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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,380
Reviews: 2,077
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
Gots: 598 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 5,380 | Reviews: 2,077
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 djcriple420
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time tasting this beer. This beer has a rather stong smell, that will suck you into the bottle with its aroma. The strong smell made my mouth water with anticipation.

After slow pouring this delicious drink into a glass and letting the perfect head settle for a few moments, I decided to give my tastebuds what they had been begging for. and let me say, they were not disappointed at all.

There was a hoppy flavor, that was no over powering as some beers can be. It had just enough hops to give that rich flavor, and the right mix to make this beer a very drinkable and enjoyable experience.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a huge fluffy pure white head. Lots of huge clumps of lacing remain. The second pour stirs up some yeast resulting in a cloudier yellow appearance.

S: Lots of yeast as well as some light citrus. There is also some funky citrus present as well.

T: The first taste on the tongue is that off some light hops followed by some light citrus; lemon rind, apricots, maybe some orange. There is good complexity in this brew with several layers of interesting flavors including some funky earthy and herbal elements. It finishes clean, dry, and with a slight tartness.

M: Lots of carbonation, medium-light bodied, goes down smooth and easy.

D: A very crisp, refreshing, unique and interesting beer. It goes down very easy. A nice brew to have on a summer evening. It's light and refreshing yet complex and interesting.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been curious about Saisons and I heard this one was the best so what the hell? I poured this one into a Chimay chalice and watched the bubbles rise furiously from the etching in the bottom of the glass. teh head was aggressive and foamy white. The beer was a cloudy, yet somehow bright yellow color. The smell was yeasty. The taste was crispy, a little phenolic (but not much), maybe a hint of pepper hiding in there. The alcohol was completely masked which was nice. This beer would be perfect for a hot day.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a favorite of mine, and the best offering from Ommegang IMHO. Good price for a good ABV, no doubt.

Poured part of a 750ml into an oversized wineglass.

Appearance - 2 finger head that doesn't quit. It is a clear fizzy golden yellow beer with a constant stream of bubbles. This is one of the only fizzy yellow beers that I am proud to drink, in fact. I poured the first glass an hour ago, the head is STILL THERE. STILL!!! Amazing. Looks almost as good as a Duvel.

Smell - Yeasty, clovey, citrusy and sweet floral honey. Smells like a Belgian.

Taste - Yeasty and spicy with a hoppy bitter finish. Tastes much like the smell but with more sharpness. Ommegang packs a lot of flavor into this one.

Mouthfeel - Crisp with a capital C. Near perfect carbonation level. The flavor and mouthfeel work together in near perfect harmony. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability - Awesome. I feel like I could finish another 750ml with little to no problems.

I would describe this brew as sharp - it cuts right through on every level. The ABV is almost completely unnoticeable, which lends itself to easily be a session brew. Of the saisons I have sampled, this one is easily in the top 5. If you haven't had an Ommegang, I suggest that you get your hands on any one you can. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Photo of jar2574
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in 12 ounce bottles in a 4-pack.

Poured into a large wine glass. Lots of carbonation, it looks like a very active beer. Straw yellow color, with off-white head.

Smells great, hops and spices. Could have a stronger scent though.

Crisp, well-balanced flavor. A touch of lemon and spices with the hops. A slight taste of yeast as well. It's a very lively beer with loads of carbonation and tons of flavor.

There's no hint of alcohol, even though it's much stranger than American macro brews. Great taste and easy drinking make this a superb session beer. Highly reccommended. I'm having another.

Photo of BurnsTau
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light slightly hazy orange color, good white head, great lacing. Smells are refreshing with a bit of citrus. Taste is great, refreshing like a wheat beer but a bit more complex. Some sweet maltiness with some spice and bits of citrus. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. Very good beer overall.

Photo of mwearl
2.99/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap, this beer was pale with very white creamy head with lacing that lasted through the entire glass. Very sweet smell with champagne-like odors. Taste was watery and sweet with white grape tastes and an odd perfume taste at the finish. Mouthfeel was light and dry and little aftertaste. I will say that it is very well balanced with the higher ABV. Drinkability was ok for a hot day beer, but not at the top of my list.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I decided to have this beer on a gorgous day.It also is the day my father passed away 10 years ago.RIP POP

I wanted to drink this beer before it went bad.It was bottled around sometime last summer and I got it for christmas.Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.At around 55 degrees.The beer had a nice POP as the cork came out and a nice stream of smoke.

