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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,384 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,384
Reviews: 2,079
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
Gots: 602 | 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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Ratings: 5,384 | Reviews: 2,079
Photo of Cylinsier
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance is a clear, slightly cloudy gold, like honey. The head isn't too thick but lingers and is sudsy.

Smells of yeast and fresh grains.

The taste is subtle and smooth. Maybe the slightest hint of a mild sweetness but mostly a wheat or barley taste with and underscore of citrus like lemon.

The mouthfeel is good. Its thin and tingles from the bubbles.

Drinkability is very good. This one goes down easy and isn't too strong so you can enjoy more of them than your average Belgian style.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/12/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge foamy head. Aroma of some skunk, funk, and sweet flowers. Flavor of nice sweet wheaty malt, yeasty funk, and light spices. Light and dry. I love light saisons and this was no exception. A refreshing beer.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

Photo of theBubba
2.6/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Okay. This is not so much a review as it is a warning. First I have to say that I'm a big fan of Omm brews. And all the reviews of Hennepin are pretty accurate concerning appearance, smelll, etc. But one reviewer said "The beer finishes with sweet notes and yeast". I'd say it finishes with a bitter over hopped taste that lingers until you brush your teeth. Now you serious beer guys aren't going to like this, but in the spirit of keeping the gravity, I cut this ale with Keystone Ice rather than flush it. I'll stick with the Ommegang Abbey Ale. Like I said earlier, I can't disagree with the myriad of excellent reviews of this offering from Ommegang, if this style suits your taste. But if, like me, you were introduced to Ommegang through their Abbey Ale or Wheat...Whit...Weiss, whatever you choose to call it, the Hennepin is a different beast.

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow straw color... Slightly hazy... Big crisp white head fades leaving a beautiful lacing... Slight slow carbonation... Coats glass well leaving a slight stickiness...

S - Malt... Yeasty grains... White grapes... Lemon zest... A slight funkiness permeates...

T - Pear... Apple... Earthy grassy notes... Lemon... Slight peppery kick... Grapes... Clove... Nice complexity...

M - Dry... Ever so slightly tart... Minor, yet sharp carbonation on the tongue... Light bodied... Refreshing... Crisp... Mellow...

D - Quite drinkable... The ABV is well hidden... This beer does it right in all aspects... Worth drinking again and again...

Photo of Kendo
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly murky golden with a 2-finger white head. Settles to leave a thick cap in the middle of the glass, which is refortified by rising carbonation from that etched "D" in the middle of the Duvel tulip. Some lace left behind.

S: Fruity with a hint of yeasty earthiness or musty-ness. Better (more fruity) as it warms.

T: Fruity malt undertone (think ripe green apples) with some spice finishing it off semi-dry. I don't get a sense of the 7.5% ABV (per the bottle) at all in the taste, though there is a warming feel in the belly after a few sips.

M: Good fizziness to what is a slightly lighter than medium body.

D: Pretty good.

Photo of yesyouam
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a rich, cloudy orange beer with a supreme head. It's a huge, fluffy, rocky white head that melts slowly like styrofoam in gasoline. Outstanding retention and lacing that stays forever. The aroma is of clove, orange peel, grass and hay with a sweet malt lying beneath it all. It is soft and creamy on the tounge, medium bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is similar to the aroma. It's quite pulled together. The bitterness is grassy. It leaves the mouth clean and smoothly into the warm glow of alcohol and peppercorns. This beer may have the best head I've ever seen.
(rated Mar 22, 2007)

Photo of Mazeraski
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a semi-transparent hazy golden yellow with an inch-thick white and soapy-looking head that leaves a nice ring of lacing around the glass.

S - A big yeasty aroma smacks your nose with hints of lemon peel, honey and pepper. A more sour scent appears as it warms.

T - A large amount of bready yeast mixes in with the honey and lemon as well as an overall citrusy note, for a zesty first wave. This is followed by a mix of carbonation and peppery notes that bring a bit of zing to the palate. The two waves combine, leaving you with a refreshingly tart and spicy flavor that lingers for a very short while. The tart factor becomes a little more pronounced as it warms.

MF - Lighter-bodied with a bit of a heavier carbonation that adds to the overall taste very well.

D - Quite a drinkable brew I'd have to say, even though the ABV leans a little toward the higher end of an average beer. If your looking for something to make a session out of though, one could definitely finish the 4-pack of 12oz bottles, which would make for a great summer night session =)

Notes - A very interesting and refreshing brew and my first taste of a saison-styled ale. Overall, quite a good brew to pick for the summer to quench the thirst for a good beer that won't knock you on your ass and that has a great flavor to match. Definitely recommended.

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

750ml bottle into Duvel glasses.

Appearance - slightly cloudy, very thick head. Nice color, bright, rich golden, like a deep thick yellowish.

Smell - farmhouse beer? Smells like...a farm! Hints of cow and horse, in with the smells of the meadow; wild flowers green grass, and sunshine.

