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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 4,753
Reviews: 2,018
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 192
Gots: 316 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of Pauly2X


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slighty cloudy yellow, two finger head.

S- Fresh and clean with heavy citrus notes and hints of banana.

T- Though not as tart as the smell precludes, the yeast does take center stage. This does not mean that this is the only flavor profile going on here by a long shot. Ever so slighty sweet malt up front with a very smooth hop bitterness in the finish.

M- Tangy carbonation, quite refreshing.

D- Dangerous, especially considering the abv.

Although not my favorite sytle, but this beer and the style as a whole comand respect. A must try for all beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 15:40:34 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of spointon


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

Poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel snifter.

A= This brew pours a very clear golden color with a giant stark-white fluffy head. The head eventually settles into a thin white skim. Decent carbonation release visible throughout the consumption.

S= At first all I could detect in the smell was overpowering alcohol bite. This was due to the beer being served too cold. Once it warmed, I was able to get more of the musty and funky Belgian yeast. Also detected a bit of pepper and some phenolic notes.

T= This beer tastes like a very dry, slightly tart Belgian trippel. There is a mild background of grassy/earthy flavors. The finish is dry with biscuit and faint walnut flavors.

MF= Light to medium body. Nicely carbonated, crisp and clean.

D= I like this beer a lot, once it reaches optimal serving temperature!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 03:05:04 | More by spointon
Photo of Greggy


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

A- 1 finger head that slowly recedes to a nice lace. Very yeast suspension in glass. A great looking farmhouse.

S- Lemon zest, pineapple, banana

T-Hops, citrus, dry hop aftertaste, very slight pineapple, spice, and orange.

M- Low to medium carbonation that doesn't attack the palate of this complex brew.

D- A solid saison that I will revisit again, but not the best I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 02:38:08 | More by Greggy
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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

A 750 mL bottle of wonderful brew. Dull golden color, slightly cloudy, topped off with a big voluptuous cap of foam. A big nose: citrus, green apples dipped in caramel, cloves and peppery spice all entwined. It keeps coming in waves and waves. The beer seduces the palate with a sharpness and acidity opening the way for a pear fruitiness and malt sweetness. Noticeable carbonation and very refreshing. A spiciness envelopes the entire experience and is most noticeable in the finish. A great and complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 01:59:41 | More by BeardedBoffin
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. Clover honey coloring. Crisp with nice citrus flavors. Floral. There are also hints of maybe apple or pears. Mouthfeel is outstanding...thick. I will remember this one for summer sipping. This one may have changed my opinion of the Saison style.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 03:18:59 | More by LittleBreeze
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a chalice style glass

A: Awesome! Mostly clear golden color with a touch of orange in the light; abundant puffy white head that lasts and some great lacing.

S: Light on the nose with citrus hints and light caramel, apple, and honey.

T: Light to caramel malt flavors expertly balanced. Citrus flavors and spices abound in a complex, mostly dry blend. This really struck me as a great abbey style triple without all the alcohol. The finish is nice and clean with a bit of citrus bitterness in the linger. Very good.

M&D: Light and lively on the tongue and across the palate with abundant carbonation in the form of tiny bubbles. Fantastically smooth and easy to drink.

I don't know that I have sampled many saison style brews but if they taste like this one, I'm all for more! This went down so well that I'm ready to keep this one as regular stock in the fridge after just tasting it once. I have been very impressed with the Ommegang brewery and this one is just another jewel in their crown. Fantastic!!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 00:16:07 | More by SIRIUS2
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had many saison beers, but I think I'm going to need to branch out after trying this.

Poured a cool orangish-yellow, which turned strangly transulcent, & much more yellowy, when held up to the light. Thin, almost non-existent head.

Tastes good. Nice & smooth with that hint of sour & orange. Not as good as the Abbey Ale, but good. Grows on me as it goes down. Yes, saison will be added to the shopping list.

Noting that it's brewed in Cooperstown, home of the Hall of Fame, my wife proclaimed it a future "vacation destination". Fine by me!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 00:37:15 | More by maximum12
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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw color that was slightly cloudy with a fluffy two finger white head that left some chunky lacing throughout. Smelled of the typical farmhouse horse blanket with a hint of some citrus and peppery tones. The taste starts out sweet and citrusy and then gets a little funky with some straw and pepper spiciness. Very great version of the style. Ommegang keeps surprising me with their belgian style but given their origins I can understand how they do it. The mouthfeel on this one was a little thick but the carbonation helped tone it down and make it very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 04:07:29 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of MrIncognito


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a large wine glass.

