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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,094
Hads: 5,632
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 301
Gots: 807 | 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 mophie
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Coudy golden-orange, with billowy pure white head that sticks around for the long haul. Beautiful. Spicy banana aromas, very complex. Taste is herbal hops, pepper, clove, banana, candied ginger, caramelized orange rind, pear -- it's all in there! High carbonation creates a playful feeling on the tongue, and balances nicely with the spicy and oh-so-bitter finish. This is a damn good beer.

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml brown, corked, bottle into an Orval Chalice.

Appearance is orangish-golden color, and very clear. Abundantly bubbly carbonation, and head is a thin, sparkly, off-white, pinkish layer.

Aroma is malt, citrus fruit, some floral aspects. Very mild and pleasing aroma.

Taste is mild and pleasing as well, a quality drinker. Hard to believe this is brewed in new york, as it screams Import.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy medium yellow/gold with a nice head that evaporates at quick rate. Smell is of bananas, citrus, fruity, cantaloupe, yeast, spices, etc...One of the best noses I have ever experienced in a beer. Exceptional. As for the taste, it's right up there as well. Much like the nose, it tastes of bananas, yeast, honey dew melon, some spiciness that would be expected from this genre of beers, just party in my mouth. Mouthfeel is decent, creamy yet maybe a little too carbonated. For a 7.7% brew, this is EXTREMELY drinkable - even TOO drinkable. Hennepin is so tasty and refreshing, and hides the alcohol level extremely well so be responsible downing these gems.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle>large tulip

A very pale golden color, fizzy little bits send streaming bubbles up to form a gorgous 3" high, rocky and fluffy head with very slow dissipation and very sticky lace.

The aroma is full of yeastie complexity, hearty spice rack, tangy and herbal with a honey-sweet malt underneath. cream of corn from the can, subtle banana and vanilla...very nice.

The flavor is 'beyond the pale' in complexity. The yeast flavor is huge with a spicey and crispy first sip, and then a hefty mix of spice and pepper, and a pleasant bitterness from the hops with more earthiness to follow. The malt is actually pretty hefty with a brilliant subtle sweetness that provides amazing balance. hearty and earthy with a unique smooth malt along with a clean crispy feel that finishes smooth and long. the feel is like a luxury sports car (I can imagine) and pretty damn impressive for a something brewed outside a Belgian Abby.

Amazing beer, especially since this is an American brewed Belgian style with the yeast complexity to die for. A rightous value to at only $5.99 for 750.

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Photo of LadyM
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm new to this style and I just LOVE it! I've recently really become a big lover of Belgians and this one is wonderful in that it's not quite as strong, but has a delicious, full Belgian taste and smell. I find it tangy and crisp, not as sharp as an IPA. Perfect with food, not as filling as hefes, great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- When first poured I was surprised by how light the color of the body was. It was a quite cloudy translucent very pale straw yellow body. The body appeared quite watery but had a massive thick foamy white head that took forever to tame. The second pour from the bottom half of the bottle produced a more typical translucent golden straw yellow body with plenty of bubbles rising to the top and a good cloudiness from the yeast. This pour finally tamed to a nice thick collar but left little lacing behind.

S- This brew smells excellent. Big Spicy Belgian yeast nose with hints of citrus. Peppery spice, coriander, ginger, and banana are noted in the background.

T- This is a good, complex-yet simple brew. Up front is lots of coriander, ginger and banana. Then the yeast kicks in. A big sweet and spicy bready flavor kicks in from the yeast and added spices. The finish has a lot of hop taste and bitterness balanced by the spicy-bready taste already present. What lingers on the front of the palate is a sweet almost sugary bready taste while on the back of the palate is lots of spiciness and hints of bitterness and the tiniest bit of of an alcohol burn.

M- Lots of carbonation upfront-almost too much for my liking. It seems to fit with this brew. Big yeasty mouthfeel. Smooth light to medium bodied and delicious.

