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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,390 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,390
Reviews: 2,079
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 250
Gots: 605 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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: 5,390 | Reviews: 2,079
Photo of moklett
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rather clear buttery golden color with a frothy ultra-white head.

The smell is definitely fruity (apple and pear) but with the characteristic Belgian-style malt/yeast earthiness that makes me think of nuts.

Taste is not as sweet as I expected based on the smell (and my limited experience with saisons, which I thought were sweeter). The earthy characteristics shine through instead. Alcohol taste is present more than I expected, but not out of balance. As drinking continues, the pear flavor is the one that persists.

Feels creamy but light on the tongue. As I get toward the end, wow(!), I realize how much I am enjoying this beer. While I wasn't initially floored, the great balance in this beer makes it a great drink!

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

This beer is a classic. I can get it in a 750ml bottle at $6.49 from a local beer store and at this price is has no rivals in the entire range of US-brewed craft ales.

The appearance and drinkability are both nothing short of exceptional. Color and notes of hay, baked golden apples, orange marmalade. Very well balanced with just the right amount of hops. This beer is a natural accompaniment to many kinds of grilled seafood and shellfish with light sauces. It excels alongside cheeses and grilled vegetables with roasted garlic also.

Perhaps the most salient feature of this ale still is the consistency of its quality. I've been drinking it since 2003 and am continuously impressed with how steadfastly it meets the expectations.

Photo of chickenflea
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a cloudy pineapple juice color with a massive white head. Aroma was sour apple, yeast, ginger,coriander. Peppery. Taste was light and spicy with subtle umami on the aftertaste. Fruity and tart with a light hoppy finish. Mouthfeel had high carbonation. Light spicy texture was champagne-like. Overall an excellent and highly drinkable beer. Lively and refreshing. Complex and satisfying.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml (25 ounce) corked bottle into a schooner glass. The label depicts a silhouette image of Father Hennepin, with his wide brimmed hat, canoeing a pine-fringed lake while hoisting a stemmed glass similar to the one I am using. The bottle glug glugs and I back off to an easy pour, producing about 3/4 inch of a chunky, billowy white head with a golden tinge. The beer is a slightly hazy, pale ruddy golden with effervescent carbonation.

Funk, spice and light floral-citrus in the aroma. The flavor is complex, but not overly funky. Spice, dark fruit, and citrus notes combine with some light earthy tones, biscuit, and some overripe banana. Mildly bitter with an overall dry finish yet with some lingering pungency. The mouth feel is creamy and crisp altogether. A pleasant burpiness settles the stomach and produces biscuity, fruity, grainy flavors. The alcohol is well-masked beyond a little bit of warming, and light at that.

An excellent beer and perhaps the best of its type that I have tried. The funk is there but it's not overpowering and the beer is surprisingly light and drinkable considering the strength. This seems like a perfect beer to quench thirst, ala Belgian peasants, although the ABV would seem to limit its session-ability!

This beer was bought for $9.19 at Hennessey Grocery in Butte, Montana, which continues to bring variety and exotica to beer drinkers in our corner of the mountains. The price is at least 2 dollars below Belgian imports of a similar quality for sale in the store.

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

This beer poured a beautiful brilliant orange into my La Fin Du Mond tulip stolen from a Quebec City hotel.

Smell-I think Saisons are some of the best smelling beers. I don't know what to compare their smell to, perhaps a fresh bag of nature. Mmmm, nature.

Taste- Tart citrus. Very crisp, does not linger on the palate. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel- I'm a big fan of tiny little bubbles, which this has. Kinda sticky afterwards.

Drinkability- Man, I would be trashed if if someone offered me one of these after exercising. It really hits the spot and if I were parched I do believe I would drain one of these before you could say Ommegang.

Photo of canudoa9
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tbunting75
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

Appearance - A pale, golden, cloudy color, with a moderate white foam head.

Smell - Yeast, citrus, and earthy notes are prevalent.

Taste - Deliciously smooth. Moderate bitterness, spicy, and fruity, but still balanced overall.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing, with a medium body.

Drinkabilty - Ridiculously drinkable for it's ABV, maybe dangerously so. I could easily drink several more of these! Quite refreshing. Very good! This is the first Saison I've tried, but I can safely say I'll be buying this again, and trying some others.

