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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,290 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,290
Reviews: 2,060
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 236
Gots: 530 | 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 greybeardloon
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on January 28(?), 2011.

A: Pale yellow with a significant head that retains well.

S: Yeasty sweetness, spice, booze and a touch of funk.

T: Hot and a bit sweet. Fairly full flavor with banana and some spice with a touch of mineral at the finish. In spite of the sweetness, the finish is somewhat dry and bitter.

M: Medium with ample carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable in spite of the sweetness and prominent booze.

Photo of Erish
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. No freshness dating.

A: cloudy yellow, pours a luxurious head that falls fairly quickly into a thick, long-lasting cap with good lacing.

S: clove, citrus, bubblegum, sour grape, cracker-like malt, light level of Belgian funk.

T: clove, banana, cracker-like malt, and a distinctive sour note up front, the middle releases a load of spicy, phenolic goodness, with more clove, pepper, and plenty of floral and fruity notes, the finish is mildly earthy with a touch of grassy/herbal hop and a floral end note.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, moderate carbonation.

O: a delicious saison, and very drinkable. It pairs nicely with a grilled hamburger.

Photo of Jimmys
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into snifter.

A: hazy straw yellow with a touch of orange. big fluffy head has good retention and leaves some lacing. carbonation looks vibrant.

S: unbaked bread, cracked black pepper, dandelions. an orange juice-esqe aroma as well, but not overpowering. all the smells play really nice and each aroma can be identified with a new visit to the glass.

T: orange juice with a drop or two of lemon juice. the alcohol is definitely evident as well, with a brief cereal-like maltiness in there after the alcohol. finish is pretty dry, but not entirely with some lingering sweetness.

M: a serious effervescence on a medium body.

D: the alcohol definitely is evident on this one. not so much in the taste, but more on the brain. at 7.7 this isnt a shocker. overall a great drinker and a great example of the style.

Photo of harrymel
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No best by date on this bottle.

A: Pours a light golden ale with some haziness. A three finger, large bubble, whipped meringue-like head hangs out nearly indefinitely. Nearly total sheets of lacing. Almost perfect look.

S: Earthy hops, bready grains. In saisons, I always anticipate the yeast will play a large part, not only in the nose, but also in the taste. Wait, there it is, slightly funky, with hay smells, hint of metallics.

T: Again, earthy. I am struggling to determine if the flavors I'm getting are actually from hops or yeast. Slightly bitter, peppery, lots of grain. Still hints of metal. A little clove on the finish.

M: Light body and highly carbonated. Dry finish.

O: Well done. I'm new to saisons, but I know each saison can, and IMO, should, have it's own unique characteristics. This one seems to be simple, subtle, unobtrusive.

Photo of AdamBear
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-pale straw cloudy yellow with a lot of frothy white head

S-fresh and spicy belgian that reminds me of wheat. very good, strong scent with some funkiness. almost ideal for a saison

T-a very short experience. comes in with the Belgian spices and some banana. there's a slight breadiness taste with some bitterness for the after-taste. the bitterness is odd and not completely likeable. its an okay taste, but definitely nothing special.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-i found that the belgian spiciness makes this not very drinkable. I like it in other belgians, but in this the taste gets tiring. this is pretty much an average saison that i don't feel is great for the style. i wouldn't recommend this to people more accustomed to the style, but that's just me.

Photo of trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours somewhat hazy light yellow with massive chunky white head. Carbonation is quite active. Aroma has hay, grass, wheat and lemon. Taste is sweet malt, but the hop bitterness is more pronounced. It’s a bit spicy as well. Light to medium bodied witha slick texture. Finish is dry and reminiscent of lemon peel. This is a refreshing and easy to drink beer with a well hidden abv. A good beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a big white foam head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: A combination of yeast, spices, pepper, and lemon. Some sweet malts in the background.

Taste: Spice, pepper, and yeast up front followed by banana and cloves. Finishes with some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium to high carbonation. Smooth and somewhat dry.

