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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,384 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,384
Reviews: 2,079
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
Gots: 602 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Ratings: 5,384 | Reviews: 2,079
Photo of hiikeeba
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured up in a goblet. Beer is golden yellow with a creamy white head that dissipates to a this cap on top of the beer.

S - Slightly sweet malty smell with a hint of citrus. Very refreshing.

T - Starts off crisp and finishes with a residual sweetness on the edges of the tongue. No apparent alcohol taste.

M - Strongly carbonated. Makes it feel extremely full.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. I could drink this all day. Well, until the 7% alcohol kicks in. Deceptively smooth.

I'm not a big Belgian drinker. I like them, but infrequently consume them. This is one that makes me change my mind.

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

A: Pours a hazy, golden color with a thick layer of cloudy white head.

S: A nice citrus aroma at first, with notes of tropical fruits, a slight funk is also present

T: A combination of fruit, spice, malt and yeast. Banana and clove, orange and honey...there's a lot going on here

M: Highly carbonated, with a medium body

D: I really enjoyed this one, it's complex yet still light enough to drink several of.

Photo of JayS2629
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a rocky, steady white top that has super retention and foamy lace rings are left on the glass. On the high end of carbonation.

Aromas of chardoney with lemon and lime zest on a current of honey like bottom. Caramel with toffee notes. Black pepper, lemon grass and musty funk. Great yeasty bouquet with a leafy, herbal hop in the background.

Underlying honey tones have a syrupy medicinal burn that goes well with a slight boozy burn on the finish. Some metallic notes. Full of funky yeast, clove and coconut. Some white wine characteristics with lemon edges, lemon pepper. Biscuit background with honey and tart, citrus edges. Some medicinal tones. Very yeasty, funky, and complex.

Like a fine, fizzy white wine. Smooth edges.

Wonderful beer. Complex and interesting. Very enjoyable.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750, bottled on 9/23/09.

Poured into an Ommegang Tulip. First pour gives me a finger of fluffy head, and a great straw-coloring. Lacing doesnt stick to the glass, but a nice collar sits around the top.

Citrus sweetness dominates early and a mellow hop profile gives you flowery notes without being over the top. Balance makes this beer the absolute treat that it is. Thin body and medium carbonation make this an easy drinker, the mark of a great saison beer.

I would write more, but its a shame to be tapping on my phone while this beer sits in front of me. Do yourself a favor and go drink one of your own. Cheers!

Photo of colforbin73
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ommegang is a treasure of a brewery -- one that american's should actually be proud of -- a brewery that makes flawless beer true to the traditional styles of belgium. while other american brewers have crafted unique beers in a truly american style -- ommegang brews beer that can stand up to any in the world on the merits of craftsmanship and adherence to the specifications of traditional style. for me, HENNEPIN is at the apex of american brewing. i associate this beer with baseball and more generally late summer and fall.

the pour is very delicate -- you need to pour slowly and carefully, the brew has a champagne level of effervescence and gives off a big foamy cloudy white head that sticks to the glass all the way down. the aroma betrays the spices used, coriander, orange peel, and ginger. but unlike a spicey winter warmer, the spices provide just a background hum. the yeast is pronounced in the aroma...

the taste is crisp, clean, a little sweet, maybe from the corn used along with the pilsner and pale malt. coats the throat and warms the belly after a few sips.... this is fantastic saison and would be perfectly at home at a wide ranging harvest festival, with a crisp salad of apples, walnuts and goat cheese, a roast pig, a spicey butternut squash soup and a pear and raisin torte for dessert.

what a beer!

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

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Huge, billowing white head. Takes a couple of pours to get it all in the glass. Not dense, but long, long lasting. Hazy, radiant goldish orange.

S- Slightly tart. Spicy Belgian yeast. Some lemon/lemon zest. Some faint green apple. Fairly dry.

T- A sweet and sour lemon flavor up front.. Earthy, spicy, Belgian yeast. Starts a bit sweet, finishes a bit dry. Sweeter than the typical Belgian saisons (ie Dupont).

M- Coats the mouth with nice earth notes. Prickly carbonation.

O- The standard of American brewed saisons, in my opinion. It has earned and continues to deserve the title.

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

A - A blonde straw yellow color with a nice fluffy white head, this was poured into a Pils glass as that's what was on hand

S - Could smell a bit of the yeast, biscuit flavors with a hind of spices and fruits (I'm thinking like a spiced fig bar kind of smell)

T - The taste was big with a big malty, yeasty, biscuit backbone with hops on the back end to cut the sweetness in just the right balance, just a little of the alcohol lingers in between all of these notes to warm up the palatte as these flavors come across

M - An aggressive amount of carbonation, more than I expected..but I don't know if it's the reformed macro in me but it helped to deliver to flavors rather than dull them and I thought it worked well

D - This is a very balanced beer with several complex flavors competing and complementing each other at the same time. The higher ABV gives this a bit of alcohol punch that is deceptively lost in the flavor. Overall an excellent choice

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

750ml corked into tulip.
Classic Saison. Easily the best widely available domestic version of the style. Pours cloudy golden color with a big fluffy head. Smells very fresh and inviting. Tastes even better. Fruity notes and soft yeast and grain flavor. Super tasty and easy to drink. Cannot get enough of this stuff. A must drink.

