Gnomegang Blonde Ale

Belgian Strong Pale Ale Brewery OmmegangBrasserie d’Achouffe

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Gnomegang Blonde Ale, a Belgian Strong Pale Ale by Brewery Ommegang and Brasserie d’Achouffe

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Gnomegang Blonde Ale is a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale is collaboratively brewed by Brewery Ommegang and Belgian brewer Brasserie d’Achouffe. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip glass from a bottle.

Appearance

Pours a hazy, rust orange with a thick cap of white foam.

Aroma

Yeast dominates a fragrant nose backed by coriander and bready malt.

Flavor

Flavor runs candy-sweet with banana, papaya, and caramel. Yeast serves as an ever-present backdrop, and the palate finishes somewhat dryly with cracked pepper.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent—perhaps lighter than expected for a brew clocking in at 9.5% ABV.

Overall

Overall, yeast is the star of this brew, utilizing two different strains. And it’s love at first sip. The Gnomegang Blonde Ale is another refreshing treat from one of the best Belgian-style brewers in America.

About this Beer

Brewery Ommegang began brewing Gnomegang in 2010 in a collaboration with Belgian brewer Brasserie d’Achouffe. Using Chouffe’s fruity, spicy yeast in the blonde ale added flavors that immediately won over staff and patrons.

Recommended Pairings

Ommegang recommends the following food pairings with their Gnomegang Blonde Ale: French onion soup, Caribbean jerk grilled fish with a tropical fruit salsa, and bananas foster.

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About the Belgian Strong Pale Ale

The Belgian Strong Pale Ale was originally crafted by the Moortgat brewery after World War I as an alternative to the popular European Pilsner beers. Its color is a yellow gold with good clarity and visibly effervescent. Its aroma consists of fruity esters, some spice, and low to moderate amounts of hops and booze. The palate follows the nose with fruity flavors of pear, orange, and apple. Bitterness and spice are low to moderate. Its feel is light to medium, highly carbonated with a dry finish. High alcohol lends warmth. The Belgian Strong Pale Ale is similar to the Belgian Tripel but is lighter in color and feel, drier and crisper, with added hopping and fruity esters.