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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,141 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,141
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 224
Gots: 455 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of naterock
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours yellow cloudy with a thick fluffy white head. very pleasing and really quite tempting on a warm day.

smell is grassy funk, with a malt backbone and a slight hop nose.

taste is quite pleasant and spicy, a small malt supports a nice hop bitterness and a grassy and slightly citrusy (pineapple) hop. really quite magnificent.

mouth is crisp with a slight bite in the body and a clean finish, This beer drinks way too easy for the ABV. Definitely buying this one again.

naterock, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into the ommegang glass

A-Very cloudy with a big white fluffy head, suprisingly it doesnt lace down the glass a whole lot.

S-Spices galore, notes of clove and corriander most noteable but many others are lighter notes. Also a good alcohol burn in the nose.

T-Spicy and sweet the flavor of this beer is so complex and good. The amount of flavors in this beer are asounding, spicy and grassy hops in the front and middle with a mild near tropical citrus flavor in the finish.

M-Light and crisp and just as the rest of the beer extremly complex. Very smooth and well carbonated

D-I'll have this one again its nice to be able to get hold of this more frequent now that I can't get Saison brett from boulevard.

SpecialK088, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of feelmefoam
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

This beer looks great. A beautiful hazy gold color with lots of lively carbonation running up the glass into a foamy white head that's about an inch high. As I drank, it left a sticky layer of lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus, wheat, and a few spices I cannot place.

Tastes great. First hits the tongue with a tart, fruity flavor similar to a sour apple or a light citrus. Then finishes with a small amount of spice followed by some crispness by alcohol, helped by the carbonation.

A fairly light beer with a high amount of carbonation, but that helps complement the flavors of the beer, in my opinion.

Overall, a very tasty beer that is perfect for summer weather. Although not completely sessionable because of the high ABV, I'll still have another. My first Saison, and I loved it.


feelmefoam, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very light yellow/golden color but what I love is how thick the head is accompanied by the tremendous flow of carbonation bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

S - To me is smells very similar to a Belgian Wit ale, I guess Saisons and Wits are close is style?? Either way it's a little less citrusy in scent but more spicy. Don't know which spices are used but it's very nice.

T - After smelling it I thought it was going to be very much like a Wit but I was a little off. This beer is much more tart than a Wit, which is very nice. Tastes much like a Belgian farmhouse ale! A little lemon/apple/yeast aftertaste...very complex.

M/D - Carbonation overload...which isn't a bad thing in this case. Paired with the flavors of this brew the carbonation compliments it nicely. Very rough on the palate given the carbonation but, again, works nicely.

This was my first Ommegang beer and I am quite pleased. For a beer brewed in New York they have out done themselves. Not quite as good as a true Belgian but it's definitely knocking on it's door! Very nice take on a hard beer style to master. Can't beat the price either...payed less than $7 for a 750ml.

VaTechHopHead, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Birchgrove77
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up from Binnys Schaumburg.

Appearance: Cloudy, straw colored with a wonderful two-inch white head that laces well down the glass and never disapates.

Smell: Sour grain-like aroma. A slight peach aroma, but there was a slight macro lager aroma to this bottle.

Taste: Smooth with some tart characteristics that are reminiscient of Granny Smith apples. A slight citrus acidity exists, but there was not any hint of coriander, clove, cinnamon or orange peel. A slight hop earthy hop character, but not much bitterness.

Overall: Quite different from the usual 750 ml bottles I've become used to. I feel somewhat let down since this is one of my favorite beers. May have to go buy a 750 ml for a side-by-side comparison.

Birchgrove77, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Naugled
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked bottle served in chalice

A: Gold straw hazy color, thick rocky white head with nice lacing as it subsides to an even thin white layer

S: Fresh grassy hoppy citrusy fruity nose up front, in the back ground a soapy note

T: Spices up front in the flavor, malt second. Nice crisp bite to this with a little lingering bitterness and tartness... all good.

M: medium body, smooth dry and soft mouthfeel.

D: good, nose is a little off, but very drinkable for a 7.5 beer.

overall a very solid beer. Kudos!

Naugled, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. The label lists an abv of 7.5%.

Appearance: Fairly cloudy pale yellow. Big white head. The appearance reminds me of Unibroue Ephemere(Apple). The head never completely vanished.

Smell: Fresh tart apples, yeasty spiciness, and perhaps a little bit of an alcohol presence.

Taste: Very juicey and peppery. I wish there was more fruitiness to the taste. Alot like a tripel.

BierFan, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Thanby
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mild straw color, kind of like apple juice. Smells of a mild malt with butter, cream and some spices. Flavor is full of wheat and cloves, smoothed out by a buttery flavor and with a bit of hops in the background. Nice body and flavor all the way through, easy to drink and just generally a good brew.

Thanby, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled and decanted into Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy gold/amber or straw color with initial ½ inch white head that disappears slowly leaving behind lacing on sides of glass and rim of foam around glass with thin layer of foam on surface.

