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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,123 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,123
Hads: 5,758
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 323
Gots: 902 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

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 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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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I can't get into the taste of this beer. aside from the look and the alcohol percentage there's nothing good about this beer in my opinion, just not my style of beer.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a light gold color with a big rocky white foamy head that takes a while to dissipate.
Once it does, speckled lacing clings to the glass and eventually slides.
The smell starts off with a rustic spicy peppercorn aroma running into some tart apples.
The taste was rustic with a tad of funk, slight spice slides in and brings in a light citrusy fruity balance.
It finishes semi-dry.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with some carbonation hitting on my tongue just a bit more than expected. Peppercorn spice does hit my tongue appropriately.
Overall, though I love Hennepin and how it also makes a great food beer, somehow, I tend to lean to Tank 7 as a quick go to when I can find it.

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Photo of Brew_Darrymore
3.11/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I really don't understand the hype about this saison. Not my personal preference. It is a bit too sour for me but has the typical Belgian peppery taste. It probably takes a while to develop a liking for it and I'm not there yet.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed 9/22/12

L: Pours a very light gold with a monstrous head that takes forever to subside.

S: Rustic, vibrant, strong, and spicy…superb. Smells of Granny Smith apples, some pears, and black peppercorn, with lots of noble hop aromas. Also has a leathery component but in the best possible way. This is what a saison should smell like.

T: Rustic yet refined. A bit more bitterness than most saisons, with noble hop taste throughout, which does not linger much on the palate. Slightly fruit notes than the nose, but plenty of apples, spice and leather. Has a touch of sweetness that brings out some of the fruit-like flavors and finishes semi-dry.

F: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Tremendously drinkable.

O: This is what beer is all about. Every aspect of this beer is superb and complex. Ommegang’s Hennepin is a gem.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Giving great reviews to Ommegang beers is starting to become repetitive to me, but I can't help it. Every beer I try from them is amazing. Hennepin is truly one of the best saisons I have tried. Not sour at all, but citrusy and delicious.

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Photo of Alexc11
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We recently tried Hennepin in a delightful Mexican restaurant on a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Interesting and inviting cloudy orange color with a citrus taste. Overall an enjoyable beer I would love to get my hands on again!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a soft hazy bronzed orange color with a one and a half finger-ed white foamy head that dissipated within less than about a minute. Trickling semi-foamy lacing stuck around the glass.
The smell had a nice sweet Belgian bready yet delicate citrus fruitiness and then highlights of a light peppery spice rolling in for the balance.
The taste was balanced very nicely between the breadiness, the citrus fruits, and then the spice all blending nice and sweet to spicy. A light fruity to spicy character shows its face in the aftertaste and it leaves a sweet fruity finish.
The mouthfeel is about a light to medium in body with a nice sessionability with this one. Crisp carbonation leads the way but isn't burdonsome as it is there, but allows the sweetness of the blended flavors to be somewhat wet yet slightly clingy, nicely done.
Overall, this was an extremely well done saison, so glad to have tried it and am looking forward to having again.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 of 9.6 fl oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A - translucent orange, three finger head, retains very well

S - funk, hay, citrus and spices.

T - follows the nose, with banana/clove notes.

M - solid. Carbonation medium, bounces between sharp and smooth.

O - glad I revisited it. A tasty saison.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky golden yellow color. Very fluffy and rather bubbly 2 1/2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing.

S - A beautiful blend of spices and herbs. Lemongrass, pepper, clove and minor citrus notes. Not overwhelming but very pleasant aroma all in all - floral and spiced.

L - A well done and fairly spot on saison. Lives up to the aromas detected; most dominate flavors are lemongrass and clove. Floral- mildly sweet aftertaste followed but that of spices such as pepper. Very light tasting beer in a good way.

M - Crisp/sharp beer that's fairly carbonated. Medium bodied. Very drinkable; aftertaste is a little harsh but mute.

O - A pretty amazing beer overall. Very drinkable and well defined with a lot to offer. Enjoyed and will enjoy again sometime in the future!

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,123 ratings.