Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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3.38/5 rDev -18.8%
I had this on-tap at Cafe Hollander in Milwaukee. I thought it was a fairly pleasant saison-style beer, particularly compared very old bottles of imported saison that are found in my area liquor stores. Recommended, but not outstanding.
It arrived as a fairly bright and hazy yellow, with fairly good head structure that left little lacing.
Aroma was of sweet yeastiness and some subtle spiciness.
Flavor was also of sweet and complex yeast flavors with some spiciness, but without a lot of fruitiness.
Mouthfeel was a bit harsher than I expected for the style, but was still decent.
All-in-all, a good saison choice.
01-19-2007 20:58:36 | More by BeerBelcher
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Picked up a bottle at Marty's Liqours in Allston.
A: A gorgeous beer. Golden. Not clear. Volumnous craggy white head. Visibly effervescent. Belgian lace.
S: Soft, airy, light citrus like aromatic prescence. Nice malty base. Phenolic peppery aroma barely present.
T: Dry. Slightly sour. Nice and peppery. More so than scent leads on. Citrus esters not as prominent.
MF: Light and airy. Very effervescent. Nearly astringent bordering on puckering. As mentioned by other reviewers this beer does not give away its higher alcohol content.
D: The lightness and dryness of this beer makes it quite drinkable. A great beer to break someone out of the macro beer pattern.
01-18-2007 21:20:01 | More by Nipitato
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Served from a 750ml bottle, no freshness date noted. Decants with a light pop; pours into the wine chalice, bright yellow-gold with numerous Champaign-like bubbles, pillowy, 2-finger white, craggy head. Slow fade leaving spotty lacing. Good looking pour. Nose of strong floral/citrus hops and vanilla notes. Taste of mild alcohol, a bit boozy, definitely fruity in the vein of scuppernong, reminiscent of a white ale. Mouth is bubbly and very smooth, nearly velvety. Very clean. Drinkability is excellent; very smooth, tasty, and goes down easily. Highly drinkable.
Overall: Very different from my previous experience with Rogue Festivale Saison; somewhat different from the also excellent Saison Dupont, I find this style enigmatic to say the least. Must try more! Very good overall, cheerfully recommended.
01-15-2007 23:28:29 | More by jettjon
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Bottled sample via trevorwideman. Gold in colour with lots of floaties (that's ok... yeast is good for you) and strong carbonation. Aromas of over ripe banana, vanilla, meadow flowers, white grape, and spicy pear. Flavors of lemon rind, soft fruit, spicy Duvel yeast, some wheat malt, and a slight metallic at the end. Smooth in the mouth with some nice lively carbonation creating some interest on the dry finish. Overall, this is a mellow and technically sound saison, but for me it lacks that certain something that makes a beer really special (like the signature funkiness of Fantome or the austere refinement of Dupont). Perhaps this sounds like damning with faint praise, but it's still a VERY good beer.
12-29-2006 02:17:13 | More by fisherman34
3.95/5 rDev -5%
A shade darker than golden and the beginning of a nice head but fizzles to a fine bubbled pool but some sticky lace remnants of its former height. Grassy, tart sour fruits, wheat, soft flowery esters all in the nose. Some unexpected light hops are noticed and are followed by fermented lemons pith and apple, grass, wheat, yeasty, husk. Later in the glass fruit characters gain in strength with some honey sweetness and notes of vanilla and banana. Mild carbonation and a light, airy mouthfeel. The finish echoes much of the flavor but is still relatively clean.
12-28-2006 17:19:31 | More by cabsandking
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
Hennepin is a pretty good interpretation of a Belgian farmhouse, but ultimately fails to live up to its potential. Too Americanized and goes out of its way to be inoffensive.
Looks great with straw yellow hue, big frothy white head, and adequate lacing. The aroma has the typical funky/bannana saison qualities with a bit of pepper. Very restrained. Same goes for the taste.
The flavor is nice and has potential, but is a bit bland. I'm really having trouble tasting much of anything. There's a bit of Belgian malty sweetness, with a crisp, dry, hoppy finish.
Feels pretty full in the mouth, with a good level of carbonation to keep things interesting. The drinkability is quite high, as this is pretty light in flavor and has terrific mouthfeel.
I had 3 Monts a week ago, and found it to be similar to this in many ways, but much better. Drink that instead.
12-18-2006 12:32:53 | More by HossMcGraw
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
The beer pours a light straw yellow with a thick, fluffy, white head. The smell is of fruit and yeast. Upon drinking, I first noticed a complex medley of flavors, hard to pin any one flavor down. There were over-riding fruit flavors with a bit of an alcohol tingle on the front of the tongue. After swallowing, a mild apple juice flavor lingers for a short time. Has a sharp bite when it first hits the tongue but mellows out.
12-14-2006 01:34:24 | More by jbramley
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
After reading the rave reviews of other people here, I wonder if I might have gotten a bad sample.
