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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,294
Reviews: 2,062
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 238
Gots: 534 | 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 kbnooshay
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- This poured a very pale yellow gold with a lot of haze and a decent amount of carbonation. The white head was really fizzy and fluffy. Not the most attractive beer style in my opinion but that is allright, the other categories with rock your socks off.

s- Mmmmm. This smell is citrusy and yeasty with a hint of cinamon or perhaps other similar spices. I buried my nose in this like Jim Koch in the Sam Adams commercial. Very sweet and earthy with a decent amount of hoppage.

t- oh man. This tastes like duvel just not as harsh and bitey. I love it! The flavors such as pear and apple please the mouth and the alcohol isn't harsh at all. It is barely there even at 7.7%! The flavor is aweome and spicey w/some yeasty goodness. Makes me think of sour apple candy.

mf/d- Tingly and very drying. The feel is smooth but prickly from the carbonation. I am draining this 750ml bottle, it is so drinkable! Heheh the bottle is all mine.

Now before trying this I preffered the darker beligians a lot more and I still do, but not by as much. This was surprisingly perfect. I can't wait to try others of the style.

Photo of mobyfann
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $3.99 for the 25.4oz bottle...

This ale pours a cloudy yellow color with a huge white head, exceptional head retention and nice lacing effects on the glassware. The aroma is yeast and fruit driven with a touch of alochol, nice mellow and strong notes of both.

The taste is very full-body. The yeast flavor takes over and it leaves a fruity aftertaste, a bit lemony. The mouthfeel is smooth on the palette and this is highly drinkable, at 7.7%abv, it is hard to not consider this a session beer.

Final Thought: This is an excellent example of a craft beer with great creativity; it is not only a staple in its class but also an excellent buy.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the cave aged version, the bottle looks really cool with the mouldy patina on the labels.

The pour reveals a hazed gold liquid with a huge white rocky cap. Stupendous amounts of lacing coat the glass. The aroma is malty and spicey with some earthy mustiness. The taste is an explosion of different flavors that meld together flawlessly. Pear, vanilla, coriander, peppercorn, all spice, cloves, anise all figure prominently. The finish is briskly hoppy, but more spicey. The mouthfeel is wonderfully textured with creamy carbonation.

It sucks that beers like this arent available in Canada. This is emminently drinkable and extremely complex. Thanks to Nick at Bauer Wines for the recommendation.

Photo of geexploitation
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tarnished golden color with a big, rocky white head. Looks very appetizing. The nose is a pretty subtle and not nearly as forward as some other saisons... there's some spice in there, along with a bit of barnyard funk and some yeast. Flavor is quite fruity right off the bat, with a round sweetness that's overcome by those barnyard/horse blanket notes, helped by some hops. Highly carbonated mouthfeel that doesn't get in the way of the smoothness of this beer. Overall, a wonderful, versatile beer. Interesting, easy to like and complex at the same time.

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

"A hoppy brew, the Ommegang Hennepin is beautifully golden in color and stays on the palate with a briskness that makes it perfect for aperitifs." according to BevMo.com. This statement is pretty much bullshit.

Not even remotely hoppy (at least in the way that the descriptor has come to mean something with high IBUs), instead this is a fine American version of the lovely Belgian farmhouse style. It should come as no surprise that Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, New York, was purchased by the Belgian Duvel Moortgat in 2003.

It has a nice citrus aroma - very crisp, very refreshing. The yellow straw murky color is very inviting. The taste is light but full on flavor. Hints of spice and fruits come through deliciously.

This is a fine beer and comparable to similar ones more fabled from Belgian. For the price, it’s quite a bargain considering its Belgian kin will likely cost you twice as much.

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

750 ml brown bottle with a cork and a cage
poured into an oversized wine glass

Poured a fuzzy golden yellow. The haze was so dense in this brew that is was hard to see my hand through the other side of the glass. Not much of a head foamed up but a delicate filagree of lace formed on the surface. The beer is sticky and clings to the walls of the glass while drinking.

