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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,384
Reviews: 2,079
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
Gots: 601 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Ratings: 5,384 | Reviews: 2,079
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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic Saison. Poured with a very nice pure white head, golden below. Very drinkable and good lacing. Aroma is top notch, my favorite part of this beer with the spices coming through. Definite citrus notes with wonderful warm spices coming through.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale orange with a moderate off-white head that fades but leaves a thin cover in the middle and around the edges and in the lacing. Wafts of carbonation with loose bubbles surrounding it.

S: Surprising for my expectations; a little skunky, with hints of corn and yeast funk, not unlike beers seen at frat parties. Some fruit esters underneath it all; passionfruit, peach, lemon peel. Good saison character.

T: Great improvement from the smell. Orange and lemon peels, mild malt, a bit of wheat and funk. Ever so slightly sweet, manifesting as honey. Quick finish, with added strawberry hints, but I can't expect a beer this light-feeling to stick around for long. Oh well, guess I'll have to sip it again.

M: Light and highly carbonated, super refreshing. Just what I was looking for.

O: A very refreshing Saison, exactly what I wanted on a hot night like tonight. The flavors could be a bit stronger, but none of them were bad. A good brew that suits the style well, but I can find less expensive beers with as much flavor to cool me off.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Thezapper
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a nice amber with a beautiful frothy head.

The smell reminds me of summertime. It's nice and light and citrusy with some yeast funkyness.

The taste is refreshing and spicy and sweet with just a touch of hops to balance it out. Nicely carbonated and each sip begs for another. It's an easy drinker but one that has enough complexity not to get boring.

Overall this is a great saison and a beer that I've gone back to time and again. Another home run for Ommegang.

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3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like Ommegang's packaging and labelling, which is attractive and announces a quality product. And I enjoyed my sampling of their Three Philosophers at the Green River Brewfest in June. So ready to give more of their line a try.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle. Bottling date smeared but looks like it might be 2/25/12. So not so fresh, although it has a "Best by" of something something 2014.

Translucent amber topped by a finger thick white head which receded to an even white surface foam film and thick even lacing. I had poured directly down into the glass as usual, instead of slowly as the label instructed. Oops. So I got the yeast sediments, which no doubt affected the taste.

s: Ripe fruit

t: Soap and mild ripe fruit.

m: Smoothly light to moderate, leaning to moderate.

o: The label says it should be hoppy but it's not so much. Does not taste as fruity as drinking proceeds. Nearing the finish line, smoothness stands out and it's quite decent.

This experience has not daunted me to try the many other Ommegang offerings, or even a fresher example of Hennepin.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Best by 9/2014
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Hennepin has long been a favorite saison, and I was glad to have a bottle to review. It was interesting to compare this to Boulevard's Tank 7, which I had the ability to try earlier in the day. Though likely using the same or similar yeast strains, the breweries produce two very different beers. Ommegang gives us a yeast, herb, and spice-forward saison, full of rich and hearty flavors, whereas the Boulevard was brighter, hoppier, and less dense. Hennepin is thus perhaps suited for cooler days, despite it's lower ABV, as the richer, heavier flavors seem more suited to this.

Pours a tall, voluminous head (~4cm) of fairly clean, white foam, made up of very small bubbles, leading to a frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is similarly superb, thick clumps and webs cling to the insides of the glass. Body is a bright golden yellow color, hazy (50-60% opaque), light bringing out significantly paler golden yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible, moderate in number and fairly vigorous in activity.

Aroma of yeast, dried lemon and orange peel, with lesser banana, mustiness, modest phenolics (spicy and marginally clove-like), and when warm, green apple.

Front of palate yields a very rich, hearty flavor, with pale malt sweetness, robust Belgian yeast, banana-like esters, mild mustiness, coriander, slight vanilla, and a light orange and lemon peel character. Mid-palate continues with hearty yeast flavors, banana-like esters, along with slightly peppery and lemony grains of paradise, slightly spicy Belgian yeast-produced phenols, slight mustiness, coriander, mild orange and lemon peel, and a pleasantly sweet pale malt backbone. Back of palate features increased grains of paradise (peppery, vague lemon) and Belgian yeast phenols (spicy, sharp) with notable banana ester, a dash of pineapple, and faint mustiness. Aftertaste is superb, with Belgian yeast, banana, pineapple and lightly sweet pale malts joining everything together.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a slightly fizzy, though never prickly or painful, mouthfeel that settles into a thin blanket of foam on the tongue. Closes fairly dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate.

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