Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,217
Reviews: 2,047
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 229
Gots: 480 | 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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Photo of Kromes
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy yellow/straw color with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen in the glass.

S: Bready with some belgian yeast funk, a little bit of peppery spice and some hop aroma. Smells very crisp.

T: A big biscuity/wheat flavor with some yeast and slight earthy hop flavor. There is the typical belgian funk with a lemony tart, pepper feel and flavor to this beer. Also a clove/ginger flavor in there that just keeps on giving and stays on the tongue for quite a while

M: Highly carbonated. It gives it a peppery feel. Finishes a little bit bitter, dry and crisp.

D: Good drinkability. The flavors are strong and there is alot of carbonation and that could limit the drinkability. But the flavors are great and do not get old and you can barely detect the alcohol.

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

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear yellow-orange with a huge, crackled head that is slow to dissolve and never fully does. Strong spices dominate the aroma, Belgian yeast, clove, some flowery/spicy hops. Flavor is sweet upfront and followed by more driven spices and an alcohol warmth. Its light-medium bodied with a prickly carbonation. This has a great wealth of spices in both the aroma and the flavor that some people might find a little overpowering but I thought it worked nicely with the slight grassy/spicy hops.

Photo of soupyman10
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Church Key, one of my favorites that I've only now gotten to out of the keg. Very excited.

Pours the expected light yellow-orange color with a nice looking white head on top that dissolves slowly and allows for nice lacing. Aromas and flavors are huge - big fruitiness, some bread, cookies, farmhouse funk shows up as well. It's a huge flavor and absolutely fantastic. Body and carbonation are busy and good for the style. Would definitely have it again, and most likely will.

Photo of scottyb88
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy yellow/gold color with carbonation bubbles, white soapy head with some lacing

S-yeast, bread, some citrus notes, alcohol

T-similar to smell with a sweet start and dry finish, oak/pine, has a slight alcohol presence at the end

M-really enjoy the mouth feel, nice carbonation

D-its not my favorite style of beer, but I think a great version of the style

Photo of ig88b
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap in a Hennepin tulip at the KC saucer.

A: pours a cloudy white straw color with ample head.
S: smells wonderful.. spicy corriander with a hint of alcohol.
T: a bit of hops up-front with some (unexpected) banana in the middle. Slight alcohol at the end and corriander throughout. I don't remember the banana from the bottle. Delicious.
M: lots of carbonation, but feels a bit.. full and flat on the tongue. Carbonation is apparent in the back of the mouth.
D: I can kick this back like it's water.. but it is so good I choose not to.

Random: I don't remember the banana from the bottle. Definitely more delicious as it warms.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought the holiday pck consisting of this one,three philosophers,and the chocolate indulgence. Damn did I pick a winner here.

Poured in to my Ommegang snifter.Pours a very hazy yellow color with an extreme white fizzy heading that just about fizzes out to a a thin heading around the edges.

Smell was immediate as soon as I popped the cork. Very tart and fruity upfront followed by a lemon zestiness. A nice clove to dress thing's up and finish it off.

Taste and Mouth is pretty much the same extreme fruity tartiness, and very zesty. A nice hoppiness as well along with some very sweet malts. The palate is a alive and kicking with some corriander,clove,pepper,spiciness. Simply awesome. Again very alive and bubbly on the tongue. Medium bodied and just an amazing overall mouth feel.

Drink is great a nice offering of alcohol but never really stands out. Easy drinking and easily enjoyable. A must have in my book.

Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find that Saison's tend to be hit or miss; though when they have hit, they've hit like Tyson in the 90's.

A: Pours a bright gold with a massive white head that remains for quite awhile. It's appearance reminds me somewhat of Duvel.

S: Holy cow, it even smells like Duvel. Hints of pear and sugar, along with subtle hops. I wonder if Ommegang uses the same hops as Duvel uses.(Styrian Golding, perhaps?)

T: A bouquet of citrus and sugar with a tart aftertaste. Some mild bread as well. I remember the first time I had this brew and didn't exactly love it. I suppose things have changed. Amazing!

M: Well carbonated with a dry prickly finish. Almost seems to finish exactly like I recall Duvel's finish. While they are different styles (Begian Strong versus Saison) I imagine using the same hops is obviously going to make them seem similar.

D: This is a fantastic brew that can be enjoyed in a limited session. For some reason, there is a huge difference between drinking this in the bottle versus pouring into a glass. I had drank this once just in bottle form, and for whatever reason, pouring it into the glass was so much better. Highly recommended.

Photo of luchris80
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in my Ommegang glass (almost a tulip)

Aroma: Not a huge aroma overall. Low hop nose with some citrus (orange) and a hint of spice (coriander?). Maybe even a faint floral note?

Appearance: Golden in color with a yellowish-orange tint. Very tall, white head with good retention (slow dissipation) that leaves some trail on the glass. Somewhat cloudy, but rising bubbles are still visible.

