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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,864 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,864
Reviews: 2,023
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 208
Gots: 352 | 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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moklett

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a rather clear buttery golden color with a frothy ultra-white head.

The smell is definitely fruity (apple and pear) but with the characteristic Belgian-style malt/yeast earthiness that makes me think of nuts.

Taste is not as sweet as I expected based on the smell (and my limited experience with saisons, which I thought were sweeter). The earthy characteristics shine through instead. Alcohol taste is present more than I expected, but not out of balance. As drinking continues, the pear flavor is the one that persists.

Feels creamy but light on the tongue. As I get toward the end, wow(!), I realize how much I am enjoying this beer. While I wasn't initially floored, the great balance in this beer makes it a great drink!

11-02-2005 01:57:21 | More by moklett
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

This bottle was brewed in Belgium, as opposed to Cooperstown, NY.

Poured a clear, bright, golden yellow with a great deal of visible carbonation. The large, frothy white head retains very well, leaving sticky lacings on the glass.

The complex aroma includes sweet fruity phenols, a spicy alcohol bite along with hints of honey, apple, hay, clove and some earthy, wood tones. This is a great smelling brew.

The taste is tart grape up front with some mild sweetness. The aftertaste is pleasingly dry and bitter. There is a big earthy, yeast presence mid-sip, coupled with some green apple and phenol flavor. Overall, this is less sweet than the U.S. brewed version.

This body is rather light and aggressively carbonated, more so than the U.S. brewed version. A very pleasant and highly drinkable saison.

10-30-2006 01:01:17 | More by Estarrio
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aggiearcher13

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Hazy and golden with a big rocky head that lingers the entire time. Excellent lacing.

S: A little lemony and spicy. Some funky notes in there. Seems promising.

T: Bitter and spicy. Part of me wants more, but the other part of me finds it quite enjoyable. Finishes nice and dry, as it should.

M: Light body and highly carbonated, exactly as it should be.

D: Very nice beer and very drinkable.

08-25-2010 23:00:13 | More by aggiearcher13
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tfarmstrong

Arkansas

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A - Pale yellow color, with a thick and lasting head. Lace reminds me of great Belgian beers

S - Sweet and malty with some fruitiness

T - Strong sweet alcoholic zip, reminds me greatly of Duvel, with its pale malt flavor and sweet, fruity tang

M - A bit too carbonated for me

O - A beer that truly stands up to its Belgian friends and is definitely one of the better American copies of the genre.

03-25-2011 02:24:12 | More by tfarmstrong
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Light gold in color. Massive rocky white that coats the tulip with a sticky web of lacing.

Lemon, grass, coriander, green apple, and earthy hop aromas.

Starts sweet with lemon zest, that moves into carmel malty flavors then grassy, earthy and spicy hop flavors. Finishes dry with green apple flavors. Nice clean medium bitterness.

Overall a very good Saison, probably the best American version that I have tasted. Prickly mouthfeel that scrubs the tongue. Very digestable. Paired with Cypress Grove's Herbed Chevre .

06-27-2007 04:00:29 | More by bosco7
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soju6

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 750ml Bottle.

A: Pours a clear Pale golden color, with a billowy head that slowly fades to some lacing.

S: Has a mild citrus and spice aroma, hint of banana and mixture of other scents. Smells inviting.

T: Starts with a mild fruit and peppery lemon, continues to a light hops flavor with a subtle dry finish. Crisp & Refreshing.

F: Medium body with mild carbonation. Smooth, No hint of the 7.7% ABV. Very well balanced.

D: Excellent brew. This is a good Saison to compare others to.

09-04-2010 09:24:23 | More by soju6
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JollyToper

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Purchased at Tops Liquor near ASU in Tempe.

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a freshness date into a stemless red wine glass. Left yeast sediment in the bottle.

Pours an hazy unfiltered gold color with a nice rocky head. The glass I poured it in is great for capturing the scent but hurts lacing, so I won't penalize it for that.

