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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,150 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,150
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 224
Gots: 458 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, I've tried cave-aged Hennepin twice now, and I honestly have to say that it doesn't smell or taste any different to me than any other cellared bottle of Hennepin that I've had. It's a very decent beer fresh, and I appreciate that, but I like to put 6 to 12 months on it to drop the yeast and soften it a touch. So, that said, the cave age is no different from my cellared bottles except that there's dust and tiny chunks of rock (?) on the bottle. If you don't have a cellar that holds 55-65 F during summer, you might want to try one of these; but other than that, forget the extra expense and do it yourself. It's only a few buck put away for a little while (it doesn't really improve beyond conditioning, and I think it's quite nice and ready to go with even four months under its belt). But keep in mind, this is one of my favorite beers to begin with, and my favorite beer from Ommegang, so maybe I'm biased. Cheers!

NeroFiddled, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 1pt, 9.4 oz champagne-style bottle at Woodman's East here in Madison. Tried their Abbey Ale last night, was intrigued and at $4.39 for 25 oz, had to give this one a try. My first saison/farmhouse ale.

Pours a golden straw yellow with a frothy white head. Nose is complex like its Abbey Ale cousin, but this time it's floral, fruity and spicy. Taste follows suit with apples, pears and grapefruit dominating with a spicy, hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and the 7.7% abv is hidden so well I think I could down a couple big bottles of this, though it would probably hit me like a train. A little more accessible for me than the Abbey Ale, I'm becoming a fan of Ommegang for their tasty Belgians at unbeatable prices..

Golden2wenty1, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like I am reviewist #380. Corked and Caged 750 mL bottle, cork needs a little persuasion to get ejected. Cloudy yellow color, there are streams of carbonation visible in the body. Head is very large, about 3/4", with lots of creaminess and good retention. Smell is fruity and slightly peppery, with beligianesque yeast present. Taste is light and very crisp, citrusy and slightly spicy. Alcohol adds to the warm/spicey efffect. Great carbonation level, this is truely a beer bargain for $4.50 for a 750. I just wish it was available around here.

TastyTaste, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

finally getting around to reviewing the summer kegerator selection.. been on tap for approximately 3-4 weeks and still yummy as hell.. gonna kick soon so here we go:

gold with amber highlights, bubbles marching randomly. big huge puffy head deconstructing slowly with craters and caverns. bigtime lacing sticks to the glass. aroma is a fresh cut grass sauteed in butter with a sprinkle of hop spice and minimal sweetness. light and springy. flavor is cooling in a licorice fashion, fresh botanical notes prevail with a bit of diacetyl. creamy finish on the first sip.. light body and goes down quicker than i had planned. after the creamy character coats, big bright fruit is revealed.. even a mild white wine hint of grape. perfect summer beer for BA nerds like me and drinkable for someone who doesnt mind the big abv. only negative is that this is not a food-pairing beer IMO, and that's something i look for in my kegerator selections.

oh, and the other negative is that i didn't get any hennepin passport promotional items from terry. hmm. i wanted that damn canoe too!

goodbyeohio, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

biggun from arrowine

nice to look at: clear gold with a thick head. leaves respectable lacing
big spiciness on the nose, follows up when i taste. slight tartness that coincides with a zesty character

sweet...this really toes the line between a farmhouse ale and just a pale belgian (something i saw in clipper city's offering). it's got the spiciness to set it aside, but i feel that it could dry out a little

that being said, hennepin is delicious

bruachan, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of medic25
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Hennepin tulip glass. Yellow, slightly hazed color with a thick white head. Very faint aroma; touch of hops. Tasty beer; clean, easy drinking with a nice mix of fruits and hops. Little in the way of aftertaste; this is probably the most accesible of the Ommegang beers I've tried for non-BA's.

medic25, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of lord2464
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beutiful beer! Drank from a wine glass as no quality goblet was available. Head formed a thick marshmallow fluff looking head that was reminicent of shaving cream. I waited for it to die down - it didn't - so I stuck my nose in it. The flavars are delightful with complex spice and sweet malt. The beer is full bdies and light at the same time. A sleeper that will put you on your ass if your not carefull! Love it. And a bargain compared to imported versions of equal quality.

