Gnomegang | Brewery Ommegang

452 Reviews

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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

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Photo of Gambot1256
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer brewed in the U.S.

I gave it 5's across the board cause I think it is the closest beer I have had that taste like a Belgium style beer.

Smooth, refreshing and great taste.

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Photo of stanzy1
4.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow! Loving this beer. A great cloudy golden color with lacing and big head. The taste is very tight. I smell and taste package of sour citrus, bread, and slight spices (even though the description says no spice). Every sip elicits a reaction - it doesn't get boring. More carbonation than expected and it gives it a fresh feeling. The 9.5% packs a punch but not over powering in any way in terms of taste. I feel like I could drink this in the middle of winter or summer. This reminds me of La Fin de Monde. My favorite Ommegang yet which is saying a lot.

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Photo of generallee
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of threeviews
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no freshness date) into a Libbey 16oz Munique elongated tulip glass.

A- A conservative pour reveals (at just above refrigerator temperature) a hazy, light orange/golden color with a massive 3-finger, soapy/rocky white head that sustains forever...taking a sip is the only way to force it to subside. (5.0)

S- Despite the absence of adjuncts (of which Ommegang is known), this is an immensely aromatic beer and highly phenolic...spice and bubblegum are immediate followed by slight banana, melon and tangy citrus (orange, lemon and lime). (4.75)

T- Yeasty/Bready malts up front quickly transform into a honey sweetness mid-palate. The sweetness does not linger long and finishes dry with a healthy dose of pine resin. Although not overly complex, the 9.5% ABV is non-existent in both the nose and flavor. (4.75)

M- Massive carbonation not only prevents any residual malt sweetness to linger, it increases the drinkability of this hefty Belgian Golden Strong Ale. Not surprisingly, Gnomegang sports a pronounced body...certainly on the heavier side of medium. (4.75)

O- Wow...the convergence of (Chouffe and Ommegang) yeast strains seem to have culminated in a monumental beer. Although I do not know the freshness of the bottle (of which I purchased at the brewery, so I can only assume it to be 3-6 months old...if not younger) this is one aromatic and flavorful Belgian Ale. Gnomegang drinks much like a hybrid between a Tripel (think Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde) and a Golden Strong (a la Duvel)...the former felt in the flavor & mouthfeel while the latter is reminiscent in the finish. Assuming this is now a year-round offering (12oz 4-Packs), this is something I will seek out on a regular basis. (5.0)

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

an outstanding blonde ale. the flavor was very balanced and the mouthfeel was excellent. the beer poured with a two inch head and plenty of lacing. the flavor was very citrusy and well balanced. the beer was very drinkable and hid the high alcohol content extremely well.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 9.5abv

The beer poured a very nice bright yellow with a tint of orange to it. A very nice fluffy white head was produced that was nicely retained and ultimately settled into a paper thin cap. Noticeable yeast floating in the beer. It would have been a 5 if it had retained a bigger cap.

A nice big and robust Belgian aroma, sweet, fruity, bready and with pepper.

Exceptional taste, true to the style. The beer followed the nose really well. The alcohol was noticeable as the beer warmed.

The beer had a medium body. The beer had good and active carbonation was creamy with dry aftertaste. Overall, this is an exceptional beer and very easy to drink even given the ABV. I would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Golden color with a three finger head. Most impressive looking beer and what I expected given the style.
Smell: Cloves with Belgian yeast
Taste: Excellent this is a world class beer in my world.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation with a nice dry finish
Overall: As high a mark I can give a beer without tasting all the beers in the world. I paid $15 for a 750 ml champagne corked bottle and I would do it again. I highly recommend this, Ommegang is awesome and this is a great beer by them.

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Photo of bosco7
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves an extremely attractive lacing.

Perfumey noble hops shine beautifully in the nose. Apples and pears in there. Also present are some pleasant soap aromas that really make this smell interesting.

Nobel hop presence is mirrored in the taste. Fantastic spicy and earthy hops in here. Malt character is bready and clean. Spicy pepper notes with minty herbaceous flavors following. Hint of sweetness is reminiscent of La Chouffe but is short lived and finishes super dry. Bitterness is assertive for the style but is definitely welcomed.

