Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
10-28-2007 20:04:52 | More by BuckSpin
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
10-25-2007 03:42:23 | More by SMark
4.2/5 rDev +1%
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.
10-20-2007 23:54:28 | More by SargeC
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
10-18-2007 03:28:12 | More by katan
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
10-14-2007 23:16:18 | More by Biscuit033
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-10-2007 03:45:47 | More by Mit
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
10-09-2007 06:22:47 | More by dogger6253
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-06-2007 01:17:51 | More by Jwale73
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
10-05-2007 21:35:42 | More by biggmike
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
10-03-2007 23:09:13 | More by zerofear13
4.45/5 rDev +7%
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?
10-02-2007 01:23:14 | More by wvbelgique
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
10-01-2007 03:40:38 | More by Tballz420
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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!!
09-28-2007 23:16:48 | More by beeragent
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
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!
09-26-2007 01:02:10 | More by Brad007
4.7/5 rDev +13%
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.
09-19-2007 22:02:47 | More by N8TheGreat
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-16-2007 16:30:35 | More by beergynt
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-15-2007 01:21:54 | More by flexabull
4.7/5 rDev +13%
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.
09-14-2007 15:52:56 | More by Brianmerrilyn
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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, its 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 cant wait to try more from Ommegang. Big thanks tpd975!
09-13-2007 17:12:40 | More by younger35
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
09-13-2007 00:45:54 | More by roblowther
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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
09-09-2007 02:43:04 | More by meechum
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
A- When first poured I was surprised by how light the color of the body was. It was a quite cloudy translucent very pale straw yellow body. The body appeared quite watery but had a massive thick foamy white head that took forever to tame. The second pour from the bottom half of the bottle produced a more typical translucent golden straw yellow body with plenty of bubbles rising to the top and a good cloudiness from the yeast. This pour finally tamed to a nice thick collar but left little lacing behind.
S- This brew smells excellent. Big Spicy Belgian yeast nose with hints of citrus. Peppery spice, coriander, ginger, and banana are noted in the background.
T- This is a good, complex-yet simple brew. Up front is lots of coriander, ginger and banana. Then the yeast kicks in. A big sweet and spicy bready flavor kicks in from the yeast and added spices. The finish has a lot of hop taste and bitterness balanced by the spicy-bready taste already present. What lingers on the front of the palate is a sweet almost sugary bready taste while on the back of the palate is lots of spiciness and hints of bitterness and the tiniest bit of of an alcohol burn.
M- Lots of carbonation upfront-almost too much for my liking. It seems to fit with this brew. Big yeasty mouthfeel. Smooth light to medium bodied and delicious.
D- The alcohol is completely hidden by this brew and I love to taste and smell it again and again. This is a great saison and a great Belgian brew all around. I love this beer and I can't wait to try more from Ommegang.
09-06-2007 04:59:43 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Slightly orangey yellow, slightly cloudy. Small trails of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Absurdly large head, very creamy, retaining a lot of shape on its own, almost like shaving cream, with strong lacing as it subsides.
Yeasty, slightly fruity nose. A lot of earthiness.
Yeasty flavor. Almost sweet, but not quite. A small amount of bitterness in the aftertaste, but not much. Mild fruitiness, but no specific notes. It's somewhat hard for me to describe, but it's very nice.
Very carbonated, as if it were a soda with tiny bubbles. A slight thickness to it. It feels like it coats your mouth.
This is a very nice beer. I don't think I can say enough nice about it. I could drink it all night.
09-06-2007 02:24:19 | More by wfaulk
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from a bottle a very cloudy orangish-yellow with a frothy white head and sticky lacing on the sides.
Smell is sweet with the aromas of bubblegum and flowers.
Taste is both tart and sweet with plenty of lemony citrus and yeast. The 7.5% alcohol is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, slightly slick to the palate and with little carbonation.
One of the great American Belgian-style ales. Surprisingly easy to drink and enjoy.
08-28-2007 22:17:04 | More by Monkeyknife
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Appearance: Clear gold, big fluffy head, nice lacing.
Smell: For some reason, this smelled extremely floral to me. Almost exactly like a rose to be exact. After drinking almost the entire glass, the regular yeasty, grassy aromas came out.
Taste: Complex and tasty. Sweet bubblegum and honey, spicy pepper notes, a dry light citrus finish.
Mouthfeel: Quite light for a somewhat strong beer.
Drinkability: If it was in 6 packs this might be a little higher, in 750's it's more of a special occasion beer.
I visited the brewery back in 2003 when in Cooperstown to see the baseball hall of fame. I've had their beers since then by mail order, but now Minnesota has Ommegang. They make good Belgian styled beers, and the price is usually better than the imports. Hennepin is a very good beer, quite complex but easy to drink.
08-26-2007 21:34:06 | More by Mdog
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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