This beer is a stunning golden clear body with a bone white head that was about one and a half fingers.Nice lacing is left on the glass

I smell lemon,fresh hops.

I taste some lemon notes,some sort of a hop.This beer taste very fresh.Some pepper in the aftertaste.

This beer does indeed seem perfect.The carbonation is very pleasent and non attacking.

Im glad I savored this beer today.Very good work Ommegang.I have never found them to have a bad beer.

Photo of sstackho
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a lovely cloudy medium gold with a spicy nose. The taste is correspondingly spicy, and very crisp on the tongue. The flavour is quite nice and has some hints of a wheat beer. I think its own description is selling itself short by claiming it to be a "light on the tongue" finish, as I feel it's rather a full flavour. I like this one.

Photo of yourunclewalt
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange, three-finger foamy eggshell head that recedes to a hearty lacing. No apparent sedement, light carbonation visible

S - Citrus, alcohol, honey, caramel, botterscotch.

M - Creamy, very unpersonable carbonation. Smooth.

T - Tangy, dank hops with a citrusy bouquet, creamy malt toffee / butterscotch finish.

D - Very drinkable! Deliciously complex but not overwhelming. The more sips, the more flavor.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous straw hay color, very cloudy. A mouthwatering head of even sized bubbles slowly fades. Aromas are characteristic of style with lots of estery fruits, particularly apricots, apples with a spicy backnote: cardamom and black pepper predominating. Flavor wise it is incredibly flavorful with all the Belgianness you could want: tons of funky overripe fruits, a bit of grass and hay, with a tight dry finish. This sample is a bit cleaner than Belgian saisons, especially Dupont and Fantome, a trait I find in many American Belgians. The bubbles from this one are quite a treat, they are pillowy soft, not biting. Glad to see this one made it to KS, and I look forward to having the rest of the line I've not tried.

Photo of umustdrink
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To celebrate Ommegang's entrance to the Minnesota market!
750 ml bottle purchased in February
Served in a Duvel tulip

A - Cloudy light orange in color with a nice stream of carbonation via the tulip's nucleation site. Fluffy ice cream scoop of a head that I don't think will be fading any time soon. Lacing is strong, leaving thick chunks of head around the glass rim.

S - Spicy clovey yeast, fresh & light bready malts and just a wee bit of sourness.

T - Light, slightly bitter and earthy to start, then a light sourness. Finish is a sweet and spicy yeast.

M - Consistency is medium and carbonation is surprisingly minimal.

D - Overall this is a very good beer, with excellent drinkability. Very comparable with Duvel. Depending on the price I may or may not have this one again as I'm not crazy about the style...it is good though.

Photo of Chaz
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Koningshoeven chalice. Pours a golden straw in color, with a slight amount of chill-haze. Solid, densely-packed white head of good duration and with fine lacing, a full finger easily. The nose here is worth the price of admission, with the rare spiciness of the yeast verily prickling at the nasal passages, inviting wet horseblankets and dull fruity malt components up for drinks in the wee hours. Better than I remember in this regard. Equal parts tangy and sweet on the first sip, coating the tongue and promoting a sense of degustation; where's that sampler platter at? Pale malts sing the high notes in the background as the middle is cajoled through the wheaty-meaty bits, and the zest of the yeast parying a bit in the foreground, but not quite asI remembered from my last go-round some years back. Dry around the finish and with enough hop aromatics to make you notice them, but even for the stylistic interpretation that is Hennepin this is a rather tame component. Not a small beer by any means, it drinks so easily you'll forget where you left your car keys if you're not lucky. Some lemon rind peaking through here and there, but nothing to be overly offended by, and in the end this feels a bit tame overall. Still, this is the first time I've had it on draught, and seeing as how it's back it won't be the last. I look forward to another go . . .

Photo of HoustonTX
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hennepin, just hit shelves in Texas today, had to pick some up.

