Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,302 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 104
Gots: 209 | 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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Ratings: 1,302 | Reviews: 411
Photo of TheCondor
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up as a mix and match sixer. Ommegang has always been good to me, so I am looking forward to trying this. A solid brewery paired up with a gang of Belgian gnomes? I fail to see a bad part in this equation. Side poured with standard to light vigor from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - I am 100% not kidding when I say this could be one of the most dominating, impressive presentations I have ever seen out of any beer. Foams up with a giant soapy two and a half finger head that lasts for a large part of the beer, and leaves wicked lacing. The sediment and yeast in the bottle separates after you pour it, forming a clear golden beer at the bottom of the glass that gets hazier as you get towards the head. Truly an impressive presentation, I don't know how you could top it.

Smell -The nose is full of big yeasty notes, breads, floral attributes, and just a warm, this-beer-is-gonna-be-awesome scent. Very complex.

Taste - Big breads, big yeast, some spices, and a bit of fruit. This is a complex, well-balanced, incredible example of this style. I could not rave more about how impressed I am.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth, clean, refreshing. ABV is completely masked by the beers amazing taste, nose, and complexity.

Overall - This was a total surprise. While I figured it would be a good beer, I had no idea it would be quite that impressive. I was completely taken aback by its quality. The store manager at the place I went to may not know what he has on his hands, so I will probably go buy him out of this stuff. Absolutely Condor recommended and approved.

Photo of docoman
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Brown Iron Brewery on tap and it was very good Belgian Blonde, one of better ones I've had. Would recommend trying.

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!

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!

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, almost orange in color.
Aroma is yeasty, a little spicy
Nice flavor with banana notes.
Another winner from Ommegang!

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.

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.

Photo of bmeehan
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So good that I texted my grampa while drinking it and told him I was Groot.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Elspeth
1.75/5  rDev -57.3%

Glad I only purchased a single of this one, a bit too hoppy for my liking which seems incongruous with the strong yeasty flavor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of dodge408
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

It's good beer but not my flavor style. It has a light hop and sweet taste that pairs well. Another successful brew from Ommegang.

Photo of Getalegup
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Coriander, dry, a little sweetness that lingers

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

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

Photo of bnes09
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

A tad on the sweeter side for me. Has subtle yeast and spicy qualities. Descent drinking.

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.

Photo of Oberson58
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Love ommegang brews, but not this one. It misses the mark. Leaves a nasty after taste that requires a cheesesteak and a miller lite to wash away.

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

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.

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
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