Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Reviews: 2,133 | Ratings: 5,824
Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden coloration with a lofty white head. Smell of light tropical fruits, lemon and dry yeast. Crisp lemon flavors and distinct tastes of apple peel. Esters floating on the palate and a good shot of hop bitterness on the finish. Great Belgian yeast flavors. Another amazing beer from Ommegang.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh, served in an Ommegang goblet.

This beer was a sparkling golden color with a good amount of head in the goblet. Smells were sour, spicy, bubblegum, banana, fruity. Taste was sour and spicy. Alcohol definitely present, but not overwhelming.

I haven't tried many others of this style yet, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Julio's, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a gloriously crystal clear golden hue with a massive, rocky three finger head that slowly slumped into a thick white blanket leaving average side lacing.

S - Bananas, belgian spices, light yeast aromas. Very nice.

T - Just like the nose there are those delicious belgian yeast and spice notes with some simply wonderful banana and possibly clove esters on the end. Very, very good.

M - Really nice mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to keep this crisp though it is almost cloy with all that banana.

O - Really, really good saison here. So easy to find and reasonably priced. Really my "go-to" saison.

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Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a giant pure white head made up of bif soapy looking bubbles. The beer color is gold and is a bit cloudy.
The smell is sweet like a tripel. Very tripel-like in the taste also.
It doesn't get realy crazy or funky with the taste.
This one is an easy drinker. I like that they kept it fairly simple. I will definitley go for this one again.

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Photo of checkfeet
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint bottle into a Bordeaux glass.

Appearance is lovely - a warm golden yellow like rapeseed honey - with a thick poofy crown of white head on top, though this, along with any lacing, dissipates significantly as you drink. Heavy carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass through the cloudy remnants of yeast.

The nose is so inviting; not at all overwhelming but teasing with scents of sour apples, lemongrass, grapes, coriander and that special Belgian yeastiness that makes one think of a summer day on the farm.

The taste lives up to the nose with a subtle explosion of sour apples and citrus with just the right kick of tang and hops on your tongue. The ever-so-slightly sour flavor is perfectly accentuated by the carbonation giving a very pleasant mouthfeel that is light and airy but with enough substance to keep reminding you how delicious it is long after your glass is empty.

This beer is so well-balanced, I could easily finish one bottle and go back for more. A wonderful interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a wonderful hazy gold with a pillowy head. Wonderful head retention.

Smell is yeasty with citrus notes and some clove

Taste is much like the smell. Very spicy with pear and clove. A tiny touch of sourness on the finish. Nice light carbonation and finishes very crisp and dry. Alcohol is barely detectable.

This is a world class beer and one of my favorites.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the supposedly famous Saison style brew of Ommegang, NY. Great big fluffy head of clingy white head. Great retention of the cap that becomes rocky and chunky as the tasting goes on and great lacing throughout the tasting. Aromas are just a little funky, green grains (yeast and wheat), green apple with some lemon zest. Raw. The color is a rich gold which appears slightly hazy. The flavors are quite good, herbal hops, some balancing malts, a raw honey sweetness, assorted spices I have trouble putting my finger on, ALC esters as it warms. Complex and challenging. The dry finish has hints of almonds or roasted chestnuts. So deep and so well formed I would never have guessed it was American. Let alone so newly crafted. This beer tastes of tradition and pride. Famous for a reason. Dare I say it? World Class.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find that Saison's tend to be hit or miss; though when they have hit, they've hit like Tyson in the 90's.

A: Pours a bright gold with a massive white head that remains for quite awhile. It's appearance reminds me somewhat of Duvel.

S: Holy cow, it even smells like Duvel. Hints of pear and sugar, along with subtle hops. I wonder if Ommegang uses the same hops as Duvel uses.(Styrian Golding, perhaps?)

T: A bouquet of citrus and sugar with a tart aftertaste. Some mild bread as well. I remember the first time I had this brew and didn't exactly love it. I suppose things have changed. Amazing!

M: Well carbonated with a dry prickly finish. Almost seems to finish exactly like I recall Duvel's finish. While they are different styles (Begian Strong versus Saison) I imagine using the same hops is obviously going to make them seem similar.

D: This is a fantastic brew that can be enjoyed in a limited session. For some reason, there is a huge difference between drinking this in the bottle versus pouring into a glass. I had drank this once just in bottle form, and for whatever reason, pouring it into the glass was so much better. Highly recommended.

