Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,081
Hads: 5,541
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 283
Gots: 743 | FT: 2
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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 ypsifly
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated 12oz, poured into a tulip.

Pale gold, almost looks like sparkling apple juice with lots of carbonation and a huge white head. The lace is thick and leaves gobs of foam that look like rock formations.

The smell has a touch of lemon paired with floral hops. Slight mustiness.

The taste is rather tart, almost puckering. There's some dryness from the hops underneath, but the tartness is almost overpowering.

The mouthfeel is a bit light. Sessionable if the tartness doesn't get to you. (503 characters)

Photo of irisier
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml brown bottle.

Appearance: Effervescent golden straw colour with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Slightly musty with an herbal hop aroma. Pale malt through the nose.

Taste: Crisp and bitter with some higher than average tartness. Some pungent leafiness and grassiness. A little musty and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and pretty highly carbonated, textured medium bodied brew.

Impressions: Not bad, pretty interesting low-brow tasting brew. There is some interesting funkiness in the taste of this beer. It's pretty bold though, so some people may dislike it. Fans of IPAs should try this. (604 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dull...Boring and everything in between. Maybe I missed something about this beer, knowing that it is one of the top 50 I was excited to try this but it disappointed me greatly.

Poured a hazy honey colored yellow with a large and enchanting white head. Big bubbles all around.

Aroma was of yeast, fruitiness, grasses in a blender, a few spices, etc.

Flavors included all kinds of fruits, yeast, and spices. Not bad but certainly not what I was expected. Alcohol was well hidden though and it did leave an excellent lace on the glass. (542 characters)

Photo of EliteDigger
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice golden sunshine straw color with a billowy white long lasting frothy head.
S-Lemon, grass, honey, with some faint herbal hops...yeasty.
T-Taste like it smells... some champagne-like lemony grass with a nice honey sweetness to back it up. A drying orange herbal quality hangs in the back... a touch of clove and apples in there?
M-Good carbonation and fairly smooth. Seems like an easy drinking beer without being too watery.
D-Decent tasting and the ABV isn't too bad... not sure how many of them I'd want to drink in a sitting though....
I'm glad I tried this...overall, not a bad beer, but one I'm not sure I'll go out of my way for. (650 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, don't see a date on the bottle
Beer Scene chalice

A: Pours a cloudy, pale yellow gold color. Full finger of bright white head. Nice carbonation it appears. Some light white lacing will be left.

S: Smells like that traditional Belgian yeast strain. Some citrus notes. Light crisp hops.

T: It's an interesting Saison. It's like a blend of a wit and Saison in my opinion. You get some of that banana, some coriander from the yeast similar to a wit. But the nose has some traditional Saison notes. The carbonation almost makes it creamy and silky.

M: Light leading to medium. (581 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An average looking beer. Pale hay/copper with hardly any head. A bad pour by the bartender?

A malty yeasty aroma with hints of earth & meat. Somewhat sour fruit, lemon, orange, and melon.

Carbonated yet creamy mouthfeel with flavors of lemon fruit, sour candy, earth, flowers, and some grilled vegetable flavors. Leaves a sour off taste in the finish.

I've had this bottled and thought it was far superior. Could have been dirty lines? (445 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

9/18/2005 $4.49 750 mL 7.70% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a clear pale gold with coarse carbonation that yields roughly a quarter inch of thin white head in my chalice.

Aroma:

Green pepper mixed with an abundance of black pepper mask a somewhat malty background.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Very peppery, with coarse carbonation, and an overabundance of carbonation. My second saison this weekend, and while I enjoy this more than the Fantome, this ain't my cup of tea. Bitter, unappealing, and even though cheap, not worth it. (543 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice straw yellow, slight haze, nice bright white head, sticky bubbly lacing. Lots of yeast, funky aromas. Slightly sweet aromas as well. Tastes pretty bitter, lots of hops. Finishes with a piney aftertaste. More belgian funk flavors, enjoyable. Lots of earthy notes. Mouthfeel is nice, heavily carbonated, slightly fizzy, thick, crisp, smooth. Drinkability isn't bad, but the harsh bitterness brings it down.

Nice offering from Ommegang. (495 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle, it pours into a tulip glass at room temp a lemon peel color w/ 1 1/2" white eggshell head. Very spongy with lots of sustainance; fairly cloudy appearance.

Aroma is mostly citrus with some slight spice (coriander?). it has a lot of sourness to the nose along with a bit of alcohol...a bit much for 7.5%.

Sipping is a bit of sour & bitter lemon flavor, but a lot of alcohol and carbonation kills a lot of the flavor i hoped to get from this. Some peppery flavor sneaks through along with some yeast. Maybe a bit of grass hops at the end along with some alcohol.

Lots of carbonation stings my tongue but the body is rather light. Decent alcohol bite. Could be better.

Overall, this is okay, but a bit disappointing to me considering the source of brewing. (794 characters)

Photo of Birchgrove77
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up from Binnys Schaumburg.

Appearance: Cloudy, straw colored with a wonderful two-inch white head that laces well down the glass and never disapates.

