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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,141 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,141
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 224
Gots: 455 | FT: 2
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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 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
Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have recently discovered the Saison/Farmhouse style and have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to have a bottle of Hennepin. I've heard many people rave about this beer but have always turned the other way as I naively claimed not go like "Belgians" (style)

Now that I've discovered that I do enjoy Saison's I knew it was time to break out a Hennepin.

I was not disappointed.

I enjoyed this in a large wine glass which showed off this beautiful beer. The beer poured a hazy/cloudy gold with a pillowy white head that was about a finger thick. The head quickly settled to a thin white film across the top of the beer. Beer was too cloudy to see any carbonation at all. I good looking beer indeed.

Aroma was wonder and fresh. There were some earthly tones as well as some slight spice notes. Also coming through was a nice light fruit aroma. Very light, fresh and inviting.

Taste was even better than the delightful aroma. Perfectly balanced from to back. I detect a fruity flavor but could not really pinpoint a specific fruit, perhaps pear. I really enjoy the peppery flavor that seems to stay just delicately in the background. More like white pepper. Finally, you can detect some earthiness that accompanies the hop finish.

Really nice, a new fan is born.

A slight carbonation brought the flavor to life on your tongue. The mouth feel was light and refreshing while the flavor was crisp and bold. It's so drinkable that I hope my wife does not enjoy the glass I poured for her. So silky smooth and inviting.

I can see why this such a sought after brew. I am glad that I will now make this a staple during the Saison season. Awesome.

Reagan1984, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of PBBC
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow... excellent clarity for a wheat.

Very sour, earthy aroma

Tastes sweet, honey with citrus, balanced with a crisp carbonation, finishing with a lingering wheaty tart/sourness... very refreshing.

Great wheat, balanced, yet extreme.

PBBC, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Hazy pale yellow with a lot of fluffy white head with some lacing.

S - Lemon, citrus, and some spice

T - Lemon and spice that I can't quite place

M - Tingly with high carbonation. Kind of chewy.

D - Easy to drink a lot of this.

One of the first saisons I ever tried and still love to this day.

midaszero, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of mcmidc
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a hazy golden color with a nice white foamy head, with lacing holding on the edges throughout the drinking of it. It smelled of spicy malts with some fruit in the background and maybe a bit of alcohol. It was full bodied with plenty of carbonation. Tastes of spices and citrus dominated this beer, with a nice hoppy finish. Drinkability was very nice and I will definetly be sampling this again.

mcmidc, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of joshwlt
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly clear gold yellow color with a rocky, soapy white head. Smells of grain, light fruits... maybe banana, minerals, and... earthy funk. Fairly light, tingly hop spice, light fruit with the slightest hint of pear, minerally, some vinegary earthiness. Fairly light character but with a moderately bold spiciness. Fairly drinkable. Do not detect any alcohol... My first saison so it's hard to pinpoint the flavors or what I should expect but I don't find it overly exciting... The light sweetness or earthiness in this brew is a bit overpowered by the tingly, peppery, phenolic spice...

joshwlt, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden sunshine, light amber. At least six strong columns of tiny ubbles with a strong head directly after the pour, but quickly recedes after the initial pour. I love a grand head in a saison. The aroma is a great earthy hop and malt blend. Light notes of a barnyard,light fruits, and some grass in a Missouri prairie. The taste starts with some tart, unripened apples, light currants, and fresh cit grass. The finish shows some very lightly toasted, dry caramel malts with some mild funk. Good complex beer. Very refreshing with some light tartness. Very drnkabl, dare I say its sessionable even given its abv. This a good beer Johnny Cakes.

scruffwhor, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of tdt560
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured a cider-like color with an incredible pillow like head with continuous bubbling, it's like a spa in a glass.

Smell - smells of citrus and pepper with hints of a fresh cut lawn, smells refreshing.

Taste - taste is very refreshing. Citrus, fruit and nutty flavor that finishes a little dry.

Mouthfeel - light slippery-like mouthfeel leaves a slight tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability - This is very drinkable and refreshing on a hot summer day, though caution must be used because the well hidden alcohol will catch up with you :)

tdt560, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, yellow, straw in color. A nice inch of head forms on the pour. About, just under an inch and it's rocky. Smell is a bit funky, and spicy. Taste is more of the funk. There is a nice belgian flavor here. Very good amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium, bubbly and funky. Good beer but not overly complex.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow color. One finger fine bubbled white head that falls quickly. Sheets of lace drop quickly to the halo of a cap. A gently swirl brings back a small head. Smell is spicey pepper and clove with just a faint fruityness. Taste matches the smell. Only the mildest of bitterness in the finish but any sweetness is supurbly balanced giving a very dry clean finish. High level of carbonation with tons of tingle on the tongue. Another excellent beer from Ommegang.

beermanbrian, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a DFH snifter.

