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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,342
Reviews: 2,071
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 240
Gots: 569 | FT: 2
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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 wvsabbath
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, unfiltered with a very creamy 2 inch head. Plenty of lacing.

SMell - Floral yeast, spices, fruits and light malts

Taste - Very spicey and floral farmhouse ale. Has a citrus kick along with the floral yeast and plenty of honey taste. Rather strong alcohol presence. Pretty nice hop kick mixed in with some fruity tones.

Mouthfeel - Theres alot of flavor, so mouth gets a workout. Bitter but not overboard at all. Spices add some burn but nothing too extreme. Rather thin and doesnt last long.

Drinkabilty - Its just strong enough and alcohol is up enough that 1 or 2 is good. Very tasty for the style, one of the better farm ales ive had.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, Belgian yeast, lemon and orange. Very fruity smelling. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of some pineapple and mangoes, as well as some white pepper notes. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, though by no means overpowering. The beer is very dry and is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice American-made saison. One of the better ones out there.

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

A: this is oner of the first beautiful beers I've come across, it poured a gorgeous clear golden straw into a Duvel tulip. The head was pure white and frothy and hangs for the entire experience. It leaves a wonderful lacing and the stream of tiny white bubbles coming from the etched D is wonderful.

S: notes of earthy malt and hops. A lot of spice and some honey sweetness.

T: honey malt and spicy, a hint of bitterness sneaks in but it slips past easily. Light fruit flavor like pineapple and pear mixed. No noticeable alcohol and the spice is left lingering on your tongue.

MF: a fairly light body and creamy to buttery texture brings this beer full circle.

D: this is an awesome beer even at the price; plus its available pretty much everywhere. I must say I would go pretty far out of my way to get a hold of this one if I needed to.

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

poured into my crystal beer mug, I enjoyed the somewhat murky golden color and a impressive white head, just like you would see in a beer commercial.
The smell announces citrus, orange flavors.
Tasting the beer was quite a great experience. The first sip appeared rather bitter, with a grainy taste dominating and orange and citrone undertones. I expected this to continue, but I was in for a surprise. Each of the next sips improved the taste and the composition of this beer played its full tune. the bitterness softened to a great balance to the fruit flavors.
the mouthfeel is a prickly medium bodied beer. It is very drinkable and I find it greatly enjoyable even so that this style of brew is not what I usually drink. A great brew which I defenetely pick up again and a brewery which I will try more from.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint. Big bubbly head that leaves tons of lacing as it recedes. The ale is clear and golden (almost orange) with bubbles rising from the bottom.

The aroma is of honey, citrus and more. Quite inviting. Very interesting, but subtle. I expected more. I taste a slight sweetness followed by something tart and dry, almost champagne-like in taste and mouth feel. Yes, and some citrus flavors that are more lemon-like. Perhaps some tangerine as well.

After 4 or 5 sips and maybe a gulp or two I add the yeast from the decanted bottle. The aroma explodes into something sour that I've smelled before, but I can't quite make it out. The taste is muddier, less distinction of flavors. Perhaps the tartness increases some. Very tasty in its own right, but I think I prefer the yeast back in the bottle and tipping it up after the glass is gone.

The mouth feel is refreshing, sparkly, but substantial. This one beer is exceptionably drinkable. Two might be pushing it. I've had trouble finishing a 750ml bottle before. In fact I don't think I've ever finished one on my own.

I feel kinda guilty not giving this beer all 5's. I see why so many love Hennepin so much. This is one spectacular beer that I will come back to frequently.

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

Pours a light honey color, and produced a big, fluffy, white head. The carbonation was champagne like.
The smell was citrusy, with a slightly earthy undertone.
The taste was lightly sweet, honey, maybe, with citrus flavors. The taste doesn't linger long.
Overall it's a nice, drinkable Belgian, without breaking the bank.

Photo of YouSkeete
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright cloudy yellow with a giant white head.

S: Citrus acidity, honey sweetness, and lemon-grass. Smooth malts, boozy finish.

T: Earthy lemon and orange flavor and sweet honey malts. Notes of banana, kitchen spices and slightly bitter hops follow the initial flavor. ABV% is well hidden. A nice moderate flavor leaves quickly, leaving a lame aftertaste almost like flat Heineken.

M: Extra sticky on the palate. Medium carbonation, medium body.

D: Decent, but an cheap awful aftertaste in my opinion.

Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the kegerator into a weizen glass (I was feeling thirsty).

A: Huge pillowy head. As it starts to reside the large bubbles grip to the sides and remain puffy in the middle. Starchy corn water appearance with nice carbonation.

S: Lemon, grass, yeast, cloves, bubblegum. Sweet smelling which plays off the earthy grains in the background.

