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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,352
Reviews: 2,072
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 241
Gots: 570 | 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 BeerFMAndy
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split. Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale stem glass. Opening, serving, pouring, and cellaring directions on bottle.

A - A totally white loose, fizzy head rests on top of a clear, bright golden color with some serious carbonation. Head retention good and leaving some sticky lacing.

S - Lots of subdued flavors going on here: Honey, sweetness, hay, damp wheat, and ginger. That is complex and awesome! Earthy a bit too.

T - Complex to the max! Ginger ale flavor with a dry wheat, honey, and a slight citrusy hoppiness. Complex yet not at the same time, weird!

M - Soda. Exactly like ginger ale soda. So much carbonation it gives it a bite. A little too much I'd say. Lighter in body.

D - While it has a different flavor, it's drinkability is pretty damn high in my opinion. Hidden alcohol in this guy is a bonus I think.

Photo of alkemy
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been bragging this beer up to a buddy of mine, so it's high time that I give it a review. I will likely be biased in that I've drank this quite a bit and feel that it may be the best beer I've had. I'm sure there are threads in the forum on the subject, but if I was forced to pick a single beer to be stuck on a desert island with, this would be the one. Pours a hazy, yet bright gold with a tinge of orange. The head is nice and fluffy with plenty of carbonation oozing beneath. Smell is somewhat typical to the Belgian style yeast with hints of lemon, grass, and a touch of bubble gum. I don't know how to explain it, but you do get a sense of earthiness in the smell and taste. Taste is magnificent. The 7.5 abv is unnoticeable. I think saisons were typically made in the winter to be enjoyed the following summer, but it would take more willpower than I have to wait those precious months for this beer to mature. Thank goodness for modern refrigeration! Also, I've read a few reviews perhaps complaining of too much carbonation, but I feel that it is in perfect harmony with this brew.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Taphouse in Oswego, Il.

The appearance is a hazy yellow with a very white frothy head. The lacing is great from start to end.

The first smells are yeast and honey, followed by cloves. There are also citrus notes, very lemony.

Wow, this is delicious. This is the first time I've had this and I'm thoroughly impressed. I've had a couple other from Ommegang that I enjoyed, but this may take the cake. The nose is all lemon and pepper, but after the swallow this bursts with a ton of other flavors, specifically banana, clove, and honey. The transition from spicey to sweet is simply amazing. Very unique.

The body is medium-full and smooth. Good carbonation that is crisp and clean. The pepper and cloves sting the tongue slightly, then the sweetness tones it down.

I was shocked to learn the abv for this one. I couldn't taste it at all. It's delicious, smooth, refreshing, and intriguing. That's a great combination that makes it very amusing.

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

light colored and looks very light. Has some awsome bubble carbonation that doesn't go away.Looks almost like a coors light with more head. Has some german characteristics in the smell. Light hops and sweet malts. Very balanced taste. Has slight hop bitterness with a nice sweetness and good, smoothe aftertaste. The drinkability is awesome. you could drink several of these in quick succession without feeling like streaking. At 7.5 %, not a joke, and kinda dangerous. My favorate from Ommegang, which is saying a lot.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured to pint glass.

A: Semi-opaque orange color that glows extremely vibrantly with a beautiful two-finger head. There's not a single bubble visible within the head just a puffy layer of white. Great retention on the head that is visible the for the entire drink, supported by a very strong stream of bubbles. Just looking at this one is mouthwatering.

S: Smells wheaty with strong traces of citrus along with caramel and apples.

T: Very wheaty with strong Belgian yeast. Strong caramel and honey, citrus, clove, and apples with a bit of pear and possibly the slightest amount of banana. Dry slight floral hop finish. Fairly complex and well balanced flavors do a great job of masking the alcohol up till the very end. I had originally given this one a 4 in taste, but after the second one I had I was able to appreciate it a lot more. Serve this one around 50-55ish, the flavor comes out sooo much more and is 10x more enjoyable.

M: Stays strongly carbonated the entire drink, very smooth and crsip. Perfect.

D: Overall very drinkable, extremely tasty, consistent carbonation makes for a very enjoyable drink that doesn't grow old or become overpowering with alcohol.

Photo of buschbeer
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a white fluffy head. It was a cloudy pale yellow color. I get lemony, citrusy aromas. The taste is better than expected. My friend Alkemy raves about this beer and we enjoy different styles of beer. It has lemon and spice flavors. It is very drinkable. I would have enjoyed this even more on a hot summer day than a rainy, cold Monday, but overall a nice selection. I would still drink Allagash White first though.

