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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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4,779 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,779
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 199
Gots: 325 | FT: 2
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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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birchstick

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden yellow with a pretty large, fluffy white head.

S - smells reminds me a lot of a pilsner. It is grainy with some sweet malts.

T - Very clean taste. Sweet, grainy malts. There was also some sweet fruits, noticeably grape and cherry coming through.

M - light, crisp, and refreshing. Pretty decent mouthfeel to it.

D - this was a pretty excellent ale, especially for the price. I will definitely purchase again since it is so light and crisp, yet delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 15:24:49 | More by birchstick
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dansmcd

Australia

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangey amber clouded body saddled by two fingers of creamy white head and sloppy lacing.

S - Yeast and esters, spices, pepper, lemon, passionfruit and kiwifruit. Great nose.

T - Sweet and spicy, passionfruit, lime, orange, grape are prominent. A slight sting from the alcohol. Good balance.

M - Fizzy and dry, high carbonation, light bodied, Fanta like.

O - Really nice Saison with a well deserved rep.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 11:13:21 | More by dansmcd
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GarrettMD

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear light golden hue. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom, they are neverending. 3 fingers of pure white fluffy head. Head retention is the best I've seen. It will not go away.

S - Clove, pepper, slight bubblegum, a little citrus sweetness. bready-ness.

T - If you only taste the head, it's completely pepper. But why would you do that? Sweetness dominates the other flavors in the taste. Pepper, bubblegum, and clove are still there, but white grape is a new flavor that dominates.

M - Light bodied, highly carbonated, which is good. Finish is light, sweet and slightly drying. The finish is very similar to the taste, not too different from the overall taste. Light white grape flavor, some slight clove, and a little bit of pepper.

D - Fantastic overall saison. Well balanced between the uniqueness of a saison and the sweetness of the malts and fruity esters. While the alcohol is not noticeable it takes effect pretty quickly. I would definitely get this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:47:19 | More by GarrettMD
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macktbone

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was purchased on sale $5.99 (great price for a bomber) at Monument liqour. It was recommended so after having other Ommegang's I had to try it.

Looks great. A real bright colored unfiltered ale. Looks highly carbonated and the head sits nicely upon the sweet looking beverage.

Smells like a summer day. Realy bright fruits and a little alcohol edge. I get a hint of light wood and some funk.

Much tarter than I expected. I like the freshness of the flavor and the after taste really hangs on. It almost tastes like a heavier belgian without the caramel underlyings. This has a medium sweet middle to it that fades to a soapy aftertaste.

Standard mouthfeel.

Although this rivals some of the other Saisons I have had, the alcohol taste is too promenant for 7.7%. If they were trying to hide a 10 or 11.5% sleeper in a farmhouse ale I might forgive 'em, but at 7.7 it should taste like a sweet dream. I would recommend this to others, but not if their favorite was a saison. They would pick it apart.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 05:11:50 | More by macktbone
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy lemon yellow color with a stalwart white capper. Looks purty in its own glassware. 4.5

Sweet lemon, peppery spice, chalky yeast, light damp funk, and some floral hops. Very classic. 4.5

Powdery yeast with lemon and apple esters, white pepper, medicinal notes, grassy notes, and fruity tang with some sweetness in the finish. Tasty saison. 4.0

Medium body. Light carbonation. A little booze-showy, to be honest. Slick and settling. Light tack. 3.5

I loved this beer far more back in the day. Since then, I've had a wide array of tasty farmhouse ales, but this is a trusty classic. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 04:28:34 | More by thecheapies
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IIKaRuII

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat glass, while pouring it slowly the enormous three finger head went all the way to the top of the glass. It has a very nice light yellow color. Not very cloudy actually quite clear besides all the yeast sediment that was floating around. I read a few reviews and no one really mentioned this. I hope my bottle wasn't tainted. The smell is a very nice yeasty balance with some nice citrus to it. has a nice hopness aroma in it as well. Taste is an amazing acidic but nice citrus taste. has a good balance of bitter and sweetness to it. its very bubbly in your mouth so it is a nice warm feeling. As for drinkablility, i would say this beer would be best served on a warm day with a nice grilled burger. so it is highly drinkable, and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 04:32:06 | More by IIKaRuII
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spacechimo155

