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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,094
Hads: 5,633
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 301
Gots: 807 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of phisig137
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle pours a bright golden color with a quickly fading one finger head. Thin layer of foam on top, and minimal lacing.... looks fizzy and yellow.

The aroma is anything but fizzy and yellow. Bready, yeasty, and spicy aromas shine through, with a hint of alcohol.

Flavor is dry and spicy. Huge amounts of yeast flavor, very spicy phenols, and a hint of wheat flavor. Mouthfeel is chewy and full, and drinkability is high.

Once again, another fine brew from Ommegang. I'll have to seek out the cave aged version of this one.

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Photo of mchegash
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours a nice golden color. A large amount of head remains for quite a while after pouring. Can see the carbonation flowing rapidly to the top. Fairly clear.

Smell - 4/5
A fruity tartness. A bit of spiciness and yeastiness as well, a smell common to many Saisons I have had.

Taste - 3.75/5
Tartness, perhaps tasting of apples or plums. Along with the standard bready and spicy tastes that seem fairly standard among Saisons.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
More creamy than crisp. Medium to heavy in body. The carbonation is a little light for my liking. Smooth.

Overall - 3.75/5
A decent Saison. Saisons are not a style I am particularly fond of, but this one was better than most.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Pours a hazy yellow with a fair white fizzy head. Has a typical belgian aroma. Sweet with decent spicies. Has a nice carbonation and a good mouthfeel. A nice slight bitterness. Good crisp flavor. This one kind of snuck up on me. I enjoyed this ale very much.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into shaker pint. Came in a Ommegang variety pack and is the first time I have seen this in a 12 oz bottle.

A- Pale gold to straw with a slight haze. Pours with a beautiful white, soap-like head. The lacing also appears soap-like and very clingy. Pretty active carbonation.

S- Wheat, lemon zest, and a little yeast. Not very complex, but interesting enough.

T- Starts off with wheat and malt flavor and quickly melds into more lemon zest and yeast, followed by a peppery character. Finishes fairly hot at 7.7%, not much malt to counteract that alcohol.

M- Fairly strong carbonation and a lighter body.

D- On the low end of the drinkability scale for a saison, but pleasant enough to have a few.

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Photo of jamesdergen
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy, honey color with a nice Duvel-esque head that sticks around.

Smell: I can't pick up much here. Some yeast and maybe hints of vanilla?

Taste: Nice, big floral/citrus taste up front that fades into some delicious Belgian yeast and nice, clean finish with the alcohol making it's presence known. Not too sweet and not too dry.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, but not too fizzy. Light-to-medium bodied brew that has a clean finish.

Drinkability: For a stronger brew, this one goes down relatively easy. I'll finish this bottle for sure.

A nice, well-balanced offering from Ommegang. Very similar to Duvel, but more complex and fruity. For the price, I'll buy this again.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked bottle.

Appearance is a very impressive dark golden color with lots of little bubbles and a big, rocky, lacy head. The smell is of cloves, malt and a touch of spicy hops. The taste follows with cloves, malt sweetness, some fruitiness, a bit of alcohol and some spiciness. The feel is smooth with a nice, medium body. Overall, I liked this beer but I just felt it was too strong and boldly spicy/fruity to be a beer that would be really drinkable. But that's just my tastes I guess.

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Photo of Rezzin
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice hazy straw yellow. Poured into a pint glass - this thing has a really nice 2" head with a zillion tiny bubbles. A few mins later and the head is still around, looks fluffy.

S - Bready, yeasty, spicy and earthy. Smells like a belgian. I can faintly smell the hops and I don't detect the alcohol really. Reminds of me of a wit.

T - Tart and a little sweet, earthy, spicy. I'm not accustomed to this type of beer so the best description I can give is complex. Again, reminds me of a wit. There's a little bitterness throughout but it's just right. It's not bitter really - just well balanced. Wow, this thing is 7.5% ABV... I'd never even suspect it so high. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of belgians, this one is definitely tasty.

M - Smooth and very nicely carbonated. Light and refreshing.

D - I'd still choose an American ale over the belgians right now but they are really starting to grow on me. I've had several in the past and this one is definitely the best by far. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of JudoJeff
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I found the taste to have hints of bitter spices. The label says it is brewed with ginger, but it wasn't forward enough for me to notice. However, I do pile ginger on pretty heavily in the food I eat so it may be that it is just a much less intense taste than I'm used to. The coriander and grains of paradise seemed to play a larger role the the flavor. In general I don't enjoy hoppy beer, but this was quite nice overall.

When poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tall glass (maybe the wrong choice) this developed a very tall, foamy head that took a while to settle.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy golden color with a thick head. Head retention is good. Lacing is decent. Has the funky yeasty fruity aroma. A little more hop and a little less fruit would be nice. Strong yeasty funk taste with very fruity aftertaste. It is a little on the sweet side but still good. Still would prefer a little more hop to it.

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Photo of brewQ
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked 750ml bottle with no date code.

A slightly hazy pale yellow presentation. The 1 inch plus head moves in unison and you can hear the bubbles rising.

