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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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4,752 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,752
Reviews: 2,018
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 192
Gots: 316 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this big bottle at Capone's in Norristown, Pa in a snifter.
Appearance: Pale straw color with lots of carbonation, a bunch of head and suprisingly strong retention and lacing. White head.
Smell: A bit of banana and almost like a pineapple, but everything was pretty mellow.
Taste: Very nice phenolic fruit taste, again banana and pineapple. perhaps some orange or other citrisy fruits. Nice and compex but not standoffish.
Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp.
Drinkability Pretty good, and I'm not to much of a Saison fan.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 20:43:34 | More by treehugger02010
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip glass. The beer pours a beautiful golden straw hue with a dense cloudy interior and a huge billowy white head. You can also notice a massive amount of yeast in the bottle from the bottle conditioning. The nose is fruity, spicy, bready, and bit hoppy. The taste is very refreshing with fresh fruit flavorings coming to the palate including apples and lemon with a certain earthy graininess coming to the back of the palate, and a sweet malt profile makes itself known as the beer warms a little more. The mouthfeel is interesting due to the high carbination in the beer. Very refreshing and inviting in the mouth, and it doesn't leave a very heavy coat in your mouth. The drinkability is great for this offering. Perfect to share with someone over a meal or just by yourself.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 01:48:19 | More by TheodorHerzl
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Windigstadt

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy grapefruit juice color with rocky white head.
S- Yeasty tart aroma I associate with Belgian ales... really no better way to describe it.
T- A slightly citric sweetness immediately rolls over the tongue. Some spice (perhaps coriander?) but nothing overpowering. Definite biting esters that suggest a warm fermentation. Some alcohol warmth with a tart finish. Very well balanced; similar to a Belgian Strong Ale before the tart, slightly earthy finish.
M- Very effervescent; a bit too overcarbonated for my taste but typical for a bottle-conditioned Belgian.
D- Can definitely tell it's in the 7-8% ABV range, but the light color and effervescence leaves it deceptively drinkable.
Overall: This reminded me of the farmhouse cousin of Delirium Tremens.
It has the same (relatively) light feel, but a little more spice and earthiness that makes it a great introduction to the style for those who are scared off by a strong "horse blanket" characteristic. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 02:42:37 | More by Windigstadt
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matylight

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden yellow with a spritzy white one finger head that settles back after a few seconds
S: alcohol, malt, cloves, lemony citrus, orange peel, lightly hopped...this one has got some jazz in it
T: dry, not as tangy as i suspected, grassy, slight hint of wheat, alcohol warms on the way down. the citrus isn't hanging in there as much as i'd hoped for but this is still very delicious
M: spritzy, medium bodied...this is just the way a good saison should be.
D: i could definately go for a few of these on a warm summer evening. very refreshing and easy to drink but it's got enough punch to make it an end of the night beer. certainly worth searching out.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 01:51:24 | More by matylight
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BuckSpin

Maine

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: v.2006 750ml cage top bottle, cellared in my possession for 15 months, in a Duvel tulip.

Opened with a loud (and very sudden) "POP!" Poured light, crisp, effervescent, a nice amount of carbonation & audible crackle. Nose is soft, floral, a little sweet, full of yeast esters that also add a slightly sour/tart quality as well as some soft citric tones (orange peel & very subtle lemon). It also imparts a faint spice quality of coriander and old black pepper. Grasses & clover round out the nose. As it blooms the malts emerge dry as straw & hay. Is it coincidence that a farmhouse ale evokes all these rural aromatics?

Head was huge - easily 3 fingers of tight, thick, somewhat sticky & lunar landscape-esque pitted/sculpted pearl white foam that has some nice retention, eventually settling to a pinky's worth of the same. Lacing is sporadic & isolated, creating marble-like ebbs & flows

A gentle swirling restores the head to a fat finger of the same. Subsequent re-pours restore it to 2 fingers. Its certainly a nice piece of eye candy.

The body is a slightly hazy sun-kissed, barely brassy honey gold, shimmering with a delicate, dulled brilliance. A nice parade of bubbles rises thru it serpentine style, twisting & twirling.

Its delicate, light, crisply semi-dry with a nice, cider-esque, middle of the mouth semi-sweet crunch. Malts are barely sweet but not caramelized at all, more of a nip of honey quality. The classic Ommegang yeast takes the point noticeably up front. It comes across slightly sour and lightly spiced with dull citrus (orange peel), coriander & maybe a peep of white pepper bite. However, the Ommegang yeast is perhaps a little too noticeable. Don't get me wrong, its a great taste but I've encountered this before in other Ommegang brews and, having enjoyed others farmhouse ales feel that its a bit too noticeable.

