Gnomegang | Brewery Ommegang

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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2011

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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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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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy gold color at 45 F. I did not pour it vigorous enough to get a huge head because yesterday the yeast was disturbed and that could also be leading to the super haze. The head is brilliant white mostly of fine bubbles and a few lager ones and just as a nice ring around the glass and a Friar Tuck cap in the center that is a six point star. Cool! The lacing is minimal but the ring remains on the glass as I sip. As the beer warms it gets clearer (Chill haze).

The aroma is mostly of a mix of sweet light malt, grain, citrus, banana, bubble gum, yeast and a hint of metallic.

The taste is bready and mildly sweet and very similar to the description of the aroma. I love straightforward beers even though they are pretty complex. The malt sweetness and grains with the fruits play equally on your tongue as it passes over your taste buds and then near the end some tartness come through just before a bit of dry hop bitterness and peppery feel at the end albeit very mild. The dryness lures you to another sip unsuspecting of the high alcohol content which is only mildly apparent on the back of your throat. Very well balanced!

The mouthfeel is a bit tricky. The moderate amount of carbonation mixed with the higher alcohol content sort of give it a bite although the body is moderate and lighter than you'd expect. The finish is dry and peppery. There is a bit of slippery feel on my tongue.

This beer is really quite good! In fact, I would say it is on the cusp of being world class. I know there are better versions out there, but I have not had them yet so I can't compare. I am going to say that I feel confident in giving this beer 4's in all the categories. It's really excellent! Well balanced and pleasant.

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3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells wheaty. Mild carbonation, mild flavor. Light bodied mouthfeel. Balanced hops/malt, slightly sweet with vanilla and orange notes. Maybe just my inexperience but it tases remarkably similar to a wit. Typical beer for me, goes down easy, could drink several of these - hides the 9.5% ABV well.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gentle pour, intended to keep the yeast chunks on the bottom, results in a diminished head. Cloudy yellow body. Second pour really changes the game, nice head!

Nose is sharp hops and brett. This could be good...

Flavor is not nearly as sharp as the nose. Semi-sweet with some interesting bubble-gum qualities from the yeast. Hops show up late and not nearly enough (for me).

Mouthfeel is slick and gently coating.

Overall, a very nice brew. I've kept this one around for over a year, but that didn't seem to do it any harm.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden straw color.

The aroma has lemon peel, tons of bright herbal character, a bit of bandaid, pineapple juice, hint of alcohol, a bit of candy sweetness.

The flavor has that bandaid, pineapple and citrus peel, a bready malt along with lots of spice character like black pepper, alcohol hits on the back and dries the beer out. Slightly dry on the finish.

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3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Eh. This is not doing it for me. Odd tang. Lack of balance or interesting flair. Middle of the road mediocre, for me. I may have had this in the past, and if I did, I am sure I liked it more than this. At least, I certainly hope I did.

I'd go for anything from Draai Laag over this any day of the week.

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Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,600 ratings