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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,869 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,869
Reviews: 2,024
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 211
Gots: 355 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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BeardedRiker

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

I think the last time I had an Ommegang was...I don't remember. For some reason I haven't tried many of their beers. I've had their Three Philosophers though. Since it is way too damn hot in Texas I thought getting a saison would be a good purchase.

This beer looks great. I poured it into a large stange glass. It looks yummy. A great, massive, bubbly-foamy, white head formed. In the glass it took forever for the head to fizz away and the head kept a nice retention for a long time. My glass had etching on the bottom so there were a lot of bubbles rising to the top. Without sediment in there the beer is clear and a golden-yellow color.

I get a lot of lemony citrus in the smell. The yeasts bring out some veggie and grassy smells. There's some sulfur in there too that sort of gives off a skunky smell. It's possible my beer could have become a bit skunked since it's the Texas summer. Anyway, light malts add a straw-like aroma. There's also a very strong toasty smell.

Hennepin has a sort of toasty, grassy yet sweet taste. Hops are minimal. Yeasts add that bit of sulfury funkiness. The more sediment that's added makes the beer taste more like a light hefeweizen than a saison. I like the flavors but I didn't find it too extraordinary.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. It's creamy at the beginning but has a dry finish. Medium-high carbonation.

Interesting flavors. The toastiness adds some uniqueness but I wish it had just a tad more hoppiness to it to make it more distinguishable from a hefe, especially when sediment is added in.

08-01-2011 19:12:17 | More by BeardedRiker
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle. Tarnished light gold with an impressively rocky head that never wanted to leave. Tons of sticky lacing.

The aroma is... odd. It's yeasty, but not with the overly-spicy aspects of most Belgian yeast. It's much more peppery than what I'm used to. Strangely pleasing.

That flavor is peppery as well, with some very earthy aspects to it. It's also sour and has a nice hop bite to it. This stuff is complex.

Mouthfeel benefits from great carbonation and a full body.

While I prefer Ommegang's Rare VOS and Abbey Ale to this one, it's a very interesting beer. I'll have to come back to it someday and see how I feel about it.

12-05-2008 05:42:12 | More by BigJim5021
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cbleary

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

This is a tasty and powerful beer. It reminded me of a Belgian Tripel and fans of that style would be very much at home here. It tasted of wheat, fresh yeast, and intense warming alcohol. It went down very smooth and it was deceptively intoxicating. It was quite enjoyable and I'd have it again.

03-08-2008 04:49:00 | More by cbleary
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jsausley

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Brewery, Kansas City, MO, standard pint glass.

A: Thick and cloudy yellowish with tinges of green. Nice body of color with some nice lacing and head, lots of very small, fine floating bits from the sediment in the glass (not too distracting, thankfully).

S: Very high in citrus and green apple with a hop body. Some alcohol and yeast backbone. A good aroma.

T: Lemon and floral hops, green apple finish with some mild bitterness. Very light malt body. Little bit of light sweetness, not much bite. Rosey finish.

M: Very crisp and clean, nice and drinkable. Fairly strong beer, but doesn't feel like it.

O: Another very good selection from Ommegang, who is currently averaging a wonderfully high rating for me. Probably the most consistent and highest average brewery I've reviewed. Hennepin must be my least favorite beer from them so far, but it is still a very good brew that would be nice to drink on a mild summer afternoon.

07-28-2014 22:35:41 | More by jsausley
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Poured into my SA perfect pint. Pours a golden amber color with two inches of big, billowy, frothy, white foam that is beginning to leave some amazing chunky lacing.

Smell - Spicy (clove), musty, funky (grass, straw), a bit of orange, and a malty backbone.

Taste - Very flavorful. Spicy, zesty, black pepper up front, with a nice citrus flavor (orange peel, lemon rind). Every sip has amazing flavor. [edit] Man this is funky!

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation that appears to be never ending and ends with a crisp dry finish.

Drinkability - Relatively drinkable for an almost 8% Saison. I can taste just a bit of the alcohol coming through the closer to room temperature this gets. A very enjoyable beer to have this find Friday evening.

10-03-2009 00:31:18 | More by SpdKilz
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Kaiser777

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A- The foam was thick and white, and the beer is a golden cloudy yellow with a ton of little bubbles that float the top to the thick white foam.

S- A very strong fragrance of the finest Belgian hops.

