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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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5,158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,158
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 223
Gots: 461 | 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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Photo of hagbergl
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
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Photo of shapudding
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a big white foam head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: A combination of yeast, spices, pepper, and lemon. Some sweet malts in the background.

Taste: Spice, pepper, and yeast up front followed by banana and cloves. Finishes with some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium to high carbonation. Smooth and somewhat dry.

Overall: A very good version of a Belgian Saison.

MattyG85, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think the last time I had an Ommegang was...I don't remember. For some reason I haven't tried many of their beers. I've had their Three Philosophers though. Since it is way too damn hot in Texas I thought getting a saison would be a good purchase.

This beer looks great. I poured it into a large stange glass. It looks yummy. A great, massive, bubbly-foamy, white head formed. In the glass it took forever for the head to fizz away and the head kept a nice retention for a long time. My glass had etching on the bottom so there were a lot of bubbles rising to the top. Without sediment in there the beer is clear and a golden-yellow color.

I get a lot of lemony citrus in the smell. The yeasts bring out some veggie and grassy smells. There's some sulfur in there too that sort of gives off a skunky smell. It's possible my beer could have become a bit skunked since it's the Texas summer. Anyway, light malts add a straw-like aroma. There's also a very strong toasty smell.

Hennepin has a sort of toasty, grassy yet sweet taste. Hops are minimal. Yeasts add that bit of sulfury funkiness. The more sediment that's added makes the beer taste more like a light hefeweizen than a saison. I like the flavors but I didn't find it too extraordinary.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. It's creamy at the beginning but has a dry finish. Medium-high carbonation.

Interesting flavors. The toastiness adds some uniqueness but I wish it had just a tad more hoppiness to it to make it more distinguishable from a hefe, especially when sediment is added in.

BeardedRiker, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of BigJim5021
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle. Tarnished light gold with an impressively rocky head that never wanted to leave. Tons of sticky lacing.

The aroma is... odd. It's yeasty, but not with the overly-spicy aspects of most Belgian yeast. It's much more peppery than what I'm used to. Strangely pleasing.

That flavor is peppery as well, with some very earthy aspects to it. It's also sour and has a nice hop bite to it. This stuff is complex.

Mouthfeel benefits from great carbonation and a full body.

While I prefer Ommegang's Rare VOS and Abbey Ale to this one, it's a very interesting beer. I'll have to come back to it someday and see how I feel about it.

BigJim5021, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of cbleary
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty and powerful beer. It reminded me of a Belgian Tripel and fans of that style would be very much at home here. It tasted of wheat, fresh yeast, and intense warming alcohol. It went down very smooth and it was deceptively intoxicating. It was quite enjoyable and I'd have it again.

cbleary, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of jsausley
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Brewery, Kansas City, MO, standard pint glass.

A: Thick and cloudy yellowish with tinges of green. Nice body of color with some nice lacing and head, lots of very small, fine floating bits from the sediment in the glass (not too distracting, thankfully).

S: Very high in citrus and green apple with a hop body. Some alcohol and yeast backbone. A good aroma.

T: Lemon and floral hops, green apple finish with some mild bitterness. Very light malt body. Little bit of light sweetness, not much bite. Rosey finish.

M: Very crisp and clean, nice and drinkable. Fairly strong beer, but doesn't feel like it.

O: Another very good selection from Ommegang, who is currently averaging a wonderfully high rating for me. Probably the most consistent and highest average brewery I've reviewed. Hennepin must be my least favorite beer from them so far, but it is still a very good brew that would be nice to drink on a mild summer afternoon.

jsausley, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Poured into my SA perfect pint. Pours a golden amber color with two inches of big, billowy, frothy, white foam that is beginning to leave some amazing chunky lacing.

Smell - Spicy (clove), musty, funky (grass, straw), a bit of orange, and a malty backbone.

Taste - Very flavorful. Spicy, zesty, black pepper up front, with a nice citrus flavor (orange peel, lemon rind). Every sip has amazing flavor. [edit] Man this is funky!

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation that appears to be never ending and ends with a crisp dry finish.

Drinkability - Relatively drinkable for an almost 8% Saison. I can taste just a bit of the alcohol coming through the closer to room temperature this gets. A very enjoyable beer to have this find Friday evening.

SpdKilz, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of Kaiser777
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The foam was thick and white, and the beer is a golden cloudy yellow with a ton of little bubbles that float the top to the thick white foam.

S- A very strong fragrance of the finest Belgian hops.

T- Can not resist to taste the Belgian style it is, very delicious with a banana after taste that settles on the taste buds the way a Belgian style should.

MF- Thick and delicious that settles in the mouth very well and leaves an awesome banana after taste.

D- All I can say is I could drink quit a few of these, cause Belgian style beers is my 2nd favorite type of beer, cheers to all my New Yorkers who brews such a wonderful Belgian style beer.

