Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang
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3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA
I first had this on tap, not knowing it was an Ommegang brew until I looked it up later. It's a tasty saison. Pretty smooth and flavorful but nothing to get overwhelmed about.
Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head that retains and laces well. Yeasty aroma, with hints of citrus, grass, and light spice. Biscuity taste, with flavors of orange zest, apple, banana; grassy with notes of spice. Light-medium mouthfeel, and easily drinkable.
05-22-2011 19:04:47 | More by Rifugium
4.09/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber. There is a layer of off white head. Has a pils like note in the nose along with some Belgian spice. More Belgian spice in the taste along with a pleasant sweetness. Just a bit herbal with a slight bitterness in the finish. Light and quite nice. The carbonation level is a bit high,
02-03-2013 03:19:00 | More by oline73
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Mother's milk! Smooth as caramel, warm and slightly sweet. A creamy mouthfull with great rich flavors. Beautiful beer-- golden color and clear in the tall tulip glass. Individual flavors don't seem to stand out as much, but the overall effect is spicy with rich wheaty malt. Mellow is the word, just enough fruit and a hint of hops. Not the usual Ommegang over-the-top Belgian funk.
Best Saison I've tasted this year. Highly drinkable but with a rich set of flavors. Shows a good Saison doesn't need the excess of acidity and random bacteria so often encountered.
08-07-2011 04:22:14 | More by mactrail
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.
The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, Belgian yeast, lemon and orange. Very fruity smelling. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of some pineapple and mangoes, as well as some white pepper notes. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, though by no means overpowering. The beer is very dry and is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A very nice American-made saison. One of the better ones out there.
01-18-2011 02:50:15 | More by Mora2000
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.
a - Pours a murky golden color with one finger of fluffy white head that leaves quickly, and high carbonation evident.
s - Smells strongly of bananas, spices, and yeast. Some cloves, orange, and citrus as well. Not much funk but enjoyable.
t - Tastes of bananas, spices, cloves, yeast, alcohol, and light citrus and fruit.
m - Light to medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.
d - An ok saison but nothing amazing. It smelled pretty good, but thought the high carbonation and the alcohol in the taste hurt it a bit. No funk anywhere either. Would try again but wouldn't really seek out.
08-24-2010 22:54:20 | More by mdfb79
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours yellow with a thick foamy white head that is well-retained and leaves foamy lacing along the sides of the glass.
The smell is of citrusy lemon, bready yeast and a slight medicinal aroma in the background.
The taste of lemon mixed with honey. Sourbread and grainy malt come into play a little later. The taste is not overly assertive, but always present enough.
The feel is smooth and refreshing. It's easy to drink, the flavors linger and the body holds up well.
A solid choice for a saison. It's not my favorite of the style (it's just behind DuPont and Smuttynose Farmhouse), but it's certainly a goody I do recommend.
09-19-2006 22:27:12 | More by jwc215
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a hazy orange tinted straw yellow color, that is topped by a frothy large bubbled head that starts out a good 4 inches thick. The aroma is spritzy with notes of lemon, coriander, ginger, slight herbalness, a certain damp wood-like mustiness. The aroma is quite light and appetizing, and has a nice level of complexity to it.
The taste is lightly sweet up front through the middle, but then becomes quite dry in the finish. This is nice and spicy with competing notes of pepper, ginger, lemon zest, coriander. This beer has a nice soft sweet grain character which mixes quite well with, and in fact even accentuates, the refreshing, cool citrus notes. This beer is very good, it is just about the perfect beer to sit down and enjoy over an evening. The one flaw is that it is perhaps a little to thick in the body, don't get me wrong, it is by no means thick, it is just that I like my farmhouse ales with a nice dry, light palate. I had forgotton how tasty this beer was, and at $3.00 for a 750ml it is a steal.
02-13-2005 02:26:40 | More by Gueuzedude
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
Pours light straw with a slight haze. Large big-bubbled head. While receding, leaves some spotty lace.
Typical farm house stinky; I mean that in a good way. Sour smell similar to old dough.
Spritzy and sour; lots of yeast bite. Quite light in the body. Tastes as if there is a lot of wheat in this beer.
12-28-2008 20:07:53 | More by smcolw
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a full white head, lots of lace.
S: Yeast notes and ester, light fruit.
T: Yellow apple and definite herbal notes (sage) carry the beer. Mild acidity, quite complex.
M: Medium-bodied, quite refreshing, smooth.
D: One of my favourite saisons, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet. This and LA Red Barn are the top 2 easily available American saisons in my opinion.
04-09-2009 00:15:42 | More by Halcyondays
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured a clear light gold color with a thick head that last through the drink. The nose sensed some floral, yeast, and citrus aromas.There was nice carbonation. A nice balance of malt and bitterness, with a crisp yeasty flavor lasting on the tongue. Very smooth and a soft aftertaste. Great beer and should be sought out by all.
10-12-2003 21:41:15 | More by Gavage
3.64/5 rDev -12.5%
I've taken a long time to get to this one, but I'm glad to finally get to it. I've educated myself on saisons recently with a lot of Fantome, so I'm confident I can give this the fair review it deserves. 7.70% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given its reputation.
Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Not paired with food.
A: Pours a two finger white colour head - disappointingly thin - of slight cream, and great retention for the high ABV (~4 minutes). Body colour is a hazy pale yellow-gold. Thin minimal lacing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Translucent.
