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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,045 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,045
Reviews: 2,037
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 217
Gots: 423 | 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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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky straw, large stark white head, puffy clouds slow to leave. Large bubble sparse cling lace.

S - Cooked pear, lemon, straw, barn, candy.

T - Juicy fruit, lemon, malt, slight barn and sour, nice sharp finish.

M - medium balance, more than enough carb, good balance.

D - Very pleasant.

srandycarter, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of urwithdave
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mr. Beerys. Poured into a tulip.

A- pours a light golden orange color. A bit hazy. A nice white head that retains nicely. A smashing amount of lacing covers my glass.

A- cloves and citrus. A bit of yeast. A hint of bananna.

T- belgian yeasts and spice roll up to the forefront. A slight sweetness of honey. Orange and lemon zest follow. No detection of any real alcohol presence. A bit of bitterness from some hops but the sweetness and spic prevail.

M- medium in body. Nice carbonation. A pretty sweet finish that has a lingering aftertaste of spice.
D- another beer that I could drink quite often. Drinks easy. The spice might ware on me but to sit down and enjoy a few would be no problem.

urwithdave, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, corked bottle. Poured into a Duvel glass (I wasn't really sure the best glass).
I had had this one a long time ago in New York, and had better memories...
Beautiful golden, slightly hazy, with a plentiful white head with very long retention.
Smell is yeasty, fruity and earthy, but it had a few unpleasant notes, soap like.
Firm and highly refreshing, it lacks a little bit in depth, but it is still pleasantly yeasty, fruity, with multiple citric notes that unfortunately fade quite quickly.
Not the best Ommegang offer, but still quite nice.

brdc, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of rundocrun
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with multiple fingers of fluffy white head. The foam sticks around forever and leaves a thick layer of lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Smells of light malts and a heavy dose of spices (coriander, citrus peel). A mild bready-ness and a dollop of honey top things off.

T - Upon first taste, I notice a rich sweet malty backbone. The orange peel is very noticeable but pleasant. It lends a tangy, zesty character to this summer refresher. Floral hop flavor. Mild hop bitterness gives this a dry, but somehow quenching character to this beer.

M - Thin-to-medium mouthfeel with a mostly clean, dry finish but a slight residual syrupy sweetness lingers.

Overall, great representative of the style.

rundocrun, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a DFH snifter.

A - Light golden ale with great clarity and a thick white head. Very inviting.

S - Moderately spicy with cloves, vanilla and banana. Slightly sweet as well.

T - Lightly spiced with a supporting sweetness and a very slight bitterness. Very smooth and clean. Impressive for an American Belgian.

M - Lots of carbonation with very small bubbles.

D - Not my favorite style but very good and very easy to drink. Makes a great summer beer; almost as if that was the intent ;-)

GJ40, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the 3 beer Ommegang 10th anniversary gift pack. Poured into the nice official glass that came with said gift pack, this beer is a pale gold color with not much cloudiness. The head is 2 fingers tall and just a shade off white. The foam is very soft looking but it manages to stick around nicely due to the streaming bubble columns from the bottom of the glass. Nice amorphous blobs of lacing adorn the sides of the container.

Aroma is tripel-esque, but less boozy. Lots of bright fleshy fruit, some citrus twang, and some spiciness (Ommegang with a spicy beer??!).

Taste includes lemony citrus rind, boozy apple, and unripe banana up front. Finish is lightly hoppy with some accompanying spice. Somewhere between witbier and tripel here.

There seems to be a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel but it's not making me burp. Body is light and refreshing. Alcohol is only detectable with significant warming. Another quality Ommegang brew.

illidurit, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow/golden color with a large two and a half inch white head. Decent retention and some small bits of lacing.

The aroma on this beer is really ncie. A good bit of citrus up front, kind of a lemon/orange thing. Slightly spicey with a tangy yeast component. Just really enjoyable.

The taste is nice. Some citrusy orange peel and a touch of spice. Some yeast presence as well as a faint trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. A solid beer, and a nice showing for a saison. No major complaints.

Goliath, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow with a one finger head that lasted throughout. The aroma was initially a lagerish skunk, but later, I could pick up a dark fruit smell. The taste was sweet and fruity with a little sour aftertaste. The feel was light bodied, crisp and clean with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall, Hennepin was much more like a Belgian strong pale ale than it was a Saison. And a pretty good BSPA too.

kegger22, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened with a pop and whoosh that actaully scared my dog (she wouldn't come near me for 1/2 the tasting). Poured with a beautiful foamy white head into a goblet. Presented with a cloudy, pale straw color. Mild smell of yeast, corriander and clove. Nicely carbonated, yet very light and flavorful in the mouth. Again, the taste of corriander and citrus presented in the mouth, with a mild tart taste on the back of the tongue at the finish. Elegant white lacing clung to the glass every time I took a sip. Very nice saison. I had high expectations and was not disappointed in the least.

Jwale73, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of GnomeKing
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GnomeKing, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Onibubba
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Onibubba, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of Gatch
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gatch, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

barczar, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of michaelwarling
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

michaelwarling, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Bierman9, Apr 25, 2002
Photo of tonyf55
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tonyf55, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of davidt
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

davidt, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

NuclearDolphin, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of bosox941827
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bosox941827, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jettjon, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of drxandy
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

drxandy, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DeltaGolfSierra, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of tewaris
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tewaris, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Glazed144
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Glazed144, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of DMXLOX22
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

DMXLOX22, Feb 12, 2013
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,045 ratings.