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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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4,961 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,961
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 214
Gots: 391 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 steelreign
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

Amazing. I must be dreaming and in Belgium...this is so classically inspired by a strong Belgian golden ale/saison, it's scary. Sparkling golden hue with white foamy head that sticks. Tons of natural carbonation. Grassy, hoppy, sweet malts, barnyard yeast-y funk notes and fruity aroma. Simply amazing!

Smooth, sweet, spicy and complex flavors assault the tongue, with estery notes, ginger, and a slight hint of banana as well. It's hard to say just how this beer can display so many things at once, but it pulls it off admirably. Alcohol is well hidden, but slight warming is there at the end. This could pass for Duvel anyday of the week. What an astounding brewing acheivement! Cheers to Ommegang for this masterpiece!

steelreign, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured a hazy golden yellow color with tons, and I mean tons, of carbonation bubbles shooting upward. Very large, foamy, white head with maximum retention. Aroma was full of banana, yeast, wheat, not too unlike a hefeweizen. Taste was soft and mellow, kind of cidery with a citrus like hoppiness and the banana in the background. No real indication of the higher ABV. Awesome brew, and the price ($4.29 per liter) can't be beat.

nixhecks, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

I was very impressed with this beers head. Very soft and fluffy, leaving a very nice lace on the glass. A very nice spicy yeast flavor that isn't over done, but still an important, solid part of the flavor profile. There is a good dose of hops to this beer, with a carbonation level that is quite appropriate to the style. This beer is quickly becoming a new favorite, and at $4.99 a 750ml bottle, it really can't be beat.

cerevisiaephilus, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Medium copper color, large head. Hoppy floral nose. Nice carbonation. Mildly hopped, spicy, slightly malted. Some yeastiness and some fruitiness. Light and refreshing. Yeasty flavor. Finish is light. Aftertaste is slightly fruity with some hoppyness, not bitter. This beer carries it 7.5% alcohol well.

beerguy101, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of DarrellK
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

The aroma and palate are good individually, the way they work together makes them very complementary. At 7.5% it is fairly strong, but soft enough to not be intrusive. The label calls it a Farmhouse Ale, which is a good description of a Biere de Garde, and it comes across as a brew that could have been done by a local in an uncomplicated yet pleasing result. THis can be an everyday drink on it's own or with a meal instead of a white wine.

DarrellK, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of kevinl6
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

Overall, a little bit of a let down for me. Split this one with my drinkin bud, and poured it into one of our new tulip glasses. Had a nice appearance...cloudy orange with a foamy, two finger thick head. Smell was nice as well, sweet and fruity. Had a carbonated, crisp mouthfeel, but not as pleasing on the palate as other Belgian style ales I've had. Taste wasn't anything special for me, fairly typical for this style of beer. Had an average drinkability....I didn't have problems with my half of the 750ml bottle, but I didn't want any more either. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away or anything.

kevinl6, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

750ml bottle I picked up at Brewery Ommegang in February 2003.
A fine appeance, looks even better than it tasted, A luminescent gold but cloudy. It has a thick white head, even with a gentle pour. Smells spicy (ginger or coriander) and hoppy with a hint of apple. Tastes alternately sour and fruity (depending on where it's hitting the palette) with that ginger spiciness thrown in. Quite the hoppy aftertaste but not unpleasantly so. Aftertaste really lingers. Has a foamy mouthfeel with a medium body. For such a complex ale, it is very drinkable. I would have to say this is my favorite Ommegang product I've tried thus far.

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Golden in color with a high amount of carbonation and a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma suggests tropical fruit and orange with some spices. Taste begins with a honey-like sweetness and finishes slightly tart. Very authentic and true to the style. Completely in the tradition of Belgium.

dmarch, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
4.45/5  rDev +7%

Seven hundred fifty milliliter brown bottle, corked and caged. No bottling date to be found.

Bright gold in colour, and slightly hazy. A rocky white head erupts and quickly departs, leaving a thin bit a foam and tons of creamy looking lace.

The aroma is spicy sweetness mixed with oranges.

Mildly sweet, spicy, alcohol, herbs (ginger and coriander?). Dry orangey finish.

Lively carbonation, soft mouthfeel.

The yeast pour turns it into a cloudy yellow, and brings out a fruitier character.

xgrigorix, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Another wonderful brew from Ommegang! This Hennepin pours almost a clear honey gold, there is a slight bit of haziness in the beer. On top of this champagne like brew is a thick, tight, white head that stays around for a while. The aroma is a bit mixed of light hops, fruit and spices. The taste is great, it starts off with a sweet/sour mix. Not a bitter tart sour but a slight “twang” to it sour. Near the end is a hint of malt and some hops. This is a very busy beer, that is nicely bodied and easy to drink. Very very nice!

Stubbie1, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Corked and caged 750ml...and for only $3.99 up in Boston! I would probably have paid double that down here in PA.

