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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,960 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,960
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 212
Gots: 391 | 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 therealsikes
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

therealsikes, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of DarrellK
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

The aroma and palate are good individually, the way they work together makes them very complementary. At 7.5% it is fairly strong, but soft enough to not be intrusive. The label calls it a Farmhouse Ale, which is a good description of a Biere de Garde, and it comes across as a brew that could have been done by a local in an uncomplicated yet pleasing result. THis can be an everyday drink on it's own or with a meal instead of a white wine.

DarrellK, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of punkrkr27
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours a light golden color with a big pillowy white head. Smells of orange, warm yeasty bread, and some sweetness. Light, bready initial taste, with a sweet citrus finish and some very subtle grassy, floral and peppery phenols. Mouth feel is just a touch thin with a moderate to high carbonation level. I don't think this is the most amazing example of a saison, but it is consistently good and usually serves as a nice standby for me at restaurants as it's neutralness seems to pair well with a wide range of foods.

punkrkr27, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of natasharai
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Poured with a large off white smooth creamy head with medium sized bubbles, dissipated to a thin layer leaving lacing all over the top of my glass. The beer is clear with a yellow golden color.

Smell: Fruity pear, apple, white grapes, spicy coriander(?), and some peppery aroma.

Taste: Citrus hops, pear apple & banana, spicy peppery flavor, and some sweet honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, pretty smooth, leaves mouth clean.

Overall: Really good drinkability. Great representation of the style! Nice fruity and spicy characteristics. Nothing is overpowering and all of the flavors work well together.

natasharai, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from a 750Ml corked bottle to a tulip glass.

Light straw colored, hazy with a frothy pure white rocky head. Effervescence gives a sustaining vibrant head and ample lacing. Mmmmm pretty....

Smells of earthy, grassy-hay hops, fruity esters. If you close your eyes it takes you straight to the rolling hills of wheat and barley.

Taste is fruity, frothy and spicy in the finish. Refreshing and satisfying. Mmmmm lemon grassy...

Light and crisp from start to finish a most enjoyable bottle of Farm-house! This has been a great appetizer beer for a group of beer-geeks over for a pregame football venue.

Go Blue!

GordonQuid, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of ncfranklin
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle to a pint glass.

A : Pours a slightly murky sunshine yellow. Not transluscent. A small fluffy white head is present the entire time.

S : Hints of fruit and hops.

T : Light fruits, a bit if banana and grape come through before meeting a grassy hop finish with a crisp bite.

M : This medium bodied ale is quite nice in the mouth as it rolls quite nice and leaves no film to the mouth.

D : 2-3 of these is nice. It's as close to a "light ipa" I could consider.

ncfranklin, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of LoFiDave
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

LoFiDave, May 27, 2013
Photo of BranfordBound
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a transparent light gold with a giant white head that is fed by a ton of carbonation. Leaves great lacing chunks.

Smells like a saison. Some grassy and floral notes with only a little bit of funk. Tart citrus comes out later.

Tastes like some sweet malt with a big yeast note. Pretty sweet and a spice lingers at the end. Very fruity and when warm there is a slight spice with a bit of alcohol warm. Alcohol is undetectable in the taste, though.

Mouthfeel is a little dry, but nothing excessive, pretty smooth and light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high, but the ABV is a little high and will hit you before you get tired of the beer.

BranfordBound, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a wheat-colored yellow with a three-finger white head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Mostly wheat with some yeast notes, all underscored by that distinctive Belgian funk.

T: Unsurprisingly, a strong wheat flavor up front with a bit of citrus to follow. Finishes with a distinctive Belgian funk.

M: Quite dry all the way through, with a refreshing amount of carbonation.

D: Can't taste the alcohol at all, which is great for the 7.7% ABV. It would be easy to sip on a cold bottle of this for hours.

schlimenhaumer, Apr 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

derricksmalls, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of grannaniwa
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

12 oz bottle. Smells kind of like a hefeweisen to me. I think I smell lemon, but I can’t tell whether this is just because so many beers get served with a lemon slice in the US. Nose is a little richer second time around, a little earthier and more cloves.

Taste is a little flatter than I expected. Not that bright, falls more on the bitter side. Carbonation is out-of-control. Makes it hard to swirl around and get the full experience! One of the flavors in the aftertaste reminds me of a flat domestic lager. Little bit of tang on the tongue after a swallow. Tastes like it is high alcohol, and it turns out to be significantly high!