It grows lighter, with more of a lemony taste, the spice qualities of the yeast amplifying & growing sharper, more angular as opposed to rounder. Its certainly one of the sharper, spicier, drier Saisons I've had. I've typically found these to be rounder & softer and slow to reveal all their complexities, but this one pretty much "dropped the kimomo" on the first few sips and thats it. Perhaps I've been spoiled on the simplistic, slowly evolving reveal a lot of Saisons have provided. Again, this is not a knock on the taste but rather an observation that if this was a landscape it would be easily viewed & relatively flat after that 1st mountain, whereas others provided views full of hills & valleys that slowly reveal themselves only after sip by sip exploration.

It finishes soft, duller & more even, softly spiced and with a clean, smooth. mildly citric-sour aftertaste. A final pour fills the tulip with all that lovely yeasted goodness, clouding the color to a very dull gold, but surprisingly the taste stays very consistent.

A nice Saison. Not the most complex, and quick to reveal, but nice. I've come to enjoy, and subsequently look forward to, the simplistic complexity & slow "burlesque" reveal these typically provide. While tasty, this left little to discovery after the first few sips. In short, its short on foreplay, more of a quickie as far as taste. I did like it, and would pare very well with just about any cheese, some nice artisan bread, cured meats, seafood, a nice salad, etc. I'd definitely drink this again in a heartbeat, but if given the choice between this & others of the genre would probably pick the others. Its a great bang for the buck and would probably be helped by food, but there are better examples to be had. Still, definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 20:04:52 | More by BuckSpin
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SMark

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured at 46º from a 750ml bottle with a cork wired on. There was no date information located on the bottle. It was poured into an Imperial pint glass. There was a huge amount of head and a lot of activity during and after the pour. The coloring was a golden blonde.

Citrus reminiscent of lemon was detected during the pouring but seemed to diminish with a wider range of fruits and spices taking over afterward. There was a slight hop presence in the bouquet also.

Ginger was detected with the first swallow, maybe from too much reading. The other spices and fruits stayed in the background. This is a very pleasant tasting beer.

The beer felt very good and could have lasted a little longer. There was a very slight sweetness which made it very comfortable. No off flavors or detriments were detected.

This was a much improved Saison over my first experience. I may have to go back to that one again to see if I did something wrong with the temperature or what. A moderate amount of lacing was noticed as I consumed the beer. I definitely would buy this again and will also consider some of the other Ommegang products.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 03:42:23 | More by SMark
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SargeC

Japan

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy gold with a dense white head that lingers.

Smell: Citrus and herbal aromas.

Taste: This beer has a rustic feel and flavor to it. Earthen hints with citrus and spice accents.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with a coarseness that adds to the rustic feel.

Drinkability: A unique and refreshing beer. This affordable beer is fitting for a special occasion or tasting as well as casual drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 23:54:28 | More by SargeC
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katan

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unlabeled 750 ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice golden clear color, lots of bubbles and a huge head. Incredible head retention

S - The yeast is dominated by bitter yeasty notes. Perhaps some wheat malt in there.

T - Not an overly strong flavor. Not as much spice as I thought there would be. There seems to be more to the aftertaste than the initial hit. This fits the saison style for me.

M - Very smooth. Almost creamy. Although, thats odd considering the obvious high carbonation of this beer.

D - I wouldn't mind drinking this beer. But as a nightly repeat offender, I might not do it due to the "filling" feeling I get from all the carbonation.

A good beer - as a fan of Ommegang, I really enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 03:28:12 | More by katan
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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 C&C

A: Thick head that dissapates quickly with moderate lacing. Pours a very light golden orange.

S: There are very tart and sour smells that are associated from the yeast. The nose is very closed.

T: There is an abundance of sour and tart flavors to this beer. Flavors of apple skin and lemon come to mind with herbal spiciness and sweet and sour notes from yeast.

M: This has a light body with good carbination.

D: This is light enough to drink in the summer but enough alcohol warnth for the winter, perfect for the fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 23:16:18 | More by Biscuit033
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh man what to say about this beer other than....fantastic.

The appearance is very cloudy light gold colour. I was reminded of a wheat beer actually. Very aesthetically pleasing actually. I was very excited by the sediment in the bottom of the glass...it let you know you were about to have a real beer!!

The initial smell of this beer brought about a certain spiceyness to it. Some coriander...some citrus notes came to mind.

Taste...well...very smooth with a slight tartness. Unfortunatly it tastes somewhat lighter than you would think with it's higher ABV...Somewhat of a hindrance I would think as you might be tricked into believing that you could drink more of these than you should. Very delicious.

