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

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Photo of DaverCS
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super hazy, orange color with a soft golden hue. It pours a fluffy white, two-finger head.

Aroma is fruity, spicy, and yeasty: Bright and citrusy. I get some pear juice and sweet malt as well.

Taste is extremely pleasant. The main flavors I keep detecting is clove and pineapple. Start of the sip is full of clean citrus. The malt comes in soon after with a nice sweetness. Clove spice and canned pineapple juice finishes the sip. The finish is neither too sweet nor too dry.

Amazing this is nearly 10 percent alcohol. I can't detect it at all. I see this pairing well with a truffled mushroom risotto. It gets a 88/100.

***Aged bottle 4/2014***

Consumed 11/2016.

Plenty of sediment in glass. Still rather sweet on the palate. Lots of clove, bubblegum, and pear notes. Does taste as if it has been aged: a little stale. Also, the carbonation has dropped a bit. I would say this beer is most likely better fresh or with a maximum of 1 year of age. Still gets a 88.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting collaboration beer between omegang and d'achouffe....especially if you like belgian style blondes. Poured from a 12 Oz bottle into a tulip glass to a golden sunshine color with a thin head. Smooth and we'll balanced taste

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice Belgian, with all the requisite characteristics. Flavors of banana, wheat, clove, toffee, and citrus. It has a nice full body from the bready malts and Belgian yeast. It smells wonderful as well. Watch out for the ABV though!

All in all, you can't go wrong with this option. I think if I had to choose though, I would probably go with Delirium Tremens first. It just slightly eeks out this option. Both are very good though.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of fx20736
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 4 pack from Beers of the World on 11/14/15. Served cool (not cold) in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Hazy apricot amber with a natural linen white head. Good lacing.

Smell:mild white wine tempered by soft malt.

Taste: like the smell; soft malt, a touch of tart fruitiness and a kiss of Belgian style spicy yeastiness.

Feel: soft, full, awesome

Overall: World class! Will buy more, lots more.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

an outstanding blonde ale. the flavor was very balanced and the mouthfeel was excellent. the beer poured with a two inch head and plenty of lacing. the flavor was very citrusy and well balanced. the beer was very drinkable and hid the high alcohol content extremely well.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Nice golden color with a big lacy head
S: Belgian yeast
T: Easy drinking, a little sweet and fruity, Belgian yeast taste, with a little tang
F: Light body
O; Very drinkable

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After not being able to pull the trigger on the 12 dollar bomber I am glad I found this in a 12oz bottle for under 3 bucks. Into a sniffer.
A - Very Bright golden pale ale slightly hazy from sediment age with full inch plus of frothy head that takes a bit to dissipate.
S - Bubble gum like yeast fruity with touches of grassy hops and honey kisses. Smells divine.
T - Yeast is very balanced with just a touch of dryness. Fruity honey like esters with pale malts and a bit of bready dough. Hops to balance not too bitter more citrus in nature.
M - Wow this is smooth its like the alcohol esters are there but so inter worked. Medium bodied at most.

Overall I was amazed by the smoothness of this high gravity Belgium ale. Would have gotten more at the time but will keep it in mind next time I am at Vintage.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Sturges Speakeasy, served chilled in a goblet.

The color is light amber with golden hue and light haze with thick white head and fine bead. The smell is spicy with yeast phenolics and slight pine-like hop aroma with subtle peppery and candy sugar type scent with light alcohol. The feel is spicy with dry and moderately high alcohol and light sweetness in the back with semi-bitter texture.

The taste has a great mix of spicy yeast with subtle pepper and candy sugar combination with a mild toast element and gentle yeast in the middle with slight dried fruit flavor and mix of pine-like hop with slight caramel quality and light alcohol as it finishes warm and dry. Overall I would rate this higher if it had less alcohol in the taste but still pretty damn drinkable for the strength

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had been meaning to try this variety of the beloved Ommegang brewery for a while. It looks innocent and smells even more so, but packs a 9.5% ABV. My brother and I are great fans of Ommegang and you should be, too!

Look-It pours a mildly cloudy off golden yellow color with a strawberry/copper appearance that is absolutely amazing. The head comes in strong, but settles into a thin large bubble head.

Smell-I get a banana, citrus, and salty hot dog, and lemon with spicy, creamy, black pepper, and apricot aroma. It is also complimented by pineapple rind and cotton candy. It has an amazing bland flavor that cuts the sweetness due in part to the Chouffe yeast.

Taste-The taste boasts thick bready malts, toffee, orange, and other fruits such as clementine and mango, but very subtle so that I’d be surprised if your faggot ass dumb tongue can detect it. In order to school you, I’d say that this variety has a slightly dry finish and is very lightly hopped; the perfect brew for anyone. This brew is almost like a farmhouse ale, because of its spicy fruitiness that is so common for that variety.

Mouthfeel-It is sticky and sweet, but moist and syrupy. I think that this variety is spicy, hoppy, and fruity. The
peppercorn and fruit cake make you want to chug this brew, but be careful, because it does not taste like a 9.5% ABV, but rather like a 7% beer.

Overall-This beer is moist, oily, thick, and sweet, but not overwhelming. It also has a variety of flavors and smells as well as a fun appearance and mouthfeel. Ommegang has done it again, but you need to try it for yourself! Cheers!

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Photo of barczar
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure of age on this one.

Aroma is very grainy, with light phenolic notes of pepto and estery peaches, pears, and green apple. There's a touch of clove and peppery spice.

