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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 BobZ
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Bright sparkling yellow with a big frothy head of about 3” which recedes to about 1/2”, an abundance of sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus and spice with a bit of hoppy aroma.

Taste: Nice diversity of flavor, the citrus and spice are noticeable, there is no “piney” character imparted by the hops just the citrus and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. No “funk” really which is what I expected from a saison. A flavorful (delicious) pale ale is the best description of this brew. The alcohol is completely un-noticeable.

Mouth feel: Heavily carbonated which means it’s very clean and crisp on the palate.

Overall: Very good beer, as I’ve said extremely flavorful. In fact this beer has reignited my interest in the saison style.

BobZ, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty, lightly spicey beer, light yet solid in character and feel.

Faintly hazy pale straw, it has a huge, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin, rocky foam and leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is light, fruity alcohol, grain, hints of banana, clove, yeast, dough.

The taste starts slightly shrp and acidic, but this quickly settles down into a lightly alcoholic fruitiness with herbal-peppery-spicey bite, yeasty dough. The herb has a juniper quality along with otherwise leafiness and grassiness. There is a light earthy hint throughout. It has light sweetness balanced by the bitter-spicey-acidic bite so ends up rather dry, but not too dry. It's quite drinkable and, though a bit thin, has some complexity and good balance while the character holds up well.

Offa, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of diamondlie
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

diamondlie, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with three fingers of bubbly white head. Active carbonation is huge. Color is a light straw yellow. Sticky lacing left behind as head very slowly dissipated.

Smell: Pears, spices, bananas, and semi-sweet bready malts greet the drinker. There is some very dry pepper, and ashy notes on the body. Earth and dirt mesh with some light hop notes on the back end. Wow a lot going on here.

Taste: Touches of pepper and airy spices hit on the front first. Bread, sweet dough, and some salty hops show up on the body. More sweet malts ride through on the finish and some lingering spices go well together.

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation with pleasant transitions of spice and sweet malts.

Overall: A great American saison. The pepper and dryness is heavier then I expected but this overall is a slow sipper that is easy to enjoy.

KFBR392, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of ChristineM
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

ChristineM, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of jdohner
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

jdohner, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of HopBomb515
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous deep straw colored beer with a dense and rocky head. Endless strings of bubbles feed the head and never let it fade. Great lacing down the glass. Aromas of pears, apples, peppery notes, citrusy notes, a touch of earthy and floral hops and some of that barnyard funk. Taste follows through with citrusy orange notes, mild peppery tones, floral hop flavor, tart apple and Belgian fruity yeast flavors. Mouthfeel begins creamy with ample carbonation that finishes super dry. A great saison, one to have again for sure.

HopBomb515, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very hazy and glowing muddy golden-orange. It has a huge fizzy white head that settles to a big pillowy froth that laces the glass. Beautiful!

The aroma is musty, earthy yeastiness with some peppery spices.

The flavor is chalky wheaty malts, musty yeast, a little almost sour fruitiness (seems a bit out of place, but mellows nicely), and a bitter and spicy dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but provides some nice warming. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a good amount of lively carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. I'm still new to saisons, but this is the best I've had to date.

Beaver13, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked behemoth of a bomber. Strangely, the label indicates that this is a 'Product of Belgium' - brewed and bottled at Ommegang's parent company, Duvel Moortgat.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three ebullient fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some nice linked snowflake lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of musky flowers, citrus rind, bready pale malt, dried apples, sassy earthy yeast, and a soft ground pepper spiciness. The taste is moderately sweet pale malt, buoyed by some restrained candi sugar, weakened citrus, but with an uptick in general fleshy fruitiness, some new-found coriander, consistent yeast, and subtle, sneaky earthy spiciness - pepper meets ginger. There is no overt alcohol presence, however, a pleasant wave of underlying warmth pulls the covers up all nice and snug.

The carbonation is present, but lightly rendered, and, well 'brut-esque', the body on the prim side of medium weight, and smooth, but with a swelling of edgy heat baying at the gates. It finishes off-dry, with head-spinning complexity - nothing that has thus far presented itself seems to have buggered off yet. Oh well, then.

A well made, um, American saison? Heritage and corporate buyouts aside, this is just plain enjoyable, the delicate nature of the farmhouse ale decently ramped up, balanced, and quite agreeable, as the masked booze strength plays up well to the waning summer ethos up here in the soon to be Great White North.

biboergosum, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of soper2000
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taking the cage off and running my finger over the cork was enough to send said cork halfway across the room causing my friend to dump half of a storm king onto his lap. Wow, I like this beer already. It pours a cloudy orange color with a billowing fluffy white head. There is definitely a fruity/spicy smell to it. Taste is spicy, hoppy, and fruity all rolled into one. Mouthfeel is decent, consistent to many other caged and corked Belgians I've had. A great beer from a great brewery.

soper2000, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall thiswas a pretty decent and easy drinking brew. It was not overly complex, but still pretty nice for the style. I had this one a long time back and the spices just overwhelmed me. Really glad I re-visited this one. If it were more complex, this one would definitely be great. Definitely worth trying without a doubt.

thagr81us, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of SFNC
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass
A. Straw yellow and hazy with a white, fluffy head. Lots of bubbles.

S. Mild, yeasty, slight citrus and spice undetones,

T. Lemon, yeast, spices agian, a complex, but well blended flavor. Nice.

M. Dry, nice carbonated.

O. A very good Farmhouse Ale. I have a very strong urge to have another right away.

SFNC, Nov 24, 2013
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 30, 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
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,045 ratings.