Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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5,219 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,219
Reviews: 2,048
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 228
Gots: 483 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of Biscuit033
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 C&C

A: Thick head that dissapates quickly with moderate lacing. Pours a very light golden orange.

S: There are very tart and sour smells that are associated from the yeast. The nose is very closed.

T: There is an abundance of sour and tart flavors to this beer. Flavors of apple skin and lemon come to mind with herbal spiciness and sweet and sour notes from yeast.

M: This has a light body with good carbination.

D: This is light enough to drink in the summer but enough alcohol warnth for the winter, perfect for the fall.

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

Oh man what to say about this beer other than....fantastic.

The appearance is very cloudy light gold colour. I was reminded of a wheat beer actually. Very aesthetically pleasing actually. I was very excited by the sediment in the bottom of the glass...it let you know you were about to have a real beer!!

The initial smell of this beer brought about a certain spiceyness to it. Some coriander...some citrus notes came to mind.

Taste...well...very smooth with a slight tartness. Unfortunatly it tastes somewhat lighter than you would think with it's higher ABV...Somewhat of a hindrance I would think as you might be tricked into believing that you could drink more of these than you should. Very delicious.

The mouthfeel was slightly carbonated as one might expect from a bottle fermented brew. Light initially, but you can feel the weight of the heavier alcohol content in your mouth.

The drinkability of this beer certainly doesn't belie it's ABV. I could easily have 3 or four glasses of this in a night and be very happy. This would be a beer that you could introduce people tto that are trying to get into beer but aren't ready for the more extreme tastes that are out there.

Photo of dogger6253
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a thick and hazy golden yellow with carbonation bubbles constantly rising to the top, adding to the pillowy, white head with awesome retention leaving a decent amount of lacing behind.

The nose is pretty fruity with notes of spice coming in: grapefruit, banana and oranges balanced with coriander, yeast and a bit of alcohol. Overall, a floral aroma.

The taste is much of the same: yeast, banana, cloves, orange peels, and alcohol. A nice, spicy beverage with a very fruity backbone. This is amazingly refreshing.

It feels light in the mouth, though very present carbonation kind of bites, but adds to the crispness overall.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened with a pop and whoosh that actaully scared my dog (she wouldn't come near me for 1/2 the tasting). Poured with a beautiful foamy white head into a goblet. Presented with a cloudy, pale straw color. Mild smell of yeast, corriander and clove. Nicely carbonated, yet very light and flavorful in the mouth. Again, the taste of corriander and citrus presented in the mouth, with a mild tart taste on the back of the tongue at the finish. Elegant white lacing clung to the glass every time I took a sip. Very nice saison. I had high expectations and was not disappointed in the least.

Photo of biggmike
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy/murky golden color with a fantastic white head. Aroma is somewhat citrusy but not real strong. Flavor is of light hops, citrus, and the alcohol comes through just a bit. The mouthfeel is good; this is not over- carbonated. The citrus in the taste is very refreshing. My first Saison. Yea for me.

Photo of zerofear13
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit disappointing because I was really expecting this one. Coincidentally, I even saw the Hennepin on a recent newspaper editorial of "Best American Beers". Poured out nice gold color. Smelled like a subtle version of the Brooklyn Local 1. Tasted of coriander and spices, but light and subtle without subduing the hops and malts. I'd say a slight step above the coveted Local 1, but I am just not a big fan of the flavor or category. I hate to ruin the rating, but I don't think every beer should have coriander! Overall: if you liked Local 1, you'll like this, but for me: it was disappointing.

Photo of wvbelgique
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - bright, rich golden color. First pour is clear and bright. Pillowy thick white head that lasts and lasts and sticks to side of the glass. Sediment in bottom of 750 ml bottle is consistent with "Bottle Conditioned" notice on label.

Smell - Pear/apple fruit and spice in moderation. Very appealing. Low to no hop aroma.

Taste - Spicy and tart. Pomme fruit, yeast. Slight hop bitterness is very well balanced. Just off-dry impression. Complex. Lingering spicy finish. Alcohol taste evident as it warms.

Mouthfeel - full and lucsious. Quite effervescent. Medium body.

Drinkability - a great ale in the best of the Belgian farmhouse tradition. Where can i get more of these?

Photo of Tballz420
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy, golden color, lots of little carbonation bubbles form a large, bubbly white head. Fruity nose, hints of candy and spice, slighter hints of alcohol. Pretty spicy taste, lots of fruit tones, citrus flavors; loads of malt backed by spicy hops. Creamy, full mouth. A touch of alcoholic spicy way in the back. Pretty solid stuff.

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

The beer pours a light hazy straw, forming a massive three figers of head, which fades down a 1/2 inch and stays. Medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is a largely spices and fruit, with a hint of alcohol. The taste is a smooth fruity flavor up front, and then ending with a slightly sharp spice finish. Doesnt seem to complex, but still full enough to deliver. Less than medium smooth mouthfeel. Low enough abv. and full flavor definitely makes for a few of these in one night. Overall, having never really had a saison ale, I was suprised at the taste and how well put together they are. Just another style for me to explore. Recommended!!

Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale color with a very nice, frothy, amount of foam. Heh. My snifter's broke so I had to use a pint glass. Shouldn't matter too much. Aroma is very nice and spicy upfront. I detect raisin, clove and mild apple flavors. A second sniff of the aroma brings up an apple pie flavor and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Taste is much of the same as the aroma except that the spice is more pronounced and the apple flavor seems to be dominant. Goes down very smooth. This is more of a sipping beer as well. Taste is somewhat sour towards the very back of the throat. Definitely a nice Saison!

Photo of N8TheGreat
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at 53 degrees

Pouring this beer into a snifter produced a thick, tight head that complemented the hazy gold color of the Saison. Aroma was quite pleasant and familiar. The beer enveloped my mouth upon the first sip as bitter hop and spicy Belgian notes faded into a delicate fruit which lingered but a moment. Despite its 7% level only the slightest suggestion of alcohol mostly via warmth. This beer proved immensely drinkable.

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

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle... Served in a goblet, this beer was pretty to look at. A bright, cloudy golden hue, with some orange color. A little darker orange and it would actually look a lot like orange juice, Bright, white, fluffy head that lingered throughout leaving scalloped lacing all the way down... Smelled banana and clove, spicy phenols, maybe a hint of mint... Taste mirrors the smell on this one; banana, clove, slight phenolic/alcoholic heat... Mouthfeel was very nice; Clean not cloying, effervescent, sparkling... Overall a good representation of the style and a nice, drinkable brew.

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

I've been interested in this one for a while, but I have always balked at the high price. It's Friday, so I figured I'd splurge a bit...

Pours a bright clear gold color from a 12 oz bottle with a big white fluffy head on top. This sure looks good.

Aromas are spicy, yeast like, some clove, and a bit of citrus.

Beer has a very bright, crisp and dry character. Some subtle citrus flavors, a bit of creaminess, and a floral hop bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Very full, coats the mouth well, smooth, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is very good. This is a nice Saison, and I see why it gets high marks here.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured cloudy gold. Head did not last long and was about half a fingers worth.

S: bouquet of fruit but my hairy nose could not differential between bannana and orange.

T: Tangy but sweet undertones with several aftertastes where the fruit becomes more noticeable.

M: Heavier than i expected but glad nonetheless.

D: Very easy on the pallet and the ABV is not noticable to this quafer.

Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beauty in a trade with tpd975. This is my first brew from Ommegang and am super excited to try. Drank from a Budweiser pint glass, just as the brewery intended…

Appearance- Pours a nice murky yellow orange with a huge billowing bright white head. The head looks stiff, like you could sculpt it. Leaves sticky lacing randomly down the side of the glass.
Smell- Nice spicy, yeasty nose that reminds me of a combination of a Hef/Tripel. Clove and banana are reminiscent of the Hef and a dark mustiness reminds me of a Belgium. All in all, it’s very nice.
Taste- Much like the nose the first thing that hits me is the big banana spiciness. Very fruity orange and pineapple with hints of tart lemon zest. Dirty, earthy yeast tones really add nicely to the style. Hints of alcohol but most is covered very nicely with a subtle bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Light body without being watery and vigorous carbonation tickles the mouth.
Drinkability- Great! Maybe a little to good. This is one of those beers that you can keep drinking and drinking and before you know it BAM!...Drunk again. This is a fantastic brew and I can’t wait to try more from Ommegang. Big thanks tpd975!

Photo of roblowther
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, corked and caged into a tulip glass. Pale honey and straw in color, with a persistent thin lacy head. A touch cloudy, to add that element of mystery. Smells of lemons, apricots, with a medicinal note in the background. Beautimous. The taste is sharp and crisp, almost bitter. There is a silky maltiness that holds it all together nicely. The finish is malty and dusty, but not too dry. The aftertaste is spiced fruit. I can only say :) The mouthfeel is slippery and tingly. Always a good combination. The drinkability? Pour me another! The alcohol is a plesant warmth as it trickles down the throat. Nothing off-puttish and the flavor balance makes you want more. And now I'll have more.

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

A - A blonde straw yellow color with a nice fluffy white head, this was poured into a Pils glass as that's what was on hand

S - Could smell a bit of the yeast, biscuit flavors with a hind of spices and fruits (I'm thinking like a spiced fig bar kind of smell)

T - The taste was big with a big malty, yeasty, biscuit backbone with hops on the back end to cut the sweetness in just the right balance, just a little of the alcohol lingers in between all of these notes to warm up the palatte as these flavors come across

M - An aggressive amount of carbonation, more than I expected..but I don't know if it's the reformed macro in me but it helped to deliver to flavors rather than dull them and I thought it worked well

D - This is a very balanced beer with several complex flavors competing and complementing each other at the same time. The higher ABV gives this a bit of alcohol punch that is deceptively lost in the flavor. Overall an excellent choice

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- When first poured I was surprised by how light the color of the body was. It was a quite cloudy translucent very pale straw yellow body. The body appeared quite watery but had a massive thick foamy white head that took forever to tame. The second pour from the bottom half of the bottle produced a more typical translucent golden straw yellow body with plenty of bubbles rising to the top and a good cloudiness from the yeast. This pour finally tamed to a nice thick collar but left little lacing behind.

