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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,146 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 80
Gots: 139 | 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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Ratings: 1,146 | Reviews: 373 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jisom123, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

drh1382, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at low altitude.

A: Pours a hazy blonde wheat color -- lots of yeast particles in the suspension -- with a small but creamy off-white head that stays around for a long time. Sparse lacing.

S: Bright sweet fruit esters -- reminds me a lot of clementines -- as well as some subtle hop and spice notes. The alcohol is quite apparent.

T: The sweet and citric fruity esters from the yeast come through first, followed by a subtle bitterness and a distinctly warming finish. Everything's held together nicely by a grainy body.

M: Medium-bodied with a dry alcoholic finish. Maybe a bit too dry for my taste.

D: As much as I like the flavor, I wouldn't like to finish a whole bottle of this by myself. For the price, I think Ommegang has lots of better offerings.

schlimenhaumer, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

11millsown113, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Nachojon, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of thedoer
5/5  rDev +22.2%

thedoer, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 750ml bottle slowly into Duvel tulip. Typical cloudy orange for a Belgian blonde pour with a half inch of fluffy head that reduces down to white lace around the inside of the glass. Smells of yeast, orange peel and raisin and a fair amount of sweetness. Taste is very good on the tongue flavors of the aforementioned with a nice little bite from the alcohol. Had this one and was saving it for my Thanksgiving Day beer with the meal and it did not disappoint, very solid and very drinkable though the 9.5% abv eventually caught up to me in the end. However, the abv was in no way overwhelming to the beer in taste or feel, just a good creeper that's great for a cold night to keep you warm and toasty on the inside. My 1st from Ommegang, I have a Rare Vos chilling as well that I plan to crack soon. The LaChouffe gnome caught my eye and I had to try...now I'm craving La Chouffe.

Blueribbon666, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of matjack85
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got to try this at my brother-in-law's house for Thanksgiving. The beer came as part of a 3pk of Omegang beers, with each 750ml brown bottle representing a different style of Belgian ale. This one is a Belgian blonde.

The beer poured a slightly hazed golden color with a 1-finger white head. The head retention was decent as was the amount of lacing left behind.

Mild smell of candied sugar, pears, and alcohol.

Let this one warm up a bit before drinking it. You get more flavor out of it the closer it gets to room temperature. That said, I am still not a fan of beers where alcohol is the main flavor, and that is the case with this offering. Once you get past the strong alcohol taste, you'll get a good dose of sweet pale malts and juicy fruits from the Belgian yeast. Pear is the main fruit flavor but there are also others such as tart apple and lemon. At just 19 IBU's, hop bitterness is minimal. The slight spiciness must be coming from the alcohol as this beer is brewed without spices.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with medium body and moderate carbonation.

If they could have hidden the alcohol better I would have rated this much higher, but as is, I can only give it a C+ grade.

matjack85, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

blackened1339, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Exiled, Nov 24, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

TheSacredRaritan, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

celticfutblclub, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this as part of the Holiday gift pack. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in my ST tulip. Pours a dull golden-orange with a slightly hazy clarity. Head is one inch, fluffy and bright white and embedded with pinpricks. Head eventually dissipates into a soapy slick and a tight white band around the shoulders. Thin swaths of lacing coat the walls of the glass. Nose expresses coriander, clove and a trace of candi sugar - overall impression is somewhat herbal. Taste consistent with nose; however a pleasant, light malt backbone reveals itself. There's also a suggestion of raisins and a hint of something else - perhaps mint, perhaps a residual tropical fruit quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, almost prickly carbonation, some acidity and a faintly oily texture. There's also a residual burn at the back of the throat that lingers between quaffs culminating in a slightly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid BSPA but there are better examples of the style out there. Well worth a try if the opportunity presents.

Jwale73, Nov 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a thin off white head.

S: Candi sugar, golden raisins, belgian yeast, honey and some pear.

T: Pretty good stuff here. Sonefruit, pear, honey, some spice and Belgian yeast with a touch of heat from the alcohol. Very drinkable.

notchucknorris, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

lennerja, Nov 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Magery, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

goalie33, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

monitorpop, Nov 17, 2011
Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.