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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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2,107 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,107
Hads: 5,685
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 313
Gots: 843 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 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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Photo of nassaubeercop
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Translucent gold, with thin white foamy head which dissipates leaving a little lace.

S- Lots of yeast, some citrus notes.

T- Crisp yeasty, bready, earthy, some citrus acidity.

M- Champagne like, quite a bit of carbonation.

O- Pretty standard example of a saison, good but not great. I like this better from a bomber.

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

Picked up a bottle at Marty's Liqours in Allston.

A: A gorgeous beer. Golden. Not clear. Volumnous craggy white head. Visibly effervescent. Belgian lace.

S: Soft, airy, light citrus like aromatic prescence. Nice malty base. Phenolic peppery aroma barely present.

T: Dry. Slightly sour. Nice and peppery. More so than scent leads on. Citrus esters not as prominent.

MF: Light and airy. Very effervescent. Nearly astringent bordering on puckering. As mentioned by other reviewers this beer does not give away its higher alcohol content.

D: The lightness and dryness of this beer makes it quite drinkable. A great beer to break someone out of the macro beer pattern.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold color with a thick white head that leaves heavy lacing and sticks around.

Smells-yeast, banana, clove, citrus

Tastes- Fruity (banana, pineapple, citrus) yeast and spices (clove mostly). Very nice beer. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and refreshing

Overall- I love saisons and this is a decent one. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy and golden yellow with a huge frothy white head.

Smell: Grass, hopps, and lemon. Yeastie and sweet but very light.

Taste: Not as sweet like I thought it would be. Kind of earthy with a hint of yeast and hops. More citrus than anything.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Not bad but I dont think it is the world beater some people do.

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Photo of Guden
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a huge white head with a ton of retention and great lacing. Slightly cloudy with lots of carbonation throughout.

S- Fruity and spicy with bubblegum, clove and pepper all being dominant.

T- Crisp apple and pear sweetness up front fading to mild bitterness and an herbal spicy character.

M- Dry with a bit of a thickness, pretty average for the style but I enjoy it.

D- This is a good saison, there is some nice complexity but I would like it if the hops were a touch more subdued and the yeast flavors higher.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pale straw yellow, hazy , tower of white head retained forever
S - strong estery aromas of light citrus and banana, cloves, and some grain
T - starts with the fruity and spice yeast flavour but quickly moves towards strong grainy and slightly metallic flavours, grassy hops as well
M - solid carbonation kick gets in your nose, medium body, strong astringent feel through the finish
O - an in your face version of this style, not my favorite example but its up there

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale yellow or goldish color. It is not quite clear, but not far off. The head is like an ice cream cone bulging over the rim of my glass it is so thick. The nose has a grainy straw-like character that I find to be pretty common in belgian style beers. There is a nice structure to the flavor. The foam on the head lends itself to really "creaming up" the mouthfeel. The grains have a somewhat spicy character and I would go so far as to say the spice like flavor gives the beer some "flair."

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Photo of mrmin123
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Ikea beer mug. Poured amber gold with a hint of orange with a thick white head. A creamy, yet strong, citrus smell. A very flat front, with only a little bit of citrus taste coming through. Creamy mid-palate and finish, with an aroma and taste that reminds me of green apples. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of beerbully
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into cuvee from 750 ml
Bottled 4/2014..........Best by 4/2016

L-yellow straw colored. fairly clear, nice carbonated bubbles rising from the glass, big foamy white head that just sits at the top of the glass..........good retention..........no significant lacing as the foam slides down the glass

S-faint aromas of saison yeast, herbal spices, banana, pear, clove, lemon..........

T-none of the flavors shine bright for me on this one..........notes of lemon, some of the yeast, esters seem muted, getting some of the spiciness, faint pear........ a bit of a metallic taste that lingers and coats the mouth

F-light bodied, crisp from carbonation, dry finish

O-somewhat disappointed in this one today as I had this beer before and thought it was great but just not living up to my memory..........maybe the palate is off today.........does improve with each sip but something just isn't working for me on this one

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Photo of lpayette
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Details- 12oz bottle . Bottle conditioned. Nice blurb about where the name comes from and the proper pouring and storing techniques.

Appearance- Straw gold with bright white head. Some lacing, head is sizeable, but not as big as some saisons.

Smell- Cloves, pale malt, earthy, and slighttly alcoholic in the nose. To me it smells more like a belgian pale ale than a saison, but I suppose that those styles are fairly close in smell anyway.

Taste- Pears, apple, a certain grainyness, sweet pale malt. Fruity yes, but not as fruity as I'd like it to be. Also some earthy tones.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation. Light-bodied, long earthy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Fairly easy to drink, but I'm not a huge fan of the beer overall... I mean, it's good, but not as good as others that I've had IMO.

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Photo of chrisafari
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with fluffy/billowing white head. Sweet aroma of yeast, citrus, slight hops and alcohol. Flavor begins with nice citrus and grapefruit and then transitions into crisp herbs, pepper and spice. Medium body. The head is thick and creamy, really gorgeous. Nice Saison.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Pours gold, and hazy from yeast remnants...bright white soapy head if a few fingers tall and retains decently...ok lacing as well.

S: Full of Belgian notes, can't mistake that; funk, distant rotten fruit, barnyard, banana, grain, faint white grape and malt sweetness.

T: Follows the nose, funk light musty quality, Belgian yeast, light fruity ester quality with phenolic notes, grains, light spices...clove & pepper.

MF: Light full with fuller carbonation, soft and right in line for the style.

O: Its a decent saison, but it seems run-of-the-mill for something that gets so much love. Still, it is a solid example of the style and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden yellow ale with a huge bubbly white head with above standard retention. Aroma of pear and lemon with some distinguishable yeast. Taste is really hoppier then most Saison I have tried with a dry finish. Body is quite full and spice mix is interesting but could have been more accentuated. Very interesting take on the style.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Farmhouse Ale ever so bear with me.

A: Fat head with larger bubbles that isn't going anywhere soon. Very bright yellow with a tint of orange. But a tad weak.

S: Very sweet toasty malt. A bit of cloves and very faint banana. Some fruity notes as well.

T: Pretty tart. Really reminds me of a Strong Belgian Pale Ale. Is there not much difference? Lemon lime with a smooth caramel malt likeness on the back end. Really tangy stuff. I like it.

M: Seems common for the style and in style I mean Strong Belgian Pale Ale as that is what it feels like to me.

D: A bit too overcarbonated for my liking.

May have this about 5 degrees too cold so chances are I will like it more as it warms. Overall I do like this beer and would go for it again. Still can't stop thinking of Duvel as I drink it. I really need to research how close to the style it is.

D: Just seems too tart for me to handle drinking a lot of this. Almost puckering.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.