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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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4,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,874
Reviews: 2,025
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 211
Gots: 357 | 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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Photo of Suds


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
Photo of ramseye4


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
Photo of 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
Photo of anap


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
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


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
Photo of number1bum


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
Photo of 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
Photo of lackenhauser


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Wildman


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

This beer poured out a nice golden color. It formed a nice white head with some lace on the side later on. The aroma of smelled of malts and cirtus. Good level of carbination to this beer. Due to that, the initial mouthfeel taste of it throws me off a little, but it sudsides after the next taste or so. Hides it's alcohol content well. A very enjoyable beer.

06-11-2002 15:57:25 | More by Wildman
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Picked this up in Buffalo. Pours a bright, hazy, golden yellow with lots of white head. Tastes slightly of lemon and grass, with a faint spicey finish and the typical belgian pale ale mouthfeel. Very nice overall and the alcohol is well hidden in this one.

07-08-2012 02:54:30 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of BruceBeerman


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

750ml corked bottle. Color is hazy very light straw.
Nice Saison which is hard to believe it came from the US and not Belgium. Very citrus and orange flavor ale. The carbonation is very good-not too much or little, with a finger size foam lace at the top of a goblet. The mouthfeel is good with very slowly disapating foam. Very easy to drink but has a little alcohol kick to it. You can feel it as you drink (7% ABV) but you really feel it as it hits your head. Some beers have a delayed alcohol reaction-not this one. Don't drink on an empty stomach. This is a great beer to share with friends! My wife even liked it!

01-10-2005 00:22:53 | More by BruceBeerman
Photo of russwbeck


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Beautiful pour. Large, thick white head. Slowly disappears, leaving some white lacing.

S: As is expected from a saison. I'm getting some banana definitely, along with orange and citrus. Inviting to drink.

T: One of my favorite saisons. Tastes as it smells, bananas and orange. Dry finish.

MF: Nothing special, but I don't put a lot of importance on the mouthfeel.

D: I could drink this all night long. Great drinkability. At 7.7%, this will beer will get you feeling good pretty quickly, without sacrificing taste.

08-30-2010 01:31:03 | More by russwbeck
Photo of birchstick


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Pours golden yellow with a pretty large, fluffy white head.

S - smells reminds me a lot of a pilsner. It is grainy with some sweet malts.

T - Very clean taste. Sweet, grainy malts. There was also some sweet fruits, noticeably grape and cherry coming through.

M - light, crisp, and refreshing. Pretty decent mouthfeel to it.

D - this was a pretty excellent ale, especially for the price. I will definitely purchase again since it is so light and crisp, yet delicious.

03-28-2009 15:24:49 | More by birchstick
Photo of dansmcd


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Orangey amber clouded body saddled by two fingers of creamy white head and sloppy lacing.

S - Yeast and esters, spices, pepper, lemon, passionfruit and kiwifruit. Great nose.

T - Sweet and spicy, passionfruit, lime, orange, grape are prominent. A slight sting from the alcohol. Good balance.

M - Fizzy and dry, high carbonation, light bodied, Fanta like.

O - Really nice Saison with a well deserved rep.

12-29-2011 11:13:21 | More by dansmcd
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Clear light golden hue. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom, they are neverending. 3 fingers of pure white fluffy head. Head retention is the best I've seen. It will not go away.

S - Clove, pepper, slight bubblegum, a little citrus sweetness. bready-ness.

T - If you only taste the head, it's completely pepper. But why would you do that? Sweetness dominates the other flavors in the taste. Pepper, bubblegum, and clove are still there, but white grape is a new flavor that dominates.

M - Light bodied, highly carbonated, which is good. Finish is light, sweet and slightly drying. The finish is very similar to the taste, not too different from the overall taste. Light white grape flavor, some slight clove, and a little bit of pepper.

D - Fantastic overall saison. Well balanced between the uniqueness of a saison and the sweetness of the malts and fruity esters. While the alcohol is not noticeable it takes effect pretty quickly. I would definitely get this beer again.

04-01-2011 00:47:19 | More by GarrettMD
Photo of macktbone


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

This was purchased on sale $5.99 (great price for a bomber) at Monument liqour. It was recommended so after having other Ommegang's I had to try it.

Looks great. A real bright colored unfiltered ale. Looks highly carbonated and the head sits nicely upon the sweet looking beverage.

Smells like a summer day. Realy bright fruits and a little alcohol edge. I get a hint of light wood and some funk.

Much tarter than I expected. I like the freshness of the flavor and the after taste really hangs on. It almost tastes like a heavier belgian without the caramel underlyings. This has a medium sweet middle to it that fades to a soapy aftertaste.

Standard mouthfeel.

