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:
#2,318
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
1,597
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
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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

Photo of mchegash
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Msp004
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruit, citrus, hops.

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Photo of bplabernie
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OzmanBey
1/5  rDev -75.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of 94rocker1
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alexrdvz
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spezz
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigTuna1066
2.77/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tracker83
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scotorum
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

OMMEGANG BLONDE ALE 10/4/17

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.

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Photo of Jcbroome
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of briandschorr
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of smb71481
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of chadbweiner
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,597 ratings