Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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Reviews: 2,081
Hads: 5,550
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 283
Gots: 749 | 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 jjanega08
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= great! Huge head that's pale white and gets really good and lumpy looking thick and frothy. The color is a darker straw color. Great lacing
S= corn, honey and maybe a little hops, and toasted malt I guess nothing cool
T= lotta alcohol, some hops toward the end, small citrus notes
M= lots of carbonation with a medium body
D= ok, the alcohol taste turns me away a little. Too many and you would get pretty drunk so I'm gonna say its just good (445 characters)

Photo of evanlarkin
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ngeunit1 for this bottle.

Appearance:
In the air it looks almost clear. In the glass it takes on a straw yellow color, with just a slight haze and 1 1/2 finger white head made of big bubbles that fizz down and leave just a slight lacing.

Smell:
Dry and malty, with a lot of belgian yeast scent. Kind of like a dry champagne, except malty instead of grape-y. Slight orange peel quality to it too.

Taste:
Sweeter than the smell had led me to believe, but fairly dry. Orange zest and a few grape-like flavors. Some tangy hop character with low bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel:
This is a fairly straightforward champagne-bodied beer.

Drinkability:
It's not bad, reminiscent of other belgian-style ales. I would not call it one of my favorites for the style, but it certainly isn't bad. I'll probably have it again in the future. (840 characters)

Photo of joejost
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a pint glass with no visable head. Dissapointed with the pour. The color was a beautiful strawberry blonde.

S- Wasn't sure if it was clove, barn, or flowers.

T- Like drinking a clover cig, in a straw barn in the country.

M- Clean, medium body.

D- Can see how many people would love this in the summer. Not my favorite style, but an excellent Saison from a top notch brewery.

Anyone in upstate NY should make a point to visit the Ommegang Brewery. Wonderful people, scenery, and delicious beer. (515 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Excellent pour- first honey yellow with a frothy white head, great lacing. Just some subtle notes of Belgium yeast in the aroma.

Taste – here we go: sweet and sour, earthy, just some notes of Belgium yeast. Mouth was tart, dry, and on the downside, fairly thin. Somewhat bitter. All in all, I have to say I didn’t care for it, and I like the Schlafly version of Saison. Wouldn’t go after this again, but would not turn down a glass of it, either. (453 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adam for serving up another Saison. Served in an Allagash Cervoise. Best before January 2012.

A - Pours with a voluminous three-plus fingers of white foam that eventually dissipates to a thin cap and leaves behind some stray chunks of lace. Body is a golden straw color, and oddly only one of three three pours had a stream of bubbles.

S - Yeast, esters, some light stone fruit, must, earth, and a bit of soapiness. Alcohol could be better hidden, and this lacks in "pop" and intensity, particularly after the Odonata offering.

T - Taste is a little better, as there is less alcohol and spicy ester character. More pale malt, with a bit of lemon, stone fruits, and floral hop character.

M - Carbonation is a bit too zesty and gritty, body is medium and a touch grainy as well. There's a touch of warmth in the finish, and residual stickiness.

D - Meh. A serviceable brew, but not something I will bother having again, as there are too many better options on the shelf. (983 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this big bottle at Capone's in Norristown, Pa in a snifter.
Appearance: Pale straw color with lots of carbonation, a bunch of head and suprisingly strong retention and lacing. White head.
Smell: A bit of banana and almost like a pineapple, but everything was pretty mellow.
Taste: Very nice phenolic fruit taste, again banana and pineapple. perhaps some orange or other citrisy fruits. Nice and compex but not standoffish.
Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp.
Drinkability Pretty good, and I'm not to much of a Saison fan.
Don't drink and review. (542 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I thought I had ticked this "Beer of Fame," but I guess not.

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured a bright, yet murky orange color, with a pillowy, cloud-like formation posing as a head on top.

S: Coriander and orange peel upfront, followed by some banana pudding, and candy component reminiscent of "Pixie Stick" dust.

T: The finish on this is really harsh and not entirely pleasant to my taste buds. A bit too alcoholic, and a bit too grainy and bitter for my liking. I think that if some pepper were added to the overall profile, it might have been more fun and interesting.

M: I dug the carbonation bill.... very spritzy and champagne-like, but the bitter lingering was substantial. A good bit of lacing on the glass.

O: It's been years since I've tried this one, but I remember not really caring much for it back in the day either. To each his or her own, I guess. (891 characters)

Photo of Truh
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was feeling Minnesota with this one on 10/21/2004. 12-oz. pour in a wide-mouthed goblet.

Initial ½-inch down of cream head that thins on its own schedule. Flowery/floury permissiveness on nose with coriander, sweet clover honey, and Kentucky blue grass all chortling around in there; as it warms, alcohol provides some heat. Biting pepper, lemon juice, chewy grape leaf hint, Hi-C fruit punch sweetness follows behind all of this with a finishing overall Sourpatch Kid puckering. Could take it or leave it; the sour aspect is just a bit off-putting. (553 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp, bright gold. Almost completely clear, with the exception of the swirling sediment and the extremely active carbonation. Yields about 1.5 fingers of head that recedes over time to a floating cap of foam.

