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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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4,681 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,681
Reviews: 2,016
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 190
Gots: 297 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a lasting foamy head and much lacing. Aroma is of piney hops, yeast, biscuit malt and some pear. Medium-full, crisp body. Yeast, sugar, biscuit malt and piney, earthy hops nicely balanced on the palate. Long, dry finish. Very nice, rustic brew

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 20:08:50 | More by mikeg67
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas are a bunch of upfront floral and spicy notes with pungent citrus. Dry pilsner bready biscuity malts are also detectable. Belgiany yeast is fairly apparent as well.

The taste is fairly aggressive for a saison (or at least what I prefer in my saisons). All kinds of things happening here. Alcohol isn't midden all that well and the esters aren't in balance with the hops, really sharp finish as well; really not a fan. Thick, yet extremely bubbly mouthfeel; carbonation is apparent for sure.

This is a real aggressive saison. I can tell it's extremely well-made, as Ommegang doesn't mess around when it comes to making good Belgian beer. I was a little put off by the rather strong alcoholic character, but perhaps that's how it should be. I admire the complexity and adventurous quality.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 19:22:08 | More by claspada
Photo of DCPlus14


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying to the Hennepin. A friend of mine brewed a Saison before and it didn't turn out the best, so this is only the second time I am trying one.

Off the bat I had some mixed feelings. I had to pour this VERY slow or else there was more head than I wanted. The smell however was amazing.

I let it sit for a few minutes so the head would die down and had my first sip - Thoroughly please with this beer!

Definitely worth pouring this slow to get the right pour out of it. Very pleasing beer and will be buying another one in the near term.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 04:16:19 | More by DCPlus14
Photo of kevinjosephlee


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Straw color and hazy with short white head.

S: Fruity esters in the nose perhaps even some bubblegum.

T: Some fruitiness but dominated by the peppery phenolics and bitterness. Piney tartness. A light supporting role played by malts. Alcohol flavor present. With little sweetness.

M: Effervescent, tingly mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation. Dry finish.

Notes: Another good offering from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:08:38 | More by kevinjosephlee
Photo of BuckyFresh


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've decided that drinking before watching the Detroit Lions play is probably a good idea. Whatever I can do to dull my sense of disappointment I guess...

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow, with a soapy-looking two-finger head. Lots of active carbonation in the glass. Retention is pretty darn good considering how large the bubbles in the head are. Some lacing is present, but it slides off the sides of the glass pretty quickly.

Smell: There's a nice characteristic funk in the smell, as well as grainy malt and citrus. If you inhale deeply enough, you pick up some of the underlying peppery spice that gives Saisons such a unique aroma. There is also a bit of fruity sweetness in the background, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is a well-balanced representation of what the nose had to offer. Good citrus bite up front, followed by some grassy malt, and finished with some spicy yeast and a touch of pepper. I love how the tartness and the dry finish act as bookends to the sweeter, fruitier flavors you encounter in the middle. This has to be one of the most well-balanced, easy-drinking Saisons I have had to date.

Mouthfeel: A little more tart and dry than I anticipated, but delicious nonetheless. Lots of carbonation and citrus bite, but refreshing and not at all overbearing.

Drinkability: Probably the most drinkable Saison I have had yet. A refreshing treat for the warmer months to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 17:49:08 | More by BuckyFresh
Photo of adam42381


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a 3 finger fluffy snow white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove and yeast with a hint of pear. Smells very much like a hefeweizen.

Taste: Dry throughout with clear but not overwhelming phenolic notes. There is a fruitiness present but it is not sweet in any way. Light bitterness at the finish. There is a hint of funk in there as well. Aftertaste is dry and fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I would recommend giving this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 16:39:47 | More by adam42381
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly the best example of a saison ive ever had...and ive had saison dupont before....

it has a murky yellow orange glow to it with a huge bubbly head.

smells of banana and wheat.

the taste is dry very dry with hints of banana and wheat.

very dry feel....with the carbonation lacing from the head.

hands down i could drink this stuff all day long

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:51:06 | More by nickthegun12
Photo of dcx10music

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light yellow, quite hazy. Has a substantial white head and pretty significant lacing.

S - The mild grassy aroma is overwhelmed by the scent of booze. It's much too medicinal smelling for my taste.

