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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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93
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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Reviews: 2,135 | Ratings: 5,845
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Known as the king of Farmhouse ales, I had to try this.

Hennepin comes barreling out of the bottle before I got a chance to pour it, with toothpaste-like thick foam, bubbling over and creating a beautiful disaster. When poured, the liquid takes a second or two to get past the foam and then develpps into a perfectly hazy, light mango flesh colored body. The head continues to look like shaving cream mixed with white toothpaste, just absolutely pasty and unrelenting. 100% opacity.

Fresh fruits on the nose with green and white grape, oranges, stone fruits/drupe, cantaloupe, accented with cinnamon and pie spices.

A wheaty-hay character starts it out, followed by a wash of circus peanut, banana split, and yeast. A stale cracker/wet hay malt flavor permeates the profile though, detracting a bit from the experience overall. Some lemon-lime flavored water finishes out the profile. 4 seems too generous and 3.75 seems too low, it's a hard decision.

Feel is crisp, light, and dry like a white whine or champagne. Not bad at all and a great compliment to the style and flavor profile.

Overall, I think this is the first Saison I've had this season, though I may be mistaken. Perhaps I'm not giving it a fair chance, but I thought this was just above average. Not neccesarily bad, but not totally mind-blowing either. Will I have it again? Maybe. Great Divide's Collette and GI's Sophie still reign as king in my book for the Farmhouse Ale.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

It's like the cimarron of saisons. Good individual bits on a chassis that can't deliver. The mouthfeel is really poor, it's thin where it should be thick. Overall not terrible but that mouthfeel is disappointing in an otherwise great beer.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden, highly carbonated pilsner pour with a beautiful, creamy white head. Spicy, fruity & very dry palate & flavor. Finishes slightly bitter, lemony & dry. Very well hidden 7.7% ABV in this one.

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Photo of SideOrder
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just an excellent saison. It hits every note of the style with near-perfect pitch:

Hazy golden color? Check.
Big rocky head that disappears quickly? Yep.
Smell of wet hay and hard fruits? Oh yes.
Sweet taste on the tip of the tongue, with a dry champagne finish? You betcha.
Crisp mouthfeel and moderate carbonation? Of course.

Damn this is a good beer. I like it so much that I got a 1/6 barrel for my kegerator today.

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Photo of anon
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Billowing, egg-shell colour head standing nearly 3 fingers tall, reducing to a half finger with fantastic retention. Light lace common of the style. Copper/light yellow hue, bubbly carbonation.

Light farmhouse funk on the nose; straw, must and light skunk, going hand in hand with banana, bread, bubblegum and spice.

Orange peel, lemon rind, papaya, banana + peel, coconut, lemon candy, apple, pear, cracker, bread, Belgian yeast, pine, earth, clove, coriander, peppercorn, ginger. Floral and herby. Medium bodied, slightly astringent, earthy, crisp and refreshing. Would pair great with a proper meal. Exceptional saison, just needs that "it" factor.

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Photo of EMH73
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a one and a half inch white head and decent lacing. Smells yeasty, floral, bananas, orange and spices. Tastes of yeasty bread, bananas, lemongrass, cloves and orange peel. Finishes with a bit of hops. Well carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into Libby flute. Second pour from bottle. Resealed bottle last night with a fold over, expanding wine stopper. Still great carbonation, smell and taste. Recommend those types of stoppers.
Looks great! Slight hazy, clear gold.
Smells a little sweaty, grassy,funky.
Tastes like it smells. Love this taste. Some bread mixed in, and pear. Slight bitterness.
Great carbonation and very crisp. Bubbles constantly rising.
Will buy again. Loved this beer.

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Photo of ntalexan
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

-Appearance: Really big bubblebathy head on it. Got a little overzealous during the pour and had to wait for the head to dissipate before pouring the rest of the pint. Needless to say that the carbonation is great, leading to a nice champagne pop when opening. Cloudy amber in the glass with a decent amount of sediment.



-Nose: All yeasty and bready brings me back to the champagne comparison. Reeks of bananas and orange peel with a slight bit of hoppiness.



