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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,157 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,157
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 223
Gots: 461 | 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 Cannoneer
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.

Cannoneer, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of paulozanello
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.

paulozanello, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance. Poured out straw and filled out a nice two and a half finger white roiling head that kept itself until my mouth did away with it.

Smelled of doughy yeast and flora. White flowers and lilac.

With the first sip you can really draw out flavors of honey, belgian yeast, sour dough and some spice. Not overly complex. No detection of alcohol, considering above 7% thats a surprise, but may come from me drinking it warmer than fridge off the bat.

Surprisingly full body for what it is, and welcome but light carbonation.

A pretty drinkable beer, I would say bust it out for a back patio summer day with friends and classic rock. Value was alright for a bomber got this for 8 with tax. A good price for a good beer.

JoeAmerican77, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of bpfishback
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a-It pours with a nice lush three inch head,some lacing as it fades. Color is a hazy yellow gold.
s-Yeasty but nothing really jumps out, maybe some clove, some cereal,a little hay, a hint of sweetness, and some saaz.
t-Fairly tart and bitter, a touch of alcohol. Not that enjoyable to me.
m- Nice feel of carbonation on the tongue, dry, but seems to coat to my mouth after it goes down.
d- Drinkable but I couldn't do a lot of these.

bpfishback, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
2.68/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

corked and caged 750ml that my roommate got for Xmas and was not keen on trying. Thanks, Matt! You da man!

A- Carefully poured, as this has settled for about 10 months in the fridge. A huge fluffy head that fizzes down, beer is pale pale yellow.

S- Fruity, bready, nice floral notes (lilac).

T- Same as the nose, but with a lot of medicinal notes too. The inside of a pill bottle. Not my favorite. Cloves creep in and cloud out the floral/perfumey sweetness that I like.

M- Body is a bit thin, the finish is pretty clean, nix the medicinal notes and let's talk.

D- Moderate- Easy enough to drink but just not in my wheelhouse. A good beer but not for me. So it goes.

ShogoKawada, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Lost Dog Cafe. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one finger white head that ha ssolid retention. Not much in the way of lacing. Smells mild, but very nice. Citrus, honey, slight hop bitterness and spice.

Taste is subtle. Very nice, and very refreshing. Slight hop spice, lemon, honey, and clove are the main players. Everything works well together. Very crisp mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Very nice brew, and one of the more drinkable beers I've ever had.

HURTemHIZZY, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of mrmin123
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Ikea beer mug. Poured amber gold with a hint of orange with a thick white head. A creamy, yet strong, citrus smell. A very flat front, with only a little bit of citrus taste coming through. Creamy mid-palate and finish, with an aroma and taste that reminds me of green apples. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

mrmin123, Oct 04, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass from the bottle. Brilliant cloudy straw colour with fine bubbles and a good 5 cm of fluffy head that gradually shrunk, but never fully disappeared.

Champagne-like aroma of yeasty fruit with sour undertones.

Crisp on the palate with some residual sugar. Subtle notes of crisp sour apples with a yeasty, mineral (chalky, but pleasantly) aftertaste, and lingering notes of apple peel. Well balanced between rich and refreshing

Fine carbonation tempers the rich, creamy texture for a perfectly balanced mouthfeel.

, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to tulip. Best by date of 04/2012.

A: First of all, every Ommegang beer I've ever seen has been an absolute stunner in the glass, and Hennepin is no exception. The head is 4 fingers high, the brightest white imaginable and it lasts annoyingly long. The half point lost is from the lacing which is good, just not as impressive as it could be. Medium goldenrod in color and very hazy. About a 15% transparency.

S: Very yeasty: must, barnyard and dough. Ample malts of bread and straw, lightly toasted. Hops are above average with pungent citrus aromas of orange and lemon as well as a distinct floral quality.

