Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
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1,298 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,298
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 104
Gots: 206 | 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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Ratings: 1,298 | Reviews: 410
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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance: slightly hazy pale gold. nice size small bubble head on the pour that recess to a thin lingering layer.
smell: Pleasant, subdued spice and yeast, with a nice candy sweetness. Not mind blowing but very nice.
taste: Drier than the nose, thought otherwise much like it.
mouthfeel: full and quite carbonated.
overall: another nice Ommegang.

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head that slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with hints of peppers and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some upfront hints of pepper, clove, and slight funk. Big mix of fruit esters with hints of banana, orange, lemon, mango, apple, and pear. Also some hints of bubblegum and candied sugar. Wheat and pale malt with hints of straw, grains, oats, cracker, and biscuit. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A very solid Belgian style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian style taste with good notes of pepper and fruits. Upfront Belgian yeast along with notes of peppers, clove, and a little funk. Lots of fruit flavors with some notes of banana, orange, mango, lemon, apple, and pear. Some bubblegum flavor as well. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Pale malt along with notes of wheat, grains, straw, oats, biscuit, and cracker. Subtle background notes of earthy hops with some grass. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, spicy, and pretty drying and smooth. Alcohol is masked pretty well.

Overall: A very solid take on a Belgian Pale Ale. Good mix of fruit and spice esters with a smooth body.

Photo of bsp77
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy orangish-yellow with good sized white cap with tiny bubbles.

Smell: Banana, fleshy fruit, clove, pepper and crackery malts.

Taste: Lots of banana and fleshy fruits upfront, with some depth from from the crackery malts, clove and pepper. There is a lingering, sweetish, fruity aftertaste that reminds me more of Belgian Dark Ale than a Pale Ale and is distracting.

Feel: Medium body with decent carbonation but not as effervescent as my experience with either Ommegang or Chouffe beers. Maybe the yeasts don't entirely get along. However, the finish mostly nice and dry.

Overall: Pretty good overall but I expected more. Specifically, I would have liked a light, spicier, more effervescent BSPA.

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

This beer is better than I expected. It has a hazy, floatie laden beer..the head is enormous and lasting. The smell is fruity...apricot, peach, pear, and lots of Belgian, bubblegum and clove yeast. Mope prey, but very sweet smelling. The taste is slanted sweet, with a continuation of the fruit theme. Spice in the mid taste and a hoppy bitter finish. Great beer.

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

My choice for the Super Bowl. Pours a hazy straw gold color into my Augustijn goblet from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle.. Good size delicate bubbly white head with better than average head retention. A little lacing on the glass.

Great Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is Belgian yeast, a little lemon zest, and some black pepper. Very tasty and light for a beer with fairly high abv.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Somewhat tart and spicy as well. Not much indication of the high abv. Very inviting.

An outstanding Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Photo of Jim60203
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a quality strong ale. My staple is Ommegang's Hennepin, which sets the bar high for Saisons along with Dupont, but when i want something stronger this is where I land. If you're a fan of Victory's Golden Monkey, also a very good beer, you'll like this...smoother than GM.

Photo of BB1313
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 1/2015. 12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a hazy golden yellow that glows; small white head that fades and leaves nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of fresh pear and green apple. Some banana too. The yeast makes its mark as well. There's also some coconut in the mix as well. Some pineapple. It's slightly tropical. Some breadiness. All of that translates over to the flavor department. Tastes very good. Lots of fruit. More pear juice and apple skin. Hops are present. There's an earthy bitterness to this one. Very clean and crisp flavors. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with fizzy active carbonation. Very sharp and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's extremely refreshing and dangerously drinkable.

This is a great beer from Ommegang. It's on par with everything they do. Recommended.

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear and sparkly. Attractive golden color with a wispy head in the Ommegang chalice. The head is not a long-lasting as you would hope. The sediment breaks loose with floating chunks, so my advice is to make one careful pour the first time.

This is not notably well-carbonated or creamy. Sweet with a powerful flavor reminiscent of a Hefeweizen with lots of oranges. Huge overdose of clove flavor takes over the scene. Yeasty bitterness lasts into the aftertaste.

This has the family characteristic of just too damn much yeasty intensity. The flavor is good, it's just totally relentless. It give you no space for savoring. A water chaser is needed. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a sunny, golden yellow, and somewhat opaque, although I wouldn't call it cloudy. But it's certainly not transparent like you might see in a nice pils. Atop the body sits a frothy bleached white head with a ton of smaller bubbles, with a few medium sized ones mixed in. Retention is excellent--a good 4-5 minutes--and as it finally starts to recede, it leaves swaths of foam drapery on the sides of the glass. So far so great.

Smell - Most dominant is a nice spice and bread aroma, almost like fresh baking pastries, but more subdued. Clove, nutmeg, maybe some . The grain blend really works to create that effect, and it seems like the red wheat lends some softness. Yeast contributes a bit of tropical fruit element, like mango or perhaps nectarine, as well as a faintly floral overtone. Quite an intoxicating smelling beer.

