Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a light golden colour with a massive white yead that laces beautifully. Smell is of citrus and and spice with a bit of cidery tartness. The flavour is wonderfull with Just enough malt to balance the funky cider, citrus, spice notes. Mouthfeel is great with a nice carbonation that leaves the palate refreshed instead dulled. Drinkability-- Please sir may I have another. A really really nice beer and one that I will seek out again.
09-07-2004 17:02:01 | More by TinusTime
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Poured a nice golden color, with a decent head and some carbonation clearly available. Not a huge towering head like the Ommegang had, but it also hung around longer.
Grainy aroma, bit of a honey smell in there, and something a little spicy in the background. Real mild flavor, kind of an earhty flavor to it, with a bit of a citrus flavor in there, perhaps? A bit of a lemon, and a bit of that same spicy flavor from the aroma, I'm thinking pepper now. A tad thicker feel to it, and very crisp. Also makes me think a bit of bread or biscuit dough, for some reason.
Very nice, smooth, drinkable beer. I've never had a Saison before, so I don't know if this is characteristic of the style or not. I'd been told by people before that the Hennepin was favored over the Ommegang, and I definitelly echo their sentiments. A very, very good brew.
08-30-2004 04:54:53 | More by Rio
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Picked up a bottle at AJ's Thursday and uncorked it Friday night to celebrate the start of the weekend.
This is a golden colored brew that poured a nice head. Nose was light fruit. Taste was heavily malty with a nice light hop finish to balance it out. Mouthfeel was nice and lively because of the amount of carbonation in this bottle conditioned brew. Overall, this is a well balanced beer that masks the high ABV very well.
08-30-2004 03:49:47 | More by arizcards
3.95/5 rDev -5%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a english style pint glass(yes I realize a chalice or goblet would be better, but I'd rather spend my limited funds on beer and homebrewing supplies than fancy glassware)
Appearance: Golden/straw with a hint of copper. A slow, tilted pour produced about an inch of head which lingered, at least in part until finished.
Smell: I don't have the best smeller in the world, so its hard to say. I noted sweet fruit and yeast smells. Undertones which betray its relatively high ABV.
Taste: This may be blasphemy, but about all I can say is it tasted like a belgian. Most beer geeks, I think, will know what I mean. Mild hops behind a distinct sweetness. Ample carbonation influencing the favor, and that distinct, fruit like yet hard to describe belgian yeast charcter. This beer is saison, but to me you could put it next to a Belgian pale and I (at least) wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Which doesn't necessarly mean that you wouldn't be able to. However, I very much enjoy belgian brews, hence the high marks.
Mouthfeel: High marks here. more viscous than I expected for a beer this light in color, with a pleasant bubblyness as it rolls down your tongue.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Mine went down about as quick as a good lager. The sweetness might be too much after a few, but by then, the 7.5 ABV should be slowing you down anyway (or perhaps barking at the moon)
08-17-2004 00:18:16 | More by poundboy
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Pours out a deep hazy golden orange but the thin head that it began with decided to take a sabbatical after a minute or two. Nose is of a non-descript yeasty / wheaty variety, I mean, it's there unlike cheap beers, but it doesn't exactly leap out of the glass at you either.
and this non-descript aspect completely ends when it comes to the taste, which is stupendous and deep. Up front you get a delightfully tingly sensation on the end of the tongue, like sour citrus, and then a gentle hop bitter begins on the back. The wheat and yeast from the nose take front and centre, along with a spicy tinge (pepper? cloves?) that whirls around in the mouth amidst all of this.
The entire presentation is only aided by the delightfully full mouthfeel, I'm not talking thick like a stout, just very bubbly, and pleasant, this is the first non-viscuous beer that I've given a full 5.0 on mouth to, but Hennepin earned it, with ease. The drinkability on this stuff is also excellent.
Overall I would term this beer shocking. The appearance and smells really offer no hint to the treat that is hidden in the flavour and mouth. A pleasure, I'll certainly be having it again.
08-14-2004 00:07:06 | More by CortexBomb
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Thick, foamy 1" head. Very noticeable carbonation. A glowing, pale orange in color. Layers of standard belgian lacing throughout the glass.
Citrus (lemon/orange) esters with a clove-like spiciness. The spiciness carries the aroma. The aromatics are noticeable but quite mellow.
