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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,777 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,777
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 198
Gots: 324 | 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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bonkers

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a large chalice. TIt purs a hazy, straw colored yellow with a three finger head. The head had good staying power and left a hint of lace on the sides of my glass. Hennepin to me smelled of a sweet yeasty bread. This tasted sort of sweet and tart. There were also hints of fruit, perhaps pear. The brew is thin with good carbonation and is very drinkable. This is only the second saison I have had and it was much more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 22:46:48 | More by bonkers
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BarleyMine

Oregon

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

This is a very likeable brew that pours a deep, hazy amber with an ever-so-thick head that stays for a LONG time and is accompanied by sticky, slow lacing. It smells of malt, slight hops and notes of grains. The taste is malty, with flavors of wheat, moderate hops and faint lemon. The mouthfeel is rich yet light and has just the right amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 05:12:04 | More by BarleyMine
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TheycallmeTim

New York

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

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle that reads "Product of Belgium" on the label into my Ommegang Witte tumbler, because I already managed to break my Hennepin flute.

My first BA review, of the beer that got me to pay attention, so if I sound ignorant it's because I am.

A--Color matches the logo and "Worth the Wheat" slogan on my glass, basically a tawny more gold than yellow wheat. Good sized head that's more foamy than fizzy with some lacing.

S--My weakest category. To me it smelled mostly funky barnhouse, with a little piney citrus sharpness. Like a used horse blanket sprayed with Pledge.

T--The biggest thing I noticed was a hot spiciness that wasn't from hops, though I can feel in the backend a sharp pine bite from them. Took me a while to get the taste but I think it's like ginger, or candied ginger, as there's a mellow sweetness that rounds it out first. Beginning of the swish in my mouth was more yeast than anything, with some grassiness, too.

M--Medium with a little more carbonation than I like. Definitely smooth with a little chewiness.

Great drinkability for a humid day in that oxymoron of places, the Brooklyn backyard. Went great with a slice of tomato pie. This beer got it all started for me, and while I've moved on somewhat, I've got much respect for it. Hope I gave it its due without sounding like a complete moron.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 21:15:49 | More by TheycallmeTim
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champ103

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a bright and hazy yellow/golden color. A large pillowing white head with lots of clinging and patchy lace.
S: Lots of barnyard funky yeast. A nice fruit aroma of apples, pears, and banana's.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of sweet malt with the barnyard/hay funkyness again. Fruits that follow the nose with a bit of peppery spice.
M/D: A medium body that is over carbonated for my tastes. The alcohol show a little, but other than that an easy to drink beer.

Pretty much spot on for the style. I really enjoy this. Something I would recommend to lovers of the style and people that are looking to get into saison's. This needs to be in my fridge more often.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 21:08:34 | More by champ103
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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

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

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a rich, lingering head and a decent amount of lacing down the glass.

S- It smells sweet, yet refreshing and well-balanced. Apple and a little pear come through with sweet spice and yeast, as well as notes of white pepper. The crisp scent of lemon-zest also makes its way out.

T- Extremely refreshing and smooth. Mildly sweet with a floral hop flavor. Notes of apple, spice, white pepper, belgian yeast, and meyer lemon are all detected.

M- Crisp with a very fine carbonation.

D- I could easily go for another one on this hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 01:25:59 | More by JoeMayo
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corey0212

Connecticut

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

In a way, I think this is the beer that really introduced me to craft beer...this was something I knew nothing about, picked up on a whim, and just plain fell in love with. Figured it was time for a proper review...

Pours a clear bright golden color, an absolute monster white head forms, diminishing very slowly and leaving a lot of lacing in the glass. Really soft pepper in the nose, nothing too bracing, yeasty, and plenty of lemon aroma. Taste follows the nose, with some clove and pear notes, and a faint grassy hop presence. Really clean finish, medium-bodied, and refreshing as hell. Just a total classic, and one of those beers that should always be in my fridge....in fact, from now on, it will always be there, if anyone wants to check up on me.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 22:44:19 | More by corey0212
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super head on this hangs on forever, nice cloudy bright golden.

Smells crisp with spices. Clove, pepper and citrus.

Flavor also crisp, with spices and fruity notes. Clove, green apple, and pepper. Nice. A bit of something else in there too. Hops? Grains? Hard for me to nail down.

Bubbly mouthfeel fits well.

This was very solid, I'd gladly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 06:12:04 | More by Strix
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle served into a flaired tulip glass.

Cloudy golden color with more than 2" of fluffy white head,good retention leaving webs of lace down the glass,very effervicent,lively looking beer.

Clean spicy and fruit aromas with hints of clove. Very appealing

Crisp spice tastes upfromt well-balanced with a prickly astrigent grassy hopbite with citrus fadeand a touch of heat.

Light mouthfeel,lots of zing on the palate,excellent summer brew. Enjoyable,interesting somewat remisent of a white wine,would definatly go with the same foods.Must try beer in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 02:51:08 | More by jcdiflorio
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jordoo

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poored into a chimay glass.

