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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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4,745 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,745
Reviews: 2,017
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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westweasel

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Goose Island IPA tulip glass.

The beer was about midway between dark straw and light gold. The beer was very cloudy with a big, white head. Moderate lacing was left along the glass.

The aroma included some breadiness, and both earthy and spicy pepper-like scents. The taste was bready and spicy. The spices being pepper and clove. I also taste some subtle fruit pear-like flavor. There is a strong bitterness on the swallow made up of both a hop and carbonic bite.

The mouthfeel is light with very high carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, but the high carbonation level would prevent too much imbibing.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 23:11:51 | More by westweasel
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slatetupelo

Mississippi

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice thick white head. There is a little carbonation with spotted lacing.

S - Yeast dominate the aroma with hints of citrus and fruits.

T - Coriander Spices, Tangy citrus notes, mild bitterness and slight sweetness. It's all balanced out really well and makes for a delicious brew.

D - These are really great and easy to drink, I could imagine someone new to craft brewing enjoying this beer alot. There's nothing overpowering about the smell or taste and the alcohol is hidden well. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 22:49:12 | More by slatetupelo
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shroompod

Ohio

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

Appears straw colored , hazy. Decent head some lacing.

Smell is slightly fruity , apples , with some yeasty bready character.

A very nice tasting Saison , sharp fruitiness melds nicely with a slight caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium , good carbonation.

Deceptively high ABV , otherwise a beer I could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 23:55:07 | More by shroompod
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jjayjaye

New York

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

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow color with a full finger loose white head that fades to surface but is kept alive by substantial effervescence. The smell is aggressive earthy Belgian yeast, sweet and a little fruity, a banana-pear character. The tiny bubbles lend a creamy texture to the mouth feel. It has a light-medium body. Full flavored, the earthy malt and fruit character of the nose is true to taste. There is also a spicy note about it that lingers nicely. A real nice drinker. I've used it to cook beer-can chicken before and it came out great.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 00:08:45 | More by jjayjaye
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours with a large luminous white head that holds up very well. Enough lacing to make even the most uneducated person say it looks great. Has a straw color.

They did a great job with this one, smells like its right from Belgium. Notes of citrus, oranges (and other fruits), grassy hops and a yeasty mustiness.

Tastes of spices, earthy hops and some fruits. It took a little time but I really started to enjoy this by mid bottle. Very well done but it seems more like a witbier/tripel to me (not that it matters to anyone).

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:37:51 | More by irishkyle21
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StoutBulldog

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack of this at my local store and I really enjoyed it. It poured a cloudy wheat color with a small, sticky head. Sweet fruity smell -- makes me wish it was a warm weekend instead of a cold January. Tasted somewhat sweet but not too sweet. Also some wheat/grain taste with some spice...maybe clove. Great flavor that isn't any too stong on one flavor but still different flavors to each mouthful. Easy to drink and a pleasure to drink. Wish it was a six-pack as opposed to a four-pack...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 23:28:24 | More by StoutBulldog
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jenbys2001

Japan

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

I felt this beer was a bit overrated. It was tasty but nothing about it really stood out to me. It smells a bit like honey and looks attractive in a glass. It has an interesting mouthfeel with a crisp flavor. There are hints of spice, grain and a tiny bit of hops in a sip. The finish is dry but its light enough to be drinkable. When thinking back on my first experience with this style, I remembered enjoying Dupont more. However, I'd have to try it again to explain what I liked about that brew. Although considering the quality I was surprised to see this was a domestic beer. I have a feeling I need to try more Saisons to see if my bias is against the style rather than the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 21:32:44 | More by jenbys2001
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

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

A big corked 750 mL bottle of Hennepin had been sitting in the fridge for a while and last night I decided to partake.

A soft pop of the cork and into the glass we go. A solid cloudy banana shade topped with a dense white foam. Very musty aroma. Funky, even. Hay, grass and peppery herbs.

Extremely dry in the mouth. Spicy and herbal. Medicinal. A soft citric sweetness. It's begging for some pungent cheese.

