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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,150
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 224
Gots: 458 | FT: 2
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of bierman2000
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

astringent and quite hoppy saison.. has a nice mouthfeel and is straw colored.. alcohol is quite present in this light colored but nice bodied ale..excellent sumer quencher with fruity notes and lots of carbonation.. smooth and filling, yet highly drinkable.

bierman2000, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: The head blows up like crazy, and it's taking me a while to fully pour this. Initially the body is insane with carbonation and flying all over the places. The head's thick then starts to look a little funky as spots dip and shatter and some stay full. Finally when I'm able to pour the rest in the body turns a hazy yellow, as I poured the yeast in, which might be why. Lacing and head isn't as impressive as I drink, but still hangs around. And a swirl or two recharges it right back.

Smell: A lot of phenolic activity without being over the top. Mostly a bit of grass, slight barn and bandaid. Some lemongrass and citrus also comes through, along with a bit of sourness with some hops maybe. A bit of dark cherry also comes through. Very balanced and complex with much going on.

Taste: Lots of fruit and citrus with phenols for a crazy and fairly balanced combination, along with some slight vanilla and caramel also. Finishes dry but not overly dry, with a bit of hops and a lot of lemon and citrus on the tongue. There may be some ginger in there too, along with a nice earthiness and yeastiness. Also some band aid funkiness which somehow compliments the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and rich, and without the carbonation levels I thought would be present, it still remains full without being cloying.

Drinkability: I am indeed impressed by this. A good amount of masked alcohol, lots of balance and flavor, and around $8 for a 4 pack, or at least that's what I paid. Ommegang's becoming one of my favorite breweries. Along with Allagash, they know what they're doing with the Belgians. Saisons are a singular and special brew to me, and this is definitely done very well and is highly recommended.

asabreed, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750 ml , caged and corked

This farmhouse saison poured a hazed but not opaque , golden straw color with a large , creamy white head that stayed around as a quarter inch of foam , more dense and chunky in some areas then others. Nice spots of lacing left on the glass and the beer cleared up quite a bit as it warmed. The smell is very inviting. Malt , clove ,spice , fruit , grain , yeast , and a tinge of honey are all in the nose. Flavor is pleasant and complex. Some tartness in the form of grain and citric/lemon tastes , clove, bit of medicinal phenolic qualites , bready malt , tad bit of honey , slight peppery spice, a bit of banana and herbal notes , and a yeasty dryness in the end. Mouthfeel is on the slick side. This is one tasty brew. So sooo drinkable and flavourful! I will be buying many more of these in the future.

Byeast, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle with cage and cork(room temp) after an initial big pop and a bit of overflow. It's a clear light gold(until further into the bottle when it becomes hazy from the sediment) in colour with lots and lots of foam and a dust devil of bubbles, dead center in my Chimay glass. Interesting look. Btw, my bottle says 7.7%abv but no bid deal...:^)

The smell is inviting...all malty, yeasty and an abundant nose of clove and fruit.

The taste is so nicely complex. Flavours of yeast and malt abound heading towards the sweet but then an ample hop bitterness moves in, with some sour citrus notes, causing me to utter an inaudible "hell yeah"! :^) Tasty stuff to say the least and so darn drinkable!

Oh and...I've had a few Saisons and this one, imho, is dead on for style...way to go Ommengang!

Bottom line: Here's an *excellent* example of the Saison style that should please the most discerning Belgian Ale drinker. Recommended!!

Bitterbill, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of skizziks
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Duvel tulip. Pour produces a huge head of offwhite big bubbles reaching about 4" and slowly dying down leaving a rocky cap as it goes. The beer is an expected hazy orange-gold.

Aroma is full of fresh sweet malt, husk, and apple with herbal and floral hops seamlessly blended in. Perfume like.

The flavor is immediately sweet, but not overpoweringly so, quickly followed by big banana and plenty of carbonation bite. Finish is quick and dry. Not much depth to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, somewhat slick but with plenty of fizz to keep it from sticking. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Easy to put back a little too fast, but it's a quencher of a style and it does the job well.

skizziks, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sunny orange-amber color, with a bubbly white head.

