Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Always great to have a fresh Hennepin in my glass, however this seems to be a bit of a struggle as of late. The more and more I taste this beer, I draw comparisons to Duvel. The dryness, peppery notes, soft pilsner note on the front end... the beer is a classic Belgian Pale Ale but the light dusty aroma and taste bring on those attic-y aged cork-like notes (along with that estery lemon zest and the front-loaded sweetness) that pulls it to the Saison side. Some may see this beer as being too clean but I love the refreshing and efforvescent life of the beer.
Second tasting at USBTC at Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. I have yet to drink a better Saison. Though this beer is big for the style, what it gives up in drinkability, it gives back in character and flavorfull-ness. Very citrusy (lemons, oranges, peaches, pears) with a lightly Belgian yeast flavor. Soft, similar to Wits, but more spicy and fizzy. Alcohols are high, lessening the quaffability. But, Ommegang can do no wrong; it's a great beer.
I have always been impressed with all of the Ommegang beers. Hennepin looks very yellow, cloudy, and carbonous. Dense white head that laced well. Smells citrusy sweet and citrusy tart. Spicy, yeasty, and earthy with a mild hop aroma. Tastes Lightly malty. Sweet like pears, apples, and honey. Spices of corriander, cloves, and a bit peppery. Tart on the side of white wine or cider. Wheat and yeast round out the flavors. Light hop flavor compound the spice and offset the sweet. Feels tingly and mildly hot to the toung and palate. Medium body and creamy texture. Finishes powdery sweet and lightly tart, all the while, dry and crisp. The aftertaste leaves malty sweetness on the light side, leaving me wanting another sip.
07-21-2005 01:17:02 | More by BEERchitect
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Review #1500. For this one I chose a really solid american brew I had never had before. Go figure, after ll of this I had never had a Hennepin. So anyway, this lovely beer was served at cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 01/05/2009.
Now if that was not the most perfect Saison pour I do not know what is. Very nice amber hue with a rich, decadent looking three inches of white foam on top. Just hanging there with a huge amount of side lace just dripping down the glass and keeping the head alive and well throughout the session.
The aroma was very, very nice. Rich notes of spices, apricot, light apple maybe and a touch of grain. As it warmed some light pepper like spice starts to come forward, nearly spot on. As I take the first taste, I expierence just what I wanted from this one. A light, perfectly carbonated saison. Light notes of fruit spiced up with hints of white pepper and a perfectly balanced mix between light grain and fresh grass in the finish. Smooth, delicate and perfectly drainkable, I was very impressed by just how good this one was.
Overall I am ashamed it took me soo long to try this one. It was spot on, just what I needed tonight and just what the style called for. I will make this my go to for the style from now on for sure.
01-06-2009 02:47:01 | More by mikesgroove
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
Bottle: Poured a clear golden yellow ale with a huge bubbly white head with above standard retention. Aroma of pear and lemon with some distinguishable yeast. Taste is really hoppier then most Saison I have tried with a dry finish. Body is quite full and spice mix is interesting but could have been more accentuated. Very interesting take on the style.
12-20-2005 21:14:58 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
A: Golden straw color, lots of white foam and great lacing.
S: Great yeast smell, some light citrus, apple might make an appearance, and a very light funkiness.
T: A slight sweetness, some green fruits. Yeast and spice are there as well, adding to the complex taste.
M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation for this beer.
D: Delicious Saison, well balanced and interesting.
07-21-2009 23:12:31 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
A: quarter finger clear and golden color with some lace.
S: Lots of cinnamon with a background of belgian yeast.
T: Lemon and spiced belgian yeast up front. The aftertaste on this one lingers and is somewhat unpleasant likely due to pungent hops. Clove and banana notes.
M: moderate carbonation and light to medium body.
Overall: The hop flavoring in this one is different. The aroma is excellent
10-07-2011 01:22:53 | More by kylehay2004
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
This beer pours out as a nice looking hazy golden yellow. The head billows and needs to be given a moment to settle. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of funk to it but it's not as much as some of the authentic farmhouse ales out there. The taste has a pretty good amount of malts and yeast with some spices in there too. The mouthfeel is drinkable and has plenty of carbonation to keep it alive on the tongue. Overall this beer is pretty good but not my cup of tea really.
06-22-2011 23:31:04 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured a light golden color,for some reason didnt get much head at all maybe and older bottle?Smell was fresh and amd very floral.The first thing I got on the palate was a spiciness followed by some fruity,yeasty estures.There is a definent citrusy kinda lemony taste rounding out on this one.A really well made ale but maybe not for me so much,but it still deserves a pretty good raiting.
05-13-2003 11:54:54 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Served in a Duvel tulip glass.
Takin' another swing at this brew. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a solid finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, coriander, and lemon zest, with a touch of minor caramel in the very, very back. The taste follows along a similarly-landscaped path, though there's more wheat and a touch o' relatively minor funk hanging around the corners and edges and whatnot. And when I say minor, I mean AA, maybe even A (who doesn't love watching a Dunedin game, am I right?). The body is a very light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a nice, solid saison, not my favorite of the style but pretty good nonetheless.
10-20-2010 00:36:26 | More by TMoney2591
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
Interesting and telling... after having this beer over a dozen times, and never pausing to review it, it's either a testament to pure drinkability and enjoyment, or my serial absent-mindedness.
