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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,352 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,352
Reviews: 2,072
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 241
Gots: 570 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of dpcoz
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Originally reviewed 02/28/2010)

APPEARANCE - Cloudy, Pale, yet the middle of the glass, from top to bottom, it appears to be darker, almost as if a Yuengling was surrounded by a Miller Lite. Pure White head, 1 1/2 fingers up. Carbonated fairly well, bubbles continue to rise to the top

SMELL - Sour, citrus, spice, yeast, alcohol. I think the sour could possibly be some granny smith apples in there.

TASTE - Malty, citrus-acidic, I tend to sense some earthy flavors as well. Maybe even a hint of banana - nothing overpowering or obnoxious, but nice. Slight grapefruit aftertaste, combined with bitterness and dryness.

MOUTHFEEL - Smooth. Carbonation does not interfere with the experience. Definately medium bodied and crisp.

DRINKABILITY - Complex flavors, strength and price make this one a winner. Constructed almost perfectly, delivers powerful product, this was a highly enjoyable experience.

Photo of Opethsprite
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep yellow with a substantial light yellow head. Smells of tart fruits and delicate hops. Sweet grains also present. Lovely, balanced scent. The fruits are present to taste, but more citrus than expected. The hops are indeed delicate and subtle, but still noticeable. This beer has a beautiful taste that expands delightfully in the mouth. Fan-TAS-tic!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of obvious carbonation and a head with tremendous staying power.

there is a distinct aroma of spice, smells like ginger to me, more specifically ginger snap cookies, with the associated barley aromas.

wow, this is damn good, it has a dry sweetness tht is hard to place, the ginger snap aroma persuades my taste buds that that is the taste as well.

it has a smooth feel to it that turns drier near the end.

it definitely leaves me craving more.

Photo of joeland
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance- an orange pale color, with a two finger head that fades to one finger.

smell- a citrus smell

taste- it has the smae citrus taste. it is very smooth and the taste does not stay long.

mouthfeel- very smooth with a little carbnation feeling.

drinkability- i could drink these for ahile.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Apple juicy, brassy yellow body with just a slight yeasty haze. Easy-going, white, frothy head, the texture of steamed milk

Smell: If I were to describe the way this smells (and I am), I would say it's like a blend of a fine Czech pilsener and an even finer brut champagne. Splendid! I also detect green bananas, sage, white grapes, phenols, and carnation-like floral notes. Very fruity, very complex.

Taste: The aroma's nuances do not mislead. White wine dominates, banana flavors and tart, musty yeast are also strong, and fresh pineapple appears. Spicy alcohol and a quinine-like flavor lend the impression of a gin and tonic.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly carbonated and light, yet creamy and chewy.

Drinkability: Hooray! This is a really drinkable, really interesting ale. Serve with anything that calls for white wine.

Photo of jvajda
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good golden color and very light, airy head.
Smell: Malt and fig characteristics. I can already tell that this is a Belgian beer. Light alcohol scent.
Taste: Dry at first then hoppy. After the intense carbonation, a rush of buttered biscuits hits the mouth. This is definitely one of the most unique beers I've ever had.
Mouthfeel: Big carbonation and buttery feel. Excellent.
Drinkability: Great balanced flavor makes this one very drinkable. Another masterpiece from Ommegang.

Photo of Guzzler78
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 750 ml bottle.
A Great Saison/Farmhouse Ale.

A dull straw gold color. Somewhat transparent. Nice white head that appears very sudsy. Fair amount of lacing.
Smells of honey, citrus, and hay.
I love the taste of this - lemon, pepper, sweet malt. Nice crisp, clean, citrus finish that lingers for quite a while.
Very nice mouthfeel- light, bubbly almost tingles.

I suggest you drink this one!!!
A great value.

Photo of KTCamm
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of an Ommegang holiday three pack, with Three Philosophers and Chocolate Indulgence.

Poured from the champagne style bottle into a Duvel glass. Poured cloudy light yellow with immense white foam. Minutes, not seconds, for it to disipate. Lots of lacing.

Sweet candy smell. Some citrus. Buried yeast scent.

Al lovely light balanced and refreshing taste. Complex and fruity. Some bitterness, but merely a speed bump. Ever so slight alcohol.

Medium carbonation. rolls prefectly through.

Outstanding. Very drinkable. A must have. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.

Photo of DaveBar
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LCBO in a 4pk of 12oz bottles- $13.10

A- Very good. Opened well and poured a nice light foamy head that stayed for minutes

S- WOW this is the best yeasty beer I have had in a while. Have had a few Saison but this one is fantastic.

T- Almost as good as it smells. This brewery has it going on. Yeast, malt, floral hints from coriander. Slightly sour.

M- Creamy. Slight bitterness but only at first sip. Saison

O- Excellent! Very good. Had a bomber I bought in Buffalo that I just didn't want to open and now I know what I got.... Will hold that baby for a bit.

Food Pairing

This wonderful Saison paired well with... chicken in a mushroom sauce

Enjoy!

