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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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4,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 4391
Reviews: 2000
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)
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

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

A-Pours a bright sunny yellow with a thin bright white head. It is somewhat hazy. Not much lacing. The appearance reminds me of a hot and lazy summer day.

S-Belgian yeast, some noble hops, and malt.

T-Essentially the same as the nose. Belgian yeast with some noble hops. Its very refreshing.

M-Crisp and fairly clean. Its not too thin or too thick.

D-Great session beer especially for the summer months.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 20:05:26 | More by thegodfather2701
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HopHead84

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/9/2011

On tap at High Dive.

A: Hazy yellow with a creamy one finger head. Good retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Apple, pear, lemon, and orange with notes of pepper and coriander. I get a little hay and grain accompanying perfumy floral notes.

T: The beer has a lower moderate earthy and herbal bitterness up front with lots of fruit. I detect pear, apple, and lemon, with a rustic yeast profile and a light peppery spiciness.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation and a silky, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A tasty and refreshing Saison. Enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 21:41:01 | More by HopHead84
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mactrail

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mother's milk! Smooth as caramel, warm and slightly sweet. A creamy mouthfull with great rich flavors. Beautiful beer-- golden color and clear in the tall tulip glass. Individual flavors don't seem to stand out as much, but the overall effect is spicy with rich wheaty malt. Mellow is the word, just enough fruit and a hint of hops. Not the usual Ommegang over-the-top Belgian funk.

Best Saison I've tasted this year. Highly drinkable but with a rich set of flavors. Shows a good Saison doesn't need the excess of acidity and random bacteria so often encountered.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 04:22:14 | More by mactrail
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ehammond1


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

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear golden to amber with a thick, persistent white head. Lots and lots of lacing down the glass. The perfect saison pour? I don't see how it could get better.

A wonderful aroma: citrus, namely lemon and some orange, barnyard, a touch of horse blanket/farmhouse, and a touch of white fruit, perhaps apple or pear. This beer's aroma grows and magnifies as it warms; it's tremendous.

A classic saison, if such a thing existed. The flavors consist of sweet fruit, barnyard/horse blanket, a touch of funky yeast character, and some mild bitterness. Though it sounds funky, this beer is accessible as they come and incredibly drinkable.

Light to medium mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink.

A really fantastic saison. This might be the classic, benchmark, standard for the style--and I wouldn't argue the point.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 02:26:44 | More by ehammond1
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer. Nashville.

Pours a hazed straw-gold with a fluffy one-finger head. Moderate retention with slightly sticky lace (lasted about half the glass).

The nose is mostly a malty mix of crackers and honey-drizzled biscuits with more lemony and straw tones. There's the expected spice and barnyardy funk, but it's real restrained compared to some other Saisons I've had. Smell is real reminiscent of those honey-lemon cough drops, but totally in a good way.

The palate mirrors the nose pretty closely- a creamy rush of malt with vanilla overtones to the continued theme of honey, lemon and straw. The hoppiness is light and floral/noble with a very mild bitterness, while the finish is mouthwateringly dry. Again, restrained spice.

A very delicious brew. Not as interesting as I had hoped- by that I mean I wished perhaps for more spice and funk. But it does show consistency with my other Ommegang experiences- delicious and approachable Belgian-style brews with an unbeatable price-point being domestic and all.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 20:22:51 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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wiscokid920

Maryland

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

Enjoyed this Brew on-tap at the Bodega in La Crosse, WI

A: Gorgeous pale dandelion yellow, with small grayish head that leaves faint trails of lace

S: Citrus, honeysuckle, coriander, overall very floral with traces of grains

T: Lots of cool flavors: ginger, hibiscus tea, pineapple, great balance of hoppy flavor, pale malts, and citrus. Finishes fairly sweet and ends with an excellent dry finish

D: It's as good as sunshine. The overall balance of the brew is dialed in to perfection. Definitely did not disappoint Ommegang!

