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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,294
Reviews: 2,062
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 238
Gots: 535 | 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 Murchmac
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I can, I think I can. Like this style. Me drinking this beer is like teaching physics to monkeys. Cute but hard to understand.

Pours a light goldent honey, some head. lacing on the side.

Smells of banana? Flowery.

Peppery taste, Pear taste, sweetness. Floral?

Sweet aftertaste, not as acidic as the other Saison I had.

Still would love it on a hot summers day. I will keep on keepin on.

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

Well, I've tried this a couple times before... 1 of 2 Brewery Ommegang products that I've had the priviledge of comsuming.

A- Amazing 3 finger white fluffy head crowns a cloudy straw yellow brew. Excellent retention, and very intricate lacing. Very well carbonated as well.

S- Fruity malt plays with the nose at first... a mild spicy apple, perhaps pear... malt, yeast... vague faint dark fruit (similar to a belgian strong) are also present. Hops as well. Excellent nose.

T- Delicious, yet not without its flaws. The taste is not as complex as the nose would indicate... Much spicier than fruity... slightly peppered. A rather one dimensional malt is the headline here... although it transitions into a very warming alcohol taste... which then transitions nicely into a brief hop finish. Dark fruits linger on the aftertaste, although slightly apple rules the initial sip. Tasty, but doesn't live up to the nose.

M- Hmmm... Light body... lighter than i was expecting even... however, perfect carbonation.. nice citrus bite as well.

D- Well, although this comes in a 4 pack, it is quite drinkable. I think this is a brew best served with food, such as some bbq chicken, or a gyro (which is how I initially tried this brew).... *Recommended

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

Poured from a .750 L bottle purchased at the Whole Foods in downtown, Sarasota into a tall, wide-mouthed glass.

Appearance: A fierce head, billowy, rocky, that fades slowly. Crusty, jagged, foamy lacing. Lively carbonation dances up through a beautiful straw golden body - it lasts to the bitter end of this gorgeous brew.

Smell: Rich, deep grainy aroma intertwined with spicy, fresh, lemony esters and a funky, earthy yeast scent. It's sweet, but also musty, and oh so mild.

Taste: Sweet and grassy grain notes are in the foreground, with a slight hop bitterness and a hint of peppery alcohol in the tail. Mild fruity notes - not just citrus, but something else as well, banana esters perhaps - mingle with earthy, musty nuttiness and spice notes imparted by the yeast. There's quite a lot going on here, and it's all divine.

Mouthfeel: Slick, but crisp, with a medium body, and a good carbonation profile.

Drinkability: Stellar. It went so well with the sharp cheddar mac'n'cheese, I ended up drinking practically the entire bottle on my own and was only mildly tipsy. There's enough going on in this raw, complex beer that it can be enjoyed any number of ways.

Forget wine - bring a .750 L bottle of Hennepin to your next dinner party. Very pleased that this is a domestic brew - it tastes decidedly Belgian.

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

Pours a clear golden/straw color forming a three-finger creamy, rocky off-white head that lasts almost as long as it took me to drink the first pour. There's a steady stream of bubbles cascading up the center of the glass. Thick spotty lacing down the glass.

Great aromas of bananas, coriander, cloves and yeast. There's some notes of lemon zest and orange with some floral hops in the background. Great blend of sweet and spicy.

Taste is pale malts and yeast up front, followed by banana and spices: again, coriander and cloves. There's some sweet citrus in there as well, with a mildly bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, and the carbonation leaves a slight tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability is great; this is just a pleasure to enjoy on its own or with food.

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

On tap in a Hennepin glass at San Diego Brewing Co.

Pours a clear golden wheat color. Semi-spicy aroma. Unfortunately, on-tap this misses a lot of the yeast and other sediment that one gets from a bottle pour. Taste includes spices and citrus, but the yeast flavor isn't present. Still totally drinkable and nice, but it's much more enjoyable poured from the bottle.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Reidel Vinum cab glass...

