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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,395 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4395
Reviews: 2002
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Ratings: 4,395 | Reviews: 2,002 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mattkoon:
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mattkoon

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hennepin was suggested to me when I mentioned to my local beer store clerk that I had had a farmhouse ale the other day. Honestly I was just makin conversation. The farmhouse ale I had wasn't that great. However the ommegang hennepin isn't like the other one I tried. It's light years beyond the first farmhouse ale I tasted. It has a beautiful gold color with a hint of haze. The initial bite is like a strong german beer but it quickly wanes into a mild, smooth earthy taste. As far as saisons go this is the best I've had.

Serving type: cask

02-12-2011 01:38:44 | More by mattkoon
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BigPapaMolar

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-25-2014 01:29:56 | More by BigPapaMolar
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BWE

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic. Somewhat hazy yet golden appearance. A sweet, and slightly hop smell with a little malt maybe.

The taste is very fruity, yet malty at the same time. You can definitely taste the "Brett" influence. I didn't notice much hop flavor. I would say more lemonade like than anything. As you let it warm up, the flavor changes quite a bit. More yeasty and full.

If your a fan of Saisons I would definitely put it on a "to drink" list.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 22:56:06 | More by BWE
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It poured hazy golden, with a thick white head, average carbonation, and little lacings. It has malty, wheat and hops infused taste, with strong accents of orchard fruits. I t has a malt aroma that fades quickly and goes down smouth and leaves the mouth dry. It has a little edge, with a light after taste, and is somewhat filling. Great beer over all in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 20:02:03 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-23-2014 20:30:29 | More by atrocity
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle (with new label) into a Hennepin tulip glass.

A: A light golden color with some haze to it. Head is big and frothy and pure white. Glass lacing is terrific and lasts.

S: Yeasty smell with a large dose of fruit and spice. Nice smelling beer.

T: Fruit forward with orange, lemon, pear, apple and some green grape. The yeast and spice creep in with some pepper, clove, coriander and even a little funk. Some biscuit malt is mixed in but the beer stays mostly dry with some slight tart to it and some nice hops. Bitterness combines with the yeast and adds herbal and floral hop notes and the finish stays smooth and bone dry with a little lingering bitterness. Fantastic flavors going on here.

M: Dry, very dry, alcohol is well hidden, slightly bitter and a nice lasting medium to full mouthfeel.

O: An outstanding Saison, maybe the best one brewed in the US. If you like yeast and fruit and spice but in a hoppy dry beer, this one is for you. Fantastic.

I'm not the hugest Saison fan, but this beer is fantastic. So very drinkable and enjoyable, just watch out for the abv, it can hurt you. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 13:12:27 | More by Kadonny
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-23-2014 04:19:27 | More by SadMachine
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-22-2014 18:12:55 | More by Chris00710
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Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-21-2014 23:50:03 | More by Ewhite2121
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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-21-2014 22:18:41 | More by ajdemma
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-21-2014 21:24:24 | More by jelllo
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CaliforniaJohnson

California

4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

25.4oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's with the new labeling, poured into 6oz tulip glass.

APPEARANCE: 50:50 fluid to head ratio. Beer is a rich, overcooked-olive-oil-yellow with aggressive effervescence. Fully translucent but cloudy. Head is pure white with subsidence in asymmetrical patterns, leaving pillows of foam in unpredictable places.

SMELL: Lemons, Grandfather's toolbox, Chardonnay

TASTE: Tart to the tongue inducing pleasant saliva secretion. Hops are very present but just enough bitterness to balance the bright flavours. Yeasts are very fruity - Notes of citrus. Notes of anise root. notes of papaya. "aftertaste" strongly resembles pear jelly bellies. Alcohol is well concealed.

MOUTH-FEEL: Frothy due to the easily-agitated carbonation. Tickle to the tongue, followed by a filling gulp down the throat. Viscosity of true fluid is low.

