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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,962 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,962
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 214
Gots: 392 | 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 karst
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Only my second attempt at this style (1st Saison - fruity, strong Belgian ale. Amber, medium-bodied, tart character from Belgian yeast. A tap but also in bottles from Schlafly- St. Louis, good but not so complex from this 750 ml corker!)
clear light lemmon yellow but later I see a chill haze or some suspended yeast. The bottle conditioning yeast incrusted its neck when incorrectly cellered or transported upside down. Each pour yields a big pufffy white head that has nice retention and produces lacing. Very aromatic- flowery and spices! Almost like a wine fruity esters perceived but not alcohol. Nice aroma. This should be tried with a fine meal.

Still new to style, I have studied Jan/Feb Zymurgy for some details. It is sweetness kept in check with the hops, herbs( coriander) and spices(ginger & orange zest). This "Grisette" farmhouse ale really has a earthiness to it. Very unique taste. But very drinkable. This is a light-medium bodied brew. Very good long dry finish. Wish I was sharing it with an expert on the style.

karst, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

A slightly hazy pale golden body supports a towering, rocky, cotton white head. Muy nice. Nose is very floral and intoxicating. I'm also picking up banana-ish esters, pepper, candyish fruit malts, and yeast. Yum. Spicy, almost-bitter floral hops up front, that are accenuated with a lively carbonated spritzy feel. Rounds into a yeast-accented malt tang, with the bitterness remaining. Estery fruits and light candy sweetness swell into the finish, which is long, and strong with both sweet fruits/yeast and floral bitterness. Surprisingly full-bodied ale that has just the right amount of carbonation. One of the best US-made Belgian ales I've had.

alexgash, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Had this brew the other night, from a 750 ml bottle. The brew poured to a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy, foamy head that had incredible retention and left chunky lacing through out. The carbonation is very active with a good deal of small (reminds me of champagne) bubbles coursing up the side. This is a very inviting looking beer; something about it just says it looks perfect! The aromas have a pronounced Belgian scent to it from the yeast I would presume (?), very earthy. Scene highlights of pepper, grapes, citrus like hop qualities, and a sweet aroma. Very drinkable brew; somewhat sweet with a fruit (citrus) like taste ending with a balanced hop ness. This is a very nice brew, over all it is highly drinkable and very refreshing.

Stimack, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Ahh, near perfection in my glass... this is just one of those beers that you can drink all night long and never be bored by. Crisp and light, mild fruit (pears and apples) with subtle spice, clean and smooth. Very nice carbonation as well... not overly carbonated, but just enough to be refreshing. No odd flavors, nothing to make you go "wow!" or "huh?", just an extremely well crafted beer that reminds you that great beer doesn't have to be anything extreme (not that there's anything wrong with extreme beers, and I enjoy my fair share, but Hennepin proves that simple and well-balanced doesn't have to mean boring).

apintofknowledge, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
2.6/5  rDev -37.5%

I am drinking a sample from a corked and caged 750 bottle at cellar temp in a snifter.
The beer pours very lite yellow like champagne. A fluffy and frothy bleached white head foams up 3 cm easily. tons of rising streams of bubbles in the glass.
Aroma is mild but I get some green apple and pears, a bit of biscuity yeast and some funky musty basement scent.
FIrst sip reveals average body and intense prickly carbonation. Carbonation definitely overwhelms the flavor on the first sip.
Flavor is light and fruity with some apples and pears just like the nose. A bit of genearl tart fruitiness too. I also get some candy sugar that I find a bit too sweet and slightly unappealing. The flavor of the beer reminds me of champagne just like the appearance did. The beer finishes with some dryness, again champagneesque. OVerall the beer is okay, but if I wanted to drink champagne I would buy a bottle. Probably wont try this one again.

sulldaddy, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.2/5  rDev +1%

12oz Bottle, Spirits Unlimited, Red Bank, NJ

Pours a pale honey gold, cloudy, with three fingers of creamy white head that leaves lots of sticky lace as the beer is consumed.

