Belgian Independence Day Saison (2011) | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
What better way to celebrate the summer and Belgian Independence Day than with a Saison? Our Spiced Saison is a toast to the great brewers of Belgium and the proud history, which they represent. We have used a Wallonia Saison strain of yeast that produces fruity esters and classic earthy notes in the beer. Lemon peel, white pepper, coriander along with grains of paradise are used to give the Saison a delicate yet satisfactory spicing.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by wizo:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy straw yellow and gold. Thin white head. Spiderweb lacing.

Sweet and fruity aroma, slightly lemony, also with grass and slight hay scent.

Somewhat bready saison with some hay and lemon flavors. Mild bitterness, though there seems to be a touch of a sharp, somewhat metallic, flavor.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

A good celebration saison, though I prefer Ommegang's Hennepin a touch more.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a chalice this beer pours a murky stray yellow with a very small head.
S: the aroma is clasic saison without a huge kick. Grasy barnyard wiTh sweet floral tones.
T: the flavor is sweet with many typical belgium spice. Smooth yet dynamic.
Mf: mouthfeel is medium full. A little over carbonated.

O: overall, a good impression of a saison

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Photo of wo87810
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK appearance, but it is nothing out of the ordinary. Smell was very fragrant- yeast funk, earthiness.

Taste was down right good. A solid saison, but not as "funky" or flavorful as some. Mouthfeel was nothing to write home about.

Overall, was good but I will look for others before I have this one again.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I had this on tap while on vacation in upstate NY on 7/5/11, I never imagined I would be the first review. I'd never heard of it until then.

The color is a hazed golden-amber, with a white head that's soft but large and strong. When it does recede, it lasts the remainder as a bit more than a foam. Lacing is very nice and drops not so much legs as sparse but large patches.
The aroma is a nice blend of yeast, earth and citrus, a well balanced mixture of malts and hops with that Belgian yeast.
Citrus hops with the distinctive dusty/earthy and very slightly bubble gum mix from the yeast take the stage before some lighter fruits poke through later.
This beer provides a nice mix in the mouthfeel of moderate crispness and smoothness in a light to medium body with a clean finish.
This isn't Hennepin, but it's still a very good saison.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pub 71, Atlanta, GA, served in a pint glass:

The beer had a clear, golden body to it, with a very nice, creamy, slightly off-white head, which was retained very well and ultimately left a nice thin cap throughout the beer.

The aroma was nice. It gave off a nice, full yeast-ish aroma with citrus compliments, and some pepper.

The taste of the beer was just as good as the aroma, if not even a little better. Very nice full flavors and well balanced between all of the competing flavors.

The beer had a medium body, with very good carbonation. The beer was creamy and overall, very easy to drink and a very good beer all the way around. I hope that they don't throw this recipe away.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Kickbacks.

Very nice foamy white head that cresses on the edge of the glass. Lacing is nice, though recedes towards the end. A glowing muted yellow with hints of orange throughout. Hazy, yet translucent. Intrigueing.

The white pepper dominates on what appears to be a very mellow nose. Pleasant, but a sharp twist. Wheat, soft oranges, a bit of candy sweetness all tied up with a peppery twang. A tad too much?

Easy entrance and a strong exit. That is the best way to describe the flavor profile. begins with a smooth, wheat dominated creaminess. The cream flavor really carries through to the finish, with a few notes of spice. The mid body is spiked by a spice finish that transcends into the finishing notes of the beer. A mellow resurgence of wheat, some orange zest notes and lemon oil.

Soft. Great way to decsribe the mouthfeel. Pleasant and a bit sticky. An easy transition into the saison family and I find the white pepper to be well played. Interwoven rather than overpowering.

Great beer from Ommegang. Not as pleasant or enjoyable as the regular Hennepin, but nice nonetheless.

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Photo of n2185
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian spices like coriander and clove at first followed by candy sugar with notes of floral lavender and orange zest.

T: Light spices at first followed by sweet breads and a yeasty finish. A bit bland.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a little watery.

O: Not a bad beer, but bland and lacking complexity with too watery a body.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of plaid75
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a hazy straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a peppery hop, fresh ester and soft sweetness.

The taste was rindy and vegetable like with a course sweetness and spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was a bit heavy for the style with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a decent saison. Certainly not up to the Ommegang standard.

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Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.85/5  rDev 0%

Photo of david18
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce draft of this beer recently in a local bar to me in Manhattan. Overall it was a very good Saison, a style that I'm not crazy about.

Appearance was a light straw with a lot of haze and a good amount of carbonation that left some lacing as well.

Smell had a great combination of all elements: esthery yeast, bready malt and citrusy hops. Very inviting.

Flavor was not as good as the aroma. Overall a little thin but not bad none the less.

I liked this beer and will have it again. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes this style.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of RollBounce
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, Tap and Mallet
Great carbonation with some good lacing, pale rust color with slight hazing,nose is very spiced, with Christmas, nutmeg, bananas and a little wild yeast on the end, taste is more full then expected for the style, bannana are dominate, with cinamon and cloves, that just does not mellow.

Overall; a great tasting beer, but not at all a Saison to me. Much more like a "Kwak".

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Photo of JebediahScooter
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at Busy Bee for Belgian Independence Day.

Bright, golden straw colored with a thick, frothy head. Looks nice.

Yeast, earth, bready, spices, and some malts on the nose. Fairly typical and pleasant.

Starts nicely...refreshing and bready with some good funk and pepper. However, the tail end of the sip is dominated by overpowering esters, sweetness, and way too much banana for my liking. I like notes of banana, but this ended up tasting like like banana bread. Needs some more subtlety to allow the other flavors to come in to the mix.

A bit thinner and more watery than I like in a Saison.

Overall, it's a drinkable beer whose flavor profile was well off the mark for what I like in a Saison.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a slightly hazy, honey-gold color with a steady flow of carbonation and a dense, foamy, big bubbled, white head that coats the glass nicely as you go. Aromas of orange zest, clove, and pepper on a lightly sweet backbone. Flavors are spicy atop a smooth and sweet backbone of biscuit and toffee. Oregano, pepper, and clove leap onto the palate, and the carbonation gives an effervesence to the flavors. The aftertaste is light, and more of the citrus highlights and toffee sweetness, with only hints of the spicing. Light, bubbly finish leaves a clean, dry palate. Tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of robwestcott
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cold from the tap at finch's brasserie a semi-opaque straw gold to a 12oz ommegang goblet with a two finger super foamy white head with nice retention and spotty lace to the rim.

subtle aroma of yeast and citrus ?

fairly subtle profile. funky farmhouse, earthy, lemon rind / citrus in the wayback.

light bodied, big carbonation, creamy smooth, funky bitter bite.

overall - good enough saison, subtle enough.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at High Dive.

A: Yellow gold with a slightly hazy appearance and an big pillowy white head.

S: Pronounced apple and pear esters with notes of hay and earth. An evident spiciness reminds me of white pepper.

T: Apple and pear with strong white pepper phenols. Lightly sweet, with notes of hay and a lower moderate bitterness. Dry peppery finish that seems to compete with the bitterness.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly.

Overall: A nice Saison. More bitterness than I'm accustomed to for the style, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Belgian Independence Day Saison (2011) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 53 ratings