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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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4,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,901
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 212
Gots: 367 | 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 bralston345


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-15-2013 21:41:36 | More by bralston345
Photo of pweis909


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

The big bottle, with the cork.
Big white, rocky head, fairly persistent, leaves lots of foamy lacing on the glass. Pale straw color with a bit of hazyness. Phenolic/estery/spicy aroma typical of many Belgian yeasts, sweet pilsner malt smell. Light sweetness to the taste with dry finish. Bittered to balance; not excessive. A surprising softness to the mouthfeel . Drinkable, but the alcohol catches up to you.

11-26-2007 22:30:59 | More by pweis909
Photo of KMcG


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

The beer is beautiful when poured.  The head is thick and rich.  The color is light golden and slightly foggy with lots of bubble activity.

The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, fruity, and sweet with some wet straw hue. 

The taste is spicy (coriander) and grassy with a ginger pop that almost gives a peppermint tone. There is lemon toward end and then the hops hit you. Very well balanced. 

The mouthfeel is light to medium body and refreshing. A nice Saison!

09-03-2011 18:30:25 | More by KMcG
Photo of terence


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

10-05-2013 06:03:50 | More by terence
Photo of Ragingbull


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

This beer pours a pale yellow or goldish color. It is not quite clear, but not far off. The head is like an ice cream cone bulging over the rim of my glass it is so thick. The nose has a grainy straw-like character that I find to be pretty common in belgian style beers. There is a nice structure to the flavor. The foam on the head lends itself to really "creaming up" the mouthfeel. The grains have a somewhat spicy character and I would go so far as to say the spice like flavor gives the beer some "flair."

04-17-2009 14:35:15 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

750ml corked bottle poured into a goblet. This will be my first saison.

Look: its a fairly cloudy with sediment, light gold color. I gave it an aggressive pour but despite that, the head is fairly thin. Its almost purely white, fluffy, and turns into a thin film at the top of the beer fairly quickly. There's no lacing whatsoever on this one.

Smell: fruity, some spices like clove, cardamom, some yeastiness and alcohol.

Taste: I can see how these beers were meant to be drank through the summer by farm workers. Follows the nose with some spices, fruitiness like apple and raisin, some yeast and a hint of alcohol. It straddles the line between being complex and being easy drinking and does it quite well. There's some citrus and floral characters in the taste as well. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

Feel: medium to light body with a lot of carbonation. Alcohol warmth isn't there.

Drink: very drinkable. I could drink this all day.

Overall, a very nice beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. I am not sure if my grades do it justice based on style, so I just graded based on how I enjoyed it. Give this one a try!

12-04-2010 17:59:37 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of BeerNDoggerel


5/5  rDev +20.2%

03-09-2012 03:55:30 | More by BeerNDoggerel
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-13-2014 06:15:20 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

After struggling with the cork for some time, the bottle burst open and spattered my pant legs with beer. After blotting my self dry, I poured the beer and noted a golden colour with some murkiness. A small white head developed but flattened hurriedly. Some random fingers of lace stuck throughout the tasting. The nose had a funky wheat sort of spice quality. P'raps a bit clovey and peppery as well. Yeasty. The beer was also mildly alcoholic and was somehow reminding me of lagerish scents. The taste was somewhat "farmhouse" sour. Notes of banana and wheatish flavours as well as clove and strange esters were notable. The mouthfeel had a sort of creaminess and a solid pils style body. Easily medium. The drinkability was not a problem for me. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Great, nah.

01-29-2006 06:14:47 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

This brew pours with a super fluffy, pillowy head and a clear, straw body. A beauty.
The smell has a bit of that sharpness that you look for in a Saison. Not super stinky, but you know it's there.
The taste is clean, sharp, a bit sweet and tart. A really nice balance of flavours. It has a faint similarity to a good pilsner in that the same flowery characteristic you look for. Definitely on my recommend list.
Mouthfeel is prickily yet creamy, and the drinkability is quite good.

12-07-2007 01:56:44 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of andy1701


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-10-2013 22:34:06 | More by andy1701
Photo of Greasy


4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-25-2013 12:34:44 | More by Greasy
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-18-2013 20:05:01 | More by BigOldOaf
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-26-2013 05:42:38 | More by Jackal
Photo of deanhead


4.2/5  rDev +1%

Golden bubbly and extremely clear beer considering that this beer is refermented in the bottle.
Slightly yeasty and spicy aroma, reminiscent of a barnyard or horse blanket
Crisp and slightly Lemony with a hint of sourness in the finish
Taste is peppery
Mouthfeel is light, and solventy almost acrylic in nature. I could feel this beer lingering on the enamel of my teeth. Highly drinkable Belgian Farmmhouse style. Get some...

