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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,374 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4374
Reviews: 1996
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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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pale straw/amber color with a big frothy white head that takes its time dissappearing and leaves uneven lacing behind.

S - Predominantly wheat, a slight citrus hops and gumball odor underneath.

T - Alcohol is evident. A citrusy pineapple wheat and slight gumball flavor. The flavor is good, but I am dissapointed that the abv shows through so clearly.

M - Very thin and a little foamy, refreshing though.

D - Goes down extrodinarily easy. Soothing and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 07:43:29 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The pour is an off orangish yellow color with a cloudy appearance. The head did not pour out too fluffy but did last a good amount of time. The lacing also was good.

The smell is no doubt a Belgium. A sweet malt and sugary aroma. Hints of lighter spice and it reminded me of a Belgian wit more then a saison. Some fruity notes remind me of oranges and lighter citrus notes.

The taste is a light for a saison. There is some lighter tart, almost apple flavor and citrus zest, but not really noticeable for what I would consider for a saison. A good sweet aroma and a Belgian yeast taste are most noticeable. At the back end there is a light candy taste. The tart flavor lasts a while for the aftertaste but is limited. There is some spice flavor, cloves and white pepper. Reminds me of a Belgium wit.

There is a higher then normal carbonation and the body is light. The higher carbonation does bring out more zest in the back end though. One thing to note is there is no hint of the higher alcohol. Sneaky.

Overall I would have liked more of a tart flavor but that taste is good and a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 03:17:20 | More by Oxymoron
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ksimons

New York

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-about 2 or 3 fingers worth of white head, a clear pale golden color

S-tart, a little musky, yeast, spicy, and somewhat fruity

T-very light malts, citrus, and spice. As the beer warms a bit of hoppy bitterness comes out which helps make the beer more complex

M-light to medium body, moderate carbonation, very light and airy

Overall the taste is too light. It has a nice powerful smell but then the taste is just underwhelming, especially for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 22:12:17 | More by ksimons
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-pale straw cloudy yellow with a lot of frothy white head

S-fresh and spicy belgian that reminds me of wheat. very good, strong scent with some funkiness. almost ideal for a saison

T-a very short experience. comes in with the Belgian spices and some banana. there's a slight breadiness taste with some bitterness for the after-taste. the bitterness is odd and not completely likeable. its an okay taste, but definitely nothing special.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-i found that the belgian spiciness makes this not very drinkable. I like it in other belgians, but in this the taste gets tiring. this is pretty much an average saison that i don't feel is great for the style. i wouldn't recommend this to people more accustomed to the style, but that's just me.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 06:58:24 | More by AdamBear
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #196
Served On: 07/23/2012
Glassware: Pilsner Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this at Finbars (Rehoboth) while visiting Coastal Delaware on summer vacation.

Look: Poured a clear yellow. Head was a thin coating of white foam. Some lacing formed on the glass - nothing to write home about though. Carbonation bubbles were minimal.

Smell: A typical Saison aroma. Peppery coriander, clove, some faint banana and wet grass. Nothing real special was in the nose.

Taste: Again, very typical to the style. The coriander and funky Belgian yeast hit first with hints of sweet banana making up the middle. The finish was a long lasting mango or kiwi that faded into a clean aftertaste.

This was a textbook Saison in my opinion. I've had others that were very similar, but the level of quality is probably what sets this beer apart from the others.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 01:34:27 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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budsboy

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, pale yellow with a big fluffy, sticky white head.

Malty, spicy smell. Grassy and citrussy. Altogether inviting.

Eh. Flavorful in a sense. Just-ripe citrus, a dash of cough syrup, clean pale male. That medicinal quality I find in every Ommegang I've tasted is really a turn-off. I must be hypersensitive to it.

Soft on the palate. Cool and clean.

Not my cup of beer. The medicinal taste is just a bit too much. Maybe I need to grow in that direction. You should try it for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 23:44:32 | More by budsboy
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Koningshoeven chalice. Pours a golden straw in color, with a slight amount of chill-haze. Solid, densely-packed white head of good duration and with fine lacing, a full finger easily. The nose here is worth the price of admission, with the rare spiciness of the yeast verily prickling at the nasal passages, inviting wet horseblankets and dull fruity malt components up for drinks in the wee hours. Better than I remember in this regard. Equal parts tangy and sweet on the first sip, coating the tongue and promoting a sense of degustation; where's that sampler platter at? Pale malts sing the high notes in the background as the middle is cajoled through the wheaty-meaty bits, and the zest of the yeast parying a bit in the foreground, but not quite asI remembered from my last go-round some years back. Dry around the finish and with enough hop aromatics to make you notice them, but even for the stylistic interpretation that is Hennepin this is a rather tame component. Not a small beer by any means, it drinks so easily you'll forget where you left your car keys if you're not lucky. Some lemon rind peaking through here and there, but nothing to be overly offended by, and in the end this feels a bit tame overall. Still, this is the first time I've had it on draught, and seeing as how it's back it won't be the last. I look forward to another go . . .

