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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,967 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,967
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 215
Gots: 395 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 chicagoabbot
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a snifter...a good looking beer with a pale cloudy body that supports a respectable head. Good funky Belgian yeast, with a very similar final character to their BPA, which is a good thing.

On the tongue, it's sharp, with a hoppy grassiness and the yeast funk carries through quite well. It's slightly more bitter than some other examples of the style, and is definitely balanced to the yeast and hops over the malt. Crisp and tangy. Make no mistake though, this is a good saison and even more impressive for being made in the USA.

Mouthfeel is clean and energetic. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable beer, although a little on the expensive side to be sessionable. Recommended. I've also had this out of the 750ml corked bottle, and this might be sacrilege but I enjoyed it slightly more this way, it was sharper...or perhaps that particular 750ml had been sitting on the shelf a little long...I don't think this beer should really be aged too much, it's a little low on the abv and heavy on the hops for that.

chicagoabbot, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright but cloudy yellow with a huge off-white fluffy head that never really left.

S: Spice and bananas explode out of this one. Lots of yeast and grass notes. Some citrus notes come through as lemon and orange.

T: Just a wave of flavors: banana, pineapple, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, ginger and cloves, yeast, scones, light menthol flowing into a big alcohol wave finishing with crisp bitterness and wave of fried plantains. Malt is there in a lightness throughout.

M: Medium with more than normal carbonation.

O: Big flavors that I found very drinkable. I would prefer to drink this on a hot humid day. This really blew me away especially since the style is usually too over-spiced for me.

legalpete19340, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to picking this one up. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Slightly cloudy, yellow color. The pour created a big three finger head that left some nice lace.

A: Belgian yeast, orange, lemon, light spice, and grass. I thought the nose was a little light overall.

T: Pretty straightforward. Lemon, grass, pepper, and orange. The belgian yeast imparts it's traditional notes. I don't think this is very complex, but it's nice nonetheless.

M: Light body, aggressive carbonation.

O: I was slightly let down by this one. But that doesn't mean it was a bad brew, infact, it was very good. I guess I was expecting a little more complexity and a little more originality. But still good, and worth the try. Skal.

Gtreid, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall thiswas a pretty decent and easy drinking brew. It was not overly complex, but still pretty nice for the style. I had this one a long time back and the spices just overwhelmed me. Really glad I re-visited this one. If it were more complex, this one would definitely be great. Definitely worth trying without a doubt.

thagr81us, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Had it in a restaurant so I didn't have an opportunity to check the bottle for best before date.

A - nice yellow/amber with a fluffy head (a few fingers) that resolves with a lot of lacing. Lots of obvious carbonation in the glass.

S - fresh grassy hops intermingled with peach and yeast.

T - lot of yeast on a tart, sour-apple foundation. A bit peppery in the end with some citrus notes.

M - very carbonated and refreshing. No hint of the significant alcohol.

D - very drinkable; dangerously so considering the alcohol!

Very nice beer. Went well with the sushi!

DoktorZee, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear light golden hue. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom, they are neverending. 3 fingers of pure white fluffy head. Head retention is the best I've seen. It will not go away.

S - Clove, pepper, slight bubblegum, a little citrus sweetness. bready-ness.

T - If you only taste the head, it's completely pepper. But why would you do that? Sweetness dominates the other flavors in the taste. Pepper, bubblegum, and clove are still there, but white grape is a new flavor that dominates.

M - Light bodied, highly carbonated, which is good. Finish is light, sweet and slightly drying. The finish is very similar to the taste, not too different from the overall taste. Light white grape flavor, some slight clove, and a little bit of pepper.

D - Fantastic overall saison. Well balanced between the uniqueness of a saison and the sweetness of the malts and fruity esters. While the alcohol is not noticeable it takes effect pretty quickly. I would definitely get this beer again.

GarrettMD, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Jef59
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice pale golden color with a little haze and a huge rocky head.

S - spicy phenolic cloves, a little metallic, slightly musty, but not a big horse blanket presence I expected.