Overall: B-, not a big fan

grannaniwa, Feb 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jcarter1221, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of GnomeKing
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Following the instructions on the bottle, I poured this one according to the directions and was rewarded with a large, rich head of tight bubbles that extended above my La Chouffe glass's lip but never spilled over the side.

The champagne mouthfeel was nice, but a little thin for my liking. The taste was of sweet and citrus-y fruits...some lemons, but more prominently pinneapples and apricots. Even pears seemed distantly there. Flavors take their time emerging, so you have to sip a decent bit to appreciate its complexity.

There was something about the beer overall that made its flavor profile seem timid and polite rather than subtle and well blended. Although I enjoyed the flavors, I felt that I was looking for them rather than letting them call attention to themselves.

This is a really nice beer, but it doesn't have the stones to really assert itself. The citrus bite is a little too strong for me to laud it as being highly smooth and drinkable. The beer is on the fence between a Belgian-style flavor bomb and a mellowed-out, easily-quaffable brew.

GnomeKing, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Estarrio
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

This bottle was brewed in Belgium, as opposed to Cooperstown, NY.

Poured a clear, bright, golden yellow with a great deal of visible carbonation. The large, frothy white head retains very well, leaving sticky lacings on the glass.

The complex aroma includes sweet fruity phenols, a spicy alcohol bite along with hints of honey, apple, hay, clove and some earthy, wood tones. This is a great smelling brew.

The taste is tart grape up front with some mild sweetness. The aftertaste is pleasingly dry and bitter. There is a big earthy, yeast presence mid-sip, coupled with some green apple and phenol flavor. Overall, this is less sweet than the U.S. brewed version.

This body is rather light and aggressively carbonated, more so than the U.S. brewed version. A very pleasant and highly drinkable saison.

Estarrio, Oct 30, 2006
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle that reads "Product of Belgium" on the label into my Ommegang Witte tumbler, because I already managed to break my Hennepin flute.

My first BA review, of the beer that got me to pay attention, so if I sound ignorant it's because I am.

A--Color matches the logo and "Worth the Wheat" slogan on my glass, basically a tawny more gold than yellow wheat. Good sized head that's more foamy than fizzy with some lacing.

S--My weakest category. To me it smelled mostly funky barnhouse, with a little piney citrus sharpness. Like a used horse blanket sprayed with Pledge.

T--The biggest thing I noticed was a hot spiciness that wasn't from hops, though I can feel in the backend a sharp pine bite from them. Took me a while to get the taste but I think it's like ginger, or candied ginger, as there's a mellow sweetness that rounds it out first. Beginning of the swish in my mouth was more yeast than anything, with some grassiness, too.

M--Medium with a little more carbonation than I like. Definitely smooth with a little chewiness.

Great drinkability for a humid day in that oxymoron of places, the Brooklyn backyard. Went great with a slice of tomato pie. This beer got it all started for me, and while I've moved on somewhat, I've got much respect for it. Hope I gave it its due without sounding like a complete moron.

TheycallmeTim, Sep 03, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

JohnSnowNW, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

smooth_aleing, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JerseyHopHead, Jan 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

delgotit99, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of jculler82
4.45/5  rDev +7%

750 ml bottle poured to a stemmed tulip.

Clear as a bell, burnished gold color.

Some bread, a lot of citrus, and a hint of funk in the nose. Clean-ish smelling for a Saison.

Citrus dominates in the flavor, with some pilsner malt sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full, but the beer is exceptionally dry. After the swallow it just vanishes off the tounge and you're ready for the next sip. Perfect on a hot day like today. Very refreshing.

jculler82, Jul 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

thegrifter, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of nickadams2
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

A_Pours a pale straw yellow. Huge fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

S_Strong medicinal/sour smell.Hints of clove,honey,yeast.

T_Yeast and citrus. Sour lemon,honey,grassy hops.Has the medicinal taste as in the smell but much more faint.

M_Thin,crisp and a very dry finish. Pretty refreshing.

D_Pretty damn drinkable especially for the ABV. Not my favorite saison but good to throw in the mix now and then.

nickadams2, Aug 18, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Bp123, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

tgraven, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ankur, Jan 09, 2014
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,960 ratings.