Smell: Very tart, with plenty of yeasty earthiness. Coriander is apparent. Clove spice, and some fruity esters. Apple peel. Dry malt, very robust.

Taste: Dry grain, with a coarse texture. The middle of the beer is a little sweeter, tasting of banana, lemon, and apple. Warm and spicy as well, with coriander being the clearest element. Honey-like, sticky sweetness lingers beneath the sturdy earthiness of the beer. Tannins spike sharply in the finish, giving the beer a grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a decidedly frothy composition.

Verdict: Sturdy and flavorful. Recommended.

bearrunner44, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- This poured a very pale yellow gold with a lot of haze and a decent amount of carbonation. The white head was really fizzy and fluffy. Not the most attractive beer style in my opinion but that is allright, the other categories with rock your socks off.

s- Mmmmm. This smell is citrusy and yeasty with a hint of cinamon or perhaps other similar spices. I buried my nose in this like Jim Koch in the Sam Adams commercial. Very sweet and earthy with a decent amount of hoppage.

t- oh man. This tastes like duvel just not as harsh and bitey. I love it! The flavors such as pear and apple please the mouth and the alcohol isn't harsh at all. It is barely there even at 7.7%! The flavor is aweome and spicey w/some yeasty goodness. Makes me think of sour apple candy.

mf/d- Tingly and very drying. The feel is smooth but prickly from the carbonation. I am draining this 750ml bottle, it is so drinkable! Heheh the bottle is all mine.

Now before trying this I preffered the darker beligians a lot more and I still do, but not by as much. This was surprisingly perfect. I can't wait to try others of the style.

kbnooshay, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of mobyfann
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $3.99 for the 25.4oz bottle...

This ale pours a cloudy yellow color with a huge white head, exceptional head retention and nice lacing effects on the glassware. The aroma is yeast and fruit driven with a touch of alochol, nice mellow and strong notes of both.

The taste is very full-body. The yeast flavor takes over and it leaves a fruity aftertaste, a bit lemony. The mouthfeel is smooth on the palette and this is highly drinkable, at 7.7%abv, it is hard to not consider this a session beer.

Final Thought: This is an excellent example of a craft beer with great creativity; it is not only a staple in its class but also an excellent buy.

mobyfann, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the cave aged version, the bottle looks really cool with the mouldy patina on the labels.

The pour reveals a hazed gold liquid with a huge white rocky cap. Stupendous amounts of lacing coat the glass. The aroma is malty and spicey with some earthy mustiness. The taste is an explosion of different flavors that meld together flawlessly. Pear, vanilla, coriander, peppercorn, all spice, cloves, anise all figure prominently. The finish is briskly hoppy, but more spicey. The mouthfeel is wonderfully textured with creamy carbonation.

It sucks that beers like this arent available in Canada. This is emminently drinkable and extremely complex. Thanks to Nick at Bauer Wines for the recommendation.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tarnished golden color with a big, rocky white head. Looks very appetizing. The nose is a pretty subtle and not nearly as forward as some other saisons... there's some spice in there, along with a bit of barnyard funk and some yeast. Flavor is quite fruity right off the bat, with a round sweetness that's overcome by those barnyard/horse blanket notes, helped by some hops. Highly carbonated mouthfeel that doesn't get in the way of the smoothness of this beer. Overall, a wonderful, versatile beer. Interesting, easy to like and complex at the same time.

geexploitation, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of sloejams
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"A hoppy brew, the Ommegang Hennepin is beautifully golden in color and stays on the palate with a briskness that makes it perfect for aperitifs." according to BevMo.com. This statement is pretty much bullshit.

Not even remotely hoppy (at least in the way that the descriptor has come to mean something with high IBUs), instead this is a fine American version of the lovely Belgian farmhouse style. It should come as no surprise that Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, New York, was purchased by the Belgian Duvel Moortgat in 2003.

It has a nice citrus aroma - very crisp, very refreshing. The yellow straw murky color is very inviting. The taste is light but full on flavor. Hints of spice and fruits come through deliciously.

