Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,081
Hads: 5,552
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 285
Gots: 751 | 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 doho95fu
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very Nice beer. This is the second Ommegang I have tried and now I can't wait to rip into the Rare Vos I have chilling downstairs. The color is a pale orange and the beer is hazy. There is a soapy type head that leaves wide lacing.

The smell is fruity, almost like a Hoegaarden. The taste is great, fruit, a tad of spice, real light for the ABV. Very Drinkable - the 750 was perfect with the Thanksgiving Turkey. (416 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Captain Lawrence Tulip.

Pours a clear golden yellow with thick white head, equal to the beer depth. Pillowy, with thick lacing.

Smells of sweet Brett, banana, Honey and a touch of spice? Slight citrus and butterscotch.

Good Mouth feel, moderate carbonation. Creamy butterscotch with farmhouse brett and a touch of peppery spice with some banana, honey, and a hint of bread as it warms. A nice bitter comes through on the finish then fades nicely. Very clean beer, a touch of lemon with slight alcohol essence on occasion. (542 characters)

Photo of zymurgy4all
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear up until the last part that shows it is bottle conditioned. Huge white foamy head that leave lacing and lasts a long time. Is straw yellow in color and has a nice Belgian farmhouse funk aroma.
The flavor is quite impressive. It has an orangey citrus full saison flavor that is closer to the BJCP guidelines of a saison than Saison Du Pont. Ommegang captured it well, and this beer should serve as a perfect example of the Saison style of beers available in the US. I've only had homebrew examples come this close. (526 characters)

Photo of ColForbin
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking the first release of cave aged Hennepin from 2001, bottle #2825 of 3360 in celebration of the birth of my beautiful daughter Sadie.

The cork was very hard to get out, but when it went it went with an audible pop. It pours a golden orange with a huge white head that fades to a 0.5cm coating on the top of the beer. The aroma is floral, spicy (coriander and clove) with strong hints of orange peel. Taste is spicy, slightly sour, hoppy and pergaps a bit of clover honey. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with a warming alcohol finish. Extremely smooth and drinkable, and seems to have mellowed with its time in the cave and the cellar. A great celebratory drink and if you can find the 2001 edition, you'll be happy you did. (732 characters)

Photo of gotweid
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a flute glass. Beautiful straw, yellow, carmel color with a big, creamy white head. Lacing hung onto the glass all the way down. Smelled like a typical Farmhouse Ale/Saison with it's earthy aroma. The taste was a superb, complex blend of some spice, malt and fruitiness. The mouthfeel is quick with the dry aftertaste that is unique to this style. Incredibly delicous beer. I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised by what I was drinking. :) (476 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a fantastic head that lingers and takes on a meringue-like look. Fruity esters for the nose and a very complex and enjoyable taste that assails the senses. Just a fantastic brew, so glad I have 11 more bottles to enjoy. (254 characters)

Photo of bshirley
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: very light, yellow straw, some small and some large bubbes

Smell: sweet and slightly alcoholish, a little corn

Taste: very sweet, wine, apple, pear, light clove, alcohol phenols linger

Mouthfeel: super creamy

The belgian yeast on display here is wonderful. (272 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I must confess, this is one of my favorite beers to drink. Tasty, good price, now available in MN, and from a brewery I respect a lot and have visited a couple times. Second, this is a two year old bottle, purchased right from the brewery 22 months ago. Third, this comes after a forum post in which everyone seems to think this beer does not age well. I will dispute that in the following.

Into its dedicated Hennepin glass, pours a somewhat hazy gold, slight yellow, with a large fluffy head, good staying power, decent lacing down the glass, lots of carbonation swirling about. The aroma, based on my previous review, has lost some edge, particularly the hops, but still maintains a generous spiciness, orange peel and coriander, still very nice.

The taste has always been good, and still is. Like the aroma, it seems to have mellowed out a little, but it retains the generous spicing of orange peel, cloves, the hops still departing an earthy feel and leading to a drying finish. The mouth is above medium, carbonation is fine but substantial.