Had I not known what I was drinking, I might have thought this beer was straight from Belgium. A thick pillowy snow-white head sits atop this light golden elixir. The first sips are dry and a tad smoky... as it warms the flavors and complexity emerge. Clove and banana complement the sticky yeast and subtle hops, and there is an odd yet enjoyable sweetness to it as well. I have not had many of this style, but I know this to be a delightful brew. Very light considering the complexity. The alcohol is hidden well. A tasty brew...I'm awaiting the other Ommegang beers that are in my fridge!

IrishRedRock, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Hmm...first thought was "Is this a 7.5 ABV?" Reminded me of Hoegaarden, even though I know it is a different style. Head and appearance were very interesting. Nice thick head that dissipates slowly and lingers with a large bubbly surface. Smell is sonewaht fruity, reminding me once again of Hoegaarden. Nice crisp, somewhat fruity taste that cleansed the palate quite nicely with a subtle aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, which was good for the alcohol content...no extreme bite here. Hard to really describe this in terms of other beers I have tried, othe that certain aspects reminded me of Hoegaarden...I honestly think this offering would be best on the patio on a nice summer's afternoon (out of the sun of course!) Initial thoughts are that at the right place and time this would be an excellent choice.

edchicma, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color was golden, with excellent head retention. The smell was very fruity and yeasty. The taste was slightly sweet.......not overly done on sweet taste......hints of a flowery, estery taste. Mouthfeel was somewhat heavily carbonated, but that didn't seem totally out of place. Drinkability-wise, I could easily finish the 750 mL bottle of this one!

Although Rare Vos is my favorite Ommegang product, this is certainly a close 2nd. The Saison is such a wonderful summer beer........so light and estery, yet still packs quite a punch!

beergeek279, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

Lace stuck to the inside of my glass and dthis had a thick white head that dissipated slowly atop a amber gold beer. Aroma was of a light hoppiness with spices. The flavor was a distinct spiciness from the yeast with a dry maltiness that definetly reminded me of a wheat beer. The carbonatin was very fine and truly in the belgian style. Very clean and excellent to have with dinner.

RenoZymurgist, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy gold color with almost 3 fingers of foam. There is lots of thick lacing left on the glass. The smell is a bit spicy, with some cinnamon and fruity and nutty aromas as well. The taste is kind of fruity, kind of spicy, and kind of hoppy. A really good balanced blend of flavors. It is just the slightest bit dry. The mouthfeel is fairly full and bold. At 7.5%, this is fairly drinkable too. What a bargain!

SheepNutz, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.33/5  rDev -20%

This brew pours a large invigorated white head of finely sized bubbles. It has a Cloudy wheat yellow color with yeast and carbonation rising in it. It has a mild malty hoppy aroma. Its a bit fizzy at first, but it soon dies out. I tasted a mixture of flavors that was unique to this brew. It was a bit chewy, doughy and had a hint of something else. It became very smooth with time. The good buzz I caught afterwards keeps making me raise my rating on this brew.

TheDM, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%

Hazy pale orange with a decent off-white head that dissipates. Good carbonation. Spicy yeasty Belgian aroma; light alcohol notes and citrusy tones also. Spicy and citrusy (grapefruit ?) taste with a light alcohol finish. Medium bodied and smooth with a strong spicy finish.

A nice, yet spicy/yeasty, intro to Belgian beers.

Label states: "Belgian Style Ale" & " Bottle Conditioned" & "Grisette Farmhouse Ale"

Aged (2 years maybe)
Tasted: 07/11/03

($3.99 / 25.4 oz / 750 ml Corked bottle)

RBorsato, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

I can't believe this is an American brewed Belgian. It's better than most Belgians from Belgium! Very complex in taste. I note a sweet fruity wine taste to it that all ommegang products seem to portray. There's also some peppery spice that brings a slight alcohol taste with it. Further along I notice honey and more spices. Great mixture of sweet and spices. No bitterness here. Finishes light and dry but has an alcoholic kick to it that I liked. The best Ommegang product. This is an amazing brew, one of the best for it's price.

granger10, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Actually got the last Hennepin in an 11oz bottle at a local liquor store for 50 cents. Seems there's no longer a distributor here in SoCal (correct me if I'm wrong, please) so I snapped up the last one. Glad I did.

Appearance: hazy orangish body with a white creamy head that slowly faded to a thin cap. Left nice lace behind.

Smell: immediately noted a spicy peppery aroma with a faint banana scent on the fringes. Soft alcohol smell in there too.

Taste: picked up a sweet/sour combination of peppery spices and vague apple taste, almost like a tart apple. Good little shot of an astringent alcohol kick at the finish.

Feel: Starts off smoothly and finishes very dry and crisp.

