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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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 Brenden
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Belgian Independence Day Saison (2011) from Brewery Ommegang
3.81 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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