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:
1,564
Reviews:
455
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
353
For Trade:
2
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger thick bright white head on a orange tinted murky golden body.

S: Breads and yeast with lemon and tangerine citrus.

T: nicely balanced malt profile with herbal, citrus (mosty tangerine) and earthy hops. The yeast and pepper profile creates a hopper than average version of the style.

M: medium body and high carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: a touch hoppier than I feel the style should be but overall a very complex and flavorful brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange-yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and some slightly soapy aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. A solid collaboration beer for sure.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an outstanding brew from ommegang, as so many of their offerings are. this one was on tap at bull and bush in denver. pours a very thick raw honey color with a small white head and a lot of suspended sediment. the nose indicates that its got a very unique yeast going on. its spicy yet it contains some fruit notes of peach and green apple. theres also a biscuity malt aroma and a candy sugar sweetness that is undeniable. the flavor is a lot like the nose. the sweetness is intense and is the last thing left in the finish. in addition to the spice and light fruit from the yeast, there is also a particular pine pollen essence i am gathering as well. the feel is great, like most ommegang brews. its got spunky carbonation and a pretty thick body for a belgian pale ale. its not filling, but at 9.5% abv its not a beer you are probably going to have more than one of per sitting. exceptional stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle as a lightly hazy, golden yellow color. No head retention with basically no lacing. Banana and clove aroma on the nose. Same flavors in the taste plus some citrus too. The mouthfeel is dry and little bitey. Overall I really liked this beers taste and smell. I found it to be rather enjoyable and would like to try it again some day.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pale malts and fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts and fruity yeast along with notes of spices towards the finish. It's not sweet, but there are some candi sugar-like flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer lacks the complexity of some of the good beers in the style but is still pretty good and quite drinkable considering its strength.

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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, powerful, yet elegant golden ale with the soft and succulent fruitiness of Achouffe and the bready dry maltiness of Ommegang. No wonder this beer is an immediate standout.

Pouring with a hazy medium golden color with a yeasty haze, the beer carries a dense and froathy cotton white foam stance with great persistence and sticky lace that adorns the glass as the beer falls. Carrying more visual weight than most, the haze and controlled carbonation gives the beer the look of slight density.

Inviting aromas of soft bready malts, powdered sugar, mild and sweet spice, and overall fruitiness all meld into a powerful but gentlemanly scent. Cookie dough, waffers, yeast, candied appricots, oranges, mangos, pears, apples, and under rippened berries are the perfect base aromas yet balanced by white pepper, corriander, clove, and light floral hoppy notes. The aromas change with each visit to the rim as the olfactories acclimate to the beer and as the temperature rises.

Bready, cracker-like, yeasty sweetness balances toward the crisp pilsner malts but with also a glimpse into freshly picked barely with confectioner's sugar. Medium sweetness amplifies the fruity esters, especially those of oranges, pears, and appricots. Balanced by the yeasty spices of white pepper and clove, the hops add a growing lemony-grassy bitterness that reinforces a crisp and clean flavor in finish. Mildly tart with the slight vinous note of white sparkling wines, the acidity gives rise to the fruit flavors and crisp ending.

Medium throughout, the early carbonation expands the beer, giving a fuller and more robust mouthfeel. But the carbonation soon subsides and allows for a mid palate of growing bitterness, dryness, and peppery sensation on the tongue. Finishing dry and with alcoholic warmth, the beer seems to evaporate from the palate just before the finish in much the same way as powdered sugar or cotton candy.

An absolute home run for both Achouffe and Ommegang. A quicker turn away from early maltiness and toward fruity dryness could make the beer more drinkable. Also, a more champagne-like carbonation could better reinforce the vinous dryness that could improve. An absolute gem of a beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle, from the gift pack available here in Alberta. Ah, a collaboration with the corporate overlords, good to see everybody playing nice.