A - Light golden ale with great clarity and a thick white head. Very inviting.

S - Moderately spicy with cloves, vanilla and banana. Slightly sweet as well.

T - Lightly spiced with a supporting sweetness and a very slight bitterness. Very smooth and clean. Impressive for an American Belgian.

M - Lots of carbonation with very small bubbles.

D - Not my favorite style but very good and very easy to drink. Makes a great summer beer; almost as if that was the intent ;-)

GJ40, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellow amber, nice carbonation, with a one and a half finger head that recedes to a half finger with nice lacing.

Smell: Faint citrusy, hoppy aroma.

Taste: At the moment the bitterness of certain beers does not appeal to my adolescent palate, but this; crisp, hoppy, with some weisse-like sweetness to balance it all out, is delicious. Zesty, the hops dominate but like MJ on the court, it's a beautifull thing and the other flavors play their roles like a strong supporting cast. Damn good.

Mouthfeel: Good, smooth, light, but it fits.

Drinkability: I could drink this like water, the 7.7 abv is so well hidden, it's downright dangerous. Respect.

Stonebreaker, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of timbro81
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to julian for the opportunity. Pours a soft hazy straw yellow color. Nice lumpy head that is fed by a very lively amount of carbonation. Smells of earthy, grassy malts, soft spicey hops in there for balance. Some booziness is also noted in the aroma. Light mouth feel that is alive with carbonation. Lemony fruity esters mingle with a light malty sweetness, hops, and some pepper balance everything out near the end. Finish is dry but tends to have a stale grainy essence.

timbro81, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden in color with thick frothy white head, at least two fingers. Leaves thick white rings all the way down the glass.

S - A funky, tart lemony smell. Very strong aroma.

T - A tart lemony zest up front. Has a hint of some bitter fruity note on the backend. A very interetsing combo of tastes.

M/D - Smooth and creamy feel. Very well carbonated and super drinkable. A damn good beer.

ckeegan04, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of FSUmac
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet....

Appearance: A murky yellowish orange with a 1 finger head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Bananas, apricots, yeasty.

Taste: Yeast at first and then the bitterness kicks in. Definite banana flavor on my tongue.

Mouthfeel: Feels great going down. Nice and refreshing.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. Great for a summer day. Well done Ommegang. I'll buy a 750ml next time.

FSUmac, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of rpardon7
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one after moving ten sheets of drywall upstairs. What a great beer.

A - Poured a hazy yellow orange with a thick foamy white head that subsided to leave nice lacing on the glass.

S - Wonderful smell of citrus, yeast, some earthy tones.

T - Wow what a balanced yet complex taste. Strong wheat taste with noble hops and some citrus with a hint of earthy yeaste.

M - Very smooth well balanced mouthfeel, not too carbonated but not flat.

D - Got to be careful drinking this one, very easy to drink and stronger than your average brew. I would definately recomend this beer.

rpardon7, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Served into a Snifter glass from a keg. Appeared semi hazy with a nice head, lace, retention, the whole game. Looks good.

S. Sweet bubblegum wheat.

T. Like the nose, this was a pleasent banana/bubblegum experience with some yeasty notes as well.

M. Smooth, crisp and light.

D. Very good as well. No alcohal burn, just a nice example of the style.

Stinkypuss, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been craving a saison for a few weeks now, and the Hennepin called out to me at the beer store the other day. It was tough, because Le Merle (North Coast) was also calling out to me, but the last saison I had was the Merle. So Hennepin was up next; it was Ommegang time.

Poured into a barrel pint (all of my proper glassware is currently in storage) from the .750ml, the Hennepin is a site for sore eyes. An opaque, but glossy, yellow/gold color with a ginormous bubble-bath head of white foam on top. Good lace. The nose is a spicy sweet banana scent, with pepper and apple and faint lemon grass. Other spices in there too. Really nice aroma, if you ask me. The taste leans a bit to the sweeter side, as the fruitiness really rises to the occasion. I'm a bit more inspired by a spicier bite to my saisons, but this is still really tasty, and really cuts through the summer heat well. Mouthfeel is tangy, but evens out and becomes noticeably smoother as the beer warms to room temp.

