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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 73
Gots: 114 | 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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New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%

A: A yeasty layering covers the entire bottom of the bottle. In the chalice a dense, murky, tangerine orange shows bits of a slow swirling effervesce and very little light transmittance. The head is cream in color, frothy and tightly bound showing a good rate of retention.

S: Sweet tangerines, candy sugar, and fresh pale grains all intermingle nicely together. Flowery green noble hops are leafy and fresh producing a gentle and enticing aroma.

T: Noble hops and a soft orange flavor is spicy with a sharp and well defined bite. Pale grains, soda bread, and a soft honey blossom are evident as well a good Belgian yeastiness. Wheat and wildflowes with a soft perfumy grapefruit like citrus effect is lightly dry with hints of hay and citron. Lightly acidic but perfectly smooth and harmonic flavor wise. I don’t hand out 5s often at all, but find it impossible to say otherwise here.

M: Crisp lively carbonation is very sharp on the tongue with a light body and a grapefruit lingering goodbye.

O: Overall hard to argue this is probably one of the best blondes this side of the pond (with exception of kaley cuoco). ;) Will make anyone a fan of the style. Alcohol is very well hidden, crisp drinking factor and would make an ideal summer sipper.

03-09-2012 00:39:58 | More by beerthulhu
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-08-2012 13:38:58 | More by mcphish22
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-08-2012 04:55:00 | More by KnightRider
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-03-2012 00:57:52 | More by hoppymcgee
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

03-02-2012 21:24:53 | More by theminutemen
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-02-2012 03:11:10 | More by Zachtheporter
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-25-2012 16:47:03 | More by JustinMatthew
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3.65/5  rDev -10.8%

750 ml corked and caged bottle, stamp says packaged on 02/24/11. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like green apples, bready malt, hay, pears, and a bit of clove and tropical fruit. It tastes like grass/hay, earth, cloves, peppery spice, pears, bready malt/grain, and some apples. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a solid brew and it's also worth trying. $10.99 a bottle.

02-24-2012 22:28:23 | More by bluejacket74
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West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle.

Appearance - Light golden tan, floating unfiltered yeasts. 1 inch foamy head with sticky lacing.

Smell - Strong spices, orange, grapes, pineapple, lemon. Yeasty sugars, pale malts. A little grassy/floral note at the finish. No alcohol really comes out.

Taste - Very sharp bitter peppery and yeasty first sip. Plenty of lemon and sour apples. Added sugars are masked under the pale malts and sour fruits. Loads of grapefruit and spices. Warm, alcohol is present in each sip.

Mouthfeel - Sharp sour fruits and pale malts coat the tongue and bitter it, much the same with the palate. Aftertaste is sour, spicey and dry.

Overall big strong beer, lots of flavor and for sure a sipper. If you like spices, yeast and sour fruits this is a must try. Glad to drink this again, had it at first release a few xmas ago.

02-21-2012 21:47:26 | More by wvsabbath
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Duvel tuilp

A: Pours a cloudy deep golden amber topped with 1 inch of thick, dense foam. Head dissipates after the first few sips leaving a very thin layer of fine bubbles that remain for the rest of the drink.

S: Sweet, biscuity malt, apricots, green grapes, dusty yeast and slight alcohol

T: Sweet, nearly candi like, with light malts making up the majority of the flavor profile. The middle and finish are nearly white wine like followed with a slight alcohol warmth.

M: Light bodied and slick with a fair amount of prickly carbonation

D: Very enjoyable and not boozy given the abv. Definitely wish this was not a limited beer.

02-20-2012 17:53:01 | More by ArrogantBastage
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4.05/5  rDev -1%

Into a Ommegang specialty glass. Poured a cloudy pale orange. Had a billowing, strong, and dense off-white head. Lemon cake, apple, and herbs to the nose. Slight medicinals arose after a bit. Taste was sour apples, sugar, beer bread and a squeeze of lemon. Palpable alcohol heat up front but quickly mellowed as it warmed. Goes down dry with a medium body. A bit of chalk lines the palate after a glass or two.

02-20-2012 00:21:24 | More by stephens101
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-19-2012 05:18:48 | More by MikeD1687
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-18-2012 18:11:36 | More by chrispoint
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-16-2012 00:26:38 | More by jt0818
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-16-2012 00:02:04 | More by oldseacaptain
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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured a cloudy straw color with a nice flluffy head. Scent was green apple and yeasty bread. Taste followed the scent but was more intense than I expected from this beer. Great carbonation and very cleansing taste. This was my favorite in this three pack which included Gnomegang, Three Philosophers, and Hennepin.

02-16-2012 00:01:21 | More by Nuke77
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

At $16 a bottle, I was reluctant to pick this one up every time I passed it at the bottle shop. BUT NOW I’M ROLLIN IN IT, SUCKA! YYEEEEA! Just kidding – I’m still broke – but I finally pulled the trigger on this badass-looking beer. I’ve never had anything from Brasserie D’Achouffe, so here’s to new brews (especially collaborations).

Brewed this time last year (“PKG ON 02/08/11” and “BEST BY 02/2013” on the neck of the bottle).

A: Pouring a pulpy pumpkin juice-tinged straw gold, this looks a lot like a yeasty hefeweizen – about 80% opaque, cloudy as ever. Extremely creamy, yet subdued white head (coming to nothing higher than an inch), with thick lacing that never lasts long before it slides back in to the body. The retention still looks great: a good half-inch unbroken white cream. An interesting presence…

S: Clove, banana, graham cracker, pear, and baked apple aromas combine – each with moderate strength – to start. Grains and yeasts are soon behind, coming up sweet and bready from the oats and thickly bready and phenolic yeasts. Alcohol, orange, nutmeg, gingerbread, and honey put the cap on this light, sweet nose.

T: Sweet, smooth, delicious; it tastes like an orange creamsicle mixed with honey. Rich pie crust, pear, apple butter, fig, and banana, as well. The alcohol is definitely not hiding, giving off a smooth expensive vodka kick every once in a while. I’ve had higher ABV beers that have hid their alcohol better than this, but I’m really not complaining too much here – it’s a strong taste for a strong brew. The yeasts are phenolic, doughy, peppery, and tangy, though they go down with amazing lightness. Aftertaste is mouth-coating vanilla, mild citrus fruits, and a bit of earthy tobacco/yeast.

M: Very full-bodied for this style. Chewable, but drinkable, as the carb adds enough fizz to keep it interesting.

O: This beer is great. The nose, the palate, the feel – it’s all smooth, rich, and drinkable. The primary yeast, from Brasserie D’Achouffe, is a shining example of Belgian complexity. I could drink this beer any day, any time.

02-15-2012 05:00:53 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-13-2012 13:19:52 | More by ng85
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-12-2012 18:44:56 | More by axman
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1.5/5  rDev -63.3%

02-12-2012 14:56:52 | More by mctizzz
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-11-2012 21:30:03 | More by christopheraknox
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-11-2012 01:31:37 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

02-09-2012 05:30:34 | More by msarver16
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a branded tulip glass, 6/27/11 best before 6/14. This pours a nice hazy golden color with a short libed massive white head. The smells are of Belgian yeast esters, banana, citrus fruit, lemon, malts spice. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is good, citrus, alcohol, spices, a nice little bit of dryness.

02-09-2012 03:17:34 | More by DavidST
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-07-2012 07:31:43 | More by Fitzmke
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