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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,094
Hads: 5,631
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 300
Gots: 803 | 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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Photo of alphagnome
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a tulip, Hennepin puts on quite a show. The beautifully deep, golden body is clear as water and cascades into a thick, thick head of foam that continued to build up well after I finished my pour. As I let the beer warm a bit, the head did recede a bit, leaving plenty of lacing in its wake.

Complex, very complex. A symphony of sweetness in a glass. Plenty of spice is present, with corriander being the most dominant. Clove, brown sugar, a bit of pepper, and orange peel. A few fruits are in attendance as well with banana being the most prominant of the bunch, followed by orange and a hint of kiwi. Distinctly Belgian. LOVE it!

Spicy from beginning to end and a bit off-putting... at first. The more I sipped it, the more I began to enjoy it and pick up the subtle characters. Corriander and clove sprinkled amongst fresh bread and yeast. A fair bit of funkiness is present, but it's plenty tolerable. Grapefruit and banana are the only real noticable fruits in the flavor. Alcohol is also very noticable with a bit of hop bitterness wrapping things up.

Carbonation is in abundance from this medium-bodied beer. It's quite smooth and creamy. Aftertaste lingers for a fair amount of time and is pleasant.

A fantastic example of this style. Easy to drink and refreshing. Not quite as good as Boulevard's Tank 7 Saison, but worth picking up.

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Photo of dwren89
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pale golden yellow with big fizzy white head and good clarity

Aroma: lemony freshness, coriander, a little orange zest ones, very light/delicate aroma overall

Taste: biscuity and light on the palate with zesty citrus notes as well as deeper ginger and spicy flavors. Overall very balanced between malt and hop flavors with yeast and adjunct flavors doing most of the flavoring.

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, medium carbonation, medium body, very thirst quenching.

Overall: A great saison that delivers nuanced yeast character and adjunct flavor. Zesty, citrusy, biscuity, and very thirst quenching.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head that rips down quickly to a small bubble head. Nice white lacing up an inch or two. Hazy pale golden color.

S- Funky, bananas, Belgian yeasts. Aromatic.

T- Spicy, clean, funky yeasts. Fruity and earthy, yet light.

M- Medium bodied, juicy and wet. Finishes clean.

O- Good beer, good saison. I'm happy with it.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: bright lemon, swan white head, big and frothy; slight haze

Aroma: spice & citrus flow from the glass; lemon, coriander, clove; a bit floral too, some honey - overall it's something like Spring

Taste & Mouthfeel: glistening buttery texture but light and nicely carbonated - gets tastebuds perked and after a few sips the flavours grow stronger while still remaining gentle, and the mouthfeel becomes more crisp; orange peel, lemon, lightly of spices; has a nice touch of hops in the dry finish - this is very drinkable, great for the cottage; notes of pepper

Overall: light and fresh like a witbier but more hoppy and crisp, never cloying - perfect summer brew

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Photo of Taylor1989
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange with a 2 finger white fluffy head that only sticks around for a bit, then dissipates to a thin ring.

S- citrus, coriander, banana, sweet pale malts, bread. Fruity.

T-I get the bready yeast up front. The coriander and banana come through along with a nice spiciness.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing. Smooth with no bitterness. Carbonation is on point.

O- excellent beer!

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Photo of ericj63
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had 22-oz bottle poured into large goblet (nothing fancy).

Appearance is a lovely gold. It is too hazy to see objects clearly but can see shapes. Lots of bubbles rising from bottom, even more than 10 minutes after pouring.

The aroma is not strong, but when I smell it it is full of malt, a bit of rising bread, and citrus, primarily orange.

The taste is like the smell with a little hint of pepper, clove and coriander. It finishes very dry and leaves a finish of malt/bread.

The feel is crisp with good carbonation - tiny bubbles like a true champagne. The feel seems just a little thin to me, although I am sure I would not want this to have a mouth-coating syrupy feel either.

I really do like this beer. If my scores seem a little low it may be because I am new to rating things on Beer Advocate so I am trying to leave room at the top end for future reviews.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass

Appearance –Big two and half finger head that subsides quickly but leaves a nice thin white cap on top. Hazy gold in color with minimal lacing remaining after the fact.

Smell –Citrus and Coriander slight boozy sweetness.

Taste- Similar to the aroma, light citrus and spicy with yeastiness to it, but light given the ABV. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and fresh, remarkably smooth. This is the last remaining one of the four pack thought it deserved a full write up given its deliciousness.

Overall- Very tasty, particularly in the summertime and definitely a purchase worth repeating.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have to say I love the labels on the Ommegang beers, they are classy and very modern, I dig it.

Slow poured into a tulip glass, mildly cloudy yellow with a persistent bubbly, creamy head. Looks fantastic.

I get strong aromas of grape and banana mostly along with touches of exotic spices, some yeasty notes.

The taste is wonderfully smooth, not overboard with the fruitiness but enough to have an obvious presence. Very crisp tasting beer, finishes well with banana flavors towards the tail end.

