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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,962 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,962
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 214
Gots: 392 | FT: 2
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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.

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Photo of badbeer
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden color with white head, leaving a good lacing. Smell is yeasty, with different spices, some lemon and clove, has a flowery smell too. Clove and bread beginning, with some sourness and spices coming through. Average carbonation paired with a light and dry body. Pretty good, would try it again.

badbeer, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass at 45 degrees.

Pours a clear light golden color with a foamy head that I let dissipate before I took my first sip. Smells of spice and grass with a definite whiff of alcohol. The alcohol is very well balanced with a warming spicy flavor and some lemon hints. Not to be rushed - let it soak in for awhile before you swallow...enjoy the warming feeling rush back before your next sip.

This is the perfect special occasion beer...I plan on keeping some handy just in case.

JohnnyM2002, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a thick foamy white head that is well-retained and leaves foamy lacing along the sides of the glass.

The smell is of citrusy lemon, bready yeast and a slight medicinal aroma in the background.

The taste of lemon mixed with honey. Sourbread and grainy malt come into play a little later. The taste is not overly assertive, but always present enough.

The feel is smooth and refreshing. It's easy to drink, the flavors linger and the body holds up well.

A solid choice for a saison. It's not my favorite of the style (it's just behind DuPont and Smuttynose Farmhouse), but it's certainly a goody I do recommend.

jwc215, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of mjd83goblue
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle for $5.39

A: Pours golden with 1 1/2" of thick head that stays. Relatively clear body, carbonation bubbles are streaming up the whole time.

S: Lemon and other citrus, some grass, a little spice, and what other reviews describe as 'funk'. I'm not sure how better to desribe it, so funk it is.

T: Fruity, with tart apples and lemon. Not as much spice as I expected, but a touch of clove with the hops. Finishes a little sour and quite dry.

M: Crisp, light, and highly carbonated, but not negatively so.

D: A complex brew, but not filling

Substitute this for a white wine at dinner. A great American take on the style, and a great price for what you get. (Although I think I might prefer my local Bam Biere from Jolly Pumpkin)

mjd83goblue, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second bottle of Hennepin ever, this one sampled with a group of non-BA friends, most of whom really enjoyed it!

Poured a moderate gold colour with a finger-width white head into our clear plastic sample glasses (wine glass style). Aroma is spicy and peppery, with fall fruits (apples?) and a little bit of that well-known funk.

Taste is definitely farmhouse, with hay, grass, damp wood or leather, among other notes. The tart fruit elements remain, and the carbonation is relatively high, although I think that suits the style. Mouthfeel is pleasant if you're looking for something crisp and refreshing.

I know this is an oft-recommended beer for food pairings, and a popular beer in general. And, I agree that it's not bad. But I don't see anything spectacular about it, and I wonder if the only reason why it's such a good pairing is that its flavours are restrained and inoffensive. It's a good bottle to have around when friends come over and want something different but not too out there, though.

crwills, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of GimpyCane
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outside of it's normal brew appearence, you know, light blond w/ a rocky huge white head this beer rocks. IMO, it looked like a Bud Light but the flavor and aroma had me wanting more and more. To begin, I first got a nice heavy blast of grainy malt w/ a hint of honey, coriander and clove. The brew had a pleasant light body, watery, and fizzy(small bubbles) enough to make it feel like champaign. I could also taste all it components such as the coriander, malt, hint of yeast and etc. This brew is really good and will buy several bottles next time, so that my wife and I could enjoy thoughout the night.

GimpyCane, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet. Yeast swirled and added to glass.

A: Light golden-yellow, opaque. Fluffy white head fills the rest of the goblet. Good staying power, leaves sticky trails behind.

S: Grassy, spicy, flowery. An outdoorsman's beer?

T/M: Grassy and herbal up front, like lawn clippings, hay, and coriander (it's better than it sounds, trust me). There's a little bit of a "rustic funk" which adds some earthiness, spiciness and boldness. Far less funky than the Saison DuPont I had. The finish here is crisp, dry, and slightly bitter.

