Gnomegang | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

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 MowryJC
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Hopleaf in Chicago.

A - A hazy orange topped with a half-finger of light head. Leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Very light lemon leading into bready yeast, with a nice complex mix of clove, pepper, and almost a cinnamon. Very nice.

T - Alcohol heat at the beginning which quickly fades into the peppery clove and light breadiness of the yeast. There's a touch of spicy hops at the end. It's all about the yeast here.

M - A light mouthfeel which gives the slightly solventy alcoholic heat, but finishes nice and clean.

All in all I was happy with this beer, the only thing keeping it from being a really awesome beer is the alcoholic heat. Could be a touch rounder with the alcohol. But I'd still rock this beer again for sure.

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Photo of suspect
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Split with mrmarmot.

A: Super-cloudy yellowish gold tint. Lots of floaties. The bottled warned me to pour slowly as to not disturb the yeast sediment but aggressive enough to get some head. I think I was a bit too cautious with the pour because the head was only about 1 finger. It disappeared quickly, leaving a thin ring around the outside. Lacing is slight and not very sticky.

S: Earthy, spicy, not overly pungent...maybe nutmeg or cinnamon spice. Some sort of ground brownish/maroon spice.

T: This beer shines in the flavor. It's a wonderful Belgian Blonde ale with great spice and yeasty goodness with some sweet, malty aspects as well. I can't begin to explain how complex this brew is. I'm blown away by the taste.

M: Light body, highly carbonated, sticky mouth leaves me wanting more and more. Alcohol is non-existent.

O: Wow. Fantastic beer. One of the most complex, fulfilling brews I've ever had. Even at $15 per 750, I will be seeking this beer out for aging pronto.

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Photo of Preismj
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: hazy off-white/yellow with a mild head and moderate lacing. looks heavy and cloudy.

s: the requisite clove/spice is present but also a heat and yeasty scent. Not terribly complext smell profile, but there is also a sweetness here that makes it pleasant.

t: yeast up front. I can't taste multiple strands, though this does seem like a nice blend of Ommegang with something else (haven't had Le Chouffe yet). There is a spicy yeast in here...something past clove, that produces a kick. Also a bit of booze as it warms like a strong white wine. Sugary sweet and dashes of vanilla, nutmeg and other holiday spice in the background.

m: nice coating and fair carbonation. slight burn from heat.

o: a nice change of pace from traditional Ommegang fair. Will have to try more Le Chouffe to know what I taste in the yeast here. Nice spices in the taste despite a weaker scent. Don't need many of these, though what they did here is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip the beer was a hazy orange color. The head was white and very thick, resembling whipped cream. A good amount of lace.
Fruity, yeasty aroma. Some spice.
The taste improved on the aroma. Sweet pear, clove, earthy yeast.
I thought there was an excellent balance between the fruit and the yeast.
A very pleasant beer to drink. Never noticed the alcohol.

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

On tap @ McK's

A: Served in a tulip it appears just a shade yellower then a ripe orange. There was no head and negligible lacing.

S: I expected a little more complexity here but it was just above average in terms of belgian ales. Earthy and peppery is how I would describe it.

T: This is where I was disappointed. There really wasn't much depth to the flavors. Mostly just an overly sweet, sour, tartness that left my mouth dry and numb. It wasn't terrible, aka there were no off-flavors, but I couldn't help but feel as though something was missing.

Still this is overall a great high quality beer that deserves a try.

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

Bottle dated: 02/08/11
Note: Last pour including yeast sediment, poured vigorously.

A: Pours a hazy golden pale color with an orange hue. One finger of bright white head which dissipates fairly quickly to a fine ring, leaving behind good lacing.

S: Nose is spicy like pepper, citrusy, hints of cloves, and of course as expected a lot of yeast earthiness.

T: Big pepper notes upfront, some sweet malts, some faint fruits, and some phenols albeit small.

M: Medium-bodied, small carbonation, nice biscuity/bready mouthfeel. Overall a very nice Belgium ale with characteristics of both breweries involved in this collaboration.

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Photo of TheDoorman
2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden ale with grassy, yeasty aroma and sweet, sugary palate that coats your mouth.