I'll just go ahead and say I'm very impressed with this farmhouse ale. The best American example that I have ever had the privilege of tasting and, at the very least, the funkiest.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 20:10:53 | More by edskirk3
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timtim

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

slightly hazy golden honey peach with white head that holds well and leaves nice lace. smells of yeasty spice (clove, pepper, etc.), - like a saison should, but not quite as strong or authentic as i am used to in my favorite saisons - lemon, pils malt, a little barnyard, and mildly sweet bread. taste is the same. the pepper/clove thing really hits the roof of my mouth and top/back of my throat, creating a dry/bitter (but only mildly so) finish. medium full body with a good carb level. okay beer. good saison representation for an american made brew. what amazes me is that saison dupont and it's sister beer foret don't rank anywhere close to this one, and they seem more true to the style for me. i guess that part of that has to do with the fact that a lot of these reviews are by people whom for which this is their first saison. when i think saison, i think super earthy, even horsey - like i'm smelling the beauty of a horse barn on a farm way out in the mountains somewhere. hennepin comes close, but doesn't do it for me. i rated it extra high because it is an american take on a classic belgian style, and they actually do a great job, but i'll take a dupont or de glazen toren, or fantome or southhampton for a few more duckets any day of the week.

edit: okay... i get it. this is a grisette, not a saison. i have tried many many times, but i just can't take this beer. i avoid this beer like the plague. it is the sam adams of belgian-style beer. toned down and dummied up to suit unschooled palates. sorry ommegang, i appreciate what you do for us, i just don't like this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 04:43:53 | More by timtim
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin pours a nice golden peach color with a bit of a haze. Massive fluffy head seems to be lingering quite well. great lace. nose is wonderful wheat and barnyard funk. Clearly some strong spice in here as well. Great hard saison taste. Very pronounced wheat and yeast flavor with good peppery spiciness. This is no Dupont but it is quite good. At this point the haze is starting to fade a little bit from warmth, but is still very present. Flavors are becoming earthier at this point. The aftertaste has some nice banana notes. The mouthfeel is slightly abrasive on the tongue, but overall quite good. Drinkability is solid on this one, and is impressive. Overall this is a great saison style, certainly one of the best in america. Props to ommegang, I think this is my favorite brew from them.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 03:35:19 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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jonworth

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Perhaps I'm being harsh, but I was slightly let down by this ale. Bottle-conditioned, Belgian-style ale brewed in Cooperstown, NY? And one of the "Duvel family" of ales? I wanted to like it--no, LOVE it.

The verdict is in, and I would submit that it's pretty good, but not great. (Disclaimer: This was my first foray into the "saison/farmhouse" type of ale, so I can't relate it to others of the same type.) The bottom line is that the dryness and lemony-ness of this ale are overpowering. Considering the healthy ABV, and the fact that it's a Belgian-type knockoff, I would ask for a little more complexity. This ale has a lot of flavor; it's just not as interesting it could be (kind of like typing in ALL CAPS).

Apparently many other reviewers like it, so it might be at the top of its class for all I know; I can only speak within the limitations of my own experience.

Would I drink it again? Certainly. Would I *buy* it again? Not at that price point--there are better alternatives.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 03:46:43 | More by jonworth
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another great beer from Ommegang... those folks up there in New York sure do know their Belgian brews... an excellent rendition of the style... full of style and flavor... great appearance with visible carbonation, off-yellow, and nice foamy head... sweet smell of fruits, citrus, and slight alcohol... great crispy, fruity, lemon-citrus taste with hints of esters and alcohol... the 7.7% ABV is noticeable, but not at all overwhelming... a thick, full-flavored beer that really hits home... mouthfeel is good, and if it weren't for the hefty alcohol percentage, drinkability would definitely be better... great example of the style... authentic and classy... a really good brew... another winner from Ommegang... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 01:23:24 | More by dsa7783
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first Ommegang beer, as well as the first saison/farmhouse ale I've had. I'd have to say this was a super first go. It had a somewhat opaque appearance, with an amber hue. There was a strong odor of fruit about this one. It tasted strongly of bananas and other spices, giving it a smooth yet vibrant finish. This is lovely beer, one that you can easily get attached to.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 03:02:33 | More by avalon07
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armock

New York

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

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of bananas clove and yeast

T - Is more of the same bananas clove and yeast

M - Is good its a medium bodied beer

D - I enjoyed this brew a lot I thought it was very good very easy to drink I would recommend this beer

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 19:40:47 | More by armock
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pwoods

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Stone IPA flute. No dating.

