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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,045 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,045
Reviews: 2,037
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 217
Gots: 423 | 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 vitesse
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in 750 mL bottle.

pours a bright golden color with slight whitish cloudiness. super fluffy, pillowy head. label calls this a saison, not a style i'm too familiar with...
aroma is of belgian candi sugar and cloves.
taste just blew me away. very very similar to duvel, which shouldn't surprise me because the ommeg brewery is owned by moortgart.
slightly "farmhousey," grassy flavor especially reminds me of duvel. alchol packs some punch, but spicy hops flavor and belgian-esque sweetness all meld together to balance out nicely.
sweet finish but super duper drinkable.
this is a real crowd pleaser. all the complexity of the big belgians is here. a great blonde beer. i highly recommend it.

vitesse, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear twinkling gold with sparkling bubbly accents. A couple fast fingers of variegated white head settles quickly to a Berber carpet of froth. Dainty lacing clings prettily on the glass.

The compact aroma leads with a rounded sweetness of malt and berries, along with a distant pie cherry tartness. The yeast carries a diaphonous air of gentle sourness.

Upon sipping, a biscuit malt sweetness leads off, but checks its swing as a drier, more tart berry note takes over. The grain character continues on to a pas de deux with mellow spice elements, certainly clove, and maybe coriander. Alcohol comes through clearly toward the end, along with a slight doughiness from the yeast, and these fade to a dry bitterness at the finish. The unique proportions of the various components lead to an intriguing balance.

Medium bodied, it clings determinedly to the tongue and mouth, leaving an even deposit of the round flavor. A mild dry bitterness glows on the tongue at the finish.

The drier components vying with the subdued sweetness leads to a refreshing union of both. Each element works in proportions that seem something other than the usual. The result is a stylish marriage of common qualities, a unique result indeed. The ABV is credible and overt, but exists in a friendly symbiosis with the beer's overall goodness, making it drinkable in sensible quantities. Now that I've had this, I'll certainly find the time to have another as soon as the mood strikes me.

Foxman, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 750ml cork and caged bottle, this brew was served in a flute. Amble bright white foam crowned a bright golden beer. It's aroma hinted of fruits and yeast. The flavors offered more complex spicy and fruit flavors balancing sweet caramel malts. This beer was neither heavy, nor thin but had definite presence in the mouth. It was a delightful companion to a meal of cheese-bread and soup.

AllThingsNinja, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of aracauna
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour is a clear, glowing deep golden amber. The second pour turns cloudy and darker. The head is massive and stiff. It fades slowly and leaves a thick sheet on the sides of the glass. Beautiful beer. Orange and cloves on the aroma. Very bright and happy. The taste is also very bright and spicy. Fruity esters meld nicely with the orange flavor and a nice straw and caramel malt. A slight bitterness lingers in the finish. Excellent.

aracauna, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this with some great soft cheeses. Pours a clear, pale golden color with a frothy, energetic head. The aroma is more floraly hoppy than I expected….layered flowery smells, spiciness, and citrus-like hop aromas…with a background of alcohol. First taste is sweet…moderately malty and yeasty. Subtly spicy. The beer is highly carbonated, which gives it a crisp carbon-dioxide bite. It’s refreshing, clean, and finishes pleasantly bitter. I could see this beer going well with most foods.
Inexpensive and impressive, Ommegang is becoming a favorite of mine.

Suds, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of ctrlfreak
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by the clarity of this bottle conditioned ale. (taking a sip) I was a little nervous about trying this because I am not a fan of the Ommegang. But I was pleasantly surprised by this. (sipping) A beautiful amber with lots of tiny bubbles. The head was a wonderful thick frothy white. The nose was a little harsh but that is do to the Belgian yeast. I am a hop lover. (sip and gulp) But the taste cuts through the nose and washes everything down with a clean and crisp mouth.

ctrlfreak, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not to be the spoiler of fun, I'm just not a fan of this particular beer. The first time I had it, I liked it, but I have had many since then and haven't liked it much at all.
It pours into the glass a hazy orangish yellow with a huge head. I tried to control it, but it was like racing a car on ice with a blown tire, I couldn't win. But it does give the drinker a decent chance to smell of what he/she is drinking. The smell was hoppy, but it has a great deal of sweetness to it. The taste is bready to say the least. It's not much different than bitting into a slice of wonder bread. There are some hoppy qualities to it. A bitterness and also a sweetness.
Normally these are qualities that I like in a beer, but it doesn't sork for me in the Hennepin.

CBFanWish, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of Charthepirate
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly simply amazing. Sipping this beer I cannot describe the plothora of flavors present in it, but I'm not at that point, so I'll start with the appearence, which is mighty fine. Pours kind of a ruddy golden, head is like heavy cream, god it's beautiful. Left a huge covering, if not thick lacing.

It smells fairly standard, reminding me of a wheat beer and duvel. IMO the weakest point of the beer.