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 01:44:56 | More by wiscokid920
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

I first had this on tap, not knowing it was an Ommegang brew until I looked it up later. It's a tasty saison. Pretty smooth and flavorful but nothing to get overwhelmed about.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head that retains and laces well. Yeasty aroma, with hints of citrus, grass, and light spice. Biscuity taste, with flavors of orange zest, apple, banana; grassy with notes of spice. Light-medium mouthfeel, and easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 19:04:47 | More by Rifugium
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legalpete19340

Virginia

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

A: Bright but cloudy yellow with a huge off-white fluffy head that never really left.

S: Spice and bananas explode out of this one. Lots of yeast and grass notes. Some citrus notes come through as lemon and orange.

T: Just a wave of flavors: banana, pineapple, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, ginger and cloves, yeast, scones, light menthol flowing into a big alcohol wave finishing with crisp bitterness and wave of fried plantains. Malt is there in a lightness throughout.

M: Medium with more than normal carbonation.

O: Big flavors that I found very drinkable. I would prefer to drink this on a hot humid day. This really blew me away especially since the style is usually too over-spiced for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 15:07:50 | More by legalpete19340
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall thiswas a pretty decent and easy drinking brew. It was not overly complex, but still pretty nice for the style. I had this one a long time back and the spices just overwhelmed me. Really glad I re-visited this one. If it were more complex, this one would definitely be great. Definitely worth trying without a doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 13:45:19 | More by thagr81us
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Cyrano41

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this first on tap at Fire and Vine. Excellent was the first word that came to my head. It was amber with 1/2 inch of head, lots of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma that made me want to dive in. First sip brought a smile to my face, my wife isn't as into beer as me, but I had to share. Since then I found bottles at the local Total Wine shop. This is one I will always look far again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 17:16:50 | More by Cyrano41
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MrWinky

Maryland

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

A. Beautiful pale straw pour with small but luxurious head. Nice bit of carbonation.

S. Hoppy with grapefruit-like aroma. Crisp, citrusy, and light.

T. A great balance of hoppy flavor, pale malts, citrus and excellent dry finish.

M. Good bit of carbonation. Nice, light, and dry.

D. Bring on the summer work and keep these nearby and you'll be a happy camper...if you like the type than this is your beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 17:22:42 | More by MrWinky
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anap

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the tap, Hennepin poured a sunshiny gold color, slightly hazy, with a spumy one-centimeter head. The first sip left a strong impression of pears that receded with subsequent sips, unraveling a sparkling apple cider note with a trace of soapiness and lichen on the finish. For having so mellow a flavor, the beer was surprisingly crisp and thin. In fact, I would have preferred a slightly heavier feel, but perhaps my opinion was swayed by a craving for warmth on a chilly day in February. Well, I found it thoroughly drinkable nonetheless and look forward to sampling it again when springtime rolls around.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 23:11:16 | More by anap
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jmfc8237

Delaware

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Poured a slightly cloudy straw yellow with active carbonation and spotty lacing. Served in a fluted glass about 14 oz. Peppery spice with banana and clove on the nose that leads to a nice peppery forefront and sharp bite on the palate. I just ate onions on my sandwich though. I feel a faint grape like mouthfeel in the back and finished spicy and slightly alcoholic. Overall a nice beer to have with any occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 18:46:32 | More by jmfc8237
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Strange Brew in Manchester, NH 2/2/11

A: Light yellow, almost hay colored, hazy. 1 1/2 inch fluffy white head, leaves tons of lacing, almost completely covering the glass.

S: I could swear this was a wit beer. Tons of clove upfront with banana and other sweet aromas in the background. Yeasty, some citrus (lemon mainly), slight floral hops.

T: Just like the nose, this tastes like a classic hefeweissbier. Clove seems to dominate the flavor with banana and lemon in the background. There's a ton of floral yeast, very light buttered biscuit malt character. Finish is lemon, clove, slight alcohol, and Belgian yeast.

M: Fairly high, crisp carbonation. Light body. While it's light, the high level of yeast and solid malt character give the body a strong backbone that allows the flavors to flourish. I quite like beers that can achieve this.

D: As with the style (again, more wit beer than Saison), it's light, crisp, and delicious. This is quite easy to drink, though it's on the high end (7.7ABV).

