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Belgian Independence Day Double White Ale (2013) - Brewery Ommegang

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Belgian Independence Day Double White Ale (2013)
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheBrewo on 07-15-2013)
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ommegang Independence. In authentic glassware.

Hazy light blonde with a collar of coarse foam. The head retention is admirable.

Aromas of witte yeast, pilsner malts, wheaty tang, supple orange, coriander, and pale grassiness.

More apple-y for a wit with orange, coriander, chalky yeast, citrus rind, kiss of lemon, and kiss of banana. A little hefty in body with a viscous glaze feel. Carb has some perkiness, that I appreciate. Tastes are bold, and coated with a squeak of alcohol. Good for late summer drinking.

thecheapies, Aug 19, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in conjunction with Belgian Independence Day, 2013- Ommegang springs out of the shoot with ever-refreshing base style of Witbier, but with a twist. Fortified with higher strength in both its flavor and effects, the ale retains what's best about those historic wheat ales but with a little more gusto!

The pour shows something slightly different than typical Wits- its a denser, richer color that extends from pale yellow into goldenrod and with an overall bready haze. As the light doesn't penetrate the cloudiness as readily, so the ale appears a tinge darker- more like a Tripel or Strong Pale Ale. A rich lather of foam gathers to top the ale like a meringue of cream white color.

Its delicate aroma profile is a melange of light bread, yeast and cookie dough. Sprinkles with the always present coriander and dried orange peel, the ale takes a softly spicy and subtly fruity balance. A hint of clove, white pepper and vanilla casts a short shadow as the nose pulls away from the glass. All the while, a soft zinfindale apple, lemon, and white grape character rests just underneath.

Smoothly flavored and robustly firm, the ale starts with that bready sweetness that accented with powdered sugar and yeast extract. Its middle palate introduces white wine, coriander and citrus notes while its playful acidity begins to dissolve the sweetness. a spicy white pepper and herbal hop bitter array round out its finish as the sweetness continue to fade into a snappy aftertaste.

Medium bodied despite its built up base, the beer isn't a crazy syrupy mess- its just a little more than the light bodied originals. Lifted by creamy carbonation and mild champagne-like bubbly textures that lift the bread and yeast off of the tongue and ushers in a quick finish. Echoes of soft spice, tea-like herbs and white wine gives the ale a pleasant but short-lived linger on the tongue.

The ale is saved by only pushing to 6.6% abv. Any more and the beer is a mess, and less and its just a normal Witbier. But where it is, it stands up to an array of culinary acts. I enjoyed it with watermelon salad with feta, serrano and fresh cilantro at The Village Idiot, Lexington Ky.

BEERchitect, Aug 14, 2013
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Belgian Independence Day Double White Ale (2013) from Brewery Ommegang
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