Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison Ale) – Ommegang (NY, USA)

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison Ale) – Ommegang, 7.7% ABV, (Cooperstown, NY, USA)

On the back label:

“Father Hennepin was the Belgian missionary who discovered Niagara Falls. Our Hennepin is a rare Saison Farmhouse Ale – pale, hoppy, crisp, and rustic – like Tintin, Magritte, and Audrey Hepburn, Hennepin is famous, but not for being Belgian!”

  • My Rating: B (re-tasted 7/2/2015)
  • Why I like it: crisp + fruity apricot and creamy finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$14, 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz, Oct/2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting notes: pours light amber with a good thick head and layered retention,  sticky lacing, small CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. Hybrid banana & apricot on the nose. Drinks silky creamy up front, tastes of banana, apricot, medium hops, light malt, 6/10-level sweetness, hints of coriander, and transitions into a sharp-aggressive lingering tart, citrus, bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, great carry, great drinkability. Very nice and balanced for its ABV.

Re-tasted July 2, 2015 (new label):

Visual: (Ingredients include grains of paradise, coriander, ginger and sweet orange peel as listed on the front label.) Pours golden orange with a decent super-fine foamy lasting head, lots of singular streams of activity.

Nose: apple juice, light sweet-sour honey malt, a bit of yeast. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, full-fizzy-foamy mouthfeel, metallic bite

Mid-palate: medium sour acidity, (MAIN) dry wheat malt, banana, honey-chamomile

Finish: burpy, ginger dryness mixed with dry hoppy soft bitterness, sweet orange peel and coriander exhale, bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Great full body, complex structure and flavours, partially heavy on the finish.