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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 74
Gots: 123 | 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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Photo of jwhawkins81
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.

jwhawkins81, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of andyschaps
4/5  rDev -2.4%

andyschaps, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Theitos
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.

Theitos, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of tigg924
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.

tigg924, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of LOCAL
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

LOCAL, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of SILVER
4/5  rDev -2.4%

SILVER, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of steelerguy
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.

steelerguy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3/5  rDev -26.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of LIVEfreak2
5/5  rDev +22%

LIVEfreak2, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Myst
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Myst, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of sailorastro
5/5  rDev +22%

sailorastro, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -2.4%

barnzy78, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

jophish17, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev -2.4%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of phattman073
4/5  rDev -2.4%

phattman073, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -2.4%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of mendonjoebeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

mendonjoebeer, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 11/12/11

A golden yellow with a fair bit of sediment being moved around by plenty of bubbles, big soapy head quickly falls to a thin film that hangs around but leaves no lace

S slight peppery spice, yeast, apple, pear, pineapple, papaya, some citrus, lets just say its pretty fruity any fruit I look for I seem too find, and some grassy hops, my only complaint is the booze could be a little better concealed, not sure why I pick up a little licorice as it warmed

T a little more hops then the smell but not nearly as much fruity complexity however, the booze it a little more then I like but not unreasonable considering 9.5%

M a little foamy and some heat on the way down, fairly full bodied and a mellow lingering flavor

O I think the booze could be better hidden but it's a pretty solid beer, quite fruity with a decent yeast profile

I'd like to age a bottle but I like the hoppy aspect and wouldn't want it to fade, and considering the price of the gift pack I had too buy to try this one I doubt I'll find out. Still worth a try I just wish i could buy it in singles

wordemupg, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of joesc230
5/5  rDev +22%

joesc230, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of benjbrunner
5/5  rDev +22%

benjbrunner, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of doopydoogle
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A golden, almost sage hint, cloudy, with a HUGE head that explodes into the glass and really sticks around.

S - Lemon, lemongrass, clove, yeast, grapefruit, tangerine, vanilla, honey, caramel, dried apples,

T - Explosive citrus and fruit that gives way to some subtle spice, caraway flavors. Alcohol reveals itself and is followed by a pronounced bitter that gives way to a spicy/dry finish with hints of fruit and roasted malts. The booze really comes through a little too strong though at the end.

M - Explosive carbonation and clean mouthfeel is hindered by a strong alcohol astringency.

O - A quality brew. Very complex nose and taste, although the ABV sings through a bit too much. Good to try if you like the two brewers.

doopydoogle, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of buckyp
5/5  rDev +22%

buckyp, Dec 10, 2011
Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.