D- The alcohol is completely hidden by this brew and I love to taste and smell it again and again. This is a great saison and a great Belgian brew all around. I love this beer and I can't wait to try more from Ommegang.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden saison ale color. A 3 finger head with HUGE bubbles in it. completely smells of summer. Pineapple and citrus notes permeate the nose. A hoppy floral aroma as well with some fig and dark fruit. This is so complex. so many different smells.

A noticable hop flavor but still true to that classic belgian flavor. Dark fruits, citrus and a hint of strawberry?

A good foamy med body that swarms the mouth. Crisp clean feel and a graceful finish.

This is a very easy drinking summer beer. Get one ASAP.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of jakester
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bomber at Union Jack's on the Manatawny

Pours a cloudy, hazy, yellowish/gold with a huge rocky, slightly off-white head of foam. Very high carbonation level. Head sticks around forever. Great lacing.

Familiar Belgian ale yeasty, musty, earthy; green banana peels. Nothing outlandish. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Light bready malts.

Flavors of light malts and sugar, yeast, some bittering hops, sharp citrus/bananas, very clean and smooth. Crisp-like, but not dry. Long aftertaste of earthy bananas.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, considering the effervescent carbonation. Sweet yet crisp. A beer of intriguing contrasts.

You will find this beer interesting from start to finish. There is so much going on here that you couldn't possibly get bored. Drunk, yes, bored, no! Great example of a farmhouse saison.

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Photo of WyethBednar
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy gold, with carbonation still very visible through the haze. It poured with a beautiful 2 and a half finger head that retained very well throughout.

Smell: Very clearly a Belgian. Lots of spice and flora on the nose, and very inviting.

Taste: Delicious. A very well-balanced saison, combining the spiciness of the Belgian yeast with light citrus notes (mandarin oranges) and a nice dry finish.

Fell: Very well-carbonated and easy to drink. The moderate ABV level is well-hidden by the complex yet approachable flavors presented in the beer.

A delicious example of an American saison. Very easy to drink, yet still complex enough to provide you something to mull over if yo want to.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, I've tried cave-aged Hennepin twice now, and I honestly have to say that it doesn't smell or taste any different to me than any other cellared bottle of Hennepin that I've had. It's a very decent beer fresh, and I appreciate that, but I like to put 6 to 12 months on it to drop the yeast and soften it a touch. So, that said, the cave age is no different from my cellared bottles except that there's dust and tiny chunks of rock (?) on the bottle. If you don't have a cellar that holds 55-65 F during summer, you might want to try one of these; but other than that, forget the extra expense and do it yourself. It's only a few buck put away for a little while (it doesn't really improve beyond conditioning, and I think it's quite nice and ready to go with even four months under its belt). But keep in mind, this is one of my favorite beers to begin with, and my favorite beer from Ommegang, so maybe I'm biased. Cheers!

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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours with a vigor, into a tow finger head that dissipates into a frothy layer that is uneven. The body is a bold, light golden haze and is nontransparent. The white head leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: A buttery aroma, of both clove and spices. The medium intensity is pleasantly light, while still noting good characters. mellow finish on the aroma.
T/M: A bread and butter notes, is projected on the front. Spice and mellow clove on the overall body, a good representation of the style. Very classic notes, but lower intensity with the taste. I get a tingling mouthfeel on this one that shows hops on the finish. Sweet lingering tastes are coupled by a subtle dryness.
D: This is a extremely drinkable brew, great tastes and aromas, while still being light and crisp. Good hidden ABV and I am craving another one.

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Photo of dgallina
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold with a gigantic creamy white head and non-stop lace. Nose is predominantly fruity, spicy, and complex. Great mix of flavors that start off sweet and fruity but quickly develop tart notes and finish dry and spicy. Medium-weight and slightly creamy mouth-feel. Extremely easy to drink. Hard to believe that this is a 7.5% ABV Saisson.