The nose is sweet and slightly spicy with earthy hints, as well as some subtle fruit scents.

This beer is very very active in the mouth and features a high level of carbonation. It is slightly spicy on the tip of the tounge and has a dry sweetness through the finish, featuring apple like flavors mixed with an earthy grainy quality. There is no doubt that this saison is true to the "farmer" roots of this style. I detect a very subtle melon like aftertaste, which is very pleasant.

A very drinkable beer, an absolute pleasure to enjoy on it's own or with a nice meal.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of obvious carbonation and a head with tremendous staying power.

there is a distinct aroma of spice, smells like ginger to me, more specifically ginger snap cookies, with the associated barley aromas.

wow, this is damn good, it has a dry sweetness tht is hard to place, the ginger snap aroma persuades my taste buds that that is the taste as well.

it has a smooth feel to it that turns drier near the end.

it definitely leaves me craving more.

Photo of wedge
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy glowing orange...looks like a gemstone, with a large bubbling head that shrinks to a fine white layer. Soothing spicy, sweet fruit esters - earthy floral and light pepper. Increasingly herbal. Thick juicy fruit start with a lingering spiciness and lightly tart in the finish. Pale malts throughout...a little warming and very fresh. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly dry with a little bite. Exremely drinkable and refreshing.

Very natural and enjoyable.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Initially had a bit of a skunky smell, but that went a way quickly and then I was able to smell the Belgian yeast aroma that I was expecting. Thick, half inch tall head that stayed for quite a while.

Beautiful gold color with hints of orange. Very nice looking beer.

Taste was very good. Initial Belgian flavors, tempered by a nice bit of bitterness that balanced it very well. Slightly spicy. It was not overly sweet, which is a trait I find I don't like in some of the Belgian styles.

Modest amount of carbonation. Clean and crisp dry finish.

Very drinkable brew! Had I not known differently, there is no way I'd have guessed that this wasn't brewed in Belgium. Well done, Ommegang!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always willing to dive into an Ommegang!

This poured one of the whitest and lightest heads I've ever seen. Head retains relatively well, though it's a thin one from pour to final swallow. Color is pure gold with moderate bubbles and moderate lace.

Aroma is extremely fresh: grassy, mildly hoppy, flowery.

Mellow hops and a cool breeze of primo grains hit first, with mild floral spices following. Bready malts hit last. Light and unobtrusive in the mouth, this feels really good if you're not looking for a heavy, chewy ale. Dry finish.

This is a no-nonsense Saison without any wild or unusual characterstics. As such, it's a fine represenation of the style, it's delicious going down, and I'm glad I've got more left in the bottle.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, don't get me wrong, it is a very good beer but not so outstanding, the bottle came directly from the brewery up to me house.

a Limpid golden beer with a good foamy head that let herself died slowly.

Farm like flavours, similar to some saison or gueuze, some notes of natural flavours. Fruity esters, followed by hops and a shy malt.

taste wise she is fruity, hoppy with a bitter sour ensemble, acid, very carbonated, the sourness comes and reminds me of cherry sourness .

She actually reminds me of a "Saison Dupont" who mated with "La fin du monde" as wannabe.

Photo of t8000shx
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was pumped to give this one a go, I generally like Ommegang. Poured nice, tons of bubbles, tall head. Caught me off guard, required a more delicate pour than even most other belgians to moderate head size. Nice hazy gold/yellow color in the glass, appealing looking. Smelled like the real deal, very authentick belgian.

It was only once the beer left the glass and found its way onto my tongue that disappointment set in. Admittedly, for my first sip the beer was way too cold, so i let it sit for some time. Unfortunately i don't like how it opened up. Tart, bubbly, mildly sweet, citrusy, and earthy. It all sounds nice, except the tartness was too strong. Resulted in an extremely unbalanced flavor. Not to say the beer was terrible, it wasn't, however it could use significantly more strength from the earthy/malty notes. Tartness and acidity need to be toned down a bit. Noting the beer's high rating, it looks like i'm in the minority here, but so it goes. I'll stick with the 3 Philosophers next time I hit up Ommegang

Photo of Rezzin
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice hazy straw yellow. Poured into a pint glass - this thing has a really nice 2" head with a zillion tiny bubbles. A few mins later and the head is still around, looks fluffy.

