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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,342 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,342
Reviews: 2,071
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 240
Gots: 568 | 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 lramsey48
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting this beer takes me back to Father's Day 2005. My girls took me on a brewery tour in Bruges at the Straffe Hendrik Brewery. They were serving their Saison. Hennepin has managed to capture the essence of the Belgium brewing style. A smooth blend of fruit, sour, and muted bread flavors that perfectly mask the relatively high alcohol content. I recently had one of these while watching Rick Steves give a HD tour of of the Grand Place in Brussels - perfect.

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

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden-straw body with three fingers of slightly off-white, bubbly head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: A honeyish malt body with fruity (golden fruit, citrus, and banana), yeasty, and spicy (clove, coriander, and pepper) notes. Some traces of booze, but not much.

Taste: Up front, a sweet pale malt character with fruit, spice, and ever-so-mild molasses twinge towards the end. It's somewhat sour and dries towards the end. Hints of alcohol in the end, in just the right proportion. It may not the most complex flavor profile, but it's quite satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Crisp with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Generally good, but reined in a little by the moderately-high alcohol content.

Verdict: Hennepin is a great beer to sit down with an enjoy on a peaceful Summer evening. It may not be the most complex Saison out there, but it's still well worth a try.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

Appearance - A pale, golden, cloudy color, with a moderate white foam head.

Smell - Yeast, citrus, and earthy notes are prevalent.

Taste - Deliciously smooth. Moderate bitterness, spicy, and fruity, but still balanced overall.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing, with a medium body.

Drinkabilty - Ridiculously drinkable for it's ABV, maybe dangerously so. I could easily drink several more of these! Quite refreshing. Very good! This is the first Saison I've tried, but I can safely say I'll be buying this again, and trying some others.

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

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a great hazy pale blonde typical of many Saisons from Belgium I've tried. Forms a good bright, foamy, white head with decent retention and very good lacing.

The aroma jumped out so agressively after the cork was popped it almost forced me to change up my usual review process and describe aroma before the appearance. Belgian style yeast, spice, citrus, and soft earthy aromas all rush out to greet me.

Everything on the aroma carries over well to the palate along with some herbal flavors and sweet, almost tropical, fruit. Some dry flavors here but not as much as some I've tried in the style. As it warms a tartness really starts to come through along with a vaguely medicinal character.

Medium body, balanced but slightly prickly carbonation, puckering tart and faint dry characters create a highly enjoyable mouthfeel. Drinkability is extremely high thanks in part to a very balanced flavor profile and a medium ABV.

Overall while not 100% to my personal preferences for the style (I like mine funkier and a little more dry) I have to admit this is an excellent job by Ommegang. They somehow managed to take one of my favorite styles of ale and craft something that's extremely approachable without 'dumbing it down' one iota. A top class ale I'd recommend whether you're new to the style or a seasoned Saison drinker.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750Ml corked bottle to a tulip glass.

Light straw colored, hazy with a frothy pure white rocky head. Effervescence gives a sustaining vibrant head and ample lacing. Mmmmm pretty....

Smells of earthy, grassy-hay hops, fruity esters. If you close your eyes it takes you straight to the rolling hills of wheat and barley.

Taste is fruity, frothy and spicy in the finish. Refreshing and satisfying. Mmmmm lemon grassy...

Light and crisp from start to finish a most enjoyable bottle of Farm-house! This has been a great appetizer beer for a group of beer-geeks over for a pregame football venue.

Go Blue!

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

A: Golden straw color, lots of white foam and great lacing.

S: Great yeast smell, some light citrus, apple might make an appearance, and a very light funkiness.

T: A slight sweetness, some green fruits. Yeast and spice are there as well, adding to the complex taste.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation for this beer.

D: Delicious Saison, well balanced and interesting.

Photo of benclimbs
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great saison, wow - had a 750ml bottle

Incredible looking, pretty much perfect for the style huge egg nog head, tons o lacing and a bunch of tiny bubbles, damn fine look for a damn fine beer.

