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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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4,685 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,685
Reviews: 2,017
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 190
Gots: 298 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold in color with a 2" inch head that last.
Mild fruit and spice in the nose.
Smooth and balanced in the mouth. Flows from sweet to bitter. Taste like a Grannysmith apple. Dry in a good way.
Very drinkable higher gravity beer.
Will be buying it bottled very soon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2005 19:07:06 | More by wcudwight
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a pale golden color with three fingers of stark white head that drops down to about a fingernail's worth of foam.

Aromas of funk and must and chalk. No hops, very little malt.

First sip is of a chalky dryness with hints of tobacco. Peppery, lemony saison qualities.

Mouthfeel is less than medium, drying, a little peppery, some prickly carbonation. Very thirst quenching.

Drinkability is fantastic, this is a great summer beer. Very drinkable, very refreshing, not filling at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 00:10:53 | More by JamnesCameron
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance was a hazy, bright gold with an enormous, pillowy white head that takes an eternity to disappear.

Aroma of citrus, citrus, and more citrus, with some slight floral notes in there as well. Very pleasant.

Taste is herbal, grassy even, with notes of clove that remind me of a summer wheat ale. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-to-full-bodied, with nice amount of carbonation. Finish is somewhat neutral, with not too much of an aftertaste.

This would probably make a superb Summer beer (though watch out for the alcohol!), but it just didn't do it for me. Perhaps it was because it just wasn't one of those nighttime, before-bed beers. Overall, not too bad.

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Served at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Light, clear straw-gold hue with a pillowy head of white foam. Nice, thick rings of lace grace the walls of the glass as the beer drains.

Nose of citrus, with notes of lemon zest and grapefruit peel, mixed with earthy, musty horseblanket.

Light, highly carbonated body, with an herbal, grassy palate, with a nice, none-overpowering clove spiciness. Finish is very dry, helping to lead one to a further draught.

A very nice, easily drinkable beer, and a great example of the Saison style.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 12:28:43 | More by superdedooperboy
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hennepin: never thought I’d be drinking this as a Saturday night brew, but I’m feeling a little Belgian tonight. Cheers!

Brewed over two years before the date of this tasting (Bottled on 16/12/10, best by 16/12/13).

A: Gorgeous, shining body on this one; pours a rich goldenrod. Looks bubbly, producing two inches of thick, white foam and a cavalcade of bubbles from the nucleation site; and man, this head is not receding at all. Beautiful. The lacing is soapy and thick, too. Perfect look.

S: Smooth, Belgian aromas of vanilla, straw, cornbread – a pretty aromatic buttery-sweetness. Light, fresh lemon, too, which mixes with some chamomile and lilac notes to form a tea-with-lemon effect. Otherwise, there’s a bit of barnyard funk, pine needles, and even a charming hint of melon.

T: So herbal and complex – absolutely delicious. Loads of white pepper, pine, orange peel, coriander, and flowery hints wrap the first tastes into a shell of perfume airiness, bright and tongue-tickling. Exotic wheat notes take it down a heavier, though similar road, with a Belgian crusty-breadiness (yes, that’s a word) and some light butter tones. Astringency comes in the forms of phenolic, lemon-rind hops, showcasing light – but lasting – intensity. Finishes with some fruitcake and cinnamon tastes, with some flaky biscuit tones.

M: Very light – bubbles off the tongue, at first, but it evaporates in moments with a noticeable weightlessness. A little oily, but it fits just perfectly with the style. What a drinkable beer.

