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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,385 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,385
Reviews: 2,079
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
Gots: 601 | 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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Ratings: 5,385 | Reviews: 2,079
Photo of Brad007
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
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
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours a dishwater grey/yellow, kind of cloudy, with a huge head of big time bubbles and plenty of lacing. The smell is very floral-biscuit but there is a sort of caustic overtone, something medicinal, of alcohol perhaps. The mouth finds a peppery introduction, very nicely carbonated and active, but the major flavor I detect is one of licorice. Bitter but very smooth and full bodied. Yeast presence is there but I can't get past this anisette quality that isn't really my favorite, and it aggressively overwhelms the taste buds right to the back of your throat. Quite dry but generally refreshing. I don't pick up hops or malt. It is something different and definitely a quality brew but this, like many other Belgian styles I've tried thus far, isn't right up my alley. Recommended for a try, this might be really special to the right palette.

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

Pillowy, absolute white head filled with tiny bubbles that broke quickly but retained an excellent lacing throughout. Smell was a bit of citrus and malt with a little hoppiness , bread maybe- can't nail it. Hazy, urinesque color. Mouthfeel was smooth yet a kiss of fizz, spicey on the tongue, pepper, fruit. This is not one of my go to styles but I really did enjoy this beer and would gladly do a couple of bombers with friends during a cookout .

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass, no freshness date but does say to serve at 50F.

A: Pours a super (and I mean super) sticky and bubbly two inch head that fades into a thickish ring halfway through the glass leaving behind lacing all the way to the finish. Tightly packed bubbles coming up from all sides of the glass makes this one look especially inviting.

S: I can see why a lot of people would say this one smells like a dressed up macro lager. It has a bit a husky sweetness to it but not that much so that it should be confused with a macro. Peppery lemon and yeasty aromas dominate instead. Each is subtly balanced but still pungent enough to still be greedily inviting from across the room (I exagerate but still very good).

T/MF: Spicy upfront with a good balance of lemony and peppery herbal tones that even out with a good deal of yeast that makes the beer almost feel creamy as the beer warms in my mouth. Finishes rather fruity with tinges of apple, orange and coriander. Leaves the tongue a bit dry but not overly so, very refreshing kind of dryness that one might get from drinking sparkling water. Great complex beer in every facet.

D: Tastes super fresh and with nearly no alcohol heat to detract from the subtle flavorings. Great for a hot day, or any day for that matter. The heavy carbonation makes this one especially good after mowing the lawn and is quite quaffable by yourself, I had the whole 750mL by myself and was as lucid as when I first popped the cork on this one.

Photo of garymuchow
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to have this available in MN.
Initially pours with an gihugic head of fullness, depth and density. Pours close to water color, but in glass is more yellow gold and very clear, which does become more cloudy as moves toward the bottom of the bottle. Distinctive rings left with every sip.
Wonderful complexity to the aroma. Sweet, fruity, spicy, sour, yeasty, lightly malty, and even some hops thrown in. Seriously can just sit and enjoy this before even taking a sip.
The flavor offers the same complexity as the aroma, but the balance and display varies. Nice dryness that is quite noticable. Softer fruitiness and mild spiciness. Mild bitterness. Alcohol warmth and just a touch in the taste. Sweetness is on the side of less noticeable. the flavor is less interesting and enjoyable compared to the aroma, but this is good, nonetheless.
Quite smooth with the carbonation contributing less then expected, but again is showing greater presence towards the bottom of hte bottle. Nice feel. Sourness becomes more distinctive later.
This is a beer worth the scores it receives. A great summer beer, now it's time to move outside and watch a fantastic thunderstorm move in and listen to Twins on the radio.

Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like a saison, maybe a little less cloudy than Dupont. Big fluffy head, golden color.

S - I got some weird vinous aromas upon popping the cork (which was a bitch...the thing just wouldn't budge). It initially smelled more like I just popped open a dry Merlot than a beer. That faded quickly, though, giving way to the grassy, lemony, aromas of a saison.

T, M - Impressive. Hoppy, lemony, spicy, with some assertive alcohol that just adds to the spiciness. Dry, and plenty bubbly. Wow....I'm not sure that I was expecting to love this as much as I do.

D - Outstanding. The tart, dry spiciness keeps you sipping, Hell of a value, too, compared to the Euro saisons. An American brewery brewed this? I knew this going in, of course, but it still strains credulity. Great beer.

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

A: Golden with a little orange tint - white head a little thin - probably becuase it was on tap and a little colder than room temp.

S: Citrus and fruit but not overpowering with a little bit of floral and yeast coming through

T: Excellent taste - a little bit of citrus but not too much fruit - excellent balance between not being to sweet or too bitter- very well balanced with alcohol

M: A great balance between being light but with body. Nice amount of carbonation - not too bubbly but not flat at all -The taste keeps going in your mouth after each sip.

D: Perfect beer for a relaxing day or evening. Goes down smoothly and able to savor for a while - wouldn't drink too quickly.

From a tap served in a large snifter type glass

[ serving type: draft into glass]
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Photo of acarrb4
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer. The smell was of apples and grapefruit. Heavy tanic taste which reminded me of camp fire smoke. This would be a great beer to have before dinner. It has a sharp smoke finish and is bitter at times but very drinkable and even refreshing.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I must confess, this is one of my favorite beers to drink. Tasty, good price, now available in MN, and from a brewery I respect a lot and have visited a couple times. Second, this is a two year old bottle, purchased right from the brewery 22 months ago. Third, this comes after a forum post in which everyone seems to think this beer does not age well. I will dispute that in the following.

Into its dedicated Hennepin glass, pours a somewhat hazy gold, slight yellow, with a large fluffy head, good staying power, decent lacing down the glass, lots of carbonation swirling about. The aroma, based on my previous review, has lost some edge, particularly the hops, but still maintains a generous spiciness, orange peel and coriander, still very nice.

The taste has always been good, and still is. Like the aroma, it seems to have mellowed out a little, but it retains the generous spicing of orange peel, cloves, the hops still departing an earthy feel and leading to a drying finish. The mouth is above medium, carbonation is fine but substantial.

So, I might say that a full two years might be a bit much for Hennepin... not that I regret it, but it seems to be at its best at about a year old, imo. As it stands, its still a delicious beer that I thoroughly enjoy.

Photo of Rainintheface
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hennepin has always been a favorite of mine so it seems fitting to make it my first review.

A: pale, straw, quite crisp and clear and very carbonated with mountainous white head that lasts and lasts and...

S: citrus, yeasty, hoppy and slightest hint of banana

T: tart, nicely hoppy

M: crisp,perfectly carbonated and again, tart. Foamy head rests on the bottom of my glass - must finish

D: very drinkable. Great fora lazy, hot day quencher

750ml bottle poured into a large (24oz?) mug. I know, probably not the proper glass but it's what I like.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,385 ratings.