D: It occurs to me that someone could use the exact same description above, and present it as evidence to NOT drink the beer. Grass? Hay? Funk? Saisons are an odd bunch, and I'm not sure I've ever met someone who's indifferent to them; you either love them or hate them.

I think this is a marvelous beer. Ommegang is without question my favorite local (loose definition of "local" here) brewer. I wouldn't drink a six-pack of Hennepin, but it's a great, crisp, rustic, flavorful beer. A good example of the style, and a good beer by itself.

rarevos, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite a beer here, Ommegang impresses me on a consistant basis.

First this is truly beautiful to look at. Nice golden color, with an evident haze due to being bottle conditioned. The head fluffy and very lingering. Very nice Belgian lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is in a word inviting. Hoppy, floral and truly makes you anticipate that first sip.

The taste is excellent. Light and easy to drink, with a nice sweetness in the finish, preceded by a nice fruity mouthfeel.

At nearly 8 percent, this is a dangerously drinkably beer. Another winnner from the fine people in Cooperstown.

JoeyHotrod, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of burnstar
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a big bottle at Zeno's. Pours light golden with a huge white head that leaves some nice lacing and persists the whole way down the glass. Visible carbonation. Nose is sweet and with a citrusy tartness. A bit of an earthy smell as well. Taste sweet at first, lots of fruit flavors are perceptable- perhaps a bit of apple and grape, finish is tart with spicy citrusy hops and a touch of warming alcohol. Very good and distinct. Very well carbonated. Excellent overall. Refreshing yet powerful and full bodied. I think this would be equally good on a warm summer or cold winter evening. A beer for all seasons.

burnstar, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of gosurfobx
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a large frothy white head. The head is three finger widths and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is malty with many spices notes thrown in. Some yeast notes and citrus notes in the smell. The taste is very powerful with strong maltyness followed by citrus and yeast notes with hint of coriaander and lemon. The beer is heavier in the mouth with a large carbination. This is a good american version of a saison, a good drinkable beer.

gosurfobx, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a very large (about four fingers) head that is sparkling white and soapy (consisting mostly of larger bubbles). The head dissipates at a fairly regular pace and leaves some medium lacing on the side of the glass. There is high carbonation activity inside the beer, which is a pale straw color and ever so slightly hazy. It reminds me of a freshly poured glass of champagne (the bubbles, that is).

Smell - Apples, pear and a slight citrus presence on the nose. There is a large aroma of clove-like spice that accompanies the aforementioned. The hop character is ultra-crisp, and in fact the bouquet as a whole is very clean and crisp. The hop bitterness is on the low scale in the scent, followed lastly (and least powerful smell) is a fresh and bready malt character. Some faint alcohol aroma is there, but barely.

Taste - The champagne-like carbonation tingles your tongue nicely for the start. On its coattails follow the lighter-charactered fruit flavors (apples and pear again, mainly), with an extremely crisp attribute from the beer all around. The clove spiciness is excellent and is present through the entire taste, save the initial barrage of carbonation tingling. The bready malt character comes through more fully than in the aroma, and dominates the aftertaste, along with moderate flavors of pear. There is almost zero alcohol presence through the entire taste.

Mouthfeel - Most may find the carbonation a bit strong compared to most brews. While it is pretty strong, I personally didn't find that it took away from the overall value of the beer. The beer itself is light bodied and somewhat smooth, and in these two categories there is possibly room for improvement. Good mouthfeel altogether, however.

Drinkability - Excellent. There is nothing discomforting about this brew, from its flavors, complexity, mouthfeel, or small alcohol feel. I could sip a bottle or two of this with friends on a nice summer day.

Overall, this is one brew that I imagine would be a perfect summer daytime sipper. It's as crisp as anything out there, has a very refreshing taste and lively carbonation character that wakes your mouth up. An excellent saison that I will definitely be coming back to in the future.

dblinkhorn, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of neelyjr1
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer on several occasions, both on tap and in the bottle. Truly a great beer!

A: Pours a hazy light yellow, with a huge white head.

S: You can smell a nice sour aroma, some citrus, some light maltyness

T: At first it is the sour taste, that comes through, and then some grapefruit and other citrus. You can taste light notes of alcohol as well, with a nice gentle warming in the back of the mouth.

