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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,067 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,067
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 219
Gots: 428 | 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 horndecker
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this one from the small 375ml bottle. Haven't noticed any difference between the 375 and the 750. The 750ml is more fun, though.

Honey colored and cloudy. A beautiful bright white head forms, full, foamy and rocky. Great sudsy lace decorates the interior of the glass.

The aroma has lots to ponder. Lime and orange at first, earthy yeast, spicy, perhaps ginger, a bit of clove and maybe something peppery. Very nice. Not as funky as some.

The beer starts with a bitter hops kick, toasty malt holds it own through to a dry acidic finish and a persistant herbal aftertaste. The beautiful bitterness accompanies the malt all the way. It's medium to full-bodied with a prodigious buzzing carbonation. Very refreshing.

I visited the Ommegang brewery a few years back just after they had been bought by Duvel Moortgat. They give an interesting tour in a nice rural setting - worth a visit if you're in the area.
(no, I'm not an employee or stockholder in the brewery)

horndecker, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/31/05- Purchased at Tower Market in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 24oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Huge thick poch-marked head. Ultra creamy and thick. Nice golden-orange coloring and excellent lacing.

Smell- Spices, spices and more spices. A very good amount of swwet and sour in the scent as well.

Taste- Damn, this one is a fruit garden. Lots of sweet but sour at the same time flavors. Mainly apple and maybe some melon. Meanwhile, lots of spices as well.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, but goes down sooo easy.

Drinkability- Probably the best saison I have encountered from the USA. Still no Fantome, but it's not that far off. Excellent!!

GClarkage, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of woemad
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Daanen's in Hayden, ID for $2.75. Oddly enough, this was only $0.25 more than a Twilight Ale.

Poured a orange/gold color. Fairly cloudy looking, with a big, thick fluffy white head that took forever to drop, and left luxurious sheets of lace dripping down the insides of my St.Bernardus goblet.

Smell was of sweet malts, grapefruit, spices and a musty earthiness. This smelled absolutely delicious. The sweetness was exquisitly paired with the dry, citrusy grapefruit scent.

The taste measured up to the smell. The earthy, grainy flavor was what I noted first. Then the sweet maltiness and dry, grapefruit flavor pass through, with the citrusy flavor being a little bit stronger. The swallow ends in a crisp dry, grassy note.

As with the greatest homegrown Belgians, the body and carbonation feel just right.

This is a great beer. This could turn out to be the highlight of my recent beer trip to northern Idaho. I really hope this shows up in Huckleberry's soon, though I wouldn't call 40 miles too far to go to get this.

woemad, May 23, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL, bottle conditioned, corked and caged - served slightly chilled in a goblet. Looks amazing - 3 finger head that is so close to white and pokes out the top of the glass. It is rocky and sticky, leaving big clumps of foam for lace. The body is a hazy orange/amber with a buncha stuff floating around. Aroma is outdoorsy with grapes, white wine, lemons, some tropical fruits, and a big spiciness. It is sharp and spicy on the palate with yeast, lemons, wine, and is kinda dry. It has a very distinct taste that lingers and makes you want more. Smooth and warming with a full body and makes you really burpy. In a class all it's own.

mmmbeer, May 13, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pretty! Dark gold like honey honey fizzy and pretty as can be. The head on this is perfect. Best head you can imagine. Wonderful.

Smells like a Belgian. Honey and ripe fruit. Plums aplomb. Little hints of alcohol and spice.

Big spice upfront. Lots of cloves and pepper. Moving into juicy fruits in the middle. Very ripe fruit, but not over ripe. Incredibly tasty. White pepper and more fruit in the middle, and a sweet honey aftertaste. Nice, but a slight metallic taste keeps it from perfection.

This is a world class brew. I had no idea what I was missing out on. Whenever I see a bottle of Hennpin, I'm gonna be picking it up.

mynie, May 09, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fills my glass cloudy and pale gold in hue, topped by an intimidating white head. Strong aroma involving fruits, bready pale malts, yeast, a little spice, and some citrous hops. Taste is bold and complex. Bready malt jumps out quickly, before bitter lemons and citrous rinds attack the tongue. Some caramel-like sweetness dances with spice, but there is an underlying creaminess. Mouthfeel is pretty full, but crisp carbonation and the zesty hops really blast inside the mouth. Finishes just like it begins, but leaving a very enjoyable long lasting aftertaste with some fruity yeasty character to it. Overall a bitter impression is left on my palate.

BeerFink, May 04, 2005
Photo of foXXtail
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly drinkable any time of the year, just as a good saison should be. In fact, it's hard to believe this one comes out of New York.

