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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,077 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 74
Gots: 124 | 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 Jason
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown corked and caged brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Thin off-white lace, shiny golden color.

SMELL: Papaya, mango, yeast, alcohol, pineapple, crackers, herbal, bandaid, spearmint, spicy alcohol.

TASTE: Very smooth, moderate body, estery alcohol, semi-creamy, clean pale maltiness, slight hoppiness, orange peel, blonde tobacco, yeast, ripe fruit, more alcohol, phenolic, semi-dry finish.

Big bold blonde, perhaps not hugely complex it has its way with the palate regardless. Dare is say "dangerously drinkable" ... it is. Good times rolling with this bottle.

Jason, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Deeply hazed bright orangish brown color. Two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is pretty good given the ABV and small ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Interesting mix of earthy, spicy, and fruity. Apple orchard and hay earthiness. Pepper and, to a lesser extent, clove. Peachy fruitiness with banana and a touch of bubble gum in addition to the moderate yeastiness.

4.0 T: The taste puts pepper and peach into the limelight. Banana, hay, and apple orchard earthy funkiness next. Clove is much stronger in the taste, but still isn't a major player. Bubble gum gains strength on the finish and the yeastiness is discernable throughout. Hops give a balancing bitterness as well as a touch of earth. Booze is very well hidden.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that isn't quite as spritzy as I'd like. This is made up for, however, by the ample creaminess. Lightly chewy from the yeast.

4.0 D: Overall, a solid beer on all fronts. Exceptionally drinkable for what it is and the booze never even shows up, let alone get in the way. Good flavor profile. Definitely worth the purchase. Any of the above 4 categories could have been a notch higher.

DavoleBomb, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 9.5abv

The beer poured a very nice bright yellow with a tint of orange to it. A very nice fluffy white head was produced that was nicely retained and ultimately settled into a paper thin cap. Noticeable yeast floating in the beer. It would have been a 5 if it had retained a bigger cap.

A nice big and robust Belgian aroma, sweet, fruity, bready and with pepper.

Exceptional taste, true to the style. The beer followed the nose really well. The alcohol was noticeable as the beer warmed.

The beer had a medium body. The beer had good and active carbonation was creamy with dry aftertaste. Overall, this is an exceptional beer and very easy to drink even given the ABV. I would recommend to anyone.

PhillyStyle, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pmsawyer for sharing this with me. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a couple of snifters. This brew appears a light golden yellow color. A white cap forms across the top and leaves some spotty and finger-like patterns of lacing as it recedes. A light swirl brings back a finger of strength to the head.

The smell of this brew is almost stinky with cheese and grass. There is a familiar yeasty aspect present which I am going to blame on the la chouffe yeast. It overall is light in the nose with some dry fruit character vaguely similar to pears and a bit of pepper.

The taste is peppery and herbal with hops. There is a dry yeasty quality throughout that beings forth a flavor of pear and some other focus on unripe fruits. The grain inclusion is very much an afterthought but has a mild bready quality about it. Overall this brew has a decent balance of flavor and character but I can't say I am a huge fan of the yeast character. The unripe fruit flavor mixed with spices and herbal hops forms a weird combination.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation that at times is a bit prickly on the tongue. The abv is well hidden/integrated in this brew which increases the drink ability. Overall not a bad offering, a pleasant dry finish keeps this one approachable. Worth a try but not something I would buy on a regular basis.

stakem, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of obywan59
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Described as a Belgian strong pale ale, but on the labelled as a Belgian-style blonde ale.

Pours a hazy, tropical looking yellowish-gold color with a 2 1/2 finger white head. Kinda reminds me of papaya juice.

Spicy clove, lemon and over-ripe grapeftuit. Aroma of custard after the hard second pour. Biscuity.

Sweet malts followed closely by bitter alcohol and hope. Citrusy tart wheat. Sprightly clove.

Sytrupy mouthfeel. Sticky coating on the tongue and mouth. Medium-thick bodied. Peppery carbonation with substantial burn of alcohol in the throat.

The bitter taste is a bit harsh early on, but it mellows nicely as the beer warms.Definately a siipper given the 9.5% ABV, but quite enjoyable.

obywan59, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to JayQue for this bottle!

