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RATINGS: 221   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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed cereals, floral hoppiness and doughy yeast take this Belgian-style Strong Ale into a finish managed by alcohol and herbal hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the cloudy beige.
-The mouthfeel is professional; perhaps sweeter than my personal liking in this type of beer.
-Hops also contribute a citrusy touch.
-Never was a fan of Smuttynose’s Belgian-style efforts, but I have to say this is very enjoyable as a sipper.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Westchesterco (790) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Poured from a bottle and shared. It is an orange volored beer with a hint offal head. The aroma is citrus and malty. The taste is very bitter and strong. It has a metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (2694) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a cloudy gold with an off white head. Aroma of banana lacquer. Some fruity hop notes. Medium to heavy bodied, highly carbonated, moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 8, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Orange body. Yeasty aroma. Yeast, citrus, hoppy. Some spice. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonusWagner (1231) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Boozy, sweet, peppery and grassy hop notes. Boring, hard to drink, and not particularly tasty, though not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle shared by one of my co-workers. Poured a pretty clear, vibrant golden bronze color with a small, lasting, nice laced white head. Aroma was nice malts, notes of floral hops, citrus and lots of spice and yeast notes. Flavor had a nice Belgian yeast character with plenty of malts, sweetness and a nice citrus body with a touch of pine resin. Alcohol is totally hidden in this one, highly drinkable. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 30, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a thin creamy, bright white head. Aroma is bright Belgian yeast, lightly spicy clove, grain, and a touch of alcohol and a hint of bubble gum. Taste is big clove and Belgian yeast, with sweet grain, and a bit of an estery alcohol presence. Medium body, with lighter carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coyforce (477) - Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Pretty good, but alcoholic. Pour is off amber with a thick white head that disappears quickly. Aftertaste is hoppy and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Brewvival 2011 as The Gnome. Cloudy orange body small white head Sweet fruit sugar and spice aroma Sweet fruit and spice flavor with a light hop kick Medium body mod carb

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydslip (140) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Cloudy orange-gold beer with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly into a thin film. Nose of sour yeast, bitter lemon, and candle wax. Flavor is semi-sour upfront, which grows a bit and then is counterbalanced by a musky bitterness. It has the general characteristics of a Belgian-style ale, but something seems a bit off. Decent beer, but there are tons better than this.

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