Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Summer's coming really soon and it's 77º out today - perfect for a summer brew. What's more, I recently brewed a saison myself, and until it's ready, Ommegang will have to hold me over.
APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with barely a gold highlight. A huge white pillowy head forms and fades to a rocky loose-bubbled cap.
SMELL: Huge yeasty smell reminiscent of the finest ales from Belgium. A vague aroma of bready funk comes through. Citrus is apparent as is apricot. Hop aroma is non-existant.
TASTE: Incredible flavors come through all at once. Sweet caramel malts, bready and funky yeast, sweet orange, and a hop bitterness and flavor that really holds its own. The finish is only the faintest bit dry and somewhat yeasty. This is really a taste to behold.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium to light bodied with a sharp carbonation. Fairly refreshing given the body.
DRINKABILITY: Now THIS is what I want to be drinking this summer. Goes down so incredibly easy and hides the 7.7% pretty well. All in all a delicious beer.
I can only hope my homebrewed saison comes close to this beer's awesomeness. I've been impressed with Three Philosophers, but now I'm nearly blown away by Hennepin. I think a pilgrimage to Ommegang and the baseball Hall of Fame in my near future.
04-30-2007 20:39:28 | More by jmalex
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
22oz bomber poured into a Duvel glass.
Finally picked up a bottle of this lovely beer. Clear pale amber brew raises a foamy white head, leaves gorgeous lace, looks great.
The aroma is a wonderful lemony amalgam of delicious floral hops and bubble gum/hint of band-aid. Active carbonation conveys a light, crisp, stimulating experience. Sweetness up front with tangy lemony acidity and complex floral hoppy bittereness in perfect balance. Peppery allspice, long but restrained pink grapefruit finish. Delicious!
04-18-2008 00:46:15 | More by kenito799
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
A- Pours a hazy pale yellow with a green tint. There's more than a finger of sturdy white foam that leaves some beautiful, yet assymetric lacing.
S- Yeasty and earthy with just a tinge of bright citrus.
T- There's quite a bit going on in the taste- yeast, some paleish malt, some fruitiness (not sure if that's hops, or yeast, or something else). It all comes together nicely except that there is an alcoholic taste, much like vodka, that doesn't meld well.
M- Great creaminess which is so full in the mouth, and yet the beer is also bursting with evervescence. I really enjoyed just parcelling the liquid around in my mouth.
D- A nice and complex beer. I will certainly buy this one again.
04-08-2008 05:08:53 | More by zdk9
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
I've had this bottled and on-tap several times. Pours a translucent gold color with a nice white head. Retention and lacing are both excellent. Has an aroma of yeast, funk, citrus, sweetness...complex and well-balanced. Tastes sweet with a bit of tartness to it...yeasty, earthy, bready...citrus is still there. Does not stay on the palate long.
Light bodied with generally great carbonation. This beer is excellent and very drinkable. A refreshing beer that goes down smooth. I'll drink it many more times to come, I'm sure.
10-29-2011 04:38:44 | More by MsRif
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours very pale, somewhat like a hefeweizen. The head holds nicely, and lacing is ample.
The aroma is sweet with some tart and fruitiness to it.
The taste is more or less the borderline for what I'd expect from a Saison. It's balanced very well with fruit, yeast, and tart, but it doesn't really leave a lasting impression.
The body is medium light with a medium/high thickness. The finish is moderately dry and sticky.
Overall, this was a solid saison, and for it's availability and pricepoint it really shines. The only downside is that it could do a bit more to set itself apart.
01-02-2012 18:48:26 | More by BBP
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
The beer pours pale, golden yellow with a lot of chunks and carbonation bubbles circling around. The beer pours with a nice tight white head on it that settles to a quarter of a fingers width and leaves a thin lacing of tight, dry bubbles. On the nose, the beer smells strongly of spiced coriander with hints of orange peel, and ginger. There is also distinct bananay yeast in the background giving lovely character to the nose, while the hops and yeast are properly downplayed with lights notes of grass and hay and some wheat notes. On the tongue, the beer tastes creamy sweet and grassy bitter with lots of spice character. The flavor begins as orange peel and light wheat malt before being steamrolled away by heavy coriander spices with hints of pickling ginger. This moves into bitter grassy hops and banana yeast. The finish gives a fresh kiss of coriander infused orange juice with just a hint of sweet wheat bread before mellowing into an aftertaste of light coriander spice and yeasty banana funk. In the mouth, the beer tastes creamy smooth and medium in body with a touch of fierce carbonation that mellows into a clean scrubbing of the tongue. The mouth is left slightly dry but clean. Overall this is a solid and interestingly flavored beer. They’re a little heavy handed with the coriander spicing, which hurts the other flavors, but these flavors still show through and are beautiful and fresh in feel. This is a classic American saison in a Belgian-style. Worth a try.
04-05-2013 19:31:32 | More by Maxwell
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
The Hennepin is another one of those beers that I have seen on the shelves almost since I started drinking craft beer. Finally decided to pick up a single bottle to give this a whirl.
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
A- First thing I notice is the big huge massive head that emerged- fluffy and hilly- bold white color. The liquid was a bright shade of gold. No lacing on this one.
S- Smell is very citrusy- hints of grapefruits and pineapple. Some spice in the nose as well.
T- Taste was really excellent. Sour tartness followed by a nice peppery spice- I detected some strange flavors in here- maybe some biscuits/bready/ginger? orange zest. Lots going on here.
M- Surprisingly easy to drink- tingly yet not overwhelming.
D- I could pair this one with many different meals. I will introudce this one to a lot of my friends who do not yet appreciate beer.
05-24-2008 00:35:31 | More by DavidSeanNJ
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
Hazy golden color with a nice thick white head and good retention throughout. The smell is grain, fruit, and a farmhouse funk.
A grainy malt dominates the palate. The high alcohol lvel is masked very well; the yeast leaves a funky taste behind.
02-28-2010 16:48:15 | More by donteatpoop
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle to a SA snifter glass.
Pours a bright clean hazy golden yellow with a fist of head that settles to a steady 1 finger reach. Smells of big citrus, lemons, orange peels, grapes, bananas, with the familiar Belgian yeast flavors, loaded with lots of spice characters. Pale banana and citrus malt fill the tongue, nice mild cloves and ginger spices float around. Light on the body, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth slightly bitter with a nice zesty dry feeling that begs for another delicious sip. This is a wonderful saison that can be enjoyed anytime of the year, everything works on this beer. Total home run. cheers.
07-15-2011 03:36:41 | More by gabedivision
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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