Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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402 Reviews
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Reviews: 402
Hads: 1,313
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 4.63%
Wants: 105
Gots: 210 | 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 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. (349 characters)

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. (1,459 characters)

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. (769 characters)

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. (363 characters)

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. (539 characters)

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. (279 characters)

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. (840 characters)

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. (712 characters)

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. (1,941 characters)

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. (805 characters)

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. (1,108 characters)

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 (549 characters)

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. (391 characters)

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. (403 characters)

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. (611 characters)

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.

APPEARANCE (3.25) -

SMELL (4.0) -

TASTE (4.5) -

MOUTHFEEL (4.25) -

OVERALL (4.5) - (304 characters)

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. (474 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at Monmouth race track on 8/31/13 bbq brew fest from the bottle and then from glass
A: hazy gold with big white head
S:citrus, pine and nice yeast biscuit notes
T: very nice mildly sweet citrus, grapefruit rind, slight spicy pepper
M:nice medium carbonation with crisp finish

Overall a very impressive beer from the guys at Ommegang that I would buy again (365 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in the cellar for a little while, unfortunately never had it fresh so I can't compare.

Appearance: Nice unfiltered light gold color, fluffy white head.

Smell: Gobs of Belgian style yeast, along with some nice caramel and other malts

Taste: Up front is that Belgian style yeast bite, it tastes different than the typical Ommegang yeast, but its nice. There's plenty of malt in the background,

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lots of smooth carbonation

Overall: Very good. Not mad that I drank my only bottle and can't get more, but I wouldn't turn down another bottle or two. (584 characters)

Photo of BarleyHawley120
1.9/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this at Oblivion Tap Room here in Orlando Florida and was very unimpressed with it. It poured well in a cloudy gold tint with a nice head. It smelled slightly of cloves with hints of what I thought was bananas. As soon as I tried it, it easily was one of the worst beers that I have had recently. I could not taste what was going on with it. Not balanced at all but very complex and left a sweet bitter after taste. You could taste nothing but the cloves. I could not finished it, for me it was that bad. Possibly I got a bad batch but will not take the change of ordering it again. (588 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Pours a slightly hazy golden orangish color with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is very fruity with banana and some spices. The taste is incredibly smooth for a beer of such potency with fruity notes of apples and spices in the finish with some warmth from the alcohol. Overall, glad I tried this collaboration from two great breweries. (393 characters)

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

Bottled Jan 23, 2013

Beer is clear golden in colour with a large white head. Good retention and lace.

Smell contains yeast, green apple, sweet malt, spices, sugar. Very good and inviting, the yeast scents are great.

The taste is also really good. Nice yeast flavours, sweet doughy malt, light fruit (green apple again, others) and a honey flavour. Sweet but not cloying. Finish is a bit spicy. Yum.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Smooth and creamy. I didn't realize this had oats in it until reading the description on this site, but it comes as no surprise.

Overall, really good. A terrific BSPA. Great example of the style, in my view. (647 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pale malts and fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts and fruity yeast along with notes of spices towards the finish. It's not sweet, but there are some candi sugar-like flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer lacks the complexity of some of the good beers in the style but is still pretty good and quite drinkable considering its strength. (756 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes 7/11/13

Pulled from a tap into a standard pint.

A: Pours a 1+ finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving some dry residue behind as it does. Effervescence visibly rising throughout experience. Thick beer ring lacing remains. Head never fully dissipates.

S: Yeast, sourdough, and a little clove.

T: Very yeasty with a crisp hop bite, accented with some Italian spice.

M: Light and crisp. Pungent yeast character lingers on the palate. High alcohol is apparent.

D: Sip and savor.

Overall a great quaff. (526 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a variety case a few weeks ago. Poured a 12-oz bottle of one of these into a large tulip glass for review.

A: Poured gently into glass and still ended up with some sediment. Even still, color appears clear blonde with nice rocky white head and lacing that sticks to half the glass sides.

S: Reminds of Chouffe yeast with spicy phenols and lots of sweet citrus esters. Maybe some black pepper or clove. Pretty classic Belgian aroma. No hot alcohols.

T: A sharp initial bitterness that quickly changes to sweet malts that remind me of lemon and vanilla. Sweet or bitter orange flavors. Nice lingering hop and spice bite at the end.

M: Feels about medium although this one could be perceived as somewhat lighter since the alcohol does not seem to be the strength as dictated on the bottle. This one drinks like a 5-6% ABV beer. Sneaky and strong. Smooth.

O: I'm particularly impressed with this beer as I have brewed a number of batches with the Chouffe yeast. I did a Belgian Blonde which came out similar to this one. I take my hat off to the brewery for doing such a wonderful job with this very enjoyable beer. (1,126 characters)

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