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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,210 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,210
Reviews: 2,046
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 228
Gots: 480 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of gfreed
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd rate this a great summer beer. The hazy gold color looks pleasant in a pint glass, and its fizziness would go down well on any hot, humid evening. Overall, I found it happily undemanding-- the taste is not so complex, but I enjoyed the straw and honey flavors, with some fruitiness as well. Definitely worth drinking again. And again. Love the bottle, too. I have yet to go wrong with Ommegang.

Photo of zdk9
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy pale yellow with a green tint. There's more than a finger of sturdy white foam that leaves some beautiful, yet assymetric lacing.

S- Yeasty and earthy with just a tinge of bright citrus.

T- There's quite a bit going on in the taste- yeast, some paleish malt, some fruitiness (not sure if that's hops, or yeast, or something else). It all comes together nicely except that there is an alcoholic taste, much like vodka, that doesn't meld well.

M- Great creaminess which is so full in the mouth, and yet the beer is also bursting with evervescence. I really enjoyed just parcelling the liquid around in my mouth.

D- A nice and complex beer. I will certainly buy this one again.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured my 12 oz. bottle into a goblet glass and received a cloudish, lemon pie-filling yellow tint. Very good carbonation which led to a two-finger head that receeded quickly to half-finger froth but left sheath lacings. A crisp, tart citrus smell of mostly lemon and orange, mellow floral hops and caramel and some hints of pepper and clove among other spices (for a second I also thought I picked up bread malt in this beer). The taste is crisp, also, with the hops being a little on the heavy side in a more-or-less full bodied beer. The lemon is more prominant than orange and other fruits in regards to taste, and there are hints of grassiness. This beer goes down smooth with some caramel on the sides, and has a semi-dry finish thanks to some (bread?) malty goodness.
This is a great beer, but I guess I didn't think it was as great as most other people.

Photo of bort11
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received from sirk0rebreg as part of the Brews-n-Tunes 3 On the Road Again BIF.

750 ml bottle poured into the Ommegang 10th Anniversary tulip that sirk0rebreg also sent with the shipment. A bright white head with a tight bubble concentration. Never really recedes all the way, and leaves a sticky ring around the edge of the glass. Color is a hazy golden yellow.

Smell has a honey sweet malt base with musty yeast notes. Taste is peppery mixed with an apple sweetness. Slightly nutty.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. Alcohol is hidden well. This goes down very easily.

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

Appearance: It pours a very nice looking hazy golden color with a foamy two and a half finger head. Excellent retention. Much thicker coat of lace lined the glass than I originally anticipated.

Smell: Sweet citrus fruit (lemon and pineapple) and other fruit scents (light banana and orange) appear first. Nice and sweet. Light clove, corriander, and orange peel spices emerge. Caramel malt is faintly noticeable.

Taste: Sweet fruit flavors (lemon, banana, and apple) kick it off. Caramel malts are blended extremely well. Not as sweet as I expected from the smell. That's a positive. Spicy flavors are perfectly woven. Very light floral hop flavor on the tail. Sweet, slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation is excellent. This one goes down too easy. Drinkability is very high. It is a bit strong, but drinkability is not limited at all. Overall, this is very good beer. Definitely pick it up.

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

A: Clear, gold, and very carbonated.

S: Spicy yeast scents. Welcoming.

T: Dry and crisp with spicy notes.

MF: Fluffy and spritzy. Carbonation bubbles in the throat, y'all.

D: This will be good to hang out with for a while. Not a session beer, but that is not the intention here.

Photo of dnichols
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was provided by my BA buddy rdunham and served at a dinner party with friends. We poured a caged and corked 750 ml bottle into stemless wine glasses.

A: It poured a cloudy orangeish yellow with a fluffy two finger white head that had nice retention. The head slowly receded leaving a thick lacing on the side of the glass.

S: It presented a surprisingly balanced profile of sweet, spicy and sour. There were green grapes, honey due melons and light white spices overlaying a modest semi-sweet base of lightly toasted malts.

T: There was a solid base of flavors from the lightly toasted malts and white doughy yeast. There were also hints of grassy hops and a sour flavor that receded the further I got into the bottle.

M: It was medium-bodied, very carbonated, and gave the tongue a workout trying to sort out the various fruits and spice flavors. It finished clean with little sour afteraste.

D: Great beer to complement a summer meal of BBQ chicken and a cold salad. It was refreshing and entertaining.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slighty cloudy yellow, two finger head.

S- Fresh and clean with heavy citrus notes and hints of banana.

T- Though not as tart as the smell precludes, the yeast does take center stage. This does not mean that this is the only flavor profile going on here by a long shot. Ever so slighty sweet malt up front with a very smooth hop bitterness in the finish.

M- Tangy carbonation, quite refreshing.

D- Dangerous, especially considering the abv.

Although not my favorite sytle, but this beer and the style as a whole comand respect. A must try for all beer lovers.

Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel snifter.

A= This brew pours a very clear golden color with a giant stark-white fluffy head. The head eventually settles into a thin white skim. Decent carbonation release visible throughout the consumption.

