Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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5/5 rDev +20.2%
A growler filled at Al's of Hampden on 23-Apr-10. Hennepin is on record as being my favorite. It was also in the running for my newborn daughter's middle name (although it wasn't the winner).
A: The saison is crystal clear, a pale golden straw color that radiates. If I didn't know any better, I'd call it a pale lager due to the hue. A full head, over 2 fingers, is lacing in thick clumps.
S: The nose is refreshingly sharp, hoppy with a fresh dose of Belgian yeast. Mild fruitiness and black pepper jump out, both subtle but unmistakable. Grapes (white, of course) and a teaspoon of funk round out the nose, alongside a brief earthy hop aroma.
T: Each sip is deliciously sweet, lightened up by fleshy fruits (think pears, peaches, apples). A dose of anise follows the fruit, a dry sharp contrast to the sugary fruit. Coriander adds a black pepper flavor, a bite against the sweetness. Throughout, the saison is light and refreshing. Clove and pear appear near the finish. Near the end of the growler, the carbonation tapers off, allowing the fruits to linger much longer than normally.
M: The mouthfeel is sweet, with a heavy dose of yeasty fruits. Hops linger around but never get in the way of the pale fruits.
D: The ale nails every aspect, sweet and dry, sharp but lush. It's been my favorite for years and this growler is no exception.
04-26-2010 00:03:24 | More by akorsak
5/5 rDev +20.2%
I should start this review out by saying that I'm quite biased towards the Ommegang Brewery beers- it's one of my favorite breweries, and Hennepin is my favorite beer. However, I will strive to be as honest as possible despite my love of it.
Can I rate this a 6? Please? It's fabulous. It's similar to the regular Hennepin in many ways...it pours a pale gold color, with lots of head- gorgeous. The smell is like Hennepin with more bite- it's sharper.
Taste is, simply, yummy. It's a bit crisper, drier, fruitier than regular Hennepin, and a bit more alcoholic tasting. The mouthfeel is bubbly, medium-bodied, and plays on the palate. Drinkable? You better believe it.
Now, I'm always in the mood for Hennepin- but, I can see this lovely cave-aged version being more of a specific craving. That being said... I can see cravings for this happening frequently. The sad thing is there are only 3360 out there... mine was number 1010. Oh well. Get it while it's there. Yummy, yummy, yummy.
06-26-2005 10:18:42 | More by scooter231
5/5 rDev +20.2%
Poured from bottle to wine glass-serving temperature was approximately 41F.
A: Golden amber. Dense white head that lasted quite a while. Lace was persistent as I was drinking. Very nice.
S: Fruity. Citrus for sure. Little to no hop aroma. Definite sweetness.
T: Citrus with this slight sour taste. Very well balance with a slight spice as well.
M: Good carbonation and maybe a medium body. Slightly dry finish with some tartness.
D: Probably one of my most favorite beers now. It reminds me of some of the trappist dubbels. Very refreshing and the citrus is just awesome.
02-20-2011 05:39:34 | More by cdrogers
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,864 ratings.