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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,384
Reviews: 2,079
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
Gots: 602 | 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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Ratings: 5,384 | Reviews: 2,079
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.

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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."

Taste:
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?

Mouthfeel:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

Photo of alzy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pilsener glass

a - nice golden honey with two plus finger creamy white head. a little cloudiness.

s - wheat and biscuity malt aromas over a standard belgian style orangey spiciness.

t - sweet and citrusy at the start - some lemony flavors add to the oranginess, peppery and yeasty in the middle, then nice smooth biscuity malt finish.

m - light body and highly carbonated, adds to spicy mouthfeel. finishes with a nice refreshing (not overwhelming) dryness.

o - such a light refreshing easy drinking beer that the high alcohol content doesn't come through until the last third of the glass. perfect for a 102 degree MN day. i will definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of DOCRW
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BKotch
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is American? Whoa. Hennepin is the best American approximation of a Saison that I have ever had. Slightly cloudy golden brew that pours a big white head. Fruity sweetness (orange? lemon?) balanced by a good hop character in the finish. And, at a little over four bucks for 750 ml, what a deal!

Photo of kajestudio
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redneckchugger
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer, huge white head that last forever.
nice nose, banana up front and spices in the back.
Tastes even better, less banana more spice more sweetnes that i was expecting. lot of clove flavor comes out as the beer warms
I has a very efervecent mouthfeel, and is refreshing as hell.
I love this beer.

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aleks_P
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very light golden yellow with a significant amount of carbonation, like champagne but a little more yellow. Very full bubbly head, could not pour the full bottle into my pint glass.

Smell: Having a hard time articulating the smell. Bit peppery/spicy I suppose. Bottle says coriander but I'm not sure I know what coriander smells like, this might be it.

Taste: Definitely tastes like a farmhouse saison. Slight bitterness and a lot of fragrant earthy spices.

Mouthfeel: Very light and pleasant, probably the best part of the beer. High carbonation lightens even further. Very smooth, not dry. The spices are very evident in the aftertaste.

Overall: I've only had a couple of these farmhouse saisons but I really enjoyed this. Just a bubbly tasty beer.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out clear golden in color. Carbonation is champagne like and constant. The head is two fingers of white foam. Retention is good but lacing is a moderate.

S - The nose is excellent. Lost's of clove and black pepper spice. Belgium yeast, banana and faint wheat characters thought the middle. Sweet white grape as well. Hints of alcohol. Complex.

T - Yeasty, spicy, grainy, fruity, it just like it smells. It taste so damn natural.

M - Smooth and refreshing with a champagne like finish. Pretty damn good.

O - Pretty much outstanding. Lots of flavors going on and melded so well together. Excellent to say the least.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow color. One finger fine bubbled white head that falls quickly. Sheets of lace drop quickly to the halo of a cap. A gently swirl brings back a small head. Smell is spicey pepper and clove with just a faint fruityness. Taste matches the smell. Only the mildest of bitterness in the finish but any sweetness is supurbly balanced giving a very dry clean finish. High level of carbonation with tons of tingle on the tongue. Another excellent beer from Ommegang.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. Been meaning to try this one for a long time, especially considering the dearth of saisons available in Ontario.

Enjoyed on the patio on perhaps the nicest summer day of the year - zero humidity, clear blue sky, and with a freshly mowed lawn to boot. Perfect saison weather.

Poured into a Leffe goblet. Pale golden, slight murk to it, and with a billowing head sustained with lively swirls of carbonation.

Nose is lemon, pepper, grass, spice, a bit of funk, and with a surprisingly sweet malt character to it.

Citrus, pepper, clove, earth, and oh so dry, Hennepin is a delightful brew on a summer's afternoon. The alcohol and funk comes in mildly towards the finish, and there's a mild medicine-y taste, but other than that it the brew is fresh, flavorful, dry and light - exactly what I was hoping for. Improves nicely with a bit of natural warmth.

Creamy, medium bodied, with assertive, lively carbonation. Very dry, almost needs an accompanying glass of water.

A great saison, sweeter than some, and without a strong musky-farmyard flavor, but still lively and bright, and with lovely citrus and peppery notes. A pleasure to drink.

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia chalice.

Appearance: Pale orange-yellow with a very nice cap of white foam and a little lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove, noble hops, and dry pale malts that are tart and almost hay-like.