Taste - No surprises here, with the yeasty phenols and spice again presenting the most aggressive individual components of a rather complex overall flavor. The spice is pretty heavy, but somehow not overpowering, due to the more savory elements from the grain, like fresh-baked butter croissant. And there is a finish that comes in with some gentle bitterness that again counteracts the more spiced, almost sweet notes. The alcohol is nicely hidden by the complexity of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and slightly creamy/soft. Levels of carbonation are slightly on the high side of moderate. Just slightly dry finish.

Overall, this is an excellent take on the style. The spice and yeast contributions remind me a lot of a tripel, which makes sense given that a case could probably be made that tripels are essentially just a subset of Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It's taken me far too long to finally try this and now that I have, I'll have to make a habit out of picking some up from time to time.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very hazy golden yellow color. Big, nebulous, white head. It mostly pops away and leaves half it's original height. The remnants left in the glass are plentiful.

S-Sourdough bread, yeast and some lighter medicinal hops. Some pale fleshed fruits and Belgian spices. A bit of an odd aroma.

T-The flavor and aroma are pretty similar. Tangy, bready yeast and grassy, nearly minty hops. Sweetly honeyed and spiced. Clean, pale malt.

M-Has some booze to the feel. Flavor is a bit clingy. Split a bottle with a buddy and am fairly thankful for it.

O/D-Interesting but not much more in my opinion. Didn't really like the flavors presented here. Still an average to above average beer so I won't kill it; I can objectively see why people would like it but I won't be rushing to grab any more of this.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz. bottle* Ok, I poured this baby into my goblet. She had a nice body but didn't give that great of a head... bummer. She was a nice and hazy golden blonde. Had some good legs (alcohol legs). She smelled very pleasant. Intense sweet grains with hints of hay. Very floral with an earthy funk that is a bit tamed. Spicy yeast with a nice touch of fruits. Ok I go in for the kiss! She tasted almost like she smelled. At first it was sweet wheat dough with a tart hit of a green apple. She was shy to show her spicy side, it was there. There was a hint of alcohol, yet it's not so strong that can turn off your mojo. Floral and a nice dryness left me wanting more. She ended up a little bitter. She felt smooth medium-light body and a carbonation that actually help the flavors pop on your palate.

Overall: This is a quality Belgian ale. All flavors are in their right place and not muddled. She is very easy to drink for being a little strong. She is well crafted and very appealing to me. Maybe Ommegang should start using Chouffe yeast hybrid. Another outstanding ale from Ommegang. This is recommended.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle picked up at Brewforia Eagle for a pricey $4ish... Pours with a resilient 3 finger foamy white head... the brew is hazed golden.

Nose is full of character.... pear, apple, hints of clove and pepper.. a little grassy as it warms up.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with a bit more clover presence that begins mid-palate and powers through the finish... the phenols sorta clobber the fruity esters, but again the pear and apple are still pretty present.

Expected huge carbonation... the body doesn't seem like a 9.5% brew.

4.25/4/4/3.75/3.75

Photo of brurevu
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: The Gnomegang was a Belgian Golden Ale in the same vein as Duvel. It poured a golden color with a generous fizzy head. There was plenty of sweet malts in the aroma balance by their trademark yeasts. The taste was bright and sweet with a hint of honey and plenty of that farmhouse flavor. It hides its high alcohol content well and maintains its excellence as it warms.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle

Pours out a clear deep golden color with a thin white head that is fueled with tons of carbonation streaming through.

The aroma is full of spice and fruit(red apple, pear, and sweet citrus).

Alcohol peeks through a tad bringing some warmth. Big lingering coriander and peppery spice. Sweet and fruity as well.

Lots of carbonation moves the medium bodied beer luxuriously over the tongue.

Photo of Scrapss
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gnomegang bomber poured into a Sam Adams Turbniator style glass.

A: beautiful, hazy, straw light appaerance with a gorgeous two finger rocky head that settles to a one finger tightly bubbled creamy head. Wow!!! Great looking brew.

S: Light lactose funk, clove, spices, coriander. Faint spicy hops. Faint malt way in the back.

T: Light lactose funk, coriander. Faint honey notes. Spicy-yeasty notes that opens up considerably as it warms.

M: Very creamy as look says it would be. Warming. Coriander notes on breath. Lactic funk notes.

O: Hell yes, balanced, delicate and beautiful. Would seek to have again.

Photo of BradenMK
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I need to pick up a bottle of this again soon. This is a placeholder to remind me to full review this in all its glory as I drink it, rather than try to do so from memory alone. But what a delicious beer this is.

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Photo of Roguer
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful white fluffy head with nice retention, leaving thick gobs of lacing. Brew itself is chock full of sediment, and is otherwise a clear golden color.

Yeast and straw dominate the aroma, with little hint of tangy sweetness or citrus.

Much sweeter flavor, lightly tinged with a yeasty tartness. Thick wheat body. Hints of banana.

Fairly thick and sticky body, but still lively. Very drinkable.

This was a surprisingly smooth and tasty BSPA. Very much worth the try.

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,298 ratings.