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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,963 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,963
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 214
Gots: 392 | 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 alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle.

A- Pours a straw yellow color with a very light haze to it. Two and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Nice streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Pilsner malts in the front of the aroma. Citrus and light orange like notes in the ending front of the aroma. Banana and clove like notes in the middle of the aroma. Light citrus hops in the ending of the beer.

T- Nice bready malts in the front with some lemongrass and light orange citrus notes. Middle of the beer is belgian yeasts with hints of banana and clove. There is a light hop bitterness that comes in the middle as well. Ending is hop bitterness with some lemon grass and belgian yeast. Light alcohol in the ending of the beer itself.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonatoin is good for the style although a little higher for my liking. Yeasty notes with some lemon citrus tones left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, yeasty notes, and light malts. Flavors were well blended to the style and almost too well. No off flavors were present that I could tell. High alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is a fantastic example of the style. A nice drinker which I always enjoy. The ABV is high but this beer doesn't really drink like it. I really like beer and need to pick it up more often to be honest.

alleykatking, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw-gold with four fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Cloves and spices up front followed by candy sugar and some light fruit aromas. A spicy yeast aroma dominates the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, spices and cloves followed by some light fruit sweetness up front. A hearty bread and yeast flavor with some spices follows with a lightly bitter finish.

M: Light body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated so it's light and crisp. Quite nice.

O: Overall, a good American saison. Nicely attenuated so it's not too sweet with a good mix of spice and light fruit flavors.

n2185, May 28, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Hennepin has a slightly-cloudy yellow colour and a big 4 cm head that fades to excellent lacing. The smell is mostly grains, musty yeast and a hint of hops. The taste is grainy and a little fruity (apples). The aftertaste is buttery, bitter and crisp. I'm not used to tasting Saisons so it's a little new and strange to me. This beer is foamy and strange, but very nice.

vandemonian, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of BeanBone
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden-straw body with three fingers of slightly off-white, bubbly head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: A honeyish malt body with fruity (golden fruit, citrus, and banana), yeasty, and spicy (clove, coriander, and pepper) notes. Some traces of booze, but not much.

Taste: Up front, a sweet pale malt character with fruit, spice, and ever-so-mild molasses twinge towards the end. It's somewhat sour and dries towards the end. Hints of alcohol in the end, in just the right proportion. It may not the most complex flavor profile, but it's quite satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Crisp with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Generally good, but reined in a little by the moderately-high alcohol content.

Verdict: Hennepin is a great beer to sit down with an enjoy on a peaceful Summer evening. It may not be the most complex Saison out there, but it's still well worth a try.

BeanBone, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold an expanding, healthy head - great beading and lacing.

The nose is stuffed with ester, banana, some vanilla, quite floral.

It's very soft on the tongue. The yeast notes are apparent but soft... clove, a touch of booze, sweet grain. Good stuff.

Very easy going down - pairs perfectly with a shrimp scampi. Would highly recommend.

yamar68, May 04, 2012
Photo of mrjimcat
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was received as a Christmas gift in the three pack from the Ommegang Brewery. The beer poured quite lively into the glass forming a dense long lasting head with a beautiful color. The overwhelming nose was that of apples. I took some time just enjoying the aroma. The taste on the palate was clean and light with the bitterness being subdued and later. The beer tasted deceptively light for the high alcoholic strength. The finish was short and clean. Before I knew it, the glass was empty. A fine and tasty example of the style.

mrjimcat, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of Jwaks
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving 750ml bottle

This beer has great looks with a light golden yellow body revealing a storm of carbonation welling up to an awesome dense, thick and frothy half finger thick white head. Lacing and retention are great, this brew's head just refuses to give up, it's so thick and rich that beer can't be seen through the tight, dense frothy cap. The color could be a bit richer with a bit of haze.

The nose is quite aromatic, rife with brown pears, red delicious apples, honey, a bit of allspice, floral meadow flowers and bready yeast with hints of earthy spices, lemon zest and buttery phenols.

