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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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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
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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KMcG

Virginia

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

The beer is beautiful when poured.  The head is thick and rich.  The color is light golden and slightly foggy with lots of bubble activity.

The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, fruity, and sweet with some wet straw hue. 

The taste is spicy (coriander) and grassy with a ginger pop that almost gives a peppermint tone. There is lemon toward end and then the hops hit you. Very well balanced. 

The mouthfeel is light to medium body and refreshing. A nice Saison!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 18:30:25 | More by KMcG
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DCon

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a 1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. (750 ML) bottle in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur & has an estimated price of $11.99. Poured from the caged&corked bottle into my 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass and has 16/12/13 on the front of the bottle.

Aroma- A nice fruitiness and extremely light spiciness. Has a nice floral hop aroma and High fruitiness with low to moderate hop aroma and very low sour/acidic aroma if any.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has decent retention. Has a dark golden/light orange color body that is semi-hazy. Very nice lacing on the sides of the glass, mostly sudsy but does have 2 rings at the top.

Flavor- VERY fruity from the beginning with tons of malt. I'm not sure if its balanced or not, but the spiciness tastes over towards the end of the drink. Like a Belgian Strong when it comes to the finish. Has a medium hop bitterness and has a bit of sourness at the end as well.

Mouthfeel- Light-Meidum Bodied (more on the light side), High Carbonation, Lightly Effervescent, and has hops/spice on the finish but nothing big time.

Overall Impression- A very fruity Saison. Easy to drink, has mild spice and sourness but not every brew this style can have these distinctive aromas/flavors. I was expecting more from this one but not bad. Wouldn't go out of my way to get again but enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 05:46:20 | More by DCon
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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
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Paincane

Georgia

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

A: Pale goldfish yellow with pillowy white three finger head that leaves behind a great deal of lacing. Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass giving the head excellent retention.
S: Hops and grain with citrus and coriander. Orange hints are detected.
T: Tastes like its aromas. Refreshing on the palate.
M: Thin, light-bodied and very refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. Moderate carbonation with crisp finish.
O: Extremely drinkable and definitely a beer I would enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 22:48:31 | More by Paincane
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2xHops

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last time I had this beer, it was over five years ago. I have completely forgotten about trying this beer again.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this beer, because saison/farmhouse style used to not do it for me. I decided to give this another try after tasting Picnic Ants.

The taste was soft, mellow, and there's a hint of tartiness to the aftertaste. It was actually pretty refreshing for me to drink this beer. It had some malty component while having some tartiness to balance things out.

Overall, I definitely will pick this up again. I think next time, it won't be a five-year gap before my next drink. If you want to start experimenting with Saison, then I don't think you can go wrong with trying this one first.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 22:37:40 | More by 2xHops
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thatruth

Washington

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

picked up a 22 oz from the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.

pours a great off-white two-finger head with moderate lacing. body is pale champagne colored and slightly hazy.

smell is of coriander, citrus, and orange peels. very hop and floral aroma.

taste is different, very nice. sort of has a sour mash whiskey vibe. basic foundation goes back to coriander and hops.

there's a robust - almost intense cherry-like and "dry" red wine on-bringing, best way I can think to describe it. aftertaste is very jumpy on the palette.

a funky and unique beer. not my favorite, but I can definitely see the sense and sensibility in its novelty and respectfully so.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:17:10 | More by thatruth
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paxchristi

Missouri

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

I bought a bomber of this recently from Trader Joe's in STL, and I couldn't resist opening it any longer.

Appearance: Pours one badass looking Saison, yo! Pours 3-4 fingers of thick, frothy, white head. The thick head stuck around for probably 5-7 minutes. I still had remainder the rest of the drink. Masterful looking beer. Light amber to almost yellow.

Nose: Spices, apricot, perhaps a bit of sweet apple peel...in the very back is a very light peppery scent and some grain.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with the addition of some very grassy tones. Its light, crisp, and the alcohol is covered fairly well. Some definite hops. Overall, a well balanced taste-- exceptional.

Mouth: Light and spot on for a Saison. Sooo refreshing.

