Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
BA SCORE
4.15/5
6,031 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
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6,031
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours with a vigor, into a tow finger head that dissipates into a frothy layer that is uneven. The body is a bold, light golden haze and is nontransparent. The white head leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: A buttery aroma, of both clove and spices. The medium intensity is pleasantly light, while still noting good characters. mellow finish on the aroma.
T/M: A bread and butter notes, is projected on the front. Spice and mellow clove on the overall body, a good representation of the style. Very classic notes, but lower intensity with the taste. I get a tingling mouthfeel on this one that shows hops on the finish. Sweet lingering tastes are coupled by a subtle dryness.
D: This is a extremely drinkable brew, great tastes and aromas, while still being light and crisp. Good hidden ABV and I am craving another one.

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Photo of JetSmooth
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some years back, my extremely good friend, Jake, gifted me with a three-bottle set from Brewery Ommegang. Ommegang is a Belgian brewery in Cooperstown, NY. I'm just going to let that settle in for a moment. You may associate Cooperstown with Baseball. But beer people associate it with Brussels. The three beers included in this set were the Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, Chocolate Indulgence, and Three Philosophers Triple. This review will be of the 2008 Hennepin Saison.

I'd been holding onto this beer since Christmas of 2008. I've not really aged beer before, but felt these would be good candidates. Keep the age in mind through this review.

Eyes: The Hennepin Saison pours from a 750ml corked and caged Belgian bottle as a bright amber. I stored this sideways and don't think all of the yeast settled back to the bottom from when I put it in the fridge to chill. The first pour was crystal clear but clouded up somewhat as the yeast snuck into the pour. Still, the golden amber was very inviting and "rustic". Head was creamy white and thick, but not fluffy. It clings to the sides rather well, but does not "lace" much. Eventually dissipating to a thin foam.

Nose: Nose is very thin. This could either be from the long aging or the fact that I have a late-summer cold. The aroma seems to be lightly plastic, but not in a repelling way. There's a little spice and maybe some fruit, but it's not the prominent component.

Tongue: At first, this beer comes across as rather bitter; not from hops. Rather, it seems to be an alcoholic bitterness. There is a good base of citrus and maybe ... I don't know; figs maybe? Hennepin came across as a little one dimensional until I was about half-way through the first pint. Spice began to present itself. Maybe a little pepper. There was some late-presenting malt. Definitely grainy, but not sweet. Perhaps this was through the temperature of the beer warming up over time. Still, I would have liked a little more fruit in a saison.

Mouth: There is a little bit of solvent to the mouthfeel. It lends to the spiciness of the beer. The higher alcohol level of this beer definitely provides a good burn and astringency, but not in a bad way. This isn't a liquor burn; more of a comforting warmth.

Overall: Despite the solvency and slight metallic taste, this beer is very drinkable. Most of the flavor comes through AFTER drinking and in the after taste. This would be a great beer for an October evening at a bonfire or barn party. This bottle could have been aged a little long. It was still a great beer!

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Photo of Reaper16
2.04/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served on-tap at Mellow Mushroom - Tuscaloosa, AL - into a pint glass

Pours a straw yellow color that is fairly indicative of the style. 1.5 fingers of dense, white head stuck around for most of the drinking session. Lacing was adequate. Problem is that most examples of the Saison style (and I've had a lot of them) look pretty awesome. So, when rating to style, this impressive looking beer is actually pretty average amongst its peers.

Not a lot going on in the nose. It doesn't smell like an elite Saison. It doesn't even smell like a good Saison. It is all banana and spice and airy biscuit malt. Lots of banana, actually. No funk or phenol or sourness or hoppiness to speak of. If this were given to me in a blind tasting then I would emphatically call "bullshit" on its aroma.

I would call "bullshit" on its taste, too. This does not taste like a good Saison beer. It is dominated by banana esters. There is some minute funk flavor and a bit of generic malt flavor to inform the banana but that's it. This beer is pretty accessible for what it is. It just isn't a good example of the Saison style.