This is a fine beer and comparable to similar ones more fabled from Belgian. For the price, it’s quite a bargain considering its Belgian kin will likely cost you twice as much.

sloejams, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml brown bottle with a cork and a cage
poured into an oversized wine glass

Poured a fuzzy golden yellow. The haze was so dense in this brew that is was hard to see my hand through the other side of the glass. Not much of a head foamed up but a delicate filagree of lace formed on the surface. The beer is sticky and clings to the walls of the glass while drinking.

The nose is sweet and slightly spicy with earthy hints, as well as some subtle fruit scents.

This beer is very very active in the mouth and features a high level of carbonation. It is slightly spicy on the tip of the tounge and has a dry sweetness through the finish, featuring apple like flavors mixed with an earthy grainy quality. There is no doubt that this saison is true to the "farmer" roots of this style. I detect a very subtle melon like aftertaste, which is very pleasant.

A very drinkable beer, an absolute pleasure to enjoy on it's own or with a nice meal.

DaggerEyes, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of obvious carbonation and a head with tremendous staying power.

there is a distinct aroma of spice, smells like ginger to me, more specifically ginger snap cookies, with the associated barley aromas.

wow, this is damn good, it has a dry sweetness tht is hard to place, the ginger snap aroma persuades my taste buds that that is the taste as well.

it has a smooth feel to it that turns drier near the end.

it definitely leaves me craving more.

sinstaineddemon, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy glowing orange...looks like a gemstone, with a large bubbling head that shrinks to a fine white layer. Soothing spicy, sweet fruit esters - earthy floral and light pepper. Increasingly herbal. Thick juicy fruit start with a lingering spiciness and lightly tart in the finish. Pale malts throughout...a little warming and very fresh. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly dry with a little bite. Exremely drinkable and refreshing.

Very natural and enjoyable.

wedge, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Initially had a bit of a skunky smell, but that went a way quickly and then I was able to smell the Belgian yeast aroma that I was expecting. Thick, half inch tall head that stayed for quite a while.

Beautiful gold color with hints of orange. Very nice looking beer.

Taste was very good. Initial Belgian flavors, tempered by a nice bit of bitterness that balanced it very well. Slightly spicy. It was not overly sweet, which is a trait I find I don't like in some of the Belgian styles.

Modest amount of carbonation. Clean and crisp dry finish.

Very drinkable brew! Had I not known differently, there is no way I'd have guessed that this wasn't brewed in Belgium. Well done, Ommegang!

doppelmeup, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always willing to dive into an Ommegang!

This poured one of the whitest and lightest heads I've ever seen. Head retains relatively well, though it's a thin one from pour to final swallow. Color is pure gold with moderate bubbles and moderate lace.

Aroma is extremely fresh: grassy, mildly hoppy, flowery.

Mellow hops and a cool breeze of primo grains hit first, with mild floral spices following. Bready malts hit last. Light and unobtrusive in the mouth, this feels really good if you're not looking for a heavy, chewy ale. Dry finish.

This is a no-nonsense Saison without any wild or unusual characterstics. As such, it's a fine represenation of the style, it's delicious going down, and I'm glad I've got more left in the bottle.

Metalmonk, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, don't get me wrong, it is a very good beer but not so outstanding, the bottle came directly from the brewery up to me house.

a Limpid golden beer with a good foamy head that let herself died slowly.

Farm like flavours, similar to some saison or gueuze, some notes of natural flavours. Fruity esters, followed by hops and a shy malt.

taste wise she is fruity, hoppy with a bitter sour ensemble, acid, very carbonated, the sourness comes and reminds me of cherry sourness .

She actually reminds me of a "Saison Dupont" who mated with "La fin du monde" as wannabe.

3Vandoo, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of t8000shx
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was pumped to give this one a go, I generally like Ommegang. Poured nice, tons of bubbles, tall head. Caught me off guard, required a more delicate pour than even most other belgians to moderate head size. Nice hazy gold/yellow color in the glass, appealing looking. Smelled like the real deal, very authentick belgian.

