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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,681 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,681
Reviews: 2,016
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 190
Gots: 297 | FT: 1
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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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Julio's, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a gloriously crystal clear golden hue with a massive, rocky three finger head that slowly slumped into a thick white blanket leaving average side lacing.

S - Bananas, belgian spices, light yeast aromas. Very nice.

T - Just like the nose there are those delicious belgian yeast and spice notes with some simply wonderful banana and possibly clove esters on the end. Very, very good.

M - Really nice mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to keep this crisp though it is almost cloy with all that banana.

O - Really, really good saison here. So easy to find and reasonably priced. Really my "go-to" saison.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 19:48:18 | More by rudzud
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MinnesotaRIS

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a hansa pils glass. Pale, bright yellow and brilliantly clear appearance if the bottle trub weren't swirled in. Trub is suspended in the top foam and makes an amazing display as it falls. Tiny bubbles float up. White head that is rocky, stands for a bit then falls at an average rate.

S - very pleasant aroma of a light, refreshing beer. Almost lagery with other notes that round it out - earthy, grassy, a touch of the rustic.

T - Saison that has been well aged. Again, earthy and grass like. Alcohol has some sharpness and is evident in the taste but it is soft, rolling over the palate. Finishes with a touch of citrus but not from hops. Tastes more like natural additions other than hops and malt; malt is very subdued. Clean finish.

M - Lingering finish. Very complex mouthfeel that makes one want to have this with a very delicate meal - nothing overpowering or overfilling. Low body that is sharp and supported well.

Great beer. I can see why this is an A. Served around 54F.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:17:31 | More by MinnesotaRIS
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sdsurfer217

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Piss Yellow, in a good way. White, finger worth of head. Laces the glass very well

Aroma: Sweet bananas, lemon, yeast, cardamom

Taste: Banana, spicy, lemon, little bit of hop on the finish. Sweet and supple, almost delicate flavors.

Mouthfeel: creamy and carbonation. Coates my mouth very well and leaves a clean finish/feeling.

Overall: Wow, freakin delicious. I have no idea where the 7.7% ABV is and could easily drink a bunch of these. Aroma is inviting, taste and mouthfeel make me want to drink more and more. This is a very sexy beer that everyone should drink...if you don't like this, you don't like beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 13:23:20 | More by sdsurfer217
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JRed

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous body of hazy gold or hay. White sudsy head that leaves lacing. This is a beautiful looking drink. Aroma of floral notes, citrus, a spray of lemons, soft honey, and wheat. Flavorful: citrus, lemon juice, wheat, some table sugar, hops come thru towards the finish complimenting the light fruit with some dry and bitter. Esters of banana and clove appear and bring subtle booze along as an aftertaste. Medium bodied with zappy carbonation and a slight cloying of flavor. A great Belgian-style saison with refreshing flavor and well executed booze and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 00:58:35 | More by JRed
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CPeterson

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A glassy golden brew that pours to a three finger white head, and settles slowly to a thick froth, leaving Pollock - like lacing. Carbonation bubbles ascend feverishly for a good while.

S -- Grassy funk, grain, and hints of spices and horse blanket.

T -- Spicy earth tones and grassy on the front, citrus zest and grain that is fairly dry and somewhat biscuity.

M -- Medium bodied with carbonation that assists in making the brew fairly dry throughout.

D -- Solid pickup, worth a purchase and a repeat. I would gladly set this in front of me on a nice warm day.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 00:05:28 | More by CPeterson
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, late ’09 vintage (from gift set). Served at around 45F

Pours fairly hazy light yellow with a large foamy white head that maintains a nice cap and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma is banana, lemon, yeast, spice, dough, apple, pear, fruity, a bit funky. Very good strength.

Flavor is more fruits such as banana, apple and pear, some lemon citrus, yeast/bread/dough, a bit of spice, minimal to no alcohol, light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, good scrubbing carbonation, slightly syrupy.