So, I might say that a full two years might be a bit much for Hennepin... not that I regret it, but it seems to be at its best at about a year old, imo. As it stands, its still a delicious beer that I thoroughly enjoy. (1,286 characters)

Photo of jar2574
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in 12 ounce bottles in a 4-pack.

Poured into a large wine glass. Lots of carbonation, it looks like a very active beer. Straw yellow color, with off-white head.

Smells great, hops and spices. Could have a stronger scent though.

Crisp, well-balanced flavor. A touch of lemon and spices with the hops. A slight taste of yeast as well. It's a very lively beer with loads of carbonation and tons of flavor.

There's no hint of alcohol, even though it's much stranger than American macro brews. Great taste and easy drinking make this a superb session beer. Highly reccommended. I'm having another. (614 characters)

Photo of epicness
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very bright golden color. I'm using the Duvel Tulip Glass, and I don't know if this is directly related to the glass itself, but theres a single file stream of bubbles in the middle of the glass just rising continuously. Pretty neat looking. Pretty cloudy with a large frothy, white head. Very sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass if I give a little swirl.

S - I've never had a Saison before so I wasn't really sure what I was getting into, but the smell was totally not what I expected. Almost smells like a Witbier. There's lots of similar characteristics. It's heavy on coriander and lemon. The smoothness of clove is present. It's also a little spicy and if I'm correctly identifying it, it almost smells like ginger is in there.

T - With the initial taste it was very sweet in the front and very dry bready taste on the back end. Based on the smell, I would have to say the taste is a lot spicier than I anticipated, although that's not a bad thing. It's a good spicy taste. Spices and citrus definitely dominate the overall taste of the beer though. Honestly, it almost has this sour taste to it.. like a green apple sour taste. I definitely like it. That taste seems to be hanging around in the aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation on the tongue, yet so extremely crisp and refreshing at the same time. Light bodied.

D - I type pretty fast to give you an idea of things... and while typing this review I've killed off the entire beer except for a mouthful without really realizing it. I can't get enough of this beer. Very high drinkability obviously... well until the near 8% ABV sneaks up on me. Cheers. (1,626 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 750 ml bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA

Poured a hazy yellow ochre with noticeable streams of carbonation. The head was rather impressive. Two fingers of tight, frothy, bubbly, bright white foam slowly faded to a lasting thick cap. Huge, odd shaped patches of lacing coated the entire glass.

The aroma was crisp and slightly funky. Grassy hops were apparent along with citrus and some skunkiness. A Belgian yeastiness and some spices (coriander and lemon peel) came through as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma turned a touch sweet.

The taste was rich and full-flavored for the style. Lemony, tangy, snappy and citrusy with coriander and clove coming through strong. Crisp, clean and bright with a slight barnyard funk. The long-lasting finish was a touch sour and rather dry with notes of grassy, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel was lighter on the palate yet silky smooth. A fine, lively carbonation made the liquid feel almost pillowy.

This was unquestionably one of the most drinkable and refreshing beers I have sampled. 7.7% ABV? Are you kidding me?

All in all, this brew was outstanding. If there is a more impressive saison out there, I have yet to try it. (1,202 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first Ommegang beer, as well as the first saison/farmhouse ale I've had. I'd have to say this was a super first go. It had a somewhat opaque appearance, with an amber hue. There was a strong odor of fruit about this one. It tasted strongly of bananas and other spices, giving it a smooth yet vibrant finish. This is lovely beer, one that you can easily get attached to. (381 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lovely golden color. Perfect head and just the right amount of the little bubble guys. Great taste, and great aftertaste. This aftertaste is handy -- stops you from drinking it too fast! I take drink and enjoy breathing through my nose for a few minutes before taking another. Very inexpensive for the quality, too. (315 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I popped the cork on this 750 ml bottle only to have it hit the ceiling, wall and then my chest with surprising force. No foam out of the bottle, but it does pour a surprisingly large head. Color is just slightly cloudy gold. Smell is slightly grainy and sweet, a bit reminiscent of tomato vines and just a little yeasty. Taste is a delicious sweet pungent flavor, a little bready and yeasty. the 7.5% is extremely well hidden. It is extremely smooth and refreshing, I could drink this after a run and feel satisfied. I had this beer for the first time last year around this time. It was my introduction to the style, as well as the first Belgian style beer that I truely loved, enough to go out and buy another bottle of it almost right away. All around a great way to break into the style, I feel that I now appreciate and enjoy a lot more Belgians. (851 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits and had it last night. I let it warm and served it in one of my New Belgium snifter style glasses.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden with hints of amber. The clarity is good and reveals vigorous carbonation feeding a thick frothy white head. Retention is good, though the head eventually fades to a thin layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: The aroma reminds me of a hefe-weizen. There are notes of yeast, banana and cloves. Additionally there are aromas of grain and citrus.

