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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,381
Reviews: 2,078
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
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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 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
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

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

Cloves, citrus, yeast, a hint of banana.

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

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

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.

Photo of dwatty
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

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

A: Clear gold color. Poured a massive white billowy head with excellent retention. Decanted continually; very active. Laced the glass in botches adn rings.

S: Sharp tartness and yeast spices. Citrus zest and sweet, light-colored fruit; white grapes and green apples.

T: Sweet and sour up front. Cornucopia of flavors follow; light fruit, white pepper, earth, Belgian yeast, sweet crackery malt. While it starts sweet and tart, the beer finishes dry.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Coats the palate then cleanses with spice and carbonation.

O: Flavorful and balanced. Has some malt character.

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

Caved Aged Edition

Sampled: 7.9.06

The only thing that distinguishes this bottle from an ordinary bottle of Hennepin as a ‘Cave Aged’ edition is a card hanging from the corked & caged bottle neck by a gold elastic.

The beer’s pale gold is slightly cloudy and sits under a medium 1 inch head. The foam leaves plenty of lacing clining to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is immediately the tartness of fresh green apples hanigng out over the appropriate Belgian style funkification. Sweet and slightly spicy, but not overly so. Sweetness and tartness rule the nose in this town.

The flavor starts tart, carried from the aroma and is noticabley crisp. Soon sugary malts come through as the brew warms in the mouth. A slight edge of bitterness at the end of the taste hits as the beer goes down the throat. Though I can’t be certain as I didn’t do a side by side, it seems as though the year in the cave smoothed the brew out, gave it some balance. It’s dry and light in the mouth, with a medium carbonated body. The dryness, possibly a result of the yeasts having more time to perform?

The beer is quite drinkable. It’s crisp, tart and dry finish makes it a good one to have on hand like anyone else would have wine, but much less potent at 7.5% ABV. Highly recommended, though I can’t say whether this Aged version is worth the extra $1. The Hennepin itself is delicious, no amount of agign would change that in any subpar brew.

Photo of advill88
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden color with a robust one and a half inch head with strong retention.

Smells of sweet honeysuckle, with a touch of yeastiness.

Taste has the same prominent characteristics of honey and a light malt, with a touch of sweetness. There's an ever so slight touch of hops on the back end to provide a bit of balance. Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation on the heavier side.

This beer is just right for the style; it's not too strong to take away from drinkability, but it's still very flavorful and complex. I could probably drink this all day without getting tired of it.

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

I have been wanting this beer for so long that now that it's in my hand I'm almost too nervous to try it. Thanks so much to demcorhip for bringing this for me from Wisconsin via Thunder Bay. 12oz bottle sample.

Pours an unfiltered pale yellow, almost white colour, with a voluminous fluffy head that dosen't quit. Lots of sediment and medium carbonation. Smell is yeasty and little funky, some earthy hop notes, coriander and cloves, some orange peel. Wheaty with some summery fruit in there as well.

Flavour is sublime, with a Granny Smith apple sourness hitting the tongue first, them moving on to all kinds of mellow bready/yeasty flavour. Pears, white grapes, all come before the funky finish that stays for a long time. Sticky and dry in the mouth but not overcarbonated, just a little bite. This goes down super-easily, but still invites you to hold it in your mouth for a long time. Very impressive Saison, and all the more impressive for being a North American beer.

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged

Pours a nice straw yellowed hue and makes an inch of densely bubbled white head into my petrus goblet. Sweet aroma, filled with banana, coriander & cloves. Sweet bready flavor with notes of light fruits, peppery spice, medium hop bittering, banana. Bit of alcoholic bite. I really am enjoying this. Mouthfeel opens with a peppery carbonation but as the bottle warms it becomes velvety smooth and finishes dry. This is an awesome saison considering how easy it is to get. Definitely will be a staple in my beer fridge.

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

This bottle was provided by my BA buddy rdunham and served at a dinner party with friends. We poured a caged and corked 750 ml bottle into stemless wine glasses.

A: It poured a cloudy orangeish yellow with a fluffy two finger white head that had nice retention. The head slowly receded leaving a thick lacing on the side of the glass.

S: It presented a surprisingly balanced profile of sweet, spicy and sour. There were green grapes, honey due melons and light white spices overlaying a modest semi-sweet base of lightly toasted malts.

T: There was a solid base of flavors from the lightly toasted malts and white doughy yeast. There were also hints of grassy hops and a sour flavor that receded the further I got into the bottle.

M: It was medium-bodied, very carbonated, and gave the tongue a workout trying to sort out the various fruits and spice flavors. It finished clean with little sour afteraste.

D: Great beer to complement a summer meal of BBQ chicken and a cold salad. It was refreshing and entertaining.

