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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,342 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,342
Reviews: 2,071
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 240
Gots: 568 | FT: 1
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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 Paincane
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale goldfish yellow with pillowy white three finger head that leaves behind a great deal of lacing. Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass giving the head excellent retention.
S: Hops and grain with citrus and coriander. Orange hints are detected.
T: Tastes like its aromas. Refreshing on the palate.
M: Thin, light-bodied and very refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. Moderate carbonation with crisp finish.
O: Extremely drinkable and definitely a beer I would enjoy again.

Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 .

Photo of animal69
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is my 1st. saison, i'm amazed at how close to a Belgian strong pale ale this style is ; pours a slightly cloudy pale golden colour w/ a decent, fluffy, white head which falls a bit too quickly but leaves a good bridge-like lacing in my snifter ; a sour, malty smell w/ a touch of hops, and some banana-like alcoholic fruitieness in the nose ; a full, crisp, pilsener-like malt flavor w/ a small amount of hops, a bit sour w/ some fruity esters and an aftertaste similar to a buttery Czech yeast profile ; amazingly light , especially for a 7.7 ABV, a bubbly one, too ; an awesome beer, i'll keep this one on hand at all times....

Photo of JollyToper
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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

A: BIG, fluffy white head that is thick and foamy. Golden pale yellow in color-opaque. Good lacing throughout.
S: Complex-spicy, tart fruit, yeast, earth, some lemon peel and spiced tart fruit. Some faint floral scents.
T: Wow. Smooth. Spiced tart fruit, yeasty and earthy notes with a touch of green hops in the background. Also, some lemon peel present as well as other tart fruits, and a slight alcohol presence. Lush flavors that are complex, tart fruit and spicy with yeast and earth notes.
MF: Medium and lush with a dry yet smooth finish.
Overall: A great beer-great flavor and lush. Definately worth a try and worthy of a permanent place in my fridge. Bumped it's way into the realm of my favorites. Excellent rendition of an (sadly) obscure style.

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

I drank Hennepin because I am interested in brewing Saisons and this seemed like a classic example.
Appearance- Cloudy, straw color with a bit of a creamy head that lasted halfway into drinking the beer.
Aroma - I smelled lemons, and then malty/bready aromas.
Taste - Hennepin is tart, but not sour, which is appropriate for style. It's a little fruity, but not overpowering.

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A corked 750 ml bottle.

Pours out a golden, yellow color. It was slightly cloudy. It also left some lacing. The head was very large. It smells of spice and hops. The hop flavor was very apparent as well as the yeast flavor. Mouthfeel was crisp and a little dry. It rates very drinkable, but due to the size of the bottle, maybe just one.

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 aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a white head.

Smell is floral, fruity (banana and lemon), with musty yeasty smell strong.

Sharp, citrusy taste very different than smell. Plenty of spices, specifically pepper. Very complex taste.

Great beer that is full and still very drinkable. I can't believe I am just now trying it.

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle, this beer had a hazy golden color with a nice frothy head. Aroma was spicy and citrusy with some malt mixing in. Taste was very spicy and peppery. As the beer warmed I could taste yeasty flavors, some sourness and a lot of orange/citrus. This beer had a light body and was very refreshing. No alcohol flavors were apparent. This is another well crafted(and well priced)beer from Ommegang and one that I plan on drinking a lot of this summer.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a thin bubbly head and a fair amount of head retention. Not much lacing when swirled in glass. Lots of yeast activity from the bottom of the glass, with bubbles rising towards the top. The scent is heavy with the Belgian yeast and backed with the alcohol. There are some hints of spice and clove, but not too prevalent.

The taste is great - peppery and spicy, with some underlying tones of banana. There are also a good amount of hoppiness and bite throughout. The alcohol carries through towards the aftertaste, but doesn't present itself that heavily.

The mouthfeel is very light-bodied and crisp; sort of reminiscent of a champagne, but not as bubbly. Excellent drinkability - sippable throughout the night and great to share with a friend.

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

At Ommefest. Amazing golden color with light hints of softer fruits, spices, and zest. Amazingly crisp and dry much how i love saisons. Always a winner. I've had the original from belgium recently that is about 2 years old and can say that it is holing up very well. I was surprised how well it was doing censidering the time difference, but Ommegang did a great job with this one.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass. So sue me ;-)

A= very cloudy light lemon, beautiful. Nice active white head, dissipates after settling into plentiful lacing, rimming and pooling.

