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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,107
Hads: 5,686
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 314
Gots: 844 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of Chaney
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I thought I had ticked this "Beer of Fame," but I guess not.

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured a bright, yet murky orange color, with a pillowy, cloud-like formation posing as a head on top.

S: Coriander and orange peel upfront, followed by some banana pudding, and candy component reminiscent of "Pixie Stick" dust.

T: The finish on this is really harsh and not entirely pleasant to my taste buds. A bit too alcoholic, and a bit too grainy and bitter for my liking. I think that if some pepper were added to the overall profile, it might have been more fun and interesting.

M: I dug the carbonation bill.... very spritzy and champagne-like, but the bitter lingering was substantial. A good bit of lacing on the glass.

O: It's been years since I've tried this one, but I remember not really caring much for it back in the day either. To each his or her own, I guess.

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Photo of Truh
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was feeling Minnesota with this one on 10/21/2004. 12-oz. pour in a wide-mouthed goblet.

Initial ½-inch down of cream head that thins on its own schedule. Flowery/floury permissiveness on nose with coriander, sweet clover honey, and Kentucky blue grass all chortling around in there; as it warms, alcohol provides some heat. Biting pepper, lemon juice, chewy grape leaf hint, Hi-C fruit punch sweetness follows behind all of this with a finishing overall Sourpatch Kid puckering. Could take it or leave it; the sour aspect is just a bit off-putting.

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Photo of joejost
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a pint glass with no visable head. Dissapointed with the pour. The color was a beautiful strawberry blonde.

S- Wasn't sure if it was clove, barn, or flowers.

T- Like drinking a clover cig, in a straw barn in the country.

M- Clean, medium body.

D- Can see how many people would love this in the summer. Not my favorite style, but an excellent Saison from a top notch brewery.

Anyone in upstate NY should make a point to visit the Ommegang Brewery. Wonderful people, scenery, and delicious beer.

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Photo of Vancer
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Excellent pour- first honey yellow with a frothy white head, great lacing. Just some subtle notes of Belgium yeast in the aroma.

Taste – here we go: sweet and sour, earthy, just some notes of Belgium yeast. Mouth was tart, dry, and on the downside, fairly thin. Somewhat bitter. All in all, I have to say I didn’t care for it, and I like the Schlafly version of Saison. Wouldn’t go after this again, but would not turn down a glass of it, either.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adam for serving up another Saison. Served in an Allagash Cervoise. Best before January 2012.

A - Pours with a voluminous three-plus fingers of white foam that eventually dissipates to a thin cap and leaves behind some stray chunks of lace. Body is a golden straw color, and oddly only one of three three pours had a stream of bubbles.

S - Yeast, esters, some light stone fruit, must, earth, and a bit of soapiness. Alcohol could be better hidden, and this lacks in "pop" and intensity, particularly after the Odonata offering.

T - Taste is a little better, as there is less alcohol and spicy ester character. More pale malt, with a bit of lemon, stone fruits, and floral hop character.

M - Carbonation is a bit too zesty and gritty, body is medium and a touch grainy as well. There's a touch of warmth in the finish, and residual stickiness.

D - Meh. A serviceable brew, but not something I will bother having again, as there are too many better options on the shelf.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this big bottle at Capone's in Norristown, Pa in a snifter.
Appearance: Pale straw color with lots of carbonation, a bunch of head and suprisingly strong retention and lacing. White head.
Smell: A bit of banana and almost like a pineapple, but everything was pretty mellow.
Taste: Very nice phenolic fruit taste, again banana and pineapple. perhaps some orange or other citrisy fruits. Nice and compex but not standoffish.
Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp.
Drinkability Pretty good, and I'm not to much of a Saison fan.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured in a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy bright golden color with an absolutely ridiculous amount of spongy foam head.

S: Aroma is gratuitous of Belgian fruits like apricot but also something lighter, cantaloupe and watermelon come to mind. It's all rounded off by granola and hints of cut hay.

