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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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4,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,792
Reviews: 2,020
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 199
Gots: 329 | FT: 2
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of ExMachina1


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a--straw gold; slight haze; huge, fluffy head you could take a nap on

s--phenols/cloves with malt underpinnings

t--balanced, dry and crisp; lemony sourness

m--medium body with acid from the carbonation

d--a super refreshing beer that is limited in its drinkability only by its 7.7% alcohol

this is a gem of a brew.

obey the label and drink it cool (not cold)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 21:27:19 | More by ExMachina1
Photo of david131


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Quite a beautiful beer, slightly hazy straw yellow color with a massive, craggy white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Slightly funky, Belgian yeasty, lightly fruity, and slightly floral. A little bit of pepper in there as well. Not all that aromatic though.

T- Same as the aroma, but pretty sweet. The flavors really blend well together and the peppery aspect pops out every once and awhile too.

M- A nice amount of carbonation keeps things light and the alcohol keeps it fairly dry on the tail end. It is also pretty creamy at the very beginning. Not bad.

D- A very enjoyable beer that represents the style really well.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 04:47:55 | More by david131
Photo of smcolw


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw with a slight haze. Large big-bubbled head. While receding, leaves some spotty lace.

Typical farm house stinky; I mean that in a good way. Sour smell similar to old dough.

Spritzy and sour; lots of yeast bite. Quite light in the body. Tastes as if there is a lot of wheat in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 20:07:53 | More by smcolw
Photo of jpiper


3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle at about 55 degrees into a water glass... Hey, I'm on vacation.

An unclear blond with a nice fluffy head which turns into a thin white lace.

Definite saison funkiness. A little sourness, but this is also
pretty sweet. Some Belgian yeast with aromas of grain, but also sweet malts.

The flavor is in line with the smell. A nice malt backbone, doesn't taste as sweet as the smell. Definite yeast with balancing bitterness. Flavors of biscuits, orange peel. Enough sourness for complexity, but not too sour. There's a lot going on in this beer. The flavor sticks with you for a while with this one.

Medium bodied. Nothing terribly exciting on the palate. Very well carbonated.

A definite session beer. I could easily keep going with this. The 7.7 ABV is entirely non-obtrusive, even when served warmer than intended.

A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 17:36:29 | More by jpiper
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Jake at Ommegang for this bottle.

Slightly cloudy straw colored body with a massive white head. Tons of visible carbonation. Good wheaty body with lemon notes. There is a good bit of spice throughout including cloves. The body is pretty chewy and medium to heavy bodied. Nice feel on the mouth, very smooth. Pretty decent, a bit spicier than I like, but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 01:05:48 | More by drseamus
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

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

A-Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a HUGE foamy head.

S- Sweet, honey, fruity esters. Bready sweet with a faint alcohol note. Excellent!

T- Dry and slightly tart. A subtle sweet fruitiness with a hint of honey. A little yeasty and peppery in the aftertaste.

M- Smooth and full bodied. Carbonation tingles the tongue.

D- Excellent! This is good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 17:40:50 | More by JayNH
Photo of drxandy


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to fluted wine glass, pours a nicely carbonated hazy pale lemon yellow, foamy white head retains excellently

smells of belgian yeast, dry hops, citrus, nice malty backbone

taste is of funky yeast off the bat, wheat, dry clove, citrus, good carbonation, white pepper, apple, pear, white grapes, spice, grassy earth, sweet in the middle and finishes dry, very nice

mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, dry, lingering bitterness, lots of nice flavors blended well with a funky yeast backdrop - extremely drinkable almost deceptively so at the abv

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 04:08:40 | More by drxandy
Photo of Klgkenny

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium in Raleigh, NC. Poured into an ommegang goblet.

One finger of creamy-white head tops this 18k golden colored beer. The head goes on and on, while medium carbonation sends bubbles through this brew.

Smells of malt and spices. Very faint alcohol scent. Very balanced bouquet urges me to drink. Drink!

The first taste that hits my mouth is cloves, which I don't normally consider pleasant, but other spices (specifically coriander, I believe...) Balance this out. Faint citrus and a slight peppermint taste round thid beer out.

A crisp refreshing mouthfeel is supplemented by lots of carbonation in the mouth. An almost cleansing feel.

I normally don't prefer this type of beer (it was misrepresented on the menu), but I would recommend it to anyone who likes a farmhouse brew. Nice, very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 21:13:24 | More by Klgkenny
Photo of Cylinsier


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance is a clear, slightly cloudy gold, like honey. The head isn't too thick but lingers and is sudsy.

Smells of yeast and fresh grains.

The taste is subtle and smooth. Maybe the slightest hint of a mild sweetness but mostly a wheat or barley taste with and underscore of citrus like lemon.

The mouthfeel is good. Its thin and tingles from the bubbles.