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 07:20:50 | More by Satchboogie
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TheDTrain

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

D Train swung by his favorite Mexican restaurant Hector in Wauwatosa. Not only do they have great food, but they always have pretty good tap selection. I was not expecting to see Hennepin Farmhouse Saison on tap! And for $3.50! This hazy yellow saison smells of lemon, citrus, earth tone, and yeast. Taste has a awesome funkiness upfront with settles nicely with the earth tones and citrus.

This brew was so fucking good I went back the next night for another....and more taquitos.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 14:55:25 | More by TheDTrain
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Mora2000

Texas

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

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, Belgian yeast, lemon and orange. Very fruity smelling. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of some pineapple and mangoes, as well as some white pepper notes. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, though by no means overpowering. The beer is very dry and is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice American-made saison. One of the better ones out there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 02:50:15 | More by Mora2000
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Drazzamatazz

Maine

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

From the kegerator into a weizen glass (I was feeling thirsty).

A: Huge pillowy head. As it starts to reside the large bubbles grip to the sides and remain puffy in the middle. Starchy corn water appearance with nice carbonation.

S: Lemon, grass, yeast, cloves, bubblegum. Sweet smelling which plays off the earthy grains in the background.

T: First tastes are the funk you'd associate with a great aged blue. I think the yeast is huge in this beer, it lends so much flavor and aroma. Has a nice biting grassy flavor that is cut through with the crisp citrus. Finishes spicy with a lingering flavor of clove, nutmeg, and pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is spot on for this one I'd say, light bodied with a strong carbonation that helps to move along and heavy lingering flavors.

D: Bought a keg of this for New Year's Eve to go along with Michelob Ultra. Group was BMC drinkers for the most part but they were all adventurous and stepped out of their comfort zone. It was a huge hit with everyone says it was so much more flavorful yet refreshing and light.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 00:50:23 | More by Drazzamatazz
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a standard pint at Shady's downtown.

A - Pours pale straw yellow with a small film of head leaving thin sheets of lacing down the glass. I think it was a bit too cold, and it suffered a bit because of it.

S - Lots of strong bready belgian yeast up front. Plenty of barn yard funk with some faint earthy hops. I really think the colder pour hurt the appearance and smell of this one greatly.

T - Plenty of funk up front mixes well with a bit of sweetness. Some muted earthy hops add a nice hop bite. Hops seem to come out a bit more once it has had a chance to warm up a bit. A touch of black pepper adds some spice to help break up all bready sweetness. Finish is funky but not overpowering. I love how this one is light and refreshing and yet still filled with bold, rustic, flavors that make it one of the best saisons.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as barn yard funky as some of the other drafts of Hennepin that I have had in the past but still funky none the less.

D - Very high. I absolutely love this one. It is funky yet still very re-freshing. One of, if not the, best american saison on the market today.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 02:20:27 | More by orangesol
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Thur123

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is light golden grain with a thick soft white head. The smell is dry white wine, funky yeast, sweet grain and hay. 

Glug glug glug

The flavor is much more mellow on tap than from he bottle. The flavor seems to have more room for subtle flavor to rise up. Bubblegum, funky yeast, sweet grain and a rich fruitiness come through too. Over all a great saison. Mouth feel is good and drinkability is high. 

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 22:49:20 | More by Thur123
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wstein70

Florida

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

I had several goblet's of this great beer at a local German restaurant several weeks back and I have to say I was very impressed with it (hence the several goblets). I reminded me of my favorite saisons from Saint Somewhere. I would definitely order again when I see it on tap somewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 15:45:56 | More by wstein70
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BDJake

Washington

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

(served in a goblet at the Yard House, San Diego)

Poured an almost clear golden yellow topped by a fluffy crown of white head, providing excellent lace and retention. Bready, sweet tones with just the right combinations of lemon zest, clove, coriander, and white grape without too much funk like many saisons. Taste was even more impressive, with all the aforementioned flavors and a champagne-like dryness, especially in the finish. Clean, light-bodied in spite of the abv, and bubbly, it accentuated the flavors nicely- I wish it came in a bigger goblet there, because I had to take small sips to really enjoy it for all it's worth.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 11:42:44 | More by BDJake
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paulozanello

Brazil

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Meridian Pint in DC. This is a beer bar that has three tables with individual taps that carries two pre-selected beers on them so you can pour them yourself and they will charge you like a gas pump. The night that me and my friends were there the beers on tap were the Hennepin and the new Sierra Nevada Tumbler (Fall Seasonal Brown Ale).

