Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hennepin Farmhouse Saison

I was in the liquor store last week looking through the beer section when I found a four pack of Ommegang's Hennepin Farmhouse Saison. Knowing that it was tied for 46 on  Zymurgy's 2013 Best Beers in America list, I grabbed it. I tried the beer over the weekend.

Ommegang's Website says that Hennepin Farmhouse Saison is an "ale brewed with grains of paradise, coriander, ginger, sweet orange peel." It is 7.7% ABV and 24 IBU.

My sample was a hazy pale gold with a fluffy white head and lots of carbonation.

The aroma was lots of Belgium farmhouse funk blended with the various spices. I got significant orange (probably from the coriander and orange peel).

It tasted pretty much the same, although I think the orange was a little more lemony. It starts out sweet with spiciness in the middle and does finish off pretty dry (as a saison should).

Overall, this was a very good saison, although I think I prefer Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. It is a nice summer ale, but can be enjoyed all year round.

Now that I've tried this beer, I've still tried all but 1 of the top 10 on the Zymurgy List. I've still had all but 2 in the top 20.

If I am counting correctly, I still need to try 8 more beers on my list.

T9. Lagunitas Sucks (Seasonal Beer Late Dec - Early Jan)
 16. The Alchemist Heady Topper (not distributed to CO) T21. Three Floyds Zombie Dust (have asked relative from IL to find this for me) T27. Troegs Nugget Nectar. (hopefully @GABF?) 31. Russian River Consecration (should be able to find)  T32. Russian River Supplication (should be able to find)                  T42. Odell Myrcenary (Colorado beer) 45. Firestone Walker Parabola (seasonal in April) 

Of course, you can always check the latest on my quest to drink the beers on this list by going to this link:

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