T- Can not resist to taste the Belgian style it is, very delicious with a banana after taste that settles on the taste buds the way a Belgian style should.

MF- Thick and delicious that settles in the mouth very well and leaves an awesome banana after taste.

D- All I can say is I could drink quit a few of these, cause Belgian style beers is my 2nd favorite type of beer, cheers to all my New Yorkers who brews such a wonderful Belgian style beer.

05-21-2010 18:04:07 | More by Kaiser777
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cpn920

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured a golden hazy color with a big head. Smell is impressive, almost hefe like to me, big banana and coriander. Taste is nice and is slightly sour to me. This was highly carbonated and medium bodied. ABV is surprising because it was fairly light beer...abv became more apparent as the beer warmed. High abv would prevent me from pounding these back but that is the only reason. Nice brew.

01-30-2009 01:27:06 | More by cpn920
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Consumed 5/12/12

Appearance: Pours with a massive, foamy, white head - particularly impressive considering this is just a 12 oz bottle - hazy, straw-colored, leaves wads of foamy lacing

Smell: Ommegang house yeast and typical saison aromas - lemon, orange rind, dry citrus - banana candy and a touch of clove and pepper - some farmhouse funk, but not much - some pale and slightly sweet malts

Taste: Sweet lemon and some subtle, spicy funk - lemon flesh and zest, along with some orange - minimal clove, some pepper, some apple, some spiciness from the yeast - touch of under-ripe bananas - some grass and some earth - pretty clean overall - honey - very pale malts, provide some balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: A solid saison

This is not particularly remarkable, but it's very good for what it is. If you've had any Ommegang beers, you can imagine the yeast profile. Very drinkable and well-rounded.

05-12-2012 19:19:09 | More by angrybabboon
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carln26

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer poured a hazy gold with a thick, rich white head, that settled to a complex lace in the tulip glass I used. The nose has a yeasty/doughy character up front with bright grapefruit from the hops and a mild candy character from the malt. Very layered and complex. The taste has an awakening tartness followed by a mild bitterness. The play between the sweetness and tartness is very pronounced. Light and slick mouth feel leads to a very drinkable beer. This New York brewery is producing a fine version of the Saison style.

02-11-2005 00:19:15 | More by carln26
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audiojon

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Saisons are an odd beast, sometimes I think I have the style nailed and then something comes along and turns my brain around. When I think saison, I think grassy, slightly bitter, and dry. Hennepin is a bit dry, but is not very bitter and is definitely not grassy. It is still a delicious beer, with some nice fruit undertones and the perfect amount of carbonation. Smell is a bit one dimensional, and the phenol levels are a bit high, but these are merely small imperfections in an otherwise very drinkable beer. I must say this is not my preferred saison, but it does represent a bargain at six dollars a bottle. (This bottle only cost me three, the local bevmo was clearing them out!)

Overall, heartily recommended.

06-02-2006 02:00:22 | More by audiojon
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into my new Ommegang Tulip.

A: Huge bone-white head, well over 2 fingers worth. Perhaps the most visible carbonation I've ever seen. Hazy golden straw color. Reminds me of "beer champagne" in the glass.

S: Yeast, clove, and banana all come through in the nose.

T: Light bready notes with a sour lemon zest on the back end. Perhaps a hint of clove and garlic. A touch of pine bitterness on the back end to help balance things out.

M: Light and lively doesn't do this justice. A yeasty wheat beer that is still light and refreshing enough to truly be enjoyable even on the hottest of summer days.

D/O: Enjoyable from start to finish, and I get why so many suggest that this is a great summer beer. Sometime soon I hope to give it a go on a hot summer day. Until then, this was enjoyable, but it's still not something that I *crave* when the weather isn't hot.

07-19-2012 02:56:14 | More by psuKinger
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours hazy yellow/gold colour with a gigantic frothy and rocky white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a long time before it began to disappear.

Smell - banana/bubblegum, cloves, grains, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels very lively and prickly on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of bananas, cloves and grains. It feels very dry yet refreshing. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter banana aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this beer and I'll be sure to pick up some more the next chance I get. It was delicious and highly drinkable.

01-04-2011 14:32:07 | More by spinrsx
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

From 12oz bottle to tulip glass at RFD in DC on 5/28/11
*From notes

A: Gorgeous - it looks like a ripe, juicy lemon. Unfiltered pale yellow with a fluffy two finger head and healthy lacing on a good pour.

