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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,171
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 85
Gots: 147 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2011)
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle, from the gift pack available here in Alberta. Ah, a collaboration with the corporate overlords, good to see everybody playing nice.

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot hue, with a bit of swirling sediment (I was careful!), and a solid five fingered head (wait, what?), which is bubbly, foamy, and just off-white, and leaves some nice honeycomb lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet pale grainy malt, some tart orchard fruit - nectarine, apple, and unripe pear, dry banana chip esters, mild black pepper and clove spiciness, a white wine barrel vinous essence, and a muted honeysuckle meadow simulacrum. The taste is sweet Euro-bakery pastry malt, some subtle, blended table-top bowl fruitiness - apple and banana, chiefly, a gently spiced warming, like rum cake, or gingerbread and a glass of Fino sherry - whatevs - and softly herbal, grassy hops.

The carbonation is present, dated, stamped, and subsequently forgotten, the body a decent medium weight, and genuinely smooth, but with a slight sugar solution caveat. It finishes fairly off-dry, but with a crazy balancing mechanism, which I fear I may never quite flesh out, as the malt sweetness is deftly tempered by an olio of pleasantly innocuous, hard to pin down offsets.

Wowzers. So, firsties, this style is more or less near the bottom of my list of favourites, and yet this offering has to go and mess with that bias, so much so that I'm now the bad guy in this sad trope. Secondly, mea culpa, a BSPA can apparently, kick major ass, as evidenced by the hefty, layered, fruity, boozy (not that you can actually taste it) goodness harnessed herein. A bit too bad about its pricey intro to these parts, but I'll say it: totally worth it. Oh, and somehow I'm just getting the beer's name: gnomes are Brasserie D'Acchouffe's thing, and that fits so well in a pun with this brewer's name, so...um, that's it. Word.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Lots of hazy, cloudy golden orange, good lacing, good carbonation

S - Sweet yeasty malt, fruit,some spice

T - sweet with some spice(light clove) and belgian style, abv hidden

M - Full bodied, great carbonation, light hops

O - Excellent belgian. A delight to sip or chug(be careful) A well made beer.

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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's give this a shot and see if the beer is really worth cellaring like I am doing. Loud pop upon opening, but not a lot of bubbles. The pour revealed a couple fingers of light yellow head on a slightly cloudy, pure gold body. Smell is quite nice. Not a lot of Belgian yeast or banana, but rather some clove and a sour/sweetness. Slightly metalic. The flavor is a lot of sweet. Red apple, cinnamon, and artificial candy. Mouth is light and well carbonated.

Overall, a decent golden, but nothing to write home about. A little too artificial on the sweet but otherwise quite a nice balance.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an outstanding brew from ommegang, as so many of their offerings are. this one was on tap at bull and bush in denver. pours a very thick raw honey color with a small white head and a lot of suspended sediment. the nose indicates that its got a very unique yeast going on. its spicy yet it contains some fruit notes of peach and green apple. theres also a biscuity malt aroma and a candy sugar sweetness that is undeniable. the flavor is a lot like the nose. the sweetness is intense and is the last thing left in the finish. in addition to the spice and light fruit from the yeast, there is also a particular pine pollen essence i am gathering as well. the feel is great, like most ommegang brews. its got spunky carbonation and a pretty thick body for a belgian pale ale. its not filling, but at 9.5% abv its not a beer you are probably going to have more than one of per sitting. exceptional stuff.

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Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.