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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,342 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,342
Reviews: 2,071
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 240
Gots: 568 | 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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Photo of dwatty
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

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

A: Clear gold color. Poured a massive white billowy head with excellent retention. Decanted continually; very active. Laced the glass in botches adn rings.

S: Sharp tartness and yeast spices. Citrus zest and sweet, light-colored fruit; white grapes and green apples.

T: Sweet and sour up front. Cornucopia of flavors follow; light fruit, white pepper, earth, Belgian yeast, sweet crackery malt. While it starts sweet and tart, the beer finishes dry.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Coats the palate then cleanses with spice and carbonation.

O: Flavorful and balanced. Has some malt character.

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

***
Caved Aged Edition
***

Sampled: 7.9.06

The only thing that distinguishes this bottle from an ordinary bottle of Hennepin as a ‘Cave Aged’ edition is a card hanging from the corked & caged bottle neck by a gold elastic.

The beer’s pale gold is slightly cloudy and sits under a medium 1 inch head. The foam leaves plenty of lacing clining to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is immediately the tartness of fresh green apples hanigng out over the appropriate Belgian style funkification. Sweet and slightly spicy, but not overly so. Sweetness and tartness rule the nose in this town.

The flavor starts tart, carried from the aroma and is noticabley crisp. Soon sugary malts come through as the brew warms in the mouth. A slight edge of bitterness at the end of the taste hits as the beer goes down the throat. Though I can’t be certain as I didn’t do a side by side, it seems as though the year in the cave smoothed the brew out, gave it some balance. It’s dry and light in the mouth, with a medium carbonated body. The dryness, possibly a result of the yeasts having more time to perform?

The beer is quite drinkable. It’s crisp, tart and dry finish makes it a good one to have on hand like anyone else would have wine, but much less potent at 7.5% ABV. Highly recommended, though I can’t say whether this Aged version is worth the extra $1. The Hennepin itself is delicious, no amount of agign would change that in any subpar brew.

Photo of advill88
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden color with a robust one and a half inch head with strong retention.

Smells of sweet honeysuckle, with a touch of yeastiness.

Taste has the same prominent characteristics of honey and a light malt, with a touch of sweetness. There's an ever so slight touch of hops on the back end to provide a bit of balance. Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation on the heavier side.

This beer is just right for the style; it's not too strong to take away from drinkability, but it's still very flavorful and complex. I could probably drink this all day without getting tired of it.

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

I have been wanting this beer for so long that now that it's in my hand I'm almost too nervous to try it. Thanks so much to demcorhip for bringing this for me from Wisconsin via Thunder Bay. 12oz bottle sample.

Pours an unfiltered pale yellow, almost white colour, with a voluminous fluffy head that dosen't quit. Lots of sediment and medium carbonation. Smell is yeasty and little funky, some earthy hop notes, coriander and cloves, some orange peel. Wheaty with some summery fruit in there as well.

Flavour is sublime, with a Granny Smith apple sourness hitting the tongue first, them moving on to all kinds of mellow bready/yeasty flavour. Pears, white grapes, all come before the funky finish that stays for a long time. Sticky and dry in the mouth but not overcarbonated, just a little bite. This goes down super-easily, but still invites you to hold it in your mouth for a long time. Very impressive Saison, and all the more impressive for being a North American beer.

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

.750 corked and caged bottle. No date visible on cork, label, or bottle.

Pours a hazy butterscotch color. 1" billowy cream colored head recedes to a 1/4" and then finally to a cap. Great sheet of lace.

Initial aroma is yeast. Delicate floral and perfumey nose. Fruity with some hops way in the back.

Tastes fruity. Ripe apricot, peach and honey. A little tart. Powder. Some hops in the end balancing out the fruit. Nice, nice, nice!!!

Hennepin is full of fruit. Good carbonation. Smooth and clean in the mouth.

Very high drinkability with a long fruity finish. I am going to go back to the little store in Austin where I found these (Ommegang is not around TX anymore) and buy them out! Fabulous beer!! If you can find some near you....drink it!!

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged

Pours a nice straw yellowed hue and makes an inch of densely bubbled white head into my petrus goblet. Sweet aroma, filled with banana, coriander & cloves. Sweet bready flavor with notes of light fruits, peppery spice, medium hop bittering, banana. Bit of alcoholic bite. I really am enjoying this. Mouthfeel opens with a peppery carbonation but as the bottle warms it becomes velvety smooth and finishes dry. This is an awesome saison considering how easy it is to get. Definitely will be a staple in my beer fridge.

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

This bottle was provided by my BA buddy rdunham and served at a dinner party with friends. We poured a caged and corked 750 ml bottle into stemless wine glasses.