I am inspired to brew a Saison next time I open up the back yard brewery.

lord2464, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i looked for my review of saison dupont to compare with this and laughed 'cuz it was my first review. I've gotten a little better at reviewing now i think. anyways..
all saisons seem to have that same taste. maybe it's the yeast? some are more appleaing that others. this one has really good distro. and it's a good price. It taste's more clean than dupont. This doesn't taste like it was made in a farmhouse, it tastes like the modern american brewery it was made in. Dig?
Appearance was the highlight for me. I seriously sat looking at the glass for days like it was tv or something. the bubbles come up from little clusters and the head is never too big but it never really dies either. all the glass gets wider it goes from yellow to orange to clay. artwork. lacing

smell: too subdued. if you can get a smell you smell green apples, yeast and other goodies. it is not funky though. which can be good

taste: it's good but not complex. there is a sweetness and a dryness, more green apples. there is a puckeringness to this beer. yeast. i like it.
mouthfeel: carbinated but just right. again there is a dryness in the aftertaste.
drinkability: high. i can't seem to stop and it keeps getting better.
notes: once ajusted to the style this is a great beer. this is not a drink alone and meditate beer like some belgians. this a drink in a hottub full of people at a party type of beer. there is no beer that feels this light for 7.5. recomended. for the price double recomended.

pjwilson, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always great to have a fresh Hennepin in my glass, however this seems to be a bit of a struggle as of late. The more and more I taste this beer, I draw comparisons to Duvel. The dryness, peppery notes, soft pilsner note on the front end... the beer is a classic Belgian Pale Ale but the light dusty aroma and taste bring on those attic-y aged cork-like notes (along with that estery lemon zest and the front-loaded sweetness) that pulls it to the Saison side. Some may see this beer as being too clean but I love the refreshing and efforvescent life of the beer.

Second tasting at USBTC at Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. I have yet to drink a better Saison. Though this beer is big for the style, what it gives up in drinkability, it gives back in character and flavorfull-ness. Very citrusy (lemons, oranges, peaches, pears) with a lightly Belgian yeast flavor. Soft, similar to Wits, but more spicy and fizzy. Alcohols are high, lessening the quaffability. But, Ommegang can do no wrong; it's a great beer.

I have always been impressed with all of the Ommegang beers. Hennepin looks very yellow, cloudy, and carbonous. Dense white head that laced well. Smells citrusy sweet and citrusy tart. Spicy, yeasty, and earthy with a mild hop aroma. Tastes Lightly malty. Sweet like pears, apples, and honey. Spices of corriander, cloves, and a bit peppery. Tart on the side of white wine or cider. Wheat and yeast round out the flavors. Light hop flavor compound the spice and offset the sweet. Feels tingly and mildly hot to the toung and palate. Medium body and creamy texture. Finishes powdery sweet and lightly tart, all the while, dry and crisp. The aftertaste leaves malty sweetness on the light side, leaving me wanting another sip.

BEERchitect, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bomber at Union Jack's on the Manatawny

Pours a cloudy, hazy, yellowish/gold with a huge rocky, slightly off-white head of foam. Very high carbonation level. Head sticks around forever. Great lacing.

Familiar Belgian ale yeasty, musty, earthy; green banana peels. Nothing outlandish. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Light bready malts.

Flavors of light malts and sugar, yeast, some bittering hops, sharp citrus/bananas, very clean and smooth. Crisp-like, but not dry. Long aftertaste of earthy bananas.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, considering the effervescent carbonation. Sweet yet crisp. A beer of intriguing contrasts.

You will find this beer interesting from start to finish. There is so much going on here that you couldn't possibly get bored. Drunk, yes, bored, no! Great example of a farmhouse saison.

jakester, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of AltBock
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle caged and corked.
When poured into a tulip glass, I got cloudy golden color with a massive head of foam. Got the same head of foam everytime when I poured a little more into my glass when it got a little low. The smell had lots of fruits and spices in it. It smelled like wine but better. The taste had a lot of spices, fruit and citrus in it and with a hoppy aftertaste. Very complex. This beer is cheap at below $5 for 750ml bottle and one hell of a good beer. This is another beer that I would buy again. Keep up the good work Ommegang!

