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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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Ratings: 5,383
Reviews: 2,079
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
Gots: 602 | 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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Ratings: 5,383 | Reviews: 2,079
Photo of markaberrant
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - golden, clear, huge white head (cork went flying when started to pull it), tons of carbonation, leaves lots of sticky lace behind

S - bananas, fruit, spice, hay, grassy hop

T - more sweet banana, light pepper/spice, not much hop flavour, more in the bitterness, but still not a lot, aftertaste is sweet banana

M - highly carbonated, very fluffy and airy, not much crispness, low alcohol warmth

D - this is a good beer, but does not remind me at all of a saison/ farmhouse ale

This has a lot more in common with a Belgian Blonde or Tripel than a Saison. Lots of banana, not enough hops, and doesn't finish dry enough, or crisp enough to keep it refreshing. It is still a very good beer, just not at all what I was expecting.

Photo of kirok1999
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn, what a massive, fluffy white head that lasts forever! Tons of carbonation bubbles yet they don't show up in the taste.
Smells like a nice mix of butterscotch, caramel and earthy funk. Tons going on here!
Tastes much denser that it appears. Lots of earthy funk, a bit of lime, grapes and a bit of musk.
Very dry finish and a smooth drinkability. A really complex beer. Thanks to DannyS for the extra in a trade.

Photo of Natural510
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a HUGE fluffy white head which ever-so-slowly dissipates while leaving a cloud floating above the drink. Nice crystal golden color.
Smells lagerish (to me): light malts, grain and essence of hops. Main difference being the high yeast note expected from any Belgian-style brew. Inviting.
Breaded flavor at the forefront from a biscuit malt, yeast and hop grain. Hops seep in to provide a surprising kick without overpowering the brew. Yeast gradually dominates the back end of the flavor creating a dry, puckering finish. Slight lemon note and an overall sweet & sour character. Very well balanced and inviting for more.
Crisp, easy-drinking with a dry finish in the mouth.

What else can I say but, wow. This is my first saison and I'm debating whether to try any others as it may ruin this first experience. Great job by Ommegang for creating such a complex yet simple tasting brew.

Photo of TLove
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml into a glass tumbler.

Appearance is pervasively murky and orange/yellow depending on the light.

Smell is citrusy, with a resiny tang. The alcohol is strong, but doesnt hold up so much in the smell as in the taste.

Taste is basically like a bleached blonde with the alcohol content of a saison. Grainy, but not grainy enough. Unfiltered and a tad sweet.

Like other saisons I've had, the taste doesnt roll off your tongue, but rather to the back of your mouth and straight up your nose.

It finishes well with a touch of plum sweetness and tartness, like a grilled apricot soaked in scotch.

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

A: Pours a murky yellow with big, bubbly, almost champagne like head. Head sticks around for a long time, no lacing.

S: Great yeast character of citrus and honey. there is an earthy grassy character here as well

T: much like it smells, lemon and honey. earthy notes and then back to the citrus which lingers just a bit after the swallow and leaves you wanting another sip right away

M: Smooth and rather creamy due to the higher levels of carbonation which usually annoys me as it gets in the way of the taste, but here it works well.

D: This is one of my favorite Belgians to date. Great rendition and readily available which makes it even better.

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

Appearance: Two fingers of beautiful white fluffy head that dissipates into rockyness. Some lacing. It is nice and straw yellow, but is somewhat cloudy.

Smell: Fruit and some banana smell. A little bit of spice in the nose as well.

Taste: Some fruit and lemon flavors in this beer. Definitely some grain sweetness. There may be some spice flavor to this one as well. I can completely taste yeast in this beer. Just an overall solid flavor.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a light/medium body to it and is very well carbonated. In almost any other beer I think that it would be considered over carbonated, but it works in this beer so perfectly. It adds a certain crispness to the beer.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer all day. I mean it is just a really enjoyable really easy going beer that feels like a session beer no matter what the 7.7% abv says.

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

Poured 750 ml bottle into Tulip.

A. Corked popped with amazing vigor. Poured a nice 3 finger bubbly head. Well carbonated beer. A light yellow color.

S. Spices, clove, yeast, fruit, bananna, alcohol.

T. Sweet start to begin with. Reminds me of a witbier with a little more going on. Tastes of spices, lemon.

M. Smooth low-medium bodied. Slightly effervescent. Finishes dry.

D. Very drinkable. One of my first forays into Saisons. This is a good beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a very pale cloudy lemony-yellow and it's very cloudy with sediment and yeast floating throughout; a huge 3 finger head that is perfectly white and fluffy actually prevetns me from finishing the pour and I have to do it in three shifts; very solid and hard carbonation and there is a dry sticky lacing that is left clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of sweet fruits like grapes and it's very yeasty as well; there is a bit of a spicey scent coming through, but not especially strong in the nose.

Taste: The spices are much more potent in the flavor and are really the first thing that I notice - I would say the standard Belgian-esque spices of coriander and nutmeg; there is a very sweet yeasty flavor as well. The nice sweet and sour fruits are there as well, and, like the smell, I would go with the light clean taste of grapes.

