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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,913 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,913
Reviews: 2,029
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 212
Gots: 371 | FT: 2
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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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thatruth

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

picked up a 22 oz from the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.

pours a great off-white two-finger head with moderate lacing. body is pale champagne colored and slightly hazy.

smell is of coriander, citrus, and orange peels. very hop and floral aroma.

taste is different, very nice. sort of has a sour mash whiskey vibe. basic foundation goes back to coriander and hops.

there's a robust - almost intense cherry-like and "dry" red wine on-bringing, best way I can think to describe it. aftertaste is very jumpy on the palette.

a funky and unique beer. not my favorite, but I can definitely see the sense and sensibility in its novelty and respectfully so.

08-28-2011 02:17:10 | More by thatruth
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A - gold with a half an inch of soft white head

S - yeast, faint Belgian funk, faint wheat

T - spicy, yeasty, wheat, a bit funky

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a solid saison. It doesn't have an overpowering yeast presence and has solid balance. It's definitely worth trying.

06-08-2012 21:17:46 | More by tdm168
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DESTRO

Nevada

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

man this is a pretty beer, pours out a beautiful cloudy yellow with a medium head that dies down to a small lace. nice lemony/grassy aroma, a tad spicy. light and crisp with lively carbonation, light malt paired with a light bitterness. pleasant lemon flavour with some spice and alcohol notes. very refreshing and a great one to sip from your badass goblet. ill throw up the goat for this one.

at $3.99 for a 750ml, its a steal.

10-30-2003 07:29:00 | More by DESTRO
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KMcG

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

The beer is beautiful when poured.  The head is thick and rich.  The color is light golden and slightly foggy with lots of bubble activity.

The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, fruity, and sweet with some wet straw hue. 

The taste is spicy (coriander) and grassy with a ginger pop that almost gives a peppermint tone. There is lemon toward end and then the hops hit you. Very well balanced. 

The mouthfeel is light to medium body and refreshing. A nice Saison!

09-03-2011 18:30:25 | More by KMcG
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

astringent and quite hoppy saison.. has a nice mouthfeel and is straw colored.. alcohol is quite present in this light colored but nice bodied ale..excellent sumer quencher with fruity notes and lots of carbonation.. smooth and filling, yet highly drinkable.

04-19-2006 00:02:22 | More by bierman2000
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Hazy straw in color, start white, very predominant head. Had to wait a sec to let it settle to pour the remaining amount.

The smell is citrus and tangy. Faint hops, and a bit of spice.

Most the same with the citrus fruits, spices and hops. A tad boring on the explanation, but it's simple and very well to style.

Feel is light and crisp, with a bit of carbo bite.

Out of the few Saison's I've had, this is definitely the best, which makes me look forward to more of the style.

07-25-2010 03:27:38 | More by EgadBananas
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Greywulfken

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A: loved the pour on this: super pale golden haze with thick foamy head into an Ommegang flute(?) glass.

S: light aroma of hops and yeast

T: dry, not sweet, bitter hops

M: crisp finishing, effervescent; mild tart astringency

O: this was like a strong pale Belgian - not as sweet and creamy as their Gnomegang, nor as clean-finishing and strong as a Duvel. A good-tasting beer, easily quaffable - might be one of the few beers I preferred while it was a little colder - it had a brisk character that compelled me to take real hearty swigs as opposed to, say, thoughtful sips. Would definitely recommend.

12-16-2011 21:07:47 | More by Greywulfken
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a huge, fizzy, billowing head that barely holds to not drip down the sides of the glass. The head hangs around for quite a bit, leaving spotted lacing. Slightly hazy and light golden yellow in appearance.

S: Bananas, cloves, and Belgian yeast. A little earthy and slightly spicy.

T: Crisp flavors accentuate everything brought out in the smell. Lemon zest and a little orange peel also present - bringing a little tartness out.

M: High carbonation and medium to light body. Very crisp and refreshing. Lemon and Belgian yeast leave a clean aftertaste.

D: Carbonation limits the drinkability here, but altogether a great summer beer.

07-14-2010 00:53:03 | More by kirkpjr
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umustdrink

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

To celebrate Ommegang's entrance to the Minnesota market!
750 ml bottle purchased in February
Served in a Duvel tulip

A - Cloudy light orange in color with a nice stream of carbonation via the tulip's nucleation site. Fluffy ice cream scoop of a head that I don't think will be fading any time soon. Lacing is strong, leaving thick chunks of head around the glass rim.