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-a pale blond with good body, Amazing white head that doesnt go away, fluffy. Leaves a heavy lace.
S- like a Belgian farmhouse( or brewery) on a dry sunny day.
T-citrus, not too sweet, very nicely balanced. alchohol is well hidden
M- not as thick as the body would lead you to beleive, which is refreshing. Right on to keep with its other refreshing qualities
D- At first I want to chug it, so refreshing, good balance, the ABV goes un noticed in the taste( for the most part. On a hot day i could slam these down.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 03:43:09 | More by spacechimo155
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julian

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Ommegang beer...I've been salivating all day to try this bad boy. Bought at Whole Foods (Bellevue, WA) yesterday. 9.4 FL. OZ

A: Hazy golden coloring of this beer is as expected of the style. Thick snowy white head - 2 fingers. Shrinks within a minute or 2 but never actually disappears which is nice! Sparse but interesting lacing...could be my frosted pint glass though :)

S: An earthy yet spicy (cloves) aroma dominates this beer. Lemon qualities detected mixed with yeast and minimal sour note.

T: Nice and bubbly, mild sourness of lemons or even sour apples mixed with an enthusiastic spicing. Quite dry. Low hop flavor. Footnotes of light malting.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body. The 8.5% ABV is masked well. Impressive!

D: Well I'm preparing to drink the whole bottle...and I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 00:10:11 | More by julian
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky pale straw color--definitely fits the bill. Sweet fruity aroma. Sweet and juicy tasting beer. Bitterness right at the end. Awesome for the summer sun. True to the style and an appropriate alcohol level. Mild carbonation. Flavor is in balance. One of our top five saisons right now.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 18:48:04 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden straw with a thick intense head which lingers forever. Surprisingly little lacing.

Smell is citrusy, predominantly lime. also a vague fruitiness and spiciness.

Taste is a muted version of the nose. Not unpleasant in the least, but not as flavorful as I had hoped given the awesome smell.

Mouthfeel seems a bit off for me. Perhaps undercarbonated, but given the massive head, perhaps something else is off. Can't put my finger on it.

Overall a really good beer which is very close to being a top notch beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 23:50:58 | More by CurtFromHershey
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oline73

Maryland

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber. There is a layer of off white head. Has a pils like note in the nose along with some Belgian spice. More Belgian spice in the taste along with a pleasant sweetness. Just a bit herbal with a slight bitterness in the finish. Light and quite nice. The carbonation level is a bit high,

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:19:00 | More by oline73
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Marq18

Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Poured a golden and slightly hazy with great billowy head. Head subsided to thin film with good lacing.
S- Smells slightly bready. More pronounced citrus and floral notes.
T- Tastes wonderful. Nice light spice and yeastiness with bread and fruit overtones. Slight bitterness at the end.
M- Medium body with medium to high carbonation, finishes quite dry.

Great saison, I would recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 01:14:36 | More by Marq18
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times before but had it on tap when doing a show in Granville the past weekend. Thought it was finally time to put in a review. From notes.

Appearance- Pours a straw golden with a slight haze to it off the tap. About a finger and a half of creamy white head sits on top. Dies back gradually to a thin, patchy sheet.

Smell- Smells strongly of yeast with a slight fruitiness and a bit of fresh bread.

Taste- Again, starts off with a slightly fruity/yeasty quality. A touch of cereal graininess and an almost spicy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel slick and adequate with good carbonation. Drinkability is really good and this is also a nice warm weather beer.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer, especially in warm weather. Readily available and high quality.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 17:23:02 | More by boatshoes
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this many times but never sat down and tried to describe it. I'm finding it difficult for some reason, I think mostly because there's a lot going on. Shimmering platinum with blossoming head, although I did not experience the retention that many described. A floral, perfumey nose with champagne-like yeasts. Flavors include lemon, white grapes, almonds, apples (yellow or green), spices and pepper, with a quite sour finish. Malts are incredibly delicate and hops only underscore the spices of the big yeast profile. A saison perhaps, but I found this merging into Duvel / pale / tripel territory due to its brightness and zesty lemon flavors, and almost none of the tea or peach flavors that I associate with a saison. I imagine a good meal would bring out the heartier aspects of this brew. As such it remains an excellent US version of a Belgian and surprisingly cooling and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 14:56:08 | More by Thrasher
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always willing to dive into an Ommegang!

This poured one of the whitest and lightest heads I've ever seen. Head retains relatively well, though it's a thin one from pour to final swallow. Color is pure gold with moderate bubbles and moderate lace.