Photo of hyuga
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden with a hint of orange, and a white head that stays exceptionally well. The aroma is a spicy sourness that really is refreshing. I definitely detect saaz hops, also some delicate malt character. The flavor starts out quite tart and hoppy, then more hoppy and malty near the middle. There's also a lot of sour fruitiness going on. Grapefruit especially. More delicate malt is detectable, which is a little bready. Even with the hop bitterness, this is very smooth. Great mouthfeel. Sourness and malt in the finish. Great beer! This could be considered a warm weather refresher, but I'm enjoying it on a cool evening, and it's working great. Another one of those beers that I'm very glad to have 750 ml of to enjoy, 12 oz. just wouldn't be enough.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours relatively clear, with some minor yeast particles present, though that's not unusal for the style. Good carbonation and a nice big head top the beer. Aroma is tart and fruity with damp straw underneath. Taste is honey sweet - almost surprisingly so - followed by a refreshing lemon dryness. Crisp light cracker malt can be found in the middle of the beer, with a light peppery phonolic finish that's dry and leaves you wanting to drink more. Mouthfeel is effervescent and somewhat sticky, kind of like a sticky soda. Overall a very solid example of the style and better than I was anticipating.

Photo of goosemop
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tzieser
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hennepin. Great stuff. I've had this lots of times before, both at the brewery and far away from it and I've loved it every time.

a: poured from a 750ml bottle into a Ommegang tulip glass. Quickly forms a 3 finger flat-white head (which slowly dissapates), even with a gentle pour. Clear, bright golden color with lots of carbonation. Excellent.

s: strong and complex aroma. almost indistinguishable from genuine Belgian saisons. surprisingly funky nose on this one (horse blanket, grassy hay), along with some malts and a subtle hint of hops.

t: lots of funk flavor in the forefront, with delicate malts to round it out a bit. hop flavor is noticeable, but by no means oppressive. belgian yeast adds another facet of complexity. excellent stuff.

m&d: pleasently bubbly mouthfeel, goes down smooth. drinkability is outsanding, since it's inexpensive (6 dollars for my bottle), easy to obtain and very easy to drink.

before trying hennepin, i was not a fan of the style, but since then i've really enjoyed saisons. i'd say this is still up there on my top 5 saison list.

Photo of soupyman10
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Church Key, one of my favorites that I've only now gotten to out of the keg. Very excited.

Pours the expected light yellow-orange color with a nice looking white head on top that dissolves slowly and allows for nice lacing. Aromas and flavors are huge - big fruitiness, some bread, cookies, farmhouse funk shows up as well. It's a huge flavor and absolutely fantastic. Body and carbonation are busy and good for the style. Would definitely have it again, and most likely will.

Photo of NODAK
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very nice. Sweet and spicy...a good deal of fruity esters present. This is very inviting.

Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy, loose head that has very good retention.

Taste has some sweetness to it, but nowhere near overpowering, with some spicy notes seeming to be present as well. Finish is a little citrusy with a tart snap along with a tad bit of hop bitterness initially noticeable but fading away as drinking continues. Some yeastiness is even apparent at the very end. Aftertaste is pretty minimal with some spiciness and stickiness.

Alcohol is warming, but not overally obvious...at least, at first it isn't. As it warms, it does come out but never to the point of ruining drinkability.

Absolutely delicious and a personal favorite of mine. Very drinkable, very tasty and yet very dangerous.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is massive, fluffy and off white. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is just right for a saison: grass, citrus, orange. The taste is a little more barnyard than other saisons I have had, but that is not to say that I do not enjoy it. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer that I would really like to see distributed to my area.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cave Aged: Bottle #1315

Presentation: ‘Standard’ looking 750ml Hennepin bottle, which is deceptive at first and may fool the uninitiated. But on closer inspection, this is no “ordinary” bottle. The wire cage has a weathered and crimpled looking gray cardboard tab that states that “this Hennepin” is one of 3360 cellared at Howe Caverns at a depth of 156 feet at a constant temperature of 52°F from early 2003 until September 23rd 2003.

Hand applied Red Ink Stamp professes Bottle # 1315.

The gold colored cage encases a thumbed champagne cork that has an aged black spotted surface (from the Cave Aging?) and it takes a little coaxing to remove. When it is extracted, a solid but manageable ‘thrupp’ precedes a whispy phantom like expulsion of twisting light gray gunsmoke.

Appearance: Fantastic pour, carefully slaked into my Westie Glass (only the best!) the hazed Golden body shimmered as it slid effortlessly down the hyperbolic sides of my pristinely clean and recently rinsed Westvleteren Glass all the time releasing its dissolved carbon dioxide to form a head that rolled back on itself forming a beery surf. A lovely shimmering straw colored haze sits in the fusel gold body that is disrupted only by constant rising streamers once it quickly settles. The head is perfectly silky and forms an immaculately uniform bone-white creamy cap. Gently rolled like a fine Brandy in the Westie Goblet, the dissolved carbonation comes out to play, but only for a short time, as it is soon called back by its Head-master. This has one of those perfect heads that easily forms with a careful ‘top-up’ each time. Solid web-like lacing on the Goblets edge. Excellent conditioning, even better head retention, and a fantastic overall presentation in a Goblet style glass. Top Marks here!

