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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,094
Hads: 5,632
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 301
Gots: 807 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy sunshine yellow into my DFH signature glass. A three finger bright white head seems to have 7 little layers of bright and darker foam when held to the light... really cool!!! It collapses upon itself like a volcano that gave out leaving sticky, foamy lacing all around the glass. Insane carbonation, but part of that is the glass itself.

S- Fresh cut pear, tart apples, caraway seed, star anise, coriander, Lemongrass, and some black pepper spiciness. Nice nose of torn wheat, hints of banana and Belgian yeast. This is so deep and delicious!

T- Nice yeastiness, pepper and lemon. I wouldn't describe this as funky, but the lively yeast, banana, lemongrass, and pepper really make your tongue stand at attention. Really light, flavorful and crisp. Spicy caraway rye bread tones mixed with a squeeze of lemon.

M- Bursting with spicy carbonation and tart citrus! Nice little bit of alcohol, sweet wheat, and a tinge of funk. I've had this many times, and still love it and am amazed by how well done it is.

O- It really doesn't get much better than this in it's style, or any other! I am in love with this beer, always have been. Light, refreshing, fruity, tart, bready, spicy... It's hard to believe that this is brewed only about an hour and a half away from me, and not half a world away! Take a bow Ommegang... you deserve it.

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Photo of ig88b
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap in a Hennepin tulip at the KC saucer.

A: pours a cloudy white straw color with ample head.
S: smells wonderful.. spicy corriander with a hint of alcohol.
T: a bit of hops up-front with some (unexpected) banana in the middle. Slight alcohol at the end and corriander throughout. I don't remember the banana from the bottle. Delicious.
M: lots of carbonation, but feels a bit.. full and flat on the tongue. Carbonation is apparent in the back of the mouth.
D: I can kick this back like it's water.. but it is so good I choose not to.

Random: I don't remember the banana from the bottle. Definitely more delicious as it warms.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with Kathleen and Golden2wenty1.

Appearance: Hazy golden amber, pours a big head and thick suds. Low viscosity. Impressive under light--reminiscent of La Chouffe.

Aroma: Golden raisins, treacle, a little breadiness. Lemon, orange, and honey development and the faintest hints of spice and pine. Very rich nose, and very pleasant.

Taste: Ginger, lemongrass, honey and lemon zest--good bready foundations. Some grassy notes and a little cloves. Banana and apricot developments. Some pepper and a splash of pine in the finish. The flavors in here are certainly equal to LaChouffe, which this beer constantly reminds me of.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Nice hops finish. Smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Great--what a treat to have had this on the same night as the Fantome Strange Ghost. At the price, this might be one of the best belgians--in fact, just one of the best beers period--available. Fruity, refreshing, fantastic.

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Photo of steelreign
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing. I must be dreaming and in Belgium...this is so classically inspired by a strong Belgian golden ale/saison, it's scary. Sparkling golden hue with white foamy head that sticks. Tons of natural carbonation. Grassy, hoppy, sweet malts, barnyard yeast-y funk notes and fruity aroma. Simply amazing!

Smooth, sweet, spicy and complex flavors assault the tongue, with estery notes, ginger, and a slight hint of banana as well. It's hard to say just how this beer can display so many things at once, but it pulls it off admirably. Alcohol is well hidden, but slight warming is there at the end. This could pass for Duvel anyday of the week. What an astounding brewing acheivement! Cheers to Ommegang for this masterpiece!

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Photo of paulys55
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy light straw with a lively 2 inch head. Dry citrus and yeast with a bit of earthy spice. Carbonation really crackles across the tongue and mouth and drinkability for me is quite high. This was one of the first saisons I ever had and is my fall-back saison when availability or wallet contents is an issue.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ole 750 mL caged & corked Hennepin Saison poured out with suspended "beer on lees" particles floating around the glass. This is a beautiful looking pour with just enough head and appetizing color.

Overly ripe bananas, and bready doughy scents meeting with cloves and yeasty aroma and flavors. There is actually some open meadow character to this, resembling a true belgian.

Just an overall great OMMEGANG beer. Extremely enjoyable on all counts. Thanks to shapudding for the offering. I need to get my hands on my own bottle.

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Photo of WJDobbs321
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super Summer Beer!

Beer is very light in color with a super head. Is it what you want to see in front of a fire. Nope, but it is exactly what you want to see in a beer garden.

The Smell is light. Doesn't smack you in the nose. But if you get close enough the fragrance is worth it. Wonderful smell. Wish there was more of it.

The taste is perfect. Light lemony citrus with subtle sweetness. Nothing overbearing.

Light and crisp to the mouth. You could could potentially drink it after a workout. :) But why do that???

Overall I say what a wonderful beer! Cheers!

