Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 402
Hads: 1,313
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 4.63%
Wants: 105
Gots: 210 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-poured a very nice light orange with a small white head and strong lacing around the glass

S-I get strong citrus smell of orange peel and some hints of lemon zest. Nice floral hops aroma.

T-Beautiful citrus taste with a crisp dry yeasty finish. You can barely notice the abv in this one.

M-Very light carbonation and very little bitter after taste with a nice warm finish.

O-Overall this beer is very good and I would consider getting it again. I enjoyed it with the seafood and cigars that I had with it. (511 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Came poured to me a hazed golden orange color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Long streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of citrus notes in the front of this with a little bit of wheat thrown in there. Some light barnyard funk to this with a nice dominate belgian yeast strain. Hints of lemon and orange peel with a nice clean alcohol hint to it.

T- The front of the beer is light sweet bready note. A little bit of citrus and orange peel come through next with belgian yeast strain coming out front. Light barnyard funk to this one along with a drying alcohol flavor. Hints of orange and peach in the ending along with a settle wheat ending. Alcohol comes back in the ending once again and this time is a little hot.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat, orange, belgian yeast, and light funk are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, wheat, light peach, and lemon. Flavors were very well put together which I expected. No real off flavors at all which once again I didn't expect. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- Overall this was a above average beer. It seems like this was a one off release that should be made into rotation. The ABV was there in the beer the entire time although it never became overwhelming. A nice drinker that I was glad to have a couple glasses of. (1,396 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle a little above fridge temp poured into an ommegang goblet.

off the pour the carbonation did not seem as strong as ive come to know in most belgian pales. pours out a cloudy golden yellow color with one finger of white head that faded to a patchy, creamy foam. just small spots of lace. some yeast sediment visible off the second pour.

yeasty phenolics, bannana, bubblegum, sweet candied grains, spicy floral hops, a little clove. i almost might have expected just a little more aroma.

again, lots of yeasty phenolics, a little bannana and bubblegum, some fruits, apricot, candied sweet grains, balanced by a decent grassy, floral, spicy, citrusy hop with some bitterness in the finish. some alcohol heat is there. just a hint of almost a plastic like yeast bite towards the finish.

medium to heavy in body. carbonation is bubbly at first and settles as the beer warms. it goes down easy, but lets you know its strength real quick.

overall, i definatly enjoyed this beer but it fell just a little short of my expectations from 2 highly regarded breweries. i most likely will not buy this again, mainly because of the price. (1,156 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dive Bar in Worcester for $7. Served in an Ommegang tulip glass. Bright yellow body, with a bit of orangey haze to it. Small white head, and spritzy carbonation. Smell was floral and citrus-like, and reminded me a lot of a saison. Taste was very refreshing. Lots of notes of coriander, lemon and Belgian sugar. Mouthfeel was tart and crisp. A great beer for the style, with an abv that is well hidden. A bit pricey, but worth a try. Ommegang does not make many duds, and this one continues their winning ways. (523 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description of the beer and it lists the abv at 9.5%.

Appearance: The body has a tan/blonde color with a heavy haze and some light brown sediment floating around near the bottom of the glass. On top there is an off white cap of foam that slowly settles and makes some nice slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a big classic Belgian yeast character coming to the nose. With it comes fruit, funk and wet hay mixed with some sweet bready malt and solid notes of floral/spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: It started with a nice base of sweet bready malt and yeast with a light touch of funk and wet hay. Inside this are some nice fruity notes as well and I get white wine grapes, light unripe peach and mild orange blossom. This is all backed up by a firm floral and spicy hop bitterness that adds a pleasant balance and dryness to the finish. It’s well balanced on the palate and fun to drink.