T - well, doesn't really taste like a saison. How is this ranked higher than dupont? Don't get me wrong, it tastes good - a lot of clove, a nice portion of malt. Tastes extremely similar to Duvel. Where is the funkiness thought? If this was classified as a SBGA then I probably would have given it a 4.5 for taste, but I don't think this is very true to style.

M - really nice carbonation with a little syrupy character to it.

O - I am pretty disappointed by this one. It just played it too safe with the funk. Maybe the bottle was a bit older, and the flavors settled a little?

Jef59, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of muletrane
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle that was bottled on 4/15/10 into a Hennepin flute. This is a wonderful looking brew. First pour was crystal clear. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Golden in color with orange tint and lots of rising bubbles. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

This saison is a little light in the nose, but still alot going on. I'm getting some grassy, citrusy, apple & floral notes. Touch of alcohol as it warms.

The taste is quite wonderful! Alot of similarities to the nose. Slightly tart, apple, citrus, grassy. Crisp dry finish. Some hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. Very nice!

Real nice soft pillowy mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation dancing on the tongue. Everything finishes slightly dry.

Overall this is one my favorite year round brews. I mainly drink this in the spring and summer though. A great representation of the style!

muletrane, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of WJDobbs321
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super Summer Beer!

Beer is very light in color with a super head. Is it what you want to see in front of a fire. Nope, but it is exactly what you want to see in a beer garden.

The Smell is light. Doesn't smack you in the nose. But if you get close enough the fragrance is worth it. Wonderful smell. Wish there was more of it.

The taste is perfect. Light lemony citrus with subtle sweetness. Nothing overbearing.

Light and crisp to the mouth. You could could potentially drink it after a workout. :) But why do that???

Overall I say what a wonderful beer! Cheers!

WJDobbs321, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of therica
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. So sue me ;-)

A= very cloudy light lemon, beautiful. Nice active white head, dissipates after settling into plentiful lacing, rimming and pooling.

S= light nose but right for the style, growing bolder as it sets for a few minutes. Light hops florals, lemon citrus, plentiful malts. I typed this review in about 10 minutes (eating nothing), then went to take a sip and got a strong nose of what seemed like white chocolate! Bizarre! Talk about a diverse beer.

T= slightly dry and tart up-front, much like a fine champagne (I'll prefer this beer next New Years!). Lemon zest, generous malts for the style, light coriander, slightly bready in the finish at times. Gorgeous.

M= a little tart and dry on the tongue and palate, citrus zesty zip, mild residual malts.

D= a beer you can drink forever if you enjoy a Belgian-style beer. Beats Blue Moon out of orbit, for your pseudo-"craft" BM drinking friends. Grilled or steamed fish (fried oil might disguise the enjoyment), poultry, seafood, popcorn, most anything non-red or dark. Aside from the tart-dry tongue that might put some people off, it's superb. Answer? Keep it flowing so you don't have time to have a dry tart mouth!

therica, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of phiberoptik
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass for lack of better glassware. I actually purchased this bottle to use in the Thai braised chicken recipe from the magazine. Its in the oven as we speak!

This beer pours with a lot of white fluffy head and a beautiful deep clouded orange.

I get sweet orange some spice as well as malt in the nose. Some yeastiness as well as a light tinge of alcohol.

The taste is sweet with hints of fruit, yeast, and malts as well as the alcohol tingling in my mouth and throat. I do not get as much of a lingering finish as I would like but this is a highly enjoyable tasting beer to me.

I get a lot of carbonation on the tongue almost like a sparkling wine.

Overall this is a great beer to savor and my wife and I will probably split another one in the near future. I am just really looking forward to how this BA recipe with Hennepin is going to turn out! I will post a review of it later!

phiberoptik, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of tfarmstrong
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow color, with a thick and lasting head. Lace reminds me of great Belgian beers

S - Sweet and malty with some fruitiness

T - Strong sweet alcoholic zip, reminds me greatly of Duvel, with its pale malt flavor and sweet, fruity tang

M - A bit too carbonated for me

O - A beer that truly stands up to its Belgian friends and is definitely one of the better American copies of the genre.

tfarmstrong, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of sturner26
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a normal pint glass.