Aroma is yeast and some fruit, a hint of bananas, a whisper of citrus and a touch of sweet pepper.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. Sweet malt transitions to some citrus, flowery hops and a blast of alcohol with a sharp hop finish that fades quickly. Quite complex as one expects in the style, but also balanced.

Light to medium bodied. Pair this with Szechuan Style Chinese, Thai or Indian food.

Citadel82, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of soulfly967
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured a light golden honey color with a foamy white head that took quite a while to fall. It had a yeasty scent, with some citrus fruits hiding in there as well. The taste was initially sweet, with some bitterness at the end. Exceptoinal taste, it was balanced almost prefectly with some grassy and citrus undertones. The mouthfeel was light, crisp, and nicely carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer. I will be getting some more of these sometime in the near future.

soulfly967, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Hand-carried from upstate New York to Moscow (thanks, Arlene!), this brew comes in a light brown 12 oz. bottle with a rather complicated orange and yellow label featuring some old bearded guy, some leaves and an explanation of who father Hennepin was. No freshness or content information.

Pours an ever so slightly cloudy raspberry-tinted gold under a one finger white head that sticks around for a while, particularly after settling to thick film, leaving a few good strands of lace. The nose is full of fruit and malt, with a touch of sweetness reminiscent of good Belgian ales. The mouth is light and very, very prickly. Good smooth if not overpowering taste, with sweet fruit and spices up front, carried by a malt backbone. The finish includes some dry currant bitterness and more bready malt, which rises to dominate the aftertaste. Solid product, no doubt, even if not my favorite style of beer.

Globetrotter, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Opened a 750ml bottle this afternoon. Poured into trusty 22oz burgundy glass. Large foamy head that never quite disipated. Bubbles everywhere, highly carbonated. Citrusy smell, worried that I had made a mistake on this cold winter day.

However, the taste was exceptional. Full mouthfeel, acidic, a fine balance of sweet and bitter, long finish. I tasted pears and hops, alcohol and lemon zest.

This was a refreshing beer that would work well alone or with food. My spouse had just baked some Brie and she loved the pairing. This is one addictive brew. This came from Ommegang's 3-pack which included 750s of Three Philosophers and Rare Vos. I'm traveling this week, so I'll be breaking those out next weekend.

pentathlete, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a lovely orange/peach with a nice bubbly head.

Soft flowery aromas with a bit of spiciness, Belgian yeast and an apple-like fruitiness make up the aroma.

Light-bodied with a plenty of carbonation. Light dry white wine flavors blend wiht an apple flavor and a faint whisper of alcohol. Becomes slightly sweet in the middle and then finishes with a dry, light sweet aftertaste.

A fine beer, I wish I hadn't waited so long to try it.

Southernbrew, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of Crotor
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle-

Pours a delightful clear apricot topped with three fingers of whipped egg whites into a Duvel tulip. Head retention and lacing are excellent.

Smells of slight phenols, pear, lemon, and a hint of coriander.

A myriad of tastes do a dance on my tongue. Slightly tart with a hint of dry grass and some alcoholic heat. Wee bit of saaz spice, but it's really rather subdued. No noticable funk (yet). There's a good, sweet backbone through it all.

A kick-ass, highly drinkable, relatively affordable domestic saison. We need more beers like this.

Crotor, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of Hagbard
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours from the 750 ml. bottle a hazy orange. It's very murky even after a careful pour, identifying the beer as bottle conditioned in case you can't read the label. A large white head rushes to fill the space in my tulip glass. The head recedes leaving a rocky terrain of foam with lacing down the sides of the glass. The first aroma is a wet musty closet...very interesting. There's some fruitiness in the background, but it is kept at bay by the musty funk. The taste is wet blanket (cliche, I know, but still true), with oranges and apples mushed in. As the beer sits on the tongue and sails into the finish, a pronounced hop bitterness appears. Finishes fairly dry and is very drinkable. This is a great tasting beer, one I will buy often. A great example of a Saison that hold up very well when compared to Saison Dupont (the flagship of the style IMO). At $4.99 for a 750 ml., it's really a no brainer!