T & M: Spices, dust and paper hit the palate along with a tame sourness and a moderate level of residual sugars. The front end is sweeter than the back, which has a chalky dry finish. Full body with a thick, minerally texture cut through by the lively and fizzy carbonation.

D: Residual sweetness keeps the drinkability score average. For me, a bold saison such as Hennepin is a sipper, and a seldom one at that.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into red wine glass. Split with a friend. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a thick white head that quickly faded into a fuzzy layer that stuck around forever.
S: Notes of Belgian spices and yeast with a hint of sweaty socks. A touch of tobacco comes out as the beer reaches room temperature.
T: Flavors of golden fruits, bubblegum, peppery yeast, kiwi?, melon, and lemon zest. Very doughy and bready as well with a light sourness in the finish. Hints of hay and wheat and maybe allspice. Aftertaste has a touch of peppery hops and toasted crackers. As the beer warms I get some notes of banana and cloves. The aftertaste is a bit sour, bitter and leafy tasting as well.
M: Creamy frothy carbonation with a medium-full body. Finish is sweet and drying.
D: A really complex beer. Thirty minutes into it I was still picking out new flavors. This could be the best saison I've ever had, and certainly one I will compare other to.

scottfrie, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light hazy gold with a big head that took forever to die down. Bouquet is a big wallop of citrus and spice and the flavor holds the same as well as some fruitiness and malt. And it all blends together seemlessly. And just like their Abbey Ale I'm simply amazed I can get this at Trader Joe's for around the $8 range.

MoreThanWine, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of BamaViper1
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

This beer has a straw yellow, slightly opaque color. A massive head results from the pouring of this beer, leaving the appearance of soap suds on the sides of the glass as it dissipates. Each sip leaves a bot of that soap-bubble styled lacing.

The smell of this beer is a little metallic with hints of yeast and fruit typical of a Belgian-styled beer. Potentially there is a little bit of citrus as well.

Hennepin tastes of mild citrus and light yeast coupled with dried fruit maybe. A malty-yeastiness maybe. The finish is full of alcohol flavor, which I didn't really expect. A little metallic.

This beer has a good bit of carbonation; chewing produces a good bit of that soap-like lacing in one's mouth. The alcohol makes it's presence known in feel too.

As far as drinkability, this beer is not too bad overall, a light Belgian-style that is bright and proves to be a nice sipper; however, the presence of alcohol flavor from a 7.7% ABV beer kind of makes me want to drink one, then move on.

Overall Ommegang does well in their saison offering.

BamaViper1, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall thin glass at 50 degrees, only after the pour (which despite my best efforts to be gentle produced an out of control amount of head) I noticed the label says to serve it at 40 degrees.

Pours with 4 full fingers of billowy white head that sticks like sea foam on the glass as it recedes. Body is pale yellow and slightly cloudy, and full of little bubbles rising to keep the head alive. Very inviting and authentic looking.

Nose is full of soft yeasty bready very Belgian-yeast notes, noble hops and toasted malted barley. Some hints of clove spice and other spices like it. Swirling the beer only makes the head advance up the glass, which is true to the style.

Sourdough bread, yeast, and toasty sweet bread make up the flavor profile of this beer. A little banana makes an appearance as it warms, but not in a significant way. I am surprised to find a noticeable amount of alcoholic flavors here, and it is distracting from the rest of the flavor profile.

Rich, smooth, spicy and medium-full mouthfeel. High marks here, this is like bread in a bottle. Nicely sweet but bites enough to check the sweetness.

Drinkability could be higher if not for the noticeable alcohol.

Conclusion: I wasn't as impressed with this beer as I had hoped to be, but I have limited experience with this style, so I may simply not be able to tell why it is rated as high as it is.

allforbetterbeer, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a pale golden color with three fingers of stark white head that drops down to about a fingernail's worth of foam.

Aromas of funk and must and chalk. No hops, very little malt.

First sip is of a chalky dryness with hints of tobacco. Peppery, lemony saison qualities.

