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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,392 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4392
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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ctrlfreak

South Dakota

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by the clarity of this bottle conditioned ale. (taking a sip) I was a little nervous about trying this because I am not a fan of the Ommegang. But I was pleasantly surprised by this. (sipping) A beautiful amber with lots of tiny bubbles. The head was a wonderful thick frothy white. The nose was a little harsh but that is do to the Belgian yeast. I am a hop lover. (sip and gulp) But the taste cuts through the nose and washes everything down with a clean and crisp mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 01:14:09 | More by ctrlfreak
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CBFanWish

New York

2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not to be the spoiler of fun, I'm just not a fan of this particular beer. The first time I had it, I liked it, but I have had many since then and haven't liked it much at all.
It pours into the glass a hazy orangish yellow with a huge head. I tried to control it, but it was like racing a car on ice with a blown tire, I couldn't win. But it does give the drinker a decent chance to smell of what he/she is drinking. The smell was hoppy, but it has a great deal of sweetness to it. The taste is bready to say the least. It's not much different than bitting into a slice of wonder bread. There are some hoppy qualities to it. A bitterness and also a sweetness.
Normally these are qualities that I like in a beer, but it doesn't sork for me in the Hennepin.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 19:28:08 | More by CBFanWish
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Charthepirate

New York

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly simply amazing. Sipping this beer I cannot describe the plothora of flavors present in it, but I'm not at that point, so I'll start with the appearence, which is mighty fine. Pours kind of a ruddy golden, head is like heavy cream, god it's beautiful. Left a huge covering, if not thick lacing.

It smells fairly standard, reminding me of a wheat beer and duvel. IMO the weakest point of the beer.

The flavor, god the flavor. smooth, complex and rich. Spicyness from the alchohol, wheat flavors, mild banana, sugars. God, I list all those and I can't even approach what I taste there. Amazing, simply amazing. In the back of it all, just a touch of bitter from the hops that calls out the contrasts and makes all the amazing maltiness of the beer just stand out even more.

even more than the flavor though, this beer rolls around the mouth, in perfect coordination with the carbonation and the full mouthfeel. It's almost like what champaigne would taste like if it had a roundness to match the carbonation.

As you can probably tell by now, i've had a bit of this stuff. Why? it's damn drinkable. Amazing, amazing brew, no if ands or buts.

Char

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 04:16:44 | More by Charthepirate
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chilidog

Ohio

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

Wow, This brew could not be guessed it comes from Copperstown, N.Y. It pours a nice hazy gold with a higher carbonated (some fizz) head. The head is white that settles to a thin,close bubbled film that dose lace though it fades also. The aroma is lemon citrus. As with the taste the citrus comes through in a lemon pepper on wheat. Also a honey sweet spice lingers a dry mouthfeel. Alcohol at 7.5% hits home strong while allowing this brew to be very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 14:40:10 | More by chilidog
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jtfest

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful yellow coloring with a nice, lasting white head. Active carbonation lends an ongoing bubble-show in the glass. Sweet floral aroma complements nicely the rich mouthfeel and taste that starts sweet and ends dry. To tell the truth, it reminds me of champagne, particularly in how the effervescence feels on the palate (not just because of the corked bottle ;-). Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 02:46:35 | More by jtfest
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yankeeheel

Maine

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

Pours a very hazy yellow with a hint of orange. Smells very citrusy/hoppy and scared me originally when I sniffed it. Had all the makings of a pale ale nightmare. How happily wrong I was. Has a very active bubbly white head that just looks great receding down the tulip glass. Damn good looking beer.

The taste is interesting. Syrupy sweet with a hint of malt and a lot of lemon/grass/pepper up front. Quite a good sized body for a mild beer. Finishes sweet as it began with some nice carbonation tingling on the tounge. Another gem from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 01:42:34 | More by yankeeheel
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twilight

Germany

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

12 oz bottle, silver-rimmed chalice glass.