Unbalanced. Too sweet. Nothing special.

The last few beers I have had from Ommegang have not met my expectations. I fear that have they have increased output they have decreased in quality.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, corked & caged, picked up for $10.99 in Columbus. I'd looked forward to this one since first hearing about it months ago, finally it's arrived.

It pours a pale golden color transparent except for some minimal haze, very thin layer of foam. The nose is nowhere near what I was hoping for. I guess I was expecting more Chouffe, as this was made with their yeast, but this smelled more like a generic Belgian pale ale. Not bad in any way, this just didn't have the characteristics I was hoping for. Yeasty and bready, a little estery too.

This tastes intitally sweet, candi sugar and sweet pale malts, following through with strong yeasty flavors reminiscent of any number of solid Belgian beers. Definitely Ommegang can be included in that list, despite living in NY.

Well carbonated and easy drinking, not sure where the 9.5% ABV is, I can't taste it. Recommended as a very good collaboration beer, would have been nice to taste more of the Chouffe though.

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Photo of bernie879
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pured into a Duvel goblet, pretty much straight down and only got a faint 1cm head out of the hazy gold beer. Nice color to the beer, but the head was a disapointment.

Aroma: Yeasty and fruit; apples, banana, bubblegum, slight clove and a spritz of lemon. Spicy notes also expressive along with bready and floral notes.

M/T: Medium-full body matched well with a higher carbonation. Malty mouthfell balanced out with spicy, peppery bitterness. Fruity characteristics in the background, offering a nice blanket for the phenolic highlights.

Overall: Excited to try this one and wasn't let down. Great aroma, taste and drinkability. The only negative was the lack of head. Dont really know what happened there, others seemed to get better results and I don't usually have issues pouring a nice head on the beer.

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Photo of impending
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

TapRoom, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Served in proper Ommegang glassware. A classic hazy golden yellow, minor head, nice sheet lacing.

Aroma again classic, strong pale ale. Yeasty sweet fruits including a hint of banana and a hint of the alcohol.

Sweet fruity grains begin the taste, yeast is the middle then a distinctive minor dry hop finish trails off perfectly. Light medium creamy mouthfeel.

You don't doubt the Chouffe yeast.

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Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gnomegang is a light gold color. Definitely a little on the hazy side. Looks a tad brighter with backlighting. A white head covers the surface and rises to just over a finger in height. It falls to the surface rather quickly, but leaves a rather impressive web of lace trailing behind.

The nose is quite good. Belgian yeast is strong in the mix, and delivers spicy notes of clove and pepper. Fruity notes of apple and pear follow. A bit of sweet pale malt is noted, and seems to be the base. If it stopped here, it’d smell delicious. But, there is a surprisingly strong hop presence. They smells grassy and a little floral, and are undoubtedly Noble. There’s a little on the alcohol on the tail, but nothing scary. This stuff smells delicious!

The flavor is likewise damn impressive. This is one collaborative effort that delivers! It kicks off with a light, sweet pale malt flavor. It’s a nice intro to the delicious Belgian yeast flavor that follows. Spicy notes of clove and pepper are most impressive, and work nicely with pear and apple fruit flavors. Hops emerge about halfway through, and really drive the flavor up a notch. Noble hops provide a really tasty, grassy floral flavor that is nearly a perfect complement the spicy yeast flavor. Simply put…this rocks. Alcohol is a little noticeable on the tail, but is blended well overall. Finishes yeasty, fruity, and grassy. Very well done.

Gnomegang has a body that’s on the light side of medium. Carbonation is light. It has a nice, smooth feel overall. This stuff goes down far too easy. I’ll polish off this 750 easily…with a smile on my face.

Despite the misleading gnomenclature, Gnomegang is a beer that stands quite tall. I had high hopes that Brasserie d 'Achouffe and Brewery Ommegang would come up with a winner. They did indeed. There’s really not much to criticize here. This is a damn good Belgian Strong Pale that can run with the best of them. The hops are an interesting twist and really add a lot to the mix. Great stuff. Find a bottle if you haven’t already.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork popped without much pressure... and it poured with very little head. Might have just been this bottle. It's a golden-amber color, somewhat hazy, with no foam. The nose is deliciously fruity, with sweet pears, light vanilla, and a faint touch of spice. Deceptively bitter at first, on taste, giving way to sweet, ripe fruitiness. Spiciness kicks in at the finish, but it's indefinable... I can't tell if it's yeasty spicy notes or actual spices. Finish dries out a little.