Fresh banana and clove smell up front, touch of citrus and coriander right below. Stand out smells of wild yeast all around. Fits the style well, keeping that funk balanced with the sweet, fruity undertones

Interesting. There's a bitterness wrapped around this beer that gives it a sour flavor. Very sweet but subdued by the funky presence. Similar to some Hefe flavors, with the presence of coriander and a clove taste, but the dominant quality is this funky sourness. Pretty interesting to say the least.

Somewhat thick, but refreshing in it's own way. Pretty much the standard mouth for the style, but goes down easier than some.

Not a bad Saison, but the flavor doesn't really wow me. It's enjoyable, but it doesn't really surprise or excite, and it falls short because of the way some notes clash. (1,024 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy straw gold with a medium white head. Decent retention and lacing. Smells of sweet candi sugar and a malt, along with some yeasty character and citrus esters. Some tart notes with a bit of alcohol present. Taste is sweet and slightly fruity initially. Light tangy notes come through later, along with alcohol at the end. Feel is pretty decent; not at all watery and with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but too sugary-sweet and too much alcohol presence for a saison. (507 characters)

Photo of Brunite
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A light gold color with a decent 3 finger white head. Not much lacing.

S: Some lemon citrus...some grass....some floral.

T: Dry...highly carbonated...taste some lemon....some floral...taste like champagne.

M: Crisp, dry finish and a high level of carbonation.

D: Not bad. High carbonation may limit consumption. (347 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Cafe Hollander in Milwaukee. I thought it was a fairly pleasant saison-style beer, particularly compared very old bottles of imported saison that are found in my area liquor stores. Recommended, but not outstanding.

It arrived as a fairly bright and hazy yellow, with fairly good head structure that left little lacing.

Aroma was of sweet yeastiness and some subtle spiciness.

Flavor was also of sweet and complex yeast flavors with some spiciness, but without a lot of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel was a bit harsher than I expected for the style, but was still decent.

All-in-all, a good saison choice. (632 characters)

Photo of TLove
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml into a glass tumbler.

Appearance is pervasively murky and orange/yellow depending on the light.

Smell is citrusy, with a resiny tang. The alcohol is strong, but doesnt hold up so much in the smell as in the taste.

Taste is basically like a bleached blonde with the alcohol content of a saison. Grainy, but not grainy enough. Unfiltered and a tad sweet.

Like other saisons I've had, the taste doesnt roll off your tongue, but rather to the back of your mouth and straight up your nose.

It finishes well with a touch of plum sweetness and tartness, like a grilled apricot soaked in scotch. (600 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The corked bottle opened with a wonderful POP! I was very excited to try this beer and it poured a gorgeous hazy straw yellow that prevented you from seeing through the glass. The aroma was less complex than I expected and was yeasty and floral. The beer was notably carbonated and bubbles played on my tongue with every sip. However, the flavor did not have much depth and the only aftertaste was about a second of sour on the very tip of my tongue. The brew was enjoyable but will not be placed on the top of my list. (519 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. I need to get a good tulip and flute.

A- Big thick puffy white head rushes up quickly. It fades down with time into a 1/4 blanket. The beer is a pale straw yellow with some slight hazing.

S- Mustiness and bananas are the first things I notice. The nose has alot of characteristics similar to hefe's. There is some slight sharp citrus deletable under it all.

T- Slight tartness and sourness but not as sour as I was expecting. Its citrusy, peppery and contains notes of the banana found in the nose.

M- Round and smoothness are offset by prickly crisp carbonation.

D- Quite refreshing and nice for warm weather. (641 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours to a very pale yellow color with a large foamy white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Bready, yeasty smell with background notes of malt, banana & hops.

T: The taste starts of malty with a flavor of banana, follows with a little bit of hops, then alcohol warmth. Not as bready as you smell and no after-taste. As the beer warms you get a little bit more hops but still not overpowering.

M: Very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It goes down easy but I just didn’t like the taste enough to drink a lot of it.

I tried this beer at a tasting and thought it was pretty good. Now that I’m drinking a a whole 750ml bottle, I’m not liking it as much. Just being honest. (847 characters)

Photo of iceball585
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellow/golden, cloudy, and lots of tiny carbonation bubbles when first poured

S- Slightly grassy smell w/ hints of lemon

T- Lemon start, a little sour, and a fairly dry finish

M- Very light and a little fizzy

D- Decent light summertime beer

I'm not too much of a Belgiun style beer drinker but this isn't too bad. I like the citrus flavors but just a little to fizzy for my liking. (399 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a large invigorated white head of finely sized bubbles. It has a Cloudy wheat yellow color with yeast and carbonation rising in it. It has a mild malty hoppy aroma. Its a bit fizzy at first, but it soon dies out. I tasted a mixture of flavors that was unique to this brew. It was a bit chewy, doughy and had a hint of something else. It became very smooth with time. The good buzz I caught afterwards keeps making me raise my rating on this brew. (462 characters)

Photo of steeb
3.32/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Golden yellow with a nice frothy head that slowly dissapated.

S: Orange peel and ever so sight level of funk.