O: This beer makes me smile – every sip is just delicious. Complex, memorable, and intense at just the right moments. Every time I walked into the liquor store, this beer was right there; little did I know that Hennepin was just waiting to dispel the rarity-means-quality myth. Grip ‘n sip, my Belgian-beer fans; grip ‘n sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 01:58:54 | More by BarryMFBurton
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rugger

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was truly an enjoyable experience, and to top it off this is something that I can get in my area for $8.75 for a 4 pk.
The nice orangy color and nice thick white head were promising and the smell was nice an yeasty like you would expect from a belgian brew, and then the taste was very smooth at first and then moves to a well rounded sweetness that can only be described as mana from the beer gods. This was very drinkable and I really enjoyed hanging onto the lovely aftertaste of this brew. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 16:18:58 | More by rugger
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a Teku
no bottling dates

A: Pours a slightly hazy, urine yellow with 3plus fingers width of bright white head. Head has good retention and leaves a moderate amount of patchy lacing.

S: Spicy and yeasty, like a Belgium strong pale or tripel. Clove, pepper, and nutmeg. Coriander and grains of paradise. Faint citrus notes, and a floral, almost sage-like character.

T: Spicy like the nose, along with some sweet fruit notes. Clove and ginger. Grains of paradise and orange citrus. There is some funk as well that I didnt really pick up on in the nose. Vanilla, as if from an oak barrel, in the aftertaste. The funk builds as you drink, and reminds you that you are drinking a saison.

M/D: Medium body, very heavy carbonation, ABV completely masked. Drinkability is somewhat limited because the carbonation is so high, but a nice mouthfeel.

O: This is the standard of the style in the eyes of many people, and I see why. Hits all the notes that a Saison should. Personally, I prefer my Saisons with some tartness, and Fantome is still the epitome of the Saison to me. This is a great beer though. Deserving of the Beers of Fame list.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 20:20:05 | More by zac16125
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a very cloudy orangish-yellow with a frothy white head and sticky lacing on the sides.

Smell is sweet with the aromas of bubblegum and flowers.

Taste is both tart and sweet with plenty of lemony citrus and yeast. The 7.5% alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, slightly slick to the palate and with little carbonation.

One of the great American Belgian-style ales. Surprisingly easy to drink and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 22:17:04 | More by Monkeyknife
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a tulip.

pours a somewhat cloudy pale yellow with two fingers of head, decent lacing.

enticing aroma offers a strong citric presence which is flanked by spice notes. there's pepper and also a light floral showing. by and large more of the same transition to the flavor... coriander, clove, lemon, spice and malt. slight, pleasant warmth from the booze. light to medium mouthfeel, somewhat high carbonation. definitely a nice, very drinkable saison, especially great for those warm summer months. might not be fantome but it's a lot easier to come by.

original review on: 07-09-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 20:27:34 | More by BostonHops
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alas, a good domestic Belgian imitation! It ain't Dupont, but it is a super brew!! Especially at the 4.99 price tag for a 750ml, here in Chicago.The color is right on, featuring blazing orange-the head pours big and frothy and maintains a fine stick. Flavorful and refreshing both, the beer salutes the style nicely. The taste is much like that of a Dupont Saison, with spicy citrus hop and a nice snappy bite. A well balanced, clean, and delicious bang for the buck!! I'll surely save money with this as an option.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 02:33:39 | More by moulefrite
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johnwarne

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer haiku for you:

American? Oui!
Belgian style, no regrets here;
Reservations--gone.

My reluctance about an American 'poseur' to the fine Belgian tradition was removed with this beer. Didn't seem to have quite the alcohol 'kick' of several world class Belgians, but that obviously added to the "drinkability". No reservations about having more than two at one sitting without feeling crapulent or hammered. Not the world's leader in this category, but well worthwhile.
Happy Christmas to all--cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 20:02:15 | More by johnwarne
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HopHeadKen

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with thick Ivory colored head. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle confirms the label claim of 'Bottle Conditioned'.
The smell is spicy and rich. Taste is spicy corriander with hints of pepper, warm and alcoholic. This is my second bottle. WOW ! I have got to homebrew a Saison !
This stuff is very good !

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 13:47:11 | More by HopHeadKen
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TheItalianStallion

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazey golden color with lots of carbonation. There is a gigantic, dense head that eventually settles to 1 finger in size and sticks around for the remainder of the beer. Minimal lacing with some chunks of foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is of lemon, grass, white pepper and slight clove. Also a bit of yeast. The nose is similar to a Tripel with the pepper and yeast aromas.