Mouthfeel is luscious for the style which is characterized as dry and refreshing. This lusciousness is not viscous by any means but there is something velvety dry about it. Very nice for early spring.

I am extra skeptical of these collaborations these days but this beer goes above and beyond my expectations and created a beer that I enjoyed more than comparable products from either brewer (if my memory serves me right...I always thought La Chouffe was fantastic). Best new beer I've had in a long while highly recommended.

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Photo of andilane
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had with a plate of delicious cheeses and the beer definitely enhanced he cheese and the cheese helped balance the beer. You get that amazing ommegang fruity estery yeast character. Drinks like a sweeter tripel... But the sweetness really hides the alcohol well. Really nice. I enjoyed

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Photo of GermanHero
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased about three weeks ago. Figured it's time to open it up and try it.

The appearance changed as I worked through the bottle. Started clear and as I made it to the bottom it got a bit cloudy. But that is to be expected, the wonders of bottle fermentation. It has a nice dark golden pour with a then 1/4inch head that reduced to a lace-like head after a few moments.

The smell is great a bit of citrus, maybe some apples or something. A great smell, has some Belgian yeast smells. Also some spices, some coriander and a bit of pepper.

Taste like golden heaven. But then I'm a softy for Belgian golden ales. The smells are similar to the taste, bits of apples and maybe some banana flavors, unexpected but still very good. A good balance of flavors, very much a great taste. Earthy, bready, a hint of sweetness, a bit boozy but it's very well done.

In my mouth it feels, exactly like you'd expect. It presents itself but is not over the top. Sort of tickles the back corners of my mouth. Not sure if it's the spice flavor coming through or what, but I approve. Has a nice warm finish.

Overall, I would rate this beer as one of my new favorites. It has some amazing qualities that I love in beers. Defiantly makes me what more, I'm going to have to head back to the store tomorrow and see if there are some more. Very drinkable, the higher ABV (9.5%) is well done. Definitely a beer that I would recommend to anyone who like Belgian ales.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked "bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
Tawny gold ihn color, with a lovely head of whipped-eggwhite foam.
Aroma-Perfumy boquet of spicy Brett yeast, tropical fruit, and earthy hop note
Taste-Fruity, spicy yeast, Belgian candy sugar, complemented wonderfully with subtle earthy hops and faint pepper. Very easy drinking and refreshing. More of a Saison-like feel without the obvious hop/peppery finish. Very smooth, with alchohol almost not evident, but take the time to savor this one. Duvel-like without the coarse hoppiness and bite.
Super-smooth and very flavorfull. Get some while you can. Worth every penny. A superbly well-done collaboration!

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Photo of mynie
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's way too many brewery crossovers these days. At first, it was the The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones. Sure, it was cheap. But you loved both of those things and couldn't help but give them a chance. But lately, man. It's hard to work up any enthusiasm for the Boddington's/Magic Hat collaboration.

So we're dealing with something that is rarely, cheaply interesting and usually just a sad marketing ploy. How, then, does it work.

Well, when two brewers are complimentary, maybe? Like when the Floyds' hops mixed up with Sun Kings unparalleled yeastmanship. Or here, when the two Kings of dry, earthy Belgian-style beers get together to try and out dry earth one another.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is one hell of a Belgian Blonde. Like, the best BB I've ever had that wasn't brewed by De Dolle.

I'm so tired of listing the same handful of descriptors for each beer. (This tastes spicy, sweet, and a little bit hoppy) If you've had a strong BPA, you know the basic formula. Only, wow, it don't usually come together like this. The sweetness starts things off, then it gets so nice and spicy in the middle that burns--but it burns like peppers, not like alcohol--and then that fades slowly away and leaves a taste of tangy honey upon your tongue, and the whole time the beer's as thick as silk.

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Photo of Plinythechugger
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a lemony orange color, with a nice amount of lacing on the tulip. It is quite obvious that it is well carbonated.