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

Beer pours a light golden color with a good 1 finger head, excellent carbonation that is perfect for the style. Head disappears quickly but good lacing is left in glass. Smell is of slight citrus with a pleasant fruitiness throughout, some subtle spice comes through. Taste is of simple spice with a subdued fruitiness that is not overdone, very little bitterness. Faint hint of malt, but definitely not the focus of the beer. Beer finishes dry and crisp. Though a high ABV beer alcohol is well hidden and only begins to appear after beer has warmed considerably.

A great beer to have on a spring summer evening as things are beginning to warm up. One of the better American interpretations of the style.

Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a hard beer for me to judge as this is probably the only saison I have had, but is it delicious or what! I think the only reason I haven't tried them is because of the price tag of some of these french/belgian farmhouse beers.

A- Light golden color with a big frothy head that stays the entire drink.

S- Smell is yeasty, with dry fruit and caramel malt in the background

T- Yeasty to start, then the malt kicks in with a nice caramel flavor, some hops add a spicy sting, then it finishes with a dry yeasty flavor and heat from the alcohol

M- This is a lighter bodied beer than other similar high gravity brews. High carbonation as well, but there also is a certain hardness to it, this must be from the carbonates or other minerals in the water.

D- This is a delicious brew and the light body gives it the drinkability that makes A-B blush. With the high alcohol content I am happy I can only afford this once in a while.

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

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with active bubbling up the glass. Creates a nice, long-lived, foamy 1" off-white head. Leaves nice walls of lacing down the glass during a drink.

S: Bananas, lemony citrus, wheat, brett funk, a little barnyard / hay mustiness. At the right temperature, this is just a powerful bouquet and delicious to smell.

T: Wheat, lemon, and biscuit malt dominate the taste, with only a mild banana component in the background. The mid-taste sees mostly wheat with a slight smattering of clove spice. This progresses to a slightly tart/sour finish with a noticeable earthy undercurrent to it.

M: Thin-bodied, with active champagne-like effervescence. Well-masked ABV, with no burn to it. A clean, dry finish -- maybe leaning toward crisp.

D: I've had some outstanding saisons. This is in the middle of the pack, but it's a good option when I can't get the ones that I have to trade for.

Photo of biegaman
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin has a very Champagne-esque appearance - consistent streams of carbonation and an anemically pale shade of yellow. The head is bounteous and creamy, continuously growing from a steady contribution of bubbles. A light haze distorts clarity but transparency prevails nonetheless. This, itself, looks like a sunny day.

The aroma is musty in a sort of barnyard kind of way. Abounding are notes of farmhouse straw, fresh squeezed lemon, spicy phenols, and under-ripe orchard fruits. It is a charming blend of musty and zesty, grainy and fruity. When my nose dips into that glass it doesn't resurface for quite some time.

The flavours are simple and straightforward - wheat, bread, grains accompanied by a sprinkling of spice and citrus zest. The taste of roses and additional floral notes arise. Flavours of under-ripe fruits - green apple, pear, peach - are also noted. Grains, tang and spice all make equal contributions and combine for a balanced, flavourful beverage.

The carbonation is rather effervescent. Little bursts of bubbles pin-prick the roof of the mouth on each sip. The beer is tremendously refreshing and it's peppery (mustard seed-like?) spice and citrusy fruity esters blend in an intricate manner that becomes only more so with warmth.

In terms of a refreshing, sociable drink that could be shared amongst guests, this really does make a valid substitute for sparkling wine. It would make a great welcoming drink and its effervescence makes it a suitable aperitif as well. This bridges the world of beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers on the agreeable grounds of undeniable quaffability.

Ommegang will tell you that Hennepin is suited to every season but I'd insist it's absolutely ideal for spring and summer. Wait for a hot, sunny day and sit yourself down with a big bottle of this stuff. Find shade under a tree, nestle up with a good book or share it over a meal with family and friends at the table. But don't just take my word on it...try it for yourself!

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a full white head, lots of lace.

S: Yeast notes and ester, light fruit.

T: Yellow apple and definite herbal notes (sage) carry the beer. Mild acidity, quite complex.

M: Medium-bodied, quite refreshing, smooth.

D: One of my favourite saisons, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet. This and LA Red Barn are the top 2 easily available American saisons in my opinion.

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

Appearance: Pours a even golden color with a good amount of foamy head, carbonation is very active as bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass. Head does disappear halfway through the first glass.
Smell: Mild tones of spice (clove)and earthy yeast; dark fruits quite noticeable.
Taste: Spicy, mildly bitter bite at first taste, followed by essences of tart fruit (plum and pineapple to a lesser degree). Malts are a bit 'biscuit-like'. Finish is fairly dry and clean. Overall moderate alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel belies a little spicy zing on the tongue.
Drinkability: Best appreciated as a sipper, as this beer is enjoyably complex. Nonetheless, easy drinking and clean with deceptive strength.

