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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,351
Reviews: 2,072
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 241
Gots: 569 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 mltobin
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is from the home of baseball, Cooperstown, NY.
Bought the large bottle at a local package store.
Upon being poured into my glass, it has a nice orange tone with a nice thick white head.
The taste is citric and slightly spicy at the same time.
The MF is very nice and gives me the urge to grab some oysters of some other high class good to eat with this delicious beer.
Very nice beer from upstate New York. Ommegang has several great beers, but this is the one that I seem to purchase most often.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly fogged straw color. Nice white head. Nose is yeast funk with strong citrus and dough tones. Flavor is funky dough with an obvious yeast influence. Feel is a bit thicker on the liquid, it's the dough character peeking through again. Drinkable, yes. Not as good as I remember it being on the bottle though. Possibly a prime example of how bottle conditioning can really make a difference in certain beers.

Photo of iceviper22
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a light pale straw color with a hint of orange to it. Head was rich and fluffy white with many small bubbles that faded down to a good 2-3 fingers. It smells quite like fruits and citrus such as peaches, bananas, and oranges. It also has a somewhat spicy wheat aroma to it. The taste is sweet and fruity like the smell. Not a lot of hops with just a small bitterness to round it off. It has smooth mouthfeel that isn't real thin and watery but isn't thick and syrupy. All in all, it is a very good drinkable swill. I was expecting a little more out of it, but still enjoyed it.

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

Im really excited about trying Hennepin,its my first taste of Ommegang and I will be attending the Culinary Institute 20 miles from the brewery this August, Can't wait to visit.
Poured out into a small Ommegang 10 yr anniversary goblet. Lovely hazy color, reminiescent of Hoegaarden.Nice foamy head,dissapates rather quickly.Citrus, wheats, spicy pepper,straw,hay,yeast on the nose. Delicious sweet apricot,peppery,citrus flavors. finish is tart and biting. Good slightly sticky mouthfeel. For the abv, very drinkable

Photo of auxiliary
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance – Cloudy straw-orange color, with a nice white head, that slow disapated.

smell – Yeast, fruits, like green apples, and spices.

taste – Grassy, yeast, and spices present here.

mouthfeel – Medium body wiht lots of bubbles here.

drinkability – Drank this almost a year later, pretty good. Anything from Ommegang is good. Worth a try.

Photo of animal69
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is my 1st. saison, i'm amazed at how close to a Belgian strong pale ale this style is ; pours a slightly cloudy pale golden colour w/ a decent, fluffy, white head which falls a bit too quickly but leaves a good bridge-like lacing in my snifter ; a sour, malty smell w/ a touch of hops, and some banana-like alcoholic fruitieness in the nose ; a full, crisp, pilsener-like malt flavor w/ a small amount of hops, a bit sour w/ some fruity esters and an aftertaste similar to a buttery Czech yeast profile ; amazingly light , especially for a 7.7 ABV, a bubbly one, too ; an awesome beer, i'll keep this one on hand at all times....

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

750 ml bottle

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with plenty of white and foamy, rocky head. A heavy amount of lacing sticks around on the side of the glass. Smell is of belgian spices, clove, banana, bubblegummy type bouquet. Taste is very sweet and dull in the finish with a creamy mouth feeling.

Photo of diamondc
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've really wanted to try Hennepin for a while now. The local liquor store got my request in only two weeks time. $6.99 a bomber w/no freshness dating.

I wasn't that impressed with the pour in my Chimay goblet. The head died down after a minute. Very golden colored and just a bit cloudy. The yeast are stuck right on the bottom of the glass. Lots of bubbles though ...

Right away I can smell the spicy-ness and hay. A little bit of funkiness. This is definitely a good sign of things to come.

The taste was very Belgian Pale Ale like .. reminded me a bit of Duvel, but not as sweet. Belgian candi sugar & ginger like. Right away there was some pepper and earthiness/grass to contrast the initial sweetness. After the spicy-ness was just a touch of hay and yes ... a touch of horse blanket (I always wanted to use that adjective for a beer review). After all those flavors a medium punch of Noble hops left my tongue a bit dry. I couldn't detect any hotness at all.

The carbonation was spot on ... constant bubbling and very effervescent, this beer felt alive. The second pour I managed to coax all the yeast into the beer and it pushed the taste to 4.5 territory with a bit more bitterness and spicy-ness. I wanted to drink more right after putting the glass down on my desk.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured up in a goblet. Beer is golden yellow with a creamy white head that dissipates to a this cap on top of the beer.

S - Slightly sweet malty smell with a hint of citrus. Very refreshing.

T - Starts off crisp and finishes with a residual sweetness on the edges of the tongue. No apparent alcohol taste.

M - Strongly carbonated. Makes it feel extremely full.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. I could drink this all day. Well, until the 7% alcohol kicks in. Deceptively smooth.

I'm not a big Belgian drinker. I like them, but infrequently consume them. This is one that makes me change my mind.

Photo of Gehrig
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous offering from Ommegang, naturally. I hadn't had Hennepin in about a year, and it won't be that long before I have another. It's just too good to wait that long between tastes.

