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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,107
Hads: 5,685
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 313
Gots: 843 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, I've tried cave-aged Hennepin twice now, and I honestly have to say that it doesn't smell or taste any different to me than any other cellared bottle of Hennepin that I've had. It's a very decent beer fresh, and I appreciate that, but I like to put 6 to 12 months on it to drop the yeast and soften it a touch. So, that said, the cave age is no different from my cellared bottles except that there's dust and tiny chunks of rock (?) on the bottle. If you don't have a cellar that holds 55-65 F during summer, you might want to try one of these; but other than that, forget the extra expense and do it yourself. It's only a few buck put away for a little while (it doesn't really improve beyond conditioning, and I think it's quite nice and ready to go with even four months under its belt). But keep in mind, this is one of my favorite beers to begin with, and my favorite beer from Ommegang, so maybe I'm biased. Cheers!

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Photo of mactrail
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've taken a long time to get to this one, but I'm glad to finally get to it. I've educated myself on saisons recently with a lot of Fantome, so I'm confident I can give this the fair review it deserves. 7.70% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given its reputation.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head - disappointingly thin - of slight cream, and great retention for the high ABV (~4 minutes). Body colour is a hazy pale yellow-gold. Thin minimal lacing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Translucent.

Sm: Crystal malt, brett yeast funkiness, heavy lemon esters and lemon zest, lemongrass, rustic spicing (perhaps cilantro and clove if I had to guess), and pale malts. Maybe a bit of light white pepper. The lemon citric zest is pure and fragrant, evoking a fine dry champagne. Pear effervescence. Honey. Pale grains. A moderate strength evocative aroma. I can't wait to try it. Yeasty and inviting. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Delightful lemon citrus esters and lemon zest; these notes are dominant. Complementary funky yeast as well with notes of clove spice and maybe even a bit of banana and phenol. Some light biscuity character. Crystal malt. Dry pear and champagne notes. A hint of sour green apple - but not to the extent you'd see in a patersbier. Pale unobtrusive malt body. Rustic spices seem primarily yeast-derived. Refreshing and a bit tangy. Some honey. Perhaps some light fermented pineapple. These bright fruit esters also seem to come from the yeast. Little malty sweetness - just enough to aid the balance. I quite like it. What's sorely lacking is white pepper; a quality saison should always have peppery qualities but this one lacks them. Still, it's a balanced and well-layered saison. No alcohol comes through either, and it manages to remain refreshing. It doesn't lack complexity, but saisons are a complex style, and more could certainly be done. Maybe my Fantome consumption has driven up my expectations.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some effervescent dry champagne qualities as well. Excellent carbonation and thickness, complementing the flavour profile and coaxing out the more subtle flavours. Good palate presence. Refreshing and enjoyable.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its high ABV well. A quality saison from Ommegang, but it drinks a bit too much like a witbier with its heavy reliance on lemon notes. Still, I quite enjoy it and I'd definitely get it again if I was in the mood for a domestic saison. It's a fine offering and a fairly priced one. Lives up to its reputation. Very refreshing. Bravo, Ommegang.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours to a very pale yellow color with a large foamy white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Bready, yeasty smell with background notes of malt, banana & hops.

T: The taste starts of malty with a flavor of banana, follows with a little bit of hops, then alcohol warmth. Not as bready as you smell and no after-taste. As the beer warms you get a little bit more hops but still not overpowering.

M: Very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It goes down easy but I just didn’t like the taste enough to drink a lot of it.

I tried this beer at a tasting and thought it was pretty good. Now that I’m drinking a a whole 750ml bottle, I’m not liking it as much. Just being honest.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Mt Hope brewfest -served chilled in a taster, had a few to enjoy over the coarse of the afternoon while strolling around

A - A mildly hazed golden similar to apple juice or pear nectar w/ 2 fingers of cream that is snow white. The lace clings in a film and the bead is tiny

S - A smell the reminds of fresh ripe pear and some granny smith/golden apple notes w/ slight funky and earthy vegetal aroma w/ mild spicy herbal hop and a mild sweet aroma from the malt which is accented by more yeast which has a light white grape odor. The fragrant brew has plenty of complexity