03-18-2009 18:03:30 | More by deanhead
Photo of elniko


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from bottle into Stella glass

A: Beautiful light amber with two finger fluffy head that dissipated very slowly. Wonderful looking brew.

S: Smelled almost tripel like. Hints of sweetness come through along with some fruitiness as well. Great smelling brew.

T & M: Wow interesting taste, not quite what I was expecting. Very dry finish. Taste has hints of possible oakiness or aging to it. There is definitely a bitterness on the finish as well, nicely balanced.

D: Definitely drinkable, not hints of the high ABV in the brew.

08-11-2008 23:37:57 | More by elniko
Photo of avschmitt


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-04-2013 21:13:22 | More by avschmitt
Photo of CortexBomb


4.2/5  rDev +1%

Pours out a deep hazy golden orange but the thin head that it began with decided to take a sabbatical after a minute or two. Nose is of a non-descript yeasty / wheaty variety, I mean, it's there unlike cheap beers, but it doesn't exactly leap out of the glass at you either.

and this non-descript aspect completely ends when it comes to the taste, which is stupendous and deep. Up front you get a delightfully tingly sensation on the end of the tongue, like sour citrus, and then a gentle hop bitter begins on the back. The wheat and yeast from the nose take front and centre, along with a spicy tinge (pepper? cloves?) that whirls around in the mouth amidst all of this.

The entire presentation is only aided by the delightfully full mouthfeel, I'm not talking thick like a stout, just very bubbly, and pleasant, this is the first non-viscuous beer that I've given a full 5.0 on mouth to, but Hennepin earned it, with ease. The drinkability on this stuff is also excellent.

Overall I would term this beer shocking. The appearance and smells really offer no hint to the treat that is hidden in the flavour and mouth. A pleasure, I'll certainly be having it again.

08-14-2004 00:07:06 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of dfried


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Light straw in color with active carbonation, and a giant frothy white head that just kep getting bigger and bigger, pushing itself out of the glass into a mountain shape. I love when they do that, I was ready to start running like it was the blob or something. Spicy aroma of cloves, coriander, and white pepper. Wheaty with a lot of citrusy, lemony zest. The flavor are much the same as the aroma led on, spicy with citrusy zest. Some fruity notes of apples and pears creep in. Alcohol is noticeable but not harsh, medium bodied. Some musty farmhouse notes in the background too.

Overall: not all that complex of a beer, but absolutely delicious and well made. I think of this beer as a standard for the style, what most saisons aspire to be.

06-29-2007 19:34:10 | More by dfried
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-14-2012 02:01:58 | More by BugTownPub
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New York

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-17-2011 04:52:41 | More by logicalparadox
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-06-2013 22:59:06 | More by LMH88
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%

Huge off-white head on top of a quite hazy orangish-yellow brew. Sticky pale malt aroma with a healthy dose esters thrown in. Tastes sweet without being overly sweet itself. Flavors like pale malt, honey, vanilla. There was even a tiny toastiness that found its way into my glass. Hop flavor or bitterness wasn’t too prevalent, however there was some pepperiness to the beer. Carbonation was bigger than I’d like and the beer was more viscous than any Saison I’ve come across. Although there was some sourness, there is not as much as I had expected from a beer of this style.

01-06-2003 06:16:24 | More by yen157
Photo of TheGordianKnot


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at Lounge 62 in a 16oz pint glass...

A- Poured a nice straw color with about an inch of head, a bit off white with a tint of yellow. Laces very nice on the glass whilst drinking...

S- Typical saison aroma- bit of citrus; very low floral hops present, but in there somewhere; and a main component of brett lingers in the nose throughout the smell...

T/M- Very peppery coming through the phenols of this beer. It has that touch of citrus come through in taste like the smell, then ends dry and a bit of an earthy and warming sensation. Perfect carbonation for a saison and great overall feel.

D- High, but then again, I'm a pretty big fan of saisons- so it's not like it is JUST this beer; but more of a factor that I love the style...

Overall, this is a solid, solid beer. I love saisons and this did not disappoint! That said, I still give my edge overall to Saison Dupont; as I feel they are a bit more clean overall in the smell and taste especially. I would have liked the warmness of this beer to be a bit more subtle. In the end, still loved it and would enjoy again and again...

06-05-2010 01:18:16 | More by TheGordianKnot
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-09-2014 18:15:21 | More by Justinbshelton
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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