A: Pours a pale orange with a fluffy white head.

S: This is my first saison, sour notes and a general "funkyness" stand out, but in a good way.

T: Taste is similar to smell, bready yeast and floral and citrus notes. Strong funkiness prevails as well.

M: Goes down well.

D: Very complex flavors kept me coming back for more. Overall I was not blown away, but did enjoy the beer and style, must revisit in the future.

sturner26, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Hennepin has a slightly-cloudy yellow colour and a big 4 cm head that fades to excellent lacing. The smell is mostly grains, musty yeast and a hint of hops. The taste is grainy and a little fruity (apples). The aftertaste is buttery, bitter and crisp. I'm not used to tasting Saisons so it's a little new and strange to me. This beer is foamy and strange, but very nice.

vandemonian, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of nickshep7
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour into sniffer glass. 3 fingers of white head with great retention and lacing. Smell is great - Belgian yeast, honey suckle, sweet bready malts, alcohol esters. Taste is solid with a very dry crisp finish - champagne like. Overall, a good brew, but for some reason I can't finish more than one. I've had a few saisons and prefer Stillwater.

nickshep7, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of garuda
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no dating

A - Hazed pale golden with a billowing white head that has good retention and lacing down the glass.

S/T - Fresh, clean, zesty citrus notes of lemon, with fresh cut grass. A bit of funky feast become more apparent as it warms. Taste is similar, with some pale malts mid palate and balanced, herbal hops through the finish.

M - Light body, lively carbonation, finishes clean and dry with a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

O - Very nice crisp, clean smell and taste with depth and balance. I'll surely buy this again.

garuda, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of JayQue
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin is one of those beers that I have had many times, enjoyed greatly and never got around to reviewing (Legend Brown Ale is still in that category, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy was another one).

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big bubbly white head with excellent retention and lots of thick lacing. The head could be described as delicate and frothy at the same time.

Smells good too! A hint of funk and some lemony aroma.

Tastes as good as an import. Funky yeasty mustiness and horse blanket effect, more than balanced by lemony spicy taste. There is a hint of sweetness (honey?) here as well/

Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is spot on and makes this a light and zesty experience.

Very good overall. Hennepin is a great beer and goes fantastic with a meal.

JayQue, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours on the golden side of straw-colored, an abundance of carbonation creates an enormous head (3+ fingers) with a vigorous pour. A softer pour makes for a different (but equally good) drink.

Smells like yeast, a bit of spice, perhaps a titch of alcohol, and a bunch of mustiness.

Tastes of those dusty flavors mixed with citrus rind, hints of clove, alcohol, yeast, other spices. Finish is long and somewhat bitter. More robust than some others of the style.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style, a bit creamy, but still full of carbonation.

Overall, this is a great beer that manages to be refreshing while still being pretty robust in flavor. A good one to sip in the summer, and the most affordable Saison anywhere around here, as it comes in 4-packs.

musicforairports, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of dirtyskunk
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly opaque, a very appealing peachy yellow. Tons and tons of fluffy white head which keeps growing in my snifter until I actually start drinking. The head never really disappears, leaving a thin cap, and leaves somewhat spotty lacing.

The smell is nice but nothing remarkable, a little bit earthy and woody. Some very mild spice and malts. Sort of disappointing considering the abundant head and the use of a snifter.

Taste is also good, but not great. The earthy oak is at the foreground. A bit of toffee sweet malts, and barely a hint of sour funk as the beer warms. Pleasant overall, a little dry and musty and not as complex as it could be.

Good mouthfeel, the beer is highly carbonated and produces tons of foam, but it doesn't overpower and the carbonation isn't too prickly.

No complaints about drinkability. This goes down easy, but the taste is less than totally impressive so it doesn't compel me to drink another one or two. Good enough that I would probably buy another one for a tasting party or a nice meal though.

dirtyskunk, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale hazy yellow with a nice two inch head great retention.

