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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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Ratings: 5,384
Reviews: 2,079
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
Gots: 602 | 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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Ratings: 5,384 | Reviews: 2,079
Photo of smerkinb
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle has instructions for pouring and blurb about history of this beer. Pours a golden orange with 2"+ head that is pure white. Great lacing the whole way through. Smells fruity and yeasty but makes me think "clean".

Tart and alcohol esters were the first impression with some mild earthiness. Clove stands out to me (maybe cuz of all the hefes lately) Ends a slight band-aid dry. As it warms the alcohol comes through a bit more, but nothing overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and ends with a twangy bite.

I was a bit afraid of this one as I don't drink much that has a higher ABV, but my fears were unfounded. Though I could sense the alcohol as this warmed up it never became the main attraction. The flavor was way too complex for my little mouth, but I'm smart enough to know I liked this alot and will be coming back for more, and more, and then probably some more. My interest in this style is definitely stronger.

Photo of Zadok
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle.

Poured a rich golden straw coloring with a perfect 2 finger frothy pure whit head. Mild lacing kept up on descent.

Smells are prototypical of this style and this one is exceptional to the norm. Clove spices set the foundation for the rest of the aroma to include coriander, banana, and bubble gum. A very light essence of pepper nudges its way into the picture and all in all hides the moderate ABV well.

I'll try to be as objective as possible, but the taste is a major letdown from the smell. Mild and I mean very mild hops and soothingly subtle spices make up the rather well balanced, albeit light flavor.

Medium body with a medium carbonation leaves a small dry bite after each swig. Slightly filling but not enough that you couldn't have a couple of these bottles.

Nice summer ale for sure, goes down very smooth and is quite refreshing.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Gentle pour into a tulip flute yields a huge white rocky bumpy head over a cloudy golden-blond chill-hazed body. Incredible effervescence: the head stays, stays, stays, even grows! Lacing is permanent and thick. Gorgeous beer.

Smell is bright, green apple and under-ripe fruit, yeasty, mildly funky. Soapy and clean, over a light cracker malt base. Floral hops are there.

Taste is very similar to the smell, though a bit more malty. There even is a note of chocolate! Nice hoppy dry finish. Mineral water. Crisp and perky.

Moutfheel is superb -- round & rich , yet simultaneously crisp. Wow!

Drinkability is excellent: the 7.7% ABV is completely hidden. Sessionable!

This is like a Belgian version of Weihenstephaner's Vitus.

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

Great corked bottle. Love the 'POP'. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy orange in color with a 1 finger bright white head that fades slowly.

S - Nice floral/citrus aroma with a mild bread finish. Sweet and not bitter.

T - Wow. Great balance of citrus and malt flavors. Very clean and crisp and it really masks the strength of this brew. Great representation of this style.

M - This Saison reminds me of Duvel in this area. While not as apparent it has that wonderful nose tickle...

D - Normally something this high ABV would lower this score, but THIS is a great summertime/lawnmower beer for us 'snobs'.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with a nice white head. In the aroma, hints of spice, corriander and a touch of cinnamon. In the taste, spicey and yeasty, hints of citrus as well. A spice bite, and a medium mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty spice in the aftertaste. A very nice saison, smooth, yet a nice spicey bite.

Photo of gonzo46and2
2.42/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hmm... This beer is hard to review. This doesn't have much of the characteristics that I've come to expect in a saision. I've tasted this beer three times and am ready to review it now.

Pours a golden color with a big head.

Aroma mostly reminded me of a pilsner or perhaps a weak pale ale. Not enough esters, funk or spice to do the style justice.

Taste is clean and refreshing and has some estery fruits but for the most part was just a decent beer that was a bit boring.

Quenches the thirst but nothing worth seeking out.

/ I love ommegang 3p and abbey ale. This offering is just weak in comparison.

Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice pillowy white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Lemony citrus with spices, Belgian yeast and a nice grainy undertone.

T-Tasty. Starts with a citrus bite which is balanced by the solid grainy malt. A nice coriander and yeastiness throughout.

M-Light and crisp with good carbonation.

D-Deliciously refreshing and drinkable. ABV is deceptive based on the taste.

In a summer of fine saisons, this is one of my favorites.


Photo of AmishT
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper/orange in color, hazy, with a huge white frothy head that leaves tons of lacing as it recedes.

S - Very bold aromas: lemon, wheat, yeast, and strong notes of fruit (banana?)

T&M - A very complex flavor, albeit, not my favorite. Definitely a good beer for the summer: it has a somewhat crisp wheat-like flavor with notes of complex malts. High carbonation. Medium bodied. Very flavorful mouthfeel.

D - All in all, I definitely respect the quality of this brew - it just wasn't one of my favorites. For 7.7 abv, it wasn't too boozy at all - only a little hint of alcohol here and there.