Loads of sweet sickle pear, light honey, a bit of tart golden delicous apple flavors make a smooth entry with a bit of bitter yeast with more apple peaking on the mid palate paired with a bit of allspice, spicy alcohol, lemon zest and fresh cut hay flavors. A welcome smooth finish boasts creamy mouthfeel with more sweet honeyed autumn fruit and buttery phenols melding into a delicious spicy finish with a kick of sweet lemon zest and pale malt. This is sweeter than other saisons which aptly emphasize spicy floral flavors rather than sweet honeyed autumn fruit though this has a great pale malt body to support it's sweet fruity flavor. A bit too sweet and refined for a saison, a saison should be a bit wild and unrefined, it needs a more piquant spices!

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, great for a saison, with just enough bitter hops to slightly pucker the mouth on the mid palate and finish. This is just not complex enough for to keep my drinking more than one bottle though a few glasses is a great achievement in itself.

Wow, new Belgium has sprung up in Cooperstown NY! Kudos to Ommegang for brewing a great, fruity saison!

Cheers!

Jwaks, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a slightly cloudy orange/gold color with a big white head.

S: The aroma is malty and spicy. There are some fruit and grain notes. Some sourness is detected.

T: The taste is sweet and cereal. It is slightly sour and bitter. It definitely has an earthy yeast flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated.

D: This is an excellent drinking farmhouse ale.

barefootbrewer, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Lemon citrus with a Belgian spice note and an earthy funk

Appearance - Pale yellow with a big fluffy head

Taste - Good spice level with a light lemony fruity brightness that really makes this beer refreshing.

Notes - Good mouthfeel and carbonation level

jwhawkins81, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Globetrotter
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-carried from upstate New York to Moscow (thanks, Arlene!), this brew comes in a light brown 12 oz. bottle with a rather complicated orange and yellow label featuring some old bearded guy, some leaves and an explanation of who father Hennepin was. No freshness or content information.

Pours an ever so slightly cloudy raspberry-tinted gold under a one finger white head that sticks around for a while, particularly after settling to thick film, leaving a few good strands of lace. The nose is full of fruit and malt, with a touch of sweetness reminiscent of good Belgian ales. The mouth is light and very, very prickly. Good smooth if not overpowering taste, with sweet fruit and spices up front, carried by a malt backbone. The finish includes some dry currant bitterness and more bready malt, which rises to dominate the aftertaste. Solid product, no doubt, even if not my favorite style of beer.

Globetrotter, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of ne0m00re
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at St. James Tavern in Columbus, Ohio in a pint glass.
A: Cloudy pale golden color, it poured with a big creamy head that died to a really good film.
S: Spicy rustic notes with clove and citrus and barnyard wheat. Overall, it has a very sweet aroma.
T: Crisp barnyard bread with a slightly bitter back end. The is peach with some orange and rustic, earthy hops.
M: Slightly syrupy, but frothy.
D: Really good.

ne0m00re, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of aracauna
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour is a clear, glowing deep golden amber. The second pour turns cloudy and darker. The head is massive and stiff. It fades slowly and leaves a thick sheet on the sides of the glass. Beautiful beer. Orange and cloves on the aroma. Very bright and happy. The taste is also very bright and spicy. Fruity esters meld nicely with the orange flavor and a nice straw and caramel malt. A slight bitterness lingers in the finish. Excellent.

aracauna, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of vwcraig
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from Dawg's Bottle Shop

Clear, light golden color with a firm white foamy head. The most impressive thing to me was the carbonation in the goblet I poured it into. The beads of carbo were very fast rising and spiraled to the top sustaining the head on top. This lasted the entire drink of 25 min. or so. Fresh green apple smell and a different sweet fruity smell also. Inviting smell that leads into similar tastes. Didn't know what to expect with taste because this was my first saison, but was impressed. Champagne-like dryness and fizziness. Sourness of like, a white grape thats not quite ripe. Fizzy mouthfeel but not overdone. Very drinkable and will have to try this again and some other saisons.

