Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,223 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,223
Reviews: 2,050
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 228
Gots: 488 | FT: 1
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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 goschool
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its corked bottle opens with a satisfying 'pop!' The pour is hazy yellow with a big creamy head. The aroma features citrus and pepper with a hint of hops. Lemon zest, spice, hops, and yeast come together nicely for a complex taste that's crisp and drinkable. The mouthfeel is light bodied and bubbly. The 7.5% is well hidden. At less than $5, this fantastic saison could be the best bargain around.

Photo of amicar
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a gorgeous cloudy orange color- very nice, with a fluffy white head. Nice spicy smell with a little citrus fruit and hay. Lovely dance of bright flavors with nicely restrained sweetness. Again, spicy, peppery with complex fruit undertones, but especially citrus peel. The malts underneath are not overbearing. Feels smooth and slick in the mouth and fills it completely with bright carbonation. This is so easy to drink... so easy... there's no problem having one after another.... just do it slowly so you remain standing...

Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow straw colored, slightly clouded, with a white tightly-bubbled head that rises up thick and settles down to a one inch cap. Aroma is not too strong, but has definite notes of yeast and spice, a little grassy floral, but not what I'd call hoppy. Mouthfeel is fairly dry and crisp, even carbonation. Flavor is understated, a little yeasty but not overpoweringly so, some sweetness and some peppery spice, no one flavor taking over the pallete. Finishes clean with some residual spice and yeast flavors in the aftertaste.

Photo of semihobo
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm uncorked a 750, out of the warmish cellar and chilled a little.

Into the chalice. Huge head that takes a bit of time in dropping to a reasonable plateau. Retention is incredible -- ideal amount of lace puddling on top, even over 30 minutes. Color is a beautiful subdued orange, kind of like Pranqster (the only beer I've reviewed with similar appearance). The hue screams candy goodness.

Intense smell, especially as it warms. Sugar, two part citrus smell that is from both the malts and sugars and the hops. Some alcohol. A buried hint of piney hops. Some yeast as well. Quite a heap of flavors, whoa, possible to get your nostrils a little singed.

Complex taste, too. Bananas and apricots, with some marshmallows whipped in. Some spices, maybe some clove, also hop bitterness. Flat, matzah-like breadiness present from the beginning. All of those flavors very distinct and well-defined. I don't feel like I'm grasping for straws at all. Only downsides are some alcohol notes and a little bit of souring as it warms a lot. Has the essence of Belgium -- maybe the yeast, something about it screams "belgian!" in a nice way.

Mouthfeel is great, you can swirl around a sip and then lean back and savor. Can drink leisurely or quickly, nice carbonation that matches sugars well. It seems like this beer maybe holds carbonation a little better as it warms than others .. not sure, just how it feels. Would be interesting to measure. The citrus makes this a littte crisp.

Even as this gets warm it is still quite drinkable. ABV is not prohibitive, and matches the price range / bottle size (750ML bottles are consumed much more in wine servings and at a wine pace). I need to try more Saisons, I think this beer is excellent as a session beer, a special occasion beer, a gateway beer (bonus: I had two non-BA type friends try this and both were exclaiming "I gotta get into this stuff!"), anything. This beer is especially solid, it leads in all categories ...

At the big grocery store (Wegmans) it is $4.49 for a 750ML ... at that price, I am drinking this a LOT more. My first Saison ... boy I hope they are all this good.

Photo of flaminghomer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very good indeed. typical belgian character. this is very smooth and drinkable. most people might fight it hard to believe that it is 7.5% abv. i could taste hardly a trace of alcohol. it has the typical belgian crisp fruitiness too it, but nothing is overdone. i enjoyed it greatly.

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very hazy and glowing muddy golden-orange. It has a huge fizzy white head that settles to a big pillowy froth that laces the glass. Beautiful!

The aroma is musty, earthy yeastiness with some peppery spices.

The flavor is chalky wheaty malts, musty yeast, a little almost sour fruitiness (seems a bit out of place, but mellows nicely), and a bitter and spicy dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but provides some nice warming. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a good amount of lively carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. I'm still new to saisons, but this is the best I've had to date.

Photo of HopHeadKen
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with thick Ivory colored head. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle confirms the label claim of 'Bottle Conditioned'.
The smell is spicy and rich. Taste is spicy corriander with hints of pepper, warm and alcoholic. This is my second bottle. WOW ! I have got to homebrew a Saison !
This stuff is very good !

Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in brown 12oz bottle
Served in a Chimay chalice

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white frothy head.
Smells of wheat and fruits are present.