S: Lemongrass and honeydew melon.

T: Subtle flavors of earthy Belgian yeast, sliced banana and fresh citric acid.

M: It's buttery, rich and creamy, yet light and easy drinking.

O: Ommegang's Hennepin is the quintessential American-made Saison. It's great summertime drinking, and is balanced enough to put back year-round. Worthy of most hype and worth seeking out.

06-20-2011 23:13:44 | More by Rhettroactive
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A--Pale cloudy yellow with billowing three finger head in my 16 oz. snifter. A huge wall of lacing is left behind.

S--Mild banana/clove, very light hints of orange peel and pears.

T--Once again, flavors of orange, pear, and banana. Band-Aid, spice, grains. Light, refreshing taste.

M--Medium bodied with a quite a bit of carbonation

D--Solid brew that really hits the spot, would definitely buy again.

06-09-2009 04:44:47 | More by alcstradamus
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Another great beer from Ommegang... those folks up there in New York sure do know their Belgian brews... an excellent rendition of the style... full of style and flavor... great appearance with visible carbonation, off-yellow, and nice foamy head... sweet smell of fruits, citrus, and slight alcohol... great crispy, fruity, lemon-citrus taste with hints of esters and alcohol... the 7.7% ABV is noticeable, but not at all overwhelming... a thick, full-flavored beer that really hits home... mouthfeel is good, and if it weren't for the hefty alcohol percentage, drinkability would definitely be better... great example of the style... authentic and classy... a really good brew... another winner from Ommegang... Recommended...

01-12-2008 01:23:24 | More by dsa7783
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twelvsies

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

I had this once a long time ago, before my days of Beer Advocacy, and since then I have overlooked it. I'm excited to try it once again. Appears a very light orange color, almost yellow. Crystal clear... I mean I don't think I've ever seen a beer this clear. Rising bubbles and big white fluffy head that lasts and lasts. Smell is yeasty, bready, zesty, spicy, and dusty. Unfortunately, it's not as dusty and funky in the taste. Not quite a true Belgian in that sense, but it is very good, don't get me wrong. I've recently become obsessed with the best Belgian pale ales, De Ranke XX and Orval specifically. I love that dry, hoppy, grassy taste. I've been searching for a cheaper alternative that is equally satisfying and refreshing, and this is a close one. The taste is nice and hoppy, decently bitter, and with a nice soft buttery malt taste. The dusty taste I like is noticable too, a definate plus. Really smooth mouthfeel and this beer is highly refreshing, which makes it highly quaffable. Really a good beer. Really. I don't know what it is, but there's something about those beers from Belgium that are just indescribable that can't be found elsewhere. This beer is not to be faulted though for not having that quality however. An awesome beer from Cooperstown.

04-08-2005 02:48:04 | More by twelvsies
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

The color of this beer is a lovely cloudy yellow-orange. A half finger white head simmers down to a splotchy topping with evidence of bubbly carbonation. The lacing is nice, but not the best I've seen.

There is a definite skunk funk in the scent. Lemon and orange citrus shine through the skunk. There is also a sense of wheat in the smell.

A slight fruity note starts out the taste which gives way to a heavy dose of yeasty malts. The aftertaste is a bit buttery and pairs with some sourness.

There is plenty of carbonation and light mouthfeel. The finish is very clean and leaves me ready for more.

This is very very drinkable. I enjoy the refreshing aspect of this beer. It is one to be enjoyed on the porch during a 75 degree day in spring.

05-09-2010 05:39:47 | More by TCgoalie
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into Duvel tulip. A massive rocky head appears that hangs out with you for a while. Color was slightly murkey, light golden. Smell is great. A nice combination of some funk, tartness, fruits and yeast. I noticed some sour apple right away. Taste was pretty much on par with the smell. Some yeast and bread, typical of many Belgians, with that funky tartness (a good band name?) and sligh kiss of grassy hops. The mouthfeel was light. High carbonation and dry feeling almost is reminicant of champagne. Overall a good beer.

01-14-2009 00:30:48 | More by bunnyhustle
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours yellow-orange in color and has a slight haze to it. One and a half fingers worth of frothy white head is starting to settled to a thin lace on top of the beer. Plenty of carbonation bubbles throughout. Moderate retention.

Sweet and somewhat fruity (maybe lemon), with wafts of Belgian yeast in there as well.