Best quasi-portmanteau name for a beer ever. It pours a lightly hazy tawny-straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises loads of banana, wheat, very light cobweb, powdered sugar, and a few sprinkles of nutmeg. It's sweet, generally pleasant, and loaded with banana. The taste holds notes of banana peel, sharp orange rind, light lemon peel, sweet flowers, and light acetone. Man, this stuff really bites the tongue with bitterness! The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a decent brew, but the bitterness comes across as far too astringent for me, and to the partial detriment of the Belgian character, no less. A bit of a miss for me, even though everything else about it works nicely...

TMoney2591, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Valmor88
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with a friend when he came over to my place. Poured into pint glasses.

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with 1.5 fingers white head. Yeast sediment at bottom of glass.

S: Bready malts, citrus hops and yeast. Lots of spices and fruity smells dance around, too.

T: Opens with the malts, very creamy. Spices seem to hit palate after - definitely nutmeg among some others that I'm not sure about. Fruity and spicy.

M: Very creamy. I'd say medium body. Definitely get some of the alcohol warmth in the finish.

O: Very drinkable, especially for the ABV. It was highly recommended to me by a friend, and I'm glad I bought one.

Valmor88, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale gold with a small off-white head. Aroma of yeasty spice, banana, and hints of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Mildly sweet, biscuity malt backbone with pear, tart apple, banana, a good amount of spice, and earthy hops mixed with hints of boozy warmth on the finish.

Nicely balanced and easy-drinking considering its size. Not exactly groundbreaking, but some very nice flavors for sure.

grittybrews, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of EnemyWithin
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in Duvel glass into Oct 19, 2011.

Appearance: 4
Hazy, honey yellow, with an unfiltered body. 1/2 inch white head with good lacing.

Smell: 4
Sweet fruity esters, with notes of bready malt and spicinesss. Faint grassy aroma from hops.

Taste: 3.5
More spiciness in taste than expected. Still get notes of yeasty fruitiness, typical of Belgian style. Detectable warm and presence of alcohol. Definite features similar to a tripel, with slight mild bitterness from hops. But also similar to BSPA, with fruity ester notes.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Moderate thickness with nice soft carbonation that lends the beer a pleasing creaminesss. Suprisingly drier finish than expected.

Overall: 4
Nice beer with some interest qualities, but does completely wow me. Much like a fruitier Duvel to me. Ultimately, a good offering, but not something I'd necessarily seek out again.

EnemyWithin, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with cork and screw-cap served into a Brasserie Chouffe glass (25cl) in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. A million thanks to Schimlenhaumer out of New York for mailing this to me. I couldn't have tried it otherwise.

A: One finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and poor retention - though in fairness the ABV is 9.50%. Colour is a cloudy yellow.

Sm: Very malty, light spice, and full barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Malt, some winter warmer evocative spices, and barley. A light lemon citrus ester is present, alongside some clove. Only a little alcohol comes through. Built and balanced well, but a touch simple. It doesn't have a clear focus, to its detriment, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and crisp. Quite pleasant and complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Hides its ABV extremely well. Very pleasant and easy to drink, but at the same time you wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle. It's good to try once, but I imagine the price doesn't justify repeated purchasing. I think the collaboration may actually have hurt the quality of the beer in this case; I have full confidence in both breweries independently.

kojevergas, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (bottled 2/8/2011) poured carefully into a tulip (seeing a lot of chunks in the bottle). Pours a clear golden color w/ a white creamy head that dissipates pretty quickly - but a quick swirl brings the head right back up. Nice carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is clean pale malt, Belgian yeast, and subtle hops - a little clove & banana too.

Taste follows nose: a great blend of water, malt, hops and yeast. What beer is all about. Some lemon, spice, pepper and fruity esters too. Really smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is a really great Belgian pale ale and another great Ommegang offering.

draheim, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed last night at Max & Joe's in Omaha, NE. Review from notes.
Served in an Ommegang chalice.

Arrives with a 1.5cm head, very creamy and dense. Just off-white in color. Never completely fades, about a 0.3 cap on top of the beer body. Excellent, consistent lacing. Body is a cloudy golden-orange color. Very nice overall.

Aroma is full of complex fruity esters: plum, pear, and apple. Also some spicy phenolics, can't put my name on them, but not the nutmeg that was mentioned in the menu.

Taste is fruity, as of sour apples and pears. Also features some peppery, spicy, and Belgian classic yeast flavors. All this on top of a gentle maltiness that's a delight. Some ethanol is present in the back of the mouth and tongue, but nothing particularly harsh.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Generally soft on the palate with little ethanol burn, implying that the carbonation is modest and well-suited to the beer.