S- Lots of spices, white pepper, rosemary, cloves, oregano, and a bready malt base.

T- This brew toys with your palette changing between sweet and spicy, theres honey malty breads and bubblegum flavors along with white pepper spice and herbs, very decent saison.

M- Full of carbonation very rich feel

D- A very easy drink, alcohol is not felt, all in all i was suprised by the quality of an American take on this Belgian style. Its no Fantome but its a quality Saison.

foogerd, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of evanlarkin
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ngeunit1 for this bottle.

Appearance:
In the air it looks almost clear. In the glass it takes on a straw yellow color, with just a slight haze and 1 1/2 finger white head made of big bubbles that fizz down and leave just a slight lacing.

Smell:
Dry and malty, with a lot of belgian yeast scent. Kind of like a dry champagne, except malty instead of grape-y. Slight orange peel quality to it too.

Taste:
Sweeter than the smell had led me to believe, but fairly dry. Orange zest and a few grape-like flavors. Some tangy hop character with low bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel:
This is a fairly straightforward champagne-bodied beer.

Drinkability:
It's not bad, reminiscent of other belgian-style ales. I would not call it one of my favorites for the style, but it certainly isn't bad. I'll probably have it again in the future.

evanlarkin, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of neorunner
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #3 - http://flic.kr/p/9omWBk

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in Round #4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Finally home after a quick 1 day trip to Athens for my girlfriends birthday bash. I happily tear into this beer and end up getting a bit of wax inside the bottle, oops! Gentle pour still produces a voluptuous dense white head about three inches tall. As I let the head settle there is very little lacing being left on the glass. Aroma on this bad boy is nicely funky. Brett and some herbal earthy notes, lemon grass and sage come to mind. Light yellow in color with amazing clarity and constant carbonation.

Taste is slightly bitter with a very subtle but complex tartness. The lemon grass comes through on the taste but not much else in the herbal department. Mouthfeel is dry in the finish but very quenching upfront.

Going to go with saison for style.

The reveal - Ommegang Hennepin. This is a very good beer and I'm now realizing I've been neglecting it. For a readily available saison its very good and doesn't kill your wallet.

neorunner, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of tgorgz
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Just wow.

Pours a nice hay color. I didn't have a pint glass (shocking, right?) with me so I had to use a snifter- perhaps that contributed to the larger-than-expected head. Lots of bubbles, and lots of lacing that stayed all the way through the beer.

Moving on to smell, we've got a whole mess (the good kind) going on in here. I'm notice (in no particular order) orange, apple and lemon.

The "wow" comes in with the taste. An explosion of flavour hits your palate, and each aforementioned fruit is augmented by a nice balance of carbonation.

The mouthfeel is very light, very crisp. It's one of those where you say "Ah" at the end.

For drinkability, simply see the above.

tgorgz, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of afogg0855
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good God this is wonderful.

This is the first Saison Beer I've ever tried. My interest was actually sparked by a list of "50 Beers to try before you die" and it happened to catch my eye at a Whole Foods store.

It pours a glowing light straw color that is just gorgeous. The scent can be enjoyed throughout my entire kitchen and the first taste truly brings this work of art to life.

The flavors of a delicous floral yeast, with citrusy apricot subtleties come alive on my tongue.

This is a beer that should truly be enjoyed by everyone who can get their hands on it.

afogg0855, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of MattyV
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with lots of tiny bubbles and a rich thick frothy white head. Excellent retention.
Nose is a mix of clove/spice and fruity apple with some floral notes. Can pick up faint whiffs of alcohol as it warms.
The taste has a light fruitiness that lasts throughout, that is quickly hit a sharp spiciness and slightly bitter lemon rind, leading into a dry but yeasty finish.
Body is a bit heavier than I expected for the style, but not overly heavy by any stretch, still a light and lively saison. So tasty and crisp, I wish I picked up more than four of these, will have to make another trip to NY again soon!

MattyV, Mar 03, 2011
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,967 ratings.