Overall: A very good version of a Belgian Saison.

Photo of Swedes21
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a cloudy/clear ale with a tremendous amount of white, bubbly head. real good carbonation occurring, very lively and fresh looking.

Smell - picking up some grassy nodes, along with slight citrus. there are hints of banana in there as well, although subtle.

Taste - oh man, what a great tasting beer. some sweet, little bitterness near the end, so good. you can really taste the sweet from banana's early, the hops and grass nodes add the bitterness to the end.

Mouthfeel - very full, very rich, very dynamic, adds such a sweetness to the beer while bringing the bitterness fwd even more. So good!

Overall - what a fantastic beer, one of the best i have had in awhile, so complete and so well balanced.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a wheat-colored yellow with a three-finger white head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Mostly wheat with some yeast notes, all underscored by that distinctive Belgian funk.

T: Unsurprisingly, a strong wheat flavor up front with a bit of citrus to follow. Finishes with a distinctive Belgian funk.

M: Quite dry all the way through, with a refreshing amount of carbonation.

D: Can't taste the alcohol at all, which is great for the 7.7% ABV. It would be easy to sip on a cold bottle of this for hours.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: A pale golden straw color and just lightly hazy. The head is foamy and white with fairly good retention and strong lacing. There is a lot of visible carbonation.

S: Smells primarily of yeast and a little spice. There is a bit of citrus/lemon to the scent and some hops.

T: Again, one of the dominant flavors is earthy yeast. The most notable flavor is that of bananas, which is surprisingly identifiable in this beer. There are also some spices. The finish is clean and somewhat citrusy. The alcohol is noticeable but mild.

M: Feels fairly dry with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: A nice farmhouse ale. Belgian yeast plays a large role and it is drinkable, dry and clean.

Photo of bobhits
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge head, large bubbles, but unlike most large bubbled beers these have some staying power. The body is citrus lemon like yellow and fairly clear given the Belgian Nature of this one.

OK, what the hell is that smell….pouring this one is smells like something has gone terribly wrong! Surprisingly once in the glass and smelling the beer in there, it smells pretty decent. Somewhat sour nature gives off lemon, pale malt, pepper, and just overall smells dry if that’s possible.

Wow hops, bannas, cloves, funk, the hef flavors given way to apples and pears with a following sips. There are light subtle candy flavors here, but they don’t balance the sour citrus nature of the beer. A rather interesting and refreshing beer.

A summer master piece on the tongue at first, but the weight of the alcohol comes into play here a bit. I’m not sure when or why one should drink this beer, but I’d highly recommend trying it out.

I hate reviewing this style as they all seem to take on such different characteristics. There is always a hop/sour effect but after that it seems like everything is fair game. As a result all I can say is this one of the best I’ve had with the style, but I believe the results can still be far better.

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Julio's, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a gloriously crystal clear golden hue with a massive, rocky three finger head that slowly slumped into a thick white blanket leaving average side lacing.

S - Bananas, belgian spices, light yeast aromas. Very nice.

T - Just like the nose there are those delicious belgian yeast and spice notes with some simply wonderful banana and possibly clove esters on the end. Very, very good.

M - Really nice mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to keep this crisp though it is almost cloy with all that banana.

O - Really, really good saison here. So easy to find and reasonably priced. Really my "go-to" saison.

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

Served in a hansa pils glass. Pale, bright yellow and brilliantly clear appearance if the bottle trub weren't swirled in. Trub is suspended in the top foam and makes an amazing display as it falls. Tiny bubbles float up. White head that is rocky, stands for a bit then falls at an average rate.

S - very pleasant aroma of a light, refreshing beer. Almost lagery with other notes that round it out - earthy, grassy, a touch of the rustic.

T - Saison that has been well aged. Again, earthy and grass like. Alcohol has some sharpness and is evident in the taste but it is soft, rolling over the palate. Finishes with a touch of citrus but not from hops. Tastes more like natural additions other than hops and malt; malt is very subdued. Clean finish.

