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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,208 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,208
Reviews: 2,045
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 228
Gots: 474 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of TheDeuce
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle. Poured a hazy light orange, as the cork goes the carbonation bubbles up like crazy . Into the glass it crackles and fizzes. Nose of hops in a citrus haze (I'm not sure which ones) and the Hennepin website says gingersnap.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Sweet but light taste, flavorful with notes of alcohol, hops, and fruit but the back is grainy, ginger and other notes are light but noticable.

Drinkability-actually refreshing, probably good on a hot day, here in the cold of early March in NY though the alcohol helps warm me up.

Overall- I'm not an expert on Saisons, but I will say that this is a refreshing complex ale and a fine beer. When I try more of this style I will appreciate or depreciate it more based on its competitors.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice yellow straw pour with a great white head that stays throughout the glass.
Nice fruity, spicy, hoppy aroma, smells like a typical saison, but nothing special.
Taste, again some hops come out right away, floral and fruity. light carmel sweetness comes through with a touch of toasted grains and spices (corriander?), but all of it is just a little light for my tastes.
mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth and well carbonated. this is a good beer, but over rated in my opinion, just nothing special going on in this one. I probably wouldn't pick it over most of the other beers available.

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

Part of the 3 beer Ommegang 10th anniversary gift pack. Poured into the nice official glass that came with said gift pack, this beer is a pale gold color with not much cloudiness. The head is 2 fingers tall and just a shade off white. The foam is very soft looking but it manages to stick around nicely due to the streaming bubble columns from the bottom of the glass. Nice amorphous blobs of lacing adorn the sides of the container.

Aroma is tripel-esque, but less boozy. Lots of bright fleshy fruit, some citrus twang, and some spiciness (Ommegang with a spicy beer??!).

Taste includes lemony citrus rind, boozy apple, and unripe banana up front. Finish is lightly hoppy with some accompanying spice. Somewhere between witbier and tripel here.

There seems to be a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel but it's not making me burp. Body is light and refreshing. Alcohol is only detectable with significant warming. Another quality Ommegang brew.

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with <sigh> I forget, someone out in NY. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, cave-aged in Howe Caverns, released 8Oct05, according to hangtag.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" bright white head over the cloudy orangey golden brew. Head lasts due to heavy fueling of small bubbles from the bottom, with ample heavy frothy lace. Aroma is lightly of spicy sweetness. Taste starts with pale maltiness, quickly exhibiting the ample spicing, which lasts through the crisp close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both superb. Still liking this one.

3/31/05 - 4.5/4/4/4.5/4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Bottle 0378 of 3360, corked and caged, cave-aged in Howe Caverns, according to hangtag.

Poured into a Hennepin glass, formed a 1 1/2" eggshell head over the effervescent golden brew. Head lasts well, due to rejuvenation from all the bubbles, with beautiful frothy lace covering everywhere. Aroma is subtle notes of sweetness coupled with light fruitiness. Taste is upfront with sweet pale malts, switching to some spiciness and light fruits, and a crisp light close. Not really any sharp edges here, probably the cave-aging at work. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. A nice saison, perhaps not as complex as some others out there, but worth your time.

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

Pours an attractive straw-yellow with a thick billowy head. The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops and earthy yeast. The taste is lightly sweet with orange and apple fruits, and slight hop bitterness. The 7.7% ABV is only barely noticeable. Nice and easy.

Photo of EliteDigger
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice golden sunshine straw color with a billowy white long lasting frothy head.
S-Lemon, grass, honey, with some faint herbal hops...yeasty.
T-Taste like it smells... some champagne-like lemony grass with a nice honey sweetness to back it up. A drying orange herbal quality hangs in the back... a touch of clove and apples in there?
M-Good carbonation and fairly smooth. Seems like an easy drinking beer without being too watery.
D-Decent tasting and the ABV isn't too bad... not sure how many of them I'd want to drink in a sitting though....
I'm glad I tried this...overall, not a bad beer, but one I'm not sure I'll go out of my way for.

