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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,163 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,163
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 223
Gots: 464 | 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 RickS95
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Traditional looking Belgian. Golden straw in color, but unfiltered so it's hazy and full of particulates. A bright thick white head sits up top.

The nose is happy. Cloves and coriander dance with orange peel.

The mouth is happy too. Those same spices greet the tongue, along with that same orange peel, and some peppery notes.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. It's crisp and refreshing, almost cleansing. Despite all the spices, it's a gentle feeling that seemingly cleans your palate.

A simple beer to drink. It tastes good and provides a crisp feeling as it goes down. Despite the spices and high alcohol, there's no burning whatsover, it actually seems to cool you. Would make a great beer for warm or cold weather.

RickS95, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not my type of beer, but when I saw it and had read so many positive reviews I decided to give it a try. Comes packaged in a beautiful bottle with champagne style capping. Pours tremendously cloudy with very unsubtle sunset colors. The suggested serving glass call for a wide-mouth glass, (I used a red wine glass) upon pouring a swelling of orange, berries and some serious alcohol infused my nostrils. This beer taste like a summer beer, overloaded with sweetly hops that balance each other. This beer almost transcends beer at its strangest and purest points. A serious beer, but is it really a beer; or should it be in its own category?

FLAbeergutinMASS, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of peabody
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a cloudy straw color with lots of suds. Three fingers in my tulip glass but I poured it roughly.
Smell is intense. Orange/blueberry yeast with a hint of a sweet malt. Cinnamon or clove is way in the back there.
Taste is a wonderful mix of fruit and malt and sugar. Very sweet brew here.
Mouthfeel is very clean with little carbonation and the hops are almost non-existant.
Drinkability is fantastic here, one could drink a bunch of this stuff.
Highly recommended.

peabody, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of irishkyle21
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a large luminous white head that holds up very well. Enough lacing to make even the most uneducated person say it looks great. Has a straw color.

They did a great job with this one, smells like its right from Belgium. Notes of citrus, oranges (and other fruits), grassy hops and a yeasty mustiness.

Tastes of spices, earthy hops and some fruits. It took a little time but I really started to enjoy this by mid bottle. Very well done but it seems more like a witbier/tripel to me (not that it matters to anyone).

irishkyle21, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of JayS2629
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a rocky, steady white top that has super retention and foamy lace rings are left on the glass. On the high end of carbonation.

Aromas of chardoney with lemon and lime zest on a current of honey like bottom. Caramel with toffee notes. Black pepper, lemon grass and musty funk. Great yeasty bouquet with a leafy, herbal hop in the background.

Underlying honey tones have a syrupy medicinal burn that goes well with a slight boozy burn on the finish. Some metallic notes. Full of funky yeast, clove and coconut. Some white wine characteristics with lemon edges, lemon pepper. Biscuit background with honey and tart, citrus edges. Some medicinal tones. Very yeasty, funky, and complex.

Like a fine, fizzy white wine. Smooth edges.

Wonderful beer. Complex and interesting. Very enjoyable.

JayS2629, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of daliandragon
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to treat myself to a Belgian tonight to enjoy Monday Night Football with. This is my first shot at an Ommegang but I'm pretty sure it won't be my last.
Appearance features a cloudy, pale golden color with a thick, soapy looking raft of head and decorative lacing that lasts. The best part of the nose is the citrus and other subtle fruit interests that predominate the clove and spices.
The taste is light but very sharp and includes roasted malt and a smooth bubbly entry that eventually gives way to a crisp finish that reminds you this is actually a beer and not a fine wine. High in alcohol flavor too but very nicely shadowed by fruit and peppery flavors.
This beer is really good, probably a little too good for MNF but I'm definitely not complaining. Guess I'll need to investigate this Saison thing..

daliandragon, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of fsvan
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Huge, billowing white head. Takes a couple of pours to get it all in the glass. Not dense, but long, long lasting. Hazy, radiant goldish orange.

S- Slightly tart. Spicy Belgian yeast. Some lemon/lemon zest. Some faint green apple. Fairly dry.

T- A sweet and sour lemon flavor up front.. Earthy, spicy, Belgian yeast. Starts a bit sweet, finishes a bit dry. Sweeter than the typical Belgian saisons (ie Dupont).

M- Coats the mouth with nice earth notes. Prickly carbonation.

O- The standard of American brewed saisons, in my opinion. It has earned and continues to deserve the title.

fsvan, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Shoegaze99
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang rarely disappoints. Hell, they just might be the best American brewer of Belgian styles out there right now. That's why I was eager to try out the Hennepin, an example of the increasingly trendy farmhouse saison style.

Popped the cork, opened the windows, and poured into a lovely Ommegang glass.

This beer looks wonderful, pouring a slightly cloudy, grassy yellow with a healthy, rich snow white head that looks like whipped cream.

Cloying nose teases at pleasant spring grasses, with a slightly lemony zest. it's a very clear, fresh aroma that begs for this beer to be consumed outdoors. Open those windows!

