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RiverWalk Gnomad Belgian Style Ale


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The Gnomad is a true hybrid of brewing styles; resulting in a beer we call an American Farmhouse Ale. We blend several varieties of barley, wheat and oats to give it a complex malt character; add American hops to provide a touch of fruit and citrus to the beer, and mix that with our special blend of Belgian yeasts to give it a rustic, earthy, spicy flavor. It pours a pale gold color with a thick white head and has a high amount of carbonation. Even at 7.5% ABV this beer is still refreshing and well balanced. Take your own journey with our Gnomad.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1315) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Mini-growler from Leary’s in Newburyport. Pours out a slightly hazy light golden color. White head quickly fades to a thin lace. Bright aromas of wheat, bread, citrus and spice. Flavor is excellent! Clean and easy drinking. Good bitterness too. Love the yeast profile with this one. A very well made Saison!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This Belgian-style Ale’s deep aromatics reveal flowers, bubblegum and fruit surrounded by soft honeyed cereals and lightened by tartness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear pale gold.
-This is very perfumy.
-The one thing which doesn’t work for me in this brew is the mouthfeel. Undercarbonated for this type of brew and a tad too sweet for my liking.
-Mouthfeel is lean and geared towards drinkability.

Growler.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3257) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
Growler thank you ti hammerslammer! A bit big for a farmhouse ale if your askin. Would prefer dryer lower boost version. Spiced up yeast. Sweet pear fruit. A bit earthy. Touch of lemongrass. Okay. Not dry enough. Too big. Though booze is well hidden.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Draught at American Flatbread, 3/17/14
Moderately hazy yellow beer has a small white head, poorly retained.
Straightforward esters in the nose showcase banana, light peach, apple, etc...while a light hop acidity lingers in the background but certainly allows for the Belgian nature to be front and center. Some dry, spicy white pepper-like phenols and perhaps a touch of the alcohol dry the end, while very little malt sweetness is seen from the nose (very little malt period).
Spicy phenols and fruity esters combine in the flavor, giving a very Belgian feel to it, certainly. Clove and white pepper phenols add quite a bit of dryness and there is some sharp acidity on the end, whether from the hops, alcohol or yeast, I dont know. Well-attenuated, no problems there. Not much finesse though. Just a mouthful of esters and phenols, really, with some bready malt notes and an unwanted acidity that flags the palate. I could live with that, but the carbonation is very fizzy and loose giving the beer a very watery texture. The other Riverwalks have been loose and watery too...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (677) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Taster at the source. Pours pale yellow gold with a white head. nose is nice with wheat, peppery spice, wet hay. Taste is white grape, pepper spice, wheat and yeast. Grapefuit peel bitterness in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (3194) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2013
Draft @ Amesbury Ale House. Bright yellow in color, light retention. Nice aroma of orange and light Belgian yeast. Taste is average overall, orange zest and a mild yeast in the finish. Light funky note. Earthy herbal note as well. Low carbonation and easy to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2013
At the brewery. Dark yellow pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty, a bit of dough, orange peel, and plenty of bittersweet herbal notes. Flavor follows with a good dose of yeast, spice, and citrus. Finishes with faint funky sock and malt sweetness. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (914) - Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2013
First rater, woot! Had on tap at Ale House. Pours a lemony yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells and tastes of yeast, orange peels, sea salt, brief sage, and earth. Alright.


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