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Photo of N8TheGreat
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at 53 degrees

Pouring this beer into a snifter produced a thick, tight head that complemented the hazy gold color of the Saison. Aroma was quite pleasant and familiar. The beer enveloped my mouth upon the first sip as bitter hop and spicy Belgian notes faded into a delicate fruit which lingered but a moment. Despite its 7% level only the slightest suggestion of alcohol mostly via warmth. This beer proved immensely drinkable.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a cloudy golden, lot's of bubbles and a thick frothy head that held good retention actually billowed like cloud puffs all the way through!

smell:complex citrusy odor, slightly musky

taste:Fruity, citrusy, complex taste, earthy as well, just beautiful is all I can say, tastes very akin to a Duvel! which is a high honor indeed! and at half the price, has got to be one of the best bargains around!

mouthfeel: is tangy, light and crisp

Drinkability: Are you kiddin me??? FANTASTIC!!! One of the best beers I've tried! fugeddaboutit!!!!

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Photo of Gregorious
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750cl bottle -> chalice

A - Hazy yellow golden brew spreads its way into the chalice creating a beautiful pillowing of ivory head.

S - Spicy! Cloves, citrus, tart, honey...mmmm my mouth waits in excitement.

T - Hazzah! Citrus flavor mixed with a fall spices. Grapefruit and cloves dance their delicous dance across my tongue. Crisp and nice yeast and pepperly finish.

M - Light and crisp...saisons are some of my favorite summer drinks and I remember why.

D - Yessir may I have another? So so delicious and easy to drink. Polished off a bottle with a buddy halfway through "Rescue Me"..so shucks I had to open another. Try this out...especially if you already like Saisons.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very clear straw yellow with a billowy white head, soapy and rocky, lots of bubbles floating up the glass.

Smell: Very aromatic, a little yeasty sweetness, citrus, faint spicy alcohol, a little floral, real complex smell.

Taste: A very spicy tartness with alcohol in the nose, cloves and pepper, the flavors linger and then end with a very dry finish. Suggestions of lime, anise, rosemary, oregano? I'm trying to place some flavors, but this has so much going on.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, carbonation is bubbly, body is medium and slick, finish is very dry, leaves you wanting more.

Drinkability: A very cool beverage regardless of style, refreshing like a lager but as complex as any. Very easy to drink and a cool complex saison.

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Photo of Hefe
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted on 7/22/04 from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pale gold and slightly hazy, poured with a half inch head that slipped down to more thana little sticky lacing.

Smell: A riot of aromas, sweet and tart. Candied orange, apricot, wildflower honey, yeast, banana, spice.

Taste: Yeasy right up front, malty underplay, with touches of peach and spice. A whisper of floral hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation, light to medium body, crisp on the finish.

Drinkability: Nigh unto perfection. Righteous!

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Photo of acehart1
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage Hennepin. Got damn.

This beer tastes like typical Hennepin. It really doesn't taste much different than fresher batches I have tasted in the past. It is still extremely drinkable and lighter, something I have come to expect from this beer. It's kind of cool to see how this beer compares to a newer vintage. On second thought, the beer has gained more of a champagne-y taste, a very delicate balance of sweetness, bubbles, and a little dryness. Very cool. Glad my neighbor had the patience to age this one.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very Nice beer. This is the second Ommegang I have tried and now I can't wait to rip into the Rare Vos I have chilling downstairs. The color is a pale orange and the beer is hazy. There is a soapy type head that leaves wide lacing.

The smell is fruity, almost like a Hoegaarden. The taste is great, fruit, a tad of spice, real light for the ABV. Very Drinkable - the 750 was perfect with the Thanksgiving Turkey.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Captain Lawrence Tulip.

Pours a clear golden yellow with thick white head, equal to the beer depth. Pillowy, with thick lacing.

Smells of sweet Brett, banana, Honey and a touch of spice? Slight citrus and butterscotch.

Good Mouth feel, moderate carbonation. Creamy butterscotch with farmhouse brett and a touch of peppery spice with some banana, honey, and a hint of bread as it warms. A nice bitter comes through on the finish then fades nicely. Very clean beer, a touch of lemon with slight alcohol essence on occasion.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear up until the last part that shows it is bottle conditioned. Huge white foamy head that leave lacing and lasts a long time. Is straw yellow in color and has a nice Belgian farmhouse funk aroma.
The flavor is quite impressive. It has an orangey citrus full saison flavor that is closer to the BJCP guidelines of a saison than Saison Du Pont. Ommegang captured it well, and this beer should serve as a perfect example of the Saison style of beers available in the US. I've only had homebrew examples come this close.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking the first release of cave aged Hennepin from 2001, bottle #2825 of 3360 in celebration of the birth of my beautiful daughter Sadie.

The cork was very hard to get out, but when it went it went with an audible pop. It pours a golden orange with a huge white head that fades to a 0.5cm coating on the top of the beer. The aroma is floral, spicy (coriander and clove) with strong hints of orange peel. Taste is spicy, slightly sour, hoppy and pergaps a bit of clover honey. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with a warming alcohol finish. Extremely smooth and drinkable, and seems to have mellowed with its time in the cave and the cellar. A great celebratory drink and if you can find the 2001 edition, you'll be happy you did.

