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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,772 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,772
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 197
Gots: 321 | FT: 2
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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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A: Pour looks pretty good. It has about a two-finger head on the top, which has decent retention but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. The beer is a rich golden color and slightly cloudy.

S: Citrus fruits are the first thing that hit my nose, along with a lot of spice. There is also a strong smell of yeast and a slight hint of the alcohol. Very reminiscent of the Hefeweizens that I've had

T: Tastes a lot like it smells: Yeasty, spicy and a hint of citrus. Once again, you can taste the alcohol, but it hides it very well. I never would have pegged this as a 7.7% ABV. Really great, complex flavor.

M: High carbonation balances the flavor nicely, and it doesn't feel very heavy. It has some stickiness to it after the first few sips, but nothing too drastic.

D: Overall, a very good beer. It's actually scary how drinkable it is for the alcohol content. A six pack of this could make for a very good, or very bad, night.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 20:41:50 | More by DaveBlack
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer appears to be a hazy golden color with a coarse white foam head. The beer smells of pears, crisp red apples, sour white grapes, mango and slight cinnamon notes notes. The flavor is a mixture of old champagne, slight flavors of orange, and grapefruit and some peppery notes in the back. This is a nice complex beer and it's not too harsh on the sour which is one thing that I tend to avoid as far as the style is concerned. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for my liking it is quite prickly in nature. The remainder of elements for the mouthfeel are rather nice still. It drinks well, it was the right price, not a bad Saison for my money.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 19:16:52 | More by Vdubb86
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is quite fabulous. It's crystal clear and the entire vessel is teeming with effervescence. The color is a light shade of yellow. The head is huge and white, containing a plethora of bubbles. As it fades over an hour or so, it coats the glass in sticky lacing. The aroma is of spices, straw, grass, lemons. The taste is better than the aroma, with notes of lemon grass, orange zest, clove, lemon, straw. There is a subtle, spicy kick in the finish. The beer has a nice feel, with an above average carbonation level. This is a great saison, and from the United States, no less. I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 16:16:21 | More by Huhzubendah
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jermar

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and golden with lovely white head that sticks around. Very smooth and full bodied initially, followed by a bitter/alcohol/carbonation gang-bang bite at the back of the palate and into the nose coupled with a lingering bitterness with a slight tartness that leaves the outsides of your tongue somewhat numb. Taste is very similar to biere de garde style with lots of spiciness but not much wineniness.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2002 20:44:22 | More by jermar
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Rayek

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Carbonation is quite active and holds up a soapy white cap that doesn't retain particularly, but leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Musty at first. As my nose lingered, I picked up straw, plus a healthy dose of pepper and clove. A small amount of cinnamon was also present.

T: Quite spicy overall. Dry malts are there, but masked by a generous spicy bitterness. Pepper and clove provide most of the spice flavor. The yeast is in the back lending a light sourness to the proceedings. Finishes slightly tart and semi-dry.

M: Medium light body is grainy. The carbonation level felt high to me.

D: This beer certainly goes down easily enough. I'm starting to realize that Saison isn't one of my favorite beer styles, but I still feel Hennepin is a great example of one.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 14:24:48 | More by Rayek
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had a whole keg of this with the boys this week. pours a hazy bright yellow colow with very excited carbonation and a thick bone white head thats lasts forever. smells farmy, like wild yeasts and wheat malt. really funky nose with some spice as well. flavor is equally interesting and the yeast is the star. it has a bitter lemon rind component and a peppery barnyard finish. excellent saison. mouthfeel is magnificent. its effervescent carbonation and medium unfiltered body make it a pleasure to drink. the abv is a total sneak, and can really do you in if you arent careful. its not noticeable at all. overall another epic brew from ommegang.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 16:03:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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mjd83goblue

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle for $5.39

A: Pours golden with 1 1/2" of thick head that stays. Relatively clear body, carbonation bubbles are streaming up the whole time.

