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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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2,107 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,107
Hads: 5,687
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 314
Gots: 845 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of sprat1960
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Straw yellow with hints of gold; hazy (translucent). Lots of medium-sized bubbles visible. Pours with a large 2+ finger rich off-white head that dies down slowly leaving a thick, even coating of foam on the surface of the beer and some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks enticing.

Smell: Sweet spices, citrus (lemon), slightly floral aroma. No hops or malt present. Not overwhelming.

Taste: Citrus (lemon), mild spices, mild hops. Nice flavor profile.

Feel: Medium body, smooth carbonation, velvety feel, svery slight dry finish. Perfect.

Overall: Excellent Saison; a great example of this style of beer. Very refreshing. Would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Nearly brilliant straw gold under a persistent, fluffy, clingy 3” white foam collar.
S: Perfumey, citrus, fruit, not much hop, faint smoke, over ripe fruit.
T: Rich malt flavors with a lingering maltiness seasoned with orange, stone fruit,banana and spice.
F: Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation.
O: This is an old standby that I have enjoyed for years.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, chilled to approximately 50 degrees (yes, I know the label says to chill it to 40 degrees, but that's what's Ommegang says to do with every one of its beers, even their Dubbel for Chrissake -- pardon me if I exercise some discretion here), poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass, and consumed unhurriedly while warming. Loved this early this summer when having it for the first time. Still like it, but not as much as before. Could use a bit more funkiness and I find it somewhat heavy and sticky feeling. Prefer Goose Island Sophie, Saison Dupont and, probably, Great Divide Collette.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yep, this is what a saison is supposed to be. Very delicious, refreshing, spicy and peppery with just the right touch of funk. Haven't had Allagash saison yet but this so far is my pick for an American crafted saison. Well done.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a cloudy yellow/straw color with a fluffy two finger head which lasts until the end. Good lacing, almost worthy of a Pale Ale, and high carbonation.

The smell is bubble gum and spices. The grains of paradise as well as the advertised corriander can be detected. There is also a fruity smell, (pears? and maybe a hint of banana as the brew warms up), as well as a floral smell. There is also a musty wet straw/wet hay smell lurking just beneath the surface along with sweet malts.

The taste is sweet with a very sweet berry like, bubble gum taste along with lots of sweet wheat. The spices tickle the palette then the sweet, creamy wheat taste comes in. There is just a tiny amount of light spicy hops on the backend. The feel is creamy and the beer goes down smoothly.

Overall this close to the perfect hot day/summer beer.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden hued, well-bubbled and with a luxurious 3/4 inches or so of foamy head. Foamy legs down the glass side. Strongest notes in the nose are of a fruity, estery nature, with plenty of belgian yeastiness. Banana may be the most dominant of those notes. Lingering non-sweet esteriness. An excellent flavor; expertly balanced between sweet fruit, mild pepper spice, and a warmer earthiness. Hides the 7.7 ABV well, perhaps dangerously so!

Overall that is a damn fine saison. For me, it's this and Tank 7 as the best American saisons. But there's always more to try!

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Photo of dramer
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like it should. Smells like it should. Big foamy head after a smooth pour. Tastes light but is definitely a saison. Good summer time beer for sure.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage into a stemmed pilsner, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, lemon yellow coloring with a fluffy, clingy, bright white head. Aromas of toasted grains, lemon grass, bubble gum, subtle honey notes, clove, all spice, grains of paradise, ginger, and subtle funky yeast notes. Balanced and enticing. The flavors are grassy and funky forward, with notes of bubble gum, apple, lemon grass, orange rind, subtle hops bitterness, berry sweet, and a plethora of herb and spice notes. Smooth and light in mouth, with a bubbly effervescence throughout. The beer has an herbal and spiced aftertaste, with a smooth, light, frothy finish. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light yellow with a thick, milk white head and lacing. The smell is wheat and citrus. The taste is tart with lemon, orange peel, and abundant spiciness. The finish is fairly bitter. This beer is highly carbonated and I agree with others' comparison to champagne. Overall, this is a delightful saison: dry but quite flavorful. It's a nice summertime beer and I look forward to enjoying it again.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured a nice cloudy straw color. The carbonation was very champagne like. The aroma was smoky and citrusy? Like a clove and toasted malts. The taste was smooth and citrusy. It had smoky malt notes and earthy flavors. The alcohol bite was noticeable, yet it was very clean and refreshing on the mouthfeel. This is a very good beer for the style. I think it was very complex and made me taste something different with almost every sip.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy straw yellow-gold with explosive fluffy white head. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: Clove, citrus?, tangy
Taste: Breadiness, tangy spicy citrus fruit and cloves. Finishes with a mild yet sustained bitterness. Refreshing and flavorful. Alcohol is scarcely noticeable.
Feel: Light-medium body, light carbonation "explodes" in the mouth - effervescent

Overall: A light, highly drinkable beer with nice complexity and depth of flavor. Very refreshing, but with the higher ABV it sneaks up on you.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sharp yeast / grain aroma, followed with the expected earthy malt / grassy taste, with some plain cracker and citrus on the backburner. Not an inventive saison, but delivers the goods and has very little to fault.

