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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,348
Reviews: 2,072
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 240
Gots: 569 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 waldoiverson
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 0z bomber into tulip glass

a: cloudy deep yellow with pillowy white head that left excellent lacing down the glass

s: musty with a bit of peppery spice, bit of mediciney astringent smel...like the smell of medical tape...not in a bad way

t: the medicinal flavor comes through in an almost sour way but it is balanced with a sweet funky malt and yeast overtone that brings some banana into the mix. the alcohol lingers and gets into the nose

M: Well carbonated with medium dry body with a clean finish

D: I can drink this a bottle at a time by itself or a split with a meal. A great cool evening summer drink with 7.7% abv it is in a sweet spot.

note: the price on the ommegang stuff is such a deal that you'd be silly not to taste up and down the line.

Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to finally review one of my gateway craft beers, I remember the first time I tried it at the Cullinary Institute, I was in love. Picked up a few bottles and got this star on my list.

A: Pours a cloudy, slightly dark golden body with a frothy white head and loads of lacing.

S: RAW country smells, apples, clove and coriander spices, a touch of citrus and some yeastiness.

T: After a touch of apple sweetness, the tongue is struck by the lemony citrus bitterness along with the spices; over time the sweetness re-asserts itself in balance, this time with the spices and bitterness

M: Medium/light bodied with a lot of frothy carbonation.

D: This is an all-star, one of the best Belgians I've had yet. Ommegang has a star and this is my favorite of ther lineup. I love the rawness of the ale, really fits the style well. This is a winner and a must try for those looking for an American Saison.

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

Poured a moderately cloudy golden color with a lively white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smells sour and spicy, very true to French and Belgian saisons. Hoppy, bright, earthy, and crisp. Tart Belgian yeasts, fantastic palate of spice and hops. Deliciously light and dry mouthfeel. This beer is excellent for it's taste, drinkability, and value. A real winner for American beers.

Photo of Joker2008
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a really nice strong blonde ale. It pours golden with a nice head. I really don't consider this a saison, but very tasty.

Very Refreshing.

Similar to duvell , but a little more hoppy and spicy.

You can't beat the price as with all Ommegang beers and I will put this taste wise against a lot o similar Belgains.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Leffe over-sized wine glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Excellent, crystal clear, overly golden or extra-light amber is how I'd describe this one. Medium-sized head that leaves a nice, thin, foamy layer. Chunky, sliding lacing. Very beautiful.

Fresh grass notes. Slightly sour funk. Light citrus notes. Very light maltiness. Nice presence of spiciness. White peach, banana, and clove.

Green apple peels, peaches in honey, and a nice spice level. Earthy graniness.

Nice, crisp, and clean mouthfeel. Not nearly as creamy as I like my saisons to be.

Very drinkable, especially as a day-to-day kind of brew. When I want something special though, I grab a bigger bolder saison.

Photo of Rootdog316
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange amber that is cloudy with a rocky foamy quickly disappearing head. Nose is slight sour funky with a nice yeast underpinning. Some light citrus and hay also. Taste is way to strong on the alcohol. Thats all you taste up front. Creamy body with a lot of yeast and a lightly hoppy and lightly bitter finish of spice. As a western take on a saison though, this works pretty well. Lingering notes of Caramel and Vanilla and a very slight sour note redeem this one.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my snifter.

A: Pours a gorgeous hazy yellow with a hint of orange. There was about a half finger head to start, which dissipated to a thin film. Not sticky at all.

S: Smells mainly of grass, with a hints of pepper and citrus - a bit of yeast as well.

T: Taste is primarily citrus, with notes of honey, grass, and sweet cream. Quite light. Very well constucted - not much bitter.

M: A bit dry, biting carbonation. Though at the same time quite smooth. As it goes down it sticks to your mouth for extended enjoyment

D: Very smooth as the alcohol is very masked for having a moderately high ABV. After a few a tastes though, you can start to feel its kick. For being remarkably light tasting though, it can be quite an enjoyable session. Different and really enjoyable beer if you're looking for a little something but nothing overbearing.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12oz bottle into the tall sam adams glass with considerable head that all but overflows even after a careful pour. It retains it's head very well on top of a cloudy yellow beer. The bubbles are super fine and just keep coming.

Aroma is slightly sweet, slightly spicy with a decidedly Belgian yeastiness to it.

Flavor is similar with nice Belgian complexity and depth of character. There is some sweetness to it but it's mostly dominated by spice and sourness. Nothing is over-powered which is nice.

Mouthfeel is good and as would be expected in a Belgian. That is it has higher than average carbonation and alcohol. The later is fairly well-hidden.

Very good american rendition of this style.

Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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
3.86/5  rDev -7%
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
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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