Brewery Ommegang

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #79
Ranked #11,843
4 | pDev: 8.25%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Gnomegeddon begins it's journey as Brewery Ommegang's Gnommegang (Belgian-style Blonde). After fermentation, the beer is dosed with the wild yeast Brettanomyces Bruxellensis and allowed to slowly bottle condition over several months.
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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color. Around a medium body with about average effervescent carbonation
...aroma is apple,pear,cracker,grain and yeast. Strong aroma of mixed spice
... taste was very similar to aroma with the spice coming off a bit strong and not too smooth
..overall it maybe was flawed but their flawed beer is still a very decent offering

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Photo of hopsputin
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: bright murky burnt orange color, like a nice sunset with a hint of purple. 2-3 finger, large rocky off-white head

s: green apple, pear, tart apple skin, bubblegum, clove, coriander, pepper spice, crackers, strawberry, sweet malt, grass, and a little funk to round it out. tart enough in the nose to make the mouth salivate

t: band aid funk, pear, and green apple skin upfront. sweet malts behind. a touch of coriander spice behind that, but not as much yeast spice as i would have guessed from the nose. lemongrass and more band aid musty funk to finish

m: medium mouthfeel with mid carbonation, a little less carbonated than i like for the style

o: good beer that's just missing that something extra to make it extraordinary. the funk in here is nice - is noticeable, yet mellow. i think it could just use a touch more spice and carbonation to take it to the next level

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Photo of EMH73
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color with a very well retained inch and a half inch white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smells of yeast and funk. Tastes of sour apricots, Granny Smith apples, Belgian yeast, grass, honey and funk. Really more of a sour in my opinion. Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, slightly dry finish and mouth feel.

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Photo of smitbo7
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very satisfying ale. Spicy and faintly bitter. Sustained head with great color. Not a heavy or lingering aftertaste. Effervescent on the tongue and palate.

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Photo of teromous
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a date code listed.

Appearance: The body is a light gold color with a thick white head. It has good retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a bit of a musty aroma with a Belgian yeast strain scent. There is a slight scent of twiggy hop aromas.

Taste: It opens with a touch of bubblegum and bay leaf which is an interesting combination. It follows with some clove flavor and it finishes cleanly. It doesn't have a complex flavor but it is very interesting and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: It has very light bitterness with just a bit of astringency. What really makes this beer is its fantastic dry finish. It has a nice bubbly character.

Overall: It is a decent enough beer to try but it isn't once I'm likely to purchase again. Aside from the quality finish on the beer it doesn't have any memorable qualities.

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Photo of gandres
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured to tulip
Sight: very light amber, bright yellowish, medium off white foam, hazy
Smell: fragrant, fruity, nice aroma
Taste: very good, balance - medium to high bitterness
Mouthfeel: very good, long follow through, bitter after taste
Overall: excellent beer, repeat, look for yes

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Photo of Zorro
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a medium sized puffy white head.

Smells strongly of peeled apples and caramel with a bit of coriander in the background. Malt is a honey and flower scent. Fair scent of flowery yeast.

Starts out sweet and mild flavored with a slight apple after taste. Grassy and flowery with a bee pollen flavor and a small amount of honey. Very mild bitterness and not the slightest hint of the alcohol level.

Mouthfeel is good and on the high carbonation side.

Overall an extremely easy to drink beer. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for with pleasantness.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as a hazy golden color, not really all the blonde. The smell is littered with Brett and Yeast. The taste is good, the Brett comes through well and doesn't taste like balloons. Overall it's a solid offering from Ommegang.

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Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden amber brew with abundant foam in the Brigand chalice. Bubble gum and clove in the nose. Carbonation explodes like a cloud on the tongue. Sweet with something like sugar cookies and a touch of vanilla ice cream. Then exhaling, there is that funk in the nose.

