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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

ABV: 9.5%

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.

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