Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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3.15/5 rDev -24.3%
Bottled on 31 March 2011. Tasted 23 September 2011, reviewed from notes.
Pours a really nice golden yellow. Mostly clear, with a light haze. Big fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time. Some spotty lace, not much. It's one of those beers that you pour and it just goes "poof!" Bright color, glowing, topped by a huge gob of white foam.
Smell is dominated by Belgian yeast. A little bit of faint musty barnyard funk. Lots of spice, especially clove, with a little banana, and some slightly sharper spice. I like it. To me, it smells more like a Belgian golden than a saison. But it's good.
Taste starts out slightly sweet, musty, malty, with that light earthy flavor characteristic of saisons. All those layers, just like it should be. But then a huge dose of hops spoils it all, bringing a tingly bite that doesn't feel right to me for this style. Finishes pretty bitter - not what I was looking for. My feeling is that they were trying to make a hopped-up saison, and it didn't really work out. It detracts from the beer by overshadowing all that subtle complexity with pure bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, high carbonation. Fizzy and tingly. Quite good, but I would appreciate it more if it weren't reviving flavors I don't want.
Over-hopped, especially for a saison. I don't pick up the hop character in the smell, but it's quite obvious in the taste, and its effects are largely negative. That's really too bad, as what's there underneath that bitterness is quite solid.
09-30-2011 02:03:48 | More by zeledonia
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Enjoyed in a tulip glass
A: pours an incredibly clear light straw color with ample carbonation bubbles and an intense amount of fluffy pure white head that lingers for a long time, leaves thick foam sticking both to and off of the glass
S: nice peppery scent with notes of clove and banana peels, very nice and about the purest ive seen for the style
T: nice taste for the style with alot of interesting elements, clove and pepper hit in the beginning as well as the end, the middle hits alot with the nice banana or even vanilla like taste i often see with saisons, very nice taste
M: intense carbonation, burns a bit at the end as well which is interesting, leaves a bit of black pepper taste on the palate
O: a great representation of the style, nice taste and smell, intense head that lasts forever, didnt like the mouthfeel as much as i liked the rest
09-28-2011 23:40:03 | More by BigPlay1824
4.26/5 rDev +2.4%
A - Slightly hazy, dull golden color. Four fingers of beautiful, white head with excellent retention. Lots of thick lacing. I'm not sure you could improve on this...
S - Faint earthiness combined with underwhelming citrus. Pepper, phenols, and lemon. The smell becomes much more pronounced as the beer warms up a bit.
T - The lemon and citrus fruits hit you first. Just the right amount of dryness, tart, and earthy flavor. Nice, pepper and phenol aftertaste
M - crisp, medium mouthfeel
O - Another stellar choice from Ommegang. After trying a biere-de-mars, I didn't think I would ever like anything this dry and earthy. But this is so complex, yet balanced. Very drinkable. I went through the 750 mL bottle way too fast.
09-23-2011 01:18:51 | More by lancecenter
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
On-tap at the New Rudy's into it's proper vessel.
A: Slightly hazy gold body with a finger of fine white foam. Decent retention and nice lace. Nice.
S: Enjoyably spicy, mildly fruity saison nose. Plenty of clove, pepper, and pear. Good.
T: Follows the nose: spicy, fruity, and full of tasty yeast minerality. Solid.
M: Light-to-medium body with tons of frothy, creamy carbonation. Great for the style.
O: Hennepin has long been a staple of mine, as it's available all over the place on tap. Sometimes it absolutely blows me away, other times it's just satisfactory, but usually it's like it was tonight: a solid, balanced, authentic-tasting Saison. Good stuff.
09-20-2011 01:09:46 | More by woosterbill
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
A - This beer pours a nice golden straw color. It has a big fluffy 2-finger white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered chunks of lace behind on the glass. There is also a constant stream of rising carbonation bubbles visible.
S - I am getting some sweet malty notes right off the bat. There is also a big lemony scent, as well as some barnyard funk. I am getting some graininess and earthiness too.
T - There is some sweet grainy malt flavor right away. There are flavors of fruit and spice, like lemon, banana, and white pepper. The funkiness in the nose didn't quite make it to the flavor profile. The finish leaves some lingering spiciness on the palate.