T - Very bright and crisp with a subtle spiciness. The zing from the hops provides a nice kick and brings it all together.

M - Smoother and fuller bodied than I was expecting. It's still light like a saison should be, but it's more satisfying too.

D - Smooth and easy going. Didn't fill me up at all. I could keep going with this one for awhile.

Notes - A really flavorful and complex saison that's not afraid to be different or take a few chances. Luckily, those chances pay off.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 01:10:26 | More by dcx10music
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with a white soapy head and great lacing that never goes away. Smells of coriander, orange or lemon zest, and a lot of booze. Tastes of lemon peel, a warming alcohol, hop bitterness, and coriander and black pepper. Mouthfeel is really nice and has a high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:32:49 | More by TheKingofWichita
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into an Ommegang flute.

Had a 750ml bottle of this laying around from the Ommegang gift set that I got a few weeks back. Decided to crack the second one after the Chocolate Indulgence as I've only had a tiny sample of this. Here goes!

A - After twisting off the cage and giving a little nudge on the cork... it literally flies off and bounces off two walls, landing conveniently behind my fridge. Luckily I had it faced away from my eye and there was surprisingly no gushing. Pours a steady,,cloudy, straw colored stream and builds a fantastic, 2-fingered, creamy, egg-white head. And this head is here to party. Even after drinking half of my glass it still is going strong, unleashing the sweet aroma, probably in part due to the rising carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Interestingly, the head repels the glass for the most part and most of the lacing comes from the edge where I drink, while the head on the opposite just glides back and forth without sticking. As I get closer to the end, the head finally gives into the glass, but unlike earlier, it holds on for dear life. Some really fantastic lacing here.

S - Smells faintly of a Belgian pale, with a bit of barnyard funk to it. Nothing Bretty, but freshly mowed grass, lemon, and citrus are the predominant smells. Getting some malts, but overall it's a pretty mild nose. Definitely a defined crispness. Really effervescent as the carbonation expels all the nuances of the head.

T - Taste is certainly giving various impressions. Like the nose, there is a Belgian pale familiarity here with the coriander and lemon taste that imparts a spicy bite and peppery aftertaste. But then you also get a tannic, almost grape-like taste behind that mixes in a bit of alcohol. These combinations are refined and delicately balanced, however, and it goes down great. A bit bitter at the end, but a fairly dry finish keeps each taste fresh.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Tingles and pricks the mouth and really plays into the dry, crisp, and peppery finish. A real treat to enjoy and can see this pairing fantastically with a nice dinner.

D - Drinkability is high. A very slight alcohol bite at the end is the only reminder that this is a 7.70% beer as it drinks almost too easily. An excellent offering from Ommegang and a great representation.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 02:56:17 | More by nhindian
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Ommegang tulip

A- Straw yellow with wons of white head. Insane amount of carbonation. Lacing is enormously impressive in this glass. Great head retention.

S- Strong belgian yeast and sweet fruitiness. Lemony with bubblegum and pepper notes. Plenty of clove, too.

T- A bit tart, yeasty and sweet with a hint of hops. White grape and white bread yeast. Some clove. Some kind of light fruit flavor in the finish, with some tartness. Almost like a white cranberry, but not quite.

M - Light body with intense carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Quaffable to say the least. Very enjoyable drink. Goes down easy and tastes great. This is a fantastic brew, light, refreshing and crisp. Easy to drink yet complex. Really must be tried. The best saison you can get any day in any good store.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 00:19:36 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of kingcrowing


3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Purs a cloudy light golden color with a huge white head that slowly fades down to a one finger sticky head with some thick lacing and big bubbles. Nose is dry and yeasty, it's got a bit of breadiness and tartness.

Wow, taste is bursting with citrus and fresh bitterness, lemons and lime are here. There's a good bite of spiciness from the yeast thats nice as well as some cloves and ginger and even a bit of pepper. Mouthfeel is really huge from the carbonation, maks it seem like a Belgian tripel. Overall really solid saison.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:15:45 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of ngeunit1


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light pale yellow color with a large amount (3-4 fingers) of really nice and white head. Leaves behind some nice lacing.

S - Nice fruitiness, mostly green apple/pear and lemon aromas. Also a bit of yeast and wheat smells. Very sweet.