Drinkability is very good. This one goes down easy and isn't too strong so you can enjoy more of them than your average Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:14:58 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Reviewed on 7/12/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge foamy head. Aroma of some skunk, funk, and sweet flowers. Flavor of nice sweet wheaty malt, yeasty funk, and light spices. Light and dry. I love light saisons and this was no exception. A refreshing beer.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 18:40:32 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of theBubba

New York

2.5/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Okay. This is not so much a review as it is a warning. First I have to say that I'm a big fan of Omm brews. And all the reviews of Hennepin are pretty accurate concerning appearance, smelll, etc. But one reviewer said "The beer finishes with sweet notes and yeast". I'd say it finishes with a bitter over hopped taste that lingers until you brush your teeth. Now you serious beer guys aren't going to like this, but in the spirit of keeping the gravity, I cut this ale with Keystone Ice rather than flush it. I'll stick with the Ommegang Abbey Ale. Like I said earlier, I can't disagree with the myriad of excellent reviews of this offering from Ommegang, if this style suits your taste. But if, like me, you were introduced to Ommegang through their Abbey Ale or Wheat...Whit...Weiss, whatever you choose to call it, the Hennepin is a different beast.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 05:36:59 | More by theBubba
Photo of philbe311


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

A - Pale yellow straw color... Slightly hazy... Big crisp white head fades leaving a beautiful lacing... Slight slow carbonation... Coats glass well leaving a slight stickiness...

S - Malt... Yeasty grains... White grapes... Lemon zest... A slight funkiness permeates...

T - Pear... Apple... Earthy grassy notes... Lemon... Slight peppery kick... Grapes... Clove... Nice complexity...

M - Dry... Ever so slightly tart... Minor, yet sharp carbonation on the tongue... Light bodied... Refreshing... Crisp... Mellow...

D - Quite drinkable... The ABV is well hidden... This beer does it right in all aspects... Worth drinking again and again...

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 01:36:37 | More by philbe311
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly murky golden with a 2-finger white head. Settles to leave a thick cap in the middle of the glass, which is refortified by rising carbonation from that etched "D" in the middle of the Duvel tulip. Some lace left behind.

S: Fruity with a hint of yeasty earthiness or musty-ness. Better (more fruity) as it warms.

T: Fruity malt undertone (think ripe green apples) with some spice finishing it off semi-dry. I don't get a sense of the 7.5% ABV (per the bottle) at all in the taste, though there is a warming feel in the belly after a few sips.

M: Good fizziness to what is a slightly lighter than medium body.

D: Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 23:56:31 | More by Kendo
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a rich, cloudy orange beer with a supreme head. It's a huge, fluffy, rocky white head that melts slowly like styrofoam in gasoline. Outstanding retention and lacing that stays forever. The aroma is of clove, orange peel, grass and hay with a sweet malt lying beneath it all. It is soft and creamy on the tounge, medium bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is similar to the aroma. It's quite pulled together. The bitterness is grassy. It leaves the mouth clean and smoothly into the warm glow of alcohol and peppercorns. This beer may have the best head I've ever seen.
(rated Mar 22, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 22:55:39 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Mazeraski

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a semi-transparent hazy golden yellow with an inch-thick white and soapy-looking head that leaves a nice ring of lacing around the glass.

S - A big yeasty aroma smacks your nose with hints of lemon peel, honey and pepper. A more sour scent appears as it warms.

T - A large amount of bready yeast mixes in with the honey and lemon as well as an overall citrusy note, for a zesty first wave. This is followed by a mix of carbonation and peppery notes that bring a bit of zing to the palate. The two waves combine, leaving you with a refreshingly tart and spicy flavor that lingers for a very short while. The tart factor becomes a little more pronounced as it warms.

MF - Lighter-bodied with a bit of a heavier carbonation that adds to the overall taste very well.

D - Quite a drinkable brew I'd have to say, even though the ABV leans a little toward the higher end of an average beer. If your looking for something to make a session out of though, one could definitely finish the 4-pack of 12oz bottles, which would make for a great summer night session =)

Notes - A very interesting and refreshing brew and my first taste of a saison-styled ale. Overall, quite a good brew to pick for the summer to quench the thirst for a good beer that won't knock you on your ass and that has a great flavor to match. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 03:57:16 | More by Mazeraski
Photo of WalrusJockey

New Jersey

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

750ml bottle into Duvel glasses.

Appearance - slightly cloudy, very thick head. Nice color, bright, rich golden, like a deep thick yellowish.

Smell - farmhouse beer? Smells like...a farm! Hints of cow and horse, in with the smells of the meadow; wild flowers green grass, and sunshine.

Taste - sweet, rounded, nice, following through to hoppy bitter and dry. Swallow is cleansing and refreshing, with a slight hint of hops in the after taste. Balance is fantastic.

Mouthfeel - light, springy, almost juice-like texture. Nothing close to 'thin,' but at the same time no where near 'thick.'

