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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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!


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abijen (1875) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, - JUN 8, 2014
Pours an orange unclear beer with a good white head. Smells tropical fruits, sweetish and malts. Tastes creamy, tropical fruits. Nice. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3412) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2015
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, bubblegum, pepper, clove, light caramel, candi sugar, bread, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, bubblegum, pepper, clove, light caramel, candi sugar, bread, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, bubblegum, pepper, clove, light caramel, candi sugar, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA style. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1432) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Taster at the source. Pours orange gold with a light beige head. Aroma is grapefruit, honey, floral, alcohol. Flavor is honey, orange, floral. A little alcohol heat in the finish. I’d like to lay one down for a couple years and try it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (1583) - Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2015
Old rating. Orange color…interesting. Honey, grapefruit, earth, malty caramel, Belgian yeast. All over the place, but not a bad hybrid.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yorker (1599) - Herning, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2015
66 cl bottle @ home. Pours murky golden with some sediment and an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are dried fruit, yeast, malt, and spices - with a slightly dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (298) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
22 oz. bomber from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours slightly cloudy, rich, dark gold with a nice frothy white head that leaves thick lacing. Aromas of white peach, honey, hearty grain, banana, clove, ginger. Has a dry, crisp quality to the flavor, with spicy and grain accents. Well balanced flavor, very fruity and spicy, a fine example of the style. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and well balanced finish. Would repeat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11495) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours murky dark yellow with a small, creamy white head. Aroma has sweet malts, doughy, citrus, grapefruit, peach. Medium carbonation, fine dry and fairly bitter mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, light maize character, some oranges, light peach. Good, lingering bitterness. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (4140) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle from Mikkeller webshop. Fruity and malty smell. Fruity and sweet taste with some caramel. Very nice. I love the mix of the sweet malts and the hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (1959) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
Aroma of bready malt, citrus, yeast, fruity esters, earthy notes, hint of spice, hoppy notes. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet with a moderate bitter finish. Slightly boozy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3023) - FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours unclear orange in color with a whitish head. Some floral notes, bit of banana and fruity garden pear in aroma. Yeasty spicyness as well. Very fruity taste with some apricots perhaps, bit of grassy notes and citrus appears later on. Dry, slightly vinous and spicy finish.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LuisVida (72) - - JAN 20, 2015
Color dorado con espuma abundante y cremosa, muy belga. Es una cerveza fuerte, cálida, falta de armonía por un amargor que no acaba de encajar, pero con un gran aroma, muy personal. Hierbas de perfume, naranja, melón y miel, con una puntita metálica.


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