Taste a nice wheaty flavor with definate fruit. I did a earlier reveiw on the same company and belive me they dont skimp on the fruits. Also smelling apples and citrus notes.By the way lacing is awsome . Medium body. Traces of the high alchohol only detected on the finish. A great summer beer very refreshing. Malty and sweet very impressed.

Photo of AlexJ
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brillient flaxen gold pour wearing a massive, 3 finger head of pure white. Great retention and some delicate lace artwork.

Nose is spicey fruit compote, lemon zing, apple, pear, crisp melon, and crushed-rock minerality with a trailing notion of European hops..

Flavor is crisply fruity, focusing on melon, citrus, green apple, and pear. It has some grassy vegetation notes accompanied by a dry and chalky minerality. Overall is dry, with fruity notes to soften it up. Delicate peppery spice throughout.

Body hovers between light and medium, with a crisp mouthfeel and a light and airey texture. Way too easy to drink. Me and Gabe make short work of this 750.

Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in my glass a crystalline golden amber color with a monsterous creamy light tan head that very slowly erodes leaving a thick and glutinous sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose has a fresh citrus like crispness, tart comes to mind, also a sweet earthiness, start is sweet and perfectly malted, the top is light to medium in feel. Finish is striking in its acidity, hops delectable in their spicy bite, desert bone dry and long lasting is the aftertaste. Ommegang has been a favorite brewery for many years, and I always try to keep a few bottles around.

Photo of Naes
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is just a little hazy and is golden colored with a nice white head that provides some lacing.

The aroma is of yeast and spice.

The flavor is just as it smells (yeast and spice) but a hint of alcohol comes through in the finish. There is also a bit of hop presence throughout the sip.

Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated. It will foam up in your mouth if you let it sit there for a second.

For a higher ABV beer, this is quite drinkable. Though the alcohol is present, it is not overpowering. Try it.

Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml split with "possumdog"

appearance: golden, flufffy white head with very minimal lacing

smell: yeasty, citrus, apples, slight hops, nice pepper aromas as well

taste: apples, pears, slight citrus, quite yeasty, mild hops. Taste is pretty good for a Saison, interested in tasting the cave aged. As it warms i notice the banana flavors more

mouthfeel: light to medium, slight alcohol tingling, somewhat dry with a bitter finish

drinkability: very drinkable

Photo of Fugazme
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good looking beer. Slightly hazed, but mostly clear. Big, foamy white head that lingers forever and sticks nicely.

First whiff was sweet with a touch of alcohol. Second was near the same... third brought forth grass and slight citrus. Some grain.
Picking up some nice spice on the fourth... cloves. Pretty nice.

Smooth on the palate with a touch of bubbles. Tastes of grain and alcohol. A little citrus, but barely. Dry. Great balance.

Photo of numenor1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Pop the Cap.

Appearance: clear gold to bronze color with a decent head that never completely disappears.

Smell: Smells like bubblegum and grass. A tad alcoholic.

Taste: Bready malts up front(a bit wheaty) yield to spicy yeast. A slight bit citric, a touch of lemongrass, more bubblegum, deifnite cloves, a tealike hop flavor that all draws together and then fades into a dry lingering yeast presence on the back of the tongue. Slightly phenolic and slightly alcoholic throughtout, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and effervescent. Sparkly.

Drinkability: Drinkability is good, but i don't think i'd accidentally drink too many of these.

This was my first saison.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pale straw/amber color with a big frothy white head that takes its time dissappearing and leaves uneven lacing behind.

S - Predominantly wheat, a slight citrus hops and gumball odor underneath.

T - Alcohol is evident. A citrusy pineapple wheat and slight gumball flavor. The flavor is good, but I am dissapointed that the abv shows through so clearly.

M - Very thin and a little foamy, refreshing though.

D - Goes down extrodinarily easy. Soothing and very drinkable.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thick, frothy white head that retains well. Aroma is a funky blend of malt, spices and hops; i detect pepper, nutmeg, corrainder, sourdough bread, lightly floral and mineraly hops, a subtle but intesnsely complex aroma. Taste is equally complex and challenging; at first the bready malt takes center stage, then onto the spices including but not limited to: nutmeg, lemon zest, corrainder, and pepper, and then a lightly bitter hops flavor that is earthy, mineraly and slightly citrusy. There is also a fruity yeast flavor that adds yet another layer of complexity to this fantastic brew. The mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation, and the drinkability is excellent (especially on a hot summer day) and the alcohol is very well concealed and only lightly warming. An excellent saison from Ommegang, this is my first purchase of a beer over 6% in NC and it was definately a good one...looking forward to trying the rest of their beers.