The flavor, god the flavor. smooth, complex and rich. Spicyness from the alchohol, wheat flavors, mild banana, sugars. God, I list all those and I can't even approach what I taste there. Amazing, simply amazing. In the back of it all, just a touch of bitter from the hops that calls out the contrasts and makes all the amazing maltiness of the beer just stand out even more.

even more than the flavor though, this beer rolls around the mouth, in perfect coordination with the carbonation and the full mouthfeel. It's almost like what champaigne would taste like if it had a roundness to match the carbonation.

As you can probably tell by now, i've had a bit of this stuff. Why? it's damn drinkable. Amazing, amazing brew, no if ands or buts.

Char

Charthepirate, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of chilidog
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, This brew could not be guessed it comes from Copperstown, N.Y. It pours a nice hazy gold with a higher carbonated (some fizz) head. The head is white that settles to a thin,close bubbled film that dose lace though it fades also. The aroma is lemon citrus. As with the taste the citrus comes through in a lemon pepper on wheat. Also a honey sweet spice lingers a dry mouthfeel. Alcohol at 7.5% hits home strong while allowing this brew to be very drinkable.

chilidog, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of jtfest
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful yellow coloring with a nice, lasting white head. Active carbonation lends an ongoing bubble-show in the glass. Sweet floral aroma complements nicely the rich mouthfeel and taste that starts sweet and ends dry. To tell the truth, it reminds me of champagne, particularly in how the effervescence feels on the palate (not just because of the corked bottle ;-). Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

jtfest, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy yellow with a hint of orange. Smells very citrusy/hoppy and scared me originally when I sniffed it. Had all the makings of a pale ale nightmare. How happily wrong I was. Has a very active bubbly white head that just looks great receding down the tulip glass. Damn good looking beer.

The taste is interesting. Syrupy sweet with a hint of malt and a lot of lemon/grass/pepper up front. Quite a good sized body for a mild beer. Finishes sweet as it began with some nice carbonation tingling on the tounge. Another gem from Ommegang.

yankeeheel, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of twilight
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, silver-rimmed chalice glass.

I first thought I wouldn't like this beer. The first impression is the bitterness, and it reminded me just a tad of ESB's that I don't have a particular fondness for. I kept drinking however, and mmm....

This beer is yummy. It pours with a golden color, with very little head and leaves only a bit of lacing. The aroma is reminiscent of honey, citrus, and that smell I refer to as "earthy" (kind of like smelling tree roots). The taste is nice, though a bit "wheaty" for me. I can definitely taste the wheat character in the beer. One of the only detractions is a hint of the alcohol comes through, (at 7.5 percent), so it detracts some from the flavor. I know I'll be enjoying more of this in the future.

twilight, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold that sparkles when I hold it to the light, very clear for bottle conditioned. Two finger head with loudly crackling bubbles. Ends up as a bubbly laces.
Apricot, banana, honey and yeasty aroma.
Malty, peppery and spicy taste, it seems more alcoholic than it really is. Curaco orange or maybe sour tangerine. Citrus hops - lemon.
Crisp with a medium feel, a pleasure to drink.

mschofield, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-cloudy golden with a white loosely carbonated head. Excellent lacing.

Smells like a saison--citrus, coriander, and pepper with a light hop presence blend nicely in the nose.

The taste is similar to the smell and is delightfully refreshing in the mouth. The flavors are pronounced but not too strong. This is a great tasting beer.

This is a medium bodied beer with a crisp dry finish. Very nice.

This is a drinkable beer that was a pleasant suprise. If their other beers are similar to the quality of this one, Ommegang will be receiving more of my business.

filabrazilia, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge puer white head on opaque honey colored body.
Sweet and spicy nose like a middle eastern pastry. Estery.
Light flavored spicy wheat-beer flavor and banana. Hop spiciness is everywhere, but the hop bitterness is restrained. The tiniest bubbles give this the creamest mouthfeel. I love this stuff. If this were as common as budweiser, I would never ever drink anything else, and likely become an alcoholic.

Naerhu, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of AbePhroman
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an amazing domestic Saison. Yards' brewery Saison should take some hints from this. Ommegang puts out a good product. Poured a slightly cloudy gold with a foamy white head. Hints of malt, not bitter at all. A great domestic brew in the Belgian style. I think I'll go get another bottle now.

AbePhroman, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, topped with a small white head. Smell is yeasty with some pepper and grass notes, as well as something a bit musty? The carbonation explodes in your mouth with TONs of little bubbles. Very crisp and refreshing. Taste is sweet and peppery in the beginning then finishes a bit dry with a nice hop background.

I really like this beer but I have to say I think I prefer the Ommegang and Rare Vos over this. Just my opinion.