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

This is the first Saison Iv'e tried. A 24 oz bottle, drank out of a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color, tons of bubbles, 2 finger head and a meringue top that lasts the whole way.

Smell: Sweet citrus/dry champagne

Taste: Wow. This is tough for me. It's dry, but almost sweet. It sounds contradictory, but it's both.

Mouthfeel: Incredible. For me, perfect carbonation. Again contradiction, very smooth but not.

Drinkability: Drinks easier than beers with lower abv's. I absolutely loved it. One more please.

Overall: For someone who usually sticks to ipa's and such, I'm totally glad that I tried this beer style. I think I may have found a new favorite.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellow golden color and transparent. Head is 1/2" and bright white. Lacing is moderate and head leaves a light film on the surface.

S- Candi sugar, light hoppy aromas, and citrusy fruit.

T- Same candi sugar followed by lemons and oranges and a light alcohol taste. Refreshing!

M- Thin to medium and high (nice) carbonation.

D- Just a little too sweet.

Overall- I would like for it to have been a little dryer than sweet, BUT it was a very good brew and was true to style in all other aspects.

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

750ml
Caged/Corked

Pours a very nice golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, nice two-finger white creamy head, lots and lots of great sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/yeasty, nice touch of spices, and some slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, some slight bitterness/tangy, yeasty/spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty Saison, one of the best I've had.

Photo of steelcutoats
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the third installment of the Ommegang tasting that I am offering to Beer Advocate. I have had this beer several times before and now have decided to review it. The beer poured into my 211/8th fl. Oz. snifter with an enormous head. It shortly subsided with massive lacing on the inside of the glass. The nose was heavy with hints of yeast and sweet grass. The taste is light and sweet with apples. Ommegang has hit another homerun with Hennepin...kudos Brewery Ommegang!

Photo of mwilbur
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap into a Hennepin cervoise.
A: Pours a yellow haze with moderate carbonation and a wonderful light, white, frothy head.
S: Sour citrus notes, lemon, hint of grass.
T: Light, but wonderfully complex. Notes of wheat, spice (ginger and coriander), and citrus hops.
M: Light and smooth with hint of dry bite.
D: Eminently drinkable. Very versatile beer. Perfect in the summer heat, with spicy food, thick burgers, or to complement simple fare of bread and cheese. Also great on its own. Ommegang has a stable of fine beers, but Hennepin out-shines the rest.

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

On tap today and poured into a pint glass. Alongside garlic toast and artichoke dip at restaurant- great pairing had to mention.

A: Poured strongly and had a hazy gold with constant tiny bubbles. Enormous white head that would have been better suited for a belgian glass.

A: Flowers, hops and coriander. Peppery and spicy smells. The fruitiness earthiness and spices were well balanced.

T: Taste changed through the beer but the coriander spice was the strongest and the candied sweet ginger was teriffic. This was the first semblance of yeast but inviting. The hops round this one out nicely.

M: This beer had some life to it and for a wheat beer, held on most of the beer. Drying coating.

D: I was surprised that this had something of an ABV, completely unnoticeable. No reason this cant be a sessionable saison. If you can try it, try it.

Not a huge saison fan, but this way did blow me away. Had before from bottle, this was first on tap and did it justice.

Photo of Damian
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 750 ml bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA

Poured a hazy yellow ochre with noticeable streams of carbonation. The head was rather impressive. Two fingers of tight, frothy, bubbly, bright white foam slowly faded to a lasting thick cap. Huge, odd shaped patches of lacing coated the entire glass.

The aroma was crisp and slightly funky. Grassy hops were apparent along with citrus and some skunkiness. A Belgian yeastiness and some spices (coriander and lemon peel) came through as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma turned a touch sweet.

