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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,042 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,042
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 216
Gots: 420 | FT: 2
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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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's crazy I haven't reviewed this old standby, the first Saison/Farmhouse I ever tried. Served in a pint glass at The Pub, University of Chicago, where there's always something tasty and domestic on tap.

Appearance (3.75/5): Hennepin is light yellow, straw-colored, a smooth, dense white head of foam tops it off, coming in at about two-fingers. Slightly hazy, though a little too clear for a Saison, in my opinion.

Smell (4/5): Lemony, grassy, smooth herbal hoppiness, some interesting yeastiness (a little spicy, a little funky) going on as well, and sweet pale malt. I really enjoy the melange of grassy/herbal hops, the yeast funk, and the light sweetness of the malt. Subtle. Well-engineered nose going on here.

Taste (4/5): Lightly hopped, floral, grassy, sweet bready malt, green apple. Some yeasty spice, light citrus, lemony, and lemongrass. Refreshing. Mellow, and despite its relatively strong ABV (compared to most Saisons, this is big 'un), no alcohol is present in the flavor–nice job on that, for sure. This is a solid tasting Saison.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Hennepin sports medium carbonation and medium body, both appropriate to the style and to what I believe the brewery's going for. It has a very nice light prickliness to it. The mouthfeel is also dry, champagne-like.

Overall (4/5): Hennepin is a quality Saison that really nails the essential flavor hallmarks of the style. And while it doesn't feature anything particularly adventurous, creative, or outlandish, it's still quite a pleasant beer and a wonderful introduction to the style. That I would recommend either Hennepin or Saison Dupont to those who have never had a Belgian-style Saison is a testament to how well Ommegang's creation stands up to the imported examples of the style (Saison Dupont being a paragon of the Saison style). Good stuff and a worthy buy.

hagbergl, Jan 21, 2013
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Beautiful, light but cloudy yellowish-orange body with a nice white head that went down slowly.

Smell – Nice mix of yeast and slight sourness with some significant spicing. The spicing is typical BSPA. The fruits are light and pleasant, most notably melons, apples, strawberries dipped in sugar, and lots of green grapes.

Taste – This one is very good. There’s a hint of the grassy garden in there, but mostly you’ve got a wonderful yeast base mixed with tangy but restrained fruitiness. There’s a hint of alcohol more along the lines of a dry blanc or maybe even a brut blanc de noir with all that carbonation.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied but heavily carbonated, this one produces about a thousand sensations in the mouth. Very fun and entertaining; not something you’d want to serve with a meal.

Drinkability – I had this on an empty stomach just before dinner, and it was a delight. It wetted my appetite for the stuffed chicken with sticky rice and garlic gravy. Excellent and adventurous example of the style.

Update – I re-reviewed this with a 2004 bottle and found it to be very enjoyable. I got a lot more spicing this time around but otherwise it seems pretty consistent.

RoyalT, Nov 07, 2003
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy lemonady color with a thick, creamy white head. Yeasty particles suspended throughout. Citrus, banana, yeasty bread taste and scents.
Consider this one a very nice belgian with lots of great flavor here. Not overly sweet or carbinated. Enjoyed this one.

shapudding, Jun 01, 2004
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hope this Ommegang is better than the Victory 12 "Belgian style" I had earlier this afternoon. Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice, though small head. Hoppy aroma with citrus notes tells me that I'm going to like this one better than the syrupy V-12. Indeed, the mouthful is reassuring. Hop notes and carbonation assault the tongue. This is a very visually attractive offering, maintaining a small head and interesting vertical lacing. Taste is dominated by the interesting hops, which are tempered by hints of hay and pears. Dry aftertaste is pleasant. This is a very drinkable ale.

merlin48, Nov 15, 2003
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,042 ratings.