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.

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nuplastikk (6452) - 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.

ChainGangGuy (4925) - Woodstock, 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.

mrmartin (786) - 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.

kp (10880) - 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

Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

badlizard (5533) - 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.

Leafs93 (2343) - 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.

zach8270 (4021) - 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.

onceblind (10530) - 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.

Tmoney99 (14952) - 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.

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