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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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4,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,689
Reviews: 2,017
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 190
Gots: 298 | FT: 1
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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Photo of 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
Photo of iceviper22


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
Photo of czfreeman


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
Photo of sonicdescent


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

Appears a very light golden/yellow with a bubbly head that turns into an island/crown. Carbonation continues throughout the glass.

Smells vinegary and maybe a touch sweet.

Taste is crisp and rustic, as the label says! Very dry finish with a dancing sensation throughout the sip. Sour is there, but not nearly as much as a lambic.

Mouth is light bodied and heavy carbonation.

This is extremely easy to drink, not nearly as scary as I had feared. Would buy again, now I want to try some more of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:43:24 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of perrymarcus


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

smell is of citrus and spice and all things nice (sorry)... i'm noticing pepper, and some floral notes as well. in the taste i get coriander, clove, lemon, spice and malt. pleasant warmth from the booze. light to medium mouthfeel, somewhat high carbonation. definitely a nice, very drinkable saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 05:39:28 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

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

A slightly hazey golden yellow ale with a big spoonable white head. Has a spicey hop aroma with a herbal aspect in the background. The spicey hop presence starts out the taste assertively. The finish has a lightly sweet herb garden floralness to it. The mouth feel is smooth and inviting.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 23:34:55 | More by ybnorml
Photo of nrbw23


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

A- A hazy golden color with a nice fluffy white head that left hardly any lacing.

S- Tons of fruit and citrus in this one mainly lemons. Some wheat, grassy and a bit of spice.

T- Sweet fruit lemons and banana come to mind and then some malt and spice come in. Very balanced and maybe a little dry.

M- Medium in body with good carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2008 22:10:17 | More by nrbw23
Photo of mnj21655


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

750mL bottle poured into my Hennepin glass.

Pours a clear golden color with about a finger of persistent rocky white head. Aroma seems to be somewhat subdued (its just not very strong) though relatively complex. A yeasty aroma is most dominant with light fruits (banana, pear, apple, peach) and a bit of white pepper. Taste is like the aroma but a bit stronger. At first it is creamy and mild with a light maltyness but then pears, peaches, and some light bananas take over. As we near the finish a peppery spicyness becomes more pronounced and builds through the finish. There is some occasional heat here, seems to be from the spices as it doesn't seem like any other hot alcohol I've taste. Doesn't seem too dry despite being well attenuated. Body is medium-light with very high carbonation. Overall its very creamy with a moderate alcohol presence that plays well with the other flavors. Drinkability is pretty darn good, this beer is relatively complex yet accessible. Very enjoyable, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 02:04:53 | More by mnj21655
Photo of treyrab


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

Popped the cork tonight with dinner and poured into my chalice...

A: Very hazy yellow, similar looking to a light Belgian Tripel or Pale Ale. Had to pour this one slow as the head was massive - Five finger plus head when I poured this - the head lasted a while too!

S: The Belgian yeast is the initial smell here, followed by pale malts, slight orange and lemon, and some peppery spices.

T: The taste is very nice and crisp. The Belgian yeast strain really comes through nicely. The other main attribute I picked up was pepper, and tons of it. Also some fruity flavors also like orange and banana.

Overall, this is an extremely high carbonated saison. Perhaps too carbonated, but not soda-like. It has a great crisp flavor and was perfect on this humid night in PA.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 23:51:53 | More by treyrab
Photo of ism

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle. Large, fluffy white head subsides slowly, retaining a half-finger height, and leaves sticky lacing. Somewhat cloudy pale gold body. Farmhouse funk in the nose, check, but fairly mellow and subdued for the style, rounded out by that Ommegang yeast which tends to smell almost like banana, with just a hint of horsehair. Nicely sharp carbonation in a crisp mouthfeel, the horses again in the flavor, apples and grapes, banana-y yeast, a dash of coriander, and a cute hop bittering to freshen it up.