M: Good carbonation, helps move the flavors through the mouth and tongue.

D: Good, a very nice beer to enjoy on a warm day.

neelyjr1, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very big and fairly dense head. The lacing sticks right away leaving layered lines behind. Color is clear and crisp golden. Smell is banana, wheat, orange with a hint of clove. A very flowery taste is present. It also has a saltiness to it. It has flavors of banana and orange. Mouthfeel is ok and softly carbonated. This wasn't a great bottle so I'll try another bottle later.

Erdinger2003, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a great beer, this is definitely going to be a regular purchase.

Appearance: Gold in color, not particularly clear. Good head and lace.

Smell: Earthy aroma, with some citrus and spicy hops.

Taste: So good, so balanced. Complex without being busy. I was expecting to find the "farmhouse" flavors to be a little more assertive, and that it would make this style more of an acquired taste, but I didn't find that to be true at all. It's not too sweet, like many Belgians tend to be. My new favorite Belgian-style ale, for sure.

Mouthfeel: Light body, not at all syrupy. Good carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Paired with a meal of chicken, sauteed mushrooms, homemade creamed spinach, and gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce, this was delightful. More please.

hunteraw, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with Kathleen and Golden2wenty1.

Appearance: Hazy golden amber, pours a big head and thick suds. Low viscosity. Impressive under light--reminiscent of La Chouffe.

Aroma: Golden raisins, treacle, a little breadiness. Lemon, orange, and honey development and the faintest hints of spice and pine. Very rich nose, and very pleasant.

Taste: Ginger, lemongrass, honey and lemon zest--good bready foundations. Some grassy notes and a little cloves. Banana and apricot developments. Some pepper and a splash of pine in the finish. The flavors in here are certainly equal to LaChouffe, which this beer constantly reminds me of.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Nice hops finish. Smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Great--what a treat to have had this on the same night as the Fantome Strange Ghost. At the price, this might be one of the best belgians--in fact, just one of the best beers period--available. Fruity, refreshing, fantastic.

expatsteve, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin pours a cloudy golden brown, with a silky white head. The nose offers a lot, most prominently orange peel and spice, with a littelf floral note. It drinks smooth with good efferesence. It has nice spice in the mouth, and is fairly well balanced. In my opinion, it's about as good a Belgian clone as is made in the states, but doesn't stand up to the complexities of the style from the traditional standpoint.

dherling, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of jswigart
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just can't figure this beer out - I think its a great beer, but I have a hard time articulating why I think that... This is the SECOND time that I have had this on-tap at home... The first time, I had a half-barrel - when I picked up that keg, it was already a number of months old... I don't recall the exact age, but I recall emailing the folks at Ommegang and they told me that this beer would age well... Anyway, the sedond time, I had this i in a log and it was more current... I think I preferred the first, older, version... This is just an unusual style... Sweet, carbonated and notes of honey. I dinged it a little bit for mouthfeel - I think you can sense the carbonation and relatively high alcohol... Even so, I just like it... A great beer, even if I can't say why I think so...

jswigart, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of jockstrappy
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

Pours a cloudy golden color with a creamy white head that fades quickly to a 1/8" cap, leaving generous rings around the snifter all the way down. Aroma is fruity, with hints of raison, apple, and pear. A slight hop presence is there also, along with a hint of yeast. Taste is tart and fruity up front, with some hop bitterness on the palate right before washing away for a clean finish. This beer is slippery on the palate, going down with relative ease. This is a great beer! A very nice warm weather substitute to it's Abbey Ale companion.

jockstrappy, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott Ross for this...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out.
Smell is of vanilla cream, Belgian yeast, pils malt, funky sour noted esters, light caramel, and mild hoppy citrus notes.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. This one actually reminds me a tad of Dupont although more depth to this one and more of a sugary taste.
Mouthfeel is bitter-sweet, mildly sour in a refreshing medium body.
I like this Americanized version of a farmhouse. Pretty good stuff.

weeare138, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of cproioi
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy yellow body with some carbonation present in the body. Has a white head that disipates quickly to form a film across the surface. The beer's aroma consists of Hops, some spices and yeast. The taste follows the aroma fairly well. However, the hops are more apparent in the taste. The beer has a froathy body that leads to a lingering residual sweetness that I don't like about American breweries takes on Belgian Beers. Slight Alcohol present in the warmth.