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Photo of habanosdarklord
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy yellow color. The head on this one is the best I've seen on a Saison/Farmhouse. Thick, creamy 3 finger head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is spot on. Ripe fruit comes to mind first, kiwi, bannana, green apple, and peach. You also get some nice bread/dough flavors in there as well. The taste follows the nose almost exactly. I love the fruit you get with this beer. There is a slight funk that is going on too. Musty like flavors on the finish. Overall, I loved this beer. Right up there with my favorite saisons.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fills my glass cloudy and pale gold in hue, topped by an intimidating white head. Strong aroma involving fruits, bready pale malts, yeast, a little spice, and some citrous hops. Taste is bold and complex. Bready malt jumps out quickly, before bitter lemons and citrous rinds attack the tongue. Some caramel-like sweetness dances with spice, but there is an underlying creaminess. Mouthfeel is pretty full, but crisp carbonation and the zesty hops really blast inside the mouth. Finishes just like it begins, but leaving a very enjoyable long lasting aftertaste with some fruity yeasty character to it. Overall a bitter impression is left on my palate.

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Photo of calinative68
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

second review of this fine example of a saison....
appearance - poured with 2 fingers left which produced a clear, golden color with an amazing head. Great white head.
Smell - I made sure that I didn't make the bottle gulp, witch achieved that great floral smell that I love. Even my wife thought it has a great smell.
Taste - Crisp, good balance. I think pears or ginger and citrus. Slight pepper and yeasty.
Mouthfeel - this bottle had excellent carbonation, so it goes done easy. Which leads me into drinkability.
Easy to drink and easy to get drunk off of it!
Kick ass beer!!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have recently discovered the Saison/Farmhouse style and have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to have a bottle of Hennepin. I've heard many people rave about this beer but have always turned the other way as I naively claimed not go like "Belgians" (style)

Now that I've discovered that I do enjoy Saison's I knew it was time to break out a Hennepin.

I was not disappointed.

I enjoyed this in a large wine glass which showed off this beautiful beer. The beer poured a hazy/cloudy gold with a pillowy white head that was about a finger thick. The head quickly settled to a thin white film across the top of the beer. Beer was too cloudy to see any carbonation at all. I good looking beer indeed.

Aroma was wonder and fresh. There were some earthly tones as well as some slight spice notes. Also coming through was a nice light fruit aroma. Very light, fresh and inviting.

Taste was even better than the delightful aroma. Perfectly balanced from to back. I detect a fruity flavor but could not really pinpoint a specific fruit, perhaps pear. I really enjoy the peppery flavor that seems to stay just delicately in the background. More like white pepper. Finally, you can detect some earthiness that accompanies the hop finish.

Really nice, a new fan is born.

A slight carbonation brought the flavor to life on your tongue. The mouth feel was light and refreshing while the flavor was crisp and bold. It's so drinkable that I hope my wife does not enjoy the glass I poured for her. So silky smooth and inviting.

I can see why this such a sought after brew. I am glad that I will now make this a staple during the Saison season. Awesome.

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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy pale golden body supports a towering, rocky, cotton white head. Muy nice. Nose is very floral and intoxicating. I'm also picking up banana-ish esters, pepper, candyish fruit malts, and yeast. Yum. Spicy, almost-bitter floral hops up front, that are accenuated with a lively carbonated spritzy feel. Rounds into a yeast-accented malt tang, with the bitterness remaining. Estery fruits and light candy sweetness swell into the finish, which is long, and strong with both sweet fruits/yeast and floral bitterness. Surprisingly full-bodied ale that has just the right amount of carbonation. One of the best US-made Belgian ales I've had.

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Photo of naterock
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours yellow cloudy with a thick fluffy white head. very pleasing and really quite tempting on a warm day.

smell is grassy funk, with a malt backbone and a slight hop nose.

taste is quite pleasant and spicy, a small malt supports a nice hop bitterness and a grassy and slightly citrusy (pineapple) hop. really quite magnificent.

mouth is crisp with a slight bite in the body and a clean finish, This beer drinks way too easy for the ABV. Definitely buying this one again.

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Photo of JayNH
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a HUGE foamy head.

S- Sweet, honey, fruity esters. Bready sweet with a faint alcohol note. Excellent!

T- Dry and slightly tart. A subtle sweet fruitiness with a hint of honey. A little yeasty and peppery in the aftertaste.

M- Smooth and full bodied. Carbonation tingles the tongue.

D- Excellent! This is good beer.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy pale straw. Huge 2 finger frothy bone white head.

S - Peppery fruit - bitter oranges, lemons, bananas, tart Belgain yeast, grassy hay, wet barnyard dust.

T - Spicy funky yeast, musty nuttiness, sour tart fruit-apples, pears, soured grain bread, green earthy bitterness.

M - Creamy and full bodied. One of my favorite aspects of this beer.