This bottle was far better than the bottle of Saisson Dupont I sampled last month...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split. Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale stem glass. Opening, serving, pouring, and cellaring directions on bottle.

A - A totally white loose, fizzy head rests on top of a clear, bright golden color with some serious carbonation. Head retention good and leaving some sticky lacing.

S - Lots of subdued flavors going on here: Honey, sweetness, hay, damp wheat, and ginger. That is complex and awesome! Earthy a bit too.

T - Complex to the max! Ginger ale flavor with a dry wheat, honey, and a slight citrusy hoppiness. Complex yet not at the same time, weird!

M - Soda. Exactly like ginger ale soda. So much carbonation it gives it a bite. A little too much I'd say. Lighter in body.

D - While it has a different flavor, it's drinkability is pretty damn high in my opinion. Hidden alcohol in this guy is a bonus I think.

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Photo of Cresant
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this corked and caged 750 ml into a Duvel glass. Slowly I built a 4 inch head of tiny bubbles. The head broke down into a rocky bubble-bath froth over time, but never dissipating completely.

The body was a light, cloudy white/yellow.

Smelled sour (in a good way). Citrusy yeast. Earthy yet bright. Hints of alcohol as it warmed. Pleasant. I was eager to try a sip.

Tasted light and citrusy. Perfect hop crispness to balance the tartness. Apples and honeydew. Tasted similar to champagne. Alcohol was well hidden. Approachable yet complex. Refreshing but one you can contemplate.

Mouthfilling like champagne, effervescent, enjoyable.

Highly recommend. All-around delight.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the way to go if you want Hennepin.

Whereas when I encountered a strong phenolic aroma and taste in the bottle version, on draft (in this case, from a growler), what was so up front and mildly distracting/detracting was now much mellower - mellower to the point where now it blended into the entire makeup of the beer so wonderfully.

Even keeping the growler top unlatched while we drank it (why? I don't know why), it poured with a huge, fluffy, crystalline or cotton candy-like head. The color was a deeper orange compared to the bottle - a cantaloupe shade.

Before, where the phenols were kicking more, now the spice and an apricot taste highlight the flavor. Hints of freshly-cut hay are still present.

The feel and drinkability are amazing. Like freshly-squeezed orange juice. Hard (as in cider) but not entirely soft in the finish. Slowly warms you up and mellows you out. Wonderful.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. The bottle said pour slowly and man did I ever! Even so, there was a huge white head and it continues to bubble vigorously. Color is like french vanilla pudding, pretty unfiltered-looking.

Smells yeasty, fruity and a little like the taste of very sweet corn. Tastes carbonated, followed by strokes of sweet ginger and again the corn (albeit very good corn). The beer has an incredible bite to it coming in part from the carbonation, but leaves a very smooth and almost citrusy taste on the tongue that teases of hop bitterness. Very refreshing. Alcohol is detectable, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is big from the carbonation, but otherwise smooth with medium-light body.

This is what I want a farmhouse ale to taste like. Thank you, Ommegang, for the delicious saison. Next time I'll get the bigger bottle.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of RppIII
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass (several times)

Appearance: Pours a pale golden with a slight haze clouding the body of the beer. Carbonation gives way to a full snow white churning head, which quickly subsided to a light film that leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: The aroma of this beer has a slight doughy sour note, fruit, spicy yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: The beer brings back memories of many a triple but with a twist. I love the flavour present from Belgian style yeast. There is a sweet tartness to this beer that reminds me of white grapes which is a superb contrast to the dry crisp profile of this beer. Reminds me very much of a sauvignon blanc I recently had.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, crisp, and refreshing. This beer is excellent at masking it's 7%+ abv, which adds to the pleasant feel going down.

Drinkability: It doesn't get much better than this. If this beer could contain alcohol or could be exactly the same and contain no alcohol I would opt for later because if I could I would drink this all day every day. Absolutely the best Saison I have ever had.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable.