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

A: golden with a beautiful head that lingered...i still had some left by the time i had gotten to the bottom

S: yeast, bananas, cloves

T: spicy, citrusy, and sour, it reps the saison style very well

M: carbonation with a sharp finish

D: this beer is delicious...ommegang does belgian beer as well as any american brewery

forgot that duvel owns them now...but i wont hold it against them!

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

Had in ale glass

A: cloudy yellow, bushy head, nice carbonation, outstanding lacing
S: lovely spritely aroma of lemon that lingers
T: very lovely saison, with overtones of banana and clove; the brewers have hit the sweet spot on the bottle conditioning, giving the beer the depth of flavor one comes to enjoy in Belgian-style beers, yet without any cloying effects.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Cheers!

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

On tap at Lounge 62 in a 16oz pint glass...

A- Poured a nice straw color with about an inch of head, a bit off white with a tint of yellow. Laces very nice on the glass whilst drinking...

S- Typical saison aroma- bit of citrus; very low floral hops present, but in there somewhere; and a main component of brett lingers in the nose throughout the smell...

T/M- Very peppery coming through the phenols of this beer. It has that touch of citrus come through in taste like the smell, then ends dry and a bit of an earthy and warming sensation. Perfect carbonation for a saison and great overall feel.

D- High, but then again, I'm a pretty big fan of saisons- so it's not like it is JUST this beer; but more of a factor that I love the style...

Overall, this is a solid, solid beer. I love saisons and this did not disappoint! That said, I still give my edge overall to Saison Dupont; as I feel they are a bit more clean overall in the smell and taste especially. I would have liked the warmness of this beer to be a bit more subtle. In the end, still loved it and would enjoy again and again...

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hennepin pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a luxurious, foamy 5 cm head. Great head retention and nice, sticky lace all over. Replenishing carbonation comes from the bottom.

Smell: Tart aroma has a hint of white grape, honey, cloves, and coriander. Alcohol has a slight presence.

Taste: Very mild sweetness. Malt is simple, dry, and biscuity. Grassy and earthy flavors. Slight alcohol kick toward the end, although it is generally masked rather well. An oily residue accompanies the slightly tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, above average carbonation. Slightly dry. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The smooth transitions and robust elegance of Hennepin make it a drinkable model brew for the category.

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

From a corked 750 into the appropriate beer flute.

Pale gold with hints of little bits of green on the edge. Clear, with a dense inch of white foam atop it. Good retention - keeps a nice layer of foam for almost the entire life of the glass. Plenty of retention. Looks great.

Dense, fruity and slightly funky smell. Apples, cloves, little bits of banana, earthy 'dirt', little bits of orange & lemon peel, other florals, and a bit of the noble hop character.

Fantastic beer. Well balanced, great depth and layering of flavor. Creamy and light from the carbonation. Begins with hints of crisp apples and fresh barley malt. Floral characters float over the malt backbone with introduction of earth and acidity. The beer finishes with a long aftertaste of carbonation and noble hops to give a clean, dry finish. Incredibly well balanced, incredibly well done. Bravo.

Excellent Saison, excellent beer. One that I should have more of.

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

12 oz bottle from ABC Fine Wines & Liquors in Daytona Beach, FL. Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.

A: cloudy yellow-orange with a golden/amber tinge, two fingers of bubbly white froth, and globs of lacing on the shaker (wrong glassware, I know).
S & T: yeasty and nutty aromas, strong citrus and lemon flavours, fruity tanginess, a little sour. This lacks the brett elements of a traditional saison, but it's a delicious beer nonetheless.
M: huge peppery spiciness in the body, super tart and dry finish. Packs an impressive, refreshing bite. Very good.
D: goes down like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. This drinks way too easy for a 7.7% brew. Maybe it's the 30+ degree weather in Daytona? Either way, Hennepin is a satisfying Belgian-style ale. Worth a shot.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Corss Pub in Carlisle

A- Pours a nice four finger foamy head. It rises like a pillow and is very frothy. a light pale wheat yellow color. Very carbonated as well,i can see the co2 rising fast.

S- earthy and wheat smelling. a very must smell of alcohol hits the nose as well. some strong spice as well.

T- lemony zest is in the taste at the beginning of the gulp. i also get a slight taste of some honey that feels like it was rubbed with earthy grains. grass and dry hops as well.

M- dry and crisp. mouthfeel is that of spice flavors in the aftertaste as well.

