Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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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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6,013
Reviews:
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Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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Photo of irisier
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml brown bottle.

Appearance: Effervescent golden straw colour with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Slightly musty with an herbal hop aroma. Pale malt through the nose.

Taste: Crisp and bitter with some higher than average tartness. Some pungent leafiness and grassiness. A little musty and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and pretty highly carbonated, textured medium bodied brew.

Impressions: Not bad, pretty interesting low-brow tasting brew. There is some interesting funkiness in the taste of this beer. It's pretty bold though, so some people may dislike it. Fans of IPAs should try this.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to a pint glass.

A : Pours a slightly murky sunshine yellow. Not transluscent. A small fluffy white head is present the entire time.

S : Hints of fruit and hops.

T : Light fruits, a bit if banana and grape come through before meeting a grassy hop finish with a crisp bite.

M : This medium bodied ale is quite nice in the mouth as it rolls quite nice and leaves no film to the mouth.

D : 2-3 of these is nice. It's as close to a "light ipa" I could consider.

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Photo of akorsak
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A growler filled at Al's of Hampden on 23-Apr-10. Hennepin is on record as being my favorite. It was also in the running for my newborn daughter's middle name (although it wasn't the winner).

A: The saison is crystal clear, a pale golden straw color that radiates. If I didn't know any better, I'd call it a pale lager due to the hue. A full head, over 2 fingers, is lacing in thick clumps.

S: The nose is refreshingly sharp, hoppy with a fresh dose of Belgian yeast. Mild fruitiness and black pepper jump out, both subtle but unmistakable. Grapes (white, of course) and a teaspoon of funk round out the nose, alongside a brief earthy hop aroma.

T: Each sip is deliciously sweet, lightened up by fleshy fruits (think pears, peaches, apples). A dose of anise follows the fruit, a dry sharp contrast to the sugary fruit. Coriander adds a black pepper flavor, a bite against the sweetness. Throughout, the saison is light and refreshing. Clove and pear appear near the finish. Near the end of the growler, the carbonation tapers off, allowing the fruits to linger much longer than normally.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, with a heavy dose of yeasty fruits. Hops linger around but never get in the way of the pale fruits.

D: The ale nails every aspect, sweet and dry, sharp but lush. It's been my favorite for years and this growler is no exception.

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Photo of bturton
2.65/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice Golden Color with a head that starts at about half the glass and slowly gets smaller during the pouring process
Smell: It had the smell of a typical hops beer, and was really nothing special.
Taste: All though it was better than i expected given the smell, I was far from impressed by the taste of it. I felt that it was a stronger version of a cheap main stream beer.
Mouthfeel: It wasn't anything special from the other beers that I have had. Pretty typical
Drinkability: It is easy enough to drink that I will be able to continue drinking what I have of it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.
Given the high reviews that I have seen of this beer I was expecting it to be much more flavorful than it ended up being. Although it is a nice beer, it was a bit of a let down when it came to flavor.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Lemon citrus with a Belgian spice note and an earthy funk

Appearance - Pale yellow with a big fluffy head

Taste - Good spice level with a light lemony fruity brightness that really makes this beer refreshing.

Notes - Good mouthfeel and carbonation level

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Photo of herman77
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color, with lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top to produce a monstrous pillowy white head. Decent sticky lacing is left behind. Gotta pour this one really slow.

S: A little tart and sour, yeasty. White grape juice?

T: Candied green apples, with a a little yeast spice, clove maybe? Good balance of tart and sweetness and a touch of herbal spice. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end. Many layers of flavor in this one. Tastes very fresh and crisp, refreshing.

M/D: Light to medium. Lots of carbonation. Feels a little smooth. Pretty good drinkability. A great summer/spring night beer.

I can definitely see why this is so well liked.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hennepin pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a luxurious, foamy 5 cm head. Great head retention and nice, sticky lace all over. Replenishing carbonation comes from the bottom.

Smell: Tart aroma has a hint of white grape, honey, cloves, and coriander. Alcohol has a slight presence.

Taste: Very mild sweetness. Malt is simple, dry, and biscuity. Grassy and earthy flavors. Slight alcohol kick toward the end, although it is generally masked rather well. An oily residue accompanies the slightly tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, above average carbonation. Slightly dry. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The smooth transitions and robust elegance of Hennepin make it a drinkable model brew for the category.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12ozer bottled 9/09, this Saison pours a highly effervescent and hazy pale gold, with a fantastic head that rises a full inch out of my tulip glass in a volcanic shape.

Aroma is very nice. Tart, with hints of vanilla and clove.

