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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,385
Reviews: 2,079
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
Gots: 601 | 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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Ratings: 5,385 | Reviews: 2,079
Photo of GarrettMD
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Jef59
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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?

Photo of muletrane
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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!

Photo of WJDobbs321
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of therica
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of phiberoptik
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Photo of tfarmstrong
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of sturner26
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of nickshep7
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of garuda
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of JayQue
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of musicforairports
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of dirtyskunk
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of evanlarkin
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of neorunner
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tgorgz
4.82/5  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.

Photo of afogg0855
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of MattyV
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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

ST: 750ml poured into an over sized wine glass.

A: Slightly cloudy straw, pale gold, Hennepin ale has a large white head and leaves behind bring lacing.

S: Sweet banana, spice (clove), and earth. Some citrus from the hops is present as well.

T: It starts with sweet fruit, moves into spice, bitterness from the hops, a slight acidic note, and grooves into yeasty and citrus laden finish. The finish is on the crisper side and spice lingers on the tongue.

M: Light to medium body, and creamy at first, but drier towards the finish.

D: Though the beer has high ABV, it has complex flavors that are enjoyable and refreshing without being taxing.

Overall: Saison beers might be my second favorite type. They frequently have pleasant complexion without being very heavy. Ommegang delivers with Hennepin ale. It has great flavor, nice body, and would be a perfect addition to a warm day (or a setting sun).

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

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

Poured a light hazy yellow with a huge pure white frothy head that was fully lasting and had extremely excellent lacing. The aroma was very heavy of an earthy yeast, and a moderate odor of straw malts and a citrus hops with notes of banana and some spices(clove I think). It tasted mildly sweet and yeasty with a slight acidic tinge at first and ended with mildly bitter yeast flavor and had hints of citrus, and other spices with the flavor lingering on the palate for a nice while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet dry and quite creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall an exceelent representation of the style and a brew most definitely worth drinking again.

Photo of jss79
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark golden and hazy in color. The head was
Smell - initial sweet fruit mixed with yeast aroma that gave way to subtle hints its of floral hops.
Taste - medium intensity with a sweet finish. Carbonation remained consistent throughout drinking. It ended with a drying mouth feel.

Photo of Pencible
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark straw with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like sour Belgian yeast and waxy and grassy hops, with some salt and vinegar and a little citrus zest and wheat.
T: It tasted like sour Belgian yeast and fresh wheat and dry apricot, with some grassy and floral hops. It had a very clean and crisp bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate natural carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a solid saison. Sour and bitter with a little sweetness (but no funk) all nicely balanced and blended. Great body too, and well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Not too unique, but an enjoyable example of the style.

Photo of Shoegaze99
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang rarely disappoints. Hell, they just might be the best American brewer of Belgian styles out there right now. That's why I was eager to try out the Hennepin, an example of the increasingly trendy farmhouse saison style.

Popped the cork, opened the windows, and poured into a lovely Ommegang glass.

This beer looks wonderful, pouring a slightly cloudy, grassy yellow with a healthy, rich snow white head that looks like whipped cream.

Cloying nose teases at pleasant spring grasses, with a slightly lemony zest. it's a very clear, fresh aroma that begs for this beer to be consumed outdoors. Open those windows!

Once you start to drink, all those aromas reveal themselves to be precursors to an equally subtle yet alluring taste. The zesty lemon leaps to the forefront at the tail end of the taste, and is preceded by the very slightly sweet, every so mildly grainy taste of fresh cut fields ... and not the negative kind of grassy associated with some lesser beers. This tastes like the fresh air of a Pennsylvania farm. It's quite nice.

Wonderfully bodied, perfect carbonation and an overall nice feel make this a sensational sipper.

Overall, Ommegang once again shows why they rarely disappoint. The Hennepin is a zesty, refreshing example of the farmhouse style. When the spring weather warms you NEED to have a bottle of this.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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