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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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4.15/5
Exceptional
6,040 Ratings
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,460
Reviews:
2,187
Ratings:
6,040
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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370
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hennepin opens with a slightly musty nose bursting with lemon, orange, and banana fruit esters resting atop a thick bed of wheat bread, floury baguette, biscuit, and toast crust. The musty aroma that overlays everything reminds me of the interior of grain silos or hay barns, being clean and natural. This blends with just a touch of sour, where grapefruit rind and lemon peel notes mix with a hint of fermented apple cider. As a whole, the nose is balanced and nuanced, several notes coming together to blend well and nicely represent the Saison style. The nose is just a touch lighter than it could be, lending the beer a slightly watery first impression, marking one of the nose’s few weaknesses.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge banana and clove blast, the latter ingredient somewhat surprising because it wasn’t overly present in the nose, and these are almost immediately joined by the grapefruit and lemon rind/fermented apple cider sour note. The sourness is very light, providing a mere shade of countering effect to the beer. Lovely full-grain and baking bread notes, including wheat and rye, form a nice base, adding both yeasty baking goodness and peppery notes. Further fruit notes include berry, apricot, and orange, the beer being nicely sugary. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the banana/clove and sour notes increase slightly, as do the breads. The aftertaste is largely a continuation of the main mouthful, though with fewer sugars, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy, causing a burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate.

As a whole, this is a very nice Saison, bearing all of the common flavors in decent quantity and nuance. The beer does seem slightly more watery than the 7.7% ABV would imply, but at the same time, the relatively high ABV is very nicely hidden, creating a strange contrast. Furthermore, the banana/clove and sour notes slightly overly dominate, especially if several sips are taken in quick succession. Still, this is a very nice beer.

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I'm a sucker for saisons and whenever I'm confronted with an American beer menu I have to order a Hennepin, no matter what else is on offer.

Pours straw yellow with a bit of cloudiness. Nice lively white head that settles to about a finger within 5 minutes.

Yeast and spice on the nose. Peppery. Almost a hefe-like aroma with complex yeast-hop-malt-spice character.

Belgian yeast is the boss here, making it clear where the influence lies. Clean grain mingles with complex spicing producing a drying beer.

Bit too carbonated for my liking.

In the Saison Dupont vein. I usually go for milder saisons, but I can respect the bolder flavors of Hennepin.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,040 ratings
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