Great for a summer day -- crisp and refreshing. Just enough funk to keep it funky. Pleasing and easy-going.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 04:04:33 | More by ism
Photo of Callenak


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

Cork and Caged 750ml. Been meaning to pick this up at my local liquor store, but just haven't got around to it. So finally gave it a shot.

Pours a murky, golden color with a huge, fluffy white head. The head decided to stick around a while on this one, which I didn't mind. Smell is very appealing. Yeast first, then some earthy hoppiness.

Taste is sweet with a slight sourness to it. Very refreshing. As it warms up it improves greatly. I was worried it might have been skunked. Didn't know how long it had been sitting at my local shop, but it was far from.

I wouldn't mind trying this one again. Still don't know how long that bottle had been there, so might have to keep an eye out for some fresh stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 23:19:17 | More by Callenak
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

Smells sweet for the most part. Murky yellow body with initially large white head. I realize I am serving it initially cooler than suggested (the label suggests 50 degrees) but maybe it’ll warm up, it’s a warm summer night after all... anyway... hm not bad. Mostly sweet (banana?) with a little hops and pepper. Good solid beer. I’m impressed

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 22:25:05 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

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

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow color with a full finger loose white head that fades to surface but is kept alive by substantial effervescence. The smell is aggressive earthy Belgian yeast, sweet and a little fruity, a banana-pear character. The tiny bubbles lend a creamy texture to the mouth feel. It has a light-medium body. Full flavored, the earthy malt and fruit character of the nose is true to taste. There is also a spicy note about it that lingers nicely. A real nice drinker. I've used it to cook beer-can chicken before and it came out great.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 00:08:45 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes 1/22/2011

A: citrus, belgian yeast, corriander

Ap: hazy, golden yellow, a very chunky 2 finger head

B/T: mild carbonation, very fresh, crisp on the tongue

Af: bananas, spices

O: an overall easy to drink beer, but nothing exceptional


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 18:47:04 | More by THECPJ
Photo of stephenjmoore


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

A- Pale golden body with a heavy white head.

S- Belgian yeast and spices. Maybe a hint of citrus.

T- Same backbone as other ommegang beers, Belgian yeast and spices right up front. This one has a lot of spice and a hint of citrus.
I have heard some beers use the powder on bubble gums and I taste it in this one.

M- Light, crisp and very refreshing.

O- Excellent saison, everything you could ask for in this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:11:04 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of wagenvolks


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

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass.

An attractive, golden-blond pour leaves a monstrous white head and fairly decent lacing. A plume of carbonation rises up from the "D" in the bottom of the glass, providing the foam with good retention.

The aroma is quite yeasty, with some sweet sugar and floral undertones. A bit of spicy hops, vanilla, and biscuity malts make themselves noticed as well.

The taste is equally as good, with a smooth yeast / citrus character up front followed by bigger notes of hops, alcohol, spice, and more astringent citrus flavors. Mouthfeel detects a light, crisp body, fantastic carbonation, and (again) a great hoppy aftertaste. Despite the higher ABV here, this beer is exceptionally easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 01:42:29 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of ruckzuck


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

A - pours a clear, golden yellow with a massively frothy head. The head dissipated as I drank, but it was still as sight to behold. Watching the bubbles shoot up the glass is also nice

S - lots of sweet and slightly tart fruity notes enter the nostrils. Apple or pear comes to mind, along with a hint of banana. Definitely some Belgian yeastiness and a bit of funk. The aroma of bubblegum also comes to mind

T - very similar to the smell, and very enjoyable. The sweetness isn't cloying in the least, and the tart undercurrents are great. Delightful on the tongue

M - crisp with a nice amount of carbonation. Wakes the palate up in a great way

D - very nice; a classic saison through and through. I'm a big fan, and I'll have no trouble finishing the 750 mL with my lady. Would gladly buy again if in the mood for a saison

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 03:52:23 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of kylehay2004


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

A: quarter finger clear and golden color with some lace.