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2007 03:29:06 | More by Chaz
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this big bottle at Capone's in Norristown, Pa in a snifter.
Appearance: Pale straw color with lots of carbonation, a bunch of head and suprisingly strong retention and lacing. White head.
Smell: A bit of banana and almost like a pineapple, but everything was pretty mellow.
Taste: Very nice phenolic fruit taste, again banana and pineapple. perhaps some orange or other citrisy fruits. Nice and compex but not standoffish.
Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp.
Drinkability Pretty good, and I'm not to much of a Saison fan.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 20:43:34 | More by treehugger02010
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice yellow straw pour with a great white head that stays throughout the glass.
Nice fruity, spicy, hoppy aroma, smells like a typical saison, but nothing special.
Taste, again some hops come out right away, floral and fruity. light carmel sweetness comes through with a touch of toasted grains and spices (corriander?), but all of it is just a little light for my tastes.
mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth and well carbonated. this is a good beer, but over rated in my opinion, just nothing special going on in this one. I probably wouldn't pick it over most of the other beers available.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 14:50:17 | More by mnstorm99
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into large wine glasses.

A = Hazy deep honey gold, white frothy head with good retention and medium lacing on glass as it recedes.

S = Strong phenolic smell, white pepper, cinnamon, lemon zest.

T = Taste tracks the smell but with a little more malt sweetness, there are strong yeast phenolic notes, some pepperiness, spiciness of more Middle Eastern of possibly Southern Spanish types.

M = Too fizzy in my mouth, hard to make any other judgments, medium bodied, fair mouthcoating.

D = This is an okay beer, but I cannot rate it's drinkability too high. It is both too strong and too weak for me to really want to sit back and enjoy it. On the one hand, it has some potential scents and flavors, but at the same time doesn't seem to quite live up to the those since they are either too soft to really be a great funky beer, or too strong to make it a simple enjoyable beer. I'll have to come back to this again though because I have a sense I may simply not be in the right mood for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 20:00:01 | More by Traquairlover
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JBogan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear yellow/gold with a huge foamy white head which left excellent lacing.

Smelled very musty, along with a bit of citrus and not much else.

Tasted of musty yeast, very much like the smell. Not very sharp or complex. The lemon is in there but it's overpowered by the yeast. No tartness or crispness whatsoever going on here. This was a big letdown from what I'd hoped for.

Mouthfeel was great. Lots of prickly carbonation and generally a nice smoothness to go with a medium body.

This is a fairly drinkable beer, although nothing special. It's cheap though, so it has that going for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 23:36:48 | More by JBogan
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= great! Huge head that's pale white and gets really good and lumpy looking thick and frothy. The color is a darker straw color. Great lacing
S= corn, honey and maybe a little hops, and toasted malt I guess nothing cool
T= lotta alcohol, some hops toward the end, small citrus notes
M= lots of carbonation with a medium body
D= ok, the alcohol taste turns me away a little. Too many and you would get pretty drunk so I'm gonna say its just good

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 01:24:15 | More by jjanega08
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joejost

New York

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a pint glass with no visable head. Dissapointed with the pour. The color was a beautiful strawberry blonde.

S- Wasn't sure if it was clove, barn, or flowers.

T- Like drinking a clover cig, in a straw barn in the country.

M- Clean, medium body.

D- Can see how many people would love this in the summer. Not my favorite style, but an excellent Saison from a top notch brewery.

Anyone in upstate NY should make a point to visit the Ommegang Brewery. Wonderful people, scenery, and delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2009 00:57:21 | More by joejost
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow haze, with a frothy big head. Aroma of clove and spice.

Taste, I dunno what the big deal is, tastes simply like a combo hefe and pale wheat beer. Some citrus notes, mostly lemon. Seems like an imperial hefe at times. Stays nice and dry with its tang, light bodied. Wish the clove stayed more in the background.

