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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,095
Hads: 5,639
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 302
Gots: 810 | FT: 1
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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 bigbeerdrinka
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rapunzel like golden color with a massive rocky white head. Aromas are yeasty and citrusy with just a hint of lemon in the mix. Initial flavors start off sweet and spicy with a champagne like mouthfeel from the firm carbonation. The flavors progress to a lemony like citrus flavor with yet more spice and a slight alcohol kick to it. The finish to this brew is just as spritzy as the beginning with an almost clove like finish. Overall a fantastic brew with probably the best price around.

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Photo of beerattorney
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a healthy pure white head.
In typical saison style this beer smells very grassy and farmish. It is exceptionally well balanced and hides its substantial alcohol very well. The aroma is a grassy banana and the taste complements with rolling mellow flavors. In my opinion, the mouthfeel of the Hennepin makes the entire experience. The beer is perfectly carbonated and delivers the perfect balance of earthy flavors, yeast, and CO2 to make this a delightful treat that is at home in any season.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured slightly hazy pale golden straw. The head was white and frothy and rose tall to fall slowly and eventually coat the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was of sweet malt with an earthy presence, Belgian yeast and some farmhouse ale aromas. After the head fell back the fruity esters emerged and added to the aroma.

The flavor was sweet immediately upon hitting the tip of the tongue but quickly transformed into a very nice bittering component. The sweet malt and bittering worked well together and then Belgian yeast spiciness and a slight farmhouse quality emerged. A decent complexity of flavors.

The finish was dry with a nice lasting bittering component. The body was medium light. The alcohol content was hidden somewhere and never made an impression, not in aroma, flavor or finish.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. Overall a well made Saison, with a slight bit more complexity this could be a contender, with the price it certainly could be one to have again and again.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

75 cl bottle.
I can hardly believe this beer is made in NY!
Cloudy, dark straw copper, but the cloudy was most likely yeast stirred up during transportation. Impressive, chunky head.
Very complex smell: apples, apricot, citrus, malt, horse blanket, alchohol.
What a great taste. This ale compares more than favorably with Begium brews. I had it back to back with Delirium Tremens and was surprised with Hennepin's well balanced hoppiness and smooth malt character. And at roughly $5 a bottle, it is about the best beer bargain I can think of.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking the first release of cave aged Hennepin from 2001, bottle #2825 of 3360 in celebration of the birth of my beautiful daughter Sadie.

The cork was very hard to get out, but when it went it went with an audible pop. It pours a golden orange with a huge white head that fades to a 0.5cm coating on the top of the beer. The aroma is floral, spicy (coriander and clove) with strong hints of orange peel. Taste is spicy, slightly sour, hoppy and pergaps a bit of clover honey. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with a warming alcohol finish. Extremely smooth and drinkable, and seems to have mellowed with its time in the cave and the cellar. A great celebratory drink and if you can find the 2001 edition, you'll be happy you did.

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Photo of rlcoffey
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a brandy snifter. Nice light orange color with a solid two finger orange head. Very good appearance. A strong aroma of hops and fruit. Pleasant to the nose. The taste had a good subtle flavor of the citrusy fruits, mostly orange, and hops but seemed to be lacking a little of something. Mouthfeel was what I was expecting for the style, no residue left behind. Alcohol was high to be overly drinkable and its probably the wrong time of the year for this beer. I will definately be getting this for sipping on the deck next summer.

This was my first saison, it is a style I have just never bothered to try. I will be trying more in the future. This is the second Ommegang beer I have had that didnt live up to its hype. But, in this case, Im not sure there is anything necessarily wrong, I just may not know the style well enough. Yet. Will review my scores after I am more knowledgable.

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Photo of longarm
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rarely does a beer live up to the hype. Does this one?

Color is an opaque yellow typical of bottle conditioned brews. Before this, I've had vague preconceptions of the definition of lacing...now I know. Craggy valleys of foam dissipate into defined and semi-permanent designs clinging to the side of the glass.