S= light nose but right for the style, growing bolder as it sets for a few minutes. Light hops florals, lemon citrus, plentiful malts. I typed this review in about 10 minutes (eating nothing), then went to take a sip and got a strong nose of what seemed like white chocolate! Bizarre! Talk about a diverse beer.

T= slightly dry and tart up-front, much like a fine champagne (I'll prefer this beer next New Years!). Lemon zest, generous malts for the style, light coriander, slightly bready in the finish at times. Gorgeous.

M= a little tart and dry on the tongue and palate, citrus zesty zip, mild residual malts.

D= a beer you can drink forever if you enjoy a Belgian-style beer. Beats Blue Moon out of orbit, for your pseudo-"craft" BM drinking friends. Grilled or steamed fish (fried oil might disguise the enjoyment), poultry, seafood, popcorn, most anything non-red or dark. Aside from the tart-dry tongue that might put some people off, it's superb. Answer? Keep it flowing so you don't have time to have a dry tart mouth!

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

Hennepin deserves its nearly perfect score at BeerAdvocate.com. It pours a beautiful hazy golden body that supports a nice, fizzy foam. I have seen more inviting heads on Saisons, but this one is lovely all the same.

The nose is very nice. Its sweet and fruity character is at the fore, but it closely followed by mild spices.

The taste is complex, but not as complex as some Saisons. Lemony tartness, pineapple, and coriander seeds dominate at first, but are immediately balanced by the malt's lightly roasted and honey-like characteristics. This beer's aftertaste is outstanding; spices (notably coriander seed and pepper) and roasted grain linger on the palate. Mild esters highlight the bouquet of spices and tart citrus by adding a warm base and floral characteristics. All this is nicely complemented by the beer's mild carbonation and full-bodied mouthfeel.

What makes this beer stand out is the distinctness of each of its myriad flavors. To achieve complexity without confusion is the mark of fine craftsmanship. I take my hat off to Brewery Ommegang for delivering an outstanding rendition of this extremely delicate and difficult style.

Photo of BillH200174
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper-orange color with a fluffy white head. Flowery, citrusy, yeasty nose. Refreshing, spritzy mouthfeel. Flavors of lemon, orange, yeast rolls and green apple meld together admirably. Finishes with a bit of a hoppy blast along with a dry tartness. Improves greatly as the bottle warms into the 60 degree range as the nose, flavors and alcohol really intensify.

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

Poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel snifter.

A= This brew pours a very clear golden color with a giant stark-white fluffy head. The head eventually settles into a thin white skim. Decent carbonation release visible throughout the consumption.

S= At first all I could detect in the smell was overpowering alcohol bite. This was due to the beer being served too cold. Once it warmed, I was able to get more of the musty and funky Belgian yeast. Also detected a bit of pepper and some phenolic notes.

T= This beer tastes like a very dry, slightly tart Belgian trippel. There is a mild background of grassy/earthy flavors. The finish is dry with biscuit and faint walnut flavors.

MF= Light to medium body. Nicely carbonated, crisp and clean.

D= I like this beer a lot, once it reaches optimal serving temperature!

Photo of fo5s
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a saison dupont glass. Packaged on 3/31/11 (reviewed 10/1/11)...black ink was barely visible after emptying the bottle.

A- pours a clear, light gold. Lively head that retreats quickly, but the last 1-2 fingers of it hold steady.

S- yeast, floral, a bit of funk.

T- balance between yeast and funkiness. clean. floral. Sweeter than others of the style.

M- lively. slick.

O- overall a very easy drinking saison. Solid all around - no 5's on the scorecard, but nothing missing either. Exceptional American-made version of a Belgian style. One of my favorites and a staple to keep on hand given the availability and price point.

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

Served in a hansa pils glass. Pale, bright yellow and brilliantly clear appearance if the bottle trub weren't swirled in. Trub is suspended in the top foam and makes an amazing display as it falls. Tiny bubbles float up. White head that is rocky, stands for a bit then falls at an average rate.

S - very pleasant aroma of a light, refreshing beer. Almost lagery with other notes that round it out - earthy, grassy, a touch of the rustic.

T - Saison that has been well aged. Again, earthy and grass like. Alcohol has some sharpness and is evident in the taste but it is soft, rolling over the palate. Finishes with a touch of citrus but not from hops. Tastes more like natural additions other than hops and malt; malt is very subdued. Clean finish.