This one comes out highly carbinated with a just off white head that has great retention and left some small patches of lace. The body is the color or golden honey with bubbles slipping through it constantly. The nose is a very pleasant combination of spice, fruit and a little funk. Taste is fruity to the tone of apples and pears with some clove spice and sour hints. Very nice bubbly medium crisp mouthfeel that combined with everything else makes putting a 750ml bottle of this away no problem.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 17:16:26 | More by jordoo
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drinking at home while folding laundry and watching Howard Stern Tv on 8/24/08

appearance: beautiful cloudy tannish yellow color. big fluffy and robust head - lots of bubbles and hangs around quite a bit

smell: very crisp and light smell. a nice citrus smell - lots of things going on here - can't quite point them all out

taste: nice full body taste. by the appearance you would think it would be lighter, but it has quite a great full flavor.

great overall flavor, mouthfeel and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 03:50:43 | More by Hophead101
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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

This is the supposedly famous Saison style brew of Ommegang, NY. Great big fluffy head of clingy white head. Great retention of the cap that becomes rocky and chunky as the tasting goes on and great lacing throughout the tasting. Aromas are just a little funky, green grains (yeast and wheat), green apple with some lemon zest. Raw. The color is a rich gold which appears slightly hazy. The flavors are quite good, herbal hops, some balancing malts, a raw honey sweetness, assorted spices I have trouble putting my finger on, ALC esters as it warms. Complex and challenging. The dry finish has hints of almonds or roasted chestnuts. So deep and so well formed I would never have guessed it was American. Let alone so newly crafted. This beer tastes of tradition and pride. Famous for a reason. Dare I say it? World Class.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 17:33:50 | More by thekevlarkid
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JBogan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear yellow/gold with a huge foamy white head which left excellent lacing.

Smelled very musty, along with a bit of citrus and not much else.

Tasted of musty yeast, very much like the smell. Not very sharp or complex. The lemon is in there but it's overpowered by the yeast. No tartness or crispness whatsoever going on here. This was a big letdown from what I'd hoped for.

Mouthfeel was great. Lots of prickly carbonation and generally a nice smoothness to go with a medium body.

This is a fairly drinkable beer, although nothing special. It's cheap though, so it has that going for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 23:36:48 | More by JBogan
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aubuc1

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a white head.

Smell is floral, fruity (banana and lemon), with musty yeasty smell strong.

Sharp, citrusy taste very different than smell. Plenty of spices, specifically pepper. Very complex taste.

Great beer that is full and still very drinkable. I can't believe I am just now trying it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 18:45:38 | More by aubuc1
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance was a hazy, bright gold with an enormous, pillowy white head that takes an eternity to disappear.

Aroma of citrus, citrus, and more citrus, with some slight floral notes in there as well. Very pleasant.

Taste is herbal, grassy even, with notes of clove that remind me of a summer wheat ale. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-to-full-bodied, with nice amount of carbonation. Finish is somewhat neutral, with not too much of an aftertaste.

This would probably make a superb Summer beer (though watch out for the alcohol!), but it just didn't do it for me. Perhaps it was because it just wasn't one of those nighttime, before-bed beers. Overall, not too bad.

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Served at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Light, clear straw-gold hue with a pillowy head of white foam. Nice, thick rings of lace grace the walls of the glass as the beer drains.

Nose of citrus, with notes of lemon zest and grapefruit peel, mixed with earthy, musty horseblanket.

Light, highly carbonated body, with an herbal, grassy palate, with a nice, none-overpowering clove spiciness. Finish is very dry, helping to lead one to a further draught.

A very nice, easily drinkable beer, and a great example of the Saison style.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 12:28:43 | More by superdedooperboy
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Moxley

New York

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

Poured from a bomber into a small pilsner glass.

A - Poured a light golden amber with a foamy head that didn't dissipate too quickly.

S - Grassy, hoppy smell with a citrusy, floral sweetness. Picked up on a bit of a clove scent as well.

T - A very interesting combination of malty, citrusy, and earthy hops. It actually worked really well together.

M&D - Nice balance of carbonation and alcohol warmth. Overall a good beer. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 23:17:48 | More by Moxley
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MTNboy

Germany

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

Appearance- It is a creamy gold color that is a little bit cloudy. Great head and lace. average lace.

Smell- This beer smells extremely sweet. There is a grassy like mustiness to the aroma too I would imagine that is from the yeast.

Taste- Sweet and spicy. It has a complex barrage of different fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel- Thick but at the same time crisp and a
little dry .

Drinkability- This is a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 16:24:33 | More by MTNboy
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chrisafari

California

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with fluffy/billowing white head. Sweet aroma of yeast, citrus, slight hops and alcohol. Flavor begins with nice citrus and grapefruit and then transitions into crisp herbs, pepper and spice. Medium body. The head is thick and creamy, really gorgeous. Nice Saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 04:00:34 | More by chrisafari
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elniko

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stella glass

A: Beautiful light amber with two finger fluffy head that dissipated very slowly. Wonderful looking brew.

