Ommegang 2011 Belgian Independence Day Saison

Serve in Tulip


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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 Belgiums big day, July 21st. Marketing Chief, Larry Bennett, said that this will differ from the brewerys 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (6371) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7633) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark golden amber color with a large foamy white head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was tart, dry and citric with undertones of pepper and dust. The flavor was tart lemon, pepper and must. The finish was long and dry with lingering citrus and pepper. Medium body. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Draught sample at Livermore Saloon. Pours a cloudy light golden color with white head. Aromas are spicy, earthy, and slightly funky. Taste is traditional Saison with spice, pepper, earthy notes and some clove. Body is light and crisp with a clean mouthfeel. Overall a nice switch from the Hennepin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2011
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. slightly hazed medium golden pour. lighter aroma of lemon, yeast, light pepper,. Taste is sweet upfront, lemon pledge, spice. peppery finish. Nice easy drinking saison, not mind blowing but solid

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Draught at TJs: Aroma of Belgian yeast, coriander, light spices, banana, and a hint of pepper. Poured flaxen/light yellow in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of Belgian yeast, coriander, spice, slight banana, light pale malt, and light white pepper. Medium body. Thin, dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter Belgian yeast, coriander, spice finish is dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (2075) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Not sure if this is the right one- our menu says "Ommegang Independence Saison Belgian-style Saison Ale ABV 6.5%." Capital Ale House Downtown Richmond. Overall pretty decent. Hazy golden with decent foamy head and light lacing. I got more bubblegum on this one. Hard in mouth with tingly carbonation. Light dry hop finish. But something seems to be missing. If there were five stops on the tongue- it would be skipping four- if that makes any sense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Draught at Delaneys. Pours hazy amber with a white head. Smells grassy and dry with some floral hoppy notes. Tastes grassy and floral with a dry, lightly funky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Pours a haz orange yellow. Almost opaque. Floral notes on the mouth and tongue. Dry a nd yeast. Bitter finish. A little peppery. Decent saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Draft at Bavarian Lodge. Should this be combined with the other Belgian Independence Day 2011? I think Im rating it here, based on the description and alcohol content. Hey, served in a commemorative Independence Day tulip from Moortgat. Cloudy gold in tulip. Stiff egg-white foam. Light spicy nose with clove only slightly dominating. Belgian pale malts are nice, or should I mean ni-i-i-i-ce! I might be demeaning it by calling it a "standard" saison taste. But then the spicy note gets stronger, and some bitterness from either hops or a warm farmhouse ferment. The filigrees are all there just to point out the solid golden Belgian malts.Almost like a toffee chew,and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2011
draft @ redlight redlight. Classic farmhouse aromas, slightly musty with a spicy floral aroma. Pours slightly hazy golden blonde with a thick white head. Citrusy upfront with just a slight hint of banana, bready malts with a sweet citrus taste followed by a spicy dry finish.

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