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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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2,085 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,085
Hads: 5,596
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 295
Gots: 779 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

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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Reviews: 2,085 | Hads: 5,596
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blond in color and fairly cloudy, moreso after the first glass. A billowing white head rises from a gentle pour, lasting until the final drop.

Smell: Very malty with some banana-like esters. Closer inspection reveals spicy and floral notes (white pepper, ginger and mint come to mind).

Taste/mouthfeel: Tropical fruit and yeast are at the forefront here, but there's a spicy kick beneath it. Mildly sweet initially, though that's quickly overtaken by a lasting dryness and mild herbal/floral hop bite. Carbonation is high and the finish is ultra-crisp - this is one seriously refreshing beer despite the high ABV. The flavor is low on the funkiness sometimes found in Belgian saisons, but I'm not complaining; this is a damn good beer.

Notes: A solid beer that was past due for a review. For the price it's hard to go wrong with this stuff. (855 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked behemoth of a bomber. Strangely, the label indicates that this is a 'Product of Belgium' - brewed and bottled at Ommegang's parent company, Duvel Moortgat.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three ebullient fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some nice linked snowflake lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of musky flowers, citrus rind, bready pale malt, dried apples, sassy earthy yeast, and a soft ground pepper spiciness. The taste is moderately sweet pale malt, buoyed by some restrained candi sugar, weakened citrus, but with an uptick in general fleshy fruitiness, some new-found coriander, consistent yeast, and subtle, sneaky earthy spiciness - pepper meets ginger. There is no overt alcohol presence, however, a pleasant wave of underlying warmth pulls the covers up all nice and snug.

The carbonation is present, but lightly rendered, and, well 'brut-esque', the body on the prim side of medium weight, and smooth, but with a swelling of edgy heat baying at the gates. It finishes off-dry, with head-spinning complexity - nothing that has thus far presented itself seems to have buggered off yet. Oh well, then.

A well made, um, American saison? Heritage and corporate buyouts aside, this is just plain enjoyable, the delicate nature of the farmhouse ale decently ramped up, balanced, and quite agreeable, as the masked booze strength plays up well to the waning summer ethos up here in the soon to be Great White North. (1,548 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting and telling... after having this beer over a dozen times, and never pausing to review it, it's either a testament to pure drinkability and enjoyment, or my serial absent-mindedness.

Hennepin pours into a Duvel tulip with an ample head of creamy white foam that leaves concentric rings of lace in the glass. There's an ever-present skim on the surface, at least a few cm thick. Bright and saturated color, pure bubbly sunshine.

Signature Belgian yeast at first, lightly citrusy and musty, with herbal notes of tea leaves, coriander, and sage.

Grassy tea-like hops emerge in the flavor as well, alongside peppery Belgian yeast phenols and dry crackery malt. Finishes very dry with a lightly bitter edge. Seemingly simple on the surface but well nuanced in flavor and aroma. It has a prickly feel, well carbed, and easily degassed after swirling the glass a few times. Quite a thirst-quencher, and it pairs exceptionally well with charcuterie.

"Hennepin. It goes with everything!" ...Sorry, old joke. (1,017 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gave Hennepin a very careful pour, unlike my usual, because of the nasty looking stuff in the bottom of the bottle. The beer itself is significantly hazy, bright banana-amber with a handful of fine particulates and a generous amount of carbonation. The very nearly pure white head started out small thanks to the gentle pour, fell quickly to thin film and is leaving very little lace.

The nose is fruity, spicy, faintly alcoholic and reminds me, somewhat, of a Belgian tripel. The flavor is definitely interesting, but doesn't bowl me over. It's malty, fruity (apples, pears, golden raisins) sour and clove spicy.

The body/mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated and the finish is long with a trace of sweetness. There's also a hint of alcohol that it isn't the least bit intrusive. It does pack a bit of a punch, but then 7.5% on an empty stomach usually does.

Hennepin is my first saison so I really have no idea whether it's a good version of the style or not. For all I know it could be great beer. My suspicion is that this bottle is a little on the old side, so I'll re-review when I get the chance. (1,117 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A corked 750 ml bottle.

Pours out a golden, yellow color. It was slightly cloudy. It also left some lacing. The head was very large. It smells of spice and hops. The hop flavor was very apparent as well as the yeast flavor. Mouthfeel was crisp and a little dry. It rates very drinkable, but due to the size of the bottle, maybe just one. (340 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1500. For this one I chose a really solid american brew I had never had before. Go figure, after ll of this I had never had a Hennepin. So anyway, this lovely beer was served at cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 01/05/2009.

Now if that was not the most perfect Saison pour I do not know what is. Very nice amber hue with a rich, decadent looking three inches of white foam on top. Just hanging there with a huge amount of side lace just dripping down the glass and keeping the head alive and well throughout the session.

