Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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Reviews: 2,081
Hads: 5,552
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 285
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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 ExMachina1
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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) (365 characters)

Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of giblet
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

giblet (421 characters)

Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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! (688 characters)

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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! (262 characters)

Photo of 95stategrad
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of MVotter
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of BWE
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of BBM
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden honey color into a Hennepin goblet. A thin fizzy head lay atop this beer. To be honest the appearance belies how wonderful this beer really is. Aroma was very subtle, but had it's fair share of Belgian spices, sweet malt, and bread-like quality.

The taste is a magnificent blend of Belgian ingredients and American micro brewing. There is so much depth, so much flavor bursting with each sip, you'll wonder aloud if this beer was brewed in a monastery or not. The Belgian spices, banana-like flavor, dark fruits, and beautiful hop balance all come together without a hitch. There is a very subtle alcohol flavor in the finish, and as the beer warms it becomes that much more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. I would drink this one all night if I could, but it does get a touch filling. Overall this is a beer that can be measured up to any of the abbey ales I've tried. And it's from upstate NY. Go figure. (991 characters)

Photo of twilight
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, silver-rimmed chalice glass.

I first thought I wouldn't like this beer. The first impression is the bitterness, and it reminded me just a tad of ESB's that I don't have a particular fondness for. I kept drinking however, and mmm....

This beer is yummy. It pours with a golden color, with very little head and leaves only a bit of lacing. The aroma is reminiscent of honey, citrus, and that smell I refer to as "earthy" (kind of like smelling tree roots). The taste is nice, though a bit "wheaty" for me. I can definitely taste the wheat character in the beer. One of the only detractions is a hint of the alcohol comes through, (at 7.5 percent), so it detracts some from the flavor. I know I'll be enjoying more of this in the future. (754 characters)

Photo of raoulduke37
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at father's office. Absolutely brilliant color - luminous straw. Ok, I smelled and smelled and smelled this with myself, some friends, and my mom (who has the nose of a bloodhound). This stuff smells like cooked strawberries, and then a bacon and pancake breakfast - like nothing I have ever experienced. Taste was a very very very good farmhouse, almost to the caliber of Avec Les Bons Voeux, but not quite, citrus was nicely balanced by malt. Very smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability is extremely high due to great taste and its feeling as a "session" beer. Good good stuff. I went to an opera after this, and this saison added to that experience. (655 characters)

Photo of Cyrano41
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this first on tap at Fire and Vine. Excellent was the first word that came to my head. It was amber with 1/2 inch of head, lots of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma that made me want to dive in. First sip brought a smile to my face, my wife isn't as into beer as me, but I had to share. Since then I found bottles at the local Total Wine shop. This is one I will always look far again. (391 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light golden or honey color with a very thick and huge head, which sticks in sugary patches throughout, I love those sugary patches! The aroma is of fresh fruit and flowers, quite nice. The initial chewy and sugary and alcohol combo is brilliant, some pepper and banana can be detected. Towards the finish, some hops and fresh fruit, a dry and hearty finish, very warming, and this is brewed in my home state of New York? Incredible, awesome, add your adjective here, deserves to be a top 10 beer. (499 characters)

Photo of Epicedion
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

A: A golden glow, as if from some inner light. It pours with a poofy head that settles down to a thin coating after a long while.

S: Spicy. A little musty, but that gives way to bright and sharp very quickly.

T: The beer is immediately sweet, spicy, and bitter. It all hits the palate at the same time and then fights it out through the finish. This beer is like a train wreck of great flavors, all smashing together with wonderful results. The finish is long, with sweet giving way to bitter giving way to spicy, finally giving way to a lightly sour lemon flavor.

M: Prickly carbonation that lasts all the way to the end, combined with a medium-bodied beer makes this a perfect mouthfeel.

