Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Don't Kill Yourself!

If you're anything like me you're probably scrambling around to pack your few scant possessions into a sack so you can get ahead two cars in the five hours of traffic awaiting you. Sound familiar? If not, I'm jealous. 3G hasn't gotten so good that I trust myself to make a coherent blog post in the car let alone my house, but I sure trust the spell checker at home better.

Being that tomorrow (or today for you readers) is Thanksgiving I'd like to wish you a happy one and leave you with this review - Gnomegang is awesome. Not enough? OK here's the real dirt:

Beereview: Gnomegang from Ommegang and Brasserie d ‘Achouffe

What's better than two of my favorite breweries getting together to produce a fantastic beer? Two breweries on two different continents, obviously. Ommegang has always seemed a little odd; they brew great Belgian style beers in Cooperstown, NY. I always wondered what the Belgian brewers thought of our American homage; apparently it's flattery.

Gnomegang is a unique pairing of the Chouffe Yeast in the primary fermentation and the Ommegang yeast in the secondary wrought by American Brewers. For a lover of Belgian styles and domestic pricing, I really couldn't go wrong. The fruity and spicy character of a Chouffe beer is preserved even though it was brewed to the high standards of brewery Ommegang. If nothing else, this partnership really shows that brewers are a global society with flavors and techniques that transcend local geography. But how did it taste?

Real Beereview: Gnomegang

Gnomegang is a very spirited beer and foams up quickly when poured. The aroma is fruity with a touch of grapefruit, typical of other Chouffe offerings. There's a slight yeasty aroma but nothing bready or unpleasant. When poured, the head sticks around for as long as needed and the dry spicy grapefruit aroma remains adding a pleasant nose to the entire experience.

The taste is very fruity; it's sweet without a lot of maltiness. It's initially spicy with the taste of cloves and more closely resembles La Chouffe than Ommegang. The main flavor seems to be citrus and fruit without any alcohol flavors (although it's 9.5%). The aftertaste is slightly bready but quickly yields to a citrusy sour sweet rush.

Overall this is a great Christmas Ale and I highly recommend it!

Have you tried any similar pairings from cross-continental breweries? Did you try Gnomegang? Let me know in the comments below!

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