Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
(Served in a chalice)
A- A hazy lemon yellow body with a thin white head that last for the full glass. It is a bit to hazy to see any carbonation in this beer.
S- The dry faint tart notes come through with a faint lemon zest hint in the finish. There is a very light earthy hint to the tartness.
T- The dry tart flavors can't really be associated with anything and it is followed by a faint spicy note that is hard to describe also. The faint taste of black pepper and lemon/grapefruit start to come through. There is a faint soapy taste that in pleasant with a light bitterness from hops at the finish.
M-This beer has a medium light mouthfeel that is crisp.
D-This beer might sound awful the way I described it in my review but it was very taste with a very mysterious flavor that was hard to put into words. This beer is proof that you can make a fizzy yellow beer that taste great.
07-27-2006 19:49:54 | More by rhoadsrage
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Pale, cloudy amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Spicey/citrus nose. Starts almost sweet reminds me of a wheat, tart finish. $5.35 for a 750ml bottle from Butter's Fine Food & Wine Concord, NH.
08-04-2006 22:30:55 | More by jdhilt
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
Pours a cloudy gold colored brew with heavy carbonation.
Smell is apples and lemons, sage, flowers, spices, pears, and 20 more things I can't pin down at the moment.
Taste is sweet, spicy and complex. Perfume flavors abound like lavender, pepper, roses, apples, nutmeg, nuts, yeast, bread, and 10-20 more flavors.
Mouthfeel is much like Champagne, or Duvel.
Super drinkable, this is very similar to Duvel. Super pleasant to drink. Think of this as the Batman that opposes the Duvel Joker.
03-25-2004 05:59:39 | More by Zorro
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
On-tap at the Yard House in Brea, on to the beer:
Poured into a goblet, it's blonde in color with a nice little head. This is a totally new style to me, so I didn't know what to expect. It was mildly fruity with grape and pear and a pinch of candy-like sweetness. The flavors aren't overbearing, and finishes pretty dry, making this a brew I could sip on all night.
06-19-2007 06:37:15 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
08-04-2009 03:25:29 | More by mothman
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a very nice golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, nice two-finger white creamy head, lots and lots of great sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/yeasty, nice touch of spices, and some slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, some slight bitterness/tangy, yeasty/spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty Saison, one of the best I've had.
02-16-2008 23:39:08 | More by Wasatch
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
On Tap at Kite and Key in Philly in a pint glass.
A- Very light golden with yellow infusion and a semi tight bright white head, sudsy lace.
S- Whoa there buddy, a very earthy hayish straw yeasty bready vibe with some underkining apple and pear. Some alcohol seeping through, not a bother, im trying to drank here.
T- For a saison, this is simple, nothing to see here, but saying that I gotta say this is a kick ass saison. Pure balance of earthy yeast mixed in with small fruits. The alcohol detracts and I wish it was lower, I would drink more. Earthy hops and all of that.
M- Medium, crisp, bready aftertaste, not hot, the alc stays on the tounge though. Pretty dry.
D- If this was lower in ABV I would drink more of it. Either way you gotta try this.
09-26-2010 05:39:26 | More by BARFLYB
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
750ml bottle obtained via trade with <sigh> I forget, someone out in NY. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, cave-aged in Howe Caverns, released 8Oct05, according to hangtag.
Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" bright white head over the cloudy orangey golden brew. Head lasts due to heavy fueling of small bubbles from the bottom, with ample heavy frothy lace. Aroma is lightly of spicy sweetness. Taste starts with pale maltiness, quickly exhibiting the ample spicing, which lasts through the crisp close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both superb. Still liking this one.
3/31/05 - 4.5/4/4/4.5/4.5
750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Bottle 0378 of 3360, corked and caged, cave-aged in Howe Caverns, according to hangtag.
Poured into a Hennepin glass, formed a 1 1/2" eggshell head over the effervescent golden brew. Head lasts well, due to rejuvenation from all the bubbles, with beautiful frothy lace covering everywhere. Aroma is subtle notes of sweetness coupled with light fruitiness. Taste is upfront with sweet pale malts, switching to some spiciness and light fruits, and a crisp light close. Not really any sharp edges here, probably the cave-aging at work. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. A nice saison, perhaps not as complex as some others out there, but worth your time.
02-28-2008 01:22:14 | More by ppoitras
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
A. Served into a Snifter glass from a keg. Appeared semi hazy with a nice head, lace, retention, the whole game. Looks good.
S. Sweet bubblegum wheat.
T. Like the nose, this was a pleasent banana/bubblegum experience with some yeasty notes as well.
M. Smooth, crisp and light.
D. Very good as well. No alcohal burn, just a nice example of the style.
07-01-2008 20:33:27 | More by Stinkypuss
4.48/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
06-01-2012 03:19:53 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-23-2010 16:16:21 | More by Huhzubendah
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Hennepin has a very Champagne-esque appearance - consistent streams of carbonation and an anemically pale shade of yellow. The head is bounteous and creamy, continuously growing from a steady contribution of bubbles. A light haze distorts clarity but transparency prevails nonetheless. This, itself, looks like a sunny day.