The mouthfeel was slightly carbonated as one might expect from a bottle fermented brew. Light initially, but you can feel the weight of the heavier alcohol content in your mouth.

The drinkability of this beer certainly doesn't belie it's ABV. I could easily have 3 or four glasses of this in a night and be very happy. This would be a beer that you could introduce people tto that are trying to get into beer but aren't ready for the more extreme tastes that are out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 03:45:47 | More by Mit
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dogger6253

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a thick and hazy golden yellow with carbonation bubbles constantly rising to the top, adding to the pillowy, white head with awesome retention leaving a decent amount of lacing behind.

The nose is pretty fruity with notes of spice coming in: grapefruit, banana and oranges balanced with coriander, yeast and a bit of alcohol. Overall, a floral aroma.

The taste is much of the same: yeast, banana, cloves, orange peels, and alcohol. A nice, spicy beverage with a very fruity backbone. This is amazingly refreshing.

It feels light in the mouth, though very present carbonation kind of bites, but adds to the crispness overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 06:22:47 | More by dogger6253
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened with a pop and whoosh that actaully scared my dog (she wouldn't come near me for 1/2 the tasting). Poured with a beautiful foamy white head into a goblet. Presented with a cloudy, pale straw color. Mild smell of yeast, corriander and clove. Nicely carbonated, yet very light and flavorful in the mouth. Again, the taste of corriander and citrus presented in the mouth, with a mild tart taste on the back of the tongue at the finish. Elegant white lacing clung to the glass every time I took a sip. Very nice saison. I had high expectations and was not disappointed in the least.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 01:17:51 | More by Jwale73
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biggmike

Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy/murky golden color with a fantastic white head. Aroma is somewhat citrusy but not real strong. Flavor is of light hops, citrus, and the alcohol comes through just a bit. The mouthfeel is good; this is not over- carbonated. The citrus in the taste is very refreshing. My first Saison. Yea for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 21:35:42 | More by biggmike
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zerofear13

New York

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit disappointing because I was really expecting this one. Coincidentally, I even saw the Hennepin on a recent newspaper editorial of "Best American Beers". Poured out nice gold color. Smelled like a subtle version of the Brooklyn Local 1. Tasted of coriander and spices, but light and subtle without subduing the hops and malts. I'd say a slight step above the coveted Local 1, but I am just not a big fan of the flavor or category. I hate to ruin the rating, but I don't think every beer should have coriander! Overall: if you liked Local 1, you'll like this, but for me: it was disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 23:09:13 | More by zerofear13
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wvbelgique

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - bright, rich golden color. First pour is clear and bright. Pillowy thick white head that lasts and lasts and sticks to side of the glass. Sediment in bottom of 750 ml bottle is consistent with "Bottle Conditioned" notice on label.

Smell - Pear/apple fruit and spice in moderation. Very appealing. Low to no hop aroma.

Taste - Spicy and tart. Pomme fruit, yeast. Slight hop bitterness is very well balanced. Just off-dry impression. Complex. Lingering spicy finish. Alcohol taste evident as it warms.

Mouthfeel - full and lucsious. Quite effervescent. Medium body.

Drinkability - a great ale in the best of the Belgian farmhouse tradition. Where can i get more of these?

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 01:23:14 | More by wvbelgique
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy, golden color, lots of little carbonation bubbles form a large, bubbly white head. Fruity nose, hints of candy and spice, slighter hints of alcohol. Pretty spicy taste, lots of fruit tones, citrus flavors; loads of malt backed by spicy hops. Creamy, full mouth. A touch of alcoholic spicy way in the back. Pretty solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 03:40:38 | More by Tballz420
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beeragent

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light hazy straw, forming a massive three figers of head, which fades down a 1/2 inch and stays. Medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is a largely spices and fruit, with a hint of alcohol. The taste is a smooth fruity flavor up front, and then ending with a slightly sharp spice finish. Doesnt seem to complex, but still full enough to deliver. Less than medium smooth mouthfeel. Low enough abv. and full flavor definitely makes for a few of these in one night. Overall, having never really had a saison ale, I was suprised at the taste and how well put together they are. Just another style for me to explore. Recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 23:16:48 | More by beeragent
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Brad007

Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale color with a very nice, frothy, amount of foam. Heh. My snifter's broke so I had to use a pint glass. Shouldn't matter too much. Aroma is very nice and spicy upfront. I detect raisin, clove and mild apple flavors. A second sniff of the aroma brings up an apple pie flavor and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Taste is much of the same as the aroma except that the spice is more pronounced and the apple flavor seems to be dominant. Goes down very smooth. This is more of a sipping beer as well. Taste is somewhat sour towards the very back of the throat. Definitely a nice Saison!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 01:02:10 | More by Brad007
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N8TheGreat