Smells like oranges with light hops and moderate alcohol. Some noticeable spices, but at first these are hard to pin-down.

...and then the sip. Unbelievable complexity washes over the tongue in continuous waves of orange and a host of spices. Is that cardamom, cloves, mace or maybe all three? What amazes me most is how the spices don't overwhelm the beer, which remains unpretentious in spite of its complexity.

This certainly lived up to expectations. I'm already looking forward to the next time I get to have one.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an Ommegang goblet that I got for free along with the purchase of this bottle...KICK ASS! Golden and orange with a huge, two-finger, fluffy head. Citrusy hop aroma filled with lemon, orange, grapefruit, and flowers. Very pleasant. Great taste. A little on the acidic side, but the hops really play against each other very well. A very drinkable beer that I will most definitely be purchasing again though I prefer the regular Ommegang to this.

Update (4/12/05):
Just had Hennepin on-tap @ The Elephant Walk in Boston, MA. Amazing. The aroma really came out more than before . Very citrusy. It was also dangerously drinkable. Served in a pint glass, but I'll let it slide because it just means I got more bang for my buck. And what a bang it was! (Insert dirty response here).

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Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a bottle with a cork, the label says that this is a Grisette farmhouse ale (Belgian-style) that is bottled conditioned with a dose of yeast. After removing the cage the cork popped (with a bang) off after one turn. The beer poured in the glass with a three inch head that stuck to the sides.The color is a very hazy blond with the evidence of carbonation activity.
The smell is a lemon sweet with hints of wheat.
The taste is a crisp slightly caramel lemon wheat that has significant carbonation.
The mouthfeel has carbonation with an even smoothness throughout in taste, drinking, aftertaste, and even when belching.
The drinkability is good, the after taste does not linger and dissipates in time.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle-conditioned. 750 ml bottle.

Brilliant gold with enthusiastic bubbles streaming up to meet the huge fluffy white head. The head dies down into clumps while throwing off a bracing floral scent, a very young scent, almost grassy, like newly hewn stems. As the head dies, it shifts to more of a funky, almost sweaty, sweet-corn aroma.

Sticky streamers and spots hang on the glass as you drink. The mouth fills with a lively foam, and yet the bubbles are very tender for such an active carbonation. Tones of apple, as crisp as biting into fresh slices of Granny Smiths. That sweaty funk takes on a curiously "hot" tone. Hints of pepper in the finish, with the sweet alcohol of apple cider. As the sweetness dies, there's a strange salty rebound.

For such a weird mix of likes and dislikes, it's quite light and goes down way too easy.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle. No date, cellared in my closet for about 2 years.
Aroma: Nice Belgian banana yeast aroma with some apricot, grape and pepper.
Appearance: Hazy golden blond with a moderate covering of clumpy white head.
Flavor: A touch of farmyard funky with great fruit flavor. Lemon rind, grapes and yeast predominate. It’s a straightforward taste with the fruit and funk melding nicely; enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, but not fizzy. Clean mouthfeel that leaves the taste to linger but a crisp finish. Fairly light body.
Overall Impression: Easy drinking Belgian! Light in style, simple and direct, but a nice flavor. A very approachable Saison, I could see this with fish or a light meal. A good summer quencher but a bit alcoholic for a session; highly recommended.

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Photo of dgallina
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold with a gigantic creamy white head and non-stop lace. Nose is predominantly fruity, spicy, and complex. Great mix of flavors that start off sweet and fruity but quickly develop tart notes and finish dry and spicy. Medium-weight and slightly creamy mouth-feel. Extremely easy to drink. Hard to believe that this is a 7.5% ABV Saisson.

This bottle was far better than the bottle of Saisson Dupont I sampled last month...

