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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,107
Hads: 5,683
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 313
Gots: 842 | 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 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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Photo of Kiwano
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden with a little orange tint - white head a little thin - probably becuase it was on tap and a little colder than room temp.

S: Citrus and fruit but not overpowering with a little bit of floral and yeast coming through

T: Excellent taste - a little bit of citrus but not too much fruit - excellent balance between not being to sweet or too bitter- very well balanced with alcohol

M: A great balance between being light but with body. Nice amount of carbonation - not too bubbly but not flat at all -The taste keeps going in your mouth after each sip.

D: Perfect beer for a relaxing day or evening. Goes down smoothly and able to savor for a while - wouldn't drink too quickly.

From a tap served in a large snifter type glass

[ serving type: draft into glass]

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Photo of burnstar
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a big bottle at Zeno's. Pours light golden with a huge white head that leaves some nice lacing and persists the whole way down the glass. Visible carbonation. Nose is sweet and with a citrusy tartness. A bit of an earthy smell as well. Taste sweet at first, lots of fruit flavors are perceptable- perhaps a bit of apple and grape, finish is tart with spicy citrusy hops and a touch of warming alcohol. Very good and distinct. Very well carbonated. Excellent overall. Refreshing yet powerful and full bodied. I think this would be equally good on a warm summer or cold winter evening. A beer for all seasons.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It poured hazy golden, with a thick white head, average carbonation, and little lacings. It has malty, wheat and hops infused taste, with strong accents of orchard fruits. I t has a malt aroma that fades quickly and goes down smouth and leaves the mouth dry. It has a little edge, with a light after taste, and is somewhat filling. Great beer over all in my opinion.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly hazy yellow with 2-3 finger head and decent lacing.

S - Smells a lot like lemons with other vegetal/earthy aromas. Hidden are smells of apple, leather, and spice.

T - This tastes a lot like a dry white wine. A lemony backbone but without the usual sourness. Grass clippings and mushrooms pull through, followed by white pepper, coriander, and perhaps some sage. Finishes with an almost oaky dryness, reminiscent of musty flavors in scuppernong and muscadine wines. Improves as it warms.

M - Medium bodied and fairly carbonated.

D - Could have one after another. Medium body coupled with intense flavor makes for an easy sipper. Not only does it improve with warmth, but also gets smoother after repeated bottles.

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Photo of roblowther
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, corked and caged into a tulip glass. Pale honey and straw in color, with a persistent thin lacy head. A touch cloudy, to add that element of mystery. Smells of lemons, apricots, with a medicinal note in the background. Beautimous. The taste is sharp and crisp, almost bitter. There is a silky maltiness that holds it all together nicely. The finish is malty and dusty, but not too dry. The aftertaste is spiced fruit. I can only say :) The mouthfeel is slippery and tingly. Always a good combination. The drinkability? Pour me another! The alcohol is a plesant warmth as it trickles down the throat. Nothing off-puttish and the flavor balance makes you want more. And now I'll have more.

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Photo of IPAlot
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I consider this the finest product of Ommegang, as I have not yet detected such a masterful balance of spice, malt, aroma, and gaseousness elsewhere in there lineup. Drank out of St. Bernardus chalice/goblet (it doesn't really belong to either at)around 55 deg F.

Appearance: That beautiful belgian blonde. My dreams say it should be a bit more cloudy. Forget that I just squeezed the bottom yeast out of the bottle and there it is.

Smell: Heavenly. Pepper. Citrus. Apricots. Pears. Honey. In that order. A subtlety amazingly combined with the attention-demand of a slap in the face.

Taste: Not much hops, but the spiciness and pleasant fizziness substitute proficiently. A smoooooooooooooth light maltiness fills the middle, and the swallow is followed by a very fun crackling of lace inside your mouth, which doubly serves to release a final bubble of aroma up the back of the throat.

Balance, balance, balance, Daniel-san. Asssertiveness and Lightness, Yin and Yang, Theory and Practice, Black and White, Power and Persuasion. This beer is all of these.

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Photo of Brad007
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale color with a very nice, frothy, amount of foam. Heh. My snifter's broke so I had to use a pint glass. Shouldn't matter too much. Aroma is very nice and spicy upfront. I detect raisin, clove and mild apple flavors. A second sniff of the aroma brings up an apple pie flavor and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Taste is much of the same as the aroma except that the spice is more pronounced and the apple flavor seems to be dominant. Goes down very smooth. This is more of a sipping beer as well. Taste is somewhat sour towards the very back of the throat. Definitely a nice Saison!

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Photo of jward
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin is honey-colored, with a sizable creamy white head. It has a cloudy appearance in the glass, but it's not so cloudy so as to obscure the steady stream of bubbles rising toward the head. The nose, one of my all-time favorites, presents strewn hay, citrus (pineapple) and a faint mustiness that seems appropriate for a farmhouse/Saison ale. At first the flavor is sweet, with a slightly tangy sidenote, but mid-palate the sweetness is balanced nicely by a noticeable, peppery hop presence. Just a hint of banana shows up for the finish.

This is a hoppy beer, as the label suggests ("pale, hoppy, crisp and rustic"), but it is by no means strongly or assertively hoppy. The complex flavors balance nicely. And a crisp mouthfeel makes this a refreshing brew, especially after a day working (or relaxing!) in the spring sun.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 mL bottle of wonderful brew. Dull golden color, slightly cloudy, topped off with a big voluptuous cap of foam. A big nose: citrus, green apples dipped in caramel, cloves and peppery spice all entwined. It keeps coming in waves and waves. The beer seduces the palate with a sharpness and acidity opening the way for a pear fruitiness and malt sweetness. Noticeable carbonation and very refreshing. A spiciness envelopes the entire experience and is most noticeable in the finish. A great and complex beer.

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Photo of aahynick
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

about 40 degree F into a pilsner glass
A- pours with a massive, creamy, billowing head, pale straw.

S- the floral and spicy Saaz can be smelled from a yard away

T- sweet, medium body with notes of apples and grass.

M- exceptionally smooth. Light but certainly not watery

D- a great beer, I see what all the saison fuss is about. A great buy.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle with cage and cork(room temp) after an initial big pop and a bit of overflow. It's a clear light gold(until further into the bottle when it becomes hazy from the sediment) in colour with lots and lots of foam and a dust devil of bubbles, dead center in my Chimay glass. Interesting look. Btw, my bottle says 7.7%abv but no bid deal...:^)

The smell is inviting...all malty, yeasty and an abundant nose of clove and fruit.

The taste is so nicely complex. Flavours of yeast and malt abound heading towards the sweet but then an ample hop bitterness moves in, with some sour citrus notes, causing me to utter an inaudible "hell yeah"! :^) Tasty stuff to say the least and so darn drinkable!

Oh and...I've had a few Saisons and this one, imho, is dead on for style...way to go Ommengang!

Bottom line: Here's an *excellent* example of the Saison style that should please the most discerning Belgian Ale drinker. Recommended!!

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did a blind taste test of this next to Saison Dupont and the Lost Abbey's Red Barn Ale.

An explosive white head quickly filled the glass. Underneath lay the translucently golden ale. Nice retention.

The smell was marvelously pungent, bringing forth candied orange peel, clove, and wildflower honey.

The taste was exceptional with wisps of clove, honey, apple cider and anise.

Hennepin has a higher abv than its competitors, yet managed to conceal it the best. The fizzy carbonation fit perfectly as well.

I've only tried these three saisons, but without a doubt I enjoyed Hennepin the most. With its lively carbonation it is a great beer to replace champagne with for those special occasions, and it also gets the job done on those extra hot summer days when a BA needs a cold one.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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