Overall: Kickass! I can't believe it took me so long not to try this one. Will buy again and again and again. Quite possibly one of the best examples of this style that I can think of for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:57:41 | More by paxchristi
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Pegasus

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium golden in color, with a massive, dense white head, which retains superbly. Massive streams of ultra-fine carbonation drift lazily to the surface. The lacing is thick and fully coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Prominent alcohol, medicinal notes, paired with light fruit notes of apples, particularly apple peels, and pears. Faint clove notes are present as well.

Taste: Opens with light fruit notes, old apples and pears, a little fruit rind bitterness, lots of spicy notes, white pepper and cloves. The alcohol is mellow, spicy, and slightly sweet and omnipresent in the taste. As the taste progresses, some earthy hop notes appear, these help to bring the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A superb example of this style, one which demonstrates that magnificent examples of Belgian styles can be brewed in the US. Certainly a superb choice for a cool fall day. For me, this beer embodies the joyous celebration of a bountiful harvest.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle, served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 13:23:56 | More by Pegasus
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz for $6 at South Philly Taproom, served in a wine glass

The beer is a reddish amber with a cottony white head that sticks around leaving fine lace. The smell is a little herbal from the hops, spicy from the yeast, and bready from the malt. The beer tasted good, but it was definitely undercarbonated which keeps the aromas in the beer and out of my nose, but it kind of also ruins full appreciation of the beer. This was carbonated more like an English Pale than a farmhouse ale. The beer wasn't as fiesty and zippy as the bottled versions of this beer, which are perfectly carb-ed. That said I think this beer develops in the bottle a bit and it might be the micro-oxidiation (along with carabonation) from the bottling process that adds some earthy and fruity flavors I remembered in this beer that was not present.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 04:44:15 | More by Soonami
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draheim

Washington

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

750mL bottle (bottled 8/6/10 - best by 8/2012) poured into a Hennepin glass. Clear golden color with an enormous fluffy white head that subsides slowly.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, spice notes, fruit. Light, crisp, and lemony with just the right level of musty funk.

Taste is clean and bright with a smooth mouthfeel. Yeast, malt and hops work in perfect harmony here. Confirmed once again as one of my favorite saisons.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:35:24 | More by draheim
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy goldish color with plenty of fluffly white head.

Beautiful yeasty smell. A bit of pepper.

Beer is not all that great when chilled. Offish flavors as if I was drinking something closer to a Labatt Blue. Letting it warm up a bit brings out more of a traditional saison like flavor. Plenty of yeast, a bit of spice, a slight honeyish sweetness.

Not as great as, say, most saisons actually from Belgium, but overall still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:25:49 | More by Seanstoppable
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fank2788

Connecticut

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

Pale straw gold fairly clear with a careful pour however the head is crazy, even with a slow pour I get half a glass of foam, and it doesnt appear to be going anywhere. A lot going on in the nose with this one. It is dominated by yeasty esters like bananas and cloves but there are also lemon and peppery spice as well. The taste is classic saison. Fruit, spice and clean crisp grain. For the fruit I notice lemon and other citrus the spice is mainly light pepper and a bit of clove and that is all rounded out by nice pale malts. The mouthfeel too is good. Lively carbonation with a super dry and clean finish that manages to leave a touch of sweetness that invites the next sip. The alcohol is well hidden but does sneak up near the end of the glass. Overall a very good example of an often under respected style.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:35:45 | More by fank2788
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with two fingers of billowy, almost pure white head. Strong retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Sweet yeasty bread, light hay and pepper.

T: Very subtle flavors: yeasty bread, tart apple and pear, pepper and minerals. Definite hop bite on the finish but perfectly balanced with the other subtle flavors. Delicious.

M: Light, soda-like but with a bit of cream and fluff, refreshing astringence.

O: Can't believe I've never even tried this before, what a treat. Available year round and reasonably priced, this one is going straight onto my go-to list. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 22:13:11 | More by AmericanGothic
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scoots511

California

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Corked and caged in a 750 mL bottle. A nice popping sound upon opening the bottle. Pours a medium height white head that stayed for a medium duration. Clear deep gold, clarity is reduced when finishing the bottle due to stirring up the yeast a little

S: Clean smell with some citrus, spice, and yeast breadiness

T: Lots of yeast flavors but still on the light-medium side. Spicy, clove a little sweetness residue.