Photo of beerceller99
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl. bottle which spent the last 16 months in the cellar.
Has a clear straw color with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Spicy, bready, yeasty smell. Has a rich, full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Complex taste is bready, grainy, with black pepper and spices among others that I can't put a finger on. Finishes with a spicy alcohol bite.

A tasty, high quality brew. Very nice.

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

This bottle was brewed in Belgium, as opposed to Cooperstown, NY.

Poured a clear, bright, golden yellow with a great deal of visible carbonation. The large, frothy white head retains very well, leaving sticky lacings on the glass.

The complex aroma includes sweet fruity phenols, a spicy alcohol bite along with hints of honey, apple, hay, clove and some earthy, wood tones. This is a great smelling brew.

The taste is tart grape up front with some mild sweetness. The aftertaste is pleasingly dry and bitter. There is a big earthy, yeast presence mid-sip, coupled with some green apple and phenol flavor. Overall, this is less sweet than the U.S. brewed version.

This body is rather light and aggressively carbonated, more so than the U.S. brewed version. A very pleasant and highly drinkable saison.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy and golden with a big rocky head that lingers the entire time. Excellent lacing.

S: A little lemony and spicy. Some funky notes in there. Seems promising.

T: Bitter and spicy. Part of me wants more, but the other part of me finds it quite enjoyable. Finishes nice and dry, as it should.

M: Light body and highly carbonated, exactly as it should be.

D: Very nice beer and very drinkable.

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

A: Pale goldfish yellow with pillowy white three finger head that leaves behind a great deal of lacing. Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass giving the head excellent retention.
S: Hops and grain with citrus and coriander. Orange hints are detected.
T: Tastes like its aromas. Refreshing on the palate.
M: Thin, light-bodied and very refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. Moderate carbonation with crisp finish.
O: Extremely drinkable and definitely a beer I would enjoy again.

Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold in color. Massive rocky white that coats the tulip with a sticky web of lacing.

Lemon, grass, coriander, green apple, and earthy hop aromas.

Starts sweet with lemon zest, that moves into carmel malty flavors then grassy, earthy and spicy hop flavors. Finishes dry with green apple flavors. Nice clean medium bitterness.

Overall a very good Saison, probably the best American version that I have tasted. Prickly mouthfeel that scrubs the tongue. Very digestable. Paired with Cypress Grove's Herbed Chevre .

Photo of animal69
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is my 1st. saison, i'm amazed at how close to a Belgian strong pale ale this style is ; pours a slightly cloudy pale golden colour w/ a decent, fluffy, white head which falls a bit too quickly but leaves a good bridge-like lacing in my snifter ; a sour, malty smell w/ a touch of hops, and some banana-like alcoholic fruitieness in the nose ; a full, crisp, pilsener-like malt flavor w/ a small amount of hops, a bit sour w/ some fruity esters and an aftertaste similar to a buttery Czech yeast profile ; amazingly light , especially for a 7.7 ABV, a bubbly one, too ; an awesome beer, i'll keep this one on hand at all times....

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

Purchased at Tops Liquor near ASU in Tempe.

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a freshness date into a stemless red wine glass. Left yeast sediment in the bottle.

Pours an hazy unfiltered gold color with a nice rocky head. The glass I poured it in is great for capturing the scent but hurts lacing, so I won't penalize it for that.

Very interesting smell. I'm new to this style but at first sniff I thought bananas like Hefeweizen. But it has an spicy sort of smell as well.

Taste is fruity and peppery at the same time. Bananas, lemons, and spice. Dry finish and makes my mouth pucker a little.

Mouthfeel is carbonated though I couldn't see the bubbles. Prickly on the tongue and a little bit acidy.

Drinkability is good. I could have several of these. They are very refreshing.

Overall, this was a real treat. It was cool to try a new style and I really liked it.

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

A: BIG, fluffy white head that is thick and foamy. Golden pale yellow in color-opaque. Good lacing throughout.
S: Complex-spicy, tart fruit, yeast, earth, some lemon peel and spiced tart fruit. Some faint floral scents.
T: Wow. Smooth. Spiced tart fruit, yeasty and earthy notes with a touch of green hops in the background. Also, some lemon peel present as well as other tart fruits, and a slight alcohol presence. Lush flavors that are complex, tart fruit and spicy with yeast and earth notes.
MF: Medium and lush with a dry yet smooth finish.
Overall: A great beer-great flavor and lush. Definately worth a try and worthy of a permanent place in my fridge. Bumped it's way into the realm of my favorites. Excellent rendition of an (sadly) obscure style.

