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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 msarver16
5/5  rDev +22%

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a branded tulip glass, 6/27/11 best before 6/14. This pours a nice hazy golden color with a short libed massive white head. The smells are of Belgian yeast esters, banana, citrus fruit, lemon, malts spice. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is good, citrus, alcohol, spices, a nice little bit of dryness.

Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rippedflesh89
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SMason
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of phishsihq
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Belgian-Style Blonde Ale pours a hazy, pale gold with a tight white head and very little lacing. Tropical fruit is heavy in the nose, with hints of hay, earthiness, and yeasty funk rounding out this big bouquet. Peach and mango flavors liven up the pallet with some hop spice balancing this smooth and fruity brew. Tongue-prickling carbonation meets a medium body in this beer that finishes remarkably dry.

Photo of fehrminator
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of CaptainHate
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Agent1
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A collaborative blonde ale that I have been holding on to for a few months now. Being an avid drinker of both Ommegang and Brasserie d’Achouffe, I am very excited to see how this beer measures up in comparison to their own brews. I am also excited knowing that much like all Brasserie d’Achouffe ales, this is an unfiltered, unpasteurized beer (you can tell just by looking through the bottle).

Appearance - A gleaming golden ale. Great head on this. White and fluffy. It comes to life the moment it is poured out. Highly carbonated (a typical characteristic of Achouffe beers). Strong color and superb retention.

Smell - Wheat, honey, yeast, Saaz hops, pineapple and orange peel. Quite an impressive aroma. Lots to take in here.

Taste - After the second sip, it becomes apparent just how incredibly dry this blonde ale is. Whoa! Lots of Saaz hops and Pilsner hops sit on the palate after swallowing. Light fruits and sugars are also present, which help to balance this quite well. Grapefruit, honey, wheat, pineapple, light caramel, pine, bitter dry hops, orange peel all come rushing through. Well balanced with a shocking finish. An *extremely* dry aftertaste, which is interesting.

Mouthfeel - This is my favorite part to this beer, personally. It is extremely aggressive on the palate (but in a good way). Overall, nice and balanced. You can definitely feel this stimulate the front of your mouth the most, nearest the teeth and front part of the tongue. Lots and lots of carbonation here, too. This makes this beer really jump out at you!

Overall - Sharing many characteristics with a standard Begian-style blonde, this truly blurs the line between Tripel and Saison. It still has the qualities to that of Chouffe or Duvel, yet at the same time, somehow manages to make a confident leap into new territory. I also appreciate the craftsmanship here; using Chouffe yeast in the primary fermentation and Ommegang yeast in the secondary is a really interesting and creative way to make this a real collaborative ale. Definitely pick this up if you see it!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of match1112
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy white honey colored body, two fingers of off white rise and fall into a creamy cap. nose is mainly tropical fruit with malts and funky yeast. taste realy brings out the mango and yeast. has a medium body with probably a little too much carbonation. a dry tobacco taste is left on the back of my tongue. the abv is well hidden and this is very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic darker golden beer with strange ameba forms floating about. Dense head, not as pillowy as some golden strong/tripels. Smells like hay/grass and funk. The taste is smooth honey, but not as sweet as some-more of an aftertaste of sweetness. This beer is thick almost chewy. Low carbonation very nice on the toungue.

This is a great one! And the price is right...

Photo of UDbeernut
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from on tap at the Dutch. Hazy golden hue capped by an abundant white head in my tulip glass. Nose is full of tropical fruit, and slight earthiness. Taste follows suit with the addition of spice from the yeast and light malt. Medium bodied, this is an enjoyable beer.

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Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
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