AltBock, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this brew. Found it on-tap at Red Bones. Poured a slightly hazy orangish yellow in color. Slight copper tinge. Slight head that created a whole hell of a lot of lace. Nose is citrus with some spice hovering in the background. Flavor was great. Lots of spice and a solid malt backbone. Truckloads of spice threatened to overwhelm the tongue. Alcohol came through quite vibrantly also. Mouthfeel was more carbonated than I expected with a thick and heavy feel on the tongue. Very drinkable.

MuddyFeet, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorites. And very affordable at $4.99 for a 750ml.

App: Fluffy head, slightly off white in color. The brew is a very cloudy light orange.

Smell: Bananas and light fruit prevail here. Alcohol is effectively masked.

Taste: Rancid fruit (in a good way, I promise). Strong banana flavors. Hint of bitterness. Flash of dryness in the middle. Alcohol flares up and then rides through out. Aftertaste is banana and rotten fruit with slight alcohol burnination.

MF: Stinging carbonation gives way to fluffy smoothness.

Drinkability: Very good. Excellent taste and perfect abv.

A 750ml of Hennepin is my personal favorite for a post-work relaxation session. Goes well with winning streaks by the New York Metropolitans.

thinkbreakfast, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of jhu1995
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let me just say, I could not believe the appearance of this in the glass. I had a 750 ml bottle and the first pour was extremely clear! It had a nice golden orange color which was so clear it was like looking through a window. The second pour was a little bit more cloudy because of the yeast follow through. This is the best part - the yeast really intensified the smell and flavor of this beer. Had a scent and taste of coriander and citrus which was well-balanced with the malt flavors. Very refreshing and tasty in and highly recommended.

jhu1995, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of villainchiwwin
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into flute from 750 mL. corked bottle
golden yellow color growing deeper from bottom to top. lively column of champagne-like bubbles continuously rose from bottom of glass. beautiful creamy three-finger high off-white head that slowly fizzled to 1/4 inch that had great retention. excellent chunky lacing. nose suggested yeast, lemon, sweet fruit, and a faint buttery chardonnay scent. tasted of spices, a hint of apple and sweetness, white grape skin, definite citrus, and balanced assertion from hops. light earthiness or herbal quality too. dry with a singing finish. mouthfeel was creamy and soft at first with great crispness after.
this is one incredible ale. enjoyable experience indeed.

villainchiwwin, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another familiar, and yet unreviewed friend. The cork pops, and the beer pours into a tulip with a three and a half inch head. It is a light, golden color.

The nose is extremely complex. It is earthy and yeasty. It is of heavy spices. The taste is wonderful. It is also earthy and yeasty, with a hint of lemon, backed by less spice than the smell suggests. The mouthfeel is slightly better than good. I could easily drink this all day, maybe even for two days. The $4.50 per bottle is a huge selling point.

Sephiroth, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of Zraly
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft golden color with a slightly, rocky, white head. Subtle smells of grassy hops fill up my nose. The head clings happily down my glass. Nice.

The overall flavor is rather dynamic, with a wonderful fruity fullness that has a zesty lemon zing. Pleasant mouthfeel that brings forth a flirty, tingley carbonation character. A wonderful combo of assertive esters and mild phenolic undertones. Dry and crisp. Medium-bodied, but light on the palate at the same time. Rather poetic.

Pack up the picnic basket with some ham & swiss on rye and a playful companion. Enjoy the day.

Zraly, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of Opethsprite
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep yellow with a substantial light yellow head. Smells of tart fruits and delicate hops. Sweet grains also present. Lovely, balanced scent. The fruits are present to taste, but more citrus than expected. The hops are indeed delicate and subtle, but still noticeable. This beer has a beautiful taste that expands delightfully in the mouth. Fan-TAS-tic!

Opethsprite, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy yellow with a great big pillowy head. Looks delicious. The aroma is a fruity citrus with a yeasty a smell.
The taste is amazing. A lot of banana like esters with a little bit of orange or citrus zing. The flavor makes it very easy to give this beer a swish. Great mouthfee. Moderate carbonation on this one. You'll know when you pop the cork. Great drinkability. Thanks for sending me this one Weare138.

