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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,042 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,042
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 216
Gots: 420 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

duceswild, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of akorsak
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

akorsak, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big pillow top off white head. Good retention with decent lace. Color is a slight hazed dark golden copper.

Aroma: mainly of spices, but not a very strong aroma. Lemon zest and orange peel. Funky yeast.

Taste: There is a lot more flavor here then the smell would give away. Very zesty with a lot of spices. Black pepper, orange peel, lemon citrus, and a funky yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Citrus and zesty. Medium bodied. Fairly high amount of carbonation. Ends with a spicy and funky aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is pretty good, especially on a hot summer day. Light enough to have a few, but still packs a nice flavor.

mothman, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -27.9%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Yard House in Brea, on to the beer:

Poured into a goblet, it's blonde in color with a nice little head. This is a totally new style to me, so I didn't know what to expect. It was mildly fruity with grape and pear and a pinch of candy-like sweetness. The flavors aren't overbearing, and finishes pretty dry, making this a brew I could sip on all night.

DoubleJ, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is quite fabulous. It's crystal clear and the entire vessel is teeming with effervescence. The color is a light shade of yellow. The head is huge and white, containing a plethora of bubbles. As it fades over an hour or so, it coats the glass in sticky lacing. The aroma is of spices, straw, grass, lemons. The taste is better than the aroma, with notes of lemon grass, orange zest, clove, lemon, straw. There is a subtle, spicy kick in the finish. The beer has a nice feel, with an above average carbonation level. This is a great saison, and from the United States, no less. I definitely recommend it.

Huhzubendah, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of superspak
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 5/13/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some nice and dense soapy lacing clinging on the glass. Aromas of huge lemon, pepper, grass, clove, herbal, floral, grape, orange zest, coriander, earth, light funk, and herbal yeast spiciness. Absolutely fantastic aromas that are extremely balanced with nice complexity. Taste of big lemon, pepper, herbal, floral, orange peel, grass, earth, bread, coriander, slight funk, yeast spiciness, and slight tang. Nice herbal spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, citrus zest, pepper, bread, floral, herbal, earth, and yeast spices and tang on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance of flavors; with a perfect contrast of the malt sweetness and peppery spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a slightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with no warming noticed at all on the finish. Very easy to drink. Overall this is an absolutely world class saison. Extremely balanced with big complexities; and very smooth to drink. Definitely one of the best I have ever had.

superspak, Jun 01, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Kite and Key in Philly in a pint glass.

A- Very light golden with yellow infusion and a semi tight bright white head, sudsy lace.

S- Whoa there buddy, a very earthy hayish straw yeasty bready vibe with some underkining apple and pear. Some alcohol seeping through, not a bother, im trying to drank here.

T- For a saison, this is simple, nothing to see here, but saying that I gotta say this is a kick ass saison. Pure balance of earthy yeast mixed in with small fruits. The alcohol detracts and I wish it was lower, I would drink more. Earthy hops and all of that.

M- Medium, crisp, bready aftertaste, not hot, the alc stays on the tounge though. Pretty dry.

D- If this was lower in ABV I would drink more of it. Either way you gotta try this.

BARFLYB, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Zorro
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold colored brew with heavy carbonation.

Smell is apples and lemons, sage, flowers, spices, pears, and 20 more things I can't pin down at the moment.

Taste is sweet, spicy and complex. Perfume flavors abound like lavender, pepper, roses, apples, nutmeg, nuts, yeast, bread, and 10-20 more flavors.

Mouthfeel is much like Champagne, or Duvel.

Super drinkable, this is very similar to Duvel. Super pleasant to drink. Think of this as the Batman that opposes the Duvel Joker.

Zorro, Mar 25, 2004
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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

jdhilt, Aug 04, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Served into a Snifter glass from a keg. Appeared semi hazy with a nice head, lace, retention, the whole game. Looks good.

S. Sweet bubblegum wheat.

T. Like the nose, this was a pleasent banana/bubblegum experience with some yeasty notes as well.

M. Smooth, crisp and light.

D. Very good as well. No alcohal burn, just a nice example of the style.

Stinkypuss, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
A good pour. Nice head, white, foamy and lacing. good endurance. A little sediment brings bubbles through the golden, hazy body.
Smell had pinch of rose, I think. Malt, hops, citrus and something like raisin.
Taste was a good rich mixture of sweetness, malt, hops, wheat or hay. Some underpinnings of citrus.
I put 4 on the drinkability b/c of its richness.