-Flavor: Great creamy mouthfeel. Orange peel, rye bread, with a decent amount of hops. A bit of petrol on the backend. Great finish but it doesn’t linger



-Rating: 4/5: This is a really good saison. Light and refreshing with a great mouthfeel. Just what one needs for a nice Spring day drinking session. I could knock back a few pints of this guy. Just a really balanced beer. The yeast in the brew balances really nicely with the extras they added.



-Cheers!

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Transparent gold color with a huge, fluffy, white head that lasts the entire glass and leaves tons of lacing. Smell is cloves, banana, lemon, pear, and just a general earthiness. Taste expands on the above flavors into an overall fruity and spicy beer; in addition to what I picked up in the smell, there's also coriander, orange peel, banana, and wheat. Very complex balance between sweet, spicy, and bitter. Feel is full and rich, somewhat high carbonation that makes it feel pleasantly prickly on the tongue. Starts out sweet and spicy, finishes somewhat dry and tart. My first time enjoying a saison and I will definitely be seeking out more thanks to this quality brew.

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Photo of RampantGM
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty farmhouse ale / saison. It was a delicious beer that was full-bodied and had some wonderful notes of orange peel, sweet malt and just a touch of ginger and coriander on the finish.
Had a little too much, large foamy white head and carbonation.
This is a wonderful representation though as to what a high quality farmhouse saison should be like.
Love it!

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Photo of TheLefty1616
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color wiht some murkiness or coudiness. Very impressed with the head but it did quickly dissipate. Floral and fruity aromas hit the nose right away. There is also a sweetness and earthiness to the smell. I love the flavor, takes a minute to hit but its a rush to your taste buds. I really enjoyed the finish of this beer on the palate. Overall this was a great beer..

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a nice straw yellow color with a slight haze to it. A big airy, fluffy, white colored head tops the beer off.

Smell: Banana peels, apples, coriander, fruity esters, something floral.

Taste: Very floral. Flower petals. Bananas. Lemongrass. Cloves. Overall, the bananas and the floral notes probably stand out the most, but it does have a well-rounded flavor for a beer of this style (even if it is on the fruity side), and the alcohol is hidden quite well.

Feel: Bubbly, sharp, and refreshing.

Overall: While it's not my favorite farmhouse ale, it's still a very good one. This style seems to waver quite a bit and this one I believe borders closer to a wheat ale or a hefeweizen more than other saison's do.

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Photo of KevCan
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been searching for this in stores for a while now. Finally found it at Pizzeria Paradiso on P Street in DC. Ordered a 12 oz. bottle.

Look: Golden and hazy with a thin white head.

Smell: Nice saison yeastiness, lots of orange.

Taste: A little hoppy, strong on the orange and coriander. Nice malty aftertaste.

Feel: Highly carbonated and prickly. A bit watery/thin.

Overall: Good saison, would be very refreshing in the summer. Tastes almost more like a Belgian wheat beer, though.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light golden/yellowish in color with a small white frothy head.

Smelling yeast, wheat?, orange slices, coriander.
Taste is light, fairly carbonated, slightly fizzy. Yeast, banana, clove. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Drinkzumbeer
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very tasty farmhouse saison, and possibly one of the best ones I have tried lately. It was a delicious brew that was full-bodied and had some wonderful notes of orange peel, sweet malt and just a touch of ginger and coriander on the finish. A persistent large foamy white head and the carbonation was spot on for this beer. This is a wonderful representation as to what a high quality farmhouse saison should be like. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours a hazy gold with white foamy head. Aroma of bready yeast,citrus, banana, spices. Taste follows the nose banana, very fruity, spicey. Very nice, can't even tell the ABV.

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Photo of 513BeerLover
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks beautiful with a healthy foam head. Smell fruity and sweet. Taste is excellent with a light fruity tart. Mouthfeel is very smooth and very drinkable. Overall, I was glad I added this to my pick-6 pack. Will hopefully remember to pick up more of then on my next beer run.