Hennepin pours straw yellow, with vigorous amounts of carbonation. Large solid fluffy white head retains with ease. Smell is dominated with a funky yeastiness, and various spices, deep and complex smell overall with some fruit esters popping through.

Taste is neutral enough for Hennepin to be chugged down on a hot day.Yet, complex enough to be enjoyed throughly anytime of the year.

An influx of spicy and unrelenting hops build a beautiful foundation for all the flavors to come. Intense earthiness along with a dry spiciness throughout with ginger accents on the fringes. The ginger works perfectly with the dry spiciness. The yeast is providing a lot of the flavor as well, especially the earthiness. A hint of citrus peel is thrown into the mix about halfway through, giving lead way to the flawless finish. Hennepin finishes with that spiciness lingering, albeit now much more refined then the start. It's almost as this beer starts untamed, and then at the end of your sip you have taken it into captivity.

I have to say one of the best parts about this beer, is the truly decedent mouthfeel. Flawless.

Hennepin is a delicious, world-class Saison, that simply must not be missed. Definitely recommended.

Photo of jmalex
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer's coming really soon and it's 77º out today - perfect for a summer brew. What's more, I recently brewed a saison myself, and until it's ready, Ommegang will have to hold me over.

APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with barely a gold highlight. A huge white pillowy head forms and fades to a rocky loose-bubbled cap.

SMELL: Huge yeasty smell reminiscent of the finest ales from Belgium. A vague aroma of bready funk comes through. Citrus is apparent as is apricot. Hop aroma is non-existant.

TASTE: Incredible flavors come through all at once. Sweet caramel malts, bready and funky yeast, sweet orange, and a hop bitterness and flavor that really holds its own. The finish is only the faintest bit dry and somewhat yeasty. This is really a taste to behold.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to light bodied with a sharp carbonation. Fairly refreshing given the body.

DRINKABILITY: Now THIS is what I want to be drinking this summer. Goes down so incredibly easy and hides the 7.7% pretty well. All in all a delicious beer.

I can only hope my homebrewed saison comes close to this beer's awesomeness. I've been impressed with Three Philosophers, but now I'm nearly blown away by Hennepin. I think a pilgrimage to Ommegang and the baseball Hall of Fame in my near future.

Photo of Contra
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin is quite a fantastic beer. Once poured into the glass and allowed to settle, it has a golden straw color, with thick, foamy head. The aroma is astonishing - overwhelming fruit and yeast. Same with the flavor. Amazingly refreshing even with a 7.7% abv content. I'd love to store a 22 oz. bottle and see how it ages. Aside from their Witte, this is one of the more yeasty beers out there.

Best of all, many major grocery stores are starting to stock Hennepin, along with other Ommegang beers. Highly recommended.

Photo of biking4beer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light fluffy white head which retains a solid one finger head. Under the foam is a nice golden yellow liquid with a very slight haze. Continuous bubbling throughout.

Smell is primarily of Belgian yeast with a solid lemon aroma. It's also grainy with a subtle banana and peppery spice.

The taste is super spicy, and that good Belgian funk and tartness. Slight bitter finish.

There is a moderately high carbonation to this beer, but it does have a somewhat creamy feel and eventually finishes dry.

I could put a 4 pack of this away on a Spring or Summer day. A very tasty beer. I would like to taste this one super fresh.

Photo of scott
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

V.07 (or late 06)

Beautiful hazy straw, with a nice agressive fluff topping. Takes it time to receed, and laces nicely.
Aromatic bliss, with a combination of banana/clove/bread/spice & a little bit of funk. Clean, with clear direction.
Complexity of tart pear/banana/juicyfruit/citrus/spice...
Wet,crisp & clean. Quick to deliver and just as quick to get out, leaving the mouth begging for more.
Pairs well with just about anything (here's to saisons!), but holds itself very well on it's own. You really don't feel like you're consuming just another beer with this guy. Tremendous job, and highly recommended due to the finesse achieved.

Photo of StarSAELS
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's pint night at Taco Mac! That means if you get a pint o' their beer o' the month, you get a piece of authentic glassware to add to your collection. What a wonderful idea!

