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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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4,960 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,960
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 212
Gots: 391 | 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 soulgrowl
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

Appearance: Apple juicy, brassy yellow body with just a slight yeasty haze. Easy-going, white, frothy head, the texture of steamed milk

Smell: If I were to describe the way this smells (and I am), I would say it's like a blend of a fine Czech pilsener and an even finer brut champagne. Splendid! I also detect green bananas, sage, white grapes, phenols, and carnation-like floral notes. Very fruity, very complex.

Taste: The aroma's nuances do not mislead. White wine dominates, banana flavors and tart, musty yeast are also strong, and fresh pineapple appears. Spicy alcohol and a quinine-like flavor lend the impression of a gin and tonic.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly carbonated and light, yet creamy and chewy.

Drinkability: Hooray! This is a really drinkable, really interesting ale. Serve with anything that calls for white wine.

soulgrowl, May 07, 2006
Photo of bignick
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

750 ml champagne style bottle purchased at the bewery. Cave-Aged Version. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

As good as the regular Hennepin is, this version that was aged in caves for eight months in upstate New York is even better. It is not as sharp, and is slightly sweeter. There is a slight apple sweetness to both the smell and the taste that is wonderful. The is still a slight spicy bite upfront, but it mellows into a wonderfully smooth finish. This is one of the best domestic beer I have had the pleasure to try. I think it might be even better with another few months of aging, that would allow it to mellow even more.

bignick, May 04, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

a - deep hazy gold; huge head that dissipates slowly leaving a little lace

s - hoppy aroma, hints of citrus

t - similar to the aroma, hops and yeast, citrus, bitterness, dry aftertaste

m - lots of carbonation in the mouth, creamy too

d - very drinkable, although I wouldn't probably do much more than one 750ml bottle.

WeisGuy, May 04, 2006
Photo of scriabin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours with a cloudy, flaxen color much like a hefeweizen. This is the perfect beer for...let's see...just about any day. Summer is best I suppose, as it has a crisp, sweet, clovish flavor that lends itself to a barbecue. The carbonation level is just about right. This beer does not encumber itself with a variety of complex flavors but instead goes right for the jugular, offering a crisp, clean taste.

scriabin, May 03, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

Excellent pour- first honey yellow with a frothy white head, great lacing. Just some subtle notes of Belgium yeast in the aroma.

Taste – here we go: sweet and sour, earthy, just some notes of Belgium yeast. Mouth was tart, dry, and on the downside, fairly thin. Somewhat bitter. All in all, I have to say I didn’t care for it, and I like the Schlafly version of Saison. Wouldn’t go after this again, but would not turn down a glass of it, either.

Vancer, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of BadBadger
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Hennepin is a tasty brew. This pours a nice cloudy golden color, with a fair sized while foamy head. The smell is citrusy and hinting of hops. The taste is nice, a fine balance of hops and malts give this brew an uniquley understated spicey flavor. The pairs nicely with a turkey sandwich. This would be a nice beverage to have on hand to serve up with almost any meal, as it seems to pair nicely with most foods. If you see this on the shelf, buy some and give it a go.

BadBadger, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of jj21
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

This Saison pours a cloudy gold with a thick 1 inch white meringue head. A decent amount of carbonation makes its way to the head. Yeasty esters with the usual orange, clove floral on the nose. Taste is spicy on the tongue up front and mellows to a fruity, floral finish. Very smooth with almost a dry champagne mouth feel. Dangerously easy to drink.

jj21, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of copasetic
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

The 750 ml bottle, corked champagne style, had a nice hearty sediment at the bottom. Uncorked with an explosive pop and it took 5 minutes to find the cork. Poured into a pint glass with a huge rocky head that, despite my usually-reliable easy pour, ended up running over the rim. Ten minutes later, it's still sudsy and inspiring. The color is a slightly hazy gold and first sniff is banana, clove, and malty sweetness. The taste -wow; very complex with phenolic and esterey qualities with a solid earthy Belgian funk. Hop flavors are in the background, but the bitterness is certainly noticeable. The feel is fizzy, but smooth, with a fruity finish and back-end kick of alcohol.

