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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,911 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,911
Reviews: 2,029
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 212
Gots: 371 | FT: 2
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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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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Following the instructions on the bottle, I poured this one according to the directions and was rewarded with a large, rich head of tight bubbles that extended above my La Chouffe glass's lip but never spilled over the side.

The champagne mouthfeel was nice, but a little thin for my liking. The taste was of sweet and citrus-y fruits...some lemons, but more prominently pinneapples and apricots. Even pears seemed distantly there. Flavors take their time emerging, so you have to sip a decent bit to appreciate its complexity.

There was something about the beer overall that made its flavor profile seem timid and polite rather than subtle and well blended. Although I enjoyed the flavors, I felt that I was looking for them rather than letting them call attention to themselves.

This is a really nice beer, but it doesn't have the stones to really assert itself. The citrus bite is a little too strong for me to laud it as being highly smooth and drinkable. The beer is on the fence between a Belgian-style flavor bomb and a mellowed-out, easily-quaffable brew.

11-11-2005 21:25:59 | More by GnomeKing
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

From the large bottle into a tulip. Large white head which dissipates rather quickly into a somewhat foamy, sticky mess. Cloudy pale yellow. Lots of floaties suspended in bottle, but allowing it to warm and settle before pouring helped. Subsequent porus did not yield as much head. Aroma is much funkier and spicier than I remember from the smaller bottles. This is good. Taste is also better than I remembered. Slightly tart, some nice white pepper spice to it, and a slight case of the funk. Mothfeel is a bit too high on the corbonation for my liking, but this calms down if you allow the beer to sit and warm.

Like most Saisons I've had the pleasure of trying, the drinkability of this beer is quite high. Alcohol is a non issue and taste is not extreme enough in either direction (bitter vs sweet) to limit drinkability. After embracing Dupont, I looked upon this beer with some disdain. That was a dis-service. This is a fine beer, nicely priced, and easier to obtain than most Saisons.

02-08-2007 14:01:46 | More by Onibubba
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

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

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

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

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

M: Smooth and delicious but surprisingly boozy.

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

07-23-2013 02:53:44 | More by Gatch
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barczar

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a hazy golden with a billowing ivory head that lingers indefinitely.

Notes of pear, clove, banana, coriander, bruised apples, and flowers form the initial aroma. Very strong. Musty, earthy scents complement horse blanket, orange peel, and perfume.

Flavor reveals more barnyard funk, with an earthy, slightly bready backbone, finishing a touch dry, slightly bitter, and peppery. Citrusy underpinnings of lemon and muted orange are countered by spicy clove and white pepper. Banana esters are subtle. Pear really dominates.

Body is moderate and creamy, with high, effervescent carbonation that lifts the flavor from the palate, hiding the high abv well.

Very flavorful example of the style. Not a fan of banana esters, and this isn't my favorite style, but a refreshing beer. Plasticy phenols were a bit of a turnoff, too. While I'm complaining,I find the carbonation to be too high.

08-06-2013 20:31:46 | More by barczar
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michaelwarling

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

to start, i will have to admit that it takes a lot of good press for me to try a saison. usually not hoppy or full enough to suit, but when we went to the brewery and tasted, i was convinced to give it a go.
We got a case of the 'cave aged' hennepin (rests for a year in the howe caverns at 52 deg. for a full year after brewing)
pour was very carbonated, big bitey bubbles and a huge head! after letting it rest for a good 15 minutes, the aroma was light, airy and slightly spicy.
the taste in the mouth is almost the same as the flavor, not as spicy as it tastes though. pretty uneventful in whole, but very well balanced, mild and a perfect hot day beer.

08-27-2009 15:02:33 | More by michaelwarling
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Interesting Ommegang offering. Golden color, a touch cloudy, with a fine white head, which laced the glass big-time. The nose is a fruity/spicy mix. Seemed to be a little thin to medium on the body-scale, but ok carbonation-wise on the tongue. There are some spicy-notes, along with a hint of sourish-ness. Alcohol is evident here. Dry finish for this one. Not bad.

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

114

04-25-2002 15:02:17 | More by Bierman9
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

From the bottle into a footed pockal glass

Visual (4.5): Yellow-golden colour with a slight haze. Pure white, 2 finger +, pillowy head with large rolling bubbles from an active carbonation. Bubbles are active, and visible through the body of the brew. Belgian lacing decorates the glass during the drinking.