Very interesting smell. I'm new to this style but at first sniff I thought bananas like Hefeweizen. But it has an spicy sort of smell as well.

Taste is fruity and peppery at the same time. Bananas, lemons, and spice. Dry finish and makes my mouth pucker a little.

Mouthfeel is carbonated though I couldn't see the bubbles. Prickly on the tongue and a little bit acidy.

Drinkability is good. I could have several of these. They are very refreshing.

Overall, this was a real treat. It was cool to try a new style and I really liked it.

01-18-2009 04:18:16 | More by JollyToper
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Cannoneer

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer is a classic. I can get it in a 750ml bottle at $6.49 from a local beer store and at this price is has no rivals in the entire range of US-brewed craft ales.

The appearance and drinkability are both nothing short of exceptional. Color and notes of hay, baked golden apples, orange marmalade. Very well balanced with just the right amount of hops. This beer is a natural accompaniment to many kinds of grilled seafood and shellfish with light sauces. It excels alongside cheeses and grilled vegetables with roasted garlic also.

Perhaps the most salient feature of this ale still is the consistency of its quality. I've been drinking it since 2003 and am continuously impressed with how steadfastly it meets the expectations.

10-16-2010 19:32:37 | More by Cannoneer
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packetknife

Idaho

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Tart and fruity. Heavily carbonated, obscenely so. Smells wonderful. Nice deep character. I didn't expect anything this good for what I first thought was a 'knock-off'. Definatly a re-visit.

05-02-2002 19:28:19 | More by packetknife
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Pours a very pale cloudy lemony-yellow and it's very cloudy with sediment and yeast floating throughout; a huge 3 finger head that is perfectly white and fluffy actually prevetns me from finishing the pour and I have to do it in three shifts; very solid and hard carbonation and there is a dry sticky lacing that is left clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of sweet fruits like grapes and it's very yeasty as well; there is a bit of a spicey scent coming through, but not especially strong in the nose.

Taste: The spices are much more potent in the flavor and are really the first thing that I notice - I would say the standard Belgian-esque spices of coriander and nutmeg; there is a very sweet yeasty flavor as well. The nice sweet and sour fruits are there as well, and, like the smell, I would go with the light clean taste of grapes.

Mouthfeel: Massive carbonation keeps it very prickly; a very slight coating initially but it finishes pretty clean and light -- leaving the mouth a little watery wanting some more.

Drinkability: I would say especially high. This is a great tasting beer that is light and refreshing, as well as especially flavorful.

05-16-2009 15:01:12 | More by bamadog
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

750ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy but very translucent orange body with big bubbly chunky white head.

The nose is a mix of fruits, yeast, wood, alcohol, phenols, apples, apple peel, cinnamon and some other soft spices.

This beer has a huge amount of carbonation. It's almost hard to drink at first it's so carbonated, but once it sits for a few minutes the carbonation mellows and pulls all the flavors out. Very easy drinking, medium bodied and very well balanced. Clean tasting, lemons, lemon peel, soft grain malt, an earthy hop bitterness, apples, pears, wheat, phenols, yeast. There's even a slight chalkiness.

It ends with a more intense bitterness that slightly overshadows the nice clean malt and fruit flavors.

Overall this is just a great beer. If it weren’t 7.5% I'd call this a perfect session beer. It tastes like the sort of beer you could just sit back and drink all day long. Very clean and simple, yet complex enough to let you taste every flavor all in perfect harmony.
These New Yorkers should be made honorary Belgians.

10-31-2003 08:40:50 | More by taez555
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TheJollyHop

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Cloudy golden amber, thick and frothy two fingers worth of head. Ample foam retention on the walls of the glass.

Strong spiciness upfront intermixed with horse blanket, yeast, and lemon scents. A little grassy as well.

Like the nose, spice is readily noticeable upfront and it tastes a lot like cinnamon. The sweetness is light and biscuity, possibly some honey, and I detect some cooked pear as well. Straw and light lemony citrus flavors pervade as well, along with a clean and musty overall taste. There is some faint alcohol on the breath, and the bittering hops perfectly balance the malt as they explode and then tingle on the tongue briefly.