T: Taste is fruity tartness with lemon and a bit of apple. White pepper and clove are definitely present. Some grassiness with earthy notes are there too.

M: Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with high carbonation and a light body. Finish is somewhat dry.

O: Overall this beer was good, but wasn't a stand out by any means. This is the only saison I've ever had so maybe I'm just not a huge fan of the style, but I would give this beer another go. Nice and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 00:17:08 | More by TheItalianStallion
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours pale, golden yellow with a lot of chunks and carbonation bubbles circling around. The beer pours with a nice tight white head on it that settles to a quarter of a fingers width and leaves a thin lacing of tight, dry bubbles. On the nose, the beer smells strongly of spiced coriander with hints of orange peel, and ginger. There is also distinct bananay yeast in the background giving lovely character to the nose, while the hops and yeast are properly downplayed with lights notes of grass and hay and some wheat notes. On the tongue, the beer tastes creamy sweet and grassy bitter with lots of spice character. The flavor begins as orange peel and light wheat malt before being steamrolled away by heavy coriander spices with hints of pickling ginger. This moves into bitter grassy hops and banana yeast. The finish gives a fresh kiss of coriander infused orange juice with just a hint of sweet wheat bread before mellowing into an aftertaste of light coriander spice and yeasty banana funk. In the mouth, the beer tastes creamy smooth and medium in body with a touch of fierce carbonation that mellows into a clean scrubbing of the tongue. The mouth is left slightly dry but clean. Overall this is a solid and interestingly flavored beer. They’re a little heavy handed with the coriander spicing, which hurts the other flavors, but these flavors still show through and are beautiful and fresh in feel. This is a classic American saison in a Belgian-style. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 19:31:32 | More by Maxwell
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dar482

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden green yellow white wine color.

The aroma has banana, clove, a bit of citrus peel, a substantial bready sweetness. Quite sticky sweet for the style.

The flavor continues with that familiar banana and clove. A bit of orange rind. Some artificial banana flavor. Lots of peppery spice. A good amount of that phenolic note. There’s almost an alcohol or metallic flavor in there too. Lots of carbonation and a bit of drying on the finish.

Had this blind with Tank 7 and that beer won out by a bit. This just didn’t have enough refreshing notes and was a bit sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:42:13 | More by dar482
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ranger7

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 12 oz bottle into tulip
Review from notes: 11/4/2013.

A: Light gold-to-yellow with huge fluffy white head. Beautiful.

S: Orange, wheat, grains.

T: Orange, floral. Wonderful smell.

M: Some carbonation, but pretty smooth and somewhat thick on the tongue. Fits the style.

O: Wow. This has to be one of my favorite Saisons. I love drinking this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 13:26:21 | More by ranger7
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a high amount of carbonation and a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma suggests tropical fruit and orange with some spices. Taste begins with a honey-like sweetness and finishes slightly tart. Very authentic and true to the style. Completely in the tradition of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 11:43:14 | More by dmarch
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Atch

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first Saison Iv'e tried. A 24 oz bottle, drank out of a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color, tons of bubbles, 2 finger head and a meringue top that lasts the whole way.

Smell: Sweet citrus/dry champagne

Taste: Wow. This is tough for me. It's dry, but almost sweet. It sounds contradictory, but it's both.

Mouthfeel: Incredible. For me, perfect carbonation. Again contradiction, very smooth but not.

Drinkability: Drinks easier than beers with lower abv's. I absolutely loved it. One more please.

Overall: For someone who usually sticks to ipa's and such, I'm totally glad that I tried this beer style. I think I may have found a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 00:48:03 | More by Atch
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midaszero

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Hazy pale yellow with a lot of fluffy white head with some lacing.

