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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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We pour a brew of bright golden yellow from our grumbler. It holds a pinky finger tall head of oddly space, clear soapy bubbles, showing fine retention, and leaving watery ghosts of lacing where it once stood. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be nonexistent. The aroma gives fresh and clean wheatiness, ruddy pales, cereal oatiness, grassy and sweetly nectary hops, chalked yeastiness, lemon juice, sulfur, mineral bite, light Belgian phenols of clove and medicinals, and bittered walnut shells. With warmth comes metallics, sweet banana ester breadiness, fusel booze twang, cannellini bean skin, raw honey, and floral lavender leafiness. Our first impression is that while the flavoring is not bad, it seems more like a wit-flavored beer, rather than an authentic representation of the style. As we sip, the taste opens with wheaty and oaty graininess, lemon juice and zest, allspice and clove, bittered orange rind, palm leafiness, bittered yeast, winey booziness, light musk, and floral and citric hoppiness. The middle comes to a peak with more muskiness and organic planty qualities, avocado knob, heavy honeys, aromatic boozy rumbles, cheesy dankness, and watered wheatiness. The ending wash comes with a surprising woodiness, vanilla, dried cherry pits, walnut oils, standard wheaty and pale maltiness, medicinal phenol bite, white sugars, honey, crispy straw, sopping mustiness, and more of that watered wheaty and grassy hop base. The aftertaste breathes of metallics, cheap wheat, green pepper vegetals, chalk, yeast, mineral water, sticky floral hops, lemon sourness, light pine husk, and white cracker graininess. The body is medium, but lightly syrupy, and the carbonation is light. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but barley passable cream, froth, and finishing pop. The mouth is coated and cooled, and drips into lightly astringent chalky dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. Here we get nice Belgian graininess, thick yeast, spice, phenols, and balancing sweetness. As soon as you take that sip, however, things start to go downhill. Actually, the pour is where we began to lose points, as the color offered no haze or dulling of color, while the head appeared as day-old soap bubbles soaking a pan off in the sink. While the flavor was there, in a general sense, it wasn’t very bold, and felt a bit watered for something with the label of “double”. Moving to the feel, there was a general lack of creaminess and softness, and while things were pseudo-syrupy from the residual sugars, it was ultimately thin and noncontributory. For a brewery that specializes in Belgian beers, and great ones at that, this was a disappointment.

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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.

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