I was looking for something to open on July 21 and happened upon Ommegang 2015 Belgian Independence Day Ale and noticed the date being commemorated was July 21, 1831. This year’s variant was a 9.2% ABV tripel which was dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops. It was citrusy, spicy, and alcoholic enough to make it a sipper. I had one friend who liked it, and another who did not find it to be their cup of tea and both had it on draft. For me it was a nice diversion from what we normally see in a tripel, a solid beer, but not something I would gravitate to time after time due to the alcohol presence. I did enjoy it and luckily consumed it on the right day. If you spot a bottle and are fan of the Ommegang beers, definitely give it a whirl!

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