Not very experienced in Saisons, but found this to be a tasty, well-crafted brew. Particularly enjoyed the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 20:01:37 | More by elgiacomo
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The corked bottle opened with a wonderful POP! I was very excited to try this beer and it poured a gorgeous hazy straw yellow that prevented you from seeing through the glass. The aroma was less complex than I expected and was yeasty and floral. The beer was notably carbonated and bubbles played on my tongue with every sip. However, the flavor did not have much depth and the only aftertaste was about a second of sour on the very tip of my tongue. The brew was enjoyable but will not be placed on the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:00:07 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Lots to read on the label.. very informative.

Pours a glorious straw-yellow. Big, gravity-defying white head (at first) then settles down and washes the glass splendidly. Many tiny protein particles at the last pour. Smells great too; clove, citrusy herbs and spices. floral notes. Tastes great too; a bit of mineral on top of the aforementioned lemon-grass. Mildly hopped, bitter finish. "Heavy" for such a lite-looking brew. Alcohol is a tad warming. Great brew here, a classic indeed.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:23:46 | More by sixerofelixir
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

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

This is my first beer from Ommegang and first from my big beer haul from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. What a place.

The slightly hazed golden straw body is well carbonated and already looks refreshing. About a finger and a half worth of creamy tightly knit white head sits on top and for a long time. Thick and creamy sheets of lace are left behind as the head slowly receedes. This looks fantastic.

A subtle and pleasant nose gives off notes of Belgian yeasr, musty and wet straw, some welcomed over ripe Anjou pears and just a touch of spice. Very well balanced with no one thing being overly pronounced.

Just as balanced in the taste as well. A bit more spice forward than what I was expecting but it does well at meshing with the grassy/musty hay character that is prevalent throughout. I still get some pear-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue but it has been greatly reduced from the nose to taste. A subtle grassy bitterness is what's left, accentuating the dry finish.

I forgot that this was 7.7% ABV when I took my first sip and was surprised at the body of this thing. Its got a smooth, rich, and creamy feel with a great bubbly kick. Well balanced through and through with a dry and subtley bitter finish that makes me want to take another sip. Besides its medium and rich body, there's no indication of its higher ABV.

I haven't had all that many Saisons but this one explains why they're becoming one of my favorite styles of beer. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and tasty; perfect for nearly any occasion. I'd definitely buy this againa and can't wait for my next Ommegang brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 02:36:38 | More by ludachris
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brewerburgundy

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, bottled on 2/17/10, best by 2/2012, Boulevard tulip.

This is a 5 if I’ve ever seen one. The straw yellow beer is covered in a luxuriant, sticky white cloud. It looks so pure.

The nose is largely Belgian yeast; lightly funky with bubblegum, clove, and sage. Earthy lemon mixes with pale Belgian malts or wheat. It’s obviously a well balanced beer.

Musty pale Belgian malt bubbles up once I take a taste. All the yeast is still there, working to make a spicy but balanced farmhouse ale. Malt sweetness is very polished, and the finish moves towards spicy dryness.

As the appearance would lead one to believe, this beer is filled with many fine, tickling bubbles that assist the spice of the yeast and perception of dryness. After some time it is still well carbonated and becoming creamy. The body is moderate and this has proved to be an adequate refreshment on this inaugurally hot day of the year.

Overall, this is one of my favorite Saisons and, to me, is the best of the ‘must tries’ that I’ve tried. Hennepin has continued my interest in the style and shows how the beauty of Saison is in simplicity with so many variations.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 01:40:49 | More by brewerburgundy
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Giant white hard rock head coming out of the bottle even on a slow pour, three four fingers big. Body is real gorgeous looking, very light yellow gold and clear with visible carbonation coming up. The body is almost pale green! Head falls at a simple pace. Real nice looking beer.

Bouquet is a good smelling bread like yeast, not Belgian like but almost, gaseous smelling a little, seems more Belgian Pale Ale than saison like, sort of a weak Delirium Teremens.

Taste though is more saison, light bodied but kind of pale ale tasting. No sourness, no funkyness really pretty easy drinking. Kind of not what I expected for this category. For 7.7 abv this doesn't feel big but is easy drinking so that's great.

