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
Ranking:
#2,159
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
1,583
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
358
Trade:
2
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We twist the cage and cork and pour brew of glowing, very pale golden yellow. It holds a brief two finger head of fatty white bubbles. This leaves spots of lacing and a big aggregates across the top of the liquid. Haze is thick, and flecks of amorphous yeasty sediment are suspended throughout the liquid. Carbonation appears on the lighter side. The aroma gives wheaty, pale Belgian malts, light vanilla bean, souring green olive flesh, light hoppy grassiness, metallic yeast, orange flesh sweetness, and faint phenolic clove pucker. With warmth comes more bread and butter of malts, soured citrus, booze, and light musky oak. Our first impression is that it has the malty, Belgian backing of the standard Duvel, but it is much sweeter and less drinkable. As we sip, the flavoring opens with those same aromatic Belgian malts mixing with phenolic clove, orange flesh, syrupy fig sugars, lemon rind, and sweeter Belgian yeast. These blend to the peak, giving a warming, boozy, and bready punch. We also get more black pepper of alcohol, and an enhanced, sticky sweetness of dark fruits of fig and strawberry. The finish washes with buttery diacetyls, musky and dusty yeast, brown apple sweetness, red cherries, peach sugars, light grassy and nectary hops, more phenolic clove, and metallic, bready spiciness. The aftertaste breathes of dill leaves, black pepper, booze, metallic and sweeter Belgian yeast, musk, orange flesh, chalk, and generally Belgian pale malt grit. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. There is creamy, syrupy coating all around the mouth, with sticky coolness and drip. A final, light and toasty astringent dryness streaks down the tongue and palate by the very end. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the spice and muskiness through the finish of the flavoring. This imparted a genuine Belgian feel and flavor, as is seen with most of Ommegang’s offerings. The high abv, overt fumy booze, and warming qualities kept things interesting. Where we lost points was in the sweetness of the flavoring, which became a bit cloying by the end, and cut the pale and inherent drinkability of the style. Otherwise things were tasty, and we’ll be happy to see what another few months does to this guy.

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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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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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A - Lots of hazy, cloudy golden orange, good lacing, good carbonation

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Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,583 ratings
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