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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,289
Reviews: 2,060
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 236
Gots: 532 | 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 ken2cart1
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle served in my Samuel Adams "perfect pint glass"

A- very pale and straw-like...slightly cloudy. A big frothy 2 or 3 finger head with excellent retention..throughout the course of drinking this beer the head stayed intact at about a height of 1 and 1/2 fingers...as the beer slowly goes down a nice ring from the head forms around the top of the glass

S- big phenol smell..Belgian yeast is very noticeable....Spicy, hints of pepper

T-big spicy peppery taste..very refreshing..barely any malt back-bone..slight clove taste..clove taste becomes more apparent as the beer warms and if you pour almost the whole beer in the glass..not a fan of a big clove taste in my beer...i do like a subtle clove taste to provide balance..the beer finishes with a lingering spicy taste

M- very smooth and finishes crisp and dry, medium mouthfeel, leaves mouth quite parched

D-very drinkable..light,refreshing, 7.7% alcohol, great for a summer day

O- not too complex..but very refreshing...not a huge fan of the style

Photo of GeezLynn
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a great billowing head that's slow to settle.
Fresh fruity smell - banana, lemon and vanilla.
Taste is strong honey and banana, with some cloves and a little hop spice at the end. Not as sweet as smell would lead you to believe.
Feels a little over-carbonated with all the action on the roof of my mouth.
A few small flaws, but refreshing and interesting.
Also extra credit for the historical namesake!

Photo of julian1117
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual Appeal: cloudy gold, honeyesque

Smell: intense hop aroma

Flavor: mildly sweet, lemon, strong alcohol (7.7%)

Mouthfeel: could be more effervescence

Drinkability: doubt I would have more than 2 at a sitting because of the unusually high alcohol content

Saisons were traditionally made for harvesting farmhands in rural Belgium--they were refreshing and light (~3.5% ABV.) Ommegang has unfortunately americanised this saison, and I feel it's lost something of its authenticity in the process.

Photo of melagnus
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unlike Father Hennepin (where the name of the beer originates from!), I was not the first to lay eyes on this Saison, though I am sure grateful I did!

A - Straw to Pale Straw in color (SRM 6) with a haziness (bottle conditioned) that only deepens when finishing off the bottle. The foam is frothy white and slowly recedes with little lacing. Carbonation seems high, which probably contributes to the long head retention. Yeast sediment clings to the bottom of the glass after final pour.

S - An arousing peppercorn aroma by way of phenol fills the room upon first flow, though allows for a barnyardy and citrusy orange notes to come through upon bringing the stemmed wine glass closer to the nose. The peppercorn scent predominates, though by no means in a way that is uncharacteristic of the style.

T - Peppercorn, baryardy and slightly citrusy on the palate. The year and carbonation quickly rouses the taste-buds and asks for more! Slight warmth comes by way of the high alcohol, thereby making this a Strong Saison (6.5% - 9.5% ABV) by classification, though not a Belgian Specialty Ale.

M - Slight creaminess with a crisp finish. Carbonation tickles the tongue and leaves a dry yet magical finish.

C - Tantalizingly drinkable and very much to style. Paired incredibly well with a French-style Triple Cream cheese stuffed in Pepperdews (the red varietal pairs nicer with the cheese than the orange one did, though the orange Pepperdew offered a more sweet-acidic flavor than did the red). La Brea Whole Grain bread (purchased at Whole Foods) was delectably utilized as a pairing as well, with aforementioned cheese and Trader Joe's Artichoke Antipasto® to finish off the aperitif. Of course another whole grain bread with lots of density and nuttiness would work just as well! Caribbean-style Halibut burgers and a fresh garden salad with tomato, sprouts, balsamic vinegar and oil, cracked pepper and avocado made up the main course.

Easily one of the very best beers I've had in my lifetime!

Prost!

Photo of robbyc1
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I almost forget how good this beer is, a classic for the style. ABV on the bottle says 7.5%.

Hazy off yellow with a massive 4 inch fluffy white head. Good lace.

Spicy nose, with pale malt and peppery, yeasty goodness.

