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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
The Gnome was brewed in homage to the recent arrivals of hoppy Belgian beers that we’re starting to see here in the US. I was really shooting for that beautifully soft hopping that’s found in the Houblon Chouffe, however, the Gnome has developed its own unique characteristics and flavor profile. The base beer is a Belgian triple brewed with White Labs Chimay-style yeast. I really liked the fruit character from this yeast, but man, that stuff still hasn’t dropped bright. The hopping was done with Vanguard, Sterling and East Kent Goldings. I think this beer has a lot of potential, though I’d like another shot at brewing the style. There is a very limited amount of this beer, so if you happen to see it on tap, go ahead and share a pint with your gnomies!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Pours a clear deep bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a sweet biscuity pale malty nose with some peppery clove spice and floral hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet light caramel maltiness with some banana esters and light citrus hoppiness before a drier biscuity bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style with good complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Deep gold with some hints of copper, very slight head. Pours clear until the yeast gets dredged up. Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, pepper, hint of clove, fruity esters, followed by floral hops. Flavor is biscuity malts, with a blend of the same Belgian and hop notes as the aroma on the finish. Balancing bitterness. Maybe not my favorite take on the hoppy Belgian style, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8570) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours turbid dark straw toward orange w 1-f white head and copious lace. Nose is rock sugary yeast, hopcitrus, florals. Tastes rich, floral, spicy, with Belgian yeasty flavors, some dry chardonnay notes, heavy fruit, and backup hops. Complex and flavorful, this one is very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2011
20111012 Bomber from Wine World. When I opened this I was in the mood for something strong, but now halfway through it’s just getting to be a bit much. Really comes across as a hoppy tripel, and that’s okay and the way the EKG contrasts to the fruity yeast is pretty nice. As big sweet American versions of Belgian tripels go it’s pretty decent, but still these sorts of beers are a big too sweet and boozy for me these days. Not pretty stuff, it’s a fully clouded golden with about zero head. Aroma is very yeasty and with a mild vegetal note beneath tremendous bubblegum and some strong alcohol. Not one I’d buy again, but not a waste, that’s for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10137) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of bnielsen13. Thanks Brad! Hazy golden orange appearance with a white head. Grassy, slightly piney hoppy, belgian yeasty, bready, golden malty aroma. Sweet, a touch fruity, a touch sugary, pale malty, lightly piney, grassy hoppy, straw flavor. Pretty enjoyable beer but nothing too special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4805) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2011
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, some light floral and slightly piney hops, a little caramel/pale malt, and some alcohol. Flavor about the same. Average texture. I just brewed a beer that is very similar to this, and the yeast notes are better in this but I want more hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Nice Belgian. Pours cloudy orange with a thick head. Aroma of citrus and Belgian yeast. Juicy citrus and some pepper. Decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1669) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Aromas of orange, lemon, peach and classic Belgian style yeast. Pours opaque orangy tan with a thick juicy head. Flavor is tart and fruity with an awesome pineapple overtone. Very sweet finish fades to peppery goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2449) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Very thin head which reduces to a small clump of bubbles on the surface. Rather unusual for a belgian brew. Nice fruity and yeasty aroma with some apples, candi sugar and sweet malts. Color is a slightly hazy, golden orange. Kind of flat in the mouth. Strong alcohol presence, strong malt presence, some herbal notes and a dry slightly bitter finish. I expected some of the fruity flavors in this brew but am not finding any. Little bit of celery mixed in there. A decent brew but I am a bit dissapointed as I am usually a BIG fan of the Smuttynose BIG brews and belgian golden ales too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2740) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2011
On tap at Stagshead, pours a cloudy golden amber with nice nose. Tastes belgina yeast, floral, citrus hops, spices, orange, and booze. I really enjoyed this brew.

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