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My cup runeth over. My label features little famers--Quaker looking folk--in a canoe raising their goblets to the new corn moon. Okay, maybe I'm confusing this beer with a Disney song. But this beauty simply soars. Pale sunset russet on the eye with creamy head buoyant enough to bear fair Aphrodite on its delicate foam. Champange on the nose, but something else too.....something stinky like a soft ripened cheese, but also heavily citrus. Teasingly effervescent with bubbles bursting like ripe muscat grapes on the palate. And then an unexpected aromatic twist--a faintly metallic tang. Light on the tongue, creamy, well done spices. A breathtaking achievement from Cooperstown. Please, Sir, may I have another?

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Photo of Stingraystripe
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell initially is a little funk then sage, coriander, then very fruity pear. Love the nose on this one. Pours very effervescent with thick head, lots of carbonation. Slightly acidic mouthfeel with a finish that smacks of tart orange? Not as smooth or as complex as others. It's a decent saison, but I am surprised it's as popular as it is.

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Photo of vtn
3.04/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden color, head a tad thick/lumpy. Very peppery smell, nice spicy taste but the finish was just way too bitter for me, not what I want out of the style.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden, white head, sparse bubbles.

Smell: Belgian yeast, a bit spicy.

Taste: Follows the smell. Big time Belgian yeast, spices, slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light and well carbonated.

Overall: Solid saison. Nothing crazy, no defects.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- look is gold with a nice long lasting thick microfoam head
-smell is sweet tartness with some wheat and yeast notes
-a sweeter wheat beer but not so simple, some light dark fruit notes with a lot of sweet tartness
- over carbonated for my taste but it does not take away from this beer
-first beer of this style i have tried and have to say i am pretty impressed, a more earthy strong pale ale but balanced and smooth

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours gold in color with immaculate head retention and lacing. Sweet cloves from the yeast profile come to the nostrils, along with hints of citrus. Sweet buttery and spicy flavors come through on the palate. In the end I'm left with a dry palate that brings out the ABVs. I'm not a huge fan of yeasty belgians but this one is well balanced and stacks up very nicely to others I've had.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cloudy yellow. Two finger head. Smell is grainy with dark fruit. Taste is sweet malt with Belgian yeast with notes of mangoand prune. Spicy pepper finish with a bit of clove. Some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium in body. Overall an amazing saison and well done to belgian character !

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - light yellow but hazy with a big white frothy head
Smell - sweet pepper smell
Taste - just the the smell, with some citrus
Feel - medium body and carbonation but with a fizzzzz
Overall - pretty good saison.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky golden haze. Scent is a bit of orange and white pepper. Taste has hints of these, though more lemon than orange and a touch of clove. Nice crisp mouthfeel.

I had had this a few times about 15years ago and had somehow had just forgotten about it. Glad I rediscovered it. It's a tasty, complex yet really drinkable beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Hennepin chalice.

A: Pilsner-esque appearance. Sunny golden color, great clarity, three fingers of large-bubbled and rocky white head. Great retention.

S: Yeasty and spicy. Peppery, orange peel, ginger. Powdery yeast is pervasive. Slight medicinal/clove scent. Some oily, grassy, and herbal hops. Grainy and toasty malts.

T: Yeasty up front. Powdery and musty. Ginger and a peppery zing cut through. Some sweet and oily orange peel. Spicy and oily hops. Lemony. Pithy and herbal at times too. Hints of alcohol. A tad medicinal. Tropical esters. Very dry. Bone dry and herbal finish.

M: Light bodied. High attenuation. Frothy and airy feel. Deeply crisp with acutely prickling carbonation.

O: An outside the box take on a saison. It's big and it's spiced liberally. The ginger, coriander, and orange peel are all noticeable. It hides its potency easily, and the dryness and crispness of it make it very refreshing and easy to drink. Perfectly balanced too. A standout brew. Ommegang' recommended pairings are sushi and Asian dishes. This is spot on.

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Photo of WyethBednar
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy gold, with carbonation still very visible through the haze. It poured with a beautiful 2 and a half finger head that retained very well throughout.

Smell: Very clearly a Belgian. Lots of spice and flora on the nose, and very inviting.

Taste: Delicious. A very well-balanced saison, combining the spiciness of the Belgian yeast with light citrus notes (mandarin oranges) and a nice dry finish.

Fell: Very well-carbonated and easy to drink. The moderate ABV level is well-hidden by the complex yet approachable flavors presented in the beer.

A delicious example of an American saison. Very easy to drink, yet still complex enough to provide you something to mull over if yo want to.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a Waterford Crystal Esprit Goblet as my girlfriend looked on with amusement.

a: a finger and a half of white fluffy head that looked as though it was spooned in rather than poured. Pale, semiclear golden color beer. Excellent head retention and sexy lacing.

s: I started to smell this beer as it poured...a spicy honey and muted grain aroma.

t: Lots of different flavors here...reminds me of a convalescent. Lemon, honey and clove with just enough alcohol and a peppery nuttiness finishes.

mf: A little more than medium in body with yeast bits as I let some in the pour. Very smooth with good carbonation.

o: A very complex brew. And a very nice beer to go with homemade pretzels. And a good reason to break out the crystal.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

huge,lingering, foamy white head. lightly carbonated with a yellow/green color. looks sexy in my Houblon Chouffe ipa tripel flute. Has the per verbal "funk" smell, with cloves and "spices". Some alcoholic comes through too. Great flavor for this style. Banana candy, sour mash, and lemons dominate. Great balance and carbonation. Drinks all too well.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.