Great effort by Ommegang! Can't wait to review Three Philosophers.

Photo of bwd110
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Ommegang tulip

A - Bright golden yellow, somewhat cloudy appearance. Boasts a big, white bubbly head. Looks tantalizing. Heads settles, but leaves tightly bubbled lacing throughout the glass during consumption

S - Tart, fruity smell of green apples, coriander, banana, and spices. Yeasty and a little peppery.

T - Damn fine... Good mix of the tart fruitiness, well spiced. The alcohol is noticeable here - I think the taste could be improved with a toned down abv.

M - Carbonation runs wild, but the beer covers the palate well and is crisp and refreshing

D - Very refreshing beer, leaves you wanting at least one more.

Overall a real nice offering from Ommegang, good to see some state-side folks nailing this Belgian staple.

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

Hooray for my 100th crappy review!

Pours shimmery gold in color into my Ommegang tulip, carbonation is free-flowing to the top. Hazy apple-brown, like a cloudy macro-lager or apple juice/sparkling cider. Just a little too dark and cloudy to be champagne. Nice foamy head at the top. Smells like a vineyard, a slightly fruity mustiness (or maybe the barrel room, rather) and yeastiness.

Overall: Light, crisp, refreshing, and a nice sweet/sour balance. On first swallow, all I get is a real earthy taste, with a little green apple/pear, a little barnyardy, but it isn't until a couple seconds have passed that the flavors of the beer really come out. This is when the tart funkiness starts to come out, not so much as some beers I've had, it does't really taste like "horse blanket" or anything like that. But it is deliciously tart, and the tartness stays on the palate without the dank earthyness. Very light body, crisp and ephervescent. I'd say it's only off-dry, not as dry as some others I've had, and that is a positive impact here. After a bit it starts to stick to the tongue. I can see why this is such a well-regarded saison. Everyone should give this a go, especially when the mood for something lighter strikes.

Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden yellow with a pretty large, fluffy white head.

S - smells reminds me a lot of a pilsner. It is grainy with some sweet malts.

T - Very clean taste. Sweet, grainy malts. There was also some sweet fruits, noticeably grape and cherry coming through.

M - light, crisp, and refreshing. Pretty decent mouthfeel to it.

D - this was a pretty excellent ale, especially for the price. I will definitely purchase again since it is so light and crisp, yet delicious.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight banana, tart malt, earthy malt, and some slight bread aromas. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a very high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt up front, slight banana flavors next, slight hop background, and some tart malt. A real nice blend of flavors, with only a hint of dryness. I would definitely recommend this brew.

Photo of grayburn
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hennepin pours a beautiful gold with a huge white head that stays in the glass long after the beer is gone...but then again a beer like this goes a bit too quickly.
The smell is subdued fruits, nice belgian yeast floral and fruity. Some light hopping in there.
The taste is very multi-dimensional, it starts somewhate subtle with light apricot and peach flavors, then comes through with a touch of citrus hop aroma. It is finished with just a touch of sweetness, but the overall effect is very dry like a good champagne.
The mouthfeel is superbly refreshing, crisp and clean. Not much sweetness or bitterness to combat, this beer is incredibly subtle.
I could drink this beer all day long, given the abv that could get me in some trouble...but I would most certainly enjoy the day.

Photo of thirdeye11
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a Duvel tulip. I see no dates on the bottle.

A: Pours a beautiful opaque orange color with 3 fingers of head that recedes very slowly. This beer laces REALLY well on my glass, and the yeasty floaters are a welcome addition without overcrowding the glass.

S: Smells of pears, sour apple but mildly so, yeast is present. I love the smell of this beer. One of my favorites for sure.

T: The pear and sour apple are present, but not really sour from a taste perspective as much as it is in the smell. The yeast really comes through here, but not bready and heavy like many belgian-style beers. It's clean tasting, and reminds me occasionally of a hefeweizen style without as much of the banana and clove flavors. They are still present though.

M: Creamy, bubbly, and coats my mouth almost as well as any beer out there.

D: Off the charts for me. I drank a full 750ml of this last night without batting an eye, and probably could down 2 of the bombers in a night. Never tastes bitter, too sweet, or too hoppy. Everything is balanced for me.

Overall one of my favorite beers. I often forget to buy it, but should because it's 60-80% of the cost of most Belgians I like just as much. Highly recommend this one if you've never had it. This beer would be good for ANYONE who likes beer in even the slightest respect.

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

This was purchased on sale $5.99 (great price for a bomber) at Monument liqour. It was recommended so after having other Ommegang's I had to try it.

Looks great. A real bright colored unfiltered ale. Looks highly carbonated and the head sits nicely upon the sweet looking beverage.