Taste - sweet, rounded, nice, following through to hoppy bitter and dry. Swallow is cleansing and refreshing, with a slight hint of hops in the after taste. Balance is fantastic.

Mouthfeel - light, springy, almost juice-like texture. Nothing close to 'thin,' but at the same time no where near 'thick.'

Drinkability - high. Another smooth, delicious Belgian Blond Ale that you could easily drink all night. And compared to some, the 7.7ABV is downright low, so drink away!

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

poured into oversized Ommegang "Hennepin" glass

a: cloudy yellow straw color, decent 3/4" head with good retention. Nicely reduces to layers of lacing

s: the aroma is yeasty

t: sweet malt and yeast flavor, also notes of apple and other citrus

m&d: medium body with a buttery mouthfeel

A very nice beer

Cheers!!!

Photo of BigJim5021
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle. Tarnished light gold with an impressively rocky head that never wanted to leave. Tons of sticky lacing.

The aroma is... odd. It's yeasty, but not with the overly-spicy aspects of most Belgian yeast. It's much more peppery than what I'm used to. Strangely pleasing.

That flavor is peppery as well, with some very earthy aspects to it. It's also sour and has a nice hop bite to it. This stuff is complex.

Mouthfeel benefits from great carbonation and a full body.

While I prefer Ommegang's Rare VOS and Abbey Ale to this one, it's a very interesting beer. I'll have to come back to it someday and see how I feel about it.

Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beauiful golden color with a big creamy white head. Spicy aroma of coriander and citrus. Carbonationup front that is not too overpowering. Spicy with ntes of citrus balanced out by a hint of slight malt. The amount of spice perfectly balances out the sweet/sour flavor and reults in a crisp dry finish. Very good.

Photo of philipquarles
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy straw gold with a medium white head. Decent retention and lacing. Smells of sweet candi sugar and a malt, along with some yeasty character and citrus esters. Some tart notes with a bit of alcohol present. Taste is sweet and slightly fruity initially. Light tangy notes come through later, along with alcohol at the end. Feel is pretty decent; not at all watery and with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but too sugary-sweet and too much alcohol presence for a saison.

Photo of Guzzler78
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 750 ml bottle.
A Great Saison/Farmhouse Ale.

A dull straw gold color. Somewhat transparent. Nice white head that appears very sudsy. Fair amount of lacing.
Smells of honey, citrus, and hay.
I love the taste of this - lemon, pepper, sweet malt. Nice crisp, clean, citrus finish that lingers for quite a while.
Very nice mouthfeel- light, bubbly almost tingles.

I suggest you drink this one!!!
A great value.

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

Pours a rich golden straw with a subtle crystal like haze and some juicy orange highlights. A thick two-finger head slowly fades to a bubble-fueled collar leaving some nice lacing.

some subtle belgian yeast aroma blends in with a definite bready malt profile and some lemon citrus, apple, and green grape. As it warms, the yeast aroma strengthens, reminiscent of a sourdough starter.

Light toasted malt intermingles with subtle yeast undertones up front, with a simultaneous fruit and citrus sweetness and sourness hitting at the same time. A bit of tartness and more straw, grass, and crackers as it warms. The fruits come in stronger as well, with apples, green grapes, golden raisins and green figs.

This one definitely has some strong carbonation that carries the tartness and yeastiness but is almost overwhelming at times. Smooth and fairly full on the whole, with a definite dry and spicy finish.

Definite enjoyable, although the fruit flavors and high carbonation were almost overwhelming the other characteristics at times. Definitely a fan of this one and it's a fair representation of the style... not to mention easy to find, which is always a plus as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very pale golden color with a very large sized fluffy head. active carbonation can be seen. light lacing left on the sides of my glass

S- lemon and other light fruits. belgian yeast.

T- lots of summer fruits. apple, pear mostly. very floral as well. some mustiness. strong yeast presence, this reminds me quite a bit of a tripel.

M- light and active feeling. crisp with a clean after taste.

D- very easy to finish this one. the first time ive reviewed a saison and found this one to be much tamer than some others ive tried. the brett character is alot weaker than most, which might be a good thing as its not something that im too crazy about. this would be a good one to introduce people to the idea of wild yeast. cheap and very available, this ones a keeper.

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

750ml bottle corked and caged

2 different ABV on the label, 8.5 or 7.5 which one is it?!

Definitely one of my go to's from Ommegang, i cant believe this is the first time ive thought to review it.

Pours a pale yellow color with a slight haze and even slighter transparency. monster white head with beautiful lacing. Sweet malts and mild funk in the nose other notes include sweetened grapefruit, plum, apple and grape. Great balance, more hop presence than you'd expect to find in a saison, fruity but with a very solid and very Belgian yeast character. Clean and refreshing, probably the best American version of the Belgian classic. Medium body, good carbonation and damn drinkable!

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color with a nice white head that leaves lacing on the side.

Wheat, corn, a hint of sweetness like honey, lemons.

Taste was a little sweet at first, like I reported in the smell, taste of honey and lemons with a wheat, yeast like presence.

