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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,347 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,347
Reviews: 2,072
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 240
Gots: 569 | 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 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.

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

I had been looking for this back in Pennsylvania but finally found it when I was away on vacation in Michigan. I picked up a bottle of this and was very excited to try it; I had heard lots of great things about it.

Appearance: Cloudy and light gold in color, lacing was rather light.

Smell: Citrus (very lemony) and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Hops in the finish, a little bit bready, somewhat sweet as well.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, I have my mom a taste of this and she thought it really reminded her of how champagne felt in her mouth (which I would agree with). Fairly light as well.

Drinkability: I liked this beer quite a bit, but I found that I wouldn't be able to drink a whole lot of this in one sitting like I would with some other styles.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both on-tap and via champagne-style bottle, and have been duly impressed each time. brilliant straw/golden in color with nice clarity. beautiful huge white creamy head that is quite persistent. continues to bubble up in the tulip glass like a fine champagne. nose is herbal, musty, floral, fruity, and sweet. very complex bouqet overall, and it should be noted that i normally do not favor the barnyardy/musty notes but it works quite well for me in this one. honeyed lightly sweet bready malts are mysteriously cleaned out by an extremely smooth hop bitterness, vague spiciness, and prickly carbonation. wonderful balance. medium-bodied with good mouthfeel from this expertly done secondary fermentation. a real treat and a fine example of a saison, if i may venture to say so.

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

pours a gold color with a huge, frothy white head. the nose is lemons, bananas, cloves, some sort of dry, chalky aroma. definately a pleasing aroma. tastes of spicy hops, cloves, citrus, lemons. medium bodied, medium to heavy natural carbo. good stuff

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

The Hennepin is another one of those beers that I have seen on the shelves almost since I started drinking craft beer. Finally decided to pick up a single bottle to give this a whirl.

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- First thing I notice is the big huge massive head that emerged- fluffy and hilly- bold white color. The liquid was a bright shade of gold. No lacing on this one.

S- Smell is very citrusy- hints of grapefruits and pineapple. Some spice in the nose as well.

T- Taste was really excellent. Sour tartness followed by a nice peppery spice- I detected some strange flavors in here- maybe some biscuits/bready/ginger? orange zest. Lots going on here.

M- Surprisingly easy to drink- tingly yet not overwhelming.

D- I could pair this one with many different meals. I will introudce this one to a lot of my friends who do not yet appreciate beer.

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

Pours bright gold with a massive billowing head. And boy does it stick around. Very nice. The nose has the typical saison spiciness and it follows through on the flavor. It's very robust and spicy, yet it goes down pretty easily. Lots of crisp carbonation in the mouth, but good weight to it as well.

This is a great version of this style. If I had this in a blind taste test, I'd never believe it was brewed in the US. Really well done.

Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is alive inside! After popping the cork and pouring into the glass, the head is alive! Frothyness lasted quite some time until it rested. The beer is a hazy golden colour, tastes of citrus come to the palate. After the beer warms close to room temp, there are hints of mild hoppiness. Overall a pleasant, refreshing brew to savor!

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

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. the beer is a clear pure golden color with a ton of carbonation. Head is over 3 fingers thick and is sparkling white with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Hints of citrus - lemon mainly, with a grassy undertone of hay. Some spice noticeable, along with a subtle earthiness.

Taste: Honey sweetness in the introduction, leading into a peppery citrus flavor. Smooth grassiness in the back with a fleeting yet pleasant sour note. Lightly alcoholic finish with more sourness and a light lingering tingle. Very nice, light, but still complex flavor on this one.

Very smooth and easyto drink without sacrificing any flavor. This is one I'll definitely come back to.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap. Poured into a tulip glass.

1" white head above a body on the yellow side of light amber. Carbonation steadily flows holding the head which leaves good lacing.

Smells of some sweet fruitiness but a good amount of peppery spiciness.

Tastes are sweet Belgian sugar flavors, some lemony fruitiness, pepper. The malt flavors along the lines of fresh baked bread. A warmth his the palate late and it finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is moderate with good carbonation.

Drinkability is wonderful. The flavors are strong but I love them and don't see my palate getting too tired of them.

This is the beer to pair with a big stinky cheese.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bomber at cellar temp, handled as if it were full of nitroglycerin, opens with a threatening pop! and a vigorous surge of large bubbles begins head-building operations immediately in the neck of the bottle. This drink wants out!

A careful pour into a tulip glass evokes a billowing, explosive cloud of soft white foam, decorated by a tiny glowing golden body alive with bubbles. The head is continually fed by a steady stream of bubbles, and holds at over two fingers throughout the drink, lacing the glass in a fashion not unlike shaving cream. This drink is alive!

Smell is yeasty and sweet, with notes of clover honey, hay, crushed red pepper, and unbaked sweet rolls.