A - nice fizzy head, about 1-2 fingers and mostly white. The beer is a beautiful cloudy orangy-tan. Small bubbles rising to the top. Head forms a nice lace on top that stays for pretty much the whole duration of the beer drinking.

S - sweet citrus smell with some straw and what I've seen described as horse blanket. Sweet, yet rustic.

T - Such a great, complex taste. At first I taste the citrus, orange with some lemon and mango. Crisp, then smooths out and the taste of straw and raw grain kick in. A great funk lingers after the beer is swallowed, but light and not overpowering.

M - Thick, yet smooth. Will slide down the throat. A tiny bit sticky at the end for my taste, but not bad. The bubbles are a nice effervescent touch. Not champaigny at all.

This is such a great beer. I bought the 750ml thinking it would last me for days when I could have easily finished it in one sitting. Instead, I finished it in two. This is an easy drinker, yet a sipper. This is my first saison and I did a lot of research about the style before trying this. I feel this fits the category perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 12:47:03 | More by MrIncognito
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3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I can, I think I can. Like this style. Me drinking this beer is like teaching physics to monkeys. Cute but hard to understand.

Pours a light goldent honey, some head. lacing on the side.

Smells of banana? Flowery.

Peppery taste, Pear taste, sweetness. Floral?

Sweet aftertaste, not as acidic as the other Saison I had.

Still would love it on a hot summers day. I will keep on keepin on.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 05:02:21 | More by Murchmac
Photo of SirSaranac

New York

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

Well, I've tried this a couple times before... 1 of 2 Brewery Ommegang products that I've had the priviledge of comsuming.

A- Amazing 3 finger white fluffy head crowns a cloudy straw yellow brew. Excellent retention, and very intricate lacing. Very well carbonated as well.

S- Fruity malt plays with the nose at first... a mild spicy apple, perhaps pear... malt, yeast... vague faint dark fruit (similar to a belgian strong) are also present. Hops as well. Excellent nose.

T- Delicious, yet not without its flaws. The taste is not as complex as the nose would indicate... Much spicier than fruity... slightly peppered. A rather one dimensional malt is the headline here... although it transitions into a very warming alcohol taste... which then transitions nicely into a brief hop finish. Dark fruits linger on the aftertaste, although slightly apple rules the initial sip. Tasty, but doesn't live up to the nose.

M- Hmmm... Light body... lighter than i was expecting even... however, perfect carbonation.. nice citrus bite as well.

D- Well, although this comes in a 4 pack, it is quite drinkable. I think this is a brew best served with food, such as some bbq chicken, or a gyro (which is how I initially tried this brew).... *Recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 06:03:40 | More by SirSaranac
Photo of CrellMoset


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

Poured from a .750 L bottle purchased at the Whole Foods in downtown, Sarasota into a tall, wide-mouthed glass.

Appearance: A fierce head, billowy, rocky, that fades slowly. Crusty, jagged, foamy lacing. Lively carbonation dances up through a beautiful straw golden body - it lasts to the bitter end of this gorgeous brew.

Smell: Rich, deep grainy aroma intertwined with spicy, fresh, lemony esters and a funky, earthy yeast scent. It's sweet, but also musty, and oh so mild.

Taste: Sweet and grassy grain notes are in the foreground, with a slight hop bitterness and a hint of peppery alcohol in the tail. Mild fruity notes - not just citrus, but something else as well, banana esters perhaps - mingle with earthy, musty nuttiness and spice notes imparted by the yeast. There's quite a lot going on here, and it's all divine.

Mouthfeel: Slick, but crisp, with a medium body, and a good carbonation profile.

Drinkability: Stellar. It went so well with the sharp cheddar mac'n'cheese, I ended up drinking practically the entire bottle on my own and was only mildly tipsy. There's enough going on in this raw, complex beer that it can be enjoyed any number of ways.

Forget wine - bring a .750 L bottle of Hennepin to your next dinner party. Very pleased that this is a domestic brew - it tastes decidedly Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 17:26:10 | More by CrellMoset
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New Hampshire

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

Pours a clear golden/straw color forming a three-finger creamy, rocky off-white head that lasts almost as long as it took me to drink the first pour. There's a steady stream of bubbles cascading up the center of the glass. Thick spotty lacing down the glass.