Notes: Overall it is an outstanding Belgian which to me seems to fits somewhere between a Blond and a Triple. Also of note here is the very well hidden 9.5% abv. (1,167 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I pulled the cork, I noticed that the beer was not as aggressively carbonated as Duvel, the benchmark of the style. The body was also noticed to be more cloudy, and with a slightly darker shade of yellow, than the pale golden color that other BSPA's typically display. The smell was grassy, and floral, typical of the style. The taste was very lemony, with floral and spicy hop notes. The middle was dry, and the tartness lasted into the aftertaste. As the beer warmed up, some banana and tropical fruit flavors started to show up. This was not as funky as Hennepin, but was closer to that flavor profile than BSPA's like Duvel. Mouthfeel was a touch lighter than medium, and carbonation was soft and not overly aggressive. The alcohol was well hidden, and the warming finish surprising. A hybrid that tastes more like a cohesive whole. (841 characters)

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange with an aggressive white foamy head. Lots of swirling action as it settles.

S - Notes of citrus and bread along with some hops.

T - Very citursy sweet and yeasty like a good wheat bread. End is spicy with peppery flavor on a hoppy bitterness.

M - Enjoyable. A medium to heavy beer that drinks rather softly. goes good with food.

O - A good collaboration and another winner from Ommegang. These guys are slowly becoming a favorite. (451 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split

appearance: cool gnome label. glowing cloudy orange, nice webbed white foam with good retention.

smell: yeasty, lemon zest, spicy rye, wheat, orange peel, delicate but nice

taste: another winner from the often taken for granted ommegang. Crisp and actually quite spicy - fresh yeast, rye and clove provide spice, citrus zest, white pepper candied sugar. my only complaint is that the alcohol is a little hotter than it should be, or is that just spice?

mouthfeel: spiced, crisp, zesty

drinkability/overall: strong (539 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

421nd review on BA
bottle to tulip
750 ML C/C

App- A very light orange with some yellow highlights. A nice fluffy two finger head and a little bit of cling down the sides.

Smell- Aromatics were very nice on this beer. It was a bit yeasty (expected), wheat notes (not expected) and some bright citrus.

Taste- Its very yeasty with both strains in the brew. It was tasty and very hoppy with a great citrus note. I like the ABV and feel on this being a bigger beer. Anything else would have not been as good I think.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a nice higher medium carbonation. Was very soft and yeasty on the finish.

Drink- All day long I could drink this one. Its a tad expensive for the beer is worth it. It was nice and soft with a yeasty fizzy note. (753 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy lite golden pale orange. Little bit of a white thin head. Aroma is ok, a little spice and yeast. flavors of ripe bananas, bubblegum, spices, and clean citrus. Just another great beer from Ommegang. A good crisp mouthfeel, with the great Belgian yeast leading the way in every sip. Be carefull of this one, its an easy drinker and the high ABV will catch up with you as the booze is hardly noticeable it the sips. (427 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a goblet for $7 at Liberty St, poured clear gold from the tap with a short white head. I was struck immediately by a clear bubblegum note that reminded me of early batches (haven't noticed since) of Brooklyn's Local 1. In fact this beer seemed to have a lot in common.

It's also a strong, but not too heavy or thick, spicy pale Belgian with mild berry fruit notes over dry biscuit malts and a balancing touch of hops. (423 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden honey with a modest white head that dissipated quickly in my 12oz serving chalice. This is a long awaited beer and its cloudy golden complexion has me convinced of its origin.

Sweet with a little golden bite, the spiciness from the hops is not pronounced, this beer's aroma is mainly ruled by the gnome's powerful yeast. However, the fruit from this beer's nose reminds me of an ommegang classic.

Initially off-putting because of an unexpected, gross bitterness, but I am soon surrounded by this beer's potent ethanol. Too much of a good beer is lost as a volatile gas. Additionally, the alcohol does not contribute too much while present. Completely overpowered by alpha acid and ethanol.

The beer has a pronounced bitter bite (with little aromatics) and an unwanted, lingering aftertaste. Likewise the beer's high abv doesn't enhance anything except the rate I was becoming intoxicated.

