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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,215 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 5,215
Reviews: 2,047
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 228
Gots: 481 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of dacrza1
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating some new glassware, this brew is poured into THE Hennepin footed bulb... and forms a thick, foamy cloud that traces quite well.... body is a sediment-laden transparent orange-brown head... handosme and stout.... floral notes with grape and soft hops--a bit of lemon and something sweet... inviting... medium-bodied, lively on the tongue and effervescent on the mouth.... more than drinkable, but slightly more alcoholic than the average saison... fresh, crisp, hoppy in a soft citric way--somewhat tart but not candied or false--a bit of vanilla? a bit of malt in the aftertaste, but complex with some grapefruit elements... by mid-glass, hennepin setlles into a groove of Belgian elegance that belies its nationality... the Ommegang presentation two years ago at the PSU Brew Fest made this beer even more attractive--and it flirts like a true Abbey (Williams!) ale, but pulls back and only offers a soft eye--that, I can live with....

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

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Cloudy, yeasty pale gold. I poured too fast and got all the yeast mixed in. One finger of head that laces well.

4.5 S: Complex. Spice, pepper, honey, straw.

4.5 T: Mild bitterness and sourness. Grassy hops, spice, and some peppery hotness. Malts spicy and biscuity. Lastly, hints of fruit and clove.

4.5 M: Smooth, somewhat creamy, and very well carbonated.

4.5 D: Wonderful beer. Though I prefer hoppier, darker beers, this one was a delightful change.

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

pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a big white head that holds fairly well with a light to medium lace. smells great, with herbs and spice and pepper and clove. very peppery taste, with lots of spice and clove. lots of crisp carbonation and medium mouthfeel. slightly sweet and dry also. just a great taste can't wait to get more.

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

First glass of the 750: Pours a wildly effervescent, sunshiny golden color, with a pure white, slightly lingering head. Smells of sunshine, faint (appealing) barnyard, herbs, bright fruit, resin. Taste is a burst of earthy and crisp. Mouthfeel is light, balanced. As it warms, the resinous aromas and flavors become honeyed and deeper. Better with each sip.

Second glass of the 750: Incredible vinous aroma floods out! Effervescence isn't diminished at all -- it is champagne-like, with fine, dancing bubbles. The slightly metallic taste from the first glass is gone. Richer, fuller flavor and aroma in every element. Some of the brightness mellows noticeably with this second glass.

For heaven's sake... there's nothing I could say in this review to talk anyone into drinking it that someone else hasn't said more eloquently.

It's really lovely.

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

On tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh, served in an Ommegang goblet.

This beer was a sparkling golden color with a good amount of head in the goblet. Smells were sour, spicy, bubblegum, banana, fruity. Taste was sour and spicy. Alcohol definitely present, but not overwhelming.

I haven't tried many others of this style yet, but I enjoyed this one.

Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml purchased from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Poured into an Ommegang tulip.

A: Pours a really bright golden color that has a good bit of haze to it. Got a good 3 fingers of head from this thing that has decent retention and has amazingly soapy, clingy lacing. Nice active carbonation bubbles.

S: Yeast is very much there. Citrus hops are coming through nicely. Spicy, peppery scent. Pretty faint though.

T: Taste is pretty good. Yeasty, earthy goodness. Citrus hops bring a twangy, sweetness in here with lemon and orange flavors. Malt is subdued but present. Grape flavor comes in a bit. Touch of alcohol. Very nice.

M: Medium in body but feels thin. Carbonation is heavy, but makes it easy drinking. Alcohol rests on the throat with a pleasant burn.

D: This beer is easy drinking but the feel seems to be off. Taste is good and interesting. Pretty good beer overall

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

Very golden body, this brew pours a voluminous 3 finger head and sticks to the glass. The flavors are subtle and bready with light color fruits of apricots, peaches and plums. The finish is crisp and dry, the taste lasts and cleanses the palate. Taste was very refreshing, just a hint of citrus and yeast. A very thin bodied brew, this one would be great on a hot day.

Photo of treyrab
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork tonight with dinner and poured into my chalice...

A: Very hazy yellow, similar looking to a light Belgian Tripel or Pale Ale. Had to pour this one slow as the head was massive - Five finger plus head when I poured this - the head lasted a while too!

S: The Belgian yeast is the initial smell here, followed by pale malts, slight orange and lemon, and some peppery spices.

T: The taste is very nice and crisp. The Belgian yeast strain really comes through nicely. The other main attribute I picked up was pepper, and tons of it. Also some fruity flavors also like orange and banana.

Overall, this is an extremely high carbonated saison. Perhaps too carbonated, but not soda-like. It has a great crisp flavor and was perfect on this humid night in PA.