Aroma (4): Spicy, malty with a citrusy hop smell. Typically Belgian with comparisons able to be made to Duvel (even though they arn't the same style...) The fruity esters, and hop cirtus lay underneath a distinctive spice profile, from the Belgian yeast produced phenols.

Taste (4): Presiding light flavours overall, with cirtus fruit and grassy malt initially and then a fruit-spice coating late in the flavour. The malt and spice flavours shine the strongest with the fruity esters and citrus hop giving an initial taste.

Mouthfeel (4): Rough and carbonated after the initial pour. Actively dances across the tounge. Mellows as it warms into a smoother taste with mild carbonation.

Overall (4): Light flavours that are exceptionally true to the style and pay homeage to their Belgian roots. A rolling thick head with a spice flavour that lingers in both the aroma and the taste, distinctive of a Belgian yeast production. An extremely drinkable beer that is very likely at the top of its style.

01-15-2012 09:22:47 | More by tonyf55
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davidt

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours an attractive straw-yellow with a thick billowy head. The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops and earthy yeast. The taste is lightly sweet with orange and apple fruits, and slight hop bitterness. The 7.7% ABV is only barely noticeable. Nice and easy.

02-27-2008 18:59:09 | More by davidt
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass

Appearance - Much like the Ommegang BPA, this pours a very large head at around a 4 finger width with a rather foamy look to it. The ale itself is a fairly hazy wet yellow straw color with some orange tint around the center.

Smell - Yeasts with a slight sour smell. There's some decent cloves in here along with some lemon and some malts. I can faintly make out some slight hops in here as well

Taste - Cloves and spices are fairly strong, along with the yeasty taste that was in the smell. Amazingly the sour notes here are not from the yeast, but rather the slight lemon flavor and it somehow sits perfectly. There's some malts in here that seem to add a bit more depth.

Mouthfeel - While I feel it adds some more to the flavor, the carbonation is a bit more on the intense side. Body overall is average and the same thing goes with the overall thickness.

Overall - Saisons are always interesting to try out from different brewers and fortunately Ommegang has delivered a solid Saison Ale. It's flavor is nice and complex and while the mouthfeel leaves something else to be desired, it's still an excellent beer

12-27-2011 04:47:03 | More by NuclearDolphin
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bosox941827

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

22oz bomber into Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass.
A - Looks like a summer/baseball beer w/just a hint of cloudiness (depending on how much yeast you leave behind in the bottle); yellow/orange, w/a foamy head. Looks very *drinkable*!
S - Just a hint of clove and a nice hop scent
T - A bit of banana & clove off the top, but just a bit. This dissipates to a lemon-y hoppiness, which is done quite well, similar to a Weihenstephaner or a Munchener Helles for me; not very pronounced but just enough to make itself known. Finishes quite dry with a lingering hint of clove & hops and a bit of alcohol as well as a warning if you decide to slam it.
M - Prickly on the tongue - this is nicely carbonated, definitely towards the summer-beer end of things which makes it very thirst-quenching. That 7.7%, especially in a bomber, could sneak up on you as a result.
D - Extremely high; am drinking this on a warm-ish day in NC and it is just the thing. This is a lawn-mower type beer, especially if you like getting a healthy buzz on after mowing said lawn.
This is not my type of beer (and it sat in my fridge for a while before I tried it), but gotta say, this is a keeper and will definitely pick this one up again.

02-13-2011 22:53:29 | More by bosox941827
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jettjon

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Served from a 750ml bottle, no freshness date noted. Decants with a light pop; pours into the wine chalice, bright yellow-gold with numerous Champaign-like bubbles, pillowy, 2-finger white, craggy head. Slow fade leaving spotty lacing. Good looking pour. Nose of strong floral/citrus hops and vanilla notes. Taste of mild alcohol, a bit boozy, definitely fruity in the vein of scuppernong, reminiscent of a white ale. Mouth is bubbly and very smooth, nearly velvety. Very clean. Drinkability is excellent; very smooth, tasty, and goes down easily. Highly drinkable.