I first thought I wouldn't like this beer. The first impression is the bitterness, and it reminded me just a tad of ESB's that I don't have a particular fondness for. I kept drinking however, and mmm....

This beer is yummy. It pours with a golden color, with very little head and leaves only a bit of lacing. The aroma is reminiscent of honey, citrus, and that smell I refer to as "earthy" (kind of like smelling tree roots). The taste is nice, though a bit "wheaty" for me. I can definitely taste the wheat character in the beer. One of the only detractions is a hint of the alcohol comes through, (at 7.5 percent), so it detracts some from the flavor. I know I'll be enjoying more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 23:57:14 | More by twilight
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mschofield

Massachusetts

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

Orange-gold that sparkles when I hold it to the light, very clear for bottle conditioned. Two finger head with loudly crackling bubbles. Ends up as a bubbly laces.
Apricot, banana, honey and yeasty aroma.
Malty, peppery and spicy taste, it seems more alcoholic than it really is. Curaco orange or maybe sour tangerine. Citrus hops - lemon.
Crisp with a medium feel, a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 22:46:15 | More by mschofield
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filabrazilia

Colorado

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

Pours a semi-cloudy golden with a white loosely carbonated head. Excellent lacing.

Smells like a saison--citrus, coriander, and pepper with a light hop presence blend nicely in the nose.

The taste is similar to the smell and is delightfully refreshing in the mouth. The flavors are pronounced but not too strong. This is a great tasting beer.

This is a medium bodied beer with a crisp dry finish. Very nice.

This is a drinkable beer that was a pleasant suprise. If their other beers are similar to the quality of this one, Ommegang will be receiving more of my business.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 17:15:18 | More by filabrazilia
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Naerhu

Japan

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

Huge puer white head on opaque honey colored body.
Sweet and spicy nose like a middle eastern pastry. Estery.
Light flavored spicy wheat-beer flavor and banana. Hop spiciness is everywhere, but the hop bitterness is restrained. The tiniest bubbles give this the creamest mouthfeel. I love this stuff. If this were as common as budweiser, I would never ever drink anything else, and likely become an alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 13:16:30 | More by Naerhu
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AbePhroman

New Jersey

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

This is an amazing domestic Saison. Yards' brewery Saison should take some hints from this. Ommegang puts out a good product. Poured a slightly cloudy gold with a foamy white head. Hints of malt, not bitter at all. A great domestic brew in the Belgian style. I think I'll go get another bottle now.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 02:56:19 | More by AbePhroman
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

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

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, topped with a small white head. Smell is yeasty with some pepper and grass notes, as well as something a bit musty? The carbonation explodes in your mouth with TONs of little bubbles. Very crisp and refreshing. Taste is sweet and peppery in the beginning then finishes a bit dry with a nice hop background.

I really like this beer but I have to say I think I prefer the Ommegang and Rare Vos over this. Just my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 00:54:02 | More by CharlesRiver
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counselor

Connecticut

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

This beer oured a nice peach color with cotton candy lite fluffy head. The head lasted the whole glass, including a 2nd pour to finish off the bomber size bottle. The aromas of spring flowers hit my nose and filled my head before I could take a sip. While, at first, I didn't "get" the Belgian beer style, I continue to drink them, hitting on some good ones and gaining appreciation for the bolder ones. This beer would be the perfect introduction to the Belgian beers as it is not overshelming, yet is very complex

The flavors consisted of fruity, tropical flavors like bannana, pomegranade, pears and figs, it had a smooth and easy drinking texture that finished with a nice hop dry feel with some sweetness around the edges, like a nice dessert wine. This was served rather cold from my fridge and as the glass warmed, all of the above aromas and flavors grew until the last sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 21:49:48 | More by counselor
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Jon

Illinois

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

Aged bottle from 2002.

