Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Hoppy and a bit bitter and dry. Colour is like a Belgian pale, despite some cloudiness. Very bubbly in the pour, moderate head.alcohol is there. Yeasty aroma.
I had this 3.5 years later on tap, at Cole's,and observed lacey and dry bitter and spicey.
03-22-2004 00:56:02 | More by Sammy
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a murky golden yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, and Belgian yeast. There is also a bit of an unknown fruity aroma. Taste is of grains, spices, fruits, and some Belgian yeast. There is a slight funky bitterness after each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good saison that is very lively and refreshing.
01-19-2012 01:56:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a nice head and a bit of lacing sticking around. Smell has a good bit of earthiness along with some spice and a few Belgian-yeast esters. Quite pungent; a bit more so than the taste. Mouthfeel is very nice with a crisp carbonation and and nice dash of citrus/earthy dryness. Drinkability is very, very good; really wish this was sold in 4-packs around here.
08-10-2010 21:27:49 | More by Thorpe429
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Pours hazy golden yellow into a snifter glass with a large frothy head that's bright white. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are pleasant floral aromas of hops and yeast with along some hints of citrus and spices.
T: The overall flavors are slightly hoppy and earthy, although they are well balanced by the underlying malts. The finish is a bit bitter, but not by much, and some notes of spices are evident.
M: The mouthfeel is very refreshing and crisp; the level of carbonation makes it feel light on the palate (like champagne), but definitely not without flavor.
D: This goes down smoothly and easy to drink, even on a hot summer day. I could coast through a bottle quick but I don't think I would have more than one of these given the alcohol content.
04-07-2010 22:55:28 | More by metter98
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
I gave Hennepin a very careful pour, unlike my usual, because of the nasty looking stuff in the bottom of the bottle. The beer itself is significantly hazy, bright banana-amber with a handful of fine particulates and a generous amount of carbonation. The very nearly pure white head started out small thanks to the gentle pour, fell quickly to thin film and is leaving very little lace.
The nose is fruity, spicy, faintly alcoholic and reminds me, somewhat, of a Belgian tripel. The flavor is definitely interesting, but doesn't bowl me over. It's malty, fruity (apples, pears, golden raisins) sour and clove spicy.
The body/mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated and the finish is long with a trace of sweetness. There's also a hint of alcohol that it isn't the least bit intrusive. It does pack a bit of a punch, but then 7.5% on an empty stomach usually does.
Hennepin is my first saison so I really have no idea whether it's a good version of the style or not. For all I know it could be great beer. My suspicion is that this bottle is a little on the old side, so I'll re-review when I get the chance.
06-17-2004 22:55:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, slightly dark golden body with a frothy white head and loads of lacing
Smell: Some barnyard funk, apples, clove and coriander spices, a touch of citrus and some yeastiness
Taste: After a touch of apple sweetness, the tongue is struck by the orangey citrus bitterness along with the spices; over time the sweetness re-asserts itself in balance, this time, with the spices and bitterness
Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied with a lot of frothy carbonation
Drinkability: A very nice drop, with a lot going on
09-19-2005 00:14:58 | More by brentk56
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Review #1500. For this one I chose a really solid american brew I had never had before. Go figure, after ll of this I had never had a Hennepin. So anyway, this lovely beer was served at cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 01/05/2009.
Now if that was not the most perfect Saison pour I do not know what is. Very nice amber hue with a rich, decadent looking three inches of white foam on top. Just hanging there with a huge amount of side lace just dripping down the glass and keeping the head alive and well throughout the session.
The aroma was very, very nice. Rich notes of spices, apricot, light apple maybe and a touch of grain. As it warmed some light pepper like spice starts to come forward, nearly spot on. As I take the first taste, I expierence just what I wanted from this one. A light, perfectly carbonated saison. Light notes of fruit spiced up with hints of white pepper and a perfectly balanced mix between light grain and fresh grass in the finish. Smooth, delicate and perfectly drainkable, I was very impressed by just how good this one was.
Overall I am ashamed it took me soo long to try this one. It was spot on, just what I needed tonight and just what the style called for. I will make this my go to for the style from now on for sure.
