Good beer takes time. Barrel aged beers takes even longer with no guarantee the extra time invested will be worth it until taking a sip. Brewery Ommegang now has a barrel aging program that extends beyond the typical bourbon or rye barrels commonly used. First out of the barrel, per a just approved label by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), will be barrel aged Gnomegane Ale.
Brewed in collaboration with Belgium’s Brasserie d’Achouffe since 2010, this version is aged in barrels. It’s not known what type of barrels will be used, though the brewery released Oak Aged Gnomegane on draft last year.
Barrel Aged Gnomegang is a Belgium blonde ale that is first fermented with Chouffe yeast and bottled conditioned using Ommegang yeast resulting in a strong 10.2-percent ABV beer. The label describes the beer as an “extremely limited edition.” It will come in 750ml bottles.
An email to the brewery was not immediately returned.