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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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4,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 4378
Reviews: 1997
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of webmanspidey


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

On tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh, served in an Ommegang goblet.

This beer was a sparkling golden color with a good amount of head in the goblet. Smells were sour, spicy, bubblegum, banana, fruity. Taste was sour and spicy. Alcohol definitely present, but not overwhelming.

I haven't tried many others of this style yet, but I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 03:38:09 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear golden body with lots of carbonation bubbles flying around.

Smell has some hop character and lots of yeast character. Heavy notes of spices.

Taste has some sweetness that is fruity, sugary and a little malty. The body of the flavor comes from yeast; it is peppery, white peppery, slightly medicinal. It seems that there is some added spice also. Some hop character can also be detected in there.

A very crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, but probably a little more body than the best belgians..

Pretty drinkable here, but tastes overly spiced, whether it was or not.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2008 20:56:27 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a clean yellow color with a nice white head. In the aroma, hints of spice, corriander and a touch of cinnamon. In the taste, spicey and yeasty, hints of citrus as well. A spice bite, and a medium mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty spice in the aftertaste. A very nice saison, smooth, yet a nice spicey bite.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2008 14:32:33 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of sholland119


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

A-Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice pillowy white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Lemony citrus with spices, Belgian yeast and a nice grainy undertone.

T-Tasty. Starts with a citrus bite which is balanced by the solid grainy malt. A nice coriander and yeastiness throughout.

M-Light and crisp with good carbonation.

D-Deliciously refreshing and drinkable. ABV is deceptive based on the taste.

In a summer of fine saisons, this is one of my favorites.


Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2008 18:25:55 | More by sholland119
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Served into a Snifter glass from a keg. Appeared semi hazy with a nice head, lace, retention, the whole game. Looks good.

S. Sweet bubblegum wheat.

T. Like the nose, this was a pleasent banana/bubblegum experience with some yeasty notes as well.

M. Smooth, crisp and light.

D. Very good as well. No alcohal burn, just a nice example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2008 20:33:27 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hennepin tulip glass at whistle Binkies North. Golden straw color, very light, but completely hazed throughout. Off-white foam that left some nice lacing. Smell is a little sour and funky with some sweet malty character to back it up. Taste is much the same. Funky farmhouse flavor, spicy, slightly sour, notes of grass, pale malt, and the slightest licorice flavor on the end. Good, slick mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. I've had this one out of a 12oz bottle before but this my first on tap. Very nice brew and prefer it from the tap personally.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 21:18:47 | More by KeefD
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Rhode Island

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

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. One of my favorite American Saisons. Pours yellowish gold with a large fluffy white head. Nose of citrus, spice, and funk. Funk very prominent in both the taste and the aroma. Finish is citrus and spice. Clean. Very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2008 02:36:34 | More by RomanW70
Photo of nrbw23


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy golden color with a nice fluffy white head that left hardly any lacing.

S- Tons of fruit and citrus in this one mainly lemons. Some wheat, grassy and a bit of spice.

T- Sweet fruit lemons and banana come to mind and then some malt and spice come in. Very balanced and maybe a little dry.

M- Medium in body with good carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2008 22:10:17 | More by nrbw23
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both on-tap and via champagne-style bottle, and have been duly impressed each time. brilliant straw/golden in color with nice clarity. beautiful huge white creamy head that is quite persistent. continues to bubble up in the tulip glass like a fine champagne. nose is herbal, musty, floral, fruity, and sweet. very complex bouqet overall, and it should be noted that i normally do not favor the barnyardy/musty notes but it works quite well for me in this one. honeyed lightly sweet bready malts are mysteriously cleaned out by an extremely smooth hop bitterness, vague spiciness, and prickly carbonation. wonderful balance. medium-bodied with good mouthfeel from this expertly done secondary fermentation. a real treat and a fine example of a saison, if i may venture to say so.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2008 05:47:36 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of stumac


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a gold color with a huge, frothy white head. the nose is lemons, bananas, cloves, some sort of dry, chalky aroma. definately a pleasing aroma. tastes of spicy hops, cloves, citrus, lemons. medium bodied, medium to heavy natural carbo. good stuff

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 04:42:29 | More by stumac
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North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap. Poured into a tulip glass.

