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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 74
Gots: 121 | 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 kmo1030
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

pours a hazed gold with a small tightly bubbed cap of head that fades pretty quickly.
the aroma is a little subdued, but it is sweet and fruity with banana bubblegum, apricot, touches of orangey and lemon citrus and some crackery characteristics. some herbal hoppiness can be detected also.
the taste has less sweetness to it than the smell would lead you to believe, as well as a more substantial yeast aspect. the fruit is all there, as well as a moderate bitterness and spicy, herbal noble hop flavor that takes you a bit by surprise. finishes quite dry.
the mouthfeel is a revelation. it's has the suppleness of a more full bodied beer while maintaining the light airy effervescence of a fine sparkling wine. it glides down the throat, nd is a joy to drink on texture alone.
overall a very nice effort by both of these breweries. i would love to see this make a yearly appearance.

kmo1030, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter.
A: Pours a deep apricot with about a finger of off-white head that quickly faded into a thin fizzy collar that left little lacing.
S: Notes of medicinal and syrupy fruits, Belgian yeast and cloying spices. I get a bit of apple juice and lemon zest as well as bubble gum and banana.
T: Syrupy, spicy and floral notes of Belgian yeast, golden fruits, a touch of earthy hops, banana, and apricots. I get a touch of caramel and doughy bread crust in the finish, and the aftertaste is drying with notes of light tobacco and booze.
M: Pretty thick and chewy mouthfeel actually. Carbonation was pretty ample as well over the medium-full body. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden for being almost 10%.
O: Enjoyable all around but a bit too thick and syrupy sweet for me to fall head over heels for it.

scottfrie, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%

Pours with a very faint head over a cloudy dirt-gold color with very little carbonation.

Aromas are very sweet - rich, white fruits including pineapple, apricot, and white grape. Touch of soapy hops and yeast.

Thick on the palate, with a continuation of the aromas in the flavor...apricot, peach fuzz, pineapple rhind, and unsalted crackers. Mouthfeel is thicker than the best versions of this style, and a little more carbonation would help to cut the alcoholic haze.

Don't get me wrong, this is a really tasty and enjoyable brew overall, and one that I'd buy again. But this style has some phenomenal varieties, and this one is right about average between the top and bottom... which is still a good feat, given that it's a collaboration.

BeerImmediately, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

A delicious, powerful, yet elegant golden ale with the soft and succulent fruitiness of Achouffe and the bready dry maltiness of Ommegang. No wonder this beer is an immediate standout.

Pouring with a hazy medium golden color with a yeasty haze, the beer carries a dense and froathy cotton white foam stance with great persistence and sticky lace that adorns the glass as the beer falls. Carrying more visual weight than most, the haze and controlled carbonation gives the beer the look of slight density.

Inviting aromas of soft bready malts, powdered sugar, mild and sweet spice, and overall fruitiness all meld into a powerful but gentlemanly scent. Cookie dough, waffers, yeast, candied appricots, oranges, mangos, pears, apples, and under rippened berries are the perfect base aromas yet balanced by white pepper, corriander, clove, and light floral hoppy notes. The aromas change with each visit to the rim as the olfactories acclimate to the beer and as the temperature rises.

Bready, cracker-like, yeasty sweetness balances toward the crisp pilsner malts but with also a glimpse into freshly picked barely with confectioner's sugar. Medium sweetness amplifies the fruity esters, especially those of oranges, pears, and appricots. Balanced by the yeasty spices of white pepper and clove, the hops add a growing lemony-grassy bitterness that reinforces a crisp and clean flavor in finish. Mildly tart with the slight vinous note of white sparkling wines, the acidity gives rise to the fruit flavors and crisp ending.

Medium throughout, the early carbonation expands the beer, giving a fuller and more robust mouthfeel. But the carbonation soon subsides and allows for a mid palate of growing bitterness, dryness, and peppery sensation on the tongue. Finishing dry and with alcoholic warmth, the beer seems to evaporate from the palate just before the finish in much the same way as powdered sugar or cotton candy.