vwcraig, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of pweis909
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The big bottle, with the cork.
Big white, rocky head, fairly persistent, leaves lots of foamy lacing on the glass. Pale straw color with a bit of hazyness. Phenolic/estery/spicy aroma typical of many Belgian yeasts, sweet pilsner malt smell. Light sweetness to the taste with dry finish. Bittered to balance; not excessive. A surprising softness to the mouthfeel . Drinkable, but the alcohol catches up to you.

pweis909, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of randeezy74
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

randeezy74, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of phiberoptik
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass for lack of better glassware. I actually purchased this bottle to use in the Thai braised chicken recipe from the magazine. Its in the oven as we speak!

This beer pours with a lot of white fluffy head and a beautiful deep clouded orange.

I get sweet orange some spice as well as malt in the nose. Some yeastiness as well as a light tinge of alcohol.

The taste is sweet with hints of fruit, yeast, and malts as well as the alcohol tingling in my mouth and throat. I do not get as much of a lingering finish as I would like but this is a highly enjoyable tasting beer to me.

I get a lot of carbonation on the tongue almost like a sparkling wine.

Overall this is a great beer to savor and my wife and I will probably split another one in the near future. I am just really looking forward to how this BA recipe with Hennepin is going to turn out! I will post a review of it later!

phiberoptik, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip glass. The beer pours a beautiful golden straw hue with a dense cloudy interior and a huge billowy white head. You can also notice a massive amount of yeast in the bottle from the bottle conditioning. The nose is fruity, spicy, bready, and bit hoppy. The taste is very refreshing with fresh fruit flavorings coming to the palate including apples and lemon with a certain earthy graininess coming to the back of the palate, and a sweet malt profile makes itself known as the beer warms a little more. The mouthfeel is interesting due to the high carbination in the beer. Very refreshing and inviting in the mouth, and it doesn't leave a very heavy coat in your mouth. The drinkability is great for this offering. Perfect to share with someone over a meal or just by yourself.

TheodorHerzl, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of merryjoulton
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a prominent head that faded to a thick film with persistent lacing. Smells spicy, bready, sweet, piny, sticky, musty, earthy. Taste is thinner than aroma, the spices come through as do the hoppy tones, and some malt. Mouthfeel is very thin and unsubstantial, which leads to good drinkability.

merryjoulton, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of MerkinMan
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, gold, and very carbonated.

S: Spicy yeast scents. Welcoming.

T: Dry and crisp with spicy notes.

MF: Fluffy and spritzy. Carbonation bubbles in the throat, y'all.

D: This will be good to hang out with for a while. Not a session beer, but that is not the intention here.

MerkinMan, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of artoolemomo
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a whole lot of head and looks as if it will have very good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a dull, pale amber which appears as a hazy mix of gold and lemon in the light. Some lacing.

Nose- Big notes of banana followed by very mellow and rounded notes of clove. Some coriander, big notes of orange peel. Light hints of apple. Some creaminess that tends somewhat toward vanilla. Some lemon. Nice smooth ginger. Swirling gives the phenols a slight sour to sulfur scent. Not in a bad way. Maybe even a little bit of grassiness.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose with what I can already tell is very good balance and integration. The fruit aspects seem to work seamlessly together with banana moving into lemon and orange, some melon, and light notes of apple. The cloves have a good amount of presence and aren't exactly rounded but they work. They are more smoky than ashy and have a slight woodiness to them. It works well with the creamy front of well rounded fruit esters. Strong coriander and mild notes of pepper. Pepper grows on the finish and works well with the smoky cloves. Not my favorite saison but I fully understand why it gets such good ratings. It's not as crisp a DuPont but the mellow nature of the flavor profile and the mouthfeel are a nice change of pace. Definitely a really good beer and one that I will drink again in the future. Pepper expands and even gives suggestions of cinnamon. Nice complexity, good presence. It doesn't seem like being owned by a conglomerate has ruined Ommegang yet.

