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
Photo of Mypintishalffull
2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got to try this rare brew on tap and was psyched. Made a point to swing by Cooperstown as well and now looking forward to my first BCTC. This one poured hazy straw with small white head. Lots of pepper in the nose. Some banana. Not a real prominent taste. Less hops on the back end, some chalky bitterness. Started with promise then fell flat. Let's try a different one.


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Photo of n2185
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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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Photo of Edwaka01
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11 ounce goblet - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Golden-hued body, clear, and with a slim, white head. Incredibly thin sheets of lace on the way down.

Smell: A scoop of sweet-scented candy sugar, pilsner maltiness with a hint of steeped grains, juiced orchard fruits, and a stink heady spices.

Taste: A sweet, glossy opening of pils malt -- grainy, tangy. Tart, thinly sliced Bosc pears and young apples. Very low citrus. The yeast is bringing about some spiciness, but also a big bump from the Grains of Paradise and pepper. Low bitterness, hop character. Drying, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A little languishing heft to the mouthfeel.

Overall: I would like a little more carbonation here, just a bit more effervescence. The mouthfeel isn't entirely lifeless, but it just sits, giving you a mouthful of the added spices, when I generally prefer the yeast to do that duty.

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Photo of JebediahScooter
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Photo of RollBounce
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
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 TKEbeerman
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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 plaid75
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of halo3one
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xerotime
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey for their Belgian Independence Day celebration poured into a special B.I.D. tulip glass.

Cloudy golden body with a 1 finger white head that seemd to fade quickly. Smells and tastes like a typical farmhouse ale of sweet malts and a bit of spiciness. Nothing really overpowering just nicely balanced. Light body with high carbonation as to be expected for the style. Overall a good example of the style but I was hoping for something a little more interesting.

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Photo of david18
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed the last fill at consumers in Buffalo, NY

Watery, thin golden yellow with a fluffy white head. A thin, sticky lacing is left behind with each sip. Although the beer looks fairly watery there is still a slight haze.

This beer is a true yeast advocate that would intimidate any novice Belgian drinker or even new bread baker at Wegmans... Rich bouquet that's full of warm berries, ripe bananas, and citrus fruits. The aromas from the yeast are enhanced by a rich sweetness, but I sense a slight amount of oxidation (wet cardboard).
Overall this smells like a summery saison refreshment beverage! However, I need some more spice...a lot more.

The beer's taste is similar to its nose, producing a rich sweetness and fruitiness on my palate. However, a strong bitterness that was otherwise undetectable presents itself mainly as an aftertaste with this beer. I did not expect this strong initial bitterness. When the beer warms the bitterness seems to lessen.

Light bodied saison with modest alcohol, ample carbonation, and some strong yeast character. The carbonation allows this beer to have a continual bite. A slight honey sweetness is balanced by the yeast and hops. Unfortunately, the hops last way too long on my palate and leave a gross, unwanted bitterness instead of one that complements and invites me in for more.

A $20 growler fill? That's a pretty steep price tag for a beer that can easily be outdone. However, I like this beer and so does my girlfriend so it's going to be a good night either way. I'm far more interested in other Ommegang products and have had my complete fill of this beer.
I'm ready for some 3 philosophers, a far better way to spend $20 on an ommegang product.

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Photo of mltobin
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Cask Republic.
Appearance is a golden color with two fingers of a bright white head. The smell of this saison contains lemon, pepper and a very small amount of funk. It has a taste that is very easy going, not too sharp or sweet. Belgian yeast, faint spices and lemon are all in the profile. MF is medium, carbonation low-mid. While a good beer, not as good as some of the others put out by Ommegang.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of djs467
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of robertaddis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of robwestcott
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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 ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Belgian Independence Day Saison (2011) from Brewery Ommegang
3.81 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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