This beer tastes as though it could have come from Belgium, although the bitterness and hop flavor lend an American twist. The overall flavor is very well-balanced and layered. At first there's a candy-like sweetness and clove flavor that is countered by a touch of tart and funk, and a good bit of earthy, bitter hops on the finish. Malt character is cookie- or cake-like. The alcohol is noticeable, but it adds to the dry, refreshing nature of this Saison. The mouthfeel was good, with champagne-like carbonation providing some creaminess and body to this somewhat thin Saison.

This is truly a great Belgian-style ale brewed right here in the Northeast. Excellent value as well.

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Photo of meatyard
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly clear, golden yellow with considerable, visible carbonation. The head forms to about 1", is fairly dense & fluffy.
The smell is bready yeast, lemon and there is the bit of clove smell following.
The taste starts off with some spiciness including a stronger clove taste than in the aroma. What follows is some of the yeast and lemon and also an earthy flavor. At some point in the middle I get a bit of funk. There is a bit of sweetness but not much, especially as it warms.
Mouthfeel is sort of on the light side but it feels right and there is moderate carbonation until the end of the bottle. It's on the dry side too.
Drinkability: Very good. There is a lot happening in this fine Saison. It's been a few years since I've had one so I'm glad I picked this up.

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Photo of silentjay
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy golden color with a huge, frothy white head that overflows the glass, lasts a while, and clings to the glass. lots of bubbling and a bit of sediment.

first aroma i notice as soon as i crack open the bottle, and its not pleasant. Skunk! after it pours, luckily, that aroma goes to the background and in its place is plenty of pepper, yeast, lemon, funk, sour apple, tropical fruit (banana, starfruit, mango).

taste is yeasty, fruity, peppery. starts off with a lot of pepper, a bit of lemon, banana, and clove which gives way to nutty, bready malts and some herbal, spicy hops before the pepper again takes over and along with the bread, stays on the palate. there is a funky must that stays from start to finish.

medium-bodied, creamy and bubbly. spiciness really attacks the tongue.

goes down well, definitely true to the style.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a chilled Hennepin stemmed glass. It hpouts a bright gold color with a medium amount of haze. Creamy white foam forms up about an inch at first and then recedes to a nice thin cap on top.

The aroma is fresh and yeasty, and reminds me more of a wit than the other Saisons I have had. Fresh orange peel, some spices, and a floral, lavender like smell.

The flavors are light, with a very dry and bitter finish. The finish is so dry it doesn't leave much of a lingering flavor, just a bitter sensation. Up front is a simple malt sweetness with some hay, spice, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is dry as I can imagine with ample carbonation. This was a great, refreshing beer for outside on a hot day. Not sessionable, but certainly quaffable.

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Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy golden yellow into a snifter glass with a large frothy head that's bright white. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are pleasant floral aromas of hops and yeast with along some hints of citrus and spices.
T: The overall flavors are slightly hoppy and earthy, although they are well balanced by the underlying malts. The finish is a bit bitter, but not by much, and some notes of spices are evident.
M: The mouthfeel is very refreshing and crisp; the level of carbonation makes it feel light on the palate (like champagne), but definitely not without flavor.
D: This goes down smoothly and easy to drink, even on a hot summer day. I could coast through a bottle quick but I don't think I would have more than one of these given the alcohol content.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hennepin 750 into Duvel tulip

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a giant fluffy eggshell head that fades away very slowly, leaving behind chunky lace.

The fruity and yeasty aroma is present from a good foot away. Lots of light, juicy fruit presence. And a big, dry, Belgian yeast is also very prominent. Spice, yellow pears, a hint of alcohol, granny smith apple peel, bright citrus.

Taste starts of big and juicy with lots of bright fruit and finishes with a dry yeast bite, with some tangy hop bitterness after the finish. Bready, soft pale malt sweetness, earthy/leafy hop, white grape skins, ground white pepper, sour cherry, alcohol spice, lemon zest.

Light to medium body with a brisk carbonation, proper for the style. Seems a bit watery at times, but not enough to ruin it at all. This is probably the only 'lackluster' point of the beer, if you want to call it that. It's certainly not terrible, but just keeps it from being an 'A' beer.

Such an easily appreciated beer, at a great price, and that can be offered to those not in-the-know. A lovely beer that I far too often overlook, despite having offered it many a time during a weekly beer tasting at the liquor establishment where I was previously employed. Always a treat,never to be disappointed by this Belgian-styled beauty. Ommegang is always on point.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L= Pours a golden yellow with great lacing and a huge slightly off-white long sustaining head. (This beers appearance should not be mistaken as a light BMC)

S= Lots of barnyard, straw, fruity esters cloud the nose.