Photo of buffettfan
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz bottle, into slim tulip glass.

Appeared a light, cloudy golden yellow. A nice thick head formed, and lasted almost all the way down the glass.

Smell was a nice, refreshing aroma. This smells likes it going to be a nice, refreshing beer. A little fruit, maybe a little citrus, more like an apple orchard. Some bready notes as well.

Tastes great! Some hops, with a little bite. With a nice malty sweetness.

I really like this beer, and is my wife's favorite, so I always have some in the house. This is a wonderful beer!

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

A: Poured a cloudy lemony-wit color with a billowy 2 finger creamy white head that pitted in the middle and had great retention leaving a nice streaky film lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and vibrant.

S: The nose was rather soft and lemony with only very faint traces of bananas.

T: The initial flavor was tart, citric (lemons), with a touch of acidity. A light tropical fruitiness, perhaps pineapples are present with some zesty oranges and a lemony zing. A nice light wheat creaminess is observed with some light oats as well coming through. The beer finishes with a nice acidic bite in the finish with some light bananas, and cloves contributed by the yeast.

M: light, and lively from the strong carbonation with a tart yeastiness of lemon citrus.

D: A great refreshing farmhouse with a tart citric lemons makes this a definite thirst quencher for the summer months. sure to leave you satisfied.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear golden body with lots of carbonation bubbles flying around.

Smell has some hop character and lots of yeast character. Heavy notes of spices.

Taste has some sweetness that is fruity, sugary and a little malty. The body of the flavor comes from yeast; it is peppery, white peppery, slightly medicinal. It seems that there is some added spice also. Some hop character can also be detected in there.

A very crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, but probably a little more body than the best belgians..

Pretty drinkable here, but tastes overly spiced, whether it was or not.

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

Poured from a dorked bottle into a goblet. Pours a hazy yellow with a huge, soft white head. Takes a while for the head to rescind. Lots of yeasty aromas. Bready, yet spicey as well. SOme light fruit also. Taste is fairly clean and light. Some spice and light sweetness form the malt. I get some banana and even some bubble gum. Great session saison. I love the style, but usually one glass is enough. I could drink a few of these.

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

Poured out of the 750ml bottle into a tulip glass a crisp, pale straw hue with a whipped egg white head that settled nicely into about a finger's worth of foam (I've got big fingers mind you) and some nice residual lacing on the sides of the glass. Bright tropical fruit and spice on the nose with a touch of honeysuckle. Brilliant clean taste with a nice yeast complexion in the body with a little spice in the finish. Great drinkability- nice effervescence and really clean.

Good Saison from the Ommegang lads. Quite refreshing on a hot day in the city.

Photo of bonkers
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a large chalice. TIt purs a hazy, straw colored yellow with a three finger head. The head had good staying power and left a hint of lace on the sides of my glass. Hennepin to me smelled of a sweet yeasty bread. This tasted sort of sweet and tart. There were also hints of fruit, perhaps pear. The brew is thin with good carbonation and is very drinkable. This is only the second saison I have had and it was much more enjoyable.

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

This is a very likeable brew that pours a deep, hazy amber with an ever-so-thick head that stays for a LONG time and is accompanied by sticky, slow lacing. It smells of malt, slight hops and notes of grains. The taste is malty, with flavors of wheat, moderate hops and faint lemon. The mouthfeel is rich yet light and has just the right amount of carbonation.

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

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle that reads "Product of Belgium" on the label into my Ommegang Witte tumbler, because I already managed to break my Hennepin flute.

My first BA review, of the beer that got me to pay attention, so if I sound ignorant it's because I am.

A--Color matches the logo and "Worth the Wheat" slogan on my glass, basically a tawny more gold than yellow wheat. Good sized head that's more foamy than fizzy with some lacing.

S--My weakest category. To me it smelled mostly funky barnhouse, with a little piney citrus sharpness. Like a used horse blanket sprayed with Pledge.

T--The biggest thing I noticed was a hot spiciness that wasn't from hops, though I can feel in the backend a sharp pine bite from them. Took me a while to get the taste but I think it's like ginger, or candied ginger, as there's a mellow sweetness that rounds it out first. Beginning of the swish in my mouth was more yeast than anything, with some grassiness, too.

M--Medium with a little more carbonation than I like. Definitely smooth with a little chewiness.

Great drinkability for a humid day in that oxymoron of places, the Brooklyn backyard. Went great with a slice of tomato pie. This beer got it all started for me, and while I've moved on somewhat, I've got much respect for it. Hope I gave it its due without sounding like a complete moron.

Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a bright and hazy yellow/golden color. A large pillowing white head with lots of clinging and patchy lace.
S: Lots of barnyard funky yeast. A nice fruit aroma of apples, pears, and banana's.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of sweet malt with the barnyard/hay funkyness again. Fruits that follow the nose with a bit of peppery spice.
M/D: A medium body that is over carbonated for my tastes. The alcohol show a little, but other than that an easy to drink beer.

Pretty much spot on for the style. I really enjoy this. Something I would recommend to lovers of the style and people that are looking to get into saison's. This needs to be in my fridge more often.

Photo of JoeMayo
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a rich, lingering head and a decent amount of lacing down the glass.

S- It smells sweet, yet refreshing and well-balanced. Apple and a little pear come through with sweet spice and yeast, as well as notes of white pepper. The crisp scent of lemon-zest also makes its way out.

T- Extremely refreshing and smooth. Mildly sweet with a floral hop flavor. Notes of apple, spice, white pepper, belgian yeast, and meyer lemon are all detected.

M- Crisp with a very fine carbonation.

D- I could easily go for another one on this hot summer night.

Photo of corey0212
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In a way, I think this is the beer that really introduced me to craft beer...this was something I knew nothing about, picked up on a whim, and just plain fell in love with. Figured it was time for a proper review...

Pours a clear bright golden color, an absolute monster white head forms, diminishing very slowly and leaving a lot of lacing in the glass. Really soft pepper in the nose, nothing too bracing, yeasty, and plenty of lemon aroma. Taste follows the nose, with some clove and pear notes, and a faint grassy hop presence. Really clean finish, medium-bodied, and refreshing as hell. Just a total classic, and one of those beers that should always be in my fridge....in fact, from now on, it will always be there, if anyone wants to check up on me.

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

Super head on this hangs on forever, nice cloudy bright golden.

Smells crisp with spices. Clove, pepper and citrus.

Flavor also crisp, with spices and fruity notes. Clove, green apple, and pepper. Nice. A bit of something else in there too. Hops? Grains? Hard for me to nail down.

Bubbly mouthfeel fits well.

This was very solid, I'd gladly have it again.

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

12oz brown bottle served into a flaired tulip glass.

Cloudy golden color with more than 2" of fluffy white head,good retention leaving webs of lace down the glass,very effervicent,lively looking beer.

Clean spicy and fruit aromas with hints of clove. Very appealing

Crisp spice tastes upfromt well-balanced with a prickly astrigent grassy hopbite with citrus fadeand a touch of heat.

Light mouthfeel,lots of zing on the palate,excellent summer brew. Enjoyable,interesting somewat remisent of a white wine,would definatly go with the same foods.Must try beer in my book.

Photo of jordoo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poored into a chimay glass.

This one comes out highly carbinated with a just off white head that has great retention and left some small patches of lace. The body is the color or golden honey with bubbles slipping through it constantly. The nose is a very pleasant combination of spice, fruit and a little funk. Taste is fruity to the tone of apples and pears with some clove spice and sour hints. Very nice bubbly medium crisp mouthfeel that combined with everything else makes putting a 750ml bottle of this away no problem.

Photo of Hophead101
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drinking at home while folding laundry and watching Howard Stern Tv on 8/24/08

appearance: beautiful cloudy tannish yellow color. big fluffy and robust head - lots of bubbles and hangs around quite a bit

smell: very crisp and light smell. a nice citrus smell - lots of things going on here - can't quite point them all out

taste: nice full body taste. by the appearance you would think it would be lighter, but it has quite a great full flavor.

great overall flavor, mouthfeel and drinkability.

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

This is the supposedly famous Saison style brew of Ommegang, NY. Great big fluffy head of clingy white head. Great retention of the cap that becomes rocky and chunky as the tasting goes on and great lacing throughout the tasting. Aromas are just a little funky, green grains (yeast and wheat), green apple with some lemon zest. Raw. The color is a rich gold which appears slightly hazy. The flavors are quite good, herbal hops, some balancing malts, a raw honey sweetness, assorted spices I have trouble putting my finger on, ALC esters as it warms. Complex and challenging. The dry finish has hints of almonds or roasted chestnuts. So deep and so well formed I would never have guessed it was American. Let alone so newly crafted. This beer tastes of tradition and pride. Famous for a reason. Dare I say it? World Class.

Photo of JBogan
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear yellow/gold with a huge foamy white head which left excellent lacing.

Smelled very musty, along with a bit of citrus and not much else.

Tasted of musty yeast, very much like the smell. Not very sharp or complex. The lemon is in there but it's overpowered by the yeast. No tartness or crispness whatsoever going on here. This was a big letdown from what I'd hoped for.

Mouthfeel was great. Lots of prickly carbonation and generally a nice smoothness to go with a medium body.

This is a fairly drinkable beer, although nothing special. It's cheap though, so it has that going for it.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,215 ratings.