Although this rivals some of the other Saisons I have had, the alcohol taste is too promenant for 7.7%. If they were trying to hide a 10 or 11.5% sleeper in a farmhouse ale I might forgive 'em, but at 7.7 it should taste like a sweet dream. I would recommend this to others, but not if their favorite was a saison. They would pick it apart.

03-24-2009 05:11:50 | More by macktbone
Photo of thecheapies


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Cloudy lemon yellow color with a stalwart white capper. Looks purty in its own glassware. 4.5

Sweet lemon, peppery spice, chalky yeast, light damp funk, and some floral hops. Very classic. 4.5

Powdery yeast with lemon and apple esters, white pepper, medicinal notes, grassy notes, and fruity tang with some sweetness in the finish. Tasty saison. 4.0

Medium body. Light carbonation. A little booze-showy, to be honest. Slick and settling. Light tack. 3.5

I loved this beer far more back in the day. Since then, I've had a wide array of tasty farmhouse ales, but this is a trusty classic. 4.0

06-16-2012 04:28:34 | More by thecheapies
Photo of IIKaRuII


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into a wheat glass, while pouring it slowly the enormous three finger head went all the way to the top of the glass. It has a very nice light yellow color. Not very cloudy actually quite clear besides all the yeast sediment that was floating around. I read a few reviews and no one really mentioned this. I hope my bottle wasn't tainted. The smell is a very nice yeasty balance with some nice citrus to it. has a nice hopness aroma in it as well. Taste is an amazing acidic but nice citrus taste. has a good balance of bitter and sweetness to it. its very bubbly in your mouth so it is a nice warm feeling. As for drinkablility, i would say this beer would be best served on a warm day with a nice grilled burger. so it is highly drinkable, and very enjoyable.

12-25-2010 04:32:06 | More by IIKaRuII
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A-a pale blond with good body, Amazing white head that doesnt go away, fluffy. Leaves a heavy lace.
S- like a Belgian farmhouse( or brewery) on a dry sunny day.
T-citrus, not too sweet, very nicely balanced. alchohol is well hidden
M- not as thick as the body would lead you to beleive, which is refreshing. Right on to keep with its other refreshing qualities
D- At first I want to chug it, so refreshing, good balance, the ABV goes un noticed in the taste( for the most part. On a hot day i could slam these down.

06-15-2009 03:43:09 | More by spacechimo155
Photo of julian


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

My first Ommegang beer...I've been salivating all day to try this bad boy. Bought at Whole Foods (Bellevue, WA) yesterday. 9.4 FL. OZ

A: Hazy golden coloring of this beer is as expected of the style. Thick snowy white head - 2 fingers. Shrinks within a minute or 2 but never actually disappears which is nice! Sparse but interesting lacing...could be my frosted pint glass though :)

S: An earthy yet spicy (cloves) aroma dominates this beer. Lemon qualities detected mixed with yeast and minimal sour note.

T: Nice and bubbly, mild sourness of lemons or even sour apples mixed with an enthusiastic spicing. Quite dry. Low hop flavor. Footnotes of light malting.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body. The 8.5% ABV is masked well. Impressive!

D: Well I'm preparing to drink the whole bottle...and I'd drink it again.

06-04-2008 00:10:11 | More by julian
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Murky pale straw color--definitely fits the bill. Sweet fruity aroma. Sweet and juicy tasting beer. Bitterness right at the end. Awesome for the summer sun. True to the style and an appropriate alcohol level. Mild carbonation. Flavor is in balance. One of our top five saisons right now.

03-17-2013 18:48:04 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of CurtFromHershey


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a brilliant golden straw with a thick intense head which lingers forever. Surprisingly little lacing.

Smell is citrusy, predominantly lime. also a vague fruitiness and spiciness.

Taste is a muted version of the nose. Not unpleasant in the least, but not as flavorful as I had hoped given the awesome smell.

Mouthfeel seems a bit off for me. Perhaps undercarbonated, but given the massive head, perhaps something else is off. Can't put my finger on it.

Overall a really good beer which is very close to being a top notch beer.

02-28-2013 23:50:58 | More by CurtFromHershey
Photo of oline73


4.09/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber. There is a layer of off white head. Has a pils like note in the nose along with some Belgian spice. More Belgian spice in the taste along with a pleasant sweetness. Just a bit herbal with a slight bitterness in the finish. Light and quite nice. The carbonation level is a bit high,

02-03-2013 03:19:00 | More by oline73
Photo of Marq18


4.09/5  rDev -1.7%

A- Poured a golden and slightly hazy with great billowy head. Head subsided to thin film with good lacing.
S- Smells slightly bready. More pronounced citrus and floral notes.
T- Tastes wonderful. Nice light spice and yeastiness with bread and fruit overtones. Slight bitterness at the end.
M- Medium body with medium to high carbonation, finishes quite dry.

Great saison, I would recommend this beer to anyone.

03-12-2013 01:14:36 | More by Marq18
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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