Tastes yeasty and tart, with sweet grass, underripe green pears, nutty and dry, with a flavor of spicy pie crust and a touch of astringency and chalk in the last pour from the bomber. Lingering dryness and a note of raw pecans remind the drinker to drink again.

Smooth, rich, and tingly in the mouth with a nice clean finish. Nutty, yeasty character lingers; extremely drinkable and damned delicious.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with lively carbonation, a generous white head, and lasting lacing throughout the beer.

Sweet fruit, perhaps banana, and spice to accompany the dominant citrus notes. Hops scent more pronounced as the beer warms.

Substantial spice and more noticeable hops in the flavor. Also a nice fruitiness to balance out the spicy aftertaste, very well balanced.

Substantial carbonation, but not overwhelming. A lot of character for the palate to compliment the light body.

This is an excellent beer that leaves you craving another sip. The bomber goes fast, and I have found this is a great beer to share with friends who may be new to good beer.

Photo of giblet
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i poured the first half of this gem slowly. poured beautifully in my glass with about a half inch of head that stayed the whole way. excellent carbonation the entire time. wonderful bouquet of hops, fruit, and citrus smells. taste is truly a belgian spin. wonderful finish to the palate. the second half poured the same but slightly cloudy from rousting a little of the yeast.

excellent. suckem up and movem out.

giblet

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

A - Looks truly awesome in my La Chouffe tulip. A cloudy, golden body with a huge, thick white head. Tons of bubbles ride the glass. This is a beautiful beer. The head lasts forever, and the carbonation just doesn't stop. Huge pieces of foam are all over the sides of my glass.

S - Lemony, berries, yeast, green apple, maybe slight banana undertones.

T - Really complex, tons of fruit flavors, yeasty goodness. Borderline cloying but never steps over the line. My only complaint is that it could stand to be a little more tart and a little less sweet.

M - Sparkly, yet a little syrupy... slightly thick but the carbonation cuts it

D - The ABV is a little big, but it's relatively drinkable for it's sweetness.

Notes: This is a fantastic looking beer, and the taste is truly one of a kind. I will revisit this one an awful lot, and urge you to pick one up if you haven't tried it. Quite obviously a cousin of Duvel.

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

Poured a nice yellow orange color with a vigorous head. I actualyl pured a little to fast and overflowed the foam that formed faster than anticipated.Good 3 finger head, settled in a few minutes to a half in thick layer of foam.

Appearance was nice, a bit cloudy, the color reminded me of orange juice, but not as deep an orange. Noticeable bubbling from the carbonation as well.

Smell was pronounced, main scent to me was banana, but a spicy banana. Also has some citrus scents in there as well, but the banana and spices were the most prominent.

Taste was nice, banana is there, as well as a clove like taste. A bit sweet, but not overly so. Has a bit of the carbonation burn you feel when drinking a carbonated soft drink, finishes with a bit of a spiced citrus taste. Very flavorful, no one flavor dominates, but everything there works together and is nicely balanced.

I liked the mouthfeel, was full without being overdone. The carbonation left a bit of a tingling sensation at the finish.

I think this is a very drinkable beer, although the high alcohol content and price will limit you more than anything else. I could see myself easily lingering over 2 or 3 bottles of this over the course of an evening.

This was my first taste of this style of beer, and if this one is any indication, I will be looking for more of this style.

Photo of m1ked
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Liar's Club on tap. Man I am addicted to that shooting game.

A- Slight cloudy and bright light yellow with a snow white 3 inch head.

S- Low banana phenol. Doughy.

T- Light vanilla banana creaminess with white pepper spiciness.

M- Light and fresh, especially on this hot day way out in Alpine.

D- I realy enjoy this style, especially on this hot day. I feel like this is a strong representation of this style, and Ommegang's skills.

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

750 ml Bottle/ Tulip Glass

A- medium to large head that stayed until the very end. Dirty golden color that is cloudy with yeast.

S- Fruity smell with hints of citrus and even bannana. Also smelled yeasty.

T- As with the smell you can taste the fruity nature of the beer. You can recognize citrus and I even tasted a hint of bannana. It also has a slight sour taste to it.

M- The fruity flavor stays with you but is not overwhelming. It has a light feel to it. Very drinkable.

D- I liked this beer and initally tried it because it it the America sister brewery to Duvel and it was the strong ale version. Having said that you can tell a distinction between the two, while both are very strong ABV this one seems to be heavier even though it is not as strong. This was a good beer and I would drink it again but given the choice between the two I would pick Duvel everytime.