Doesn't look like much, clear golden and bubbly. Smells really skunky, which first made me suspect the bottle might be off. Beneath the skunk however, is definitely some malt and fruit that keep it from being a total loss. Taste is a bit light, not unlike a very good pilsner, with a squeeze of lemon, and some added bitterness. Really not sure what to make of it.
The mouthfeel, however, is fantastic. This is an exceptionally smooth and creamy feeling beer, and it really improves the drinkability considerably. In the end, I'd call this a drinkable, if not great beer. Might be worth buying again just to make sure my bottle isn't off.
12-07-2006 22:19:00 | More by SetarconeX
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Hennepin pours hazy golden with light lacing that holds a malty fruitiness without being too sweet.
Smell is bright, and substantial. Taste is mildly sweet, slightly fruity, with enough clear malt flavor to hold the fruit notes in check.
I enjoy this beer very much. A very respectable Saison offering that hides it's 7.7 ABV quite well. Excellent.
12-04-2006 02:58:05 | More by indy169
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
Pours a beautiful clear amber with a fantastic head that lingers and takes on a meringue-like look. Fruity esters for the nose and a very complex and enjoyable taste that assails the senses. Just a fantastic brew, so glad I have 11 more bottles to enjoy.
11-30-2006 21:50:03 | More by techdiver
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Slightly hazy, golden-amber liquid. Large off white head.
Classic Belgian, yeast & earth. Fairly mild on the funk-o-meter. Also get some floral and fruit notes. Spicy.
Taste is floral and citrus, with spices. Sweet at the start, moving towards a tart/hoppy/spicy finish.
Mouthfeel is effervescent. Light, with medium to high carbonation. Somewhat drying.
Overall, very easy to drink. One of my favorite saisons.
11-30-2006 15:10:57 | More by
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Much like Duvel or Saison Dupont, this poured to a very carbonated, hazy yellow with orange tint, and a thick white pillowy head that eventually reduced to excellent lacing. Aroma was a very hoppy floral, with hints of citrus and some spices. Taste was along the lines of the Duvel as well, but not as well-defined. Nice smooth finish. I really enjoyed this beer and Saison style.
11-26-2006 22:34:35 | More by kimcgolf
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
Somewhat hazy orange-gold with a thick but coarse-textured, rapidly dissipating head.
Bready aroma, with faint hints of citrus and spices.
In the mouth, the carbonation also feels a little coarse. Malt is there but not just subtly sweet (sweetness appears later), nicely balanced with nonaggressive citrus/floral hops.
An interesting, very unrefined beer that is nonetheless nicely balanced. The texture of carbonation was a weak point in my eyes. A fun drink, though not a session-er for me.
11-26-2006 03:04:43 | More by tcfishler
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
Details- 12oz bottle . Bottle conditioned. Nice blurb about where the name comes from and the proper pouring and storing techniques.
Appearance- Straw gold with bright white head. Some lacing, head is sizeable, but not as big as some saisons.
Smell- Cloves, pale malt, earthy, and slighttly alcoholic in the nose. To me it smells more like a belgian pale ale than a saison, but I suppose that those styles are fairly close in smell anyway.
Taste- Pears, apple, a certain grainyness, sweet pale malt. Fruity yes, but not as fruity as I'd like it to be. Also some earthy tones.
Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation. Light-bodied, long earthy aftertaste.
Drinkability- Fairly easy to drink, but I'm not a huge fan of the beer overall... I mean, it's good, but not as good as others that I've had IMO.
11-19-2006 06:09:51 | More by lpayette
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
I have been wanting this beer for so long that now that it's in my hand I'm almost too nervous to try it. Thanks so much to demcorhip for bringing this for me from Wisconsin via Thunder Bay. 12oz bottle sample.
Pours an unfiltered pale yellow, almost white colour, with a voluminous fluffy head that dosen't quit. Lots of sediment and medium carbonation. Smell is yeasty and little funky, some earthy hop notes, coriander and cloves, some orange peel. Wheaty with some summery fruit in there as well.
Flavour is sublime, with a Granny Smith apple sourness hitting the tongue first, them moving on to all kinds of mellow bready/yeasty flavour. Pears, white grapes, all come before the funky finish that stays for a long time. Sticky and dry in the mouth but not overcarbonated, just a little bite. This goes down super-easily, but still invites you to hold it in your mouth for a long time. Very impressive Saison, and all the more impressive for being a North American beer.
11-10-2006 01:44:46 | More by trevorwideman
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
This bottle was brewed in Belgium, as opposed to Cooperstown, NY.
Poured a clear, bright, golden yellow with a great deal of visible carbonation. The large, frothy white head retains very well, leaving sticky lacings on the glass.
The complex aroma includes sweet fruity phenols, a spicy alcohol bite along with hints of honey, apple, hay, clove and some earthy, wood tones. This is a great smelling brew.