Taste: Tart lemony citrus and fruity flavors upfront fade into a peppery grainy and grassy finish with a nice balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mild carbonation (considering the bubbles), light oiliness with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Well balanced refreshing and incredibly easy to drink.

Overall: This is another great Ommegang beer. Incredibly tasty and refreshing. (917 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a medium yellow with a thick, long lasting, rocky white head. Slight haze but mostly clear. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S - Lots of fruity esters with a pear/apple like character most prominent. Floral hops also present at a medium level of intensity. A strong grainy-wheat aroma also makes itself known.

T - Wheat character continues to press on. A moderate level of bittering with floral hop flavor. Apple-like esters with a general fruity/estery character. Alcohol more present than expected for strength. Tartness, possibly from use of unmalted wheat. Very dry finish. Crisp.

M - Medium-bodied with a very high level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Excellent. Crisp, dry finish combines with a soft malt and complex fruity ester character to make a very drinkable Saison. Bring on another pint and cheers to a wonderful American brewery brewing a strong example of this Belgian style. (904 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 2014 Holiday Giftpack.

Aroma is light citrus fruit. Pour is a clear effervescent yellow with a thick white head. Head is long lasting with generous lacing on the glass. Taste is bold crisp , slightly alchoholic; like fermented grapefruit! Pleasant! (256 characters)

Photo of TheKtulu7
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A thick, foamy white head sits atop a slightly brown, cloudy yellow beer. Eventually the head settles to a respectable layer that takes most of the lacing with it, leaving a decently clean glass.

Smell: Banana. And some earthy tones. That's all I can say about this beer.

Taste: Banana, spice, and a bit of earthy/grassy tones.

Mouthfeel: Clean, smooth, and slightly frothy.

Drinkability: Absolutely. (416 characters)

Photo of Sirwootalot
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tall pilsner glass. The beer has a thick, chunky, and very foamy head - some bubbles are large enough to be iridescent, and the whole thing has the look of ocean spray frozen in time. The nose is redolent of lemon candy, wheat fields, and a tiny hint of exceptionally tidy barn. Upon tasting this beer, I involuntarily exclaimed "oh my fucking god" - It's utterly sublime. Juicy fresh-squeezed lemonade accompanied by hints of carrot cake, white peppercorns, and maybe even a tiny tinge of nose-searing russian mustard. As the taste develops, the strong alchol notes and the copious phenols kick in, with a taste very much like banana bread or fried plantains. It's like a beer equivalent of a gruner veltliner, in all of the best ways imaginable. Despite the high alcohol, it goes down almost more like juice or 7-up - it is just fiendishly drinkable. It leaves a sticky, starchy and very dry feeling in your mouth after a while, which of course just makes you want more.

Overall, this is one of the best damn things that has ever entered my mouth, beer or otherwise - and hands-down the best Saison i've tried (though Surly cynic comes close). I originally wasn't planning on reviewing this beer, but it was so ridiculously good that I felt utterly compelled to share the experience. (1,300 characters)

Photo of Osiris9588
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a hazy pale orange with a golden aura. White head is very creamy and frothy, stiffens up nicely and shows great retention.

The smell is a floral, zesty blend of lemon, orange, banana, and Belgian yeast. The flavor follows, with the addition of subtle vanilla, corriander, and a pleasant, warming buzz of alcohol.

The mouth is complex and well carbonated. It is lively and volatile on the palate, with a lingering, yet ultimately clean finish. Good drinkability, but the alcohol and dense flavor might prevent it from acting as a true session brew.