Really challenging, and I had to take a few sips to reassure myself that this is indeed a beer. Halfway through and I'm really impressed. This is no easy beer. It's more of an arthouse film where you have to pay attention to every moment or you'll miss something critically important.

copasetic, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A corked 750 ml bottle.

Pours out a golden, yellow color. It was slightly cloudy. It also left some lacing. The head was very large. It smells of spice and hops. The hop flavor was very apparent as well as the yeast flavor. Mouthfeel was crisp and a little dry. It rates very drinkable, but due to the size of the bottle, maybe just one.

zeff80, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Probably more third favorite Saison after Les Bon Voeux and Dupont. I've had this from a corked bottle and on tap many times. Hazy golden color with fantastic foamy head. Aroma is a little more subdued that other saisons. Nice grassy and fruity taste. These go down too smooth.

doubleipa, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of bierman2000
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

astringent and quite hoppy saison.. has a nice mouthfeel and is straw colored.. alcohol is quite present in this light colored but nice bodied ale..excellent sumer quencher with fruity notes and lots of carbonation.. smooth and filling, yet highly drinkable.

bierman2000, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

12 oz. bottle into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: The head blows up like crazy, and it's taking me a while to fully pour this. Initially the body is insane with carbonation and flying all over the places. The head's thick then starts to look a little funky as spots dip and shatter and some stay full. Finally when I'm able to pour the rest in the body turns a hazy yellow, as I poured the yeast in, which might be why. Lacing and head isn't as impressive as I drink, but still hangs around. And a swirl or two recharges it right back.

Smell: A lot of phenolic activity without being over the top. Mostly a bit of grass, slight barn and bandaid. Some lemongrass and citrus also comes through, along with a bit of sourness with some hops maybe. A bit of dark cherry also comes through. Very balanced and complex with much going on.

Taste: Lots of fruit and citrus with phenols for a crazy and fairly balanced combination, along with some slight vanilla and caramel also. Finishes dry but not overly dry, with a bit of hops and a lot of lemon and citrus on the tongue. There may be some ginger in there too, along with a nice earthiness and yeastiness. Also some band aid funkiness which somehow compliments the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and rich, and without the carbonation levels I thought would be present, it still remains full without being cloying.

Drinkability: I am indeed impressed by this. A good amount of masked alcohol, lots of balance and flavor, and around $8 for a 4 pack, or at least that's what I paid. Ommegang's becoming one of my favorite breweries. Along with Allagash, they know what they're doing with the Belgians. Saisons are a singular and special brew to me, and this is definitely done very well and is highly recommended.

asabreed, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Sampled from a 750 ml , caged and corked

This farmhouse saison poured a hazed but not opaque , golden straw color with a large , creamy white head that stayed around as a quarter inch of foam , more dense and chunky in some areas then others. Nice spots of lacing left on the glass and the beer cleared up quite a bit as it warmed. The smell is very inviting. Malt , clove ,spice , fruit , grain , yeast , and a tinge of honey are all in the nose. Flavor is pleasant and complex. Some tartness in the form of grain and citric/lemon tastes , clove, bit of medicinal phenolic qualites , bready malt , tad bit of honey , slight peppery spice, a bit of banana and herbal notes , and a yeasty dryness in the end. Mouthfeel is on the slick side. This is one tasty brew. So sooo drinkable and flavourful! I will be buying many more of these in the future.

Byeast, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from 750ml bottle with cage and cork(room temp) after an initial big pop and a bit of overflow. It's a clear light gold(until further into the bottle when it becomes hazy from the sediment) in colour with lots and lots of foam and a dust devil of bubbles, dead center in my Chimay glass. Interesting look. Btw, my bottle says 7.7%abv but no bid deal...:^)

The smell is inviting...all malty, yeasty and an abundant nose of clove and fruit.