Photo of shadow1961
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegan's Hennepin pours a big stiff head over
a cloudy yellow brew. The head collapses to a finger in a
minute or two, leaving a bit of lacing behind. Carbonation
is hard to guage- though light in color the beer is quite opaque.
The nose is is fruity- apple, maybe and a bit of some kind of
berry, a bit of yeast funk, and the barest hint of alcohol stiffening
up all those smells. The flavor is very delicate light malts, wood,
and an herbal hop off the back. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very
dry. Aside from the whiff in the nose, the alcohol is well controlled-
making itself felt as a definite warming, but in no other way. This is
one of those brews which is suitable to try out on your wine-drinking
friends, in place of a dry white wine. A really nice Saison, and in spite
of the name, it comes not from Minnesota, but from Cooperstown, NY-
the birthplace of Baseball. Nice.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow with some amber highlights. A very large, bubbly head forms in my tulip, leaving some thick, sudsy lacing on the glass. Quite impressive appearance.

S: Somewhat weak with spiced aromas, lemony/herbal hops, and some slight fruitiness. A very light, summery kind of aroma, almost akin to a Hoegaarden or other Belgian wit. Solid, but not special.

T&M: A rather tasty, crisp, and tangy beer. Start is malty and smooth before giving way to some tangy fruit and sourness. Finish is spicy, hoppy, dry, and long. The depth of complexity is definitely appreciable. Body is medium with a slightly prickly carbonation that could definitely be better, considering it's a Belgian ale.

D: High ABV limits this a tad; however, it's still crisp, flavorful, and delicious. Hennepin is going to have to be a staple of the spring/summer rotation for me from now on.

Photo of kinger
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden orange and yellow with head and lacing that remain for the duration. The smells are sweet and slightly spicy, hops can be detected. The taste is crisp and refreshing and follows with the aromas detected. Finishes very clean. A nicely crafted beer, this is my first saison but I have had similar belgian style ales. From what I understand a saison is similar except for the way they were originally brewed. I was hoping for more flavors but the cost is reasonable for this beer. I will enjoy this one again.

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the way this beer pours out of the glass. RIght away I can tell it is very carbonated from the hiss as I pour it. I tried to leave as much sediment in the bottom but the beer comes out sort of hazy. A huge foamy head arises and retains for quite some time leaving interesting shapes as it dissipates. Initially this beer gives off a skunky-lager type aroma and some citrus and somewhat sweet. The taste is very different. Clove, spices, and fruity esters shine through. The mouthfeel is extremely crisp and reminiscent of champagne.

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

Pours a hazy yellow with huge white head. Falls very slow with a lot of lacing.

Fresh earthy aroma with a medicinal hint to it.

Earthiness comes through in taste as well as a lemony flavor. Herbal and a little fruity. Slight spice.

Medium bodied with low, simple carbonation.

Very drinkable. Nice.

Photo of gunnerman
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, pours a pale yellow with a fluffy foamy head that doesn't hang around to long no lace detected. Smell is pretty good bubbleguym, alchohol, clove and some ripe fruit. Taste is bit mild, alchohol not deteced and very refreshing taste of earth notes with a bit smoke character to this. Overall not bad I enjoyed this with some smoked gouda cheese, I believe the smoke character really intensified with the taste of the cheese. Good style that goes down pretty smooth.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with a nice frothy head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Fairly good lacing.

Aroma is mild fruit, mild floral, some candied sweetness, a little toasty malt.

Delicious hop flavors, herb and mulling spice, sweet, tangy fruits.

Fair carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Wow is this one a winner. Great flavors and wonderfully balanced complexity.

Photo of daythree16
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a huge billowy head. Almost like pouring champagne into a glass.

Aroma is spicy with hints of raisin and cotton candy. I can't wait to try this one. Spicy up front, with some fruity esters. There is a little grassy hoppiness present, and as the beer warms, a light tartness develops. Very palatable.

The mouthfeel is crisp and champagne-like, and it goes down very smoothly. Drinkability is hindered somewhat by its robust flavors but is still pretty high.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear pilsner-gold with a medium white head. Decent retention with good stick.
The aroma is malty and fruity, with a yeasty spicyness.
Taste is fairly complex, with pale malt up front with citrus peel and clove. Transitions in to an earthy/grassy hop extract flavor. Pronounced dry bitterness in the finish from the hops and noticable alcohol that remains on the tongue after the flavor has faded.
Feel is a bit rough. High carbonation levels are a bit much at first, but mellow somewhat toward the bottom of the glass.
Overall it's pretty good, but if I'm going to spend the money on an Ommegang product, I'd probably go with several others before this one.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale cloudy orange juice yellow with a small white head that leaves a touch of lacing.The nose is floral and faintly spicy,some sweetness also abounds.This tastes spicy and earthy from the get go,some sweet and tart flavors blend well.Lightly buiscuty throught and a hint of hoppy,grassy bitterness on the tail.The body is light to medium,drying on the tounge,and clean aftertaste is well above average.The alcohol is hard to find,until it warms and then it shows even bolder flavors in every aspect.This is a killer brew top to bottom!