S - Plantains, cloves and yeast - you know...belgium yeast.

T - Absolutely amazing! The carbonation is almost too high - so well crafted. This is what a colaboration should be...the best of both worlds.

M - Silky and plush. A touch strange, yet complex. A finish that continues to linger on.

D - Very drinkable. This is a beer to seek out!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, golden, copper/orange color with a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of aromas of toasted malt, Belgian yeast, orange citrus, butterscotch, spices of coriander, black pepper, orange zest, cardamom, a touch of black pepper, honey and a touch of piney hops.

Taste: Wow! Very flavorful and delicious! Strong flavors of toasted malt and Belgian yeast up front, imparting notes of freshly baked English muffins and French baguettes, Belgian yeasty-funkiness, butterscotch, honey, candied sugar, spices of black pepper, coriander, cardamom, saffron and sage, finished with a strong booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent, as there is a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 9.5%, there is a definite, pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: What a delicious, outstanding Belgian-style pale ale! Malty, spicy, funky, slightly sweet, delicious! Highly recommended!

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

750 mL bottle into a goblet. No bottled on/expiration date on label.

Appearance: Honey golden color with fine carbonation and a billowing white head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet orange dominates the nose. Spicy, musty aroma from the yeast and a sharpness which may be either hop or alcohol.

Taste: Tangy fruits (citrus, richer flavors along the lines of plum and cherry) alcohol adds warmth and a bit of punch. Mellow and sweet through the body, with spice from the yeast mixing with the malts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and rich without being syrupy.

Overall: Lovely and rich brew from Ommegang and Chouffe. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. 2011 vintage. Poured into a snifter. White fluffy head, high retention on a hazy, almost opalescent golden body. Aroma includes lemon, grass, lemon peel, some banana and some light candi sugar. Mouth feel is tongue coating and dry. Lemony taste, slightly sweet, some peach and star fruit. No alcohol in the taste and amazingly drinkable considering the abv. Stupendous.

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Photo of aasher
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was shared with a fellow BA last night. This beer poured a slightly cloudy, vibrant gold with a light white lacing around the rim of the glass. The aromas was quite impressive and varied. It gave off pale malt sweetness, honey, yeast, some spice, cloves, and light floral hops (almost like hibiscus even). The taste was superb! It was a beautiful bouquet of perfectly blended flavors. The spices, light hops, floral aspects, yeast, cloves and honey all blended so perfectly. I was blown away. It's probably the best tasting Belgian strong pale I've had since the first time I opened a Bruery Mischief, but better. It drank light and left a nice yeasty, spicy aftertaste. This beer is a top notch representation of the style. I'm really glad we tried it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A yeasty layering covers the entire bottom of the bottle. In the chalice a dense, murky, tangerine orange shows bits of a slow swirling effervesce and very little light transmittance. The head is cream in color, frothy and tightly bound showing a good rate of retention.

S: Sweet tangerines, candy sugar, and fresh pale grains all intermingle nicely together. Flowery green noble hops are leafy and fresh producing a gentle and enticing aroma.

T: Noble hops and a soft orange flavor is spicy with a sharp and well defined bite. Pale grains, soda bread, and a soft honey blossom are evident as well a good Belgian yeastiness. Wheat and wildflowes with a soft perfumy grapefruit like citrus effect is lightly dry with hints of hay and citron. Lightly acidic but perfectly smooth and harmonic flavor wise. I don’t hand out 5s often at all, but find it impossible to say otherwise here.

M: Crisp lively carbonation is very sharp on the tongue with a light body and a grapefruit lingering goodbye.

O: Overall hard to argue this is probably one of the best blondes this side of the pond (with exception of kaley cuoco). ;) Will make anyone a fan of the style. Alcohol is very well hidden, crisp drinking factor and would make an ideal summer sipper.

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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and cloudy consistency. There was a big, fluffy, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big nose of yeast, citrus, malt, hops, and spices.