Aroma is extremely fresh: grassy, mildly hoppy, flowery.

Mellow hops and a cool breeze of primo grains hit first, with mild floral spices following. Bready malts hit last. Light and unobtrusive in the mouth, this feels really good if you're not looking for a heavy, chewy ale. Dry finish.

This is a no-nonsense Saison without any wild or unusual characterstics. As such, it's a fine represenation of the style, it's delicious going down, and I'm glad I've got more left in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 23:42:55 | More by Metalmonk
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am actually shocked that I have not already reviewed this...as it is one of my favorites.
Pours a yeast-filled golden....quite hazy.
Aromas of apples, yeast, pepper and hops.
This pretty much labels the taste as well,
Fantastic tart apples up front. Peppery yeastiness. Nice lime accompaniment. Citric and very tasty. Hops dry things out in the finish.
Medium-light bodied with the big carbonation.
This is sooo good on a hot day.
Alcohol is not a factor.
One of my most-purchased beers (especially at $4 a 750ml...where's the brown bag??)
This is THE stuff.

Update: Maybe my opinion of Ommy has soured, but this is not the beer I once thought, aged or fresh. More tart than memory recalls with green apples and citric fruit taking the fore. Simplistic, light peppery and doughbal yeastiness. Good for what it is, but so many saisons surpass this. But I must say, for the price, this is still a soild belgo-quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2002 00:16:20 | More by cokes
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augustgarage

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Cloudy citrine and golden-yellow body with an immense rocky splashed white crown that recedes to a soapy fat finger. Sticky thick lacing, but no legs.

Mowed alfalfa, challa, orange-blossom honey, and faint spice in the nose. Generally (albeit mildly) floral and citrus-infused.

Dry, moderately hoppy (grassy/earthy noble varieties) palate entry. Grape skins, lemon/lime/orange zest, and white pepper round out the profile. Crisp well balanced taste, though the yeast could be a little more forward (I thought the bottled version would be better in this regard than the kegged version, but I can distinguish no difference).

Medium-light bodied, effervescent, and refreshing.

Quite drinkable, but lacks a bit of complexity and flavor compared to the better Belgian examples. Originally I would have excused this based on value, but over the years Ommegang has gone up in price making me less inclined to choose their offerings over those that are the source of their inspiration.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 22:36:03 | More by augustgarage
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange amber that is cloudy with a rocky foamy quickly disappearing head. Nose is slight sour funky with a nice yeast underpinning. Some light citrus and hay also. Taste is way to strong on the alcohol. Thats all you taste up front. Creamy body with a lot of yeast and a lightly hoppy and lightly bitter finish of spice. As a western take on a saison though, this works pretty well. Lingering notes of Caramel and Vanilla and a very slight sour note redeem this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2008 21:52:43 | More by Rootdog316
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HalfFull

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang tulip from a corked 750 ml. bottle. A careful first pour yields a pale yellow body with a robust inch of rocky white foam. Cap breaks down slowly and leaves lots of clingy lacing as it does so.

Touch of lemon on the nose with some yeast notes in the background. An intriguing spice nose accompanies. Subtle fruit notes of apple and light pear as well. Much more complex than the draft version for this beer.

Pepper and clove are more prominent in the flavor though they appear on the nose with warming as well. Offers a nice grainy texture with lemon and a subtle almost wheat like quality. Finish is long and smooth with tart lemon and bready yeast. Reveals a tinge of sweetness only as the carbonation settles and otherwise masks the ABV well. A pleasant alcohol warmth is notable on the nose with warming however.

A firm carbonation supports this Saison from start to finish, offering complex yeast and spice notes though less so in the fruit arena. Light and well balanced overall, dry and powdery. And again, a different and superior animal to its draft cousin.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 05:43:46 | More by HalfFull
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle.

A: A pale gold with lots of pure white head. Good head retention. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Mostly citrus: lemon, orange, and grapefruit. A little yeast aroma as well.

T: Somewhat sour and fruity (not really citrus; apple or pear maybe). A touch of sweetness, with some wheat flavor as well. Small alcohol warmth at the back end.

M: Smooth, light body. Instead of crispness, the carbonation gives it a very velvet- or silk-like feel.

D: This beer was smooth and refreshing, and balances the alcohol well. I split the 750 mL bottle with one other person but I could have easily finished it myself.

