Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,223
Reviews: 2,050
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 228
Gots: 487 | FT: 1
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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 Clydesdale
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Despite the careful pour, a massive, foamy white head bubbles up with good retention and some nice lacing. The beer is a pale, slightly hazy golden color. The head becomes a bit rocky and irregularly chunky as it slowly dissipates.

S: A definite musty, yeasty, phenolic/medicinal aroma that is calm but confident. Loads of juicy, fruity notes, mostly apple I'd say. Some mild graininess. A bit spicy and faintly sour. Some alcohol is noticeable as it warms.

T: Quite juicy and fruity - very nice. Tart apples, some vinous/grape, and faint banana flavors. Rather yeasty as well, with the sugary, honeylike phenolic notes evident in the aroma. An appealing musty sweetness that makes itself known without becoming cloying. Some sour, vaguely citric hop flavor as well into the finish.

M: Medium bodied and surprisingly crisp, with active carbonation. A bit of slowly-developing dryness into the finish. Refreshing for such a complex, robust beer.

D: This is very, very tasty. It blends some flavors from several different styles in a very interesting and unique profile. Reasonably priced as well; around $6.50 for a 750mL bottle. I will definitely be treating myself to this again in the future.

Photo of epk
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

notes from 3-4-09

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip shaped chalice. Appealing cloudy golden yellow with a large frothy head with good retention. Sticky white lacing. Aroma a spicy tartness with a hint of a sour side.

In the taste the sour side becomes more evident reminding one of wine - on the dry side. A moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. Well carbonated with alcohol somewhat apparent. Defiantly a robust body it gives you the idea of Flemish Sour without going completely there.

For me drinkability is moderate. If you would like to acquire the taste of a sour this saison may be a good place to start down that path. Probably best drank in the warmer months.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with lots of white, pillowy head. Even with a careful pour, there's just a ton of head. It's continuing to rise out of the glass. Pretty cool. Laces nicely.

S- Crisp with notes of apple, citrus, light malt, spices. Not terribly strong.

T- Nice. Follows the nose with some citrus, a light (almost Pilsner-like) malt, and a nice spicy finish. Dry finish with even a little Granny Smith apple aftertaste.

M- Moderate to high carbonation, crisp and refreshing. I feel like this would just be great on a hot summer day. Dry finish.

D- Refreshing and tasty. Definitely could drink a couple.

Overall, this is a good beer. I was a little let down by the nose, and nothing in it blew me away. It is nicely balanced, though, and it is a very pleasant drink.

Photo of tim9887
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My dad just bought me a 750ml bottle of this beauty and I decided to take a nice break from studying for finals and do my first review, so here goes...

Appearance: Hazy, golden/straw color. Very pillowy, foamy head aroused quite easily by even the slightest agitation while pouring.

Aroma: Almost pilsner-like. Slight hop aroma is present as well as a nice spicy character. Not getting a whole lot else here.

Taste: Lots of spice/Belgian yeasty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation, but this only enhances the refreshing quality of the ale. Very dry as well.

Notes: This is the first time I had this one... and it's awesome. I love it. Very refreshing and highly drinkable. Although it's typically best to drink in the summer, I could drink this any time of year. I highly recommend it.

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

Poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a very light golden color, almost macro-esque, or light macro in color, but it has an orange tint to it. Slightly hazy, but for the most part clear and translucent. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to pour the yeast sediment into the glass, so I took the bottles instructions and "poured slowly to not disturb the yeast." Very lively carbonation, almost like champagne. Produces a thin milky white head that actually has impressive retention. Leaves a bit of interesting lacing patterns.

The nose reminds me of a tripel. Fruity, yeasty and spicey. No alcohol present on the aroma that I can tell. It's very light and reeks of Belgian goodness.

Ah the taste of a good Belgian beer. Admittedly, the taste also reminds me of a Tripel, but it is a little more fruity. I get green apples and green grapes and possibly a little pear taste. The clove shows itself more in the taste department than in the aroma. Once again, alcohol is all but non existent. It definitely has a warming quality, but it's hard to imagine a brew with 7.5% ABV that wouldn't. I welcome the warming, I think it adds character to the taste.

The mouthfeel is light and very crips. Tart as well. The lively carbonation is still chugging along at an alarming rate.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. I have a few in the cellar that I'm going to let sit for 6 - 12 months to see how they mature. Mostly experimental. I would enjoy this fresh any day. It reminds me of a warm summer afternoon sitting on the patio enjoying the weather. This beer definitely makes these cold late-winter nights bearable!

Photo of hdofu
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer. Has a cloudy orangeish yellow with a tan head. Has a spicy orangeish smell. It has a taste like a wheat beer with citrus flavor. Has a spicy and crisp finish to this beer. This beer goes down extremely smooth and is very drinkable. This beer is definetly worth getting.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
Brewery Ommegang
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 7.70 %
calories est @ 150 ps

Re-review on 3/6/09 for more detailed review
Bottle>tulip glass

A 4.5 - Golden cloudy honey in color, excellent head, retention & lacing
S 5.0 - Dry tart aroma, wheat, citrus, yeasty and spicy notes - complex aroma
T 5.0 - Tastes follow the aroma lead. Dry & crisp on palate. Spicy wheat flavors. Dry but not overdone.
MF 4.5 - Dry mouthfeel, high carbonation, medium wheat body.
D 5.0 - I love this unique brew. It 's one of my personal favorites. It's consistent in all categories and I think it is a fine example of Saison. You have to try it.

first review notes 8/28/2008
I must confess this is one of my most favorite beers indeed. I was turned on to it on a business trip to Rochester, MN at good old Newt's (shout out to Matt the bartender!) I have converted many a beer drinkers to this fine brew!

Photo of naterock
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.


Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Birchgrove77
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Naugled
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

Photo of BierFan
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Thanby
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ruckzuck
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of mdwalsh
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of LordHammer
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of pdxwhisky
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of talkinghatrack
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of babaracas
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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