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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,040 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,040
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 aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a white head.

Smell is floral, fruity (banana and lemon), with musty yeasty smell strong.

Sharp, citrusy taste very different than smell. Plenty of spices, specifically pepper. Very complex taste.

Great beer that is full and still very drinkable. I can't believe I am just now trying it.

aubuc1, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance was a hazy, bright gold with an enormous, pillowy white head that takes an eternity to disappear.

Aroma of citrus, citrus, and more citrus, with some slight floral notes in there as well. Very pleasant.

Taste is herbal, grassy even, with notes of clove that remind me of a summer wheat ale. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-to-full-bodied, with nice amount of carbonation. Finish is somewhat neutral, with not too much of an aftertaste.

This would probably make a superb Summer beer (though watch out for the alcohol!), but it just didn't do it for me. Perhaps it was because it just wasn't one of those nighttime, before-bed beers. Overall, not too bad.


Served at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Light, clear straw-gold hue with a pillowy head of white foam. Nice, thick rings of lace grace the walls of the glass as the beer drains.

Nose of citrus, with notes of lemon zest and grapefruit peel, mixed with earthy, musty horseblanket.

Light, highly carbonated body, with an herbal, grassy palate, with a nice, none-overpowering clove spiciness. Finish is very dry, helping to lead one to a further draught.

A very nice, easily drinkable beer, and a great example of the Saison style.

superdedooperboy, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Moxley
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a small pilsner glass.

A - Poured a light golden amber with a foamy head that didn't dissipate too quickly.

S - Grassy, hoppy smell with a citrusy, floral sweetness. Picked up on a bit of a clove scent as well.

T - A very interesting combination of malty, citrusy, and earthy hops. It actually worked really well together.

M&D - Nice balance of carbonation and alcohol warmth. Overall a good beer. Definitely worth trying.

Moxley, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is a creamy gold color that is a little bit cloudy. Great head and lace. average lace.

Smell- This beer smells extremely sweet. There is a grassy like mustiness to the aroma too I would imagine that is from the yeast.

Taste- Sweet and spicy. It has a complex barrage of different fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel- Thick but at the same time crisp and a
little dry .

Drinkability- This is a great session beer.

MTNboy, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of chrisafari
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with fluffy/billowing white head. Sweet aroma of yeast, citrus, slight hops and alcohol. Flavor begins with nice citrus and grapefruit and then transitions into crisp herbs, pepper and spice. Medium body. The head is thick and creamy, really gorgeous. Nice Saison.

chrisafari, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stella glass

A: Beautiful light amber with two finger fluffy head that dissipated very slowly. Wonderful looking brew.

S: Smelled almost tripel like. Hints of sweetness come through along with some fruitiness as well. Great smelling brew.

T & M: Wow interesting taste, not quite what I was expecting. Very dry finish. Taste has hints of possible oakiness or aging to it. There is definitely a bitterness on the finish as well, nicely balanced.

D: Definitely drinkable, not hints of the high ABV in the brew.

elniko, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of smerkinb
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle has instructions for pouring and blurb about history of this beer. Pours a golden orange with 2"+ head that is pure white. Great lacing the whole way through. Smells fruity and yeasty but makes me think "clean".

Tart and alcohol esters were the first impression with some mild earthiness. Clove stands out to me (maybe cuz of all the hefes lately) Ends a slight band-aid dry. As it warms the alcohol comes through a bit more, but nothing overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and ends with a twangy bite.

I was a bit afraid of this one as I don't drink much that has a higher ABV, but my fears were unfounded. Though I could sense the alcohol as this warmed up it never became the main attraction. The flavor was way too complex for my little mouth, but I'm smart enough to know I liked this alot and will be coming back for more, and more, and then probably some more. My interest in this style is definitely stronger.

smerkinb, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle.

Poured a rich golden straw coloring with a perfect 2 finger frothy pure whit head. Mild lacing kept up on descent.

Smells are prototypical of this style and this one is exceptional to the norm. Clove spices set the foundation for the rest of the aroma to include coriander, banana, and bubble gum. A very light essence of pepper nudges its way into the picture and all in all hides the moderate ABV well.

I'll try to be as objective as possible, but the taste is a major letdown from the smell. Mild and I mean very mild hops and soothingly subtle spices make up the rather well balanced, albeit light flavor.

Medium body with a medium carbonation leaves a small dry bite after each swig. Slightly filling but not enough that you couldn't have a couple of these bottles.

Nice summer ale for sure, goes down very smooth and is quite refreshing.

Zadok, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Gentle pour into a tulip flute yields a huge white rocky bumpy head over a cloudy golden-blond chill-hazed body. Incredible effervescence: the head stays, stays, stays, even grows! Lacing is permanent and thick. Gorgeous beer.