T/M: Once the intense head subsides, the taste has a slight alcohol twinge up front along with apricots and peaches, but is a bit watery. Some grainy malts linger in the finish.

A good Belgian/saison but the watery, alcohol twinge is a little off putting.


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Photo of jjanega08
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= great! Huge head that's pale white and gets really good and lumpy looking thick and frothy. The color is a darker straw color. Great lacing
S= corn, honey and maybe a little hops, and toasted malt I guess nothing cool
T= lotta alcohol, some hops toward the end, small citrus notes
M= lots of carbonation with a medium body
D= ok, the alcohol taste turns me away a little. Too many and you would get pretty drunk so I'm gonna say its just good

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Photo of evanlarkin
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ngeunit1 for this bottle.

In the air it looks almost clear. In the glass it takes on a straw yellow color, with just a slight haze and 1 1/2 finger white head made of big bubbles that fizz down and leave just a slight lacing.

Dry and malty, with a lot of belgian yeast scent. Kind of like a dry champagne, except malty instead of grape-y. Slight orange peel quality to it too.

Sweeter than the smell had led me to believe, but fairly dry. Orange zest and a few grape-like flavors. Some tangy hop character with low bitterness at the end.

This is a fairly straightforward champagne-bodied beer.

It's not bad, reminiscent of other belgian-style ales. I would not call it one of my favorites for the style, but it certainly isn't bad. I'll probably have it again in the future.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow haze, with a frothy big head. Aroma of clove and spice.

Taste, I dunno what the big deal is, tastes simply like a combo hefe and pale wheat beer. Some citrus notes, mostly lemon. Seems like an imperial hefe at times. Stays nice and dry with its tang, light bodied. Wish the clove stayed more in the background.

I dunno, you could just go buy 6 SN Kellarweis or something for this price.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into large wine glasses.

A = Hazy deep honey gold, white frothy head with good retention and medium lacing on glass as it recedes.

S = Strong phenolic smell, white pepper, cinnamon, lemon zest.

T = Taste tracks the smell but with a little more malt sweetness, there are strong yeast phenolic notes, some pepperiness, spiciness of more Middle Eastern of possibly Southern Spanish types.

M = Too fizzy in my mouth, hard to make any other judgments, medium bodied, fair mouthcoating.

D = This is an okay beer, but I cannot rate it's drinkability too high. It is both too strong and too weak for me to really want to sit back and enjoy it. On the one hand, it has some potential scents and flavors, but at the same time doesn't seem to quite live up to the those since they are either too soft to really be a great funky beer, or too strong to make it a simple enjoyable beer. I'll have to come back to this again though because I have a sense I may simply not be in the right mood for it.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice yellow straw pour with a great white head that stays throughout the glass.
Nice fruity, spicy, hoppy aroma, smells like a typical saison, but nothing special.
Taste, again some hops come out right away, floral and fruity. light carmel sweetness comes through with a touch of toasted grains and spices (corriander?), but all of it is just a little light for my tastes.
mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth and well carbonated. this is a good beer, but over rated in my opinion, just nothing special going on in this one. I probably wouldn't pick it over most of the other beers available.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Meridian Pint in DC. This is a beer bar that has three tables with individual taps that carries two pre-selected beers on them so you can pour them yourself and they will charge you like a gas pump. The night that me and my friends were there the beers on tap were the Hennepin and the new Sierra Nevada Tumbler (Fall Seasonal Brown Ale).

But anyway, the Hennepin poured a nice dark yellow/golden color, translucid, with a small white head and fairly good retention. It was pretty cool to pour a pint of Hennepin in my own glass as I've had this beer before and loved it.

The smell was dominated by malt/bready notes and a LOT of clove that was clearly overpowering the yeasty esters.