M: Nice belgian style higher carbonation Finishes fairly clean with some citriusy yeasty flavor residues

O: Smooth drinking saison with some nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 04:36:15 | More by scoots511
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snaotheus

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle split into two really big snifters. I left the yeasty sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

So, it looks pretty clear, straw yellow, with a very robust head and lots of active lacing. Cork made a nice pop, too. Smell is spicy and somehow unpleasant. It makes me think of cheap lagers. Kinda yeasty.

Taste is a bit funky, kinda spicy. Very yeasty, even though I left the sediment behind. I can't taste much else, in fact.

Mouthfeel is a little dry and chalky. Overall, this seems OK to me. Maybe I didn't get the best bottle; it was on clearance.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:54:16 | More by snaotheus
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output01x

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL. bottle (Bottled On 09/22/10 / Best By 09/2012) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 3-finger off-white head that fades slowly but sticks around forever. The body is a cloudy straw gold with carbonation bubbles rising like an undersea volcanic vent. Thick lacing sticks to the sides of the glass in gloppy ribbons.

A good amount of funk is coming from the head, which is nice as I have had some rather complacent-smelling Hennepins before. Citrusy and oily lemon peel blends well with grainy wheat and, of course, the dominating funk.

A sweet grainy flavor holds a number of notes, including banana, lemon zest, and pepper. Where is the funk that is so explosive in the nose? The flavor is delicious, but not what a saison-lover would expect. It is much more approachable for the style, and as such, it is great for someone uninitiated to the saisons.

Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation, this beer has great drinkability. The carbonation is not overly apparent and does not cause the beer to fizzle when held in your mouth, but it is just strong enough to help push this beer along. The body is not coating and sticky nor light watery, but sippable and gulpable.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:43:17 | More by output01x
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. Been meaning to try this one for a long time, especially considering the dearth of saisons available in Ontario.

Enjoyed on the patio on perhaps the nicest summer day of the year - zero humidity, clear blue sky, and with a freshly mowed lawn to boot. Perfect saison weather.

Poured into a Leffe goblet. Pale golden, slight murk to it, and with a billowing head sustained with lively swirls of carbonation.

Nose is lemon, pepper, grass, spice, a bit of funk, and with a surprisingly sweet malt character to it.

Citrus, pepper, clove, earth, and oh so dry, Hennepin is a delightful brew on a summer's afternoon. The alcohol and funk comes in mildly towards the finish, and there's a mild medicine-y taste, but other than that it the brew is fresh, flavorful, dry and light - exactly what I was hoping for. Improves nicely with a bit of natural warmth.

Creamy, medium bodied, with assertive, lively carbonation. Very dry, almost needs an accompanying glass of water.

A great saison, sweeter than some, and without a strong musky-farmyard flavor, but still lively and bright, and with lovely citrus and peppery notes. A pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 20:50:33 | More by JohnnyBarman
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DingusKhan

Texas

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

A - Dark, straw-colored yellow, with a thin white head and tiny bubbles continuing to float to the top as it sits.

S - A very bright, citrusy scent. It smells very good and has a definite fruity aroma. You can also very clearly smell cut wheat, it smells like what I think

T - Extremely refreshing with a slight bitter aftertaste on the sides of the tongue. This is a very clean, easy to drink brew.

M - It has a very clean feel to it, very easy to drink and smooth.

Overall: I very much enjoyed drinking this beer. It was very refreshing, and affordable; I would easily imagine myself getting this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 19:00:50 | More by DingusKhan
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calebroberts811

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another installment of my Saison journey.

A - Straw yellow, medium haze, a rather weak head with loose bubbles.

S - Somewhat restrained, a rather rustic graininess, some banana, wet grass, etc. Little funk.

T - Way sweeter than I expected. In fact, a little too sweet. There wasn't a great deal of funky sourness that I've gotten from other saisons and that was a bit disappointing. Light grassiness and banana notes.

M - Too little carbonation for a saison in my opinion, was a bit too cloying in its sweetness.

O - If I'm in the mood for a saison, there are four others that I would choose in front of this one. Just ok.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 21:13:45 | More by calebroberts811
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bright sunny yellow with a thin bright white head. It is somewhat hazy. Not much lacing. The appearance reminds me of a hot and lazy summer day.

S-Belgian yeast, some noble hops, and malt.

T-Essentially the same as the nose. Belgian yeast with some noble hops. Its very refreshing.