Mebuzzard, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml
Caged/Corked

Pours a very nice golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, nice two-finger white creamy head, lots and lots of great sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/yeasty, nice touch of spices, and some slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, some slight bitterness/tangy, yeasty/spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty Saison, one of the best I've had.

Wasatch, Feb 16, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 1/22/11. Thanks to THECPJ for the share.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a massive head that billowed up to about half of the glass at first. Large foamy bubbles that dissipated on the faster side, not much lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with some lemon, coriander and a little bit of grass. Also get some banana and some clove as well.

T: Get a nice grassy flavor. Some yeast and the banana and clove/coriander spices come through as well.

M/D: On the lighter side with nice carbonation. Very easy drinking and overall enjoyable. While I really like it, its not something I will reach for often.

mdaschaf, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

ppoitras, Feb 28, 2008
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Giant white hard rock head coming out of the bottle even on a slow pour, three four fingers big. Body is real gorgeous looking, very light yellow gold and clear with visible carbonation coming up. The body is almost pale green! Head falls at a simple pace. Real nice looking beer.

Bouquet is a good smelling bread like yeast, not Belgian like but almost, gaseous smelling a little, seems more Belgian Pale Ale than saison like, sort of a weak Delirium Teremens.

Taste though is more saison, light bodied but kind of pale ale tasting. No sourness, no funkyness really pretty easy drinking. Kind of not what I expected for this category. For 7.7 abv this doesn't feel big but is easy drinking so that's great.

Overall this is quite tasty but this doesn't feel like a saison at all, most saison's I find real polarizing and this is more into simpler Belgian pale ale territory with sweetness. I do admit though I like it, I would tell people to start here for this style before grabbing something like a Dupont or god forbid a Fantome for a first time saison drinker.

smakawhat, Apr 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

brandoman63, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of biegaman
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin has a very Champagne-esque appearance - consistent streams of carbonation and an anemically pale shade of yellow. The head is bounteous and creamy, continuously growing from a steady contribution of bubbles. A light haze distorts clarity but transparency prevails nonetheless. This, itself, looks like a sunny day.

The aroma is musty in a sort of barnyard kind of way. Abounding are notes of farmhouse straw, fresh squeezed lemon, spicy phenols, and under-ripe orchard fruits. It is a charming blend of musty and zesty, grainy and fruity. When my nose dips into that glass it doesn't resurface for quite some time.

The flavours are simple and straightforward - wheat, bread, grains accompanied by a sprinkling of spice and citrus zest. The taste of roses and additional floral notes arise. Flavours of under-ripe fruits - green apple, pear, peach - are also noted. Grains, tang and spice all make equal contributions and combine for a balanced, flavourful beverage.

The carbonation is rather effervescent. Little bursts of bubbles pin-prick the roof of the mouth on each sip. The beer is tremendously refreshing and it's peppery (mustard seed-like?) spice and citrusy fruity esters blend in an intricate manner that becomes only more so with warmth.

In terms of a refreshing, sociable drink that could be shared amongst guests, this really does make a valid substitute for sparkling wine. It would make a great welcoming drink and its effervescence makes it a suitable aperitif as well. This bridges the world of beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers on the agreeable grounds of undeniable quaffability.

Ommegang will tell you that Hennepin is suited to every season but I'd insist it's absolutely ideal for spring and summer. Wait for a hot, sunny day and sit yourself down with a big bottle of this stuff. Find shade under a tree, nestle up with a good book or share it over a meal with family and friends at the table. But don't just take my word on it...try it for yourself!

biegaman, Apr 09, 2009
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - gold with a half an inch of soft white head

S - yeast, faint Belgian funk, faint wheat

T - spicy, yeasty, wheat, a bit funky

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a solid saison. It doesn't have an overpowering yeast presence and has solid balance. It's definitely worth trying.

tdm168, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a bright yellow/golden color with a huge foamy pure white head to it. It had some nice head retention and very good lacing as I drank it. An excellent looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of the yeast characteristics with some notes of cloves and banana. It also has a good amount of lemon and orange citrus flavor to it. Pretty appealing and refreshing aroma overall.

The taste starts with some of that bright citrus flavors that were found in the nose. In the finish more of the yeast and spice come through with some of that clove like flavor present. A bit of alcohol in the finish but not too bad. It has a nice balance between the spice and the citrus that a lot of versions fail to achieve. It's both refreshing and relatively complex, which I like.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Drinkability is good, it's an easy drinking, refreshing and very good tasting beer. The spices and the citrus meshed very well together in it and made for a very good beer.

billab914, Aug 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Kelp, Jan 15, 2013
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,042 ratings.