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

A- cloudy pale gold color with a frothy two finger whte head and excellent retent on that, some thin lacing

S- floral, biscuit, toasty, sweet

T- malt sweetness hits first, then comes spicy, hoopy, and earthy flavors, tangy citrus in there as well. Tart finish and aftertaste

M- light bodied and smooth, carbonation tickles

D- sessionable and delightful, highly refreshing and drinkable. alcohol not noticeable. loving this brew and this style

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

Pours a nearly clear, golden yellow with considerable, visible carbonation. The head forms to about 1", is fairly dense & fluffy.
The smell is bready yeast, lemon and there is the bit of clove smell following.
The taste starts off with some spiciness including a stronger clove taste than in the aroma. What follows is some of the yeast and lemon and also an earthy flavor. At some point in the middle I get a bit of funk. There is a bit of sweetness but not much, especially as it warms.
Mouthfeel is sort of on the light side but it feels right and there is moderate carbonation until the end of the bottle. It's on the dry side too.
Drinkability: Very good. There is a lot happening in this fine Saison. It's been a few years since I've had one so I'm glad I picked this up.

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

750ml bottle poured into goblet.

Pours a hazy, bubbly gold with a large fluffy head. Heavy lacing.

The nose is peppery, wood, and dull lemon followed by those old candies called "Bottle Caps" - tart with faint cola. Interesting to say the least.

A very complex taste. Bringing the glass to the mouth you get a whiff of the tart - hitting the palette I can make out some citrus peel, pepper, and wood. Actually reminds me a bit of a Corsican moonshine called Pastise (sp?) I had when visiting the Mediterranean Island. I was told Pastise was made from grape stems and it also had a very woody taste.

The mouthfeel is jumpy with the usual Saison bubbles, mildly oily and left somewhat tart with a pepper finish. A slight warmth of alcohol lingers.

Pretty damn drinkable and pleased that I finally ran across this offering. I will enjoy sharing it with others and will certainly tango with it again.

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

A perfect pour into my Duvel tulip (according to the website's instructions & expected results) makes for a nice fragrant release from this Saison "farmhouse" ale. This is the last beer in my variety 8 pack picked up at the brewery, but I'll be back next summer Ommegang.

The beer pours a light honey amber with tiny bubbles of carbonation throughout (in addition plumes of bubbles being sent up from the Duvel "D" engraved over the stem). This beer has a nice haze and the bottom yeast sediment went right into the glass (not a bad thing). A tremendous head formed (2+ inches) and there is lacing down the glass. This beer looks inviting.

A "rich floral bouquet," as stated on the bottle, is released when poured. There are notes from the Belgian yeast as well as a citrusy sweetness followed by what I interpret as...fresh cream. Delicious, it smells incredibly refreshing. I can't wait for when they make this an air freshener scent to hang from my rear-view...minus the ethanol. I believe in Ireland they refer to this as the "angel's share."

This is such a tasty Saison. The beer is apparently blended with ginger and orange, but it would still be quite floral on its own. I started with this beer after warming up from being fridge chilled. As the beer warmed I was able to get a mouthful of what this beer is all about. Crisp and refreshing, smooth to the finish. What more could you ask for with a fading summer and ever present beginning school year?

This beer has everlasting carbonation, thanks in part to the bottle conditioning. It has a deliciously refreshing first taste followed-up with a light floral after taste. This beer is not watery at all, which is hard to say given its golden complexion.

Cheers, enjoy this well crafted Saison. Put on some good music and you will have no doubts about why this is Ommegang's best seller. I would definitely enjoy this beer every day of the year, but it's something special when summer is turning into fall and you're surrounded by different pumpkin infusions...but you choose this beer over all of them.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass at 45 degrees.

Pours a clear light golden color with a foamy head that I let dissipate before I took my first sip. Smells of spice and grass with a definite whiff of alcohol. The alcohol is very well balanced with a warming spicy flavor and some lemon hints. Not to be rushed - let it soak in for awhile before you swallow...enjoy the warming feeling rush back before your next sip.

This is the perfect special occasion beer...I plan on keeping some handy just in case.

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

poured into my crystal beer mug, I enjoyed the somewhat murky golden color and a impressive white head, just like you would see in a beer commercial.
The smell announces citrus, orange flavors.
Tasting the beer was quite a great experience. The first sip appeared rather bitter, with a grainy taste dominating and orange and citrone undertones. I expected this to continue, but I was in for a surprise. Each of the next sips improved the taste and the composition of this beer played its full tune. the bitterness softened to a great balance to the fruit flavors.
the mouthfeel is a prickly medium bodied beer. It is very drinkable and I find it greatly enjoyable even so that this style of brew is not what I usually drink. A great brew which I defenetely pick up again and a brewery which I will try more from.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lively light golden color with a large white head and a lot of active carbonation. Leaves a lot of fine lacing.

Refreshing aroma that is spicy and fruity all around. Some definite hints of apple and pear and some citrus.

Taste mirrors the smell with a lot of fruit upfront, pear, apple, and lemon all quite notcieable, a little banana and cinnamon in there as well. The spices are very nice, cloves and pepper from start to finish it seems, very lightly hoppy in the finish, all in all very refreshing.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Alcohol sneaks up on you here, not very noticeable at all until the end. Overall, goes down easy and definitely a quality saison in my book.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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