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Ommegang 2011 Belgian Independence Day Saison

Ommegang 2011 Belgian Independence Day Saison
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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2393) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
falco242 (381) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5159) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Draft at Hop Leaf. Pours a very attractive and lightly hazed yellowy gold with a sticky lacing head. Nose is really nice. Citrusy esters and spicy white pepper phenols. Great yeast character in this one. Some continental hops as well. Really nice. Some faint clove that works, too. On taste, crisp and light bitterness, some dry phenols that work well here. Nice pils malt character as well. Pretty superb saison and I hope it sticks around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5800) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 30, 2011
On tap at the Livermore Saloon. It pours golden with a thick white head. The aroma is very peppery with some tropical fruit and flowers. The flavor is very spicy and full bodied with good hop bitterness. The pepper, sweet tropical fruit, and flowery hops take center stage with a descent alcohol presence. This is a big saison with lots of sweetness, but tempered by the peppery, flowery finish. I really loved it. Classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
On tap at the ACBF. Clear yellow pour with white head that lasts and leaves a nice lace. Spicy, peppery, herbal, earthy, funky nose. Light fruit on the palate with spice, pepper and a little funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9560) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a golden yellow amber with a very faint touch of haze and a large yellowed white head. Big and musky, light lemon notes, clean citrus. Medium bodied, light banana right up front, wheat and a touch of clove spiciness. Sweet lemony notes throughout, clean and simple. Long musk with a touch of pithy lemon bitterness to balance it all out. Really well done and a great hot summer day beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3510) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2011
On tap at the brewery’s new eatery. Pours a deep golden color with small dissipating head. Smells delicious of spices and summer goodness. taste is crisp and refreshing. You get plenty of pepper and other spices, some citrus, and yeast, and earth, hay, and light floral notes. great saison for a summer day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2011
On tap @ blue monk. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head. Nose is green apple, herbal yeastiness, lemon, plasticy orange, peppery cream. Flavor is Earthy yeast, ommegang spiciness, very dry with wisps of rosemary and thyme. It’s interesting but a bit strange. Amazingly light body - Absolute perfection on that front. Lingering herbal & bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA on 7/21/11. Pours a hazy orange color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of bread, spice and candi sugar. The taste is bready malts, citrus, banana, bitter herbal notes and faint spice. Medium bodied. Refreshing.

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