Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.21/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 21:39:00 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Gorgeous deep straw colored beer with a dense and rocky head. Endless strings of bubbles feed the head and never let it fade. Great lacing down the glass. Aromas of pears, apples, peppery notes, citrusy notes, a touch of earthy and floral hops and some of that barnyard funk. Taste follows through with citrusy orange notes, mild peppery tones, floral hop flavor, tart apple and Belgian fruity yeast flavors. Mouthfeel begins creamy with ample carbonation that finishes super dry. A great saison, one to have again for sure.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 22:27:00 | More by HopBomb515
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Brewery, Kansas City, MO, standard pint glass.
A: Thick and cloudy yellowish with tinges of green. Nice body of color with some nice lacing and head, lots of very small, fine floating bits from the sediment in the glass (not too distracting, thankfully).
S: Very high in citrus and green apple with a hop body. Some alcohol and yeast backbone. A good aroma.
T: Lemon and floral hops, green apple finish with some mild bitterness. Very light malt body. Little bit of light sweetness, not much bite. Rosey finish.
M: Very crisp and clean, nice and drinkable. Fairly strong beer, but doesn't feel like it.
O: Another very good selection from Ommegang, who is currently averaging a wonderfully high rating for me. Probably the most consistent and highest average brewery I've reviewed. Hennepin must be my least favorite beer from them so far, but it is still a very good brew that would be nice to drink on a mild summer afternoon.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 22:35:41 | More by jsausley
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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