Slightly hazy, light golden color with a foamy white head that leaves attractive trails of lace down the glass. Excellent head retention, as well. Wonderfully complex aromas of freshly ground ginger, orange peel, maybe some coriander, pepper, fruity esters and slightly earthy hops. More ginger, orange rind, Saaz hops, ripe apple and pear are evident before a mild finish reminiscent of freshly ground pepper. Mouthfeel is smooth, lush and downright pleasing. Drinkability is phenomenal for a beer of 7.5% abv. Though it's not a true saison to the traditionalist due to its alcohol content, it's a damn good beer that is clearly worthy of your attention. One of the better values on the shelves today, too.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 04:31:11 | More by Jon
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

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

Alas, a good domestic Belgian imitation! It ain't Dupont, but it is a super brew!! Especially at the 4.99 price tag for a 750ml, here in Chicago.The color is right on, featuring blazing orange-the head pours big and frothy and maintains a fine stick. Flavorful and refreshing both, the beer salutes the style nicely. The taste is much like that of a Dupont Saison, with spicy citrus hop and a nice snappy bite. A well balanced, clean, and delicious bang for the buck!! I'll surely save money with this as an option.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 02:33:39 | More by moulefrite
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shirfan

New York

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

Poured a cloudy light gold with a retentive, large-bubbled head.

Aroma is estery, fruity, with sour notes of cherries, cloves, pears and alcohol.

Flavor is balanced, light and sweet yet complex at the same time. A pleasant, non-diacetyl sour lemon flavor keeps the sweeter esters in check; pear and a mild clove come through in the finish, with a yeasty, drying aspect. There is no hint of alcohol here other than a slight warming a full 2-3 seconds after the sip is swallowed... but there are leafy, spicy hops as well. Not in a capacity to overpower, but just enough to make things all the more interesting. Never cloying nor thick, this just keeps tempting another sip.. and another...and another.

Hennepin takes all the best qualities of a hefeweisen, belgian, and ale... and combines them into a ridiculously drinkable beer. I'm totally in love with this, and rating accordingly. A new favorite; Premier Gourmet will be seeing my quick return to establish a personal stash, at $5 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 21:05:58 | More by shirfan
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dannyvee

Massachusetts

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

poured into my duvel glass- didn't realize how appropriate that would be until i tasted it. it appeared slightly more golden in color than duvel, but the taste was pretty close. a little thinner and slightly less peppery, but overall not very different to me. thoroughly enjoyed, but if i'm going for that style i'll go with hennepin's older, more established belgian cousin.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 23:51:02 | More by dannyvee
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Crosling

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dull...Boring and everything in between. Maybe I missed something about this beer, knowing that it is one of the top 50 I was excited to try this but it disappointed me greatly.

Poured a hazy honey colored yellow with a large and enchanting white head. Big bubbles all around.

Aroma was of yeast, fruitiness, grasses in a blender, a few spices, etc.

Flavors included all kinds of fruits, yeast, and spices. Not bad but certainly not what I was expected. Alcohol was well hidden though and it did leave an excellent lace on the glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 14:08:08 | More by Crosling
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Boto

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: Nice layer of sediment at the bottom: I love bottle conditioned beers. It pours a cloudy golden color. It has a floral nose. Also there of hints of pear and apricots. The taste is full bodied, with undertones of citrus pears and caramel. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 01:50:21 | More by Boto
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a firm cloudy golden straw yellow, growing firm and frothy a white one inch head builds slowly and reatins for a good long time, slowly slips down to a thick haze, lace in slow dripping ink blots. Smell is mostly yeasty and spiced, some citrusy lemon and white pepper underlay with a slight touch of alcohol. Taste is subtle and fairly complex with an overall mellowness thats super nice with an easy and soft maltyness, lightly citrusy of lemon and melon rinds, dulled tangyness, some notes of musty grasses and sugar. Spicy yeastyness is light up until the finish where it approaches ever so tingly and lightly building slowly, gaining some and helping end with a calm dryness in the finish. Carbonation was perfect, solid and full bodied, a nice crescendo from start to finish and a bit of thickness and even some light chewyness rendering in some of the finish. Nice malty balance with the yeast, and what ever hops may be in there adding in with some of that grassyness and very slight calm bitterness thats barely noticeable in the middle. A definate keeper and a wonderful drinker. Mellow, soothingly smooth, thick, luscious, a hidden alcoholic treat to be shared, if willing ; )