Flavor: Crisp citrusy hop flavor with some spice notes (seems to be ginger). Maybe a bit of light maltiness and yeast flavor present? Very slight bit of alcohol in background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a very enjoyable, smooth finish that doesn't linger too long. Enough carbonation to feel it on your tongue.

Overall Impressions: There is quite a bit going on here that I cannot quite put into words (this was one of my early reviews). Very refreshing Belgian that is not too heavy. Gets better as it warms a bit. I could and would drink this beer everyday.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Hazy, pale yellow coloring with nice lacing.

S: Not getting much on the nose, good or bad.

T: Citrus, yeast, bread, slight coriander.

M: Nice oily coating on the palate.

D: Highly drinkable. Quite impressed with the craftmanship of this beer. Saison is not my favorite style, but Ommegang does a great job with this - I would have guessed this was from Belgium in a blind tasting.

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out like lemonade, hazy yellow that looks very dilute. Has an explosive head that goes up to about three fingers and dies down to about one and retains at that point very well. The color is not that attractive but I think the haziness is due to me pouring in some of the sediment. Other than that the appearance is pretty strong. Smell is a mix of Belgian yeast and malts, some fruit (apples, bananas) and a bit of sour. The overall strength of the smell is a bit weak and I start to pick up more and more alcohol as I drink it. Taste is pretty much the same as smell. Belgian yeast and malty flavors, fruits (apples, bananas), alcohol and some sour. A tiny bit of hops. It is stronger than the nose and pretty much just a solid Belgian flavor. It eventually dies down to a very dry almost rye like taste with alcohol, the loss of flavor is disappointing. Mouthfeel is pretty suitable. The carbonation is medium and the body is pretty light but a bit creamy. Not really watery at all. This beer is pretty warm for 7.5%. Drinkability would be better if the alcohol did not take over and the flavors did not die. The price is not that great for how much I liked this beer. Maybe I'll try it again after I have some more Saisons.

Photo of goblue3509
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish oragnish grapefruit like color with a pillowy head that gives way to decent lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt and some citrus. The taste is sweet malt backbone with some citrus hints. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and bubbly. This is a very drinkable beer, nothing to turn you off, but it is a slighty funky taste, the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of southernbelle09
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer out of a 22 oz bottle from Oasis in Spartanburg. The color is kind of hard to describe. Sort of a hazy yellow with huge, bright white head that fades some. Smell is sugar and alcohol with little hops. Taste is sweet and a bit dry. This one is really bubbly, but a very easy drink, espically at 7.7 abv! I was really impressed with this beer and can see why it's one of the best saisons out there!

Photo of advill88
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden color with a robust one and a half inch head with strong retention.

Smells of sweet honeysuckle, with a touch of yeastiness.

Taste has the same prominent characteristics of honey and a light malt, with a touch of sweetness. There's an ever so slight touch of hops on the back end to provide a bit of balance. Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation on the heavier side.

This beer is just right for the style; it's not too strong to take away from drinkability, but it's still very flavorful and complex. I could probably drink this all day without getting tired of it.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an ommegang tulip glass

Appearance: Hazy yellowish orange color with a huge 3 finger head. Great pillowy head with medium sized bubbles in the lace along the glass.

Smell: Smells very lemony, yeasty, herbal and pine coney. Great zesty quality in terms of the oiliness of lemon and orange peels.

taste: Tastes similar to the oily texture of citrus zest. Great corriander and citrus taste followed by yeasty goodness. Very light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Coats the palate surprizing well for such a light flavored beer.

Drinkability: I say F bud light, this wins for drinkability. Perfect carbonation, mouthfeel and texture. Not overwelming at all, yet very interesting and complex. A must if you havent had anything from ommegang!

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

Purchase from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Poured into a snifter, this beer shows a bright yellow body with a thick puffy white head. Aroma is esters from the Belgian yeast, most notably lemon zest. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Effervescent with a wine-like yeast flavor. Very good drinkability.

Photo of mullenite
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is aged about a year, where it is different from a fresh bottle I will note in the review but I do not have one here to do a side-by-side.

Pours a very hazy pale orange color with a two finger pillow-y white head that leaves very nice lacing down the glass.

Smell has a nice fruit character to it, a little funk in the background, but not really a brett funk. Some coriander and clove in there as well. Smells a bit like a funky witbier.

Taste is definitely more funky than a fresh bottle and it has developed nicely. I have always considered Hennepin a "half saison" because it lacked this funk whenever I've had it (bottle or tap) but after a year I have to say it is much better.

The spice flavors from the nose come through but while the lemon/citrus is still there it is not as pronounced.

Medium body with a lot of sharp carbonation to it. This is very easy to drink and overall is much better than any fresh Hennepin I've had.

Photo of dbossman
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden and hazy; nice head that dissipates slowly into a thin, even coating; good lacing

S: Grainy with some sweet citrus; balanced and rustic

T: Grains and subtle hops; bready with some apple flavors; alcohol is prevelant but not overwhelming

F: Good--even a little creamy; even mouth covering; a bit over carbonated

D: Very good balanced drinkable saison--one of the best of its style

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

12oz bottle

App: Light golden/straw with a perfect amount of haze. Small streams of bubbles rise to a thick, frothy head.

