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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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4,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 4381
Reviews: 1998
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%

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 RonaldTheriot


4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Hennepin has a rather thin, fizzy, root beer-like, off-white head and a hazy, extremely bubbly, lemon-yellow appearance, with some lacing left behind. This beer clouds up, once the bottom caked brown substance is swished loose and poured in. The aroma is of citrus zest, sugar, biscuit, spices, and candy, and the flavor is of all that, with some mellow bitterness detected in the background. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Ommegang Hennepin finishes champagne dry, refreshing, lively, and very drinkable for a 7%+ alcohol beer. Overall, it’s really wonderful, and I score it most excellent. I would like to try a stripped-down version, without the spices to see how it holds up.


Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 16:52:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Brew_42


3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold color with a thick white head that leaves heavy lacing and sticks around.

Smells-yeast, banana, clove, citrus

Tastes- Fruity (banana, pineapple, citrus) yeast and spices (clove mostly). Very nice beer. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and refreshing

Overall- I love saisons and this is a decent one. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 07:11:03 | More by Brew_42
Photo of McNealc31


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale, hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head that nearly overran my glass. Aroma is both fruity and earthy. Very crisp on the tongue. Almost to the point of being sharp. Honey, ginger, orange, coriander, with earthy malt and hops. Finishes on the dry side. Just a little bit of funk from yeast at the end. That last sip was almost like an apple wine.

Amazing flavor, complexity, and balance. Wonderful

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 01:01:38 | More by McNealc31
Photo of MistahBeah


4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent golden straw-colored. The beer itself is bright. Masive frothy head but it doesn't stick around for long. Just a thin bubbly rim and some patchy head in the middle. Lots of little bubbles. Looks very inviting

Smells grainy. There is a lot of coriander and/or orange zest in here. The grains of paradise aroma is evident - anyone who has had a sam adams will recognize it. There is a funky Belgian yeast smell too characteristic of the style but not as much as I would have expected

The taste is very funky. Earthy grainy tones form the backbone of this one. There is some sweet ginger and orange. I taste some hay and grass. Not so much spicy as zesty. Citrusy. Lingering yeasty aftertaste is slightly weizen-like (banana and clove)

Feels crisp and biting. I feel like the carbonation makes the tongue tingle more than the spiciness but either way this is a lively brew.

Overall a great saison. Rustic yet elegant. Crisp and refreshing. Lots of flavor. A great package and well worth the price

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:55:11 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of Gatch


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PKG ON 04/19/13
BEST BY 04/20/2015

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a massive, foamy, bright white head. One of the most aggressive heads I've ever witnessed.

S: This one is all yeast, barn, and funk.

T: Same as the nose. Lots of flavor but it's limited to funk and some farmhouse qualities.

M: Smooth and delicious but surprisingly boozy.

O: Great beer and on point for a farmhouse but not as great as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 02:53:44 | More by Gatch
Photo of IchLiebeBier


4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish/yellow; big frothy head, long lasting, good lacing (after accidental aggressive pour)

Smell: Peppery; cloves; citrusy; good European ale yeast smell; I love this beer aroma type

Taste: Good malt, cloves and citrus on the start; sweet in the mid with a semi-sweet peppery finish; hoppy dryness lingers in the aftertaste; excellent overall

Mouthfeel: Juicy and slightly creamy

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:27:45 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Lungman


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First of this style for me. I like it....a lot. Clean and tight. A beer I would like to sip floating down the river on an inner tube with one of my old friends. Not an expert on this style so I won't act like it. However I know beer, and this one is real nice boys.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 05:07:16 | More by Lungman
Photo of JZ77


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic Saison. Poured with a very nice pure white head, golden below. Very drinkable and good lacing. Aroma is top notch, my favorite part of this beer with the spices coming through. Definite citrus notes with wonderful warm spices coming through.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:13:48 | More by JZ77
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale orange with a moderate off-white head that fades but leaves a thin cover in the middle and around the edges and in the lacing. Wafts of carbonation with loose bubbles surrounding it.