A: Pours a very pale yellow with some cloudiness after a careful pour. 2+ fingers of pearl white rocky head forms and has some decent retention. Some patchy lacing to start, then nice thick rings about midway through.

S: Very yeasty. Banana, clove, green apples. Grainy malts. I like this smell much better than the other saison's I've had.

T/M: Again, lots of yeasty flavors. More of the Banana and clove and other spices. Very delicate tasting. Grainy, earthy, and starchy yeast and malts. Body is very light and carbonation is plentiful.

D: Great brew, very tasty and drinkable. This one really sets a bar, especially for an American Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 06:44:30 | More by pwoods
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hwwty4

Missouri

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

Poured a 750 into a Chimay chalice (3 pours). Pours a hazy golden color with a huge bright white head that has left no lacing down the glass. The aroma is amazing. This beer has more distant aromas then any other I've had. There is Nutmeg, coriander, earth, yeast, bread, and a plethora of others that I just can't name yet because my nose isn’t refined enough yet. I definitely need to return to this beer later. Taste is spicy, lots of nutmeg along with cinnamon and allspice with an earthly, alkaline taste to boot. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of carbonation. An oily residue coats your mouth with this earthy goodness. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 04:55:35 | More by hwwty4
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toastdog

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from cork and cage bottle into Ommegang tulip glass

Appearance: Two fingers of compact white head perch on top of a slightly hazy pale golden beer that tends to straw in strong light. Head dissipates reluctantly and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma - lilac, clove, pepper, apricot, earth and hop spice all appear at different points in your progress through the glass. Also an occasional whiff of... yes... gasoline, or a sweetness in the nose that reminds one of gasoline. Which is waaay better than it sounds.

Taste - more lilac, spicy hops, marshmallow, malt, apricot and freshly turned earth all underpin a lightly sweet pale malt flavor profile. There's a refreshing dry graininess that recalls a nice Pilsener or Dortmunder which balances out the sweetness and the riot of subtle flavors that present themselves in various combinations as you drink. Highly carbonated, which brings some Champagne-like dry notes to the party.

Mouthfeel - This beer is slightly viscous - a too-warm bottle will be a little cloying and tongue-coating, but at 50-55 degrees it's great. It is possible to wear yourself out on this beer if you let it sit and warm to 70 degrees F.

Drinkability - A compulsively sippable beer, but not exactly sessionable. I want to *quaff* a Czech pils... I want to *consider* a Hennepin carefully, preferably alone and with a nice sourdough and aged cheese. I'm such a fop.

Other stuff: A soft smack of aroma hits the nose as you raise the glass, sometimes pepper, sometimes clove and malt, sometimes lilac, which is something I have never found in any other beer. The flavor changes too as you sip, sometimes earthy and sometimes sweet, while the heavy carbonation scrubs your tongue and brings more aromas through the back of your throat. After swallowing, the aroma stays and stays on the nose while the aftertaste lingers and changes on the tongue, as malt fades into hop bitterness and then a long finish of peppery spice and floral hops. When you get a well-handled bottle, this beer is a real treat.

Absolutely one of my favorite Saisons, and one of my all-time favorites of any style.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 23:22:02 | More by toastdog
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shabbtastic

New York

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

This one left such an impression on me and my friends we are planning a brewery tour!!

A - Pours a dense orange with a two finger head that dissipates quickly then you're left with a small cap that laces gingerly down the glass.

