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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,294
Reviews: 2,062
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 238
Gots: 534 | 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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Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Ommegang and first from my big beer haul from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. What a place.

The slightly hazed golden straw body is well carbonated and already looks refreshing. About a finger and a half worth of creamy tightly knit white head sits on top and for a long time. Thick and creamy sheets of lace are left behind as the head slowly receedes. This looks fantastic.

A subtle and pleasant nose gives off notes of Belgian yeasr, musty and wet straw, some welcomed over ripe Anjou pears and just a touch of spice. Very well balanced with no one thing being overly pronounced.

Just as balanced in the taste as well. A bit more spice forward than what I was expecting but it does well at meshing with the grassy/musty hay character that is prevalent throughout. I still get some pear-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue but it has been greatly reduced from the nose to taste. A subtle grassy bitterness is what's left, accentuating the dry finish.

I forgot that this was 7.7% ABV when I took my first sip and was surprised at the body of this thing. Its got a smooth, rich, and creamy feel with a great bubbly kick. Well balanced through and through with a dry and subtley bitter finish that makes me want to take another sip. Besides its medium and rich body, there's no indication of its higher ABV.

I haven't had all that many Saisons but this one explains why they're becoming one of my favorite styles of beer. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and tasty; perfect for nearly any occasion. I'd definitely buy this againa and can't wait for my next Ommegang brew!

Photo of LSUPT
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Pug
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Wortman1998
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of wmobley
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of BigOldOaf
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mbw314
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of necoadam
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light amber/yellow color with a huge head that leaves lacing around the glass afterward.

Smell was citrus, spices, musk, funkiness. Some floral undertones ride underneath the main aromas.

Taste starts out spicy, but it's not overwhelming, in fact, it's very inviting. Some lemon and grain notes hits in the middle. Finish is spicy with a little bit of hops making their presences known. It's all balanced and inviting.

Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation. Feels good.

It's wonderful all around. Pleasant to look at it, smell and feel. A beer for your senses.

Photo of blakesell
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle Poured into a belgian goblet/cereal bowl style glass.

Great how Ommegang's beers hold together, cork pops right off yet no head even attempts to escape.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow hefe like colour with a thick creamy head. Tiny bubbles rise for hours as this beer sits, was poured too cold so I let it sit to get to proper tasting temperature. Lacing never fades on this beer.

Smell: Slight barnyard, sweet and earthy if that's possible. Belgian yeast for certain. Lots of spices. Corriander, Orange, Allspice?

Taste: Slight horsy flavor, candi sugars, spices big time, they could have even eased up on the candi sugars a little on this one. It's quite sweet for the "farmhouse saison" flavor that they claim it to be, but quite nice for the style and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation and a sweet/sour flavor that lingers on the tounge.

Overall: Damn this is a great beer. Ommegang really came thru for me on this one, my only thing that I don't love is that the candi sugar is a bit upfront. About 6 mos of aging and that sugar would likely mellow out and be a near perfect beer. I'd like to witness this brew's steps in the brewery. An absolute pleasure to drink that I will come back to again and again.

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BobZ
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Bright sparkling yellow with a big frothy head of about 3” which recedes to about 1/2”, an abundance of sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus and spice with a bit of hoppy aroma.

Taste: Nice diversity of flavor, the citrus and spice are noticeable, there is no “piney” character imparted by the hops just the citrus and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. No “funk” really which is what I expected from a saison. A flavorful (delicious) pale ale is the best description of this brew. The alcohol is completely un-noticeable.

Mouth feel: Heavily carbonated which means it’s very clean and crisp on the palate.

Overall: Very good beer, as I’ve said extremely flavorful. In fact this beer has reignited my interest in the saison style.

Photo of bmoney
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Belgians but this is the firt Saison I've had (or at least can remember). Similar spice and flavor of some of the other Belgians but more crisp and fresh. I will definitely explore other Saisons.

from 750ml bottle into tulip glass:

A- Pours beautifully; a hazy golden amber color. Frothy white head that builds quickly and sticks slightly on the way down.

S- Very fresh and spicy. First instinct is citrus, then the hints of dark fruits clove and banana linger.