The taste was rich and full-flavored for the style. Lemony, tangy, snappy and citrusy with coriander and clove coming through strong. Crisp, clean and bright with a slight barnyard funk. The long-lasting finish was a touch sour and rather dry with notes of grassy, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel was lighter on the palate yet silky smooth. A fine, lively carbonation made the liquid feel almost pillowy.

This was unquestionably one of the most drinkable and refreshing beers I have sampled. 7.7% ABV? Are you kidding me?

All in all, this brew was outstanding. If there is a more impressive saison out there, I have yet to try it.

Photo of westweasel
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Goose Island IPA tulip glass.

The beer was about midway between dark straw and light gold. The beer was very cloudy with a big, white head. Moderate lacing was left along the glass.

The aroma included some breadiness, and both earthy and spicy pepper-like scents. The taste was bready and spicy. The spices being pepper and clove. I also taste some subtle fruit pear-like flavor. There is a strong bitterness on the swallow made up of both a hop and carbonic bite.

The mouthfeel is light with very high carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, but the high carbonation level would prevent too much imbibing.

Photo of slatetupelo
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice thick white head. There is a little carbonation with spotted lacing.

S - Yeast dominate the aroma with hints of citrus and fruits.

T - Coriander Spices, Tangy citrus notes, mild bitterness and slight sweetness. It's all balanced out really well and makes for a delicious brew.

D - These are really great and easy to drink, I could imagine someone new to craft brewing enjoying this beer alot. There's nothing overpowering about the smell or taste and the alcohol is hidden well. I will buy this again.

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

Appears straw colored , hazy. Decent head some lacing.

Smell is slightly fruity , apples , with some yeasty bready character.

A very nice tasting Saison , sharp fruitiness melds nicely with a slight caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium , good carbonation.

Deceptively high ABV , otherwise a beer I could drink all night.

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

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow color with a full finger loose white head that fades to surface but is kept alive by substantial effervescence. The smell is aggressive earthy Belgian yeast, sweet and a little fruity, a banana-pear character. The tiny bubbles lend a creamy texture to the mouth feel. It has a light-medium body. Full flavored, the earthy malt and fruit character of the nose is true to taste. There is also a spicy note about it that lingers nicely. A real nice drinker. I've used it to cook beer-can chicken before and it came out great.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a large luminous white head that holds up very well. Enough lacing to make even the most uneducated person say it looks great. Has a straw color.

They did a great job with this one, smells like its right from Belgium. Notes of citrus, oranges (and other fruits), grassy hops and a yeasty mustiness.

Tastes of spices, earthy hops and some fruits. It took a little time but I really started to enjoy this by mid bottle. Very well done but it seems more like a witbier/tripel to me (not that it matters to anyone).

Photo of StoutBulldog
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack of this at my local store and I really enjoyed it. It poured a cloudy wheat color with a small, sticky head. Sweet fruity smell -- makes me wish it was a warm weekend instead of a cold January. Tasted somewhat sweet but not too sweet. Also some wheat/grain taste with some spice...maybe clove. Great flavor that isn't any too stong on one flavor but still different flavors to each mouthful. Easy to drink and a pleasure to drink. Wish it was a six-pack as opposed to a four-pack...

Photo of jenbys2001
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt this beer was a bit overrated. It was tasty but nothing about it really stood out to me. It smells a bit like honey and looks attractive in a glass. It has an interesting mouthfeel with a crisp flavor. There are hints of spice, grain and a tiny bit of hops in a sip. The finish is dry but its light enough to be drinkable. When thinking back on my first experience with this style, I remembered enjoying Dupont more. However, I'd have to try it again to explain what I liked about that brew. Although considering the quality I was surprised to see this was a domestic beer. I have a feeling I need to try more Saisons to see if my bias is against the style rather than the brewery.

Photo of edskirk3
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big corked 750 mL bottle of Hennepin had been sitting in the fridge for a while and last night I decided to partake.

A soft pop of the cork and into the glass we go. A solid cloudy banana shade topped with a dense white foam. Very musty aroma. Funky, even. Hay, grass and peppery herbs.

