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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,865 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,865
Reviews: 2,023
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 208
Gots: 352 | 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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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

I am actually shocked that I have not already reviewed this...as it is one of my favorites.
Pours a yeast-filled golden....quite hazy.
Aromas of apples, yeast, pepper and hops.
This pretty much labels the taste as well,
Fantastic tart apples up front. Peppery yeastiness. Nice lime accompaniment. Citric and very tasty. Hops dry things out in the finish.
Medium-light bodied with the big carbonation.
This is sooo good on a hot day.
Alcohol is not a factor.
One of my most-purchased beers (especially at $4 a 750ml...where's the brown bag??)
This is THE stuff.

Update: Maybe my opinion of Ommy has soured, but this is not the beer I once thought, aged or fresh. More tart than memory recalls with green apples and citric fruit taking the fore. Simplistic, light peppery and doughbal yeastiness. Good for what it is, but so many saisons surpass this. But I must say, for the price, this is still a soild belgo-quaffer.

05-30-2002 00:16:20 | More by cokes
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augustgarage

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Cloudy citrine and golden-yellow body with an immense rocky splashed white crown that recedes to a soapy fat finger. Sticky thick lacing, but no legs.

Mowed alfalfa, challa, orange-blossom honey, and faint spice in the nose. Generally (albeit mildly) floral and citrus-infused.

Dry, moderately hoppy (grassy/earthy noble varieties) palate entry. Grape skins, lemon/lime/orange zest, and white pepper round out the profile. Crisp well balanced taste, though the yeast could be a little more forward (I thought the bottled version would be better in this regard than the kegged version, but I can distinguish no difference).

Medium-light bodied, effervescent, and refreshing.

Quite drinkable, but lacks a bit of complexity and flavor compared to the better Belgian examples. Originally I would have excused this based on value, but over the years Ommegang has gone up in price making me less inclined to choose their offerings over those that are the source of their inspiration.

09-26-2010 22:36:03 | More by augustgarage
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a orange amber that is cloudy with a rocky foamy quickly disappearing head. Nose is slight sour funky with a nice yeast underpinning. Some light citrus and hay also. Taste is way to strong on the alcohol. Thats all you taste up front. Creamy body with a lot of yeast and a lightly hoppy and lightly bitter finish of spice. As a western take on a saison though, this works pretty well. Lingering notes of Caramel and Vanilla and a very slight sour note redeem this one.

10-04-2008 21:52:43 | More by Rootdog316
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HalfFull

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into an Ommegang tulip from a corked 750 ml. bottle. A careful first pour yields a pale yellow body with a robust inch of rocky white foam. Cap breaks down slowly and leaves lots of clingy lacing as it does so.

Touch of lemon on the nose with some yeast notes in the background. An intriguing spice nose accompanies. Subtle fruit notes of apple and light pear as well. Much more complex than the draft version for this beer.

Pepper and clove are more prominent in the flavor though they appear on the nose with warming as well. Offers a nice grainy texture with lemon and a subtle almost wheat like quality. Finish is long and smooth with tart lemon and bready yeast. Reveals a tinge of sweetness only as the carbonation settles and otherwise masks the ABV well. A pleasant alcohol warmth is notable on the nose with warming however.

A firm carbonation supports this Saison from start to finish, offering complex yeast and spice notes though less so in the fruit arena. Light and well balanced overall, dry and powdery. And again, a different and superior animal to its draft cousin.

07-17-2010 05:43:46 | More by HalfFull
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from 750 mL bottle.

A: A pale gold with lots of pure white head. Good head retention. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Mostly citrus: lemon, orange, and grapefruit. A little yeast aroma as well.

T: Somewhat sour and fruity (not really citrus; apple or pear maybe). A touch of sweetness, with some wheat flavor as well. Small alcohol warmth at the back end.

M: Smooth, light body. Instead of crispness, the carbonation gives it a very velvet- or silk-like feel.

D: This beer was smooth and refreshing, and balances the alcohol well. I split the 750 mL bottle with one other person but I could have easily finished it myself.

This beer seems like a good introduction for me to the Saison style. I will be on the look out for others as this one was pretty tasty, and a good change from the usual Belgians available.

12-29-2009 14:14:19 | More by goldbot
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Pale gold in color with a 2" inch head that last.
Mild fruit and spice in the nose.
Smooth and balanced in the mouth. Flows from sweet to bitter. Taste like a Grannysmith apple. Dry in a good way.
Very drinkable higher gravity beer.
Will be buying it bottled very soon.