S - Spicy clovey yeast, fresh & light bready malts and just a wee bit of sourness.

T - Light, slightly bitter and earthy to start, then a light sourness. Finish is a sweet and spicy yeast.

M - Consistency is medium and carbonation is surprisingly minimal.

D - Overall this is a very good beer, with excellent drinkability. Very comparable with Duvel. Depending on the price I may or may not have this one again as I'm not crazy about the style...it is good though.

05-07-2007 03:21:19 | More by umustdrink
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tviz33

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle, served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy yellow body with a white soapy two finger head and minimal lacing. This looks tasty.

S- Yummy bananas, clove, and citrus. Of course there is the usual aroma of Belgian yeast, which works really well here.

T- Really, really nice. Reminds me of a good tripel. Orange and lemon come first, with banana and spice following. FInishes a bit boozey, but not intolerable.

M- Light bodied and pretty spot-on with the mouthfeel. Slightly creamy, well-carbonated, and crisp.

O- This one is certainly refreshing and clean. I will be enjoying one or many in the future, as it is easy to consume multiples of these.

12-25-2012 19:27:35 | More by tviz33
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Cadebro

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Crisp golden color with just a hint of haze. Pours with several inches of white head that quickly diminishes around the glass but stays peaked in the middle. Very little lacing.

S - Smells sweet, citrusy and yeasty, but is missing a good saison funk.

T - Sweet and spicy up front and finishes dry and peppery with just a slight alcohol taste.

M - A nice medium body with quite a bit of carbonation.

D - I could drink this saison all the time and with Ommegang's great beers being so low priced it's a possibility.

11-09-2011 00:17:50 | More by Cadebro
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours yellow with a thick foamy white head that is well-retained and leaves foamy lacing along the sides of the glass.

The smell is of citrusy lemon, bready yeast and a slight medicinal aroma in the background.

The taste of lemon mixed with honey. Sourbread and grainy malt come into play a little later. The taste is not overly assertive, but always present enough.

The feel is smooth and refreshing. It's easy to drink, the flavors linger and the body holds up well.

A solid choice for a saison. It's not my favorite of the style (it's just behind DuPont and Smuttynose Farmhouse), but it's certainly a goody I do recommend.

09-19-2006 22:27:12 | More by jwc215
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

This is my first beer from Ommegang and first from my big beer haul from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. What a place.

The slightly hazed golden straw body is well carbonated and already looks refreshing. About a finger and a half worth of creamy tightly knit white head sits on top and for a long time. Thick and creamy sheets of lace are left behind as the head slowly receedes. This looks fantastic.

A subtle and pleasant nose gives off notes of Belgian yeasr, musty and wet straw, some welcomed over ripe Anjou pears and just a touch of spice. Very well balanced with no one thing being overly pronounced.

Just as balanced in the taste as well. A bit more spice forward than what I was expecting but it does well at meshing with the grassy/musty hay character that is prevalent throughout. I still get some pear-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue but it has been greatly reduced from the nose to taste. A subtle grassy bitterness is what's left, accentuating the dry finish.

I forgot that this was 7.7% ABV when I took my first sip and was surprised at the body of this thing. Its got a smooth, rich, and creamy feel with a great bubbly kick. Well balanced through and through with a dry and subtley bitter finish that makes me want to take another sip. Besides its medium and rich body, there's no indication of its higher ABV.

I haven't had all that many Saisons but this one explains why they're becoming one of my favorite styles of beer. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and tasty; perfect for nearly any occasion. I'd definitely buy this againa and can't wait for my next Ommegang brew!

04-16-2011 02:36:38 | More by ludachris
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VaTechHopHead


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Pours a very light yellow/golden color but what I love is how thick the head is accompanied by the tremendous flow of carbonation bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

S - To me is smells very similar to a Belgian Wit ale, I guess Saisons and Wits are close is style?? Either way it's a little less citrusy in scent but more spicy. Don't know which spices are used but it's very nice.

T - After smelling it I thought it was going to be very much like a Wit but I was a little off. This beer is much more tart than a Wit, which is very nice. Tastes much like a Belgian farmhouse ale! A little lemon/apple/yeast aftertaste...very complex.

