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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
outstanding

5,290 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,290
Reviews: 2,060
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 236
Gots: 530 | 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 Arithmeticus
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had in ale glass

A: cloudy yellow, bushy head, nice carbonation, outstanding lacing
S: lovely spritely aroma of lemon that lingers
T: very lovely saison, with overtones of banana and clove; the brewers have hit the sweet spot on the bottle conditioning, giving the beer the depth of flavor one comes to enjoy in Belgian-style beers, yet without any cloying effects.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Cheers!

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

On tap at Lounge 62 in a 16oz pint glass...

A- Poured a nice straw color with about an inch of head, a bit off white with a tint of yellow. Laces very nice on the glass whilst drinking...

S- Typical saison aroma- bit of citrus; very low floral hops present, but in there somewhere; and a main component of brett lingers in the nose throughout the smell...

T/M- Very peppery coming through the phenols of this beer. It has that touch of citrus come through in taste like the smell, then ends dry and a bit of an earthy and warming sensation. Perfect carbonation for a saison and great overall feel.

D- High, but then again, I'm a pretty big fan of saisons- so it's not like it is JUST this beer; but more of a factor that I love the style...

Overall, this is a solid, solid beer. I love saisons and this did not disappoint! That said, I still give my edge overall to Saison Dupont; as I feel they are a bit more clean overall in the smell and taste especially. I would have liked the warmness of this beer to be a bit more subtle. In the end, still loved it and would enjoy again and again...

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hennepin pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a luxurious, foamy 5 cm head. Great head retention and nice, sticky lace all over. Replenishing carbonation comes from the bottom.

Smell: Tart aroma has a hint of white grape, honey, cloves, and coriander. Alcohol has a slight presence.

Taste: Very mild sweetness. Malt is simple, dry, and biscuity. Grassy and earthy flavors. Slight alcohol kick toward the end, although it is generally masked rather well. An oily residue accompanies the slightly tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, above average carbonation. Slightly dry. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The smooth transitions and robust elegance of Hennepin make it a drinkable model brew for the category.

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

From a corked 750 into the appropriate beer flute.

Pale gold with hints of little bits of green on the edge. Clear, with a dense inch of white foam atop it. Good retention - keeps a nice layer of foam for almost the entire life of the glass. Plenty of retention. Looks great.

Dense, fruity and slightly funky smell. Apples, cloves, little bits of banana, earthy 'dirt', little bits of orange & lemon peel, other florals, and a bit of the noble hop character.

Fantastic beer. Well balanced, great depth and layering of flavor. Creamy and light from the carbonation. Begins with hints of crisp apples and fresh barley malt. Floral characters float over the malt backbone with introduction of earth and acidity. The beer finishes with a long aftertaste of carbonation and noble hops to give a clean, dry finish. Incredibly well balanced, incredibly well done. Bravo.

Excellent Saison, excellent beer. One that I should have more of.

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

12 oz bottle from ABC Fine Wines & Liquors in Daytona Beach, FL. Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.

A: cloudy yellow-orange with a golden/amber tinge, two fingers of bubbly white froth, and globs of lacing on the shaker (wrong glassware, I know).
S & T: yeasty and nutty aromas, strong citrus and lemon flavours, fruity tanginess, a little sour. This lacks the brett elements of a traditional saison, but it's a delicious beer nonetheless.
M: huge peppery spiciness in the body, super tart and dry finish. Packs an impressive, refreshing bite. Very good.
D: goes down like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. This drinks way too easy for a 7.7% brew. Maybe it's the 30+ degree weather in Daytona? Either way, Hennepin is a satisfying Belgian-style ale. Worth a shot.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Corss Pub in Carlisle

A- Pours a nice four finger foamy head. It rises like a pillow and is very frothy. a light pale wheat yellow color. Very carbonated as well,i can see the co2 rising fast.

S- earthy and wheat smelling. a very must smell of alcohol hits the nose as well. some strong spice as well.

T- lemony zest is in the taste at the beginning of the gulp. i also get a slight taste of some honey that feels like it was rubbed with earthy grains. grass and dry hops as well.

M- dry and crisp. mouthfeel is that of spice flavors in the aftertaste as well.

D- this is a good beer and easy to put down. smooth and refreshing in the summer. A good brew.

Overall this is a great brew and look forward toanother one from Ommegang. Hats off to a good beer!

Photo of PEBKAC
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cooperstown edition
Brewery direct, shipped in a gift pack

Golden & lush; intensely frothy. The pour was not quite clear & golden, so I most likely stirred up some yeast. Yeast is good for you!

Musty, funky fruit, sweet muscatel. Alot of wine characteristics in both the smell & flavor. The alcohol stings my nostrils a tad, but isn't totally evident in the taste. The finish is somewhat tangy, along with the obvious corriander spice. Bready to the point of inducing continued sampling.

