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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 89
Gots: 175 | 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: 1,238 | Reviews: 395
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of IronDjinn
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked, which came in a 3 bottle Ommegang gift pack with a glass. Pours out a cloudy honey-hued colour, with a short tight creamy head.

Sweet honey aroma with white raisins, vinous white grapes deeper down, some apple and pear, dry white pepper and some soft pale malt.

The first sip reveals a most curious flavour, as if several familiar ale types were blended seamlessly into one. A potpourri of palatable spices, alpine herbs, orchard fruit, and various citrus rinds all rush onto the palate at once. Sweet toffee and bready malt carry things along as a delicious backbone to it all. Complex, consuming, yet not overwhelming.

Medium-full bodied mouthfeel, creamy and silky texture that gets slick at times, with an assertive effervescent carbonation.

A shame that this is only locally available in the expensive gift pack, I would love to stock up on it. So much going on at once yet it's all smooth and cohesive whether it all registers or not. Would love to Scooby-doo it more and crack the case eventually, yet for now am content with the memory of the initial experience, this is definitely something to seek out. Wow.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ommegang narrow tulip glass. Hazed golden hues varying with the light crowned by a thick off white retentive head that proved quite sticky.

Nice fragrances of tropical fruit. nice yeast. Really odd - when I read the Bros review that mentioned 'Bandaid" I thought that was crazy but I was getting that too. The power of suggestion?

First sip hit with some hops straight up front bringing in some slick ripe fruits along the lines of peach apricot grapefruit.

Slightly slick in the mouth with a quicker than expected finish but a nice evolution of flavors. The quick clean finish adds to the drinkability as it makes you want to take in more. Alcohol was well concealed. Nicely done - a classic Belgian blonde.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MammothTarantula
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an Ommegang tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy yellow-gold. Looks very much like dehydrated urine (I mean that in the most positive way possible). Bright white one finger head. Decent retention and lacing. Lots of yeast floating around.

S: Very yeasty, slight floral notes toward the end of the inhalation.

T: Big wallop of yeast up front, quickly fades to a sort of buttered croissant flavor toward the end, which lingers after swallowing.

M: Very heavy upon entering the mouth, but sort of thins out during the journey towards the throat. Much thicker than I was expecting, but not in an unpleasant way. Medium carbonation prickled the tongue and offered a strange sensation during the heavy portion of the sip

O: A very good beer. The alcohol content prevents me from being able to drink very much of this at one time, but I will be purchasing it again if I can get my hands on it.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Re-review.

Appearance: Pours a murky golden color with a lot of sediment floating around. The head is a finger high, with a white shade and a frothy texture. Retention is actually fairly decent. A nice collar of lacing sticks to the glass quite well. (3.5)

Smell: About what I expected. The spicy yeast is what comes to the forefront immediately, backed by some citrusy tones. Maybe some subtle touches of candied sugar, too. It smells big...but not boozy, not at all. (3.75)

Taste: It opens up with massive amounts of candied sugar and spicy, bread-like yeast. In many ways, it tastes more like a tripel rather than a straight Duvel clone. Come to think of it, it has the lightness and subtlety of Duvel, instead of the big, bludgeoning spice-and-candied-sugar of a tripel. Because of this, the back end is faintly alcoholic, but also nicely citrusy. Aside from the slight alcohol, it's really hard to find complaint with this one. (4)

Mouthfeel: Very light and airy, with only a hint of residual sweetness. Carbonation is strong. Only real flaw here is that it seems a tad boozy at times. Still, despite the semi-apparent 9.5%, it's an easy drinker. (3.75)

Overall: I once said "I'd love for Ommegang/Chouffe to make another batch of this." And they did - in 4 packs no less! Typical of Ommegang, it's an extremely solid beer. It won't be an everyday drinker for me, but it will make a great 'once a season' treat. (4)

3.9/5: Giving me another reason to really like BSPAs

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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber. Nice one finger head and lacing. Nice aroma of sweet malt, yeast, light fruit and Belgian spicing; strong on clove. Taste follows with pleasant sweet malt, light fruit, a hint of honey and caramel, followed by Belgian spices and a slight hop finish. Nice separation of flavors and nice progression. Well made. It would be interesting to cellar some of these.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Tasted On: 03-21-2012
Freshness: Best by 07-2013
Packaging: 750 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Ommegang cervoise glass
Purchased: Received as a gift

Got this for Christmas in a gift box with 2 other bottles and the elegant glass.

Appearance: Dark golden color; the first pour is clear but the 2nd has some sediment and haziness to it. Head is rocky and white and stands 4 fingers high, with lacing and retention very good. A pretty beer

Smell: Big Belgian yeast aromas; spicy with earthy hops. Also get fruit notes of green apple and grapes, with a wine-type aroma.

Taste: Complex flavors are sweet and spicy, with big malt breadiness. The noble hops give it a light amount of bitterness. Other flavors include grapes and wine-like notes, plus a slight lemon/citrus tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, it opens up to a more full body as it comes to room temperature. Carbonation is medium to high. Nice warming from the alcohol. Aftertastes are balanced nicely between dryness and sweetness, with a slight tart quality as well.

Overall: I really enjoyed this Belgian beer from Ommegang - complex, refreshing and easy drinking.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
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