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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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2,136 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,136
Ratings:
5,847
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
17.99%
 
 
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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Reviews: 2,136 | Ratings: 5,847
Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Pale, cloudy amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Spicey/citrus nose. Starts almost sweet reminds me of a wheat, tart finish. $5.35 for a 750ml bottle from Butter's Fine Food & Wine Concord, NH.

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Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beauiful golden color with a big creamy white head. Spicy aroma of coriander and citrus. Carbonationup front that is not too overpowering. Spicy with ntes of citrus balanced out by a hint of slight malt. The amount of spice perfectly balances out the sweet/sour flavor and reults in a crisp dry finish. Very good.

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Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This nice, corked, 750 mL bottle paired nicely with the Christmas turkey and stuffing.

A: Carefully decanted: Very clear, pilsner-like straw/yellow in colour. Tons of fluffy white head, not much retention, but leaves a nice lace. Mix up the yeast sediment and it becomes quite murky.

S: Earthy, spicy and bready.

T: Spicy, earthy, bready. Slightly bitter, with a hint of tartness in the aftertaste. Mix up the yeast sediment and the earthy flavour is really intensified. The flavours are very light, but still offer some depth and complexity. Very nice.

M: Moderate body, fairly high carbonation.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- A hazy lemon yellow body with a thin white head that last for the full glass. It is a bit to hazy to see any carbonation in this beer.

S- The dry faint tart notes come through with a faint lemon zest hint in the finish. There is a very light earthy hint to the tartness.

T- The dry tart flavors can't really be associated with anything and it is followed by a faint spicy note that is hard to describe also. The faint taste of black pepper and lemon/grapefruit start to come through. There is a faint soapy taste that in pleasant with a light bitterness from hops at the finish.

M-This beer has a medium light mouthfeel that is crisp.

D-This beer might sound awful the way I described it in my review but it was very taste with a very mysterious flavor that was hard to put into words. This beer is proof that you can make a fizzy yellow beer that taste great.

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Photo of akorsak
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A growler filled at Al's of Hampden on 23-Apr-10. Hennepin is on record as being my favorite. It was also in the running for my newborn daughter's middle name (although it wasn't the winner).

A: The saison is crystal clear, a pale golden straw color that radiates. If I didn't know any better, I'd call it a pale lager due to the hue. A full head, over 2 fingers, is lacing in thick clumps.

S: The nose is refreshingly sharp, hoppy with a fresh dose of Belgian yeast. Mild fruitiness and black pepper jump out, both subtle but unmistakable. Grapes (white, of course) and a teaspoon of funk round out the nose, alongside a brief earthy hop aroma.

T: Each sip is deliciously sweet, lightened up by fleshy fruits (think pears, peaches, apples). A dose of anise follows the fruit, a dry sharp contrast to the sugary fruit. Coriander adds a black pepper flavor, a bite against the sweetness. Throughout, the saison is light and refreshing. Clove and pear appear near the finish. Near the end of the growler, the carbonation tapers off, allowing the fruits to linger much longer than normally.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, with a heavy dose of yeasty fruits. Hops linger around but never get in the way of the pale fruits.

D: The ale nails every aspect, sweet and dry, sharp but lush. It's been my favorite for years and this growler is no exception.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to tulip glass at RFD in DC on 5/28/11
*From notes

A: Gorgeous - it looks like a ripe, juicy lemon. Unfiltered pale yellow with a fluffy two finger head and healthy lacing on a good pour.

S: Lemongrass and honeydew melon.

T: Subtle flavors of earthy Belgian yeast, sliced banana and fresh citric acid.

M: It's buttery, rich and creamy, yet light and easy drinking.

O: Ommegang's Hennepin is the quintessential American-made Saison. It's great summertime drinking, and is balanced enough to put back year-round. Worthy of most hype and worth seeking out.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy lemony-wit color with a billowy 2 finger creamy white head that pitted in the middle and had great retention leaving a nice streaky film lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and vibrant.