T= Upfront straw, barnyard, and a slight hint of horse blanket followed by a light fruity sweetness that fades into a dry straw finish.

F= Lively feel with a high carbonation.

D= Non-session beer for sure. It hides its somewhat high abv all day long. Easily enjoyed during many different seasons of the year and goes great with spicy food. Farmhouse saisons are becoming one of my new favorite styles. Great job ommegang.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lively light golden color with a large white head and a lot of active carbonation. Leaves a lot of fine lacing.

Refreshing aroma that is spicy and fruity all around. Some definite hints of apple and pear and some citrus.

Taste mirrors the smell with a lot of fruit upfront, pear, apple, and lemon all quite notcieable, a little banana and cinnamon in there as well. The spices are very nice, cloves and pepper from start to finish it seems, very lightly hoppy in the finish, all in all very refreshing.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Alcohol sneaks up on you here, not very noticeable at all until the end. Overall, goes down easy and definitely a quality saison in my book.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a corked 750 into the appropriate beer flute.

Pale gold with hints of little bits of green on the edge. Clear, with a dense inch of white foam atop it. Good retention - keeps a nice layer of foam for almost the entire life of the glass. Plenty of retention. Looks great.

Dense, fruity and slightly funky smell. Apples, cloves, little bits of banana, earthy 'dirt', little bits of orange & lemon peel, other florals, and a bit of the noble hop character.

Fantastic beer. Well balanced, great depth and layering of flavor. Creamy and light from the carbonation. Begins with hints of crisp apples and fresh barley malt. Floral characters float over the malt backbone with introduction of earth and acidity. The beer finishes with a long aftertaste of carbonation and noble hops to give a clean, dry finish. Incredibly well balanced, incredibly well done. Bravo.

Excellent Saison, excellent beer. One that I should have more of.

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Photo of epicness
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very bright golden color. I'm using the Duvel Tulip Glass, and I don't know if this is directly related to the glass itself, but theres a single file stream of bubbles in the middle of the glass just rising continuously. Pretty neat looking. Pretty cloudy with a large frothy, white head. Very sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass if I give a little swirl.

S - I've never had a Saison before so I wasn't really sure what I was getting into, but the smell was totally not what I expected. Almost smells like a Witbier. There's lots of similar characteristics. It's heavy on coriander and lemon. The smoothness of clove is present. It's also a little spicy and if I'm correctly identifying it, it almost smells like ginger is in there.

T - With the initial taste it was very sweet in the front and very dry bready taste on the back end. Based on the smell, I would have to say the taste is a lot spicier than I anticipated, although that's not a bad thing. It's a good spicy taste. Spices and citrus definitely dominate the overall taste of the beer though. Honestly, it almost has this sour taste to it.. like a green apple sour taste. I definitely like it. That taste seems to be hanging around in the aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation on the tongue, yet so extremely crisp and refreshing at the same time. Light bodied.

D - I type pretty fast to give you an idea of things... and while typing this review I've killed off the entire beer except for a mouthful without really realizing it. I can't get enough of this beer. Very high drinkability obviously... well until the near 8% ABV sneaks up on me. Cheers.

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Photo of BeerGodz
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Bright golden color, slightly cloudy, dense head with nice lacing

Smell: Lemon, spices, sweet malt

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt. Finish: Fruit, spices

Mouthfeel: Light body, highly carbonated, with a dry finish

Drinkability: Crisp & refreshing

Overall Impression: This is a beer I've had several times, but I have never been overly impressed with it. It's a good beer to drink on a hot summer day, but I can think of many others I'd rather drink in its place. That's just my opinion. If you look elsewhere, you'll see that this beer is very highly rated. Judge for yourself.

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Photo of Bolendak
3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My brother bought me a 1 pint 9 oz bottle of Ommegang Hennepin and I decided to pop the cork after a couple weeks of staring at it in the fridge.

Appearance - it really looked like i was pouring a glass of bud light. it was a light yellowish gold color with a good amount of head. it even smelled like bud light or something you would find in the dixie cups of a beer pong playing college student.

Smell - again, it really smelled like a light beer, perhaps bud or maybe even coors or miller, they're all the same to me.

Taste - after lifting the glass and actually sampling this beer, it did, in fact, taste a lot like bud light. However, there wasn't such a harsh or bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste was similar to Heineken or some other hoppy lager. I did not enjoy the bubbly carbonated light beer taste, but the sweet aftertaste was a relief.

Mouthfeel - It was extraordinarily easy to drink. I could chug this for days without my eyes watering. The carbonation was a little much, and I would have liked it to be a little heavier.