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

I drank Hennepin because I am interested in brewing Saisons and this seemed like a classic example.
Appearance- Cloudy, straw color with a bit of a creamy head that lasted halfway into drinking the beer.
Aroma - I smelled lemons, and then malty/bready aromas.
Taste - Hennepin is tart, but not sour, which is appropriate for style. It's a little fruity, but not overpowering.

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A corked 750 ml bottle.

Pours out a golden, yellow color. It was slightly cloudy. It also left some lacing. The head was very large. It smells of spice and hops. The hop flavor was very apparent as well as the yeast flavor. Mouthfeel was crisp and a little dry. It rates very drinkable, but due to the size of the bottle, maybe just one.

Photo of Naes
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is just a little hazy and is golden colored with a nice white head that provides some lacing.

The aroma is of yeast and spice.

The flavor is just as it smells (yeast and spice) but a hint of alcohol comes through in the finish. There is also a bit of hop presence throughout the sip.

Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated. It will foam up in your mouth if you let it sit there for a second.

For a higher ABV beer, this is quite drinkable. Though the alcohol is present, it is not overpowering. Try it.

Photo of aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a white head.

Smell is floral, fruity (banana and lemon), with musty yeasty smell strong.

Sharp, citrusy taste very different than smell. Plenty of spices, specifically pepper. Very complex taste.

Great beer that is full and still very drinkable. I can't believe I am just now trying it.

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle, this beer had a hazy golden color with a nice frothy head. Aroma was spicy and citrusy with some malt mixing in. Taste was very spicy and peppery. As the beer warmed I could taste yeasty flavors, some sourness and a lot of orange/citrus. This beer had a light body and was very refreshing. No alcohol flavors were apparent. This is another well crafted(and well priced)beer from Ommegang and one that I plan on drinking a lot of this summer.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a thin bubbly head and a fair amount of head retention. Not much lacing when swirled in glass. Lots of yeast activity from the bottom of the glass, with bubbles rising towards the top. The scent is heavy with the Belgian yeast and backed with the alcohol. There are some hints of spice and clove, but not too prevalent.

The taste is great - peppery and spicy, with some underlying tones of banana. There are also a good amount of hoppiness and bite throughout. The alcohol carries through towards the aftertaste, but doesn't present itself that heavily.

The mouthfeel is very light-bodied and crisp; sort of reminiscent of a champagne, but not as bubbly. Excellent drinkability - sippable throughout the night and great to share with a friend.

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

At Ommefest. Amazing golden color with light hints of softer fruits, spices, and zest. Amazingly crisp and dry much how i love saisons. Always a winner. I've had the original from belgium recently that is about 2 years old and can say that it is holing up very well. I was surprised how well it was doing censidering the time difference, but Ommegang did a great job with this one.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass. So sue me ;-)

A= very cloudy light lemon, beautiful. Nice active white head, dissipates after settling into plentiful lacing, rimming and pooling.

S= light nose but right for the style, growing bolder as it sets for a few minutes. Light hops florals, lemon citrus, plentiful malts. I typed this review in about 10 minutes (eating nothing), then went to take a sip and got a strong nose of what seemed like white chocolate! Bizarre! Talk about a diverse beer.

T= slightly dry and tart up-front, much like a fine champagne (I'll prefer this beer next New Years!). Lemon zest, generous malts for the style, light coriander, slightly bready in the finish at times. Gorgeous.

M= a little tart and dry on the tongue and palate, citrus zesty zip, mild residual malts.

D= a beer you can drink forever if you enjoy a Belgian-style beer. Beats Blue Moon out of orbit, for your pseudo-"craft" BM drinking friends. Grilled or steamed fish (fried oil might disguise the enjoyment), poultry, seafood, popcorn, most anything non-red or dark. Aside from the tart-dry tongue that might put some people off, it's superb. Answer? Keep it flowing so you don't have time to have a dry tart mouth!

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

Hennepin deserves its nearly perfect score at BeerAdvocate.com. It pours a beautiful hazy golden body that supports a nice, fizzy foam. I have seen more inviting heads on Saisons, but this one is lovely all the same.

The nose is very nice. Its sweet and fruity character is at the fore, but it closely followed by mild spices.

The taste is complex, but not as complex as some Saisons. Lemony tartness, pineapple, and coriander seeds dominate at first, but are immediately balanced by the malt's lightly roasted and honey-like characteristics. This beer's aftertaste is outstanding; spices (notably coriander seed and pepper) and roasted grain linger on the palate. Mild esters highlight the bouquet of spices and tart citrus by adding a warm base and floral characteristics. All this is nicely complemented by the beer's mild carbonation and full-bodied mouthfeel.

What makes this beer stand out is the distinctness of each of its myriad flavors. To achieve complexity without confusion is the mark of fine craftsmanship. I take my hat off to Brewery Ommegang for delivering an outstanding rendition of this extremely delicate and difficult style.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,384 ratings.