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Ommegang 2011 Belgian Independence Day Saison

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Ommegang 2011 Belgian Independence Day Saison
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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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The week of July 18th will bring a specialty draft-only offering called Belgian Independence Day Saison. The beer is a celebration of Belgium’s big day, July 21st. Marketing Chief, Larry Bennett, said that this will differ from the brewery’s year-round Saison, Hennepin, in that it will bring a more prominent spiciness due to the addition of white pepper.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5878) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Draft shared by Tmoney99 (notes, late summer 2011). Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have a spice mix, light peppery, tart citrus, mild funk, light malt, floral, with moderate sweetness. The finish was soft.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6989) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2012
On tap. Pours a near clear gold with an off-white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of spice with clove, light pepper and a hint of nutmeg backed by a light floral note. Flavor has more sweet grains and light fruits coming through with backing spice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3500) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Comes out of the tap a slightly hazy golden with a thin white head - but the latter may be an artifact with a pour. Yeasty aroma has a firm fruity note, mainly apple with a hint of berries. Flavor is mainly yeasty with fruity and malty hints and a touch of hops. Fruity taste is mainly apple with touches of banana and berry and even a whisper of lemon. Smooth, firm texture has a decent amount of fizz. Happy independence, Belgium! My fantasy is to visit that country and spend a month doing nothing but drinking their fantabulous beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
falco242 (291) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2012
On tap, amber color with an amazingly lacy head. Great belgian aroma, and the taste is a complex (slightly) spicy flavor with a surprising lack or carbonation. Again, Ommegang rules.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Draft at devils advocate, Minneapolis. Similar saison aroma to the Gnomegang. Wonderful. Beautiful white head and lace. Hazy gold body. Barely any carbonation. Soft and creamy. Allspice aspect on the tongue. Dark fruit. Really, really good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Had this in 2011, thought I would rerate it but the 2012 version is a new rate. From notes. Aroma has hints of spice, yeast and bread. Flavor is sweet, spice, nice and dry. Finishes clean. Refreshing, well balanced. Some pepper and pie spices on the end.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Good. The nose is very bready with additional citrus and pepper notes. The beer is an orange gold with a white frothy head. The beer tastes of citrus and black pepper with an underlying bread theme. Smooth and crisp in a medium to light package.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewBoxer (2137) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2012
draft. Orange amber color. Smells of citrus, yeast and wheat. Pretty intense for a saison. Not sure if the 2012 is the same as the 2011, but if its not I’ll estate it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekoerper (590) - Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Tap at Red’s. Aroma of yeast, light malts and bread, pepper, and citrus. Pours hazy, straw-light golden color with a firm white head, good retention and lacing. Flavor: yeasty and bready, lemon and orange notes, pepper, faintly earthy, maybe a touch on the sweet side. Medium body, a bit thicker than expected, carbonation is medium, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4705) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Draft at Sugar Maple. Filtered orange-tan. Steady lacing, off-white head. Mellow aroma, some funky spearmint, tropical fruit. Some orange-candy flavors up front, very clean on the palate. Very true to style, lots of the funky yeast tones shine. Zesty, though somewhat mellowed carbonation. Not quite World Class, but very true to style and well crafted. Peppery hop tones. A touch sugary and big for the ABV. Sweet, almost a touch of corn in the finish. OK.


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