S - Bready, yeasty, spicy and earthy. Smells like a belgian. I can faintly smell the hops and I don't detect the alcohol really. Reminds of me of a wit.

T - Tart and a little sweet, earthy, spicy. I'm not accustomed to this type of beer so the best description I can give is complex. Again, reminds me of a wit. There's a little bitterness throughout but it's just right. It's not bitter really - just well balanced. Wow, this thing is 7.5% ABV... I'd never even suspect it so high. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of belgians, this one is definitely tasty.

M - Smooth and very nicely carbonated. Light and refreshing.

D - I'd still choose an American ale over the belgians right now but they are really starting to grow on me. I've had several in the past and this one is definitely the best by far. I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of Birdiebeagle
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Pours a hazy yellow with a fair white fizzy head. Has a typical belgian aroma. Sweet with decent spicies. Has a nice carbonation and a good mouthfeel. A nice slight bitterness. Good crisp flavor. This one kind of snuck up on me. I enjoyed this ale very much.

Photo of thetachibro
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light straw yellow with a monster 2in white foamy head that looks amazing....Somewhat of a yeasty smell along with some hops and actually a hint of apple...When it first hit my tounge it was fairly sweet and then mildly bitter from the hops...very nice combination...Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbination...Fairly good drinkability as well

Photo of Prufrock
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

25.6 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

ignoring the inch of foamy white head, the first pour out of the bottle looks surprisingly like an american macro. crystal clear, pale golden yellow. the second pour has a touch of haze, and the last is thickly cloudy.

aroma is light, but nice; peppery, barny, yeasty, with a touch of honey, champagne and fruits.

taste is also light, with a light-medium, fizzy mouthfeel and a drying finish. belgian yeast flavors, hop spices, and a barny, lemony sweetness.

very drinkable, but i'm not as impressed as others seem to be. pleasant to drink, but not a ton of depth or complexity.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color with white rocky head that has some good retention. Pretty good lacing. Yeasty "belgian" smell. Some fruitiness and a hint of lemon smell to it. Smooth crisp feel up front. Semi sweet lemony taste starts with sharp spicy taste following. Yeasty taste in the palate with slight bitterness left over. This is a great beer. Lots of flavor and VERY drinkable. If I had the money and resources, I could sit down with this beer all night long.

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

Hazed pale gold with a short, bright white head made up of a combination of very fine and rocky bubbles. Great retention and plenty of lacing throughout. Aromas of lemon zest, bready yeast and vinous white wine grapes dominate, but there's a hint of caramel as well. Strong citrus component in the flavour that really lingers backed up by a bit of hop bitterness. Sweetness is light and there's a delicate fruity grape flavour and light spice in the finish. Soft alcohol warmth. Creamy carbonation and lightly palate coating. Off-dry. Refreshing and very enjoyable, this is one well-crafted beer.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I popped the cork out and sniffed the bottle all I could think of was sweet bubblegum. It poured to a pale but inviting golden hue capped by a capable head. A sip treats me to sugary bubblegum flavor followed by a dash of sharp spicy lemon. There's just a trace of butterlike flavor at the tail end. Nice.
Mouthfeel is very good, nice and full.
The flavor is good yet mild enough to beg for more.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. The beer poured a hazy golden color with a thick white head with good lacing and thick lively bubbles. The aroma is a nice citrusy mix with some spice. Perfect farmhouse smell. The taste give a good balance of the citrusy, sweetness and the thick carbonation. These two mask nicely the 7.5% ABV. Overall this is an enjoyable beer in one of my favorite styles.

Photo of Fish113d
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle, it pours into a tulip glass at room temp a lemon peel color w/ 1 1/2" white eggshell head. Very spongy with lots of sustainance; fairly cloudy appearance.