The aroma was very, very nice. Rich notes of spices, apricot, light apple maybe and a touch of grain. As it warmed some light pepper like spice starts to come forward, nearly spot on. As I take the first taste, I expierence just what I wanted from this one. A light, perfectly carbonated saison. Light notes of fruit spiced up with hints of white pepper and a perfectly balanced mix between light grain and fresh grass in the finish. Smooth, delicate and perfectly drainkable, I was very impressed by just how good this one was.

Overall I am ashamed it took me soo long to try this one. It was spot on, just what I needed tonight and just what the style called for. I will make this my go to for the style from now on for sure. (1,290 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden color,for some reason didnt get much head at all maybe and older bottle?Smell was fresh and amd very floral.The first thing I got on the palate was a spiciness followed by some fruity,yeasty estures.There is a definent citrusy kinda lemony taste rounding out on this one.A really well made ale but maybe not for me so much,but it still deserves a pretty good raiting. (389 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw color, lots of white foam and great lacing.

S: Great yeast smell, some light citrus, apple might make an appearance, and a very light funkiness.

T: A slight sweetness, some green fruits. Yeast and spice are there as well, adding to the complex taste.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation for this beer.

D: Delicious Saison, well balanced and interesting. (380 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Takin' another swing at this brew. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a solid finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, coriander, and lemon zest, with a touch of minor caramel in the very, very back. The taste follows along a similarly-landscaped path, though there's more wheat and a touch o' relatively minor funk hanging around the corners and edges and whatnot. And when I say minor, I mean AA, maybe even A (who doesn't love watching a Dunedin game, am I right?). The body is a very light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a nice, solid saison, not my favorite of the style but pretty good nonetheless. (686 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber. There is a layer of off white head. Has a pils like note in the nose along with some Belgian spice. More Belgian spice in the taste along with a pleasant sweetness. Just a bit herbal with a slight bitterness in the finish. Light and quite nice. The carbonation level is a bit high, (319 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, I've tried cave-aged Hennepin twice now, and I honestly have to say that it doesn't smell or taste any different to me than any other cellared bottle of Hennepin that I've had. It's a very decent beer fresh, and I appreciate that, but I like to put 6 to 12 months on it to drop the yeast and soften it a touch. So, that said, the cave age is no different from my cellared bottles except that there's dust and tiny chunks of rock (?) on the bottle. If you don't have a cellar that holds 55-65 F during summer, you might want to try one of these; but other than that, forget the extra expense and do it yourself. It's only a few buck put away for a little while (it doesn't really improve beyond conditioning, and I think it's quite nice and ready to go with even four months under its belt). But keep in mind, this is one of my favorite beers to begin with, and my favorite beer from Ommegang, so maybe I'm biased. Cheers! (927 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours to a very pale yellow color with a large foamy white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Bready, yeasty smell with background notes of malt, banana & hops.

T: The taste starts of malty with a flavor of banana, follows with a little bit of hops, then alcohol warmth. Not as bready as you smell and no after-taste. As the beer warms you get a little bit more hops but still not overpowering.

M: Very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It goes down easy but I just didn’t like the taste enough to drink a lot of it.

I tried this beer at a tasting and thought it was pretty good. Now that I’m drinking a a whole 750ml bottle, I’m not liking it as much. Just being honest. (847 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (1,411 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden/bronze with effervescence & 3 fingers of white fluffy whip cream-like head. Mindblowing lacing & head retention

S: Hay & grain up front, then a little breadyness.

T: Fruitty with a hint of grain & lemon up front. Pepper & dryness follows as this warms. Apple skins & earthy yeastyness are also present. Some alcohol, dryness & wheat tartness come with the finish, plus a little more yeasty funk

MF: Spritzy & light/medium bodied

Fairly drinkable, saisons aren't really my thing but this one is pretty good across the board. As good as many I've seen in Belgium (585 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've taken a long time to get to this one, but I'm glad to finally get to it. I've educated myself on saisons recently with a lot of Fantome, so I'm confident I can give this the fair review it deserves. 7.70% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given its reputation.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head - disappointingly thin - of slight cream, and great retention for the high ABV (~4 minutes). Body colour is a hazy pale yellow-gold. Thin minimal lacing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Translucent.