Hagbard, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of BruceBeerman
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

750ml corked bottle. Color is hazy very light straw.
Nice Saison which is hard to believe it came from the US and not Belgium. Very citrus and orange flavor ale. The carbonation is very good-not too much or little, with a finger size foam lace at the top of a goblet. The mouthfeel is good with very slowly disapating foam. Very easy to drink but has a little alcohol kick to it. You can feel it as you drink (7% ABV) but you really feel it as it hits your head. Some beers have a delayed alcohol reaction-not this one. Don't drink on an empty stomach. This is a great beer to share with friends! My wife even liked it!

BruceBeerman, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a cloudy, light-medium golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is very pleasant, with fresh, clean, citrusy notes (lime & sweet orange), a little musty. Flavor follows through the aroma, with yeasty, slightly sharp off-notes (I can't place what) that keep this from being in my top 10. This beer has a lot of hidden carbonation- I was gassy for a while after this one (sorry to have to share that, but you should know just in case!).

However, I still think this a good, solid brew that I would enjoy having again.

Dukeofearl, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

I was happy to track down bottle # 1127 from the 2003 vintage at American Bev. in Cobble hill, Brooklyn, NY., Just a week or two ago. The cork was a bit tougher to get out then usual. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow shade, lots of tiny yeast particles floating around. Head was fairly active, but settled to a fine film, and leaves respectable, fine, long strands of lacing. Nose is at once Smokey,spicy, with pepper,cloves, and ginger picked up. This is a fine example of the style. Earthy, peppery, fruits,smoke,yeast. Hops cleansing the tongue and making it want more of this fine heady creation. Support Ommegang, they are pushing the Belgian/American brew concept into great places.

Billolick, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of maltomeal
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

To quote the bros: "One of our favourites, bring a couple of 750 ml bottles to the dinner party and see if this sparks anyone’s interest away from wine" It worked. I brought 3 bottles to Christmas dinner and only had 2 glasses for myself. Beautiful white head that lasted forever. My brother-in-law noted it looked like an ice cream float. He put down his drink and had several glasses with dinner which is where this beer really shines in my opinion. It was a perfect match for the stuffed ribs and garlic mashed.

maltomeal, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a beautiful rapunzel like golden color with a massive rocky white head. Aromas are yeasty and citrusy with just a hint of lemon in the mix. Initial flavors start off sweet and spicy with a champagne like mouthfeel from the firm carbonation. The flavors progress to a lemony like citrus flavor with yet more spice and a slight alcohol kick to it. The finish to this brew is just as spritzy as the beginning with an almost clove like finish. Overall a fantastic brew with probably the best price around.

bigbeerdrinka, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of beerattorney
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a golden straw color with a healthy pure white head.
In typical saison style this beer smells very grassy and farmish. It is exceptionally well balanced and hides its substantial alcohol very well. The aroma is a grassy banana and the taste complements with rolling mellow flavors. In my opinion, the mouthfeel of the Hennepin makes the entire experience. The beer is perfectly carbonated and delivers the perfect balance of earthy flavors, yeast, and CO2 to make this a delightful treat that is at home in any season.

beerattorney, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

The beer poured slightly hazy pale golden straw. The head was white and frothy and rose tall to fall slowly and eventually coat the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was of sweet malt with an earthy presence, Belgian yeast and some farmhouse ale aromas. After the head fell back the fruity esters emerged and added to the aroma.

The flavor was sweet immediately upon hitting the tip of the tongue but quickly transformed into a very nice bittering component. The sweet malt and bittering worked well together and then Belgian yeast spiciness and a slight farmhouse quality emerged. A decent complexity of flavors.

The finish was dry with a nice lasting bittering component. The body was medium light. The alcohol content was hidden somewhere and never made an impression, not in aroma, flavor or finish.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. Overall a well made Saison, with a slight bit more complexity this could be a contender, with the price it certainly could be one to have again and again.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 19, 2004
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4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

75 cl bottle.
I can hardly believe this beer is made in NY!
Cloudy, dark straw copper, but the cloudy was most likely yeast stirred up during transportation. Impressive, chunky head.
Very complex smell: apples, apricot, citrus, malt, horse blanket, alchohol.
What a great taste. This ale compares more than favorably with Begium brews. I had it back to back with Delirium Tremens and was surprised with Hennepin's well balanced hoppiness and smooth malt character. And at roughly $5 a bottle, it is about the best beer bargain I can think of.

