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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,042 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,042
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 216
Gots: 420 | 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 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
Photo of Goosehunter75
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy honey orange with tons of big bubbles and a very pretty white 1 1/2 finger head

S - Smells of orange, malts, spices, and bread.

T - I tasted the sweet citurs flavors up front, but as it finishes tastes of spices like corriander come out. There is some grassyness to the beer and it has a bitter finish

M - Light to medium bodied. When poured there are lots of big bubbles, but they seem to dissappear quickly and arent noticable when drinking. Very crisp

O - Great beer. Lots going on and its balanced fairly well. I couldn't sit down and drink more than a couple though.

Goosehunter75, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly murky golden with a 2-finger white head. Settles to leave a thick cap in the middle of the glass, which is refortified by rising carbonation from that etched "D" in the middle of the Duvel tulip. Some lace left behind.

S: Fruity with a hint of yeasty earthiness or musty-ness. Better (more fruity) as it warms.

T: Fruity malt undertone (think ripe green apples) with some spice finishing it off semi-dry. I don't get a sense of the 7.5% ABV (per the bottle) at all in the taste, though there is a warming feel in the belly after a few sips.

M: Good fizziness to what is a slightly lighter than medium body.

D: Pretty good.

Kendo, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear golden in color with a good sized frothy head. Nice looking bubbles through out, nice lacing.

S: Bubble gum and bananas with malty undertones. Some yeasty character. Orange-like tones, a spicey alcohol hint here and there.

T: Alcohol taste apparent but no warming sensation. Spice, slight bitterness with some sweetness. Bitter finish. Some bubble gum and apple, slightly sour.

M/D: Crisp feel, a lot of carbonation. Light-medium bodied, not spectatular drinkability. Maybe too carbonated, could be more drinkable.

NCSUdo, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of DaveBlack
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A: Pour looks pretty good. It has about a two-finger head on the top, which has decent retention but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. The beer is a rich golden color and slightly cloudy.

S: Citrus fruits are the first thing that hit my nose, along with a lot of spice. There is also a strong smell of yeast and a slight hint of the alcohol. Very reminiscent of the Hefeweizens that I've had

T: Tastes a lot like it smells: Yeasty, spicy and a hint of citrus. Once again, you can taste the alcohol, but it hides it very well. I never would have pegged this as a 7.7% ABV. Really great, complex flavor.

M: High carbonation balances the flavor nicely, and it doesn't feel very heavy. It has some stickiness to it after the first few sips, but nothing too drastic.

D: Overall, a very good beer. It's actually scary how drinkable it is for the alcohol content. A six pack of this could make for a very good, or very bad, night.

DaveBlack, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer appears to be a hazy golden color with a coarse white foam head. The beer smells of pears, crisp red apples, sour white grapes, mango and slight cinnamon notes notes. The flavor is a mixture of old champagne, slight flavors of orange, and grapefruit and some peppery notes in the back. This is a nice complex beer and it's not too harsh on the sour which is one thing that I tend to avoid as far as the style is concerned. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for my liking it is quite prickly in nature. The remainder of elements for the mouthfeel are rather nice still. It drinks well, it was the right price, not a bad Saison for my money.

Vdubb86, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is quite fabulous. It's crystal clear and the entire vessel is teeming with effervescence. The color is a light shade of yellow. The head is huge and white, containing a plethora of bubbles. As it fades over an hour or so, it coats the glass in sticky lacing. The aroma is of spices, straw, grass, lemons. The taste is better than the aroma, with notes of lemon grass, orange zest, clove, lemon, straw. There is a subtle, spicy kick in the finish. The beer has a nice feel, with an above average carbonation level. This is a great saison, and from the United States, no less. I definitely recommend it.