An absolute home run for both Achouffe and Ommegang. A quicker turn away from early maltiness and toward fruity dryness could make the beer more drinkable. Also, a more champagne-like carbonation could better reinforce the vinous dryness that could improve. An absolute gem of a beer.

BEERchitect, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

On tap at the Flying Saucer on the Lake.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast with some orange citrus and lemon notes mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get some orange and lemon notes as well as some flowers, possibly from the hops. The Belgian yeast and a little bit of alcohol are also present in the flavor, as well as some spice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into a large tulip glass a peach infused golden with a large fluffy white head that took its time coming down leaving brokin globs of lace behind.The aromas were quite citrusy with the phenols lending some spice but they didnt overpower.Light spiced phenols start the ou in the flavor profile some grainy notes,the citrusy hops really take over about halfway and linger in a nice finish.I wouldnt think the alcohol content was so high because it goes down easy without any alcohol sting,its a great food friendly beer.

oberon, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a white head leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth pilsner malts with good amounts of heavy citrus and hints of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as vibrant. The malts are still smooth but the citrus and herbal notes aren’t as pronounced. The ending is mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is great, smooth with grainy carbonation and drinkability is very good.

Overall I’m glad I had the chance to try this beer, very nicely done all around.

glid02, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Pours a hazy gold with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing and low carbonation.

N: Belgian yeast, pear, apple, clove and hay.

T: Pear and apple upfront followed by wheat, cider, clove, some coriander and notes of banana. Finishes earthy and grassy with hints of citrus.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, frothy and crisp.

O: Very nice Belgian Blonde. The yeast flavors are fantastic! Smooth and easy drinking. Nice lingering bouquet of spices in the finish.

justintcoons, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Completely obscured body, displaying a dirtied, yellow-orange appearance with a half-finger-high, yellow-tinged head.

Smell: Slight florals, lightly fruity, with some hints of malted barley and lemon. I gotta say, I'm sniffin' with all my might here, but not picking up all that much, so it's not nearly as expressive in the aromatics department as it is in taste.

Taste: Sweet and sugary at the beginning with some tastes of honey and sugar cookies, as well as some chewy whole wheat bread. Tangy and a smidge tart, with a touch of lemon zest. Stock flavors of banana and cloves. Splash of liquor. A modest amount of bitterness is felt, then it's back to a general tangy-to-tart sensation until the full finish with remains to be tangy and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation. Some heft to it from the carbonation as well as the oat and wheat inclusions.

Overall: It's alright, kinda like an iced sugar cookie topped with a dollop of banana pudding and garnished with a bit of Meyer lemon peel and cracked cloves. Still, the sweetness and slight booziness made the eleven ounces more than enough for me.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

A - pours a delightful bright golden color with lots of variations of light and dark. Maybe a fingers worth of tight pearly white foam on top. Decent retention.

S - it smells very sweet. Tons if bubble gum and confectionery notes. Some pear and a bit of apple esters and a hint of citrus all on top of bready malt.

T - starts off dry but just as the nose suggests it is plenty sweet but not cloying in the least. Brisk hops and fruit esters are abundant. Long sweet finish.

M - light bodied verging on medium. Low carbonation.

D - all I can say is a very nice collaboration between ommegang and chouffe. Great for a warm summer eve.

Teleweizen2, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%

The look is very pale with a nice lace nothing to special.

The aroma is fruity with apple and a slight citrus with yeast backing.
The taste is carbonation and a mix of yeast upfront.. The yeast is spicy and leaves a slight candy flavor. All other flavors are subdued as the beer seems unbalanced.

bishopdc0, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

This collaboration brew hits the mark. It pours dark yellow to amber with a big white head. The aroma is a mixture of earthy herb and yeast along with some orange citrus and a little cherry. Fruit and sweet malt roil across the tongue as it mixes with pepper and spice to produce an authentic Belgian experience. Hints of toffee and apricot and alcohol. The booze is well hid, but there is a hint of it underneath. I really enjoyed this brew, Belgian through and through.

