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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,150 Ratings
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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 santoslhalper
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a clear copper with a thing, creamy off white head.

Smell: The smell is a nice mix of farmyard smells and hops. Pretty true to the Belgians so far.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is excellent. Really. Incredibly true to the Belgians, and also a few improvements in my opinions. The balance of hops and farmyard funk is truly wonderful, and the aftertaste is very nice as well. It's very thirst-quenching. The mouthfeel is creamy.

Drinkbaility and Overall: Excellent. This is Ommegang's best of what I've had. Excellent. I'm really impressed, and I can't wait to get more. Try it.

santoslhalper, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chill hazed golden body with a big, frothy white head. Smells of caramel apples, yeasty bread, sweet malts and fruity esters. Very complex aroma and flavor. Taste consists of caramel and candy sweetness, overripe pears, winelike sour grapes, and a well blended warming alcoholic finish. Medium body and semi-dry finish make it highly drinkable.

gimmehead, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of Kwak
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one had an alcohol -almost wine smell to it. it poured with a slight haze to it, a nice white rocky head to it disappearing after a few sips. the taste was mildly tart with a hint of citrus, also a very nice dry aftertaste
Very nice taste goes well with a good meal!!

Kwak, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, very slightly cloudy gold, with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweet, grainy malt and pleasant floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lightly fruity, and somewhat sweet malt up front, with a fair amount of hop bitterness kicking as it lingers on the tongue. Hop flavor reminds one of fresh lemongrass. Finishes moderately dry.

Mouthfeel: Firm, effervescent body (lots of carbonation).

allengarvin, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of Truh
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was feeling Minnesota with this one on 10/21/2004. 12-oz. pour in a wide-mouthed goblet.

Initial ½-inch down of cream head that thins on its own schedule. Flowery/floury permissiveness on nose with coriander, sweet clover honey, and Kentucky blue grass all chortling around in there; as it warms, alcohol provides some heat. Biting pepper, lemon juice, chewy grape leaf hint, Hi-C fruit punch sweetness follows behind all of this with a finishing overall Sourpatch Kid puckering. Could take it or leave it; the sour aspect is just a bit off-putting.

Truh, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color. Thick creamy white fluffy head that held its own for the enitre beer. Small spots of lace on the sides of the glass. Citrusy notes, along with spices, and some funky smells. Tart and sour flavors combine with ripe pears and apples. Spices thrown in, along with some earthy flavors. Good amount of peppery earthy hops at the end. Very refreshing. The complexity works so well in this beer. This would be great in warm weather, or cold. High carbonation, great drinkability despite all of the complex flavors. Excellent saison.

Bierguy5, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost opaque, golden/yellow, very typical of most Saisons I've had before. Head is light ang somewhat clingy, could use a bit more umph.

Smell: Like moist bread, with a bit of apricot jam sweetness.

Taste: Yeasty with an interesting alcohol finish which gives it sort of a lactic and creamy feel with just a bit of funk, which reminds me of a Camenbert cheeze. Nice!

Goldorak, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold pour, kind of hazy from the yeast, with a big white head that looks downright soft in my tulip. Head is tons of tiny bubbles and looks great. Smell is citrusy, but it's also got some sour musty clove and pear scents in there as well.
Taste is interesting. I'm tasting some pear in there as the foremost among the tart flavors, but there's so much to talk about. The citrus matches up nicely with the dryness of the finish and spicy notes. The alcohol is there, but not to the detriment of the flavor; if anything it helphs you notice the dryness of the flavor.
Wow, I really dig this one, it's a tart and spicy masterpiece.

whartontallboy, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned saison from New York. Hmm... let's give it a go. It pours a pale clear yellow (almost looks like a pale ale/Macro Lager). Not much head on this. Moderate lacing. Smells slightly funky, like outdoors in the spring. Taste is slightly metallic, and slightly sour at the same time. A hint of grassy hops in there as well. Overcarbonated in my book. Not a hit. Not something I'd look for again.

deejaydan, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:I poured this 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice. It has a hazy gold tone with an orange tint.

Aroma: The smell features orange citrus with yeast and some spice, a little bit of pear too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Hennepin tastes of yeast, spice, and is sweet, esters are present. It feels fizzy, crisp and clean in the mouth, like a saison should.

Drinkability: very quaffable! I tested this one out aprés boarding at Mulligans on Stratton Mountain, had three of these and I could've had another three.

Ommegang's best offering in my opinion!

HogHill, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange tinted straw yellow color, that is topped by a frothy large bubbled head that starts out a good 4 inches thick. The aroma is spritzy with notes of lemon, coriander, ginger, slight herbalness, a certain damp wood-like mustiness. The aroma is quite light and appetizing, and has a nice level of complexity to it.

The taste is lightly sweet up front through the middle, but then becomes quite dry in the finish. This is nice and spicy with competing notes of pepper, ginger, lemon zest, coriander. This beer has a nice soft sweet grain character which mixes quite well with, and in fact even accentuates, the refreshing, cool citrus notes. This beer is very good, it is just about the perfect beer to sit down and enjoy over an evening. The one flaw is that it is perhaps a little to thick in the body, don't get me wrong, it is by no means thick, it is just that I like my farmhouse ales with a nice dry, light palate. I had forgotton how tasty this beer was, and at $3.00 for a 750ml it is a steal.

Gueuzedude, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a good 2 finger head, great retention and great lace. Excellent smell - yeasty with some hits of banana and sweet malt (both barley and wheat), some slight hop floralness. Complex but not overpowering. Outstanding taste. Somewhat tart and yeasty with nicely balanced hops. Some banana and clove notes as well. Finishes dry. Crisp and refreshing. An excellent example of the style and well worth the $4.99 I paid for the 750ml. An excellent value.

sabrills70, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy gold with a thick, rich white head, that settled to a complex lace in the tulip glass I used. The nose has a yeasty/doughy character up front with bright grapefruit from the hops and a mild candy character from the malt. Very layered and complex. The taste has an awakening tartness followed by a mild bitterness. The play between the sweetness and tartness is very pronounced. Light and slick mouth feel leads to a very drinkable beer. This New York brewery is producing a fine version of the Saison style.

carln26, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of karst
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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