From the 25.4 oz. bottle, three fingers of dense white froth top the mug of dark blond body, really beautiful. Prominent malty aroma wafts from the mug, with moderate spiciness and fruity goodness. These tastes explode in the mouth, also bringing suggestions of sour, tart fruit--likely lemon, maybe raspberry. Extremely impressive. Bold carbonation blends with smooth texture, eliciting excellent drinkability that effortlessly elides the moderately high ABV.

First rate product, not to be passed up.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at 69 taps in Akron OH.

A - Golden amber color with not much head. The bartender poured the beers to the rim not leaving much room for head. This is ashame although they were cute.

S - Faint sweet smell.

T - Sweet with a fruity citrus taste.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation and a great finish.

D - Great, I could drink this all day.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy golden liquid pours from the bottle with a two finger head in my wide mouth goblet. The smell is distinctly similar to a pino grigio or dry white wine with an astringenty kind of smell. The taste is at first tart, but mild fruit esters and a strong phenol spicyness comes through and then diminishes to expose a lovely malty backbone. This beer is sharply carbonated with a moderate body. Despite its subdued flavor profile the tart-spicy-malty transition is infinitely interesting to my taste buds and I find it draws me to that next sip before I really get to understand the first. I need more. Damn good beer.

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

A: poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle. pale golden hazy color with a thick rocky head with fair retention - settles into a thin rim with minimal lacing.

S: Light fruity smell. Hints of pear and strawberrys with a bit of spicy hops. Yeasty and bready typical of belgians.

T: Spicy and tart with notes of light fruit such as pear. Dry peppery aftertaste with a touch of hop bitterness.

M: Light highly carbonated.

D: Light complex flavor combined with medium abv makes this very drinkable.

Very good beer. Remind me of why I like belgians.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours with a super fluffy, pillowy head and a clear, straw body. A beauty.
The smell has a bit of that sharpness that you look for in a Saison. Not super stinky, but you know it's there.
The taste is clean, sharp, a bit sweet and tart. A really nice balance of flavours. It has a faint similarity to a good pilsner in that the same flowery characteristic you look for. Definitely on my recommend list.
Mouthfeel is prickily yet creamy, and the drinkability is quite good.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear bright gold, rapidly streaming bubbles, massive rocky white head and huge chunky lace.

Smells fruity - complex, with orange, and hints of peach and strawberry - with clean wet stone, elegant cheesy mildly spicy saison yeast funk, and grassy hops.

Tasty and very well balanced. Fruit, cheesy spicy yeast, mineral, grassy hops. Not quite totally dry, exceedingly well balanced. Then it does dry out completely, with a long refreshing finish of pure grassy hops and finely tuned minerally hop bitterness.

Can get a bit too fizzy, but the bubbles are nice and small and interact with the yeast character to deliver a pleasant spicy prickliness. Certainly drinkable.

A very tasty, well made, elegant saison. The yeast and the noble hops shine.

Photo of dmamiano
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber that was corked and caged.
Quite excited with this one.
Poured an absolute beautiful gold..crystal clear with probably the thickest, rockyest head I ever saw. The lacing would have stayed on for days if I didnt rinse the glass when finished.
Smell was yeasty, fruity and very spicey. I like to say banana and spicey notes.
Taste was remakable. Very clean. The Belgian yeast domonated, givin the traditional spicy, fruity notes expected. Some malt picked up as well, little hops.
Very good beer, was longing for another.

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

Poured a big bottle into three pint glasses to share with some fellow BAs.

A nice cloudy straw color, with a pure white head that is out of this world. Thick, mountainous, vast and rocky are words that come to mind. I'm here to tell you this head was evident throughout the pint, and the lacing it left behind might still be on the glass. Those who have conquered Everest may have found this head a challenge.

Aroma is light and flowery, some banana, pepper and exotic spice. Definitely complex and pleasant. Taste is also peppery, with other spice evident. Hints of banana and bubble gum throughout. Some nice spicy hops in there as well. I love the complexity of this simple looking Saison.

Light to medium body, and eminently drinkable. I'd love to have had another to share. Really just an all around pleasant experience for one of my first ventures into this style.

Photo of pweis909
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The big bottle, with the cork.
Big white, rocky head, fairly persistent, leaves lots of foamy lacing on the glass. Pale straw color with a bit of hazyness. Phenolic/estery/spicy aroma typical of many Belgian yeasts, sweet pilsner malt smell. Light sweetness to the taste with dry finish. Bittered to balance; not excessive. A surprising softness to the mouthfeel . Drinkable, but the alcohol catches up to you.

Photo of twbrewer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a Orval goblet and warmed to 55 F.it pours a clear golden\yellow color with a 1" head thats soapy and pure white,fading to a nice film over entire top.

S-First smell is all yeast then hay and sour citrus,earthy undertones and a slight smell of alcohol.

T-Sour\tart lemon(yeast?)and taste of earthy hops upfront.Light malt and a pearlike finish leaving you begging for another taste.

M-Good balance,medium bodied.Slightly over carbonated.

