Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,302 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 104
Gots: 209 | 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 cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at TAP NY

Light straw color, with thin white cap that fades to a ring and a few bubbles.

Funk and tart, spice, candy, and a mineraly, herbaly kind of edge to the aroma.

Sip starts spicy and sweet, then a funky saison yeast kind of flavor kicks in, becoming tart. It ends with spiciness joined by a mineraly light herbal bitter for a semi dry finish. Delicious.

Brightly carb.'ed, viscous, exc. finish that stays clean.

One of the best BPA I've tried, even better than Ommegang's other fine offering.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great name for the beer.
Pours a hazy light amber with a pillowy white head.
Spices, sweet cloves, and Belgium yeast on the nose.
More spiced than sweet. Alcohol sticks its nose out but isn't pushy. Sweet almost caramel finish.
Well carbonated, big and creamy.
Thanks Ommegang and D'Achouffe for a fantastic Belgium Blonde.

Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy amber orange with a 2 finger white head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smells musty earthy spicy fruity bready - could i throw out anymore adj that end in "Y"

tastes of spicy earthy belgian yeast and hops - loads of bready grains mixed with apples, banana, and lemon

mouthfeel is light medium with tons of carbonation that worked very well with the dry earthy bitter flavors

overall - very tasty but nothing to make it stand out over the other b.pales and not worth the $14 cost

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours the color of golden hazy straw into my snifter with two fingers of head that has moderate retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Premium malts, bubblegum, apple, pear, clove, banana, coriander and spice.

T - Absolutely the most flavorful blonde ale I have ever tasted. Bread like yeast, spicy clove and coriander, banana, grassy hops with a citrus like orange finish.

M - Really well balanced, smooth and creamy, nice medium body.

O - Hands down best blonde ale I have had, not my favorite style, but this one is really great.

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold color with a fluffy white head that had nice retention, not a lot of lace.

Aroma is very fruity, of pear and some spice. A touch of yeast.

Nice flavor, yet a bit too sweet. Pears and lots of other fruits. The sweetness has a bit of honey in the flavor. Definite candied sugar.

I’d say light bodied, but the sweetness makes it feel a bit more viscous.

I was not as impressed as I had hoped. But a good beer.

Photo of psuKinger
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into my Ommegang snifter. I had a 4-ounce sample pour of this from 6-and-Save and really liked it. I will be polishing off this entire bottle myself, so this should be a good sample space by which to judge this beer.

A: Pours a perfectly opaque hazy Gold color with a moderately thin white head on top. 4.5

S: Pungently bitter and spicey with a hint of lemon. 4.0.

T: A perfect blend of belgian spicy yeastiness combined with a great hop bitterness/astringency and a touch of lemon sweetness. None of which is overpowering or out of balance. 9.5% ABV completely hidden. 4.5

M: Delightfully light and dry, with proper carbonation. 4.5

D: As I work through this magnum, the 9.5% ABV becomes more and more evident. This beer has a "warming" affect. As far as drinkability/repeatability, my bias enters into this, as this isn't my favorite style of beer. Also, I have to keep in mind that I'm questioning repeatability after 25.4 ounces, not 12. With that in mind, I'd score this as a 3.5

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Spicy and phenolic, some mint and solid hoppiness.

L: Relatively clear amber orange, white carbonated head that dissipates.

T: Spicy sweet malt with a spicy hop undertones. Pretty heavy phenolics match well with the spicy hops. Medium high spicy bitterness leads to some phenolic dryness and clear alcohol.

M: High carbonation, prickly, medium bodied.

Enjoyed this beer, quite phenolic and hoppy, would've liked it in smaller quantities.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. $13.49 from Beer Run.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange yellow. It clears significantly as it warms. Excellent tight head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: The first whiff reminds me of La Chouffe as far as the yeast character. After that, there's lots of fruity esters suggesting apple, pear, orange, and pineapple. Hint of bubblegum. Just slightly spicy with a faint pepperiness. There's an earthy, grassy hops note too. No detectable alcohol. Just a great smelling beer.

Taste: Very flavorful with a multitude of sweet, light fruit flavors. Yeast is almost bready, with more peppery spice than I smelled. Light clove. Hops taste herbal to almost citrusy. A strong bitter orange finish on the end suggests the addition of curacao, which I wish wasn't there-- this flavor detracts from an otherwise excellent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation gives the beer a lively, almost foamy, creamy feel in the mouth. Feels slightly sticky, medium to full for a BSPA.

Overall: I just wish it didnt finish with that bitter orange taste. Otherwise, it would be top notch. A very fruity, fairly hoppy, complex BSPA.

Photo of Kelly88
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fries Cafe. Served in your everyday pint glass.

A- dark yellow That is 75% non-translucent. Starts out with a finger of bright white head that totally disappears to the Hawaiian islands of skim and volcanic ring.

S- citrus and coriander assault the nostrils. Some herby yeast flavor rounds out the sniff.

T- starts with juicy tangy grapefruit and is transformed into a good balance between alcohol and lemon meringue pie. . A little more alcohol then I would like in a bpa.

M- very smooth and crisp. Very aggressive carbonation That I expect in this style. Just about perfect.

Overall really a Nice interpretation That hits all the major flavor profiles but a touch heavy on the the alcohol flavor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
Ehhh...
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,302 ratings.