CharlesRiver, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of counselor
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer oured a nice peach color with cotton candy lite fluffy head. The head lasted the whole glass, including a 2nd pour to finish off the bomber size bottle. The aromas of spring flowers hit my nose and filled my head before I could take a sip. While, at first, I didn't "get" the Belgian beer style, I continue to drink them, hitting on some good ones and gaining appreciation for the bolder ones. This beer would be the perfect introduction to the Belgian beers as it is not overshelming, yet is very complex

The flavors consisted of fruity, tropical flavors like bannana, pomegranade, pears and figs, it had a smooth and easy drinking texture that finished with a nice hop dry feel with some sweetness around the edges, like a nice dessert wine. This was served rather cold from my fridge and as the glass warmed, all of the above aromas and flavors grew until the last sip.

counselor, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aged bottle from 2002.

Slightly hazy, light golden color with a foamy white head that leaves attractive trails of lace down the glass. Excellent head retention, as well. Wonderfully complex aromas of freshly ground ginger, orange peel, maybe some coriander, pepper, fruity esters and slightly earthy hops. More ginger, orange rind, Saaz hops, ripe apple and pear are evident before a mild finish reminiscent of freshly ground pepper. Mouthfeel is smooth, lush and downright pleasing. Drinkability is phenomenal for a beer of 7.5% abv. Though it's not a true saison to the traditionalist due to its alcohol content, it's a damn good beer that is clearly worthy of your attention. One of the better values on the shelves today, too.

Jon, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alas, a good domestic Belgian imitation! It ain't Dupont, but it is a super brew!! Especially at the 4.99 price tag for a 750ml, here in Chicago.The color is right on, featuring blazing orange-the head pours big and frothy and maintains a fine stick. Flavorful and refreshing both, the beer salutes the style nicely. The taste is much like that of a Dupont Saison, with spicy citrus hop and a nice snappy bite. A well balanced, clean, and delicious bang for the buck!! I'll surely save money with this as an option.

moulefrite, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of shirfan
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy light gold with a retentive, large-bubbled head.

Aroma is estery, fruity, with sour notes of cherries, cloves, pears and alcohol.

Flavor is balanced, light and sweet yet complex at the same time. A pleasant, non-diacetyl sour lemon flavor keeps the sweeter esters in check; pear and a mild clove come through in the finish, with a yeasty, drying aspect. There is no hint of alcohol here other than a slight warming a full 2-3 seconds after the sip is swallowed... but there are leafy, spicy hops as well. Not in a capacity to overpower, but just enough to make things all the more interesting. Never cloying nor thick, this just keeps tempting another sip.. and another...and another.

Hennepin takes all the best qualities of a hefeweisen, belgian, and ale... and combines them into a ridiculously drinkable beer. I'm totally in love with this, and rating accordingly. A new favorite; Premier Gourmet will be seeing my quick return to establish a personal stash, at $5 a bomber.

shirfan, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of dannyvee
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my duvel glass- didn't realize how appropriate that would be until i tasted it. it appeared slightly more golden in color than duvel, but the taste was pretty close. a little thinner and slightly less peppery, but overall not very different to me. thoroughly enjoyed, but if i'm going for that style i'll go with hennepin's older, more established belgian cousin.

dannyvee, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of Crosling
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dull...Boring and everything in between. Maybe I missed something about this beer, knowing that it is one of the top 50 I was excited to try this but it disappointed me greatly.

Poured a hazy honey colored yellow with a large and enchanting white head. Big bubbles all around.

Aroma was of yeast, fruitiness, grasses in a blender, a few spices, etc.

Flavors included all kinds of fruits, yeast, and spices. Not bad but certainly not what I was expected. Alcohol was well hidden though and it did leave an excellent lace on the glass.

Crosling, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of Boto
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: Nice layer of sediment at the bottom: I love bottle conditioned beers. It pours a cloudy golden color. It has a floral nose. Also there of hints of pear and apricots. The taste is full bodied, with undertones of citrus pears and caramel. Very nice!

Boto, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a firm cloudy golden straw yellow, growing firm and frothy a white one inch head builds slowly and reatins for a good long time, slowly slips down to a thick haze, lace in slow dripping ink blots. Smell is mostly yeasty and spiced, some citrusy lemon and white pepper underlay with a slight touch of alcohol. Taste is subtle and fairly complex with an overall mellowness thats super nice with an easy and soft maltyness, lightly citrusy of lemon and melon rinds, dulled tangyness, some notes of musty grasses and sugar. Spicy yeastyness is light up until the finish where it approaches ever so tingly and lightly building slowly, gaining some and helping end with a calm dryness in the finish. Carbonation was perfect, solid and full bodied, a nice crescendo from start to finish and a bit of thickness and even some light chewyness rendering in some of the finish. Nice malty balance with the yeast, and what ever hops may be in there adding in with some of that grassyness and very slight calm bitterness thats barely noticeable in the middle. A definate keeper and a wonderful drinker. Mellow, soothingly smooth, thick, luscious, a hidden alcoholic treat to be shared, if willing ; )

Big thanks to Fishbone for the bottle!

tavernjef, Nov 19, 2003
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,045 ratings.