Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Picked up a bottle of this brew fresh from the brewery after visiting/vacationing a nice snowstorm in Cooperstown, NY. Lets see how this ranks up.
Appearance: Pours a golden, foggy hue. Leaves behind a pure white, fluffy white, frothy head that looks utterly appetizing. Leaves behind some very nice lacing.
Smell: The aroma packs a slight hint of fruit, some admirable spice. Some alcohol is also in the mix. Fair Belgian hops can be also scented.
Taste: Has a well-balanced sweetness and actually some fruit flavors that come to mind like apples, pears, raisins. The yeast comes to the palate towards the end of a sip, along with some gentle spices.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that actually goes down quite easily. Nothing intimating at all about it. Has a great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Awesome job.
Overall: Liked the look of this beer and actually liked holding the bottle once I first grabbed it. Something told me this was going to be a special one, and boy was it! Quite disappointined this perticular beer isn't widely available in PA, but I'm sure I can do some hunting and locate it. I would recommend this beer to anyone interested in trying a traditional Saison. Cheers!
02-12-2013 02:49:54 | More by DMXLOX22
4.34/5 rDev +4.3%
Presentation: Corked and caged brown Belgian-style 750ml bottle, with the old-style label (I'm one of those who likes the new labels a bit better). Best by December 17th, 2013 clearly stamped. Poured into my Hennepin chalice. Thanks to the wife for picking this up for me today to celebrate getting a new job. Love ya babe!
Appearance: Rich straw-gold beer with just a hint of haziness, this pours with a large brilliantly white, fluffly yet cream cap that shows good retention. Medium-high levels of carbonation. Really nice looking brew.
Smell: This starts off with clean, grainy notes reminiscent of the best European Pilseners, but with a soft, yeasty notes of golden fruit, white grapes, and hints of bubblegum in the background.
Taste: Slightly musty (in a good way) golden fruit, firm clean bitterness that feels a bit more than the 24 IBUs, with a bit of earthy hop flavor. I certainly can't pick out the coriander, ginger, grains of paradise and sweet orange peel that this is brewed with, but there is a subtle spicy character that is nice. A pleasant, unobtrusive, hint of alcohol. Sweet, golden-fruit flavors combine with firm bitterness, cleansing alcohol and a clean finish to produce a well-balanced, refreshing beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.
Overall: Very simply the best American-made saison I've had the pleasure to try (though this particular batch was brewed in Belgium). I generally favor Belgian versions (like Dupont) over American interpretations, but this one is really damn-near world class, especially as it's priced at around $7.99 a bottle.
02-09-2013 02:45:29 | More by BedetheVenerable
4.36/5 rDev +4.8%
From a 750ml bottle as part of a Ommegang variety pack. Very tall head that recedes slowly. A fairly pale color with some hints of amber. The smell seems similar to a pilsner; very crisp and clean with some flowery hints. The taste is very interesting. Almost like a pilsner and wheat beer combination. Some sweetness at the end leaves you wanting more. Although I am not very familiar with the saison style, this is a very good beer overall.
02-09-2013 00:25:45 | More by biteme398
3.19/5 rDev -23.3%
Beer No. 57 – Ommegang Hennepin
I keep a bit of everything in the house because you never know when a summer craving will come a little early.
STYLE: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
LOOK: Less than yellow, refreshing. Ideal one-finger head that doesn’t resist a subtle sip.
NOSE: It won’t shine here. And that’s OK because that rather misses the point. Loafy and dry.
MOUTH: White pepper, nonfat butter, bitter salad greens. It’s not – memorable. On the front, too much rind and not enough zest. On the back, a quiet lagerish coat.
Beeradvocate Rating: 93
ratebeer Rating: 97
Hayward Abbey Rating: 83
02-07-2013 01:39:56 | More by viverlee
District of Columbia
3.35/5 rDev -19.5%
I thought I had ticked this "Beer of Fame," but I guess not.
Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.
A: Poured a bright, yet murky orange color, with a pillowy, cloud-like formation posing as a head on top.
S: Coriander and orange peel upfront, followed by some banana pudding, and candy component reminiscent of "Pixie Stick" dust.
T: The finish on this is really harsh and not entirely pleasant to my taste buds. A bit too alcoholic, and a bit too grainy and bitter for my liking. I think that if some pepper were added to the overall profile, it might have been more fun and interesting.
M: I dug the carbonation bill.... very spritzy and champagne-like, but the bitter lingering was substantial. A good bit of lacing on the glass.
O: It's been years since I've tried this one, but I remember not really caring much for it back in the day either. To each his or her own, I guess.
02-07-2013 01:22:21 | More by Chaney
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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