Sm: Crystal malt, brett yeast funkiness, heavy lemon esters and lemon zest, lemongrass, rustic spicing (perhaps cilantro and clove if I had to guess), and pale malts. Maybe a bit of light white pepper. The lemon citric zest is pure and fragrant, evoking a fine dry champagne. Pear effervescence. Honey. Pale grains. A moderate strength evocative aroma. I can't wait to try it. Yeasty and inviting. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Delightful lemon citrus esters and lemon zest; these notes are dominant. Complementary funky yeast as well with notes of clove spice and maybe even a bit of banana and phenol. Some light biscuity character. Crystal malt. Dry pear and champagne notes. A hint of sour green apple - but not to the extent you'd see in a patersbier. Pale unobtrusive malt body. Rustic spices seem primarily yeast-derived. Refreshing and a bit tangy. Some honey. Perhaps some light fermented pineapple. These bright fruit esters also seem to come from the yeast. Little malty sweetness - just enough to aid the balance. I quite like it. What's sorely lacking is white pepper; a quality saison should always have peppery qualities but this one lacks them. Still, it's a balanced and well-layered saison. No alcohol comes through either, and it manages to remain refreshing. It doesn't lack complexity, but saisons are a complex style, and more could certainly be done. Maybe my Fantome consumption has driven up my expectations.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some effervescent dry champagne qualities as well. Excellent carbonation and thickness, complementing the flavour profile and coaxing out the more subtle flavours. Good palate presence. Refreshing and enjoyable.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its high ABV well. A quality saison from Ommegang, but it drinks a bit too much like a witbier with its heavy reliance on lemon notes. Still, I quite enjoy it and I'd definitely get it again if I was in the mood for a domestic saison. It's a fine offering and a fairly priced one. Lives up to its reputation. Very refreshing. Bravo, Ommegang.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a corked 750 ml bottle it appears a golden hue with a vibrant white head leaving trickled lace a picture perfect Belgium style ale. Aroma has some of those farm house ale characteristics of spices and yeast notes very nice along with huge tones of malt sweetness, underlying honey notes and the phenols are also producing the fruit tones characteristic of any fine Belgium ale. So, far simply amazing I love it. Taste light trickled malt, this is the perfect combination of sweetness, light hops, and exotic spices and full rich tones with a nice finish of alcohol on the palate. The mouthfeel has the consistency of a light syrup highly carbonated just full enough to coat the palate and tickle the senses. Drinkability is just wow, I could treat this like a session beer until I tried to stand up. Really too drinkable and desireable to approach too often save it as a treat. Best thing about it is the reasonable price for such a great beer, classic! (965 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw with a slight haze. Large big-bubbled head. While receding, leaves some spotty lace.

Typical farm house stinky; I mean that in a good way. Sour smell similar to old dough.

Spritzy and sour; lots of yeast bite. Quite light in the body. Tastes as if there is a lot of wheat in this beer. (305 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adam for serving up another Saison. Served in an Allagash Cervoise. Best before January 2012.

A - Pours with a voluminous three-plus fingers of white foam that eventually dissipates to a thin cap and leaves behind some stray chunks of lace. Body is a golden straw color, and oddly only one of three three pours had a stream of bubbles.

S - Yeast, esters, some light stone fruit, must, earth, and a bit of soapiness. Alcohol could be better hidden, and this lacks in "pop" and intensity, particularly after the Odonata offering.

T - Taste is a little better, as there is less alcohol and spicy ester character. More pale malt, with a bit of lemon, stone fruits, and floral hop character.

M - Carbonation is a bit too zesty and gritty, body is medium and a touch grainy as well. There's a touch of warmth in the finish, and residual stickiness.

D - Meh. A serviceable brew, but not something I will bother having again, as there are too many better options on the shelf. (983 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one finger of fluffy white head that leaves quickly, and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of bananas, spices, and yeast. Some cloves, orange, and citrus as well. Not much funk but enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, cloves, yeast, alcohol, and light citrus and fruit.

m - Light to medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - An ok saison but nothing amazing. It smelled pretty good, but thought the high carbonation and the alcohol in the taste hurt it a bit. No funk anywhere either. Would try again but wouldn't really seek out. (656 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellowish color. Fresh, floral,citrusy nose, quite like a witbier.Very beautiful, very inviting, who could refuse a sip of a brew so friendly?Taste is extremely satisfying, if lacking depth, but then, like many pretty things, it's not meant to be deep, just delicious, d'lightful, d'lovely! (295 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 5/13/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some nice and dense soapy lacing clinging on the glass. Aromas of huge lemon, pepper, grass, clove, herbal, floral, grape, orange zest, coriander, earth, light funk, and herbal yeast spiciness. Absolutely fantastic aromas that are extremely balanced with nice complexity. Taste of big lemon, pepper, herbal, floral, orange peel, grass, earth, bread, coriander, slight funk, yeast spiciness, and slight tang. Nice herbal spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, citrus zest, pepper, bread, floral, herbal, earth, and yeast spices and tang on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance of flavors; with a perfect contrast of the malt sweetness and peppery spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a slightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with no warming noticed at all on the finish. Very easy to drink. Overall this is an absolutely world class saison. Extremely balanced with big complexities; and very smooth to drink. Definitely one of the best I have ever had. (1,251 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,165 characters)

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.