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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,207 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,207
Reviews: 2,045
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 228
Gots: 474 | 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 Cyrano41
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this first on tap at Fire and Vine. Excellent was the first word that came to my head. It was amber with 1/2 inch of head, lots of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma that made me want to dive in. First sip brought a smile to my face, my wife isn't as into beer as me, but I had to share. Since then I found bottles at the local Total Wine shop. This is one I will always look far again.

Photo of Brunite
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A light gold color with a decent 3 finger white head. Not much lacing.

S: Some lemon citrus...some grass....some floral.

T: Dry...highly carbonated...taste some lemon....some floral...taste like champagne.

M: Crisp, dry finish and a high level of carbonation.

D: Not bad. High carbonation may limit consumption.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beer Crazy in Urbandale. Pours a lightly hazy brilliant blonde color, with a big loose head that diminishes to a smaller slightly tighter head. Scents range from spicy hops to sweet bannana aromas. The taste is fantasically balanced with dry hop bitterness and some fruity esters. The palate is lightly sharp

Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of cdrogers
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to wine glass-serving temperature was approximately 41F.

A: Golden amber. Dense white head that lasted quite a while. Lace was persistent as I was drinking. Very nice.

S: Fruity. Citrus for sure. Little to no hop aroma. Definite sweetness.

T: Citrus with this slight sour taste. Very well balance with a slight spice as well.

M: Good carbonation and maybe a medium body. Slightly dry finish with some tartness.

D: Probably one of my most favorite beers now. It reminds me of some of the trappist dubbels. Very refreshing and the citrus is just awesome.

Photo of AwYeh
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bomber poured into a tulip pint glass; thanks to Jesse13713 for splitting this bottle of questionable age (2.5 years? 3 years?) with me.

A: Cloudy golden-yellow color; two fingers of fine, bright white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind good lacing.

S: This beer smells like a freshly peeled banana; light yeast aromas and candy sugar malts round out the aroma. Orange and lemon zest smells come out as the beer warms.

T: Belgian yeast is pretty prevalent here, adding a welcomed tang to balance the slightly tangy citrus flavors and candy malt sweetness mentioned above in the aroma. A few hints of spice- cloves and black pepper most notably- and biscuity malts round this out. As the beer warms, lemongrass really comes out and begins to be noticeable throughout the flavor.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; crisp, dry finish.

D: Goes down extremely easy and really evolves as it warms up; I'm very impressed with this one, especially after sort of discounting Ommegang based on some of their other offerings I tried. Well worth the pick up, and from my experience, would be worth some time in the cellar.

Photo of ramseye4
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A=Pours a very cloudy light straw yellow color. At first I was apprehensive, but after the more I look it at it starts to grow on me. Fluffy white 2 fingerh ead, lots of lacing.
S=Yeast, a bit of spice,citrus and light fruit.
T=Banana, clove, lots of yeast and bready maltiness, a bit of bitterness.
M=typical Saison carbonation, lighter body, sticky
D=Great. Hidden ABV, sits lightly in the stomach, good taste make this an extraordinarily drinkable beer.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Hennepin, big bottle, served into a Sierra snifter.

Appearance: Classic Belgian appearance, hazy yellow, like cider or apple juice. Huge three-finger head after a vigorous pour, very frothy and white and foamy. Outrageous lacing.

Smell: Sour apples, yeast, fresh fruit fields. Dessert tart (key lime pie?), lemon/citrus (not IPA-like, though). Spice.

Taste: More sourness, tart fruit (those that you bite on and make you see the stars if you have sensitive teeth). Several arches of sweetness and spice- some banana, some bread pudding. Reminds me of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. Finishes dry and slightly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated (and rightly so), tart but refreshing, medium body and full flavor.

Drinkability: Very chuggable, refreshing, easy. 7.7% is not noticeable. Only problem would be the linearity of this beer. Might get tired of the same sourness/tart apple taste running throughout. Otherwise, outstanding. Easily the best saison out there.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a cloudy golden color with lively carbonation and a beautiful two-finger, powder-white head that lasts a while, leaving terrific lacing.

S: Lemon, yeasty spice, barnyard mustiness, and faint sour apples.

T: Sweet lemon, peppery yeast, light sour berries, pear and apple, clove, and a background grainy cracker flavor.

M: The carbonation is very heavy throughout (in a very good way) with a medium body, and some left-over sourness. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed. This really has a dominant feel as the flavors grip the palate and the strong carbonation removes all other flavors.

D: This is terrific drinking, one of the best in its style, and widely available.

Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle.

A- Pours a straw yellow color with a very light haze to it. Two and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Nice streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Pilsner malts in the front of the aroma. Citrus and light orange like notes in the ending front of the aroma. Banana and clove like notes in the middle of the aroma. Light citrus hops in the ending of the beer.

T- Nice bready malts in the front with some lemongrass and light orange citrus notes. Middle of the beer is belgian yeasts with hints of banana and clove. There is a light hop bitterness that comes in the middle as well. Ending is hop bitterness with some lemon grass and belgian yeast. Light alcohol in the ending of the beer itself.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonatoin is good for the style although a little higher for my liking. Yeasty notes with some lemon citrus tones left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, yeasty notes, and light malts. Flavors were well blended to the style and almost too well. No off flavors were present that I could tell. High alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is a fantastic example of the style. A nice drinker which I always enjoy. The ABV is high but this beer doesn't really drink like it. I really like beer and need to pick it up more often to be honest.

Photo of atomicbeer
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow with a fine white mousse head. Aroma is of clover honey and white pepper. Taste is fruity and wet stone. Mouthfeel has a decent body. As this is a farmhouse ale, I paired this with a French Altantique cheese and a rustic baguette -- magnificent!

Photo of bosox941827
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass.
A - Looks like a summer/baseball beer w/just a hint of cloudiness (depending on how much yeast you leave behind in the bottle); yellow/orange, w/a foamy head. Looks very *drinkable*!
S - Just a hint of clove and a nice hop scent
T - A bit of banana & clove off the top, but just a bit. This dissipates to a lemon-y hoppiness, which is done quite well, similar to a Weihenstephaner or a Munchener Helles for me; not very pronounced but just enough to make itself known. Finishes quite dry with a lingering hint of clove & hops and a bit of alcohol as well as a warning if you decide to slam it.
M - Prickly on the tongue - this is nicely carbonated, definitely towards the summer-beer end of things which makes it very thirst-quenching. That 7.7%, especially in a bomber, could sneak up on you as a result.
D - Extremely high; am drinking this on a warm-ish day in NC and it is just the thing. This is a lawn-mower type beer, especially if you like getting a healthy buzz on after mowing said lawn.
This is not my type of beer (and it sat in my fridge for a while before I tried it), but gotta say, this is a keeper and will definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Saison can't be right. Saisons are supposed to be bad, this one is good. This is a style I have never liked, but this one I've had a couple times and it just tastes like a unique Belgian, not the horrible grassy mess I'e had with some Saisons.

It's pretty light tasting, despite the fact that it isn't. It truly disguises the horsepower under the hood.

This so far is the only Saison that I would buy again.

Photo of mattkoon
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hennepin was suggested to me when I mentioned to my local beer store clerk that I had had a farmhouse ale the other day. Honestly I was just makin conversation. The farmhouse ale I had wasn't that great. However the ommegang hennepin isn't like the other one I tried. It's light years beyond the first farmhouse ale I tasted. It has a beautiful gold color with a hint of haze. The initial bite is like a strong german beer but it quickly wanes into a mild, smooth earthy taste. As far as saisons go this is the best I've had.

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

A. Beautiful pale straw pour with small but luxurious head. Nice bit of carbonation.

S. Hoppy with grapefruit-like aroma. Crisp, citrusy, and light.

T. A great balance of hoppy flavor, pale malts, citrus and excellent dry finish.

M. Good bit of carbonation. Nice, light, and dry.

D. Bring on the summer work and keep these nearby and you'll be a happy camper...if you like the type than this is your beer.

Photo of anap
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the tap, Hennepin poured a sunshiny gold color, slightly hazy, with a spumy one-centimeter head. The first sip left a strong impression of pears that receded with subsequent sips, unraveling a sparkling apple cider note with a trace of soapiness and lichen on the finish. For having so mellow a flavor, the beer was surprisingly crisp and thin. In fact, I would have preferred a slightly heavier feel, but perhaps my opinion was swayed by a craving for warmth on a chilly day in February. Well, I found it thoroughly drinkable nonetheless and look forward to sampling it again when springtime rolls around.

Photo of trevorjn06
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This Saison brewed in Cooperstown, NY is 7.7% ABV.

Pours a bright yellow, crystal clear, with 3 fingers of fluffy white head that recedes after a minute.

Aroma is pilsner malts, fruit, yeast and mild spice. Overall a fairly simple/straight-forward nose for a saison.

Taste is very dry, beginning with light, bread malt and light fruit flavors. Yeast, soapiness and a sharp bitterness follow, with the finish leaving an acidic bitterness, vegetal character and some yeast character behind.