Mouthfeel: Massive carbonation keeps it very prickly; a very slight coating initially but it finishes pretty clean and light -- leaving the mouth a little watery wanting some more.

Drinkability: I would say especially high. This is a great tasting beer that is light and refreshing, as well as especially flavorful.

Photo of psurandy
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light golden with a nice fluffy white head. Smells a bit of lemon and vanilla with some sourness and overall funkiness to it. The head has fantastic retention with very nice lacing to it. Outstanding flavor with notes of vanilla, lemon, and hay funkiness. There's a pleasant bit of hop bitterness at the end. This is a beer that I think is fantastic, but can't put my finger on why exactly. Does funky lemony vanilla hay sound good? Well no, but drink it sometime and you'll find that it actually tastes fantastic. The beer has such a nice smooth drinkability and alcohol is very well hidden. Highly recommended.

Photo of cjohnson
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a 20oz pint glass has a hazy, cloudy straw colored body with a thick, just-off white head that leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells are faint, but honey, lemon and some grain come through.

Taste is about what you'd expect from the smell. No real hop flavor, but some nice sweetness and citrus spice. No one flavor seems to dominate the others.

Medium-body mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. This seems like it'd be the perfect way to end a hot summer's day.

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

A 750ml corked and caged bottle share with psycohops and brothercannon. Poured into a trio of nonic pint glasses. Appears a cloudy bright yellow color with a healthy two fingers of fluffy white foam. Smells and tastes of spicy peppery yeast, lemon, pear, green apples and grassy grains. Moderately carbonated to say the least, with a medium to full body. Crisp, dry and quenching, one of the world's perfect food beers. This ale begs to be paired with some great pungent cheeses along with some crisp fruit.

Photo of holycrapamoly
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local Whole Paycheck, excuse me Whole Foods just brought this in. I had never had it before, but ¨if Duvel made it, I´m thinking it will not disappoint.¨ Wow, it really didn´t!
It poured a beautifully dull golden color that became very clear as the head developed. And what a head! Right there with Duvel on that! Excellent, white, sticky head. I found myself re checking the bottle to be sure it was made in America.
The smell is spicier and more peppery than I had expected with some definite sweet fruitiness. Still new to reviewing, so I don´t have a better description than that.
I was having a NY Strip and some vegetables, and this tasted absolutely wonderful with that. It was citrus, honey, yeast and pepper tasting with the hops coming in at the end of the taste.
Hennepin feels very smooth in the mouth. A bit thicker in consistency than I was expecting, but not at all in a bad way. A nice difference from the Belgians I usually have. Still very crisp and very very drinkable.
About three dollars less per 750 mL bottle than the true Belgians with every bit as much quality. I will definitely have this again and recommend Hennepin to friends!

Photo of gameface23
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with an enormous fluffy white head and lots of bubbles floating up the side of the glass. Nice lacing down the glass. The smell was yeasty, with lemon/citrus and spicy wheat. Taste was what was to be expected from the smell, with a nice crisp twang to it.

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden yellow color with a bright white head that looks fairly consistent and thick. There a tons of bubbles rising to the top. The head doesn't dissipate as quickly as expected.

Smell: Smells of slightly tart fruits. There is definitely some mustiness to this farmhouse ale. The tangy notes almost overwhelm the nose; this might be some of the phenols pushing through.

Taste: Very carbonated. Mild lemon flavors jump to the forefront. The tartness isn't quite as high as the nose would cause one to expect. The maltiness isn't very prevalent. The spicy flavors balance out the tartness well.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium-bodied mouthfeel. The beer slowly moves to the back of the tongue, but after a few seconds, the taste is completely gone.

Drinkability: This is a very good farmhouse ale. It's definitely shocking that this beer is brewed in the U.S. This beer is quickly becoming a staple in this house.

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

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Clear golden color with a faint haze. Thick white head with major retention on the glass.

S: Mild spice. Possible peppery scent with mild overtone of sweetness. Slight grain aroma also.

T: Very crisp with a nice smooth flavor. Hard to break down because of its complexity. Ever so slightly spicy and very mild sweetness that lingers in the background. Aftertaste is like mild lemon and fruit tartness. Nothing overboard but very well ballanced.

This is excellent!!! I never understood why people spoke highly of Ommegang until I tried this style. It is a better version of the parent Duvel standard brew. This has lower alchohol phenol scent and flavor with a better taste. Best Ommegang I've had.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Local 44 in Philly. Poured a golden wheat color with a light white head. Smell was very yeasty and citrusy with some oils of hops. taste was similar, super smooth and full, mellow yeast then the light bite of the hops. Very balanced, great beer. Have a bomber of this which I'll open in a few months.

Photo of NHGrafx
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color. Nice big head which lasts for a few minutes. Aroma is nice, with yeast, spice and citrus aromas. Some hoppy aroma too.

Taste is great. Nice spiciness in the taste with some hoppy flavors. Some yeast taste as well, an interesting herbal flavor comes through as well. Very slight apple like flavor, and possibly grapefruit. Nice spicy/hoppy bite on the finish. So many different flavors, it is hard to separate them all.

