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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,208 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,208
Reviews: 2,045
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 228
Gots: 474 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Photo of beermanbrian
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Lungman
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First of this style for me. I like it....a lot. Clean and tight. A beer I would like to sip floating down the river on an inner tube with one of my old friends. Not an expert on this style so I won't act like it. However I know beer, and this one is real nice boys.

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

12 oz. bottle pour. Golden yellow color with a perfect small bubble head. Lots of lacing. High carbonation but not distracting. Smell of grass and spice. Not much more in the nose, but certainly pleasant. Mouthfeel is light thank to the abundant carbonation. First taste yielded lemon and spice notes. This morphed into a subtle maltiness as it warmed. A near perfect bitter finish. What a lovely beer, and we're lucky to have it in abundance.

Let me add that I have the big bottle often and this was the first 12 oz. bottle I have enjoyed.

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

A-Slightly murky golden yellow with fluffy white head that dissipates to a thin layer quickly.

S-Fairly sweet with fruity esters, but overall far more reminiscent of a simple pilsner. A little piney hops.

T-Somewhat sweet with little hop balance- very slight bitterness, almost an orange peel bitter, or maybe grapefruit. Very strong flavor that I picked up and tried to place, I think it's honeydew. Surprisingly, alcohol is barely in there.

M-Highly carbonated with a relatively light body and dry finish.

D-The beer is good, but not as complex as I was expecting, and far more drinkable-dangerously so for a 7.7.

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

A: Huge snowy head, billowing above the glass. Classic Belgian carbonation, bravo. Color is light honey, slightly hazed. Dozens and dozens of streams of bubbles aggresively charge the surface of the glass. Lots of lace resides all over the sides of the glass. Honestly, this beer couldn't look any better. Simply stunning, put together amazingly well.

S: Yeasty, coriander, ripe bananas, overall freshness and not as mysterious as most saisons.

T: Starts off very wheaty and yeasty...herbal and lightly hoppy. Spreads to a buttery chamomile with lots of subtle citrus notes. Finishes with more tradition saison type flavors; hay, fresh cut grass and lots more yeast. A gentle dryness lingers long after the sip.

M: Full bodied and fairly creamy

D: I wasn't immediately taken in by this beer....but the more I drank it, the more infatuated I bacame. It went from an unsophisticated golden ale to so much more. Very pleased with this beer.

Photo of kmcnair
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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 gestalt162
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 25 oz. brown bottle, part of a Ommegang 10 year anniversary package...

A: Cork pops like a bottle of champagne. Even my mild pour creates a huge head. Bubbly, frothy, rocky, a metamorphizing off-white head. Cloudy golden-white body. Lots of carbonation- a very active beer. Splotchy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Banana and clove predominately, kind of like a hefeweizen, but with a grainy and grassiness to the aroma as well. Nice clean malt flavor. A deep whiff also gives a slight alcohol smell.

T: Crisp, ever-so-slight maltiness. Predominant flavors of bananas, honey, hint of cloves and other spices that I can't put my finger on. Hint of citric lemon-orange behavior. Really clever grassy, hay-like character that feels like a harmony between the malt and hops. Slight tartness towards the middle/end really brings things together. Lasting banana, smooth malt, and dry fruit flavors sit on the palate after swallowing.

This beer is so complex, I'm pretty sure I didn't even mention half the flavors that were apparant. I could study this for hours.

MF: Well-carbonated, light to medium body, just enough crispness not to overwhelm, but to really enhance the flavors.

D: At 7.5% ABV, not sessionable, but like I said, this is a very complex and enjoyable beer. Simple if you drink it fast, but if you really slow down and enjoy it, a lot of those nuances will come out. A great beer to enjoy outside with nature during the summer.

