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:
1,575
Reviews:
459
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
356
For Trade:
2
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Photo of TH28
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Code dating is faded and indiscernible. Appearance: Golden and mostly clear, with some floating sediment and a frothy white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma: Fruity esters abound. Pear dominates, with some banana, clove, and apple. Also pick up a touch of alcohol. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, very fruity with pear most prominent, some banana, low spicing, a light bitterness and a strong, almost solvent like alcohol. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, moderately high carbonation. Strong alcohol warming. Finish: Very dry. Fruity alcohol esters linger well after the swallow. Overall: Has the typical Belgian Strog Ale characteristics with fruity esters, sweet maltiness, and high carbonation. This differs in that the alcohol comes across a little too strong, with some heat and solvent like character that harms the overall balance of the beer.

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Photo of fiveiron
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of telescifly
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sbeaver_44
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mklisz
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of kraticus41
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dpgalante
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ommegang Gnomegang, 9.5% ABV, 26 IBU, style is belgian strong pale ale. Pours medium thickness, golden, with a huge foamy head that lingered and left lots of lacing. Nose is lemon and yeast, taste follows, slight bitter close. Good mouthfeel. Overall OK, can't call it a new favorite.

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Photo of Furbato
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of YoungKurtis
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice: color is gold, fairly effervescent with flecks of yeast mixing around; head is off white with mostly fine bubbles, nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is steeped in aromatic yeast notes: apricot, banana, pleasant phenols and light booziness. Also some light earthiness and subtle malt sweetness.

Taste is more emphatic presentation of the flavors in the aroma: big yeast off notes from apricot, banana, phenol and ester, all well balanced against one another. Malt is noticeable in light sweetness, but the spicy yeast notes overtake and linger very well. Strength of this ale is hidden fairly well, but the sweetness and light dryness hint at its strength.

Mouthfeel is very good: nice full flavor, great strength and presentation on the tongue and nice lingering qualities.

Overall, a very very good blonde/strong pale ale in the belgian style. Great yeast dominant flavors and lingering flavor with hidden strength.

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Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnTurano
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvljr
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It sometimes seems they can do no wrong at Brewery Ommegang. Another success, this is certainly one of the finest American made blonde ales I've had. Pours a hazy, golden color with a stiff, lacy big head. Taste is sweet, but not overly so like many blondes. Hints of fruit and clove. Just a damn fine beer.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/3/2016 at Boundary Brewhouse in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, alcohol, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by some sweet flavors of caramel, bananas, citrus and spices. The hops presence is good for the style and brings a good balance. There’s a touch of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a bit boozy but it’s still a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LuckyLemans
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and refreshing, left me wanting many more.

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Photo of DBosco
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The second time I have tried this, seems better than the mediocre rating I gave it a year ago. This might be the same batch of bottles that have spent a year on a shelf, so possibly the age makes the difference. No date visible on 750ml corked bottle.

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Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,575 ratings.
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