Effervescent, light bodied, and highly carbonated. Expands in the mouth and coats the tongue.

Flavorful and easily enjoyable, it retains its character well.

03-17-2010 15:52:39 | More by TheJollyHop
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Pours a bright golden yellow color with a thick tight 2 finger foam head with long lasting retention. There is lots of lacing all down the side of the glass.

S: Light citrus, yeast, spices, grains and some light toasted bread.

T: Starts off with a nice mild yeast flavor with some citrus and toasted bread undertones. The middle is where the spice comes through more. The beer finishes with a slightly musty flavor with some bread and citrus.

M: A crisp and refreshing beer. Could use a little less carbonation, but not much.

O: This is a really nice Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Light crisp and refreshing. Not overly musty.

05-23-2011 11:02:25 | More by IronCitySteve
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A- Slighty cloudy yellow, two finger head.

S- Fresh and clean with heavy citrus notes and hints of banana.

T- Though not as tart as the smell precludes, the yeast does take center stage. This does not mean that this is the only flavor profile going on here by a long shot. Ever so slighty sweet malt up front with a very smooth hop bitterness in the finish.

M- Tangy carbonation, quite refreshing.

D- Dangerous, especially considering the abv.

Although not my favorite sytle, but this beer and the style as a whole comand respect. A must try for all beer lovers.

03-27-2008 15:40:34 | More by Pauly2X
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a clear light gold with lots of tiny bubbles and a rich thick frothy white head. Excellent retention.
Nose is a mix of clove/spice and fruity apple with some floral notes. Can pick up faint whiffs of alcohol as it warms.
The taste has a light fruitiness that lasts throughout, that is quickly hit a sharp spiciness and slightly bitter lemon rind, leading into a dry but yeasty finish.
Body is a bit heavier than I expected for the style, but not overly heavy by any stretch, still a light and lively saison. So tasty and crisp, I wish I picked up more than four of these, will have to make another trip to NY again soon!

03-03-2011 05:50:17 | More by MattyV
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BillH200174

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Hazy copper-orange color with a fluffy white head. Flowery, citrusy, yeasty nose. Refreshing, spritzy mouthfeel. Flavors of lemon, orange, yeast rolls and green apple meld together admirably. Finishes with a bit of a hoppy blast along with a dry tartness. Improves greatly as the bottle warms into the 60 degree range as the nose, flavors and alcohol really intensify.

03-17-2012 11:06:03 | More by BillH200174
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer is from the home of baseball, Cooperstown, NY.
Bought the large bottle at a local package store.
Upon being poured into my glass, it has a nice orange tone with a nice thick white head.
The taste is citric and slightly spicy at the same time.
The MF is very nice and gives me the urge to grab some oysters of some other high class good to eat with this delicious beer.
Very nice beer from upstate New York. Ommegang has several great beers, but this is the one that I seem to purchase most often.

01-01-2008 03:28:03 | More by mltobin
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A bottle from Wegmans that my mom brought back to Ontario for me... thanks mom! Pours a hazy pale yellow with huge white head and lots of lacing. With a careful pour, the head was still bigger than the beer. Smells very yeasty with grassy hops. Nice bitterness in the taste with the Belgian style yeast. Has some spicy sweetness to it too (that makes sense, right?). Great carbonation level and delicious.

06-14-2010 00:50:15 | More by kwjd
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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my snifter.

A: Pours a gorgeous hazy yellow with a hint of orange. There was about a half finger head to start, which dissipated to a thin film. Not sticky at all.

S: Smells mainly of grass, with a hints of pepper and citrus - a bit of yeast as well.

T: Taste is primarily citrus, with notes of honey, grass, and sweet cream. Quite light. Very well constucted - not much bitter.

M: A bit dry, biting carbonation. Though at the same time quite smooth. As it goes down it sticks to your mouth for extended enjoyment

D: Very smooth as the alcohol is very masked for having a moderately high ABV. After a few a tastes though, you can start to feel its kick. For being remarkably light tasting though, it can be quite an enjoyable session. Different and really enjoyable beer if you're looking for a little something but nothing overbearing.

