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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2076) - USA - SEP 19, 2011
Weird, trippy label that looks like an album cover. Nice orange pour, but not much head for a Belglian - didnít need my goblet for this. The bright, lightly savory, citrus aroma is very pleasant. The hoppy flavor is a tad dull somehow - it is not bad, but it is more like an American PA or IPA than a good abbey ale. Homunculus lacks Belgian spice and fruit flavors. Good, but SN can do better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tiberious_416 (18) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Overall a good representation of the style. The 9% ABV is well hidden but can easily creep up on you if you enjoy this one a little too fast. Iíll most likely secure a 2nd bottle and see how well it ages.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a cloudy amber orange with a small frothy off white head. Nice lacing. The nose has notes of Belgian yeast, florals, candy sugar. Heavy and thick. The flavor follows suit. Rich and thick on the tongue. Lots of sugar, yeast, florals, and did I mention more sugar? A little thick and cloying. A little more attenuation would have done this brew a world of good. The base flavor is solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (537) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
On Tap, The Fridge, Lancaster PA. Aroma of candied cloves and yeast. Golden body with thin lasting head, nice lacing. Flavor begins citrusy followed by sweet fruity yeast and hops, bitter finish - aftertaste. Well balanced. A tasty treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2005) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Pours a hazy gold with a 1 finger, off white head. Aroma is sharply spicy, citrus, and floral hops, stone fruit esters - pretty strong, a touch of cereal and raw yeast, maybe a touch of funkiness in a non-Brett Belgian way. Flavor is spice, citrus, heavily yeasty bread, cereal grain, under ripe orange, boozy alcohols, stone fruit, (again, fairly strong, which I tend to like), floral and spicy hops and a mix of bitter hops, raw yeast, spicy hops and stone fruit to finish. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, oily on entry, dry, chalky and slick on finish. Pretty good beer overall, and if I read this review up until this point I would thin that I would love this beer, but it really never quite takes off, too much of a raw yeast, alcohol and sharp spiciness over the already sharp hop notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4376) - 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 (1962) - 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 (834) - 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.

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