Orange and lemon flavors at first that give way to an active clove spiciness. A sourness is present that doesn't overpower the ale's other flavors. Plenty of carbonation that cuts through the sourness and balances it well.
Light and crisp on the palate. Very dry aftertaste. Maybe a tad too carbonated.
A session saison! Light, crisp, and refreshing. The abv% is up there and well hidden.
A top notch saison. Exactly what you would expect from Ommegang. This is one to enjoy and recommend to a friend.
08-09-2004 13:52:37 | More by NEhophead
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
This was truly an enjoyable experience, and to top it off this is something that I can get in my area for $8.75 for a 4 pk.
The nice orangy color and nice thick white head were promising and the smell was nice an yeasty like you would expect from a belgian brew, and then the taste was very smooth at first and then moves to a well rounded sweetness that can only be described as mana from the beer gods. This was very drinkable and I really enjoyed hanging onto the lovely aftertaste of this brew. One of my new favorites.
08-02-2004 16:18:58 | More by rugger
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
Impressive... I actually thought it was a true Belgian until I read the label more carefully. Poured smoothly out of a 750ml colorfully-labelled bottle into a tulip glass. Golden color and thick, almost sticky white head. Bouquet was everything a belgian should be - fruity and rich. Smooth taste, hint of nuttiness, just an incredible brew. It was about 85 degrees last night, and this was the perfect beer for such a warm summer evening. Worth every penny.
08-02-2004 04:01:09 | More by beals
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
Tasted on 7/22/04 from 12oz bottle.
Appearance: Pale gold and slightly hazy, poured with a half inch head that slipped down to more thana little sticky lacing.
Smell: A riot of aromas, sweet and tart. Candied orange, apricot, wildflower honey, yeast, banana, spice.
Taste: Yeasy right up front, malty underplay, with touches of peach and spice. A whisper of floral hops on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation, light to medium body, crisp on the finish.
Drinkability: Nigh unto perfection. Righteous!
07-23-2004 01:28:19 | More by Hefe
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
This brew pours a hazy golden color with a a huge rocky head. Lacing slowly slides down the sides of the glass but doesn't stick. Sharp looking beer.
The aroma smells like fresh hay along with lots of pale and sweet malt. Mild floral hop aromas dance around the edge of the nose. Small amounts of citrus.
The fresh hay aroma carries over to the taste as the first flavor to become noticed. This is accompanied by a bready taste. A slight hop flavor creeps up on the finish with slight citrus notes. A solid malt flavor runs through the whole beer.
The mouthfeel is medium-full and goes down smooth. A very drinkable beer. To bad is not available here.
07-13-2004 23:22:42 | More by Bruiser81
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Hennepin glass. Has a pale golden color, lighter than most Belgian Ales, with a large white head that quickly dissipates with decent but not really pronounced lacing (had more on the second glass).
The smell is an absolutely wonderful floral and citrus smell that mimics some of the best Belgian ales of this type.
The taste is a whirlwind of flavors that hits the palate and lasts a very LONG time after the last sip. It starts with hints of lemon, orange, honey, and ends with a pronounced herbal aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth with slight carbonation. Mind you this is my first review ever and the term "chewy" is still new to me...but I kind of feel a sensation of wanting to chew on this beer...hard to explain but I imagine this is what they are talking about when using this term.
This is a very drinkable beer. I could drink this everyday during the summer. Even though this is made in NY, I think this beer could easily hold it's ground against some of the best Belgian ales of this style.
07-11-2004 04:51:07 | More by Vipsanius
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Not too shabby. This is a dary cloudy beer with all sorts of crazy flavors. I, like many others am exercising my right as a Georgian to buy beer > 6.0% alcohol this week. Hennepin was one of the first.
This beer definitely has some kick to it, but it rewards with a very mellow, almost banana like aftertaste. Very yummy. Unlike other high alcohol brews, this one goes down smooth. If you can find this gem available in your area, I'd suggest that you try it.
07-09-2004 03:47:20 | More by maccroz
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
750 mL brown bottle purchased at Chesapeake Wine Company in Canton for $5. Chilled on ice for a half hour, and enjoyed during a winning softball game.
Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. Big, thick, frothy white head. Great retention. Lacing throughout. Color reminded me of liquid caramel. Lots of carbonation.
Smell: Big yeast smell right off the bat, kept reminding me of the smell of the Baltimore Brewing Company on brewing day... Followed by banana, grapefruit, and spices.
