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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,241 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 90
Gots: 174 | 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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Ratings: 1,241 | Reviews: 396
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a great golden straw color with a good thick head. Great begian yeast, slightly fruity; maybe grape vine like, aromas. Taste is fantastic. Very smooth belgian malts and nice hop flavor, belgian yeast and great fruity complexity. Smooth and very drinkable especially for the very high abv. Such a great beer, and I was so pumped to try it. If you can find it, get it! its such a perfect collaboration.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Monk's Cafe and a bottle into a glass at Monk's cafe a month later

Gnomegang glides into the glass golden with a small tint of faded bronze within. a nice sheet of bright white up top, leaving a cap and small splotches. OK retention. Smell is fruity with a bready Belgian yeast with trace amounts of candi. No grassy scents, some hints of alcohol. Pretty bold in scent off the tap with a bit candi like scent than alot of American versions. Taste is up front with Belgian essence and a fruit. Apple, pear, small earthy hop bite in between with some candi sugar in the end that does not cloy. First sips give off some alcohol that warms the gullet. The 9.5% is not all the way hidden. Feel is a strong medium with a nice crisp carb. After half the glass this becomes all to easy to drink. A nice stab at the style and much better than alot of American versions out there. I just wish bottles were not so damn pricey, this would be a nice one to slide into 4 packs or so. Until then, I'll grab it on tap.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Milltown, naturally. Pour is an extremely cloudy yellow. Tight white head. The smell is overpowering at best. Lots of banana and bubblegum (with the latter coming out more than I expect). Very sweet and full of those yeast esters (which I love alot). my mouth is just filled with all those esters that thats all I get. A decent sweet body comes late with a slight booze kick coming in very late.

I think this rivals Duvel in terms of BSPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.43/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours cloudy orange with a minimal white head.

Very sweet aroma. Smells like gingerbread with some banana, clove and bubblegum with a little funkiness.

Eww way too sweet. Starts off with some cloying sweet bread character. Banana is somewhat presence, but the clove then overpowers and it finishes sweet and clovey. Accentuates all the worst aspects of the style.

Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

I found this completely horrible. The clove was way overdone and the sweetness provided a weird character. Had I been drinking it by myself, it probably would've ended up down the drain, but I gutted through my ~7 oz.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Remarkably clear. Yellow-gold in color. Rising carb streams. Head was not much before it quickly became a ring. 3.0

Dusty yeast, apple, and white grape. Fruity and damp-smelling. 4.0

Tart apples and quince upfront, spicy in the middle and end. Slight booze shows up in the tail and sustains. Reminds me a bit of Augustijn Grand Cru. Peppery and slightly anise. Pretty nice. 4.0

Subdued carbonation with a solid medium body. Decent feel. 3.5

Very enjoyable Belgian pale. Would have it again (for cheaper). 4.0

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jpro
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass...

A: Pours a slightly hazed orange with a cotton white, two-finger head; leaves some specks and spots of lace.

S: Bread crust and cracker malts; coriander-esque spice with some pepper and fruity yeast tang.

T: Like nose, but a little boozy and fruitier (pear); some lemon thrown into the ester mix, too.

M: Heavy, oily mouthfeel; high carbonation.

O: Drinkability impaired by the booziness and big mouthfeel; nothing really stood out for me with this one.

*from notes (6-16-12)

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

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange-yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and some slightly soapy aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. A solid collaboration beer for sure.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
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