The aroma is musty in a sort of barnyard kind of way. Abounding are notes of farmhouse straw, fresh squeezed lemon, spicy phenols, and under-ripe orchard fruits. It is a charming blend of musty and zesty, grainy and fruity. When my nose dips into that glass it doesn't resurface for quite some time.
The flavours are simple and straightforward - wheat, bread, grains accompanied by a sprinkling of spice and citrus zest. The taste of roses and additional floral notes arise. Flavours of under-ripe fruits - green apple, pear, peach - are also noted. Grains, tang and spice all make equal contributions and combine for a balanced, flavourful beverage.
The carbonation is rather effervescent. Little bursts of bubbles pin-prick the roof of the mouth on each sip. The beer is tremendously refreshing and it's peppery (mustard seed-like?) spice and citrusy fruity esters blend in an intricate manner that becomes only more so with warmth.
In terms of a refreshing, sociable drink that could be shared amongst guests, this really does make a valid substitute for sparkling wine. It would make a great welcoming drink and its effervescence makes it a suitable aperitif as well. This bridges the world of beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers on the agreeable grounds of undeniable quaffability.
Ommegang will tell you that Hennepin is suited to every season but I'd insist it's absolutely ideal for spring and summer. Wait for a hot, sunny day and sit yourself down with a big bottle of this stuff. Find shade under a tree, nestle up with a good book or share it over a meal with family and friends at the table. But don't just take my word on it...try it for yourself!
04-09-2009 18:07:09 | More by biegaman
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured into pint glass.
A good pour. Nice head, white, foamy and lacing. good endurance. A little sediment brings bubbles through the golden, hazy body.
Smell had pinch of rose, I think. Malt, hops, citrus and something like raisin.
Taste was a good rich mixture of sweetness, malt, hops, wheat or hay. Some underpinnings of citrus.
I put 4 on the drinkability b/c of its richness.
01-26-2006 22:08:42 | More by Mebuzzard
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Giant white hard rock head coming out of the bottle even on a slow pour, three four fingers big. Body is real gorgeous looking, very light yellow gold and clear with visible carbonation coming up. The body is almost pale green! Head falls at a simple pace. Real nice looking beer.
Bouquet is a good smelling bread like yeast, not Belgian like but almost, gaseous smelling a little, seems more Belgian Pale Ale than saison like, sort of a weak Delirium Teremens.
Taste though is more saison, light bodied but kind of pale ale tasting. No sourness, no funkyness really pretty easy drinking. Kind of not what I expected for this category. For 7.7 abv this doesn't feel big but is easy drinking so that's great.
Overall this is quite tasty but this doesn't feel like a saison at all, most saison's I find real polarizing and this is more into simpler Belgian pale ale territory with sweetness. I do admit though I like it, I would tell people to start here for this style before grabbing something like a Dupont or god forbid a Fantome for a first time saison drinker.
04-10-2011 22:41:23 | More by smakawhat
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Poured a cloudy lemony-wit color with a billowy 2 finger creamy white head that pitted in the middle and had great retention leaving a nice streaky film lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and vibrant.
S: The nose was rather soft and lemony with only very faint traces of bananas.
T: The initial flavor was tart, citric (lemons), with a touch of acidity. A light tropical fruitiness, perhaps pineapples are present with some zesty oranges and a lemony zing. A nice light wheat creaminess is observed with some light oats as well coming through. The beer finishes with a nice acidic bite in the finish with some light bananas, and cloves contributed by the yeast.
M: light, and lively from the strong carbonation with a tart yeastiness of lemon citrus.
D: A great refreshing farmhouse with a tart citric lemons makes this a definite thirst quencher for the summer months. sure to leave you satisfied.
09-10-2008 22:49:24 | More by beerthulhu
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a very hazy golden, huge white head forms, good retention and lots of lace. Smell is sweet, honey, some cork, wheat, citrus, spice and yeast. Taste is sweet with notes of honey, spice, very malty, wheat, caramel and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Good beer but I don't think I'd put it in the top 100.
01-03-2006 03:02:04 | More by Viggo
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-21-2011 00:16:10 | More by mdaschaf
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
This brew is a chill hazed golden and throws out a big pufffy white head that has nice retention. Pretty sweet aroma with this one. Honey like. Almost like a braggot or that Midas Touch brew. There's also some fruity esters perceived on the nose. Maybe some slight herbalness too. Nice aroma. Now this is a style of Belgian beers I can get into. This is really nice tasting. It is sweet, but kept in check with the hops, herbs and spices (which I will only try to take a stab at). There could be something like Rosemary or Marjoram throwing some pizzaz into this brew. I like it whatever it is. This brew really has a nice earthiness to it. Very unique taste. But very drinkable. Honey also seems to be perceived on the tongue. This is a light-medium bodied brew. Very good.
07-24-2002 20:47:09 | More by Bighuge
3.43/5 rDev -17.5%
Cloudy yellow haze, with a frothy big head. Aroma of clove and spice.
Taste, I dunno what the big deal is, tastes simply like a combo hefe and pale wheat beer. Some citrus notes, mostly lemon. Seems like an imperial hefe at times. Stays nice and dry with its tang, light bodied. Wish the clove stayed more in the background.
I dunno, you could just go buy 6 SN Kellarweis or something for this price.
08-11-2010 16:28:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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