S: Lemon and other citrus, some grass, a little spice, and what other reviews describe as 'funk'. I'm not sure how better to desribe it, so funk it is.

T: Fruity, with tart apples and lemon. Not as much spice as I expected, but a touch of clove with the hops. Finishes a little sour and quite dry.

M: Crisp, light, and highly carbonated, but not negatively so.

D: A complex brew, but not filling

Substitute this for a white wine at dinner. A great American take on the style, and a great price for what you get. (Although I think I might prefer my local Bam Biere from Jolly Pumpkin)

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 01:00:37 | More by mjd83goblue
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seand

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bubbly translucent golden color, with a fair amount of porous white head. Uneven clumps retain on the surface and leave pleasant groups of lacing.

S: Light funk and grassy/earthy hops, with a honey backdrop.

T: Balanced sweetness with a mild hoppy near-citrus note through the mid-palate. Finish is dry with the citrus hint lingering. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M: Medium body, medium smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice warm weather beer, if a bit strong. I'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:10:35 | More by seand
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the New Rudy's into it's proper vessel.

A: Slightly hazy gold body with a finger of fine white foam. Decent retention and nice lace. Nice.

S: Enjoyably spicy, mildly fruity saison nose. Plenty of clove, pepper, and pear. Good.

T: Follows the nose: spicy, fruity, and full of tasty yeast minerality. Solid.

M: Light-to-medium body with tons of frothy, creamy carbonation. Great for the style.

O: Hennepin has long been a staple of mine, as it's available all over the place on tap. Sometimes it absolutely blows me away, other times it's just satisfactory, but usually it's like it was tonight: a solid, balanced, authentic-tasting Saison. Good stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 01:09:46 | More by woosterbill
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw with a big pillow of white foam on top. The lace remains on the glass for some time. Aroma is mostly of sweet fruits, but there is a solid yeast smell in there too.

It is very tingly and crisp. A very refreshing brew. I had it on the first pretty warm day of the year, and it definitely hit the spot. I could see it being even more enjoyable during the heat of summer. Sweet malts provide most of the flavor, and then you get a doughy finish. The yeast comes through in the aftertaste, and then a slight hint of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 18:19:45 | More by ElGuapo
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sleazo

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greenpoint Deli has the whole Ommegang ouevre so I am going through it.

A-A meringue like cloud with peaks and valleys tops a semi clear dark golden liquid. There is a steady stream of bubbles replenishes this beauty of a head. The head here truly is a work of art.

S-a musky sweetness with some banana and clove like flavours going on. The smell as a whole is subdued slightly and I have had Saisons that smell a bit stronger. However this is a good smelling brew.

D-The fluffy head hits your senses as you inhale which gets those scents to meld very nicely with the taste. It is slightly sweet with those same banana/clove flavours a slight bitterness and a slight funky acidity. The farmhouse taste that I have detected in stronger versions is there but muted. Still this is pretty tasty. The hops are there as a bitterness but I can't detect them in the aroma or flavour.

M-Slightly thick with less carbonation than I expected due to the steady stream of bubbles. Still for what the beer tastes like the mouthfeel does a goodjob of getting the flavours to linger in the mouth. the wonderful head also helps too.

D-Not the best Saison I have ever had as I could go with a little more musky farmhouse taste. By farmhouse I mean what others call horseblanket, but I have never rode a horse no less tasted their blanket. So I take it to be that musty funk I have detected in others. I take this to be more of a combo Tripel/Saison type of beer. Still this is one heck of a beer and since it is in state for me costs half of what the imports cost. Will buy again.

Edit-At the end of the bottle i decided to pour the yeast in unlike what the bottle recommends. I have a smaller chalice so i get three glasses out of a 750 so the first two were sans yeast and the third included it. The yeast adds the funk i was looking for. The bottle says dont pour it in, which i think works for half the beer

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 04:38:32 | More by sleazo
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out light yellow and sits golden in the glass with a big white head achieved with no effort.