It was only once the beer left the glass and found its way onto my tongue that disappointment set in. Admittedly, for my first sip the beer was way too cold, so i let it sit for some time. Unfortunately i don't like how it opened up. Tart, bubbly, mildly sweet, citrusy, and earthy. It all sounds nice, except the tartness was too strong. Resulted in an extremely unbalanced flavor. Not to say the beer was terrible, it wasn't, however it could use significantly more strength from the earthy/malty notes. Tartness and acidity need to be toned down a bit. Noting the beer's high rating, it looks like i'm in the minority here, but so it goes. I'll stick with the 3 Philosophers next time I hit up Ommegang

t8000shx, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of Rezzin
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice hazy straw yellow. Poured into a pint glass - this thing has a really nice 2" head with a zillion tiny bubbles. A few mins later and the head is still around, looks fluffy.

S - Bready, yeasty, spicy and earthy. Smells like a belgian. I can faintly smell the hops and I don't detect the alcohol really. Reminds of me of a wit.

T - Tart and a little sweet, earthy, spicy. I'm not accustomed to this type of beer so the best description I can give is complex. Again, reminds me of a wit. There's a little bitterness throughout but it's just right. It's not bitter really - just well balanced. Wow, this thing is 7.5% ABV... I'd never even suspect it so high. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of belgians, this one is definitely tasty.

M - Smooth and very nicely carbonated. Light and refreshing.

D - I'd still choose an American ale over the belgians right now but they are really starting to grow on me. I've had several in the past and this one is definitely the best by far. I would definitely buy this again.

Rezzin, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of Birdiebeagle
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Pours a hazy yellow with a fair white fizzy head. Has a typical belgian aroma. Sweet with decent spicies. Has a nice carbonation and a good mouthfeel. A nice slight bitterness. Good crisp flavor. This one kind of snuck up on me. I enjoyed this ale very much.

Birdiebeagle, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of thetachibro
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light straw yellow with a monster 2in white foamy head that looks amazing....Somewhat of a yeasty smell along with some hops and actually a hint of apple...When it first hit my tounge it was fairly sweet and then mildly bitter from the hops...very nice combination...Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbination...Fairly good drinkability as well

thetachibro, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

25.6 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

ignoring the inch of foamy white head, the first pour out of the bottle looks surprisingly like an american macro. crystal clear, pale golden yellow. the second pour has a touch of haze, and the last is thickly cloudy.

aroma is light, but nice; peppery, barny, yeasty, with a touch of honey, champagne and fruits.

taste is also light, with a light-medium, fizzy mouthfeel and a drying finish. belgian yeast flavors, hop spices, and a barny, lemony sweetness.

very drinkable, but i'm not as impressed as others seem to be. pleasant to drink, but not a ton of depth or complexity.

Prufrock, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color with white rocky head that has some good retention. Pretty good lacing. Yeasty "belgian" smell. Some fruitiness and a hint of lemon smell to it. Smooth crisp feel up front. Semi sweet lemony taste starts with sharp spicy taste following. Yeasty taste in the palate with slight bitterness left over. This is a great beer. Lots of flavor and VERY drinkable. If I had the money and resources, I could sit down with this beer all night long.

timtheenchanta, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed pale gold with a short, bright white head made up of a combination of very fine and rocky bubbles. Great retention and plenty of lacing throughout. Aromas of lemon zest, bready yeast and vinous white wine grapes dominate, but there's a hint of caramel as well. Strong citrus component in the flavour that really lingers backed up by a bit of hop bitterness. Sweetness is light and there's a delicate fruity grape flavour and light spice in the finish. Soft alcohol warmth. Creamy carbonation and lightly palate coating. Off-dry. Refreshing and very enjoyable, this is one well-crafted beer.

DrJay, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I popped the cork out and sniffed the bottle all I could think of was sweet bubblegum. It poured to a pale but inviting golden hue capped by a capable head. A sip treats me to sugary bubblegum flavor followed by a dash of sharp spicy lemon. There's just a trace of butterlike flavor at the tail end. Nice.
Mouthfeel is very good, nice and full.
The flavor is good yet mild enough to beg for more.

TheBungyo, Feb 11, 2006
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,150 ratings.