This was a good tasting, generally pleasurable sipper, which gets it good marks. I didn't think it was particularly unique for the style, which was a bit odd given the collaboration and nature of the two brewers, so loses a few points in that respect. Still, tasty, and a solid beer.

falloutsnow, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a creamy puff of white mousse. Displays very active carbonation in the glass.

S: The nose is filled with notes of orchard fruits (peaches, pears, apples), heavy cream, and spice. Really nice, but I was hoping the aromas would separate a bit more.

T: Opens malty and smooth with notes of cream, vanilla, apple skin, white peach, lemon, and pear. Traces of coriander and aniseed are also evident, though I was under the impression that this beer was unspiced for some reason. The finish is long and spicy with spiced pear, apple skin, and lemon flavors underscored by warming alcohol and a yeasty bite.

M: Smooth and a tad oily in the mouth, but this is not to the beer's detriment. Goes down smoothly for such a strong, full-bodied beer.

O: It took me a little while to get into this beer, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. If anything, it provides evidence of just how enchanting these collaborative brews can be.

mrfrancis, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A flavorful but not well crafted beer; at least the elements didn't mesh as I would like. Disappointing given the heritage of the two breweries involved; maybe a committee decision. In any case, it is fruity and a little earthy with a tad too much spicing. The high alcohol content also was too evident.

chinchill, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost clear, orange peel, bronze , and sunshine colored ale. The head after the pour is very quick, and no residual foam. Moderate bubbling.

Soft spice, and juicey, biter oarnge peel aroma. I smelled the sweet part of fresh juice right from the fruit also. Sweet malt and yeast bring out Summer fruits to the nostrils. Very inviting aroma.

Juicey and syrupy palate of sweet Summer fruit. Oranges, apricots, nectarines, and apples. Lightly oasted mlat and maybe a little earthy hop profile and thats it. Oh yeah, and some warm alcohol on the finish, especially as the beer warms. Very nice sipper, great carbonation on the palate.

scruffwhor, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Greywulfken
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ommegang was one of the first two brewers whose products I pursued (Unibroue was the other). I found their beers to be of strong character and excellent craftsmanship. I was excited to try this beer, and have since maintained a watchful eye for it. A favorite of mine.

A: slightly hazy pale gold straw with an off-white "beware-the-overpour" head; left sticky lace down the tulip glass

S: hops and yeasts kick up a fruity, floral bouquet over a honeyed malty sweetness

T: sweet and smooth but with a crisp, sharp edge; hints of spiced pale fruits like apricots, pears, and peaches; bit of spicy tartness over a very clean-tasting pale malt base.

M: solid medium-full body, strong carbonation; soft - I would almost think this a tripel in feel

O: this was a really good beer - it had a much "softer" presentation than I expected in a strong pale Belgian. This beer leans toward the tripel end of the BSPA spectrum, but with an emphasis on the malt sweetness and yeasts.
Highly recommended.

$17 bomber.

Greywulfken, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of pinotboy007
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Murky golden with a modest head and not much lace from a relatively gentle pour into a Duvel tulip.

S-Has a nice Belgian thing going on but it's subtle with a nice spice I can't put my finger on.

T-Biscuit, apricot, and a bit of a malt with a nice hoppiness that makes for a rather complex ale; very nice! Finishes crisp with some grapefruit on the tail end. The high ABV doesn't detract at all, so this one is dangerous.

M-Very silky with a touch of carbonation.

O-A splendid ale worthy of your attention and is probably food friendly given the low carbonation and silky mouthfeel.

pinotboy007, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely deep cloudy gold. White head that leaves spots here and there. A fair amount of carbonation evident as I move the glass around. Smell has a lot of pale malt with a mild banana and light fruits. Belgian yeast flows well and brings out a healthy breadiness maybe a trace of funk. Taste is so close to perfect I may have to come back and p the score. It follows the nose but adds a peppery bite. A touch of sweet alcohol that melds into grains and cinnamon. Mildly spicy hop finish that features a bit of alcohol bit and citrus skin. Crispy dryness gives you a reason to go back to the glass way too soon. Feel is superb with creamy carbonation that laves a quenching sensation and and velvety swallow. A great beer that I will be stocking up on frequently.

scootny, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Packaged _/15/11, best by Feb. 2013. Cool label; 5 malts, 2 hops, 2 yeasts.

