Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured chilled into a fluted tulip.
Pours a nice hazy straw color with an inch+ airy white head that slowly recedes leaving a nice surface layer and nice lacing.
A mild spicy, fruity aroma.
Flavors of pepper, cloves, citrus and a musty earthiness in the background.
A medium bodied beer with a crisp finish and moderate to heavy carbonation.
A nicely balanced if fairly tame example of the style. I prefer my saisons with a little more of that farmhouse funk to them.
01-28-2013 23:56:18 | More by srhoadsy
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Starts off a pale straw color, reasonable clarity at first, with a bunch of carbonation bubbles floating around. Within seconds, a haze takes it over and all of a sudden it becomes almost a completely opaque, peachy, light amber color. Interesting. Foamy, white head settles but lasts, looks to be a pretty volatile beer.
The aroma consists of a nice little concoction of spices; faint white pepper, heavy clove. Fruity and earthy esters are abound, with just a hint of that bubble-gum aroma that is so common with Belgian yeast. Some light fruits on the nose as well. Not picking up much of the "farmhouse" side of things, at least on the nose.
Hennepin hits the palate light and crispy with heavy carbonation, it almost seems to evaporate away inside of your mouth. Fruity esters take over right from the start; pear skins, apple skins, faint banana, and even some kind of melon... maybe honeydew? Something unique that I can't quite put my finger on. Clove crowds the background from start to finish, which is to be expected, but it doesn't overpower or distract the other flavors thankfully. Just a touch of mint and white pepper to go along with the clove spices.
The bubble-gum like taste comes out a little more as the beer gets warmer. About three-quarters of the way through the sip and riding strong into the aftertaste is the "farmhouse" funk. Some wet, musky, corky, funk flavors come out and satisfy their share of the workload. It's noticeable, but subdued and controlled at the same time. Executed very nicely; I'd like to think this is a decent amount of "beginner funk" - a good way to introduce new people into the work of funk without scaring them away with something crazy like Fantome.
Very good beer - almost similar to a Belgian tripel, but more spicy and less sweet. The added farmhouse funk on the tail end adds a different elements, as well as some unidentifiable fruit. Very pleasing, I'd definitely have this one again.
01-26-2013 20:40:29 | More by tectactoe
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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