The taste comes by as a malty, peppery brew. Dry at the end, well balanced, a great drinker.

Mouthfeel is soft, chalky, chewy. One of the best from America. Great to get it in 4 packs.

Photo of Rayek
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Carbonation is quite active and holds up a soapy white cap that doesn't retain particularly, but leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Musty at first. As my nose lingered, I picked up straw, plus a healthy dose of pepper and clove. A small amount of cinnamon was also present.

T: Quite spicy overall. Dry malts are there, but masked by a generous spicy bitterness. Pepper and clove provide most of the spice flavor. The yeast is in the back lending a light sourness to the proceedings. Finishes slightly tart and semi-dry.

M: Medium light body is grainy. The carbonation level felt high to me.

D: This beer certainly goes down easily enough. I'm starting to realize that Saison isn't one of my favorite beer styles, but I still feel Hennepin is a great example of one.

Photo of markaberrant
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - golden, clear, huge white head (cork went flying when started to pull it), tons of carbonation, leaves lots of sticky lace behind

S - bananas, fruit, spice, hay, grassy hop

T - more sweet banana, light pepper/spice, not much hop flavour, more in the bitterness, but still not a lot, aftertaste is sweet banana

M - highly carbonated, very fluffy and airy, not much crispness, low alcohol warmth

D - this is a good beer, but does not remind me at all of a saison/ farmhouse ale

This has a lot more in common with a Belgian Blonde or Tripel than a Saison. Lots of banana, not enough hops, and doesn't finish dry enough, or crisp enough to keep it refreshing. It is still a very good beer, just not at all what I was expecting.

Photo of kirok1999
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn, what a massive, fluffy white head that lasts forever! Tons of carbonation bubbles yet they don't show up in the taste.
Smells like a nice mix of butterscotch, caramel and earthy funk. Tons going on here!
Tastes much denser that it appears. Lots of earthy funk, a bit of lime, grapes and a bit of musk.
Very dry finish and a smooth drinkability. A really complex beer. Thanks to DannyS for the extra in a trade.

Photo of Natural510
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a HUGE fluffy white head which ever-so-slowly dissipates while leaving a cloud floating above the drink. Nice crystal golden color.
Smells lagerish (to me): light malts, grain and essence of hops. Main difference being the high yeast note expected from any Belgian-style brew. Inviting.
Breaded flavor at the forefront from a biscuit malt, yeast and hop grain. Hops seep in to provide a surprising kick without overpowering the brew. Yeast gradually dominates the back end of the flavor creating a dry, puckering finish. Slight lemon note and an overall sweet & sour character. Very well balanced and inviting for more.
Crisp, easy-drinking with a dry finish in the mouth.

What else can I say but, wow. This is my first saison and I'm debating whether to try any others as it may ruin this first experience. Great job by Ommegang for creating such a complex yet simple tasting brew.

Photo of TLove
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml into a glass tumbler.

Appearance is pervasively murky and orange/yellow depending on the light.

Smell is citrusy, with a resiny tang. The alcohol is strong, but doesnt hold up so much in the smell as in the taste.

Taste is basically like a bleached blonde with the alcohol content of a saison. Grainy, but not grainy enough. Unfiltered and a tad sweet.

Like other saisons I've had, the taste doesnt roll off your tongue, but rather to the back of your mouth and straight up your nose.

It finishes well with a touch of plum sweetness and tartness, like a grilled apricot soaked in scotch.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky yellow with big, bubbly, almost champagne like head. Head sticks around for a long time, no lacing.

S: Great yeast character of citrus and honey. there is an earthy grassy character here as well

T: much like it smells, lemon and honey. earthy notes and then back to the citrus which lingers just a bit after the swallow and leaves you wanting another sip right away

M: Smooth and rather creamy due to the higher levels of carbonation which usually annoys me as it gets in the way of the taste, but here it works well.

D: This is one of my favorite Belgians to date. Great rendition and readily available which makes it even better.