Smell: Fruity (pear), a bit of alcohol and some complex spicyness (but hard to tell which spices)

Taste: Crisp, yeasty fruity (pear, a touch of green apples), some sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied mouthfeel with steady low level of carbonation and a long finish with sweetness becoming dry.

Drinkability: Very pleasant. Reminds me a bit of a Tripel. One or two of an evening would be just fine.

drtth, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of ruckzuck
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear, golden yellow with a massively frothy head. The head dissipated as I drank, but it was still as sight to behold. Watching the bubbles shoot up the glass is also nice

S - lots of sweet and slightly tart fruity notes enter the nostrils. Apple or pear comes to mind, along with a hint of banana. Definitely some Belgian yeastiness and a bit of funk. The aroma of bubblegum also comes to mind

T - very similar to the smell, and very enjoyable. The sweetness isn't cloying in the least, and the tart undercurrents are great. Delightful on the tongue

M - crisp with a nice amount of carbonation. Wakes the palate up in a great way

D - very nice; a classic saison through and through. I'm a big fan, and I'll have no trouble finishing the 750 mL with my lady. Would gladly buy again if in the mood for a saison

ruckzuck, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought on my first trip for NICE BEER

A: Pours golden with a little too much head but that quickly goes away. Head is WHITE with active carbonation. Pretty much crystal clear.

S: planty, like leaves, slightly malty, slighty sweet. Beyond what my vocabulary has to describe it to be honest. Wow

T: Does not match the scent whatsoever. Still fantastic. Sweet on the tip of the tounge, slightly bitter on the sides.

M: Very nicely dances across the tongue and on the roof of the mouth. Seems to leave a lace on the tongue as it goes down.

D: Dangerous. I could spend a LOT of money on this. Goes down amazingly easily.

mdwalsh, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-yellow with lively bubbling and a solid head. Coarse, grassy hop aroma and some Belgian spiciness and funk. Sharp is a good word for the nose on this one. Feels a bit watery and finely carbonated - champagne-like. Grassy hops are in the flavour as well with a little bit of fruit and spiciness and banana. Overall, the flavours have a bit of a rough edge I think.

allergictomacros, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of LordHammer
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wide mouth wine glass.

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden color, with a solid white head that fades to a lace that lingers on the top right to the bottom.

S: A nice, crisp smelling malt note, with the typical Belgian-style yeast profile, a bit fruity and spicy. Nothing really surprising here, but that's okay.

T: Bright, crisp malts blended with a fruity, yeasty notes, and a slightly sour finish. The alcohol is nicely obscured in this one. Really an excellent beer flavor wise.

M: Typically thin mouthfeel, but that's fine. Carbonation is significant, with a constant stream of small bubbles rising to the top from the beginning of the glass to the end.

D: I could certainly drink the entire bottle. This is an excellent beer.

LordHammer, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of pdxwhisky
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden into glass. Nice head, good retention. Nice yeasty esthers on the nose. Taste is marred by high alcohol content - not very balanced. Good carbonation - fit for style. Overall drinkability flawed by lingering alcohol flavor on finish. Not bad - but not balanced enough to be great.

pdxwhisky, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/26/2007 (750mL bottle):

Pours a light golden color, some bubbles, average head, diminishing. Malty Belgian aroma, not as floral. Some nose of alcohol. Malty, sour taste. Some Belgian, and also some alcohol. Floral aftertaste. Warming up a bit...the tastes blend together better. Not bad, a decent Belgian.

jujubeast6000, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hennepin pours a bright straw gold, and it is extremely translucent. The head is a big and fluffy with a bright white color. Its retention is great.

The smell is mostly yeast with hints of fruit (mostly green apple).

Its taste is overwhelming and complex. The beer starts with a funky yeast/fruit taste, then goes to a tart taste, and finishes with a crisp apple flavor. Its aftertaste is mixed with spice and apple.

The mouthfeel is pretty full with a light carbonation.

Overall it is a big beer, very complexed with a whole lot going on as far as flavor. It is definitely not for beginners. But this beer is without a doubt worth a try, a very fun beer to drink and breakdown.

DrinkinBoy, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - Light pale yellow, opaque. Frothy two finger head.

s - Fruity, yeasty, some sour notes. No hints of alcohol.

t - One of the more sour beers I've had. Hits you right on the back underside of the tongue. Otherwise a light belgian taste with a sour aftertaste that requires just one more sip. Warming finish but no mouth numbing.

m - Light body but not entirely watery due to some malt action. Very carbonated but it seems to work in this setting.

d - I'm not quite used to the sour, especially sour without a powerful bitter alongside it. It's an energetic little brew. I see myself pouring to the end of this bottle quickly with no complaints. Great masking on its 8.5% ABV - if not for savoring the sour this stuff drinks like a light beer. Ommegang, I continue to enjoy tasting my way through your great beers.