Overall this is quite tasty but this doesn't feel like a saison at all, most saison's I find real polarizing and this is more into simpler Belgian pale ale territory with sweetness. I do admit though I like it, I would tell people to start here for this style before grabbing something like a Dupont or god forbid a Fantome for a first time saison drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 22:41:23 | More by smakawhat
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mryuk

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a very light filtered pale yellow with several fingers of head.

smell is sour and fruit with light malts and almost no hops.

taste is certainly unique...i just don't find it to be in a good way. light and sour with no hops.

mouth is light with good carbonation.

very bland and boring for me and just does not taste very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 17:15:22 | More by mryuk
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chiccabeer

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very nicely into a glass. It has a yellow murky look to it. There is not a lot of smell to the beer, but what it lacks in smell it makes up in taste. There is a slight sour taste with some citrus hops added in. There is a decent after taste of thirst quenching juice like flavor. Great as a hot summer day beer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 04:41:12 | More by chiccabeer
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eclaycamp

Kansas

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours relatively clear, with some minor yeast particles present, though that's not unusal for the style. Good carbonation and a nice big head top the beer. Aroma is tart and fruity with damp straw underneath. Taste is honey sweet - almost surprisingly so - followed by a refreshing lemon dryness. Crisp light cracker malt can be found in the middle of the beer, with a light peppery phonolic finish that's dry and leaves you wanting to drink more. Mouthfeel is effervescent and somewhat sticky, kind of like a sticky soda. Overall a very solid example of the style and better than I was anticipating.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 23:05:49 | More by eclaycamp
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a snifter...a good looking beer with a pale cloudy body that supports a respectable head. Good funky Belgian yeast, with a very similar final character to their BPA, which is a good thing.

On the tongue, it's sharp, with a hoppy grassiness and the yeast funk carries through quite well. It's slightly more bitter than some other examples of the style, and is definitely balanced to the yeast and hops over the malt. Crisp and tangy. Make no mistake though, this is a good saison and even more impressive for being made in the USA.

Mouthfeel is clean and energetic. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable beer, although a little on the expensive side to be sessionable. Recommended. I've also had this out of the 750ml corked bottle, and this might be sacrilege but I enjoyed it slightly more this way, it was sharper...or perhaps that particular 750ml had been sitting on the shelf a little long...I don't think this beer should really be aged too much, it's a little low on the abv and heavy on the hops for that.

Serving type: cask

04-06-2011 22:13:09 | More by chicagoabbot
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legalpete19340

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright but cloudy yellow with a huge off-white fluffy head that never really left.

S: Spice and bananas explode out of this one. Lots of yeast and grass notes. Some citrus notes come through as lemon and orange.

T: Just a wave of flavors: banana, pineapple, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, ginger and cloves, yeast, scones, light menthol flowing into a big alcohol wave finishing with crisp bitterness and wave of fried plantains. Malt is there in a lightness throughout.

M: Medium with more than normal carbonation.

O: Big flavors that I found very drinkable. I would prefer to drink this on a hot humid day. This really blew me away especially since the style is usually too over-spiced for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 15:07:50 | More by legalpete19340
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Gtreid

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to picking this one up. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Slightly cloudy, yellow color. The pour created a big three finger head that left some nice lace.

A: Belgian yeast, orange, lemon, light spice, and grass. I thought the nose was a little light overall.

T: Pretty straightforward. Lemon, grass, pepper, and orange. The belgian yeast imparts it's traditional notes. I don't think this is very complex, but it's nice nonetheless.

M: Light body, aggressive carbonation.

O: I was slightly let down by this one. But that doesn't mean it was a bad brew, infact, it was very good. I guess I was expecting a little more complexity and a little more originality. But still good, and worth the try. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 23:22:28 | More by Gtreid
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall thiswas a pretty decent and easy drinking brew. It was not overly complex, but still pretty nice for the style. I had this one a long time back and the spices just overwhelmed me. Really glad I re-visited this one. If it were more complex, this one would definitely be great. Definitely worth trying without a doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 13:45:19 | More by thagr81us
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Had it in a restaurant so I didn't have an opportunity to check the bottle for best before date.

A - nice yellow/amber with a fluffy head (a few fingers) that resolves with a lot of lacing. Lots of obvious carbonation in the glass.

S - fresh grassy hops intermingled with peach and yeast.

T - lot of yeast on a tart, sour-apple foundation. A bit peppery in the end with some citrus notes.

