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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,294
Reviews: 2,062
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 238
Gots: 534 | FT: 1
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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 Gambrinus1184
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into white wine glasses.

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a ton of carbonation and a foamy, champagne-like dome of carbonation. Lacing was minimal, but the head retained quite nicely.

S: The smell is crisp and grainy, with a whiff of grass and citrus fruits.

T: The taste is dry and sweet up front, like a pinot grigio. Then, a lemon-grass, herbal pepper hop flavor comes over the tongue. A rush of tangy and tartness finishes dry and vinous, with plenty of dry, citric hop aftertaste. Outstanding!

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick, with a prickly rush and dry, carbonated finish.

D: I guess it's a good thing I split this among 3 people, or else I would have kicked it myself. Dangerously drinkable saison, with plenty of flavor and character to keep you sipping glass after glass. A keeper.

The only drawback I can sense with this brew is the funk and tart/sour factor. I know it's not meant to have such powerful overtones, but something a little more tangy to balance the heavy citrus zing here would have made it truly exceptional. As is, though, still, a tremendous American-brewed version of a Belgian classic.

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

Lightly hazed pale golden color with a supremely generous lid of fluffy white cloud.

Smell and taste bring the same delights. Lightly sweet flowers and honey binding with tart fruits, apples and pears, and a light farmhouse funk; mellowly toasted malts, a light peppery clove spiciness and some sweet grassy hops wrap it up nicely. Medium bodied with an excellent amount of soft and fluffy smooth carbonation.

Really, really good. I dig it.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork popped off with a tremendous - almost dangerous - pressure.

Nose:
A sweet-smelling malt dominates the aroma bright and toasty. Lots of secondary dark sugary roasted tones. A mild funky tartness rounds out the malt with herbal and earthy notes.

Look:
Medium gold with deep straw hues, fair clarity, moderately large head with less than moderately low retention.

Flavor:
Attack is fairly clean and flavored lightly behind the tart, bitter, alcoholic body. When my palate adjusts, I get mild sweetness and maltiness along with various earthy, grassy, and slightly musty flavors. The volume of sensations grows like that of a string quartet - starting soft and with the least of energy.

A little alcohol flavor joins in and the heat is turned up. Musty melon flavors, leaves, hints of strawberry, banana, citrus, (what I take to be) wet blanket, and mild barnyard all vie for attention with restrained whispers.

The Verdict:
A light/subtle brew that is better experienced carefully and with great thought. No wild exciting flavors here, just relaxed summer evening contentment.

Photo of phantomwyse
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a hazy marigold yellow with a tinge of orange. Rich, white, 2+ finger head, fades to 1 finger and stalls. Lots of fast rising carbonation.

S: Yeasty sugars, perceivable orange citrus.

T: Semi-sweet candied sugar, toffee, chardonnay, fruit tartness along the lines of dates and plums, sour orange juice, citric hop bitterness.

M: Chewey, smooth cream, the carbonation flirts courteously on the tongue.

D: This big bottle will do me for the afternoon, but, oh yeah, it's drinkable -- a little too drinkable.

Photo of deepsouth
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured a cloudy yellow with a nice white bit of head that left lacing all the way down the glass.

the smell is great. citrus, lemon, orange, banana. a complex smelling saison in my limited experience.

the taste is on par with the smell, with all those same components present. it's very earthy tasting. i defo think they brought the belgian farmhouse ale to the states with this one.

the mouthfeel is light but agressive. not stinging, rather effervescent.

the drinkability on this would be a bit higher, were it not for it's nearly 8% abv. it's very easy to drink, but i'm afraid it would also be the one that would sneak up on me. goes down easy.

Photo of steadydose
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation- poured into a tulip glass

Appearance - brownish golden beer with lots of foamy head when poured

Smell- sweet honey, a little hint of pears and apples.

Taste-Delicious, hints of lemon zest, light malt character, hints of grassyness. Beer is so balanced and complex enough that my taste buds don't get bored. Nice beer.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium body with a soft feel on my palate.

