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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,085 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,085
Hads: 5,595
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 295
Gots: 779 | 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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Reviews: 2,085 | Hads: 5,595
Photo of akdo
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The body is gold and has a one-finger head which quickly recedes to a thin layer of white foam.

Smell: The nose offered notes of toned-down lemon juice. Expect no funky smell.

Taste: The palate matches the nose right off the glass like many North American Saisons. Then, it shifts quickly to notes of Belgian spices which are milder than those found in the back-end of a witbier.

Feel: Like any saison, this beer is refreshing. Moreover, we do not feel a crispness that might blur the lines between a saison, a radler or a lemonade. This last detail is a plus.

Overall: This beer is a simple textbook North American saison. Although it is stylistically anonymous because of its simple notes of lemon on the front-end, its simplicity actually makes its charm. I would drink this very often during summer. (813 characters)

Photo of Lesingnon
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw-color with an absolutely massive, bubbly head. The head might be my one complaint about the beer, though. As I find it necessary to pour extremely carefully or it's almost inevitable that the beer will bubble over.

Smell: The Belgian funk is readily apparent. Smells primarily grassy, but hints of fruitiness round it out quite nicely.

Taste: Like the smell, funky grassiness is the primary taste. Hints of citrus and spice dance about the edges, and though there's not much hop bitterness they do leave some floral notes that linger after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Light, with carbonation that dances and tingles pleasantly across your tongue.

Overall: An impressive Saison, not as harsh as some I've had and very drinkable. I find myself particularly fond of how the few citrus and spicy notes seem to complement the grassiness just perfectly. Undoubtedly a great beer that deserves its reputation. (935 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy (as it should be, damnit) straw color. The head is a billion fingers high and white in shade. What's worse, the head is both incredibly fluffy and long-lasting. Some lacing sticks to the glass, too. If someone asked me what the stereotypical saison SHOULD look like, I'd point them to this. I've sort of becomes attached to the theory that a beer's aesthetics are mutually exclusive to how it will taste; with this, I simply can't wait to drink it. (4.5)

Smell: It's like, every single note I expect from a standard (non-brett) saison is here and in full force. I really pick up massive notes of black pepper and grass, along with some mild apple and pear notes. As it opens up, I also pick up some sesame seed. This takes a lot of elements from a witbier, too - the coriander is particularly strong (yet doesn't devolve into Underwood deviled ham like some coriander-laden beers can). It takes all the good elements from a saison and a witbier, and creates something that smells killer. (4.25)

Taste: I get some saison spice initially. From first sip, I can easily tell there's a lot going on here. As the notes of black pepper, fresh-cut grass, and sesame seed gently subside, I start to pick up notes of coriander, candied sugar, and lemon. Of course, I also have to mention the ester flavors: the apple, pear, and white grape notes really sing on the palate. The finish brings back some grassiness. Why the hell didn't I revisit this one sooner?! (4.25)

Mouthfeel: This is refreshing yet decently substantial, like a saison should be. If there's one complaint about this beer, just one complaint, is that it's a bit too sweet at times. Whatever, it's 7.7% and doesn't have brett to eat away at the residual sugar, so I'm peachy. Carbonation is moderate yet mouth-filling. (4)

Overall: This is a classic for a reason. It drinks like an archetypal saison, yet adds just enough witbier elements to make it even more interesting (instead of detracting). This is what happens when you search for the latest and greatest saisons: you ignore stuff like this that's on the shelf 24/7, and come to regret it when you finally decide to pick it up again a couple years later. No more, I'm going to be buying a lot more of this in the future. (4.25)

4.24/5: I could just buy this and Dupont in lieu of all other non-brett saisons and not feel like I'm missing anything (2,430 characters)

Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

glowing opaque gold, big white head that poofs. nose; belgian yeast and clove. taste; belgian yeast, light orange & banana, pineapple, sweet pear and the expected bubble gum. remarkable among farmhouse ales for me because there's enough crisp fruit notes to keep cutting through the growing yeast funk, especially when freshly cold. a top-shelf saison! (357 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Straw yellow with hints of gold; hazy (translucent). Lots of medium-sized bubbles visible. Pours with a large 2+ finger rich off-white head that dies down slowly leaving a thick, even coating of foam on the surface of the beer and some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks enticing.

Smell: Sweet spices, citrus (lemon), slightly floral aroma. No hops or malt present. Not overwhelming.

Taste: Citrus (lemon), mild spices, mild hops. Nice flavor profile.

Feel: Medium body, smooth carbonation, velvety feel, svery slight dry finish. Perfect.

Overall: Excellent Saison; a great example of this style of beer. Very refreshing. Would be great on a hot day. (686 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Fabulous beer from every perspective. No knocks. Saison Dupont is still my favorite Saison, but this is close. (202 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yep, this is what a saison is supposed to be. Very delicious, refreshing, spicy and peppery with just the right touch of funk. Haven't had Allagash saison yet but this so far is my pick for an American crafted saison. Well done. (228 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a cloudy yellow/straw color with a fluffy two finger head which lasts until the end. Good lacing, almost worthy of a Pale Ale, and high carbonation.

The smell is bubble gum and spices. The grains of paradise as well as the advertised corriander can be detected. There is also a fruity smell, (pears? and maybe a hint of banana as the brew warms up), as well as a floral smell. There is also a musty wet straw/wet hay smell lurking just beneath the surface along with sweet malts.

The taste is sweet with a very sweet berry like, bubble gum taste along with lots of sweet wheat. The spices tickle the palette then the sweet, creamy wheat taste comes in. There is just a tiny amount of light spicy hops on the backend. The feel is creamy and the beer goes down smoothly.