Taste was pretty much the same: started with bread sweetness and a lot of banana/clove that got me wondering if I was really having a Hennepin or if this was a Hefeweizen. I called the waitress and told her what was going on and she promptly brought me a sampler straight from the line downstairs. And it was sure different! I could now taste those spicy and fruity notes that make Saisons very complex and refreshing beers, given that the malt profile in this style is pretty much just regular pilsner or pale malt. Bottom line is that this beer was probably in this table tap for too long and lost a good deal of its complexity.

Mouthfeel was medium and carbonation was high making it very drinkable.

I know Hennepin is a good beer but I will just have to taste it again from a bottle because this table tap experience was not very good.

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Photo of Chaz
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Koningshoeven chalice. Pours a golden straw in color, with a slight amount of chill-haze. Solid, densely-packed white head of good duration and with fine lacing, a full finger easily. The nose here is worth the price of admission, with the rare spiciness of the yeast verily prickling at the nasal passages, inviting wet horseblankets and dull fruity malt components up for drinks in the wee hours. Better than I remember in this regard. Equal parts tangy and sweet on the first sip, coating the tongue and promoting a sense of degustation; where's that sampler platter at? Pale malts sing the high notes in the background as the middle is cajoled through the wheaty-meaty bits, and the zest of the yeast parying a bit in the foreground, but not quite asI remembered from my last go-round some years back. Dry around the finish and with enough hop aromatics to make you notice them, but even for the stylistic interpretation that is Hennepin this is a rather tame component. Not a small beer by any means, it drinks so easily you'll forget where you left your car keys if you're not lucky. Some lemon rind peaking through here and there, but nothing to be overly offended by, and in the end this feels a bit tame overall. Still, this is the first time I've had it on draught, and seeing as how it's back it won't be the last. I look forward to another go . . .

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Photo of JBogan
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear yellow/gold with a huge foamy white head which left excellent lacing.

Smelled very musty, along with a bit of citrus and not much else.

Tasted of musty yeast, very much like the smell. Not very sharp or complex. The lemon is in there but it's overpowered by the yeast. No tartness or crispness whatsoever going on here. This was a big letdown from what I'd hoped for.

Mouthfeel was great. Lots of prickly carbonation and generally a nice smoothness to go with a medium body.

This is a fairly drinkable beer, although nothing special. It's cheap though, so it has that going for it.

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Photo of Stingraystripe
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell initially is a little funk then sage, coriander, then very fruity pear. Love the nose on this one. Pours very effervescent with thick head, lots of carbonation. Slightly acidic mouthfeel with a finish that smacks of tart orange? Not as smooth or as complex as others. It's a decent saison, but I am surprised it's as popular as it is.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #196
Served On: 07/23/2012
Glassware: Pilsner Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this at Finbars (Rehoboth) while visiting Coastal Delaware on summer vacation.

Look: Poured a clear yellow. Head was a thin coating of white foam. Some lacing formed on the glass - nothing to write home about though. Carbonation bubbles were minimal.

Smell: A typical Saison aroma. Peppery coriander, clove, some faint banana and wet grass. Nothing real special was in the nose.

Taste: Again, very typical to the style. The coriander and funky Belgian yeast hit first with hints of sweet banana making up the middle. The finish was a long lasting mango or kiwi that faded into a clean aftertaste.

This was a textbook Saison in my opinion. I've had others that were very similar, but the level of quality is probably what sets this beer apart from the others.

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Photo of palma
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Pale yellow/golden color body with a lasting white head.
Yeasty peppery nose with some citrus and vanilla notes.
This beer tastes very much like a witbier. Don't know what that’s about. Fruity citrus base with some grassiness. A tart sour-like finish. Even though this is a siason, I think it's a little too tart for the style. Big citrus sour aftertaste kind of ruins the complexity of this beer IMO. Finished clean and semi-dry. Not the greatest siason as many BA's have proclaimed it is. Southampton's is much better.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle served in a tulip