I really like this one. I keep forgetting this one is brewed in New York. One of the best American brewed Belgian style ales I have had.

Photo of drcarver
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love it, bought a case then picked up a keg. The review is from tap.

A - A large frothy head with excellent lacing. A clear sparkling light yellow body.

S - Slight citrus aroma. Moderate yeast smells acoompanied by fruit and spice (pear, pineapple and nutmeg?)

T - Sweet throughout the beer (not overwhelming though) with a short sour aftertaste.

M - Light syrupy body. Lively with an astringent/alcohol finish.

D - Give me a warm day and some out door work and this is perfect. Or give me a cold day and a warm fire and this is perfect. Or leaves changing, or clouds and rain...

Photo of hopmonkey
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An truly excellent beer.

A - Pours a deep orange/gold, with a bit of haze.

S - Belgian-y. Some citrus and spice with yeast/bread.

T - Lovely. Non-IPA style hops lead off with a citrus-spice, transitioning with lively carbonation to a clove/bread mixture, and finishing with just a hint of heat. Also a fair amount of champagne character and flavor. Could do with slightly less clove.

D - With the exception of the aforementioned clove, the drinkability is very high.

Photo of Riccymon
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden orange color from the bottle with a half inch of soap bubble head that boils away after a couple minutes. First smell brought with it a hint of skunk, but after that I found a mix of tripel/Belgian pale aromas--orange, pear, grassiness, and a spicy pepper note. Taste is similar to the smell, but tastier and with a nice alcohol presence. If the label didn't say otherwise, I would probably have classified this as a tripel. The finish contains apple flavors and mild hops.

Mouthfeel is a little spicy and there's a tart bitterness to the finish. The alcohol suits the mouthfeel and flavors, and while it is a refreshing brew, the nearly 8% ABV doesn't make this the most drinkable of beers. Interestingly, I remember the Hennepin I had on tap as a little fruitier. Nevertheless, this is a great offering from Ommegang, and I'd think about returning to it again when I'm in the mood for a Belgian.

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

This is a beer I've tried several times before, but probably never given a fair shake due to my lack of knowledge of the style. After trying several prominent saisons, I figured I go back to one of the first I tried and give it another look.

Beer is a dark, hazy yellow with a feverish carbonation that spun upward like a tornado, packing a mammoth, pillowy white head.

Scent of lemon and sour mash permeate this summery beer, reminding me of the smell of fruit soaked in alcohol. Flavors are of the tart variety, featuring citrus fruit taste with the pleasant spiciness that makes saisons distinctive. Taste is quite well balanced and notes of cinnamon and banana tickle the throat as it goes down.

Beer hits the tongue beautifully, not overpowering with sourness, but not masking the true nature of the beer with sweetness. It never becomes too tart to consume and it is definitely a saison that can be sipped all day in the hot summer sun.

One of the best examples of the style and a great little number from Ommegang.

Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw color, lots and lots of white head..

S: Fruity, some spice. Cinnamon, peaches, apricot, and yeast.

T: Lots of fruit, and a little heat in a spice kind of way.. smooth, and delicious.. slight metallic aftertaste, but very slight.

M: Highly carbonated, slightly watery..

D: Good, but I don't think I'll be dropping a lot of money into this one.. It's a good beer, but I think there are better belgians out there.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. Purchased as 4-pack from Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Slightly hazy tangerine yellow with healthy 2-finger effervescent nearly white head with good retention and spare lacing.

S: Plenty of mustiness for a saison-lover to enjoy here. Sweet and fruity, not unlike cheap champagne, with apple, pear, and light fruit aromas with some very light spice and earthy hops aromas.

T: Apple, pear, and other fruity esters are present with a medium-tart finish. There is a nice earthiness from a spicy hops and clove as well. The yeastiness is there but light and not overbearing. Alcohol is nicely warming.

M: Medium body but the lively carbonation lends a light feel to this fine brew. Aftertaste is light and fruity with a touch of spiciness.

D: An excellent saison that is readily available and a great value. It's Ommegang's most approachable beer, and could easily be a good gateway brew for those interested in trying Belgian ales.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at sharp edge creekhouse outside of Pittsburgh

A: pours a golden pale yellow color with a finger of white head that settles and leaves lots of lacing

S: smells like lots of yeast, breadiness, fresh cut grass or hay

T: lots of the same flavors as the scents; yeast, bread, grass, hay, very slight bitter bite at the finish

M: full bodied and spot on for this beer

D: super high session beer, despite being almost 8%, can't taste that abv and lots of smooth crisp flavor

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

Beautiful gold, big head and nice bubbles rising up the tulip glass.

Fruity and a little musky at the same time with a hint of yeast.

Somewhat hoppy (but not in an IPA way) and fruity with a little belgian bannana and clove (but not to much). I know I read "rustic" on the bottle but it does fit.

Very crisp and satisfying on a hot day. The carbonation is perfect and makes itself felt. Medium bodied.

Goes down way too easy for 7.7%

My favorite beer from Ommegang.

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