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer tends to be much better in the 750ml bottle with cork. don't know why.

anyway, i've come to appreciate this much more over the year.

2008 bottling. poured into tulip.

slightly hazy, golden straw color with amber tint. lots of head, gradually fades to thin layer. splotchy lacing.

gentle must and hay aromas. faint yeast, spice and fruit (apple, pear). lightly toasted malt.

flavors are malty with fruit notes. spicy hop, with grassy and hay-like character. slight phenolic backend flows into a mildly bitter finish with semi-dry aftertaste. dupont seems just a tad more complex overall, so this is not quite a 4.5 in taste like that which i gave for dupont.

smooth, with fluffy, then prickly, carbonation.

OLD REVIEW (12oz bottle) 8/30/07:
poured into a snifter. nice hazy straw color, voluminous head which stays to the end.

i get a whole bunch of sensations in the nose, including apple-like fruitiness, some yeasty notes, along with grassy and plain alcohol. there is an ever so-slight urea-like hint, but only if you over-think it, lol.

tastes include apple/pear wine, with a nutty yeast note. also kind of "earthy", like fresh bales of hay - or "farmhousey" haha. bitterness is mild.

crisp, with a hearty texture due to the yeast.

pairs decently well with humbolt fog, blue-veined cheese (a recommendation by garrett oliver - although not as great or "sublime" as he purported)

i'm not too well-versed in belgian styles, so take my comments with grain of salt.

A 3.5
S 3.5
T 4
M 3.5
D 4

Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have recently discovered the Saison/Farmhouse style and have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to have a bottle of Hennepin. I've heard many people rave about this beer but have always turned the other way as I naively claimed not go like "Belgians" (style)

Now that I've discovered that I do enjoy Saison's I knew it was time to break out a Hennepin.

I was not disappointed.

I enjoyed this in a large wine glass which showed off this beautiful beer. The beer poured a hazy/cloudy gold with a pillowy white head that was about a finger thick. The head quickly settled to a thin white film across the top of the beer. Beer was too cloudy to see any carbonation at all. I good looking beer indeed.

Aroma was wonder and fresh. There were some earthly tones as well as some slight spice notes. Also coming through was a nice light fruit aroma. Very light, fresh and inviting.

Taste was even better than the delightful aroma. Perfectly balanced from to back. I detect a fruity flavor but could not really pinpoint a specific fruit, perhaps pear. I really enjoy the peppery flavor that seems to stay just delicately in the background. More like white pepper. Finally, you can detect some earthiness that accompanies the hop finish.

Really nice, a new fan is born.

A slight carbonation brought the flavor to life on your tongue. The mouth feel was light and refreshing while the flavor was crisp and bold. It's so drinkable that I hope my wife does not enjoy the glass I poured for her. So silky smooth and inviting.

I can see why this such a sought after brew. I am glad that I will now make this a staple during the Saison season. Awesome.

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

Pours pale yellow... excellent clarity for a wheat.

Very sour, earthy aroma

Tastes sweet, honey with citrus, balanced with a crisp carbonation, finishing with a lingering wheaty tart/sourness... very refreshing.

Great wheat, balanced, yet extreme.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Hazy pale yellow with a lot of fluffy white head with some lacing.

S - Lemon, citrus, and some spice

T - Lemon and spice that I can't quite place

M - Tingly with high carbonation. Kind of chewy.

D - Easy to drink a lot of this.

One of the first saisons I ever tried and still love to this day.

Photo of mcmidc
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a hazy golden color with a nice white foamy head, with lacing holding on the edges throughout the drinking of it. It smelled of spicy malts with some fruit in the background and maybe a bit of alcohol. It was full bodied with plenty of carbonation. Tastes of spices and citrus dominated this beer, with a nice hoppy finish. Drinkability was very nice and I will definetly be sampling this again.

Photo of joshwlt
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly clear gold yellow color with a rocky, soapy white head. Smells of grain, light fruits... maybe banana, minerals, and... earthy funk. Fairly light, tingly hop spice, light fruit with the slightest hint of pear, minerally, some vinegary earthiness. Fairly light character but with a moderately bold spiciness. Fairly drinkable. Do not detect any alcohol... My first saison so it's hard to pinpoint the flavors or what I should expect but I don't find it overly exciting... The light sweetness or earthiness in this brew is a bit overpowered by the tingly, peppery, phenolic spice...

Photo of scruffwhor
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden sunshine, light amber. At least six strong columns of tiny ubbles with a strong head directly after the pour, but quickly recedes after the initial pour. I love a grand head in a saison. The aroma is a great earthy hop and malt blend. Light notes of a barnyard,light fruits, and some grass in a Missouri prairie. The taste starts with some tart, unripened apples, light currants, and fresh cit grass. The finish shows some very lightly toasted, dry caramel malts with some mild funk. Good complex beer. Very refreshing with some light tartness. Very drnkabl, dare I say its sessionable even given its abv. This a good beer Johnny Cakes.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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