S: The nose was rather soft and lemony with only very faint traces of bananas.

T: The initial flavor was tart, citric (lemons), with a touch of acidity. A light tropical fruitiness, perhaps pineapples are present with some zesty oranges and a lemony zing. A nice light wheat creaminess is observed with some light oats as well coming through. The beer finishes with a nice acidic bite in the finish with some light bananas, and cloves contributed by the yeast.

M: light, and lively from the strong carbonation with a tart yeastiness of lemon citrus.

D: A great refreshing farmhouse with a tart citric lemons makes this a definite thirst quencher for the summer months. sure to leave you satisfied.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on January 19, 2010. The cork popped and flew across the room emitting a nice bit of carbonated mist from the bottle. The pour is pale yellow and quite cloudy with excitable effervescence. The fizzy white head diminishes after a few moments. The aroma is a nice pleasing balance of wheat, banana, yeast, and clove. There is a nice creamy, bold mouthfeel. The taste echoes the aroma with an additional breadiness and a dry hop ending. Ommegang really understands the Belgian style brtewing process and they emulate it well.

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Photo of beertunes
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy light golden yellow with a very active, tall, fluffy, bright white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a very pleasant blend of grain, yeast and spice. On the tongue those aspects are bolder, crisper and better focused. The flavors meshed very well and a nice all-around flavor was the result.

The body crisp and sharp, with a nice semi-dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, as is typical for the style. Overall, this is a very nice example of the style and is certainly worth seeking out if you haven't already.

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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Julio's, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a gloriously crystal clear golden hue with a massive, rocky three finger head that slowly slumped into a thick white blanket leaving average side lacing.

S - Bananas, belgian spices, light yeast aromas. Very nice.

T - Just like the nose there are those delicious belgian yeast and spice notes with some simply wonderful banana and possibly clove esters on the end. Very, very good.

M - Really nice mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to keep this crisp though it is almost cloy with all that banana.

O - Really, really good saison here. So easy to find and reasonably priced. Really my "go-to" saison.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Pours a golden yellow color with large fluffy white head. Nose is of sweet malt that is earthy, floral and some crisp citrus. Taste is fruity and earthy that finishes bone dry. I love saisons and this is no exception. Another solid brew from Ommegang. Definately recommended.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with <sigh> I forget, someone out in NY. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, cave-aged in Howe Caverns, released 8Oct05, according to hangtag.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" bright white head over the cloudy orangey golden brew. Head lasts due to heavy fueling of small bubbles from the bottom, with ample heavy frothy lace. Aroma is lightly of spicy sweetness. Taste starts with pale maltiness, quickly exhibiting the ample spicing, which lasts through the crisp close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both superb. Still liking this one.

3/31/05 - 4.5/4/4/4.5/4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Bottle 0378 of 3360, corked and caged, cave-aged in Howe Caverns, according to hangtag.

Poured into a Hennepin glass, formed a 1 1/2" eggshell head over the effervescent golden brew. Head lasts well, due to rejuvenation from all the bubbles, with beautiful frothy lace covering everywhere. Aroma is subtle notes of sweetness coupled with light fruitiness. Taste is upfront with sweet pale malts, switching to some spiciness and light fruits, and a crisp light close. Not really any sharp edges here, probably the cave-aging at work. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. A nice saison, perhaps not as complex as some others out there, but worth your time.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured my 12 oz. bottle into a goblet glass and received a cloudish, lemon pie-filling yellow tint. Very good carbonation which led to a two-finger head that receeded quickly to half-finger froth but left sheath lacings. A crisp, tart citrus smell of mostly lemon and orange, mellow floral hops and caramel and some hints of pepper and clove among other spices (for a second I also thought I picked up bread malt in this beer). The taste is crisp, also, with the hops being a little on the heavy side in a more-or-less full bodied beer. The lemon is more prominant than orange and other fruits in regards to taste, and there are hints of grassiness. This beer goes down smooth with some caramel on the sides, and has a semi-dry finish thanks to some (bread?) malty goodness.
This is a great beer, but I guess I didn't think it was as great as most other people.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle with cage and cork(room temp) after an initial big pop and a bit of overflow. It's a clear light gold(until further into the bottle when it becomes hazy from the sediment) in colour with lots and lots of foam and a dust devil of bubbles, dead center in my Chimay glass. Interesting look. Btw, my bottle says 7.7%abv but no bid deal...:^)