D- this is a good beer and easy to put down. smooth and refreshing in the summer. A good brew.

Overall this is a great brew and look forward toanother one from Ommegang. Hats off to a good beer!

Photo of PEBKAC
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cooperstown edition
Brewery direct, shipped in a gift pack

Golden & lush; intensely frothy. The pour was not quite clear & golden, so I most likely stirred up some yeast. Yeast is good for you!

Musty, funky fruit, sweet muscatel. Alot of wine characteristics in both the smell & flavor. The alcohol stings my nostrils a tad, but isn't totally evident in the taste. The finish is somewhat tangy, along with the obvious corriander spice. Bready to the point of inducing continued sampling.

Rereshing & not filling, but the carbonation does hit quicker then your average ale. Savoring the bottle is the most safe & delectable way to go. Easy to play, hard to master.

Now stocked regularly at Stop n Shop, alongside other Duvel products. Excellent. :)

Photo of DaveR514
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gopens44
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nowhere_native
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlervine
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Just... wow. Poured a hazy honey colored with a white head that fell to a nice Belgian lace that wouldn't go away. Sweet and fruity nose, yeast and earthiness, such a fantastic aroma. The flavor had accents of fruit, rum, cider, spice, all wrapped up with a nice crisp finish. Very full mouthfeel, and an enigma in every sip. Very tasty.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a nice head and a bit of lacing sticking around. Smell has a good bit of earthiness along with some spice and a few Belgian-yeast esters. Quite pungent; a bit more so than the taste. Mouthfeel is very nice with a crisp carbonation and and nice dash of citrus/earthy dryness. Drinkability is very, very good; really wish this was sold in 4-packs around here.

Photo of Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear light gold color with a thick head that last through the drink. The nose sensed some floral, yeast, and citrus aromas.There was nice carbonation. A nice balance of malt and bitterness, with a crisp yeasty flavor lasting on the tongue. Very smooth and a soft aftertaste. Great beer and should be sought out by all.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

finally getting around to reviewing the summer kegerator selection.. been on tap for approximately 3-4 weeks and still yummy as hell.. gonna kick soon so here we go:

gold with amber highlights, bubbles marching randomly. big huge puffy head deconstructing slowly with craters and caverns. bigtime lacing sticks to the glass. aroma is a fresh cut grass sauteed in butter with a sprinkle of hop spice and minimal sweetness. light and springy. flavor is cooling in a licorice fashion, fresh botanical notes prevail with a bit of diacetyl. creamy finish on the first sip.. light body and goes down quicker than i had planned. after the creamy character coats, big bright fruit is revealed.. even a mild white wine hint of grape. perfect summer beer for BA nerds like me and drinkable for someone who doesnt mind the big abv. only negative is that this is not a food-pairing beer IMO, and that's something i look for in my kegerator selections.

oh, and the other negative is that i didn't get any hennepin passport promotional items from terry. hmm. i wanted that damn canoe too!

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish/yellow; big frothy head, long lasting, good lacing (after accidental aggressive pour)

Smell: Peppery; cloves; citrusy; good European ale yeast smell; I love this beer aroma type

Taste: Good malt, cloves and citrus on the start; sweet in the mid with a semi-sweet peppery finish; hoppy dryness lingers in the aftertaste; excellent overall

Mouthfeel: Juicy and slightly creamy

Photo of MisterClean
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 from total wine. Poured into a Maredsous chalice.

A - Pours light golden in color, and unfiltered. Highly carbonated, lots of dishwasher white head. Dissipates slow and leaves a light lacing.

S - Pears, peaches, golden raisins, and Belgian candi sugars. Hop aroma is fairly low-moderate with a nice spice. I also notice a bit of coriander tossed in too.

T - Pears, peaches, slight golden raisins and candi sugars, coriander, and spicy hops. It's slightly skunky actually. Makes me wonder how Total Wine stored this beer. Saison's do better in the heat, too.

M - Slight carbonation on the mouth feel and the spicy hops offset the sweetness of the dry, white fruit. Slightly warming. Good overall.

D - Alc is a bit high at 7.7% for a saison. For a simple "farmboy beer" it is rather complex and enjoyable.

I bought this beer in summer. I stored this beer in my beer fridge at 65 and dropped temp down to 50. I have to wonder how good this beer would be if it was stored better by total wine or via delivery.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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