Photo of OnThenIn
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Two fingers of beautiful white fluffy head that dissipates into rockyness. Some lacing. It is nice and straw yellow, but is somewhat cloudy.

Smell: Fruit and some banana smell. A little bit of spice in the nose as well.

Taste: Some fruit and lemon flavors in this beer. Definitely some grain sweetness. There may be some spice flavor to this one as well. I can completely taste yeast in this beer. Just an overall solid flavor.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a light/medium body to it and is very well carbonated. In almost any other beer I think that it would be considered over carbonated, but it works in this beer so perfectly. It adds a certain crispness to the beer.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer all day. I mean it is just a really enjoyable really easy going beer that feels like a session beer no matter what the 7.7% abv says.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 750 ml bottle into Tulip.

A. Corked popped with amazing vigor. Poured a nice 3 finger bubbly head. Well carbonated beer. A light yellow color.

S. Spices, clove, yeast, fruit, bananna, alcohol.

T. Sweet start to begin with. Reminds me of a witbier with a little more going on. Tastes of spices, lemon.

M. Smooth low-medium bodied. Slightly effervescent. Finishes dry.

D. Very drinkable. One of my first forays into Saisons. This is a good beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a very pale cloudy lemony-yellow and it's very cloudy with sediment and yeast floating throughout; a huge 3 finger head that is perfectly white and fluffy actually prevetns me from finishing the pour and I have to do it in three shifts; very solid and hard carbonation and there is a dry sticky lacing that is left clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of sweet fruits like grapes and it's very yeasty as well; there is a bit of a spicey scent coming through, but not especially strong in the nose.

Taste: The spices are much more potent in the flavor and are really the first thing that I notice - I would say the standard Belgian-esque spices of coriander and nutmeg; there is a very sweet yeasty flavor as well. The nice sweet and sour fruits are there as well, and, like the smell, I would go with the light clean taste of grapes.

Mouthfeel: Massive carbonation keeps it very prickly; a very slight coating initially but it finishes pretty clean and light -- leaving the mouth a little watery wanting some more.

Drinkability: I would say especially high. This is a great tasting beer that is light and refreshing, as well as especially flavorful.

Photo of psurandy
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light golden with a nice fluffy white head. Smells a bit of lemon and vanilla with some sourness and overall funkiness to it. The head has fantastic retention with very nice lacing to it. Outstanding flavor with notes of vanilla, lemon, and hay funkiness. There's a pleasant bit of hop bitterness at the end. This is a beer that I think is fantastic, but can't put my finger on why exactly. Does funky lemony vanilla hay sound good? Well no, but drink it sometime and you'll find that it actually tastes fantastic. The beer has such a nice smooth drinkability and alcohol is very well hidden. Highly recommended.

Photo of cjohnson
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a 20oz pint glass has a hazy, cloudy straw colored body with a thick, just-off white head that leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells are faint, but honey, lemon and some grain come through.

Taste is about what you'd expect from the smell. No real hop flavor, but some nice sweetness and citrus spice. No one flavor seems to dominate the others.

Medium-body mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. This seems like it'd be the perfect way to end a hot summer's day.

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

A 750ml corked and caged bottle share with psycohops and brothercannon. Poured into a trio of nonic pint glasses. Appears a cloudy bright yellow color with a healthy two fingers of fluffy white foam. Smells and tastes of spicy peppery yeast, lemon, pear, green apples and grassy grains. Moderately carbonated to say the least, with a medium to full body. Crisp, dry and quenching, one of the world's perfect food beers. This ale begs to be paired with some great pungent cheeses along with some crisp fruit.

Photo of holycrapamoly
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local Whole Paycheck, excuse me Whole Foods just brought this in. I had never had it before, but ¨if Duvel made it, I´m thinking it will not disappoint.¨ Wow, it really didn´t!
It poured a beautifully dull golden color that became very clear as the head developed. And what a head! Right there with Duvel on that! Excellent, white, sticky head. I found myself re checking the bottle to be sure it was made in America.
The smell is spicier and more peppery than I had expected with some definite sweet fruitiness. Still new to reviewing, so I don´t have a better description than that.
I was having a NY Strip and some vegetables, and this tasted absolutely wonderful with that. It was citrus, honey, yeast and pepper tasting with the hops coming in at the end of the taste.
Hennepin feels very smooth in the mouth. A bit thicker in consistency than I was expecting, but not at all in a bad way. A nice difference from the Belgians I usually have. Still very crisp and very very drinkable.
About three dollars less per 750 mL bottle than the true Belgians with every bit as much quality. I will definitely have this again and recommend Hennepin to friends!