I dunno, you could just go buy 6 SN Kellarweis or something for this price.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 16:28:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adam for serving up another Saison. Served in an Allagash Cervoise. Best before January 2012.

A - Pours with a voluminous three-plus fingers of white foam that eventually dissipates to a thin cap and leaves behind some stray chunks of lace. Body is a golden straw color, and oddly only one of three three pours had a stream of bubbles.

S - Yeast, esters, some light stone fruit, must, earth, and a bit of soapiness. Alcohol could be better hidden, and this lacks in "pop" and intensity, particularly after the Odonata offering.

T - Taste is a little better, as there is less alcohol and spicy ester character. More pale malt, with a bit of lemon, stone fruits, and floral hop character.

M - Carbonation is a bit too zesty and gritty, body is medium and a touch grainy as well. There's a touch of warmth in the finish, and residual stickiness.

D - Meh. A serviceable brew, but not something I will bother having again, as there are too many better options on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 01:55:05 | More by MasterSki
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evanlarkin

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ngeunit1 for this bottle.

Appearance:
In the air it looks almost clear. In the glass it takes on a straw yellow color, with just a slight haze and 1 1/2 finger white head made of big bubbles that fizz down and leave just a slight lacing.

Smell:
Dry and malty, with a lot of belgian yeast scent. Kind of like a dry champagne, except malty instead of grape-y. Slight orange peel quality to it too.

Taste:
Sweeter than the smell had led me to believe, but fairly dry. Orange zest and a few grape-like flavors. Some tangy hop character with low bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel:
This is a fairly straightforward champagne-bodied beer.

Drinkability:
It's not bad, reminiscent of other belgian-style ales. I would not call it one of my favorites for the style, but it certainly isn't bad. I'll probably have it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 23:48:13 | More by evanlarkin
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from 2011 into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very pale, hazy yellow. There's a very persistent, two- finger, pure white head. The retention is fantastic, and the head itself looks like whipped meringue. Lacing clings to the glass. Ommegang really makes some pretty beers, and this is no exception.

The aroma is quite sweet. There's a very strong honey note in the mix. Some citrus twang, mostly lemon rind, but the whole package ultimately ends up smelling like something approximating Lemon Drops due to the sweetness. It's not necessarily bad, just one-dimensional. A hint of bready malt rounds things out.

The taste is very sweet, bordering on cloying. There's a flavor akin to confectioner's sugar at work here. Some bready, biscuit malt in the mix, and a touch of lingering bitterness. No real funk to speak of.

Ommegang nailed the mouthfeel. This is an incredibly full, rich saison, but the carbonation is on the medium side. The end result is that this is a very easy beer to drink, and flavors really come alive.

I've enjoyed many bottles of Hennepin in the past, but this is the first time that I've detected overwhelming sweetness in this beer. Pleasant enough, but far from the best the style has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:59:04 | More by amphion1065
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Truh

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was feeling Minnesota with this one on 10/21/2004. 12-oz. pour in a wide-mouthed goblet.

Initial ½-inch down of cream head that thins on its own schedule. Flowery/floury permissiveness on nose with coriander, sweet clover honey, and Kentucky blue grass all chortling around in there; as it warms, alcohol provides some heat. Biting pepper, lemon juice, chewy grape leaf hint, Hi-C fruit punch sweetness follows behind all of this with a finishing overall Sourpatch Kid puckering. Could take it or leave it; the sour aspect is just a bit off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 22:04:07 | More by Truh
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palma

New York

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Pale yellow/golden color body with a lasting white head.
Yeasty peppery nose with some citrus and vanilla notes.
This beer tastes very much like a witbier. Don't know what that’s about. Fruity citrus base with some grassiness. A tart sour-like finish. Even though this is a siason, I think it's a little too tart for the style. Big citrus sour aftertaste kind of ruins the complexity of this beer IMO. Finished clean and semi-dry. Not the greatest siason as many BA's have proclaimed it is. Southampton's is much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 22:02:47 | More by palma
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Vancer

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Excellent pour- first honey yellow with a frothy white head, great lacing. Just some subtle notes of Belgium yeast in the aroma.