Smell is good but not the most remarkable, yeast, a little citrus and some alcohol.

Taste is an incredible biscuitty pinapple fortune cookie? And some light bittersweet with some pear notes and finishes with a bit of alcohol and lingers just a little bitter once again

Feel is great and is deliciously drinkable

Photo of ricke
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow color, clear liquid. An enormous ivory-colored rocky and airy head dissipates slowly and leaves nice chunky lacings.

S: A well balanced smell with spicy yeast, earth and sweet citric notes (oranges) to the fore. Apples, white bread, grass and a minimal note of English toffee. A pleasant smell, although it's not very powerful.

T: Subtle notes of lemon and apples quickly leaves room for a slightly roughed taste of malts, white bread and yeast. Plenty of spicy notes enters in the middle and stays on for the rest of the show. Very gentle nutty aromas get through every now and then. Grass, leaves, currants and bubblegum. The flavor has a good balance between sweetness and a mild tartness. The finish is mildly bitter and has a decent amount of alcohol to it, medicinal phenols, herbal notes and hints of fruit.

M: Medium body, well suited carbonation that's rather aggressive yet not overly so. A crisp texture with a dry finish.

D: A good saison. The alcohol is slightly too prominent. But still, it's fairly well balanced with a pleasant composition of flavors and aromas. Very easy to drink.

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

I was completely unaware that Duvel owned Ommegang until I saw the label on the bottle. I knew there was some sort of link, but not this strong. She pours like a beat, and its all I can do not to write Duvel-esque down. A clouded gold body supports two fingers of white foam that puts down some good streaks of lace and lasts well. The aroma is kind of neat, and well perfumed. Spicy and floral, it has sweet notes from honey which are balanced out by a distinct earthiness. In the very background I get a touch of cider. Where's the funk? I expected Hennepin to bring more, but this is still a solid beer nonetheless. Marzipan and honey come through strong, and the earthiness become more apparent as you work your way through it. A touch of spice and barnyard keep things interesting, but I'm looking for more in a saison. Alcohol makes its presence felt. While the flavour didn't do much for me, the mouthfeel is simply awesome. Soft and pillowy, its all you could hope for in a beer, and works well with everything else going on here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but it did remind me more of a Belgian Strong Pale than a saison. I'm looking for more funk and more of a refreshing feel... in essence something more traditional. That aside, Hennepin is a decent US take on a Belgian and worth the price (especially when you get it on super-special like ritzkiss did - cheers for sharing Eric!).

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

750 corked and caged that I picked up as part of Ommegang's gift set. Pours a delicate, hazy yellow with 2 fingers plus of foam, leaving patchwork lacing down.

Nose is grassy with a little funk, slight lemon, hay, a hint of pepper. Subtle but it's all there.

Had this in a night of saisons and this one stands out for the delicacy and fine craftsmanship. It was not bold but yet all the right notes were in the right places. Some lemons and esters, hay and grass, faint hop profile in the finish, a real earthy feel to it with a sharp drying in the finish. Reminds me a little of a toned down Local 1 - more subtle. Carbonation is bang on where you want a saison to be.

Probably the pick of the bunch last night, IMHO. Could easily drink this all summer night long and not feel lacking.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pizza Luce in MPLS.

A- A very gold colored beer, nice head and retention.

S- Smells very nice, it has a nice spicy smell with a slight grainy smell.

T- Nice zesty spice taste, best way to describe it.

M- Great mouthfeel, carbonated nicely and very sessionable.

D- This beer is extremely drinkable on a warm day, one of the best, if not the best, saison I have ever had.