D: This beer is perfect for drinking while cooking on the grill in the middle of summer after mowing the lawn and playing fetch with the dog. It's perfect for drinking on a cool night. The alcohol content is low enough to make this a beer you can sip all night, and everything about it is enough to make you want to sip it all night. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional saison. Another great ommegang brew. Pours light yellow with a relatively heavy top. Drinks very easy, and at 7.7% alc/vol they mask the strength well. Can clearly smell the sweet orange peel but it's the taste that's gonna keep me coming back. Until I find one to better it, the Hennepin is my new go-to saison (323 characters)

Photo of pinotboy007
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased on 7 June 08 at Wegmans in Ashburn, VA.

Bottom Line Up Front: FANTASTIC! It has a very informative label, too. Part of the Duvel family.

A - Golden, slightly cloudy with nice carbonation and some yeast floaties. The head is Duvel-ish; never really dies and leaves its mark on the inner walls of the glass.

S - modest barn yard, banana, yeast, citrus.

T - Wow. Over-the-top splendor.

M - Creamy with perfect carbonation.

D - Top of the line. My wife and I killed the bottle quickly to the point I'm pissed we didn't buy two.

Buy this. Now. Quit waiting. (569 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Saison pours with a nice looking cascading rocky white head. Lacing is good and head retention is just about as good, though not quite. The color of this farmhouse ale is a very clear golden yellow. Overall it looks appetizing.

One of the first things I noticed about this beer upon opening it was its complex aroma. There is a distinct yeasty aroma about this beer. There is also a spicy character easily picked up by the nose, Sazz perhaps? In the background I detect some slight fruit/sweet notes.

The nose of this beer is only the tip of the Iceberg. It would be nice if more of the complex flavor were represented in the aroma of this beer. This beer has got a nice overall flavor to it. Lots of things going on. There is definitely a fruity sweetness to it that can't be missed. Also notes of light caramel. Finishes with just the right amount of hops to offset the sweetness. Along with these bittering hops, the spicy character can be tasted as well(I'm going to assume that this is Sazz). Alcohol is slightly detectable (taste) as it goes down the throat.

On the palate this beer is very light. It goes down easy and warms just a bit as it goes down. carbonation does not get in the way of the delicate taste of this beer.The beer is clean tasting and crisp, it finishes fairly dry. This is a beer I will definitely be buying again. (1,356 characters)

Photo of steadydose
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation- poured into a tulip glass

Appearance - brownish golden beer with lots of foamy head when poured

Smell- sweet honey, a little hint of pears and apples.

Taste-Delicious, hints of lemon zest, light malt character, hints of grassyness. Beer is so balanced and complex enough that my taste buds don't get bored. Nice beer.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium body with a soft feel on my palate.

Drinkability- I really like the saison style beers, and this one in particular I feel like I could drink all day. (522 characters)

Photo of Someguy1_8t
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got from the Whole Foods Market in Northridge

Served in a Tulip Glass

Appearance - pale straw like color. Hazy, with plenty of carbonation, and about a finger of moderately diminishing head

Aroma- floral citrusy hops. Belgian candied yeast. Banana and spice

Taste- fruits like banana,pears, and apples. Candied sugar and clove spice.

Mouthfeel - light to medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation slight dry finish. Crisp!

Overall- great example of the style that I would definitely recommend. Very refreshing (510 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous offering from Ommegang, naturally. I hadn't had Hennepin in about a year, and it won't be that long before I have another. It's just too good to wait that long between tastes.

From the 25.4 oz. bottle, three fingers of dense white froth top the mug of dark blond body, really beautiful. Prominent malty aroma wafts from the mug, with moderate spiciness and fruity goodness. These tastes explode in the mouth, also bringing suggestions of sour, tart fruit--likely lemon, maybe raspberry. Extremely impressive. Bold carbonation blends with smooth texture, eliciting excellent drinkability that effortlessly elides the moderately high ABV.

First rate product, not to be passed up. (691 characters)

Photo of ChefMoore
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is just a really solid local beer for me. Brewed in the same casks they used to brew duvel in as they were shipped over to ny from belgium. Some people get turned off from this beer do to the very floral smell and taste and high alchohol. Side note this beer makes me sleepy if i drink it early on in the day. (314 characters)

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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