T: First tastes are the funk you'd associate with a great aged blue. I think the yeast is huge in this beer, it lends so much flavor and aroma. Has a nice biting grassy flavor that is cut through with the crisp citrus. Finishes spicy with a lingering flavor of clove, nutmeg, and pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is spot on for this one I'd say, light bodied with a strong carbonation that helps to move along and heavy lingering flavors.

D: Bought a keg of this for New Year's Eve to go along with Michelob Ultra. Group was BMC drinkers for the most part but they were all adventurous and stepped out of their comfort zone. It was a huge hit with everyone says it was so much more flavorful yet refreshing and light.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours hazy yellow/gold colour with a gigantic frothy and rocky white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a long time before it began to disappear.

Smell - banana/bubblegum, cloves, grains, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels very lively and prickly on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of bananas, cloves and grains. It feels very dry yet refreshing. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter banana aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this beer and I'll be sure to pick up some more the next chance I get. It was delicious and highly drinkable.

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy light golden yellow with a very active, tall, fluffy, bright white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a very pleasant blend of grain, yeast and spice. On the tongue those aspects are bolder, crisper and better focused. The flavors meshed very well and a nice all-around flavor was the result.

The body crisp and sharp, with a nice semi-dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, as is typical for the style. Overall, this is a very nice example of the style and is certainly worth seeking out if you haven't already.

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

Poured with a giant pure white head made up of bif soapy looking bubbles. The beer color is gold and is a bit cloudy.
The smell is sweet like a tripel. Very tripel-like in the taste also.
It doesn't get realy crazy or funky with the taste.
This one is an easy drinker. I like that they kept it fairly simple. I will definitley go for this one again.

Photo of kjyost
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked & caged bottle purchased at the brewery in July/10. Packaged on 06/22/2011. Cellared. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Stellar looking beer. Crystal clear straw yellow with a head that retains through the session and laces lightly.

S: Light lemon aromas dominated atop a general citrus acidity. Some

T/M: The body of the beer is very dry, not a good choice for tonight, alas... I should have seen this coming... Some pepper plays with citric acid, lemongrass and a light banana. Bitterness is fairly strong, but plays well with the finish.

D: A nice saison. I just wish I chose a better time to pop it than New Year's Eve.

Photo of TheKtulu7
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A thick, foamy white head sits atop a slightly brown, cloudy yellow beer. Eventually the head settles to a respectable layer that takes most of the lacing with it, leaving a decently clean glass.

Smell: Banana. And some earthy tones. That's all I can say about this beer.

Taste: Banana, spice, and a bit of earthy/grassy tones.

Mouthfeel: Clean, smooth, and slightly frothy.

Drinkability: Absolutely.

Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a standard pint at Shady's downtown.

A - Pours pale straw yellow with a small film of head leaving thin sheets of lacing down the glass. I think it was a bit too cold, and it suffered a bit because of it.

S - Lots of strong bready belgian yeast up front. Plenty of barn yard funk with some faint earthy hops. I really think the colder pour hurt the appearance and smell of this one greatly.

T - Plenty of funk up front mixes well with a bit of sweetness. Some muted earthy hops add a nice hop bite. Hops seem to come out a bit more once it has had a chance to warm up a bit. A touch of black pepper adds some spice to help break up all bready sweetness. Finish is funky but not overpowering. I love how this one is light and refreshing and yet still filled with bold, rustic, flavors that make it one of the best saisons.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as barn yard funky as some of the other drafts of Hennepin that I have had in the past but still funky none the less.

D - Very high. I absolutely love this one. It is funky yet still very re-freshing. One of, if not the, best american saison on the market today.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep yellow, hint of orange, big white 2 finger head, decent lacing.

S- mild citrus, grain, sweetness.

T- citrus, sweet, grain, very clean crisp.

M- medium body, nice smooth feel.

D- Amazing, was sad when bottle was empty. Very nice Saison, good offering from Ommegang. If you like Ommegang or Saisons, it's a must try.

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

Poured into a wheat glass, while pouring it slowly the enormous three finger head went all the way to the top of the glass. It has a very nice light yellow color. Not very cloudy actually quite clear besides all the yeast sediment that was floating around. I read a few reviews and no one really mentioned this. I hope my bottle wasn't tainted. The smell is a very nice yeasty balance with some nice citrus to it. has a nice hopness aroma in it as well. Taste is an amazing acidic but nice citrus taste. has a good balance of bitter and sweetness to it. its very bubbly in your mouth so it is a nice warm feeling. As for drinkablility, i would say this beer would be best served on a warm day with a nice grilled burger. so it is highly drinkable, and very enjoyable.

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

I'm becoming more aquatinted with the style, but I like what I've had so far.

A- A deep golden body with a thick, fluffy white head. Definitely a sexy looking beer.

S- Funky with some hay, must, bubble gum, and a hint of citrus

T- Must, Belgian yeast, grain. Very earthy. Reminiscent of a Belgian white, but with a much richer body.

