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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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4,989 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,989
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 217
Gots: 403 | 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 ElGuapo
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw with a big pillow of white foam on top. The lace remains on the glass for some time. Aroma is mostly of sweet fruits, but there is a solid yeast smell in there too.

It is very tingly and crisp. A very refreshing brew. I had it on the first pretty warm day of the year, and it definitely hit the spot. I could see it being even more enjoyable during the heat of summer. Sweet malts provide most of the flavor, and then you get a doughy finish. The yeast comes through in the aftertaste, and then a slight hint of alcohol.

ElGuapo, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of sleazo
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greenpoint Deli has the whole Ommegang ouevre so I am going through it.

A-A meringue like cloud with peaks and valleys tops a semi clear dark golden liquid. There is a steady stream of bubbles replenishes this beauty of a head. The head here truly is a work of art.

S-a musky sweetness with some banana and clove like flavours going on. The smell as a whole is subdued slightly and I have had Saisons that smell a bit stronger. However this is a good smelling brew.

D-The fluffy head hits your senses as you inhale which gets those scents to meld very nicely with the taste. It is slightly sweet with those same banana/clove flavours a slight bitterness and a slight funky acidity. The farmhouse taste that I have detected in stronger versions is there but muted. Still this is pretty tasty. The hops are there as a bitterness but I can't detect them in the aroma or flavour.

M-Slightly thick with less carbonation than I expected due to the steady stream of bubbles. Still for what the beer tastes like the mouthfeel does a goodjob of getting the flavours to linger in the mouth. the wonderful head also helps too.

D-Not the best Saison I have ever had as I could go with a little more musky farmhouse taste. By farmhouse I mean what others call horseblanket, but I have never rode a horse no less tasted their blanket. So I take it to be that musty funk I have detected in others. I take this to be more of a combo Tripel/Saison type of beer. Still this is one heck of a beer and since it is in state for me costs half of what the imports cost. Will buy again.

Edit-At the end of the bottle i decided to pour the yeast in unlike what the bottle recommends. I have a smaller chalice so i get three glasses out of a 750 so the first two were sans yeast and the third included it. The yeast adds the funk i was looking for. The bottle says dont pour it in, which i think works for half the beer

sleazo, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of Skidz
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out light yellow and sits golden in the glass with a big white head achieved with no effort.

Smells quite malty with crackers and an overall breadlike, yeasty aroma for a background. Apples and pears also come through.

Taste is big on malts, sweet malts. Tangerines, blended with mild apple/pear and maybe just a hint more of citrus fruit. A nice bitter finish to this classy brew.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, just about a medium body. Good servings of small bubbly carbonation. Easy going down the hatch; simple body and flavor---simply delicious.

Skidz, May 24, 2004
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright golden with a decent off-white head. Rich, wheaty, slightly lemony aroma calls for a sip. Flavor is crisp, mouth-filling, wheaty and yeasty with a hint of lemon and just a touch of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth and refreshing to give a pleasant and crisp finish.

Cyberkedi, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of pjwilson
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i looked for my review of saison dupont to compare with this and laughed 'cuz it was my first review. I've gotten a little better at reviewing now i think. anyways..
all saisons seem to have that same taste. maybe it's the yeast? some are more appleaing that others. this one has really good distro. and it's a good price. It taste's more clean than dupont. This doesn't taste like it was made in a farmhouse, it tastes like the modern american brewery it was made in. Dig?
Appearance was the highlight for me. I seriously sat looking at the glass for days like it was tv or something. the bubbles come up from little clusters and the head is never too big but it never really dies either. all the glass gets wider it goes from yellow to orange to clay. artwork. lacing

smell: too subdued. if you can get a smell you smell green apples, yeast and other goodies. it is not funky though. which can be good

taste: it's good but not complex. there is a sweetness and a dryness, more green apples. there is a puckeringness to this beer. yeast. i like it.
mouthfeel: carbinated but just right. again there is a dryness in the aftertaste.
drinkability: high. i can't seem to stop and it keeps getting better.
notes: once ajusted to the style this is a great beer. this is not a drink alone and meditate beer like some belgians. this a drink in a hottub full of people at a party type of beer. there is no beer that feels this light for 7.5. recomended. for the price double recomended.

pjwilson, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of majorbase2
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful straw color. Sizable white foam head, with decent retention. Some lacing. Some nice sediment, as well.

Smell: Smells strongly of wheat and citrus. Some spices and a bit of alcohol as well.

Taste: Yeast and pepper out front. Wheat. Definitely some fruits, with lemon and orange being the most evident. Not as much hoppiness, and the alcohol is hidden excellently. Zest dominates this one, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied. A good deal of carbonation.

Overall: I'm not quite as versed in my Saisons, but I still enjoyed this one quite a bit. Very refreshing.

majorbase2, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear, completely translucent, light gold with a HUGE pure white head. The foam takes forever to settle, and a ton of lacing is left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is lemon citrus, light malt, pepper, gym sock, and a bit of stinky cheese. I also get a bit of grass, and some mineral rich well water. Srs.

T: This beer is sweet to start with a nice light malt bill. As it shirts to the back of the palate I get that grassy taste and bit of light citrus. Once the beer has moved off the tongue, the spices begin to shine. I get big pepper notes as it dries.

M: Light bodied beer. This is an incredibly easy drinker for a 7.7% beer. It's sweet and wet to start tightens up in the middle and get really dry on the back end. The spice shines through as it dries and it lingers until the next sip.

O: This is a really nice beer, but It's not my favorite saison. I'd definitely drink this beer again, but I'm not going to go crazy over it. Yet another well made beer from Ommegang.

trxxpaxxs, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of steelerguy
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored, exceptionally clear, with a large frothy white head. Huge amounts of carbonation keep the head strong while drinking.

S - Spice, apple, a bit of hay.

T - The spicy phenols come through first, some noble hop flavor, light malt, very crisp devoid of sweetness, ends with a slight alcohol flavor.

M - Light and refreshing.

O - Very good saison, one to enjoy outside on a hot summer day.

steelerguy, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a bulb glass. no freshness listed.

pours a beautiful cloudy effervescent pastel yellow color with a fluffy 2 fingers of white head. tiny rushing bubbles. bits of spidery lace.

lots of beautiful belgian yeast notes. bubblegum like, phenolic, spicy- peppery-clove, lemony citrus.

delicious taste. soft phenolic, bubblegum yeast. peppery spice, clove, deep honey like malt, lemon zest.

light and soft feeling on the palate, yet full bodied.

drinkable, but im feeling one and done right now. ill definatly come back to this. top notch saison, but i do prefer just a touch of funk IMHO.

dogfishandi, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of thatruth
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thatruth, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

tdm168, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of DESTRO
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

DESTRO, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of KMcG
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

KMcG, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of bierman2000
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

bierman2000, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

EgadBananas, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Greywulfken, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of kirkpjr
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

kirkpjr, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of umustdrink
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

umustdrink, May 07, 2007
Photo of tviz33
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

tviz33, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Cadebro
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Cadebro, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jwc215, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

ludachris, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

VaTechHopHead, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

MetalHopHead6, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of nhindian
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

nhindian, Nov 02, 2010
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,989 ratings.