Overall: Very different from my previous experience with Rogue Festivale “Saison;” somewhat different from the also excellent Saison Dupont, I find this style enigmatic to say the least. Must try more! Very good overall, cheerfully recommended.

01-15-2007 23:28:29 | More by jettjon
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drxandy

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

12oz to fluted wine glass, pours a nicely carbonated hazy pale lemon yellow, foamy white head retains excellently

smells of belgian yeast, dry hops, citrus, nice malty backbone

taste is of funky yeast off the bat, wheat, dry clove, citrus, good carbonation, white pepper, apple, pear, white grapes, spice, grassy earth, sweet in the middle and finishes dry, very nice

mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, dry, lingering bitterness, lots of nice flavors blended well with a funky yeast backdrop - extremely drinkable almost deceptively so at the abv

12-25-2008 04:08:40 | More by drxandy
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DeltaGolfSierra

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Color is golden, with a large billowy white head that lasts and lasts. Scent is primarily fresh cut grass, with some freshy baked bread too. The taste features lemon, biscuit, and earthy grass flavors, along with a bit of tart apple. The alcohol definitely makes its presence known in the taste - it is almost wine-like. Excellent mouthfeel, even though it is light-bodied. Nice complexity, and a fine drinking experience.

09-05-2012 01:08:32 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

750 ml bottle with a best by date of May 2012 poured into a Duvel tulip on 11/17/2010.

Poured hazy, pale orange colored, with a big "Belgian" head, and good retention and lacing.

Smelled lightly sweet, perfumy, with some esters and phenols and perhaps a touch of hops.

Tasted fruity with cleansing effervescence and bitterness at the back of the tongue. Light bodied with a crisp finish and momentary soft sweetness of alcohol along with some dark fruit like malts at the end. Slightly warming. Good drinkability.

11-19-2010 08:34:58 | More by tewaris
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Glazed144

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a dark gold, medium sized uneven white head. A lot of bubbles, a lot of carbonation. Has a citrusy smeel, very fresh smellin.g Very rich and foamy mouthfeel, full smooth taste. vey slight bitter aftertaste, pretty sweet taste. nice lacing on the glass.

07-01-2007 05:05:29 | More by Glazed144
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Picked up a bottle of this brew fresh from the brewery after visiting/vacationing a nice snowstorm in Cooperstown, NY. Lets see how this ranks up.

Appearance: Pours a golden, foggy hue. Leaves behind a pure white, fluffy white, frothy head that looks utterly appetizing. Leaves behind some very nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma packs a slight hint of fruit, some admirable spice. Some alcohol is also in the mix. Fair Belgian hops can be also scented.

Taste: Has a well-balanced sweetness and actually some fruit flavors that come to mind like apples, pears, raisins. The yeast comes to the palate towards the end of a sip, along with some gentle spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that actually goes down quite easily. Nothing intimating at all about it. Has a great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Awesome job.

Overall: Liked the look of this beer and actually liked holding the bottle once I first grabbed it. Something told me this was going to be a special one, and boy was it! Quite disappointined this perticular beer isn't widely available in PA, but I'm sure I can do some hunting and locate it. I would recommend this beer to anyone interested in trying a traditional Saison. Cheers!

02-12-2013 02:49:54 | More by DMXLOX22
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Bright sparkling yellow with a big frothy head of about 3” which recedes to about 1/2”, an abundance of sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus and spice with a bit of hoppy aroma.

Taste: Nice diversity of flavor, the citrus and spice are noticeable, there is no “piney” character imparted by the hops just the citrus and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. No “funk” really which is what I expected from a saison. A flavorful (delicious) pale ale is the best description of this brew. The alcohol is completely un-noticeable.

Mouth feel: Heavily carbonated which means it’s very clean and crisp on the palate.

Overall: Very good beer, as I’ve said extremely flavorful. In fact this beer has reignited my interest in the saison style.

11-03-2012 01:53:25 | More by BobZ
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Offa

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

This is a tasty, lightly spicey beer, light yet solid in character and feel.

Faintly hazy pale straw, it has a huge, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin, rocky foam and leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is light, fruity alcohol, grain, hints of banana, clove, yeast, dough.