Solid mouthfeel on the beer, though. It strikes a good balance between the prickly carbonation and having a body size conducive to carrying the flavors that it wants to present. Drinkability suffers from 1.) not being a good example of the style, and 2.) having a large (for the style) ABV%.

Saison is my favorite style of beer. I am very passionate about it. So take this review with a grain of salt; I am a Saison nerd. I haven't tasted Hennepin for a few years until tonight, yet it is just as poor as I remember it being. I can't understand how people think this is a good Saison. if you like this beer then I implore you to check out better examples of the style.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

really does look exceptional, straw golden color and huge bone white pillow of head.
Overall this bottle is a bit differant then i remember, the aroma is fruity biscuty esters, but i remember in other multiple bottles there being quite a bit more funky wet hay, and a dryer cleaner mouthfeel on the pallette, it's all still good though.
Flavors are full of yeast and light peppered spices and clove. once again missing that wet straw im accustomed to with this one, this particular bottle is kinda dissapointing, if only for the fact i remembered it differantly.
The feel doesn't have as poppy a carbination as i would like, or as dry a finish.

I love hennepin, and have enjoyed other bottles as much as Fantome and Dupont, so this bottle was a semi-letdown, which is rare for ommegang, great brewery.

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Photo of JLeege
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Dupont glass.

Appearance- Massive white head, poured very gentely and this one still nearly got away from me! Straw color body, high carbonation. Great retention and lacing.

Smell- lemon zest, grassy, earthy, some yeast poking through.

Taste- Follows the aroma, sweet up front, a peppery spice in the middle, finishing nice and dry.

Mouthfeel- Very champagne like, light, crisp, high carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall- This is the best american made saison. Looks great, tastes great, and you could definitly drink a few of these.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 750ml poured into a snifter, large white creamy head, active bubbling, light lemon straw coloring.

s- lemon, that nice belgian yeast, pepper. classic saison nose.

t- taste echos the nose, very classic saison, peppery, nice bit of lemon, lots of yeast.

m- medium body, very smooth.

d- really nice, this is a great beer that i would definately drink again. very nice for non craft beer drinkers, i shared this with family and it was enjoyed by all.

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Photo of mfunk9786
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had quite a few saisons, mostly ones brewed in America. But as all Ommegang beers are, this is an American-brewed Belgian beer, right down to having been stocked in the foreign section of my local Wegmans. It's going to stay true to the Belgian saison style, which is completely new to me.

A: Beautiful. Quite a bit of frothy white head, and a light yellow hazy body that's to die for. If I could compare it to other saisons I've had, I'd just observe that it's a lot lighter and fluffier than usual.

S: Smells of very sweet Belgian yeast. Quite a bit of zesty, spicy citrus as well. Lovely.

T: Is this what a saison is supposed to be? The only reason I'm giving this category a 3.5 is because I'm rather puzzled by the lack of lemon and pepper character. It tastes like a slightly lemony Belgian pale, it certainly isn't as whizz-bang as some other artisianal American saisons I've had. I don't know if that's a good thing or not, but it's just underwhelming me for the style. Certainly no farmhouse funk that I've become accustomed to with this style, either. Lovely, but rather mild.

M: Light, effervescent carbonation, begins a bit syrupy with a dry finish. A nice substitute for champagne on a special occasion.

D: Very dry, but certainly could drink a couple of 12 oz bottles of these in a night. Not so sure how sessionable it is, considering the sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

Perhaps I should buy some saisons that are actually brewed in Belgium and do some comparing. But I was certainly surprised by the restraint of my first beer of this style.

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Photo of elflake
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Saison, and I will definitely be looking for others in this style.

"Crisp" and "Refreshing" are over-used, but I can think of no better terms for this. Citrus-strong up-front, nice carbonation, slight bananna, really just wonderful, and only $7.49 for a bomber.

I've been impressed with everything from Ommegang, but even moreso this. I honestly can't think of a better beer on a hot summer day...

