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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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BA SCORE
93
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4,395 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4395
Reviews: 2002
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%


Brewed by:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Mt Hope brewfest -served chilled in a taster, had a few to enjoy over the coarse of the afternoon while strolling around

A - A mildly hazed golden similar to apple juice or pear nectar w/ 2 fingers of cream that is snow white. The lace clings in a film and the bead is tiny

S - A smell the reminds of fresh ripe pear and some granny smith/golden apple notes w/ slight funky and earthy vegetal aroma w/ mild spicy herbal hop and a mild sweet aroma from the malt which is accented by more yeast which has a light white grape odor. The fragrant brew has plenty of complexity

M - I like how the feel has some tartness and light earthy peppery qualities and still has enough fruit and mild sweetness to comje off as refreshing with a high level of carbonation and mild tart almost lemony sour aspects. The finish is dry and light toasted in texture

T - The flavor of Hennepin is smooth, and brisk w/ light fruitiness and lots of yeast tartness which brings to mind grapeskin, lemon peel and the malt has a light toasted grain note w/ mild spice again from the yeast and slight alcohol influence. There is a mellow astringent note and hint of pear and hop in the finish which has a refreshing dry taste

D - I enjoy this beer a bit more in the bottle but this was great on a warm spring day - it was made for it with crisp full flavor and I was sincerely glad I got to try it again on tap

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 15:30:45 | More by Slatetank
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Corner Tavern in L5P in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of medium fruits - green apples and pears - backed by light malts and large amounts of peppery spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sweet green apple and lighter pear and apricot flavors. Midway through the sip peppery spices make an appearance, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending, leaving grassy notes lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall there's nothing exceptional about this beer except how well all the flavors complement each other. A quintessential saison done by a great US brewery, well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 01:06:51 | More by glid02
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at St. James Tavern in Columbus, Ohio in a pint glass.
A: Cloudy pale golden color, it poured with a big creamy head that died to a really good film.
S: Spicy rustic notes with clove and citrus and barnyard wheat. Overall, it has a very sweet aroma.
T: Crisp barnyard bread with a slightly bitter back end. The is peach with some orange and rustic, earthy hops.
M: Slightly syrupy, but frothy.
D: Really good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 00:12:17 | More by ne0m00re
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A growler filled at Al's of Hampden on 23-Apr-10. Hennepin is on record as being my favorite. It was also in the running for my newborn daughter's middle name (although it wasn't the winner).

A: The saison is crystal clear, a pale golden straw color that radiates. If I didn't know any better, I'd call it a pale lager due to the hue. A full head, over 2 fingers, is lacing in thick clumps.

S: The nose is refreshingly sharp, hoppy with a fresh dose of Belgian yeast. Mild fruitiness and black pepper jump out, both subtle but unmistakable. Grapes (white, of course) and a teaspoon of funk round out the nose, alongside a brief earthy hop aroma.

T: Each sip is deliciously sweet, lightened up by fleshy fruits (think pears, peaches, apples). A dose of anise follows the fruit, a dry sharp contrast to the sugary fruit. Coriander adds a black pepper flavor, a bite against the sweetness. Throughout, the saison is light and refreshing. Clove and pear appear near the finish. Near the end of the growler, the carbonation tapers off, allowing the fruits to linger much longer than normally.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, with a heavy dose of yeasty fruits. Hops linger around but never get in the way of the pale fruits.

D: The ale nails every aspect, sweet and dry, sharp but lush. It's been my favorite for years and this growler is no exception.

Serving type: growler

04-26-2010 00:03:24 | More by akorsak
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a chilled Hennepin stemmed glass. It hpouts a bright gold color with a medium amount of haze. Creamy white foam forms up about an inch at first and then recedes to a nice thin cap on top.

The aroma is fresh and yeasty, and reminds me more of a wit than the other Saisons I have had. Fresh orange peel, some spices, and a floral, lavender like smell.

The flavors are light, with a very dry and bitter finish. The finish is so dry it doesn't leave much of a lingering flavor, just a bitter sensation. Up front is a simple malt sweetness with some hay, spice, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is dry as I can imagine with ample carbonation. This was a great, refreshing beer for outside on a hot day. Not sessionable, but certainly quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 12:27:16 | More by jeffthecheff
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JustinJTisdale

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours crystal clear golden yellow with a white head that last for a decent amount of time leaving a nice thin lacing around the glass.

The smell as well as the taste is very yeasty and bready with almost a sweet grapefruit hoppy aftertaste mixed in.