S: Lots of cinnamon with a background of belgian yeast.

T: Lemon and spiced belgian yeast up front. The aftertaste on this one lingers and is somewhat unpleasant likely due to pungent hops. Clove and banana notes.

M: moderate carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: The hop flavoring in this one is different. The aroma is excellent

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 01:22:53 | More by kylehay2004
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to a pint glass.

A : Pours a slightly murky sunshine yellow. Not transluscent. A small fluffy white head is present the entire time.

S : Hints of fruit and hops.

T : Light fruits, a bit if banana and grape come through before meeting a grassy hop finish with a crisp bite.

M : This medium bodied ale is quite nice in the mouth as it rolls quite nice and leaves no film to the mouth.

D : 2-3 of these is nice. It's as close to a "light ipa" I could consider.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 03:32:28 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of skeeordye11

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Hennepin Snifter glass.

A: Straw yellow with two inch white head that disapates with drinking but clings to the glass. Bubbles constantly from the botom of the glass.

S: Wheaty, sweet, fruitiness with some hop spiciness.

T: Wheat and fruit up front. Banana, pear, clove, some citrus. Highly carbonated. Finishes dry and a bit tart.

M: Light-Medium body. Carbonation tingles the nose throughout. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very quaffable. Would make for an amazing lawnmower beer. Could drink many in a session. 7.7% alcohol is hidden well. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 00:36:33 | More by skeeordye11
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin pours a cloudy golden brown, with a silky white head. The nose offers a lot, most prominently orange peel and spice, with a littelf floral note. It drinks smooth with good efferesence. It has nice spice in the mouth, and is fairly well balanced. In my opinion, it's about as good a Belgian clone as is made in the states, but doesn't stand up to the complexities of the style from the traditional standpoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 04:33:40 | More by dherling
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

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

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow with some amber highlights. A very large, bubbly head forms in my tulip, leaving some thick, sudsy lacing on the glass. Quite impressive appearance.

S: Somewhat weak with spiced aromas, lemony/herbal hops, and some slight fruitiness. A very light, summery kind of aroma, almost akin to a Hoegaarden or other Belgian wit. Solid, but not special.

T&M: A rather tasty, crisp, and tangy beer. Start is malty and smooth before giving way to some tangy fruit and sourness. Finish is spicy, hoppy, dry, and long. The depth of complexity is definitely appreciable. Body is medium with a slightly prickly carbonation that could definitely be better, considering it's a Belgian ale.

D: High ABV limits this a tad; however, it's still crisp, flavorful, and delicious. Hennepin is going to have to be a staple of the spring/summer rotation for me from now on.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 01:43:00 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color with a nice white head that leaves lacing on the side.

Wheat, corn, a hint of sweetness like honey, lemons.

Taste was a little sweet at first, like I reported in the smell, taste of honey and lemons with a wheat, yeast like presence.

Smooth, crisp and clean refreshing taste. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 02:46:20 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of KBomb


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

Dull golden color, ever so slightly murky, accompanied by an absolutely monstrous foamy white head. Smells strongly of bubblegum with lemon zest on the side. Some moderate banana-like sweetness, citrus, and doughy bread front the flavors-- a sourness chases behind them. A little bit of mustiness lies underneath it all. A hint of green grape accents the taste. Fairly big carbonation, moderately crisp. I made short work of some 18ozs of it.

This ale is a delight to drink. Lots of great flavors without being too much. Strikes a unique balance of light crisp body with bold taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 00:48:40 | More by KBomb
Photo of jjh19


4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright pour, terrific white head that lingers.

Smell: Smelled clean like a pilsener with a hint of spiciness.

Taste: This is where the spiciness really hit me: on my tastebuds. Delicious, without being heavy-handed.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Very tasty and drinkable. Cloying Saisons drive me crazy. The even-handed ones like this make me appreciate the style and brewing skill. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 22:24:33 | More by jjh19
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