S: Surprising for my expectations; a little skunky, with hints of corn and yeast funk, not unlike beers seen at frat parties. Some fruit esters underneath it all; passionfruit, peach, lemon peel. Good saison character.

T: Great improvement from the smell. Orange and lemon peels, mild malt, a bit of wheat and funk. Ever so slightly sweet, manifesting as honey. Quick finish, with added strawberry hints, but I can't expect a beer this light-feeling to stick around for long. Oh well, guess I'll have to sip it again.

M: Light and highly carbonated, super refreshing. Just what I was looking for.

O: A very refreshing Saison, exactly what I wanted on a hot night like tonight. The flavors could be a bit stronger, but none of them were bad. A good brew that suits the style well, but I can find less expensive beers with as much flavor to cool me off.

Serving type: growler

07-19-2013 04:29:15 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of Thezapper


4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a nice amber with a beautiful frothy head.

The smell reminds me of summertime. It's nice and light and citrusy with some yeast funkyness.

The taste is refreshing and spicy and sweet with just a touch of hops to balance it out. Nicely carbonated and each sip begs for another. It's an easy drinker but one that has enough complexity not to get boring.

Overall this is a great saison and a beer that I've gone back to time and again. Another home run for Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 07:19:47 | More by Thezapper
Photo of scotorum


3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like Ommegang's packaging and labelling, which is attractive and announces a quality product. And I enjoyed my sampling of their Three Philosophers at the Green River Brewfest in June. So ready to give more of their line a try.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle. Bottling date smeared but looks like it might be 2/25/12. So not so fresh, although it has a "Best by" of something something 2014.

Translucent amber topped by a finger thick white head which receded to an even white surface foam film and thick even lacing. I had poured directly down into the glass as usual, instead of slowly as the label instructed. Oops. So I got the yeast sediments, which no doubt affected the taste.

s: Ripe fruit

t: Soap and mild ripe fruit.

m: Smoothly light to moderate, leaning to moderate.

o: The label says it should be hoppy but it's not so much. Does not taste as fruity as drinking proceeds. Nearing the finish line, smoothness stands out and it's quite decent.

This experience has not daunted me to try the many other Ommegang offerings, or even a fresher example of Hennepin.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 05:46:01 | More by scotorum
Photo of falloutsnow


4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Best by 9/2014
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Hennepin has long been a favorite saison, and I was glad to have a bottle to review. It was interesting to compare this to Boulevard's Tank 7, which I had the ability to try earlier in the day. Though likely using the same or similar yeast strains, the breweries produce two very different beers. Ommegang gives us a yeast, herb, and spice-forward saison, full of rich and hearty flavors, whereas the Boulevard was brighter, hoppier, and less dense. Hennepin is thus perhaps suited for cooler days, despite it's lower ABV, as the richer, heavier flavors seem more suited to this.

Pours a tall, voluminous head (~4cm) of fairly clean, white foam, made up of very small bubbles, leading to a frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is similarly superb, thick clumps and webs cling to the insides of the glass. Body is a bright golden yellow color, hazy (50-60% opaque), light bringing out significantly paler golden yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible, moderate in number and fairly vigorous in activity.

Aroma of yeast, dried lemon and orange peel, with lesser banana, mustiness, modest phenolics (spicy and marginally clove-like), and when warm, green apple.

