This beer came to me via my wife, who surprised me with it after work one day because she’s just that awesome.
Beer Name: Gnomegeddon Blonde Ale
Brewery: Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)
Style: Blonde Ale
Description: I couldn’t find anything on the official brewery website, but a careful reading of the label revealed this to be a blonde ale that underwent secondary fermentation with Brett yeast and got a few months extra conditioning in the bottle before hitting shelves.
Appearance: Poured a dark golden-yellow/almost amber body. There was fluffy head of slight off-white foam that formed with the pour and lazily bubbled away.
Smell: Sweet upfront, with some linger herbal/floral spices in the back.
Taste: Sweet malts and bubblegum sweetness to start. From there the beer took on a subtle barnyard funk in the background as banana esters, herbs, and a light peppery yeast came on for the finish. Very mellow and smooth drinking.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied and creamy to start. Ended in a flurry of tiny bubbles.
Hype: Always happy to drink a beer from this brewery. I don’t seek them out as often as I probably should.
Overall: I really like this, though it did creep up on me a bit. I started drinking without paying much attention to the label and was well into my second glass before realizing it was 9.5%. This was a tasty, quality that brew that made for some great drinking on a warm spring evening.