T: Sweet, green apples, slight pepperyness, and some belgian aromatics.

M: Medium/Full body, it still feels like its in your mouth after drinking

O: A pretty solid belgian ale. I fell in love with Saison Dupont and hold all other saisons to that standard. A bit on the fuller body sweet side that i didnt care for too much. (462 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.32/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sitting here ..in Houston, humidity 98% and a homemade pizza in the oven: Its time for my 750ml bottle of Hennepin...

Pours a light honey colour..

Nice sized head on pour, but disappears after 15mins with the glass i was using..

Straight up farmhouse smell, but not as funky as some from belgium..

Good bitterness level..
Sweetness is also done very nicely..
..a good balance..

aftertaste is very good but maybe needs a bit more assertiveness...

Overall, I am happy i tried this brew but am at a loss wether it is as good as Dupont, Hennepin seems a bit sweeter and not enough bitterness to make it a great- but still I did enjoy it!!

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Photo of rtepiak
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i would have to say one of the most inconsistent american beligan beer i've had. when good its bright and tight mint hoppy with a nose of cannabis pine and a soft fruit. had it again about three months later. extensively... beligan sugar cane with a back of the mouth curdle. acidic. woody but dingy. very sweeten pine apple to the point that my teeth hurt... don't know if that's exactly proper.

had it again about a month later... palate again a bit too sweet... funkier. but a rotten banana infections flavor. some herbal quality. the taste of stale wet three day old chrysanthemum... and why i know that is in part my interest in herbalism yet hectic party lifestyle. interesting but not something i would favor without some sort of palate cleanser that should come from the hops... a tad lemon... sort of a saving grace.

had it again. seem about the middle of the road for the this is an old bottle and this is a new bottle. didn't have the expanded palate. lack a lot of broadness. hard on the gums. i'm over this beer. ruining a style i love for me... (1,061 characters)

Photo of Luk13
3.29/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl bottle. Pale slightly hazy gold pour with a nice loose foamy white head. Lots of citrusy, hoppy aromas a bit of good barnyard funk. Not so enjoyableGrainy taste with a citric acid finale, quite dry. Mouthfeel is a wee bit rough but it becomes okay when the beer sits a bit but still nowhere close to Saison's standard.

Very disapointed since there is a lot of praise on this beer and Saison is my favourite style.
The most over rated beer on this site imho. I'd have to revisit to make sure I didn,t get a bad bottle or something. (538 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours a dishwater grey/yellow, kind of cloudy, with a huge head of big time bubbles and plenty of lacing. The smell is very floral-biscuit but there is a sort of caustic overtone, something medicinal, of alcohol perhaps. The mouth finds a peppery introduction, very nicely carbonated and active, but the major flavor I detect is one of licorice. Bitter but very smooth and full bodied. Yeast presence is there but I can't get past this anisette quality that isn't really my favorite, and it aggressively overwhelms the taste buds right to the back of your throat. Quite dry but generally refreshing. I don't pick up hops or malt. It is something different and definitely a quality brew but this, like many other Belgian styles I've tried thus far, isn't right up my alley. Recommended for a try, this might be really special to the right palette. (851 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I've had this one on tap a few times, and while it's one of my favorite styles, I was never too impressed with the Hennepin. This is my first bottle. As soon as I twisted the cage loose, the corked exploded out, with a little bit of gush, but a relatively easy pour, into my St. Feuillien Goblet. The Saison is a golden yellow with tons of streamers and a big, pillowly white head. While I'd rather it a bit cloudy, the head is really gorgeous, and with the effervescence, continues to grow in a nice rocky fashion. It is very slow to subsided and leaves blankets of foam and lace to the very end.

The smell is sweet, some honey and vanilla, a bit floral, with rustic grain, a decent bite of booze, and a hint of diactyle as it warms. Overall, more omphh and saison-like then it is on draft, so it's off to a good start, although still on the understated side.

Well, so far this has been much better then the draft version, which was bland and unobjectable. While the taste certainly isn't bland, it's really not too good. Initially there's some sweetness, but it's quickly overcome by a husky astringency, is a tad chalky, rather hot and boozy. Letting it warm too much, it gets worse, funky, but not in that fun belgian way, just off, with a bit of diactyle. Overall, it seems like they were more focused with making it taste rough for that farmhouse authenticity, rather then taste really good. I'm not so hard points wise on the graininess, but booze is too much to ignore, especially for only 7.7.

The mouthfeel is very creamy, medium light bodied.

This wasn't too drinkable. It was just too husky and astringent, and not enjoyable enough. While the heat might fade in cellar, I'm not so sure about those grain tannins. (1,740 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright cloudy yellow with a giant white head.

S: Citrus acidity, honey sweetness, and lemon-grass. Smooth malts, boozy finish.

T: Earthy lemon and orange flavor and sweet honey malts. Notes of banana, kitchen spices and slightly bitter hops follow the initial flavor. ABV% is well hidden. A nice moderate flavor leaves quickly, leaving a lame aftertaste almost like flat Heineken.

M: Extra sticky on the palate. Medium carbonation, medium body.

D: Decent, but an cheap awful aftertaste in my opinion. (507 characters)

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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