A fine outing by the gang at Ommegang. The Hennepin makes for a wonderful spring or summer treat. I liken it to Lillet in the spirits world. Makes for a great sittin'-by-the-poolside beverage when there just isn't any relief in the shade. Bottoms up.

Atlas1, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Chugmonkey
2.28/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Big bottle (22oz?) with champagne cork. Pours beautiful dark yellow with big frothy white head. Tons of complex aroma that sends your nose working overtime to figure out what exactly you are getting into here.

Pretty sweet, too sweet for me, but ton of other spicy, fruity, floral stuff going on for balance also. Bottle doesn't mention anything about spices, but hard to imagine all of these flavors being created by just the yeast.

Flavors changed as it warmed. It took me a while to drink it, was definitely better warmer. Overall way too sweet to me. I'm new to the style, but drinkability was tough cuz of the overly sweet finish. I' going to try some more saisons, but not this one again.

Chugmonkey, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hennepin tulip glass at whistle Binkies North. Golden straw color, very light, but completely hazed throughout. Off-white foam that left some nice lacing. Smell is a little sour and funky with some sweet malty character to back it up. Taste is much the same. Funky farmhouse flavor, spicy, slightly sour, notes of grass, pale malt, and the slightest licorice flavor on the end. Good, slick mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. I've had this one out of a 12oz bottle before but this my first on tap. Very nice brew and prefer it from the tap personally.

KeefD, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is golden with a lasting, creamy white head.

Scent is yeasty with some hops and spices, very well balanced and very pleasant.

Taste is yeast and earthiness with some spice and bitterness. What I would expect from the style, but taken up to a level I have not experienced.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp.

I will purchase this beer again, with no question.

paco1029384756, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Troy518
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ommegang Tulip Glass.

Aside from Saison Dupont, this Saison is one of my all-time favorites. I love the yeasty taste and the earthiness it delivers. The carbonation is higher than other beers and delivers a nice bite. The typical belgian spices of coriander and orange peel are very sublte and only add to the already delicious taste. I had the opportunity to visit the brewery last year and highly recommend it to anyone. For a brewery that's only been around for 11 years now, they turn out some amazing belgian-style brews.

($2.70, 12oz, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

Troy518, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into white wine glasses.

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a ton of carbonation and a foamy, champagne-like dome of carbonation. Lacing was minimal, but the head retained quite nicely.

S: The smell is crisp and grainy, with a whiff of grass and citrus fruits.

T: The taste is dry and sweet up front, like a pinot grigio. Then, a lemon-grass, herbal pepper hop flavor comes over the tongue. A rush of tangy and tartness finishes dry and vinous, with plenty of dry, citric hop aftertaste. Outstanding!

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick, with a prickly rush and dry, carbonated finish.

D: I guess it's a good thing I split this among 3 people, or else I would have kicked it myself. Dangerously drinkable saison, with plenty of flavor and character to keep you sipping glass after glass. A keeper.

The only drawback I can sense with this brew is the funk and tart/sour factor. I know it's not meant to have such powerful overtones, but something a little more tangy to balance the heavy citrus zing here would have made it truly exceptional. As is, though, still, a tremendous American-brewed version of a Belgian classic.

Gambrinus1184, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed pale golden color with a supremely generous lid of fluffy white cloud.

Smell and taste bring the same delights. Lightly sweet flowers and honey binding with tart fruits, apples and pears, and a light farmhouse funk; mellowly toasted malts, a light peppery clove spiciness and some sweet grassy hops wrap it up nicely. Medium bodied with an excellent amount of soft and fluffy smooth carbonation.

Really, really good. I dig it.

Slynger, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork popped off with a tremendous - almost dangerous - pressure.

A sweet-smelling malt dominates the aroma bright and toasty. Lots of secondary dark sugary roasted tones. A mild funky tartness rounds out the malt with herbal and earthy notes.

Medium gold with deep straw hues, fair clarity, moderately large head with less than moderately low retention.

Attack is fairly clean and flavored lightly behind the tart, bitter, alcoholic body. When my palate adjusts, I get mild sweetness and maltiness along with various earthy, grassy, and slightly musty flavors. The volume of sensations grows like that of a string quartet - starting soft and with the least of energy.

A little alcohol flavor joins in and the heat is turned up. Musty melon flavors, leaves, hints of strawberry, banana, citrus, (what I take to be) wet blanket, and mild barnyard all vie for attention with restrained whispers.

The Verdict:
A light/subtle brew that is better experienced carefully and with great thought. No wild exciting flavors here, just relaxed summer evening contentment.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 26, 2008
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,141 ratings.