Smells like a summer day. Realy bright fruits and a little alcohol edge. I get a hint of light wood and some funk.

Much tarter than I expected. I like the freshness of the flavor and the after taste really hangs on. It almost tastes like a heavier belgian without the caramel underlyings. This has a medium sweet middle to it that fades to a soapy aftertaste.

Standard mouthfeel.

Although this rivals some of the other Saisons I have had, the alcohol taste is too promenant for 7.7%. If they were trying to hide a 10 or 11.5% sleeper in a farmhouse ale I might forgive 'em, but at 7.7 it should taste like a sweet dream. I would recommend this to others, but not if their favorite was a saison. They would pick it apart.

Photo of rpstevens
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy straw color with a very large foamy white head. Nice lacing that slides down the sides of the glass slowly, in a very lazy manner.

The beer smells at first like banana but each time I smell it I get a little something extra, some flowery aromas and an earthy smell underneath, but also very crisp spices.

The taste is sweet and malty to start with a rush of citrus at the finish. The banana is not as present in the taste as the smell, but the taste has much more balance between sweet and sour than I expected. The taste finishes with a very earthy bread flavor that mellows the whole thing out.

Hennepin feels crisp and light in the mouth. The carbonation is perfect for this style of beer with it's spices and fruity tones, it's not overpowering at all.

This beer reminds me of summertime at every turn, it looks bright and light, it smells of fruit and flowers and it has a crisp taste and mouthfeel that are perfect for the warm weather. This beer would be great on a deck in the July sun. It's great right now and it's barely spring!

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

This is my first Saison but I have enjoyed other similar ales. I've always been a fan of Belgians, Dubbels, Trippels, and Quads. Though the flavors are a little different, I was told this is right up my alley. My style of choice is RIS mostly but I often look for other stuff to keep my taste buds fresh. I bought this at Springhill Liquor in North Little Rock, AR.

Poured in a 14oz wide mouth wine glass 2008 Bottle

Appearance: Poured a Pale yellow with a thick, three-finger, rich and creamy white head. Nice lacing and good retention. The head dissipates slightly but stays long after the pour, as if my beer has been topped off with whipped cream. Haven't seen that before.

Smell: Sweet malts light fruity notes and some stinky earthy tones. Smells similar to much of the Belgian styles I have enjoyed in the past but I think this is a little more aromatic.

Taste: The taste is pretty, sweet and sturdy yet delicate. The flavor is new to me, its like tasting a lovely perfume of a passerby. Its bitter and spicy with some fruity notes but its hard to really pick out specific flavors. If I had to pick, I'd say banana with a hint of strawberry. The brew is pretty damn good and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is pretty light, almost too light. Kind

Drinkability: This brew impresses me but its not my personal brew of choice. I would definitely recommend it to others but I don't think I would buy it again, not because it isn't worthy, its just not my personal preference. My only problem with this brew is that it came with only 7.7% ABV. Not enough for the money in my opinion. Indeed, I buy for quality but its still nice to get a good buzz off of a good beer.



Photo of CMW
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden cloudy yellow with a bright white rocky head. Retention is good and there is a decent amount of lacing.

S - Yeast, bananas, and some slight spice.

T - Much like the nose. Full of banana flavor mixed with bread-like yeast. There is also a sugary spice flavor mixed in.

M - A little watery and high carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable and full of flavor. A very good beer.

Photo of joshuadlight
2.69/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was my first Saison/Farmhouse. I had it on tap at the Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth.
I'm guessing that the whole horse blanket Brett taste isn't for me. I just found it to be a taste and smell that I'm not fond of. The beer looked fine with a nice head and nice lacing, and I'm sure that the fine craftspeople at Ommegang made this beer just how they wanted to, but unfortunately its not for me. Not gonna have another.

Photo of JonMich13
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Gold and slightly cloudy. Nice 2 finger white head that slowly receded. Strong lacing.

S = Yeasty and musty with some alcohol evident.

T = Nice sweetness up front giving way to some hints of citrus. Finishes a little bitter hop and very little alcohol. Well balanced taste.

M = Pretty light in the mouth, with a little oily residue after the swallow. Moderate carbonation.

D = Nicely drinkable. ABV is hidden and a clean crisp finish helps make this a sessionable brew.

Nice brew, very similar to a Duvel. Just not quite the masterpiece.

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

Golden bubbly and extremely clear beer considering that this beer is refermented in the bottle.
Slightly yeasty and spicy aroma, reminiscent of a barnyard or horse blanket
Crisp and slightly Lemony with a hint of sourness in the finish
Taste is peppery
Mouthfeel is light, and solventy almost acrylic in nature. I could feel this beer lingering on the enamel of my teeth. Highly drinkable Belgian Farmmhouse style. Get some...

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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