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RATINGS: 228   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2073) - 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 (1743) - 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 (3958) - 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 (68) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1046) - Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Hazy ligt brownish gold color,not much head.Yeasty smell plus hops,sweet fruit good and bad yeast smell.Sweet malt with a delayed hop flavo/bittering, yeast taste good&bad.Not a big series beer i would choose again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy deep blonde color ale with a nice big foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian malt with some dry hops. Taste is unfortunately overwhelmed with sweet Belgian malt with some dry hops though somewhat hard to discern considering the sweetness level. Some fruity ester was discernable but again overshadowed by sweetness. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but too much sugar upfront in that one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle conditioned in: 2011.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, deep golden-orange body with a tallish, foaming, white head that flattens out in the time taken to settle into the nearest chair.

Smell: Sweet-scented, sugary nose with some hint of pepper-infused alcohol, white grapefruit juice, distilled florals, incisive pils malt, stone fruit, and a bit of banana, with a low, underlying funkiness there.

Taste: Sweetish, tangy taste of a full pilsner backbone. Generous portion of candi sugar. Lightly floral, very vaguely earthy and with a solid citric, grapefruit and bitter orange taste from the variety of hops used. Hint of funky Asian pear. Pinch of coarse ground black pepper. A few slices of banana, subsequently smashed. Sweeped under the rug of sugars is a hint of phenolics, though it is a bit more noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. A bit tongue-coating, like a drink of half-n-half.

Overall: Perhaps more sweeter and candyish than needed for a Belgian IPA. Instead of IPA meets Tripel, itís a slightly-more-hoppy tripel. Maybe itís just me. On a sidenote, Iím most letdown by the puerile, lowbrow label, especially when held against their previously more classier labels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bomber: Pours a hazy golden with a medium rocky white head, nose has lemons, yeast and barnyard grains, starts and ends lightly bitter with a chalky grain ending, mellow carbonation, medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (1881) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a golden color. mild head. aroma of honey, lemon and bread,. taste is yeasty with dough. very easy drinking and nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2598) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2011
pint at Tylerís Apex. good aroma, sweet, little funk. orange, little cheese, little spice. coriander. Cloudy brownish orange color, no head, minor lace. Sweet flavor. Full body, oily creamy mouthfeel, dry sweet finish. good, but at times seemed like an odd mix, as if instead of being a hybrid it was two distinct beers, it seemed to go from ipa to belgian, back and forth, didnít blend for me like the way GF LeFreak does.

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