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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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1501) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Smuttynose Homunculus has a thin, off-white head, a brilliant, very bubbly, gold-orange appearance, and a bit of splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of full, sweet, yeasty, spicy, bready malt, and the flavor is of all that, with distinct pepper and floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Smuttynose Homunculus finishes semi-dry, mellow, hefty, rich, and delicious. Overall, this is outstanding! RJT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours turbid dark straw toward orange w 1-f white head and copious lace. Nose is rock sugary yeast, hopcitrus, florals. Tastes rich, floral, spicy, with Belgian yeasty flavors, some dry chardonnay notes, heavy fruit, and backup hops. Complex and flavorful, this one is very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Hazy gold with a fluffy white head, the fruit from the Belgian yeast is very noticeable in the aroma. At first, fruit dominates the flavor as well, with orange, apricot, and banana. Even a bit of bubble gum. Hops flavors come through after the fruit with a peppery jolt, leading to a dry and somewhat bitter finish. The aftertaste is similar to butterscotch candy. Some heat comes from the 9.9% ABV, but not overpowering. Very tasty. If they keep this is a yearly, seasonal release beer, I can see it get very popular

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bropgh (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
I am not a huge fan of high ABV beers. This is acceptable. Not too strong, but still strong. I bought a bottle of this mainly for the name and didn’t think to read too much into it. Yes, my own fault, I was in a hurry before work. I could have one of these every once and a while and while it is still quite tasty, I enjoy having a few beers, and by the feel of this so far, this would be a beer I could have one over a good deal of time. Delicious as a beer, but for my drinking preferences, I would like it a little weaker. Still a damn good brew. Sorry if this was a bad review. It was my first full out review and now that I read this, it was more about my preference to drink than the beer itself. I will have to re-do this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2011
22 ounce bottle into tulip, 2011 release. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a dense 1 finger white head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some nice thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass as well. Aromas of lemon, grass, pepper. spices, banana, and clove. Some nice and fairly strong aromas. Taste of big banana, clove, pepper, spices, lemon, and breadiness. A bit of a yeasty tang in the back. Decent amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pepper, spices, citrus, and clove. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Great drinkability for being over 9%. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, nothing but a small warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and well balanced hoppy Belgian golden ale. I would get this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (553) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4538) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Citrus, hops and grains/bread in aroma. The flavor is citrus first then a mix of bready malts and hops that leads into a lingering bitter and alcoholic. Relatively simple BSA, effective.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5033) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2012
22oz bottle. Unfiltered orange-tan, foamy white head. Really nails the dry Belgianish hop character, and amps it up US style. Really well balanced and drinkable for the ABV. Golden malt, straw, pleasant almost white wine yeast esters. Dry and clean, almost a spruce touch. Massive golden malt and alcohol aftertaste, champagne touches. A rugged, hardcore hoppy Belgian Tripel with lots of finesse, The real deal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Poured from a 2012 vintage 22 oz. bottle into a Smuttynose Big Beer Series branded snifter. Pours a hazy gold with deep amber accents. Two and a half finger fluffy bright white head Belgian yeast, spices, some mild funk, and herbal and grassy hops on the nose. Fruit notes, grassy, herbal hops, phenol alcohol, bready yeasty esters, white pepper and spice. Finishes fairly dry with yeasty, mild alcohol and spice. Fairly creamy mouthfeel with lively carbonation, light bodied. A very well done beer that will please anyone who appreciates Belgian-style beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2419) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2011
22 oz bomber. Pours a cloudy golden honey with a medium sized white head. Aroma of bubble gum, peppery notes, cloves and banana. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

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