Interesting beer, but I will probably not buy it again, instead sticking with my favorites of each brewery: Hennepin from Ommegang, Houblon IPA Triple from d'Achouffe.

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Photo of mgoblue5743
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer, I wish it were about half the price. It has a certain Belgian feel/smell and the alcohol is very well hidden. I drank 13 ounces in 5 minutes and was left wanting more.

The beer is good, not amazing. It's missing something, I can't quite put my finger on it; it was a little thin, perhaps. Overall, decent beer at $6 in the bar, not worth it at $10.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam that rests on top of a slightly hazy, dark-golden colored body. The head is supported by vigorously rising columns of bubbles and it settles very slowly, leaving rings of sticky lace as it goes.

S - A yeasty aroma of pear and clove with some black pepper and spicy hops.

T - Fruity notes of pear and pineapple up front with lots of clove. Thick, sweet malt comes out in the middle and intertwines with the fruit. The yeast character gets spicy towards the finish with more clove and some black pepper as well as some herbal hop flavor and a hint of bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, strong carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Lots of yeast character, as expected with anything Chouffe-related. I like the spicy complexity of the yeast as it works very well with the rich, bready malt character. There is some hop character, but not quite as much as it seems like there should be, especially considering how thick the malt character is. The finish is a bit of the sweet side for my taste however and this holds the beer back a bit. A very nice example of the style, though as far a Belgian-American collaborations go it is still second to the Green Flash/St. Feuillien strong golden ale.

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Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a chilled, hazed golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms, that sticks around for a minute. The foam gently recedes to leave some lace.
S: Phenolic, spicy, peppery yeast. Earthy with just enough funk. Some fruity ester of banana and pears. The yeast and fruit meld perfectly together. A great nose.
T: Follows the nose with an earthy yeast note taking over. There is a dryness up front with the yeast. Spicy and peppery notes as well. Fruity banana and pear flavors. Finishes on the sweet, sugary side.
M/D: A medium to full body and effervescent. Very crisp and clean. Easy to drink. A bit of alcohol burn that makes this a slow sipper, but a great sipper at that. The bottle will be gone in no time.

I love this. Earthy, rustic, spicy, fruity. All things I love in Belgian pale ale. Sip and savor, this is a great one. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle as a lightly hazy, golden yellow color. No head retention with basically no lacing. Banana and clove aroma on the nose. Same flavors in the taste plus some citrus too. The mouthfeel is dry and little bitey. Overall I really liked this beers taste and smell. I found it to be rather enjoyable and would like to try it again some day.

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Photo of SirSketch
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Ranges in color from dark yellow to orange, with about a half inch of solid, foamy head.

S - Spicy, phenolic yeast character explodes out of this beer. A pear, apple and lemon fruitiness come next. Moderate amount of alcohol, too. Tons of aroma bursting from the top of my tulip glass.

T - Very perfume-like and peppery tastes. Sugary, chalky sweetness tastes too much like a Flintstones vitamin. The aftertaste is pleasant, with a clean malty finish.

M - Again, a little chalky at first, but finishes cleaner.

O - With the high caliber of the two breweries involved, I expected more from this collaboration, but this beer really needs polishing. Also, I suggest drinking this pretty cool, as it gets much too boozy as it warms.

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

Enjoyed at TAP NY

Light straw color, with thin white cap that fades to a ring and a few bubbles.

Funk and tart, spice, candy, and a mineraly, herbaly kind of edge to the aroma.

Sip starts spicy and sweet, then a funky saison yeast kind of flavor kicks in, becoming tart. It ends with spiciness joined by a mineraly light herbal bitter for a semi dry finish. Delicious.

Brightly carb.'ed, viscous, exc. finish that stays clean.