Smells quite malty with crackers and an overall breadlike, yeasty aroma for a background. Apples and pears also come through.

Taste is big on malts, sweet malts. Tangerines, blended with mild apple/pear and maybe just a hint more of citrus fruit. A nice bitter finish to this classy brew.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, just about a medium body. Good servings of small bubbly carbonation. Easy going down the hatch; simple body and flavor---simply delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 15:32:02 | More by Skidz
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright golden with a decent off-white head. Rich, wheaty, slightly lemony aroma calls for a sip. Flavor is crisp, mouth-filling, wheaty and yeasty with a hint of lemon and just a touch of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth and refreshing to give a pleasant and crisp finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 01:55:58 | More by Cyberkedi
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pjwilson

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i looked for my review of saison dupont to compare with this and laughed 'cuz it was my first review. I've gotten a little better at reviewing now i think. anyways..
all saisons seem to have that same taste. maybe it's the yeast? some are more appleaing that others. this one has really good distro. and it's a good price. It taste's more clean than dupont. This doesn't taste like it was made in a farmhouse, it tastes like the modern american brewery it was made in. Dig?
Appearance was the highlight for me. I seriously sat looking at the glass for days like it was tv or something. the bubbles come up from little clusters and the head is never too big but it never really dies either. all the glass gets wider it goes from yellow to orange to clay. artwork. lacing

smell: too subdued. if you can get a smell you smell green apples, yeast and other goodies. it is not funky though. which can be good

taste: it's good but not complex. there is a sweetness and a dryness, more green apples. there is a puckeringness to this beer. yeast. i like it.
mouthfeel: carbinated but just right. again there is a dryness in the aftertaste.
drinkability: high. i can't seem to stop and it keeps getting better.
notes: once ajusted to the style this is a great beer. this is not a drink alone and meditate beer like some belgians. this a drink in a hottub full of people at a party type of beer. there is no beer that feels this light for 7.5. recomended. for the price double recomended.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 02:56:34 | More by pjwilson
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majorbase2

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful straw color. Sizable white foam head, with decent retention. Some lacing. Some nice sediment, as well.

Smell: Smells strongly of wheat and citrus. Some spices and a bit of alcohol as well.

Taste: Yeast and pepper out front. Wheat. Definitely some fruits, with lemon and orange being the most evident. Not as much hoppiness, and the alcohol is hidden excellently. Zest dominates this one, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied. A good deal of carbonation.

Overall: I'm not quite as versed in my Saisons, but I still enjoyed this one quite a bit. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 02:49:17 | More by majorbase2
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear, completely translucent, light gold with a HUGE pure white head. The foam takes forever to settle, and a ton of lacing is left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is lemon citrus, light malt, pepper, gym sock, and a bit of stinky cheese. I also get a bit of grass, and some mineral rich well water. Srs.

T: This beer is sweet to start with a nice light malt bill. As it shirts to the back of the palate I get that grassy taste and bit of light citrus. Once the beer has moved off the tongue, the spices begin to shine. I get big pepper notes as it dries.

M: Light bodied beer. This is an incredibly easy drinker for a 7.7% beer. It's sweet and wet to start tightens up in the middle and get really dry on the back end. The spice shines through as it dries and it lingers until the next sip.

O: This is a really nice beer, but It's not my favorite saison. I'd definitely drink this beer again, but I'm not going to go crazy over it. Yet another well made beer from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 01:36:46 | More by trxxpaxxs
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steelerguy

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored, exceptionally clear, with a large frothy white head. Huge amounts of carbonation keep the head strong while drinking.

S - Spice, apple, a bit of hay.

T - The spicy phenols come through first, some noble hop flavor, light malt, very crisp devoid of sweetness, ends with a slight alcohol flavor.

M - Light and refreshing.