A little heavy on the price where I get it but I definantly see myself partaking again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 01:29:09 | More by JustinJTisdale
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RppIII

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass (several times)

Appearance: Pours a pale golden with a slight haze clouding the body of the beer. Carbonation gives way to a full snow white churning head, which quickly subsided to a light film that leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: The aroma of this beer has a slight doughy sour note, fruit, spicy yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: The beer brings back memories of many a triple but with a twist. I love the flavour present from Belgian style yeast. There is a sweet tartness to this beer that reminds me of white grapes which is a superb contrast to the dry crisp profile of this beer. Reminds me very much of a sauvignon blanc I recently had.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, crisp, and refreshing. This beer is excellent at masking it's 7%+ abv, which adds to the pleasant feel going down.

Drinkability: It doesn't get much better than this. If this beer could contain alcohol or could be exactly the same and contain no alcohol I would opt for later because if I could I would drink this all day every day. Absolutely the best Saison I have ever had.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2010 02:18:20 | More by RppIII
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snpub540

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has alot going on for itself. Poured a nice pale golden hue. Very reminescent of straw. Fluffy white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Not overly carbonated, but a nice stream of bubbles were there.

Smell was great. Very much yeasty with an earthiness and some banana and clove notes in there. Also a barnyard smell, more like straw. Some spice notes were present too but not very strong.

Taste was great and super complex. This beer seemed to change alot as it got a little warmer. At first it was very earthy, sort of had a mushroom yeasty taste, which wasn't unpleasant. As it warmed it became more fruity with a more pronounced alcohol warmth and the clove notes started coming through alot more. I enjoyed this one immensely.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the alcohol was pleasantly masked by all that was going on with the flavors. Has to be the best saison that I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 18:16:36 | More by snpub540
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a pale gold appearance with a frothy head that lasted for awhile during my drinking session. The aromas were quite good with a hint of spice to the dominant grassy tones. The taste is really good; a perfect balance of sour tastes with fruit flavors like lemons, peaches, oranges. All of it mixed with a yeasty, earthy flavors. Mouthfeel was decent though the drink lacked a good punch and was a little too light. Overall, not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 15:06:52 | More by fitzy84
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BetterDarker

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, golden straw color; a very 'bright' looking beer. Lots of bubbles with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Decentlacing.

S: Great aroma with fruit, yeast and pepper. Either the pale malt or the yeast add a hint of bread.

T: Pepper and yeast up front followed by candi sugars with a mildly spicy finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel with serious carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, fantastic brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 02:09:39 | More by BetterDarker
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Church Key, one of my favorites that I've only now gotten to out of the keg. Very excited.

Pours the expected light yellow-orange color with a nice looking white head on top that dissolves slowly and allows for nice lacing. Aromas and flavors are huge - big fruitiness, some bread, cookies, farmhouse funk shows up as well. It's a huge flavor and absolutely fantastic. Body and carbonation are busy and good for the style. Would definitely have it again, and most likely will.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2009 01:58:15 | More by soupyman10
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ig88b

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap in a Hennepin tulip at the KC saucer.

A: pours a cloudy white straw color with ample head.
S: smells wonderful.. spicy corriander with a hint of alcohol.
T: a bit of hops up-front with some (unexpected) banana in the middle. Slight alcohol at the end and corriander throughout. I don't remember the banana from the bottle. Delicious.
M: lots of carbonation, but feels a bit.. full and flat on the tongue. Carbonation is apparent in the back of the mouth.
D: I can kick this back like it's water.. but it is so good I choose not to.

Random: I don't remember the banana from the bottle. Definitely more delicious as it warms.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 02:16:27 | More by ig88b
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Cakanator

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Ommefest. Amazing golden color with light hints of softer fruits, spices, and zest. Amazingly crisp and dry much how i love saisons. Always a winner. I've had the original from belgium recently that is about 2 years old and can say that it is holing up very well. I was surprised how well it was doing censidering the time difference, but Ommegang did a great job with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 04:44:08 | More by Cakanator
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served on draft at a local bar. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it. Thcik white head, carbonation low. Lacing is very high in this beer.

Aroma is primarily yeasty followed by that Saison funk. Like a barn.

This beer has a lot of odd bitterness to it. Its like orange peels or something. The flavors are complicated, fruity, sour, harsh, and finished by the bitterness. Drinkability moderate and the mouthfeel is a little thin. Not my favorite from this brewery unfortunately.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 19:43:22 | More by drabmuh
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xfactor9600

Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A plastic cup at Fall for Greenville (THink taste of ....)

A: Golden, with a thick head. Once again, I don't think I got the best pour from the festival worker in the Ommegang tent.

S: Citrus with some hits of pear or other similar fruit.

T. Just as it smelled, but at times almost a nectarine like taste. A surprising spicy bite to it.

M: Very light; some decent carbonation.

D: Drinkable to me at least as a sipper. This was my third beer of the festival, and noticed it took me much longer to get through this beer than the other two. I'll likely try this again in a more standard sitting and see how that goes.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 13:26:57 | More by xfactor9600
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden straw color, white frothy head, good retention.