Smell: Apricots and apples with a hint of champagne sweetness. Sour and peppery yeast. A hint of husky malt, perhaps wheat?

Taste: The beer changes flavor throughout the sip. It starts with a biting carbonation that is taken over by the tartness of the yeast. A slight sweet flavor (pear and orange) follows that is taken by a hop and malt bite. The taste dries on the tongue and leaves a sweet, husky malt behind with a bit of lingering bitterness.

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

At Ommefest. Amazing golden color with light hints of softer fruits, spices, and zest. Amazingly crisp and dry much how i love saisons. Always a winner. I've had the original from belgium recently that is about 2 years old and can say that it is holing up very well. I was surprised how well it was doing censidering the time difference, but Ommegang did a great job with this one.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz into my old trusty oversized wine glass. Purchased from Flair Beverages in Inwood, no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours an apple juice color and looks extremely fizzy. There's a light one finger head on the pour that goes away fast with some light lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, like rising bread. Also a mild tart fruitiness that I couldn't quite place. I want to say boysenberry, but I think I've only had boysenberry flavored soda, not the actual fruit.

Taste: Up front it tastes like sweet country white bread. Pleasant enough. The finish, though, is superb. Complicated and spicy. Goes great with hummus.

Mouthfeel: This is where the drink suffers. It's way more watery than I would have guessed by looking at it. Where did all the carbonation that was apparent when I poured go? It's not unpleasantly syrupy like I find most low-carbonation beers, but I wasn't impressed.

Drinkability/Overall: This beer seems to get better as you drink it. I guess the tastes come out more as it warms. Also, this beer has one of the greatest differences between pre and post-agitation taste that I've ever had. Certainly drinkable, and I wouldn't turn down another, particularly with certain types of food. Still, I prefer the Rare Vos from Ommegang.

Photo of mjaskula
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Color is a nice golden and the head is thick and soapy white. It thins and never goes away leaving some lacing.

The aroma thin, it has some sour funkiness, some yeast, and maybe some pale hops. Flavor is much more pleasing. Some fruitiness, banana and clove flavors. There are some yeast and hop flavors there too, but they are mild.

Carbonation is high, not sure if that is appropriate or not, but it seems to go well. Mouthfeel is dry, leaving you wanting another sip.

Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer is very clear medium straw, hardly distinguishable from any other farm or lager. The head is about a finger, gone quickly with decent retention.

The aroma is ok, nothing outstanding with light hops and flowers.

The taste is better than I thought after the aroma, but once again nothing to distinguish itself as a great, it is what it is. There is light hoppiness with flowers.

The beer is really watery but easily drinkaable.

Overall this to me is just a little more pricey sessional, nothing special

Photo of tronester
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy very pale golden with bluish-green highlights. A nice rocky pale white head sits atop the beer. Smell is estery, fruity, and smells of fresh grain. Taste is light and fruity up front, hints of bananas and cloves. Very little bitterness which is to style. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, high carbonation though. Drinkability is very good, delicate flavors make this an excellent beer.

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served on draft at a local bar. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it. Thcik white head, carbonation low. Lacing is very high in this beer.

Aroma is primarily yeasty followed by that Saison funk. Like a barn.

This beer has a lot of odd bitterness to it. Its like orange peels or something. The flavors are complicated, fruity, sour, harsh, and finished by the bitterness. Drinkability moderate and the mouthfeel is a little thin. Not my favorite from this brewery unfortunately.

Photo of jhoban19
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cork and cage, poured 12 oz at a time into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: clear golden color with fluffy eggshell white foam, about 1 fingers worth. settles into a decent ring with full surface coverage and good lacing. constant stream of effervescent bubbles throughout the entire pint. the second 12 ounce pour yielded a considerably more luxurious foam- at least 3 fingers worth - and really held up well. also becoming a bit hazier as I near the bottom of the bottle (must be the sediment creeping into each subsequent pour).

S: initial aromas are of familiar Belgian yeast, biscuit-like, giving way to some tart green apple and floral hops as it warms. getting a subtle hint of golden raisins as well.

T: lemon and honey, with a pleasant green apple tartness on the finish. subtle hops spiciness kicks in as the liquid moves along the tongue. each sip also brings various hints of fruits that I can't quite put a finger on- some raisons and a random taste of over-ripe banana. the biscuit malt really steps forward as it warms.

M: medium bodied with wonderfully fizzy carbonation. smooth and crisp on the tongue and in the throat. a pleasant tingle lingers on the roof of the mouth. the honey and lemon really lingers throughout each sip.

D: this is what I expect from a Saison. excellent balance of tartness, floral and spicy hops (haven't experienced that before, hope I'm not misinterpreting something), and biscuity malt. this beer looks good, smells good, tastes good and has a very pleasant mouthfeel. Brewery Ommegang does it again.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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