10-04-2008 21:31:23 | More by bigkahunas4
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MinnesotaRIS

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Served in a hansa pils glass. Pale, bright yellow and brilliantly clear appearance if the bottle trub weren't swirled in. Trub is suspended in the top foam and makes an amazing display as it falls. Tiny bubbles float up. White head that is rocky, stands for a bit then falls at an average rate.

S - very pleasant aroma of a light, refreshing beer. Almost lagery with other notes that round it out - earthy, grassy, a touch of the rustic.

T - Saison that has been well aged. Again, earthy and grass like. Alcohol has some sharpness and is evident in the taste but it is soft, rolling over the palate. Finishes with a touch of citrus but not from hops. Tastes more like natural additions other than hops and malt; malt is very subdued. Clean finish.

M - Lingering finish. Very complex mouthfeel that makes one want to have this with a very delicate meal - nothing overpowering or overfilling. Low body that is sharp and supported well.

Great beer. I can see why this is an A. Served around 54F.

04-26-2011 02:17:31 | More by MinnesotaRIS
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SurlyMe

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from bomber into duvel tulip glass

A - pours a cloudy golden yellow with a BIG foamy white head which sticks around fairly well leaving a few areas of lacing

S - light lemon citrus notes, belgian yeast, maltyness, peppery spicyness, ginger

T - big lemon citrus and apple flavors up front followed by a peppery and spicy finish, alcohol is well masked, complex

M - almost a champagne like feel at first with all the carbonation and bright notes which leads into a dry finish, medium to light in body, slight stickyness after several sips, refreshing

D - good drinkability for how complex it is, would be great after a tough day of working outside in the summer.

This is the first beer I've tried from Ommegang. Let's just say I'll be trying the others....

12-11-2010 02:37:14 | More by SurlyMe
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Good beer in a nice big bottle

A- Remarkable head that grows as big as you pour it. (I got mine to 6-fingers!) nice circular "bubble"-pattern lace. Beautiful godlenrod/butterscotch color with a hazy translucent glow

S- Light, sweet fruity yeast, light hops, good pils-like malt, and a hint of lemon and must

T- Taste is OK, but has some cheap aspects to it. Good banana and clove

M- Feel is light-medium with amazing natural carbonation

D- Excellent. one bottle is enough to get you drunk quite well

11-08-2008 05:12:30 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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Abita45

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Light bodied for it's style, with a pleasant wheat/yeast fragrance and a minimum head. It laced nicely on the glass, but the real substance to the beer was its nice combination of wheat, hops, and malt which made for a crisp taste while also giving it a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel.

I only had a loose bottle of this beer, but feel compelled to pick up a few others. I thought it was outstanding.

06-24-2006 05:51:22 | More by Abita45
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Flightoficarus

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

Appearance - A pale, golden, cloudy color, with a moderate white foam head.

Smell - Yeast, citrus, and earthy notes are prevalent.

Taste - Deliciously smooth. Moderate bitterness, spicy, and fruity, but still balanced overall.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing, with a medium body.

Drinkabilty - Ridiculously drinkable for it's ABV, maybe dangerously so. I could easily drink several more of these! Quite refreshing. Very good! This is the first Saison I've tried, but I can safely say I'll be buying this again, and trying some others.

07-24-2009 08:04:32 | More by Flightoficarus
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Hazy yellow color. One finger fine bubbled white head that falls quickly. Sheets of lace drop quickly to the halo of a cap. A gently swirl brings back a small head. Smell is spicey pepper and clove with just a faint fruityness. Taste matches the smell. Only the mildest of bitterness in the finish but any sweetness is supurbly balanced giving a very dry clean finish. High level of carbonation with tons of tingle on the tongue. Another excellent beer from Ommegang.

07-08-2008 01:13:01 | More by beermanbrian
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,864 ratings.