Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle poured into an Ommegang flute.
Had a 750ml bottle of this laying around from the Ommegang gift set that I got a few weeks back. Decided to crack the second one after the Chocolate Indulgence as I've only had a tiny sample of this. Here goes!
A - After twisting off the cage and giving a little nudge on the cork... it literally flies off and bounces off two walls, landing conveniently behind my fridge. Luckily I had it faced away from my eye and there was surprisingly no gushing. Pours a steady,,cloudy, straw colored stream and builds a fantastic, 2-fingered, creamy, egg-white head. And this head is here to party. Even after drinking half of my glass it still is going strong, unleashing the sweet aroma, probably in part due to the rising carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Interestingly, the head repels the glass for the most part and most of the lacing comes from the edge where I drink, while the head on the opposite just glides back and forth without sticking. As I get closer to the end, the head finally gives into the glass, but unlike earlier, it holds on for dear life. Some really fantastic lacing here.
S - Smells faintly of a Belgian pale, with a bit of barnyard funk to it. Nothing Bretty, but freshly mowed grass, lemon, and citrus are the predominant smells. Getting some malts, but overall it's a pretty mild nose. Definitely a defined crispness. Really effervescent as the carbonation expels all the nuances of the head.
T - Taste is certainly giving various impressions. Like the nose, there is a Belgian pale familiarity here with the coriander and lemon taste that imparts a spicy bite and peppery aftertaste. But then you also get a tannic, almost grape-like taste behind that mixes in a bit of alcohol. These combinations are refined and delicately balanced, however, and it goes down great. A bit bitter at the end, but a fairly dry finish keeps each taste fresh.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Tingles and pricks the mouth and really plays into the dry, crisp, and peppery finish. A real treat to enjoy and can see this pairing fantastically with a nice dinner.
D - Drinkability is high. A very slight alcohol bite at the end is the only reminder that this is a 7.70% beer as it drinks almost too easily. An excellent offering from Ommegang and a great representation.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2010 02:56:17 | More by nhindian
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4.26/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Got the 750ml corked bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. Enjoying it in my hotel room out of a tumbler glass.
Slightly murky straw yellow body with lots of fine to medium carbonation. Fine white head of just a finger that stabilizes at a thin layer. Some nice lacings.
Smell is citric and peppery, there is ginger and some fruitiness added by the orange peel.
Typical Saison dryness with quite some spiciness to it, almost hot. Bitterness is there but hops are not standing out
Plentiful carbonation makes this refreshing, crisp and palate cleansing. It ends with said hotness that comes probably from used ginger and grains of paradise.
This is a well done maybe even great Saison. It is refreshing, dry and interesting due to the added spices that give it dept. In my personal opinion I believe it could be made even better if the flavor would rely more on the yeast than on the spices, furthermore it is a bit sharp due to the high carbonation.
It think it would work with a lot of spicy foods. Actually it's probably even better when combined with food than on its own.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 23:40:07 | More by safaricook
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
A: Pours a hazey golden color with lots of carbonation. There is a gigantic, dense head that eventually settles to 1 finger in size and sticks around for the remainder of the beer. Minimal lacing with some chunks of foam clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Smell is of lemon, grass, white pepper and slight clove. Also a bit of yeast. The nose is similar to a Tripel with the pepper and yeast aromas.
T: Taste is fruity tartness with lemon and a bit of apple. White pepper and clove are definitely present. Some grassiness with earthy notes are there too.
M: Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with high carbonation and a light body. Finish is somewhat dry.
O: Overall this beer was good, but wasn't a stand out by any means. This is the only saison I've ever had so maybe I'm just not a huge fan of the style, but I would give this beer another go. Nice and refreshing on a hot summer day.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 00:17:08 | More by TheItalianStallion
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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