Photo of wingman14
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with an off white head that fades but leaves nice lacing. The smell is complex, some nice sweet fruit notes, some malt and spice notes as well. The taste starts somewhat sweet with the spice and fruit upfront, followed by a somewhat tart taste finishing with a malty taste. The mouthfeel is very smooth, some alcohol content detected in the aftertaste, but overall a silky beer with nice balance. This is a great drinker, not overpowering flavor, but lots of flavor is packed into this beer. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of botham
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a lightly hazy amber/yellow color with one and a half fingers of tight white head that has poor retention and mild lacings.

aroma is of light citrus notes and a bit of wheat malt, along with a touch of spice and some alcohol thrown in. a distant apple and light funk note round out the profile. overall, pleasant in the nose.

taste is lightly sweet and fruity with a bit of apricot and grape. also with a bit of alcohol and a dry finish of residual light fruit and citrusy hops. well proportioned with a bit too much alcohol, but still tasty.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light bite from the alcohol along with a semi-dry finish and a wheat malt-like texture.

drinkability is good. very tasty and lightly boozy saison. full of yeasty esters and fruity tones, this brew is solid. nicely proportioned, very successfull brew. the alcohol hurts a bit, but still very well done. cheers!

Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a cloudy coppery amber. A chunky, dense white head retains well and leaves some patches of thick lacing behind.
Grains and yeast are first on the nose with an herbal sort of earthiness underlying and citrus notes.
There's a nice dynamic between a light thick touch of honey and zesty citrus, also complimented by a gentle peppery spice underneath. This one's all purity, complexity and balance. There's a raw, leafy earthiness on the palate also. A biscuity malt serves as the backbone, but all the flavors are completely complimentary. A delicious brew.
The body is medium and the mouthfeel is a balance of crisp and smooth.
It's really a tough call between this and Dupont if you're deciding between which saison to go with, though in the end I Hennepin the edge. This one is absolutely a delight to drink.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dug out a cave aged 2005 version of this from my closet...might be a bit too old, but lets see.

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip from a 750mL bottle.

A: Cloudy yellow orange body topped by a somewhat loose white head. Lacing is great as the head dissipates. Retention is good.

S: Smell of grain lingers over the glass, spicy yeast notes are the most dominate, with a touch of alcohol.

T: Can certainly tell this has some age on it, getting slight sherry notes up front and on the finish. Its not terribly out of place. Otherwise the flavor is just like the nose.

M: Highly carbonated with small bubbles, crisp mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable, crisp and refreshing but with big flavor and alcohol.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this staring me in the face at my local beer store and had to give a taste. It pours an amber/yellow partly cloudy. Moderate head. The aroma is spicy and fruity with hints of yeast. The taste does not let me down. So fruity and delicious. I love the spice mix. It's like a piece of bread with cinnamon butter spread on it. I found the mouth feel to be pleasing as well. Not too thick. Seems right for a saison. I think this could easily be a session beer. The abv might get you but it would be worth downing a few bombers.

Photo of NODAK
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very nice. Sweet and spicy...a good deal of fruity esters present. This is very inviting.

Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy, loose head that has very good retention.

Taste has some sweetness to it, but nowhere near overpowering, with some spicy notes seeming to be present as well. Finish is a little citrusy with a tart snap along with a tad bit of hop bitterness initially noticeable but fading away as drinking continues. Some yeastiness is even apparent at the very end. Aftertaste is pretty minimal with some spiciness and stickiness.

Alcohol is warming, but not overally obvious...at least, at first it isn't. As it warms, it does come out but never to the point of ruining drinkability.

Absolutely delicious and a personal favorite of mine. Very drinkable, very tasty and yet very dangerous.

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

750 ml poured into a snifter.

A - Honey-colored, a bit hazy, has a huge head.

S - Herbal, astringent, reminds me of white wine.

T - Wow! One of the most crisp and refreshing beers I've ever had, especially considering it's approaching 8% ABV. Fairly tart, with tannins and white grapes. I had this by itself, but it would go great with food as well.

M - Well carbonated, a little thin.

D - Ridiculous drinkability, it blows away many beers that are lower in ABV in this area.

One of the best saisons I've had, Hennepin definitely gives Belgians a run for their money! Great value as well.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful light golden fluid that produces excellent mild bubbly head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of fresh yeast, alcohol esters, and mild grassy notes. Secondly I sense a very fresh wheat-like aroma that arouses the senses.

