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
Ratings:
1,577
Reviews:
459
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
356
For Trade:
2
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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

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

Photo of PostBop
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Casey_L
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mt30ferr
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of baldy00
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nasharm
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bret717
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of opierce
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
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 :)

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of r-m-kaylor
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Prost!

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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

Poured a golden copper color in a tulip with a 4F head which subsided after a few minutes.

Great aroma: spice, clove.

The MF gives the beer a lot of character: very spicy bitterness.

Taste: clove, spice, a hint of raisin.

Overall, one of my current favorites from Ommegang. Excellent balance of flavor and MF.
This is a strong Ale, light in color, deep in flavor and MF.

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

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