Drinkability- I really like the saison style beers, and this one in particular I feel like I could drink all day.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Corss Pub in Carlisle

A- Pours a nice four finger foamy head. It rises like a pillow and is very frothy. a light pale wheat yellow color. Very carbonated as well,i can see the co2 rising fast.

S- earthy and wheat smelling. a very must smell of alcohol hits the nose as well. some strong spice as well.

T- lemony zest is in the taste at the beginning of the gulp. i also get a slight taste of some honey that feels like it was rubbed with earthy grains. grass and dry hops as well.

M- dry and crisp. mouthfeel is that of spice flavors in the aftertaste as well.

D- this is a good beer and easy to put down. smooth and refreshing in the summer. A good brew.

Overall this is a great brew and look forward toanother one from Ommegang. Hats off to a good beer!

Photo of PiecefulToker
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is definitely my favorite saison yet. It poured with a nice and thick 1-finger head in my St. Bernardus chalice which sustained itself, leaving some awesome looking lacing in the glass (you could even see the levels of each sip I took). The smell was straw, pale malt, and slight alcohol warmness. The taste was amazingly well balanced and smooth, which went through a series of phases before it subsided. This is the best example of a saison that I have tried yet, and I now understand why this style is so highly regarded. This stuff is great. The mouthfeel was also excellent in its smoothness and perfect carbonation. I drank a 750 by myself, and I could have easily downed another, if not two more. If you see Hennepin on the shelf, make sure to grab a bottle (or 4).

Photo of gestalt162
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 25 oz. brown bottle, part of a Ommegang 10 year anniversary package...

A: Cork pops like a bottle of champagne. Even my mild pour creates a huge head. Bubbly, frothy, rocky, a metamorphizing off-white head. Cloudy golden-white body. Lots of carbonation- a very active beer. Splotchy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Banana and clove predominately, kind of like a hefeweizen, but with a grainy and grassiness to the aroma as well. Nice clean malt flavor. A deep whiff also gives a slight alcohol smell.

T: Crisp, ever-so-slight maltiness. Predominant flavors of bananas, honey, hint of cloves and other spices that I can't put my finger on. Hint of citric lemon-orange behavior. Really clever grassy, hay-like character that feels like a harmony between the malt and hops. Slight tartness towards the middle/end really brings things together. Lasting banana, smooth malt, and dry fruit flavors sit on the palate after swallowing.

This beer is so complex, I'm pretty sure I didn't even mention half the flavors that were apparant. I could study this for hours.

MF: Well-carbonated, light to medium body, just enough crispness not to overwhelm, but to really enhance the flavors.

D: At 7.5% ABV, not sessionable, but like I said, this is a very complex and enjoyable beer. Simple if you drink it fast, but if you really slow down and enjoy it, a lot of those nuances will come out. A great beer to enjoy outside with nature during the summer.

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

Appearance- Pours with almost no head and only a little carbonation. Beer itself is pale yellow-brown.

Smell- Sweet fruity smells in the nose, alcohol gives it just enough jump into the nose to really make it delicious smelling.

Taste- Tasty bit of carbonation fizziness at the start, taste mellows out a bit after that to crisp citrus and lemon. Mellow on the aftertaste with a pleasant amount of tang.

Mouthfeel- Really fills up the palate and warms the mouth.

Drinkability- A delicious brew, a great sipper to sit down and enjoy with some brie, which im currently doing!

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

Appearance: Blond in color and fairly cloudy, moreso after the first glass. A billowing white head rises from a gentle pour, lasting until the final drop.

Smell: Very malty with some banana-like esters. Closer inspection reveals spicy and floral notes (white pepper, ginger and mint come to mind).