Smell: Sour grain-like aroma. A slight peach aroma, but there was a slight macro lager aroma to this bottle.

Taste: Smooth with some tart characteristics that are reminiscient of Granny Smith apples. A slight citrus acidity exists, but there was not any hint of coriander, clove, cinnamon or orange peel. A slight hop earthy hop character, but not much bitterness.

Overall: Quite different from the usual 750 ml bottles I've become used to. I feel somewhat let down since this is one of my favorite beers. May have to go buy a 750 ml for a side-by-side comparison. (739 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy with a frothy head, like pineapple juice but with a slightly more amber hue. The nose is unspectacular: banana and chalk.

The beer is well carbonated but smooth on the tongue. It tastes sweet and creamy with hints of lemon and maybe a little pineapple. Reminds me of stewed fruit with cream. I don't taste much in the way of spice here. Certainly doesn't remind me of clove cigarettes!

Quite light and refreshing for a strong beer, rendering ti eminently drinkable. (481 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Poured into a flute, which seemed appropriate.

Not sure if it was the glassware choice, but this really looked like champagne. Light in color with a large white head. Extrememely effervescent - again, like champagne. Smells nice - very rustic.

I admit to not being such a fan of the saison style, but I will do my best to rate this beer objectively. It went down very easy, but I felt the fruit was a bit too tart for my taste. Pears, pineapple, bananas, etc. are all very apparant, however I felt none of the sweetness of the fruit was incorporated. The aftertaste was very much like a dry champagne. Goes down very easy.

All in all, I think it is a fine example of the style, but certainly not my thing. But if you love saisons, you have to give this one a try. (789 characters)

Photo of yuenglings
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A hazey straw color with great foamy head and good retention

S: Slightly skunked smellbut mostly a strong some spicey frutyness

T: Theres some citrus up front and i Definitely taste Coriander and mabey a little honey at the end.

M: Has a good lightness to it. its smoth up front and a little course at the end with good carbonation.

D: Its drinkable the more of it i have the more i like it but its just not my cup of tea i dont think i would buy it agian. (465 characters)

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent brew, just not to my tastes.

A - Marvelous, undeniable foamy white head. Gotta be careful when pouring this one out!
S - Not much scent to this one. A little disappointing. I caught a slight citrus not, but not much.
T - Citrus and hops, both on the mild side. I also get this chalky/earthy flavor I can't place. Maybe it's just me. Regardless it's not a good flavor in my book. Luckily it's not overwhelming.
M - Nice fuzzy bubbles, though smooth and light.
D - Quite easy to down. Even more so for others I'd imagine. (536 characters)

Photo of skizziks
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Duvel tulip. Pour produces a huge head of offwhite big bubbles reaching about 4" and slowly dying down leaving a rocky cap as it goes. The beer is an expected hazy orange-gold.

Aroma is full of fresh sweet malt, husk, and apple with herbal and floral hops seamlessly blended in. Perfume like.

The flavor is immediately sweet, but not overpoweringly so, quickly followed by big banana and plenty of carbonation bite. Finish is quick and dry. Not much depth to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, somewhat slick but with plenty of fizz to keep it from sticking. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Easy to put back a little too fast, but it's a quencher of a style and it does the job well. (715 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/26/2007 (750mL bottle):

Pours a light golden color, some bubbles, average head, diminishing. Malty Belgian aroma, not as floral. Some nose of alcohol. Malty, sour taste. Some Belgian, and also some alcohol. Floral aftertaste. Warming up a bit...the tastes blend together better. Not bad, a decent Belgian. (317 characters)

Photo of sprinkle
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

rich malty nose,with a slight belgian nose,slightly phenolic. deep reddish brown,nice lace, thick head. Slightly metallic, but rich malt with a nice lingering finish that drys out nicely, well balanced, hops are well underlining, and blends nicely with the malts. (263 characters)

Photo of Jef59
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice pale golden color with a little haze and a huge rocky head.

S - spicy phenolic cloves, a little metallic, slightly musty, but not a big horse blanket presence I expected.

T - well, doesn't really taste like a saison. How is this ranked higher than dupont? Don't get me wrong, it tastes good - a lot of clove, a nice portion of malt. Tastes extremely similar to Duvel. Where is the funkiness thought? If this was classified as a SBGA then I probably would have given it a 4.5 for taste, but I don't think this is very true to style.

M - really nice carbonation with a little syrupy character to it.

