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%
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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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3.6
Tmoney99 (14627) - 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.

3.9
Drake (13954) - 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.

3.6
Dogbrick (13166) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2011
On draught at Bodega. This beer is a hazy golden color with a medium thick fluffy white head that burns away slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit, yeast and grassy hops. Light body with a sweet spiced character and notes of yeast, fruit and hops. The finish is fruity with a bit of bubblegum left behind. Above average overall.

3.9
j12601 (12729) - 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.

3.5
deyholla (11759) - 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.

3.1
kp (10882) - 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

3.5
alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, 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.

2.9
onceblind (9890) - 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.

3.5
bb (9525) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Spice and yeast aroma with light fruitiness. Sumemr fruit flavor with spice and yeast. Medium bodied. Druitiness lingers with spice and yeast.

3.7
blipp (9374) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Peppery and spicy yeasty aroma with lighter grassy notes. The flavor has spicy saison yeast, pepper, and grassy and floral notes. Pretty good.


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