Photo of gameface23
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with an enormous fluffy white head and lots of bubbles floating up the side of the glass. Nice lacing down the glass. The smell was yeasty, with lemon/citrus and spicy wheat. Taste was what was to be expected from the smell, with a nice crisp twang to it.

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden yellow color with a bright white head that looks fairly consistent and thick. There a tons of bubbles rising to the top. The head doesn't dissipate as quickly as expected.

Smell: Smells of slightly tart fruits. There is definitely some mustiness to this farmhouse ale. The tangy notes almost overwhelm the nose; this might be some of the phenols pushing through.

Taste: Very carbonated. Mild lemon flavors jump to the forefront. The tartness isn't quite as high as the nose would cause one to expect. The maltiness isn't very prevalent. The spicy flavors balance out the tartness well.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium-bodied mouthfeel. The beer slowly moves to the back of the tongue, but after a few seconds, the taste is completely gone.

Drinkability: This is a very good farmhouse ale. It's definitely shocking that this beer is brewed in the U.S. This beer is quickly becoming a staple in this house.

Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Clear golden color with a faint haze. Thick white head with major retention on the glass.

S: Mild spice. Possible peppery scent with mild overtone of sweetness. Slight grain aroma also.

T: Very crisp with a nice smooth flavor. Hard to break down because of its complexity. Ever so slightly spicy and very mild sweetness that lingers in the background. Aftertaste is like mild lemon and fruit tartness. Nothing overboard but very well ballanced.

This is excellent!!! I never understood why people spoke highly of Ommegang until I tried this style. It is a better version of the parent Duvel standard brew. This has lower alchohol phenol scent and flavor with a better taste. Best Ommegang I've had.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Local 44 in Philly. Poured a golden wheat color with a light white head. Smell was very yeasty and citrusy with some oils of hops. taste was similar, super smooth and full, mellow yeast then the light bite of the hops. Very balanced, great beer. Have a bomber of this which I'll open in a few months.

Photo of NHGrafx
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color. Nice big head which lasts for a few minutes. Aroma is nice, with yeast, spice and citrus aromas. Some hoppy aroma too.

Taste is great. Nice spiciness in the taste with some hoppy flavors. Some yeast taste as well, an interesting herbal flavor comes through as well. Very slight apple like flavor, and possibly grapefruit. Nice spicy/hoppy bite on the finish. So many different flavors, it is hard to separate them all.

I really like this one. I keep forgetting this one is brewed in New York. One of the best American brewed Belgian style ales I have had.

Photo of drcarver
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love it, bought a case then picked up a keg. The review is from tap.

A - A large frothy head with excellent lacing. A clear sparkling light yellow body.

S - Slight citrus aroma. Moderate yeast smells acoompanied by fruit and spice (pear, pineapple and nutmeg?)

T - Sweet throughout the beer (not overwhelming though) with a short sour aftertaste.

M - Light syrupy body. Lively with an astringent/alcohol finish.

D - Give me a warm day and some out door work and this is perfect. Or give me a cold day and a warm fire and this is perfect. Or leaves changing, or clouds and rain...

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

An truly excellent beer.

A - Pours a deep orange/gold, with a bit of haze.

S - Belgian-y. Some citrus and spice with yeast/bread.

T - Lovely. Non-IPA style hops lead off with a citrus-spice, transitioning with lively carbonation to a clove/bread mixture, and finishing with just a hint of heat. Also a fair amount of champagne character and flavor. Could do with slightly less clove.

D - With the exception of the aforementioned clove, the drinkability is very high.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,289 ratings.