1" white head above a body on the yellow side of light amber. Carbonation steadily flows holding the head which leaves good lacing.

Smells of some sweet fruitiness but a good amount of peppery spiciness.

Tastes are sweet Belgian sugar flavors, some lemony fruitiness, pepper. The malt flavors along the lines of fresh baked bread. A warmth his the palate late and it finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is moderate with good carbonation.

Drinkability is wonderful. The flavors are strong but I love them and don't see my palate getting too tired of them.

This is the beer to pair with a big stinky cheese.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2008 17:48:18 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of m1ked


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Liar's Club on tap. Man I am addicted to that shooting game.

A- Slight cloudy and bright light yellow with a snow white 3 inch head.

S- Low banana phenol. Doughy.

T- Light vanilla banana creaminess with white pepper spiciness.

M- Light and fresh, especially on this hot day way out in Alpine.

D- I realy enjoy this style, especially on this hot day. I feel like this is a strong representation of this style, and Ommegang's skills.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 23:10:37 | More by m1ked
Photo of Overlord


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow/orange. Smells of wheat/grass and yeast. Pours with an inch or so of white head.

Taste is very yeasty. Almost overwhelmingly so. Rich bread tones, some lighter fruits (citrus and melon), and that wheat/grass bite so typical of farmehouse ales.

A good beer, even though I'm not a fan of the style. Mouthfeel was decently chewy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2008 07:37:58 | More by Overlord
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is possibly one of the best beers that I have ever had. It was on-tap and served in a tulip glass. It was a slightly hazy yellow/wheat color. It had a very white head that was retained for a little while. It gave off a nice citrus aroma with additional hints of spices and yeast. At first I thought this was a Witbier until the bartender told me otherwise as the taste did have similar characteristics. The carbonation was good and the beer was very smooth. Overall this beer is very drinkable in any setting, perhaps not as a session beer, but should be enjoyed early and often.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2008 20:43:01 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of ROMER79


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All I can say is pure liquid gold. It pours a murky gold color with a white two finger head. It had a grainy,citrusy smell with a bit of hops thrown in. Big citrus and wheat flavor with a bit of honey. A very refreshing and crisp beer. It is easily a session beer for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2008 22:32:48 | More by ROMER79
Photo of mithrascruor


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

On tap in a Hennepin glass at San Diego Brewing Co.

Pours a clear golden wheat color. Semi-spicy aroma. Unfortunately, on-tap this misses a lot of the yeast and other sediment that one gets from a bottle pour. Taste includes spices and citrus, but the yeast flavor isn't present. Still totally drinkable and nice, but it's much more enjoyable poured from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 07:41:42 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: Clear straw/golden color with a healthy white head which leaves behind some nice lacing

S: Florals and spice comes through first with some yeastyness

T: Great yeasty and spicy black pepper... hints of bananas and apples... delicious

M: Medium bodied with a pinch of carbonated feel

D: Satisfying... easily could drink another

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 19:45:45 | More by callmemickey
Photo of TheBierBand


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

Had on-tap at Dewey's Pizza. I was surprised to find this on-tap....a TREAT! It arrived at my table in a pint glass with a scant 1/4" white head. This diminished to a thin cap. The beer is a straw color that is quite cloudy.

The nose is more like a heffeweisen. Had notes of spice (corriander) and a yeasty nose... like many belgians that I've tried.

Taste: Not Bad.... a fruity taste followed with a tiny bit of alcohol warming. A strong heffe (kinda). Tiny hops bite at the end.

MF: Not as smooth as my favorite heffeweizens.... but this is my FIRST Saison... so maybe this is normal. medium to low carbonation and a clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: You'd NEVER guess 7.7% abv!... very well hidden. I could enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 13:35:21 | More by TheBierBand
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4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap into a Hennepin cervoise.
A: Pours a yellow haze with moderate carbonation and a wonderful light, white, frothy head.
S: Sour citrus notes, lemon, hint of grass.
T: Light, but wonderfully complex. Notes of wheat, spice (ginger and coriander), and citrus hops.
M: Light and smooth with hint of dry bite.
D: Eminently drinkable. Very versatile beer. Perfect in the summer heat, with spicy food, thick burgers, or to complement simple fare of bread and cheese. Also great on its own. Ommegang has a stable of fine beers, but Hennepin out-shines the rest.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 02:30:23 | More by mwilbur
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap today and poured into a pint glass. Alongside garlic toast and artichoke dip at restaurant- great pairing had to mention.