M - This has a medium body and high carbonation. It goes down easy and has a creamy feel to it. There is some tingly feel from the high carbonation and spices.
O - This has good drinkability. Would have no problem having a few glasses of this in an evening (since I just did). Overall, I think this is a really nice saison. I just wish that it has a bit more funk to it. I think it is definitely an easily approachable example of the style. I would buy again.
09-19-2011 08:58:59 | More by JizackFH
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
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
from a 12oz. pours a nice light gold color that is more on the clear side. Spice loaded nose with some ginger and coriander along with some navel oranges and a slight bit of funk. mostly attack on this as it falls off on the mid-palate and finish. Good medium body with more noticeable citrus on the palate.
This is very good, but not as open on the nose as one would like. Has a funkier side to it, but doesn't go the full way. It's a good saison that aims more rustic than citrusy
09-08-2011 04:13:58 | More by KDawg
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
750ml bottle poured into tulip.
A - Light golden yellow with a bit of haziness. Monster 3 finger head with excellent retention.
S - Floral and citrus notes fill the nose with some spice and yeast coming through.
T - Similar to the nose. The citrus and spice immediately hits, followed by grassy hops and some Belgian yeast flavor. The hop bite is quite nice and is balanced out by the sweet malt backbone. The finish is dry with a lingering citrus aftertaste.
M - Light bodied, smooth and refreshing. Lively carbonated feel.
D - Fantastic saison. It has high drinkability and is a relaxing, balanced brew. The alcohol is masked well but is very warming. There is a champagne-like vibe going on which added a lot to the overall experience.
09-04-2011 22:54:28 | More by mooseo
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter
A- Clear light golden color with a fluffy white three finger head.
S- Earthy spices, floral hops, and a nice fruit notes, get mainly orange/orange peels.
T- A nice light fruit tartness jumps out right away that balances the spices. Spice have a good amount of complexity to them and the tartness adds a little more. Well balanced.
M- Smooth, crisp, light.
O- This is a nice Saison that is easy to drink. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but I would like it more if the aroma and taste where bigger.
09-04-2011 04:04:57 | More by larryi86
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
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Received a 1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. (750 ML) bottle in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur & has an estimated price of $11.99. Poured from the caged&corked bottle into my 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass and has 16/12/13 on the front of the bottle.
Aroma- A nice fruitiness and extremely light spiciness. Has a nice floral hop aroma and High fruitiness with low to moderate hop aroma and very low sour/acidic aroma if any.
Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has decent retention. Has a dark golden/light orange color body that is semi-hazy. Very nice lacing on the sides of the glass, mostly sudsy but does have 2 rings at the top.
Flavor- VERY fruity from the beginning with tons of malt. I'm not sure if its balanced or not, but the spiciness tastes over towards the end of the drink. Like a Belgian Strong when it comes to the finish. Has a medium hop bitterness and has a bit of sourness at the end as well.
Mouthfeel- Light-Meidum Bodied (more on the light side), High Carbonation, Lightly Effervescent, and has hops/spice on the finish but nothing big time.
Overall Impression- A very fruity Saison. Easy to drink, has mild spice and sourness but not every brew this style can have these distinctive aromas/flavors. I was expecting more from this one but not bad. Wouldn't go out of my way to get again but enjoyed.
09-03-2011 05:46:20 | More by DCon
3.4/5 rDev -18.3%
Bottle poured in a pint glass
A: Pours a hazy bright golden color with an absolutely ridiculous amount of spongy foam head.
S: Aroma is gratuitous of Belgian fruits like apricot but also something lighter, cantaloupe and watermelon come to mind. It's all rounded off by granola and hints of cut hay.
T/M: Once the intense head subsides, the taste has a slight alcohol twinge up front along with apricots and peaches, but is a bit watery. Some grainy malts linger in the finish.
A good Belgian/saison but the watery, alcohol twinge is a little off putting.
09-02-2011 00:30:56 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A: Pale goldfish yellow with pillowy white three finger head that leaves behind a great deal of lacing. Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass giving the head excellent retention.
S: Hops and grain with citrus and coriander. Orange hints are detected.
T: Tastes like its aromas. Refreshing on the palate.
M: Thin, light-bodied and very refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. Moderate carbonation with crisp finish.
O: Extremely drinkable and definitely a beer I would enjoy again.