Brian700, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of barknee
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There is no doubt that this is an exceptional product. Enjoyable at the brewery on tap or in bottle; either way you can taste the love here! VIA the pour you will receive a nice bulky-chunky dense foamy head, of which some remained throughout the entire sampling experience. The aroma is one of fine yeast and clean doughy must; completely appealing and totally appropriate. The hue of light clover honey fills the glass with a noticeable haze from the presence of the generous quantity of yeast within. The taste is awesome; honey-lemon laden fruit cake, good bitter citric element just rides to the point of being discernable-hiding waiting to be noticed. The combination of the refreshing citric element, honorable weight and flavors bursting from the seams makes this a virtual session brew lacking the cloying heaviness of some of it's counterparts. With a meal or just plain "neat", this Saison will please the "farmer" in all of us! (See you at the "Farm" in July when Belgium comes to
Cooperstown!!)

barknee, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing.

HOLY CRAP. Duck and cover. We're under attack!. We didn't even get the cage undone and the cork exploded out of the top, taking the cage with it. I had to walk across the room to find where they both ended up. Incredible. I have high expectations here.

It pours a hazy testaceous color with a big puffy head over top. The head recedes slowly, leaving veins of lace reminiscent of cobwebs. Very stickey. As the head falls, it leaves an iceberg of foam that doesn't seem to want to fall.

The nose is orangey and lemoney with a spicey bite. A light mustyness. Not too bad at all.

Flavor is a little more smooth than the nose would suggest. A very light banana coated with a lemony spritz. A very light mustyness. Very refreshing and not a hint of the 7.5%. Very nice.

The feel is thick, with a moderate carbonation. Rather refreshing. No heat from the alcohol.

Drinkability is awesome. I'm only getting the slightest warming in my stomach. I really like this beer. Big and quenching.

kmpitz2, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one blew the cork out along with the cork cage ... before I had fully undone the cage. Powerful blast. Pours an orange color with a very tall head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of spices along with a solid malt backing. Slight hop character as well. The flavor has a nice spice character and a definite hop presence. Very interesting mixture. Blends well for a crisp taste. Finish has a bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is light-moderate and the drinkability is very good - the alcohol is well hidden.

clvand0, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of scooter231
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I should start this review out by saying that I'm quite biased towards the Ommegang Brewery beers- it's one of my favorite breweries, and Hennepin is my favorite beer. However, I will strive to be as honest as possible despite my love of it.

Can I rate this a 6? Please? It's fabulous. It's similar to the regular Hennepin in many ways...it pours a pale gold color, with lots of head- gorgeous. The smell is like Hennepin with more bite- it's sharper.

Taste is, simply, yummy. It's a bit crisper, drier, fruitier than regular Hennepin, and a bit more alcoholic tasting. The mouthfeel is bubbly, medium-bodied, and plays on the palate. Drinkable? You better believe it.

Now, I'm always in the mood for Hennepin- but, I can see this lovely cave-aged version being more of a specific craving. That being said... I can see cravings for this happening frequently. The sad thing is there are only 3360 out there... mine was number 1010. Oh well. Get it while it's there. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

scooter231, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well what do you know?
The cave aging really does make a difference.
Tastes more... Belgian... than the original version, specifically, to my taste buds, like Delirium Tremens.
Smells much fruitier than the original... to my nostrils, more like Ommegang abbey.
Tastes are concentrated.
Stronger, drier and crisper.
It is tempting to rate this a 5 all around.
Where the hell is cave aged Three Philosophers?

ommegangpbr, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corks pops from this one with a loud "pop!" and the beer pours a wonderful cloudy golden yellow with a creamy frothy two finger head. Great retention as well. Aromas of fresh lemony grains, vibrant yeast along with a nice spiciness featuring cloves and light pepper. A shallow undercurrent of light fruity notes as well.

First sip is a wonderfully semi tart mix of fruity maltiness with lemony tones. Rich, fresh earthy yeast dances with a nuanced spiciness that has a nice peppery twang. Herbal, earthy hops follow and round this out nicely. A very tasty brew that is equally refreshing.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel with champagne like effervescence. Easily drinkable, the 750 goes down like water. Fast becoming one of my favorite styles. Drink this one outside and enjoy yourself on a sunny day!

orbitalr0x, Jun 23, 2005
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,150 ratings.