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

Beautiful yellow coloring with a nice, lasting white head. Active carbonation lends an ongoing bubble-show in the glass. Sweet floral aroma complements nicely the rich mouthfeel and taste that starts sweet and ends dry. To tell the truth, it reminds me of champagne, particularly in how the effervescence feels on the palate (not just because of the corked bottle ;-). Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

Photo of ski271
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow with a large, white, pillowy head with good retention. The smell is if moderate wheat over yeast and mild malt aromas. Banana, coriander, melon, green apple and some light flowers. The fruitiness is light but very nice. Taste-wise, it’s quite similar to the nose, but better. Malts come on a little stronger accompanied by some fruity esters, dry hops, and a little more spiciness. The finish is floral, lightly bitter and slightly astringent. Very nice mouthfeel, light and refreshing despite its complexity. Nicely done.

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

Pours a light, clear, golden straw color, with a huge fluffy head that leaves a bit of lace.

Smells yeasty and fruity (citrus). Real pleasant aroma that is strong but not in your face.

Alcoholic, and wine-like. Tart grape like flavors. Yeast taste is present. Smooth, sweet finish. Very warming.

What a friggin' great beer.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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 safaricook
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got the 750ml corked bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. Enjoying it in my hotel room out of a tumbler glass.

Slightly murky straw yellow body with lots of fine to medium carbonation. Fine white head of just a finger that stabilizes at a thin layer. Some nice lacings.

Smell is citric and peppery, there is ginger and some fruitiness added by the orange peel.

Typical Saison dryness with quite some spiciness to it, almost hot. Bitterness is there but hops are not standing out

Plentiful carbonation makes this refreshing, crisp and palate cleansing. It ends with said hotness that comes probably from used ginger and grains of paradise.

This is a well done maybe even great Saison. It is refreshing, dry and interesting due to the added spices that give it dept. In my personal opinion I believe it could be made even better if the flavor would rely more on the yeast than on the spices, furthermore it is a bit sharp due to the high carbonation.

It think it would work with a lot of spicy foods. Actually it's probably even better when combined with food than on its own.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Roman5150
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: pale cloudy yellow with 1 finger bubbly white head

smell: wine like, very fruity, funky sweet esters, some clove and other spices as well

taste: very dry fruitiness, the aftertaste is a pleasant spicy funkiness that sits well on the palate. Very refreshing and true to the style. Some notes of clove and coriander, orange peel, and some other exotic spices.

mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, pretty thin bodied

overall: A great saison, probably only second to Saison Dupont in my opinion. Seek this out if you like the style, even most non craft beer drinkers will like this.

Photo of ajzbedo73
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 750 corked and caged bottle into a tulip. Two fingers of head. Moderate lacing that held the glass all the way down. Copper in color and cloudy/murky. Bubbles raising to the top of the glass, champagne like.

S: Didn't pick up a whole lot, white pepper, and citrus. Pleasant on the nose.

T: Bitter hops up front that slowly changed to sour apple and a honey sweet finish. White pepper is in the mix as well with a lingering peppery sweet after taste. Delightful. There is a lot going on from the second it hit my lips until I finished swallowing it. Wow!

M: A lot of carbonation, bubbly and pleasant. Very crisp and refreshing. Peppery burn. I love it!

O: This is my second go around with Ommegang first time wasn't great (abbey ale), but they hit a home run with this one! From start to finish I loved everything about this beer. I probably would rate higher if it were 95 degrees in July instead of 2 degrees in February. Great hot summer ale. I highly recommend!

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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 lancecenter
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy, dull golden color. Four fingers of beautiful, white head with excellent retention. Lots of thick lacing. I'm not sure you could improve on this...

S - Faint earthiness combined with underwhelming citrus. Pepper, phenols, and lemon. The smell becomes much more pronounced as the beer warms up a bit.

T - The lemon and citrus fruits hit you first. Just the right amount of dryness, tart, and earthy flavor. Nice, pepper and phenol aftertaste

M - crisp, medium mouthfeel

O - Another stellar choice from Ommegang. After trying a biere-de-mars, I didn't think I would ever like anything this dry and earthy. But this is so complex, yet balanced. Very drinkable. I went through the 750 mL bottle way too fast.

Photo of flip449
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,208 ratings.