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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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4,379 Ratings

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Ratings: 4379
Reviews: 1997
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Reviews by Jef59:
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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice pale golden color with a little haze and a huge rocky head.

S - spicy phenolic cloves, a little metallic, slightly musty, but not a big horse blanket presence I expected.

T - well, doesn't really taste like a saison. How is this ranked higher than dupont? Don't get me wrong, it tastes good - a lot of clove, a nice portion of malt. Tastes extremely similar to Duvel. Where is the funkiness thought? If this was classified as a SBGA then I probably would have given it a 4.5 for taste, but I don't think this is very true to style.

M - really nice carbonation with a little syrupy character to it.

O - I am pretty disappointed by this one. It just played it too safe with the funk. Maybe the bottle was a bit older, and the flavors settled a little?

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 14:02:03 | More by Jef59
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Finally providing one of my favorite American-made saisons with a proper review. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle with the new grey/purple silhouette branding. There is a production and best by date on the neck, but the production date is smeared beyond recognition. The best by date on this particular bottle is August 2015, which makes this bottle 20 months old based on the shelf life of Hennepin (listed as 3 years on freshbeeronly.com). Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden straw colored body with a little bit of haze to it and a brassy twinge to the hue. A steady stream of bubbles rises up from the bottom of the glass to meet a one finger stark white head with a few larger bubbles from the sloshing of the pour. Lacing at this point is almost nonexistent (almost), but I know in my experience with fresher bottles that it is not uncommon to leave mottled sticky lacing around the sides of the glass on the drink down.

Smell - Whereas a fresher bottle of this reveals pretty forward notes of floral overtones reminiscent of jasmine and sweet nectar, that has been subdued with time in favor or more of yeast flavor profiles--pepper, clove-like spice are present alongside grainier notes of sourdough and even some hints of brighter lemongrass and Granny Smith. But the grain and peppery characteristics are the leaders now.

Taste - The aroma wasn't lying, with strong notes of pale grain and slight tart (but not really sour at all) notes of fruit along side white pepper, baking spice, orange zest and a slight estery bite with some faint hop bitterness. I must admit to preferring this one fresh, and my ratings reflect as such, but this is still a good beer with nearly two years on it. Would be an easy one to keep around for a random occasion because of the ability to keep for a long period of time.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with an effervescent component to the feel. Dry finish with just a slight hint of sweet.

Overall, this is just a really well-done American-made saison. It's one of my favorite beers from a stellar Ommegang lineup and one that I will frequently grab just on a whim when I'm looking for a solid saison that isn't Tank 7.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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