D-This is a very smooth and drinkable beer.It is a great example of Saison/Farmhouse style.At 7.7% I don't know about a session but why not! The complexity of this beer reminds me why I like Belgian Ales and will continue to try others from Brewery Ommegang.

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

Presentation: 25.4oz bottle (from anniv. pack)

Appearance: Golden hue with a nice sticky lace

Smell: Lemon, spices, cloves, slight banana.

Taste: Initially tart. But overall fruity, earthy, with a lemon zest, leading into a nice spicy undertone. Finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Very clean.

Drinkability: Good; it's a pretty refreshing beer.

Overall: This was a very pleasant beer, I really enjoyed it. The spices weren't overbearing, but did linger as time went on. Tart and fruity, great on a summer day...and with that hint of alcohol warmth, nice on a 34 degree night (like this one.)

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 100th review so I thought it should be something special. The 25.4 oz bottle is part of the Ommegang 10th Anniversery set.

A very soft pour produces a golden orange brew with a small white head that leaves some lacing and settles to a solid cap. Tiny bubbles are continously released throughout the session. The second pour 30 minutes later created a much more vibrant head. It must need to rest awhile after uncorking.

The smell is fruity and spicy of cloves and pepper. True to style.

The taste is the same as the aroma. Fruity with some cupboard spices with just a touch of alcohol detected on finish. I don't get much of any hops and the malt is understated which is a bit of a disapointment. It is almost like a wine cooler or one of those malt beverages. It has a nice body with good carbonation. A saison on the overly sweet side but it does taste good but not really something that a person could drink a lot of in a day.

Photo of Floydster
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach for six dollars

Color was a golden pale straw with a massive white soapy head, easily over an inch and left generous amounts of lacing

Smell was citrus, sweet honey, grassy accents, and some bread-like malty aromas

Taste was pretty good and there were several different things going on, there is honey, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, pears, earthy hops, coriander, several spices, and other sources of sweetness, nice balance of malts of hops, a slightly bitter finish differentiate this saison from other ones I have had in the past that are too sweet a lot of the time

Too carbonated at times in my opinion and the body lacked fullness

Could drink another pint or two these of this with ease, taste might get overwhelming after a while and it is pretty strong at close to eight percent alcohol

First review of an Ommegang beer for me and it was an above average brew, will add an Ommegeddon review some time soon when I taste that beer again after it has been aging for a while

Photo of BWH3
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hennepin Saison Brewery Ommegang
Large Corked Bottle from a Goblet at 50 F

A: Golden light orange with mild haze from bottle conditioning. Massive bubbly white head pours then settles to a meringue firm foam atop the beer. The carbonation is fine bubbles but big and constant. Flawless presentation. (5.0)

S: Not all that surprising or bold, but has the appropriate features of the style. A sweet lemon aroma dominates with noble hop mustiness. No spice or herbal notes. Alcohol undetectable. Often farmhouse ales have a earthy or grassy scent adding to the complexity. Unfortunately this beer does not. (3.5)

T: Again not challenging but has the basics for style. Light bread like malt sweetness underneath a crisp citrus flavor. Carbonation somewhat impairs the ability to enjoy the flavor rather than augmenting it. No spiciness or herbal flavors. No alcohol taste. Again very little complexity, but what is there is very good. The carbonation and hops give a nice clean dry finish to the aftertaste. Ultimately, the aroma and taste would benefit from more spiciness from the yeast phenols or some herbal additions to challenge the drinker. (3.5)

M: Very light bodied, high carbonation, low alcohol warmth. Very good for style. Tongue is still stinging from all the bubbles. I would like a bit more body so that it doesn't go down like champagne. (4.5)

D: I enjoy this one. I think if I were trying to introduce people to the style I would offer this one before going to more robust and complex examples. Also, for quenching a thirst this is very nice. For matching up with savory foods may not be its role, but well worth repeating. (4.0)

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

12 oz. brown bottle poured into tulip glass. My first review of this beer after having had it many times before. No freshness dating, but at 7.7% ABV and bottle conditioning, I'm not worried.

Appearance: straw yellow colored body with tight creamy, small bubbled head. Lots of champagne-like carbonation. Lots of lacing throughout the entire beer.

Smell: candy sugar, honey, sweet overripe bananas along with yeasty sediments and a peppery spiciness.

Taste: candy sweetness, fruitiness of pears, spiciness and alcohol are met by a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp and lively carbonation make for a very active mouthfeel. Light effervescence in a slick medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: the 7.7% alcohol is well hidden within a lively crisp ale that leaves my mouth wanting another.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this big bottle at Capone's in Norristown, Pa in a snifter.
Appearance: Pale straw color with lots of carbonation, a bunch of head and suprisingly strong retention and lacing. White head.
Smell: A bit of banana and almost like a pineapple, but everything was pretty mellow.
Taste: Very nice phenolic fruit taste, again banana and pineapple. perhaps some orange or other citrisy fruits. Nice and compex but not standoffish.
Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp.
Drinkability Pretty good, and I'm not to much of a Saison fan.
Don't drink and review.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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