O - Very good saison, one to enjoy outside on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 23:20:07 | More by steelerguy
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dogfishandi

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a bulb glass. no freshness listed.

pours a beautiful cloudy effervescent pastel yellow color with a fluffy 2 fingers of white head. tiny rushing bubbles. bits of spidery lace.

lots of beautiful belgian yeast notes. bubblegum like, phenolic, spicy- peppery-clove, lemony citrus.

delicious taste. soft phenolic, bubblegum yeast. peppery spice, clove, deep honey like malt, lemon zest.

light and soft feeling on the palate, yet full bodied.

drinkable, but im feeling one and done right now. ill definatly come back to this. top notch saison, but i do prefer just a touch of funk IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:08:11 | More by dogfishandi
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thatruth

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a 22 oz from the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.

pours a great off-white two-finger head with moderate lacing. body is pale champagne colored and slightly hazy.

smell is of coriander, citrus, and orange peels. very hop and floral aroma.

taste is different, very nice. sort of has a sour mash whiskey vibe. basic foundation goes back to coriander and hops.

there's a robust - almost intense cherry-like and "dry" red wine on-bringing, best way I can think to describe it. aftertaste is very jumpy on the palette.

a funky and unique beer. not my favorite, but I can definitely see the sense and sensibility in its novelty and respectfully so.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:17:10 | More by thatruth
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - gold with a half an inch of soft white head

S - yeast, faint Belgian funk, faint wheat

T - spicy, yeasty, wheat, a bit funky

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a solid saison. It doesn't have an overpowering yeast presence and has solid balance. It's definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 21:17:46 | More by tdm168
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DESTRO

Nevada

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

man this is a pretty beer, pours out a beautiful cloudy yellow with a medium head that dies down to a small lace. nice lemony/grassy aroma, a tad spicy. light and crisp with lively carbonation, light malt paired with a light bitterness. pleasant lemon flavour with some spice and alcohol notes. very refreshing and a great one to sip from your badass goblet. ill throw up the goat for this one.

at $3.99 for a 750ml, its a steal.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 07:29:00 | More by DESTRO
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KMcG

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is beautiful when poured.  The head is thick and rich.  The color is light golden and slightly foggy with lots of bubble activity.

The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, fruity, and sweet with some wet straw hue. 

The taste is spicy (coriander) and grassy with a ginger pop that almost gives a peppermint tone. There is lemon toward end and then the hops hit you. Very well balanced. 

The mouthfeel is light to medium body and refreshing. A nice Saison!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 18:30:25 | More by KMcG
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

astringent and quite hoppy saison.. has a nice mouthfeel and is straw colored.. alcohol is quite present in this light colored but nice bodied ale..excellent sumer quencher with fruity notes and lots of carbonation.. smooth and filling, yet highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 00:02:22 | More by bierman2000
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy straw in color, start white, very predominant head. Had to wait a sec to let it settle to pour the remaining amount.

The smell is citrus and tangy. Faint hops, and a bit of spice.

Most the same with the citrus fruits, spices and hops. A tad boring on the explanation, but it's simple and very well to style.

Feel is light and crisp, with a bit of carbo bite.

Out of the few Saison's I've had, this is definitely the best, which makes me look forward to more of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 03:27:38 | More by EgadBananas
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Greywulfken

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: loved the pour on this: super pale golden haze with thick foamy head into an Ommegang flute(?) glass.

S: light aroma of hops and yeast

T: dry, not sweet, bitter hops

M: crisp finishing, effervescent; mild tart astringency

O: this was like a strong pale Belgian - not as sweet and creamy as their Gnomegang, nor as clean-finishing and strong as a Duvel. A good-tasting beer, easily quaffable - might be one of the few beers I preferred while it was a little colder - it had a brisk character that compelled me to take real hearty swigs as opposed to, say, thoughtful sips. Would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 21:07:47 | More by Greywulfken
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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