Photo of battlekow
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale yellow beer with an ample--very ample--head and lacing. Smells of lemons, esters, bubblegum, yeast; basically, it smells like a witbier. I don't have that much experience with saisons, and I'm not exactly sure of the difference between the two, but Hennepin has a definite hop bite in its flavor. Feels nice and light in the mouth. This is good, but I don't think it's exactly my style.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.750 corked and caged bottle. No date visible on cork, label, or bottle.

Pours a hazy butterscotch color. 1" billowy cream colored head recedes to a 1/4" and then finally to a cap. Great sheet of lace.

Initial aroma is yeast. Delicate floral and perfumey nose. Fruity with some hops way in the back.

Tastes fruity. Ripe apricot, peach and honey. A little tart. Powder. Some hops in the end balancing out the fruit. Nice, nice, nice!!!

Hennepin is full of fruit. Good carbonation. Smooth and clean in the mouth.

Very high drinkability with a long fruity finish. I am going to go back to the little store in Austin where I found these (Ommegang is not around TX anymore) and buy them out! Fabulous beer!! If you can find some near you....drink it!!

Photo of EPseja
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a fantastic time at Belgium comes to Cooperstown, I figured it was about time for me to get some Ommegang ratings up, starting with my favorite of their line.

Served in a tulip glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a hazy apricot gold color with a huge, pillowy head composed of large bubbles near the surface and tiny bubbles at the top. Lacing is clingy and dense. Makes my mouth water just looking at it... Wonderful!

S - Sweet but subtle summer fruitiness behind a thin veil of organic, hop-laced hay. Bright and fresh despite the sour farmhouse notes. Very well done; captures the essence of this style exquisitely.

T - First on the tongue is a honey sweetness wrapped around a tiny nugget of fresh, leafy hops. Slight bitterness reveals itself in the middle along with a mild tartness to balance the sweet. The finish is organic, yeasty, slightly bitter, and moderately dry. Alcohol warmth becomes prevalent with the deliciously bittersweet aftertaste.

M - Enters the mouth slightly viscously and wells up into a gentle sea of round and creamy foam. Despite the largeness in the mouth, it goes down very smoothly. Mouthfeel improves as it warms.

D - This is a fantastically tasty brew and a great example of this style. Easy to drink, easy to go in for the next sip. Well done, Ommegang!

Photo of IceAce
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 0395

Yellow to golden color, very hazy, kind of like sunshine as it breaks through the fog. Three fingers of dense white foam, the consistancy of whipped egg whites, caps the body and leaves exquisite lacing on the sides of a beer-clean stemmed tulip glass.

Beautiful funky barnyard aroma, complete with earthy clove, banana taffy, closing with a crisp dryness. Entry provides an initial sweetness which is quickly overcome by a complex mix of tropical fruits, sweet malt, and yeasty dryness.

The mouthfeel pleases the palate and the finish is champagne-dry with a lingering yeasty fade and plenty of residual sugal left on the lips.

A wonderful saison to say the least...many thanks to beerbuddy JiLLian for this one!

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a tulip glass at a temperature of around 45 degrees. colder than reccomended on this site but not by that much to make a difference. Light orange color with an unfilitered type body. Nice retention but little lacing.

I liked the yeasty belgian smell , Earthy as well, Fairly in your face bold flavors, Honey like sweetness, countered by a dry finish.

Mouthfeel was excellent ...nice carbonation tingling and oily remnace was a nice fit. reccomended. I found this to be highly drinkable and never boring. citrus/fruit compliments nicely.

Photo of jdm
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one popped the cork into the ceiling so hard i needed to check for structural damage to the home. it had a huge head that heavily laced the glass. it was a medium yellow color. it smelled heavily of grain, some spice and a very faint fruit. hennepin tastes great but i expected a little more complexity. it finishes quite dry and begs for another, but this beer is strong enough that may not be a great idea.

Photo of Sayson
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first Hennepin I've had in quite a while. I used to drink it often before I moved to the bible belt.

Appearance: straw colored, cloudy with an appropriate head for this style. Some lacing.
Smell: Seems right on. Undescribable, but appropriate to style. Smells musty?
Taste: Finishes sweet for a second, then bone dry.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full. Coats the tongue
Drinkability: I like it, but certainly not a session beer. Drank it with korean food tonight and it worked pretty well. Most Korean dishes have some sweet and some hot elements, so the sweetness of the beer and the spiciness fit in.

Overall, I will be glad to get the Ommegang line back here in NC. They are really doing fine work up there at Cooperstown. I sure do love their price point, too.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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..

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,223 ratings.