08-29-2011 22:48:31 | More by Paincane
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
The last time I had this beer, it was over five years ago. I have completely forgotten about trying this beer again.
I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this beer, because saison/farmhouse style used to not do it for me. I decided to give this another try after tasting Picnic Ants.
The taste was soft, mellow, and there's a hint of tartiness to the aftertaste. It was actually pretty refreshing for me to drink this beer. It had some malty component while having some tartiness to balance things out.
Overall, I definitely will pick this up again. I think next time, it won't be a five-year gap before my next drink. If you want to start experimenting with Saison, then I don't think you can go wrong with trying this one first.
08-29-2011 22:37:40 | More by 2xHops
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
picked up a 22 oz from the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.
pours a great off-white two-finger head with moderate lacing. body is pale champagne colored and slightly hazy.
smell is of coriander, citrus, and orange peels. very hop and floral aroma.
taste is different, very nice. sort of has a sour mash whiskey vibe. basic foundation goes back to coriander and hops.
there's a robust - almost intense cherry-like and "dry" red wine on-bringing, best way I can think to describe it. aftertaste is very jumpy on the palette.
a funky and unique beer. not my favorite, but I can definitely see the sense and sensibility in its novelty and respectfully so.
08-28-2011 02:17:10 | More by thatruth
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
I bought a bomber of this recently from Trader Joe's in STL, and I couldn't resist opening it any longer.
Appearance: Pours one badass looking Saison, yo! Pours 3-4 fingers of thick, frothy, white head. The thick head stuck around for probably 5-7 minutes. I still had remainder the rest of the drink. Masterful looking beer. Light amber to almost yellow.
Nose: Spices, apricot, perhaps a bit of sweet apple peel...in the very back is a very light peppery scent and some grain.
Taste: Tastes like it smells with the addition of some very grassy tones. Its light, crisp, and the alcohol is covered fairly well. Some definite hops. Overall, a well balanced taste-- exceptional.
Mouth: Light and spot on for a Saison. Sooo refreshing.
Overall: Kickass! I can't believe it took me so long not to try this one. Will buy again and again and again. Quite possibly one of the best examples of this style that I can think of for sure.
08-28-2011 01:57:41 | More by paxchristi
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: Hazy medium golden in color, with a massive, dense white head, which retains superbly. Massive streams of ultra-fine carbonation drift lazily to the surface. The lacing is thick and fully coats the glass walls.
Aroma: Prominent alcohol, medicinal notes, paired with light fruit notes of apples, particularly apple peels, and pears. Faint clove notes are present as well.
Taste: Opens with light fruit notes, old apples and pears, a little fruit rind bitterness, lots of spicy notes, white pepper and cloves. The alcohol is mellow, spicy, and slightly sweet and omnipresent in the taste. As the taste progresses, some earthy hop notes appear, these help to bring the taste to a graceful close.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: A superb example of this style, one which demonstrates that magnificent examples of Belgian styles can be brewed in the US. Certainly a superb choice for a cool fall day. For me, this beer embodies the joyous celebration of a bountiful harvest.
Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle, served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.
08-27-2011 13:23:56 | More by Pegasus
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
12 oz for $6 at South Philly Taproom, served in a wine glass
The beer is a reddish amber with a cottony white head that sticks around leaving fine lace. The smell is a little herbal from the hops, spicy from the yeast, and bready from the malt. The beer tasted good, but it was definitely undercarbonated which keeps the aromas in the beer and out of my nose, but it kind of also ruins full appreciation of the beer. This was carbonated more like an English Pale than a farmhouse ale. The beer wasn't as fiesty and zippy as the bottled versions of this beer, which are perfectly carb-ed. That said I think this beer develops in the bottle a bit and it might be the micro-oxidiation (along with carabonation) from the bottling process that adds some earthy and fruity flavors I remembered in this beer that was not present.
08-27-2011 04:44:15 | More by Soonami
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
750mL bottle (bottled 8/6/10 - best by 8/2012) poured into a Hennepin glass. Clear golden color with an enormous fluffy white head that subsides slowly.
Aroma is Belgian yeast, spice notes, fruit. Light, crisp, and lemony with just the right level of musty funk.
Taste is clean and bright with a smooth mouthfeel. Yeast, malt and hops work in perfect harmony here. Confirmed once again as one of my favorite saisons.