Shultzerdugen, Dec 19, 2004
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4.7/5  rDev +13%

I'm drinking the first release of cave aged Hennepin from 2001, bottle #2825 of 3360 in celebration of the birth of my beautiful daughter Sadie.

The cork was very hard to get out, but when it went it went with an audible pop. It pours a golden orange with a huge white head that fades to a 0.5cm coating on the top of the beer. The aroma is floral, spicy (coriander and clove) with strong hints of orange peel. Taste is spicy, slightly sour, hoppy and pergaps a bit of clover honey. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with a warming alcohol finish. Extremely smooth and drinkable, and seems to have mellowed with its time in the cave and the cellar. A great celebratory drink and if you can find the 2001 edition, you'll be happy you did.

ColForbin, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of rlcoffey
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a brandy snifter. Nice light orange color with a solid two finger orange head. Very good appearance. A strong aroma of hops and fruit. Pleasant to the nose. The taste had a good subtle flavor of the citrusy fruits, mostly orange, and hops but seemed to be lacking a little of something. Mouthfeel was what I was expecting for the style, no residue left behind. Alcohol was high to be overly drinkable and its probably the wrong time of the year for this beer. I will definately be getting this for sipping on the deck next summer.

This was my first saison, it is a style I have just never bothered to try. I will be trying more in the future. This is the second Ommegang beer I have had that didnt live up to its hype. But, in this case, Im not sure there is anything necessarily wrong, I just may not know the style well enough. Yet. Will review my scores after I am more knowledgable.

rlcoffey, Dec 08, 2004
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Rarely does a beer live up to the hype. Does this one?

Color is an opaque yellow typical of bottle conditioned brews. Before this, I've had vague preconceptions of the definition of lacing...now I know. Craggy valleys of foam dissipate into defined and semi-permanent designs clinging to the side of the glass.

Smells like oranges with light hops and moderate alcohol. Some noticeable spices, but at first these are hard to pin-down.

...and then the sip. Unbelievable complexity washes over the tongue in continuous waves of orange and a host of spices. Is that cardamom, cloves, mace or maybe all three? What amazes me most is how the spices don't overwhelm the beer, which remains unpretentious in spite of its complexity.

This certainly lived up to expectations. I'm already looking forward to the next time I get to have one.

longarm, Dec 06, 2004
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4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an Ommegang goblet that I got for free along with the purchase of this bottle...KICK ASS! Golden and orange with a huge, two-finger, fluffy head. Citrusy hop aroma filled with lemon, orange, grapefruit, and flowers. Very pleasant. Great taste. A little on the acidic side, but the hops really play against each other very well. A very drinkable beer that I will most definitely be purchasing again though I prefer the regular Ommegang to this.

Update (4/12/05):
Just had Hennepin on-tap @ The Elephant Walk in Boston, MA. Amazing. The aroma really came out more than before . Very citrusy. It was also dangerously drinkable. Served in a pint glass, but I'll let it slide because it just means I got more bang for my buck. And what a bang it was! (Insert dirty response here).

Jacobob10, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Purchased in a bottle with a cork, the label says that this is a Grisette farmhouse ale (Belgian-style) that is bottled conditioned with a dose of yeast. After removing the cage the cork popped (with a bang) off after one turn. The beer poured in the glass with a three inch head that stuck to the sides.The color is a very hazy blond with the evidence of carbonation activity.
The smell is a lemon sweet with hints of wheat.
The taste is a crisp slightly caramel lemon wheat that has significant carbonation.
The mouthfeel has carbonation with an even smoothness throughout in taste, drinking, aftertaste, and even when belching.
The drinkability is good, the after taste does not linger and dissipates in time.

Troyone, Nov 29, 2004
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,962 ratings.