Mouthfeel- Nice tingle from the flavor notes. A little more than light bodied with a good amount of airiness and effervescence. Healthy amount of carbonation and even a slight carbonic sting but it works well with the spicy finish of this beer.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and quite pleasant. And I love the fact that these are in 12 oz bottles so I can pick up a four pack for a little more than what a 750 would cost. Why more should cost more, I will never understand. A bargain at just over 3 bucks a bottle.

Overall- Really good beer that is a good representation of the style. Not as dry and crisp as my favorite saisons but still quite enjoyable. A must try.

artoolemomo, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Andrew041180
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Arrived in a tulip glass with about a finger's worth of white head which retained well and left some spotty lacing on the glass. The beer is a golden straw color and hazy. I can see lots of carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass.

S - Dominant aroma is a spicy grassiness with hints of yeast.

T - Complex flavor profile. The background is a slightly sweet barnyard funkiness. On top of that I can pick out layers of peppery spice, lemongrass, and an ever so slight touch of alcohol. The alcohol basically puts a point on the other flavors.

M - Nothing outstanding here. Medium bodied with substantial carbonation, although the carbonation doesn't produce anything like a soda water sensation. Finishes dry and cleaner than I would expect.

O - Definitely a good one, although I have to say that at this point Saison and Tripel are both falling in preference next to Dubbels and Quads. I can certainly appreciate this one, but I may be trending away from the style as a whole.

Andrew041180, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of RyWill
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dull golden yellow with a huge sticky white head that leaves it mark as you go.

Smell - Definitely has the saison funk going on. Has a certain spice and medicinal quality to it as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Sweetness and fruits up front but finishes off with the tartness and medicinal qualities you get from the smell, especially as it warms. Light to medium bodied, quite a bit of carbonation keeps the mouthfeel even more refreshing.

Drinkability - Balanced through and through a with the relatively low ABV it certainly makes for a drinkable beer.

RyWill, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of jockstrappy
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

Pours a cloudy golden color with a creamy white head that fades quickly to a 1/8" cap, leaving generous rings around the snifter all the way down. Aroma is fruity, with hints of raison, apple, and pear. A slight hop presence is there also, along with a hint of yeast. Taste is tart and fruity up front, with some hop bitterness on the palate right before washing away for a clean finish. This beer is slippery on the palate, going down with relative ease. This is a great beer! A very nice warm weather substitute to it's Abbey Ale companion.

jockstrappy, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: pale dandelion, perfectly clear, with a small grayish head like soap film that leaves insignificant trails of lace.

Smells: oooh! Cloves, nutmeg, coriander, some cinnamon, honeysuckle, roses and lavender. Very floral, with the slightest hint of graininess.

Tastes: like a white lifesaver. Lots of cool flavors here: ginger, pineapple, Hibiscus tea. Coriander spiciness mixes with some wonderful tang I can't quite place. If finishes mostly sweet, but with a building dryness as the level of the remaining beer drops.

Feels: crisp. Medium carbonation with a somewhat light and watery body.

Drinks: like summer. The floral nose and enticing spicy flavors really agree with my current palate, and the sweetness of the beer is dialed in perfectly. An unexpected treat from Ommegang.

Phelps, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 25.4oz bottle (from anniv. pack)

Appearance: Golden hue with a nice sticky lace

Smell: Lemon, spices, cloves, slight banana.

Taste: Initially tart. But overall fruity, earthy, with a lemon zest, leading into a nice spicy undertone. Finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Very clean.

Drinkability: Good; it's a pretty refreshing beer.

Overall: This was a very pleasant beer, I really enjoyed it. The spices weren't overbearing, but did linger as time went on. Tart and fruity, great on a summer day...and with that hint of alcohol warmth, nice on a 34 degree night (like this one.)

ColForbinBC, Nov 25, 2007
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,963 ratings.