This beer seems like a good introduction for me to the Saison style. I will be on the look out for others as this one was pretty tasty, and a good change from the usual Belgians available.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 14:14:19 | More by goldbot
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold in color with a 2" inch head that last.
Mild fruit and spice in the nose.
Smooth and balanced in the mouth. Flows from sweet to bitter. Taste like a Grannysmith apple. Dry in a good way.
Very drinkable higher gravity beer.
Will be buying it bottled very soon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2005 19:07:06 | More by wcudwight
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a pale golden color with three fingers of stark white head that drops down to about a fingernail's worth of foam.

Aromas of funk and must and chalk. No hops, very little malt.

First sip is of a chalky dryness with hints of tobacco. Peppery, lemony saison qualities.

Mouthfeel is less than medium, drying, a little peppery, some prickly carbonation. Very thirst quenching.

Drinkability is fantastic, this is a great summer beer. Very drinkable, very refreshing, not filling at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 00:10:53 | More by JamnesCameron
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance was a hazy, bright gold with an enormous, pillowy white head that takes an eternity to disappear.

Aroma of citrus, citrus, and more citrus, with some slight floral notes in there as well. Very pleasant.

Taste is herbal, grassy even, with notes of clove that remind me of a summer wheat ale. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-to-full-bodied, with nice amount of carbonation. Finish is somewhat neutral, with not too much of an aftertaste.

This would probably make a superb Summer beer (though watch out for the alcohol!), but it just didn't do it for me. Perhaps it was because it just wasn't one of those nighttime, before-bed beers. Overall, not too bad.

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Served at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Light, clear straw-gold hue with a pillowy head of white foam. Nice, thick rings of lace grace the walls of the glass as the beer drains.

Nose of citrus, with notes of lemon zest and grapefruit peel, mixed with earthy, musty horseblanket.

Light, highly carbonated body, with an herbal, grassy palate, with a nice, none-overpowering clove spiciness. Finish is very dry, helping to lead one to a further draught.

A very nice, easily drinkable beer, and a great example of the Saison style.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 12:28:43 | More by superdedooperboy
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hennepin: never thought I’d be drinking this as a Saturday night brew, but I’m feeling a little Belgian tonight. Cheers!

Brewed over two years before the date of this tasting (Bottled on 16/12/10, best by 16/12/13).

A: Gorgeous, shining body on this one; pours a rich goldenrod. Looks bubbly, producing two inches of thick, white foam and a cavalcade of bubbles from the nucleation site; and man, this head is not receding at all. Beautiful. The lacing is soapy and thick, too. Perfect look.

S: Smooth, Belgian aromas of vanilla, straw, cornbread – a pretty aromatic buttery-sweetness. Light, fresh lemon, too, which mixes with some chamomile and lilac notes to form a tea-with-lemon effect. Otherwise, there’s a bit of barnyard funk, pine needles, and even a charming hint of melon.

T: So herbal and complex – absolutely delicious. Loads of white pepper, pine, orange peel, coriander, and flowery hints wrap the first tastes into a shell of perfume airiness, bright and tongue-tickling. Exotic wheat notes take it down a heavier, though similar road, with a Belgian crusty-breadiness (yes, that’s a word) and some light butter tones. Astringency comes in the forms of phenolic, lemon-rind hops, showcasing light – but lasting – intensity. Finishes with some fruitcake and cinnamon tastes, with some flaky biscuit tones.

M: Very light – bubbles off the tongue, at first, but it evaporates in moments with a noticeable weightlessness. A little oily, but it fits just perfectly with the style. What a drinkable beer.

O: This beer makes me smile – every sip is just delicious. Complex, memorable, and intense at just the right moments. Every time I walked into the liquor store, this beer was right there; little did I know that Hennepin was just waiting to dispel the rarity-means-quality myth. Grip ‘n sip, my Belgian-beer fans; grip ‘n sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 01:58:54 | More by BarryMFBurton
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rugger

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was truly an enjoyable experience, and to top it off this is something that I can get in my area for $8.75 for a 4 pk.
The nice orangy color and nice thick white head were promising and the smell was nice an yeasty like you would expect from a belgian brew, and then the taste was very smooth at first and then moves to a well rounded sweetness that can only be described as mana from the beer gods. This was very drinkable and I really enjoyed hanging onto the lovely aftertaste of this brew. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 16:18:58 | More by rugger
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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