Flavor is ester dominant, with a slightly sweet grain malt backbone. The peppery and clove notes really shine, accenting green apple, apricot, and pear notes nicely. That characteristic confectioners sugar sweetness is contrasted my dryness in the finish. More farmhouse notes surface as it warms.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. The color is a pleasant golden-yellow with a creamy milk-white head and lacing. The primary smell is citrus and malt. The taste is a nice blend of orange peel, perhaps some apricot, and yeast. There's a slight bitterness at the finish. The mouth feel is delightful: highly carbonated and a subtle kick at 9.5 ABV; you have to pay attention because there is no discernible alcohol burn. This is another great Ommegang summertime ale. Nicely complex but very drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold to straw with a persistent, rocky 3” off-white foam collar
S: Some banana, citrus, faint smoked bacon
T: Some light peach, a light bubble gum sweetness balanced on the end with an assertive hop finish – the hops are bitter and earthy – this is not a grapefruit rind or grassy bitterness or piney or minty. There is a touch of citrus, a hint of lemon.
F: Above average carbonation, medium body
O: Another well crafted Belgian Strong Pale Ale from Ommegang.

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Photo of atr2605
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy straw color with a white fluffy head that has excellent retention
S-spicy, black pepper, creamy, apricot
T-lots of spicy yeasty flavor with the apricot flavors to follow. Nice gentle bitterness balances out the beer
M-medium bodied, very creamy, good amount of carbonation
O-very tasty beer

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

pours a slightly hazy gold with a frothy three finger head that threatens to go over the lip of the snifter, yet somehow doesn't. As the head breaks it leaves fantastic lacing behind. The smell is Belgian yeast, bananas, spice and some slight grassiness. The taste has the elements of yeast and banana follow the nose, but then there is a touch of alcohol, and then some peppery spice. There is a light leaning toward medium body on this beer and the carbonation is medium and slightly prickly.

A fine beer. When you bring Chouffe and Ommegang together though, can you really go wrong? I will be looking for this beer again and again now that it is in regular rotation.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.12/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ommegang has the most beautiful beer, BUT their beer is very mediocre to me. They did not try to hide the abv in this one, super boozy. Has that weird after taste the rare vos had. Yeasty, too much coriander and wasn't a typical blonde ale.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours an opaque light straw/copper color with a 1 finger head some of which lasts until the end as a collar. Very hazy with a good amount of carbonation and light lacing.

The smell is complex with orange and other fruits; possibly peach. Swirl it around a bit and you will get thick bready malts along with some caramel. There is also a strong yeasty smell.

The taste follows the nose with thick bready malts mixed with caramel, orange and other fruits. Then there is a slightly frothy yeasty taste The finish is slightly dry and just very lightly hopped. The feel is thick, bready and chewy.

Overall this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of aobrehm
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of yeast sediment in my bottle. Sure, it's bottle conditioned, but this seemed excessive. Awesome Belgian esters. Drinks real easy for a high ABV beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, the head explodes as soon as the beer hits the glass until you're left with a huge fluffy white head sitting on top of a cloudy amber brew. Great lacing. Spice from the yeast is the first thing picked up in the nose, followed by banana and citrus fruit. The flavor is dominated by spicy clove-like yeast, but a huge wave of fruit hits you soon after. Very effervescent and boozy. The high ABV cannot go unnoticed. Medium to full bodied with a slightly dry and warming finish.

This collaboration between Brasserie d'Achouffe and Brewery Ommegang is a winner in my book.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must be missing something . . . I was looking for an easy drinking Belgian blonde but instead I got a Belgian tripel ? Is this one of those styles that blurs the lines and I didn't know it until now ? Don't get me wrong, I very much enjoyed this beer and am glad I pulled the trigger on a 4 pk rather than a single bottle. This beer is so tasty and the aromas are some of the best from a Belgian inspired brew I've come across. I'm just a little dumbfounded as to what this beer is.

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Photo of Gambot1256
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer brewed in the U.S.

I gave it 5's across the board cause I think it is the closest beer I have had that taste like a Belgium style beer.

Smooth, refreshing and great taste.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Super quick review.

For those who enjoy a banana-forward Belgian-style, this brew is for you. For me, too much banana. I mean, lots & lots of banana.

That said, it is complex & features some interesting yeasty flavors beyond the banana. I just can't get past that dominant banana note.

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Photo of Wilshade
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glassware: Pint
ABV: 9.5%

Appearance: Cloudy deep gold with a luxurious fluffy white head. Beautiful beer.

Smell: Fruits and spices, heavier on the fruit with hints of cloves

Taste: Fruity with an overriding earthiness and hints of caramel

Mouthfeel: Effervescent but heavy. Tingles the tongue.

Overall: High ABV kicks in almost immediately. Goes very well with Caribbean jerk spice chicken and fish dishes.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, bold malt body on this one...has a lot of the prickly yeast punch that a long of Ommegang beers have with some coriander, pepper and citrus zest. Full-bodied feel with good carbonation. Dry malt finish with some earthy grass.

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

Look: Golden blonde like any respectable Belgian blonde should be. Nearly 2 fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell: All KINDS of Belgian funk, estery fruity goodness mixed in.

Taste: The Belgian funk TANG whops you upside the head, estery fruity goodness follows, with some warming alcohol on the finish.

Feel: Well carbonated, bubbly almost like a sparkling wine.

Overall: I really like Ommegang, and this is a world-class Belgian blonde, IMHO.

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Photo of classixIII
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy blonde color with a fairly slow forming meringue like head that stuck around for awhile. A tad sweet, great yeast smell and flavor. Bit of a creamy feel. Slightly peppery and warming, alcohol notable but nice. Had to run out and find more of these. Like many of those honored at Cooperstown, Ommegang consistantly knocks it out of the park.

Had to revise this after trying a few more, it moved way up on my batting order!

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Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,554 ratings.
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