The nose is filled with sweet vanilla and orange backed up by a slight phenol of spice. A hop aroma is present, but only slightly perceptible. A faint alcohol aroma alludes to its presence in the beer to come. The beer pours a hazy golden with a rocky, frothy head which retains > 1 minute. Champagne like bubbles rise forth unabated.

The taste is wonderful. Sweet honey hits first, which quickly makes way for vanilla, citrus and a slight banana. The sour fruit taste is dominant, backed up by a slight hint of spice and coriander. Hop hit is noticeable, especially in the aftertaste, but it does not take over. Alcohol warming is moderate. The beer is aggressively effervescent and medium-bodied.

foXXtail, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel glass. Beutiful hazy golden color with a thick off-white head. Smell is delicious --- sweet, fruity, banana bread, yeasty, and even a little peppery. Spices hit up front giving way to a fruity finish--orange mainly but a little lemon and banana too. Mouthfeel is amazing--thick and full bodied, it almost taste like your chewing bread. This is one hell of a beer. Most Belgian styles are a little too intensely spiced for me and not that drinkable--but this one has just the right balance and I could have it all night.

cubedbee, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of Higravity
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a beer I would drink everyday for the $$, but that being said this was a great beer. Honey gold straw with a white head that became spotty. A hoppy fruity nose of citrus and yeast. Distinct Belgian yeast taste followed by a creamy citrus softness lined with noble hops. Quite a mouthful and deceptive with the high alcohol content.

Higravity, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this once a long time ago, before my days of Beer Advocacy, and since then I have overlooked it. I'm excited to try it once again. Appears a very light orange color, almost yellow. Crystal clear... I mean I don't think I've ever seen a beer this clear. Rising bubbles and big white fluffy head that lasts and lasts. Smell is yeasty, bready, zesty, spicy, and dusty. Unfortunately, it's not as dusty and funky in the taste. Not quite a true Belgian in that sense, but it is very good, don't get me wrong. I've recently become obsessed with the best Belgian pale ales, De Ranke XX and Orval specifically. I love that dry, hoppy, grassy taste. I've been searching for a cheaper alternative that is equally satisfying and refreshing, and this is a close one. The taste is nice and hoppy, decently bitter, and with a nice soft buttery malt taste. The dusty taste I like is noticable too, a definate plus. Really smooth mouthfeel and this beer is highly refreshing, which makes it highly quaffable. Really a good beer. Really. I don't know what it is, but there's something about those beers from Belgium that are just indescribable that can't be found elsewhere. This beer is not to be faulted though for not having that quality however. An awesome beer from Cooperstown.

twelvsies, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear, golden straw color, with a huge fluffy head that leaves a bit of lace.

Smells yeasty and fruity (citrus). Real pleasant aroma that is strong but not in your face.

Alcoholic, and wine-like. Tart grape like flavors. Yeast taste is present. Smooth, sweet finish. Very warming.

What a friggin' great beer.

Litterbean, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7.5% ALC. VOL.
12 FL. OZ.
Bottle Conditioned

Appearance – some yeast particulates but rather clear gold body; carbonation rising furiously; titanic white head; lace is admirable

Smell – fruity; yeasty; spicy; some wheat

Taste – yeasty; fruity and spicy just like the nose; nice malt-prominent ride while hops gain strength later but do not overpower; the alcohol is cloaked well

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – carpet ride of gentle carbonation that knocks back just to a comfortable transition level to aid drinkability; pleasant medium body that closes somewhat dry; reasonable warming sensation

What a phenomenal introduction to the saison. After not working well with Rare Vos, Hennepin has bumped up my already solid praise for Ommegang. The body and the finish would lead well into some grilled chicken or maybe shrimp.

Wonka, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of palma
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Pale yellow/golden color body with a lasting white head.
Yeasty peppery nose with some citrus and vanilla notes.
This beer tastes very much like a witbier. Don't know what that’s about. Fruity citrus base with some grassiness. A tart sour-like finish. Even though this is a siason, I think it's a little too tart for the style. Big citrus sour aftertaste kind of ruins the complexity of this beer IMO. Finished clean and semi-dry. Not the greatest siason as many BA's have proclaimed it is. Southampton's is much better.

palma, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of Chadbrew
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The style description inspired me to pick this up. Beautiful packaging, corked and caged and a few facts about the beer and the brewer.
Golden color up against the light. Fluffy little head that's off-white with tan and yellow dimples.
Smell - Wow! Very fruity and sweet but balanced with a great hit of yeast and malt. I smell raisins and bananas, yum.
It tastes very unlike anything I've had so far. It's sharp and flavorful, full of fruit and malt.
Mouthfeel - good full body and a sweet syrupy finish. I feel like I'm eating more than drinking it.

