Belgian Independence Day Dry-Hopped Tripel (2015) | Brewery Ommegang

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Belgian Independence Day Dry-Hopped Tripel (2015)Belgian Independence Day Dry-Hopped Tripel (2015)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our limited edition Belgian-style tripel honors Belgian Independence Day - July 21, 1831. In a New World twist on Old-World style, we've joined Ommegang innovation with Belgian tradition in celebration of the Belgian revolution and the American craft beer revolution. Dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops, this unique beer offers fruity aromatics, well-integrated honeyed malt character, and a delightful overlay of tangerine and sweet citrus notes.

Added by BEERchitect on 06-28-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
35
Ratings:
107
pDev:
6.8%
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOUGHT BOTH A BOMBER BOTTLE AND DRAFT - BOTH FROM OMMEGANG BREWERY IN JULY 2015.

OPENED BOTTLE IN AUGUST 2015. WOW! BETTER IN THE BOTTLE THAN OUR INFORMAL (4 GUYS) DRAFT RATING SYSTEM WHILE AT THEIR BAR IN JULY.

UNFORTUNATELY - HAVEN'T SEEN IN MARYLAND...WHICH IS OUR LOSS...

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Photo of Vylo
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of byronic
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aphamer
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BellDimension
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bnes09
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden color with a dense, creamy, super sticky head. Wonderfully hoppy citrus aroma with light bread grains, fresh yeast, apples and white pepper. Flavor is incredibly balanced with a spicy, yeasty, and sweet honey character. Assertive, lemon and herbal hop. Medium body, high carbonation and dry, crisp finish. Not sure whether to call this a Belgian IPA or tripel but either way, it's incredible!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high fluffy white head that died down into a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with citrusy hops—tangerines seem to stand out in particular—and hints of peppery spices and candi sugars.
T: The taste is similar the the smell, except that the tangerine flavors aren't quite as strong. The underlying candi sugars are also more prominent, but these don't contribute any sweetness because they are overshadowed by peppery spices from the yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on a tripel—with all of the hops and the yeast it reminded me a lot more like a saison or a Belgian IPA. The only properties that are reminiscent of the triple are the heavy dose of candi sugars, but these are overshadowed by the yeast. It does a very good job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of drpimento
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brew. Don't know that I can pick out the hops. However, the combination of yeast, malt, hops in this case works so well. Some perfume, spice, bubblegum. Great body. It is the power of Gambrinus that compels me to ... um...riiiiiight, heh

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4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dry-hopped Tripel? Yes, it works.

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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orangey amber color, with a big coarse head and bubbles streaming in the Troubadour tulip. Fairly sharp with a citrus tang. Vanilla somehow dominates the aromatics.

Deeply fruity with the signature Ommegang yeasty, estery strong finish. The bottle mentions the Mandarina Bavaria hops, which add some kind of fruity note but not much bitterness. The yeasty taste brings more of that scratchy dry bitterness. But the aftertaste after some sipping finally brings out the green tea flavor of the bitter hops.

This is so intensely flavored, it's hard to finish a half a tulip. This is quite educational, and it's amazing what these brewers do, but you'll need help with the bottle. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Susan's Fine Wine & Spirits in Santa Fe.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a signature Ommegang flute glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold with extra bubbles on the body, (white) head is ultra thick rising above two finger's length and dropped after three sips or so.

Smell: lemon skin and banana. Before taking a sip it feels a bit sweet.

Taste: Pretyu complex brew if you ask me, compared the to the previous Tripel which I only had one hour ago this brew is all over the place. Slightly sweet with heavy banana but much more sour than my previous. It actually attracts you more to the beer.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, I find it hard for anyone to disagree. Super sticky...think of a after math of malt with tropical fruit. Has a grape feel at the end which might Heighten it's sweetness.

Overall: Very very good beer, seriously addicting. If you like Belgian beers but particularly if you lean towards tripels this one is a lion in the jungle. Salud!

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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear gold color with a huge white head and a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my tulip glass. The foam does stick around for some time, it is very much like the heads on some of the best Belgian beers I have tried.

Very pronounced smell to this one. Starts out with a lot of malt and yeast, reminds me a bit of fresh biscuits. Can also detect some citrus, mainly orange and lemon, and a hint of pepper at the end.

Citrus and hops right up front. Kind of a mix or orange and lemon, and a bite of pepper as well. Also seems to be just a hint of a honey flavor mixed in.

Feel is right on for the style, can really feel the carbonation going down.

Overall a really good triple, but the one thing that keeps it from being a great one is it has just a bit too much hops in it I don't think of triples as being very hop forward, usually the hops mainly just keep things from getting too sweet. It starts out promising with the classic citrus flavors, but the hop just tend to overwhelm them a bit. Still worth a try, but there are other triples I like better.

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Belgian Independence Day Dry-Hopped Tripel (2015) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 107 ratings