M/D - Carbonation overload...which isn't a bad thing in this case. Paired with the flavors of this brew the carbonation compliments it nicely. Very rough on the palate given the carbonation but, again, works nicely.

This was my first Ommegang beer and I am quite pleased. For a beer brewed in New York they have out done themselves. Not quite as good as a true Belgian but it's definitely knocking on it's door! Very nice take on a hard beer style to master. Can't beat the price either...payed less than $7 for a 750ml.

03-08-2009 02:10:39 | More by VaTechHopHead
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Ommegang Hennepin is sparkly, easy, and a great all-purpose ale.

It poured cloudy hazy light gold, with a huge thick head that left a moderate amount of lace. The smell and flavor were yeasty and fruity, with hints of banana and lemon. The feel is crisp and sparkly, yet thick, with a dry finish.

Hennepin is a nice crisp Farmhouse Ale that is refreshing in summer and perfect with a rich meal in colder weather. It's a great year-round all-purpose ale.

02-14-2010 23:09:25 | More by MetalHopHead6
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

750ml bottle poured into an Ommegang flute.

Had a 750ml bottle of this laying around from the Ommegang gift set that I got a few weeks back. Decided to crack the second one after the Chocolate Indulgence as I've only had a tiny sample of this. Here goes!

A - After twisting off the cage and giving a little nudge on the cork... it literally flies off and bounces off two walls, landing conveniently behind my fridge. Luckily I had it faced away from my eye and there was surprisingly no gushing. Pours a steady,,cloudy, straw colored stream and builds a fantastic, 2-fingered, creamy, egg-white head. And this head is here to party. Even after drinking half of my glass it still is going strong, unleashing the sweet aroma, probably in part due to the rising carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Interestingly, the head repels the glass for the most part and most of the lacing comes from the edge where I drink, while the head on the opposite just glides back and forth without sticking. As I get closer to the end, the head finally gives into the glass, but unlike earlier, it holds on for dear life. Some really fantastic lacing here.

S - Smells faintly of a Belgian pale, with a bit of barnyard funk to it. Nothing Bretty, but freshly mowed grass, lemon, and citrus are the predominant smells. Getting some malts, but overall it's a pretty mild nose. Definitely a defined crispness. Really effervescent as the carbonation expels all the nuances of the head.

T - Taste is certainly giving various impressions. Like the nose, there is a Belgian pale familiarity here with the coriander and lemon taste that imparts a spicy bite and peppery aftertaste. But then you also get a tannic, almost grape-like taste behind that mixes in a bit of alcohol. These combinations are refined and delicately balanced, however, and it goes down great. A bit bitter at the end, but a fairly dry finish keeps each taste fresh.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Tingles and pricks the mouth and really plays into the dry, crisp, and peppery finish. A real treat to enjoy and can see this pairing fantastically with a nice dinner.

D - Drinkability is high. A very slight alcohol bite at the end is the only reminder that this is a 7.70% beer as it drinks almost too easily. An excellent offering from Ommegang and a great representation.

11-02-2010 02:56:17 | More by nhindian
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Sampled this with some great soft cheeses. Pours a clear, pale golden color with a frothy, energetic head. The aroma is more floraly hoppy than I expected….layered flowery smells, spiciness, and citrus-like hop aromas…with a background of alcohol. First taste is sweet…moderately malty and yeasty. Subtly spicy. The beer is highly carbonated, which gives it a crisp carbon-dioxide bite. It’s refreshing, clean, and finishes pleasantly bitter. I could see this beer going well with most foods.
Inexpensive and impressive, Ommegang is becoming a favorite of mine.

02-08-2004 18:05:16 | More by Suds
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ramseye4

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A=Pours a very cloudy light straw yellow color. At first I was apprehensive, but after the more I look it at it starts to grow on me. Fluffy white 2 fingerh ead, lots of lacing.
S=Yeast, a bit of spice,citrus and light fruit.
T=Banana, clove, lots of yeast and bready maltiness, a bit of bitterness.
M=typical Saison carbonation, lighter body, sticky
D=Great. Hidden ABV, sits lightly in the stomach, good taste make this an extraordinarily drinkable beer.