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Photo of bfree
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden with a beautiful head that lingered...i still had some left by the time i had gotten to the bottom

S: yeast, bananas, cloves

T: spicy, citrusy, and sour, it reps the saison style very well

M: carbonation with a sharp finish

D: this beer is delicious...ommegang does belgian beer as well as any american brewery

forgot that duvel owns them now...but i wont hold it against them!

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Photo of gotweid
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a flute glass. Beautiful straw, yellow, carmel color with a big, creamy white head. Lacing hung onto the glass all the way down. Smelled like a typical Farmhouse Ale/Saison with it's earthy aroma. The taste was a superb, complex blend of some spice, malt and fruitiness. The mouthfeel is quick with the dry aftertaste that is unique to this style. Incredibly delicous beer. I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised by what I was drinking. :)

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Photo of haazer
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Thick white head. Lacing left all down the glass. Takes awhile for the bubbles to drop. The appearance of Ommegang in a tulip glass is one to behold. The color reminds me of honey. Very golden, and cloudy. Lots of fiz and carbonation.

S- Yeast, banana's, cloves, and a hint of some spice I cant put my finger on. Before pouring the last bit from the bottle into the glass I smell from the bottle, and detect oranges.

T- Slightest hint of hops, yeast, and the tiniest hint of banana. I'd almost compare the taste to a Franziskaner but more of an alcohol taste(higher abv, duh). I like it but it's very simple, not too complex.

M- Very smooth. Creamy, also refreshing. Tries to be crisp at the end but its too refreshing to be dry.

D- Could drink quite a few of these, although it would eventually catch up and do damage from the abv. Very smooth and refreshing. A simple taste for me, but would definitely try again.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.06/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into an Ommegang tear drop, the beer appears a murky peach color with a massive snow white soapy head. Minimal spotty lacing is apparent. Looks like a typical saison to me.

Smell is heavy on the banana. A little funk and sweet malt round out an under-performing drink.

Taste follows the aroma. Funky banana with a touch of black pepper. Again I'm a little bored.

Mouthfeel is sticky and gummy. I prefer my saisons to be a bit more refreshing.

Not my favorite saison...by far. I think this might be an issue of personal taste. I won't be searching this one out again.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Packaged on 7/30/09

enjoyed on 9/5/2010

Pours a beautiful pale hazy lemonade-yellow color, looks like champagne in my tulip glass, with tons of bubbles streaming the sides with a very liberal head that sticks around the entire time. A great deal of lacing is left behind.

smells very herbal, and citrusy up front, and the Belgian yeast gives off a nice spiciness.

oh man, this tastes incredible. lemony zest up front and the subtle yeast flavors begin to reveal themselves one by one. Very bright and refreshing taste, Nice and tangy. Just a hint of alcohol in the end, but it's well hidden for the most part.

Has a dry mouthfeel, perfect carbonation for a Saison, a light-medium body that is very airy and bright.

Extremely drinkable in warmer weather due to sheer refreshingness. If they weren't so pricey, i'd have no problem drinking this very often.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A perfect pour into my Duvel tulip (according to the website's instructions & expected results) makes for a nice fragrant release from this Saison "farmhouse" ale. This is the last beer in my variety 8 pack picked up at the brewery, but I'll be back next summer Ommegang.

Appearance:
The beer pours a light honey amber with tiny bubbles of carbonation throughout (in addition plumes of bubbles being sent up from the Duvel "D" engraved over the stem). This beer has a nice haze and the bottom yeast sediment went right into the glass (not a bad thing). A tremendous head formed (2+ inches) and there is lacing down the glass. This beer looks inviting.

Smell:
A "rich floral bouquet," as stated on the bottle, is released when poured. There are notes from the Belgian yeast as well as a citrusy sweetness followed by what I interpret as...fresh cream. Delicious, it smells incredibly refreshing. I can't wait for when they make this an air freshener scent to hang from my rear-view...minus the ethanol. I believe in Ireland they refer to this as the "angel's share."

Taste:
This is such a tasty Saison. The beer is apparently blended with ginger and orange, but it would still be quite floral on its own. I started with this beer after warming up from being fridge chilled. As the beer warmed I was able to get a mouthful of what this beer is all about. Crisp and refreshing, smooth to the finish. What more could you ask for with a fading summer and ever present beginning school year?

