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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,159 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 5,159
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 223
Gots: 461 | FT: 2
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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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me let you in on a little secret. I followed up a recommendation from Garret Oliver's "Brewmaster's Table." This beer is an absolutely incredible match for Humboldt Fog cheese, which is an aged goat cheese. Together, they are better than the sum of their parts. I'm trying to be objective with my ratings, trying to rate the beer as it stands on its own. But if I was rating my experience with this cheese and beer together, you would see a 5 for taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability.

As it is this is a great beer. Poured with a nice head. Malty sweet with nice Belgian esters. Mouthfeel is very good. Very good carbonation levels.

Again, I highly recommend that food pairing.

GeoffFromSJ, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of saintwarrick
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first chance to grab a beer from this hyped brewery and it does not disappoint. Pours a perfect gold with a big puffy head, very carbonated beer. Aromas are passion fruit, pears and some berries, strawberry with a nice non-overpowering alcohol smell in there. Taste is great, the same fruits, some pineapple. Very smooth, somewhat dry and earthy, which must be the hops showing through. Saisons are a great beer, and to find a state-side brewery that does it this well is quite a treat. Go get some now!

saintwarrick, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy pale gold color with a frothy two finger whte head and excellent retent on that, some thin lacing

S- floral, biscuit, toasty, sweet

T- malt sweetness hits first, then comes spicy, hoopy, and earthy flavors, tangy citrus in there as well. Tart finish and aftertaste

M- light bodied and smooth, carbonation tickles

D- sessionable and delightful, highly refreshing and drinkable. alcohol not noticeable. loving this brew and this style

tonistruth, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of jordanimal
3/5  rDev -27.9%

jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of azorie
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

azorie, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of zachary80
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

zachary80, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of hpthebull
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

hpthebull, May 29, 2014
Photo of dumptruck81
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very pale color mostly transparent color. Not much head retention. I'm inclined to think that a beer needs head retention to have the strong aroma that I like but this one defies that rule of thumb. Great aroma and taste from this one that almost looks like your typical garbage BMC.

Smell- At first it I got your typical banana, grass, and funk. As I got a bit further into it I noticed the it wasn'treally banana but some other fruits.

Taste- For the most part follows the nose. Opens up into a nice range of fruits. Lemon, apple, and pear. Nice hop crispness, hay, coriander spice, and funk. Really complex beer for a lighter style.

Mouthfeel- medium light bodied. Enough body to enjoy the range of flavor and just enough hop sharpness to keep it crisp.

Overall- Well done ommegang! This is a must try beer. This will be one of the beers where you have to ask yourself why you hadn't had it before. I wish I could give it a perfect score but I just can't bring myself to do it. The knock on appearance is due to previous standards on what usually makes a good beer. The sharp mouthfeel is most likely necessary to open up the depth in this beer but keeps it from being the beer you can drink all day.

Edit: I've had this beer again many times with a good amount of head. I think there was soapy residue in the glass when I did the review

dumptruck81, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of ssgunbond
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ssgunbond, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been craving a saison for a few weeks now, and the Hennepin called out to me at the beer store the other day. It was tough, because Le Merle (North Coast) was also calling out to me, but the last saison I had was the Merle. So Hennepin was up next; it was Ommegang time.

Poured into a barrel pint (all of my proper glassware is currently in storage) from the .750ml, the Hennepin is a site for sore eyes. An opaque, but glossy, yellow/gold color with a ginormous bubble-bath head of white foam on top. Good lace. The nose is a spicy sweet banana scent, with pepper and apple and faint lemon grass. Other spices in there too. Really nice aroma, if you ask me. The taste leans a bit to the sweeter side, as the fruitiness really rises to the occasion. I'm a bit more inspired by a spicier bite to my saisons, but this is still really tasty, and really cuts through the summer heat well. Mouthfeel is tangy, but evens out and becomes noticeably smoother as the beer warms to room temp.

A fine outing by the gang at Ommegang. The Hennepin makes for a wonderful spring or summer treat. I liken it to Lillet in the spirits world. Makes for a great sittin'-by-the-poolside beverage when there just isn't any relief in the shade. Bottoms up.

