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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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5,141 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,141
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 224
Gots: 455 | 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 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
Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight banana, tart malt, earthy malt, and some slight bread aromas. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a very high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt up front, slight banana flavors next, slight hop background, and some tart malt. A real nice blend of flavors, with only a hint of dryness. I would definitely recommend this brew.

Tone, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1 finger head that slowly recedes to a nice lace. Very yeast suspension in glass. A great looking farmhouse.

S- Lemon zest, pineapple, banana

T-Hops, citrus, dry hop aftertaste, very slight pineapple, spice, and orange.

M- Low to medium carbonation that doesn't attack the palate of this complex brew.

D- A solid saison that I will revisit again, but not the best I have ever had.

Greggy, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Hennepin, big bottle, served into a Sierra snifter.

Appearance: Classic Belgian appearance, hazy yellow, like cider or apple juice. Huge three-finger head after a vigorous pour, very frothy and white and foamy. Outrageous lacing.

Smell: Sour apples, yeast, fresh fruit fields. Dessert tart (key lime pie?), lemon/citrus (not IPA-like, though). Spice.

Taste: More sourness, tart fruit (those that you bite on and make you see the stars if you have sensitive teeth). Several arches of sweetness and spice- some banana, some bread pudding. Reminds me of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. Finishes dry and slightly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated (and rightly so), tart but refreshing, medium body and full flavor.

Drinkability: Very chuggable, refreshing, easy. 7.7% is not noticeable. Only problem would be the linearity of this beer. Might get tired of the same sourness/tart apple taste running throughout. Otherwise, outstanding. Easily the best saison out there.

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #2368, should be about 1 1/4 years old by now.

Not as much carbonation as the fresh version, buts still a constant stream of bubbles. Big fat brilliant white head that leaves a thick coat of lace, but doesn't hold as well as the fresh version. The color seems a bit lighter, more of a golden straw color. Earthy doughy aroma with a bit of mild coriander and light lemon. Nice light fluffy mouthfeel on a lighter bodied beer. I don't know if it's the second glass of Hennepin but I'm noticing the warm stomach effect. A bit more flavor in this one, pale malt (or strong wheat beer) not noticing the spices or lemon, just slightly more bitter. The alcohol is more noticable and the flavor is a bit stronger cutting back on the drinkability. Overall a solid brew, but not as light and fresh as the month old version which I actually prefer in a Saison.

HappyHourHero, May 18, 2004
Photo of Larrytown
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with a massive billowing head. And boy does it stick around. Very nice. The nose has the typical saison spiciness and it follows through on the flavor. It's very robust and spicy, yet it goes down pretty easily. Lots of crisp carbonation in the mouth, but good weight to it as well.

This is a great version of this style. If I had this in a blind taste test, I'd never believe it was brewed in the US. Really well done.

Larrytown, May 22, 2008
Photo of 99bottles
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle. 100th review !

Appearance: Poured into a tulip, the beer is a dusty golden orange color and a fizzy white head billows up to about an inch. Rocky suds remain as it dies down.

Smell: Mmmm, whew. Yeasty and citrusy, especially lemons.

Taste: Hmm. Different. A very organic earthy taste with the yeast playing a large part. Kind of fruity, apple tasting esters and a honey-like sweetness in the middle. Quite a phenolic bite in the aftertaste. Ewwww. I think about band aids floating in the pool. The phenols are really evident in this.

Mouthfeel: Decent. It has some body to it, but still drinks light and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very nice once you get over the phenols. Refreshing and easy to quaff in warm weather. I had no real problems finishing the bottle. I'm not sure it's as great as its ranking suggests, but a nice brew overall.

----Update----07/04
A fresher bottle has less medicinal taste, brighter pepper and more fermented funk. I'm upping the taste to a 4 from 3.5. And at $4.59 for 750 mL, this and all Ommegang products are a victory for the beer lover on a budget.

99bottles, May 01, 2004
Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky straw, large stark white head, puffy clouds slow to leave. Large bubble sparse cling lace.

S - Cooked pear, lemon, straw, barn, candy.

T - Juicy fruit, lemon, malt, slight barn and sour, nice sharp finish.

M - medium balance, more than enough carb, good balance.

D - Very pleasant.

srandycarter, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of urwithdave
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mr. Beerys. Poured into a tulip.

A- pours a light golden orange color. A bit hazy. A nice white head that retains nicely. A smashing amount of lacing covers my glass.

A- cloves and citrus. A bit of yeast. A hint of bananna.

T- belgian yeasts and spice roll up to the forefront. A slight sweetness of honey. Orange and lemon zest follow. No detection of any real alcohol presence. A bit of bitterness from some hops but the sweetness and spic prevail.

M- medium in body. Nice carbonation. A pretty sweet finish that has a lingering aftertaste of spice.
D- another beer that I could drink quite often. Drinks easy. The spice might ware on me but to sit down and enjoy a few would be no problem.

urwithdave, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, corked bottle. Poured into a Duvel glass (I wasn't really sure the best glass).
I had had this one a long time ago in New York, and had better memories...
Beautiful golden, slightly hazy, with a plentiful white head with very long retention.
Smell is yeasty, fruity and earthy, but it had a few unpleasant notes, soap like.
Firm and highly refreshing, it lacks a little bit in depth, but it is still pleasantly yeasty, fruity, with multiple citric notes that unfortunately fade quite quickly.
Not the best Ommegang offer, but still quite nice.

brdc, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of rundocrun
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with multiple fingers of fluffy white head. The foam sticks around forever and leaves a thick layer of lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Smells of light malts and a heavy dose of spices (coriander, citrus peel). A mild bready-ness and a dollop of honey top things off.

T - Upon first taste, I notice a rich sweet malty backbone. The orange peel is very noticeable but pleasant. It lends a tangy, zesty character to this summer refresher. Floral hop flavor. Mild hop bitterness gives this a dry, but somehow quenching character to this beer.

M - Thin-to-medium mouthfeel with a mostly clean, dry finish but a slight residual syrupy sweetness lingers.

Overall, great representative of the style.

rundocrun, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a DFH snifter.

A - Light golden ale with great clarity and a thick white head. Very inviting.

S - Moderately spicy with cloves, vanilla and banana. Slightly sweet as well.

T - Lightly spiced with a supporting sweetness and a very slight bitterness. Very smooth and clean. Impressive for an American Belgian.

M - Lots of carbonation with very small bubbles.

D - Not my favorite style but very good and very easy to drink. Makes a great summer beer; almost as if that was the intent ;-)

GJ40, Jul 07, 2008
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,141 ratings.