Photo of ABCJiugui
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

EDIT: REALLY important to note- there are DIFFERENT types of hennepin, depending if it is brewed in Cooperstown NY or in belgium. The labeling tells you, and I'm not sure if they've standardized it all. The arched front labels are ones brewed in NY- those are GOOD, the standard hennepin that I love. The ones with a flat square label with the words "product of belgium" are NOT good. They taste like Duvel knockoffs- and since Moorgat brews them IN belgium (to keep up with demand since the NY brewery is allegedly too small), it's no suprise. So if you want the TRUE hennepin, u must buy the arched label with NO pouring directions on the side, with NO statement "Product of Belgium".

The one pictured in these reviews for example is the belgian version. Not as good.

tulip, 750ml bottle

A- ridiculous head, huge, soft, pillowy, rocky chunky. Retains forever to the last sip. Light hazy golden straw on careful pour, very minimal lacing which is my only qualm (and may be only due to my glass).

S- Fruity, yeasty nutty, musk, a little peppery spice.

T- lightly sweet pineapple, dri-ish finish (still sweeter than other saisons I've had), yeast, lightly peppery spicy, some earthiness to it.

M- foamy tight carb, creamy, light bodied.

Overall, this is my favorite beer, the first saison I ever had when I started to get into belgians, and the beer I've bought the most of. 750 ml is better than 12oz's I've bought, and it goes down sooo easy and delicious.

EDIT: Having another bottle and pouring it more carefully yields clumpy splotches of lace, thick clumps at that! So got to raise the score again.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Golden yellow and it retains a foamy head and sticky lace.
The aroma is of fruits, toasted malts,yeast,pineapples,honey and a phenolic background.Alcohol is present in the background with grassy notes.

The taste is dry malts,fruits of citrus and spicy alcohol.Hops are mild with a sweet and tart taste.Once again alcohol lingers in the background.

The overall feel is dry,tart yet smooth well balanced feel with some light hops and mild bitterness towards the finish. This has a high carbonation with a tingly sensation that goes well with the spice kick.

Notes: Picked this beer up based on the reputation and previous experience with The three Philosophers. I am really glad that America has a Super Power of it's own in Ommegang Brewery.This really felt like champagne and I can see it at the table for Thanksgiving. I feel that this is not for sessions,but that is because I felt fine after two glasses and personally think it still does fine in the warmer weather.
In addition, for the price it can not be defeated.

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

Pours a hazy yellow/orange. Smells of wheat/grass and yeast. Pours with an inch or so of white head.

Taste is very yeasty. Almost overwhelmingly so. Rich bread tones, some lighter fruits (citrus and melon), and that wheat/grass bite so typical of farmehouse ales.

A good beer, even though I'm not a fan of the style. Mouthfeel was decently chewy.

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

This is possibly one of the best beers that I have ever had. It was on-tap and served in a tulip glass. It was a slightly hazy yellow/wheat color. It had a very white head that was retained for a little while. It gave off a nice citrus aroma with additional hints of spices and yeast. At first I thought this was a Witbier until the bartender told me otherwise as the taste did have similar characteristics. The carbonation was good and the beer was very smooth. Overall this beer is very drinkable in any setting, perhaps not as a session beer, but should be enjoyed early and often.

Photo of turbine2475
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Poura a hazy yellow with a dense two finger white head that disipated slowly leaving a spotty lace.
S - Yeasty citrus and earthy bitterness.
T - Very dry spice and citrus peels with a bitter finish.
M - High carbonation with a slightly chewy mouthfeel.
D - Nice brew. I don't know why it took me so long to try this beer, but I will not hesitate trying this beer again. Alcohol is well masked.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly hazy yellow with 2-3 finger head and decent lacing.

S - Smells a lot like lemons with other vegetal/earthy aromas. Hidden are smells of apple, leather, and spice.

T - This tastes a lot like a dry white wine. A lemony backbone but without the usual sourness. Grass clippings and mushrooms pull through, followed by white pepper, coriander, and perhaps some sage. Finishes with an almost oaky dryness, reminiscent of musty flavors in scuppernong and muscadine wines. Improves as it warms.

M - Medium bodied and fairly carbonated.

D - Could have one after another. Medium body coupled with intense flavor makes for an easy sipper. Not only does it improve with warmth, but also gets smoother after repeated bottles.

Photo of number1bum
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color, good clarity and some bubbles rising to the top, with an inch plus of nearly pure white head on top. Head retention is very good and it leaves quite a bit of lacing, too.

Smell is herbal and somewhat bitter, with some yeast and grass aromas as well as some spice. Not much fruit.

Taste is dry with very little sweetness and an herbal, earthy bitterness. Yeast and spice add some complexity, and the hops have a moderate level of bitterness and some grassy, herbal and earthy flavors. There's very little sweetness and not much fruit either, other than some tart lemon maybe and some unripe green apple. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp but quite dry.

This is a good beer and I certainly enjoyed the bottle, but if I had my druthers I'd prefer a saison that's more fruity with just a touch more sweetness. Still, I certainly wouldn't turn Hennepin down when presented with it.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,347 ratings.