The smell is inviting...all malty, yeasty and an abundant nose of clove and fruit.

The taste is so nicely complex. Flavours of yeast and malt abound heading towards the sweet but then an ample hop bitterness moves in, with some sour citrus notes, causing me to utter an inaudible "hell yeah"! :^) Tasty stuff to say the least and so darn drinkable!

Oh and...I've had a few Saisons and this one, imho, is dead on for style...way to go Ommengang!

Bottom line: Here's an *excellent* example of the Saison style that should please the most discerning Belgian Ale drinker. Recommended!!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold color. Poured a massive white billowy head with excellent retention. Decanted continually; very active. Laced the glass in botches adn rings.

S: Sharp tartness and yeast spices. Citrus zest and sweet, light-colored fruit; white grapes and green apples.

T: Sweet and sour up front. Cornucopia of flavors follow; light fruit, white pepper, earth, Belgian yeast, sweet crackery malt. While it starts sweet and tart, the beer finishes dry.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Coats the palate then cleanses with spice and carbonation.

O: Flavorful and balanced. Has some malt character.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip May,18,2011

A cloudy golden yellow with a very faint green tint at the edges, to say this beer retains well would be an understatement, the head actually grows for a while due to the ridiculous amount of bubbles forming an island of foam on top of the soapy foam base. The bubbles look like driving through a heavy snow storm with your high beams on. Chunks of foam and partial tunnels(not rings) of lace cake my glass right to the bottom and even the bottom of my glass still has an inch of head. Perfect!!

S lemon, rind included, dry cereal, lots of peppery spice, faint funk and even fainter bubble gum

T the bubble gum has now been chewed and I pick up on some tropical fruits both citric and banana, some yeast I couldn't smell, and just a touch of booze along with everything I smell

M light and very fluffy, not turning to foam in your mouth but heavily carbonated in a manner that's on the edge of being too much but its just keep in check. Big length on the finish and bitter enough to please me

O I know the Saison is a loose style but this beer has all the things I personally look for, refreshing, light, a little booze but well concealed considering, funky yeast and something to set its self apart from every other farmhouse ale, in this case zero fluctuation's from how I view the perfect Saison.

even with a 750ml bottle I found myself smelling an empty glass before this review was typed. This one went down very fast and every sip left me wanting more and before I knew it there was no more to be had. Big Thanks to liamt07 for sending me this beauty,it's not every day I throw down an "A+" and this one deserves it.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Nearly brilliant straw gold under a persistent, fluffy, clingy 3” white foam collar.
S: Perfumey, citrus, fruit, not much hop, faint smoke, over ripe fruit.
T: Rich malt flavors with a lingering maltiness seasoned with orange, stone fruit,banana and spice.
F: Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation.
O: This is an old standby that I have enjoyed for years.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours hazy yellow/gold colour with a gigantic frothy and rocky white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a long time before it began to disappear.

Smell - banana/bubblegum, cloves, grains, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels very lively and prickly on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of bananas, cloves and grains. It feels very dry yet refreshing. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter banana aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this beer and I'll be sure to pick up some more the next chance I get. It was delicious and highly drinkable.

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Photo of dar482
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden green yellow white wine color.

The aroma has banana, clove, a bit of citrus peel, a substantial bready sweetness. Quite sticky sweet for the style.