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Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer came in a 12 oz. brown bottle with lots of useful information (like how to pour this beer, and what kind of glass to use) and some trivia (like origins of the name, and some tidbits about Belgian culture). When poured in my trusty goblet, the beer looked marvelous with clear, pale golden body, and an outrageously sized head that tried my patience as I could only get half of the bottle into the 16 oz. glass. As the head died down, there was tons of lace left behind. The smell was delicately floral, spicy, earthy, and fruity, with bananas, saffron, pepper, and horse blanket evident. The taste was tart and sweet, with flavors of lemon, banana, beet sugar, orange peel, and radishes. The aftertaste was spicy and semi-dry, and left me longing for more. Thin and delicate mouthfeel is a bit dusty. This beer has very good drinkability and offers a good value for the money. I will be sampling more beers from them again.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of cooter
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, hazy, golden/straw/orange-leaning color. Thick, fine-bubbled, patchy head. Smells flowery, tastes fruity, citrus scent. Mango, banana, grapefruit, lemon, tart, sweetish. Light and lively in my mouth, and scent of esthers becomes very strong when imbibing. Aftertaste is like the scent, begs a second drink. Saccharine if left without a swig too long, but absolutely divine when I am drinking. Just at the edge of my palate skills at identifying tastes, it is extremely fun and interesting. Brilliant and exciting.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. It has a clean orange color with a lacy head. The aroma is grassy and sweet. The flavor has notes of apple, cinnamon, and white cranberrry sweetness. That maltiness is light but a good base for the complex fruity flavors. In the mouth this beer feels suple and soft and very easy to drink.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl. bottle which spent the last 16 months in the cellar.
Has a clear straw color with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Spicy, bready, yeasty smell. Has a rich, full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Complex taste is bready, grainy, with black pepper and spices among others that I can't put a finger on. Finishes with a spicy alcohol bite.

A tasty, high quality brew. Very nice.

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Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. Bottle. Corked and caged.

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow with a large white head. The foam was spiderweb-like and dissipated quickly for its size. Some light fingers of lace were left behind. A rough pour on the second glass yielded a head that was denser and had more staying power.

Smell: At first, all heavy, corny sweetness and not overly enjoyable. However, after awhile, some hops and a little spicy yeast emerged to save the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied but with some chewiness. Smooth, with light hints of carbonation tickle.

Taste: Pretty straightforward flavor. All sweet malt, yeast, and floral and herbal hops. Both the bitterness of the hops and the sweet malt continued long into the aftertaste, where the yeast gained strength.

A good beer, but nothing to write home about.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

--10/29/04 Update--

This beer showed a lot more complexity on the second sample of it that I had today. This was from a smaller, 12 oz. bottle with a nip cap.

The aroma had more depth, with smells of fruit ranging from grapes to apples and an underlying layer of vanilla that added a lot of warmth to the brew.

The beer came across as fuller bodied, but it dried out just the right amount at the end. It was still malty and hoppy as I stated above, but it seemed to have more of a raw grain quality to it. A nice, light fruitiness was present, and the hops were rather subdued. They just balanced out the beer and gave it the right amount of spiciness.

I was much more impressed with this beer the second time around. I boosted my ratings accordingly.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a cloudy golden, lot's of bubbles and a thick frothy head that held good retention actually billowed like cloud puffs all the way through!

smell:complex citrusy odor, slightly musky

taste:Fruity, citrusy, complex taste, earthy as well, just beautiful is all I can say, tastes very akin to a Duvel! which is a high honor indeed! and at half the price, has got to be one of the best bargains around!

mouthfeel: is tangy, light and crisp

Drinkability: Are you kiddin me??? FANTASTIC!!! One of the best beers I've tried! fugeddaboutit!!!!

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Photo of Hibernator
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a chalice. Nice looking label with directions on the back for a proper pour.

Appearance is a golden color, with a frothy white head on top. Excellent sticky lacings cling all over the goblet. The head stays in form as I enjoy this beer.

Aroma of pepper, herbs and spice.

Taste has a nice complex feel to it. Highlights include a strong belgian yeast profile and honey sweetness on the finish. Lemon or lime zing flavors blend with peppery bite. Pressured carbination effect with bubbles tingle the tongue.