Taste: Tingly carbonation. The caramel color didnt disappoint when the flavors come rushing in. This baby has thick malty flavors; nice and sweet mix. Some pepper and very faint hops on the back end. This is a very crisp and enjoyable beer. A slight warmth is felt in the mouth after the first swig or two.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Oooh very so. Hennepin has a very heavy mouthfeel with the malty flavors sticking around for a very long time afterward. Although this isnt a beer that I would pound, or have every day, it is very drinkable and worth many more samples.
Ive always felt that saison beers were more of a late summer/fall beer. That spicy mix is usually for the cooler weather. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Hennepin worked well in the sun and the warmth. That creamy smoothness is very enjoyable, even when sampled in-between innings.
07-01-2004 13:21:59 | More by Dithyramb
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
hennepin pours a cloudy honey color with a huge cloudlike head that is an off white. lacing is heavy. smell is white grapes, ginger and citrus (orange peel?). flavor is complex, dry with a light alcohol note. can taste something fruit-like but can't put my finger on it....i'm new to the style. a terrific beer though can really taste ginger and corriander. spicey. mouthfeel is almost fuzzy with plenty of carbonation. could drink a couple but definatly not a session beer. i ain't no rockafella. $9.00 a bottle but worth it. definatly happy that i bought this brew.
06-28-2004 23:15:40 | More by ramrod666
4.93/5 rDev +18.5%
Poured into my ommegang goblet from a 750ml bottle. The beer is a light yellow through light and a pretty light honey orange most of the time. A fluffy white head, 2-fingers or so fluffs up in the glass and drops to a nice 1/8th inch or so coating that lasted the entire beer.
Smell is fantastic--earthy, mud, wet hay, barnyard, leather, honey and fresh herbs. incredibly complex and satisfying. this is one of the rare beers i just want to keep smelling, forget drinking it.
But drink I must, and the taste doesn't lower the bar at all. Sweet bread, honey and a soft fruitiness hit the tongue first, then a mix of herbs and yeasty spicyness punch through, followed by a soft flavor of wet grass and earth. The bitter earthiness follows in the aftertaste combined with a candy sugar sweetness.
The well-carbonated brew comes off creamy, especially because of that soft head. A 750ml goes down so incredibly smooth, I could drink another 750 if I didn't know better. In my opinion this is a beer approaching perfection, and it's amazing to think it's brewed in the US. There's no way to even guess this isn't a traditional Saison from Belgium, and it would rank near the top of any beers in the category, no matter the geography.
06-28-2004 01:55:04 | More by studentofbeer
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
Enjoyed immediately after a sample of regular Hennepin for comparisons sake. Comes in a 750ml corked bottle. Has a layer of dirt on the bottle. Bottle #1471, this was cave-aged at Howe Caverns at a depth of 156 feet at constant temperature of 52 degrees Fahrenheit from early 2003 until September 23rd of the same year. Enjoyed 6/21/04. Claims to be the only American brewery that has been cave aging beer in over a century. Cork appears to have mold on the top, a little worrisome
This is one of the most carbonated beers Ive ever had, with tremendous head and unrelenting carbonation. This beer is alive. Incredibly thick, foamy, lacy white head that explodes out of the bottle. Let me stress this point. The head of the beer continues to expand minutes AFTER pouring. Absolutely incredible. I had trouble keeping this beer in its glass! A golden color, less cloudy than the regular beer, but more carbonated.
I wanted to believe that the extra few bucks I spent on a cave aged beer would be worth it. Truth be told, although subtle, there is a difference. Smell is a little more pronounced, though has the same characteristic orange smell. Taste is outstanding. Extremely smooth, with a slight hoppy taste and lots of spice, orange and citrus. Unbelievably smooth for its ABV, this beer distinguishes itself as one of the best Belgian beers in America, and would put up a impressive fight in a Belgium itself. This beer kicks ass, and Im proud to say it.
06-27-2004 02:04:15 | More by RocketWidget
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
Dortmunder Gold in color, very clear, big head, great retention and lacing but a bit soap-sudsy with big bubbles. Aroma is very faint and of spicy pickles. Flavor is very polished - fruit esters are banana and cherry with huge carbonation that annoys me. Verrry drrry. Malt is non-existant, could be all sugar for all I can tell. This beer is just fizz on the tongue and then leaves a little flavor there that is esters and spice. Not as much ginger as I remember. Struck me as Unibrouish and triplish, but not worthy of either really. This is a well-made effervescent creation, but fails to inspire me.