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Photo of brap
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really nice. Got this as part of a Ommegang gift pack. Reminded me of one of my favorite beers, Fin Du Monde and my favorite Belgian tripels. Nice color and fragrance. A lot of fruit notes and finishes with a nice tart note. I freaking love this beer and will definitely revisit it.

A lot of fruit notes going on at once, complex but incredibly quaff-able. Nice alcohol content without tasting boozy.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful gold straw color with an exceptional amount of foam on the pour. The nose has a sour band smell (which is a lot nicer than that sounds). The taste keeps the fruit flavor but brings in a malty yeasty finish which is quite lovely. Well carbonated so refreshing and drinkable (I am partial to carbonation). Overall, it is an outstanding beer, however, the 7.7% ABV (which you don't really notice) would have made it hard to return to the fields for more work after a well earned lunch.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Impressive looking cork top bottle that is heavy and of substance....a masculine brew for sure! The beer is champagne like in bubbly goodness and the head is an off white, two finger thick foamy layer over the brew itself....it retains quite nicely and gets rather puffy. Beautiful coloring too....yeast hazed golden/copper, and there is some dead yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle too....nothing but good stuff happening appearance wise!

S- Velvety soft spices that remind me of clove, coriander and slight black pepper right off the bat, followed by mellow fruitiness (pears, pink lady/gala apple, soft citrus and notes of banana), yeasty buttery biscuit....finish seems somewhat dry.

T- The banana fruit flavor comes to life even more than the aromas let on, with the pear and apple/citrus notes now taking more of the back seat. Balancing light smooth malt sweetness that is slightly toasty and grainy/grassy cleanliness! The finish is slighty hoppy, and this becomes much more noticeable after the swallow when the back of the palate gets a tart/bitter floral tone. The spiciness is quite muted but detectable overall...just mild pepper and clove of note!

M/O- Very pleasant on the palate, and while there is a boatload of bubbly zing, it really allows the full expression of the mellow, balanced flavors to shine. Very well hidden alcohol and the beer will age well, as I have found out (BB or bottled July 2013)....this is a highly drinkable and social brew that could be enjoyed on many a night by and sort of club meeting or perhaps with a good meal! Prost!!!

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle to Stella glass. Pours a bright, golden, cloudy orange with significant head. Very attractive. Smell is dry and slightly funky. Taste is heavy on wheat and is dry with some wheat-beer bubblegum flavors. Slightly chalky on the finish, which I find to be nicely unique. Bubbly, light-to-medium mouthfeel. A good saison that is big on spiciness rather than sweetness or bitterness. I enjoyed it. Not Ommegang's best but worth seeking out.

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Photo of jw4free
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Weizen glass. L: big 3 finger head that fades slowly. Big white lacing. Cloudy dark straw with a lot of effervescence. Second glass, LEAVE the YEAST in the bottle. Does not affect smell, but does hide a lot subtle flavors. S: lemongrass and wheat. Hint of sour mash. Not bold. T: fruit stripe bubble gum. No hint of the sourness from the smell. F: crisp mouthfeel, bubbly and spice tingle. Good alcohol content, well hidden.

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Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear straw-yellow color with a generous white head that slowly subsided. Good looking beer.

Smell: Fruity pear-like notes, mild hay/grassy notes, and mild musky notes..

Taste: Following the nose, tart pear-like fruit notes, mild grassy/hay notes, and mild funk notes. The beer finishes dry with the grassy/hay notes.

Mouth-feel: Light-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. true to the style.

Overall: Good Saison. that's readily available and cost friendly to boot.

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Photo of taters21
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a gigantic 5 finger head in mug, lots of carbonation, a gold color.
Smells skunky, musty, funky.
Taste follows with yeast notes, mineral, ginger, coriander, orange peel, slightly sweet, leaves with a dry finish.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but light, reminds me of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Overall an interesting beer, and I appreciate its' craftsmanship, but it is simply not a style that appeals to me.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A; hazy; gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: orange for a moment, then lemon is predominant with coriander and black pepper in the background;

T: lemon and bread up front, then lemon through the finish; a touch of tartness toward the end; mild bitterness in the aftertaste;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation - a little prickly; a dry finish if you're patient;

O: very refreshing;

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