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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,382 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4382
Reviews: 1998
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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3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-17-2013 03:39:52 | More by jsisko01
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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful and beguiling--more foam than the glass could contain when poured casually. Laces well and steady stream of microbubbles supports a thin layer across the beer for the duration.

S: Lemons and a lazy day.

T: Wow--Haven't sampled many saisons but this is way more sour than expected. Initially overwhelming; as the buds acclimated, started to embrace it and could see how this might become the quintessential thirst quencher--lemonade for grownups and enough reward to make one want to pick crops or at least mow the lawn.

M: Really for as lemony/citrus/sour; this lands very softly on the tongue and is swallowed with a smile. Very cool craftsmanship at work here.

O: For nine bucks a bottle, I need more, much more complexity and interest. Several Belgian Saisons at the same cost, and IMHO that also offer a much more beguiling entreaty to be consumed than this one trick tart. (example: St. Feullien--a rhapsody of flavor and aroma by comparison.

Still on a hot day and your dollar, I'd have another in a heartbeat. Let it also be known that I have immense respect for the "gang" and love many of their beers. Saison is the wild card of styles and one mans thirst slaker might be anothers ambrosia as there seems to be no clear consensus on what this style really is.

Serving type: bottle

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LambicPentameter

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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

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,382 ratings.