M- Creamy with medium to full mouthfeel

D- Quite drinkable. A very approachable Belgian.

Photo of Thur123
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is light golden grain with a thick soft white head. The smell is dry white wine, funky yeast, sweet grain and hay. 

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The flavor is much more mellow on tap than from he bottle. The flavor seems to have more room for subtle flavor to rise up. Bubblegum, funky yeast, sweet grain and a rich fruitiness come through too. Over all a great saison. Mouth feel is good and drinkability is high. 

Photo of Mississipping
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle chilled and poured into a Pisgah Brewing Co. pint glass

A: Appearance is exceptional ... beautiful hazy straw color with huge fluffy eggshell colored head that takes forever to dissipate. Even with a gentle pour, it took several to fill the glass past the halfway point. As the head begins to recede, it leaves behind an impressive, sticky, and mesmerizing lacing.

S: The smell is not nearly as impressive as the appearance. More pilsner-like than a saison, there just doesn't seem to be much going on here. A little bit of barnyard funkiness, a bit of citrus fruits, and mildly yeasty, but overall, disappointing.

T: The taste is exactly what one would expect from the aroma. Again, more pilsner-like than a saison, with a slight breadiness, very, very subtle citrus and spice notes, and just a bit of booze at the end. There seems to be a lot missing here that would really help the profile. It's just bland as it is.

M: Mouthfeel is approaching impressive, but still a little on the lighter side with adequate carbonation that makes it bubbly and smooth on the palate. Not overly dry, which I think is a very nice characteristic.

D: Drinkability is very high, as the alcohol is hidden well and it drinks more like a plisner or a hefeweizen. I finished the bottle myself with dinner, and could have opened a second easily.

Overall: I have really been looking forward to trying this out, as it has received some pretty great reviews and is something that isn't available where I live, but I was really let down with this. HOWEVER, I should note that I think I opened the bottle too soon after taking it out of the fridge. The second glass that I had was better than the first, and some of the things that I look for in a saison (biscuity, spicy, funky, and citrusy) came out slightly as it warmed. Even then, though, this was like a light saison, if such a thing existed. I would certainly recommend serving this closer to room temperature and will if I decide to pick up another bottle.

Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw golden in color with a nice three finger white head that had tons of lacing. impressive so far

S: not as much on the smell... honey and malt might be the top flavors here.

T: Very nice and crisp feel with smooth taste very nice. Mild honey and malty flavors. There is more here than the smell....

M: Crisp and light, like a lager but better

D:a very nice drinkable beer. My wife would really like this one.

Overall it is a very good beer that I am going to have to keep in the fridge. My wife is gonna love this one.

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

Pours light yellow with some cloudyness, huge head, couldnt pour the whole bottle into the glass. Head is pure white. Smells citrusy, floural and grassy. Tastes great! yeasty, wheat, malt with a little sour, bitter and citrus. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Cant really taste the 7.7 abv. Delicious! I will be drinking this again and again and again.

Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic. Golden yellow beer with two fingers of snow white foamy head. Head retention is good for a few minutes before it dissipated.

Some citrus peel, spice from the yeast, and breadiness.

Taste follows nose, nice spice from coriander, biscuit sweetness.

Drinkable and refreshing.

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

Poured from bomber into duvel tulip glass

A - pours a cloudy golden yellow with a BIG foamy white head which sticks around fairly well leaving a few areas of lacing

S - light lemon citrus notes, belgian yeast, maltyness, peppery spicyness, ginger

T - big lemon citrus and apple flavors up front followed by a peppery and spicy finish, alcohol is well masked, complex

M - almost a champagne like feel at first with all the carbonation and bright notes which leads into a dry finish, medium to light in body, slight stickyness after several sips, refreshing

D - good drinkability for how complex it is, would be great after a tough day of working outside in the summer.

This is the first beer I've tried from Ommegang. Let's just say I'll be trying the others....

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

Third of my fantastic trade with Captin.

Cloudy and light orange in color. Great head that lasted and left lots of lacing.

Smelled a touch yeasty with sweet, fruity, citrus and spicy aromas accented by a light grainy background. Tinge of alcohol.

Tastes great! Tangy and sweet, bready with a few nuts, citrus, cloves, pepper, apricots, tangerines, bananas, good malty body with light hops. Great balance of flavors, an excellent saison, one of my favorite styles.

Feels delightful, just like I want a saison to feel. Thick and smooth, medium body, meandering bitter aftertaste, good carbonation.

Drinks GREAT. A wonderful beer! I want more!

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beers a bright hazy yellow color with a monsterous lacing head. The smell resembled a skunk. The taste is complex, mellow at first the a huge rush of flavor. Very nice to drink no weird flavors, but it seems like most people dont like saisons so they may not like this one. Overall a really good beer, great example of the style.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,342 ratings.