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RATINGS: 249   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4767) - 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 (1634) - 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 (2439) - 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 (2698) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt note of roasted, light to moderate orange for the hops, moderate dough and musty for the yeast, with background aromas of date, wood, candy sugar, clove and fruit wine. Head is small, frothy, white with fair lacing and is mstly diminishing. Color is slightly hazy on the first pour, muddy and chunky on the last, light amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the long finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a soft carbonation and moderately alcoholic and astringent in the finish. Mostly hop and yeast dominant and with noy a lot of focus on malt, all in all a tasty beer though not very Belgian Strong Ale-ish. The palate finish is also a little off-putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (1869) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Opaque straw color, not a whole lot of head, but I sort of liked the color. Sweet fruity aroma. Lots of light fruity flavors, with a bunch of yeast. Even some odd brown sugar flavor (odd because of the light color). A bit sticky sweet. It was just okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4744) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 9/23/11

Aroma: The nose is made up of some spice notes, Belgian yeast, and floral hops
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear copper color with a small, bubbly white head, and good lacing
Flavor: Tastes fairly balanced, with a medium sweetness, some spice, and lighter hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel, soft-to-average carbonation, and minimal heat
Overall Impression: This is a pretty interesting beer. It has a nice, well-balanced flavor, a good mouthfeel, and an "enjoyableness" overall. Yes, I know, I made up a word. I think it describes this beer pretty well though. This was another solid offering from Smutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3252) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Pours hazy bright orange color with white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, lemon, candi sugar, alcohol and spiciness. Hoppy Belgian tripel flavor; doughy, spicy, sweet and boozy with some lemon. Slightly medicinal aftertaste. Medium body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2011
doing from memory Poured nice smelled belgian tasted smooth with no alcohol taste whats so ever good beer

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