M - Lingering finish. Very complex mouthfeel that makes one want to have this with a very delicate meal - nothing overpowering or overfilling. Low body that is sharp and supported well.

Great beer. I can see why this is an A. Served around 54F.

Photo of sdsurfer217
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Piss Yellow, in a good way. White, finger worth of head. Laces the glass very well

Aroma: Sweet bananas, lemon, yeast, cardamom

Taste: Banana, spicy, lemon, little bit of hop on the finish. Sweet and supple, almost delicate flavors.

Mouthfeel: creamy and carbonation. Coates my mouth very well and leaves a clean finish/feeling.

Overall: Wow, freakin delicious. I have no idea where the 7.7% ABV is and could easily drink a bunch of these. Aroma is inviting, taste and mouthfeel make me want to drink more and more. This is a very sexy beer that everyone should drink...if you don't like this, you don't like beer!

Photo of JRed
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous body of hazy gold or hay. White sudsy head that leaves lacing. This is a beautiful looking drink. Aroma of floral notes, citrus, a spray of lemons, soft honey, and wheat. Flavorful: citrus, lemon juice, wheat, some table sugar, hops come thru towards the finish complimenting the light fruit with some dry and bitter. Esters of banana and clove appear and bring subtle booze along as an aftertaste. Medium bodied with zappy carbonation and a slight cloying of flavor. A great Belgian-style saison with refreshing flavor and well executed booze and mouthfeel.

Photo of CPeterson
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A glassy golden brew that pours to a three finger white head, and settles slowly to a thick froth, leaving Pollock - like lacing. Carbonation bubbles ascend feverishly for a good while.

S -- Grassy funk, grain, and hints of spices and horse blanket.

T -- Spicy earth tones and grassy on the front, citrus zest and grain that is fairly dry and somewhat biscuity.

M -- Medium bodied with carbonation that assists in making the brew fairly dry throughout.

D -- Solid pickup, worth a purchase and a repeat. I would gladly set this in front of me on a nice warm day.

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

750ml bottle, late ’09 vintage (from gift set). Served at around 45F

Pours fairly hazy light yellow with a large foamy white head that maintains a nice cap and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma is banana, lemon, yeast, spice, dough, apple, pear, fruity, a bit funky. Very good strength.

Flavor is more fruits such as banana, apple and pear, some lemon citrus, yeast/bread/dough, a bit of spice, minimal to no alcohol, light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, good scrubbing carbonation, slightly syrupy.

Not very experienced in Saisons, but found this to be a tasty, well-crafted brew. Particularly enjoyed the aroma.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The corked bottle opened with a wonderful POP! I was very excited to try this beer and it poured a gorgeous hazy straw yellow that prevented you from seeing through the glass. The aroma was less complex than I expected and was yeasty and floral. The beer was notably carbonated and bubbles played on my tongue with every sip. However, the flavor did not have much depth and the only aftertaste was about a second of sour on the very tip of my tongue. The brew was enjoyable but will not be placed on the top of my list.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Lots to read on the label.. very informative.

Pours a glorious straw-yellow. Big, gravity-defying white head (at first) then settles down and washes the glass splendidly. Many tiny protein particles at the last pour. Smells great too; clove, citrusy herbs and spices. floral notes. Tastes great too; a bit of mineral on top of the aforementioned lemon-grass. Mildly hopped, bitter finish. "Heavy" for such a lite-looking brew. Alcohol is a tad warming. Great brew here, a classic indeed.

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

This is my first beer from Ommegang and first from my big beer haul from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. What a place.

The slightly hazed golden straw body is well carbonated and already looks refreshing. About a finger and a half worth of creamy tightly knit white head sits on top and for a long time. Thick and creamy sheets of lace are left behind as the head slowly receedes. This looks fantastic.

A subtle and pleasant nose gives off notes of Belgian yeasr, musty and wet straw, some welcomed over ripe Anjou pears and just a touch of spice. Very well balanced with no one thing being overly pronounced.