Huhzubendah, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of jermar
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and golden with lovely white head that sticks around. Very smooth and full bodied initially, followed by a bitter/alcohol/carbonation gang-bang bite at the back of the palate and into the nose coupled with a lingering bitterness with a slight tartness that leaves the outsides of your tongue somewhat numb. Taste is very similar to biere de garde style with lots of spiciness but not much wineniness.

jermar, Mar 07, 2002
Photo of Rayek
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Carbonation is quite active and holds up a soapy white cap that doesn't retain particularly, but leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Musty at first. As my nose lingered, I picked up straw, plus a healthy dose of pepper and clove. A small amount of cinnamon was also present.

T: Quite spicy overall. Dry malts are there, but masked by a generous spicy bitterness. Pepper and clove provide most of the spice flavor. The yeast is in the back lending a light sourness to the proceedings. Finishes slightly tart and semi-dry.

M: Medium light body is grainy. The carbonation level felt high to me.

D: This beer certainly goes down easily enough. I'm starting to realize that Saison isn't one of my favorite beer styles, but I still feel Hennepin is a great example of one.

Rayek, May 23, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had a whole keg of this with the boys this week. pours a hazy bright yellow colow with very excited carbonation and a thick bone white head thats lasts forever. smells farmy, like wild yeasts and wheat malt. really funky nose with some spice as well. flavor is equally interesting and the yeast is the star. it has a bitter lemon rind component and a peppery barnyard finish. excellent saison. mouthfeel is magnificent. its effervescent carbonation and medium unfiltered body make it a pleasure to drink. the abv is a total sneak, and can really do you in if you arent careful. its not noticeable at all. overall another epic brew from ommegang.

StonedTrippin, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of mjd83goblue
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle for $5.39

A: Pours golden with 1 1/2" of thick head that stays. Relatively clear body, carbonation bubbles are streaming up the whole time.

S: Lemon and other citrus, some grass, a little spice, and what other reviews describe as 'funk'. I'm not sure how better to desribe it, so funk it is.

T: Fruity, with tart apples and lemon. Not as much spice as I expected, but a touch of clove with the hops. Finishes a little sour and quite dry.

M: Crisp, light, and highly carbonated, but not negatively so.

D: A complex brew, but not filling

Substitute this for a white wine at dinner. A great American take on the style, and a great price for what you get. (Although I think I might prefer my local Bam Biere from Jolly Pumpkin)

mjd83goblue, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of seand
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bubbly translucent golden color, with a fair amount of porous white head. Uneven clumps retain on the surface and leave pleasant groups of lacing.

S: Light funk and grassy/earthy hops, with a honey backdrop.

T: Balanced sweetness with a mild hoppy near-citrus note through the mid-palate. Finish is dry with the citrus hint lingering. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M: Medium body, medium smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice warm weather beer, if a bit strong. I'd get it again.

seand, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the New Rudy's into it's proper vessel.

A: Slightly hazy gold body with a finger of fine white foam. Decent retention and nice lace. Nice.

S: Enjoyably spicy, mildly fruity saison nose. Plenty of clove, pepper, and pear. Good.

T: Follows the nose: spicy, fruity, and full of tasty yeast minerality. Solid.

M: Light-to-medium body with tons of frothy, creamy carbonation. Great for the style.

O: Hennepin has long been a staple of mine, as it's available all over the place on tap. Sometimes it absolutely blows me away, other times it's just satisfactory, but usually it's like it was tonight: a solid, balanced, authentic-tasting Saison. Good stuff.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy golden yellow with a white head that starts large but quickly settles down to a comfortable half-finger. Very malty, fruity, spicy aroma: Fresh apples, hay, light grapefruit, breakfast cereal, pungent coriander seed, white wine, and just a touch of funk. Palate is correspondingly fruity yet quite dry. Robust rich malt backbone coupled with the fruit and spice notes mentioned above, subtle nutmeg and cardamom, citrus (lemon and grapefruit rind), shortbread, and a hint of rock candy sweetness. Body is thin to moderate, with carbonation on the low end. Quite a wonderful saison, not as tart and bitter as some, lacking that dry "burlap sack" note, and yet redolent with yeast phenols and esters plus added hop bite.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 27, 2014
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
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,042 ratings.