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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,898 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,898
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 211
Gots: 366 | FT: 2
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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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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
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

750 mL corked and caged bottle. 100th review !

Appearance: Poured into a tulip, the beer is a dusty golden orange color and a fizzy white head billows up to about an inch. Rocky suds remain as it dies down.

Smell: Mmmm, whew. Yeasty and citrusy, especially lemons.

Taste: Hmm. Different. A very organic earthy taste with the yeast playing a large part. Kind of fruity, apple tasting esters and a honey-like sweetness in the middle. Quite a phenolic bite in the aftertaste. Ewwww. I think about band aids floating in the pool. The phenols are really evident in this.

Mouthfeel: Decent. It has some body to it, but still drinks light and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very nice once you get over the phenols. Refreshing and easy to quaff in warm weather. I had no real problems finishing the bottle. I'm not sure it's as great as its ranking suggests, but a nice brew overall.

----Update----07/04
A fresher bottle has less medicinal taste, brighter pepper and more fermented funk. I'm upping the taste to a 4 from 3.5. And at $4.59 for 750 mL, this and all Ommegang products are a victory for the beer lover on a budget.

05-01-2004 21:30:26 | More by 99bottles
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srandycarter

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Pours murky straw, large stark white head, puffy clouds slow to leave. Large bubble sparse cling lace.

S - Cooked pear, lemon, straw, barn, candy.

T - Juicy fruit, lemon, malt, slight barn and sour, nice sharp finish.

M - medium balance, more than enough carb, good balance.

D - Very pleasant.

10-11-2013 00:28:51 | More by srandycarter
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urwithdave

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

On tap at Mr. Beerys. Poured into a tulip.

A- pours a light golden orange color. A bit hazy. A nice white head that retains nicely. A smashing amount of lacing covers my glass.

A- cloves and citrus. A bit of yeast. A hint of bananna.

T- belgian yeasts and spice roll up to the forefront. A slight sweetness of honey. Orange and lemon zest follow. No detection of any real alcohol presence. A bit of bitterness from some hops but the sweetness and spic prevail.

M- medium in body. Nice carbonation. A pretty sweet finish that has a lingering aftertaste of spice.
D- another beer that I could drink quite often. Drinks easy. The spice might ware on me but to sit down and enjoy a few would be no problem.

08-24-2010 00:49:38 | More by urwithdave
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Large, corked bottle. Poured into a Duvel glass (I wasn't really sure the best glass).
I had had this one a long time ago in New York, and had better memories...
Beautiful golden, slightly hazy, with a plentiful white head with very long retention.
Smell is yeasty, fruity and earthy, but it had a few unpleasant notes, soap like.
Firm and highly refreshing, it lacks a little bit in depth, but it is still pleasantly yeasty, fruity, with multiple citric notes that unfortunately fade quite quickly.
Not the best Ommegang offer, but still quite nice.

07-07-2007 02:03:39 | More by brdc
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with multiple fingers of fluffy white head. The foam sticks around forever and leaves a thick layer of lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Smells of light malts and a heavy dose of spices (coriander, citrus peel). A mild bready-ness and a dollop of honey top things off.

T - Upon first taste, I notice a rich sweet malty backbone. The orange peel is very noticeable but pleasant. It lends a tangy, zesty character to this summer refresher. Floral hop flavor. Mild hop bitterness gives this a dry, but somehow quenching character to this beer.

M - Thin-to-medium mouthfeel with a mostly clean, dry finish but a slight residual syrupy sweetness lingers.

Overall, great representative of the style.

06-21-2011 00:34:25 | More by rundocrun
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a DFH snifter.

A - Light golden ale with great clarity and a thick white head. Very inviting.

S - Moderately spicy with cloves, vanilla and banana. Slightly sweet as well.

T - Lightly spiced with a supporting sweetness and a very slight bitterness. Very smooth and clean. Impressive for an American Belgian.

M - Lots of carbonation with very small bubbles.

D - Not my favorite style but very good and very easy to drink. Makes a great summer beer; almost as if that was the intent ;-)

07-07-2008 21:58:16 | More by GJ40
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illidurit

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Part of the 3 beer Ommegang 10th anniversary gift pack. Poured into the nice official glass that came with said gift pack, this beer is a pale gold color with not much cloudiness. The head is 2 fingers tall and just a shade off white. The foam is very soft looking but it manages to stick around nicely due to the streaming bubble columns from the bottom of the glass. Nice amorphous blobs of lacing adorn the sides of the container.

Aroma is tripel-esque, but less boozy. Lots of bright fleshy fruit, some citrus twang, and some spiciness (Ommegang with a spicy beer??!).

Taste includes lemony citrus rind, boozy apple, and unripe banana up front. Finish is lightly hoppy with some accompanying spice. Somewhere between witbier and tripel here.