O - I am pretty disappointed by this one. It just played it too safe with the funk. Maybe the bottle was a bit older, and the flavors settled a little? (770 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice looking hazy golden yellow. The head billows and needs to be given a moment to settle. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of funk to it but it's not as much as some of the authentic farmhouse ales out there. The taste has a pretty good amount of malts and yeast with some spices in there too. The mouthfeel is drinkable and has plenty of carbonation to keep it alive on the tongue. Overall this beer is pretty good but not my cup of tea really. (481 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy light yellow in color, 2 fingers of detergent like head, lots of visible carbonation. smells of yeast, lemongrass, very bready. the taste is pretty funky.. farmhouse yeast, has a slight skunkyness to it, which is a common thing in this beer (had it plenty of times before on tap and bottle, first time sitting down to review it). lemongrass and yeast are the main hints in both nose and mouth. medium body, high carbonation and creamy feel.

a nice saison, but a little too much like a witbier for my liking. could use more hops to balance out the overwhelming yeast flavor. (583 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-pale straw cloudy yellow with a lot of frothy white head

S-fresh and spicy belgian that reminds me of wheat. very good, strong scent with some funkiness. almost ideal for a saison

T-a very short experience. comes in with the Belgian spices and some banana. there's a slight breadiness taste with some bitterness for the after-taste. the bitterness is odd and not completely likeable. its an okay taste, but definitely nothing special.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-i found that the belgian spiciness makes this not very drinkable. I like it in other belgians, but in this the taste gets tiring. this is pretty much an average saison that i don't feel is great for the style. i wouldn't recommend this to people more accustomed to the style, but that's just me. (784 characters)

Photo of JetSmooth
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some years back, my extremely good friend, Jake, gifted me with a three-bottle set from Brewery Ommegang. Ommegang is a Belgian brewery in Cooperstown, NY. I'm just going to let that settle in for a moment. You may associate Cooperstown with Baseball. But beer people associate it with Brussels. The three beers included in this set were the Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, Chocolate Indulgence, and Three Philosophers Triple. This review will be of the 2008 Hennepin Saison.

I'd been holding onto this beer since Christmas of 2008. I've not really aged beer before, but felt these would be good candidates. Keep the age in mind through this review.

Eyes: The Hennepin Saison pours from a 750ml corked and caged Belgian bottle as a bright amber. I stored this sideways and don't think all of the yeast settled back to the bottom from when I put it in the fridge to chill. The first pour was crystal clear but clouded up somewhat as the yeast snuck into the pour. Still, the golden amber was very inviting and "rustic". Head was creamy white and thick, but not fluffy. It clings to the sides rather well, but does not "lace" much. Eventually dissipating to a thin foam.

Nose: Nose is very thin. This could either be from the long aging or the fact that I have a late-summer cold. The aroma seems to be lightly plastic, but not in a repelling way. There's a little spice and maybe some fruit, but it's not the prominent component.

Tongue: At first, this beer comes across as rather bitter; not from hops. Rather, it seems to be an alcoholic bitterness. There is a good base of citrus and maybe ... I don't know; figs maybe? Hennepin came across as a little one dimensional until I was about half-way through the first pint. Spice began to present itself. Maybe a little pepper. There was some late-presenting malt. Definitely grainy, but not sweet. Perhaps this was through the temperature of the beer warming up over time. Still, I would have liked a little more fruit in a saison.

Mouth: There is a little bit of solvent to the mouthfeel. It lends to the spiciness of the beer. The higher alcohol level of this beer definitely provides a good burn and astringency, but not in a bad way. This isn't a liquor burn; more of a comforting warmth.

Overall: Despite the solvency and slight metallic taste, this beer is very drinkable. Most of the flavor comes through AFTER drinking and in the after taste. This would be a great beer for an October evening at a bonfire or barn party. This bottle could have been aged a little long. It was still a great beer! (2,553 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost opaque, golden/yellow, very typical of most Saisons I've had before. Head is light ang somewhat clingy, could use a bit more umph.

Smell: Like moist bread, with a bit of apricot jam sweetness.

Taste: Yeasty with an interesting alcohol finish which gives it sort of a lactic and creamy feel with just a bit of funk, which reminds me of a Camenbert cheeze. Nice! (385 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

I first had this on tap, not knowing it was an Ommegang brew until I looked it up later. It's a tasty saison. Pretty smooth and flavorful but nothing to get overwhelmed about.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head that retains and laces well. Yeasty aroma, with hints of citrus, grass, and light spice. Biscuity taste, with flavors of orange zest, apple, banana; grassy with notes of spice. Light-medium mouthfeel, and easily drinkable. (498 characters)

Photo of NewMexicoBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful and beguiling--more foam than the glass could contain when poured casually. Laces well and steady stream of microbubbles supports a thin layer across the beer for the duration.

S: Lemons and a lazy day.

T: Wow--Haven't sampled many saisons but this is way more sour than expected. Initially overwhelming; as the buds acclimated, started to embrace it and could see how this might become the quintessential thirst quencher--lemonade for grownups and enough reward to make one want to pick crops or at least mow the lawn.

M: Really for as lemony/citrus/sour; this lands very softly on the tongue and is swallowed with a smile. Very cool craftsmanship at work here.

O: For nine bucks a bottle, I need more, much more complexity and interest. Several Belgian Saisons at the same cost, and IMHO that also offer a much more beguiling entreaty to be consumed than this one trick tart. (example: St. Feullien--a rhapsody of flavor and aroma by comparison.

Still on a hot day and your dollar, I'd have another in a heartbeat. Let it also be known that I have immense respect for the "gang" and love many of their beers. Saison is the wild card of styles and one mans thirst slaker might be anothers ambrosia as there seems to be no clear consensus on what this style really is. (1,289 characters)

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.