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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,354 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,354
Reviews: 2,073
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 243
Gots: 571 | 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 timbro81
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to julian for the opportunity. Pours a soft hazy straw yellow color. Nice lumpy head that is fed by a very lively amount of carbonation. Smells of earthy, grassy malts, soft spicey hops in there for balance. Some booziness is also noted in the aroma. Light mouth feel that is alive with carbonation. Lemony fruity esters mingle with a light malty sweetness, hops, and some pepper balance everything out near the end. Finish is dry but tends to have a stale grainy essence.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden in color with thick frothy white head, at least two fingers. Leaves thick white rings all the way down the glass.

S - A funky, tart lemony smell. Very strong aroma.

T - A tart lemony zest up front. Has a hint of some bitter fruity note on the backend. A very interetsing combo of tastes.

M/D - Smooth and creamy feel. Very well carbonated and super drinkable. A damn good beer.

Photo of FSUmac
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet....

Appearance: A murky yellowish orange with a 1 finger head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Bananas, apricots, yeasty.

Taste: Yeast at first and then the bitterness kicks in. Definite banana flavor on my tongue.

Mouthfeel: Feels great going down. Nice and refreshing.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. Great for a summer day. Well done Ommegang. I'll buy a 750ml next time.

Photo of rpardon7
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one after moving ten sheets of drywall upstairs. What a great beer.

A - Poured a hazy yellow orange with a thick foamy white head that subsided to leave nice lacing on the glass.

S - Wonderful smell of citrus, yeast, some earthy tones.

T - Wow what a balanced yet complex taste. Strong wheat taste with noble hops and some citrus with a hint of earthy yeaste.

M - Very smooth well balanced mouthfeel, not too carbonated but not flat.

D - Got to be careful drinking this one, very easy to drink and stronger than your average brew. I would definately recomend this beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Served into a Snifter glass from a keg. Appeared semi hazy with a nice head, lace, retention, the whole game. Looks good.

S. Sweet bubblegum wheat.

T. Like the nose, this was a pleasent banana/bubblegum experience with some yeasty notes as well.

M. Smooth, crisp and light.

D. Very good as well. No alcohal burn, just a nice example of the style.

Photo of Atlas1
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been craving a saison for a few weeks now, and the Hennepin called out to me at the beer store the other day. It was tough, because Le Merle (North Coast) was also calling out to me, but the last saison I had was the Merle. So Hennepin was up next; it was Ommegang time.

Poured into a barrel pint (all of my proper glassware is currently in storage) from the .750ml, the Hennepin is a site for sore eyes. An opaque, but glossy, yellow/gold color with a ginormous bubble-bath head of white foam on top. Good lace. The nose is a spicy sweet banana scent, with pepper and apple and faint lemon grass. Other spices in there too. Really nice aroma, if you ask me. The taste leans a bit to the sweeter side, as the fruitiness really rises to the occasion. I'm a bit more inspired by a spicier bite to my saisons, but this is still really tasty, and really cuts through the summer heat well. Mouthfeel is tangy, but evens out and becomes noticeably smoother as the beer warms to room temp.

A fine outing by the gang at Ommegang. The Hennepin makes for a wonderful spring or summer treat. I liken it to Lillet in the spirits world. Makes for a great sittin'-by-the-poolside beverage when there just isn't any relief in the shade. Bottoms up.

Photo of Chugmonkey
2.4/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Big bottle (22oz?) with champagne cork. Pours beautiful dark yellow with big frothy white head. Tons of complex aroma that sends your nose working overtime to figure out what exactly you are getting into here.

Pretty sweet, too sweet for me, but ton of other spicy, fruity, floral stuff going on for balance also. Bottle doesn't mention anything about spices, but hard to imagine all of these flavors being created by just the yeast.

Flavors changed as it warmed. It took me a while to drink it, was definitely better warmer. Overall way too sweet to me. I'm new to the style, but drinkability was tough cuz of the overly sweet finish. I' going to try some more saisons, but not this one again.

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

Poured into a Hennepin tulip glass at whistle Binkies North. Golden straw color, very light, but completely hazed throughout. Off-white foam that left some nice lacing. Smell is a little sour and funky with some sweet malty character to back it up. Taste is much the same. Funky farmhouse flavor, spicy, slightly sour, notes of grass, pale malt, and the slightest licorice flavor on the end. Good, slick mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. I've had this one out of a 12oz bottle before but this my first on tap. Very nice brew and prefer it from the tap personally.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is golden with a lasting, creamy white head.

Scent is yeasty with some hops and spices, very well balanced and very pleasant.

Taste is yeast and earthiness with some spice and bitterness. What I would expect from the style, but taken up to a level I have not experienced.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp.

I will purchase this beer again, with no question.

Photo of Troy518
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ommegang Tulip Glass.

Aside from Saison Dupont, this Saison is one of my all-time favorites. I love the yeasty taste and the earthiness it delivers. The carbonation is higher than other beers and delivers a nice bite. The typical belgian spices of coriander and orange peel are very sublte and only add to the already delicious taste. I had the opportunity to visit the brewery last year and highly recommend it to anyone. For a brewery that's only been around for 11 years now, they turn out some amazing belgian-style brews.

($2.70, 12oz, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

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.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,354 ratings.