Sm: Crystal malt, brett yeast funkiness, heavy lemon esters and lemon zest, lemongrass, rustic spicing (perhaps cilantro and clove if I had to guess), and pale malts. Maybe a bit of light white pepper. The lemon citric zest is pure and fragrant, evoking a fine dry champagne. Pear effervescence. Honey. Pale grains. A moderate strength evocative aroma. I can't wait to try it. Yeasty and inviting. No alcohol is detectable.
T: Delightful lemon citrus esters and lemon zest; these notes are dominant. Complementary funky yeast as well with notes of clove spice and maybe even a bit of banana and phenol. Some light biscuity character. Crystal malt. Dry pear and champagne notes. A hint of sour green apple - but not to the extent you'd see in a patersbier. Pale unobtrusive malt body. Rustic spices seem primarily yeast-derived. Refreshing and a bit tangy. Some honey. Perhaps some light fermented pineapple. These bright fruit esters also seem to come from the yeast. Little malty sweetness - just enough to aid the balance. I quite like it. What's sorely lacking is white pepper; a quality saison should always have peppery qualities but this one lacks them. Still, it's a balanced and well-layered saison. No alcohol comes through either, and it manages to remain refreshing. It doesn't lack complexity, but saisons are a complex style, and more could certainly be done. Maybe my Fantome consumption has driven up my expectations.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some effervescent dry champagne qualities as well. Excellent carbonation and thickness, complementing the flavour profile and coaxing out the more subtle flavours. Good palate presence. Refreshing and enjoyable.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its high ABV well. A quality saison from Ommegang, but it drinks a bit too much like a witbier with its heavy reliance on lemon notes. Still, I quite enjoy it and I'd definitely get it again if I was in the mood for a domestic saison. It's a fine offering and a fairly priced one. Lives up to its reputation. Very refreshing. Bravo, Ommegang.
01-14-2013 05:45:14 | More by kojevergas
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
05/31/05- Purchased at Tower Market in San Francisco, CA
Presentation- 24oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Huge thick poch-marked head. Ultra creamy and thick. Nice golden-orange coloring and excellent lacing.
Smell- Spices, spices and more spices. A very good amount of swwet and sour in the scent as well.
Taste- Damn, this one is a fruit garden. Lots of sweet but sour at the same time flavors. Mainly apple and maybe some melon. Meanwhile, lots of spices as well.
Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, but goes down sooo easy.
Drinkability- Probably the best saison I have encountered from the USA. Still no Fantome, but it's not that far off. Excellent!!
05-31-2005 23:32:01 | More by GClarkage
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a beauiful golden color with a big creamy white head. Spicy aroma of coriander and citrus. Carbonationup front that is not too overpowering. Spicy with ntes of citrus balanced out by a hint of slight malt. The amount of spice perfectly balances out the sweet/sour flavor and reults in a crisp dry finish. Very good.
12-01-2008 08:47:58 | More by corby112
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks to Scott Ross for this...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out.
Smell is of vanilla cream, Belgian yeast, pils malt, funky sour noted esters, light caramel, and mild hoppy citrus notes.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. This one actually reminds me a tad of Dupont although more depth to this one and more of a sugary taste.
Mouthfeel is bitter-sweet, mildly sour in a refreshing medium body.
I like this Americanized version of a farmhouse. Pretty good stuff.
08-14-2006 17:31:31 | More by weeare138
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Uncorks without much encouragement, leaving a lovely cascade of carbon dioxide running down the sides of the bottle. Pours a hazy yellow gold colour, with a lovely, frothy, crackling head of white foam. Loose-bubbled though it is, it sticks around for quite a while. Nice.
Nice sweet lemon citrus, funk and grassy organics on the nose, lots of pleasant acidity to create a thoroughly refreshing aroma. Some light yeast notes come through as the head collapses, grounding the beer a little more. Very nice indeed.
Gritty organic bitterness on the palate, initially sharp, but with that sweet citric note coming through on the rear. Very clean and crisp. Sparkling and effervescent, which adds some great refreshing notes to the brew.
Clean, crisp and refreshing. A pleasure to drink, and a fantastic alternative to cold pale lager for a summer beverage. The 7.5% might take hold after a while, though.
This is an excellent Saison. Once again, Ommegang truly do give the Belgians a run for their money.
06-06-2009 02:04:30 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Served on-tap into a standard pint at Shady's downtown.
A - Pours pale straw yellow with a small film of head leaving thin sheets of lacing down the glass. I think it was a bit too cold, and it suffered a bit because of it.
S - Lots of strong bready belgian yeast up front. Plenty of barn yard funk with some faint earthy hops. I really think the colder pour hurt the appearance and smell of this one greatly.
T - Plenty of funk up front mixes well with a bit of sweetness. Some muted earthy hops add a nice hop bite. Hops seem to come out a bit more once it has had a chance to warm up a bit. A touch of black pepper adds some spice to help break up all bready sweetness. Finish is funky but not overpowering. I love how this one is light and refreshing and yet still filled with bold, rustic, flavors that make it one of the best saisons.
M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as barn yard funky as some of the other drafts of Hennepin that I have had in the past but still funky none the less.
D - Very high. I absolutely love this one. It is funky yet still very re-freshing. One of, if not the, best american saison on the market today.
12-31-2010 02:20:27 | More by orangesol
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
At first glance, Hennepin looks innocent enough with its hazy, yellow color and fluffy white head. But it smells like no other beer you've had, featuring tangy orange and earthy hops. Upon tasting, there's an odd complexity of citrus and herbs. Peppered lemon flavor with a hint of vanilla gives way to a tart bite of green apples, grapes and finally a grapefruit-like bitterness. It's truly an adventure in beer.
10-18-2006 01:42:11 | More by tempest
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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