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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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5,038 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,038
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 217
Gots: 417 | 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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Photo of dancinwillie
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale straw color, with a pillowy, loose white head, that wants to overflow. I slow the pour down, but inadvertently get a bit of the yeast sediment stirred up. Won't bother me, but clouds the overall presentation. (I obviously won't take this into account as far as ratings go however.)

Smells peppery, and honey sweet.

Tastes of honey mingle with the light doughy malt flavor. Also prominent are pepper and lemon flavors. Decently hopped, and while the bitterness is detectable, it plays its part without having to have all of the attention. I'm picking up some other fruity notes as well, although I can't quite decide if it's more of an apricot, or maybe even a pear. Either way, very good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart and crisp, semi-dry finish, and it leaves me with a desire for more.

Overall, I really dig this beer. I quit smoking a few months ago, and I can definitely taste more now, than when I tried the same beer a couple of years ago. I will be drinking this much more often, and trying as many Saisons as I can get my hands on too.

Cheers!

dancinwillie, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Monkeypaws
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft, served in an official Hennepin goblet. The appearance is good, light in color, with a nice head. The small is a potent whiff of alcohol and other grainy ingredients beyond my humble experience to describe. The beer tastes like numerous Belgians I used to drink back in the day, quite impressive for a domestic beer. I had one, but one of my friends was on his 4th one when I showed up, and didn't look any worse for wear, so it's pretty drinkable in spite of its elevated alcohol. A very nice drink of beer that takes you overseas.

Monkeypaws, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow/golden color with a large two and a half inch white head. Decent retention and some small bits of lacing.

The aroma on this beer is really ncie. A good bit of citrus up front, kind of a lemon/orange thing. Slightly spicey with a tangy yeast component. Just really enjoyable.

The taste is nice. Some citrusy orange peel and a touch of spice. Some yeast presence as well as a faint trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. A solid beer, and a nice showing for a saison. No major complaints.

Goliath, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 from total wine. Poured into a Maredsous chalice.

A - Pours light golden in color, and unfiltered. Highly carbonated, lots of dishwasher white head. Dissipates slow and leaves a light lacing.

S - Pears, peaches, golden raisins, and Belgian candi sugars. Hop aroma is fairly low-moderate with a nice spice. I also notice a bit of coriander tossed in too.

T - Pears, peaches, slight golden raisins and candi sugars, coriander, and spicy hops. It's slightly skunky actually. Makes me wonder how Total Wine stored this beer. Saison's do better in the heat, too.

M - Slight carbonation on the mouth feel and the spicy hops offset the sweetness of the dry, white fruit. Slightly warming. Good overall.

D - Alc is a bit high at 7.7% for a saison. For a simple "farmboy beer" it is rather complex and enjoyable.

I bought this beer in summer. I stored this beer in my beer fridge at 65 and dropped temp down to 50. I have to wonder how good this beer would be if it was stored better by total wine or via delivery.

MisterClean, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into my Hennepin glass.

Pours a clear golden color with about a finger of persistent rocky white head. Aroma seems to be somewhat subdued (its just not very strong) though relatively complex. A yeasty aroma is most dominant with light fruits (banana, pear, apple, peach) and a bit of white pepper. Taste is like the aroma but a bit stronger. At first it is creamy and mild with a light maltyness but then pears, peaches, and some light bananas take over. As we near the finish a peppery spicyness becomes more pronounced and builds through the finish. There is some occasional heat here, seems to be from the spices as it doesn't seem like any other hot alcohol I've taste. Doesn't seem too dry despite being well attenuated. Body is medium-light with very high carbonation. Overall its very creamy with a moderate alcohol presence that plays well with the other flavors. Drinkability is pretty darn good, this beer is relatively complex yet accessible. Very enjoyable, recommended.

mnj21655, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear bubbly golden, with a huge, long-lasting, frothy white head. I feel like I should be in Germany.
S: Smells like it tastes, or tastes like it smells. Also some banana in the smell.
T: Tastes like a mix between a (dulled down) dubbel and a wheat beer. Some sweetness and spiciness at the beginning that rounds out into a smooth wheat flavor.
M: No biting aftertaste, good balance of carbonation.
D: Like the other farmhouse ales that I've had, really drinkable; just the right spot between complexity and simplicity and thus easy to drink while still being interesting.

lhaqq, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a slightly cloudy orange/gold color with a big white head.

S: The aroma is malty and spicy. There are some fruit and grain notes. Some sourness is detected.

T: The taste is sweet and cereal. It is slightly sour and bitter. It definitely has an earthy yeast flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated.

D: This is an excellent drinking farmhouse ale.

barefootbrewer, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle at the Brewery in Cooperstown about 5 hours ago.

A Light, thick head with light brown body.

S Light, wheat smell. Grains with some malt to the nose.