08-24-2011 03:35:24 | More by draheim
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours a hazy goldish color with plenty of fluffly white head.
Beautiful yeasty smell. A bit of pepper.
Beer is not all that great when chilled. Offish flavors as if I was drinking something closer to a Labatt Blue. Letting it warm up a bit brings out more of a traditional saison like flavor. Plenty of yeast, a bit of spice, a slight honeyish sweetness.
Not as great as, say, most saisons actually from Belgium, but overall still quite good.
08-23-2011 01:25:49 | More by Seanstoppable
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Pale straw gold fairly clear with a careful pour however the head is crazy, even with a slow pour I get half a glass of foam, and it doesnt appear to be going anywhere. A lot going on in the nose with this one. It is dominated by yeasty esters like bananas and cloves but there are also lemon and peppery spice as well. The taste is classic saison. Fruit, spice and clean crisp grain. For the fruit I notice lemon and other citrus the spice is mainly light pepper and a bit of clove and that is all rounded out by nice pale malts. The mouthfeel too is good. Lively carbonation with a super dry and clean finish that manages to leave a touch of sweetness that invites the next sip. The alcohol is well hidden but does sneak up near the end of the glass. Overall a very good example of an often under respected style.
08-22-2011 00:35:45 | More by fank2788
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with two fingers of billowy, almost pure white head. Strong retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.
S: Sweet yeasty bread, light hay and pepper.
T: Very subtle flavors: yeasty bread, tart apple and pear, pepper and minerals. Definite hop bite on the finish but perfectly balanced with the other subtle flavors. Delicious.
M: Light, soda-like but with a bit of cream and fluff, refreshing astringence.
O: Can't believe I've never even tried this before, what a treat. Available year round and reasonably priced, this one is going straight onto my go-to list. Definitely recommended.
08-20-2011 22:13:11 | More by AmericanGothic
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
A: Corked and caged in a 750 mL bottle. A nice popping sound upon opening the bottle. Pours a medium height white head that stayed for a medium duration. Clear deep gold, clarity is reduced when finishing the bottle due to stirring up the yeast a little
S: Clean smell with some citrus, spice, and yeast breadiness
T: Lots of yeast flavors but still on the light-medium side. Spicy, clove a little sweetness residue.
M: Nice belgian style higher carbonation Finishes fairly clean with some citriusy yeasty flavor residues
O: Smooth drinking saison with some nice flavors.
08-20-2011 04:36:15 | More by scoots511
3.05/5 rDev -26.7%
750ml bottle split into two really big snifters. I left the yeasty sediment in the bottom of the bottle.
So, it looks pretty clear, straw yellow, with a very robust head and lots of active lacing. Cork made a nice pop, too. Smell is spicy and somehow unpleasant. It makes me think of cheap lagers. Kinda yeasty.
Taste is a bit funky, kinda spicy. Very yeasty, even though I left the sediment behind. I can't taste much else, in fact.
Mouthfeel is a little dry and chalky. Overall, this seems OK to me. Maybe I didn't get the best bottle; it was on clearance.
08-19-2011 02:54:16 | More by snaotheus
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
Poured from a 750 mL. bottle (Bottled On 09/22/10 / Best By 09/2012) into a tulip glass.
A moderate pour yields a 3-finger off-white head that fades slowly but sticks around forever. The body is a cloudy straw gold with carbonation bubbles rising like an undersea volcanic vent. Thick lacing sticks to the sides of the glass in gloppy ribbons.
A good amount of funk is coming from the head, which is nice as I have had some rather complacent-smelling Hennepins before. Citrusy and oily lemon peel blends well with grainy wheat and, of course, the dominating funk.
A sweet grainy flavor holds a number of notes, including banana, lemon zest, and pepper. Where is the funk that is so explosive in the nose? The flavor is delicious, but not what a saison-lover would expect. It is much more approachable for the style, and as such, it is great for someone uninitiated to the saisons.
Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation, this beer has great drinkability. The carbonation is not overly apparent and does not cause the beer to fizzle when held in your mouth, but it is just strong enough to help push this beer along. The body is not coating and sticky nor light watery, but sippable and gulpable.
08-18-2011 23:43:17 | More by output01x
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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