Smell is bright, green apple and under-ripe fruit, yeasty, mildly funky. Soapy and clean, over a light cracker malt base. Floral hops are there.

Taste is very similar to the smell, though a bit more malty. There even is a note of chocolate! Nice hoppy dry finish. Mineral water. Crisp and perky.

Moutfheel is superb -- round & rich , yet simultaneously crisp. Wow!

Drinkability is excellent: the 7.7% ABV is completely hidden. Sessionable!

This is like a Belgian version of Weihenstephaner's Vitus.

ColoradoBobs, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great corked bottle. Love the 'POP'. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy orange in color with a 1 finger bright white head that fades slowly.

S - Nice floral/citrus aroma with a mild bread finish. Sweet and not bitter.

T - Wow. Great balance of citrus and malt flavors. Very clean and crisp and it really masks the strength of this brew. Great representation of this style.

M - This Saison reminds me of Duvel in this area. While not as apparent it has that wonderful nose tickle...

D - Normally something this high ABV would lower this score, but THIS is a great summertime/lawnmower beer for us 'snobs'.

ectomorph, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with a nice white head. In the aroma, hints of spice, corriander and a touch of cinnamon. In the taste, spicey and yeasty, hints of citrus as well. A spice bite, and a medium mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty spice in the aftertaste. A very nice saison, smooth, yet a nice spicey bite.

OWSLEY069, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
2.4/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hmm... This beer is hard to review. This doesn't have much of the characteristics that I've come to expect in a saision. I've tasted this beer three times and am ready to review it now.

Pours a golden color with a big head.

Aroma mostly reminded me of a pilsner or perhaps a weak pale ale. Not enough esters, funk or spice to do the style justice.

Taste is clean and refreshing and has some estery fruits but for the most part was just a decent beer that was a bit boring.

Quenches the thirst but nothing worth seeking out.

/ I love ommegang 3p and abbey ale. This offering is just weak in comparison.

gonzo46and2, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice pillowy white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Lemony citrus with spices, Belgian yeast and a nice grainy undertone.

T-Tasty. Starts with a citrus bite which is balanced by the solid grainy malt. A nice coriander and yeastiness throughout.

M-Light and crisp with good carbonation.

D-Deliciously refreshing and drinkable. ABV is deceptive based on the taste.

In a summer of fine saisons, this is one of my favorites.


sholland119, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of AmishT
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper/orange in color, hazy, with a huge white frothy head that leaves tons of lacing as it recedes.

S - Very bold aromas: lemon, wheat, yeast, and strong notes of fruit (banana?)

T&M - A very complex flavor, albeit, not my favorite. Definitely a good beer for the summer: it has a somewhat crisp wheat-like flavor with notes of complex malts. High carbonation. Medium bodied. Very flavorful mouthfeel.

D - All in all, I definitely respect the quality of this brew - it just wasn't one of my favorites. For 7.7 abv, it wasn't too boozy at all - only a little hint of alcohol here and there.

AmishT, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegan's Hennepin pours a big stiff head over
a cloudy yellow brew. The head collapses to a finger in a
minute or two, leaving a bit of lacing behind. Carbonation
is hard to guage- though light in color the beer is quite opaque.
The nose is is fruity- apple, maybe and a bit of some kind of
berry, a bit of yeast funk, and the barest hint of alcohol stiffening
up all those smells. The flavor is very delicate light malts, wood,
and an herbal hop off the back. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very
dry. Aside from the whiff in the nose, the alcohol is well controlled-
making itself felt as a definite warming, but in no other way. This is
one of those brews which is suitable to try out on your wine-drinking
friends, in place of a dry white wine. A really nice Saison, and in spite
of the name, it comes not from Minnesota, but from Cooperstown, NY-
the birthplace of Baseball. Nice.

shadow1961, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow with some amber highlights. A very large, bubbly head forms in my tulip, leaving some thick, sudsy lacing on the glass. Quite impressive appearance.

S: Somewhat weak with spiced aromas, lemony/herbal hops, and some slight fruitiness. A very light, summery kind of aroma, almost akin to a Hoegaarden or other Belgian wit. Solid, but not special.

T&M: A rather tasty, crisp, and tangy beer. Start is malty and smooth before giving way to some tangy fruit and sourness. Finish is spicy, hoppy, dry, and long. The depth of complexity is definitely appreciable. Body is medium with a slightly prickly carbonation that could definitely be better, considering it's a Belgian ale.

D: High ABV limits this a tad; however, it's still crisp, flavorful, and delicious. Hennepin is going to have to be a staple of the spring/summer rotation for me from now on.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden orange and yellow with head and lacing that remain for the duration. The smells are sweet and slightly spicy, hops can be detected. The taste is crisp and refreshing and follows with the aromas detected. Finishes very clean. A nicely crafted beer, this is my first saison but I have had similar belgian style ales. From what I understand a saison is similar except for the way they were originally brewed. I was hoping for more flavors but the cost is reasonable for this beer. I will enjoy this one again.