Taste/mouthfeel: Tropical fruit and yeast are at the forefront here, but there's a spicy kick beneath it. Mildly sweet initially, though that's quickly overtaken by a lasting dryness and mild herbal/floral hop bite. Carbonation is high and the finish is ultra-crisp - this is one seriously refreshing beer despite the high ABV. The flavor is low on the funkiness sometimes found in Belgian saisons, but I'm not complaining; this is a damn good beer.

Notes: A solid beer that was past due for a review. For the price it's hard to go wrong with this stuff.

Photo of joezak5
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; I couldn't resist and poured out all the yeast... a hazy golden orange with overflowing pure white thick head. Little rentention and good sipping lacing.

Smell: Wild, musty and earthy yeast. An all out funky yeast bomb... outstanding. Little mushroomy twang and grassy earth.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slick and lively in the mouth even though there is little carbonation.

Taste: Honey sweet malt with tart lemon and the nutty spicy yeasty kick. The hop bitterness comes in as a warming and lingering finish. The floral essence is beautifully mixed in with everything. This is the most complex beer I've ever had.

Drinkability: Unreal, complex yet drinkable. Sweet, tart and almost bitingly crisp. I think this would be a fascinating intro for anyone who thinks they don't like beer. At $7 for a four pack I'll be picking up more soon.

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

Pours a hazy yellow, a huge frothy head that dissipates down to a film, little lacing.

Aroma of estery yeast and citrus, some must and a bit of acidity. Flavor is a little one dimmetional at first, a bit of wheat and some spice. As the beer warms up the flavor becomes more complex with more spice (pepper and a bit of clove), some solid noble hops and a dry saison finish.

It's nice and dry, makes you want to keep the glass close for another sip, at 7.5% abv, its a dangerous one!

Photo of beernut
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at my local liquor store at the recommendation of the beer guy who worked there.

A) A nice golden color, well, a little pale in appearance, but nice to look at.

S) The aroma was spicey, something like honey as well as lemon zest.

T) At 1st it was maybe I say "bready." followed by blended fruit, spice and a nice floral flavor.

M) This is definitely medium body, with what it feels like a fresh sense to the palate.

D) Purchased a few more bottles (at about $4-something per bottle), this beer is perfect on a hot summer day.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased on 7 June 08 at Wegmans in Ashburn, VA.

Bottom Line Up Front: FANTASTIC! It has a very informative label, too. Part of the Duvel family.

A - Golden, slightly cloudy with nice carbonation and some yeast floaties. The head is Duvel-ish; never really dies and leaves its mark on the inner walls of the glass.

S - modest barn yard, banana, yeast, citrus.

T - Wow. Over-the-top splendor.

M - Creamy with perfect carbonation.

D - Top of the line. My wife and I killed the bottle quickly to the point I'm pissed we didn't buy two.

Buy this. Now. Quit waiting.

Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle.

A- pours a chill hazed cloudy light gold with a big fluffy and rocky white head. The haze wears off after a while and it becomes a pretty clear gold.

S- Dominated by light fruit and Belgian yeast. Definitely has the "farmhouse" character that it should. Nice and earthy. Gotta give it props since my dad who was sitting a couple feet away said he could smell my glass and also said he really liked the smell.

T- Lots of fruity esters come across at the beginning, washed away by earthiness, and then both combine at the end to leave an aftertaste composed of both flavors.

M- Way to carbonated, though after warming up a bit with extensive swirling it releases enough of the carbonation to make it a bit more enjoyable.

D- Well I don't know if I've ever drank an entire 750mL bottle by myself but I did with this so that's gotta score it some points right?

Photo of Tilley4
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So, I'm kicking my own ass for not trying this earlier. Its a fairly accessible brew around my parts and I've passed it over time and time again.... I won't make that mistake again..

Beautiful pale yellow appearance with a huge fluffy foamy head that never goes away...

Aroma is a yeasty funky citrusy wonderful thing... A little banana presents itself as well...

Damn, this is just terrific... Slightly citrusy and hoppy but also yeasty and funky at the same time... I grilled steaks while enjoying these and its a terrific summer brew... Sessionable? Not by me... The 7% will get you..