S= At first all I could detect in the smell was overpowering alcohol bite. This was due to the beer being served too cold. Once it warmed, I was able to get more of the musty and funky Belgian yeast. Also detected a bit of pepper and some phenolic notes.

T= This beer tastes like a very dry, slightly tart Belgian trippel. There is a mild background of grassy/earthy flavors. The finish is dry with biscuit and faint walnut flavors.

MF= Light to medium body. Nicely carbonated, crisp and clean.

D= I like this beer a lot, once it reaches optimal serving temperature!

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

A- 1 finger head that slowly recedes to a nice lace. Very yeast suspension in glass. A great looking farmhouse.

S- Lemon zest, pineapple, banana

T-Hops, citrus, dry hop aftertaste, very slight pineapple, spice, and orange.

M- Low to medium carbonation that doesn't attack the palate of this complex brew.

D- A solid saison that I will revisit again, but not the best I have ever had.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 mL bottle of wonderful brew. Dull golden color, slightly cloudy, topped off with a big voluptuous cap of foam. A big nose: citrus, green apples dipped in caramel, cloves and peppery spice all entwined. It keeps coming in waves and waves. The beer seduces the palate with a sharpness and acidity opening the way for a pear fruitiness and malt sweetness. Noticeable carbonation and very refreshing. A spiciness envelopes the entire experience and is most noticeable in the finish. A great and complex beer.

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

Outstanding. Clover honey coloring. Crisp with nice citrus flavors. Floral. There are also hints of maybe apple or pears. Mouthfeel is outstanding...thick. I will remember this one for summer sipping. This one may have changed my opinion of the Saison style.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a chalice style glass

A: Awesome! Mostly clear golden color with a touch of orange in the light; abundant puffy white head that lasts and some great lacing.

S: Light on the nose with citrus hints and light caramel, apple, and honey.

T: Light to caramel malt flavors expertly balanced. Citrus flavors and spices abound in a complex, mostly dry blend. This really struck me as a great abbey style triple without all the alcohol. The finish is nice and clean with a bit of citrus bitterness in the linger. Very good.

M&D: Light and lively on the tongue and across the palate with abundant carbonation in the form of tiny bubbles. Fantastically smooth and easy to drink.

I don't know that I have sampled many saison style brews but if they taste like this one, I'm all for more! This went down so well that I'm ready to keep this one as regular stock in the fridge after just tasting it once. I have been very impressed with the Ommegang brewery and this one is just another jewel in their crown. Fantastic!!

Photo of maximum12
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had many saison beers, but I think I'm going to need to branch out after trying this.

Poured a cool orangish-yellow, which turned strangly transulcent, & much more yellowy, when held up to the light. Thin, almost non-existent head.

Tastes good. Nice & smooth with that hint of sour & orange. Not as good as the Abbey Ale, but good. Grows on me as it goes down. Yes, saison will be added to the shopping list.

Noting that it's brewed in Cooperstown, home of the Hall of Fame, my wife proclaimed it a future "vacation destination". Fine by me!

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw color that was slightly cloudy with a fluffy two finger white head that left some chunky lacing throughout. Smelled of the typical farmhouse horse blanket with a hint of some citrus and peppery tones. The taste starts out sweet and citrusy and then gets a little funky with some straw and pepper spiciness. Very great version of the style. Ommegang keeps surprising me with their belgian style but given their origins I can understand how they do it. The mouthfeel on this one was a little thick but the carbonation helped tone it down and make it very refreshing.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a large wine glass.

A - nice fizzy head, about 1-2 fingers and mostly white. The beer is a beautiful cloudy orangy-tan. Small bubbles rising to the top. Head forms a nice lace on top that stays for pretty much the whole duration of the beer drinking.

S - sweet citrus smell with some straw and what I've seen described as horse blanket. Sweet, yet rustic.

T - Such a great, complex taste. At first I taste the citrus, orange with some lemon and mango. Crisp, then smooths out and the taste of straw and raw grain kick in. A great funk lingers after the beer is swallowed, but light and not overpowering.

M - Thick, yet smooth. Will slide down the throat. A tiny bit sticky at the end for my taste, but not bad. The bubbles are a nice effervescent touch. Not champaigny at all.

This is such a great beer. I bought the 750ml thinking it would last me for days when I could have easily finished it in one sitting. Instead, I finished it in two. This is an easy drinker, yet a sipper. This is my first saison and I did a lot of research about the style before trying this. I feel this fits the category perfectly.

Photo of Murchmac
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I can, I think I can. Like this style. Me drinking this beer is like teaching physics to monkeys. Cute but hard to understand.

Pours a light goldent honey, some head. lacing on the side.

Smells of banana? Flowery.

Peppery taste, Pear taste, sweetness. Floral?

Sweet aftertaste, not as acidic as the other Saison I had.

Still would love it on a hot summers day. I will keep on keepin on.

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

Well, I've tried this a couple times before... 1 of 2 Brewery Ommegang products that I've had the priviledge of comsuming.

A- Amazing 3 finger white fluffy head crowns a cloudy straw yellow brew. Excellent retention, and very intricate lacing. Very well carbonated as well.