Mouthfeel:
This beer has everlasting carbonation, thanks in part to the bottle conditioning. It has a deliciously refreshing first taste followed-up with a light floral after taste. This beer is not watery at all, which is hard to say given its golden complexion.

Drinkability:
Cheers, enjoy this well crafted Saison. Put on some good music and you will have no doubts about why this is Ommegang's best seller. I would definitely enjoy this beer every day of the year, but it's something special when summer is turning into fall and you're surrounded by different pumpkin infusions...but you choose this beer over all of them.

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Photo of kellypodz
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was only recently introduced to the Saison/Farmhouse variety of ale. Ommegang Hennepin was definitely a wonderful first encounter with the beer. It's light, sparkling, and refreshing. It's not hard to put away a 750 ml bottle of Hennepin.

Hennepin is of a medium bitterness; but is tamed by the sweet malt and citrus tastes. Many jokingly call Saison Ale the breakfast beer due to its grapefruit juice undertones. Champagne and sweet wine lovers could easily be turned on to the brew.

All ales exhibit a certain hoppy aroma. But this Saison radiates ginger and citrus as well. The heavy carbonation delivers the delightful aroma straight to your nose.

You can read my full review on my blog:
http://1yob.com/post/1032386343/hennepin

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright straw yellow beer with a huge head that was hard to control even with a slow pour. Soapy head takes forever to dissipate with carbonation continually rising to the top. Great lacing.

S: Wheat, some subtly malty sweetness and citrus come through.

T: Tart at the start, punch of sourness, doughy malts and a subtle fruit (dates?) undertone.

M: High carbonation, light bodied.

D: Dryness and complexity of the beer are a great combo.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden color with a fair amount of bubble action. Above average sized, foamy, bubbly, sticky, soapy, white head. Pretty good retention

S - Plenty of spices (corriander, clove, pepper, etc.). Fair amount of funk and some tartness. A touch of golden fruit as well with a lot of apple (tart) and a touch of lemon. Some sweet malt and grain in the background. An overtone of herbal and medicinal phenol aroma as well.

T - Starts sweet with some pale and a touch of bready malt taste. Then the spices really come out (see above). Some apple and other golden fruit comes out mid sip, but other than apple they don't last long. Along with the spiciness, a touch of alcohol adds a bit of heat as well. Some sweetness lingers, but so does a good amount of spice. A touch of earthy and herbal hop bitterness comes out toward the end. Some funk and mustiness are also present.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth going down, but it has a bit of a drying finish.

D - A nice, easy to drink saison. Alcohol is pretty well hidden with just a bit coming out. Pretty good mix of spices, sweetness, and bitter. Quite refreshing.

Notes: Nice saison with a good balance and mix of spice, sweetness and bitterness. Very easy to drink and quite refreshing. Definitely recommend trying this at least once.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale cloudy hay with peach highlights and a loose white head that fades quickly with few trailers. Nose is vanilla pudding, lemon blossom and bees wax. Clove and white pear up front, some oddly tripel-ish white pepper then lemon and ginger juice hops, with a butterscotch hit at the end. Prickly finish, tight linger. Light to medium, crisp, dry, none.

No sharp edges! Not too heavy on the yeast or spice, but a bit malty and full for the style. Not sure it deserves the high marks, or if this is just a common intro to Belgians for a lot of people.

Still a very drinkable saison.

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Photo of soju6
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml Bottle.

A: Pours a clear Pale golden color, with a billowy head that slowly fades to some lacing.

S: Has a mild citrus and spice aroma, hint of banana and mixture of other scents. Smells inviting.

T: Starts with a mild fruit and peppery lemon, continues to a light hops flavor with a subtle dry finish. Crisp & Refreshing.

F: Medium body with mild carbonation. Smooth, No hint of the 7.7% ABV. Very well balanced.

