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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,196 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 84
Gots: 155 | 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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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (a Hill Farmstead stem); bottling date of July 27, 2012 and a freshness date of July, 2014 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG ON 07/27/12 BEST BY 07/2014”). This is from Ommegang’s most recent mixed 8-pack.

Appearance (4.25): The beer pours with a solid finger of bone-white head, which is kind of crackly. It dies off to leave a ring around the edge of the glass, and scattered suds around the sides but no more substantial lacing than that. The body is a hazy, glowing orange color, and very, very pretty.

Smell (4.25): Mostly some warm spice character (cloves, white pepper, some coriander), mixing with kind of a broad palate of fruit notes: white grapes, lemons, some orange / tangerine citrus, melons). But, there’s some green, herbal, leafy character thrown in there, too, adding a nice dimension. Great set of aromas.

Taste (4.25): Really great stuff here—that fruitiness in the nose transforms into a bright, sweet, pungent yeast component that offers mellow melon tones, sweet orange, pear juice, and somewhat vinous white grape flavors—but they’re all cut through with flashes of tart lemon, and permeated by a warming spiciness and a bready wheat character. There’s some very subtly tart wheat that complements the fruitiness with its starchy, filling flavor while offsetting the tart lemon and citrus character.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The body is a bit on the full- side of medium-feeling, with a velvety, tingling carbonation that foams slowly and fully on the way down. . It finishes surprisingly dry, with the slightly vaporous feel of alcohol while that tart lemon character dries things out on its own. This feels great, for the style.

Overall (4.25): This is a really, really great beer if you’re into BSPAs. At its high points, it showcases the Chouffe and Ommegang strains in a way that they complement one another. You can actually tell them apart in some ways, but they meet at certain points, too, particularly in the tart, lemony character. This is without a doubt one of my favorite American-made Belgian-style beers, and I’m going to look forward to this from Ommegang in the future, as well.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a goblet and had about one and a half fingers of foam. The coloring is a very cloudy blonde from the active yeast.

The nose on this beer is very minimal. I get some grain in there, as well as the belgian presence off the yeast.

In the body I get the pleasant mix of blonde flavors. I like the belgian characteristics.

This is a pretty good blonde.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We twist the cage and cork and pour brew of glowing, very pale golden yellow. It holds a brief two finger head of fatty white bubbles. This leaves spots of lacing and a big aggregates across the top of the liquid. Haze is thick, and flecks of amorphous yeasty sediment are suspended throughout the liquid. Carbonation appears on the lighter side. The aroma gives wheaty, pale Belgian malts, light vanilla bean, souring green olive flesh, light hoppy grassiness, metallic yeast, orange flesh sweetness, and faint phenolic clove pucker. With warmth comes more bread and butter of malts, soured citrus, booze, and light musky oak. Our first impression is that it has the malty, Belgian backing of the standard Duvel, but it is much sweeter and less drinkable. As we sip, the flavoring opens with those same aromatic Belgian malts mixing with phenolic clove, orange flesh, syrupy fig sugars, lemon rind, and sweeter Belgian yeast. These blend to the peak, giving a warming, boozy, and bready punch. We also get more black pepper of alcohol, and an enhanced, sticky sweetness of dark fruits of fig and strawberry. The finish washes with buttery diacetyls, musky and dusty yeast, brown apple sweetness, red cherries, peach sugars, light grassy and nectary hops, more phenolic clove, and metallic, bready spiciness. The aftertaste breathes of dill leaves, black pepper, booze, metallic and sweeter Belgian yeast, musk, orange flesh, chalk, and generally Belgian pale malt grit. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. There is creamy, syrupy coating all around the mouth, with sticky coolness and drip. A final, light and toasty astringent dryness streaks down the tongue and palate by the very end. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the spice and muskiness through the finish of the flavoring. This imparted a genuine Belgian feel and flavor, as is seen with most of Ommegang’s offerings. The high abv, overt fumy booze, and warming qualities kept things interesting. Where we lost points was in the sweetness of the flavoring, which became a bit cloying by the end, and cut the pale and inherent drinkability of the style. Otherwise things were tasty, and we’ll be happy to see what another few months does to this guy.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. 2011 vintage. Poured into a snifter. White fluffy head, high retention on a hazy, almost opalescent golden body. Aroma includes lemon, grass, lemon peel, some banana and some light candi sugar. Mouth feel is tongue coating and dry. Lemony taste, slightly sweet, some peach and star fruit. No alcohol in the taste and amazingly drinkable considering the abv. Stupendous.

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.