This is the beer that made me fall in love with this style. While I respect the the Saisons from Belgian, this is one of my favorites. It envelopes every aroma, flavor, and feel of what my dream Saison is suppose to taste like.
My first sip of this glorious beer was on-tap and it was slightly better IMO.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden-colored body that is only a little hazy. Even with a careful pour, the glass fills with a huge, fluffy, white head that retains very well and leaves a little lacing.

Potent aroma. It's funky, for sure. An earthy aroma blended with some apple and pear, that finishes with some peppery spice.

In the flavor, the funkiness is greatly diminished, favoring a much heavier emphasis on the peppery spice. A light fruitiness is secondary with a light hop note in the background. Very tasty.

Light to medium mouthfeel that finishes very crisply. Very drinkable. Light enough to enjoy on a hot day, yet would be flavorful enough to combine with a meal.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .750 L bottle purchased at the Whole Foods in downtown, Sarasota into a tall, wide-mouthed glass.

Appearance: A fierce head, billowy, rocky, that fades slowly. Crusty, jagged, foamy lacing. Lively carbonation dances up through a beautiful straw golden body - it lasts to the bitter end of this gorgeous brew.

Smell: Rich, deep grainy aroma intertwined with spicy, fresh, lemony esters and a funky, earthy yeast scent. It's sweet, but also musty, and oh so mild.

Taste: Sweet and grassy grain notes are in the foreground, with a slight hop bitterness and a hint of peppery alcohol in the tail. Mild fruity notes - not just citrus, but something else as well, banana esters perhaps - mingle with earthy, musty nuttiness and spice notes imparted by the yeast. There's quite a lot going on here, and it's all divine.

Mouthfeel: Slick, but crisp, with a medium body, and a good carbonation profile.

Drinkability: Stellar. It went so well with the sharp cheddar mac'n'cheese, I ended up drinking practically the entire bottle on my own and was only mildly tipsy. There's enough going on in this raw, complex beer that it can be enjoyed any number of ways.

Forget wine - bring a .750 L bottle of Hennepin to your next dinner party. Very pleased that this is a domestic brew - it tastes decidedly Belgian.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pizza Luce in MPLS.

A- A very gold colored beer, nice head and retention.

S- Smells very nice, it has a nice spicy smell with a slight grainy smell.

T- Nice zesty spice taste, best way to describe it.

M- Great mouthfeel, carbonated nicely and very sessionable.

D- This beer is extremely drinkable on a warm day, one of the best, if not the best, saison I have ever had.

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Photo of McClungbrew2
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pale straw with thick, lasting, frothy head.

Smell - Grassy hops. Spicey yeast overtones. Some clove aroma.

Taste - Nice spicey sweetness, with floral hop balance. A hint of clove in the aftertase.
Good complexity.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent, and quenching. Medium body.

Drinkability - Complex and balanced flavor makes this an excellent quality brew. The last drink leaves you wanting another. This is quickly becoming a favorite.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured according to bottle instructions into tulip which produced significant head that dissipated slowly with great lacing. Straw color with slight cloudiness. Streaming bubbles from bottom of tulip exactly like champagne. Never seen that before.

Great smell, banana, citrus, bready. Unbelievable taste, just enough funk/sour to give it an amazing character. I've never had a beer quite like this, can't wait to have another.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a big foamy head that lasts for a bit. Moderate lacing. Big aroma of grapefruit and citrus, with notes of yeast. The taste follows the aroma, along with a fair amount of sweetness and spice. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is such a good saison. It leaves me thinking of warmer weather and hoping for another glass soon.

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Photo of DarrinRasberry
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amazing head on top of a dark yellow body launches up to the top of the glass and hangs out forever, ending its long life in a spiderweb of beauty. Glass is soapy all the way down. This beer could not look any more inviting.

S: Mint, orange, wheat, lemon, and funk.

T: I've had only a handful of Saison-styled beer, but this is heads and shoulders above all of them. Citrus and funk define an amazing blast of flavor that is not at all shy. What a magnificent work of art this beer is!

M: Sharp kick of carbonation is as good as it gets. Wish the citrus flavors would stick around longer in my mouth rather than the funk, but that's the only possible complaint I could generate.

D: I could slam these until I pass out. Delicious.

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Photo of RampantGM
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty farmhouse ale / saison. It was a delicious beer that was full-bodied and had some wonderful notes of orange peel, sweet malt and just a touch of ginger and coriander on the finish.
Had a little too much, large foamy white head and carbonation.
This is a wonderful representation though as to what a high quality farmhouse saison should be like.
Love it!

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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