D: Excellent brew. This is a good Saison to compare others to.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fridge chilled bottle into a Smuttynose pint glass. The beer foams up with a huge pure white head made of medium sized bubbles and a foamy cap. The liquid in this initial pour is perfectly clear, straw colored, and has lots of visible carbonation rising. I know there is yeast at the bottle of this bottle, so later pours may be a bit more hazy.

The aroma is very pleasing. There is Belgian candi sugar providing a slight sweetness. The yeast gives of plenty of pepper, some lemon, and a familiar Belgian mustiness.

This is a good, clean tasting saison. There is enough sweetness to make up the majority of the flavor, but it is well-balanced and doesn't seem to overshadow the other tastes. These include some pale whole grains and peppery spices. The finish has a sharper bite than the rest of the sip, and here there is some evidence of the 7.7% ABV. It's refreshing.

The beer has somewhere a light and medium body. I think it feels heavier because of the sugars and the amount of carbonation. There is a little bit of a coat, but it isn't too sweet and hardly sticky at all.

Everything about this beer leads me to believe that it is highly drinkable. I do not foresee any problems finishing off this 750ml bottle by myself. I except to feel the effects of the ABV by the time I'm finished, but this is the kind of beer to enjoy at home on a warm afternoon/evening. I'd recommend this beer to any fan of the style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a transparent pale yellow color with tons of bubbly white head leaving a spider web like lace all over the glass.

S-there is raw honey and lemon up front, there is uncooked dough underneath, hints of grain with big hop aromas, tons of herbal grassy hops with just a hint barnyard funk, hint!

T-the taste is similar but adds more funk, the raw honey is right up front and comes in strong, notes of lemon and grain, the uncooked dough really sets a foundation but the flavor is subdued. a little grainy towards the back, lots of earthy grassy hops, very hay like with some subtle barnyard funk in the back but more present than the nose.

M-this is medium bodied and very juicy throughout. grainy on the palate, lively and active carbonation with a crisp semi dry finish.

D-this is a well balanced and delicious saison. it tends to lead more towards the wit but still seems to have hints of that summer funk in the back. tasty summer ale!

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Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dull golden with pure white two finger thick head that lasts forever.
S- Smell is slightly sweet in a honey sort of way and plenty peppery. There is a bit of funkiness present as well.
T- Lemon, earth, pepper, a bit sour in the finish. A bit of light funkiness throughout, as well as a bit of nuttiness.
M- Medium bodied saison with high end carbonation but not overwhelmingly so.
D- All in all a quite good saison. Not the best one I've come across, but it lived up to they hype. Very drinkable at 7.8%

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Photo of alysmith4
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4-pack of this after a recent beer-rut. It's a great example of this style, and one that I would recommend to anyone needing something to excite their taste buds again. The pour was good - a nice, golden/oragnge body, with a thick, 1.5-inch head. Smell was citrusy, sweet, and of yeast and clove. Taste echoed that, with more pronounced yeast notes and a sweeter finish. I could drink several of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful pour. Large, thick white head. Slowly disappears, leaving some white lacing.

S: As is expected from a saison. I'm getting some banana definitely, along with orange and citrus. Inviting to drink.

T: One of my favorite saisons. Tastes as it smells, bananas and orange. Dry finish.

MF: Nothing special, but I don't put a lot of importance on the mouthfeel.

D: I could drink this all night long. Great drinkability. At 7.7%, this will beer will get you feeling good pretty quickly, without sacrificing taste.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hennepin is a cloudy, hazy yellow color with about 3 fingers of thick, fluffy white head. When it reduces there is still a great deal of fine lacing. It looks gorgeous.

Smell: Cloves and banana are prevalent. Maybe just a bit of citrus and the slightest of hop scents.

Taste: A really nice taste of citrus, cloves, banana, pineapple, and earthy flavors. Just a little funk and hops at the end. It is a soft, slightly dry finish, pleasant and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with just the right amount of carbonation. It is incredibly smooth and tasty going down.

Drinkability: It isn't too heavy or thick, and the flavor completely outweighs the alcohol. I would drink this as often as possible.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,031 ratings
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