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot hue, with a bit of swirling sediment (I was careful!), and a solid five fingered head (wait, what?), which is bubbly, foamy, and just off-white, and leaves some nice honeycomb lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet pale grainy malt, some tart orchard fruit - nectarine, apple, and unripe pear, dry banana chip esters, mild black pepper and clove spiciness, a white wine barrel vinous essence, and a muted honeysuckle meadow simulacrum. The taste is sweet Euro-bakery pastry malt, some subtle, blended table-top bowl fruitiness - apple and banana, chiefly, a gently spiced warming, like rum cake, or gingerbread and a glass of Fino sherry - whatevs - and softly herbal, grassy hops.

The carbonation is present, dated, stamped, and subsequently forgotten, the body a decent medium weight, and genuinely smooth, but with a slight sugar solution caveat. It finishes fairly off-dry, but with a crazy balancing mechanism, which I fear I may never quite flesh out, as the malt sweetness is deftly tempered by an olio of pleasantly innocuous, hard to pin down offsets.

Wowzers. So, firsties, this style is more or less near the bottom of my list of favourites, and yet this offering has to go and mess with that bias, so much so that I'm now the bad guy in this sad trope. Secondly, mea culpa, a BSPA can apparently, kick major ass, as evidenced by the hefty, layered, fruity, boozy (not that you can actually taste it) goodness harnessed herein. A bit too bad about its pricey intro to these parts, but I'll say it: totally worth it. Oh, and somehow I'm just getting the beer's name: gnomes are Brasserie D'Acchouffe's thing, and that fits so well in a pun with this brewer's name, so...um, that's it. Word.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with cork and screw-cap served into a Brasserie Chouffe glass (25cl) in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. A million thanks to Schimlenhaumer out of New York for mailing this to me. I couldn't have tried it otherwise.

A: One finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and poor retention - though in fairness the ABV is 9.50%. Colour is a cloudy yellow.

Sm: Very malty, light spice, and full barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Malt, some winter warmer evocative spices, and barley. A light lemon citrus ester is present, alongside some clove. Only a little alcohol comes through. Built and balanced well, but a touch simple. It doesn't have a clear focus, to its detriment, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and crisp. Quite pleasant and complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Hides its ABV extremely well. Very pleasant and easy to drink, but at the same time you wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle. It's good to try once, but I imagine the price doesn't justify repeated purchasing. I think the collaboration may actually have hurt the quality of the beer in this case; I have full confidence in both breweries independently.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a modest head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind

Smell: A blend of fruit (peach, mango and lemon), peppery yeast and grassy hops

Taste: A cornucopia of fruit, at the outset, with apricot, peach, mango, pear and lemon) joined, mid-palate, by the grassy hop and peppery yeast favors; the finish adds a bit of alcohol, though the aftertaste is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I was expecting to be blown away by this beer but, alas, I wasn't; still, I respect the creation though I am not wild about the way the elements came together

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3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden/amber with a half a finger of fluffy white head. No head remains except at the edge of the glass.

Smell: This beer has a mild smell. Sweet fruit and mild perfume. There is also some Belgian spice, banana, and I pick up some alcohol in the finish.

Taste: This beer is very sweet. I'm picking up a lot of malt, along with a perfume like fruitiness and Belgian spice. The finish is quite bitter and there is a hint of soap in the aftertaste. I also pick up some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild delicate carbonation that tingles the tongue. The finish is very dry.

Overall: I can't say that I loved this beer. The aftertaste bugged me, and the hops and spice from the yeast didn't seem to get along. All that said, it's not a bad beer, just not for me.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a super large off-white foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian malt with light bready yeast notes and light fruity ester. Taste is also a mix between some semi0sweet Belgian malt with a bready yeast with light peppery notes and some light refreshing ester also noticeable. Body is quite full with great carbonation and very light alcohol noticeable. Another winner from breweries that don’t get it wrong very often.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and fruity with a nice caramel sweet aroma.

T - Good spicy and yeasty bite up front.Good grain flavor with caramel sweetness and some dried fruits.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a really good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. A very good collaborative effort.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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