The first aroma was a bit skunky but that passed quickly. Replaced by peppery notes and then grainy, slightly bitter flavors as I jumped into it. There is a lot going on with this brew.

Left my mouth with a light coating, highly drinkable, undoubtedly would be good with a variety of foods. The alcohol content may sneak up on you.

While it is a quality brew I just wasn't overwhelmed with this offering. Maybe a style I am not quite keen on. Sorry, Bros.

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Photo of kellyej
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

A: Yellow-gold color; nice head packed with small, tightly packed bubbles
S: Strong smell of grains of paradise; additional notes of anise, coriander and orange. Slightly musty.
M: Medium body; slightly coating on the mouth, dry in the middle
T: Grassy, well carbonated, spicy. Something in there made me think of hard apple cider.

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Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours cloudy golden yellow with a huge chunky with head that faded and left some spotted lacing

smells of spicy fruity esters - not knowing i would think this was a hefe

taste is just like the nose - very close to a wit/hefe banana clove some honey and adds a little too much sweetness

mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation that makes it seem lighter and gives it a nice crisp bite

drinkability is good - one of the few saisons sold in 12oz bottles so that adds but i do question how true in taste is it

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Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color some oragne tints mixed toped by a nice off white head that is feed by lots of rising bubbles. Head eventually a falls to thin film leaving some lacing as it falls.

Aroma is musty straw, sour citrusy lemon mixed with spices some spice mostly clove and coriander noted. Hops of a grssy variety.

Taste is grassy musty straw flavored with sour lemon citrus followed by spice again clove/coriander dominating again here. Finish is lingering grassy hops and hints of earthy yeast all riding on a nicely carbonated malt base.

Mouthfeel is light crisp but some body felt also lively carbonation, easy drinking brew goes down smooth and nice.

Driankability is good a decent saison, not one of the best but at the price a hell of a bargin now I just need to cave age some.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy straw color with a very large foamy white head. Nice lacing that slides down the sides of the glass slowly, in a very lazy manner.

The beer smells at first like banana but each time I smell it I get a little something extra, some flowery aromas and an earthy smell underneath, but also very crisp spices.

The taste is sweet and malty to start with a rush of citrus at the finish. The banana is not as present in the taste as the smell, but the taste has much more balance between sweet and sour than I expected. The taste finishes with a very earthy bread flavor that mellows the whole thing out.

Hennepin feels crisp and light in the mouth. The carbonation is perfect for this style of beer with it's spices and fruity tones, it's not overpowering at all.

This beer reminds me of summertime at every turn, it looks bright and light, it smells of fruit and flowers and it has a crisp taste and mouthfeel that are perfect for the warm weather. This beer would be great on a deck in the July sun. It's great right now and it's barely spring!

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Photo of nathi
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent golden color with just a tint of amber, thick head , nice a creamy looking, almost invencable in this tulip glass.

Big aroma, reaches up from the table to you. Very fruity with a strong spicy hop pressence. Sweet malt in back, a bit more then typical for the style. Not as spicy and complex as many, but still big and inviting.

Flavor is malt and fruit at first, but quickly fades into a very dry, spicy, and alcoholic finish. High carbonation dries it out even more. Has a stong citrus rind character with complexity of bannanas and pepper. Almost a berry seed character, interesting. Lots of spicy hop character adds to the overal spicy finish. Pretty bitter for the style, maybe a litle more then I prefer. . The spice comes through in the middle with a hell of a lot of complexity, almost like fresh herb. A lot of pine notes wich is very intersting. After taste is dominated by alcohol, almost grain alcohol like without the complex fruit and spice notess. This higher alcohol character is a big turn off. Also seems a bit tannic, almost oak like in finish. No sourness are tartness, which is fine, but is really a character that I think works well for this style in beers like Pipax and Fantome.

All in all this is a decent beer, with a lot going on, but is not one of the best saisons out there. The finish is disapointing and loses a lot of the complexity. Aroma is great, and appearance is perfect, but just dosnt come all together like some. If you like this try the Fantome Automn, it has the same smoth malt bas and spicy complexity, but just works better and all blends. Dupont, Pipax, Fantome, Pizza Port...all much better.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a wheat-colored yellow with a three-finger white head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Mostly wheat with some yeast notes, all underscored by that distinctive Belgian funk.

T: Unsurprisingly, a strong wheat flavor up front with a bit of citrus to follow. Finishes with a distinctive Belgian funk.

M: Quite dry all the way through, with a refreshing amount of carbonation.

D: Can't taste the alcohol at all, which is great for the 7.7% ABV. It would be easy to sip on a cold bottle of this for hours.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New England Patriots pint glass. Mental note: Get Ochocinco to autograph glass.

A: Poured a cloudy yellow with 1-inch of creamy white head. Lots and lots of tiny bubbles visible in the brew. Head stays thick throughout. Thick clumps of sticky lacing cling here and there.

S: Pale malt with lemon notes. Sweet honey appears as it begins to breathe.

T: Pale malt is the backbone here, with very faint hefe-like notes of banana and a spicy clove finish. Honey prominent throughout.

This is 7.7% ABV? You wouldn't know it. Very well balanced flavor.

