Ommegang Gnomegang Collaboration

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Ommegang Gnomegang Collaboration is a 9.5% ABV Belgian Strong Blonde Ale

Label: 
This delectable blonde ale is a co-creation of two famed farmstead breweries: Ommegang in New York and Brasserie d’Achouffe (Chouffe) in Belgium’s Ardennes Mountains. The Chouffe gnomes brought us their yeast and we used it in primary fermentation, then bottle-conditioned with our yeast creating a fruity, aromatic and full bodied ale.
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For a very long time, I always wanted to try this beer since I became a fan of Ommegang. Also, I have known Chouffe beers to be awesome. Like the one time I reviews the IPA Triple. It was exquisite. This ale was brewed years ago but was finally re-released. So before I lost my opportunity to try it, I had to get a bottle to review

Aromas are of fruity esters, peppercorns, apples, honey, spices, sourdough and biscuit bread, floral hops, coriander spice, vanilla and citrus

The flavors are of sweet honey, biscuit bread, butter scotch, pears, apples, slight peach notes, peppercorns, floral hops, spices, sourdough, phenolic notes, bananas, citrus, lemon peel, vanilla, grapes, plums, coriander, candi sugars, oatmeal, flowers and wheat

The aftertaste leaves with a nice biscuit with honey and tangerine jelly. I was quite impressed by this one. Almost easy drinking but still warm feeling that this beer brought. While the alcohol is not too present in the taste, it gets you after. 

They pulled a great beer that is close to a Belgian Pale and Saison. A golden ale bringing a lot of great complexities and sweetness to the table. Definitely one that should be picked up.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Triple by Brasserie d’Achouffe

Rating: 4.95/5

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Triple by Brasserie d’Achouffe is a 9% ABV Belgian IPA. 

Label:

On its journey across the globe the little Chouffe wandered through beautiful hopfields. The overwhelming aroma of these little hop flowers such as Tomahawk, Amarillo and Saaz mesmerized him.

Back at home in the Ardennes he crafted a new recipe combining this dizzying array of hops with the depth and body of his favorite style “Tripel”. Thus, our little Chouffe’s new inspiration Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel was born. 
Houblon Chouffe: 
A unique marriage between the English tradition of IPAs, the new American revolution of Imperial IPAs and the classic Belgian way of brewing.

Houblon Chouffe, although very much hopped as it is, showcases the unique balance between a very strong IPA and a very special Belgian Tripel exclusively created for this ale (Big malty body, distinct dryness, expressive estery fruitiness). 
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Upon opening this ale, it reminded me right away, of the As Follows Eschatological Ale, but more bitter. This beer as stated is more of a Double/Imperial IPA Tripel Hybrid. You definitely get the marriage of a range of flavors from the Tripel and a DPA. Sweet biscuit bread, banana cloves, vanilla, grapefruit and pineapple are more dominant. There is also flavors if pine, grass, minor mango notes, orange peels, lemon, apricots, coriander, honey, pepper, earth hops and herbal tea. Overall it is an interesting hybrid of a beer. Both Belgian lovers and IPA lovers will lake. This great beer was recommended by my friend Rich…thanks bro