Great aromas of bananas, coriander, cloves and yeast. There's some notes of lemon zest and orange with some floral hops in the background. Great blend of sweet and spicy.

Taste is pale malts and yeast up front, followed by banana and spices: again, coriander and cloves. There's some sweet citrus in there as well, with a mildly bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, and the carbonation leaves a slight tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability is great; this is just a pleasure to enjoy on its own or with food.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 15:53:24 | More by MrMonkey
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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a Hennepin glass at San Diego Brewing Co.

Pours a clear golden wheat color. Semi-spicy aroma. Unfortunately, on-tap this misses a lot of the yeast and other sediment that one gets from a bottle pour. Taste includes spices and citrus, but the yeast flavor isn't present. Still totally drinkable and nice, but it's much more enjoyable poured from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 07:41:42 | More by mithrascruor
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Reidel Vinum cab glass...

3-4 finger bubble bath head. Natural light honey-colored body with a little yeasty cloudiness.

Excellent coriander, orange zest and banana ester aroma with a little added citrus. Scent is very clean but viscous at the same time.

The abundance of malt is surprising here - almost straight woody malt with some bruised yeast and even-handed spice. Alcohol oozes gently in this offering. Spice, tang and mild bitterness combine with the woody malt to make an extremely well-balanced product.

Mouth pops on the even citrus/sour finish - some blood orange, maybe even some zest and bitter lemon.

This is very light on the palate and a pleasure to open up a 750 and sip it over time. Suggest as most do a glass/vessel with a wide-open mouth to best capture the flavorful aroma of this Belgian bombshell by way of Otsego County, NY. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 13:48:38 | More by IBUnit63
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North Carolina

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

This is a tasty and powerful beer. It reminded me of a Belgian Tripel and fans of that style would be very much at home here. It tasted of wheat, fresh yeast, and intense warming alcohol. It went down very smooth and it was deceptively intoxicating. It was quite enjoyable and I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 04:49:00 | More by cbleary
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: Clear straw/golden color with a healthy white head which leaves behind some nice lacing

S: Florals and spice comes through first with some yeastyness

T: Great yeasty and spicy black pepper... hints of bananas and apples... delicious

M: Medium bodied with a pinch of carbonated feel

D: Satisfying... easily could drink another

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 19:45:45 | More by callmemickey
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Siason... I'm kind of excited! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy straw color with a HUGE, soapy white head that looks like Swiss-cheese. The nose is similar to a Belgian Wit; phenolic with banana and cloves, slightly peppery, maybe some coriander. Taste is similar; there is a slight biscuity flavor about it with the slightly sweet, peppery cloviness coming to the forefront and being countered by a moderate bitterness of hops and alcohol. The alcohol has a slight warming effect but isn't overly noticeable in flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy, slightly aggressive carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but I think the cloviness and alcohol might get to you after a while. Overall, an excellent beer - I look forward to trying other Siasons in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 23:15:17 | More by gmfessen
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

edit 4/26/08

A- pours a hazy pale golden canary yellow with a great cap of nerf-like white foam that had awesome retention finally turning to a floating clump of ice cream like duvel. waves of lace eventually coat the inside of the glass. the head says it all here- the only other siason i've have is rogue festive ale which had beautiful tropical sunset, i would have liked to see more of that but maybe it's not actually characteristic of saison...more research is necessary.

S- banana, lemon peel, a hint of clove, and flash of crisp noble hops. pale malt also, although mild, and floral jasmine/wysteria incense-like notes, and some funky barnyard smells. still not sure if it's the yeast or what, but i like it. as it warms it takes on the aroma of fresh rustic bread, buttery pound cake, powdered sugar and honeysuckle nectar.

T- banana, clove, and bubblegum, with a grassy petrol hop bite and some herbaceousness. soft orange and coriander, and a lemony ginger bite that goes well right along with the hops. sourdough bread, pineapple, apricot, and unripe peach come out in the fruity semi-dry finish.

MF- feels light and clean with a bubbly feeling similar to peroxide mouthwash, medium high carbonation, the bubbles seem to expand as i drink, releasing flavor everywhere.