Kaiser777, May 21, 2010
Photo of cpn920
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden hazy color with a big head. Smell is impressive, almost hefe like to me, big banana and coriander. Taste is nice and is slightly sour to me. This was highly carbonated and medium bodied. ABV is surprising because it was fairly light beer...abv became more apparent as the beer warmed. High abv would prevent me from pounding these back but that is the only reason. Nice brew.

cpn920, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/12/12

Appearance: Pours with a massive, foamy, white head - particularly impressive considering this is just a 12 oz bottle - hazy, straw-colored, leaves wads of foamy lacing

Smell: Ommegang house yeast and typical saison aromas - lemon, orange rind, dry citrus - banana candy and a touch of clove and pepper - some farmhouse funk, but not much - some pale and slightly sweet malts

Taste: Sweet lemon and some subtle, spicy funk - lemon flesh and zest, along with some orange - minimal clove, some pepper, some apple, some spiciness from the yeast - touch of under-ripe bananas - some grass and some earth - pretty clean overall - honey - very pale malts, provide some balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: A solid saison

This is not particularly remarkable, but it's very good for what it is. If you've had any Ommegang beers, you can imagine the yeast profile. Very drinkable and well-rounded.

angrybabboon, May 12, 2012
Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy gold with a thick, rich white head, that settled to a complex lace in the tulip glass I used. The nose has a yeasty/doughy character up front with bright grapefruit from the hops and a mild candy character from the malt. Very layered and complex. The taste has an awakening tartness followed by a mild bitterness. The play between the sweetness and tartness is very pronounced. Light and slick mouth feel leads to a very drinkable beer. This New York brewery is producing a fine version of the Saison style.

carln26, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of audiojon
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saisons are an odd beast, sometimes I think I have the style nailed and then something comes along and turns my brain around. When I think saison, I think grassy, slightly bitter, and dry. Hennepin is a bit dry, but is not very bitter and is definitely not grassy. It is still a delicious beer, with some nice fruit undertones and the perfect amount of carbonation. Smell is a bit one dimensional, and the phenol levels are a bit high, but these are merely small imperfections in an otherwise very drinkable beer. I must say this is not my preferred saison, but it does represent a bargain at six dollars a bottle. (This bottle only cost me three, the local bevmo was clearing them out!)

Overall, heartily recommended.

audiojon, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of psuKinger
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into my new Ommegang Tulip.

A: Huge bone-white head, well over 2 fingers worth. Perhaps the most visible carbonation I've ever seen. Hazy golden straw color. Reminds me of "beer champagne" in the glass.

S: Yeast, clove, and banana all come through in the nose.

T: Light bready notes with a sour lemon zest on the back end. Perhaps a hint of clove and garlic. A touch of pine bitterness on the back end to help balance things out.

M: Light and lively doesn't do this justice. A yeasty wheat beer that is still light and refreshing enough to truly be enjoyable even on the hottest of summer days.

D/O: Enjoyable from start to finish, and I get why so many suggest that this is a great summer beer. Sometime soon I hope to give it a go on a hot summer day. Until then, this was enjoyable, but it's still not something that I *crave* when the weather isn't hot.

psuKinger, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours hazy yellow/gold colour with a gigantic frothy and rocky white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a long time before it began to disappear.

Smell - banana/bubblegum, cloves, grains, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels very lively and prickly on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of bananas, cloves and grains. It feels very dry yet refreshing. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter banana aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this beer and I'll be sure to pick up some more the next chance I get. It was delicious and highly drinkable.

spinrsx, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to tulip glass at RFD in DC on 5/28/11
*From notes

A: Gorgeous - it looks like a ripe, juicy lemon. Unfiltered pale yellow with a fluffy two finger head and healthy lacing on a good pour.

S: Lemongrass and honeydew melon.

T: Subtle flavors of earthy Belgian yeast, sliced banana and fresh citric acid.

M: It's buttery, rich and creamy, yet light and easy drinking.

O: Ommegang's Hennepin is the quintessential American-made Saison. It's great summertime drinking, and is balanced enough to put back year-round. Worthy of most hype and worth seeking out.

Rhettroactive, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Pale cloudy yellow with billowing three finger head in my 16 oz. snifter. A huge wall of lacing is left behind.

S--Mild banana/clove, very light hints of orange peel and pears.

T--Once again, flavors of orange, pear, and banana. Band-Aid, spice, grains. Light, refreshing taste.

M--Medium bodied with a quite a bit of carbonation

D--Solid brew that really hits the spot, would definitely buy again.

alcstradamus, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

dsa7783, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

twelvsies, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of TCgoalie
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

TCgoalie, May 09, 2010
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bunnyhustle, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Morey
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Morey, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Andreji
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Andreji, Apr 23, 2009
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,158 ratings.