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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,965 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,965
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 215
Gots: 393 | 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 Dubblebock
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra kudos to the Hennepin folks for putting out a really cool label with this beer. Informative and interesting, the label gives background on Cooperstown, lists some of the local tourist attractions, and provides some insight to the beer itself. Good job. I had almost as much fun perusing the label as I did drinking the brew.

It's almost summer here in Tejas now, and it's time to break out some of these spring/summer offerings. Hennepin is a saison, light in texture and heavy on the spritz. It broke out of the bottle with gusto, like Craig Biggio getting out of the box in a hurry to beat out that infield single. Very rich and impressive head on the pour, it captivated me right from the start. Not an overwhelming nose. It looked good in the glass, cloudy and inviting with an orange-yellow coloring.

The taste was a little raw, but the flavor held up the bargain. Citrusy and tart, the hops coming out in front. Slightly grassy in the middle, a slight taste of apricots maybe. Much like a typical Jeff Bagwell season, it was very, very good, and it will be appreciated by those in the know. It finished up with a slightly sour aftertaste, but not in a bad way. The carbonation was massive in this sample. Good, good mouthfeel, it felt alive on my tastebuds.

I wanted the big Lance Berkman home run from this one, and it delivered a shot over the wall. It wasn't an upper-deck bomb, but it was respectable and solid. Good job from the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. The Baseball Hall of Fame is there, check it out, and check out this fine beer as well.

Dubblebock, May 25, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out light yellow and sits golden in the glass with a big white head achieved with no effort.

Smells quite malty with crackers and an overall breadlike, yeasty aroma for a background. Apples and pears also come through.

Taste is big on malts, sweet malts. Tangerines, blended with mild apple/pear and maybe just a hint more of citrus fruit. A nice bitter finish to this classy brew.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, just about a medium body. Good servings of small bubbly carbonation. Easy going down the hatch; simple body and flavor---simply delicious.

Skidz, May 24, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #2368, should be about 1 1/4 years old by now.

Not as much carbonation as the fresh version, buts still a constant stream of bubbles. Big fat brilliant white head that leaves a thick coat of lace, but doesn't hold as well as the fresh version. The color seems a bit lighter, more of a golden straw color. Earthy doughy aroma with a bit of mild coriander and light lemon. Nice light fluffy mouthfeel on a lighter bodied beer. I don't know if it's the second glass of Hennepin but I'm noticing the warm stomach effect. A bit more flavor in this one, pale malt (or strong wheat beer) not noticing the spices or lemon, just slightly more bitter. The alcohol is more noticable and the flavor is a bit stronger cutting back on the drinkability. Overall a solid brew, but not as light and fresh as the month old version which I actually prefer in a Saison.

HappyHourHero, May 18, 2004
Photo of sprinkle
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

sprinkle, May 09, 2004
Photo of TagoMago
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml. corked bottle, poured into trappist glass.

Appearance: Glowing golden with a beautiful, somewhat chunky head.

Aroma: Spice, citrus, and yeast dominate the beer's aroma.

Taste: Very tart with a crisp punch to the tastebuds - a sweet and sour taste of sorts. Also some yeasty breadiness is detected. Slightly medicinal.

Overall: A perfect example of a Belgian Saison - very refreshing and oh so drinkable. I could drink this day-in and day-out and not get sick of it. Thumbs up to Ommegang for this beautiful, beautiful brew.

TagoMago, May 08, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle. 100th review !

Appearance: Poured into a tulip, the beer is a dusty golden orange color and a fizzy white head billows up to about an inch. Rocky suds remain as it dies down.

Smell: Mmmm, whew. Yeasty and citrusy, especially lemons.

Taste: Hmm. Different. A very organic earthy taste with the yeast playing a large part. Kind of fruity, apple tasting esters and a honey-like sweetness in the middle. Quite a phenolic bite in the aftertaste. Ewwww. I think about band aids floating in the pool. The phenols are really evident in this.

Mouthfeel: Decent. It has some body to it, but still drinks light and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very nice once you get over the phenols. Refreshing and easy to quaff in warm weather. I had no real problems finishing the bottle. I'm not sure it's as great as its ranking suggests, but a nice brew overall.

