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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,094
Hads: 5,632
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 300
Gots: 806 | 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 dwarbi
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of ericj551
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of TheKtulu7
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of salcedo
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of holycrapamoly
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of MJR
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of ExMachina1
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a--straw gold; slight haze; huge, fluffy head you could take a nap on

s--phenols/cloves with malt underpinnings

t--balanced, dry and crisp; lemony sourness

m--medium body with acid from the carbonation

d--a super refreshing beer that is limited in its drinkability only by its 7.7% alcohol

this is a gem of a brew.

obey the label and drink it cool (not cold)

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorites. And very affordable at $4.99 for a 750ml.

App: Fluffy head, slightly off white in color. The brew is a very cloudy light orange.

Smell: Bananas and light fruit prevail here. Alcohol is effectively masked.

Taste: Rancid fruit (in a good way, I promise). Strong banana flavors. Hint of bitterness. Flash of dryness in the middle. Alcohol flares up and then rides through out. Aftertaste is banana and rotten fruit with slight alcohol burnination.

MF: Stinging carbonation gives way to fluffy smoothness.

Drinkability: Very good. Excellent taste and perfect abv.

A 750ml of Hennepin is my personal favorite for a post-work relaxation session. Goes well with winning streaks by the New York Metropolitans.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I read the label on the bottle several times before pouring as I didn't want to mess it up. I also let it warm a little before pouring. It states that you should pour it slow and give it a very generous head, which I did. Pours a pale orangeade and a cloudy color. The head is luxurious, frothy and white about two inches high. The head really sticks around to the bottom of the glass too. Very nice appearance

The aroma is fruity, apples and bananas with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is very good with an apple taste, along with cinnamon. There is a mild bit of alchohol in the flavor that warms the body with each swallow. There are mild hops in the aftertaste, giving it a nice balance in the mouthfeel.

The taste really does improve as the beer warms, and, by bottle end, I detected a nice dry, wine like flavor. Overall, it has many flavors and is very smooth and tasty.

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Photo of giblet
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i poured the first half of this gem slowly. poured beautifully in my glass with about a half inch of head that stayed the whole way. excellent carbonation the entire time. wonderful bouquet of hops, fruit, and citrus smells. taste is truly a belgian spin. wonderful finish to the palate. the second half poured the same but slightly cloudy from rousting a little of the yeast.

excellent. suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin is one of my favorite farm house ales. The pour is smooth with a great white head forming almost immediately if poured into a fluted glass. The head is creamy and stays for the duration while lacing down the glass. The beer is a cloudy honey color and the bottle conditioning adds an interesting pattern to the final pour. The smell is a bit sour with great malt notes and yeast esters. The taste is exceptional; it is a tad sour but only in balance not in excess. The malty sweetness creeps up slowly as the aftertaste fades into complex notes of barley and yeast. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and this beer is very drinkable. This is my favorite beer from Ommegang. Cheers!

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap! That's all I can say about this beer. It pours a hazy orange, with a thick head. The one overriding flavor theme that I found in this beer, yet no one else has mentioned is apple. Perhaps my tastebuds are screwed up, but everytime I drink this I can swear I taste apples, like in a strong (nay, very strong) cider. It's a shame I've only seen this stuff in four packs.

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Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: Nice layer of sediment at the bottom: I love bottle conditioned beers. It pours a cloudy golden color. It has a floral nose. Also there of hints of pear and apricots. The taste is full bodied, with undertones of citrus pears and caramel. Very nice!

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Photo of 95stategrad
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as I'm concerned, this is the Gold Standard for Saison/Farmhouse in the USA as far as mass producers are concerned. Some micro out West might have a better one, but as far as a Big Time producers, this is it. Everything is right on. Smell, appearance, and of course taste. It has the classic Belgian esters you get with the Farmhouse yeast strains. Everyone is out to make an "Americanized" Farmhouse/Saison by going big with the gravity or the hops or more unfortunately, both. True Saisons are not overly hoppy and are modest alcohol % with just enough hops to keep them from going bad too quickly. This one is a bit on the high side alcohol-wise to really be a real traditional Saison, but it is otherwise on the money. Saisons were brewed to refresh the seasonal field workers in Wallonia, and the brews were generally 3-5% so the workers could have one and still finish the job. 7.7% is a bit too high to be a true traditional Saison. Still, if you don't like this beer, you don't like Saisons.

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Photo of MVotter
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ommegang Hennepin pours into a pils glass a cloudy, light-gold. It yields a towering white head which, even when settled, is a generous two fingers tall. It leaves a good bit of clingy lace in it's wake as you drink it down.

The aroma is cloves, spices and yeast.

The taste runs in parallel with the aroma ... spices and clove right up front, sweet malts in the middle and the finish is a little tangy, tart. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is incredibly effervescent, a Belgian all the way, med/heavy gravity, ... bubbles, bubbles, bubbles ... hehe.

Hennepin is a very drinkable dry brew. You have to be a fan of the spice/clove taste to love this beer; another delicious offering from the world class brewers at Ommegang.

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Photo of generallee
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance is golden yellow with a hazy body. A wonderful three finger head builds from lively carbonation. The head slowly fades back leaving nice lacing on the glass. Its aroma is fruity and floral, citrus and spice and every thing nice. The flavor of light malts, citrus and clove hits you first. Then earthy yeast and complementary citrus and floral hops leads you to a sweet and sour finish. Well balanced, medium body and very refreshing. Very well done, this one has turned me on to this style of beer.

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Photo of Jon
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aged bottle from 2002.

Slightly hazy, light golden color with a foamy white head that leaves attractive trails of lace down the glass. Excellent head retention, as well. Wonderfully complex aromas of freshly ground ginger, orange peel, maybe some coriander, pepper, fruity esters and slightly earthy hops. More ginger, orange rind, Saaz hops, ripe apple and pear are evident before a mild finish reminiscent of freshly ground pepper. Mouthfeel is smooth, lush and downright pleasing. Drinkability is phenomenal for a beer of 7.5% abv. Though it's not a true saison to the traditionalist due to its alcohol content, it's a damn good beer that is clearly worthy of your attention. One of the better values on the shelves today, too.

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Photo of BWE
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic. Somewhat hazy yet golden appearance. A sweet, and slightly hop smell with a little malt maybe.

The taste is very fruity, yet malty at the same time. You can definitely taste the "Brett" influence. I didn't notice much hop flavor. I would say more lemonade like than anything. As you let it warm up, the flavor changes quite a bit. More yeasty and full.

If your a fan of Saisons I would definitely put it on a "to drink" list.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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