Gnomegang | Brewery Ommegang

1,582 Ratings

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2011

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SeamusDoyle
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangeish gold with a creamy,frothy, foamy white head that sticks very nicely. The smell is simple, clean, and fruity. It has a grain note but is primarily dominated by the yeast which is fruity with hint of clove. After it gets some time to oxidize you can smell some faint peppery, herbal hop aromas. The flavor is very malty with the taste of grains, but with an infusion of rather spicy yeast. It is rather sweet, but not overpoweringly so.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of fmccormi
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (a Hill Farmstead stem); bottling date of July 27, 2012 and a freshness date of July, 2014 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG ON 07/27/12 BEST BY 07/2014”). This is from Ommegang’s most recent mixed 8-pack.

Appearance (4.25): The beer pours with a solid finger of bone-white head, which is kind of crackly. It dies off to leave a ring around the edge of the glass, and scattered suds around the sides but no more substantial lacing than that. The body is a hazy, glowing orange color, and very, very pretty.

Smell (4.25): Mostly some warm spice character (cloves, white pepper, some coriander), mixing with kind of a broad palate of fruit notes: white grapes, lemons, some orange / tangerine citrus, melons). But, there’s some green, herbal, leafy character thrown in there, too, adding a nice dimension. Great set of aromas.

Taste (4.25): Really great stuff here—that fruitiness in the nose transforms into a bright, sweet, pungent yeast component that offers mellow melon tones, sweet orange, pear juice, and somewhat vinous white grape flavors—but they’re all cut through with flashes of tart lemon, and permeated by a warming spiciness and a bready wheat character. There’s some very subtly tart wheat that complements the fruitiness with its starchy, filling flavor while offsetting the tart lemon and citrus character.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The body is a bit on the full- side of medium-feeling, with a velvety, tingling carbonation that foams slowly and fully on the way down. . It finishes surprisingly dry, with the slightly vaporous feel of alcohol while that tart lemon character dries things out on its own. This feels great, for the style.

Overall (4.25): This is a really, really great beer if you’re into BSPAs. At its high points, it showcases the Chouffe and Ommegang strains in a way that they complement one another. You can actually tell them apart in some ways, but they meet at certain points, too, particularly in the tart, lemony character. This is without a doubt one of my favorite American-made Belgian-style beers, and I’m going to look forward to this from Ommegang in the future, as well.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a goblet and had about one and a half fingers of foam. The coloring is a very cloudy blonde from the active yeast.

The nose on this beer is very minimal. I get some grain in there, as well as the belgian presence off the yeast.

In the body I get the pleasant mix of blonde flavors. I like the belgian characteristics.

This is a pretty good blonde.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,582 ratings
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