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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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The Gnome was brewed in homage to the recent arrivals of hoppy Belgian beers that weíre starting to see here in the US. I was really shooting for that beautifully soft hopping thatís 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 hasnít dropped bright. The hopping was done with Vanguard, Sterling and East Kent Goldings. I think this beer has a lot of potential, though Iíd 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4230) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Sweet, candied tripel/wit aroma, with a little earthiness and very slight diacetyl. Almost clear, if not clear (itís hard to tell when the goblet frosts up,) with a wispy, filmy foam. Whoo - bitter, woody, cidery and a certain homebrew acidity. Sweet at times, but itís overwhelmed by the alcohol which roils into vapor in the high palate. Crisp apple peel on the lips. Relatively short woody finish, considering the bittering, and the aftertaste gets a little salty. Market Square Likkas, Timberlane.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 8, 2011
(22 oz. bottle (2011) from Bootleggers) Pours hazy apricot with three fingers of off-white head. Aroma of spice, caramel, yeast, fruit. Mouthfeel smooth, medium-full. Flavor is sweet with a good slug of bitterness overlaying. Hoppy. Some peppery-spiciness and light caramel. Finishes with a lively bitter pinch and alcohol heat. I believe Iíve now had all the Smuttynose big beers - Really Old Brown Dog probably my favorite with Wheat Wine at #2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trev (1945) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Medium gold with white foamy head. aroma is fruity and candy like belgian yeastiness. pale malt, hint of sweet alc. Flavour is grainy, earthy yeastiness, musty straw.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Fresh bomber. The pour yields a very lightly hazy, dark golden-amber body with a moderate, frothy head of eggshell colored foam. The head collapses relatively quickly to a thin, patchy layer with a skinny ring at the edge. Hard splotches of lace mark the glass. Aromas suggest the Belgo-American hybrid that this brew truly is, showing notes of oddly tart, fruity, floral Belgian yeast, with sugary, doughy bread malts and sharp, slightly peppery, pithy lemon hops. Alcohol is entirely too prominent. A second deep whiff also reveals a dank, grassy sort of aged hoppiness that I donít really care for. Flavors follow suit, based in copious amounts of pale malt and cereal grain. Hops range from pithy citrus to dank, skunky, old grass. Alcohol again permeates all. The palate is dense and substantive, laden with sugar despite the drying yeast and moderate carbonation. Boozy alcohol is far too hot. Houblon Chouffe clone? Not even close. Thise boozy, hoppy, Belgian IPA/hoppy Tripel of sorts is messy and disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (814) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2011
(bottle) Intense aroma of spiced hops, rum and Belgian malt. Golden color with dissipating head. Flavor is concentrated and hop forward with Belgian spices. This may benefit from cellaring to mellow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle shared with friends. Poured into snifter glass. Dark amber color with a very thin head. Aroma is mostly Belgian yeast and slight fruit. Flavors arenít really all that balanced as I felt the booziness of this beer sort of took away from the flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours out a cloudy yellow color with a white head on it. Smell is fruity and sweet with candy notes. A little bit of hop is noted as well, but not enough to make it an IPA. Taste is sweet and smooth; easy to drink with a slight alcohol burn. Not overly powerful, but very easy to drink. Good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber gold with a subsided head.

Aroma: Spicy fruity Belgian yeast, white wine, bubble gum, clove.

Taste: Starts off spicy and bitter. Metallic. Fairly dry malt. Alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest carbonation.

Overall: Needs time, itís too hot. Bold flavors within a great recipe, look forward to trying this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4046) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Pours a pretty clean amber gold with one finger of off white head. Nose shows lots of raw Belgian yeast, peppery, grassy, and zesty. Raw yeast and spicy/zesty hop character. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iggynelix (71) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Floral and hoppy on the nose with hints suggesting a Belgian sour note. Sparkling clear golden with almost no head. Slightly bitter owning to the hops but otherwise a solid and tasty Belgian Style Golden Ale.

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