Rereshing & not filling, but the carbonation does hit quicker then your average ale. Savoring the bottle is the most safe & delectable way to go. Easy to play, hard to master.

Now stocked regularly at Stop n Shop, alongside other Duvel products. Excellent. :)

Photo of DaveR514
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlervine
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Just... wow. Poured a hazy honey colored with a white head that fell to a nice Belgian lace that wouldn't go away. Sweet and fruity nose, yeast and earthiness, such a fantastic aroma. The flavor had accents of fruit, rum, cider, spice, all wrapped up with a nice crisp finish. Very full mouthfeel, and an enigma in every sip. Very tasty.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a nice head and a bit of lacing sticking around. Smell has a good bit of earthiness along with some spice and a few Belgian-yeast esters. Quite pungent; a bit more so than the taste. Mouthfeel is very nice with a crisp carbonation and and nice dash of citrus/earthy dryness. Drinkability is very, very good; really wish this was sold in 4-packs around here.

Photo of Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear light gold color with a thick head that last through the drink. The nose sensed some floral, yeast, and citrus aromas.There was nice carbonation. A nice balance of malt and bitterness, with a crisp yeasty flavor lasting on the tongue. Very smooth and a soft aftertaste. Great beer and should be sought out by all.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

finally getting around to reviewing the summer kegerator selection.. been on tap for approximately 3-4 weeks and still yummy as hell.. gonna kick soon so here we go:

gold with amber highlights, bubbles marching randomly. big huge puffy head deconstructing slowly with craters and caverns. bigtime lacing sticks to the glass. aroma is a fresh cut grass sauteed in butter with a sprinkle of hop spice and minimal sweetness. light and springy. flavor is cooling in a licorice fashion, fresh botanical notes prevail with a bit of diacetyl. creamy finish on the first sip.. light body and goes down quicker than i had planned. after the creamy character coats, big bright fruit is revealed.. even a mild white wine hint of grape. perfect summer beer for BA nerds like me and drinkable for someone who doesnt mind the big abv. only negative is that this is not a food-pairing beer IMO, and that's something i look for in my kegerator selections.

oh, and the other negative is that i didn't get any hennepin passport promotional items from terry. hmm. i wanted that damn canoe too!

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish/yellow; big frothy head, long lasting, good lacing (after accidental aggressive pour)

Smell: Peppery; cloves; citrusy; good European ale yeast smell; I love this beer aroma type

Taste: Good malt, cloves and citrus on the start; sweet in the mid with a semi-sweet peppery finish; hoppy dryness lingers in the aftertaste; excellent overall

Mouthfeel: Juicy and slightly creamy

Photo of MisterClean
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 from total wine. Poured into a Maredsous chalice.

A - Pours light golden in color, and unfiltered. Highly carbonated, lots of dishwasher white head. Dissipates slow and leaves a light lacing.

S - Pears, peaches, golden raisins, and Belgian candi sugars. Hop aroma is fairly low-moderate with a nice spice. I also notice a bit of coriander tossed in too.

T - Pears, peaches, slight golden raisins and candi sugars, coriander, and spicy hops. It's slightly skunky actually. Makes me wonder how Total Wine stored this beer. Saison's do better in the heat, too.

M - Slight carbonation on the mouth feel and the spicy hops offset the sweetness of the dry, white fruit. Slightly warming. Good overall.

D - Alc is a bit high at 7.7% for a saison. For a simple "farmboy beer" it is rather complex and enjoyable.

I bought this beer in summer. I stored this beer in my beer fridge at 65 and dropped temp down to 50. I have to wonder how good this beer would be if it was stored better by total wine or via delivery.

Photo of Schwab
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer about 5-6 weeks ago at a local store and finally got around to try it.

A - pours clean into a pub glass and leaves almost 2" head. Unfortunately it disappears rather soon. You can see the great carbonation in the glass. Typical lighter color and not completely clear (not that I expected it to be)

S - Great smell of an awesome beer went immediately through the kitchen as soon as I had poured it into the glass.

T - Crisp, refreshing...perfect for a hot summer day.
M - Crisp and refreshing, carbonation goes great with this light beer. No malt/hop overtone

D - Goes down very smooth. What? Glass is already empty? This is a great session beer for sure

Photo of Pauly2X
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slighty cloudy yellow, two finger head.

S- Fresh and clean with heavy citrus notes and hints of banana.

T- Though not as tart as the smell precludes, the yeast does take center stage. This does not mean that this is the only flavor profile going on here by a long shot. Ever so slighty sweet malt up front with a very smooth hop bitterness in the finish.

M- Tangy carbonation, quite refreshing.

D- Dangerous, especially considering the abv.

Although not my favorite sytle, but this beer and the style as a whole comand respect. A must try for all beer lovers.

Photo of brusulus
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I fondly remember Hennepin as the first saison I ever tried (less than 4 years ago) and it blew me away back then. It's been a very long time, so this is like visiting an old friend. Got an imperial pint at Bailey's Taproom.

