Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.2/5 rDev +1%
Pours opaque straw gold with a dense, dense puffy white head that eagerly leaves lacing all around the glass. Initially smells like rock candy, and then the more familiar Belgian saison yeast. Fruity and floral with a small amount of farmhouse notes and vanilla. Tastes great, haven't had this in a while. Fruity and sweet with a clean malt bill and mild hop presence, dry but could be plenty more for the style...again there is a vanilla like candy thing going on and I can only imagine it is from the yeast. The more I drink this the more I think that vanilla thing is actually just some phenol type flavor. Wow great mouthfeel, awsome bottle conditioning by ommegang, other than the fact that this beer is almost 8 percent (and you can't tell it is) it is highly drinkable. Love it.
07-26-2010 01:10:46 | More by pmlondrigan
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
A - Poured a medium yellow with a thick, long lasting, rocky white head. Slight haze but mostly clear. Plenty of visible carbonation.
S - Lots of fruity esters with a pear/apple like character most prominent. Floral hops also present at a medium level of intensity. A strong grainy-wheat aroma also makes itself known.
T - Wheat character continues to press on. A moderate level of bittering with floral hop flavor. Apple-like esters with a general fruity/estery character. Alcohol more present than expected for strength. Tartness, possibly from use of unmalted wheat. Very dry finish. Crisp.
M - Medium-bodied with a very high level of carbonation. Smooth.
D - Excellent. Crisp, dry finish combines with a soft malt and complex fruity ester character to make a very drinkable Saison. Bring on another pint and cheers to a wonderful American brewery brewing a strong example of this Belgian style.
01-17-2009 05:30:31 | More by BrewerB
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
The big bottle, with the cork.
Big white, rocky head, fairly persistent, leaves lots of foamy lacing on the glass. Pale straw color with a bit of hazyness. Phenolic/estery/spicy aroma typical of many Belgian yeasts, sweet pilsner malt smell. Light sweetness to the taste with dry finish. Bittered to balance; not excessive. A surprising softness to the mouthfeel . Drinkable, but the alcohol catches up to you.
11-26-2007 22:30:59 | More by pweis909
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
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!
09-03-2011 18:30:25 | More by KMcG
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
This beer pours a pale yellow or goldish color. It is not quite clear, but not far off. The head is like an ice cream cone bulging over the rim of my glass it is so thick. The nose has a grainy straw-like character that I find to be pretty common in belgian style beers. There is a nice structure to the flavor. The foam on the head lends itself to really "creaming up" the mouthfeel. The grains have a somewhat spicy character and I would go so far as to say the spice like flavor gives the beer some "flair."
04-17-2009 14:35:15 | More by Ragingbull
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
750ml corked bottle poured into a goblet. This will be my first saison.
Look: its a fairly cloudy with sediment, light gold color. I gave it an aggressive pour but despite that, the head is fairly thin. Its almost purely white, fluffy, and turns into a thin film at the top of the beer fairly quickly. There's no lacing whatsoever on this one.
Smell: fruity, some spices like clove, cardamom, some yeastiness and alcohol.
Taste: I can see how these beers were meant to be drank through the summer by farm workers. Follows the nose with some spices, fruitiness like apple and raisin, some yeast and a hint of alcohol. It straddles the line between being complex and being easy drinking and does it quite well. There's some citrus and floral characters in the taste as well. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste.
Feel: medium to light body with a lot of carbonation. Alcohol warmth isn't there.
Drink: very drinkable. I could drink this all day.
Overall, a very nice beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. I am not sure if my grades do it justice based on style, so I just graded based on how I enjoyed it. Give this one a try!
12-04-2010 17:59:37 | More by SkunkWorks
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
After struggling with the cork for some time, the bottle burst open and spattered my pant legs with beer. After blotting my self dry, I poured the beer and noted a golden colour with some murkiness. A small white head developed but flattened hurriedly. Some random fingers of lace stuck throughout the tasting. The nose had a funky wheat sort of spice quality. P'raps a bit clovey and peppery as well. Yeasty. The beer was also mildly alcoholic and was somehow reminding me of lagerish scents. The taste was somewhat "farmhouse" sour. Notes of banana and wheatish flavours as well as clove and strange esters were notable. The mouthfeel had a sort of creaminess and a solid pils style body. Easily medium. The drinkability was not a problem for me. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Great, nah.
01-29-2006 06:14:47 | More by SupaCelt
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
This brew pours with a super fluffy, pillowy head and a clear, straw body. A beauty.
The smell has a bit of that sharpness that you look for in a Saison. Not super stinky, but you know it's there.
The taste is clean, sharp, a bit sweet and tart. A really nice balance of flavours. It has a faint similarity to a good pilsner in that the same flowery characteristic you look for. Definitely on my recommend list.
Mouthfeel is prickily yet creamy, and the drinkability is quite good.
12-07-2007 01:56:44 | More by DaveFL1976
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Golden bubbly and extremely clear beer considering that this beer is refermented in the bottle.
Slightly yeasty and spicy aroma, reminiscent of a barnyard or horse blanket
Crisp and slightly Lemony with a hint of sourness in the finish
Taste is peppery
Mouthfeel is light, and solventy almost acrylic in nature. I could feel this beer lingering on the enamel of my teeth. Highly drinkable Belgian Farmmhouse style. Get some...
03-18-2009 18:03:30 | More by deanhead
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from bottle into Stella glass
A: Beautiful light amber with two finger fluffy head that dissipated very slowly. Wonderful looking brew.
S: Smelled almost tripel like. Hints of sweetness come through along with some fruitiness as well. Great smelling brew.
T & M: Wow interesting taste, not quite what I was expecting. Very dry finish. Taste has hints of possible oakiness or aging to it. There is definitely a bitterness on the finish as well, nicely balanced.
D: Definitely drinkable, not hints of the high ABV in the brew.
08-11-2008 23:37:57 | More by elniko
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Pours out a deep hazy golden orange but the thin head that it began with decided to take a sabbatical after a minute or two. Nose is of a non-descript yeasty / wheaty variety, I mean, it's there unlike cheap beers, but it doesn't exactly leap out of the glass at you either.
and this non-descript aspect completely ends when it comes to the taste, which is stupendous and deep. Up front you get a delightfully tingly sensation on the end of the tongue, like sour citrus, and then a gentle hop bitter begins on the back. The wheat and yeast from the nose take front and centre, along with a spicy tinge (pepper? cloves?) that whirls around in the mouth amidst all of this.
The entire presentation is only aided by the delightfully full mouthfeel, I'm not talking thick like a stout, just very bubbly, and pleasant, this is the first non-viscuous beer that I've given a full 5.0 on mouth to, but Hennepin earned it, with ease. The drinkability on this stuff is also excellent.
Overall I would term this beer shocking. The appearance and smells really offer no hint to the treat that is hidden in the flavour and mouth. A pleasure, I'll certainly be having it again.
08-14-2004 00:07:06 | More by CortexBomb
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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