Very tasty and enjoyable beer. Excellent drinkability at 7.5 % ABV. Ommegang nails every Belgian influenced style beer that I've had. Check this beer out....recommended.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: 12 oz. bottle. Pours with a rich pillow of snow-white head with a bead as tight as shaving cream. A swirl of the goblet sends the foam into a little galactic spiral. Lazy cling, o.k. lacing. Beer is peach chrome in color with honey-colored highlights and enough yeast haze to make the carbonation just barely visible. Smells involve peach pie filling, cinnamon sugar cookies, beeswax and clover. A twist of saffron and the perfume of shredded violets round out a cool, floral, humid nosefeel. Fresh ginger flavors dominate over the sweetness of ladyfingers in the front palate. Must, straw, and alcohol are incorporated into perfectly level transitions between fruit and spice before ending with a well-hopped, bitter finish of fruit pits that sticks the tongue to the roof of the mouth. Burps of red delicious apple appear by the time I'm reaching for my second bottle. Mouthfeel is lightly viscous with a calciferous, magazine-paper slickness and a sharp, tingling POW! of carbonation high on the tongue. At room temperature, drinkability soars... knocking off a 750 should be a piece of cake. This is like drinking a summer picnic out of a glass.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bold, bright, and golden in color with a substantial, pillowy white head and rather furious carbonation, Hennepin looks very nice, and its aromas reached my nose almost instantly as I poured the brew. Yeast, hay, and a soft sweetness wafted into my nostrils before I took my first sip, which revealed more dry, farmhouse elements in the taste, as well as an almost surprising alcoholic twinge.

More elements - some herbal, some peppery, some light citrus, and others - emerged as I continued drinking. This is wonderfully complex, very drinkable, and thoroughly enjoyable.

I'm a sucker for saisons, and this is an excellent one.

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Photo of brewQ
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked 750ml bottle with no date code.

A slightly hazy pale yellow presentation. The 1 inch plus head moves in unison and you can hear the bubbles rising.

The first aroma was a bit skunky but that passed quickly. Replaced by peppery notes and then grainy, slightly bitter flavors as I jumped into it. There is a lot going on with this brew.

Left my mouth with a light coating, highly drinkable, undoubtedly would be good with a variety of foods. The alcohol content may sneak up on you.

While it is a quality brew I just wasn't overwhelmed with this offering. Maybe a style I am not quite keen on. Sorry, Bros.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice cloudy golden colour with bubbles rising to a fluffy white head which lasts and lasts. the smell is a nice mix of fruit berries, a touch of alcohol and spice. there is somewhat of a white wine odor here, but not as sharp. the flavour was unexpectedly good. everythign mentioned above is mixed in throughout and hits the palate just right: with a smooth, fruity dryness. the finish is sweet and a bit tart. yeast is evident throughout as well and adds that much more to this tasty brew. it is wonderfully easy to drink and spot on with its carbonation level. i didn;t expect to enjoy this one as much as i did (though i don't know why). easily recommended.

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Photo of KoG
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a local grocery store, thats right plain ol grocery store that seems to not really carry anything out of the ordinary, and it was marked down to $3.99 so I figured "Why not?"

Poured out of the bottle with a generous 2 1/2 inch head into a chalice. Nice semi-cloudy golden tone underneath. The head took forever to dissapate, and when it finally did it left behind a nice sticky lacing that stayed throughout the drinking.

The smell was a little musty. Behind the must came honey, and citrus appeal with an obvious phenol tinge.

The taste was bitey on the first sip, alcohol was predominate. The rest of the bottle went down very smooth, leaving a orange-cream taste. Doesn't get astringent toward the bottom as the Rare Vos can. Pretty good, but just a little bit yeasty.

The mouth was excellent. Nice and rich with good carbonation, goes down VERY smooth and left me refreshed.

Drinkability is great, although I may want to space it out a little more next time as I may have finished the last 2 glasses a little quick. Ommegang has a winner with this one, as if that isn't already evident.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,095 ratings.