01-06-2009 02:47:01 | More by mikesgroove
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Always great to have a fresh Hennepin in my glass, however this seems to be a bit of a struggle as of late. The more and more I taste this beer, I draw comparisons to Duvel. The dryness, peppery notes, soft pilsner note on the front end... the beer is a classic Belgian Pale Ale but the light dusty aroma and taste bring on those attic-y aged cork-like notes (along with that estery lemon zest and the front-loaded sweetness) that pulls it to the Saison side. Some may see this beer as being too clean but I love the refreshing and efforvescent life of the beer.
Second tasting at USBTC at Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. I have yet to drink a better Saison. Though this beer is big for the style, what it gives up in drinkability, it gives back in character and flavorfull-ness. Very citrusy (lemons, oranges, peaches, pears) with a lightly Belgian yeast flavor. Soft, similar to Wits, but more spicy and fizzy. Alcohols are high, lessening the quaffability. But, Ommegang can do no wrong; it's a great beer.
I have always been impressed with all of the Ommegang beers. Hennepin looks very yellow, cloudy, and carbonous. Dense white head that laced well. Smells citrusy sweet and citrusy tart. Spicy, yeasty, and earthy with a mild hop aroma. Tastes Lightly malty. Sweet like pears, apples, and honey. Spices of corriander, cloves, and a bit peppery. Tart on the side of white wine or cider. Wheat and yeast round out the flavors. Light hop flavor compound the spice and offset the sweet. Feels tingly and mildly hot to the toung and palate. Medium body and creamy texture. Finishes powdery sweet and lightly tart, all the while, dry and crisp. The aftertaste leaves malty sweetness on the light side, leaving me wanting another sip.
07-21-2005 01:17:02 | More by BEERchitect
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
Bottle: Poured a clear golden yellow ale with a huge bubbly white head with above standard retention. Aroma of pear and lemon with some distinguishable yeast. Taste is really hoppier then most Saison I have tried with a dry finish. Body is quite full and spice mix is interesting but could have been more accentuated. Very interesting take on the style.
12-20-2005 21:14:58 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
A: Golden straw color, lots of white foam and great lacing.
S: Great yeast smell, some light citrus, apple might make an appearance, and a very light funkiness.
T: A slight sweetness, some green fruits. Yeast and spice are there as well, adding to the complex taste.
M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation for this beer.
D: Delicious Saison, well balanced and interesting.
07-21-2009 23:12:31 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
A: quarter finger clear and golden color with some lace.
S: Lots of cinnamon with a background of belgian yeast.
T: Lemon and spiced belgian yeast up front. The aftertaste on this one lingers and is somewhat unpleasant likely due to pungent hops. Clove and banana notes.
M: moderate carbonation and light to medium body.
Overall: The hop flavoring in this one is different. The aroma is excellent
10-07-2011 01:22:53 | More by kylehay2004
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
This beer pours out as a nice looking hazy golden yellow. The head billows and needs to be given a moment to settle. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of funk to it but it's not as much as some of the authentic farmhouse ales out there. The taste has a pretty good amount of malts and yeast with some spices in there too. The mouthfeel is drinkable and has plenty of carbonation to keep it alive on the tongue. Overall this beer is pretty good but not my cup of tea really.
06-22-2011 23:31:04 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured a light golden color,for some reason didnt get much head at all maybe and older bottle?Smell was fresh and amd very floral.The first thing I got on the palate was a spiciness followed by some fruity,yeasty estures.There is a definent citrusy kinda lemony taste rounding out on this one.A really well made ale but maybe not for me so much,but it still deserves a pretty good raiting.
05-13-2003 11:54:54 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Served in a Duvel tulip glass.
Takin' another swing at this brew. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a solid finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, coriander, and lemon zest, with a touch of minor caramel in the very, very back. The taste follows along a similarly-landscaped path, though there's more wheat and a touch o' relatively minor funk hanging around the corners and edges and whatnot. And when I say minor, I mean AA, maybe even A (who doesn't love watching a Dunedin game, am I right?). The body is a very light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a nice, solid saison, not my favorite of the style but pretty good nonetheless.
10-20-2010 00:36:26 | More by TMoney2591
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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