A: It poured a cloudy orangeish yellow with a fluffy two finger white head that had nice retention. The head slowly receded leaving a thick lacing on the side of the glass.

S: It presented a surprisingly balanced profile of sweet, spicy and sour. There were green grapes, honey due melons and light white spices overlaying a modest semi-sweet base of lightly toasted malts.

T: There was a solid base of flavors from the lightly toasted malts and white doughy yeast. There were also hints of grassy hops and a sour flavor that receded the further I got into the bottle.

M: It was medium-bodied, very carbonated, and gave the tongue a workout trying to sort out the various fruits and spice flavors. It finished clean with little sour afteraste.

D: Great beer to complement a summer meal of BBQ chicken and a cold salad. It was refreshing and entertaining.

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

A- cloudy pale gold color with a frothy two finger whte head and excellent retent on that, some thin lacing

S- floral, biscuit, toasty, sweet

T- malt sweetness hits first, then comes spicy, hoopy, and earthy flavors, tangy citrus in there as well. Tart finish and aftertaste

M- light bodied and smooth, carbonation tickles

D- sessionable and delightful, highly refreshing and drinkable. alcohol not noticeable. loving this brew and this style

Photo of meatyard
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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

750ml bottle poured into goblet.

Pours a hazy, bubbly gold with a large fluffy head. Heavy lacing.

The nose is peppery, wood, and dull lemon followed by those old candies called "Bottle Caps" - tart with faint cola. Interesting to say the least.

A very complex taste. Bringing the glass to the mouth you get a whiff of the tart - hitting the palette I can make out some citrus peel, pepper, and wood. Actually reminds me a bit of a Corsican moonshine called Pastise (sp?) I had when visiting the Mediterranean Island. I was told Pastise was made from grape stems and it also had a very woody taste.

The mouthfeel is jumpy with the usual Saison bubbles, mildly oily and left somewhat tart with a pepper finish. A slight warmth of alcohol lingers.

Pretty damn drinkable and pleased that I finally ran across this offering. I will enjoy sharing it with others and will certainly tango with it again.

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

A perfect pour into my Duvel tulip (according to the website's instructions & expected results) makes for a nice fragrant release from this Saison "farmhouse" ale. This is the last beer in my variety 8 pack picked up at the brewery, but I'll be back next summer Ommegang.

Appearance:
The beer pours a light honey amber with tiny bubbles of carbonation throughout (in addition plumes of bubbles being sent up from the Duvel "D" engraved over the stem). This beer has a nice haze and the bottom yeast sediment went right into the glass (not a bad thing). A tremendous head formed (2+ inches) and there is lacing down the glass. This beer looks inviting.

Smell:
A "rich floral bouquet," as stated on the bottle, is released when poured. There are notes from the Belgian yeast as well as a citrusy sweetness followed by what I interpret as...fresh cream. Delicious, it smells incredibly refreshing. I can't wait for when they make this an air freshener scent to hang from my rear-view...minus the ethanol. I believe in Ireland they refer to this as the "angel's share."

Taste:
This is such a tasty Saison. The beer is apparently blended with ginger and orange, but it would still be quite floral on its own. I started with this beer after warming up from being fridge chilled. As the beer warmed I was able to get a mouthful of what this beer is all about. Crisp and refreshing, smooth to the finish. What more could you ask for with a fading summer and ever present beginning school year?

Mouthfeel:
This beer has everlasting carbonation, thanks in part to the bottle conditioning. It has a deliciously refreshing first taste followed-up with a light floral after taste. This beer is not watery at all, which is hard to say given its golden complexion.

Drinkability:
Cheers, enjoy this well crafted Saison. Put on some good music and you will have no doubts about why this is Ommegang's best seller. I would definitely enjoy this beer every day of the year, but it's something special when summer is turning into fall and you're surrounded by different pumpkin infusions...but you choose this beer over all of them.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass at 45 degrees.

Pours a clear light golden color with a foamy head that I let dissipate before I took my first sip. Smells of spice and grass with a definite whiff of alcohol. The alcohol is very well balanced with a warming spicy flavor and some lemon hints. Not to be rushed - let it soak in for awhile before you swallow...enjoy the warming feeling rush back before your next sip.

This is the perfect special occasion beer...I plan on keeping some handy just in case.