There seems to be a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel but it's not making me burp. Body is light and refreshing. Alcohol is only detectable with significant warming. Another quality Ommegang brew.

02-29-2008 01:16:19 | More by illidurit
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Goliath

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a hazy pale yellow/golden color with a large two and a half inch white head. Decent retention and some small bits of lacing.

The aroma on this beer is really ncie. A good bit of citrus up front, kind of a lemon/orange thing. Slightly spicey with a tangy yeast component. Just really enjoyable.

The taste is nice. Some citrusy orange peel and a touch of spice. Some yeast presence as well as a faint trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. A solid beer, and a nice showing for a saison. No major complaints.

11-03-2008 16:06:33 | More by Goliath
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kegger22

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured a clear yellow with a one finger head that lasted throughout. The aroma was initially a lagerish skunk, but later, I could pick up a dark fruit smell. The taste was sweet and fruity with a little sour aftertaste. The feel was light bodied, crisp and clean with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall, Hennepin was much more like a Belgian strong pale ale than it was a Saison. And a pretty good BSPA too.

09-10-2009 04:19:06 | More by kegger22
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Opened with a pop and whoosh that actaully scared my dog (she wouldn't come near me for 1/2 the tasting). Poured with a beautiful foamy white head into a goblet. Presented with a cloudy, pale straw color. Mild smell of yeast, corriander and clove. Nicely carbonated, yet very light and flavorful in the mouth. Again, the taste of corriander and citrus presented in the mouth, with a mild tart taste on the back of the tongue at the finish. Elegant white lacing clung to the glass every time I took a sip. Very nice saison. I had high expectations and was not disappointed in the least.

10-06-2007 01:17:51 | More by Jwale73
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Following the instructions on the bottle, I poured this one according to the directions and was rewarded with a large, rich head of tight bubbles that extended above my La Chouffe glass's lip but never spilled over the side.

The champagne mouthfeel was nice, but a little thin for my liking. The taste was of sweet and citrus-y fruits...some lemons, but more prominently pinneapples and apricots. Even pears seemed distantly there. Flavors take their time emerging, so you have to sip a decent bit to appreciate its complexity.

There was something about the beer overall that made its flavor profile seem timid and polite rather than subtle and well blended. Although I enjoyed the flavors, I felt that I was looking for them rather than letting them call attention to themselves.

This is a really nice beer, but it doesn't have the stones to really assert itself. The citrus bite is a little too strong for me to laud it as being highly smooth and drinkable. The beer is on the fence between a Belgian-style flavor bomb and a mellowed-out, easily-quaffable brew.

11-11-2005 21:25:59 | More by GnomeKing
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

From the large bottle into a tulip. Large white head which dissipates rather quickly into a somewhat foamy, sticky mess. Cloudy pale yellow. Lots of floaties suspended in bottle, but allowing it to warm and settle before pouring helped. Subsequent porus did not yield as much head. Aroma is much funkier and spicier than I remember from the smaller bottles. This is good. Taste is also better than I remembered. Slightly tart, some nice white pepper spice to it, and a slight case of the funk. Mothfeel is a bit too high on the corbonation for my liking, but this calms down if you allow the beer to sit and warm.

Like most Saisons I've had the pleasure of trying, the drinkability of this beer is quite high. Alcohol is a non issue and taste is not extreme enough in either direction (bitter vs sweet) to limit drinkability. After embracing Dupont, I looked upon this beer with some disdain. That was a dis-service. This is a fine beer, nicely priced, and easier to obtain than most Saisons.

02-08-2007 14:01:46 | More by Onibubba
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

PKG ON 04/19/13
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A: Clear, golden-yellow with a massive, foamy, bright white head. One of the most aggressive heads I've ever witnessed.

S: This one is all yeast, barn, and funk.

T: Same as the nose. Lots of flavor but it's limited to funk and some farmhouse qualities.

M: Smooth and delicious but surprisingly boozy.

O: Great beer and on point for a farmhouse but not as great as I expected.

07-23-2013 02:53:44 | More by Gatch
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barczar

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a hazy golden with a billowing ivory head that lingers indefinitely.

Notes of pear, clove, banana, coriander, bruised apples, and flowers form the initial aroma. Very strong. Musty, earthy scents complement horse blanket, orange peel, and perfume.

Flavor reveals more barnyard funk, with an earthy, slightly bready backbone, finishing a touch dry, slightly bitter, and peppery. Citrusy underpinnings of lemon and muted orange are countered by spicy clove and white pepper. Banana esters are subtle. Pear really dominates.

Body is moderate and creamy, with high, effervescent carbonation that lifts the flavor from the palate, hiding the high abv well.

Very flavorful example of the style. Not a fan of banana esters, and this isn't my favorite style, but a refreshing beer. Plasticy phenols were a bit of a turnoff, too. While I'm complaining,I find the carbonation to be too high.

08-06-2013 20:31:46 | More by barczar
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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