Crisp and lemony up front followed up by a carbonated punch and a kiss of sweetness. The sweetness quickly fades into a subtle tartness setting up a smooth and refreshing finish.

Medium mouthfeel with a fairly aggressive carbonation.

An above average Saison to be sure.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is good...really good, but I don't know that it's quite as good as Lavery's Liopard Oir. Don't mean to be a homer, but that's just my opinion.

08-06-2011 21:40:33 | More by Morey
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Andreji

Colombia

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Finally came round to a new Ommegang brew, and i'm glad i brought this one back from the US.

Pour is a strong dark orange, very cloudy and- as it was for my experience- very, extremely carbonated (maybe it was shaken up by the trip back)- with a shiny, thick white head to slowly dissipate and leave a thick and firm lacing on the sides of the glass- a good, yeasty sign IMO.

Nose is citrusy, i honestly expected it to be sweeter as per the appearance but it was rather neutral, sourish at times and rather spicy, ranging around a grapefruit, cumin-ish feel.

Taste was quite good, although much as the smell, it wasn't as sweet as i'd thought it would be; albeit nice, it felt like an unsweetened, clementine taste with a very dense body and quite a full alcohol background making it fairly complex and tasty. not to bitter at the end, and not excessively sour throughout.

In the end the beer is a fine saison, very much like Dupont in the sweetlesness quite inviting to explore this style to a fuller extent.

04-23-2009 03:51:31 | More by Andreji
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Tone

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight banana, tart malt, earthy malt, and some slight bread aromas. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a very high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt up front, slight banana flavors next, slight hop background, and some tart malt. A real nice blend of flavors, with only a hint of dryness. I would definitely recommend this brew.

03-26-2009 03:36:11 | More by Tone
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A- 1 finger head that slowly recedes to a nice lace. Very yeast suspension in glass. A great looking farmhouse.

S- Lemon zest, pineapple, banana

T-Hops, citrus, dry hop aftertaste, very slight pineapple, spice, and orange.

M- Low to medium carbonation that doesn't attack the palate of this complex brew.

D- A solid saison that I will revisit again, but not the best I have ever had.

03-24-2008 02:38:08 | More by Greggy
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Ommegang Hennepin, big bottle, served into a Sierra snifter.

Appearance: Classic Belgian appearance, hazy yellow, like cider or apple juice. Huge three-finger head after a vigorous pour, very frothy and white and foamy. Outrageous lacing.

Smell: Sour apples, yeast, fresh fruit fields. Dessert tart (key lime pie?), lemon/citrus (not IPA-like, though). Spice.

Taste: More sourness, tart fruit (those that you bite on and make you see the stars if you have sensitive teeth). Several arches of sweetness and spice- some banana, some bread pudding. Reminds me of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. Finishes dry and slightly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated (and rightly so), tart but refreshing, medium body and full flavor.

Drinkability: Very chuggable, refreshing, easy. 7.7% is not noticeable. Only problem would be the linearity of this beer. Might get tired of the same sourness/tart apple taste running throughout. Otherwise, outstanding. Easily the best saison out there.

02-16-2011 06:19:55 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle #2368, should be about 1 1/4 years old by now.

Not as much carbonation as the fresh version, buts still a constant stream of bubbles. Big fat brilliant white head that leaves a thick coat of lace, but doesn't hold as well as the fresh version. The color seems a bit lighter, more of a golden straw color. Earthy doughy aroma with a bit of mild coriander and light lemon. Nice light fluffy mouthfeel on a lighter bodied beer. I don't know if it's the second glass of Hennepin but I'm noticing the warm stomach effect. A bit more flavor in this one, pale malt (or strong wheat beer) not noticing the spices or lemon, just slightly more bitter. The alcohol is more noticable and the flavor is a bit stronger cutting back on the drinkability. Overall a solid brew, but not as light and fresh as the month old version which I actually prefer in a Saison.

05-18-2004 03:34:42 | More by HappyHourHero
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Larrytown

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours bright gold with a massive billowing head. And boy does it stick around. Very nice. The nose has the typical saison spiciness and it follows through on the flavor. It's very robust and spicy, yet it goes down pretty easily. Lots of crisp carbonation in the mouth, but good weight to it as well.

This is a great version of this style. If I had this in a blind taste test, I'd never believe it was brewed in the US. Really well done.

05-22-2008 21:25:45 | More by Larrytown
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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