Big thanks to Fishbone for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 01:38:24 | More by tavernjef
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hope this Ommegang is better than the Victory 12 "Belgian style" I had earlier this afternoon. Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice, though small head. Hoppy aroma with citrus notes tells me that I'm going to like this one better than the syrupy V-12. Indeed, the mouthful is reassuring. Hop notes and carbonation assault the tongue. This is a very visually attractive offering, maintaining a small head and interesting vertical lacing. Taste is dominated by the interesting hops, which are tempered by hints of hay and pears. Dry aftertaste is pleasant. This is a very drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 23:20:50 | More by merlin48
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Beautiful, light but cloudy yellowish-orange body with a nice white head that went down slowly.

Smell – Nice mix of yeast and slight sourness with some significant spicing. The spicing is typical BSPA. The fruits are light and pleasant, most notably melons, apples, strawberries dipped in sugar, and lots of green grapes.

Taste – This one is very good. There’s a hint of the grassy garden in there, but mostly you’ve got a wonderful yeast base mixed with tangy but restrained fruitiness. There’s a hint of alcohol more along the lines of a dry blanc or maybe even a brut blanc de noir with all that carbonation.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied but heavily carbonated, this one produces about a thousand sensations in the mouth. Very fun and entertaining; not something you’d want to serve with a meal.

Drinkability – I had this on an empty stomach just before dinner, and it was a delight. It wetted my appetite for the stuffed chicken with sticky rice and garlic gravy. Excellent and adventurous example of the style.

Update – I re-reviewed this with a 2004 bottle and found it to be very enjoyable. I got a lot more spicing this time around but otherwise it seems pretty consistent.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 03:37:31 | More by RoyalT
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy but very translucent orange body with big bubbly chunky white head.

The nose is a mix of fruits, yeast, wood, alcohol, phenols, apples, apple peel, cinnamon and some other soft spices.

This beer has a huge amount of carbonation. It's almost hard to drink at first it's so carbonated, but once it sits for a few minutes the carbonation mellows and pulls all the flavors out. Very easy drinking, medium bodied and very well balanced. Clean tasting, lemons, lemon peel, soft grain malt, an earthy hop bitterness, apples, pears, wheat, phenols, yeast. There's even a slight chalkiness.

It ends with a more intense bitterness that slightly overshadows the nice clean malt and fruit flavors.

Overall this is just a great beer. If it weren’t 7.5% I'd call this a perfect session beer. It tastes like the sort of beer you could just sit back and drink all day long. Very clean and simple, yet complex enough to let you taste every flavor all in perfect harmony.
These New Yorkers should be made honorary Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 08:40:50 | More by taez555
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DESTRO

Nevada

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

man this is a pretty beer, pours out a beautiful cloudy yellow with a medium head that dies down to a small lace. nice lemony/grassy aroma, a tad spicy. light and crisp with lively carbonation, light malt paired with a light bitterness. pleasant lemon flavour with some spice and alcohol notes. very refreshing and a great one to sip from your badass goblet. ill throw up the goat for this one.

at $3.99 for a 750ml, its a steal.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 07:29:00 | More by DESTRO
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daledeee

Iowa

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

Fine pour!! Nice head and good yellow orange color. Nice tasting beer. Some grapefruit and tart apple in the taste.Very good hop character. One of the hoppier Belgian styles I have had. Good carbonation. Very warm alchohol aftertaste. This is somewhat like Duvel. A high quality beer from an American/Belgian brewery

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 01:18:00 | More by daledeee
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,392 ratings.