S - A tart yeast dominates but doesn't disappoint. Citrus follows along with what smells like coriander.

T - Smooth but tart. A slow enjoyment seemed to taste better as it breathed a little.

M - Heavy but very subtle on the palate. Left a clean citrus feeling.

D - @ 7.7% it's hardly a session brew but 1 or 2 is just about all you need. I guess that’s why they sell it in 4 packs!!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 16:11:35 | More by shabbtastic
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Lupe

New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big soapy head that leaves lots of lace.

Yeasty and citrus aroma. Loads of lemon, some earthy hay, and spice with clove standing out.

Starts tart with lemon and citrus. Next comes spices and mild earthy hops. Yeast is present, adding some funk. Finishes fruity with tart apple and pear.

Light-medium in body, clean and crisp. Pretty good drinkability, but a little too tart and complex to have more than 1 or 2. Solid refreshing beer with complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 16:15:00 | More by Lupe
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mltobin

Connecticut

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

This beer is from the home of baseball, Cooperstown, NY.
Bought the large bottle at a local package store.
Upon being poured into my glass, it has a nice orange tone with a nice thick white head.
The taste is citric and slightly spicy at the same time.
The MF is very nice and gives me the urge to grab some oysters of some other high class good to eat with this delicious beer.
Very nice beer from upstate New York. Ommegang has several great beers, but this is the one that I seem to purchase most often.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 03:28:03 | More by mltobin
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a slightly fogged straw color. Nice white head. Nose is yeast funk with strong citrus and dough tones. Flavor is funky dough with an obvious yeast influence. Feel is a bit thicker on the liquid, it's the dough character peeking through again. Drinkable, yes. Not as good as I remember it being on the bottle though. Possibly a prime example of how bottle conditioning can really make a difference in certain beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 09:24:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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iceviper22

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle poured a light pale straw color with a hint of orange to it. Head was rich and fluffy white with many small bubbles that faded down to a good 2-3 fingers. It smells quite like fruits and citrus such as peaches, bananas, and oranges. It also has a somewhat spicy wheat aroma to it. The taste is sweet and fruity like the smell. Not a lot of hops with just a small bitterness to round it off. It has smooth mouthfeel that isn't real thin and watery but isn't thick and syrupy. All in all, it is a very good drinkable swill. I was expecting a little more out of it, but still enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:32:59 | More by iceviper22
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czfreeman

California

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

Im really excited about trying Hennepin,its my first taste of Ommegang and I will be attending the Culinary Institute 20 miles from the brewery this August, Can't wait to visit.
Poured out into a small Ommegang 10 yr anniversary goblet. Lovely hazy color, reminiescent of Hoegaarden.Nice foamy head,dissapates rather quickly.Citrus, wheats, spicy pepper,straw,hay,yeast on the nose. Delicious sweet apricot,peppery,citrus flavors. finish is tart and biting. Good slightly sticky mouthfeel. For the abv, very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 03:04:11 | More by czfreeman
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance – Cloudy straw-orange color, with a nice white head, that slow disapated.

smell – Yeast, fruits, like green apples, and spices.

taste – Grassy, yeast, and spices present here.

mouthfeel – Medium body wiht lots of bubbles here.

drinkability – Drank this almost a year later, pretty good. Anything from Ommegang is good. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 17:06:21 | More by auxiliary
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animal69

Louisiana

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

this is my 1st. saison, i'm amazed at how close to a Belgian strong pale ale this style is ; pours a slightly cloudy pale golden colour w/ a decent, fluffy, white head which falls a bit too quickly but leaves a good bridge-like lacing in my snifter ; a sour, malty smell w/ a touch of hops, and some banana-like alcoholic fruitieness in the nose ; a full, crisp, pilsener-like malt flavor w/ a small amount of hops, a bit sour w/ some fruity esters and an aftertaste similar to a buttery Czech yeast profile ; amazingly light , especially for a 7.7 ABV, a bubbly one, too ; an awesome beer, i'll keep this one on hand at all times....

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 06:12:56 | More by animal69
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,745 ratings.