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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,222 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 86
Gots: 168 | 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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Photo of Agent1
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of match1112
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of EinWeizenbitte
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -0.5%
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.

Photo of Tschnab
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a slightly hazy pour with a golden body and a big white head with a good amount of floaties.

S- a surprisingly tropical rush starts off the aroma, very fruity mango papaya and peach, then a belgian yeast note followed by a spicy earthiness.

T- again, the tropical notes are really nice here, and accompany the more traditional flavors of yeast, honey, clove, alcohol esthers. A faint vanilla note comes in as the beer warms.

O- A very drinkable and fruity take on a BSPA, I really enjoyed the tropical notes.

Photo of DreamInOrange
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a globe glass. Beautiful beer when poured! It is a golden orange color, a bit cloudy with active carbonation and an off-white fluffy head. The smell was not as impressive as the appearance. It may still have been a bit chilled to fully let out the aromas. Evident smells are of apple and citrus and sweet alcohols. Taste is more complex than the smell. I get citrus and tropical fruits at first then some spice and a warming dry finish. A bit of a slick mouthfeel. Overall a really nice collaboration between two excellent breweries.

Photo of Stunner97
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- so much going on in the appearance of this beer, its murky and cloudy yet can see alot of really beautiful bubbles streaming sharply, tan lacing remains on top beer, great appearance

Smell- light spice apples citrus and yeast,

Taste- starts up front with citrus and and sweetness that is very nicely tamed out by spices on the back end drying things up, overall nice balance and very mellow enjoyable flavor, the alcohol is very well hidden to point of not noticeable at all, i would say this beer may not be the absolute most complex but very balanced

Mouthfeel- very light crisp, and refreshing with smooth carbonation

drinkability/overall- this beer was really refreshing and well balanced certainly easy smooth drinking, this one struck me as one that would go well with alot foods or even just on its own, its not the most complex but makes up for it largely in sheer balance and smoothness

Photo of Zorro
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Strong and spicy hop aroma. Lots of coriander and flower aromas. Herbal hop aroma with a little bit of clove and mint in it. Lightly sweet smelling with a fruity aroma, but no particular fruit. I do smell roses in this.

Starts out mildly sweet with lots of herb and spice flavor. Slightly tart tasting like an unripe plum. Warming in the chest but no alcohol flavor. Curious flavor mix of peaches and roses.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer. Still this won't make me give up Hennepin anytime soon.

Photo of goldbot
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden to orange in color with silky, off-white foam and good head retention and a nice stream of active carbonation. Aroma is malty and wheaty with notes of honey, coriander, orange. Fruity, citrus hops. The taste is a bit muted but it has sweet, bready malts with a good spicy/fruity kick from the yeast. Fruity hops come in but are subtle, adding a nicely bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Sparger
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with huge white foam that falls fast but leaves spider web lacing. High carbonation.

The aroma of champagne with tropical notes of pinapple and mango. An herbal hops balances things out with metallic and medicinal yeasty tones. Orange and lemon zest.

The flavor is very tropical with coconut, pineapple and mango. A good sweet caramel touch on a cracker like body. Orange zest and citrus notes on an herbal hops with medicinal bandaid like notes. Mint and white wine.

Thin, highly carbonated with a little burn

Overall a nicely balanced, complex belgian style blonde.

Photo of specialiste
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of 46333
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of leinie13
2/5  rDev -51.1%

Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ant880
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of iMilky
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of chodinheaven
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale and hazy blond in color with a sea foam 1.5 finger white head on top that slowly dissapates. A bit of patchy lacing. Lots of leftover settled yeast on the bottom of the bottle. A bit vinous in the nose, like a white wine with hints of underripe hard d'anjou pears. The alcohol gives a small pleasant burn. Some juicy tangerine floats up as well, rounding out a nicely balanced malty nose.

Champagne-esque feel to the body, only with a softer carbonation. It has that vinous quality however, finishing puckeringly dry and a nice long aftertaste. The taste itself has a nice juicy middle of the palate that is chock full of fruity esters. Crisp apple comes to mind, as do some citrusy flavors like lemon and tangerine. That juicy middle turns into a bone-dry finish in the back that cuts the sweeter flavors with an almost sour one. The malts are complexly sweet and dry at the same time, making for a really interesting background. The yeast gives this beer that extra little Belgian kick that really lets it shine, adding that needed layer of complexity.

Good beer here and one worth checking out if you're into the Belgian-style beers. Ommegang seems to do a great job in keeping with the Belgian tradition of brewing complex and tasty beers.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a modest head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind

Smell: A blend of fruit (peach, mango and lemon), peppery yeast and grassy hops

Taste: A cornucopia of fruit, at the outset, with apricot, peach, mango, pear and lemon) joined, mid-palate, by the grassy hop and peppery yeast favors; the finish adds a bit of alcohol, though the aftertaste is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I was expecting to be blown away by this beer but, alas, I wasn't; still, I respect the creation though I am not wild about the way the elements came together

Photo of N8DAGR8
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.