T Nice light wheat taste which reminded me of Duvel again. It is not near as strong as Duvel but has a lot of the same taste characeristics. The wheat/grains and lightness really dominate and make this beer very drinkable indeed.

M Light wheat beer with light mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation.

D Great. I could easily drink the whole 750 ml bottle from which this came in a session.

adamette, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared of bottle of this one @ Bishops Arms - Karlstad with my good friend Ljunkan. The second beer I've tried from Ommegang, but I'm not very impressed by this one.

The bottle looks pretty mediocre, but the beer in the glass looks pretty nice though, hazy yellow with a large white foam.

Smells nicely of some sorts of spices, citrus fruits and some nice hoppiness. Smell is really nice!

Taste is slightly sour with lots of spiciness and some citrusfruits. Fells quite mediocre in the taste though, but still good.

All and all, a pretty good beer, but I don't think I want to try it again. There are beers in this style that are so much better.

Bananaman, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of johnd513
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color with a nice fluffy white head that quickly diapears. The smell is real funky with yeast and citrus notes. The taste is very clean spicy, citrusy. The spiciness pleasantly lingers. The mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and has medium body. Drinkability is high and the higher than average alcohol is barely noticeable. Overall one of my favorite U.S. Belgian style beers.

johnd513, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about time I bought this bottle. Poured from a 750 ml bottle, 8.5% ABV, into a snifter and tulip.

Appears a semi hazy golden color with a lively one and a half inch bubbly head. Lots of lace.

Aroma has that funky barnyard must that is so characteristic of saisons with some nice earthy hops, a bit of orange, and some sweet sugary tones.

Taste has a bit of sweetness up front then some funky musty flavors with some lemony citrus followed by a decent amount of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice and effervescent.

This is a tasty beer, but I just don't think I can get myself to like Saisons all that much.

roadhouse, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Farmhouse saison poured a hazy yellow orange color with a tight bubble lacing pattern with the circular well in the middle spouting a look a like of the "old geyser".

The smell was real funky. You have to be a funk a holic to enjoy this one. Luckily I enjoy it. It gave off bananas, spice and a citrus orange smell. The taste was peppery, spicy and was like sour fruit. In the mouth it was highly carbonated with the pepper leaving the mark. Overall it was pretty damn good.

cswhitehorse, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of sobchack
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Appearance is a hazy golden straw color with a thin, white head. Aroma is heavy on straw and light fruits. White grapes, maybe? Taste follows suit with mild fruitiness balanced by a bit of mustiness and spice. Complex flavors here. Light carbonation and mouthfeel. Goes down easy. Great tasting brew from Ommegang.

sobchack, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy golden straw color with a finger of head. Looked great in the glass.

S: Super yeasty with some hints of citrus and grassy notes. Some spice in there as well.

T: Super sweet and yeasty. Totally different than in the bottle. Looses some of the spice and instead has a strong yeast flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied. Excellent carbonation.

D: Perfect for a 95 degree day. Probably went down a little too easy. Great beer.

Review was from notes from the Albany Microbrew festival.

aerozeppl, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Shumista
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Maudite snifter.
A- Pours a light, cloudy golden yellow with a huge white, frothy head that lingers for a while.
S- The smells is fruity (citrus and lots of apple) with some spice as well.
T- Lots going on here. There is the same fruitiness in the taste that was in the smell, the apple is sweet and the citrus, tart and bitter. Overall very crisp, with a lingering spiciness.
M- Medium bodied, the moderately high alcohol isn't noticeable at all.
D- If I wasn't sharing the bottle, I could easily polish the whole thing off on my own.

This was my first Saison and my second Ommegang. Even though I don't think the style is going to become my new favorite this beer is great and Ommegang continues to impress me.

Shumista, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of waldoiverson
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 0z bomber into tulip glass

a: cloudy deep yellow with pillowy white head that left excellent lacing down the glass

s: musty with a bit of peppery spice, bit of mediciney astringent smel...like the smell of medical tape...not in a bad way

t: the medicinal flavor comes through in an almost sour way but it is balanced with a sweet funky malt and yeast overtone that brings some banana into the mix. the alcohol lingers and gets into the nose

M: Well carbonated with medium dry body with a clean finish

D: I can drink this a bottle at a time by itself or a split with a meal. A great cool evening summer drink with 7.7% abv it is in a sweet spot.

note: the price on the ommegang stuff is such a deal that you'd be silly not to taste up and down the line.

waldoiverson, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to finally review one of my gateway craft beers, I remember the first time I tried it at the Cullinary Institute, I was in love. Picked up a few bottles and got this star on my list.

A: Pours a cloudy, slightly dark golden body with a frothy white head and loads of lacing.

S: RAW country smells, apples, clove and coriander spices, a touch of citrus and some yeastiness.

T: After a touch of apple sweetness, the tongue is struck by the lemony citrus bitterness along with the spices; over time the sweetness re-asserts itself in balance, this time with the spices and bitterness

M: Medium/light bodied with a lot of frothy carbonation.