T: Lots going on here. Belgian yeast, malt, citrus, spices (cloves, etc.), some caramel, and just the right amount of hops. A very complex, vibrant and powerful flavor. Tasty stuff.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the most drinkable BSPAs I've had in long while.

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Photo of fx20736
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 4 pack from Beers of the World on 11/14/15. Served cool (not cold) in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Hazy apricot amber with a natural linen white head. Good lacing.

Smell:mild white wine tempered by soft malt.

Taste: like the smell; soft malt, a touch of tart fruitiness and a kiss of Belgian style spicy yeastiness.

Feel: soft, full, awesome

Overall: World class! Will buy more, lots more.

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Photo of classixIII
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy blonde color with a fairly slow forming meringue like head that stuck around for awhile. A tad sweet, great yeast smell and flavor. Bit of a creamy feel. Slightly peppery and warming, alcohol notable but nice. Had to run out and find more of these. Like many of those honored at Cooperstown, Ommegang consistantly knocks it out of the park.

Had to revise this after trying a few more, it moved way up on my batting order!

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Photo of YieldToNothing
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 750ml bottle into a la chouffe tulip.
pours a perfect golden yellow, with a head of about an inch and a half. smells nice and funky. taste is crisp and clear, can definitely feel the a very good way. abv is hidden extremely well, this one sure is easy to drink.
excellent beer, though it tastes more like a tripel than a bspa. had it on tap at the brewery a few weeks ago at an ommegang dinner, but i was already more than a few drinks in at that point. nice to taste it with a clean head/palate.

very very good beer, hope they release this year round.

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Photo of Pahn
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Plan B in Glastonbury, CT. Served in a chalice.

Appearance: No head left by bartender. Pours a beautiful hazy yellow that darkens to orange in the middle. Very little lacing.

Smell: Lots of tangy and spicy characteristic Belgian yeast smells, with even more earthiness and citrus. The smell gives a strong impression of freshness, like walking through a forest after it rains. As with the taste, there's very little in the smell to suggest any type of sweetness, which enhances the earthy and citrus aromas for me.

Taste: Bold, not-sweet-at-all citrus and tangy yeast, with a mildly sugary ending. Succulent, giving the same extreme impression of freshness as in the aroma, but stronger. Complex fruity and yeasty aftertaste, with sort of a suggestion of breadiness.

This beer is packed with flavor. It sounds ridiculous, but the best way I can describe this beer's flavor is by comparing it to the sex scene in the film I Am Love. The flavor is so earthy, fresh, bold, and sensual.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and juicy. Somewhat sugary, warm finish with a tiny bit of dryness. Great vehicle for the flavor.

Overall: This beer came out of left field for me... given the two breweries involved with its creation, I expected a decent, spicy and fruity BSPA, but the actual flavor completely over-delivered. It has tons of earthy, fruity, herbaceous flavor and lots of nice characteristic-BSPA esters while having very little sweetness (or bitterness). I find that combination very enjoyable.

I'm glad to have tried this beer on tap, since my love for Brasserie d 'Achouffe and occasional interest in Ommegang had me eying the bottle, but until now I've balked at buying it. Now I'm planning on buying a bottle and saving it in case I get a chance to seduce someone in a forest.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice under ripe lemon color with faint haze. Moderate carbonation produces a 1 inch bubbly white head. Decent retention. No lacing.
S: Nice belgian yeast and spice, citrus, lemon...very fresh.
T: Very nice here...honey, caramel malt, belgian spice, fresh yeast, clove, citrus, banana. More deep, complex, and balanced than the aroma suggested. Excellent.
M: Soft and smooth. Some tingly effervescence from the carbonation. Mild alcohol bite and burn in the finish. Very nice feel.
D: Wonderfully drinkable. Overall a tremendous collaboration brew. Highly recommended. Excellent, especially for style.

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Photo of tvljr
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It sometimes seems they can do no wrong at Brewery Ommegang. Another success, this is certainly one of the finest American made blonde ales I've had. Pours a hazy, golden color with a stiff, lacy big head. Taste is sweet, but not overly so like many blondes. Hints of fruit and clove. Just a damn fine beer.

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