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at 53 degrees

Pouring this beer into a snifter produced a thick, tight head that complemented the hazy gold color of the Saison. Aroma was quite pleasant and familiar. The beer enveloped my mouth upon the first sip as bitter hop and spicy Belgian notes faded into a delicate fruit which lingered but a moment. Despite its 7% level only the slightest suggestion of alcohol mostly via warmth. This beer proved immensely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 22:02:47 | More by N8TheGreat
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beergynt

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle... Served in a goblet, this beer was pretty to look at. A bright, cloudy golden hue, with some orange color. A little darker orange and it would actually look a lot like orange juice, Bright, white, fluffy head that lingered throughout leaving scalloped lacing all the way down... Smelled banana and clove, spicy phenols, maybe a hint of mint... Taste mirrors the smell on this one; banana, clove, slight phenolic/alcoholic heat... Mouthfeel was very nice; Clean not cloying, effervescent, sparkling... Overall a good representation of the style and a nice, drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2007 16:30:35 | More by beergynt
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flexabull

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been interested in this one for a while, but I have always balked at the high price. It's Friday, so I figured I'd splurge a bit...

Pours a bright clear gold color from a 12 oz bottle with a big white fluffy head on top. This sure looks good.

Aromas are spicy, yeast like, some clove, and a bit of citrus.

Beer has a very bright, crisp and dry character. Some subtle citrus flavors, a bit of creaminess, and a floral hop bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Very full, coats the mouth well, smooth, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is very good. This is a nice Saison, and I see why it gets high marks here.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 01:21:54 | More by flexabull
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured cloudy gold. Head did not last long and was about half a fingers worth.

S: bouquet of fruit but my hairy nose could not differential between bannana and orange.

T: Tangy but sweet undertones with several aftertastes where the fruit becomes more noticeable.

M: Heavier than i expected but glad nonetheless.

D: Very easy on the pallet and the ABV is not noticable to this quafer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 15:52:56 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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younger35

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beauty in a trade with tpd975. This is my first brew from Ommegang and am super excited to try. Drank from a Budweiser pint glass, just as the brewery intended…

Appearance- Pours a nice murky yellow orange with a huge billowing bright white head. The head looks stiff, like you could sculpt it. Leaves sticky lacing randomly down the side of the glass.
Smell- Nice spicy, yeasty nose that reminds me of a combination of a Hef/Tripel. Clove and banana are reminiscent of the Hef and a dark mustiness reminds me of a Belgium. All in all, it’s very nice.
Taste- Much like the nose the first thing that hits me is the big banana spiciness. Very fruity orange and pineapple with hints of tart lemon zest. Dirty, earthy yeast tones really add nicely to the style. Hints of alcohol but most is covered very nicely with a subtle bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Light body without being watery and vigorous carbonation tickles the mouth.
Drinkability- Great! Maybe a little to good. This is one of those beers that you can keep drinking and drinking and before you know it BAM!...Drunk again. This is a fantastic brew and I can’t wait to try more from Ommegang. Big thanks tpd975!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 17:12:40 | More by younger35
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roblowther

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, corked and caged into a tulip glass. Pale honey and straw in color, with a persistent thin lacy head. A touch cloudy, to add that element of mystery. Smells of lemons, apricots, with a medicinal note in the background. Beautimous. The taste is sharp and crisp, almost bitter. There is a silky maltiness that holds it all together nicely. The finish is malty and dusty, but not too dry. The aftertaste is spiced fruit. I can only say :) The mouthfeel is slippery and tingly. Always a good combination. The drinkability? Pour me another! The alcohol is a plesant warmth as it trickles down the throat. Nothing off-puttish and the flavor balance makes you want more. And now I'll have more.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 00:45:54 | More by roblowther
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meechum

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A blonde straw yellow color with a nice fluffy white head, this was poured into a Pils glass as that's what was on hand

S - Could smell a bit of the yeast, biscuit flavors with a hind of spices and fruits (I'm thinking like a spiced fig bar kind of smell)

T - The taste was big with a big malty, yeasty, biscuit backbone with hops on the back end to cut the sweetness in just the right balance, just a little of the alcohol lingers in between all of these notes to warm up the palatte as these flavors come across

M - An aggressive amount of carbonation, more than I expected..but I don't know if it's the reformed macro in me but it helped to deliver to flavors rather than dull them and I thought it worked well

D - This is a very balanced beer with several complex flavors competing and complementing each other at the same time. The higher ABV gives this a bit of alcohol punch that is deceptively lost in the flavor. Overall an excellent choice

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 02:43:04 | More by meechum
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