S - Lemon, citrus, and some spice

T - Lemon and spice that I can't quite place

M - Tingly with high carbonation. Kind of chewy.

D - Easy to drink a lot of this.

One of the first saisons I ever tried and still love to this day.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 01:39:03 | More by midaszero
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the few bottles of Ommegang I was able to procure on a recent trip to the US.

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of soapy head, solid retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Floral notes, spicy citrus, leafy greens and a hint of cloves.

T - Fruity notes with the cloves coming through, floral citrus hops, unique spiciness that is tough to nail down, but is incredibly tasty and complements the musty caramel malts.

M - Lighter bodied ale that comes across a tad prickly is heavily carbonated, but finishes nice and wet.

O - Quite tasty saison, nice floral flavours, ABV is well hidden and the mouthfeel makes for a refreshing ale. A tasty ale indeed and worthy of seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 18:42:57 | More by andrenaline
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 06 of '15

look is an appropriate hazy yellow, with a sticky frothy head. smell is bright, yeasty, and Belgian. feel is full and creamy, yet retains bite. taste is wheat, lemon, with Belgian yeast flavors of clove, coriander, citrus, banana, and barnyard.

really flavorful saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 20:54:40 | More by jimmah120
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Duff27

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip. Big frothy three-inch white head. Light golden in color with seemingly endless line of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the tulip. Big chunks/clumps of lace stick to the side of the glass. "I gotta give that a 5".

S- Cloves and spice and everything nice. Bananas?

T- Fruit notes such as lemon zest and apples. Spice.

M- Clean, crisp, and very refreshing.

D/O- At 7.7% the drinkability gets dinged a notch because it's such a distinct taste. I don't think anyone would want any more than one or two of these. That being said, those one or two would be the best looking, if not the best tasting beers one would have that night. Another winner from Brewery Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:24:55 | More by Duff27
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jordoo

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poored into a chimay glass.

This one comes out highly carbinated with a just off white head that has great retention and left some small patches of lace. The body is the color or golden honey with bubbles slipping through it constantly. The nose is a very pleasant combination of spice, fruit and a little funk. Taste is fruity to the tone of apples and pears with some clove spice and sour hints. Very nice bubbly medium crisp mouthfeel that combined with everything else makes putting a 750ml bottle of this away no problem.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 17:16:26 | More by jordoo
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this brew. Found it on-tap at Red Bones. Poured a slightly hazy orangish yellow in color. Slight copper tinge. Slight head that created a whole hell of a lot of lace. Nose is citrus with some spice hovering in the background. Flavor was great. Lots of spice and a solid malt backbone. Truckloads of spice threatened to overwhelm the tongue. Alcohol came through quite vibrantly also. Mouthfeel was more carbonated than I expected with a thick and heavy feel on the tongue. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2005 01:41:22 | More by MuddyFeet
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iceviper22

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a light pale straw color with a hint of orange to it. Head was rich and fluffy white with many small bubbles that faded down to a good 2-3 fingers. It smells quite like fruits and citrus such as peaches, bananas, and oranges. It also has a somewhat spicy wheat aroma to it. The taste is sweet and fruity like the smell. Not a lot of hops with just a small bitterness to round it off. It has smooth mouthfeel that isn't real thin and watery but isn't thick and syrupy. All in all, it is a very good drinkable swill. I was expecting a little more out of it, but still enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:32:59 | More by iceviper22
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im really excited about trying Hennepin,its my first taste of Ommegang and I will be attending the Culinary Institute 20 miles from the brewery this August, Can't wait to visit.
Poured out into a small Ommegang 10 yr anniversary goblet. Lovely hazy color, reminiescent of Hoegaarden.Nice foamy head,dissapates rather quickly.Citrus, wheats, spicy pepper,straw,hay,yeast on the nose. Delicious sweet apricot,peppery,citrus flavors. finish is tart and biting. Good slightly sticky mouthfeel. For the abv, very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 03:04:11 | More by czfreeman
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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