Pours a nice straw yellow with the tulip getting slighty darker toward the top

Smells a little "pilsnerish" and yet there is some delicious spices and fruit notes in the back

Really like the taste, nice and warm with a load of sourish taste upfront that subsides into warm straw like mlltiness folowing

Light and bubbly

the 7.7% is well hidden, but this bomber isn't lasting long



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Photo of nppeders
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I decided I needed to bust out my bottle of Hennepin from the cellar on a 100 degree summer day in Mpls. Good old mr. summer is getting me all hot and bothered for some Saison thirst quenching action so I decided to dip deep into my cellar and found this Hennepin that I've been hoarding for about 6 months.

Undid the wire cage on the bottle and the cork popped out with out me even touching it so I thought I had a bomb...but no...it poured crystal clear yellowish orange with a one finger rocky head. I made sure not to get the sediment in there but I wasn't too worried.

The smell is very strong and I can't put my finger on exactly what's going on. Definitely some citrus...maybe some apricot and some spices. Not sure if the spice aroma is all yeast or if they use actual spices as well but it is a beautiful bouquet. Maybe some bubblegum and clove in there somewhere.

Taste is a bit malty and really fruity like apricots or something like that, a little pear action as well. Really tasty and as you breath in it all just works so good together.

Mouthfeel is right on for a Saison which is on the thin side typically and dry in the finish. This yeast have clearly been coaxed by the brewer to eat as many sugars as possible! This one definitely finish's dry but also makes your mouth water bringing you in for another sip. Carbonation is on the high end which is perfect.

Overall- I can't think of a better example of the style. It's like reading the style guidelines for a Saison word for word. If I was stuck on an island and could only choose one beer for the rest of my life...it might be this one. The yeast flavors don't really hit Saison head on for me...and I think they might dry it out with the sugar rather then a traditional Saison yeast...but it just all works so damn good together.

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Photo of smerkinb
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle has instructions for pouring and blurb about history of this beer. Pours a golden orange with 2"+ head that is pure white. Great lacing the whole way through. Smells fruity and yeasty but makes me think "clean".

Tart and alcohol esters were the first impression with some mild earthiness. Clove stands out to me (maybe cuz of all the hefes lately) Ends a slight band-aid dry. As it warms the alcohol comes through a bit more, but nothing overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and ends with a twangy bite.

I was a bit afraid of this one as I don't drink much that has a higher ABV, but my fears were unfounded. Though I could sense the alcohol as this warmed up it never became the main attraction. The flavor was way too complex for my little mouth, but I'm smart enough to know I liked this alot and will be coming back for more, and more, and then probably some more. My interest in this style is definitely stronger.

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Photo of slatetupelo
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice thick white head. There is a little carbonation with spotted lacing.

S - Yeast dominate the aroma with hints of citrus and fruits.

T - Coriander Spices, Tangy citrus notes, mild bitterness and slight sweetness. It's all balanced out really well and makes for a delicious brew.

D - These are really great and easy to drink, I could imagine someone new to craft brewing enjoying this beer alot. There's nothing overpowering about the smell or taste and the alcohol is hidden well. I will buy this again.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a deep honey colored body and a sudsy cloud-white head that rises over an inch and a quarter tall in my maudite goblet.

Smell: peppery citrus on the front, followed by a sourdough yeastiness and closing on a fresh whiff of lemongrass and cotton candy. Big, bright nose.

Taste: opens with a heavy nudge of bitter sweetness (grapefruit rind) deep in the center of my palate, and spreads out with a fruity (raisins, plums, cherries) chewy maltiness. The taste closes on a slight hint of alcohol in my throat and a bitterness that hums along pleasantly -- like blunted pepper corn -- on the sides and back of my palate.

Mouthfeel is creamy without getting in the way.

I purchased this 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California, and I will try it again.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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