Feels like I might as well be drinking champagne. Very elegant beer, would love to try this again.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this at the Harvard Club of NY's saison tasting. It was poured from 750ml bottles. It was straw in color, a bit cloudy with a substantial sized head. Sweet malt and a bit of citrus where the first things to hit my nose. The taste was spicy yeast and again, sweet malt. The finish is dry. Perfect beer for the summer heat.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Golden color with a slight haze. Nice three finger head dissipates quickly leaving a tight swirl.

S: cloves and banana. Some spices and bread too.

T: peppery and spice/clove upfront followed by the Belgian yeasty/breadiness.

M: medium carbonation and light body.

O: a refreshing beer. I have really enjoyed saison/farmhouse beers this summer, and it took a while for this one to reach my area, but it was worth the wait. A very nice easy to drink beer Hennepin is a go to for me now.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an oversized snifter. Bottleneck says Best By 05/20/15.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Inviting Saison yeast aroma brings notes of banana, faint spice and lemon. Effervescent with a tinge of alcohol.

T- Juicy flavor with notes of citrus as well as some banana and bubble gum. Some wheat malt flavor is present plus a bit of alcohol but everything flows in harmony making for a delightful drink.

M- Semi-spritzy from the medium-high carbonation. Light body.

O- It's been years since I've had this and it makes me wonder why I haven't revisited it in so long. An excellent Saison that should hook newcomers to the style instantly.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great golden color, opaque. thick white foamy head. nice residual.
Aroma: nice. i'm not the best at aromas. this one is not as fruity as some, but still deep pear and plum type senses. overall aroma is amazing.
Taste / Palate: very bright flavor, nice finish and mouthfeel.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 06 of '15

look is an appropriate hazy yellow, with a sticky frothy head. smell is bright, yeasty, and Belgian. feel is full and creamy, yet retains bite. taste is wheat, lemon, with Belgian yeast flavors of clove, coriander, citrus, banana, and barnyard.

really flavorful saison.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy blondish ale with a towering foam head that eventually fades with heavy lacing on the glass sides. Smells of coriander, some sweet orange. Spicy phenolics and spicy esters. Tastes dry and spritzy with an even bitterness firm yet not too assertive. Spiciness from yeast coats the tongue. Drinks easy, dry, medium light. Excellent beer. Seems like it came straight from Belgium. Glad to have this brewery in the States.

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

I picked up a bottle of Brewery Ommegang's Hennepin last month for $3.45 at Boyne Country Provisions. It's another warm night in Mid Michigan and a Saison sounds pretty good right now, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on October 12, 2012.. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice simple look to it and I think it looks better than the old label. It poured a cloudy straw yellow color that took on a slight golden hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of lacing behind. This is a good looking Saison, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher medium amount of sweetness that had a slight honey aroma to it and was followed by some Belgian yeast that imparts a medium amount of clove and banana aromas. Up next comes some a lighter amount of grainy and bready malts followed by lots of nice citrus aromas with lemons and citrus rind sticking out the most with some typical spicy Saison aromas in the background. I thought the aroma was pretty damn good and very true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of citrus flavors with with lemons and citrus rinds still sticking out the most followed by some Belgian yeast that imparts some banana and clove flavors. Up next comes some spicy Saison flavors with a light Farmhouse flavor imparting a slight straw like flavor. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with an earthy, citrus and spicy aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting Saison, but i wish the Farmhouse aspect came out a little more.

M- Pretty smooth, very crisp, clean, fairly prickly, dry, medium bodied, with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and true to style, but I thought it was a little prickly.

Overall I thought this was pretty good beer and a very good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in this style and I think it's pretty close to being as good as Saison Dupont which is my favorite of the style and I think I will have to try the two side by side to really find out which one I prefer. This beer had great drinkability, it was pretty smooth, clean, not filling, pretty refreshing, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these easily, I think it's a great summertime Saison. What I like the most about this beer was the how true to style it was, it had pretty much everything that I look for in a good Saison. What I liked the least about this beer was the how little the farmhouse aspect showed up, i wouldn't mind if it imparted a little more funk and typical Farmhouse flavors. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Saison, it's a little pricey but it is cheaper than Saison Dupont, but I don't think I would buy this all the time. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Saisons. All in All i was pretty impressed with this beer, I wasn't so impressed with their Belgian Pale Ale, but this beer turned out pretty damn good and I'm now a little more interested in checking out more of Brewery Ommegang's Lineup. Good job guys, I really enjoyed this Saison.

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Photo of Aleks_P
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very light golden yellow with a significant amount of carbonation, like champagne but a little more yellow. Very full bubbly head, could not pour the full bottle into my pint glass.

Smell: Having a hard time articulating the smell. Bit peppery/spicy I suppose. Bottle says coriander but I'm not sure I know what coriander smells like, this might be it.

Taste: Definitely tastes like a farmhouse saison. Slight bitterness and a lot of fragrant earthy spices.

Mouthfeel: Very light and pleasant, probably the best part of the beer. High carbonation lightens even further. Very smooth, not dry. The spices are very evident in the aftertaste.

Overall: I've only had a couple of these farmhouse saisons but I really enjoyed this. Just a bubbly tasty beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy bright yellow with two fingers of white head that slowly reduced to a thin layer.