Mouthfeel is less than medium, drying, a little peppery, some prickly carbonation. Very thirst quenching.

Drinkability is fantastic, this is a great summer beer. Very drinkable, very refreshing, not filling at all.

JamnesCameron, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Cloudy citrine and golden-yellow body with an immense rocky splashed white crown that recedes to a soapy fat finger. Sticky thick lacing, but no legs.

Mowed alfalfa, challa, orange-blossom honey, and faint spice in the nose. Generally (albeit mildly) floral and citrus-infused.

Dry, moderately hoppy (grassy/earthy noble varieties) palate entry. Grape skins, lemon/lime/orange zest, and white pepper round out the profile. Crisp well balanced taste, though the yeast could be a little more forward (I thought the bottled version would be better in this regard than the kegged version, but I can distinguish no difference).

Medium-light bodied, effervescent, and refreshing.

Quite drinkable, but lacks a bit of complexity and flavor compared to the better Belgian examples. Originally I would have excused this based on value, but over the years Ommegang has gone up in price making me less inclined to choose their offerings over those that are the source of their inspiration.

augustgarage, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle>large tulip

A very pale golden color, fizzy little bits send streaming bubbles up to form a gorgous 3" high, rocky and fluffy head with very slow dissipation and very sticky lace.

The aroma is full of yeastie complexity, hearty spice rack, tangy and herbal with a honey-sweet malt underneath. cream of corn from the can, subtle banana and vanilla...very nice.

The flavor is 'beyond the pale' in complexity. The yeast flavor is huge with a spicey and crispy first sip, and then a hefty mix of spice and pepper, and a pleasant bitterness from the hops with more earthiness to follow. The malt is actually pretty hefty with a brilliant subtle sweetness that provides amazing balance. hearty and earthy with a unique smooth malt along with a clean crispy feel that finishes smooth and long. the feel is like a luxury sports car (I can imagine) and pretty damn impressive for a something brewed outside a Belgian Abby.

Amazing beer, especially since this is an American brewed Belgian style with the yeast complexity to die for. A rightous value to at only $5.99 for 750.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of socon67
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated Oct, 2009.

A - Golden color. Looks alot like a pilsner.

S - Yeasty, with traces of fruit. After a few minutes the beer had a more pronounced smell.

T - Sweet taste, with the alcohol finishing behind it. The combination makes this a very nice saison.

M - Crisp taste and very smooth with slight carbonation.

D - Very much. I like Ommegang and this didn't disappoint.

socon67, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Kite and Key in Philly in a pint glass.

A- Very light golden with yellow infusion and a semi tight bright white head, sudsy lace.

S- Whoa there buddy, a very earthy hayish straw yeasty bready vibe with some underkining apple and pear. Some alcohol seeping through, not a bother, im trying to drank here.

T- For a saison, this is simple, nothing to see here, but saying that I gotta say this is a kick ass saison. Pure balance of earthy yeast mixed in with small fruits. The alcohol detracts and I wish it was lower, I would drink more. Earthy hops and all of that.

M- Medium, crisp, bready aftertaste, not hot, the alc stays on the tounge though. Pretty dry.

D- If this was lower in ABV I would drink more of it. Either way you gotta try this.

BARFLYB, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable.

Pours a nice straw yellow with the tulip getting slighty darker toward the top

Smells a little "pilsnerish" and yet there is some delicious spices and fruit notes in the back

Really like the taste, nice and warm with a load of sourish taste upfront that subsides into warm straw like mlltiness folowing

Light and bubbly

the 7.7% is well hidden, but this bomber isn't lasting long

Thanks

Scott

Chelsea1905, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow, almost white, color. Has a very large, foamy head that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves some impressive lacing.

Smell: Strong apple and vinous notes with yeasty and peppery hints. Definitely smells like a saison.

Taste: Spicy and bitter throughout with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Has sweet, fruity notes throughout backed by a yeasty flavor as well. Quite complex and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a pleasing crispness to it.