06-21-2004 18:44:15 | More by waughbrew
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
This has a great glow to its dark golden color. The head and lace seem thin but are still really nice.
It looks, smells, and tastes really nice. This is one tasty beer. It has a lot in common with my favorite Belgian strong pale ales, but with a different kick in the taste.
06-20-2004 20:35:49 | More by watermelonman
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
I gave Hennepin a very careful pour, unlike my usual, because of the nasty looking stuff in the bottom of the bottle. The beer itself is significantly hazy, bright banana-amber with a handful of fine particulates and a generous amount of carbonation. The very nearly pure white head started out small thanks to the gentle pour, fell quickly to thin film and is leaving very little lace.
The nose is fruity, spicy, faintly alcoholic and reminds me, somewhat, of a Belgian tripel. The flavor is definitely interesting, but doesn't bowl me over. It's malty, fruity (apples, pears, golden raisins) sour and clove spicy.
The body/mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated and the finish is long with a trace of sweetness. There's also a hint of alcohol that it isn't the least bit intrusive. It does pack a bit of a punch, but then 7.5% on an empty stomach usually does.
Hennepin is my first saison so I really have no idea whether it's a good version of the style or not. For all I know it could be great beer. My suspicion is that this bottle is a little on the old side, so I'll re-review when I get the chance.
06-17-2004 22:55:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a cloudy yellowish with a perfectly white head. Aroma of citrus & spice. All kinds of flavors competing for attention - earthy hops, spice, belgian yeasts, & mildly sour lemon. They all mesh well together in this heavily carbonated brew that finishes with fruity orange, a bit of yeast, & a flavor that reminds me of wheat. Extremely drinkable & an absolute steal for the price.
06-14-2004 13:19:49 | More by garthwaite
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Chimay-like presentation, in a 750 ml bottle with cork stopper and wire cage. Label lists Hennepin as a Belgian-style ale. Provides some interesting tidbits about Belgium and how to pour properly. Couldn't find a bottling date.
Pours clear, cider-like gold with heavy carbonation. The head is dense and white, breaking down fairly quickly despite the large bubbles moving from the base of the glass to replenish it. Revives readily upon agitation.
Aromas of citrus, hops, and that candi sugar distinctive to the style. Agitation brings out some alcohol and floral notes. Nice and inviting.
Carbonation is evident on the tongue, to the point of scouring the taste buds. The alcohol gives a certain heat to the flavor that takes away from the smoothness of the moutfeel. Hops are in the forefront, middle, and end of every swallow. As the glass warmed I went from large gulps to smaller sips. The harshness of the alcohol gives way in the warming, taking a back seat to an odd but pleasant mix of flavors: lemongrass, sugar, fresh hops and white wine.
Finishes clean, with a lingering smack of wine and hops on the lips. I sampled this on its on but imagine it would be a fine compliment to poultry or fish. Given the ABV food might not be a bad idea, as halfway through the bottle I got quite warm.
An admirable expression of the style. Not a bad substitute for Chimay, particularly when you're light on funds (the Hennepin bottle was a full $3 cheaper than the least expensive Chimay). I'll come back to this one.
06-13-2004 23:25:48 | More by Hunter
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
Appearance: Very cloudy (my fault, stored incorrectly) deep sunshine yellow with a small, pure white head. (Again, I've served it a bit too cold). Thin lacing.
Smell: Very strong lemon/lime citrus aroma with sweet, almost butterscotch undertone and notes of honey. Very unusual and quite nice.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Fan-freakin'-tastic. Starts sweet with some herbal/medicinal notes, but quickly cuts to a unique bourbon/overripe fruit/malt sweetness; it tastes a bit like Yukon Jack. Tarts up nicely at the finish with a terrific citrus zing--you'll find yourself looking for the lemon slice floating in the glass. The mouthfeel is tight and crisp, with lively, brisk carbonation--very refreshing.
Drinkability: Exceptional, and amazingly light and crisp for a 7.5% ABV brew. I'd be honored to drink another, and I might just.
Now, THIS is a summer brew. Full, complex, satisfying, yet still wonderfully refreshing. A perfect example of the style, really couldn't be much better.