T/M- Must admit I had higher expectations for taste based on the smell. Rush of carbonation. The citrus is there, along with some other fruits as it warms, such as fresh apple or pear. Some honey is there in the background. There is a tart after taste from the beginning, and you can feel the alcohol on the exhale.

D- Had the whole 750 and could ask for more. Maybe because I'm intrigued by this beer, or maybe I'm just enjoying the buzz.

Photo of JackNip
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. Bottle. Corked and caged.

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow with a large white head. The foam was spiderweb-like and dissipated quickly for its size. Some light fingers of lace were left behind. A rough pour on the second glass yielded a head that was denser and had more staying power.

Smell: At first, all heavy, corny sweetness and not overly enjoyable. However, after awhile, some hops and a little spicy yeast emerged to save the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied but with some chewiness. Smooth, with light hints of carbonation tickle.

Taste: Pretty straightforward flavor. All sweet malt, yeast, and floral and herbal hops. Both the bitterness of the hops and the sweet malt continued long into the aftertaste, where the yeast gained strength.

A good beer, but nothing to write home about.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

--10/29/04 Update--

This beer showed a lot more complexity on the second sample of it that I had today. This was from a smaller, 12 oz. bottle with a nip cap.

The aroma had more depth, with smells of fruit ranging from grapes to apples and an underlying layer of vanilla that added a lot of warmth to the brew.

The beer came across as fuller bodied, but it dried out just the right amount at the end. It was still malty and hoppy as I stated above, but it seemed to have more of a raw grain quality to it. A nice, light fruitiness was present, and the hops were rather subdued. They just balanced out the beer and gave it the right amount of spiciness.

I was much more impressed with this beer the second time around. I boosted my ratings accordingly.

Photo of pentathlete
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 750ml bottle this afternoon. Poured into trusty 22oz burgundy glass. Large foamy head that never quite disipated. Bubbles everywhere, highly carbonated. Citrusy smell, worried that I had made a mistake on this cold winter day.

However, the taste was exceptional. Full mouthfeel, acidic, a fine balance of sweet and bitter, long finish. I tasted pears and hops, alcohol and lemon zest.

This was a refreshing beer that would work well alone or with food. My spouse had just baked some Brie and she loved the pairing. This is one addictive brew. This came from Ommegang's 3-pack which included 750s of Three Philosophers and Rare Vos. I'm traveling this week, so I'll be breaking those out next weekend.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy light orange color with a beautiful white head on it, looks very yummy. smell is great, spicy, with almost a ginger like smell to it. taste is magnificent. its a perfect balance of alcohol sharpness, yeast, spicy hops, and mild malt. just a wonderful blend of everything a belgian should be. i wonder how the flemish feel about ommegangs beers. its amazing that is is as good as it is and as readily available as it is.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Light blonde body that’s very clear and topped off with a thick white head.
Smell:
Spices and mild citrus fruit are up front, mild alcohol and wheat all hit you at once.
Taste:
Grapefruit, although very mild, is present, the spiciness really makes this ale tasteful, some grass flavors come through too. A little peppercorn mixed in with lemon and orange zest make for an interesting ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Overall:
This is an excellent ale, the flavor is complex and makes you yearn for another drink, the aroma is sweet overall and really inviting. I highly recommend drinking this ale.

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BeerAngel
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow "wine-like" color with a white 2 finger head. The smell is that of a sweet and extremely lemony aroma (to me anyway). The taste is that of a semi-sweet fruity tast with a spiciness that is just right. The mouthfeel is a little sticky, but not a problem. Overall, I like this brew.
A Votre Sante or Cheers or sumthin'!

Photo of theghost3
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, slight hazy straw color with a 4-finger, frothy white head.

Smell is subtle--light fruits, yeast, honey, phenols and faint musty scents. The taste is a nice balance of sweet, light fruits such as pears & white grapes along with spices, yeast & a little earthiness in there. Mouthfeel is crisp & rather light.

This is a drinkable Farmhouse Ale. It's not as blatantly musty & earthy as I expect but it makes up for it in its nice fruit character.

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Pillowburn
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,294 ratings.