For this price there are plenty of other beers I'd rather try. However, it's worth the sacrifice of hard earned dough to try a collaboration between two serious breweries. To my unfortunate displeasure his beer tries to overpower with a more than fortified 9.5%abv. I would have liked a beer for less cash and more flavor. (1,281 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Resto in NYC, poured into an Ommegang chalice. Pours hazy gold with a creamy 1 finger puffy white head that left a ring around the edge of the glass after it faded; basically no lacing, this beer slides down the glass fast.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, grains, floral hops, flowers, yeast, grapefruit, light spices like cinnamon and maybe some brown sugar; sweet and hoppy, this was a nice fragrant odor.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, caramel, floral hops, flowers, yeast, coriander, orange peel, lemon zest, spices like cinnamon and pepper, brown sugar, light grains and a slight funky sweetness with a metallic/tin finish. Sweetness driven by the malts and hops is balanced, with a touch of spice and funk from the yeast that does an excellent job of hiding the ABV; another fine brew from Ommegang.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with carbonation that's so low it's almost watery, a medium body and a nice little bite after it slides over the tongue. Really nice flavorful beer that was extremely easy to drink. (1,040 characters)

Photo of wcintula
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very awesome looking beer, cloudy orange with a two finger big white head that almost doesn't seem to recede, leaving great lacing when it finally does. The smell is big on the Belgian yeast-phenolics, with some grassiness, and sweet candy. The taste mirrors the smell with a well-masked, yet still evident ABV. Very thick body picked up by the carbonation.

I want to say the beer is very Hennepin, and the hype was greater than the beer itself, not bad however. (463 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Happy Gnome.

Straw gold in color with a thick and creamy white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Wheaty nose with some light fruit and clove.

Mirrors the nose well. Light wheaty malt with some light fruit notes with clove and belgian yeast flavors. It's nice, but nothing really stands out and grabs me.

Soft carbonation and smooth feel. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

A nice beer overall, but not one I would need to have again. There just isn't much in the way of wowing me. Worth a try, but don't have too high of expectations. (550 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This should be a marriage made in heaven. Let's see...

Appearance: It's correct. A pale, slightly chalky yellow with a pure white head. Fine, active carbonation. Head is short-lived, but it's a short pour and bit cold, so I'll let it go. Looks good.

Smell: Whoa, fruit-o-rama. Smell is dense; saturated citrus, mango, and apricot, heavy clove and allspice -- just ripe. Love it.

Taste: Wow, again, "dense" is the operative word here. You can tell there's two yeasts here, because their flavors are a brick; heavy white pepper and clove absolutely coat the tongue. The fruit is a bit less defined; there's a heavy sweetness, but it's difficult to say exactly what it is, almost an orange blossom honey taste. It's a bit much, frankly.

The mouthfeel is nice, heavy and a bit syrupy, but broken up nicely by the fine, assertive carbonation.

Drinkability: At the moment, so-so. It's very heavy, almost cloyingly sweet, and absolutely dominated by yeast flavors. I think a year in the cellar to dry and blend the flavors would do this one wonders. (1,047 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. A very cloudy golden color with an extremely fluffy white heading. Settles to a thing lace around the edge.

Tremendously light sugar candy coated covered fruits,with the beautiful yeast strain one the backend.Touch of corriander and spice.Simple but intense.

Taste is loaded with ABV heavy,heavy,heavy. Some light crisp pilsner malts,and simply heavy candy sugar alcohol.

Mouth is medium bodied but light and crisp on the palate. Nice balance in the body with ok carbonation.

I just thought they could have done more to cover up the everlooming ABV. (576 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with burnt orange/tangerine hues when held to a light and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Very goo retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy, slightly spicy nose with hints of estery light fruit, barnyard, grassy hops and pale malt. Zesty spice up front with hints of pepper and clove countered by hints of estery apple, banana and pear. Subtle alcohol and bready yeast along with the pale malt provide balance and complexity to the nose.

Fuller bodied than expected with a slightly chewy mouthfeel that still somehow manages to be light and extremely quaffable. Crisp, soft carbonation up front with hints of zesty spice, estery light fruit, bread/yeast, pale malt, alcohol and pale malt. Hints of zesty spice up front, especially pepper and clove, linger throughout but are countered by hints of banana, apple, pear and citrus. A touch of alcohol heat toward the end of the palate adds some sweetness but this is countered by faint bitterness from the earthy grassy hops. This is a very well balanced, complex and tasty beer. Recommended! (1,157 characters)

Photo of VWBuggirl
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a very slightly cloudy straw color with a nice foamy thick head that lasted quite some time.