10-30-2005 19:07:06 | More by wcudwight
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a pale golden color with three fingers of stark white head that drops down to about a fingernail's worth of foam.

Aromas of funk and must and chalk. No hops, very little malt.

First sip is of a chalky dryness with hints of tobacco. Peppery, lemony saison qualities.

Mouthfeel is less than medium, drying, a little peppery, some prickly carbonation. Very thirst quenching.

Drinkability is fantastic, this is a great summer beer. Very drinkable, very refreshing, not filling at all.

09-27-2010 00:10:53 | More by JamnesCameron
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance was a hazy, bright gold with an enormous, pillowy white head that takes an eternity to disappear.

Aroma of citrus, citrus, and more citrus, with some slight floral notes in there as well. Very pleasant.

Taste is herbal, grassy even, with notes of clove that remind me of a summer wheat ale. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-to-full-bodied, with nice amount of carbonation. Finish is somewhat neutral, with not too much of an aftertaste.

This would probably make a superb Summer beer (though watch out for the alcohol!), but it just didn't do it for me. Perhaps it was because it just wasn't one of those nighttime, before-bed beers. Overall, not too bad.

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Served at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Light, clear straw-gold hue with a pillowy head of white foam. Nice, thick rings of lace grace the walls of the glass as the beer drains.

Nose of citrus, with notes of lemon zest and grapefruit peel, mixed with earthy, musty horseblanket.

Light, highly carbonated body, with an herbal, grassy palate, with a nice, none-overpowering clove spiciness. Finish is very dry, helping to lead one to a further draught.

A very nice, easily drinkable beer, and a great example of the Saison style.

08-16-2008 12:28:43 | More by superdedooperboy
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Hennepin: never thought I’d be drinking this as a Saturday night brew, but I’m feeling a little Belgian tonight. Cheers!

Brewed over two years before the date of this tasting (Bottled on 16/12/10, best by 16/12/13).

A: Gorgeous, shining body on this one; pours a rich goldenrod. Looks bubbly, producing two inches of thick, white foam and a cavalcade of bubbles from the nucleation site; and man, this head is not receding at all. Beautiful. The lacing is soapy and thick, too. Perfect look.

S: Smooth, Belgian aromas of vanilla, straw, cornbread – a pretty aromatic buttery-sweetness. Light, fresh lemon, too, which mixes with some chamomile and lilac notes to form a tea-with-lemon effect. Otherwise, there’s a bit of barnyard funk, pine needles, and even a charming hint of melon.

T: So herbal and complex – absolutely delicious. Loads of white pepper, pine, orange peel, coriander, and flowery hints wrap the first tastes into a shell of perfume airiness, bright and tongue-tickling. Exotic wheat notes take it down a heavier, though similar road, with a Belgian crusty-breadiness (yes, that’s a word) and some light butter tones. Astringency comes in the forms of phenolic, lemon-rind hops, showcasing light – but lasting – intensity. Finishes with some fruitcake and cinnamon tastes, with some flaky biscuit tones.

M: Very light – bubbles off the tongue, at first, but it evaporates in moments with a noticeable weightlessness. A little oily, but it fits just perfectly with the style. What a drinkable beer.

O: This beer makes me smile – every sip is just delicious. Complex, memorable, and intense at just the right moments. Every time I walked into the liquor store, this beer was right there; little did I know that Hennepin was just waiting to dispel the rarity-means-quality myth. Grip ‘n sip, my Belgian-beer fans; grip ‘n sip.

04-08-2012 01:58:54 | More by BarryMFBurton
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rugger

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

This was truly an enjoyable experience, and to top it off this is something that I can get in my area for $8.75 for a 4 pk.
The nice orangy color and nice thick white head were promising and the smell was nice an yeasty like you would expect from a belgian brew, and then the taste was very smooth at first and then moves to a well rounded sweetness that can only be described as mana from the beer gods. This was very drinkable and I really enjoyed hanging onto the lovely aftertaste of this brew. One of my new favorites.

08-02-2004 16:18:58 | More by rugger
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

750mL bottle into a Teku
no bottling dates

A: Pours a slightly hazy, urine yellow with 3plus fingers width of bright white head. Head has good retention and leaves a moderate amount of patchy lacing.

S: Spicy and yeasty, like a Belgium strong pale or tripel. Clove, pepper, and nutmeg. Coriander and grains of paradise. Faint citrus notes, and a floral, almost sage-like character.