Drinkability: delicious almost to a fault. Wonderful mix of tastes and 11oz bottles could have you hammered in short order as you quickly quaff this outstanding beer. Now I've got to try to find more.

Boilermaker88, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Luminescent golden body topped by a rather thin white head, but the head shows decent retention and slowly fades to a thin collar. The aroma is very sweet, but then has an intriguing herbal smell as well. Hard for me to place the individual components, but it is very enticing. The taste is not neraly as sweet as the aroma insinuates. It has a nice grassy hop component, atop decent malt that just seems to stay out of the way. The finish is slightly bitter, but has a strange complexity. The spices bring to mind homemade chicken soup, as they did on the nose (I just thought it odd to mention at the time.) It has a very dry finish, that is slightly smoky or something. I can almost guarantee this would go well with roasted chicken or turkey. The mouthfeel is light and airy, but doesn't leave me feeling like something is missing. The drinkability is very good. I think this is an ideal dinner drink for poultry, and less of an everyday drinker. This may find it's way to my Thanksgiving table. A very enjoyable beer that seems part wine, part beer.

aaronh, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Nice golden-yellow color. Pours with a nice foamy head that laces quite well. Taste is definitely Belgian, complex and rich. Deviliously delicious with a wide-ranged palate of flavors, a little spice, a faint hint of banana. Will return to this one time after time...

euskera, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: A cloudy, dull golden/orange pour with a livley and constantly present head.

Smell: The nose is exploding with aromas. Big rich maltiness up front highlighted with a fudge-like sweetness. A mix of spicey & fruity hints as well.

Taste: Extraordinary! Layers and layers of complex flavours in this beer. Instant sweetness up front that reminds me of honey and brown sugar. Peppery spice and earthy qualities follow and a big rich maltiness give the beer generous body. A medicinal, alcohol kick towards the finish that carries a woody, sweet n' sour taste along with it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich at first. Crisp and dry towards the finish.

Drinkability: I absolutley loved this beer. One was just not enough for me.

Popsinc, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Hazy pour with a formidable off-white head. Clean, crisp grain smell dominates the nose and is complemented by an interesting cinnamon-like spiciness. Those scents carry over nicely to the taste, which is characterized by a good combination of sweet, crisp grains and a spicy bite of clove. Eventually fades to a warm finish. Good, clean mouthfeel. Once the novelty of this refreshing offering wears, you are left with a good but not great pale ale.

BitteBier, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.45/5  rDev +7%

This pours a cloudy and somewhat subdued yellow. It creates a thick rocky head with big, fat bubbles popping all over. Haven't really seen that before, kinda different. After settling, there is a thin wisp of yeast sediment in the glass bottom.

Aroma is yeasty, musty, sweaty...no wait that's me.
I get a very snappy yeast aroma dominating. At first it's kind of difficult to get past that, my nose just wants to be lazy and be satisfied with that yeasty Belgian smell. Focusing in, getting past that, I am rewarded with some notable banana and clove smells. I like.

Fairly average malt taste at first, but before I go thinking this one is overrated, the fun begins. Very bubbly, approaching the likes of champagne. Develops very nicely into some yeasty, bready flavors, just a bit of sourness in there, too. As the fluid clears from the mouth, that's where it's easiest to detect the above normal alcohol level. A no-brainer as it warms up, there's no hiding it. That vapory, estery mouthfeel gives way to some citrusy, lemony notes. Perhaps a little hop action there? As the mouth dries out, that lemony taste further develops into a grapefruit-like aftertaste. Cold, it also gives a warming feeling in the throat, your 2nd Notice that you'd be well advised to drink these slowly. Not as warming as it warms up, odd how that seems to be in reverse for me. Also, either as it warms or as I get closer to the bottom (higher concentration of yeast?), the aftertaste has a trace sugar mouthfeel, like aspartame.

Mouthfeel - the effervescence keeps the taste buds honest, I think it enhances the enjoyment of the beer by kind of bubbling off the prior sip's flavor influence, like the guy at Penn Station who scrapes the grill between sandwiches. Good consistency for the style, a little below average thickness, but not watery at all.

Given the opportunity, I would probably abuse this beverage by overdoing it, Hennepin is most delicious and drinkable. 7.5% abv be damned, this is one beer that'll make you look past that to see how many more are in the fridge!

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of BigHead
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Cool bottle, which is always nice, seems to make my tongue more anxious. It pours nicely, an slight orange hue to the golden yellow brew as the cascade of bubbles make their way to the top for their obligatory contribution to a nice sized head. I smell bananas, clove, ginger, some other fruits, and yeastiness. And boy it is a nice tasting ale, with the fruitiness (banana and grapefruit) and spices making a nice balance with a decent hop presence. I found it to be a smooth beer with the carbonation action livening up my tongue, by the alcohol content makes this one to be careful with since I really couldn't tell it was that high.

BigHead, Jun 20, 2003
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,961 ratings.