The taste is so nicely complex. Flavours of yeast and malt abound heading towards the sweet but then an ample hop bitterness moves in, with some sour citrus notes, causing me to utter an inaudible "hell yeah"! :^) Tasty stuff to say the least and so darn drinkable!

Oh and...I've had a few Saisons and this one, imho, is dead on for style...way to go Ommengang!

Bottom line: Here's an *excellent* example of the Saison style that should please the most discerning Belgian Ale drinker. Recommended!!

Bitterbill, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of skizziks
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

750ml into a Duvel tulip. Pour produces a huge head of offwhite big bubbles reaching about 4" and slowly dying down leaving a rocky cap as it goes. The beer is an expected hazy orange-gold.

Aroma is full of fresh sweet malt, husk, and apple with herbal and floral hops seamlessly blended in. Perfume like.

The flavor is immediately sweet, but not overpoweringly so, quickly followed by big banana and plenty of carbonation bite. Finish is quick and dry. Not much depth to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, somewhat slick but with plenty of fizz to keep it from sticking. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Easy to put back a little too fast, but it's a quencher of a style and it does the job well.

skizziks, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Sunny orange-amber color, with a bubbly white head.

Smell: Very tart, with plenty of yeasty earthiness. Coriander is apparent. Clove spice, and some fruity esters. Apple peel. Dry malt, very robust.

Taste: Dry grain, with a coarse texture. The middle of the beer is a little sweeter, tasting of banana, lemon, and apple. Warm and spicy as well, with coriander being the clearest element. Honey-like, sticky sweetness lingers beneath the sturdy earthiness of the beer. Tannins spike sharply in the finish, giving the beer a grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a decidedly frothy composition.

Verdict: Sturdy and flavorful. Recommended.

bearrunner44, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

a- This poured a very pale yellow gold with a lot of haze and a decent amount of carbonation. The white head was really fizzy and fluffy. Not the most attractive beer style in my opinion but that is allright, the other categories with rock your socks off.

s- Mmmmm. This smell is citrusy and yeasty with a hint of cinamon or perhaps other similar spices. I buried my nose in this like Jim Koch in the Sam Adams commercial. Very sweet and earthy with a decent amount of hoppage.

t- oh man. This tastes like duvel just not as harsh and bitey. I love it! The flavors such as pear and apple please the mouth and the alcohol isn't harsh at all. It is barely there even at 7.7%! The flavor is aweome and spicey w/some yeasty goodness. Makes me think of sour apple candy.

mf/d- Tingly and very drying. The feel is smooth but prickly from the carbonation. I am draining this 750ml bottle, it is so drinkable! Heheh the bottle is all mine.

Now before trying this I preffered the darker beligians a lot more and I still do, but not by as much. This was surprisingly perfect. I can't wait to try others of the style.

kbnooshay, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of mobyfann
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Paid $3.99 for the 25.4oz bottle...

This ale pours a cloudy yellow color with a huge white head, exceptional head retention and nice lacing effects on the glassware. The aroma is yeast and fruit driven with a touch of alochol, nice mellow and strong notes of both.

The taste is very full-body. The yeast flavor takes over and it leaves a fruity aftertaste, a bit lemony. The mouthfeel is smooth on the palette and this is highly drinkable, at 7.7%abv, it is hard to not consider this a session beer.

Final Thought: This is an excellent example of a craft beer with great creativity; it is not only a staple in its class but also an excellent buy.

mobyfann, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

This is the cave aged version, the bottle looks really cool with the mouldy patina on the labels.

The pour reveals a hazed gold liquid with a huge white rocky cap. Stupendous amounts of lacing coat the glass. The aroma is malty and spicey with some earthy mustiness. The taste is an explosion of different flavors that meld together flawlessly. Pear, vanilla, coriander, peppercorn, all spice, cloves, anise all figure prominently. The finish is briskly hoppy, but more spicey. The mouthfeel is wonderfully textured with creamy carbonation.