02-19-2011 02:43:50 | More by ramseye4
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

biggun from arrowine

nice to look at: clear gold with a thick head. leaves respectable lacing
big spiciness on the nose, follows up when i taste. slight tartness that coincides with a zesty character

sweet...this really toes the line between a farmhouse ale and just a pale belgian (something i saw in clipper city's offering). it's got the spiciness to set it aside, but i feel that it could dry out a little

that being said, hennepin is delicious

07-27-2005 00:51:59 | More by bruachan
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anap

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

From the tap, Hennepin poured a sunshiny gold color, slightly hazy, with a spumy one-centimeter head. The first sip left a strong impression of pears that receded with subsequent sips, unraveling a sparkling apple cider note with a trace of soapiness and lichen on the finish. For having so mellow a flavor, the beer was surprisingly crisp and thin. In fact, I would have preferred a slightly heavier feel, but perhaps my opinion was swayed by a craving for warmth on a chilly day in February. Well, I found it thoroughly drinkable nonetheless and look forward to sampling it again when springtime rolls around.

02-09-2011 23:11:16 | More by anap
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Hazed pale gold/straw. Head is thick, bright-white, clean, and fluffy. Some minimal lacing on the glass. Nice tight carbonation. Lively and solidly hazed.

Smell: Lemon, hay, and a mild funk. Lemon zest and a mild touch of something akin to oak. Peppery and a touch sweet. Some hints of honey. Lots going on but none of its very potent. Mellow and on point.

Taste: Lemon zest and hay. Grass and a mild funkiness. Faintly musty with a decent lingering floral note. Raw honey and a mild peppery finish. Floral and earthy. Powdery bread crust. Very clean. Lingering notes of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a lively carbonation. Body is light and bubbly. Drinks clean and easy.

Overall: The first time I had this beer was on tap. It came to the table and smelled like a citronella candle. I've been putting off retrying it for 4 years as a result. Ultimately, I'm sad I waited. This is a damn fine American take on a non-American style. Nice flavor profile with a decent drinkability. Funk is on point.

03-14-2012 00:56:56 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a pale yellow color, good clarity and some bubbles rising to the top, with an inch plus of nearly pure white head on top. Head retention is very good and it leaves quite a bit of lacing, too.

Smell is herbal and somewhat bitter, with some yeast and grass aromas as well as some spice. Not much fruit.

Taste is dry with very little sweetness and an herbal, earthy bitterness. Yeast and spice add some complexity, and the hops have a moderate level of bitterness and some grassy, herbal and earthy flavors. There's very little sweetness and not much fruit either, other than some tart lemon maybe and some unripe green apple. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp but quite dry.

This is a good beer and I certainly enjoyed the bottle, but if I had my druthers I'd prefer a saison that's more fruity with just a touch more sweetness. Still, I certainly wouldn't turn Hennepin down when presented with it.

04-29-2008 02:17:47 | More by number1bum
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours very pale, somewhat like a hefeweizen. The head holds nicely, and lacing is ample.

The aroma is sweet with some tart and fruitiness to it.

The taste is more or less the borderline for what I'd expect from a Saison. It's balanced very well with fruit, yeast, and tart, but it doesn't really leave a lasting impression.

The body is medium light with a medium/high thickness. The finish is moderately dry and sticky.

Overall, this was a solid saison, and for it's availability and pricepoint it really shines. The only downside is that it could do a bit more to set itself apart.

01-02-2012 18:48:26 | More by BBP
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Very nice amber/golden color with a great fluffy off white head. Vinuous and earthy aroma-heavy yeast and spices. Big malt flavor. Extremely spicy-peppery and a sour grapefruitiness to it. Earthy as all get out-almost dirt like in spots. Fairly dry finish to it. I dont really care for the mouthfeel-its too bright and fizzy to me, though it lessens as the beer warms. Even some of the highly carbonated triples arent this fizzy. Overall a very drinkable beer. Ommegang certainly gets high marks from me. They really got a good thing going on.

12-17-2005 22:41:30 | More by lackenhauser
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StJamesGate

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours pale cloudy hay with peach highlights and a loose white head that fades quickly with few trailers. Nose is vanilla pudding, lemon blossom and bees wax. Clove and white pear up front, some oddly tripel-ish white pepper then lemon and ginger juice hops, with a butterscotch hit at the end. Prickly finish, tight linger. Light to medium, crisp, dry, none.

No sharp edges! Not too heavy on the yeast or spice, but a bit malty and full for the style. Not sure it deserves the high marks, or if this is just a common intro to Belgians for a lot of people.

Still a very drinkable saison.

09-04-2010 18:48:29 | More by StJamesGate
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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