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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

975 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 975
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 67
Gots: 102 | 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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Ratings: 975 | Reviews: 356 | Display Reviews Only:
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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sniff, sniff. Spicy, sweet, cloves, honey, lemon, brown sugar, soapy. Mmm. Good job. The taste comes together as I would expect. I hear those spicy hops loud and clear, keeps it all reasonable and away from the edges of cloying that some of these breed are capable. Full blonde-like body is only part of the story as the stronger Belgian aspects work through: sweet, funk, tang, honey, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, citrus zest, even a tad bit of banana flavor. Booze is present and accounted for. Warmth is key. Strongest characteristic is easily the spicy warmth. Not bad. Good job, boys and girls at Ommegang and L'chouffe.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:06:15 | More by CheezyBlaster
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htrae2014

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-29-2011 16:02:22 | More by htrae2014
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kmwilson76

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-27-2011 15:07:46 | More by kmwilson76
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow with no head at all. Lots of suspended yeast floating around. I guess I poured to fast.
S-Sweet smell but it is very light.
T- Not the most flavorful of this style. The taste has a slight tangy saison taste to it.. It is very drinkable with none of the alcohol coming though.
M- Slick feel with a dry finish.
O- Good beer, but it had to be coming from these two breweries.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:59:26 | More by confer
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Edwaka01

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-26-2011 14:13:27 | More by Edwaka01
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cfergusn

Texas

5/5  rDev +22%

12-25-2011 23:05:19 | More by cfergusn
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a tiny fizzy head that quickly dissipates. No lacing or head at all.

Aroma is of peaches and oranges. Some yeast presence as well as alcohol.

The taste is very citrusy up front. Oranges and peaches dominate with a heavy boozy sweetness throughout. A moderate bitterness comes in at the end and lingers throughout the finish.

Overall I wasn't greatly impressed with this beer. I feel the sweetness is just too much and I was done after one glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:35:17 | More by rangerred
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beerhorn12

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-25-2011 14:46:41 | More by beerhorn12
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voteforgoat

California

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who on BA remembers the naming Gnomegang beer thread? Well, this beer's name very likely stems from it!

L- pale, hazy orange with barely noticeable small particles floating.

S- browned sugar, gingerbread, orange zest.

T- WOW - on first taste - I could not help but say "the way a Belgian beer should taste!" A complex mix of malt and fruity yeast flavors, smooth, and best of all fairly dry. Nicely balanced with a touch of bitterness. The hop presence is faint, but very appreciated. Very balanced and interesting brew. Despite the initial dryness, it finishes just a bit sticky, with distinct peach notes. Surprisingly great beer, with a typically Belgian well-hidden booze quality. Well-done!

F- Nicely carbonated. Would have loved a bone-dry finish, but very well-executed beer.

O - Great beer. I wish I had bought more than one, even though this is not a favorite style for me. This was one of the hidden-behind-the cooler-you-had-to-ask-for-it beers for some reason, and i'm very happy with this purchase.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 07:10:55 | More by voteforgoat
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-24-2011 20:17:06 | More by shangwang
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Pale pilsen malt aroma and slight Belgian clove spice character

Appearance - Slight cloudy pale straw yellow with plenty of residual carbonation

Taste - A little hot alcohol and a little sweet too, no hop bitterness, and a little Belgian spice. Not a lot of flavor but smooth sweetness and spice. Not bad tasting but not great either.

Notes - Not worth the $12.99 but still an interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 17:35:34 | More by jwhawkins81
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andyschaps

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-24-2011 04:45:43 | More by andyschaps
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-23-2011 20:36:43 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Theitos

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang proprietary glass.

A: Poured about two and a half finger head. It was an moderate white head that faded leaving a thin layer on the top of the beer. The lacing looks nice. The hazy golden color is clear enough to see the layer of head on the top of the beer put not transparent enough to see clearly through.

S: I can smell yeast and a pine smell that reminds me of church pews. I can smell a slight hint of citrus.

T: I can taste a non sweet honey citrus flavor. I think the sweetness might be muted by the hops.

M: I can feel the bite of the spice and the carbonation in my mouth. The taste hangs around in my mouth after the beer is long gone. The after taste is very nice.

O: A very nice combination from two of my favorite brewers.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:58:43 | More by Theitos
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LadyOfMuchBeer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-20-2011 16:03:07 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quick, cloudy, bright orange/yellow in color, some sediment, moderate carbonation

Smell: light Belgian spices and apple

Taste: apple, grass, honey, light Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet with some funk, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: Super clean and drinkable. Light and funky. This one wows me more with its smoothness than its overall taste. Just complex enough to make me want more, but not one of my favorites from a very solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 13:25:49 | More by tigg924
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LOCAL

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-18-2011 21:09:02 | More by LOCAL
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SILVER

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-18-2011 21:07:59 | More by SILVER
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steelerguy

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden color, moderate white head that fades quickly leaving a coating of foam on top and a bit of lacing. Low to moderate carbonation, would like a bit more to keep the head around longer.

S - Spicy phenols, some clove, yeast, with a touch of sweet tropical fruit. Good, but a bit muted.

T - Lots of pale malt, there is a flavor of tropical fruit but it doesn't come across at sweet. Lots of spicy characteristics from the yeast which is nice and not overpowering in any way. Ends with a touch of alcohol, just as a large Belgian beer should. What it lacks in aroma it more than makes up for in taste.

M - Highly attenuated, lets the carbonation and alcohol cause a tingle on the tongue, finishing with a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Very pleasing.

O - When I saw and smelled the beer, I was slightly disappointed as I though this was a sure winner. Once I tasted it, my disappointment disappeared, it is a winner indeed. I have a feeling a bit of aging would up the carbonation slightly and make this even better.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 21:03:32 | More by steelerguy
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3/5  rDev -26.8%

12-18-2011 18:59:07 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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MaineMike

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-18-2011 00:37:33 | More by MaineMike
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LIVEfreak2

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22%

12-15-2011 21:11:36 | More by LIVEfreak2
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Myst

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-15-2011 19:25:38 | More by Myst
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sailorastro

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +22%

12-15-2011 12:53:57 | More by sailorastro
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-15-2011 05:37:16 | More by barnzy78
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