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:
1,577
Reviews:
459
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
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135
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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear and sparkly. Attractive golden color with a wispy head in the Ommegang chalice. The head is not a long-lasting as you would hope. The sediment breaks loose with floating chunks, so my advice is to make one careful pour the first time.

This is not notably well-carbonated or creamy. Sweet with a powerful flavor reminiscent of a Hefeweizen with lots of oranges. Huge overdose of clove flavor takes over the scene. Yeasty bitterness lasts into the aftertaste.

This has the family characteristic of just too damn much yeasty intensity. The flavor is good, it's just totally relentless. It give you no space for savoring. A water chaser is needed. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a sunny, golden yellow, and somewhat opaque, although I wouldn't call it cloudy. But it's certainly not transparent like you might see in a nice pils. Atop the body sits a frothy bleached white head with a ton of smaller bubbles, with a few medium sized ones mixed in. Retention is excellent--a good 4-5 minutes--and as it finally starts to recede, it leaves swaths of foam drapery on the sides of the glass. So far so great.

Smell - Most dominant is a nice spice and bread aroma, almost like fresh baking pastries, but more subdued. Clove, nutmeg, maybe some . The grain blend really works to create that effect, and it seems like the red wheat lends some softness. Yeast contributes a bit of tropical fruit element, like mango or perhaps nectarine, as well as a faintly floral overtone. Quite an intoxicating smelling beer.

Taste - No surprises here, with the yeasty phenols and spice again presenting the most aggressive individual components of a rather complex overall flavor. The spice is pretty heavy, but somehow not overpowering, due to the more savory elements from the grain, like fresh-baked butter croissant. And there is a finish that comes in with some gentle bitterness that again counteracts the more spiced, almost sweet notes. The alcohol is nicely hidden by the complexity of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and slightly creamy/soft. Levels of carbonation are slightly on the high side of moderate. Just slightly dry finish.

Overall, this is an excellent take on the style. The spice and yeast contributions remind me a lot of a tripel, which makes sense given that a case could probably be made that tripels are essentially just a subset of Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It's taken me far too long to finally try this and now that I have, I'll have to make a habit out of picking some up from time to time.

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4.09 out of 5 based on 1,577 ratings.
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