M - I like how the feel has some tartness and light earthy peppery qualities and still has enough fruit and mild sweetness to comje off as refreshing with a high level of carbonation and mild tart almost lemony sour aspects. The finish is dry and light toasted in texture

T - The flavor of Hennepin is smooth, and brisk w/ light fruitiness and lots of yeast tartness which brings to mind grapeskin, lemon peel and the malt has a light toasted grain note w/ mild spice again from the yeast and slight alcohol influence. There is a mellow astringent note and hint of pear and hop in the finish which has a refreshing dry taste

D - I enjoy this beer a bit more in the bottle but this was great on a warm spring day - it was made for it with crisp full flavor and I was sincerely glad I got to try it again on tap

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

I first had this on tap, not knowing it was an Ommegang brew until I looked it up later. It's a tasty saison. Pretty smooth and flavorful but nothing to get overwhelmed about.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head that retains and laces well. Yeasty aroma, with hints of citrus, grass, and light spice. Biscuity taste, with flavors of orange zest, apple, banana; grassy with notes of spice. Light-medium mouthfeel, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden/bronze with effervescence & 3 fingers of white fluffy whip cream-like head. Mindblowing lacing & head retention

S: Hay & grain up front, then a little breadyness.

T: Fruitty with a hint of grain & lemon up front. Pepper & dryness follows as this warms. Apple skins & earthy yeastyness are also present. Some alcohol, dryness & wheat tartness come with the finish, plus a little more yeasty funk

MF: Spritzy & light/medium bodied

Fairly drinkable, saisons aren't really my thing but this one is pretty good across the board. As good as many I've seen in Belgium

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly fogged straw color. Nice white head. Nose is yeast funk with strong citrus and dough tones. Flavor is funky dough with an obvious yeast influence. Feel is a bit thicker on the liquid, it's the dough character peeking through again. Drinkable, yes. Not as good as I remember it being on the bottle though. Possibly a prime example of how bottle conditioning can really make a difference in certain beers.

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Photo of superspak
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 5/13/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some nice and dense soapy lacing clinging on the glass. Aromas of huge lemon, pepper, grass, clove, herbal, floral, grape, orange zest, coriander, earth, light funk, and herbal yeast spiciness. Absolutely fantastic aromas that are extremely balanced with nice complexity. Taste of big lemon, pepper, herbal, floral, orange peel, grass, earth, bread, coriander, slight funk, yeast spiciness, and slight tang. Nice herbal spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, citrus zest, pepper, bread, floral, herbal, earth, and yeast spices and tang on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance of flavors; with a perfect contrast of the malt sweetness and peppery spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a slightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with no warming noticed at all on the finish. Very easy to drink. Overall this is an absolutely world class saison. Extremely balanced with big complexities; and very smooth to drink. Definitely one of the best I have ever had.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a corked 750 ml bottle it appears a golden hue with a vibrant white head leaving trickled lace a picture perfect Belgium style ale. Aroma has some of those farm house ale characteristics of spices and yeast notes very nice along with huge tones of malt sweetness, underlying honey notes and the phenols are also producing the fruit tones characteristic of any fine Belgium ale. So, far simply amazing I love it. Taste light trickled malt, this is the perfect combination of sweetness, light hops, and exotic spices and full rich tones with a nice finish of alcohol on the palate. The mouthfeel has the consistency of a light syrup highly carbonated just full enough to coat the palate and tickle the senses. Drinkability is just wow, I could treat this like a session beer until I tried to stand up. Really too drinkable and desireable to approach too often save it as a treat. Best thing about it is the reasonable price for such a great beer, classic!

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw with a slight haze. Large big-bubbled head. While receding, leaves some spotty lace.

Typical farm house stinky; I mean that in a good way. Sour smell similar to old dough.

