Friday, February 26, 2016

Ommegang 2015 Belgian Independence Day Dry-Hopped Tripel Ale (6/10)

Each year, Brewery Ommegang produces a beer honoring Belgian Independence Day.  The style of beer differs each year and (so far) isn't repeated.  For July 21, 2015, Ommegang decided to dry-hop a Belgian Tripel with Mandarina Bavaria hops.

2015 Belgian Independence Day pours a slightly hazy gold color with thick beige head that doesn't last long.

As we would expect for a dry-hopped beer, the aroma is hoppy and mildly fruity.

The flavor is a bit bitter for a Tripel, so much so that it takes away from the other great flavors of the Tripel.  I would imagine that fans of pale ales and IPAs would find this beer more pleasant than other Belgian Tripels because of the added hops bitterness.

RateBeer gives 2015 Independence Day Dry-Hopped Tripel a 97 overall.  Beer Advocate gives it a 91 or "outstanding" rating.

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