Gnomegang | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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: 26

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,515
Reviews:
475
Ratings:
1,618
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
379
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,618 |  Reviews: 475
Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had my third bottle of this today and came across better than the first and second, so its growing on me. Has a kind of an odd sweetness to it. Goes well with a strong cigar. Maybe I'd get another 4 pack down the road just for the cigar pairings.

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Photo of Atg1095
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and veiled golden color with low activity. Foamy and slightly frothy 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with average legs but decent swirl reaction. Flavors of pears, apricot, honey/caramel, Belgian yeast, sweet barley/wheat, coriander, clove, and floral hops. Slick, a bit oily and smooth, medium body with extra crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, slightly vinous and quite sharp, moderately spicy and fruity, with balanced flowery and grassy hops. Some straw and wild yeast effect. A bit alcoholic, you can really feel the high ABV, it's warming though, yet the freshness is real good so it's quite treacherous. Decent balance and nice rich complexity, though the attenuation is not tight enough nor the texture as refined as same Belgian counterparts. Overall high quality craft.

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Photo of arizcards
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 5-28-18 for $2.99. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with a very nice well formed head that has some major hang time.

Nose is yeasty, full of phenols including nutmeg.

Taste is candi sugar, nutmeg, some light fruits, white pepper, and some coriander. Finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with each sip nicely dancing across my palate.

Overall a very nice beer that i will have again if i come across it!

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Photo of JohnDon
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HellsRanger
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very nice gold hazy straw color with a bold heavy slight off white foam.
As for aroma...it comes across nice with a slight fruit notes to it and nice belgian yeast. Yes this is diffently a true Belgian style for sure...it is the first thing I thought of on my first taste.
The mouth feel is very smooth considering the ABV. It is hidden very well in the taste, because it has a super belgian style flavor, a slight sharpness to it, but it just adds to the belgian style it claims.
A worthy Gnome quaff to try...for sure.

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Photo of GratefulFC
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw. Smell is great blend of hops and orange peels. Taste is hops, oranges, other citrus, some malt and a slight peppery taste. A great beer.

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Photo of paleoplant
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Knickfan3
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ronl12
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. This appears to be the definition of what this beer should be. Hazy yellow, yeasty smell on nose. Smooth easy drink that hides alcohol well. If you like this style this is for you.

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Photo of Herbabee
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My undisputed go-to for so many years. And depressingly difficult to even conveniently find/purchase in bulk anymore. The balanced-yet-complex sitting with it just floored me from first memorable taste, before I had even come to refine one. The consummate pizza beer for my palate. Just lingers so "meatily" on my tongue - and for a 20+ year vegetarian, that might say something.

And has always tasted even so much better when in Beautiful Company.

There will always be a place in my heart of hearts, for this revered blonde ale.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-amber tap pour with a a fluffy cap and a deep haze. The aroma is candi sugar and Belgian yeast. This tastes very sweet but is not hot, despite the abv. The mouthfeel is very smooth. The d' Chouffe versions are a bit spicier.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopBelT
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greg_ehr
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer. Very smooth.

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Photo of Sulty
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BennyProfane
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLima
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange color with a thick head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of oranges, honey, floral hops, a bit of cinnamon and vanilla, pears, cloves and biscuit.
Flavor with notes of cloves, pepper, nutmeg, ginger, orange, pineapple juice, floral noble hops, candi sugar, pears and banana. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium towards full body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 9,5% is mostly shown in a flavored manner.
Complex Belgian Golden Strong Ale with lots of phenols and great complexity with fruity and alcohol notes finishing the ménage.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having tried several of the Chouffe brews, this one is dead on. Aroma, taste and color are spot on. Love the work Ommegang is doing great, bringing awesome Belgian styles to the USA. Collaboration with Westvleteren, anyone?

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is earthy and yeasty. Some mild sour notes. Fizzy. Gets better as you drink it. 9.5 ABV well hidden so that the earthy grain & yeast shine through more than the alcohol

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Photo of Whats_On_Tap95
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronLover
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky orange in color with yellowish hues on the edge of the glass and a heavy haze. Poured with a short, soapy, white foam with low retention. Doughy bread and sweet banana aromas with mellow over-ripe orange and very light peppery notes. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Creamy smooth feel provides an interesting contrast with the tangy, aggressive carbonation. Pleasant, mellow boozy warmth through the middle to the finish. Peppery esters up front that slowly taper from beginning to end. Sweet, sugary banana and Belgian malt flavors grow through the middle and fade toward the end. Meddium light bitterness through the middle with doughy, bready, belgian yeasty flavors. Sweet, boozy, malty flavors at the end followed by light peppery and sweet malt and banana notes at the finish. Not much to look at, but very aromatic, tasty, fun to drink with sneaky booziness.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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