One of the best BPA I've tried, even better than Ommegang's other fine offering.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great name for the beer.
Pours a hazy light amber with a pillowy white head.
Spices, sweet cloves, and Belgium yeast on the nose.
More spiced than sweet. Alcohol sticks its nose out but isn't pushy. Sweet almost caramel finish.
Well carbonated, big and creamy.
Thanks Ommegang and D'Achouffe for a fantastic Belgium Blonde.

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Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy amber orange with a 2 finger white head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smells musty earthy spicy fruity bready - could i throw out anymore adj that end in "Y"

tastes of spicy earthy belgian yeast and hops - loads of bready grains mixed with apples, banana, and lemon

mouthfeel is light medium with tons of carbonation that worked very well with the dry earthy bitter flavors

overall - very tasty but nothing to make it stand out over the other b.pales and not worth the $14 cost

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours the color of golden hazy straw into my snifter with two fingers of head that has moderate retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Premium malts, bubblegum, apple, pear, clove, banana, coriander and spice.

T - Absolutely the most flavorful blonde ale I have ever tasted. Bread like yeast, spicy clove and coriander, banana, grassy hops with a citrus like orange finish.

M - Really well balanced, smooth and creamy, nice medium body.

O - Hands down best blonde ale I have had, not my favorite style, but this one is really great.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold color with a fluffy white head that had nice retention, not a lot of lace.

Aroma is very fruity, of pear and some spice. A touch of yeast.

Nice flavor, yet a bit too sweet. Pears and lots of other fruits. The sweetness has a bit of honey in the flavor. Definite candied sugar.

I’d say light bodied, but the sweetness makes it feel a bit more viscous.

I was not as impressed as I had hoped. But a good beer.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into my Ommegang snifter. I had a 4-ounce sample pour of this from 6-and-Save and really liked it. I will be polishing off this entire bottle myself, so this should be a good sample space by which to judge this beer.

A: Pours a perfectly opaque hazy Gold color with a moderately thin white head on top. 4.5

S: Pungently bitter and spicey with a hint of lemon. 4.0.

T: A perfect blend of belgian spicy yeastiness combined with a great hop bitterness/astringency and a touch of lemon sweetness. None of which is overpowering or out of balance. 9.5% ABV completely hidden. 4.5

M: Delightfully light and dry, with proper carbonation. 4.5

D: As I work through this magnum, the 9.5% ABV becomes more and more evident. This beer has a "warming" affect. As far as drinkability/repeatability, my bias enters into this, as this isn't my favorite style of beer. Also, I have to keep in mind that I'm questioning repeatability after 25.4 ounces, not 12. With that in mind, I'd score this as a 3.5

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Spicy and phenolic, some mint and solid hoppiness.

L: Relatively clear amber orange, white carbonated head that dissipates.

T: Spicy sweet malt with a spicy hop undertones. Pretty heavy phenolics match well with the spicy hops. Medium high spicy bitterness leads to some phenolic dryness and clear alcohol.

M: High carbonation, prickly, medium bodied.

Enjoyed this beer, quite phenolic and hoppy, would've liked it in smaller quantities.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. $13.49 from Beer Run.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange yellow. It clears significantly as it warms. Excellent tight head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: The first whiff reminds me of La Chouffe as far as the yeast character. After that, there's lots of fruity esters suggesting apple, pear, orange, and pineapple. Hint of bubblegum. Just slightly spicy with a faint pepperiness. There's an earthy, grassy hops note too. No detectable alcohol. Just a great smelling beer.

Taste: Very flavorful with a multitude of sweet, light fruit flavors. Yeast is almost bready, with more peppery spice than I smelled. Light clove. Hops taste herbal to almost citrusy. A strong bitter orange finish on the end suggests the addition of curacao, which I wish wasn't there-- this flavor detracts from an otherwise excellent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation gives the beer a lively, almost foamy, creamy feel in the mouth. Feels slightly sticky, medium to full for a BSPA.

Overall: I just wish it didnt finish with that bitter orange taste. Otherwise, it would be top notch. A very fruity, fairly hoppy, complex BSPA.

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