Just as balanced in the taste as well. A bit more spice forward than what I was expecting but it does well at meshing with the grassy/musty hay character that is prevalent throughout. I still get some pear-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue but it has been greatly reduced from the nose to taste. A subtle grassy bitterness is what's left, accentuating the dry finish.

I forgot that this was 7.7% ABV when I took my first sip and was surprised at the body of this thing. Its got a smooth, rich, and creamy feel with a great bubbly kick. Well balanced through and through with a dry and subtley bitter finish that makes me want to take another sip. Besides its medium and rich body, there's no indication of its higher ABV.

I haven't had all that many Saisons but this one explains why they're becoming one of my favorite styles of beer. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and tasty; perfect for nearly any occasion. I'd definitely buy this againa and can't wait for my next Ommegang brew!

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, bottled on 2/17/10, best by 2/2012, Boulevard tulip.

This is a 5 if I’ve ever seen one. The straw yellow beer is covered in a luxuriant, sticky white cloud. It looks so pure.

The nose is largely Belgian yeast; lightly funky with bubblegum, clove, and sage. Earthy lemon mixes with pale Belgian malts or wheat. It’s obviously a well balanced beer.

Musty pale Belgian malt bubbles up once I take a taste. All the yeast is still there, working to make a spicy but balanced farmhouse ale. Malt sweetness is very polished, and the finish moves towards spicy dryness.

As the appearance would lead one to believe, this beer is filled with many fine, tickling bubbles that assist the spice of the yeast and perception of dryness. After some time it is still well carbonated and becoming creamy. The body is moderate and this has proved to be an adequate refreshment on this inaugurally hot day of the year.

Overall, this is one of my favorite Saisons and, to me, is the best of the ‘must tries’ that I’ve tried. Hennepin has continued my interest in the style and shows how the beauty of Saison is in simplicity with so many variations.

Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Giant white hard rock head coming out of the bottle even on a slow pour, three four fingers big. Body is real gorgeous looking, very light yellow gold and clear with visible carbonation coming up. The body is almost pale green! Head falls at a simple pace. Real nice looking beer.

Bouquet is a good smelling bread like yeast, not Belgian like but almost, gaseous smelling a little, seems more Belgian Pale Ale than saison like, sort of a weak Delirium Teremens.

Taste though is more saison, light bodied but kind of pale ale tasting. No sourness, no funkyness really pretty easy drinking. Kind of not what I expected for this category. For 7.7 abv this doesn't feel big but is easy drinking so that's great.

Overall this is quite tasty but this doesn't feel like a saison at all, most saison's I find real polarizing and this is more into simpler Belgian pale ale territory with sweetness. I do admit though I like it, I would tell people to start here for this style before grabbing something like a Dupont or god forbid a Fantome for a first time saison drinker.

Photo of mryuk
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a very light filtered pale yellow with several fingers of head.

smell is sour and fruit with light malts and almost no hops.

taste is certainly unique...i just don't find it to be in a good way. light and sour with no hops.

mouth is light with good carbonation.

very bland and boring for me and just does not taste very good.

Photo of chiccabeer
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very nicely into a glass. It has a yellow murky look to it. There is not a lot of smell to the beer, but what it lacks in smell it makes up in taste. There is a slight sour taste with some citrus hops added in. There is a decent after taste of thirst quenching juice like flavor. Great as a hot summer day beer. Cheers.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours relatively clear, with some minor yeast particles present, though that's not unusal for the style. Good carbonation and a nice big head top the beer. Aroma is tart and fruity with damp straw underneath. Taste is honey sweet - almost surprisingly so - followed by a refreshing lemon dryness. Crisp light cracker malt can be found in the middle of the beer, with a light peppery phonolic finish that's dry and leaves you wanting to drink more. Mouthfeel is effervescent and somewhat sticky, kind of like a sticky soda. Overall a very solid example of the style and better than I was anticipating.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,290 ratings.