M - Lingering finish. Very complex mouthfeel that makes one want to have this with a very delicate meal - nothing overpowering or overfilling. Low body that is sharp and supported well.

Great beer. I can see why this is an A. Served around 54F.

Photo of Y2kbug
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Hooray for my 100th crappy review!

Pours shimmery gold in color into my Ommegang tulip, carbonation is free-flowing to the top. Hazy apple-brown, like a cloudy macro-lager or apple juice/sparkling cider. Just a little too dark and cloudy to be champagne. Nice foamy head at the top. Smells like a vineyard, a slightly fruity mustiness (or maybe the barrel room, rather) and yeastiness.

Overall: Light, crisp, refreshing, and a nice sweet/sour balance. On first swallow, all I get is a real earthy taste, with a little green apple/pear, a little barnyardy, but it isn't until a couple seconds have passed that the flavors of the beer really come out. This is when the tart funkiness starts to come out, not so much as some beers I've had, it does't really taste like "horse blanket" or anything like that. But it is deliciously tart, and the tartness stays on the palate without the dank earthyness. Very light body, crisp and ephervescent. I'd say it's only off-dry, not as dry as some others I've had, and that is a positive impact here. After a bit it starts to stick to the tongue. I can see why this is such a well-regarded saison. Everyone should give this a go, especially when the mood for something lighter strikes.

Photo of mobrado
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Good beer in a nice big bottle

A- Remarkable head that grows as big as you pour it. (I got mine to 6-fingers!) nice circular "bubble"-pattern lace. Beautiful godlenrod/butterscotch color with a hazy translucent glow

S- Light, sweet fruity yeast, light hops, good pils-like malt, and a hint of lemon and must

T- Taste is OK, but has some cheap aspects to it. Good banana and clove

M- Feel is light-medium with amazing natural carbonation

D- Excellent. one bottle is enough to get you drunk quite well

Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
$5.99
Binny's Orland

Hennepin pours a hazy straw golden with tiny natural carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. A two finger white eggshell head forms on the pour that sticks around awhile leaving chunky lace after each sip that falls back to the body. A very good looking saison.

Aroma is tough to pick up through the dense head. Slight lemon sourness. The classic barnyard scents are in there as well but toned down. Freshly cut hay. Very refreshing. Aromas fit together seamlessly.

Mildly tart lemon upfront. The tartness lingers as subtle grassy undertones show up mid palate. Finishes with a nice grassy, lemongrass hoppiness. Touch of alcohol on the swallow. There's even some of that Belgian candi sugar feel although I don't think any is added. Very refreshing.

Crisp, clean (for a saison) light bodied mouthfeel. Finishes bone dry letting the hops come forward. Very nicely done.

In the summer months I could tip back Hennepin all day long. Such an easy sipper and so refreshing.

Hennepin is a beer that is constantly stocked in my fridge. One of my favorite summer sippers and at an affordable price. Not as funky as a couple of my favorites but as thirst quenching and enjoyable as a saison can get.

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

Poured a nice golden yellow color from a 12 oz bottle with ABV on the label. Good, foamy one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very good carbonation.
Spice heavy aroma with nutmeg, cloves and coriander coming through with hints of sweet fruity ester/bananas.
Taste upfront is tart with a nice sweet finish. Very good mouthfeel. Crisp, tart, refreshing ale. Alcohol definitely warmed me up with every progressive sip. In spite of the higher ABV, this is a VERY drinkable ale. Very good lacing along the insides of the glass. This is a very good saison from Ommegang. Paired very well with some spicy curry. Definitely worth a try if you like this type of ale.

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

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | 14 oz. on-tap | 7.7% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brewery Ommegang
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: Tulip

Appearance:
Pours a hazy, pale tangerine-orange with a nice white head. Lacing coats that glass.

Aroma:
Cloves, citrus, yeast, a hint of banana.

Taste:
Belgian yeasts and spices strike first, followed by a slight wildflower honey sweetness. Orange and lemon zest ensue. The finish is bitter and spicy.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Lingering sweet aftertaste gently coats the mouth.

Harmony:
It's a touch on the softer side compared to its bottled brethren. I prefer it to a fresh bottle, but it's less developed than a cave-or-otherwise-aged bottle.

Would I get it again?:
Yeah, Hennepin is a favorite of mine in any form.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,342 ratings.