Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
Interesting and telling... after having this beer over a dozen times, and never pausing to review it, it's either a testament to pure drinkability and enjoyment, or my serial absent-mindedness.
Hennepin pours into a Duvel tulip with an ample head of creamy white foam that leaves concentric rings of lace in the glass. There's an ever-present skim on the surface, at least a few cm thick. Bright and saturated color, pure bubbly sunshine.
Signature Belgian yeast at first, lightly citrusy and musty, with herbal notes of tea leaves, coriander, and sage.
Grassy tea-like hops emerge in the flavor as well, alongside peppery Belgian yeast phenols and dry crackery malt. Finishes very dry with a lightly bitter edge. Seemingly simple on the surface but well nuanced in flavor and aroma. It has a prickly feel, well carbed, and easily degassed after swirling the glass a few times. Quite a thirst-quencher, and it pairs exceptionally well with charcuterie.
"Hennepin. It goes with everything!" ...Sorry, old joke.
05-14-2012 23:06:15 | More by emerge077
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A corked 750 ml bottle.
Pours out a golden, yellow color. It was slightly cloudy. It also left some lacing. The head was very large. It smells of spice and hops. The hop flavor was very apparent as well as the yeast flavor. Mouthfeel was crisp and a little dry. It rates very drinkable, but due to the size of the bottle, maybe just one.
04-23-2006 22:09:01 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance: Blond in color and fairly cloudy, moreso after the first glass. A billowing white head rises from a gentle pour, lasting until the final drop.
Smell: Very malty with some banana-like esters. Closer inspection reveals spicy and floral notes (white pepper, ginger and mint come to mind).
Taste/mouthfeel: Tropical fruit and yeast are at the forefront here, but there's a spicy kick beneath it. Mildly sweet initially, though that's quickly overtaken by a lasting dryness and mild herbal/floral hop bite. Carbonation is high and the finish is ultra-crisp - this is one seriously refreshing beer despite the high ABV. The flavor is low on the funkiness sometimes found in Belgian saisons, but I'm not complaining; this is a damn good beer.
Notes: A solid beer that was past due for a review. For the price it's hard to go wrong with this stuff.
06-11-2008 02:13:18 | More by largadeer
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
750ml caged and corked behemoth of a bomber. Strangely, the label indicates that this is a 'Product of Belgium' - brewed and bottled at Ommegang's parent company, Duvel Moortgat.
This beer pours a somewhat hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three ebullient fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some nice linked snowflake lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.
It smells of musky flowers, citrus rind, bready pale malt, dried apples, sassy earthy yeast, and a soft ground pepper spiciness. The taste is moderately sweet pale malt, buoyed by some restrained candi sugar, weakened citrus, but with an uptick in general fleshy fruitiness, some new-found coriander, consistent yeast, and subtle, sneaky earthy spiciness - pepper meets ginger. There is no overt alcohol presence, however, a pleasant wave of underlying warmth pulls the covers up all nice and snug.
The carbonation is present, but lightly rendered, and, well 'brut-esque', the body on the prim side of medium weight, and smooth, but with a swelling of edgy heat baying at the gates. It finishes off-dry, with head-spinning complexity - nothing that has thus far presented itself seems to have buggered off yet. Oh well, then.
A well made, um, American saison? Heritage and corporate buyouts aside, this is just plain enjoyable, the delicate nature of the farmhouse ale decently ramped up, balanced, and quite agreeable, as the masked booze strength plays up well to the waning summer ethos up here in the soon to be Great White North.
09-15-2011 23:57:00 | More by biboergosum
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
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!
08-04-2005 01:45:07 | More by NeroFiddled
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
12-31-2007 09:24:39 | More by RblWthACoz
3.35/5 rDev -19.5%
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 didnt 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 Im drinking a a whole 750ml bottle, Im not liking it as much. Just being honest.
05-25-2006 04:08:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
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!
06-14-2003 11:00:26 | More by WVbeergeek
4.2/5 rDev +1%
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
02-07-2007 04:47:35 | More by russpowell
3.43/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
08-16-2010 01:55:05 | More by MasterSki
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
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!
12-01-2002 17:21:25 | More by feloniousmonk
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
11-16-2009 19:43:22 | More by drabmuh
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
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
05-16-2010 15:30:45 | More by Slatetank
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
had a whole keg of this with the boys this week. pours a hazy bright yellow colow with very excited carbonation and a thick bone white head thats lasts forever. smells farmy, like wild yeasts and wheat malt. really funky nose with some spice as well. flavor is equally interesting and the yeast is the star. it has a bitter lemon rind component and a peppery barnyard finish. excellent saison. mouthfeel is magnificent. its effervescent carbonation and medium unfiltered body make it a pleasure to drink. the abv is a total sneak, and can really do you in if you arent careful. its not noticeable at all. overall another epic brew from ommegang.
08-24-2012 16:03:38 | More by StonedTrippin
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
06-11-2003 09:16:50 | More by WesWes
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
05-22-2011 19:04:47 | More by Rifugium
4.09/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber. There is a layer of off white head. Has a pils like note in the nose along with some Belgian spice. More Belgian spice in the taste along with a pleasant sweetness. Just a bit herbal with a slight bitterness in the finish. Light and quite nice. The carbonation level is a bit high,
02-03-2013 03:19:00 | More by oline73
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-07-2011 04:22:14 | More by mactrail
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.
The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, Belgian yeast, lemon and orange. Very fruity smelling. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of some pineapple and mangoes, as well as some white pepper notes. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, though by no means overpowering. The beer is very dry and is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A very nice American-made saison. One of the better ones out there.
01-18-2011 02:50:15 | More by Mora2000
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
08-24-2010 22:54:20 | More by mdfb79
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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