Can't say I was overly impressed with this beer. I wouldn't get it again.

cproioi, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bar pour yields no head in the straight edge pint glass. The beer is only slightly hazy. It's mostly a clear light gold. The nose is much lighter than the bottle, with just hints of the grassy funk I expect. The taste follows suit, being more mellow, less grassy and bitter than the bottle. Suffers a bit due to the loss of complexity. The mouthfeel tells you that this is a lively beer, with huge carbonation pushing through the medium body. A good beer on tap, but much better bottle-conditioned.

A note: the brewer at the State College BrewExpo said they recently stopped keg conditioning, so perhaps this could explain a bit...?

mjc410, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of brushpig
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass on tap at the Hopleaf Bar in Chicago, servered in a hennepin glass.

Murky golden yellow hue with a rocky white head that lasted quite a long time.

Lots of aromas, lemons,pepper, nuts, grains, and earthy yeasts.

Great flavor, with grains citrus(lemons, pineapple) Hoppy biscuit flavor. Very complex but well balenced. the mouthfeel was very refreshing but sensed the alcohol.

A very fine and drinkable beer. Have one as often as possible.

brushpig, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***
Caved Aged Edition
***

Sampled: 7.9.06

The only thing that distinguishes this bottle from an ordinary bottle of Hennepin as a ‘Cave Aged’ edition is a card hanging from the corked & caged bottle neck by a gold elastic.

The beer’s pale gold is slightly cloudy and sits under a medium 1 inch head. The foam leaves plenty of lacing clining to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is immediately the tartness of fresh green apples hanigng out over the appropriate Belgian style funkification. Sweet and slightly spicy, but not overly so. Sweetness and tartness rule the nose in this town.

The flavor starts tart, carried from the aroma and is noticabley crisp. Soon sugary malts come through as the brew warms in the mouth. A slight edge of bitterness at the end of the taste hits as the beer goes down the throat. Though I can’t be certain as I didn’t do a side by side, it seems as though the year in the cave smoothed the brew out, gave it some balance. It’s dry and light in the mouth, with a medium carbonated body. The dryness, possibly a result of the yeasts having more time to perform?

The beer is quite drinkable. It’s crisp, tart and dry finish makes it a good one to have on hand like anyone else would have wine, but much less potent at 7.5% ABV. Highly recommended, though I can’t say whether this Aged version is worth the extra $1. The Hennepin itself is delicious, no amount of agign would change that in any subpar brew.

GolgiIPAratus, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of gbarron
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Melton's in Decatur, poured into a nice Hennepin tulip glass.

A - light golden, almost straw colored, almost perfectly clear, slight haze. Head is bright, bright white, like a well-bleached flour. Tight collection of tiny bubbles. Lacing is outstanding and thick all down the sides of the glass. Head retention also excellent.

S - light, sweet pilsner malt aroma followed by significant bursts of spice such as corriander, cloves, and fresh cracked peppercorns. Lots of spicy, citrus fruit aromas as well. Notes of higher alcohols. Little hop aroma.

T - spicy, fruity, flowery flavors overlying the sweet, slightly corny malt foundation. Light bitterness, but beer is mostly sweet and spicy. Warming alcohol. Nots of oranges, pineapple, citrus, cloves, pepper. Very, very tasty beer. Alcohol content is fairly well masked.

M - light bodied, carbonation is medium high to high, tingly. Fairly dry finish.

D - light bodied, yet somewhat filling beer due to the carbonation. Alcohol content also makes this slightly prohibitive as a regular drinker. But very, very tasty interpretation of the farmhouse style. Another fine offering from Brewery Ommegang.

gbarron, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Pale, cloudy amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Spicey/citrus nose. Starts almost sweet reminds me of a wheat, tart finish. $5.35 for a 750ml bottle from Butter's Fine Food & Wine Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Aug 04, 2006
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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