S: Smelled almost tripel like. Hints of sweetness come through along with some fruitiness as well. Great smelling brew.

T & M: Wow interesting taste, not quite what I was expecting. Very dry finish. Taste has hints of possible oakiness or aging to it. There is definitely a bitterness on the finish as well, nicely balanced.

D: Definitely drinkable, not hints of the high ABV in the brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 23:37:57 | More by elniko
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smerkinb

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle has instructions for pouring and blurb about history of this beer. Pours a golden orange with 2"+ head that is pure white. Great lacing the whole way through. Smells fruity and yeasty but makes me think "clean".

Tart and alcohol esters were the first impression with some mild earthiness. Clove stands out to me (maybe cuz of all the hefes lately) Ends a slight band-aid dry. As it warms the alcohol comes through a bit more, but nothing overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and ends with a twangy bite.

I was a bit afraid of this one as I don't drink much that has a higher ABV, but my fears were unfounded. Though I could sense the alcohol as this warmed up it never became the main attraction. The flavor was way too complex for my little mouth, but I'm smart enough to know I liked this alot and will be coming back for more, and more, and then probably some more. My interest in this style is definitely stronger.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 00:26:43 | More by smerkinb
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Zadok

Kansas

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle.

Poured a rich golden straw coloring with a perfect 2 finger frothy pure whit head. Mild lacing kept up on descent.

Smells are prototypical of this style and this one is exceptional to the norm. Clove spices set the foundation for the rest of the aroma to include coriander, banana, and bubble gum. A very light essence of pepper nudges its way into the picture and all in all hides the moderate ABV well.

I'll try to be as objective as possible, but the taste is a major letdown from the smell. Mild and I mean very mild hops and soothingly subtle spices make up the rather well balanced, albeit light flavor.

Medium body with a medium carbonation leaves a small dry bite after each swig. Slightly filling but not enough that you couldn't have a couple of these bottles.

Nice summer ale for sure, goes down very smooth and is quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 15:18:25 | More by Zadok
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Gentle pour into a tulip flute yields a huge white rocky bumpy head over a cloudy golden-blond chill-hazed body. Incredible effervescence: the head stays, stays, stays, even grows! Lacing is permanent and thick. Gorgeous beer.

Smell is bright, green apple and under-ripe fruit, yeasty, mildly funky. Soapy and clean, over a light cracker malt base. Floral hops are there.

Taste is very similar to the smell, though a bit more malty. There even is a note of chocolate! Nice hoppy dry finish. Mineral water. Crisp and perky.

Moutfheel is superb -- round & rich , yet simultaneously crisp. Wow!

Drinkability is excellent: the 7.7% ABV is completely hidden. Sessionable!

This is like a Belgian version of Weihenstephaner's Vitus.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 02:36:37 | More by ColoradoBobs
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ectomorph

Tennessee

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

Great corked bottle. Love the 'POP'. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy orange in color with a 1 finger bright white head that fades slowly.

S - Nice floral/citrus aroma with a mild bread finish. Sweet and not bitter.

T - Wow. Great balance of citrus and malt flavors. Very clean and crisp and it really masks the strength of this brew. Great representation of this style.

M - This Saison reminds me of Duvel in this area. While not as apparent it has that wonderful nose tickle...

D - Normally something this high ABV would lower this score, but THIS is a great summertime/lawnmower beer for us 'snobs'.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 18:49:17 | More by ectomorph
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clean yellow color with a nice white head. In the aroma, hints of spice, corriander and a touch of cinnamon. In the taste, spicey and yeasty, hints of citrus as well. A spice bite, and a medium mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty spice in the aftertaste. A very nice saison, smooth, yet a nice spicey bite.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2008 14:32:33 | More by OWSLEY069
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gonzo46and2

Florida

2.4/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hmm... This beer is hard to review. This doesn't have much of the characteristics that I've come to expect in a saision. I've tasted this beer three times and am ready to review it now.

Pours a golden color with a big head.

Aroma mostly reminded me of a pilsner or perhaps a weak pale ale. Not enough esters, funk or spice to do the style justice.

Taste is clean and refreshing and has some estery fruits but for the most part was just a decent beer that was a bit boring.

Quenches the thirst but nothing worth seeking out.

/ I love ommegang 3p and abbey ale. This offering is just weak in comparison.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 04:24:47 | More by gonzo46and2
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

A-Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice pillowy white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Lemony citrus with spices, Belgian yeast and a nice grainy undertone.

T-Tasty. Starts with a citrus bite which is balanced by the solid grainy malt. A nice coriander and yeastiness throughout.

M-Light and crisp with good carbonation.

D-Deliciously refreshing and drinkable. ABV is deceptive based on the taste.

In a summer of fine saisons, this is one of my favorites.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2008 18:25:55 | More by sholland119
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,777 ratings.