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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,150 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,150
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 224
Gots: 458 | 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 BigJim5021
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle. Tarnished light gold with an impressively rocky head that never wanted to leave. Tons of sticky lacing.

The aroma is... odd. It's yeasty, but not with the overly-spicy aspects of most Belgian yeast. It's much more peppery than what I'm used to. Strangely pleasing.

That flavor is peppery as well, with some very earthy aspects to it. It's also sour and has a nice hop bite to it. This stuff is complex.

Mouthfeel benefits from great carbonation and a full body.

While I prefer Ommegang's Rare VOS and Abbey Ale to this one, it's a very interesting beer. I'll have to come back to it someday and see how I feel about it.

BigJim5021, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beauiful golden color with a big creamy white head. Spicy aroma of coriander and citrus. Carbonationup front that is not too overpowering. Spicy with ntes of citrus balanced out by a hint of slight malt. The amount of spice perfectly balances out the sweet/sour flavor and reults in a crisp dry finish. Very good.

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy straw gold with a medium white head. Decent retention and lacing. Smells of sweet candi sugar and a malt, along with some yeasty character and citrus esters. Some tart notes with a bit of alcohol present. Taste is sweet and slightly fruity initially. Light tangy notes come through later, along with alcohol at the end. Feel is pretty decent; not at all watery and with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but too sugary-sweet and too much alcohol presence for a saison.

philipquarles, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Guzzler78
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 750 ml bottle.
A Great Saison/Farmhouse Ale.

A dull straw gold color. Somewhat transparent. Nice white head that appears very sudsy. Fair amount of lacing.
Smells of honey, citrus, and hay.
I love the taste of this - lemon, pepper, sweet malt. Nice crisp, clean, citrus finish that lingers for quite a while.
Very nice mouthfeel- light, bubbly almost tingles.

I suggest you drink this one!!!
A great value.

Guzzler78, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden straw with a subtle crystal like haze and some juicy orange highlights. A thick two-finger head slowly fades to a bubble-fueled collar leaving some nice lacing.

some subtle belgian yeast aroma blends in with a definite bready malt profile and some lemon citrus, apple, and green grape. As it warms, the yeast aroma strengthens, reminiscent of a sourdough starter.

Light toasted malt intermingles with subtle yeast undertones up front, with a simultaneous fruit and citrus sweetness and sourness hitting at the same time. A bit of tartness and more straw, grass, and crackers as it warms. The fruits come in stronger as well, with apples, green grapes, golden raisins and green figs.

This one definitely has some strong carbonation that carries the tartness and yeastiness but is almost overwhelming at times. Smooth and fairly full on the whole, with a definite dry and spicy finish.

Definite enjoyable, although the fruit flavors and high carbonation were almost overwhelming the other characteristics at times. Definitely a fan of this one and it's a fair representation of the style... not to mention easy to find, which is always a plus as far as I'm concerned.

djeucalyptus, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very pale golden color with a very large sized fluffy head. active carbonation can be seen. light lacing left on the sides of my glass

S- lemon and other light fruits. belgian yeast.

T- lots of summer fruits. apple, pear mostly. very floral as well. some mustiness. strong yeast presence, this reminds me quite a bit of a tripel.

M- light and active feeling. crisp with a clean after taste.

D- very easy to finish this one. the first time ive reviewed a saison and found this one to be much tamer than some others ive tried. the brett character is alot weaker than most, which might be a good thing as its not something that im too crazy about. this would be a good one to introduce people to the idea of wild yeast. cheap and very available, this ones a keeper.

jwinship83, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle corked and caged

2 different ABV on the label, 8.5 or 7.5 which one is it?!

Definitely one of my go to's from Ommegang, i cant believe this is the first time ive thought to review it.

Pours a pale yellow color with a slight haze and even slighter transparency. monster white head with beautiful lacing. Sweet malts and mild funk in the nose other notes include sweetened grapefruit, plum, apple and grape. Great balance, more hop presence than you'd expect to find in a saison, fruity but with a very solid and very Belgian yeast character. Clean and refreshing, probably the best American version of the Belgian classic. Medium body, good carbonation and damn drinkable!

ATPete, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color with a nice white head that leaves lacing on the side.

Wheat, corn, a hint of sweetness like honey, lemons.

Taste was a little sweet at first, like I reported in the smell, taste of honey and lemons with a wheat, yeast like presence.

Smooth, crisp and clean refreshing taste. Good brew.

tr4nc3d, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= great! Huge head that's pale white and gets really good and lumpy looking thick and frothy. The color is a darker straw color. Great lacing
S= corn, honey and maybe a little hops, and toasted malt I guess nothing cool
T= lotta alcohol, some hops toward the end, small citrus notes
M= lots of carbonation with a medium body
D= ok, the alcohol taste turns me away a little. Too many and you would get pretty drunk so I'm gonna say its just good

jjanega08, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of kosmoraios
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Taphouse in Bellevue. Perhaps this pour wasn't quite right in some way, as my experience differs from that of other reviewers.

Pour was a very light, cloudy straw yellow with an insubstantial white head and little lacing. Aroma was light and zesty, and perhaps the best part of this ale - lemon, white pepper, and sourdough bread.

Taste was light and watery, notes of citrus fruit and spices - cardamom, clove, pepper along with a sour yeast flavor. A metallic tin flavor leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. This ale lacks substance: almost no carbonation, very light, oily on the tongue. More substance and more carbonation would go a long way toward saving this ale, as long as the tin flavor could be vanquished.

kosmoraios, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a golden hazy yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that fades somewhat slowly and leaves alot of nice lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet lightly toasted malts, some wheat aromas as well, then some fruity yeast flavors and a hint of citris.
T: Follows the nose very well. Nice light toasted malts, some wheat, then some fruity yeast and a hint of citris at the end of it. The yeast flavors were not as overpowering as I thought they would be which was excellent.
M: Very light feeling and the alcohol was not present, smooth, refreshing.
D: Very drinkable beer.

erosier, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer in a nice big bottle

A- Remarkable head that grows as big as you pour it. (I got mine to 6-fingers!) nice circular "bubble"-pattern lace. Beautiful godlenrod/butterscotch color with a hazy translucent glow

S- Light, sweet fruity yeast, light hops, good pils-like malt, and a hint of lemon and must

T- Taste is OK, but has some cheap aspects to it. Good banana and clove

M- Feel is light-medium with amazing natural carbonation

D- Excellent. one bottle is enough to get you drunk quite well

EnojysAnyBeer, Nov 08, 2008
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
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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