S- Fruity malt plays with the nose at first... a mild spicy apple, perhaps pear... malt, yeast... vague faint dark fruit (similar to a belgian strong) are also present. Hops as well. Excellent nose.

T- Delicious, yet not without its flaws. The taste is not as complex as the nose would indicate... Much spicier than fruity... slightly peppered. A rather one dimensional malt is the headline here... although it transitions into a very warming alcohol taste... which then transitions nicely into a brief hop finish. Dark fruits linger on the aftertaste, although slightly apple rules the initial sip. Tasty, but doesn't live up to the nose.

M- Hmmm... Light body... lighter than i was expecting even... however, perfect carbonation.. nice citrus bite as well.

D- Well, although this comes in a 4 pack, it is quite drinkable. I think this is a brew best served with food, such as some bbq chicken, or a gyro (which is how I initially tried this brew).... *Recommended

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

Poured from a .750 L bottle purchased at the Whole Foods in downtown, Sarasota into a tall, wide-mouthed glass.

Appearance: A fierce head, billowy, rocky, that fades slowly. Crusty, jagged, foamy lacing. Lively carbonation dances up through a beautiful straw golden body - it lasts to the bitter end of this gorgeous brew.

Smell: Rich, deep grainy aroma intertwined with spicy, fresh, lemony esters and a funky, earthy yeast scent. It's sweet, but also musty, and oh so mild.

Taste: Sweet and grassy grain notes are in the foreground, with a slight hop bitterness and a hint of peppery alcohol in the tail. Mild fruity notes - not just citrus, but something else as well, banana esters perhaps - mingle with earthy, musty nuttiness and spice notes imparted by the yeast. There's quite a lot going on here, and it's all divine.

Mouthfeel: Slick, but crisp, with a medium body, and a good carbonation profile.

Drinkability: Stellar. It went so well with the sharp cheddar mac'n'cheese, I ended up drinking practically the entire bottle on my own and was only mildly tipsy. There's enough going on in this raw, complex beer that it can be enjoyed any number of ways.

Forget wine - bring a .750 L bottle of Hennepin to your next dinner party. Very pleased that this is a domestic brew - it tastes decidedly Belgian.

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

Pours a clear golden/straw color forming a three-finger creamy, rocky off-white head that lasts almost as long as it took me to drink the first pour. There's a steady stream of bubbles cascading up the center of the glass. Thick spotty lacing down the glass.

Great aromas of bananas, coriander, cloves and yeast. There's some notes of lemon zest and orange with some floral hops in the background. Great blend of sweet and spicy.

Taste is pale malts and yeast up front, followed by banana and spices: again, coriander and cloves. There's some sweet citrus in there as well, with a mildly bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, and the carbonation leaves a slight tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability is great; this is just a pleasure to enjoy on its own or with food.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a Hennepin glass at San Diego Brewing Co.

Pours a clear golden wheat color. Semi-spicy aroma. Unfortunately, on-tap this misses a lot of the yeast and other sediment that one gets from a bottle pour. Taste includes spices and citrus, but the yeast flavor isn't present. Still totally drinkable and nice, but it's much more enjoyable poured from the bottle.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Reidel Vinum cab glass...

3-4 finger bubble bath head. Natural light honey-colored body with a little yeasty cloudiness.

Excellent coriander, orange zest and banana ester aroma with a little added citrus. Scent is very clean but viscous at the same time.

The abundance of malt is surprising here - almost straight woody malt with some bruised yeast and even-handed spice. Alcohol oozes gently in this offering. Spice, tang and mild bitterness combine with the woody malt to make an extremely well-balanced product.

Mouth pops on the even citrus/sour finish - some blood orange, maybe even some zest and bitter lemon.

This is very light on the palate and a pleasure to open up a 750 and sip it over time. Suggest as most do a glass/vessel with a wide-open mouth to best capture the flavorful aroma of this Belgian bombshell by way of Otsego County, NY. Very well done.

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

This is a tasty and powerful beer. It reminded me of a Belgian Tripel and fans of that style would be very much at home here. It tasted of wheat, fresh yeast, and intense warming alcohol. It went down very smooth and it was deceptively intoxicating. It was quite enjoyable and I'd have it again.

Photo of callmemickey
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw/golden color with a healthy white head which leaves behind some nice lacing

S: Florals and spice comes through first with some yeastyness

T: Great yeasty and spicy black pepper... hints of bananas and apples... delicious

M: Medium bodied with a pinch of carbonated feel

D: Satisfying... easily could drink another

Photo of gmfessen
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Siason... I'm kind of excited! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy straw color with a HUGE, soapy white head that looks like Swiss-cheese. The nose is similar to a Belgian Wit; phenolic with banana and cloves, slightly peppery, maybe some coriander. Taste is similar; there is a slight biscuity flavor about it with the slightly sweet, peppery cloviness coming to the forefront and being countered by a moderate bitterness of hops and alcohol. The alcohol has a slight warming effect but isn't overly noticeable in flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy, slightly aggressive carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but I think the cloviness and alcohol might get to you after a while. Overall, an excellent beer - I look forward to trying other Siasons in the future.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,210 ratings.