Gnomegang | Brewery Ommegang

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1,583 Ratings
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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:
#2,160
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
1,583
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
358
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of TomMorris
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daliandragon
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single on a whim at Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg. Didn't realize it is a now aged once off at 9.5%. I picked this to be my first course in a night of celabratory drinking for playof baseball. I have to start listening to those nagging doubts.

Huge white head is going nowhere. Big golden body with plenty of carbonation and sedfiment. Some really big chunks are visible. Nose is Belgian yeast, appleskin, and bread malts. Definitely a bit sour but otherwise its a high abv Belgian pale. Not a ton of hop flavor but certainly has some octane. Relatively smooth and drinkable but I am likely to have a hangover tomorrow.

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

Photo of Act25
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick one-finger, off-white head, lots of lace, hazy golden body.

S: Abundant and appropriate belgian candy-fruit shop with papaya, mango, pineapple, crackers, herbal, bandaid glue, mint, spicy alcohol and yeasty esters.

T: Candy store abundance, estery alcohol, creamy pale maltiness, white peppery hoppiness, atop orange peel, Drum tobacco, yeast, orchard overripe fruit. Nice melange, varied, balanced.

F: Creamy, just a tinge cloying, more alcohol, phenolic, and semi-dry finish.

Flavor packed, A true Belgian, and a happy beer. Makes one happy.

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Photo of McMatt7
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jacob17
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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