It sucks that beers like this arent available in Canada. This is emminently drinkable and extremely complex. Thanks to Nick at Bauer Wines for the recommendation.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a tarnished golden color with a big, rocky white head. Looks very appetizing. The nose is a pretty subtle and not nearly as forward as some other saisons... there's some spice in there, along with a bit of barnyard funk and some yeast. Flavor is quite fruity right off the bat, with a round sweetness that's overcome by those barnyard/horse blanket notes, helped by some hops. Highly carbonated mouthfeel that doesn't get in the way of the smoothness of this beer. Overall, a wonderful, versatile beer. Interesting, easy to like and complex at the same time.

geexploitation, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of sloejams
4.2/5  rDev +1%

"A hoppy brew, the Ommegang Hennepin is beautifully golden in color and stays on the palate with a briskness that makes it perfect for aperitifs." according to BevMo.com. This statement is pretty much bullshit.

Not even remotely hoppy (at least in the way that the descriptor has come to mean something with high IBUs), instead this is a fine American version of the lovely Belgian farmhouse style. It should come as no surprise that Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, New York, was purchased by the Belgian Duvel Moortgat in 2003.

It has a nice citrus aroma - very crisp, very refreshing. The yellow straw murky color is very inviting. The taste is light but full on flavor. Hints of spice and fruits come through deliciously.

This is a fine beer and comparable to similar ones more fabled from Belgian. For the price, it’s quite a bargain considering its Belgian kin will likely cost you twice as much.

sloejams, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

750 ml brown bottle with a cork and a cage
poured into an oversized wine glass

Poured a fuzzy golden yellow. The haze was so dense in this brew that is was hard to see my hand through the other side of the glass. Not much of a head foamed up but a delicate filagree of lace formed on the surface. The beer is sticky and clings to the walls of the glass while drinking.

The nose is sweet and slightly spicy with earthy hints, as well as some subtle fruit scents.

This beer is very very active in the mouth and features a high level of carbonation. It is slightly spicy on the tip of the tounge and has a dry sweetness through the finish, featuring apple like flavors mixed with an earthy grainy quality. There is no doubt that this saison is true to the "farmer" roots of this style. I detect a very subtle melon like aftertaste, which is very pleasant.

A very drinkable beer, an absolute pleasure to enjoy on it's own or with a nice meal.

DaggerEyes, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%

this beer pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of obvious carbonation and a head with tremendous staying power.

there is a distinct aroma of spice, smells like ginger to me, more specifically ginger snap cookies, with the associated barley aromas.

wow, this is damn good, it has a dry sweetness tht is hard to place, the ginger snap aroma persuades my taste buds that that is the taste as well.

it has a smooth feel to it that turns drier near the end.

it definitely leaves me craving more.

sinstaineddemon, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

Hazy glowing orange...looks like a gemstone, with a large bubbling head that shrinks to a fine white layer. Soothing spicy, sweet fruit esters - earthy floral and light pepper. Increasingly herbal. Thick juicy fruit start with a lingering spiciness and lightly tart in the finish. Pale malts throughout...a little warming and very fresh. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly dry with a little bite. Exremely drinkable and refreshing.

Very natural and enjoyable.

wedge, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Initially had a bit of a skunky smell, but that went a way quickly and then I was able to smell the Belgian yeast aroma that I was expecting. Thick, half inch tall head that stayed for quite a while.

Beautiful gold color with hints of orange. Very nice looking beer.

Taste was very good. Initial Belgian flavors, tempered by a nice bit of bitterness that balanced it very well. Slightly spicy. It was not overly sweet, which is a trait I find I don't like in some of the Belgian styles.

Modest amount of carbonation. Clean and crisp dry finish.

Very drinkable brew! Had I not known differently, there is no way I'd have guessed that this wasn't brewed in Belgium. Well done, Ommegang!

doppelmeup, Mar 11, 2006
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,960 ratings.