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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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4,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 4393
Reviews: 2001
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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Photo of StevieW


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initially a shiny clear yellow color, bottle swirl produces the famialer cloudy yellow. Highly charged, bubbly white head, faded fast, but left a small film of lace. Smelled everything from honey, citrus, pepper, and spices. Taste was deeply inticing, new tastes on every sip. Sweet, crisp tart citrus and honey to start. As the beer warmed, more subtle peppery tastes emerge, then noticable alcohol warming takes place. Noticable abv warms you as you drink, every sip is a new taste combination. Good beer to finish the evening. I'm very Impressed this one, and will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2002 15:06:56 | More by StevieW
Photo of BeerAngel


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

Pours a pale yellow "wine-like" color with a white 2 finger head. The smell is that of a sweet and extremely lemony aroma (to me anyway). The taste is that of a semi-sweet fruity tast with a spiciness that is just right. The mouthfeel is a little sticky, but not a problem. Overall, I like this brew.
A Votre Sante or Cheers or sumthin'!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2002 14:31:21 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of BillyBrew


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

As a new drinker of theses Belgo/Franco brews, I say this is a fantastic number. Orangey-brown colour with a massive, foamy, sticky, chunky head that slowy reduces to a heavy blanket of snow. Beautiful nose of honey and light banana and slight alcoholic tones. Earthy tastes with a slight malty graininess, cloves, fruity bananas and nuttiness. Medium, foggy-mouthed body that remains dry with little after tase on the palate.

Looks beautiful, smells soothing, tastes smooth and feels comforting and luscious. What can else can I say? Please drink. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2002 18:27:48 | More by BillyBrew
Photo of Murph


4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent creamy white head that never fully sinks and leaves a decent lace down the glass. Huge bubblegum, banana and other lighter fruits, and spicy pepper dominate the smell. The taste starts off with some great light fruity flavors that is mostly dominated by banana with some possible peach and orange. About half way through the brew gets nicely spicy with some good peppery qualities to it. Excellently creamy and smooth but also fairly refreshing and excelently drinkable with a medium body to it. This is one damn fine brew and I can't wait to get my hands on some more.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2002 23:01:15 | More by Murph
Photo of mophie


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Coudy golden-orange, with billowy pure white head that sticks around for the long haul. Beautiful. Spicy banana aromas, very complex. Taste is herbal hops, pepper, clove, banana, candied ginger, caramelized orange rind, pear -- it's all in there! High carbonation creates a playful feeling on the tongue, and balances nicely with the spicy and oh-so-bitter finish. This is a damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 19:25:39 | More by mophie
Photo of zerk


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden color, with a white head. Head dissapates quickly, but carbonation continuously replenishes it. Aroma and taste contain honey, spice, and citrus. Highly carbonated, very crisp, and drinkable.

This is a great beer for the price, $4.50 for 750ml in Indianapolis.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 07:52:29 | More by zerk
Photo of Bighuge


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a chill hazed golden and throws out a big pufffy white head that has nice retention. Pretty sweet aroma with this one. Honey like. Almost like a braggot or that Midas Touch brew. There's also some fruity esters perceived on the nose. Maybe some slight herbalness too. Nice aroma. Now this is a style of Belgian beers I can get into. This is really nice tasting. It is sweet, but kept in check with the hops, herbs and spices (which I will only try to take a stab at). There could be something like Rosemary or Marjoram throwing some pizzaz into this brew. I like it whatever it is. This brew really has a nice earthiness to it. Very unique taste. But very drinkable. Honey also seems to be perceived on the tongue. This is a light-medium bodied brew. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2002 20:47:09 | More by Bighuge
Photo of marc77


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

The fluffy, thick lace - leaving porcelin - white head tops a hazy light tangerine hued effervescent brew. Orange zest, candied ginger w/ trace phenol in aroma. Tart, citrus rind hit the palette upfront and are followed by a mild but refreshing hop bitterness. A light sweetness persists throughout this brew and seems to be the foundation for other flavors to build upon. Candied fruit, honey, pear notes all intermingle in a whimiscal fashion. The light body and crisp mouthfeel add to the flavorful yet refreshing nature of this brew. Finishes bittersweet, w/ a mellow lingering breadiness. Hennepin is "playful" in flavor, yet is very clean, and its drinkability is superlative. Alcohol warmth surfaces long after the sip finishes. Excellent, and perhaps bit dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2002 17:21:24 | More by marc77
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh fruit aroma with hints of sweetness. There is also strong yeast odor. Very pale hazy look with a thick white head. I also smell bannana. Very carbonated at first taste with bannana and hops on the tongue. Great mouth very sharp tasting also on the tongue. lots of complexity in the yeast/hops relationship. This would make a great starter with cheese and fruit. Awesome American ... as usual from Brewery Ommegang!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2002 11:06:43 | More by frank4sail
Photo of ADR


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangey and opaque, 1/4 inch fine mist head replenished by ascending carbonation. Bubbles shimmer like sugar crystals on the side of the glass. Slightly astringent aroma. Good combination of fruit, a little banana, and very nice bittering at the end. Pretty reserved and yet nice tasting. Its hard to call a Belgian a "session" brew to me, but this one would be for me. Solid in most categories.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2002 09:28:10 | More by ADR
Photo of Wildman


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a nice golden color. It formed a nice white head with some lace on the side later on. The aroma of smelled of malts and cirtus. Good level of carbination to this beer. Due to that, the initial mouthfeel taste of it throws me off a little, but it sudsides after the next taste or so. Hides it's alcohol content well. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2002 15:57:25 | More by Wildman
Photo of Viking