Front of palate yields a very rich, hearty flavor, with pale malt sweetness, robust Belgian yeast, banana-like esters, mild mustiness, coriander, slight vanilla, and a light orange and lemon peel character. Mid-palate continues with hearty yeast flavors, banana-like esters, along with slightly peppery and lemony grains of paradise, slightly spicy Belgian yeast-produced phenols, slight mustiness, coriander, mild orange and lemon peel, and a pleasantly sweet pale malt backbone. Back of palate features increased grains of paradise (peppery, vague lemon) and Belgian yeast phenols (spicy, sharp) with notable banana ester, a dash of pineapple, and faint mustiness. Aftertaste is superb, with Belgian yeast, banana, pineapple and lightly sweet pale malts joining everything together.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a slightly fizzy, though never prickly or painful, mouthfeel that settles into a thin blanket of foam on the tongue. Closes fairly dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 04:19:14 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy golden liquid with fluffy white head

Smell - green apple, pear, lemon, ginger

Taste - green apple, pear, lemon, pilsener malt, ginger, pepper

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, ample, tight carbonation, slightest of sweetness upfront, blend of bitterness and sweetness in the aftertaste, dry finish. Crisp and refreshing, slightly tart

Overall - this is a great beer that is readily available and priced right. Recommended

Price Point - $9.99/ 4pk 12oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 02:08:39 | More by keithmurray
Photo of KYGunner


3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had barely poured an ounce in the glass and got three inches of bubbly foam, that's how alive this brew is. After a more deliberate pour I was able to achieve a solid head of soapy bubbles crest above the glass resembling merange. The color was bright golden with a current of bubbles emanating from the bottom.

Strong hints of banana and clove with sweet notes of bubblegum, the scent is fragrant but not overly complex.

The taste is a deeply satisfying melding of malt, grain and yeast. The yeast characteristics come through stronger with a sweetness and spiciness. The banana, clove and bubblegum-like flavor are more subtle than in the nose and attach to the malt and grain.

The feel is very full and the massive carbonation dissipated after letting it sit. I drank this cold and a bit warmer and found it better refrigerated.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 23:35:57 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Roman5150


4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: pale cloudy yellow with 1 finger bubbly white head

smell: wine like, very fruity, funky sweet esters, some clove and other spices as well

taste: very dry fruitiness, the aftertaste is a pleasant spicy funkiness that sits well on the palate. Very refreshing and true to the style. Some notes of clove and coriander, orange peel, and some other exotic spices.

mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, pretty thin bodied

overall: A great saison, probably only second to Saison Dupont in my opinion. Seek this out if you like the style, even most non craft beer drinkers will like this.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 22:44:03 | More by Roman5150
Photo of Roguer


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick, pure white head with lovely lacing. The beer itself is a pale golden color, full of carbonation, and translucent.

S - Sugar, candy, a bit of a wine-like aroma. Some honey and yeast.

T - Very sweet, yet still light. Full of light malt and yeast flavors, and a slight aftertaste (not at all unpleasant). A hint of wine flavor cold; as it warms, it becomes mellower.

M - Medium to light. Slightly syrupy, coats the mouth.

O - This is similar to a Belgian Pale Ale, but lighter. It's a very good beer, and definitely enjoyable on a scorching hot day. The ABV is a little high for a "refreshing" drink, but you certainly don't notice as you're drinking. Overall, not a particularly complex drink, but definitely one I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 21:51:45 | More by Roguer
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy true yellow, with a foamy white head that persists like a barricade. The head was something I found myself having to fight through, but I know it's typical of the style. I expected the color to be slightly darker.

Smell: The aroma is light, yet beckoning, and typical of a saison. The main smells were of apricot and biscuit malt, and were accompanied by a breath of spicy hops.

Taste: A thirst-quenching blend of light malt, citrus fruit, sprinkled spices, and honey. A somewhat dry finish leaves little aftertaste at first, then suddenly gives way to a smattering of hops that have been gently warmed by alcohol. Very true to style.

Mouthfeel: The beer's medium-light mouthfeel and high carbonation is refreshing...once you claw your tongue past the seemingly never-ending foam party that is the head.

Overall: A very pleasant saison, but overall, nothing terribly special. I was a teensy bit irritated by the fact that I had to fight through the fizzy head to get to the liquid, no matter how much time went by or exactly how I poured the brew. Not sure I would seek it out in the future, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down. Next time, I'll drink it straight from the bottle to avoid the foam clouds.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 17:45:06 | More by BethanyB
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For this review, 12oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A- Light yellowy-gold color with a massive white head. The head fades to a thick film, serious lacing. This beer is clearly unfiltered.