T: Spicy like the nose, along with some sweet fruit notes. Clove and ginger. Grains of paradise and orange citrus. There is some funk as well that I didnt really pick up on in the nose. Vanilla, as if from an oak barrel, in the aftertaste. The funk builds as you drink, and reminds you that you are drinking a saison.

M/D: Medium body, very heavy carbonation, ABV completely masked. Drinkability is somewhat limited because the carbonation is so high, but a nice mouthfeel.

O: This is the standard of the style in the eyes of many people, and I see why. Hits all the notes that a Saison should. Personally, I prefer my Saisons with some tartness, and Fantome is still the epitome of the Saison to me. This is a great beer though. Deserving of the Beers of Fame list.

08-11-2013 20:20:05 | More by zac16125
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a bottle a very cloudy orangish-yellow with a frothy white head and sticky lacing on the sides.

Smell is sweet with the aromas of bubblegum and flowers.

Taste is both tart and sweet with plenty of lemony citrus and yeast. The 7.5% alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, slightly slick to the palate and with little carbonation.

One of the great American Belgian-style ales. Surprisingly easy to drink and enjoy.

08-28-2007 22:17:04 | More by Monkeyknife
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz bottle served in a tulip.

pours a somewhat cloudy pale yellow with two fingers of head, decent lacing.

enticing aroma offers a strong citric presence which is flanked by spice notes. there's pepper and also a light floral showing. by and large more of the same transition to the flavor... coriander, clove, lemon, spice and malt. slight, pleasant warmth from the booze. light to medium mouthfeel, somewhat high carbonation. definitely a nice, very drinkable saison, especially great for those warm summer months. might not be fantome but it's a lot easier to come by.

original review on: 07-09-2010

05-09-2012 20:27:34 | More by BostonHops
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Alas, a good domestic Belgian imitation! It ain't Dupont, but it is a super brew!! Especially at the 4.99 price tag for a 750ml, here in Chicago.The color is right on, featuring blazing orange-the head pours big and frothy and maintains a fine stick. Flavorful and refreshing both, the beer salutes the style nicely. The taste is much like that of a Dupont Saison, with spicy citrus hop and a nice snappy bite. A well balanced, clean, and delicious bang for the buck!! I'll surely save money with this as an option.

12-09-2003 02:33:39 | More by moulefrite
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johnwarne

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

A beer haiku for you:

American? Oui!
Belgian style, no regrets here;
Reservations--gone.

My reluctance about an American 'poseur' to the fine Belgian tradition was removed with this beer. Didn't seem to have quite the alcohol 'kick' of several world class Belgians, but that obviously added to the "drinkability". No reservations about having more than two at one sitting without feeling crapulent or hammered. Not the world's leader in this category, but well worthwhile.
Happy Christmas to all--cheers!

12-24-2009 20:02:15 | More by johnwarne
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HopHeadKen

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with thick Ivory colored head. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle confirms the label claim of 'Bottle Conditioned'.
The smell is spicy and rich. Taste is spicy corriander with hints of pepper, warm and alcoholic. This is my second bottle. WOW ! I have got to homebrew a Saison !
This stuff is very good !

08-29-2005 13:47:11 | More by HopHeadKen
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TheItalianStallion

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazey golden color with lots of carbonation. There is a gigantic, dense head that eventually settles to 1 finger in size and sticks around for the remainder of the beer. Minimal lacing with some chunks of foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is of lemon, grass, white pepper and slight clove. Also a bit of yeast. The nose is similar to a Tripel with the pepper and yeast aromas.

T: Taste is fruity tartness with lemon and a bit of apple. White pepper and clove are definitely present. Some grassiness with earthy notes are there too.

M: Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with high carbonation and a light body. Finish is somewhat dry.

O: Overall this beer was good, but wasn't a stand out by any means. This is the only saison I've ever had so maybe I'm just not a huge fan of the style, but I would give this beer another go. Nice and refreshing on a hot summer day.