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Photo of gotweid
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a flute glass. Beautiful straw, yellow, carmel color with a big, creamy white head. Lacing hung onto the glass all the way down. Smelled like a typical Farmhouse Ale/Saison with it's earthy aroma. The taste was a superb, complex blend of some spice, malt and fruitiness. The mouthfeel is quick with the dry aftertaste that is unique to this style. Incredibly delicous beer. I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised by what I was drinking. :)

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Photo of techdiver
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a fantastic head that lingers and takes on a meringue-like look. Fruity esters for the nose and a very complex and enjoyable taste that assails the senses. Just a fantastic brew, so glad I have 11 more bottles to enjoy.

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Photo of bshirley
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: very light, yellow straw, some small and some large bubbes

Smell: sweet and slightly alcoholish, a little corn

Taste: very sweet, wine, apple, pear, light clove, alcohol phenols linger

Mouthfeel: super creamy

The belgian yeast on display here is wonderful.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I must confess, this is one of my favorite beers to drink. Tasty, good price, now available in MN, and from a brewery I respect a lot and have visited a couple times. Second, this is a two year old bottle, purchased right from the brewery 22 months ago. Third, this comes after a forum post in which everyone seems to think this beer does not age well. I will dispute that in the following.

Into its dedicated Hennepin glass, pours a somewhat hazy gold, slight yellow, with a large fluffy head, good staying power, decent lacing down the glass, lots of carbonation swirling about. The aroma, based on my previous review, has lost some edge, particularly the hops, but still maintains a generous spiciness, orange peel and coriander, still very nice.

The taste has always been good, and still is. Like the aroma, it seems to have mellowed out a little, but it retains the generous spicing of orange peel, cloves, the hops still departing an earthy feel and leading to a drying finish. The mouth is above medium, carbonation is fine but substantial.

So, I might say that a full two years might be a bit much for Hennepin... not that I regret it, but it seems to be at its best at about a year old, imo. As it stands, its still a delicious beer that I thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of jar2574
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in 12 ounce bottles in a 4-pack.

Poured into a large wine glass. Lots of carbonation, it looks like a very active beer. Straw yellow color, with off-white head.

Smells great, hops and spices. Could have a stronger scent though.

Crisp, well-balanced flavor. A touch of lemon and spices with the hops. A slight taste of yeast as well. It's a very lively beer with loads of carbonation and tons of flavor.

There's no hint of alcohol, even though it's much stranger than American macro brews. Great taste and easy drinking make this a superb session beer. Highly reccommended. I'm having another.

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Photo of epicness
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very bright golden color. I'm using the Duvel Tulip Glass, and I don't know if this is directly related to the glass itself, but theres a single file stream of bubbles in the middle of the glass just rising continuously. Pretty neat looking. Pretty cloudy with a large frothy, white head. Very sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass if I give a little swirl.

S - I've never had a Saison before so I wasn't really sure what I was getting into, but the smell was totally not what I expected. Almost smells like a Witbier. There's lots of similar characteristics. It's heavy on coriander and lemon. The smoothness of clove is present. It's also a little spicy and if I'm correctly identifying it, it almost smells like ginger is in there.

T - With the initial taste it was very sweet in the front and very dry bready taste on the back end. Based on the smell, I would have to say the taste is a lot spicier than I anticipated, although that's not a bad thing. It's a good spicy taste. Spices and citrus definitely dominate the overall taste of the beer though. Honestly, it almost has this sour taste to it.. like a green apple sour taste. I definitely like it. That taste seems to be hanging around in the aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation on the tongue, yet so extremely crisp and refreshing at the same time. Light bodied.

D - I type pretty fast to give you an idea of things... and while typing this review I've killed off the entire beer except for a mouthful without really realizing it. I can't get enough of this beer. Very high drinkability obviously... well until the near 8% ABV sneaks up on me. Cheers.

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Photo of Damian
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 750 ml bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA

Poured a hazy yellow ochre with noticeable streams of carbonation. The head was rather impressive. Two fingers of tight, frothy, bubbly, bright white foam slowly faded to a lasting thick cap. Huge, odd shaped patches of lacing coated the entire glass.

The aroma was crisp and slightly funky. Grassy hops were apparent along with citrus and some skunkiness. A Belgian yeastiness and some spices (coriander and lemon peel) came through as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma turned a touch sweet.

The taste was rich and full-flavored for the style. Lemony, tangy, snappy and citrusy with coriander and clove coming through strong. Crisp, clean and bright with a slight barnyard funk. The long-lasting finish was a touch sour and rather dry with notes of grassy, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel was lighter on the palate yet silky smooth. A fine, lively carbonation made the liquid feel almost pillowy.

This was unquestionably one of the most drinkable and refreshing beers I have sampled. 7.7% ABV? Are you kidding me?

All in all, this brew was outstanding. If there is a more impressive saison out there, I have yet to try it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first Ommegang beer, as well as the first saison/farmhouse ale I've had. I'd have to say this was a super first go. It had a somewhat opaque appearance, with an amber hue. There was a strong odor of fruit about this one. It tasted strongly of bananas and other spices, giving it a smooth yet vibrant finish. This is lovely beer, one that you can easily get attached to.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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