But anyway, the Hennepin poured a nice dark yellow/golden color, translucid, with a small white head and fairly good retention. It was pretty cool to pour a pint of Hennepin in my own glass as I've had this beer before and loved it.

The smell was dominated by malt/bready notes and a LOT of clove that was clearly overpowering the yeasty esters.

Taste was pretty much the same: started with bread sweetness and a lot of banana/clove that got me wondering if I was really having a Hennepin or if this was a Hefeweizen. I called the waitress and told her what was going on and she promptly brought me a sampler straight from the line downstairs. And it was sure different! I could now taste those spicy and fruity notes that make Saisons very complex and refreshing beers, given that the malt profile in this style is pretty much just regular pilsner or pale malt. Bottom line is that this beer was probably in this table tap for too long and lost a good deal of its complexity.

Mouthfeel was medium and carbonation was high making it very drinkable.

I know Hennepin is a good beer but I will just have to taste it again from a bottle because this table tap experience was not very good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 02:45:36 | More by paulozanello
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Lost Dog Cafe. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one finger white head that ha ssolid retention. Not much in the way of lacing. Smells mild, but very nice. Citrus, honey, slight hop bitterness and spice.

Taste is subtle. Very nice, and very refreshing. Slight hop spice, lemon, honey, and clove are the main players. Everything works well together. Very crisp mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Very nice brew, and one of the more drinkable beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 16:30:12 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Kite and Key in Philly in a pint glass.

A- Very light golden with yellow infusion and a semi tight bright white head, sudsy lace.

S- Whoa there buddy, a very earthy hayish straw yeasty bready vibe with some underkining apple and pear. Some alcohol seeping through, not a bother, im trying to drank here.

T- For a saison, this is simple, nothing to see here, but saying that I gotta say this is a kick ass saison. Pure balance of earthy yeast mixed in with small fruits. The alcohol detracts and I wish it was lower, I would drink more. Earthy hops and all of that.

M- Medium, crisp, bready aftertaste, not hot, the alc stays on the tounge though. Pretty dry.

D- If this was lower in ABV I would drink more of it. Either way you gotta try this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 05:39:26 | More by BARFLYB
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Reaper16

Alabama

2.05/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served on-tap at Mellow Mushroom - Tuscaloosa, AL - into a pint glass

Pours a straw yellow color that is fairly indicative of the style. 1.5 fingers of dense, white head stuck around for most of the drinking session. Lacing was adequate. Problem is that most examples of the Saison style (and I've had a lot of them) look pretty awesome. So, when rating to style, this impressive looking beer is actually pretty average amongst its peers.

Not a lot going on in the nose. It doesn't smell like an elite Saison. It doesn't even smell like a good Saison. It is all banana and spice and airy biscuit malt. Lots of banana, actually. No funk or phenol or sourness or hoppiness to speak of. If this were given to me in a blind tasting then I would emphatically call "bullshit" on its aroma.

I would call "bullshit" on its taste, too. This does not taste like a good Saison beer. It is dominated by banana esters. There is some minute funk flavor and a bit of generic malt flavor to inform the banana but that's it. This beer is pretty accessible for what it is. It just isn't a good example of the Saison style.

Solid mouthfeel on the beer, though. It strikes a good balance between the prickly carbonation and having a body size conducive to carrying the flavors that it wants to present. Drinkability suffers from 1.) not being a good example of the style, and 2.) having a large (for the style) ABV%.

Saison is my favorite style of beer. I am very passionate about it. So take this review with a grain of salt; I am a Saison nerd. I haven't tasted Hennepin for a few years until tonight, yet it is just as poor as I remember it being. I can't understand how people think this is a good Saison. if you like this beer then I implore you to check out better examples of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 06:52:12 | More by Reaper16
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,391 ratings.