S - Clove and banana notes dominate with citrus, breadiness and spice.

T - Clove and peppery spice notes hit the tongue first, followed by a big bready sweetness, coriander and banana. The finish has a burst of citrus with a lingering orange zest flavour.

M - Light body with some chew. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Vibrant golden orange with a 2.5 finger head that only sticks around for a bit. A ring of foam continues to see this drink through

S- Smells of citrus, coriander, apples, pears, sweet pale malts, cracker bread, hay, and phenolic spices. Fruity, yet musky.

T- All the wonderful qualities the aroma brought, but then kicks them all up a notch. Smooth, mellow, full flavored. Its not overly complex, but the way the layers of flavor bring together the sweetness, spice, tart, citrus hops, and phenols works so well. A touch of cracker dryness from the yeast as well as some clove. Not as much "funk" as others of the style, but I prefer the subtle Belgian yeast.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing. Smooth with no bitterness. Carbonation is spot on as it creates a tingling effect as though it is dancing on your tongue. The beauty of this one is how it makes you yearn for more. So drinkable.

O- One of my favorite saisons. It is difficult to beat the price and availability of such a fantastic representation of the style. Ommegang makes it look almost easy here. Maybe the best year round saison IMO.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy deep straw color with a lot of orange to it. Bright white 1-finger head with medium retention and light lacing in the glass.

Kind of funky on the nose in a good way: orange peel, lemon zest, coriander, grain, mint, white flowers and the thread of a light sour lactic note that pulls through everything.

Old world feel from the new world with a light hop funk, white pepper, earthiness, white flowers and celery seed. Light bitterness allows the palate to keep deep earthy tones and still feel clean on the finish.

Medium bodied. The carbonation is a little aggressive in the mouthfeel, giving the beer a slightly frothy texture. A very faint hint of alcohol on the finish.

Nicely done. Surprised that the carbonation was as aggressive as it was on the palate based on the appearance, but there are several things going on with the beer. Solid execution of the style.

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Photo of zhokar
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 25oz. Bottle

Smells - oranges, bananas, yeast

Tastes - citrus, pepper, coriander. Alcohol masked completely.

Mouthfeel - Plenty of carbonation. Medium body, a bit higher then I expected.

Overall - Not my favorite saison but still good. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Hazy straw color; a big, thick, bubbly white head lasting for a long time leaving lots of lacing as it falls.

S: That big Belgian nose, yeasty and bready, lemon, spicy notes (a bit of pepper).

T: All those wonderful Belgian flavors, yeasty with a touch of malt in the background, spicy notes (pepper and coriander), lemon zest, some tart citrus. Some slight bittering hops drying the finish out.

M: Medium body, smooth, round, and full; lots of carbonation.

O: A great balanced beer with an awesome appearance and small…and it tastes great. Lotas of yeasty flavor balanced with a mild backbone and a pleasant dry finish.

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Photo of zac16125
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a Teku
no bottling dates

A: Pours a slightly hazy, urine yellow with 3plus fingers width of bright white head. Head has good retention and leaves a moderate amount of patchy lacing.

S: Spicy and yeasty, like a Belgium strong pale or tripel. Clove, pepper, and nutmeg. Coriander and grains of paradise. Faint citrus notes, and a floral, almost sage-like character.

T: Spicy like the nose, along with some sweet fruit notes. Clove and ginger. Grains of paradise and orange citrus. There is some funk as well that I didnt really pick up on in the nose. Vanilla, as if from an oak barrel, in the aftertaste. The funk builds as you drink, and reminds you that you are drinking a saison.

M/D: Medium body, very heavy carbonation, ABV completely masked. Drinkability is somewhat limited because the carbonation is so high, but a nice mouthfeel.

O: This is the standard of the style in the eyes of many people, and I see why. Hits all the notes that a Saison should. Personally, I prefer my Saisons with some tartness, and Fantome is still the epitome of the Saison to me. This is a great beer though. Deserving of the Beers of Fame list.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Notes from Sunday Aug 04 2012

Cloudy golden yellow pour. Large foamy head, have patience when pouring.

Smells yeasty, tannic, lemon-pepper spice, apricot, clove and malt.

Light malt citrus flavor followed by a lingering lemon pepper spice and yeast.

Loads of carbonation, dry crisp finish.

My lawn tractor is broke and my .75 acre lawn is six inches long. Borrowing my neighbors lawn mower with a broken drive, I had to push. Temp was apx 85 F and sunny. I was really looking forward to this after mowing feeling like a farm laborer. Man, this hit the spot and was ever so refreshing. Thoughts kept going towards how this really compares to Saison Dupont, my first saison. I just love a beckoning saison like this on warmer summer sunny days-good memories to have.

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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 atr2605
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy straw yellow color with a foamy white head that leaves very nice lacing
S-spicy, banana, clove, some straw/barnyard smell
T-more banana and white fruit mixed with spices.
M-medium bodied while maintaining a nice crisp characteristic
O-very refreshing and drinkable for the abv. I'm not saison expert but this is a very solid beer. Highly recommend

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,094 ratings.