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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4370) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2012
11 ounce goblet - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Golden-hued body, clear, and with a slim, white head. Incredibly thin sheets of lace on the way down.

Smell: A scoop of sweet-scented candy sugar, pilsner maltiness with a hint of steeped grains, juiced orchard fruits, and a stink heady spices.

Taste: A sweet, glossy opening of pils malt -- grainy, tangy. Tart, thinly sliced Bosc pears and young apples. Very low citrus. The yeast is bringing about some spiciness, but also a big bump from the Grains of Paradise and pepper. Low bitterness, hop character. Drying, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A little languishing heft to the mouthfeel.

Overall: I would like a little more carbonation here, just a bit more effervescence. The mouthfeel isn’t entirely lifeless, but it just sits, giving you a mouthful of the added spices, when I generally prefer the yeast to do that duty.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrmartin (667) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
hazy golden with tight eggy head. Fruity yeast nose a little dusty/funky. Light body. Sweet and fruit front hint of Pears. peppery + slightly bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Name: Belgian Independence Day
Date: July 28, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: clear dark gold, creamy beige head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, light fruityness
Flavor: sweet spicy flavor, spicy phenols dries it out along with a touch of earthy funk
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6007) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2012 In short: A fruity and moderately rustic Saison. Satisfying.
How: Tap at American Flatbread, Burlington VT when it was just released (3.4) then tap at Farmhouse Tap & Grill 6 months later, much better
The look: Partly cloudy yellow blonde body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose is moderately rustic in the dusty attic kind-of-way with notes of fresh cookies. Taste is more fruity than expected with peaches, mangos, fresh bananas and such. Appears a little on the sweet side for the Saison yet the finish offers a nice medium dryness. There was also a light spiciness (mainly white pepper) and some minerals sensation. Clean and crisp with a full lively body. Nice beer. I really don’t understand why Ommegang made a beer to celebrate Independence Day, sure Will Smith is lovable and the special effects were good, but honestly that movie wasn’t very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
On tap at Stone. Clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Sweet bready and fruity aroma and taste with a hint of banana.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1671) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Pours cloudy gold with a fizzy white head. Aroma is spicey, yeast, citrus and earthyness. Taste is sweet initially and then very spicey. One of the spicer saisons i’ve enjoyed. Medium mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3439) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2011
draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Cloudy gold pour with a thick white head. Dry and spicy aroma with a good amount of yeast and subtle fruit notes. Flavor is dry and spicy with a dry wheat and spice middle and slightly bitter finish. Alright but nothing special.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2011
On tap @ The Cheeky Monk in Denver. Hazy gold with a big white head. Grand aroma of light grassy hops, apricot, a nice toffee backbone and slight Belgian yeast spice. But the flavor has too much bitterness. Big herbal hoppy start, sharp and spicy. A mellowed middle with yeast but still plenty bitter. Ends with light pine tones, and dry. Just overdone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10596) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Draft in snifter. Poured cloudy golden color with an average fizzy off-white head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy yeast and sour citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet & sour flavor with a medium to heavy sour & spice finish of moderate duration. Solid complex drinkable beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3359) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Big Hunt, DC goblet ($8): Pours a darkish color for a saison with a creamy like head, but maybe that was because it was all draft-like. Smells a bit saisonish. I would have thought this would have been classified as a BA if I had smelled it right off. Basically, you got your yeast and your fruitiness. Taste is pretty much up the same alley. Kind of boring straight up saison/BPA. maybe I eat too much white pepper to notice it. In any case happy Belgian Independence day.


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