T-M- Upfront is a a very stiff alcohol presence followed by flavors of orange and other citrusy notes. Finishes with a piney after taste that hangs around for seconds. Mouthfeel is moderate with thick feel due to the alcohol in the beer. Smooth finish as it washes down.

D- Very drinkable and easily overdone... Be easy and enjoy!

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

Poured into a tulip glass at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

A nice pale yellow appearance with a minimal white head and a few lines of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of honey, light fruitiness...mainly green apple..., possibly some wheat. A faint alcohol presence is apparent after it warms.

The taste is also of green apple, with a good malt presence and minimal hop bitterness or flavor.

It has a light mouth feel with with a slight prickliness from the carbonation.

Overall, this is a great summer beer. Nice for a hot day, but still enough flavor and complexity to be a quality craft beer.

Photo of Onenote81
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at First St. Draught House in town. Came out a murky yellow/gold with no head on it at all. No lacing present either. Smells of funk, yeast, pineapple, coriander, and flowers.

The mouth is very crisp and overly-carbonated. Too spritzy for my liking. This may be a style thing so my rating is a bit higher than my preference. Flavor is of pineapple, apples, tart yeast, and slight spicy finish. This is refreshing and pretty good. Had it with lunch and it paired well. Not bad. My first of this style. I will seek out more...

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

a corked 750 ml bottle with a nice design on the label with useful information on it.

the color is a bit elusive, its a pale golden orange with a white frothy head that stays and leaves lace down the glass.

the aroma is earthy and like the name of this beer a strong farm house scent like a wet wooden barn after a rain storm ,with lemons, spicy yeast ,clove and mildly sweet malt.

the taste is delicate and bold ,lemon and spice ,and mild hops that are backed bye an arsonal of funk ,the wet grass on a sunny day taste ,the hay, fruit and earthy flavors blend to make a superb example of a great tasting saison.

the feel is spicy and citrusy in a soft lite way that leaves a refreshing dry after taste .

this is a great brew ,well made, and it can stand a long side the best saisons in the world.

Photo of infi
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a thin bubbly head and a fair amount of head retention. Not much lacing when swirled in glass. Lots of yeast activity from the bottom of the glass, with bubbles rising towards the top. The scent is heavy with the Belgian yeast and backed with the alcohol. There are some hints of spice and clove, but not too prevalent.

The taste is great - peppery and spicy, with some underlying tones of banana. There are also a good amount of hoppiness and bite throughout. The alcohol carries through towards the aftertaste, but doesn't present itself that heavily.

The mouthfeel is very light-bodied and crisp; sort of reminiscent of a champagne, but not as bubbly. Excellent drinkability - sippable throughout the night and great to share with a friend.

Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a foamy, sticky, white head. The aroma has banana's, cloves, lemon, and yeast. The taste is the same as the aroma. Has some sweetness up front, and a dry, tart finish. Low to medium bodied, well carbonated, and good drinkability. Well made.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ML corked and caged bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A-somewhat veiled golden in color, with an ample creamy head. Decent looking but nothing to write home about.

S-yeast, banannas, clove and slighly sour funk. Overall earthy, organic and wet dog in the far background. Overall a rather understated nose...I had expected more.

T-slightly citrus fruits and Belgian yeast with young green apple with a mild clove undertone. Delicately sweet, with a very understated sour note and a dry somewhat astringent hop finish.

M-well balanced mouthfeel overall, on the lighter side of medium with ample effervescent carbonation.

D-this is a pretty drinkable brew. It goes down easy and is pretty understated.

Overall, I could take or leave this one. I was really looking forward to it based upon the advice of some friends, and, of course all the reviews and kudos here, but frankly I just don't get it. It is decent, it is solid, and would I take another if someone poured it, sure, why not? But did it blow me away and would I seek it out again? No, and probably not.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,342 ratings.