M: Medium and a little sticky. Very heavy carbonation lends it a prickly mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish. A little warmth remains as the last layer of it lingers in the tongue.

O: Good, refreshing beer that might even be sessionable if it weren't for two things. 1: the alcy in this is higher than you'd think and 2: the carbonation makes you feel bloated.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with a white soapy head and great lacing that never goes away. Smells of coriander, orange or lemon zest, and a lot of booze. Tastes of lemon peel, a warming alcohol, hop bitterness, and coriander and black pepper. Mouthfeel is really nice and has a high drinkability.

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Photo of DawnL
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a white head that stays for about a minute and dissipates into a thin film.

Yeast and spices with coriander and orange characters.

It has a metallic flavor to it. Almost like drinking it directly out of a can. Loses some of the spice on the palate. It's very cold. There is a soap bubble taste - banana? Cloves.

Very drinkable. An old favorite that I was happy to visit on tap - accept for the odd metallic taste.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about time I bought this bottle. Poured from a 750 ml bottle, 8.5% ABV, into a snifter and tulip.

Appears a semi hazy golden color with a lively one and a half inch bubbly head. Lots of lace.

Aroma has that funky barnyard must that is so characteristic of saisons with some nice earthy hops, a bit of orange, and some sweet sugary tones.

Taste has a bit of sweetness up front then some funky musty flavors with some lemony citrus followed by a decent amount of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice and effervescent.

This is a tasty beer, but I just don't think I can get myself to like Saisons all that much.

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Photo of Zadok
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle.

Poured a rich golden straw coloring with a perfect 2 finger frothy pure whit head. Mild lacing kept up on descent.

Smells are prototypical of this style and this one is exceptional to the norm. Clove spices set the foundation for the rest of the aroma to include coriander, banana, and bubble gum. A very light essence of pepper nudges its way into the picture and all in all hides the moderate ABV well.

I'll try to be as objective as possible, but the taste is a major letdown from the smell. Mild and I mean very mild hops and soothingly subtle spices make up the rather well balanced, albeit light flavor.

Medium body with a medium carbonation leaves a small dry bite after each swig. Slightly filling but not enough that you couldn't have a couple of these bottles.

Nice summer ale for sure, goes down very smooth and is quite refreshing.

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Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice fizzy white head that doesn't last. Flowery, spicy and fruity aromas, fruity, yeasty spicy wheaty flavors. Light to medium boby, smooth with no bitterness, finishes light, crisp and dry, all in all pretty damn good.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit disappointing because I was really expecting this one. Coincidentally, I even saw the Hennepin on a recent newspaper editorial of "Best American Beers". Poured out nice gold color. Smelled like a subtle version of the Brooklyn Local 1. Tasted of coriander and spices, but light and subtle without subduing the hops and malts. I'd say a slight step above the coveted Local 1, but I am just not a big fan of the flavor or category. I hate to ruin the rating, but I don't think every beer should have coriander! Overall: if you liked Local 1, you'll like this, but for me: it was disappointing.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled sample via trevorwideman. Gold in colour with lots of floaties (that's ok... yeast is good for you) and strong carbonation. Aromas of over ripe banana, vanilla, meadow flowers, white grape, and spicy pear. Flavors of lemon rind, soft fruit, spicy Duvel yeast, some wheat malt, and a slight metallic at the end. Smooth in the mouth with some nice lively carbonation creating some interest on the dry finish. Overall, this is a mellow and technically sound saison, but for me it lacks that certain something that makes a beer really special (like the signature funkiness of Fantome or the austere refinement of Dupont). Perhaps this sounds like damning with faint praise, but it's still a VERY good beer.

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Photo of BWH3
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hennepin Saison Brewery Ommegang
Large Corked Bottle from a Goblet at 50 F

A: Golden light orange with mild haze from bottle conditioning. Massive bubbly white head pours then settles to a meringue firm foam atop the beer. The carbonation is fine bubbles but big and constant. Flawless presentation. (5.0)

S: Not all that surprising or bold, but has the appropriate features of the style. A sweet lemon aroma dominates with noble hop mustiness. No spice or herbal notes. Alcohol undetectable. Often farmhouse ales have a earthy or grassy scent adding to the complexity. Unfortunately this beer does not. (3.5)

T: Again not challenging but has the basics for style. Light bread like malt sweetness underneath a crisp citrus flavor. Carbonation somewhat impairs the ability to enjoy the flavor rather than augmenting it. No spiciness or herbal flavors. No alcohol taste. Again very little complexity, but what is there is very good. The carbonation and hops give a nice clean dry finish to the aftertaste. Ultimately, the aroma and taste would benefit from more spiciness from the yeast phenols or some herbal additions to challenge the drinker. (3.5)

M: Very light bodied, high carbonation, low alcohol warmth. Very good for style. Tongue is still stinging from all the bubbles. I would like a bit more body so that it doesn't go down like champagne. (4.5)

D: I enjoy this one. I think if I were trying to introduce people to the style I would offer this one before going to more robust and complex examples. Also, for quenching a thirst this is very nice. For matching up with savory foods may not be its role, but well worth repeating. (4.0)

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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