Note - I've tried a couple of Belgian style beers in the past and never been impressed... this has changed my opinion. This may be my favorite beer to date. If you try this beer do yourself a favor and pick up more than one.

Chadbrew, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very cloudy golden orange in color with a fluffy and monsterous white head, very lively beer! Nice packaging by the way, old world bottling, very nouveau labeling. Nose is sweet and bready, a bit astringent. Taste is multi-tiered, quite complex and interesting. A certain spiciness prevails, followed by a quiet citrus quality, quite fruity and refreshing. Mouthfeel is sharp, quite carbonated, nice.

Overall very well crafted, doesn't taste like an American version of a Belgian, it simply tastes like a Belgian, very crisp and tasty, well crafted indeed.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not my type of beer, but when I saw it and had read so many positive reviews I decided to give it a try. Comes packaged in a beautiful bottle with champagne style capping. Pours tremendously cloudy with very unsubtle sunset colors. The suggested serving glass call for a wide-mouth glass, (I used a red wine glass) upon pouring a swelling of orange, berries and some serious alcohol infused my nostrils. This beer taste like a summer beer, overloaded with sweetly hops that balance each other. This beer almost transcends beer at its strangest and purest points. A serious beer, but is it really a beer; or should it be in its own category?

FLAbeergutinMASS, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't quite know what to expect, as I've never had a saison, but this seemed to be rated pretty high. I'm glad I picked it up, along with a 750 of Ommegang. Pours a pale golden color with a constant source of fizz. The HUGE billowy foam cap seems to grow even after the pour is done. Smells fantastic, very spicey, but otherwise difficult to place. Tastes spicey as well, with a hint of a hop bite in the end. Taste seems to morph as the drinker becomes acclimatized and the beer warms. Seems to have a buttery banana ester quality at some point that fades into a funky belgian yeasty clove flavor. I will definitely try other saisons.

neonbrown82, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a clear copper with a thing, creamy off white head.

Smell: The smell is a nice mix of farmyard smells and hops. Pretty true to the Belgians so far.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is excellent. Really. Incredibly true to the Belgians, and also a few improvements in my opinions. The balance of hops and farmyard funk is truly wonderful, and the aftertaste is very nice as well. It's very thirst-quenching. The mouthfeel is creamy.

Drinkbaility and Overall: Excellent. This is Ommegang's best of what I've had. Excellent. I'm really impressed, and I can't wait to get more. Try it.

santoslhalper, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chill hazed golden body with a big, frothy white head. Smells of caramel apples, yeasty bread, sweet malts and fruity esters. Very complex aroma and flavor. Taste consists of caramel and candy sweetness, overripe pears, winelike sour grapes, and a well blended warming alcoholic finish. Medium body and semi-dry finish make it highly drinkable.

gimmehead, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of Kwak
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one had an alcohol -almost wine smell to it. it poured with a slight haze to it, a nice white rocky head to it disappearing after a few sips. the taste was mildly tart with a hint of citrus, also a very nice dry aftertaste
Very nice taste goes well with a good meal!!

Kwak, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, very slightly cloudy gold, with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweet, grainy malt and pleasant floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lightly fruity, and somewhat sweet malt up front, with a fair amount of hop bitterness kicking as it lingers on the tongue. Hop flavor reminds one of fresh lemongrass. Finishes moderately dry.

Mouthfeel: Firm, effervescent body (lots of carbonation).

allengarvin, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of Truh
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Truh, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color. Thick creamy white fluffy head that held its own for the enitre beer. Small spots of lace on the sides of the glass. Citrusy notes, along with spices, and some funky smells. Tart and sour flavors combine with ripe pears and apples. Spices thrown in, along with some earthy flavors. Good amount of peppery earthy hops at the end. Very refreshing. The complexity works so well in this beer. This would be great in warm weather, or cold. High carbonation, great drinkability despite all of the complex flavors. Excellent saison.

Bierguy5, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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!

Goldorak, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold pour, kind of hazy from the yeast, with a big white head that looks downright soft in my tulip. Head is tons of tiny bubbles and looks great. Smell is citrusy, but it's also got some sour musty clove and pear scents in there as well.
Taste is interesting. I'm tasting some pear in there as the foremost among the tart flavors, but there's so much to talk about. The citrus matches up nicely with the dryness of the finish and spicy notes. The alcohol is there, but not to the detriment of the flavor; if anything it helphs you notice the dryness of the flavor.
Wow, I really dig this one, it's a tart and spicy masterpiece.

whartontallboy, Feb 22, 2005
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 5,067 ratings.