T - Very sweet and tart on the tongue. Lemon and citrus tastes with the wheat and hop flavors. Really well balanced and complex.

M - Rather dry and very carbonated. Very refreshing and remains extremely smooth.

D - Very drinkable, even with a fairly high APV and complexity of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:01:56 | More by ngeunit1
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(served in a goblet at the Yard House, San Diego)

Poured an almost clear golden yellow topped by a fluffy crown of white head, providing excellent lace and retention. Bready, sweet tones with just the right combinations of lemon zest, clove, coriander, and white grape without too much funk like many saisons. Taste was even more impressive, with all the aforementioned flavors and a champagne-like dryness, especially in the finish. Clean, light-bodied in spite of the abv, and bubbly, it accentuated the flavors nicely- I wish it came in a bigger goblet there, because I had to take small sips to really enjoy it for all it's worth.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 11:42:44 | More by BDJake
Photo of BigMike


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very pale yellow with a huge amount of beaten eggwhite head. About 4 fingers worth and pure white.

S: Typical saison aroma. Lemon zest and pepper like spice. Lots of clove, yeast and bread.

T: Same as the nose but with a large amount of sweetness. This is sweeter then any saison I've had. Pretty spot on saison. Very traditional. Lots of Ginger root also.

M: Extremely carbonated. Tickles the tongue with tons of bubbles. Light and refreshing.

Overall: A nice example of an American saison. It's the the traditional componets. Lemon, spice, pepper. It's easily drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 23:55:12 | More by BigMike
Photo of zoso1967


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ever so slightly cloudy pale golden color with a frothy and light head. The foam has marathon retention and leaves loads of beautiful white lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is equally stunning with a good pear, wheat tartness, some funk, lemon grass, white pepper and a touch of clove. All the flavors are very well integrated.

The flavor is much drier than you would expect from the aroma. It also carries a slight tartness from the wheat, as well as some fairly subdued funk notes. It has a decent amount of wheat to it, and a bright, slightly lemony hop character that mingles with plenty of peppery yeast. This beer has a nice pear flavor that fades in near the finish, and then fades out after swallowing. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is vigorously carbonated and medium in body. Combined with the dryness of the brew this creates a pretty invigorating and refreshing drinking experience. Somehow this beer still seems to retain some smoothness as well.

Super drinkable, especially for the ABV. This beer is one of the all stars of the American brewed Saisons and one of my favorites. I am not sure if the 12oz. bottles are a new thing, or if I had never noticed, but I am pretty excited to be able to enjoy this beer without finding an occasion where a 750 ml. works.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 21:44:39 | More by zoso1967
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip. Big frothy three-inch white head. Light golden in color with seemingly endless line of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the tulip. Big chunks/clumps of lace stick to the side of the glass. "I gotta give that a 5".

S- Cloves and spice and everything nice. Bananas?

T- Fruit notes such as lemon zest and apples. Spice.

M- Clean, crisp, and very refreshing.

D/O- At 7.7% the drinkability gets dinged a notch because it's such a distinct taste. I don't think anyone would want any more than one or two of these. That being said, those one or two would be the best looking, if not the best tasting beers one would have that night. Another winner from Brewery Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:24:55 | More by Duff27
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer appears to be a hazy golden color with a coarse white foam head. The beer smells of pears, crisp red apples, sour white grapes, mango and slight cinnamon notes notes. The flavor is a mixture of old champagne, slight flavors of orange, and grapefruit and some peppery notes in the back. This is a nice complex beer and it's not too harsh on the sour which is one thing that I tend to avoid as far as the style is concerned. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for my liking it is quite prickly in nature. The remainder of elements for the mouthfeel are rather nice still. It drinks well, it was the right price, not a bad Saison for my money.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 19:16:52 | More by Vdubb86
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District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 16:16:21 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of micmillon18


3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. No fresheness date on the bottle, though doesn't really need it considering its bottle conditioned.

A - Pours a fluffy, bubbly two finger head. There was minimal lacing after the dissipation. Beer is a clear pale yellow, kind of disappointing in someways because I'm used to cloudier looking saisons but I guess thats whats fun about them; you never know what your going to get out of each brands beer.

S - Pale hoppy smell, kinda bready. Wheat, cloves, floral notes. Green apple, lots of spiciness.