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

poured into my crystal beer mug, I enjoyed the somewhat murky golden color and a impressive white head, just like you would see in a beer commercial.
The smell announces citrus, orange flavors.
Tasting the beer was quite a great experience. The first sip appeared rather bitter, with a grainy taste dominating and orange and citrone undertones. I expected this to continue, but I was in for a surprise. Each of the next sips improved the taste and the composition of this beer played its full tune. the bitterness softened to a great balance to the fruit flavors.
the mouthfeel is a prickly medium bodied beer. It is very drinkable and I find it greatly enjoyable even so that this style of brew is not what I usually drink. A great brew which I defenetely pick up again and a brewery which I will try more from.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of alzy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pilsener glass

a - nice golden honey with two plus finger creamy white head. a little cloudiness.

s - wheat and biscuity malt aromas over a standard belgian style orangey spiciness.

t - sweet and citrusy at the start - some lemony flavors add to the oranginess, peppery and yeasty in the middle, then nice smooth biscuity malt finish.

m - light body and highly carbonated, adds to spicy mouthfeel. finishes with a nice refreshing (not overwhelming) dryness.

o - such a light refreshing easy drinking beer that the high alcohol content doesn't come through until the last third of the glass. perfect for a 102 degree MN day. i will definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of BKotch
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is American? Whoa. Hennepin is the best American approximation of a Saison that I have ever had. Slightly cloudy golden brew that pours a big white head. Fruity sweetness (orange? lemon?) balanced by a good hop character in the finish. And, at a little over four bucks for 750 ml, what a deal!

Photo of kajestudio
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redneckchugger
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer, huge white head that last forever.
nice nose, banana up front and spices in the back.
Tastes even better, less banana more spice more sweetnes that i was expecting. lot of clove flavor comes out as the beer warms
I has a very efervecent mouthfeel, and is refreshing as hell.
I love this beer.

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aleks_P
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very light golden yellow with a significant amount of carbonation, like champagne but a little more yellow. Very full bubbly head, could not pour the full bottle into my pint glass.

Smell: Having a hard time articulating the smell. Bit peppery/spicy I suppose. Bottle says coriander but I'm not sure I know what coriander smells like, this might be it.

Taste: Definitely tastes like a farmhouse saison. Slight bitterness and a lot of fragrant earthy spices.

Mouthfeel: Very light and pleasant, probably the best part of the beer. High carbonation lightens even further. Very smooth, not dry. The spices are very evident in the aftertaste.

Overall: I've only had a couple of these farmhouse saisons but I really enjoyed this. Just a bubbly tasty beer.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out clear golden in color. Carbonation is champagne like and constant. The head is two fingers of white foam. Retention is good but lacing is a moderate.

S - The nose is excellent. Lost's of clove and black pepper spice. Belgium yeast, banana and faint wheat characters thought the middle. Sweet white grape as well. Hints of alcohol. Complex.

T - Yeasty, spicy, grainy, fruity, it just like it smells. It taste so damn natural.

M - Smooth and refreshing with a champagne like finish. Pretty damn good.

O - Pretty much outstanding. Lots of flavors going on and melded so well together. Excellent to say the least.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow color. One finger fine bubbled white head that falls quickly. Sheets of lace drop quickly to the halo of a cap. A gently swirl brings back a small head. Smell is spicey pepper and clove with just a faint fruityness. Taste matches the smell. Only the mildest of bitterness in the finish but any sweetness is supurbly balanced giving a very dry clean finish. High level of carbonation with tons of tingle on the tongue. Another excellent beer from Ommegang.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. Been meaning to try this one for a long time, especially considering the dearth of saisons available in Ontario.

Enjoyed on the patio on perhaps the nicest summer day of the year - zero humidity, clear blue sky, and with a freshly mowed lawn to boot. Perfect saison weather.

Poured into a Leffe goblet. Pale golden, slight murk to it, and with a billowing head sustained with lively swirls of carbonation.

Nose is lemon, pepper, grass, spice, a bit of funk, and with a surprisingly sweet malt character to it.

Citrus, pepper, clove, earth, and oh so dry, Hennepin is a delightful brew on a summer's afternoon. The alcohol and funk comes in mildly towards the finish, and there's a mild medicine-y taste, but other than that it the brew is fresh, flavorful, dry and light - exactly what I was hoping for. Improves nicely with a bit of natural warmth.

Creamy, medium bodied, with assertive, lively carbonation. Very dry, almost needs an accompanying glass of water.

A great saison, sweeter than some, and without a strong musky-farmyard flavor, but still lively and bright, and with lovely citrus and peppery notes. A pleasure to drink.

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia chalice.

Appearance: Pale orange-yellow with a very nice cap of white foam and a little lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove, noble hops, and dry pale malts that are tart and almost hay-like.

Taste: Some barely sweet banana and fleshy fruit before seriously drying out with cloves, pepper, tart malts and noble hops.

Feel: High carbonation, medium-light body, ridiculously dry finish. Has that champagne feel of a good Saison.

Drinkability: Complex and refreshing - one of the ultimate summer beers.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,342 ratings.