----Update----07/04
A fresher bottle has less medicinal taste, brighter pepper and more fermented funk. I'm upping the taste to a 4 from 3.5. And at $4.59 for 750 mL, this and all Ommegang products are a victory for the beer lover on a budget.

99bottles, May 01, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle #0336. Cave aged at Howe Caverns from early 2003 until September 2003. Drank in April of 2004. This is one of only 3,360 bottle that was cave aged at a constant temperature of 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

OK, so this stuff, like the cave-aged Ommegang and Rare Vos that I had quite some time ago, *is* different than the regular Hennepin. Is it worth $9 for the 750, as opposed to $4-5 for the regular Hennepin? I'd say yes, and here is why...

This brew pours out with a familiar orange tinted gold colour, and a large, rocky head of white foam. This brew was slightly cloudy, yet still very attractive in my chalice. The singature fruity aromas were even more complex, in this sample, and the spicy/herbal hops were definately much more pronounced as well. This brew has a nice bready middle, and an everlasting spicy hop finish. The flavors melded together very well, making for an exceptionally smooth drink, that drained from my glass too quickly. If you like Ommegangs products, you owe it to yourself to try the cave-aged stuff...it's all really quite good.

francisweizen, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours a beautiful golden color with just a hint of orange with a great, thick, pure white head. Lots of carbonation. A nice .5 inch head is held throughout.
Very fresh smelling. Some alcohol, clove, spices (cinnamon?), citrus, and a faint floral hop scent.
Taste is very fruity, the main spice in the brew is cloves. Some citrus is also present from the hops. The alcohol heats your throat quite nicely and does not even remotely overpower any other flavor of the beer. There is a very nice dryness in the finish as well.
The carbonation in this beer makes for a very interesting and pleasent mouthfeel. This is another stellar brew from Ommegang. I will definitely have this one again.

LuckySevens82, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden hue wearing a thin white head. A very vinous nose with more alcohol than expected. Quite fruity overall with grapes, lemon/citrus, but it could use a bit more spices to my liking. Saison-ish hay character is very well defined though and appealing. Lots of warming alcohol in mouth also, a solid hay field accompany typical cereals. Mildly acid with more lemon, yeasty with a dry bitter finish. The body is highly carbonated, a bit too much for my tastes with this particular flavor profile, it's smooth and big enough to support the warming effect nevertheless. I must say I expected more from one of the rare american Saison, the obvious alcohol at this moderately low ABV just doesn't allow for the quaffable yet feeding beverage I expect.

Rastacouere, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden coloration with a lofty white head. Smell of light tropical fruits, lemon and dry yeast. Crisp lemon flavors and distinct tastes of apple peel. Esters floating on the palate and a good shot of hop bitterness on the finish. Great Belgian yeast flavors. Another amazing beer from Ommegang.

chaduvel, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of silenius
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very handsome beer with a cloudy amber color and a soft pillowy head that lasts for a good long time. When the head disappears, a think layer of spotty froth coats the surface of the beer.

It smells of pine, horseblanket, sulfur, and green banana with some sweet malt in there as well.

The taste hits with a swirling combo of the sweet malt and a hop bite. The two move back and forth and leave with a hop zing and slightly banana sweet malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is solid with only a hint of prickle.

I detected a plastic taste in earlier batches, but that is gone now. I enjoy this beer even if Hennepin County in MN is giving me headaches.

silenius, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of rdailey76
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking beer, with the taste to match. I love the color of this beer. It falls between a sparkling yellow to gold. Pours with a nice foamy white head that simmers down just enough to cover the beer. Smell includes every fruit in the holiday fruit basket...fresh pears and definitely a strong citrus aroma. One of the first Belgians I have had, so the taste was definitely a mystery when the first drop hit my lips. Smooth taste with a sweet aftertaste that is in no way dissatisfying. When I let my girlfriend try it, she thought she was drinking a champagne or sparkling wine. The carbonation is odd, but somewhat refreshing. Definitely a beer that I could have a couple of if it was in the budget.

rdailey76, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into an oversized white-wine glass.