The taste is tart grape up front with some mild sweetness. The aftertaste is pleasingly dry and bitter. There is a big earthy, yeast presence mid-sip, coupled with some green apple and phenol flavor. Overall, this is less sweet than the U.S. brewed version.
This body is rather light and aggressively carbonated, more so than the U.S. brewed version. A very pleasant and highly drinkable saison.
10-30-2006 01:01:17 | More by Estarrio
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
second review of this fine example of a saison....
appearance - poured with 2 fingers left which produced a clear, golden color with an amazing head. Great white head.
Smell - I made sure that I didn't make the bottle gulp, witch achieved that great floral smell that I love. Even my wife thought it has a great smell.
Taste - Crisp, good balance. I think pears or ginger and citrus. Slight pepper and yeasty.
Mouthfeel - this bottle had excellent carbonation, so it goes done easy. Which leads me into drinkability.
Easy to drink and easy to get drunk off of it!
Kick ass beer!!
10-28-2006 02:30:43 | More by calinative68
4.45/5 rDev +7%
750ml bottle bought from Park Slope Food Coop. Served in wine glasses.
A: Very inviting translucent golden honey. One inch white head.
S: Floral and Fruity aromas. Some citrus.
T: Fruity and acidic and honey. Very tasty.
M: Well carbonated, has a spritey feel in the mouth. Medium-bodied.
D: Very drinkable. I could have drank the whole bottle if I hadnt shared with my friends.
10-27-2006 16:17:48 | More by AChamberlain
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
750 ml. Poured with a nice head, but not too big, as many Saisons are. Fell kind of quickly as well. Golden color with poor clarity and lots of suspended yeast. Not very floculent. Light aroma with hints of lemon and cherry with a persimmon note. Palate was uncomplicated with a light but distinct sour ale taste and quick finish. Plenty of carbonation left on palate for an active mouthfeel. I didnt get the alcohol notes until about 1/2 way through the glass, then my palate opened to it and I could taste it then. My favorite Ommegang product so far.
10-25-2006 16:10:42 | More by GooberMcNutly
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a big rocky head. Spicy aroma with a subtle fruitiness. Slightly sweet with a spicy note, perhaps clove (?). Medium bodied with a fairly dry finish, The bottle I had said it was brewed in Belgium. Quite nice, thanks to my friend Barbara for this one!
10-24-2006 00:01:03 | More by LarryV
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Smells sweet for the most part. Murky yellow body with initially large white head. I realize I am serving it initially cooler than suggested (the label suggests 50 degrees) but maybe itll warm up, its a warm summer night after all... anyway... hm not bad. Mostly sweet (banana?) with a little hops and pepper. Good solid beer. Im impressed
10-20-2006 22:25:05 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
At first glance, Hennepin looks innocent enough with its hazy, yellow color and fluffy white head. But it smells like no other beer you've had, featuring tangy orange and earthy hops. Upon tasting, there's an odd complexity of citrus and herbs. Peppered lemon flavor with a hint of vanilla gives way to a tart bite of green apples, grapes and finally a grapefruit-like bitterness. It's truly an adventure in beer.
10-18-2006 01:42:11 | More by tempest
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
This is a hell of a beer. I wasn't into the farmhouse style that much until I had this one.
It pours a bright, orange/gold into my Duval tulip glass. Very effervescent with a huge head. Very inviting.
Smell is fruity with nice, spicey clove overtones.
Taste is amazing. Very light and refreshing. Distinct Belgian golden ale flavor. Slightly fruity with a spicey hop finish.
Mouthfeel is exceptional. Never thin, this one isn't too thick either. There is just enough body to let you know you are drinking a quality beer but it also is dry and refreshing at the same time. Very light on the palate but with lingering flavors as well. Very balanced.
Overall one of my favorites. So good, you could drink this one all night but at 7.7% abv you might regret it. Or, maybe you won't.
10-15-2006 13:23:49 | More by Terp96
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Very tasty stuff. Picked this up after a long day at work. Poured a thick white head and smelled awesome. It has good carbonation to it and nice hop and malt flavors. Also some mild fruity flavors. This beer was very refreshing, full bodied, and very drinkable. Highly Recommend it.
10-12-2006 05:43:11 | More by pgenius
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
This beer poured a beautiful brilliant orange into my La Fin Du Mond tulip stolen from a Quebec City hotel.
Smell-I think Saisons are some of the best smelling beers. I don't know what to compare their smell to, perhaps a fresh bag of nature. Mmmm, nature.
Taste- Tart citrus. Very crisp, does not linger on the palate. Refreshing.
Mouthfeel- I'm a big fan of tiny little bubbles, which this has. Kinda sticky afterwards.
Drinkability- Man, I would be trashed if if someone offered me one of these after exercising. It really hits the spot and if I were parched I do believe I would drain one of these before you could say Ommegang.
10-12-2006 04:53:44 | More by Ivanthehero
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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