06-11-2004 07:49:14 | More by WetCoaster
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Cave Aged: Bottle #1315
Presentation: Standard looking 750ml Hennepin bottle, which is deceptive at first and may fool the uninitiated. But on closer inspection, this is no ordinary bottle. The wire cage has a weathered and crimpled looking gray cardboard tab that states that this Hennepin is one of 3360 cellared at Howe Caverns at a depth of 156 feet at a constant temperature of 52°F from early 2003 until September 23rd 2003.
Hand applied Red Ink Stamp professes Bottle # 1315.
The gold colored cage encases a thumbed champagne cork that has an aged black spotted surface (from the Cave Aging?) and it takes a little coaxing to remove. When it is extracted, a solid but manageable thrupp precedes a whispy phantom like expulsion of twisting light gray gunsmoke.
Appearance: Fantastic pour, carefully slaked into my Westie Glass (only the best!) the hazed Golden body shimmered as it slid effortlessly down the hyperbolic sides of my pristinely clean and recently rinsed Westvleteren Glass all the time releasing its dissolved carbon dioxide to form a head that rolled back on itself forming a beery surf. A lovely shimmering straw colored haze sits in the fusel gold body that is disrupted only by constant rising streamers once it quickly settles. The head is perfectly silky and forms an immaculately uniform bone-white creamy cap. Gently rolled like a fine Brandy in the Westie Goblet, the dissolved carbonation comes out to play, but only for a short time, as it is soon called back by its Head-master. This has one of those perfect heads that easily forms with a careful top-up each time. Solid web-like lacing on the Goblets edge. Excellent conditioning, even better head retention, and a fantastic overall presentation in a Goblet style glass. Top Marks here!
Nose: Perceptible from the off, fresh Tripel-like hoppiness mixed with yeasts and freshly proved dough odor that has a little clean farmyard funkiness to it. Light spices and a citrus element together with a smidgeon of Coriander. Mmmmm, smells great, I may have to imbibe this one through my nose!
Taste: Soft, fluffy entrance allows the bitter hoppy feel to expand readily. Pale malts are in the background, light alcohol feel, slightly warming on subsequent mouthfuls. Lemon rind and coriander in the middle, spicy hops with a delicate farmyardiness (yes its a made up word) and some more flavored spicy bitterness in the warming finish which gently caresses the stomach with a smooth frictional like heat after a glass or two. Tangerine rises in the back end with some citric bitterness.
Mouthfeel: This has a well attenuated smoothness from the fine carbonation. Talcum powder soft on the tongue with a light rasping feel when swallowed. Superb presence, this has a very mature Tripel mouthfeel.
Drinkability: The whole 750ml went down quicker than the Titanic! A whole three-quarters of a litre of this 7.5% beauty all to myself My Bad! Oh Yeah - Sheer Indulgence!
Overall: Very nice!! The precise effects of Cave-Aging are argued over it seems, it could well be the equivalent of modern day Fuzzy Logic. I am no expert on the Aging process, except that I may have to look forward to gray pubes and bad eyesight one day, but this is certainly a beer that definitely appears to benefit from Aging in a Cave (see how diplomatic I am!).
I make no apologies for admitting that I am a big fan of Brouwerij Ommegangs offerings, they still represent probably the best value for money widely available, high quality Belgian style US brews around for me. I am not sure what I did to deserve this beautiful, and rather prized, rare bottle as a gift - but a very BIG heartfelt Thank You indeed to djgonzalez and RokotGirl for sparing this gift from their stash during a recent trip to NYC. It was much appreciated and highly enjoyed. Ill have to get to NYC more often - the first beer in the Blind Tiger is on me next time!!!
06-10-2004 05:56:47 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
Big ole 750 mL caged & corked Hennepin Saison poured out with suspended "beer on lees" particles floating around the glass. This is a beautiful looking pour with just enough head and appetizing color.
Overly ripe bananas, and bready doughy scents meeting with cloves and yeasty aroma and flavors. There is actually some open meadow character to this, resembling a true belgian.
Just an overall great OMMEGANG beer. Extremely enjoyable on all counts. Thanks to shapudding for the offering. I need to get my hands on my own bottle.
06-08-2004 04:14:25 | More by blitheringidiot
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
I was fortunate to visit the brewery last fall and pick up a few bottles of this beauty. It is a hazy, pale golden with a voluminous creamy head. The aroma is yeasty (bready) and hoppy. It is creamy with citrus and earthy character and a bitter dry finish. Mellow and amazingly refreshing.
06-02-2004 17:51:18 | More by ark57
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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