M - very carbonated and refreshing. No hint of the significant alcohol.

D - very drinkable; dangerously so considering the alcohol!

Very nice beer. Went well with the sushi!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:57:53 | More by DoktorZee
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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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Jef59

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice pale golden color with a little haze and a huge rocky head.

S - spicy phenolic cloves, a little metallic, slightly musty, but not a big horse blanket presence I expected.

T - well, doesn't really taste like a saison. How is this ranked higher than dupont? Don't get me wrong, it tastes good - a lot of clove, a nice portion of malt. Tastes extremely similar to Duvel. Where is the funkiness thought? If this was classified as a SBGA then I probably would have given it a 4.5 for taste, but I don't think this is very true to style.

M - really nice carbonation with a little syrupy character to it.

O - I am pretty disappointed by this one. It just played it too safe with the funk. Maybe the bottle was a bit older, and the flavors settled a little?

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 14:02:03 | More by Jef59
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle that was bottled on 4/15/10 into a Hennepin flute. This is a wonderful looking brew. First pour was crystal clear. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Golden in color with orange tint and lots of rising bubbles. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

This saison is a little light in the nose, but still alot going on. I'm getting some grassy, citrusy, apple & floral notes. Touch of alcohol as it warms.

The taste is quite wonderful! Alot of similarities to the nose. Slightly tart, apple, citrus, grassy. Crisp dry finish. Some hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. Very nice!

Real nice soft pillowy mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation dancing on the tongue. Everything finishes slightly dry.

Overall this is one my favorite year round brews. I mainly drink this in the spring and summer though. A great representation of the style!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 17:28:51 | More by muletrane
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WJDobbs321

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super Summer Beer!

Beer is very light in color with a super head. Is it what you want to see in front of a fire. Nope, but it is exactly what you want to see in a beer garden.

The Smell is light. Doesn't smack you in the nose. But if you get close enough the fragrance is worth it. Wonderful smell. Wish there was more of it.

The taste is perfect. Light lemony citrus with subtle sweetness. Nothing overbearing.

Light and crisp to the mouth. You could could potentially drink it after a workout. :) But why do that???

Overall I say what a wonderful beer! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 00:03:29 | More by WJDobbs321
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therica

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. So sue me ;-)

A= very cloudy light lemon, beautiful. Nice active white head, dissipates after settling into plentiful lacing, rimming and pooling.

S= light nose but right for the style, growing bolder as it sets for a few minutes. Light hops florals, lemon citrus, plentiful malts. I typed this review in about 10 minutes (eating nothing), then went to take a sip and got a strong nose of what seemed like white chocolate! Bizarre! Talk about a diverse beer.

T= slightly dry and tart up-front, much like a fine champagne (I'll prefer this beer next New Years!). Lemon zest, generous malts for the style, light coriander, slightly bready in the finish at times. Gorgeous.

M= a little tart and dry on the tongue and palate, citrus zesty zip, mild residual malts.

D= a beer you can drink forever if you enjoy a Belgian-style beer. Beats Blue Moon out of orbit, for your pseudo-"craft" BM drinking friends. Grilled or steamed fish (fried oil might disguise the enjoyment), poultry, seafood, popcorn, most anything non-red or dark. Aside from the tart-dry tongue that might put some people off, it's superb. Answer? Keep it flowing so you don't have time to have a dry tart mouth!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 13:28:50 | More by therica
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phiberoptik

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass for lack of better glassware. I actually purchased this bottle to use in the Thai braised chicken recipe from the magazine. Its in the oven as we speak!

This beer pours with a lot of white fluffy head and a beautiful deep clouded orange.

I get sweet orange some spice as well as malt in the nose. Some yeastiness as well as a light tinge of alcohol.

The taste is sweet with hints of fruit, yeast, and malts as well as the alcohol tingling in my mouth and throat. I do not get as much of a lingering finish as I would like but this is a highly enjoyable tasting beer to me.

I get a lot of carbonation on the tongue almost like a sparkling wine.

Overall this is a great beer to savor and my wife and I will probably split another one in the near future. I am just really looking forward to how this BA recipe with Hennepin is going to turn out! I will post a review of it later!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 22:26:33 | More by phiberoptik
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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