There wasn't a very strong scent to this beer, but I got some fruit (mainly oranges and strawberries), with some spices. This translates well into the taste. The fruits come across very strongly and make it fairly sweet with a bready finish.

This is an overall easy to drink brew that is quite enjoyable and I would definitely get another bottle. (454 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap last night at Novare's Ommegang night. 12oz pour into an Ommegang chalice

A: Pours golden yellow with a thin white head. Not much retention but a swirl develops some foam around the edge of the glass

S: Nose is right on par of what I was expecting - lemon, grass, bread (yeast) and some peppery spice

T: Again, very true to the style. Bready malt mixes with some lemongrass, wheat and banana. Finishes with light spice/pepper flavor

M: Medium bodied with great carbonation. Active without distracting from the flavors of the beer. Crisp, dry

D: These two breweries nailed it with this one. Great, easy drinking beer. No sign of the booze. Could have drank this all night long (687 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a tulip at churchkey in DC.

A: bright gold with a billowing white head. great lacing left behind. a slight haze blocks some of the light.

S: clover. baked bread. mint leaves and spearmint. pepper. the nose is super diverse and very appealing. especially factoring in the mint.

T: soft, soft flavors. really coats the palate with bread dough. a bit of spice and zest from the yeast. pretty true to the belgian gold flavors.

M: very gentle carbonation. medium body. works nice.

D: great belgian pale. duvel is still the tops, but this is a great showing from a stateside brewery that knows their shit. (617 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden orange color. Very vibrant. A quarter finger of white head with some lacing and decent head retention. Quite a bit of haze and some stuff floating in suspension even with a careful pour.

S: The nose is very bready. The La Chouffe yeast is right there with it though. The Ommegang yeast really did not cut through to the aroma. A touch of spice.

T: The taste was a classic example of the style. A bit maltier than I would have expected. Quite bready. Little bit of spice. Just a touch of citrus. I found it quite balanced and not nearly as estery as I thought it would be.

M: Spot on. They really nailed the carbonation down on this one. Well carbonated without being overwhelming.

D: A good solid example of the style. Not in love with the price. How is something made less than 2 hours from me cost the same as something coming from Belgium? A nice example still. Not quite what I was expecting though. (922 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice hazy golden yellow color. It has a fluffy 2-finger white head. The head leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells bready and yeasty. There are nice notes of spice and fruit, mostly pear and banana. There is also a bit of a barnyard smell here.

T - This starts of with nice fruit flavors and bready malts. There is some spicy belgian yeast present, as well as some other spices. There is some citrus and pepper notes. The finish is dry. The alcohol is hidden very well for being 9.5% ABV.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth and easy. There are some spices that tingle the mouth, and the finish is dry.

O - This has good drinkability. It is refreshing and leaves you wanting more. Overall, I think this is a good representation of the style, and just a good beer all together. Im glad I got the chance to try it. I would pick this one up again. (921 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer appears hazy and golden yellow hued, with 1/4" of head and decent lacing left on the chalice. The aroma brings apples, yeast, alcohol, cider, grapes, and white wine. Flavor brings much of the same, along with a subtle alcoholic sweetness. The feel is pretty good, with a lasting quality of alcoholic apple cider. Overall, a decent brew. (345 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Ommegang flute glass.

A - Pours a hazy slight golden color with some nice straw hues. There is a nice soapy head with some bigger bubbles. The head is quite chunky but recedes at a medium pace. The head is about 1 inch tall and white in color.

S - Notes of apples and white wine. Slight grainy malt but mostly delicious sweet fruit juice notes. There is some tart character and some very slight funk and yeast phenols. Pear notes are also present.

T & M - Starts off with delicious fruit sweetness. Fresh apple and pear with some slight grape notes. There is some good bready notes mixed in with the sweetness that gives it a nice backbone. The tartness goes along well with the sweetness. There is also some nice clove notes with the grain notes as well. There is also some slight heat but it is cut down by some tartness. There is a nice cut and dry finish to this beer with good clean bitterness. Very crisp and carbonated beer.

O - Yummy take on this awesome style. Great collaboration. (1,009 characters)

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