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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,117 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 76
Gots: 129 | 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 BeerMe42
5/5  rDev +22%

BeerMe42, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of adrian21
4/5  rDev -2.4%

adrian21, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -2.4%

alexsergio, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of IpeeA
3/5  rDev -26.8%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of thestranger99
4/5  rDev -2.4%

thestranger99, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +22%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of benbking
4/5  rDev -2.4%

benbking, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of frankiepop
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice fruity wake me up beer. Gnomegangs are brewed in a strong Belegium tradition. Pleasant surprise for this blond ale skeptic. Nice aroma for a blonde ale anyway. A summer drink for me that competes well with the white beers, but this tends sweetness over a lemon tartness.

Complements Bob Marley and the Wailers style music. If you tend a more artsy, side then try Trio X (Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval & Jay Rosen) Try Trio X Sugar Hill.

frankiepop, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of brugge2004
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was included as part of a gift pack, I'd tried this one shortly after release and probably wouldn't have bought again. Better the second time around. Malty aroma nice yellow color not a great head and it faded quickly. Alcohol well hidden , not overly complex in taste but a good beer all the same didn't get a lot of the fruity overtones and just a hint of bubblegum in the back . Overall it's worth a shot the gift pack dropped the price enough that I'd probably try this again

brugge2004, Nov 11, 2011
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
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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
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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
Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.