A: Poured strongly and had a hazy gold with constant tiny bubbles. Enormous white head that would have been better suited for a belgian glass.

A: Flowers, hops and coriander. Peppery and spicy smells. The fruitiness earthiness and spices were well balanced.

T: Taste changed through the beer but the coriander spice was the strongest and the candied sweet ginger was teriffic. This was the first semblance of yeast but inviting. The hops round this one out nicely.

M: This beer had some life to it and for a wheat beer, held on most of the beer. Drying coating.

D: I was surprised that this had something of an ABV, completely unnoticeable. No reason this cant be a sessionable saison. If you can try it, try it.

Not a huge saison fan, but this way did blow me away. Had before from bottle, this was first on tap and did it justice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2008 20:44:38 | More by marcpal
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly fogged straw color. Nice white head. Nose is yeast funk with strong citrus and dough tones. Flavor is funky dough with an obvious yeast influence. Feel is a bit thicker on the liquid, it's the dough character peeking through again. Drinkable, yes. Not as good as I remember it being on the bottle though. Possibly a prime example of how bottle conditioning can really make a difference in certain beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 09:24:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at 69 taps in Akron OH.

A - Golden amber color with not much head. The bartender poured the beers to the rim not leaving much room for head. This is ashame although they were cute.

S - Faint sweet smell.

T - Sweet with a fruity citrus taste.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation and a great finish.

D - Great, I could drink this all day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2007 05:58:00 | More by jeffmonarch
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach for six dollars

Color was a golden pale straw with a massive white soapy head, easily over an inch and left generous amounts of lacing

Smell was citrus, sweet honey, grassy accents, and some bread-like malty aromas

Taste was pretty good and there were several different things going on, there is honey, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, pears, earthy hops, coriander, several spices, and other sources of sweetness, nice balance of malts of hops, a slightly bitter finish differentiate this saison from other ones I have had in the past that are too sweet a lot of the time

Too carbonated at times in my opinion and the body lacked fullness

Could drink another pint or two these of this with ease, taste might get overwhelming after a while and it is pretty strong at close to eight percent alcohol

First review of an Ommegang beer for me and it was an above average brew, will add an Ommegeddon review some time soon when I taste that beer again after it has been aging for a while

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2007 17:08:46 | More by Floydster
Photo of beergynt


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

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle... Served in a goblet, this beer was pretty to look at. A bright, cloudy golden hue, with some orange color. A little darker orange and it would actually look a lot like orange juice, Bright, white, fluffy head that lingered throughout leaving scalloped lacing all the way down... Smelled banana and clove, spicy phenols, maybe a hint of mint... Taste mirrors the smell on this one; banana, clove, slight phenolic/alcoholic heat... Mouthfeel was very nice; Clean not cloying, effervescent, sparkling... Overall a good representation of the style and a nice, drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2007 16:30:35 | More by beergynt
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New York

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

A: Golden with a little orange tint - white head a little thin - probably becuase it was on tap and a little colder than room temp.

S: Citrus and fruit but not overpowering with a little bit of floral and yeast coming through

T: Excellent taste - a little bit of citrus but not too much fruit - excellent balance between not being to sweet or too bitter- very well balanced with alcohol

M: A great balance between being light but with body. Nice amount of carbonation - not too bubbly but not flat at all -The taste keeps going in your mouth after each sip.

D: Perfect beer for a relaxing day or evening. Goes down smoothly and able to savor for a while - wouldn't drink too quickly.

From a tap served in a large snifter type glass

[ serving type: draft into glass]

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2007 01:14:57 | More by Kiwano
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93 out of 100 based on 4,378 ratings.