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:
1,564
Reviews:
455
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
353
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,564 |  Reviews: 455
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
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dodo2step
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- light yellow with tints of orange. A huge 4 finger fluffy head makes me stop my pour and it leaves a gorgeous lacing on the inside of the pint.

S- strong banana notes with hints of citrus hops that come through. Finally, grain rounds it out.

F- strong grain and banana and that is it.

M- alcohol and warm belgian ale as it goes down.

O- A good brew and strong. A sipper but dont take too long with it.

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

There wasn't much of a pop from the cork, but it pours a pretty orange color, somewhat hazy, & a lovely white head. Citrus & grain dominate the aroma. The initial banana & fruity sweetness is followed with a slight bitter finish. The 9.5 % is hidden from both taste & smell. Excellent

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Photo of Sech
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eire
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf4collet
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jalop
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seanchai
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stanzy1
4.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow! Loving this beer. A great cloudy golden color with lacing and big head. The taste is very tight. I smell and taste package of sour citrus, bread, and slight spices (even though the description says no spice). Every sip elicits a reaction - it doesn't get boring. More carbonation than expected and it gives it a fresh feeling. The 9.5% packs a punch but not over powering in any way in terms of taste. I feel like I could drink this in the middle of winter or summer. This reminds me of La Fin de Monde. My favorite Ommegang yet which is saying a lot.

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

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

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great pour ( a somewhat hazy deep orange color) with exceptional head retention into an oversized wine glass. Beautiful color, moderate smell. A solid attempt at the style.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden color with plenty of visible carbonation. 1 inch off-white head. Nice lacing
S - Cloves and tropical fruits. Pretty spicy and yeasty. Inviting
T - pretty complex. Alcohol is present along with the Belgium spiciness and yeastines. Getting some banana on the finish
M - moderate carb. Bit of a boozy bite
O - Ommegang is yet to disappoint me. Happy to have them and allagash putting out excellent Belgium style beers in the US. Chèers.

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