M-Crisp and fairly clean. Its not too thin or too thick.

D-Great session beer especially for the summer months.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 20:05:26 | More by thegodfather2701
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright amber color w/ a thin off white head. Good carbonation and lacing on this brew. Excellent looking Saison.
Smell is fantastic. Spice, grains, fruit, pepper. Really well balanced, and really excellent for the style. Taste is amazing for the style. Same profile as the nose. It amazes me that a beer this refreshing and balanced can pack a 7.5% ABV wallop. Mouthfeel is really smooth and balanced- not much more you could ask for here. Overall, this is probably the second best Saison I've had, and the best from the USA. It's priced really well, and I can't recommend this one enough if you're looking for a Saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:03:31 | More by jayhawk73
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy sunshine yellow into my DFH signature glass. A three finger bright white head seems to have 7 little layers of bright and darker foam when held to the light... really cool!!! It collapses upon itself like a volcano that gave out leaving sticky, foamy lacing all around the glass. Insane carbonation, but part of that is the glass itself.

S- Fresh cut pear, tart apples, caraway seed, star anise, coriander, Lemongrass, and some black pepper spiciness. Nice nose of torn wheat, hints of banana and Belgian yeast. This is so deep and delicious!

T- Nice yeastiness, pepper and lemon. I wouldn't describe this as funky, but the lively yeast, banana, lemongrass, and pepper really make your tongue stand at attention. Really light, flavorful and crisp. Spicy caraway rye bread tones mixed with a squeeze of lemon.

M- Bursting with spicy carbonation and tart citrus! Nice little bit of alcohol, sweet wheat, and a tinge of funk. I've had this many times, and still love it and am amazed by how well done it is.

O- It really doesn't get much better than this in it's style, or any other! I am in love with this beer, always have been. Light, refreshing, fruity, tart, bready, spicy... It's hard to believe that this is brewed only about an hour and a half away from me, and not half a world away! Take a bow Ommegang... you deserve it.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 00:06:32 | More by Thickfreakness
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obywan59

Virginia

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

I had to do a double-take when reading the back label. Brewed by Duvel Moortgat, imported by Ommegang--WHAT???? After doing a little digging, I found that Ommegang closed for a couple of weeks in January to undertake some improvements to their brewsery, and Duvel actually did take over brewing some of their beers. The neck label does say it is a "true Belgian Saisson Ale".

Pours a transparent golden-orange with a near white head of 3 1/2 fingers which gradually settles, becoming chunky and swiss cheese-like on the way down. Thick, sticky lacing is more prevalent as the beer warms. Carbonation bubbles rise like a tower of smoke from the center of my Duvel tulip (appropriately enough) as well as being scattered throughout.

Aroma of sweet honey, and toasted whole grain. Floral and peppery aromas as well.

On the dry side, but still, a bit of malty sweetness manages to punch through the tart lemony flavor. Earthy, but not funky.

Medium to medium-light bodied.Peppery carbonation stings the entire mouth. Hot burn of alcohol in the throat.

An excellent brew!! I had thought that perhaps this would be more suited for a cooler month, but this seems lighter and more summery than some Saissons.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 05:25:31 | More by obywan59
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HopHead84

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/9/2011

On tap at High Dive.

A: Hazy yellow with a creamy one finger head. Good retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Apple, pear, lemon, and orange with notes of pepper and coriander. I get a little hay and grain accompanying perfumy floral notes.

T: The beer has a lower moderate earthy and herbal bitterness up front with lots of fruit. I detect pear, apple, and lemon, with a rustic yeast profile and a light peppery spiciness.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation and a silky, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A tasty and refreshing Saison. Enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 21:41:01 | More by HopHead84
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mactrail

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mother's milk! Smooth as caramel, warm and slightly sweet. A creamy mouthfull with great rich flavors. Beautiful beer-- golden color and clear in the tall tulip glass. Individual flavors don't seem to stand out as much, but the overall effect is spicy with rich wheaty malt. Mellow is the word, just enough fruit and a hint of hops. Not the usual Ommegang over-the-top Belgian funk.

Best Saison I've tasted this year. Highly drinkable but with a rich set of flavors. Shows a good Saison doesn't need the excess of acidity and random bacteria so often encountered.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 04:22:14 | More by mactrail
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