S: Complex balance of bready yeast, straw, grass, slight citrus, slight funk

T: Slightly sweet, complex balance of breay yeast, hay... slight citrus and funk. No boozy taste.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation, lightly dry finish.

D: Delicious, smooth complex flavor, hidden ABVs

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2009 17:24:15 | More by rfgetz
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mjl21

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a 13 ounce tulip.

A-Pours a slightly hazy yellow. The bartender filled the glass to the rim which results in a minimal almost white head. A few visible bubbles can be seen rising.

S-Sweet fruit stands out. Lots of green apple. It also has a lot of bread aroma. Not much funk is coming out.

T-Tastes very sweet. The fruit, particularly apples, pineapple, and pears, are strong. The bready flavor is very strong in the aftertaste. Not very funky tasting. In the back there is a little spiciness.

M-Medium bodied and sticky. It has some prickly carbonation.

D-A decent beer, but too much sweet fruit for more than one. Would like it to be a tad more dry and funky.

This was my first time having this on tap. I had a bottle a few years ago that I remember being funkier. Time to revisit a bottle of this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2009 18:01:31 | More by mjl21
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DawnL

New York

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a white head that stays for about a minute and dissipates into a thin film.

Yeast and spices with coriander and orange characters.

It has a metallic flavor to it. Almost like drinking it directly out of a can. Loses some of the spice on the palate. It's very cold. There is a soap bubble taste - banana? Cloves.

Very drinkable. An old favorite that I was happy to visit on tap - accept for the odd metallic taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 23:45:55 | More by DawnL
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beauty on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Pours a nice hazy straw color with about a finger of white, bubbly head. Some "cavernous" lacing.

Smell's funky & tart, like I expect a farmhouse style should. Some citrus character. Earthy & dry.

Taste is citric up front, sour & funky from what I assume is brett, some smells of raw bread, spices, a little sweet in the finish. This sounds weird, but it reminds me of walking through high grass or brush & all the random organic smells that come out. It's very rustic & evocative, I like it.

Mouthfeel is tart, activates the saliva a little, but still smooth.

Drinkability is decent, I could easily have another, & the somewhat high ABV is not detectable. An unusual beer, but one I really liked.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 21:24:19 | More by OneDropSoup
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass small disappearing head, with slow but steady carbonation. Sugary, biscuity, sweet with a hint of clove aroma. Sweet and crisp with the carbonation makes it burst on your tongue. Alcohol extremely hidden. Very drinkable and enjoyable. An instant favorite.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2009 21:59:46 | More by mtnbikerpa
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pizza Luce in MPLS.

A- A very gold colored beer, nice head and retention.

S- Smells very nice, it has a nice spicy smell with a slight grainy smell.

T- Nice zesty spice taste, best way to describe it.

M- Great mouthfeel, carbonated nicely and very sessionable.

D- This beer is extremely drinkable on a warm day, one of the best, if not the best, saison I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 04:38:39 | More by pmccallum86
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wingman14

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with an off white head that fades but leaves nice lacing. The smell is complex, some nice sweet fruit notes, some malt and spice notes as well. The taste starts somewhat sweet with the spice and fruit upfront, followed by a somewhat tart taste finishing with a malty taste. The mouthfeel is very smooth, some alcohol content detected in the aftertaste, but overall a silky beer with nice balance. This is a great drinker, not overpowering flavor, but lots of flavor is packed into this beer. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2009 22:20:36 | More by wingman14
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FloppyDog

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

A nice pale yellow appearance with a minimal white head and a few lines of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of honey, light fruitiness...mainly green apple..., possibly some wheat. A faint alcohol presence is apparent after it warms.

The taste is also of green apple, with a good malt presence and minimal hop bitterness or flavor.

It has a light mouth feel with with a slight prickliness from the carbonation.

Overall, this is a great summer beer. Nice for a hot day, but still enough flavor and complexity to be a quality craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 01:27:11 | More by FloppyDog
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at First St. Draught House in town. Came out a murky yellow/gold with no head on it at all. No lacing present either. Smells of funk, yeast, pineapple, coriander, and flowers.

The mouth is very crisp and overly-carbonated. Too spritzy for my liking. This may be a style thing so my rating is a bit higher than my preference. Flavor is of pineapple, apples, tart yeast, and slight spicy finish. This is refreshing and pretty good. Had it with lunch and it paired well. Not bad. My first of this style. I will seek out more...

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 17:07:09 | More by Onenote81
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin off-white head that left a slight bit of lacing.

S- Clove and spice with a Belgian yeast scent. Grassy with some light fruit aromas.

T- Musty grain and grassy flavor initially with lots of spice and clove in the finish. A lingering yeast taste with banana and fruity esters.

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation. A bit too much 'funk' in the flavor.

D- An ok brew that wasn't quite my style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2009 04:26:42 | More by projectflam86
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,395 ratings.