I will be getting and keeping this one from now on... This will be a new staple for me..

Photo of julian
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Ommegang beer...I've been salivating all day to try this bad boy. Bought at Whole Foods (Bellevue, WA) yesterday. 9.4 FL. OZ

A: Hazy golden coloring of this beer is as expected of the style. Thick snowy white head - 2 fingers. Shrinks within a minute or 2 but never actually disappears which is nice! Sparse but interesting lacing...could be my frosted pint glass though :)

S: An earthy yet spicy (cloves) aroma dominates this beer. Lemon qualities detected mixed with yeast and minimal sour note.

T: Nice and bubbly, mild sourness of lemons or even sour apples mixed with an enthusiastic spicing. Quite dry. Low hop flavor. Footnotes of light malting.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body. The 8.5% ABV is masked well. Impressive!

D: Well I'm preparing to drink the whole bottle...and I'd drink it again.

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

I drank Hennepin because I am interested in brewing Saisons and this seemed like a classic example.
Appearance- Cloudy, straw color with a bit of a creamy head that lasted halfway into drinking the beer.
Aroma - I smelled lemons, and then malty/bready aromas.
Taste - Hennepin is tart, but not sour, which is appropriate for style. It's a little fruity, but not overpowering.

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

poured from a BIG bottle with a cork.

Looks- has a nice big frothy head. Beer is a golden straw color.

smell- flowery, citric, earthy, maybe bananas? Reminds me of a weiss beer

taste- slight hop bitterness, fruitiness for at first, followed up by a touch of malt sweetness and cloves? Very dry finish tinged with a touch of "heat", some biscuity dryness present also. Medium bodied.

drinkability- very drinkable and enjoyable. goes down too smoothly for a 7.7% (but that's good!) very good and easy to enjoy. Give it a try!

Photo of RomanW70
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. One of my favorite American Saisons. Pours yellowish gold with a large fluffy white head. Nose of citrus, spice, and funk. Funk very prominent in both the taste and the aroma. Finish is citrus and spice. Clean. Very nice beer.

Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy golden color with a nice fluffy white head that left hardly any lacing.

S- Tons of fruit and citrus in this one mainly lemons. Some wheat, grassy and a bit of spice.

T- Sweet fruit lemons and banana come to mind and then some malt and spice come in. Very balanced and maybe a little dry.

M- Medium in body with good carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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

Ok, time to review the brilliant Ommegang Hennepin. I first experienced this on tap, but am writing the review based on a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance - Golden with a soft white head, firm but not too pillowy. Head slowly dissipates, but a quarter inch remains.

Smell - Spicy, with a little fruitiness.

Taste - Wow. Refreshing, with more fruit, and a hint of apple. Almost a sour, but satisfying, finish. Pretty tart. Lots of depth to the flavor, and a tasty lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly crisp. Just a very refreshing beer. Not heavy or creamy, but sharp.

Drinkability - Absolutely off the charts. for such a potent beer, I could pack these away. When I order this at the bar I have to limit myself to only two, or I know I'll end up going too far.

This is one of my favorite beers, ever. An excellent example of the style, that on a blind test most drinkers would assume was imported from Belgium, not Cooperstown.

Photo of zymurgy4all
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear up until the last part that shows it is bottle conditioned. Huge white foamy head that leave lacing and lasts a long time. Is straw yellow in color and has a nice Belgian farmhouse funk aroma.
The flavor is quite impressive. It has an orangey citrus full saison flavor that is closer to the BJCP guidelines of a saison than Saison Du Pont. Ommegang captured it well, and this beer should serve as a perfect example of the Saison style of beers available in the US. I've only had homebrew examples come this close.

Photo of heavyblanket
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new favorite style and my new favorite Brewery.
This is a beautiful beer. Golden with great bubbles like a great Champagne. Smelled of fruit and earth. Perfect feel in the mouth with a lingering finish. Paired well with an aged white cheese. Wonderful.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,294 ratings.