Once you start to drink, all those aromas reveal themselves to be precursors to an equally subtle yet alluring taste. The zesty lemon leaps to the forefront at the tail end of the taste, and is preceded by the very slightly sweet, every so mildly grainy taste of fresh cut fields ... and not the negative kind of grassy associated with some lesser beers. This tastes like the fresh air of a Pennsylvania farm. It's quite nice.

Wonderfully bodied, perfect carbonation and an overall nice feel make this a sensational sipper.

Overall, Ommegang once again shows why they rarely disappoint. The Hennepin is a zesty, refreshing example of the farmhouse style. When the spring weather warms you NEED to have a bottle of this.

Shoegaze99, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of beerceller99
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl. bottle which spent the last 16 months in the cellar.
Has a clear straw color with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Spicy, bready, yeasty smell. Has a rich, full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Complex taste is bready, grainy, with black pepper and spices among others that I can't put a finger on. Finishes with a spicy alcohol bite.

A tasty, high quality brew. Very nice.

beerceller99, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of moklett
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rather clear buttery golden color with a frothy ultra-white head.

The smell is definitely fruity (apple and pear) but with the characteristic Belgian-style malt/yeast earthiness that makes me think of nuts.

Taste is not as sweet as I expected based on the smell (and my limited experience with saisons, which I thought were sweeter). The earthy characteristics shine through instead. Alcohol taste is present more than I expected, but not out of balance. As drinking continues, the pear flavor is the one that persists.

Feels creamy but light on the tongue. As I get toward the end, wow(!), I realize how much I am enjoying this beer. While I wasn't initially floored, the great balance in this beer makes it a great drink!

moklett, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Estarrio
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was brewed in Belgium, as opposed to Cooperstown, NY.

Poured a clear, bright, golden yellow with a great deal of visible carbonation. The large, frothy white head retains very well, leaving sticky lacings on the glass.

The complex aroma includes sweet fruity phenols, a spicy alcohol bite along with hints of honey, apple, hay, clove and some earthy, wood tones. This is a great smelling brew.

The taste is tart grape up front with some mild sweetness. The aftertaste is pleasingly dry and bitter. There is a big earthy, yeast presence mid-sip, coupled with some green apple and phenol flavor. Overall, this is less sweet than the U.S. brewed version.

This body is rather light and aggressively carbonated, more so than the U.S. brewed version. A very pleasant and highly drinkable saison.

Estarrio, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy and golden with a big rocky head that lingers the entire time. Excellent lacing.

S: A little lemony and spicy. Some funky notes in there. Seems promising.

T: Bitter and spicy. Part of me wants more, but the other part of me finds it quite enjoyable. Finishes nice and dry, as it should.

M: Light body and highly carbonated, exactly as it should be.

D: Very nice beer and very drinkable.

aggiearcher13, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of tfarmstrong
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow color, with a thick and lasting head. Lace reminds me of great Belgian beers

S - Sweet and malty with some fruitiness

T - Strong sweet alcoholic zip, reminds me greatly of Duvel, with its pale malt flavor and sweet, fruity tang

M - A bit too carbonated for me

O - A beer that truly stands up to its Belgian friends and is definitely one of the better American copies of the genre.

tfarmstrong, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of bosco7
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold in color. Massive rocky white that coats the tulip with a sticky web of lacing.

Lemon, grass, coriander, green apple, and earthy hop aromas.

Starts sweet with lemon zest, that moves into carmel malty flavors then grassy, earthy and spicy hop flavors. Finishes dry with green apple flavors. Nice clean medium bitterness.

Overall a very good Saison, probably the best American version that I have tasted. Prickly mouthfeel that scrubs the tongue. Very digestable. Paired with Cypress Grove's Herbed Chevre .

bosco7, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of soju6
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml Bottle.

A: Pours a clear Pale golden color, with a billowy head that slowly fades to some lacing.

S: Has a mild citrus and spice aroma, hint of banana and mixture of other scents. Smells inviting.

T: Starts with a mild fruit and peppery lemon, continues to a light hops flavor with a subtle dry finish. Crisp & Refreshing.

F: Medium body with mild carbonation. Smooth, No hint of the 7.7% ABV. Very well balanced.

D: Excellent brew. This is a good Saison to compare others to.

soju6, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of JollyToper
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Tops Liquor near ASU in Tempe.

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a freshness date into a stemless red wine glass. Left yeast sediment in the bottle.

Pours an hazy unfiltered gold color with a nice rocky head. The glass I poured it in is great for capturing the scent but hurts lacing, so I won't penalize it for that.

Very interesting smell. I'm new to this style but at first sniff I thought bananas like Hefeweizen. But it has an spicy sort of smell as well.

Taste is fruity and peppery at the same time. Bananas, lemons, and spice. Dry finish and makes my mouth pucker a little.

Mouthfeel is carbonated though I couldn't see the bubbles. Prickly on the tongue and a little bit acidy.

Drinkability is good. I could have several of these. They are very refreshing.

Overall, this was a real treat. It was cool to try a new style and I really liked it.

JollyToper, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Cannoneer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a classic. I can get it in a 750ml bottle at $6.49 from a local beer store and at this price is has no rivals in the entire range of US-brewed craft ales.