Drinkability: Quite delicious and quite possibly the best saision I've had to date (granted, I haven't had many). Thoroughly enjoyable and something everyone should try once. Truly a classic in the style!

wahhmaster, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of GimmeAles
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque blonde, spritzy carbonation produces billowing head. Drops some lace, but medium-to-poor head retention, the glass might be to blame here.

Plenty of dry, peppery spice - actually smells crackling dry. Soft, floral notes - lavender-like. A touch of sulphur.

The tongue is first awash with saltine cracker and bread crust, then drying carbonation floods the palate, wiping it clean with more pepper, chalky dust, faint citrus and a leafy, herbal character. Faintest whispers of candy-ish sweetness, but nearly non-existent. Pleasantly rustic and distinctly DuPont-like in overall character, though the greater 'heft' of this one (higher ABV) is noticed over all.

Pleasant, tongue-curling dryness is straight to style, begs for another sip, making this a solid, enjoyable Saison. I am biased as this is my favorite style, but this is a solid standard. Takes a slightly drinkability hit because the strength doesn't keep it sessionable, however I'd not hesistate to give a full bottle a try.

GimmeAles, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of mklinger
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A year old Belgian bomber poured into a goblet. Golden straw, yellow color with a very rocky head. Very effervescent carbonation that just keeps coming and coming. Certainly hazy to almost cloudy appearance. Nice looking beer.

Aroma was fairly lemony, which took me by some surprise, plus some peppery, spicy character. Definitely some bready malt coming through, too. Nice, complex, inviting aroma.

Taste was very good, having a nice pilsener malt character accented with some spicy phenols & lemon. Finally, a decent amount of hop bitterness to balance things out. Nice beer though there is so much going on here it's almost overwhelming.

A very full mouthfeel from all the carbonation but a beer that at the same time finishes very dry. These make this a very easy to drink beer. Great stuff.

mklinger, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another likely aged jewel, unfortunately I forgot to check the date. c'est la vie. enjoyed with good people..

cloudy light orange, soft pillows forming, esters popping. The 2nd pour releases aromas exploding like supernovae, the yeasty funk with a lemon twang. Extremely drinkable and delicious, spiciness (peppery) from the yeast and a slight hop contribution fill my mouth with happiness and remind me of days spent on trampolines.
The carbonation splashes these flavors deep into my tongue, impressing upon me the urgency of this flavor. I will never doubt a saison again..

dragonWhale, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 corked-and-caged bottle split with the girlfriend between 2 Chimay goblets. Bottle date is 12/17/09

A - Hazy golden-straw with a thick, luscious head of creamy white foam. Phenomenal lacing and retention.

S - Banana, clove, lemon zest, biscuits and yeast.

T - Banana dominates again with some yeast and lemon in there. Really getting a bitter spiciness towards the end that a) I can't really place and b) I'm not enjoying too much. Not sure what to make of this, I had such high hopes...

M - Slick with a medium body and high carbonation.

D - I generally like saisons so I feel I could drink this pretty easily. However, I don't know if I got a bad bottle or something, but the bitterness is really overpowering and unpleasant. I'll have to re-visit, I know this can be better then this.

jsanford, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours with a vigor, into a tow finger head that dissipates into a frothy layer that is uneven. The body is a bold, light golden haze and is nontransparent. The white head leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: A buttery aroma, of both clove and spices. The medium intensity is pleasantly light, while still noting good characters. mellow finish on the aroma.
T/M: A bread and butter notes, is projected on the front. Spice and mellow clove on the overall body, a good representation of the style. Very classic notes, but lower intensity with the taste. I get a tingling mouthfeel on this one that shows hops on the finish. Sweet lingering tastes are coupled by a subtle dryness.
D: This is a extremely drinkable brew, great tastes and aromas, while still being light and crisp. Good hidden ABV and I am craving another one.

GDBEERMAN, Sep 22, 2010
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,157 ratings.