Spritzy and sour; lots of yeast bite. Quite light in the body. Tastes as if there is a lot of wheat in this beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one finger of fluffy white head that leaves quickly, and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of bananas, spices, and yeast. Some cloves, orange, and citrus as well. Not much funk but enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, cloves, yeast, alcohol, and light citrus and fruit.

m - Light to medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - An ok saison but nothing amazing. It smelled pretty good, but thought the high carbonation and the alcohol in the taste hurt it a bit. No funk anywhere either. Would try again but wouldn't really seek out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellowish color. Fresh, floral,citrusy nose, quite like a witbier.Very beautiful, very inviting, who could refuse a sip of a brew so friendly?Taste is extremely satisfying, if lacking depth, but then, like many pretty things, it's not meant to be deep, just delicious, d'lightful, d'lovely!

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Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a standard pint at Shady's downtown.

A - Pours pale straw yellow with a small film of head leaving thin sheets of lacing down the glass. I think it was a bit too cold, and it suffered a bit because of it.

S - Lots of strong bready belgian yeast up front. Plenty of barn yard funk with some faint earthy hops. I really think the colder pour hurt the appearance and smell of this one greatly.

T - Plenty of funk up front mixes well with a bit of sweetness. Some muted earthy hops add a nice hop bite. Hops seem to come out a bit more once it has had a chance to warm up a bit. A touch of black pepper adds some spice to help break up all bready sweetness. Finish is funky but not overpowering. I love how this one is light and refreshing and yet still filled with bold, rustic, flavors that make it one of the best saisons.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as barn yard funky as some of the other drafts of Hennepin that I have had in the past but still funky none the less.

D - Very high. I absolutely love this one. It is funky yet still very re-freshing. One of, if not the, best american saison on the market today.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adam for serving up another Saison. Served in an Allagash Cervoise. Best before January 2012.

A - Pours with a voluminous three-plus fingers of white foam that eventually dissipates to a thin cap and leaves behind some stray chunks of lace. Body is a golden straw color, and oddly only one of three three pours had a stream of bubbles.

S - Yeast, esters, some light stone fruit, must, earth, and a bit of soapiness. Alcohol could be better hidden, and this lacks in "pop" and intensity, particularly after the Odonata offering.

T - Taste is a little better, as there is less alcohol and spicy ester character. More pale malt, with a bit of lemon, stone fruits, and floral hop character.

M - Carbonation is a bit too zesty and gritty, body is medium and a touch grainy as well. There's a touch of warmth in the finish, and residual stickiness.

D - Meh. A serviceable brew, but not something I will bother having again, as there are too many better options on the shelf.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a thick foamy white head that is well-retained and leaves foamy lacing along the sides of the glass.

The smell is of citrusy lemon, bready yeast and a slight medicinal aroma in the background.

The taste of lemon mixed with honey. Sourbread and grainy malt come into play a little later. The taste is not overly assertive, but always present enough.

The feel is smooth and refreshing. It's easy to drink, the flavors linger and the body holds up well.

A solid choice for a saison. It's not my favorite of the style (it's just behind DuPont and Smuttynose Farmhouse), but it's certainly a goody I do recommend.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and an even thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of floral hops, light amounts of citrus and spices, and just a hint of the yeast.

T: There is an earthy and floral quality to the taste of this beer most likely contributed by the hops. There is a good balance with the underlying malts. Also, there is a hint of citrus and moderate amounts of spices. This beer has very light bitterness but is not sweet, the bitterness lingers just a bit in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very refreshing, very enjoyable, and very easy to drink. This beer is sessionable and goes down well on a warm summer day/evening. At one point in time a couple of years back, this was my favorite beer and is still one of the best easy drinking beers.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served on draft at a local bar. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it. Thcik white head, carbonation low. Lacing is very high in this beer.

Aroma is primarily yeasty followed by that Saison funk. Like a barn.

This beer has a lot of odd bitterness to it. Its like orange peels or something. The flavors are complicated, fruity, sour, harsh, and finished by the bitterness. Drinkability moderate and the mouthfeel is a little thin. Not my favorite from this brewery unfortunately.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 1/22/11. Thanks to THECPJ for the share.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a massive head that billowed up to about half of the glass at first. Large foamy bubbles that dissipated on the faster side, not much lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with some lemon, coriander and a little bit of grass. Also get some banana and some clove as well.

