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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 86
Gots: 167 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strawberry blonde body with a finger of fine white head. Elegant lace honeycomb patterns.

Delightfully light, fruity nose with strawberry, pear, and grape.

Taste is fantastic to match the nose. A touch boozy, perhaps metallic. Other than that, it's a smooth wash of light fruit. Peach dominates, but there's plenty of other goodness in there. I may be imagining a trace of carrot.

Nice and smooth, but leaves a lingering tingle of the booze and carbonation.

Fantastic blonde (or in this case BSPA, in retrospect)-- at this strength more like a tripel, but with a bit more hop character, though not much.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2011.

A: About a finger of head. The beer is a very cloudy dull yellow. It looks sort of like brown mustard. Opaque, but translucent. Not pretty but not unattractive. Scattered lacing.

S: Zesty yeast -- slight citrus? Very Belgian; quite nice. The spiciness is great.

T: Hugely good! Vague banana, à la wheat beer. Complex, tasty, and shockingly enjoyable. Sweet, creamy, and fruity. Unexpected flavours abound. Vanilla? Hard to describe, but incredibly good. The 9.5% shines, but gloriously so. Very impressive.

M: Smooth and clean with little carbonation. Almost sticky-sweet, almost strongly alcoholic. I really like this beer!

O: A fantastic collaboration. Slightly sweeter than anticipated from a BSPA, but still quite nice. I particularly enjoyed it cold. Very drinkable -- 750mL isn't enough; I want more. Absolutely recommended. Go get some!

Notes (from the website)
Style: Belgian-style Strong Blonde Ale
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
ABV: 9.5% abv
IBU: 19

Photo of grantino9
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi cloudy gold. Yeast sediments are pretty apparent as they float around this ale. White head comes off 1" off the body.

Smell: Heavy yeast, light hops.

Taste: Much more magnified than the smell, I am doing cheese pairing with sharp cheddar and just an easy yeast and malty hops.

Mouth: Perfectly textured, this bear I would say is heavy carbonation some might say medium but I like it. Bubbles a little too much but compliments it's taste perfectly.

Overall:Originally picked this up expecting worse and ended up being outstanding. I was expecting a seasonal type of brew but ends up being a real fine ale that leaves you wanting more. Body is pretty well carbonated but not to the point where the head overwhelms the body. Hope you all enjoy and cheers to all.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Cresant
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this 750 mL brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Best by 6/2014. Pkg date 6/27/11. The body was bright butterscotch with some haze. The head was white and creamy and maintained a solid cap. The was minimal lacing.

The smell was classic Belgian yeast aroma as well bubblegum, banana skins, and dirt.

The taste was rich Belgian yeast, lightly spicy hops, and fermenting fruit. Hints of pear.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Tongue prickling with modest carbonation.

Photo of gdrydenc
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into an Ommegang glass.

A - Pours a cloudy straw with quite a bit of white head.

S - Smells heavily of bananas and lemons. The Belgian yeast adds a spiciness to it.

T - This hits the palate hard with Belgian spice, as well as the banana and lemon from the nose. Very dry and delicious.

M - I don't know whether I've ever had a beer with a more fitting mouthfeel. The carbonation is aggressive enough to fill the mouth, yet the bubbles are small to cover all surfaces.

Overall, this is a great beer. It is a nice collab from two good breweries. This is a very cool example of an interesting style and it holds it own very well.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice cloudy yellow with three or more fingers of very small white suds. Lots of lacing here.
Smell is lemon zest and belgian yeast. Lots of banana and clove here.
Taste is a little boozy but tolerable. Sugary clove and banana bread with a hint of lemon. Sugar galore here with a little booze added in.
Mouthfeel is pretty sticky. Still very clean in the finish though.
Overall probably a 4.45 but alas we don't have that.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of agotz
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and caged 750ml poured into a Duvel goblet.

Pale orange with a sticky white head.

Aroma of mango, lemons, marinade oranges and alcohol. Some peppery spices and straw.

Immediate flavors of sweet fruits. Orange, mango and banana. Followed by black pepper, coriander and warming alcohol. The finish is big bready malts, showing the grain bill of a 9.5% abv beer.

Mouth feel is fairly substantial for the style. The lively carbonation from the the bottle conditioning balances out the slick mouth feel.

This beer does not seem to be on point for the style. It also has a collaboration pedigree that sets expectations fairly high. These factors might seem like a setup for disappointment but I couldn't help but really enjoy this beer. If this was available regularly I would definitely pick it up to take to dinner parties with my more wine inclined friends.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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

Sniff, sniff. Spicy, sweet, cloves, honey, lemon, brown sugar, soapy. Mmm. Good job. The taste comes together as I would expect. I hear those spicy hops loud and clear, keeps it all reasonable and away from the edges of cloying that some of these breed are capable. Full blonde-like body is only part of the story as the stronger Belgian aspects work through: sweet, funk, tang, honey, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, citrus zest, even a tad bit of banana flavor. Booze is present and accounted for. Warmth is key. Strongest characteristic is easily the spicy warmth. Not bad. Good job, boys and girls at Ommegang and L'chouffe.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow with no head at all. Lots of suspended yeast floating around. I guess I poured to fast.
S-Sweet smell but it is very light.
T- Not the most flavorful of this style. The taste has a slight tangy saison taste to it.. It is very drinkable with none of the alcohol coming though.
M- Slick feel with a dry finish.
O- Good beer, but it had to be coming from these two breweries.

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.