S- Bananas, pears, light fruits, spices. And two of my favorites: yeasty funk and funky yeast.

T- Belgian style yeast, spices, light fruits. Spicy, a bit peppery.

M- Ebullient. Light, crisp, refreshing. Body without baggage.

O- Spot on for the style. I've drank this many, many times and it always tastes fresh and inviting.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:42:35 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of Kuaff


4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ooooohhhh man. This is a good one. Poured chilled from a big 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass on a 90-degree June day.

Massive four-finger, fluffy white head atop a body that's a cloudy straw color. I can see yeast sediments! (I love yeast sediment.)

The scent is full of grainy yeast, bananas and green apples, cloves, ginger, and sweet, buttery corn, believe it or not. An outstanding combination.

It tastes straightforward and GOOD. Yeasty, sweet white bread infused with a bit of dry, fruity tartness.

The feel is totally crisp and refreshing. That's all.

An awesome saison and fantastic American take on a Belgian ale style. It's easy to see why it's so popular. I could enjoy this anytime, but like people say, it's ESPECIALLY nice in the sweltering heat.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 22:58:52 | More by Kuaff
Photo of mattcrill


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Moderate clove and white pepper aromas up front. Background fruity esters that remind me of fresh cut musk melon and cantaloupe. Possibly some earthy hop aromatics.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a fluffy white cap that retains well.

Flavor: More ripe melons, slightly peppery, mild clove. Earthy hop bitterness balances out the light crackery malt base. Balance is to the spiciness/bitterness. Finish is very clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and spritzy. Carbonic bite is appropriate. No alcohol heat, creaminess, or astringency.

Overall impression: Well crafted and well worth the hype. Not my favorite style but I can understand why it gets good press.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 20:47:15 | More by mattcrill
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Samuel Adams Sensory Perfect Pint glass. Hazy straw with 2 fingers of creamy, white head that settles onto a foamy cap that lasts throughout. Spicy aroma - mostly clove and pepper - with a hint of fruitiness. Lots of Belgian yeast character. Tart upfront and through the finish. Nicely balanced. Light bodied and crisp with effervescent carbonation. Finishes dry with a slight bitterness. Well balanced and extremely flavorful. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:54:59 | More by JohnG190
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin is my everyday favorite from Ommegang. It’s a lighthearted, somewhat prickly farmhouse saison. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a great big head that lasts. Laces well. The citrus is not as prominent as some saisons but it’s there, and it’s not sour. Earthy flavors lend balance to the forwardly floral hops. The malt exudes a tender sweetness that’s somehow masculine. A great saison, easy to drink, mellow, a little peppery. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. In the glass this beer is equitable and upright. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 12:17:06 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Oakenator


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep yellow with some orange. Thick, creamy head retains well through consumption.

S: Citrus and spices.

T: Refreshing, citrus, ginger, sweet and other garden spices.

M: Light yet excellent body - well balanced.

O: Really well done and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 02:02:02 | More by Oakenator
Photo of LI_PO12


4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip (Packaged on 4/03/2013, best by 04/2015).

Appearance- Golden straw, pretty clear, massive white head that lasts

Aroma-Spicy, hay, peppery, Farmhouse funk, some fruitiness, light malt, slight hop as well, complex

Flavor- spicy, a little tart, fruity sweetness up front but finishes dry, pepper notes, crisp, slight alcohol

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, medium high carb, slight alcohol warmth

Overall- A very nice Saison, I can't believe I waited this long to try it. Very drinkable at the abv. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 03:46:42 | More by LI_PO12
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Quite hazy golden straw. Huge head on the pour that recedes to a still substantial white head. Messy lacing.
smell: Inviting yeasty, fruity with a touch of funk
taste: Much like the nose though drier, with a bit of pepper in the finish.
mouthfeel: Light and foamy.
overall: 1st time for me and I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 20:50:34 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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