Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gnomegang Blonde Ale

Gnomegang is a beer brewed by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY in collaboration with Chouffe in Belgium. The two breweries are celebrating their farming traditions with this beer, both contributing their famous yeasts to the brewing process, Chouffe in the primary fermentation and Ommegang during bottle conditioning. Chouffe products are known for their "Gnome" caricatures on them, and this bottle art is no different. You probably guessed where the beer name came from as well, right? Serve at 40°F / 50°C (brewery confirmed that 50 should be a 5--don't serve at 50°C!). 9.5% alcohol.

Poured into my Ommegang glass, duh. Holy head! Go do five minutes worth of housework, and it'll finally be gone. Spicy and fruity aroma, lots of apples and oranges and tons of yeast too. Fruity rich flavors at the beginning, with a strong dose of alcohol really intensifying them. Apples, apricots, lighter fruits but big flavor.

Spicy cloves follow and meld in with all the fruit and linger nicely at the finish. Belgian yeast qualities and a light funkiness persist throughout. Good body. Great fruity flavor. And seriously dangerous drinkability at 9.5%, even though you can taste and feel it. Recommended for sure!

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