07-09-2014 00:17:08 | More by TheItalianStallion
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

The beer pours pale, golden yellow with a lot of chunks and carbonation bubbles circling around. The beer pours with a nice tight white head on it that settles to a quarter of a fingers width and leaves a thin lacing of tight, dry bubbles. On the nose, the beer smells strongly of spiced coriander with hints of orange peel, and ginger. There is also distinct bananay yeast in the background giving lovely character to the nose, while the hops and yeast are properly downplayed with lights notes of grass and hay and some wheat notes. On the tongue, the beer tastes creamy sweet and grassy bitter with lots of spice character. The flavor begins as orange peel and light wheat malt before being steamrolled away by heavy coriander spices with hints of pickling ginger. This moves into bitter grassy hops and banana yeast. The finish gives a fresh kiss of coriander infused orange juice with just a hint of sweet wheat bread before mellowing into an aftertaste of light coriander spice and yeasty banana funk. In the mouth, the beer tastes creamy smooth and medium in body with a touch of fierce carbonation that mellows into a clean scrubbing of the tongue. The mouth is left slightly dry but clean. Overall this is a solid and interestingly flavored beer. They’re a little heavy handed with the coriander spicing, which hurts the other flavors, but these flavors still show through and are beautiful and fresh in feel. This is a classic American saison in a Belgian-style. Worth a try.

04-05-2013 19:31:32 | More by Maxwell
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dar482

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden green yellow white wine color.

The aroma has banana, clove, a bit of citrus peel, a substantial bready sweetness. Quite sticky sweet for the style.

The flavor continues with that familiar banana and clove. A bit of orange rind. Some artificial banana flavor. Lots of peppery spice. A good amount of that phenolic note. There’s almost an alcohol or metallic flavor in there too. Lots of carbonation and a bit of drying on the finish.

Had this blind with Tank 7 and that beer won out by a bit. This just didn’t have enough refreshing notes and was a bit sweet.

01-08-2014 03:42:13 | More by dar482
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ranger7

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

From 12 oz bottle into tulip
Review from notes: 11/4/2013.

A: Light gold-to-yellow with huge fluffy white head. Beautiful.

S: Orange, wheat, grains.

T: Orange, floral. Wonderful smell.

M: Some carbonation, but pretty smooth and somewhat thick on the tongue. Fits the style.

O: Wow. This has to be one of my favorite Saisons. I love drinking this stuff.

05-25-2013 13:26:21 | More by ranger7
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Golden in color with a high amount of carbonation and a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma suggests tropical fruit and orange with some spices. Taste begins with a honey-like sweetness and finishes slightly tart. Very authentic and true to the style. Completely in the tradition of Belgium.

08-16-2003 11:43:14 | More by dmarch
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Atch

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

This is the first Saison Iv'e tried. A 24 oz bottle, drank out of a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color, tons of bubbles, 2 finger head and a meringue top that lasts the whole way.

Smell: Sweet citrus/dry champagne

Taste: Wow. This is tough for me. It's dry, but almost sweet. It sounds contradictory, but it's both.

Mouthfeel: Incredible. For me, perfect carbonation. Again contradiction, very smooth but not.

Drinkability: Drinks easier than beers with lower abv's. I absolutely loved it. One more please.

Overall: For someone who usually sticks to ipa's and such, I'm totally glad that I tried this beer style. I think I may have found a new favorite.

02-19-2008 00:48:03 | More by Atch
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midaszero

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Hazy pale yellow with a lot of fluffy white head with some lacing.

S - Lemon, citrus, and some spice

T - Lemon and spice that I can't quite place

M - Tingly with high carbonation. Kind of chewy.

D - Easy to drink a lot of this.

One of the first saisons I ever tried and still love to this day.

07-18-2008 01:39:03 | More by midaszero
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Part of the few bottles of Ommegang I was able to procure on a recent trip to the US.

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of soapy head, solid retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Floral notes, spicy citrus, leafy greens and a hint of cloves.

T - Fruity notes with the cloves coming through, floral citrus hops, unique spiciness that is tough to nail down, but is incredibly tasty and complements the musty caramel malts.

M - Lighter bodied ale that comes across a tad prickly is heavily carbonated, but finishes nice and wet.

O - Quite tasty saison, nice floral flavours, ABV is well hidden and the mouthfeel makes for a refreshing ale. A tasty ale indeed and worthy of seeking out.

03-10-2012 18:42:57 | More by andrenaline
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz bottle best by 06 of '15

look is an appropriate hazy yellow, with a sticky frothy head. smell is bright, yeasty, and Belgian. feel is full and creamy, yet retains bite. taste is wheat, lemon, with Belgian yeast flavors of clove, coriander, citrus, banana, and barnyard.

really flavorful saison.

08-27-2013 20:54:40 | More by jimmah120
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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