talkinghatrack, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque straw color with fluffy white head, fades after a few minutes, nice lacing. Smell: unripe banana, pear, cloves/tobacco, alcohol edge. Taste: apple, pear, earthy yeastiness, slight peppery alcohol, grassy, slightly grainy. Mouthfeel: crisp is what it's all about, semi slimy like you just ate a banana. This is a good tasting beer of an interesting style I should seek out more.

babaracas, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of TheDoorman
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light transparent yellow, slightly cloudy but mostly transparent. Tons of carbonation apparent in the body. Tons. A smooth white head leaves nice lacing. Aroma is lemon, grass, bubble gum, pale malt sweetness and yeast. Taste mostly mirrors the scent, but with just a touch of tartness. A nice earthyness which matches the sweetness. Enough hops to make their presence known in the backdrop. Mouthfeel is perhaps a touch too carbonated, though that is fairly typical for the style. Smooth and refreshing. Alcohol barely noticeable. A great blend of sweetness and earthyness, and a touch of tart. Fantastic beer that can be enjoyed with any meal or at any time. An extremely versatile brew.

TheDoorman, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale, straw yellow with 2-3 fingers of fluffy white head leaving puffs of foam stuck everywhere.

S - Grainy wheat, pear, apple, honey and spicy clove.

T - Fruity, floral, grassy, spicy with yeasty esters and a metallic, earthy note that seems to build with each sip.

M - Light with prickly carbonation. Smooth.

D - It was pretty good except for the strong metallic, earthy taste.

brewcrew76, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Cloudy yellow with highly carbonated look up the side of the glass

Smell- Yeasty and slight citrus y notes on the nose, and wheaty beer smell

Taste- Slight hop flavor but lemon citrus back notes, very good flavor, stronger finish then start,

Mouthfeel- A medium bodied beer that feels smooth going down

Drinkability- Tremendous drinkability considering a 7.5 alcohol level.

A beer I liked more then I expected or thought I would whether you are a real hard core fan of this style it is one worth giving a shot. Could see pairing up real nice with a spicy meal.

Stunner97, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

This is my first saison.

A - very, very light yellow color. This is probably the lightest beer I have ever seen. I had to stop after about 8 oz because the glass was going to overflow from the carbonation. Ten minutes later, I was able to finish the pour. The head was whitish and around 4cm tall. It was very lumpy also

S - fruit, yeast, some spices, definitely cloves.

T - this beer has absolutely no malt flavor to it (to me, at least), it is not the least bit sweet. very, very dry with a slight fruitiness. cloves are noticeable as are other spices. Very dry finish, not bitter, just dry. I guess that's what this type of beer is supposed to taste like, but I'm not really sure.

M - it was very thin, but I'm guessing that's normal for the style. It had a lot of carbonation too.

D - I didn't like it's dryness.

Note: I didn't like this beer at all. However, it's somewhat highly rated because it does exhibit the characteristics that the style description lists. Once i get more experience with Saisons, I may edit this review to better reflect that rating of its characteristics.

bowersdm, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of cpn920
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden hazy color with a big head. Smell is impressive, almost hefe like to me, big banana and coriander. Taste is nice and is slightly sour to me. This was highly carbonated and medium bodied. ABV is surprising because it was fairly light beer...abv became more apparent as the beer warmed. High abv would prevent me from pounding these back but that is the only reason. Nice brew.

cpn920, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I fondly remember Hennepin as the first saison I ever tried (less than 4 years ago) and it blew me away back then. It's been a very long time, so this is like visiting an old friend. Got an imperial pint at Bailey's Taproom.

A: Bright golden, almost clear with little rising carbonation. Small snow-white head, strong lacing top to bottom. Not sure if the lack of carbonation is normal; I know this keg was tapped roughly a week ago, so it's still 'fresh'.

S: Spicy aroma with sweet yeasty roll. Apple core and pear slices. Hints of clove and melon.

T: Crisp apple, light honey, grass/hay. Buttery sweet rolls and a sharp spicing. Finishes out dry, with pepper and a slight medicinal chalkiness being most notable. Terrific balance.

M: Refreshing, lively carbonation. Body is light/medium; alcohol seems subdued, but grows with a subtle warmth. Finishes with a faint yeast/grain stickiness and a little chalky bitterness.

D: A high point - both extremely 'easy to drink' and notably desirable in the 'want to have again' categories. A fine example of the style, haven't had more than a couple US-made saisons that can compete.

msubulldog25, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of LeftonJackman
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first saison came from the well in a flute glass. A slightly cloudy honey and tea was topped with an airy head that left a trace of lace

It was faint in the nose and not as available as I would like, but straw and spice with a hint of fruit.

What a beautifully flavored beer. Earthy with a hint of yeast and hops. The draw was the best part. Touches of honeydew, melon and orange! FABULOUS!

If this is the archetype saison, I shall be having more!

LeftonJackman, Jan 28, 2009
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,141 ratings.