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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 76
Gots: 126 | 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 Cresant
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this 750 mL brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Best by 6/2014. Pkg date 6/27/11. The body was bright butterscotch with some haze. The head was white and creamy and maintained a solid cap. The was minimal lacing.

The smell was classic Belgian yeast aroma as well bubblegum, banana skins, and dirt.

The taste was rich Belgian yeast, lightly spicy hops, and fermenting fruit. Hints of pear.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Tongue prickling with modest carbonation.

Cresant, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of gdrydenc
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into an Ommegang glass.

A - Pours a cloudy straw with quite a bit of white head.

S - Smells heavily of bananas and lemons. The Belgian yeast adds a spiciness to it.

T - This hits the palate hard with Belgian spice, as well as the banana and lemon from the nose. Very dry and delicious.

M - I don't know whether I've ever had a beer with a more fitting mouthfeel. The carbonation is aggressive enough to fill the mouth, yet the bubbles are small to cover all surfaces.

Overall, this is a great beer. It is a nice collab from two good breweries. This is a very cool example of an interesting style and it holds it own very well.

gdrydenc, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice cloudy yellow with three or more fingers of very small white suds. Lots of lacing here.
Smell is lemon zest and belgian yeast. Lots of banana and clove here.
Taste is a little boozy but tolerable. Sugary clove and banana bread with a hint of lemon. Sugar galore here with a little booze added in.
Mouthfeel is pretty sticky. Still very clean in the finish though.
Overall probably a 4.45 but alas we don't have that.

peabody, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

GrabMeAnAbbey, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of smithmd4
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of agotz
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and caged 750ml poured into a Duvel goblet.

Pale orange with a sticky white head.

Aroma of mango, lemons, marinade oranges and alcohol. Some peppery spices and straw.

Immediate flavors of sweet fruits. Orange, mango and banana. Followed by black pepper, coriander and warming alcohol. The finish is big bready malts, showing the grain bill of a 9.5% abv beer.

Mouth feel is fairly substantial for the style. The lively carbonation from the the bottle conditioning balances out the slick mouth feel.

This beer does not seem to be on point for the style. It also has a collaboration pedigree that sets expectations fairly high. These factors might seem like a setup for disappointment but I couldn't help but really enjoy this beer. If this was available regularly I would definitely pick it up to take to dinner parties with my more wine inclined friends.

agotz, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ksherry112
2.5/5  rDev -39%

ksherry112, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of CheezyBlaster
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.

CheezyBlaster, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of htrae2014
4/5  rDev -2.4%

htrae2014, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

kmwilson76, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of confer
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.

confer, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Edwaka01
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Edwaka01, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of cfergusn
5/5  rDev +22%

cfergusn, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of rangerred
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.

rangerred, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of beerhorn12
4/5  rDev -2.4%

beerhorn12, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of voteforgoat
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.

voteforgoat, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of shangwang
4/5  rDev -2.4%

shangwang, Dec 24, 2011
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
Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
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