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the way this beer pours out of the glass. RIght away I can tell it is very carbonated from the hiss as I pour it. I tried to leave as much sediment in the bottom but the beer comes out sort of hazy. A huge foamy head arises and retains for quite some time leaving interesting shapes as it dissipates. Initially this beer gives off a skunky-lager type aroma and some citrus and somewhat sweet. The taste is very different. Clove, spices, and fruity esters shine through. The mouthfeel is extremely crisp and reminiscent of champagne.

DontCallMeSurly, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with huge white head. Falls very slow with a lot of lacing.

Fresh earthy aroma with a medicinal hint to it.

Earthiness comes through in taste as well as a lemony flavor. Herbal and a little fruity. Slight spice.

Medium bodied with low, simple carbonation.

Very drinkable. Nice.

dstc, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of gunnerman
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, pours a pale yellow with a fluffy foamy head that doesn't hang around to long no lace detected. Smell is pretty good bubbleguym, alchohol, clove and some ripe fruit. Taste is bit mild, alchohol not deteced and very refreshing taste of earth notes with a bit smoke character to this. Overall not bad I enjoyed this with some smoked gouda cheese, I believe the smoke character really intensified with the taste of the cheese. Good style that goes down pretty smooth.

gunnerman, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with a nice frothy head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Fairly good lacing.

Aroma is mild fruit, mild floral, some candied sweetness, a little toasty malt.

Delicious hop flavors, herb and mulling spice, sweet, tangy fruits.

Fair carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Wow is this one a winner. Great flavors and wonderfully balanced complexity.

OtherShoe2, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a huge billowy head. Almost like pouring champagne into a glass.

Aroma is spicy with hints of raisin and cotton candy. I can't wait to try this one. Spicy up front, with some fruity esters. There is a little grassy hoppiness present, and as the beer warms, a light tartness develops. Very palatable.

The mouthfeel is crisp and champagne-like, and it goes down very smoothly. Drinkability is hindered somewhat by its robust flavors but is still pretty high.

daythree16, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear pilsner-gold with a medium white head. Decent retention with good stick.
The aroma is malty and fruity, with a yeasty spicyness.
Taste is fairly complex, with pale malt up front with citrus peel and clove. Transitions in to an earthy/grassy hop extract flavor. Pronounced dry bitterness in the finish from the hops and noticable alcohol that remains on the tongue after the flavor has faded.
Feel is a bit rough. High carbonation levels are a bit much at first, but mellow somewhat toward the bottom of the glass.
Overall it's pretty good, but if I'm going to spend the money on an Ommegang product, I'd probably go with several others before this one.

Hoagie1973, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale cloudy orange juice yellow with a small white head that leaves a touch of lacing.The nose is floral and faintly spicy,some sweetness also abounds.This tastes spicy and earthy from the get go,some sweet and tart flavors blend well.Lightly buiscuty throught and a hint of hoppy,grassy bitterness on the tail.The body is light to medium,drying on the tounge,and clean aftertaste is well above average.The alcohol is hard to find,until it warms and then it shows even bolder flavors in every aspect.This is a killer brew top to bottom!

orangemoustache, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer tends to be much better in the 750ml bottle with cork. don't know why.

anyway, i've come to appreciate this much more over the year.

2008 bottling. poured into tulip.

slightly hazy, golden straw color with amber tint. lots of head, gradually fades to thin layer. splotchy lacing.

gentle must and hay aromas. faint yeast, spice and fruit (apple, pear). lightly toasted malt.

flavors are malty with fruit notes. spicy hop, with grassy and hay-like character. slight phenolic backend flows into a mildly bitter finish with semi-dry aftertaste. dupont seems just a tad more complex overall, so this is not quite a 4.5 in taste like that which i gave for dupont.

smooth, with fluffy, then prickly, carbonation.

OLD REVIEW (12oz bottle) 8/30/07:
poured into a snifter. nice hazy straw color, voluminous head which stays to the end.

i get a whole bunch of sensations in the nose, including apple-like fruitiness, some yeasty notes, along with grassy and plain alcohol. there is an ever so-slight urea-like hint, but only if you over-think it, lol.

tastes include apple/pear wine, with a nutty yeast note. also kind of "earthy", like fresh bales of hay - or "farmhousey" haha. bitterness is mild.

crisp, with a hearty texture due to the yeast.

pairs decently well with humbolt fog, blue-veined cheese (a recommendation by garrett oliver - although not as great or "sublime" as he purported)

i'm not too well-versed in belgian styles, so take my comments with grain of salt.

A 3.5
S 3.5
T 4
M 3.5
D 4

tai4ji2x, Jul 22, 2008
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,040 ratings.