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It all starts when you pop the cork from the bottle. A nice loud 'pop' - almost like a champagne. The beer pours to a hazy gold, with a thick, white head. Solid head retention, with lace clinging to the glass as you drink. Smell is lightly fruity and spicy, filled with sweet apple, pepper, hops, and yeast. Flavor is rich and strong with the flavors hinted at in the aroma. I also notice a bit of citrus flavor meshing with the apple. Lively continual carbonation give the brew a bit of zest, but not too much as to make it seem acidic on the tongue. Wonderful brew, and a great cost effective Belgian-style ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2002 15:56:59 | More by Viking
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with lively carbonation. A long-lived head displays ample Belgian lace clinging to the glass. Nose is light malt, and a wee bit lemony. Taste is again light, fruity with some hoppy bitterness coming thru. Close your eyes and you'll swear this beer was brewed in Belgium. Goes great with Wise BBQ potato chips.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2002 20:54:35 | More by beerluvr
Photo of cokes


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am actually shocked that I have not already reviewed this...as it is one of my favorites.
Pours a yeast-filled golden....quite hazy.
Aromas of apples, yeast, pepper and hops.
This pretty much labels the taste as well,
Fantastic tart apples up front. Peppery yeastiness. Nice lime accompaniment. Citric and very tasty. Hops dry things out in the finish.
Medium-light bodied with the big carbonation.
This is sooo good on a hot day.
Alcohol is not a factor.
One of my most-purchased beers (especially at $4 a 750ml...where's the brown bag??)
This is THE stuff.

Update: Maybe my opinion of Ommy has soured, but this is not the beer I once thought, aged or fresh. More tart than memory recalls with green apples and citric fruit taking the fore. Simplistic, light peppery and doughbal yeastiness. Good for what it is, but so many saisons surpass this. But I must say, for the price, this is still a soild belgo-quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2002 00:16:20 | More by cokes
Photo of packetknife


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tart and fruity. Heavily carbonated, obscenely so. Smells wonderful. Nice deep character. I didn't expect anything this good for what I first thought was a 'knock-off'. Definatly a re-visit.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 19:28:19 | More by packetknife
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting Ommegang offering. Golden color, a touch cloudy, with a fine white head, which laced the glass big-time. The nose is a fruity/spicy mix. Seemed to be a little thin to medium on the body-scale, but ok carbonation-wise on the tongue. There are some spicy-notes, along with a hint of sourish-ness. Alcohol is evident here. Dry finish for this one. Not bad.

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

04-25-2002 15:02:17 | More by Bierman9
Photo of inebrius


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When first a draft of Hennepin hits your tongue a lively carbonation spreads. Then tart and fruity and spice shuffle about. A dose of hop bitterness and flavor finish as the alcohol warmth envelops you and you smile. Where would we be without the craft brewers dedicated to good beer? Quality!

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2002 16:54:10 | More by inebrius
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with raised glass Ommegang emblems below the neck of the bottle. No freshness date though this beer has strength and is also bottle conditioned giving it a long shelf life than the normal microbrew.

Appearance: Dull golden in colour with a pure white, rocky, sticky, chunky head (almost seems alive). Clarity is decent and the head stay for a long time.

Smell: Raw honey, peppery with a medicinal phenolic back ground. Vague suggestions of horse blanket and a musty graininess in the aroma also.

Taste: Medium body, very crisp with a slick mouth feel. Mild lemon and fruity tartness swirls around with leafy, grassy and earthy flavours. Honey like sweetness within, malt character is a tad dry with biscuity flavours. Yeast adds a nutty dryness that is similar to aged walnuts. Spicy phenols give off herbal and medicinal flavour but not in an overwhelming way, clove pushes the envelope the most. Alcohol is runs estery with fruity flavours that suggest pineapple and plantains. Spiciness lingers and the dryness lends more nutty flavours in the end.

Notes: Raw and complex yet oh so drinkable, impossible to tell it would have been from NY in a blind tasting. One of our favourites, bring a couple of 750 ml bottles to the dinner party and see if this sparks anyone’s interest away from wine.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2002 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of Jordan


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant fruity and spicey nose. Extremely carbonated, quite the spectacle. Head is thick and fluffy, almost weightless, endures long after your pour, sticky. Misty yellow-orange. Exceptional flavor. Fantastic belgian character. Home-town indeed. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2002 21:30:48 | More by Jordan
Photo of jermar


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and golden with lovely white head that sticks around. Very smooth and full bodied initially, followed by a bitter/alcohol/carbonation gang-bang bite at the back of the palate and into the nose coupled with a lingering bitterness with a slight tartness that leaves the outsides of your tongue somewhat numb. Taste is very similar to biere de garde style with lots of spiciness but not much wineniness.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2002 20:44:22 | More by jermar
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very reasonably priced for the quality. Nice balance of sweetness and peppery spice. Probably one that would grow on me after a few more bottles to get to know the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2002 20:15:37 | More by Brent
Photo of BKotch


4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2001 18:07:48 | More by BKotch
Photo of mmthompson33


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damn this is a good beer. Such a smooth light taste, but that Belgian strength and sweetness is still lingering there. A top quality beer for an unbelievable price.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2001 21:07:03 | More by mmthompson33
Photo of pbrian


4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first saison, so I have nothing to compare it to, but this beer is awesome. It usually takes me a couple of beers to warm up to a style, but I liked this one off the bat. Are all saisons this complex?

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2001 15:47:49 | More by pbrian
Photo of John

New York

4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A lighter, dryer brew than the Ommegang, but no less complex. Lemon, orange zest, spicey finish. There plenty going on with each swallow of this outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2001 16:37:17 | More by John
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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