D- smooth and refreshing, this would be great in the late spring after workin in the garden all day.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 19:51:14 | More by hustlesworth
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Dewey's Pizza. I was surprised to find this on-tap....a TREAT! It arrived at my table in a pint glass with a scant 1/4" white head. This diminished to a thin cap. The beer is a straw color that is quite cloudy.

The nose is more like a heffeweisen. Had notes of spice (corriander) and a yeasty nose... like many belgians that I've tried.

Taste: Not Bad.... a fruity taste followed with a tiny bit of alcohol warming. A strong heffe (kinda). Tiny hops bite at the end.

MF: Not as smooth as my favorite heffeweizens.... but this is my FIRST Saison... so maybe this is normal. medium to low carbonation and a clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: You'd NEVER guess 7.7% abv!... very well hidden. I could enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 13:35:21 | More by TheBierBand
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New York

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

750 ml corked bottle. Poured a hazy light orange, as the cork goes the carbonation bubbles up like crazy . Into the glass it crackles and fizzes. Nose of hops in a citrus haze (I'm not sure which ones) and the Hennepin website says gingersnap.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Sweet but light taste, flavorful with notes of alcohol, hops, and fruit but the back is grainy, ginger and other notes are light but noticable.

Drinkability-actually refreshing, probably good on a hot day, here in the cold of early March in NY though the alcohol helps warm me up.

Overall- I'm not an expert on Saisons, but I will say that this is a refreshing complex ale and a fine beer. When I try more of this style I will appreciate or depreciate it more based on its competitors.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 16:32:41 | More by TheDeuce
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3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice yellow straw pour with a great white head that stays throughout the glass.
Nice fruity, spicy, hoppy aroma, smells like a typical saison, but nothing special.
Taste, again some hops come out right away, floral and fruity. light carmel sweetness comes through with a touch of toasted grains and spices (corriander?), but all of it is just a little light for my tastes.
mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth and well carbonated. this is a good beer, but over rated in my opinion, just nothing special going on in this one. I probably wouldn't pick it over most of the other beers available.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 14:50:17 | More by mnstorm99
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the 3 beer Ommegang 10th anniversary gift pack. Poured into the nice official glass that came with said gift pack, this beer is a pale gold color with not much cloudiness. The head is 2 fingers tall and just a shade off white. The foam is very soft looking but it manages to stick around nicely due to the streaming bubble columns from the bottom of the glass. Nice amorphous blobs of lacing adorn the sides of the container.

Aroma is tripel-esque, but less boozy. Lots of bright fleshy fruit, some citrus twang, and some spiciness (Ommegang with a spicy beer??!).

Taste includes lemony citrus rind, boozy apple, and unripe banana up front. Finish is lightly hoppy with some accompanying spice. Somewhere between witbier and tripel here.

There seems to be a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel but it's not making me burp. Body is light and refreshing. Alcohol is only detectable with significant warming. Another quality Ommegang brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 01:16:19 | More by illidurit
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with <sigh> I forget, someone out in NY. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, cave-aged in Howe Caverns, released 8Oct05, according to hangtag.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" bright white head over the cloudy orangey golden brew. Head lasts due to heavy fueling of small bubbles from the bottom, with ample heavy frothy lace. Aroma is lightly of spicy sweetness. Taste starts with pale maltiness, quickly exhibiting the ample spicing, which lasts through the crisp close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both superb. Still liking this one.

3/31/05 - 4.5/4/4/4.5/4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Bottle 0378 of 3360, corked and caged, cave-aged in Howe Caverns, according to hangtag.

Poured into a Hennepin glass, formed a 1 1/2" eggshell head over the effervescent golden brew. Head lasts well, due to rejuvenation from all the bubbles, with beautiful frothy lace covering everywhere. Aroma is subtle notes of sweetness coupled with light fruitiness. Taste is upfront with sweet pale malts, switching to some spiciness and light fruits, and a crisp light close. Not really any sharp edges here, probably the cave-aging at work. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. A nice saison, perhaps not as complex as some others out there, but worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 01:22:14 | More by ppoitras
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive straw-yellow with a thick billowy head. The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops and earthy yeast. The taste is lightly sweet with orange and apple fruits, and slight hop bitterness. The 7.7% ABV is only barely noticeable. Nice and easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 18:59:09 | More by davidt
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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