OVERALL: This beer was rated without any financial bias, however, the pleasure it provided was frighteningly affordable. If I were to ever drink this with a buddy, we'd certainly need two bottles, because I'm not sharing mine.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 08:31:53 | More by CaliforniaJohnson
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Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-21-2014 02:18:08 | More by corneliustoad
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-20-2014 22:57:48 | More by Bikeboy1
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Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-20-2014 14:39:05 | More by udubdawg
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-19-2014 05:46:34 | More by CSO
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NewMexicoBeerLover

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful and beguiling--more foam than the glass could contain when poured casually. Laces well and steady stream of microbubbles supports a thin layer across the beer for the duration.

S: Lemons and a lazy day.

T: Wow--Haven't sampled many saisons but this is way more sour than expected. Initially overwhelming; as the buds acclimated, started to embrace it and could see how this might become the quintessential thirst quencher--lemonade for grownups and enough reward to make one want to pick crops or at least mow the lawn.

M: Really for as lemony/citrus/sour; this lands very softly on the tongue and is swallowed with a smile. Very cool craftsmanship at work here.

O: For nine bucks a bottle, I need more, much more complexity and interest. Several Belgian Saisons at the same cost, and IMHO that also offer a much more beguiling entreaty to be consumed than this one trick tart. (example: St. Feullien--a rhapsody of flavor and aroma by comparison.

Still on a hot day and your dollar, I'd have another in a heartbeat. Let it also be known that I have immense respect for the "gang" and love many of their beers. Saison is the wild card of styles and one mans thirst slaker might be anothers ambrosia as there seems to be no clear consensus on what this style really is.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 04:58:30 | More by NewMexicoBeerLover
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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-19-2014 03:00:26 | More by ttylicki
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-18-2014 13:27:41 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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AMCimpi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-17-2014 17:40:10 | More by AMCimpi
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Jamison85

Indiana

1/5  rDev -76%

04-17-2014 16:44:26 | More by Jamison85
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-17-2014 02:08:13 | More by jroberts8811
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally providing one of my favorite American-made saisons with a proper review. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle with the new grey/purple silhouette branding. There is a production and best by date on the neck, but the production date is smeared beyond recognition. The best by date on this particular bottle is August 2015, which makes this bottle 20 months old based on the shelf life of Hennepin (listed as 3 years on freshbeeronly.com). Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden straw colored body with a little bit of haze to it and a brassy twinge to the hue. A steady stream of bubbles rises up from the bottom of the glass to meet a one finger stark white head with a few larger bubbles from the sloshing of the pour. Lacing at this point is almost nonexistent (almost), but I know in my experience with fresher bottles that it is not uncommon to leave mottled sticky lacing around the sides of the glass on the drink down.

Smell - Whereas a fresher bottle of this reveals pretty forward notes of floral overtones reminiscent of jasmine and sweet nectar, that has been subdued with time in favor or more of yeast flavor profiles--pepper, clove-like spice are present alongside grainier notes of sourdough and even some hints of brighter lemongrass and Granny Smith. But the grain and peppery characteristics are the leaders now.

Taste - The aroma wasn't lying, with strong notes of pale grain and slight tart (but not really sour at all) notes of fruit along side white pepper, baking spice, orange zest and a slight estery bite with some faint hop bitterness. I must admit to preferring this one fresh, and my ratings reflect as such, but this is still a good beer with nearly two years on it. Would be an easy one to keep around for a random occasion because of the ability to keep for a long period of time.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with an effervescent component to the feel. Dry finish with just a slight hint of sweet.

Overall, this is just a really well-done American-made saison. It's one of my favorite beers from a stellar Ommegang lineup and one that I will frequently grab just on a whim when I'm looking for a solid saison that isn't Tank 7.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 21:39:00 | More by LambicPentameter
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California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-16-2014 04:10:59 | More by Bonsall_Phil
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Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-15-2014 22:49:29 | More by denver10
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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,395 ratings.