Drinkability - high. Another smooth, delicious Belgian Blond Ale that you could easily drink all night. And compared to some, the 7.7ABV is downright low, so drink away!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 03:52:11 | More by WalrusJockey
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into oversized Ommegang "Hennepin" glass

a: cloudy yellow straw color, decent 3/4" head with good retention. Nicely reduces to layers of lacing

s: the aroma is yeasty

t: sweet malt and yeast flavor, also notes of apple and other citrus

m&d: medium body with a buttery mouthfeel

A very nice beer


Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 17:32:05 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of BigJim5021


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle. Tarnished light gold with an impressively rocky head that never wanted to leave. Tons of sticky lacing.

The aroma is... odd. It's yeasty, but not with the overly-spicy aspects of most Belgian yeast. It's much more peppery than what I'm used to. Strangely pleasing.

That flavor is peppery as well, with some very earthy aspects to it. It's also sour and has a nice hop bite to it. This stuff is complex.

Mouthfeel benefits from great carbonation and a full body.

While I prefer Ommegang's Rare VOS and Abbey Ale to this one, it's a very interesting beer. I'll have to come back to it someday and see how I feel about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 05:42:12 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of corby112


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beauiful golden color with a big creamy white head. Spicy aroma of coriander and citrus. Carbonationup front that is not too overpowering. Spicy with ntes of citrus balanced out by a hint of slight malt. The amount of spice perfectly balances out the sweet/sour flavor and reults in a crisp dry finish. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 08:47:58 | More by corby112
Photo of philipquarles


3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy straw gold with a medium white head. Decent retention and lacing. Smells of sweet candi sugar and a malt, along with some yeasty character and citrus esters. Some tart notes with a bit of alcohol present. Taste is sweet and slightly fruity initially. Light tangy notes come through later, along with alcohol at the end. Feel is pretty decent; not at all watery and with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but too sugary-sweet and too much alcohol presence for a saison.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 03:13:22 | More by philipquarles
Photo of Guzzler78


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 750 ml bottle.
A Great Saison/Farmhouse Ale.

A dull straw gold color. Somewhat transparent. Nice white head that appears very sudsy. Fair amount of lacing.
Smells of honey, citrus, and hay.
I love the taste of this - lemon, pepper, sweet malt. Nice crisp, clean, citrus finish that lingers for quite a while.
Very nice mouthfeel- light, bubbly almost tingles.

I suggest you drink this one!!!
A great value.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 06:31:58 | More by Guzzler78
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden straw with a subtle crystal like haze and some juicy orange highlights. A thick two-finger head slowly fades to a bubble-fueled collar leaving some nice lacing.

some subtle belgian yeast aroma blends in with a definite bready malt profile and some lemon citrus, apple, and green grape. As it warms, the yeast aroma strengthens, reminiscent of a sourdough starter.

Light toasted malt intermingles with subtle yeast undertones up front, with a simultaneous fruit and citrus sweetness and sourness hitting at the same time. A bit of tartness and more straw, grass, and crackers as it warms. The fruits come in stronger as well, with apples, green grapes, golden raisins and green figs.

This one definitely has some strong carbonation that carries the tartness and yeastiness but is almost overwhelming at times. Smooth and fairly full on the whole, with a definite dry and spicy finish.

Definite enjoyable, although the fruit flavors and high carbonation were almost overwhelming the other characteristics at times. Definitely a fan of this one and it's a fair representation of the style... not to mention easy to find, which is always a plus as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 18:47:41 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of jwinship83


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very pale golden color with a very large sized fluffy head. active carbonation can be seen. light lacing left on the sides of my glass

S- lemon and other light fruits. belgian yeast.

T- lots of summer fruits. apple, pear mostly. very floral as well. some mustiness. strong yeast presence, this reminds me quite a bit of a tripel.

M- light and active feeling. crisp with a clean after taste.

D- very easy to finish this one. the first time ive reviewed a saison and found this one to be much tamer than some others ive tried. the brett character is alot weaker than most, which might be a good thing as its not something that im too crazy about. this would be a good one to introduce people to the idea of wild yeast. cheap and very available, this ones a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 04:04:31 | More by jwinship83
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

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

750ml bottle corked and caged

2 different ABV on the label, 8.5 or 7.5 which one is it?!

Definitely one of my go to's from Ommegang, i cant believe this is the first time ive thought to review it.

Pours a pale yellow color with a slight haze and even slighter transparency. monster white head with beautiful lacing. Sweet malts and mild funk in the nose other notes include sweetened grapefruit, plum, apple and grape. Great balance, more hop presence than you'd expect to find in a saison, fruity but with a very solid and very Belgian yeast character. Clean and refreshing, probably the best American version of the Belgian classic. Medium body, good carbonation and damn drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 22:14:50 | More by ATPete
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color with a nice white head that leaves lacing on the side.

Wheat, corn, a hint of sweetness like honey, lemons.

Taste was a little sweet at first, like I reported in the smell, taste of honey and lemons with a wheat, yeast like presence.

Smooth, crisp and clean refreshing taste. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 02:46:20 | More by tr4nc3d
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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