D: This is an all-star, one of the best Belgians I've had yet. Ommegang has a star and this is my favorite of ther lineup. I love the rawness of the ale, really fits the style well. This is a winner and a must try for those looking for an American Saison.

jdg204, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of notafood
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a moderately cloudy golden color with a lively white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smells sour and spicy, very true to French and Belgian saisons. Hoppy, bright, earthy, and crisp. Tart Belgian yeasts, fantastic palate of spice and hops. Deliciously light and dry mouthfeel. This beer is excellent for it's taste, drinkability, and value. A real winner for American beers.

notafood, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Joker2008
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a really nice strong blonde ale. It pours golden with a nice head. I really don't consider this a saison, but very tasty.

Very Refreshing.

Similar to duvell , but a little more hoppy and spicy.

You can't beat the price as with all Ommegang beers and I will put this taste wise against a lot o similar Belgains.

Joker2008, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Leffe over-sized wine glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Excellent, crystal clear, overly golden or extra-light amber is how I'd describe this one. Medium-sized head that leaves a nice, thin, foamy layer. Chunky, sliding lacing. Very beautiful.

Fresh grass notes. Slightly sour funk. Light citrus notes. Very light maltiness. Nice presence of spiciness. White peach, banana, and clove.

Green apple peels, peaches in honey, and a nice spice level. Earthy graniness.

Nice, crisp, and clean mouthfeel. Not nearly as creamy as I like my saisons to be.

Very drinkable, especially as a day-to-day kind of brew. When I want something special though, I grab a bigger bolder saison.

coldmeat23, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Rootdog316
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange amber that is cloudy with a rocky foamy quickly disappearing head. Nose is slight sour funky with a nice yeast underpinning. Some light citrus and hay also. Taste is way to strong on the alcohol. Thats all you taste up front. Creamy body with a lot of yeast and a lightly hoppy and lightly bitter finish of spice. As a western take on a saison though, this works pretty well. Lingering notes of Caramel and Vanilla and a very slight sour note redeem this one.

Rootdog316, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of bigkahunas4
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my snifter.

A: Pours a gorgeous hazy yellow with a hint of orange. There was about a half finger head to start, which dissipated to a thin film. Not sticky at all.

S: Smells mainly of grass, with a hints of pepper and citrus - a bit of yeast as well.

T: Taste is primarily citrus, with notes of honey, grass, and sweet cream. Quite light. Very well constucted - not much bitter.

M: A bit dry, biting carbonation. Though at the same time quite smooth. As it goes down it sticks to your mouth for extended enjoyment

D: Very smooth as the alcohol is very masked for having a moderately high ABV. After a few a tastes though, you can start to feel its kick. For being remarkably light tasting though, it can be quite an enjoyable session. Different and really enjoyable beer if you're looking for a little something but nothing overbearing.

bigkahunas4, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12oz bottle into the tall sam adams glass with considerable head that all but overflows even after a careful pour. It retains it's head very well on top of a cloudy yellow beer. The bubbles are super fine and just keep coming.

Aroma is slightly sweet, slightly spicy with a decidedly Belgian yeastiness to it.

Flavor is similar with nice Belgian complexity and depth of character. There is some sweetness to it but it's mostly dominated by spice and sourness. Nothing is over-powered which is nice.

Mouthfeel is good and as would be expected in a Belgian. That is it has higher than average carbonation and alcohol. The later is fairly well-hidden.

Very good american rendition of this style.

GilGarp, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating some new glassware, this brew is poured into THE Hennepin footed bulb... and forms a thick, foamy cloud that traces quite well.... body is a sediment-laden transparent orange-brown head... handosme and stout.... floral notes with grape and soft hops--a bit of lemon and something sweet... inviting... medium-bodied, lively on the tongue and effervescent on the mouth.... more than drinkable, but slightly more alcoholic than the average saison... fresh, crisp, hoppy in a soft citric way--somewhat tart but not candied or false--a bit of vanilla? a bit of malt in the aftertaste, but complex with some grapefruit elements... by mid-glass, hennepin setlles into a groove of Belgian elegance that belies its nationality... the Ommegang presentation two years ago at the PSU Brew Fest made this beer even more attractive--and it flirts like a true Abbey (Williams!) ale, but pulls back and only offers a soft eye--that, I can live with....

dacrza1, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Cloudy, yeasty pale gold. I poured too fast and got all the yeast mixed in. One finger of head that laces well.

4.5 S: Complex. Spice, pepper, honey, straw.

4.5 T: Mild bitterness and sourness. Grassy hops, spice, and some peppery hotness. Malts spicy and biscuity. Lastly, hints of fruit and clove.

4.5 M: Smooth, somewhat creamy, and very well carbonated.

4.5 D: Wonderful beer. Though I prefer hoppier, darker beers, this one was a delightful change.

DavoleBomb, Sep 19, 2008
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,038 ratings.