BeardedBoffin, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of ADTaber
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

reviwed from notes, 750 ml btl poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: pours a hazy golden yellow with a thick 1.5 finger white head with good retention that leaves a lot of lacing down the side of the glass

S: sweet fruit, yeast, malt, spice and a hint of citrus hops

T: sweet plantains, white grape, lemon citrus, hint of caramel malt, ginger and peppery spice, faint hops presence, very complex and flavorful

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, quite smooth but sticks to the palate a little

O: this is a great beer, the flavors are pretty complex and blend nicely, the alcohol is very well hidden, I hope this isn't a one-time collaboration

ADTaber, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a hazy dark golden brown with a creamy white head that leaves very little lacing. The nose carries classic belgian spices with prominent clove and white pepper along others, with sweet citrus peel. The taste has citrus, rich wheaty malt, citrus and after it warms up weizen beer taste with banana and clove. The taste is classic belgian though a bit astrigent with the abv showing. A nice beer. But i prefer my hangovers from la fin du monde.

Trilogy31, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of tapman
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Medium gold in color and appears to shine from the inside out. Large 3 finger + head of yellowed foam is crawling back to the beer at a quick pace. Unfiltered, though is this bottling yeast or the yeast made for the beer?

Sweet orange fruit in the nose; I smell nectarines and peaches. Also some pear, light clove and pale, grainy malt.

Bitterness is very aggressive and is in the middle and definitely in the finish. Wow, that's a lot of bittering hops. Once again I get some nectarines. Also, a dusty yeast taste and diluted pineapple juice. You can't taste the alcohol, not in a "hot" way, but it certainly adds to the strong bitterness. The finish is quite messy.

Very crisp and very dry.

A fine Belgian Strong Pale, it is just so bitter that it is hard to sip this one for me.

tapman, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Able to get this in a bottle and on draft from Butch's Dry Dock in Holland, Michigan. I loved the bottle, but for the record, I will be reviewing the draft.

Poured into a snifter glass, white frothy head sits atop a golden orange haze. Beautiful color.

Wheat goodness on the nose. Some small hints of citrus and maybe even strawberries? Definitely some belgian yeast aroma in there. Nothing overwhelms. Total harmony.

First of all....this is very refreshing. I can hardly believe the 9.5%, but you get all kinds of smooth flavors. Hay, straw, orange, grapefruit, wheat, touch of bubblegum, and more smoothness.

Easy to drink, easy to drink and easy to drink.

I don't want to fall into hyperbole and say this is the best ever, but it is one hell of a collabo between two awesome breweries. Get your hands on this if you can.


midnite2sixman, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with racing sea of microbubbles supporting a bubbly pours white head that last as a thin film.

S- This beer has a green herbal note that blends with a fruity yeast character and some white cheese rind with a paper quality blended in to it. The fruity esters take on a pear and white apricot quality as the beer opens.

T- The light tartness that starts blends with a green dry Noble hop finish and some yeasty dry fruit characters finish with a green pungent hint that lingers for a moment after each sip. Like the smell the fruity esters of peach and white apricot come through in the taste aswell.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight fizz which compliments the pungent hop note that lingers and no real alcohol heat until the last few sips and that is a gentle warmth.

O- This beer is delicious with a well-blended complexity and a supporting hops flavor that balances everything. The Noble hops and soft yeast funk blend well and the crisp texture make this beer disappear much to quickly.

rhoadsrage, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Picked this bottle up at Rick's in Alexandria. 750mL bottle split at a Belgian dinner and poured into a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a moderate golden color with a fair amount of haze. Good fluffy white head and a pretty good amount of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries strong amounts of bread along with a moderate amount of fruity esters and a bit of spice. The flavor is chewy and bready; a bit too thick, though still quite enjoyable. Lots of bread plus some mild fruit and a bit of clove and spice. Medium body with average carbonation. A very solid brew that I'd be happy to have again.