Appearance: Poured into my Hennepin glass, this is a hazy goldenrod beer, capped by a nice creamy ivory cap with nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of tropical fruit, hints of alcohol, and TONS of spice, which I remember from the other Brasserie D'Achouffe beer I had (I don't remember the name). The spice notes are somewhat reminiscent of cardamom. It's pleasant, but not lots of depth.

Taste: Tons of spice up front here, both from the yeast and from the hops as well, methinks. I can't really pick out any individual spice flavors, or fruit flavors for that matter, but this is full of tropical fruit, spice, hints of herbal hops. Bitterness is on the light side of medium, nice and clean. Some mild malt notes, with a hint of dry caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Overall: Tasty, reasonably-complex, and no major flaws, but I just can't get myself to love this. For the approx. $14 it cost me, I probably wouldn't pick up another one.

BedetheVenerable, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Hazy straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Vague light fruit nose, flavor is sweet & tart fruit. Higher ABV is hidden. There are other blondes like Leffe that are better. Not worth $15.95 for a 750ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

jdhilt, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of treehugger02010
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure where I got this. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy straw color. The head is a bright white color, four fingers tall, small medium sized bubbles, very retention, not much lacing.
Smell: The aromas are yeasty, peppery, and nothing else.
Taste: The flavors are banana, slightly tart, wheaty.
Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is medium, with a lingering finish.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber colour with a thick cloud and protein floaties (proaties), steady but thin bead. Head is white, nice and dense with decent retention. Lace is stretched, but sticky.

Smell is underwhelming. Plenty of fruit hiding in there, but hiding. Notes of apricot, raspberry and a hint of tamarind towards the back where it gets more bitter and phenolic. Touch of orange peel, cardamom and green peppercorns. Subdued, but nice.

Taste is very complex and Belgian, with bitter, boozey phenols competing with fruity esters for supremacy starts with a vanilla-malt base with nice cereal grain notes. Phenols come through with hints of cardamom, rubber and fresh fennel, blending with lemon, apricot and mildly tart berry notes for a mid-to-late palate that straddles the hub between fruity, spice and bitter quite nicely. Starts fruity and ends fairly spicy-phenolic. Good Belgian palate.

Full body, slight boozey warmth, otherwise very smooth.

Good, complex brew. Could see it matching well with an Indian curry or chilli prawns.

laituegonflable, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy straw-gold with an inch-plus head of dense white. Elongated dots of lacing throughout the glass along with a barely solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics begin with pleny of clovey phenols with accents of corainder and orange peel. Some plump malt and candi sugar follow through. Citrus with some wafting booziness round out the finish.

Light bodied with a crisp, zesty mouthfeel. Carbonation on the light side for the style and adds a bit of chew.

Toasted biscuits drizzeled with honey and orange marmalade start the palate. The malt backbone is light but plump and juicy, and plenty of grassy, earthy hops pull quickly through. Bright coriander with an orangy citric undercurrent and loads of phenols.

Finishes with a trace of heat, lingering citrus and spice, and plenty of Belgian goodness.

Great beer, although I have a soft spot for LaChouffe anyways. Ramp up the carbonation and maybe a bit more rustic character would really put this one over the top. A bit more refined than I remember my first LaChouffe being, but a great offering from Ommegang nonetheless.

brewandbbq, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Badbobx
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bomber into a pint glass. The beer presented a hazy golden color with a small head of foam.
The aroma was Belgian with strong hints of spice and mild orange.
The flavor is full of spices. I am sensing some mild clove, pepper and a hint of cinnamon. I am getting a bit of biscuit flavor. There is a slight astringency and a warm alcohol finish.
The mouthfeel is full warm and a strong feel of the carbonation.
This is a example of a Belgian strong ale.

Badbobx, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright, hazy golden color with almost no head but a small ring of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Lemon and orange with a backing that has a slight mustiness. Also has a strong floral aroma.

Taste: Begins with spicy hops, finishing with lots of lemon and noble hop flavors. There is a bit of Belgian yeastiness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice carbonation bite and a somewhat alcoholic warming finish.

Overall: A good beer and a nice representation of some of the better flavors that Belgium has to offer. Definitely worth a taste.

Mosstrooper, Aug 27, 2011
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