Brewery Ommegang

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #13
Ranked #3,385
4.12 | pDev: 10.68%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Notes: 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
Reviews: 479 | Ratings: 1,625 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked brown bottle

Ommegang Gnomegang Blonde Ale poured a hazy golden hue that produced a nice 1-1/2 finger high head . The bubbly/foamy head reduced to spotty lacing. The nose is sweet, of candied sugar and light fruit [pears, peaches and apples]. The taste is much like the nose with the addition of peppery yeast and light hops noted. Mouth feel is high-medium with active carbonation and a dryer finish.

Overall, a nice flavorful Belgian Style Ale that is brewed in the USA.

Dec 02, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY.

This one pours a slightly dark straw yellow color, with a big fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like slightly overripe fruit, spice, green apple, pear, and floral aromas.

The overripe sweetness of the fruit flavor here, along with the green apple, makes this a bit much for me, unfortunately. It's hard to drink - there's not enough yeasty spiciness to balance it out.

It also feels a touch syrupy, and a touch boozy. This is definitely a slow sipper, a heavy feel on the palate.

This is not my favorite Ommegang beer. It's not a good representation of either Ommegang or Chouffe.

Feb 28, 2019
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9%
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.

Nov 14, 2018
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Nov 11, 2018
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

Oct 22, 2018
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 comes across nice with a slight fruit notes to it and nice belgian yeast. Yes this is diffently a true Belgian style for 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.

Oct 10, 2018
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GratefulFC from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Sep 16, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Aug 09, 2018
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Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Jul 30, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jul 17, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Apr 07, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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?

Mar 07, 2018
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GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Mar 02, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev 0%
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.

Feb 03, 2018
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a variety 3-pack from Sam's Club $19.99 22oz bottle
Popped like a campaign cork
Hazy, golden brown color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium--high carbonation
Fruit and malt tastes, some alcohol aftertaste
Overall a really great brew. Nice to sip on like a wine to enjoy the complex flavors.

Oct 21, 2017
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Not sure if this is the same brew known here as Gnomegang and listed as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, due to the name "Blonde Ale" on the bottle rather than simple "Gnomegang" and the face the bottle label is blue with a different gnome than the one just named Gnomegang. Same yeast (Chouffe) and ABV (9.5) and similar review descriptions of appearance and flavor, so may be the same one. Or not.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed pilsner.

a: Translucent orange with an inch thick white head which receded to thick even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Belgian yeast leaning to banana and pear.

t; Follows the nose, some hop or alcohol bite on a dry finish. Slight throat burn and stronger alcohol notes as it warms are the only indications this has such a high ABV.

m; Medium or a bit more, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A substantial-tasting Belgian blonde, refreshing yet rather hefty. Gives an impression of quality all the way.

Oct 05, 2017
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briandschorr from North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another home run for Ommegang. The look is a slightly hazy gold with a nice foamy one-inch head that quickly dissipates leaving strong lacing. The nose is full of herbs, fruit, clove, and cardamom. The taste is wonderful. Fruit dominates the front with pepper and herbs followed by at the end. The mouthfeel is strong carbonation and bubbles that remind me of Brooklyn's Sorachi Ale. You do get a champagne dryness on the finish yet there is a crisp quality as well. Overall, this is a great interpretation of the Belgian style. Now, go get a Tulip, a bottle or two, and enjoy.

Aug 29, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of my favorites from Ommegang, with an impressive amount of clove, orange, and cardamom on the palate for not having any spices in the ingredients listing. Easy drinking for 9.5%, with a nice floral character complementing the spices.

Jul 15, 2017
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mt30ferr from New York

4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

L- Dark yellow and cloudy with 1 finger of head.
S- Strong fruit flavors up front, lots of citrus and lemon.
T- Nice malt flavors with fruity undertones.
F- Carbonated upfront, with slighty dryness.
O- One of my favorites from Ommegang. Great Belgian Blonde Ale.

Jun 21, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve into a tulip

Pours a spectacular hazy apricot-gold with a nice foamy head that quickly subsides in favor of pretty nice lacing all of the way down the glass.

Tropical fruit is an immediate presence on the nose, along with yeast, white pepper, herbs, and booze.

The flavor is fruity at the front, with white peppery notes and a bit of medicinal quality in midstream, with orange and lemon peel, herb, and a rather boozy finish. The yeast is there but maybe a bit subdued. I can't decide whether this skews sweet or bitter/medicinal, which means it is probably pretty darn balanced.

The mouthfeel could hardly be better. The carbonation is strong, with fine bubbles that impart a champagne lightness and dryness. There is plenty of malt and fruit in this brew but it finishes fairly crisp.

Overall, Ommegang has another pretty solid take on a Belgian style on its hands. This isn't a Duvel but it's pretty darn good. Would recommend and have again.

Jun 11, 2017
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Cloudy pale orange, very lively carbonation, foam-like white 1 finger head that sticks around. Minimal lacing.

Aroma- sweet bubblegum is the predominant smell with a little bit of herbal hops at the end

Taste- light bubblegum, green apple and herbal hops with a subtle breadiness underlying it all.

Feel- very soft and light-bodied, super refreshing

Overall- Very enjoyable and easy drinking. The flavors all go together very nicely with none overpowering the others.

May 15, 2017
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opierce from New Jersey

4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had a suspicion I'd love this one. Golden color and produces a huge head when poured. It is a bit sweet at first with yeasty notes. In the after taste you get a bit more of the hops. Nice mouth feel, medium bodied. And of course the Alcohol is hidden well and hits you a bit unexpectantly :)

Apr 13, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden color with a bit of haze and white head. Aroma has a nice, floral yeast profile with some candi sugar in the background. Taste starts on the sweet side, slightly sugary, yeasty with earthy farmhouse notes, some dusty hops with medium bitterness on the finish and lingers on the aftertaste. Medium body, soft carbonation, quite atypical for the style. ABV is hidden really well and it has a nice mouthfeel, makes the beer easy drinking.

Apr 01, 2017
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r-m-kaylor from New York

4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Now. We. Are. Talking...

Picked up at my "back yard" brewery...

Poured into an Ommegang Tulip resulting in a nice billowing white tightly bound head which lasts and lasts.

On the eyes, before the sediment, a clear and bright pale amber with a subtle rich hue, after the sediment added a fuzzy murky ever-so-wonderful deep yellow-amber...

On the nose, definite Chouffe yeast and a subtle hint of sugars and hops - alcohol (9.5%) is hidden...

Up front, middle and back takes me back to my days in Belgium at Taverne Manneken Pis, where I would belly-up to the bar and have a La Chouffe waiting for me...

This is like La Chouffe with a kick - blond, effervescent with a nice cleansing (not cloying) mouthfeel...

Unfortunately it is extremely drinkable - it is amazing how quickly the four-pack disappears!


Mar 14, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours medium clear blonde with a big foam head that quickly disperses
S- sweet fruify notes, pungent but pleasant aroma
T- slight maltiness, a great example of a blond ale. Very smooth with a lot of yeast and alcohol punch as well
M- medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, alcohol bite
O- having this classified as a Belgian strong pale ale is more appropriate than 'blond ale', definitely one of my new favorites in the category. Will definitely pick up more.

Mar 12, 2017
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