Thorpe429, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Hazy gold/orange color. Poured a 3 finger coarse stark white head. Decanted lightly. Laced in patches.

S: Banana and some clove along with other light-colored fruits. Pale malt along with sweet bubblegum. Peppery tickle. Complex nose.

T: Very much like the nose. The pale malt is sweet and bready.. Fruit and spice flavors are very intense. Nice complexity and well-balanced.

M: Medium in body. Moderate carbonation. Spice and ester character. Slightly warming considering hearty ABV.

O: Very interesting character. Complex and balanced. A little boozy, but definitely ABV.

Haybeerman, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Nice collab take on a Belgium Golden Ale

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle. Main label with a lazy design using a red and golden palette pivoting around a large Ommengang "O", D'Achouffe logo, and name of the brew. Right side notes main intent, and collaboration ethos. Left side note offers serving instruction, brewery background and perfunctory legal sections. Shows serving temperature, and Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) . Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy pale gold pour, rich frothy head, nice retention, good surface memory, and fair touches of lacing.

S - Fruity, a sweet touch with a Belgian yeasty sense, hint of spices.

T - Sweet, fruity, hint of pineapple, pear, a bit of citrus around the spicy hint.

M - Light/medium body with generous carbonation and a nice dry sense throughout.

O - Very pleasing, leaning on the sweet edge and with a great range.

Notes: Nice surprise and collaboration! I was hesitant around the notion of the style, and the potential for this one despite the reputation of both brewers, but sure enough they have crafted quite the quality strong golden ale.

Daniellobo, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Outchillen
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Slightly cloudy golden orange, nice white head, with nice lace

S: Slightly fruity belgian yeast, wheat malt and little to no hops

T/M: Belgian yeast with its banana and cloves, very light bodied for a beer so strong, finishes a little dry

O: I liked this beer a lot, Im very happy with the half case that I bought, Ommegang makes great Belgian beer in NY

Serving type: bottle

Outchillen, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

A-Semi cloudy orange, very carbonated. About a two finger head and some lacing is left.

S-Wheat, yeast and some fruity notes.

T-Very similar to the nose, some bananas and clove.

M-Light and carbonated.

O-A solid beer, used it to celebrate the Bruins winning. Ommegang continues to make great beers.

rlee1390, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured beautifully with an ace lace of head, golden blonde liquid filling the glass.

Smelled sweet like banana-bread with bits of pear & apple.

Wonderful balance of fruity esters, tantalizing malt bill & a sweet alcohol warming.

Overall, an expertly crafted collaboration deep rooted in it’s Belgian Strong spirit.

burnheartsMKE, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%

A - Golden colored beer with a frothy white head that had decent retention. Nothing left on the sides.

S - Stone fruits, very sweet, lots of belgian yeast. A fair bit of honey in there.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells, which is very sweet. Strong yeast taste which is kind of off-putting but tempered by some syrupy sweetness. It's okay.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel.

O - I don't care much for this beer, it's okay, but nothing I'd ever drink again.

AgentZero, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

On-tap at Provisions

A: This pours a lightly cloudy golden orange color with a surprisingly small white head.

S: Lots of banana and some clove notes to it, as expected, with a bit of straw and bubblegum. Nicely sweet with plenty of bread and pale malts. As it sits for a few moments, the banana becomes even more intense.

T: Despite the mild spice aroma, the clove flavor is quite intense. The banana flavor is also quite intense, as is the sweet bread and malt character. A light floral hop note as well as some alcohol coming through.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Other than the little hint of booze, this was pretty solid. A nice Belgian beer.

womencantsail, Jun 14, 2011
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