Medium/light mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Overall I really do not care for this beer, it is too sharp and lacks all the depth of flavor and character that I love in saisons. This is the fourth time I have tried this beer an I have never enjoyed it, I think I'm done giving it chances.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had in ale glass

A: cloudy yellow, bushy head, nice carbonation, outstanding lacing
S: lovely spritely aroma of lemon that lingers
T: very lovely saison, with overtones of banana and clove; the brewers have hit the sweet spot on the bottle conditioning, giving the beer the depth of flavor one comes to enjoy in Belgian-style beers, yet without any cloying effects.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Cheers!

Photo of Wegomlegging
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden cloudy appearance with very nice lacy head. Pours nice, but pull back on the bottle at the last second to hold back the sediment. Really nice floral smell. Yeasty spicy flavor done right, with pure satisfaction in the finish. Snappy mouthfeel thanks to great carbonation, and very drinkable. Overall a superior beer.

Photo of xrdsci
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow with a faint haze and some floaties. Maybe a hint of amber. Thick, frothy white head. Smells earthy, spicy (cloves), and somewhat medicinal. Hints of alcohol. Taste has some light sweetness upfront, more earthiness and spiciness, and a phenolic character. Light, herbal hops on the back end. Finishes incredibly dry, with some faint lingering hops. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit soapy. Huge, prickly carbonation. Very drinkable.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden yellow color from a 12 oz bottle with ABV on the label. Good, foamy one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very good carbonation.
Spice heavy aroma with nutmeg, cloves and coriander coming through with hints of sweet fruity ester/bananas.
Taste upfront is tart with a nice sweet finish. Very good mouthfeel. Crisp, tart, refreshing ale. Alcohol definitely warmed me up with every progressive sip. In spite of the higher ABV, this is a VERY drinkable ale. Very good lacing along the insides of the glass. This is a very good saison from Ommegang. Paired very well with some spicy curry. Definitely worth a try if you like this type of ale.

Photo of jmfc8237
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Poured a slightly cloudy straw yellow with active carbonation and spotty lacing. Served in a fluted glass about 14 oz. Peppery spice with banana and clove on the nose that leads to a nice peppery forefront and sharp bite on the palate. I just ate onions on my sandwich though. I feel a faint grape like mouthfeel in the back and finished spicy and slightly alcoholic. Overall a nice beer to have with any occasion.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Strange Brew in Manchester, NH 2/2/11

A: Light yellow, almost hay colored, hazy. 1 1/2 inch fluffy white head, leaves tons of lacing, almost completely covering the glass.

S: I could swear this was a wit beer. Tons of clove upfront with banana and other sweet aromas in the background. Yeasty, some citrus (lemon mainly), slight floral hops.

T: Just like the nose, this tastes like a classic hefeweissbier. Clove seems to dominate the flavor with banana and lemon in the background. There's a ton of floral yeast, very light buttered biscuit malt character. Finish is lemon, clove, slight alcohol, and Belgian yeast.

M: Fairly high, crisp carbonation. Light body. While it's light, the high level of yeast and solid malt character give the body a strong backbone that allows the flavors to flourish. I quite like beers that can achieve this.

D: As with the style (again, more wit beer than Saison), it's light, crisp, and delicious. This is quite easy to drink, though it's on the high end (7.7ABV).

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; cloudy yellow with a thick, pillowy, white head. Super good foam retntion, leaving thick and chunky lacing.

smell; slightly yeasty and sour. Some lemony hops and zesty freshness. Fresh chopped cilantro comes to mind, lots of herbs and citrus, rustic.

taste; warm and yeasty. Then a bitterness takes control, before earthy malts gain strength. The aftertaste has a rye beer-like, powdery sweetness.

mouthfeel; slightly slimy and thick, leaving a powdery after feel on the palate. Goes down smooth with foamy, creamy carbonation.

drinkability; delicious, get better as it warms, would drink quite a few of these.

Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick white, pillowy head. Cloudy, golden, with some chunks.

S - More like a wit. More on the hoppy side of the Saison scale as opposed to the funky side. Spice, citrus, and yeast are all present also.

T - Same as the aroma with hops, spice, citrus, and yeast. Sort of a sourness I think in the finish, bringing out that Saison-ness a little more. Slightly dry in the finish too.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. Needs more body or less alcohol b/c they don't seem to synch up for me.

D - Huge drinky on this. Lacks in some spots but extremely refreshing and tasty.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,207 ratings.