The taste starts slightly shrp and acidic, but this quickly settles down into a lightly alcoholic fruitiness with herbal-peppery-spicey bite, yeasty dough. The herb has a juniper quality along with otherwise leafiness and grassiness. There is a light earthy hint throughout. It has light sweetness balanced by the bitter-spicey-acidic bite so ends up rather dry, but not too dry. It's quite drinkable and, though a bit thin, has some complexity and good balance while the character holds up well.

11-02-2009 23:50:38 | More by Offa
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diamondlie

Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

08-17-2014 01:08:32 | More by diamondlie
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance: Pours with three fingers of bubbly white head. Active carbonation is huge. Color is a light straw yellow. Sticky lacing left behind as head very slowly dissipated.

Smell: Pears, spices, bananas, and semi-sweet bready malts greet the drinker. There is some very dry pepper, and ashy notes on the body. Earth and dirt mesh with some light hop notes on the back end. Wow a lot going on here.

Taste: Touches of pepper and airy spices hit on the front first. Bread, sweet dough, and some salty hops show up on the body. More sweet malts ride through on the finish and some lingering spices go well together.

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation with pleasant transitions of spice and sweet malts.

Overall: A great American saison. The pepper and dryness is heavier then I expected but this overall is a slow sipper that is easy to enjoy.

07-24-2014 04:12:31 | More by KFBR392
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ChristineM

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

08-12-2014 00:17:19 | More by ChristineM
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HopBomb515

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Gorgeous deep straw colored beer with a dense and rocky head. Endless strings of bubbles feed the head and never let it fade. Great lacing down the glass. Aromas of pears, apples, peppery notes, citrusy notes, a touch of earthy and floral hops and some of that barnyard funk. Taste follows through with citrusy orange notes, mild peppery tones, floral hop flavor, tart apple and Belgian fruity yeast flavors. Mouthfeel begins creamy with ample carbonation that finishes super dry. A great saison, one to have again for sure.

07-31-2014 22:27:00 | More by HopBomb515
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours a very hazy and glowing muddy golden-orange. It has a huge fizzy white head that settles to a big pillowy froth that laces the glass. Beautiful!

The aroma is musty, earthy yeastiness with some peppery spices.

The flavor is chalky wheaty malts, musty yeast, a little almost sour fruitiness (seems a bit out of place, but mellows nicely), and a bitter and spicy dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but provides some nice warming. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a good amount of lively carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. I'm still new to saisons, but this is the best I've had to date.

08-31-2005 03:29:16 | More by Beaver13
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

750ml caged and corked behemoth of a bomber. Strangely, the label indicates that this is a 'Product of Belgium' - brewed and bottled at Ommegang's parent company, Duvel Moortgat.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three ebullient fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some nice linked snowflake lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of musky flowers, citrus rind, bready pale malt, dried apples, sassy earthy yeast, and a soft ground pepper spiciness. The taste is moderately sweet pale malt, buoyed by some restrained candi sugar, weakened citrus, but with an uptick in general fleshy fruitiness, some new-found coriander, consistent yeast, and subtle, sneaky earthy spiciness - pepper meets ginger. There is no overt alcohol presence, however, a pleasant wave of underlying warmth pulls the covers up all nice and snug.

The carbonation is present, but lightly rendered, and, well 'brut-esque', the body on the prim side of medium weight, and smooth, but with a swelling of edgy heat baying at the gates. It finishes off-dry, with head-spinning complexity - nothing that has thus far presented itself seems to have buggered off yet. Oh well, then.

A well made, um, American saison? Heritage and corporate buyouts aside, this is just plain enjoyable, the delicate nature of the farmhouse ale decently ramped up, balanced, and quite agreeable, as the masked booze strength plays up well to the waning summer ethos up here in the soon to be Great White North.

09-15-2011 23:57:00 | More by biboergosum
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soper2000

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Taking the cage off and running my finger over the cork was enough to send said cork halfway across the room causing my friend to dump half of a storm king onto his lap. Wow, I like this beer already. It pours a cloudy orange color with a billowing fluffy white head. There is definitely a fruity/spicy smell to it. Taste is spicy, hoppy, and fruity all rolled into one. Mouthfeel is decent, consistent to many other caged and corked Belgians I've had. A great beer from a great brewery.

03-26-2004 00:16:23 | More by soper2000
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