Hennepin pours into a Duvel tulip with an ample head of creamy white foam that leaves concentric rings of lace in the glass. There's an ever-present skim on the surface, at least a few cm thick. Bright and saturated color, pure bubbly sunshine.
Signature Belgian yeast at first, lightly citrusy and musty, with herbal notes of tea leaves, coriander, and sage.
Grassy tea-like hops emerge in the flavor as well, alongside peppery Belgian yeast phenols and dry crackery malt. Finishes very dry with a lightly bitter edge. Seemingly simple on the surface but well nuanced in flavor and aroma. It has a prickly feel, well carbed, and easily degassed after swirling the glass a few times. Quite a thirst-quencher, and it pairs exceptionally well with charcuterie.
"Hennepin. It goes with everything!" ...Sorry, old joke.
05-14-2012 23:06:15 | More by emerge077
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A corked 750 ml bottle.
Pours out a golden, yellow color. It was slightly cloudy. It also left some lacing. The head was very large. It smells of spice and hops. The hop flavor was very apparent as well as the yeast flavor. Mouthfeel was crisp and a little dry. It rates very drinkable, but due to the size of the bottle, maybe just one.
04-23-2006 22:09:01 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance: Blond in color and fairly cloudy, moreso after the first glass. A billowing white head rises from a gentle pour, lasting until the final drop.
Smell: Very malty with some banana-like esters. Closer inspection reveals spicy and floral notes (white pepper, ginger and mint come to mind).
Taste/mouthfeel: Tropical fruit and yeast are at the forefront here, but there's a spicy kick beneath it. Mildly sweet initially, though that's quickly overtaken by a lasting dryness and mild herbal/floral hop bite. Carbonation is high and the finish is ultra-crisp - this is one seriously refreshing beer despite the high ABV. The flavor is low on the funkiness sometimes found in Belgian saisons, but I'm not complaining; this is a damn good beer.
Notes: A solid beer that was past due for a review. For the price it's hard to go wrong with this stuff.
06-11-2008 02:13:18 | More by largadeer
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
750ml caged and corked behemoth of a bomber. Strangely, the label indicates that this is a 'Product of Belgium' - brewed and bottled at Ommegang's parent company, Duvel Moortgat.
This beer pours a somewhat hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three ebullient fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some nice linked snowflake lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.
It smells of musky flowers, citrus rind, bready pale malt, dried apples, sassy earthy yeast, and a soft ground pepper spiciness. The taste is moderately sweet pale malt, buoyed by some restrained candi sugar, weakened citrus, but with an uptick in general fleshy fruitiness, some new-found coriander, consistent yeast, and subtle, sneaky earthy spiciness - pepper meets ginger. There is no overt alcohol presence, however, a pleasant wave of underlying warmth pulls the covers up all nice and snug.
The carbonation is present, but lightly rendered, and, well 'brut-esque', the body on the prim side of medium weight, and smooth, but with a swelling of edgy heat baying at the gates. It finishes off-dry, with head-spinning complexity - nothing that has thus far presented itself seems to have buggered off yet. Oh well, then.
A well made, um, American saison? Heritage and corporate buyouts aside, this is just plain enjoyable, the delicate nature of the farmhouse ale decently ramped up, balanced, and quite agreeable, as the masked booze strength plays up well to the waning summer ethos up here in the soon to be Great White North.
09-15-2011 23:57:00 | More by biboergosum
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
Well, I've tried cave-aged Hennepin twice now, and I honestly have to say that it doesn't smell or taste any different to me than any other cellared bottle of Hennepin that I've had. It's a very decent beer fresh, and I appreciate that, but I like to put 6 to 12 months on it to drop the yeast and soften it a touch. So, that said, the cave age is no different from my cellared bottles except that there's dust and tiny chunks of rock (?) on the bottle. If you don't have a cellar that holds 55-65 F during summer, you might want to try one of these; but other than that, forget the extra expense and do it yourself. It's only a few buck put away for a little while (it doesn't really improve beyond conditioning, and I think it's quite nice and ready to go with even four months under its belt). But keep in mind, this is one of my favorite beers to begin with, and my favorite beer from Ommegang, so maybe I'm biased. Cheers!
08-04-2005 01:45:07 | More by NeroFiddled
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
Pours a slightly fogged straw color. Nice white head. Nose is yeast funk with strong citrus and dough tones. Flavor is funky dough with an obvious yeast influence. Feel is a bit thicker on the liquid, it's the dough character peeking through again. Drinkable, yes. Not as good as I remember it being on the bottle though. Possibly a prime example of how bottle conditioning can really make a difference in certain beers.
12-31-2007 09:24:39 | More by RblWthACoz
3.35/5 rDev -19.5%
Poured from a 750ml. bottle into a pint glass.
A: The beer pours to a very pale yellow color with a large foamy white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.
S: Bready, yeasty smell with background notes of malt, banana & hops.
T: The taste starts of malty with a flavor of banana, follows with a little bit of hops, then alcohol warmth. Not as bready as you smell and no after-taste. As the beer warms you get a little bit more hops but still not overpowering.
M: Very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation and a clean finish.
D: It goes down easy but I just didnt like the taste enough to drink a lot of it.
I tried this beer at a tasting and thought it was pretty good. Now that Im drinking a a whole 750ml bottle, Im not liking it as much. Just being honest.
05-25-2006 04:08:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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