A: Bright golden, almost clear with little rising carbonation. Small snow-white head, strong lacing top to bottom. Not sure if the lack of carbonation is normal; I know this keg was tapped roughly a week ago, so it's still 'fresh'.

S: Spicy aroma with sweet yeasty roll. Apple core and pear slices. Hints of clove and melon.

T: Crisp apple, light honey, grass/hay. Buttery sweet rolls and a sharp spicing. Finishes out dry, with pepper and a slight medicinal chalkiness being most notable. Terrific balance.

M: Refreshing, lively carbonation. Body is light/medium; alcohol seems subdued, but grows with a subtle warmth. Finishes with a faint yeast/grain stickiness and a little chalky bitterness.

D: A high point - both extremely 'easy to drink' and notably desirable in the 'want to have again' categories. A fine example of the style, haven't had more than a couple US-made saisons that can compete.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(4.0) A: Hazy and golden with a very tall creamy eggshell coloured foam head with intermingled sporadic bubbles. Very good retention and lacing.

(4.5) S: Banana, pineapple/passion fruit, bubblegum, cloves, belgian-style yeast, pepper, and cane sugar. Very pleasant and enticing. Appropriate proportions of each aroma that come together extremely well.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with ripe and sweet tropical fruits coupled with spice including a bitter pepper taste. A refreshing taste of earthy dry grasses with some floral hints. Enjoying how the emphasis isn’t on the sweet side, but rather on the dry and bitter spice side of the spectrum.

(4.5) M: Medium bodied with a moderate/tingling carbonation. Chalky (in a good way) with a bit of chewy character. Lingering dry and bitterness. Wonderful stuff.

(4.5) D: A delicious farmhouse that really brings all the best qualities of the style together.

Photo of mklinger
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A year old Belgian bomber poured into a goblet. Golden straw, yellow color with a very rocky head. Very effervescent carbonation that just keeps coming and coming. Certainly hazy to almost cloudy appearance. Nice looking beer.

Aroma was fairly lemony, which took me by some surprise, plus some peppery, spicy character. Definitely some bready malt coming through, too. Nice, complex, inviting aroma.

Taste was very good, having a nice pilsener malt character accented with some spicy phenols & lemon. Finally, a decent amount of hop bitterness to balance things out. Nice beer though there is so much going on here it's almost overwhelming.

A very full mouthfeel from all the carbonation but a beer that at the same time finishes very dry. These make this a very easy to drink beer. Great stuff.

Photo of LvilleIPA
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml corked bottle, with the "2005 Cave-aged released October 8, 2005" tag around the neck. It's been in my basement for a year or two.

A - Before I poured, I noticed that the bottle had TONS of stuff on the bottom. Poured out, it's a hazy light orange color. Decent head and carbonation.

S - Fruit, slight malt. Smells like alot of other top end saisons I've had.

T - Malty, dried fruits, relatively dry. Very good and what you'd expect froma world class saison.

M - lot's of carbonation, light body, dry finish with a decent amount of alcohol.

D - Very. That's about all i can say. If you like saison, consider this a good, cheap "session saison". You can drink alot of this one.

It's great taste, good quality, extremely drinkable.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*12 oz. bottle*
Look: Hazy golden blonde body, 1 1/2 finger white soapy head.

Smell: Tart citrus, spices, hay, yeasty, hints of earthy quality tobacco, mild funk.

Taste: Tart citrus (Lemon peel) wheat and oats, honey, hint of a fruit (pear), sweet and dry and slightly sour.

Feel: Medium-light body, very active carbonation.

Overall: This is very delicious. One of the prime examples of the style. I have no problem drinking a four pack of this all Summer/Fall long. For it being almost 8% it isn’t detectable. This brew is recommended.

#Original reviewed on 10-30-13#

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's about time I got around to this bottle. Pours hazy golden bright yellow with a big foamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smell could be noticed as soon as the cork went flyin..Phenols and spice, banana, mild floral hops, herbal qualities, white pepper, really light funk, heavy on spicy yeast, some citrus in there

More spice, sweetness, fresh grass, some bitterness with a nice dry finish.

Full bodied saison right here. Big flavors and dry finish. Love it.

A beer that calls itself the True Belgian-Style Saison? It better be good.

Photo of kellyst
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the first Saison I’ve tried.

A: Pale yellow. Billowing pure white head.

S: Citrusy smell. Very pleasing.

T: At first citrusy and mildly hoppy. In the middle the sweetness comes through. This must be the Belgian candy sugar. I’m not sure how to take this taste. It makes this a very complex beer, but I’m not used to this taste in beer. The finish is very fruity and pleasant.

M: Light bodied. Very smooth.

D: Medium-Low. A very enjoyable, flavorful light beer. But the sweetness makes me only want one bottle.

Photo of evanRwise
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,290 ratings.