3-4 finger bubble bath head. Natural light honey-colored body with a little yeasty cloudiness.

Excellent coriander, orange zest and banana ester aroma with a little added citrus. Scent is very clean but viscous at the same time.

The abundance of malt is surprising here - almost straight woody malt with some bruised yeast and even-handed spice. Alcohol oozes gently in this offering. Spice, tang and mild bitterness combine with the woody malt to make an extremely well-balanced product.

Mouth pops on the even citrus/sour finish - some blood orange, maybe even some zest and bitter lemon.

This is very light on the palate and a pleasure to open up a 750 and sip it over time. Suggest as most do a glass/vessel with a wide-open mouth to best capture the flavorful aroma of this Belgian bombshell by way of Otsego County, NY. Very well done.

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

This is a tasty and powerful beer. It reminded me of a Belgian Tripel and fans of that style would be very much at home here. It tasted of wheat, fresh yeast, and intense warming alcohol. It went down very smooth and it was deceptively intoxicating. It was quite enjoyable and I'd have it again.

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

A: Clear straw/golden color with a healthy white head which leaves behind some nice lacing

S: Florals and spice comes through first with some yeastyness

T: Great yeasty and spicy black pepper... hints of bananas and apples... delicious

M: Medium bodied with a pinch of carbonated feel

D: Satisfying... easily could drink another

Photo of gmfessen
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Siason... I'm kind of excited! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy straw color with a HUGE, soapy white head that looks like Swiss-cheese. The nose is similar to a Belgian Wit; phenolic with banana and cloves, slightly peppery, maybe some coriander. Taste is similar; there is a slight biscuity flavor about it with the slightly sweet, peppery cloviness coming to the forefront and being countered by a moderate bitterness of hops and alcohol. The alcohol has a slight warming effect but isn't overly noticeable in flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy, slightly aggressive carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but I think the cloviness and alcohol might get to you after a while. Overall, an excellent beer - I look forward to trying other Siasons in the future.

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

edit 4/26/08

A- pours a hazy pale golden canary yellow with a great cap of nerf-like white foam that had awesome retention finally turning to a floating clump of ice cream like duvel. waves of lace eventually coat the inside of the glass. the head says it all here- the only other siason i've have is rogue festive ale which had beautiful tropical sunset, i would have liked to see more of that but maybe it's not actually characteristic of saison...more research is necessary.

S- banana, lemon peel, a hint of clove, and flash of crisp noble hops. pale malt also, although mild, and floral jasmine/wysteria incense-like notes, and some funky barnyard smells. still not sure if it's the yeast or what, but i like it. as it warms it takes on the aroma of fresh rustic bread, buttery pound cake, powdered sugar and honeysuckle nectar.

T- banana, clove, and bubblegum, with a grassy petrol hop bite and some herbaceousness. soft orange and coriander, and a lemony ginger bite that goes well right along with the hops. sourdough bread, pineapple, apricot, and unripe peach come out in the fruity semi-dry finish.

MF- feels light and clean with a bubbly feeling similar to peroxide mouthwash, medium high carbonation, the bubbles seem to expand as i drink, releasing flavor everywhere.

D- smooth and refreshing, this would be great in the late spring after workin in the garden all day.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Dewey's Pizza. I was surprised to find this on-tap....a TREAT! It arrived at my table in a pint glass with a scant 1/4" white head. This diminished to a thin cap. The beer is a straw color that is quite cloudy.

The nose is more like a heffeweisen. Had notes of spice (corriander) and a yeasty nose... like many belgians that I've tried.

Taste: Not Bad.... a fruity taste followed with a tiny bit of alcohol warming. A strong heffe (kinda). Tiny hops bite at the end.

MF: Not as smooth as my favorite heffeweizens.... but this is my FIRST Saison... so maybe this is normal. medium to low carbonation and a clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: You'd NEVER guess 7.7% abv!... very well hidden. I could enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

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
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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