Lovely sharp edge to the fruity malt and dried pear taste. The yeast dries the finish out but the fruit remains. Bitterish aftertaste. This is one of the better Brett brews I've had lately. Complex flavors but easy to sip. From the 750 ml Champagne bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver. I didn't see a date.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 6/16/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, coriander, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light leather/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, apricot, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, coriander, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light leather/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness; light tangy wheat, and Brett tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, apricot, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, grass, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast and pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from yeast spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. Great well rounded Brett complexity after a year; and nice malt balance, without being sweet or heavy. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey color. Smells of Belgian yeast with a little fruit mixed in. Nice smooth feel. Sweet, spicy, yeasty, and bold. A little boozy. It will warm you up for sure.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle from Costco. Nice Bretty aroma with green apple, dusty basement, horse blanket, Band-Aid. Pours hazy orange-golden with a thick off-white big-bubbly head with excellent retention and a little lace. Taste is sweet, spicy and savory with strong Brett notes; quite earthy. A tad on the boozy side. Full foamy mouthfeel, but not overly so. Although it’s not cloying sweet by any means, it’s still too sweet for my tastes. Definitely not bad, but would be a lot better with that sweetness toned down a bit.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A powerful pop of the cork, pours a slightly hazy golden color with generous fluffy white head. Pleasant aroma but I can't identify any particular scent. Taste is slightly sweet, hint of pear & banana & cereal & bread. A hint of bitterness at the finish. Plenty of of carbonation to tickle the tongue & no sign of the 9.5%. I liked it.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light honey color with ample carbonation and 2 fingers of a fluffy white head. Bottled on 06/15/16.

Aroma is a bouquet of Belgian spice. Brett is present but the funk does not dominate the aroma. Lots of citrus and some pear. Reminds me a bit of la chouffe mixed with Duvel on the nose. As it warms, more classic brett character is present.

Taste is another great Ommegang beer. A nice hybrid between funk/dryness and sweet Belgian spice. A great amount of peppery spice, citrus, banana, and a little bubblegum. As the beer warms, much more Brett character comes forth. For me (I love Brett), the beer is still a bit thick and sweet. If the body were a touch thinner and the finish was a bit dryer, this beer would be close to perfection. While this beer is close to a year old, I could see it peaking in another year.

Overall, this is another great beer by Ommegang. The beer is incredibly complex with varying flavor profiles with each sip. I think it would improve with another year of age. I see it pairing well with a complex charcuterie board and cheese plate. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

what a fantastic beer! i have long been a fan of both their creative and traditional offerings, one of the most under appreciated operations in the country right here, and this is one of the first wild or partially wild beer i have had from them (upside brown and wild at heart come to mind as other outstanding offerings), almost like a brett reconditioned tripel or something, because it doesnt sacrifice its signature belgian yeast profile in order to be funky, instead it gracefully incorporates a pungent and dry farmy brett strain that lends green pear, white grape, and subtle spiciness to this. still some malt sweetness and oomph here, but delicate for its strength with all the carbonation and the crisp finish. herbal for a moment, maybe brett drie, maybe a multitude of strains. wheaty, clean, fluffy, champagne, soft mature funk, very much still belgian. this is a bold new direction for ommegang (larger batch wild ales), but they are already approaching mastery with this. the kind of beer i am in to right now, and definitely one to grab for again. i get very little of the sourness or acidity others describe, perhaps it develops over time? beautifully complex, this is as good as american made belgian beer gets as far as i am concerned...

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Photo of Brolo75
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a bright golden orange with a bright white head, lots of carbonation, full, creamy head, good amount of lacing.

A: Lots of brett funkiness coming through, barnyard, horse stable, musty grassiness, wet hay, light stone fruits, touch of Belgian yeast, very nice.

T: First impression is that it's balanced, hit of brett notes, some spice notes like coriander and clove, finish has yeast notes like banana, apricot, bread, touch of brett in the finish, very nice.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, creamy, smooth, very drinkable.

O: Very tasty beer, it's balanced not overtly tart, just enough to another layer of flavor, great classic Belgian mouthfeel, very enjoyable.

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Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an apricot color with a 1F head in an Orval Trappist glass.

Strong vanilla and apricot, earthy, funk.

Tart, piquant MF.

Spicy apricot taste with a tart finish. Apricot lingers on the tongue.

The Brett character is nicely balanced in the beer, not overwhelming the taste.

Quite enjoyable. One of my favorite beers from the brewery.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is probably the best beer I've had with brettomances added, as it doesn't taste overly hoppy and it's still refreshing. I feel like it has a nice citrusy flavor and it smells delicious. A fun spin on an already good beer in Gnomegang from Ommegang.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a hazy orangey-amber with a 1 inch head, which slowly diminishes. A bit of yeasty bread and funk in the nose. A touch of sour in the mouth as well. Interesting.

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Photo of DBosco
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Moderately hazy yellow orange, pours with a two finger white head that settles in a minute or two. Smells funky. Tastes like a funky Belgian Tripel. Mouthfeel is pretty good, medium body, medium carbonation, funkiness and tripel notes are a little puckering. Overall, an interesting variation with funky Belgian flavors.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: Nice crisp, bready, spiced, tangy, banana notes. Complex yeast bread nose. Gold, mostly clear, with a big foamy white head and sticky lace. Medium almost filling body. Nice kick to it, very much a Belgian Tripel then blonde.

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