sugary pear, mildly spicy, sugar cookie, white grape juice, bubblegum note, then peach skin finish. Fairly full bodied, carbonation is dialed in to almost hit that velvety feel. In the end a little sweet, but really tasty. Hmm, stamped best by 01/2015, but seems to have plenty of time left. (528 characters)

Photo of KonigObHops
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a very nice light copper color with a perfectly white head that is two finger-widths.

The aroma is hoppy with some banana mixed with some floral notes.

Sweet initial taste was sweet with some of the banana present. The middle presented some subtle hoppiness that remains sweet. The finish of the beer remains sweet with a touch of the alcohol remaining at the very end.

The mouth-feel is a little dry with a nice level of carbonation.

Overall, this beer lived up to my expectations. I am a fan of the Ommegang brewery and I like le Chouffe so when I saw the le Chouffe gmomes dancing on an Omegong bottle, I had to try it. This is a sweet blonde ale with some great spicing. The blend of spices is so balanced that it is difficult to pick out individual flavors. In short, this was an excellent blonde ale to sample around the holidays. (861 characters)

Photo of mirp1
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A reviewer below reviewed Gnomegang on 12/7/14. They defined the beer as a "bit too hoppy for my liking." Also feeling that the hop content was not harmonious with a belgian yeast profile. I see a contradiction in thought process here. To say that the beers harmony is compromised by the hop profile, demonstrates some palate savvy, along with the ability to produce an articulate insight. A very useful quality. However, to say that it's too hoppy for their liking, leads me to believe that they are part of the Shock Top crowd, thus should not be rating a beer like this. Consequently, they shouldn't be indoctrinating themselves into craft beer by drinking Gnomegang. Rather, they should start with something like Yuengling, or however the heck you spell it. Gnomegang is not hop forward, not by any stretch. Drink seltzer. (837 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spectacular array of belgian flavor. Poured half of the 12oz bottle into a tulip and an astounding amount of head came out. So good...so good. Pronounced blonde ale speciness like a leffe, floral sweet ester aroma. hazy golden color.high 9.5 abv. Sweet finish typical of the Belgians low IBUS. (295 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden colored beer with a thick and big three finger white head that has fantastic retention. The head slowly fades over a long time to a fantastic level of lacing.

Smell – The nose of the beer is sweet and fruity with heavy notes of banana, citrus, pear, and some darker fruit aromas. Mixed with the sweet are tons of yeasty smells and a good hearty aroma of a bready nature as well as some spice aroma of a big clove and lighter coriander smell.

Taste – The taste follows the nose quite well. A sweet fruit and bready taste greet the tongue initially. At the start, the sweet is largely of the lighter fruits of banana, pear, and some apple. As the taste advances however the fruit flavors transition more toward citrus with some dark fruit notes within. While this transition occurs the yeasty flavors start to enter onto the tongue. These flavors take the taste to the end, where they mix with a somewhat more potent alcohol flavor and a rather stronger spice of clove and coriander and a bit of hay comes to the tongue leaving a fruity boozy taste to linger.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was smooth and creamy with a medium level of chewiness and a carbonation level that was on the average side. The creaminess was nice for the heavy fruit and boozy flavors; creating a brew that was nice for sipping.

Overall – A interesting and tasty brew overall. One to try if you get a chance. (1,487 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with fluffy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt and herbal hops. Body is full, oily and crisp. Taste is of spicy yeast, biscuit malt, herbal hops, cotton candy, alcohol and ripe pears. Finish is very dry. Very tasty brew. (289 characters)

Photo of RMKaylor
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Now we are talking!

My go to Biere au Fut in Belgium is La Chouffe as it is extremely drinkable and a good session beer from a Belgian perspective.

With this, in this concoction, the Chouffe yeast is definitely the cornerstone or the foundation for the building blocks.

Remeniscent of La Chouffe, but with a kick, or stinger, at the end - extremely satisfying.

From my perspective, this is what most American Belgian IPA'S what to be when they grow up.

Ommegang/Duvel: A little slice of heaven where we need it most. (523 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
2.56/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.50] Pours a very cloudy pale straw color. The head has large white bubbles at 1 1/2 fingers. The bottle lists the ABV (9.5%) and a born on date (9/30/14). The date is *really* hard to read - it is black on black.

S: [2.50] Pungent, spicy, funky. Wheat-y? (is that a word thing?)

T: [2.25] Strong wheat and yeast up front. Very pronounced. I thought there was a hint of hard apple cider, in the beginning, but it was less noticeable over time.

M: [3.00] High carbonation and zing on the tongue.

O: [2.75] Wheat beers are not my thing and this is on the less desirable end of that spectrum. I just did not enjoy this beer. Don't read my review if you like wheat beers. (687 characters)

Photo of Jaysauras
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

L: Pours a beautiful, crisp golden color with tons of carbonation floating to the top. Even an unaggressive pour generated quite a thick head on it. Tons of lace and plenty of sediment as well if you aren't careful with your pour. Frothy and carbonated. (Note: I poured the last bit out to avoid the sediment)

S: It has a very delicate aroma. Somewhere between Banana, bubble gum, honey, and graham crackers.