T - Very crisp, has the usual saison tartness, however its a little over the top. Green apple is roaming around in there somewhere. Bready, estery alcohol tastes. Alcohol is very present at the end. Has a champagne like quality to it. Bready after taste. Finishes dry.

M - Body was very light and the carbonation was well balanced, which helped its drinkability. However, I thought the tartness was a little over the top and it didn't leave the greatest lasting impression on my pallet.

D - I enjoyed it but it was strangely more of a sipper than something i couldn't put down, which is unusual for me when it comes to saisons. I think the balance was slightly off. Overall, I enjoyed it but its not something that I would look for in the future. I think I was hoping for something else, probably something comparable to what I've had in other saisons (in terms of balance at least). Perhaps its just a different style saison, perhaps I need to branch out a little more. A good beer but not a great.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 04:03:08 | More by micmillon18
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Takin' another swing at this brew. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a solid finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, coriander, and lemon zest, with a touch of minor caramel in the very, very back. The taste follows along a similarly-landscaped path, though there's more wheat and a touch o' relatively minor funk hanging around the corners and edges and whatnot. And when I say minor, I mean AA, maybe even A (who doesn't love watching a Dunedin game, am I right?). The body is a very light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a nice, solid saison, not my favorite of the style but pretty good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:36:26 | More by TMoney2591
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part II of my Ommegang Weekend, and thanks to my lovely wife and her efforts at Wegman's this has been an AWESOME weekend for reviews!! Poured into A DFH snifter....

A-beautiful, hazy straw with another creamy head that really holds up for a LONG time, opaque and amazing

S-perfect for fall, both fruity and nutty, almost banana-ish and clove

T-really nice, just the right balance between fruit and carbonation

M-as close to the categories listed above as one would expect

D-very good, don't be scared by the 7.7, everything here is in wonderful balance

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:28:30 | More by aranheaney
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coudy golden-orange, with billowy pure white head that sticks around for the long haul. Beautiful. Spicy banana aromas, very complex. Taste is herbal hops, pepper, clove, banana, candied ginger, caramelized orange rind, pear -- it's all in there! High carbonation creates a playful feeling on the tongue, and balances nicely with the spicy and oh-so-bitter finish. This is a damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:23:02 | More by kreeper
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a classic. I can get it in a 750ml bottle at $6.49 from a local beer store and at this price is has no rivals in the entire range of US-brewed craft ales.

The appearance and drinkability are both nothing short of exceptional. Color and notes of hay, baked golden apples, orange marmalade. Very well balanced with just the right amount of hops. This beer is a natural accompaniment to many kinds of grilled seafood and shellfish with light sauces. It excels alongside cheeses and grilled vegetables with roasted garlic also.

Perhaps the most salient feature of this ale still is the consistency of its quality. I've been drinking it since 2003 and am continuously impressed with how steadfastly it meets the expectations.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 19:32:37 | More by Cannoneer
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3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Meridian Pint in DC. This is a beer bar that has three tables with individual taps that carries two pre-selected beers on them so you can pour them yourself and they will charge you like a gas pump. The night that me and my friends were there the beers on tap were the Hennepin and the new Sierra Nevada Tumbler (Fall Seasonal Brown Ale).

But anyway, the Hennepin poured a nice dark yellow/golden color, translucid, with a small white head and fairly good retention. It was pretty cool to pour a pint of Hennepin in my own glass as I've had this beer before and loved it.

The smell was dominated by malt/bready notes and a LOT of clove that was clearly overpowering the yeasty esters.

Taste was pretty much the same: started with bread sweetness and a lot of banana/clove that got me wondering if I was really having a Hennepin or if this was a Hefeweizen. I called the waitress and told her what was going on and she promptly brought me a sampler straight from the line downstairs. And it was sure different! I could now taste those spicy and fruity notes that make Saisons very complex and refreshing beers, given that the malt profile in this style is pretty much just regular pilsner or pale malt. Bottom line is that this beer was probably in this table tap for too long and lost a good deal of its complexity.

Mouthfeel was medium and carbonation was high making it very drinkable.

I know Hennepin is a good beer but I will just have to taste it again from a bottle because this table tap experience was not very good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 02:45:36 | More by paulozanello
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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