T: Get a nice grassy flavor. Some yeast and the banana and clove/coriander spices come through as well.

M/D: On the lighter side with nice carbonation. Very easy drinking and overall enjoyable. While I really like it, its not something I will reach for often.

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Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big pillow top off white head. Good retention with decent lace. Color is a slight hazed dark golden copper.

Aroma: mainly of spices, but not a very strong aroma. Lemon zest and orange peel. Funky yeast.

Taste: There is a lot more flavor here then the smell would give away. Very zesty with a lot of spices. Black pepper, orange peel, lemon citrus, and a funky yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Citrus and zesty. Medium bodied. Fairly high amount of carbonation. Ends with a spicy and funky aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is pretty good, especially on a hot summer day. Light enough to have a few, but still packs a nice flavor.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle I have been sitting on for awhile just for giggles. Circa 2006-07 vintage. The bottle has conflicting information regarding it's abv. At the bottom it states the abv is 7.5, at the top left corner it states 8.5%. Poured into a Ommegang 10 year anniversary cervoise it appears a clear straw yellow color with a golden center. A finger of white froth dissolves leaving finger-like patterns of lace on the glass. A light swirl revives the cap to a finger of fluff that is yellowish stained.

The smell of this brew is quite fruity with notes of pear and bready grains. Somewhat like caramel with hints of original bubblegum. There is some expected yeasty spice included not really peppery in nature more like clove. There is an evident amount of sulfur and some grassy notes mixed with belgian phenols. The backend is minorly reminiscent of banana.

The taste is sweet with caramel malt and a hint of original bubblegum flavoring. Slight herbal hop inclusion provides a nice balancing bitterness. There are some spiced yeasty notes of clove and faint banana. It is very clean and well balanced.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite creamy and smooth in the feel. Very easy drinking with a low alcohol impact despite the conflict of listed abv on the label. Regardless if it is 7.5 or 8.5% abv, it drinks like it is half of that. Exceptionally balanced, this brew has gone through quite a transformation I actually enjoy it more with age on it than a fresh offering. Nice.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - gold with a half an inch of soft white head

S - yeast, faint Belgian funk, faint wheat

T - spicy, yeasty, wheat, a bit funky

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a solid saison. It doesn't have an overpowering yeast presence and has solid balance. It's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is quite fabulous. It's crystal clear and the entire vessel is teeming with effervescence. The color is a light shade of yellow. The head is huge and white, containing a plethora of bubbles. As it fades over an hour or so, it coats the glass in sticky lacing. The aroma is of spices, straw, grass, lemons. The taste is better than the aroma, with notes of lemon grass, orange zest, clove, lemon, straw. There is a subtle, spicy kick in the finish. The beer has a nice feel, with an above average carbonation level. This is a great saison, and from the United States, no less. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of WesWes
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light gold color with a lovely white head that stands tall. The aroma is exceptional. I love belgian beers like this one. There is so much going on in here; bitter orange peels, corriander, etc. It has a sort of banana aroma. I can't say enough about it. The taste is also good. It rings of spices right from the first sip. The elevated alcohol level (7.5%) also lets you know that this is a beer to enjoyed, not slammed down. This would be great with some gourmet food. The mouthfeel is tremendously smooth for a bottle conditioned ale. It goes down smooth and is very drinkable. A great choice anytime. In my opinion, their best regular offering, only edged out by their limited edition Three Philosophers.

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Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a bright yellow/golden color with a huge foamy pure white head to it. It had some nice head retention and very good lacing as I drank it. An excellent looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of the yeast characteristics with some notes of cloves and banana. It also has a good amount of lemon and orange citrus flavor to it. Pretty appealing and refreshing aroma overall.

The taste starts with some of that bright citrus flavors that were found in the nose. In the finish more of the yeast and spice come through with some of that clove like flavor present. A bit of alcohol in the finish but not too bad. It has a nice balance between the spice and the citrus that a lot of versions fail to achieve. It's both refreshing and relatively complex, which I like.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Drinkability is good, it's an easy drinking, refreshing and very good tasting beer. The spices and the citrus meshed very well together in it and made for a very good beer.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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