Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by semihobo:
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Mmmm uncorked a 750, out of the warmish cellar and chilled a little.
Into the chalice. Huge head that takes a bit of time in dropping to a reasonable plateau. Retention is incredible -- ideal amount of lace puddling on top, even over 30 minutes. Color is a beautiful subdued orange, kind of like Pranqster (the only beer I've reviewed with similar appearance). The hue screams candy goodness.
Intense smell, especially as it warms. Sugar, two part citrus smell that is from both the malts and sugars and the hops. Some alcohol. A buried hint of piney hops. Some yeast as well. Quite a heap of flavors, whoa, possible to get your nostrils a little singed.
Complex taste, too. Bananas and apricots, with some marshmallows whipped in. Some spices, maybe some clove, also hop bitterness. Flat, matzah-like breadiness present from the beginning. All of those flavors very distinct and well-defined. I don't feel like I'm grasping for straws at all. Only downsides are some alcohol notes and a little bit of souring as it warms a lot. Has the essence of Belgium -- maybe the yeast, something about it screams "belgian!" in a nice way.
Mouthfeel is great, you can swirl around a sip and then lean back and savor. Can drink leisurely or quickly, nice carbonation that matches sugars well. It seems like this beer maybe holds carbonation a little better as it warms than others .. not sure, just how it feels. Would be interesting to measure. The citrus makes this a littte crisp.
Even as this gets warm it is still quite drinkable. ABV is not prohibitive, and matches the price range / bottle size (750ML bottles are consumed much more in wine servings and at a wine pace). I need to try more Saisons, I think this beer is excellent as a session beer, a special occasion beer, a gateway beer (bonus: I had two non-BA type friends try this and both were exclaiming "I gotta get into this stuff!"), anything. This beer is especially solid, it leads in all categories ...
At the big grocery store (Wegmans) it is $4.49 for a 750ML ... at that price, I am drinking this a LOT more. My first Saison ... boy I hope they are all this good.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2005 05:44:17 | More by semihobo
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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
93 out of 100 based on 4,779 ratings.