Extremely dry in the mouth. Spicy and herbal. Medicinal. A soft citric sweetness. It's begging for some pungent cheese.

I'll just go ahead and say I'm very impressed with this farmhouse ale. The best American example that I have ever had the privilege of tasting and, at the very least, the funkiest.

Photo of timtim
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

slightly hazy golden honey peach with white head that holds well and leaves nice lace. smells of yeasty spice (clove, pepper, etc.), - like a saison should, but not quite as strong or authentic as i am used to in my favorite saisons - lemon, pils malt, a little barnyard, and mildly sweet bread. taste is the same. the pepper/clove thing really hits the roof of my mouth and top/back of my throat, creating a dry/bitter (but only mildly so) finish. medium full body with a good carb level. okay beer. good saison representation for an american made brew. what amazes me is that saison dupont and it's sister beer foret don't rank anywhere close to this one, and they seem more true to the style for me. i guess that part of that has to do with the fact that a lot of these reviews are by people whom for which this is their first saison. when i think saison, i think super earthy, even horsey - like i'm smelling the beauty of a horse barn on a farm way out in the mountains somewhere. hennepin comes close, but doesn't do it for me. i rated it extra high because it is an american take on a classic belgian style, and they actually do a great job, but i'll take a dupont or de glazen toren, or fantome or southhampton for a few more duckets any day of the week.

edit: okay... i get it. this is a grisette, not a saison. i have tried many many times, but i just can't take this beer. i avoid this beer like the plague. it is the sam adams of belgian-style beer. toned down and dummied up to suit unschooled palates. sorry ommegang, i appreciate what you do for us, i just don't like this one.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin pours a nice golden peach color with a bit of a haze. Massive fluffy head seems to be lingering quite well. great lace. nose is wonderful wheat and barnyard funk. Clearly some strong spice in here as well. Great hard saison taste. Very pronounced wheat and yeast flavor with good peppery spiciness. This is no Dupont but it is quite good. At this point the haze is starting to fade a little bit from warmth, but is still very present. Flavors are becoming earthier at this point. The aftertaste has some nice banana notes. The mouthfeel is slightly abrasive on the tongue, but overall quite good. Drinkability is solid on this one, and is impressive. Overall this is a great saison style, certainly one of the best in america. Props to ommegang, I think this is my favorite brew from them.

Photo of jonworth
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Perhaps I'm being harsh, but I was slightly let down by this ale. Bottle-conditioned, Belgian-style ale brewed in Cooperstown, NY? And one of the "Duvel family" of ales? I wanted to like it--no, LOVE it.

The verdict is in, and I would submit that it's pretty good, but not great. (Disclaimer: This was my first foray into the "saison/farmhouse" type of ale, so I can't relate it to others of the same type.) The bottom line is that the dryness and lemony-ness of this ale are overpowering. Considering the healthy ABV, and the fact that it's a Belgian-type knockoff, I would ask for a little more complexity. This ale has a lot of flavor; it's just not as interesting it could be (kind of like typing in ALL CAPS).

Apparently many other reviewers like it, so it might be at the top of its class for all I know; I can only speak within the limitations of my own experience.

Would I drink it again? Certainly. Would I *buy* it again? Not at that price point--there are better alternatives.

Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another great beer from Ommegang... those folks up there in New York sure do know their Belgian brews... an excellent rendition of the style... full of style and flavor... great appearance with visible carbonation, off-yellow, and nice foamy head... sweet smell of fruits, citrus, and slight alcohol... great crispy, fruity, lemon-citrus taste with hints of esters and alcohol... the 7.7% ABV is noticeable, but not at all overwhelming... a thick, full-flavored beer that really hits home... mouthfeel is good, and if it weren't for the hefty alcohol percentage, drinkability would definitely be better... great example of the style... authentic and classy... a really good brew... another winner from Ommegang... Recommended...

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,208 ratings.