S- This brew smells excellent. Big Spicy Belgian yeast nose with hints of citrus. Peppery spice, coriander, ginger, and banana are noted in the background.

T- This is a good, complex-yet simple brew. Up front is lots of coriander, ginger and banana. Then the yeast kicks in. A big sweet and spicy bready flavor kicks in from the yeast and added spices. The finish has a lot of hop taste and bitterness balanced by the spicy-bready taste already present. What lingers on the front of the palate is a sweet almost sugary bready taste while on the back of the palate is lots of spiciness and hints of bitterness and the tiniest bit of of an alcohol burn.

M- Lots of carbonation upfront-almost too much for my liking. It seems to fit with this brew. Big yeasty mouthfeel. Smooth light to medium bodied and delicious.

D- The alcohol is completely hidden by this brew and I love to taste and smell it again and again. This is a great saison and a great Belgian brew all around. I love this beer and I can't wait to try more from Ommegang.

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

Slightly orangey yellow, slightly cloudy. Small trails of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Absurdly large head, very creamy, retaining a lot of shape on its own, almost like shaving cream, with strong lacing as it subsides.

Yeasty, slightly fruity nose. A lot of earthiness.

Yeasty flavor. Almost sweet, but not quite. A small amount of bitterness in the aftertaste, but not much. Mild fruitiness, but no specific notes. It's somewhat hard for me to describe, but it's very nice.

Very carbonated, as if it were a soda with tiny bubbles. A slight thickness to it. It feels like it coats your mouth.

This is a very nice beer. I don't think I can say enough nice about it. I could drink it all night.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a very cloudy orangish-yellow with a frothy white head and sticky lacing on the sides.

Smell is sweet with the aromas of bubblegum and flowers.

Taste is both tart and sweet with plenty of lemony citrus and yeast. The 7.5% alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, slightly slick to the palate and with little carbonation.

One of the great American Belgian-style ales. Surprisingly easy to drink and enjoy.

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

Appearance: Clear gold, big fluffy head, nice lacing.

Smell: For some reason, this smelled extremely floral to me. Almost exactly like a rose to be exact. After drinking almost the entire glass, the regular yeasty, grassy aromas came out.

Taste: Complex and tasty. Sweet bubblegum and honey, spicy pepper notes, a dry light citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite light for a somewhat strong beer.

Drinkability: If it was in 6 packs this might be a little higher, in 750's it's more of a special occasion beer.

I visited the brewery back in 2003 when in Cooperstown to see the baseball hall of fame. I've had their beers since then by mail order, but now Minnesota has Ommegang. They make good Belgian styled beers, and the price is usually better than the imports. Hennepin is a very good beer, quite complex but easy to drink.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass.

An attractive, golden-blond pour leaves a monstrous white head and fairly decent lacing. A plume of carbonation rises up from the "D" in the bottom of the glass, providing the foam with good retention.

The aroma is quite yeasty, with some sweet sugar and floral undertones. A bit of spicy hops, vanilla, and biscuity malts make themselves noticed as well.

The taste is equally as good, with a smooth yeast / citrus character up front followed by bigger notes of hops, alcohol, spice, and more astringent citrus flavors. Mouthfeel detects a light, crisp body, fantastic carbonation, and (again) a great hoppy aftertaste. Despite the higher ABV here, this beer is exceptionally easy to drink.

Photo of iceball585
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellow/golden, cloudy, and lots of tiny carbonation bubbles when first poured

S- Slightly grassy smell w/ hints of lemon

T- Lemon start, a little sour, and a fairly dry finish

M- Very light and a little fizzy

D- Decent light summertime beer

I'm not too much of a Belgiun style beer drinker but this isn't too bad. I like the citrus flavors but just a little to fizzy for my liking.

Photo of domtronzero
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden yellow, with a frothy white long-lasting head. Lacing all over the glass. The aroma is grassy with a fruity/citrusy note. Peppery, spicy hop bitterness, but very pleasant. Not too sour. Finishes smooth and dry, but with a lingering spicy/peppery aftertaste. Overall, I find this to be a great summertime brew, especially on those hot afternoons.

Photo of atigerlife
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with tons of small carbonation seen rising. A nice medium sized fluggy white head that lasts quite a while. Very nice to look at.

Aroma is grassy, light fruitiness and some light hops.

Taste is mostly light citrus flavors and sweet. Light hops. Crisp and clean but nothing standing out.

Mouthfeel is spritzy, light bodied and quite dry at the end.

Overall, very easy to drink. A good session brew. Another nice feature is that this can go well with a variety of food. Quite flexible with food, so this makes a good beer to keep in the fridge at all times.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,219 ratings.