Aroma is mostly citrus with some slight spice (coriander?). it has a lot of sourness to the nose along with a bit of alcohol...a bit much for 7.5%.

Sipping is a bit of sour & bitter lemon flavor, but a lot of alcohol and carbonation kills a lot of the flavor i hoped to get from this. Some peppery flavor sneaks through along with some yeast. Maybe a bit of grass hops at the end along with some alcohol.

Lots of carbonation stings my tongue but the body is rather light. Decent alcohol bite. Could be better.

Overall, this is okay, but a bit disappointing to me considering the source of brewing.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to trying this beer, and came away unimpressed. I had a 750ml bottle, started cold, let the bottle sit at room temperature before pouring again. It was a cloudy yellow appearance with a very minimal head and no lace to speak of. It had a nice tart fruit odor to it, and a nondescript fruity taste, with some slight hoppiness. It felt just OK in the mouth. Was good to drink, but not exciting. I'll have to try it again to see if it was me or that particular bottle that wasn't working well.

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

Poured into a Westmalle chalice from a corked 750ml bottle, caged.

A - A golden yellow with slight cloudiness. Robust white head with considerable retention and strong lacing of the glass. A gorgeous beer.

S - Hmmm ... NY not Belgium, huh? Are we sure? Smells like a true Belgian delight. Yeasty with a slight sweetness and the hint of spices. Fruity nose of melon and grapes.

T - Wow ... this is very white wine-like. I taste white grapes up front with a yeasty floral character. Slightly tangy and tart ... the fruity sweetness is offset by the dry persistence of hop accents. The alcohol is noticeable, but only in a wine-like manner. Superb. When I first tasted this, I thought "this taste I know" but couldn't identify ... I later realized this ale is so very much like a good, dry white wine.

M - I'd say this is definitely a medium-bodied ale, with quite a lot of carbonation. It's very "alive." As it warms, it pours in the mouth and covers like a pleasing effervescent blanket. This one "plays" in the mouth.

D - I'm half way through the 750ml bottle now and I'll assuredly finish it. What a pleasant, fun beer. I've had Ommegang Three Philosophers, and the Rare Vos, and liked them both for their own merits ... but this one, so far, is my favorite from Ommegang hand's down. Imminently drinkable and user-friendly, this ale ranks at the very top of the category ... Belgian or not. I had to remind myself that this wasn't an authentic Belgian ale, at least in the sense that it was brewed there. It IS authentic ... just from NY. Highly recommended and may well have a place in my top 10. An accomplishment. My hat (if I had one) off to Brewery Ommegang for this outstanding beer. I will buy more and propogate it liberally to my friends ... too good not to share.

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

750ml bottle

Pours a hazy golden bown with a huge fluffy white head that sustains. Thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet with fruity citrus notes. A nice breadiness is present with some hints of spice. Very fresh taste.

A tasty bready and citrus fruity flavor. Some hints of clove and a slight spiciness are present. Finishes slightly dry and fruity.

Plenty of carbonation, slick creamy texture.

Super drinkable, a solid saison.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly pinkish golden like some champagnes are. There was a 1/4" head at first pour, that slowly fell to a 1/8" head that stuck around forever. There was some serious lacing left on the glass after dinking

Aroma: Very dry and grainy aroma with some bready yeast character. As you get deeper into the aroma, you can pick up some spice that seems like it is alcohol driven as anything.

Taste: The taste is a bit dry and attenuated also. I believe that this beer has seen better days. There is a noticeable spiciness that must be from the yeast as well. The underlying character of this beer definitely has potential. As the beer warms a bit, the flavor gets a lot softer edge to it. It is getting rather creamy and some sweetness is coming out.

Opinion: Well, after all was said and done, I ended up liking this beer even though I am convinced that it has some age on it. The flavor was complex and there were only minor flaws caused by the age. I would definitely try this beer again when it is a fresher example

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,294 ratings.