The flavor continues with that familiar banana and clove. A bit of orange rind. Some artificial banana flavor. Lots of peppery spice. A good amount of that phenolic note. There’s almost an alcohol or metallic flavor in there too. Lots of carbonation and a bit of drying on the finish.

Had this blind with Tank 7 and that beer won out by a bit. This just didn’t have enough refreshing notes and was a bit sweet.

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Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed pale gold with a short, bright white head made up of a combination of very fine and rocky bubbles. Great retention and plenty of lacing throughout. Aromas of lemon zest, bready yeast and vinous white wine grapes dominate, but there's a hint of caramel as well. Strong citrus component in the flavour that really lingers backed up by a bit of hop bitterness. Sweetness is light and there's a delicate fruity grape flavour and light spice in the finish. Soft alcohol warmth. Creamy carbonation and lightly palate coating. Off-dry. Refreshing and very enjoyable, this is one well-crafted beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden sunshine, light amber. At least six strong columns of tiny ubbles with a strong head directly after the pour, but quickly recedes after the initial pour. I love a grand head in a saison. The aroma is a great earthy hop and malt blend. Light notes of a barnyard,light fruits, and some grass in a Missouri prairie. The taste starts with some tart, unripened apples, light currants, and fresh cit grass. The finish shows some very lightly toasted, dry caramel malts with some mild funk. Good complex beer. Very refreshing with some light tartness. Very drnkabl, dare I say its sessionable even given its abv. This a good beer Johnny Cakes.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours lively yellow. A bunch of bubbles lead to a nice fizzed head. Medium sized head with moderate lacing. Very bubbly and mostly transparent.

S-Pretty light on any barnyard characteristics. More of the Belgian bananas, lemons, and other pale fleshed fruits. Light little grassy hop presence but overall a bit underwhelming I would say. Good, not great.

T-A little more musky. Grassy hops, spice a light sweetness (not fruit). The pale fruit flavors are there throughout as well. A pretty pleasant taste but far from my favorite from such a cool style.

M-Very carbonated and the ABV is masked very nicely. A very sessionable feel. Rather light but the body is fulfilling enough.

O/D-Not my favorite, but I can understand why this is such a well liked brew. Solid in every aspect but I would not put it among the best of its style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle, packaged on 04/19/13, best by 04/2015. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a couple inch frothy white head that sticked around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like bready malt/grain, coriander, cloves, peppery spice, orange peel and bananas. The brew tastes like bready malt/grain, cloves, bananas, ginger, orange peel, and some pear and sweet spices. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has high but soft carbonation so it's easy to drink. I liked this brew a lot. I've had Hennepin in the past, but it's been a very long time since the last time I tried it. I don't think it will be as long of a wait until the next time I drink some! $7.49 a bottle.

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Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a billowing ivory head that lingers indefinitely.

Notes of pear, clove, banana, coriander, bruised apples, and flowers form the initial aroma. Very strong. Musty, earthy scents complement horse blanket, orange peel, and perfume.

Flavor reveals more barnyard funk, with an earthy, slightly bready backbone, finishing a touch dry, slightly bitter, and peppery. Citrusy underpinnings of lemon and muted orange are countered by spicy clove and white pepper. Banana esters are subtle. Pear really dominates.

Body is moderate and creamy, with high, effervescent carbonation that lifts the flavor from the palate, hiding the high abv well.

Very flavorful example of the style. Not a fan of banana esters, and this isn't my favorite style, but a refreshing beer. Plasticy phenols were a bit of a turnoff, too. While I'm complaining,I find the carbonation to be too high.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this in a mix and match.

A - Pale gold with head that sticks around for a while.
S - Wheat grass and fruit
T - Pear, citrus, and wheat
M - Smooth for 7.7. Minimal Alcohol bite.
D - I have had this before and had it again. A great beer by Ommegang.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,136 ratings.