Smooth, crisp and clean refreshing taste. Good brew.

Photo of jjanega08
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= great! Huge head that's pale white and gets really good and lumpy looking thick and frothy. The color is a darker straw color. Great lacing
S= corn, honey and maybe a little hops, and toasted malt I guess nothing cool
T= lotta alcohol, some hops toward the end, small citrus notes
M= lots of carbonation with a medium body
D= ok, the alcohol taste turns me away a little. Too many and you would get pretty drunk so I'm gonna say its just good

Photo of kosmoraios
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Taphouse in Bellevue. Perhaps this pour wasn't quite right in some way, as my experience differs from that of other reviewers.

Pour was a very light, cloudy straw yellow with an insubstantial white head and little lacing. Aroma was light and zesty, and perhaps the best part of this ale - lemon, white pepper, and sourdough bread.

Taste was light and watery, notes of citrus fruit and spices - cardamom, clove, pepper along with a sour yeast flavor. A metallic tin flavor leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. This ale lacks substance: almost no carbonation, very light, oily on the tongue. More substance and more carbonation would go a long way toward saving this ale, as long as the tin flavor could be vanquished.

Photo of erosier
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a golden hazy yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that fades somewhat slowly and leaves alot of nice lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet lightly toasted malts, some wheat aromas as well, then some fruity yeast flavors and a hint of citris.
T: Follows the nose very well. Nice light toasted malts, some wheat, then some fruity yeast and a hint of citris at the end of it. The yeast flavors were not as overpowering as I thought they would be which was excellent.
M: Very light feeling and the alcohol was not present, smooth, refreshing.
D: Very drinkable beer.

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

Good beer in a nice big bottle

A- Remarkable head that grows as big as you pour it. (I got mine to 6-fingers!) nice circular "bubble"-pattern lace. Beautiful godlenrod/butterscotch color with a hazy translucent glow

S- Light, sweet fruity yeast, light hops, good pils-like malt, and a hint of lemon and must

T- Taste is OK, but has some cheap aspects to it. Good banana and clove

M- Feel is light-medium with amazing natural carbonation

D- Excellent. one bottle is enough to get you drunk quite well

Photo of dancinwillie
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale straw color, with a pillowy, loose white head, that wants to overflow. I slow the pour down, but inadvertently get a bit of the yeast sediment stirred up. Won't bother me, but clouds the overall presentation. (I obviously won't take this into account as far as ratings go however.)

Smells peppery, and honey sweet.

Tastes of honey mingle with the light doughy malt flavor. Also prominent are pepper and lemon flavors. Decently hopped, and while the bitterness is detectable, it plays its part without having to have all of the attention. I'm picking up some other fruity notes as well, although I can't quite decide if it's more of an apricot, or maybe even a pear. Either way, very good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart and crisp, semi-dry finish, and it leaves me with a desire for more.

Overall, I really dig this beer. I quit smoking a few months ago, and I can definitely taste more now, than when I tried the same beer a couple of years ago. I will be drinking this much more often, and trying as many Saisons as I can get my hands on too.

Cheers!

Photo of Monkeypaws
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft, served in an official Hennepin goblet. The appearance is good, light in color, with a nice head. The small is a potent whiff of alcohol and other grainy ingredients beyond my humble experience to describe. The beer tastes like numerous Belgians I used to drink back in the day, quite impressive for a domestic beer. I had one, but one of my friends was on his 4th one when I showed up, and didn't look any worse for wear, so it's pretty drinkable in spite of its elevated alcohol. A very nice drink of beer that takes you overseas.

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow/golden color with a large two and a half inch white head. Decent retention and some small bits of lacing.

The aroma on this beer is really ncie. A good bit of citrus up front, kind of a lemon/orange thing. Slightly spicey with a tangy yeast component. Just really enjoyable.

The taste is nice. Some citrusy orange peel and a touch of spice. Some yeast presence as well as a faint trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. A solid beer, and a nice showing for a saison. No major complaints.

Photo of MisterClean
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 from total wine. Poured into a Maredsous chalice.

A - Pours light golden in color, and unfiltered. Highly carbonated, lots of dishwasher white head. Dissipates slow and leaves a light lacing.

S - Pears, peaches, golden raisins, and Belgian candi sugars. Hop aroma is fairly low-moderate with a nice spice. I also notice a bit of coriander tossed in too.

T - Pears, peaches, slight golden raisins and candi sugars, coriander, and spicy hops. It's slightly skunky actually. Makes me wonder how Total Wine stored this beer. Saison's do better in the heat, too.

M - Slight carbonation on the mouth feel and the spicy hops offset the sweetness of the dry, white fruit. Slightly warming. Good overall.

D - Alc is a bit high at 7.7% for a saison. For a simple "farmboy beer" it is rather complex and enjoyable.

I bought this beer in summer. I stored this beer in my beer fridge at 65 and dropped temp down to 50. I have to wonder how good this beer would be if it was stored better by total wine or via delivery.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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