Drinkability - again, very much like a light beer. While I enjoyed drinking it, I was let down by my expectations, come on Ommegange, you can do better.

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Photo of Lars3
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

75dL bottle into an Ommegang holiday pack glass.

This beer was so pretty that I had to stop and take a picture. A beautiful translucent golden color with a billowing white head. The lacing never ends.

This been smells like getting drunk on the bank of the Seine. Or at least that is what my brain is telling me. I don't drink many Saisons, but my first were consumed on a trip to Paris with some buddies. If I was in the fragrance business creating a cologne that smelled like this would be priority number one. The actual scent is grassy with hints of green apples, and maybe a little alcohol underneath.

Very tart, but I wouldn't say sour. It is a light tasting beer. All the scents that I picked up are also present in the taste. My mouth feels clean after each sip. I could probably drink more than a .75L bottle of this is given the opportunity.

Hennepin is light on the tongue, but the tartness makes my mouth want to pucker a bit. The smell, but prolific, bubbles feel great from the time they touch my lips to the moment they drain down my throat.

The 7.7% abv is what prevents this beer from being a 4 or even 4.5 in drinkability. This beer is easy to drink and not too hard of the wallet, but I'm a light-weight and I always will be so drinking too much of a 7.7% beer is just out of the question for me.

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Photo of happilysurly
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a bright hazy gold. Minimal head, cloudy as hell.

S: Fresh, pungent, lemons, sour, wild flowers, orange. The fact that I get a lot of aroma from this beer says something since my sense of smell lacks a bit.

T: Champagne, sour, this is a beer that I feel is the benchmark for the style. This is a superb summer beer with a bright, fresh taste that leaves the mouth feeling like you just ate a garden salad with some green apples and a light vinaigrette.

M: The prevalence of green apple taste made me think that I would have the aftertaste in my mouth that I get from green apples, but I absolutely do not. This beer gently rolls off the tongue and leaves me feeling light and fresh.

D: I love this beer. I need to go buy more. As summer approaches, I can see myself sitting out on my deck on a cool MN summer night drinking a four pack of this lovely brew. I will be purchasing more.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden amber, thick and frothy two fingers worth of head. Ample foam retention on the walls of the glass.

Strong spiciness upfront intermixed with horse blanket, yeast, and lemon scents. A little grassy as well.

Like the nose, spice is readily noticeable upfront and it tastes a lot like cinnamon. The sweetness is light and biscuity, possibly some honey, and I detect some cooked pear as well. Straw and light lemony citrus flavors pervade as well, along with a clean and musty overall taste. There is some faint alcohol on the breath, and the bittering hops perfectly balance the malt as they explode and then tingle on the tongue briefly.

Effervescent, light bodied, and highly carbonated. Expands in the mouth and coats the tongue.

Flavorful and easily enjoyable, it retains its character well.

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Photo of Estranged
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my .02 on arguably, america's leading belgian style saison...

a: clear and bright amber/straw color, large meade and heavily carbonated, frothy bright and white head.

s: a blend of wonderful foreign spices, orange and ginger pop out strongest.

t: sweetness and citrus dominate the palate, foreign spcies flirt with the palate, and a bitter dry finish clenses the mouth on the way down.

mf: light, lively and effervescent, clean...lager like in feel

d: highly drinkable. refreshing, tasty with well-married spices, and addicting.
7.7% abv = The perfect number!

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Photo of fropones
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice clear golden yellow with a nice white head and some half decent lace.

S - Clove, coriander, lemons, apples, raisins. Very nice.

T - Spicy with clove, lemon zest, a bready yeasty taste as well.

M - Nice effervescence, good carbonation, nice bite.

D - Drinks very nicely. Refreshing, alcohol nicely hidden.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge fine white head rises four fingers over a light, hazy, pale brass beer. The carbonation mesmerizes as it swirls ever upward. With time, the head turns rocky and settles to a big puffy cloud, leaving patches of sea-foam one the snifter glass.

The aroma is that of lemon hops, with a touch of grain and apple, followed by apples, spice, and with warmth pepper and other juicy fruit.

Lightly tart, with a zing of acid Hennepin grabs the tongue, and lets alcohol take over with each sip. Distinctly yeasty, with warmth, this tastes like fermented apples or pears and has a parting shot of tartness in the finish, followed by a long lingering dryness.

Lively carbonation is most prominent, in this silky full bodied dry beer. Cleansing and lightly astringent, with moderate alcohol, this is a winner.

Very easy to consume and improves quite well with warmth, so take your time and espouse your views with leisure.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
4.17 out of 5 based on 6,013 ratings.
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