This beer pours out much like a sparkling wine or champagne with a deeper golden copper appearance. Major carbonation that gave a beautiful fuzzy (or in my original notes furry) taught head that left a few nice tracks of lace. Streams of bubbles rise to the top throughout the duration of the bottle.

The nose screams apples, with a slight bit of pear and banana. This has more of a conventional ale-smell than most Belgians that i've tried. Subtle perfuming of alcohol as well, moreso than the higher ABV Ommegang.

The taste is amazingly well balanced. The generous hopping cuts through the sweet cidery tones perfectly. A spiced flavor balances perfectly in harmony with the malts, sugar, and hops. Immaculately brewed. For price and freshness, a Duvel breaker.

I'm with Todd, one of these in a night would not be enough.

GreenWBush, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of soper2000
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taking the cage off and running my finger over the cork was enough to send said cork halfway across the room causing my friend to dump half of a storm king onto his lap. Wow, I like this beer already. It pours a cloudy orange color with a billowing fluffy white head. There is definitely a fruity/spicy smell to it. Taste is spicy, hoppy, and fruity all rolled into one. Mouthfeel is decent, consistent to many other caged and corked Belgians I've had. A great beer from a great brewery.

soper2000, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold colored brew with heavy carbonation.

Smell is apples and lemons, sage, flowers, spices, pears, and 20 more things I can't pin down at the moment.

Taste is sweet, spicy and complex. Perfume flavors abound like lavender, pepper, roses, apples, nutmeg, nuts, yeast, bread, and 10-20 more flavors.

Mouthfeel is much like Champagne, or Duvel.

Super drinkable, this is very similar to Duvel. Super pleasant to drink. Think of this as the Batman that opposes the Duvel Joker.

Zorro, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy and a bit bitter and dry. Colour is like a Belgian pale, despite some cloudiness. Very bubbly in the pour, moderate head.alcohol is there. Yeasty aroma.
I had this 3.5 years later on tap, at Cole's,and observed lacey and dry bitter and spicey.

Sammy, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of Ellbert
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer was very clear. Crystal clear even. A decent head that faded fast to a small head that lasted with sticky lace. The color of the beer was an orange/red color with a white head. The bubbles came up like champagne.

Smell: Very spicy with some hop highlights. A little alcohol enters the nose.

Taste: At first there was way too much cabonation to even taste this beer but after it breathed for a little bit the carbonation wasn't as rough. This beer was very spicy. My first Saison and it was almost like all the other Belgians I have had.

Mouthfeel: Way too carbonated at first. After it breathed it was consitent. It had a nice not too thick but creamy consitency, very nice.

Overall not a bad beer but not my top choice.

Ellbert, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit that I am not all that familiar with this style though I have enjoyed Brewery Ommegang's several other worthy offerings. This pours a clear light golden color (I got the first pour out of the large bottle--the later pours got a bit of the typical cloudiness of a bottle fermented brew). There is a large white head, and the effervescence is evident right from the outset. The head receded slowly, and the lacing is tenacious but not sticky. The aroma is tart, dominated by citrus and ginger with an underlying wheat maltiness. The taste, I'm afraid, was initially a bit too rubbery for my palate, letting the alcohol reign for a moment or two, but as it moved to a finish the aforementioned aromas insinuated nicely themselves into the mix. The mouthfeel is thin to medium with lots of carbonation.

longpondbeerman, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive had this beer several times and I finally found out that I havent reviewed it yet, so here goes. The beer pours with huge frothy head, which seems to have a certain rigidity to itself, retaining a tall lofty shape in the middle, even as it dies down around the sides. The lace patches up nicely along the glass. Bubbles float aimlessly from the bottom. The smell is wonderful, with immediately recognizable hints of the heavy wheatiness of the beer, a ton of spices, a hint of lemon and an overall yeasiness that makes me think of bread dough. There is bit of hoppiness evident, and touch of straight alcohol is also present. For lack of a better term, it smells very thick in the nose. The taste follows right along with the smell. It is very warming and thick, with the wheatiness of a weisse beer, showing a strong yeast character again, with the alcohol definatley tastable. The exact characteristics of the spiciness escape me, but its a heavy part of the taste. Mouthfeel is a light syrupy viscosity, with tons of tiny carbonation filling the mouth. Drinking this gives me a nice warm feeling. A nice throw back to the past, as this was one of the first "real" beers I ever had.