T: Also unbelievably delicate for a 9.5% beer. Very spicy up front, bitter and floral from the hops. However, it settles into a brilliantly smooth mixture of honey, bubble gum, and apricot/pear. Only towards the end do you get the subtle bite of the alcohol.

F: The alcohol and carbonation mixture make it very light but also tingly on the lips and tongue. Very dry finish, like a nice white wine. Silky smooth from start to finish really.

O: What a lovely holiday release from Ommegang. It has that signature Belgian taste to it, and is crafted well enough to where you are exposed to the flavors rather than the alcohol content. Incredibly drinkable, downright sessionable. It has that wonderful flowery bite of a pale, the smoothness of a blonde, and the fruity piquancy of a tripel. Wonderfully done. (1,220 characters)

Photo of beltz15
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Great crisp taste. I have grown fond of the higher alcohol beers over the last few months. This is the first time I have had this one but it has been great (155 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: nearly crystal-clear, yellow-gold liquid with a slight tinge of jade... very open, spongy, frothy white foam

S: fantastic, immediately recognizable Chouffe yeast character... lemon, melon... spicy hops in the end of a long whiff... bit of a honey-ish malt at the back

T: quite spicy up front - yeasty phenols with maybe a bit from the hops... (fruity) bubblegum, clove, and a nip of graham cracker in the middle, carrying through and somewhat fading by the end... finish is mostly honey and a delicate dry, toasty, mildly-cereal malt... the alcohol, overall, is static, rough-sanded dull, but with carries a lactic bite

F: smooth and dry, light-bodied, with a flash of nubile curvaceousness in the middle... the finish just disappears, but doesn't quite snap off - more like wet sand being pulled back into the sea by an outgoing wave(?!?)

O: this is pretty damn drinkable for what it is... has a passing resemblance to Delirium Tremens, but that beer comes off a bit harsher and drier from the bottle... the Chouffe yeast is f'n royalty among the Belgians - I could drink this shtuff all day (1,099 characters)

Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

Pours a bright yellow color with a medium head, good amount of lacing. Smells yeasty, a little black pepper and cloves, slight banana before the head dissipates. Kind of a floral undertone. Taste continues the Belgian yeasts and a little clove. Some sweetness up front, some bitterness on the back end. Well carbonated, dry finish.

Solid beer, well worth a purchase. (403 characters)

Photo of haroldcamping
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Bought in a 4 pack
Poured into a Chimay goblet
A hazy gold/orange two finger white soapy head decent retention and lacing
S orange/lemon zest yeast spice booze
M medium thickness med/high carbonation perfect for a Belgian strong
T citrus floral spice hint of booze again perfectly balanced booze hints for a higher abv beer
O a great offering from two great breweries I lean towards the chouffe side normally and was not disappointed a great example of a Belgian strong. . Highly recommend (490 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a nice cloudy orange hay with yeast floating around. The two finger head quickly dissipates but shows no signs of disproportionation or other flaws. The aroma is clean and the spice is indistinguishable showing they are doing an excellent job. Has some aromas similar to weiss beers like bubblegum. Drinks very clean with light small bubbles and a well rounded yeast taste on the palate. (394 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Nice orange color, towering thick white head, good lacing on the glass. Nose brings promise of orange rind and pith, coriander, spiciness, cut flowers and fruit. Taste doesn't follow through all the way. Citrus and fruitiness with some of the spiciness in the finish. Alcohol is present, but doesn't distract. Mouthfeel is light side of medium with tingly almost prickly levels of carbonation and a dry finish. A very good beer but I'm not convinced its worth the price tag. (480 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%

Picked this up recently up in Totowa, excited to give this a go since nearly every 4-pack from Ommegang that I've had lately had been nothing short of fabulous. This was no exception to that trend and this beer easily matched up well with Duvel or solid domestic offerings like the Brooklyn Local 1. Having the alcohol be so well recessed was a big plus as the sensory aspects of this beer were able to shine through that much easier!

The pour was pretty much what I expected to this but the head was *way* bigger and fluffier than any other beer that I've had from Ommegang. It took quite a while for the head to settle down and the lacing stuck to the side of my glass in one cascading ring after another, as if a wave had washed through it when I wasn't paying attention. Not a powerful aroma to this but the taste and mouthfeel more than made up for it, as there was a wonderful mix of banana, clove, grass, yeast, and tea to this. What wasn't in the midst of all of that was the booze as I couldn't taste it at all and thought this was a BPA before I looked it up on here. The carbonation was perfect and let the flavors linger for long enough before they slowly faded away.

Part of this reminded me of a Witbier since the yeast and funk wasn't too strong and the alcohol was recessed enough that this seemed like a session beer. Obviously, the latter was not the case here as I could feel the booze kicking in by the time I finished this bottle off. I have to admit that many of Ommegang's beers start to taste the same to me after a while but when they're good enough to be mistaken with something imported, who cares? I don't and this was another great example of why I love these guys so much. A hint of spice combined with Belgian fruity flavors and the perceived absence of alcohol combined for a beer that I'll reach for again, even if I don't consider it to be a categorical anomaly. Fun stuff! (1,913 characters)

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

12oz bottle packaged on 04/08/14, best before 04/20/16. Poured into a Rastel tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold-amber. Off white rocky persistent head. Islands and strands of lacing that would slowly slide down the glass.