Amazing overall. Best saison I have had. (625 characters)

Photo of salcedo
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml corked bottle poured into a pint glass.
L: Straw yellow.
A touch cloudy.
White, meringue like head that lingers a while.
S: Lemon/citrus scent.
T: Tastes like lemonade with strong fruity esters.
Ends with a slight bitterness, like orange zest.
F: Body is medium to thin.
Highly carbonated which complements the tartness.
O: I'm drinking this after lunch, outdoors, on a day that is 84F. This really hits the spot! (428 characters)

Photo of holycrapamoly
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local Whole Paycheck, excuse me Whole Foods just brought this in. I had never had it before, but ¨if Duvel made it, I´m thinking it will not disappoint.¨ Wow, it really didn´t!
It poured a beautifully dull golden color that became very clear as the head developed. And what a head! Right there with Duvel on that! Excellent, white, sticky head. I found myself re checking the bottle to be sure it was made in America.
The smell is spicier and more peppery than I had expected with some definite sweet fruitiness. Still new to reviewing, so I don´t have a better description than that.
I was having a NY Strip and some vegetables, and this tasted absolutely wonderful with that. It was citrus, honey, yeast and pepper tasting with the hops coming in at the end of the taste.
Hennepin feels very smooth in the mouth. A bit thicker in consistency than I was expecting, but not at all in a bad way. A nice difference from the Belgians I usually have. Still very crisp and very very drinkable.
About three dollars less per 750 mL bottle than the true Belgians with every bit as much quality. I will definitely have this again and recommend Hennepin to friends! (1,165 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750ml bottle

Appearance: After the cork all but forces itself out of the bottle, this beer pours a highly carbonated, pale honey body crowned by a massive, foamy off-white head. The head retains amazingly well, as it shrinks only a bit in the center, leaving a thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is stunning...I could just smell this for quite a while! It has a wonderful balance of light fruitiness, spices, honey, hops, earth, musty yeast, and a slight phenolic note. Wow...

Taste: The flavor starts out with a sweet bite, then opens up into a brilliant balance of the following: light fruit, peppery spiciness, raw honey, bitter and biting hops, medicinal phenolics, musty and bready yeast, coriander and ginger, lemon and orange peel, and a faint banana flavor. Brings forth phenolic burps... Breathtaking...

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, with a tantalizing smooth and tongue-tingling, bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. It's like sex in liquid form for the tongue...

Drinkability: Just shy of outstanding. The only thing that could stop me from drinking a lot of this is the strength. You don't notice how strong it is because you're too damn busy being seduced by it.

Unquestionably top notch...why the hell did it take so long for me to review this? It's proof that the best Belgian-style beers don't always come from Belgium. It's also a bargain at $4 for a 750ml bottle. (1,409 characters)

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've read that their cave aged beers are only available at the brewery. I got this in NJ at Oaktree Liquors (they claim to be the only one in NJ). Some stats from the attached label:
"..8 months 156` below ground at a constant 52 degrees F and 80% humididy in complete darkness..."

I love Hennepin, so I was glad to get my hands on this.

a: beautifully clear golden brew. A very fine head that laces like a sheet of white...errum...lace?
s: sweet fruits with some alcohol.
t: Sweet fruitiness that finishes dry and light pepery phenols and powery yeasts. Alcohol is present. The aftertastes is a bit syrupy which conflicts with the dry finish.
m: smooth; so smooth and mellow. Yummy!
d: I can sip this forever. This is truely an amazing brew.

I'd attribute the smooth mellowness to the aging. (808 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy yellow/straw color with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen in the glass.

S: Bready with some belgian yeast funk, a little bit of peppery spice and some hop aroma. Smells very crisp.

T: A big biscuity/wheat flavor with some yeast and slight earthy hop flavor. There is the typical belgian funk with a lemony tart, pepper feel and flavor to this beer. Also a clove/ginger flavor in there that just keeps on giving and stays on the tongue for quite a while

M: Highly carbonated. It gives it a peppery feel. Finishes a little bit bitter, dry and crisp.

D: Good drinkability. The flavors are strong and there is alot of carbonation and that could limit the drinkability. But the flavors are great and do not get old and you can barely detect the alcohol. (782 characters)

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