A: Somewhat foggy yellow-orange with a firm finger of white, rocky head. Decent head retention and lacing.
S: Citrus, hops and some sweet malts; undeniable spice on the nose.
T: I'll break this part into two. The first half: Sweet start and a bitter finish. Wheaty and spicy, rounding out with yeasty, hoppy and eventually a baked/biscuity flavor as it warms slightly. Only a few minutes after that, earthy flavors pull through majorly. Eventually my palate was overrun with grass, metal and blood. Or so it tasted. I loved the first half of this beer, but I was not a fan of it as it had a chance to warm a bit.
M: Love the carbonation and spice combo. Lighter, refreshing body and just a touch or slightly bitter residue left on the palate.
D: This beer is as refreshing as any wheat...in the beginning anyways. I thought there was a serious breakdown of flavors near the end, so much so that I thought someone threw a farm into a blender and served it to me. I look forward to trying other Ommegang brews, because this one was a minor letdown.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, chilled to approximately 50 degrees (yes, I know the label says to chill it to 40 degrees, but that's what's Ommegang says to do with every one of its beers, even their Dubbel for Chrissake -- pardon me if I exercise some discretion here), poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass, and consumed unhurriedly while warming. Loved this early this summer when having it for the first time. Still like it, but not as much as before. Could use a bit more funkiness and I find it somewhat heavy and sticky feeling. Prefer Goose Island Sophie, Saison Dupont and, probably, Great Divide Collette.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Purs a cloudy light golden color with a huge white head that slowly fades down to a one finger sticky head with some thick lacing and big bubbles. Nose is dry and yeasty, it's got a bit of breadiness and tartness.

Wow, taste is bursting with citrus and fresh bitterness, lemons and lime are here. There's a good bite of spiciness from the yeast thats nice as well as some cloves and ginger and even a bit of pepper. Mouthfeel is really huge from the carbonation, maks it seem like a Belgian tripel. Overall really solid saison.

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Photo of mjc410
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bar pour yields no head in the straight edge pint glass. The beer is only slightly hazy. It's mostly a clear light gold. The nose is much lighter than the bottle, with just hints of the grassy funk I expect. The taste follows suit, being more mellow, less grassy and bitter than the bottle. Suffers a bit due to the loss of complexity. The mouthfeel tells you that this is a lively beer, with huge carbonation pushing through the medium body. A good beer on tap, but much better bottle-conditioned.

A note: the brewer at the State College BrewExpo said they recently stopped keg conditioning, so perhaps this could explain a bit...?

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Photo of Drew966
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Hennepin pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I'm not getting a lot from the aroma, its fairly mild. Taste is heavy on the horse blanket aspect of Belgian beer. Some hops are noticeable as well. Heavily carbonated, like seltzer, which seems to be appropriate for the style. Interesting. Worth a try, not my favorite style, but probably a pretty decent example of it.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip, aged for over a year

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with almost three fingers of active head.

S: Nutmeg, clove, and banana upfront, this beer is quite spicy. I get a bit of prunes as well, if I closed my eyes I might think this is a quad.

T: Similar to aroma, I get spices and dark fruits. Certainly on the sweet side for a Saison, but this beer stays balanced. I also get some lemon. This is different than any Saison I've had. Decent, but odd for the style.

M: Thick for the style with high carbonation.

O: This beer is fairly tasty but really odd for the style. It's also been aged for over a year, so the yeast has really taken over the beer. Decent.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This Saison brewed in Cooperstown, NY is 7.7% ABV.

Pours a bright yellow, crystal clear, with 3 fingers of fluffy white head that recedes after a minute.

Aroma is pilsner malts, fruit, yeast and mild spice. Overall a fairly simple/straight-forward nose for a saison.

Taste is very dry, beginning with light, bread malt and light fruit flavors. Yeast, soapiness and a sharp bitterness follow, with the finish leaving an acidic bitterness, vegetal character and some yeast character behind.

Medium/light mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Overall I really do not care for this beer, it is too sharp and lacks all the depth of flavor and character that I love in saisons. This is the fourth time I have tried this beer an I have never enjoyed it, I think I'm done giving it chances.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.