Smell: Orange, citrus, yeast, hint of tropical fruits.

Taste: Sweet, but lots of subtle flavors to balance it. Candi sugar, fruity Belgian yeast esters, floral, herbal. The finish has some more sweetness and a German noble hop taste. Everything is subtle but blended together in such a way that it's hard to pull it all out. All the flavors merge together, but not in a mess, but rather in a complimentary way.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick, with just right carbonation. Coats the mouth and leaves with no stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Refreshing, wonderfully crafted, and a great savoring/sipping beer. Alcohol well hidden and this beer is dangerously drinkable. I suspect if I had bought a 4 pack rather than a single I'd be cracking open another bottle and regretting it later. But the wonderful flavor of this beer is making me wish I had bought that 4 pack rather than the single, which tells me overall this a great and very drinkable beer. I am indeed wowed by the flavor of this beer. (1,238 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Gentle hand. I don't see a date on the bottle, but I do see a couple of gnomes in clogs, getting boozy.

A: Hazy, golden yellow body with 3 fingers of rocky, white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Slight musty, fruity Belgian yeast. Touches of lemon, apple, banana, pineapple. Faint candi sugar. Noble-type hops, lightly floral, grassy.

T: Spicy yeast up front with a touch of bitterness. Fruit and pale malt notes build. Nice (black) pepper notes. Finishes fairly dry with some lingering flowery hops in the aftertaste. Alcohol is present, but light for 9.5% ABV.

M: Fairly creamy, moderate carbonation with medium body.

O: Fine Belgian blonde. Easy drinker for the ABV. One of my favorite Ommegang regulars. I will say that I prefer it in the 750 mL format, as I do most Ommegang offerings.

Prost! (861 characters)

Photo of Hop2it
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Always been a fan of Ommegang, and quite interested in what their collaboration with Chouffe will yield. I made short work of the previous 3 in the pack, but was careful to save one to review on a clean slate this warm summer evening.

Pours to a lovely first appearance: golden and opaque with a generously heady crown. After several minutes and sips, a solid layer of white remains. Not vigorously bubbly, but I did open this promptly after removing from the fridge so those bubbles might just be too cold to be excited at the moment. Impressively, this coating of head is retained right to the end.

Crisp citrus and surprisingly delicate yeast on the nose. I initially gave the smell a lower rating because I was expecting something more intense, but bumped it up a tad to show my appreciation for balance. But still, given the players involved I thought the yeast would be more upfront.

Yum. While first impressions were too subtle to fully appreciate, this blonde is winning me over. It's actually so lively that it would be an injustice to separate mouthfeel and taste in different paragraphs. Gnomegang coats my mouth with a full body of sweetness, which quickly and distinctly gives way to a gentle bitterness on the back and sides of my tongue. It finishes with a mild slight (and pleasant) metallic taste, that I attribute to the deceptively high abv (9.5).

Overall we have ourselves a winner. I am curious to see if the larger 750mL would have any effect on the bottle conditioning. (1,496 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Hops and Pie. Golden yellow color, minimal head. Aroma of strong Belgian yeast, fruity, spicy. Flavor was yeasty, very fruity, very Belgian. Not quite my cup of tea but a well made Belgian strong golden for sure. Would I order this again? No but I'd buy abotyle for my girlfriend, she liked it a lot. (310 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this Seen a lot of beer from these guys here, but never this one! Drinking this in my Achouffe Tulip

Pours a hazed peach color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Clears up a smidge, good lacing & head retention

S: Faint cereal notes, grassiness & pineapple

T: Pears, a little bit of peach & white grapes, grassiness up front. A little grapefruit, dryness & a little peach & grassy hops once warm, some pineapple & faint funkiness. Finishes with green banana, grappefruit

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, smooth out as this warms, great balance

Super drinkability, reminds me of Tank 7 in many ways, but I think this beer was first (651 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a bright golden color with three fingers worth of rocky head

S-pale malt, spices, light summer fruits, and yeast

T-similar to the smell, bready malts, spices, lemon, light fruit sweetness, white pepper, and light floral hops

M-medium body, prickly carbonation, dry finish

Overall a really nice collaboration, incredibly drinkable, really well done (353 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into wheat style beer glass from Rydel.
Initally a soft spice that moves to fruit and then heavier clove and pepper and then settles into a generic yeast character with blending of the previously noted notes. Good overall.
Huge head and mostly clear until poured the lees. Golden.
Smooth with the streak of alcohol noted. Nice clean malt and then the year flavors show and add complexity. Still remains light and dangerous in that. Dries out nicely, but not excessively. Some nice fruit flavors, but also spice and the clean graininess.
Maybe a touch heavy.us way).
I wouldn't expect anything less than this good from Ommegang. (634 characters)

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.