FranklinPCombs, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hennepin was served from a 12. oz bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was murky and straw colored, with a fine head that left fascinating tendrils of lacing. Very attractive. The nose was quite wonderful, with a zippy lemony acidity garnished with coriander, a rough orangy mustiness, and a touch of sweetness. The taste began with a lemony citric tinged sweetish malt base that developed accents of mandarin orange. The beer finished amazingly with an energetic smack of bitterness followed by ever lingering lemon-lime-orange notes...I loved this. However, I felt that the beer was a bit too sweet and not crisp/dry enough for a saison. For this reason I had to deduct a half-point, but I must stress that this was the only negative. The beer had the appropriate vigorous carbonation, and the body was full and smooth.

HiroProtagonist, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of vitesse
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in 750 mL bottle.

pours a bright golden color with slight whitish cloudiness. super fluffy, pillowy head. label calls this a saison, not a style i'm too familiar with...
aroma is of belgian candi sugar and cloves.
taste just blew me away. very very similar to duvel, which shouldn't surprise me because the ommeg brewery is owned by moortgart.
slightly "farmhousey," grassy flavor especially reminds me of duvel. alchol packs some punch, but spicy hops flavor and belgian-esque sweetness all meld together to balance out nicely.
sweet finish but super duper drinkable.
this is a real crowd pleaser. all the complexity of the big belgians is here. a great blonde beer. i highly recommend it.

vitesse, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear twinkling gold with sparkling bubbly accents. A couple fast fingers of variegated white head settles quickly to a Berber carpet of froth. Dainty lacing clings prettily on the glass.

The compact aroma leads with a rounded sweetness of malt and berries, along with a distant pie cherry tartness. The yeast carries a diaphonous air of gentle sourness.

Upon sipping, a biscuit malt sweetness leads off, but checks its swing as a drier, more tart berry note takes over. The grain character continues on to a pas de deux with mellow spice elements, certainly clove, and maybe coriander. Alcohol comes through clearly toward the end, along with a slight doughiness from the yeast, and these fade to a dry bitterness at the finish. The unique proportions of the various components lead to an intriguing balance.

Medium bodied, it clings determinedly to the tongue and mouth, leaving an even deposit of the round flavor. A mild dry bitterness glows on the tongue at the finish.

The drier components vying with the subdued sweetness leads to a refreshing union of both. Each element works in proportions that seem something other than the usual. The result is a stylish marriage of common qualities, a unique result indeed. The ABV is credible and overt, but exists in a friendly symbiosis with the beer's overall goodness, making it drinkable in sensible quantities. Now that I've had this, I'll certainly find the time to have another as soon as the mood strikes me.

Foxman, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 750ml cork and caged bottle, this brew was served in a flute. Amble bright white foam crowned a bright golden beer. It's aroma hinted of fruits and yeast. The flavors offered more complex spicy and fruit flavors balancing sweet caramel malts. This beer was neither heavy, nor thin but had definite presence in the mouth. It was a delightful companion to a meal of cheese-bread and soup.

AllThingsNinja, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of aracauna
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour is a clear, glowing deep golden amber. The second pour turns cloudy and darker. The head is massive and stiff. It fades slowly and leaves a thick sheet on the sides of the glass. Beautiful beer. Orange and cloves on the aroma. Very bright and happy. The taste is also very bright and spicy. Fruity esters meld nicely with the orange flavor and a nice straw and caramel malt. A slight bitterness lingers in the finish. Excellent.

aracauna, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this with some great soft cheeses. Pours a clear, pale golden color with a frothy, energetic head. The aroma is more floraly hoppy than I expected….layered flowery smells, spiciness, and citrus-like hop aromas…with a background of alcohol. First taste is sweet…moderately malty and yeasty. Subtly spicy. The beer is highly carbonated, which gives it a crisp carbon-dioxide bite. It’s refreshing, clean, and finishes pleasantly bitter. I could see this beer going well with most foods.
Inexpensive and impressive, Ommegang is becoming a favorite of mine.

Suds, Feb 08, 2004
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,965 ratings.