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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,107
Hads: 5,687
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 314
Gots: 845 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 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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Photo of WankelEngine
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: A pale golden straw color and just lightly hazy. The head is foamy and white with fairly good retention and strong lacing. There is a lot of visible carbonation.

S: Smells primarily of yeast and a little spice. There is a bit of citrus/lemon to the scent and some hops.

T: Again, one of the dominant flavors is earthy yeast. The most notable flavor is that of bananas, which is surprisingly identifiable in this beer. There are also some spices. The finish is clean and somewhat citrusy. The alcohol is noticeable but mild.

M: Feels fairly dry with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: A nice farmhouse ale. Belgian yeast plays a large role and it is drinkable, dry and clean.

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

This is a cave-aged bottle that I acquired recently thanks to Beerpanther.

Gold murky color with a lush foam head of 5 mm. The head holds extremely well. Beautiful thick lace remains on the sides of the glass.

The aging really takes any of the bite and harshness out of this beer. It is as smooth as can be and lush honey, fruity, floral combo on the nose and the palate with none of the champagne-like sting that can sometimes be apparent from the carbonation. I have always been a fan of Ommegang and the abbey ale seemed to really improve and add an extra layer of complexity with the cave aging wherreas the Hennepin is just smoother, mellower and more drinkable. Excellent !!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass, no freshness date but does say to serve at 50F.

A: Pours a super (and I mean super) sticky and bubbly two inch head that fades into a thickish ring halfway through the glass leaving behind lacing all the way to the finish. Tightly packed bubbles coming up from all sides of the glass makes this one look especially inviting.

S: I can see why a lot of people would say this one smells like a dressed up macro lager. It has a bit a husky sweetness to it but not that much so that it should be confused with a macro. Peppery lemon and yeasty aromas dominate instead. Each is subtly balanced but still pungent enough to still be greedily inviting from across the room (I exagerate but still very good).

T/MF: Spicy upfront with a good balance of lemony and peppery herbal tones that even out with a good deal of yeast that makes the beer almost feel creamy as the beer warms in my mouth. Finishes rather fruity with tinges of apple, orange and coriander. Leaves the tongue a bit dry but not overly so, very refreshing kind of dryness that one might get from drinking sparkling water. Great complex beer in every facet.

D: Tastes super fresh and with nearly no alcohol heat to detract from the subtle flavorings. Great for a hot day, or any day for that matter. The heavy carbonation makes this one especially good after mowing the lawn and is quite quaffable by yourself, I had the whole 750mL by myself and was as lucid as when I first popped the cork on this one.

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4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a massive pure white fluffy head with great retention behind it. It left sticky lacing all over the place as it finally dissipated. There was still some foam left even with the last sip.

(S)- A floral aroma that turns quickly to a hay/clay/barnyard funk. Bits of lemon, banana, and yeast dryness. An earthy profile yet fresh with fruits.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Has a bigger banana/lemon creaminess to it that fits nicely with the earthy yet dry funk of hay/barnyard background.

(M)- A lively carbonation level that fizzes up on the tongue. Has a crisp and refreshing feel to it. Not overly bitter, sweet, or dry; yet it has a little bit of each creating a nice harmonious balance. A playful complexity that keeps you guessing.

(D)- A wonderful Saison. Granted, this is not a true belgain; but its one of the best American-made of the style. One of my most favorite summer beers to enjoy. It is crisp and refreshing. A great example of the style. One of Ommegang's best offerings in my opinion.

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Photo of jhollick
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

25th Birthday Beer!!!
This review is from a fresh 750mL bottle. I poured aggressively enough (into an inviting cognac glass) to produce an inch thick head, which lingered for a bit and then dissipated aside to a small ring around the edge of the glass. Color is a beautiful hazy golden-orange with fine bubbles constantly breaching the surface of the beer. This really gives it a lively quality, which is further enhanced by the earthy overtones in the smell and taste.

Initial smell is of candied malts, apple, banana, orange, and straw. Mouthfeel is what I would expect...the bottle conditioning gives a delightful tingling in the mouth, and the slickness and moderate body lets the beer waft across the tastebuds very easily.

Shit...I haven't even gotten to taste yet? :)
Taste is very balanced. Honey and light fruits hit the buds initially, followed by a grassy taste/smell, which is accompanied by a variety of phenols to give some warmth to the taste. Finish is the slightest hop bitterness. It is just enough to balance the upfront dry malts, sugars, and fruit flavors. It really is a melding of many different flavors. Simply ravishing. I absolutely can't believe this is brewed just a couple hundred miles from my house. I have never tasted an American beer like this.

Oh...my. This beer is devilishly drinkable. I can hardly detect the alcohol, as it is well hidden amongst the spices. A 750mL is enough to send me to a happy place, as if the beer weren't enough. I'm not very familiar with Saisons, but all I can say for certain is that this beer is decidedly Belgian, and at $6/750mL, I will buy it again and as often as I can get hold of it. If you love beer, try this beer.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.