Overall this close to the perfect hot day/summer beer. (843 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden hued, well-bubbled and with a luxurious 3/4 inches or so of foamy head. Foamy legs down the glass side. Strongest notes in the nose are of a fruity, estery nature, with plenty of belgian yeastiness. Banana may be the most dominant of those notes. Lingering non-sweet esteriness. An excellent flavor; expertly balanced between sweet fruit, mild pepper spice, and a warmer earthiness. Hides the 7.7 ABV well, perhaps dangerously so!

Overall that is a damn fine saison. For me, it's this and Tank 7 as the best American saisons. But there's always more to try! (565 characters)

Photo of dramer
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like it should. Smells like it should. Big foamy head after a smooth pour. Tastes light but is definitely a saison. Good summer time beer for sure. (153 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage into a stemmed pilsner, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, lemon yellow coloring with a fluffy, clingy, bright white head. Aromas of toasted grains, lemon grass, bubble gum, subtle honey notes, clove, all spice, grains of paradise, ginger, and subtle funky yeast notes. Balanced and enticing. The flavors are grassy and funky forward, with notes of bubble gum, apple, lemon grass, orange rind, subtle hops bitterness, berry sweet, and a plethora of herb and spice notes. Smooth and light in mouth, with a bubbly effervescence throughout. The beer has an herbal and spiced aftertaste, with a smooth, light, frothy finish. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable. (695 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light yellow with a thick, milk white head and lacing. The smell is wheat and citrus. The taste is tart with lemon, orange peel, and abundant spiciness. The finish is fairly bitter. This beer is highly carbonated and I agree with others' comparison to champagne. Overall, this is a delightful saison: dry but quite flavorful. It's a nice summertime beer and I look forward to enjoying it again. (413 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured a nice cloudy straw color. The carbonation was very champagne like. The aroma was smoky and citrusy? Like a clove and toasted malts. The taste was smooth and citrusy. It had smoky malt notes and earthy flavors. The alcohol bite was noticeable, yet it was very clean and refreshing on the mouthfeel. This is a very good beer for the style. I think it was very complex and made me taste something different with almost every sip. (447 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy straw yellow-gold with explosive fluffy white head. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: Clove, citrus?, tangy
Taste: Breadiness, tangy spicy citrus fruit and cloves. Finishes with a mild yet sustained bitterness. Refreshing and flavorful. Alcohol is scarcely noticeable.
Feel: Light-medium body, light carbonation "explodes" in the mouth - effervescent

Overall: A light, highly drinkable beer with nice complexity and depth of flavor. Very refreshing, but with the higher ABV it sneaks up on you. (521 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sharp yeast / grain aroma, followed with the expected earthy malt / grassy taste, with some plain cracker and citrus on the backburner. Not an inventive saison, but delivers the goods and has very little to fault. (214 characters)

Photo of Moneypenny
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My cup runeth over. My label features little famers--Quaker looking folk--in a canoe raising their goblets to the new corn moon. Okay, maybe I'm confusing this beer with a Disney song. But this beauty simply soars. Pale sunset russet on the eye with creamy head buoyant enough to bear fair Aphrodite on its delicate foam. Champange on the nose, but something else too.....something stinky like a soft ripened cheese, but also heavily citrus. Teasingly effervescent with bubbles bursting like ripe muscat grapes on the palate. And then an unexpected aromatic twist--a faintly metallic tang. Light on the tongue, creamy, well done spices. A breathtaking achievement from Cooperstown. Please, Sir, may I have another? (724 characters)

Photo of Stingraystripe
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell initially is a little funk then sage, coriander, then very fruity pear. Love the nose on this one. Pours very effervescent with thick head, lots of carbonation. Slightly acidic mouthfeel with a finish that smacks of tart orange? Not as smooth or as complex as others. It's a decent saison, but I am surprised it's as popular as it is. (345 characters)

Photo of vtn
3.04/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden color, head a tad thick/lumpy. Very peppery smell, nice spicy taste but the finish was just way too bitter for me, not what I want out of the style. (160 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden, white head, sparse bubbles.

Smell: Belgian yeast, a bit spicy.

Taste: Follows the smell. Big time Belgian yeast, spices, slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light and well carbonated.

Overall: Solid saison. Nothing crazy, no defects. (262 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- look is gold with a nice long lasting thick microfoam head
-smell is sweet tartness with some wheat and yeast notes
-a sweeter wheat beer but not so simple, some light dark fruit notes with a lot of sweet tartness
- over carbonated for my taste but it does not take away from this beer
-first beer of this style i have tried and have to say i am pretty impressed, a more earthy strong pale ale but balanced and smooth (420 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours gold in color with immaculate head retention and lacing. Sweet cloves from the yeast profile come to the nostrils, along with hints of citrus. Sweet buttery and spicy flavors come through on the palate. In the end I'm left with a dry palate that brings out the ABVs. I'm not a huge fan of yeasty belgians but this one is well balanced and stacks up very nicely to others I've had. (386 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cloudy yellow. Two finger head. Smell is grainy with dark fruit. Taste is sweet malt with Belgian yeast with notes of mangoand prune. Spicy pepper finish with a bit of clove. Some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium in body. Overall an amazing saison and well done to belgian character ! (300 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - light yellow but hazy with a big white frothy head
Smell - sweet pepper smell
Taste - just the the smell, with some citrus
Feel - medium body and carbonation but with a fizzzzz
Overall - pretty good saison. (213 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky golden haze. Scent is a bit of orange and white pepper. Taste has hints of these, though more lemon than orange and a touch of clove. Nice crisp mouthfeel.

I had had this a few times about 15years ago and had somehow had just forgotten about it. Glad I rediscovered it. It's a tasty, complex yet really drinkable beer. (326 characters)

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