The appearance and drinkability are both nothing short of exceptional. Color and notes of hay, baked golden apples, orange marmalade. Very well balanced with just the right amount of hops. This beer is a natural accompaniment to many kinds of grilled seafood and shellfish with light sauces. It excels alongside cheeses and grilled vegetables with roasted garlic also.

Perhaps the most salient feature of this ale still is the consistency of its quality. I've been drinking it since 2003 and am continuously impressed with how steadfastly it meets the expectations.

Cannoneer, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of packetknife
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tart and fruity. Heavily carbonated, obscenely so. Smells wonderful. Nice deep character. I didn't expect anything this good for what I first thought was a 'knock-off'. Definatly a re-visit.

packetknife, May 02, 2002
Photo of bamadog
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very pale cloudy lemony-yellow and it's very cloudy with sediment and yeast floating throughout; a huge 3 finger head that is perfectly white and fluffy actually prevetns me from finishing the pour and I have to do it in three shifts; very solid and hard carbonation and there is a dry sticky lacing that is left clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of sweet fruits like grapes and it's very yeasty as well; there is a bit of a spicey scent coming through, but not especially strong in the nose.

Taste: The spices are much more potent in the flavor and are really the first thing that I notice - I would say the standard Belgian-esque spices of coriander and nutmeg; there is a very sweet yeasty flavor as well. The nice sweet and sour fruits are there as well, and, like the smell, I would go with the light clean taste of grapes.

Mouthfeel: Massive carbonation keeps it very prickly; a very slight coating initially but it finishes pretty clean and light -- leaving the mouth a little watery wanting some more.

Drinkability: I would say especially high. This is a great tasting beer that is light and refreshing, as well as especially flavorful.

bamadog, May 16, 2009
Photo of taez555
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy but very translucent orange body with big bubbly chunky white head.

The nose is a mix of fruits, yeast, wood, alcohol, phenols, apples, apple peel, cinnamon and some other soft spices.

This beer has a huge amount of carbonation. It's almost hard to drink at first it's so carbonated, but once it sits for a few minutes the carbonation mellows and pulls all the flavors out. Very easy drinking, medium bodied and very well balanced. Clean tasting, lemons, lemon peel, soft grain malt, an earthy hop bitterness, apples, pears, wheat, phenols, yeast. There's even a slight chalkiness.

It ends with a more intense bitterness that slightly overshadows the nice clean malt and fruit flavors.

Overall this is just a great beer. If it weren’t 7.5% I'd call this a perfect session beer. It tastes like the sort of beer you could just sit back and drink all day long. Very clean and simple, yet complex enough to let you taste every flavor all in perfect harmony.
These New Yorkers should be made honorary Belgians.

taez555, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of canudoa9
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

canudoa9, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden amber, thick and frothy two fingers worth of head. Ample foam retention on the walls of the glass.

Strong spiciness upfront intermixed with horse blanket, yeast, and lemon scents. A little grassy as well.

Like the nose, spice is readily noticeable upfront and it tastes a lot like cinnamon. The sweetness is light and biscuity, possibly some honey, and I detect some cooked pear as well. Straw and light lemony citrus flavors pervade as well, along with a clean and musty overall taste. There is some faint alcohol on the breath, and the bittering hops perfectly balance the malt as they explode and then tingle on the tongue briefly.

Effervescent, light bodied, and highly carbonated. Expands in the mouth and coats the tongue.

Flavorful and easily enjoyable, it retains its character well.

TheJollyHop, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright golden yellow color with a thick tight 2 finger foam head with long lasting retention. There is lots of lacing all down the side of the glass.

S: Light citrus, yeast, spices, grains and some light toasted bread.

T: Starts off with a nice mild yeast flavor with some citrus and toasted bread undertones. The middle is where the spice comes through more. The beer finishes with a slightly musty flavor with some bread and citrus.

M: A crisp and refreshing beer. Could use a little less carbonation, but not much.

O: This is a really nice Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Light crisp and refreshing. Not overly musty.

IronCitySteve, May 23, 2011
Photo of Pauly2X
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slighty cloudy yellow, two finger head.

S- Fresh and clean with heavy citrus notes and hints of banana.

T- Though not as tart as the smell precludes, the yeast does take center stage. This does not mean that this is the only flavor profile going on here by a long shot. Ever so slighty sweet malt up front with a very smooth hop bitterness in the finish.

M- Tangy carbonation, quite refreshing.

D- Dangerous, especially considering the abv.

Although not my favorite sytle, but this beer and the style as a whole comand respect. A must try for all beer lovers.

Pauly2X, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of MattyV
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with lots of tiny bubbles and a rich thick frothy white head. Excellent retention.
Nose is a mix of clove/spice and fruity apple with some floral notes. Can pick up faint whiffs of alcohol as it warms.
The taste has a light fruitiness that lasts throughout, that is quickly hit a sharp spiciness and slightly bitter lemon rind, leading into a dry but yeasty finish.
Body is a bit heavier than I expected for the style, but not overly heavy by any stretch, still a light and lively saison. So tasty and crisp, I wish I picked up more than four of these, will have to make another trip to NY again soon!

MattyV, Mar 03, 2011
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,163 ratings.