Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by fmccormi:
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of April 11, 2012 and a freshness date of April, 2014 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG ON 04/11/12 BEST BY 04/2014”).
Appearance (4.0): This pours a tight, two finger head of bone white foam that dies relatively slowly, and leaves some sporadic lacing on the way down—a few suds, a few legs, a few fat splotches of lace scattered around the glass. The body is hazy and honey-colored, kind of a soft shade of orange. Aside from not having a lot of head or lace, this is a nice looking saison.
Smell (4.0): Coriander and light clove come out first—very nice mix of spice character for the style, not heavy-handed like a lot others. The malt has a strong biscuity character, very pale, rustic, and bready. There’s a fruity, musty character at the back, dominated by pear and wet hay. There’s a very floral, somewhat grassy scent that can get lost in that estery finish, but it’s there and very nice.
Taste (4.5): Starts out much spicier than the nose, with more coriander and a good dose of white pepper and just a bit of clove, too. The fruitiness is more pronounced here, with a sweet, juicy pear and apple character. It finishes with a relatively mild hop component, just a bit of grassy bitterness and a moderate hop spiciness. There’s a surprisingly nice mineral character in the finish, too.
Mouthfeel (4.5): It’s got a body that’s just about exactly medium weight, with a nice, all-over tingliness that moves into a lush, foaming carbonation, and it finishes very dry.
Overall (4.25): This is a really solid saison—always has been. Considering how light and dry it is for something of this strength, you can get a very good sense of the yeast character in this beer, which I like. It’d be nice to have some more head retention, but it looks good enough and has a nice nose, with a very good flavor and feel. It’s not transcendent at any point, but as classically styled saisons go, it’s well rounded and well done. Hennepin is a very solid, reliable beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2012 01:45:17 | More by fmccormi
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4.04/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours with three fingers of bubbly white head. Active carbonation is huge. Color is a light straw yellow. Sticky lacing left behind as head very slowly dissipated.
Smell: Pears, spices, bananas, and semi-sweet bready malts greet the drinker. There is some very dry pepper, and ashy notes on the body. Earth and dirt mesh with some light hop notes on the back end. Wow a lot going on here.
Taste: Touches of pepper and airy spices hit on the front first. Bread, sweet dough, and some salty hops show up on the body. More sweet malts ride through on the finish and some lingering spices go well together.
Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation with pleasant transitions of spice and sweet malts.
Overall: A great American saison. The pepper and dryness is heavier then I expected but this overall is a slow sipper that is easy to enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 04:12:31 | More by KFBR392
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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