Appearance: golden, cloudy, perfectly conditioned. A thin off-white lacing up the inside of the glass and over the rim tells me it had a good head on it when it was poured. The head reduced to a fine layer of thin bubbles which didn't go away until the beer got warmer and I had consumed most of it.

Smell: lightly spicy, a little citrusy... it was hard to tell with the smell of food in the air. Very enticing, though. I just had to take a sip...

Taste: flippin awesome. Citrusy hops, spicy goodness and yummy yeastiness (is that a word?). I had to go to Ommegang's site to see what they had put in there: gingersnap! Unbelievable.

Mouthfeel: crispy, sweet, a little lingering resin from the hops and an interesting "je ne se qua" from the yeast.

Drinkability: definitely drinkable. I want another, but next time I'm going for the bottle. Another magnificent brew from Cooperstown.

Photo of blakesell
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle Poured into a belgian goblet/cereal bowl style glass.

Great how Ommegang's beers hold together, cork pops right off yet no head even attempts to escape.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow hefe like colour with a thick creamy head. Tiny bubbles rise for hours as this beer sits, was poured too cold so I let it sit to get to proper tasting temperature. Lacing never fades on this beer.

Smell: Slight barnyard, sweet and earthy if that's possible. Belgian yeast for certain. Lots of spices. Corriander, Orange, Allspice?

Taste: Slight horsy flavor, candi sugars, spices big time, they could have even eased up on the candi sugars a little on this one. It's quite sweet for the "farmhouse saison" flavor that they claim it to be, but quite nice for the style and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation and a sweet/sour flavor that lingers on the tounge.

Overall: Damn this is a great beer. Ommegang really came thru for me on this one, my only thing that I don't love is that the candi sugar is a bit upfront. About 6 mos of aging and that sugar would likely mellow out and be a near perfect beer. I'd like to witness this brew's steps in the brewery. An absolute pleasure to drink that I will come back to again and again.

Photo of bonbright7
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Waterzooi tonight and it felt different from the bottle version I was used to. It alternated between a little watery and having the coriander zing to it above the chunky grains. It looked great in its glass, but I was a little taken aback as I seem to like the bottle version better overall.

Strangely, the after taste came to me 5 minutes after I left the bar with the previously mentioned banana esters and the bitterness of the hops. I thought maybe the keg was on the way out, so I'll hold back on any further thoughts.

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 ML bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into the Hennepin slender golbet style glass that was sold with the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color, light carbonation rising inside. The head formeda thick, creamy off-white color that faded slightly but maintained throughout.

Aroma: Peppery, spicey, tough to describe but very inviting.

Taste: Lemony and up front, then cloves, yeast and alcohol follow seemingly all at once. Sweet and spicy flavors battle and balance each other perfectly. The finish is dry and spicy but not bitter. Overall, exquisite.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, and creamy. The carbonation was also in good balance.

Overall: I'm honestly in shock that something this good is made here in the good ol' USA. No offense to American brewers, but beer this good is usually exclusive to Belgium. Arguably the best beer made in this entore country. If you have not tried this yet, do so immediately.

Photo of grub
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one with me. thanks eric! my good friend borys also hooked me up with one of the corked+caged 750ml bottles back before i started reviewing, so thanks go out to borys too.

12oz bottle.

pours hazy yellow with a big dense white head. drops fairly quickly, but leaves a sheet of lace.

aroma is nice. lots of funk and spice. clove. alcohol. fruity too. cherries.

taste is great. med-low bitterness. bit of alcohol. clove. bit of grain husk. light bready malt. light funk.

mouthfeel is good. very light bodied with a high but well integrated carbonation with no sting.

drinkability is great. alcohol is hidden well. tasty and very refreshing. great stuff.

Photo of GbVDave
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Hennepin glass at Hopleaf 3/25/07. Assist by HeatherAnn!!!

A: Served a pale gold color with almost no head. Faint skim and ring.

S: Faint sweet aromas of fruit. Apples and pears. Hops in the nose also.

T: White wine grapiness, very lite barnyard funk, pretty tame for the style for me. Herbal hoppiness.

M: Very dry, hoppy, and bitter.

D: Pretty good. Too hoppy and too mild in all the other flavors, to me, for the style. I'll take a Saison Dupont or De Glazen Toren Saison any day of the week.

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