Taste – here we go: sweet and sour, earthy, just some notes of Belgium yeast. Mouth was tart, dry, and on the downside, fairly thin. Somewhat bitter. All in all, I have to say I didn’t care for it, and I like the Schlafly version of Saison. Wouldn’t go after this again, but would not turn down a glass of it, either.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 21:56:56 | More by Vancer
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washburnkid

New York

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle served in a tulip

A: Somewhat foggy yellow-orange with a firm finger of white, rocky head. Decent head retention and lacing.
S: Citrus, hops and some sweet malts; undeniable spice on the nose.
T: I'll break this part into two. The first half: Sweet start and a bitter finish. Wheaty and spicy, rounding out with yeasty, hoppy and eventually a baked/biscuity flavor as it warms slightly. Only a few minutes after that, earthy flavors pull through majorly. Eventually my palate was overrun with grass, metal and blood. Or so it tasted. I loved the first half of this beer, but I was not a fan of it as it had a chance to warm a bit.
M: Love the carbonation and spice combo. Lighter, refreshing body and just a touch or slightly bitter residue left on the palate.
D: This beer is as refreshing as any wheat...in the beginning anyways. I thought there was a serious breakdown of flavors near the end, so much so that I thought someone threw a farm into a blender and served it to me. I look forward to trying other Ommegang brews, because this one was a minor letdown.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 04:34:14 | More by washburnkid
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml into a glass tumbler.

Appearance is pervasively murky and orange/yellow depending on the light.

Smell is citrusy, with a resiny tang. The alcohol is strong, but doesnt hold up so much in the smell as in the taste.

Taste is basically like a bleached blonde with the alcohol content of a saison. Grainy, but not grainy enough. Unfiltered and a tad sweet.

Like other saisons I've had, the taste doesnt roll off your tongue, but rather to the back of your mouth and straight up your nose.

It finishes well with a touch of plum sweetness and tartness, like a grilled apricot soaked in scotch.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 15:06:52 | More by TLove
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paulozanello

Brazil

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Meridian Pint in DC. This is a beer bar that has three tables with individual taps that carries two pre-selected beers on them so you can pour them yourself and they will charge you like a gas pump. The night that me and my friends were there the beers on tap were the Hennepin and the new Sierra Nevada Tumbler (Fall Seasonal Brown Ale).

But anyway, the Hennepin poured a nice dark yellow/golden color, translucid, with a small white head and fairly good retention. It was pretty cool to pour a pint of Hennepin in my own glass as I've had this beer before and loved it.

The smell was dominated by malt/bready notes and a LOT of clove that was clearly overpowering the yeasty esters.

Taste was pretty much the same: started with bread sweetness and a lot of banana/clove that got me wondering if I was really having a Hennepin or if this was a Hefeweizen. I called the waitress and told her what was going on and she promptly brought me a sampler straight from the line downstairs. And it was sure different! I could now taste those spicy and fruity notes that make Saisons very complex and refreshing beers, given that the malt profile in this style is pretty much just regular pilsner or pale malt. Bottom line is that this beer was probably in this table tap for too long and lost a good deal of its complexity.

Mouthfeel was medium and carbonation was high making it very drinkable.

I know Hennepin is a good beer but I will just have to taste it again from a bottle because this table tap experience was not very good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 02:45:36 | More by paulozanello
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trevorjn06

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This Saison brewed in Cooperstown, NY is 7.7% ABV.

Pours a bright yellow, crystal clear, with 3 fingers of fluffy white head that recedes after a minute.

Aroma is pilsner malts, fruit, yeast and mild spice. Overall a fairly simple/straight-forward nose for a saison.

Taste is very dry, beginning with light, bread malt and light fruit flavors. Yeast, soapiness and a sharp bitterness follow, with the finish leaving an acidic bitterness, vegetal character and some yeast character behind.

Medium/light mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Overall I really do not care for this beer, it is too sharp and lacks all the depth of flavor and character that I love in saisons. This is the fourth time I have tried this beer an I have never enjoyed it, I think I'm done giving it chances.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 03:27:17 | More by trevorjn06
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured in a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy bright golden color with an absolutely ridiculous amount of spongy foam head.

S: Aroma is gratuitous of Belgian fruits like apricot but also something lighter, cantaloupe and watermelon come to mind. It's all rounded off by granola and hints of cut hay.

T/M: Once the intense head subsides, the taste has a slight alcohol twinge up front along with apricots and peaches, but is a bit watery. Some grainy malts linger in the finish.

A good Belgian/saison but the watery, alcohol twinge is a little off putting.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 00:30:56 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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