Taste: Some barely sweet banana and fleshy fruit before seriously drying out with cloves, pepper, tart malts and noble hops.

Feel: High carbonation, medium-light body, ridiculously dry finish. Has that champagne feel of a good Saison.

Drinkability: Complex and refreshing - one of the ultimate summer beers.

Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear golden to amber with a thick, persistent white head. Lots and lots of lacing down the glass. The perfect saison pour? I don't see how it could get better.

A wonderful aroma: citrus, namely lemon and some orange, barnyard, a touch of horse blanket/farmhouse, and a touch of white fruit, perhaps apple or pear. This beer's aroma grows and magnifies as it warms; it's tremendous.

A classic saison, if such a thing existed. The flavors consist of sweet fruit, barnyard/horse blanket, a touch of funky yeast character, and some mild bitterness. Though it sounds funky, this beer is accessible as they come and incredibly drinkable.

Light to medium mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink.

A really fantastic saison. This might be the classic, benchmark, standard for the style--and I wouldn't argue the point.

Photo of watermelonman
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a great glow to its dark golden color. The head and lace seem thin but are still really nice.

It looks, smells, and tastes really nice. This is one tasty beer. It has a lot in common with my favorite Belgian strong pale ales, but with a different kick in the taste.

Photo of McNealc31
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale, hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head that nearly overran my glass. Aroma is both fruity and earthy. Very crisp on the tongue. Almost to the point of being sharp. Honey, ginger, orange, coriander, with earthy malt and hops. Finishes on the dry side. Just a little bit of funk from yeast at the end. That last sip was almost like an apple wine.

Amazing flavor, complexity, and balance. Wonderful

Photo of Mavajo
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Nice white head that produces some great looking lacing. The head here is remiscient of Duvel - but not quite as prolific and doesn't retain quite as well.

Smell is citrusy with layers of apple/pear. Taste is similar, but there's also a spice at play. Gives a nice warming sensation. The apple/pear was pretty dominant to me. Left a bit of an aftertaste that I wasn't entirely thrilled with - but I believe it's just personal preference, so I won't mark it down because of that.

Light to medium body and very drinkable. I didn't drink it as quickly as I have some other brews, but I think you could sip this stuff all night. Very nice well rounded brew.

Photo of sobchack
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Appearance is a hazy golden straw color with a thin, white head. Aroma is heavy on straw and light fruits. White grapes, maybe? Taste follows suit with mild fruitiness balanced by a bit of mustiness and spice. Complex flavors here. Light carbonation and mouthfeel. Goes down easy. Great tasting brew from Ommegang.

Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a HUGE head even when I had the glass tilted. It took some time for the head to die down but the head actually gave off some nice aromatics. Slight fruity aroma, green apples, flowery almost spring-like aromas, if that makes sense. The mouth feel was huge because of the high carbonation. The taste was extremely light with the co2 rolling around in the mouth. Slightly spicy flavors, but very subtle. Finishes very crisp and clean. This is a very drinkable beer, especially in the summer heat. But I think the price tag is a bit much.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint. Big bubbly head that leaves tons of lacing as it recedes. The ale is clear and golden (almost orange) with bubbles rising from the bottom.

The aroma is of honey, citrus and more. Quite inviting. Very interesting, but subtle. I expected more. I taste a slight sweetness followed by something tart and dry, almost champagne-like in taste and mouth feel. Yes, and some citrus flavors that are more lemon-like. Perhaps some tangerine as well.

After 4 or 5 sips and maybe a gulp or two I add the yeast from the decanted bottle. The aroma explodes into something sour that I've smelled before, but I can't quite make it out. The taste is muddier, less distinction of flavors. Perhaps the tartness increases some. Very tasty in its own right, but I think I prefer the yeast back in the bottle and tipping it up after the glass is gone.

The mouth feel is refreshing, sparkly, but substantial. This one beer is exceptionably drinkable. Two might be pushing it. I've had trouble finishing a 750ml bottle before. In fact I don't think I've ever finished one on my own.

I feel kinda guilty not giving this beer all 5's. I see why so many love Hennepin so much. This is one spectacular beer that I will come back to frequently.

Photo of dstc
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with huge white head. Falls very slow with a lot of lacing.

Fresh earthy aroma with a medicinal hint to it.

Earthiness comes through in taste as well as a lemony flavor. Herbal and a little fruity. Slight spice.

Medium bodied with low, simple carbonation.

Very drinkable. Nice.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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