Atlas1, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear yellow/gold with a huge foamy white head which left excellent lacing.

Smelled very musty, along with a bit of citrus and not much else.

Tasted of musty yeast, very much like the smell. Not very sharp or complex. The lemon is in there but it's overpowered by the yeast. No tartness or crispness whatsoever going on here. This was a big letdown from what I'd hoped for.

Mouthfeel was great. Lots of prickly carbonation and generally a nice smoothness to go with a medium body.

This is a fairly drinkable beer, although nothing special. It's cheap though, so it has that going for it.

JBogan, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of kkmiller76
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kkmiller76, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of csurowiec
4/5  rDev -3.8%

csurowiec, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of csiewert
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly yeasty golden color with a finger of white bubbly head that doesn't retain terribly long or lace much. The aroma is somewhat weak with the usual banana and spice notes, as well some earthy and floral hops. The taste starts sweet with banana and moves to some spicy notes and finishes with some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is very well balanced and finishes clean. Overall a great saison.

csiewert, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of cratez
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from ABC Fine Wines & Liquors in Daytona Beach, FL. Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.

A: cloudy yellow-orange with a golden/amber tinge, two fingers of bubbly white froth, and globs of lacing on the shaker (wrong glassware, I know).
S & T: yeasty and nutty aromas, strong citrus and lemon flavours, fruity tanginess, a little sour. This lacks the brett elements of a traditional saison, but it's a delicious beer nonetheless.
M: huge peppery spiciness in the body, super tart and dry finish. Packs an impressive, refreshing bite. Very good.
D: goes down like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. This drinks way too easy for a 7.7% brew. Maybe it's the 30+ degree weather in Daytona? Either way, Hennepin is a satisfying Belgian-style ale. Worth a shot.

cratez, May 28, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

nosavingsaccount, Aug 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

montrealbcr89, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4/5  rDev -3.8%

TheSleepyMonkey, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Luk13
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl bottle. Pale slightly hazy gold pour with a nice loose foamy white head. Lots of citrusy, hoppy aromas a bit of good barnyard funk. Not so enjoyableGrainy taste with a citric acid finale, quite dry. Mouthfeel is a wee bit rough but it becomes okay when the beer sits a bit but still nowhere close to Saison's standard.

Very disapointed since there is a lot of praise on this beer and Saison is my favourite style.
The most over rated beer on this site imho. I'd have to revisit to make sure I didn,t get a bad bottle or something.

Luk13, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of ThrashMaster
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ThrashMaster, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

maDUECEgunner, May 01, 2014
Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bkwhoppa66, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Murph
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent creamy white head that never fully sinks and leaves a decent lace down the glass. Huge bubblegum, banana and other lighter fruits, and spicy pepper dominate the smell. The taste starts off with some great light fruity flavors that is mostly dominated by banana with some possible peach and orange. About half way through the brew gets nicely spicy with some good peppery qualities to it. Excellently creamy and smooth but also fairly refreshing and excelently drinkable with a medium body to it. This is one damn fine brew and I can't wait to get my hands on some more.

Murph, Aug 15, 2002
Photo of assurbanipaul
2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Golden and strong, light citrus aroma. This bottle had a heavy ammonia odor also, so my sample and evaluation may be tainted. Otherwise, another failed American attempt at a Belgian ale. However, I will say that this bottle's label is the most artistic and attractive that I've ever seen on a brew.

assurbanipaul, May 28, 2003
Photo of wahhmaster
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow, almost white, color. Has a very large, foamy head that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves some impressive lacing.

Smell: Strong apple and vinous notes with yeasty and peppery hints. Definitely smells like a saison.

Taste: Spicy and bitter throughout with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Has sweet, fruity notes throughout backed by a yeasty flavor as well. Quite complex and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a pleasing crispness to it.

Drinkability: Quite delicious and quite possibly the best saision I've had to date (granted, I haven't had many). Thoroughly enjoyable and something everyone should try once. Truly a classic in the style!

wahhmaster, Sep 25, 2010
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,159 ratings.