Nose: Perceptible from the off, fresh Tripel-like hoppiness mixed with yeasts and freshly proved dough odor that has a little clean farmyard funkiness to it. Light spices and a citrus element together with a smidgeon of Coriander. Mmmmm, smells great, I may have to imbibe this one through my nose!

Taste: Soft, fluffy entrance allows the bitter hoppy feel to expand readily. Pale malts are in the background, light alcohol feel, slightly warming on subsequent mouthfuls. Lemon rind and coriander in the middle, spicy hops with a delicate farmyardiness (yes it’s a made up word) and some more flavored spicy bitterness in the warming finish which gently caresses the stomach with a smooth frictional like heat after a glass or two. Tangerine rises in the back end with some citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This has a well attenuated smoothness from the fine carbonation. Talcum powder soft on the tongue with a light rasping feel when swallowed. Superb presence, this has a very mature Tripel mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The whole 750ml went down quicker than the Titanic! A whole three-quarters of a litre of this 7.5% beauty all to myself – My Bad! Oh Yeah - Sheer Indulgence!

Overall: Very nice!! The precise effects of ‘Cave-Aging’ are argued over it seems, it could well be the equivalent of modern day Fuzzy Logic. I am no expert on the Aging process, except that I may have to look forward to gray pubes and bad eyesight one day, but this is certainly a beer that definitely appears to benefit from Aging in a Cave (see how diplomatic I am!).

I make no apologies for admitting that I am a big fan of Brouwerij Ommegang’s offerings, they still represent probably the best value for money widely available, high quality Belgian style US brews around for me. I am not sure what I did to deserve this beautiful, and rather prized, rare bottle as a gift - but a very BIG heartfelt Thank You indeed to djgonzalez and RokotGirl for sparing this gift from their stash during a recent trip to NYC. It was much appreciated and highly enjoyed. I’ll have to get to NYC more often - the first beer in the Blind Tiger is on me next time!!!

Photo of paxchristi
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of this recently from Trader Joe's in STL, and I couldn't resist opening it any longer.

Appearance: Pours one badass looking Saison, yo! Pours 3-4 fingers of thick, frothy, white head. The thick head stuck around for probably 5-7 minutes. I still had remainder the rest of the drink. Masterful looking beer. Light amber to almost yellow.

Nose: Spices, apricot, perhaps a bit of sweet apple peel...in the very back is a very light peppery scent and some grain.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with the addition of some very grassy tones. Its light, crisp, and the alcohol is covered fairly well. Some definite hops. Overall, a well balanced taste-- exceptional.

Mouth: Light and spot on for a Saison. Sooo refreshing.

Overall: Kickass! I can't believe it took me so long not to try this one. Will buy again and again and again. Quite possibly one of the best examples of this style that I can think of for sure.

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light golden color with one of the biggest merangue-like heads ever. The foam could stand almost an inch over the rim of the glass without running down the side and there was plenty of bubling action even though I rinsed the glass twice in anticipation of a frothy beer. The head on this beer left a total curtain of lace down the side opposite the one I drank from.
Aroma was full of fruitiness, with some weizen type banana smells and some peach and grapefruit evident as well. Slightest bit of clove and a dash of grassiness apparent in small low quantities.
The flavor is deeply complex with hints of grassiness, hazelnuts and peach and citrus fruit, as well as a good amount of clove and hints of other spices and a bit of musty yeast.
Very smooth, easy to drink mouthfeel, despite the zesty, high carbonation. It is a tradition in my family to bring a bottle of wine to the Thanksgiving Dinner for all to sample, but I think this year I will surprise them all with a couple of 750 ml. bottles of this. I am sure that they will enjoy it and if you have yet to taste this great beer, you will probably enjoy it too.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thick, frothy white head that retains well. Aroma is a funky blend of malt, spices and hops; i detect pepper, nutmeg, corrainder, sourdough bread, lightly floral and mineraly hops, a subtle but intesnsely complex aroma. Taste is equally complex and challenging; at first the bready malt takes center stage, then onto the spices including but not limited to: nutmeg, lemon zest, corrainder, and pepper, and then a lightly bitter hops flavor that is earthy, mineraly and slightly citrusy. There is also a fruity yeast flavor that adds yet another layer of complexity to this fantastic brew. The mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation, and the drinkability is excellent (especially on a hot summer day) and the alcohol is very well concealed and only lightly warming. An excellent saison from Ommegang, this is my first purchase of a beer over 6% in NC and it was definately a good one...looking forward to trying the rest of their beers.

Photo of tone77
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is alive with fruits, yeast, some sweetness. Taste is very good, fruits, yeast, mild hops, a touch of alcohol, just a bit sweet, very complex. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a top notch beer.

Photo of ericjdaniels
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden but clear. Great carbonation. Decent head

Smell: Spicy and herbal. Difficult to pick one overwhelming scent. Hints of citrus.

Taste: An initial hit of strong carbonation followed by the floral taste of the hops, but not too "hoppy". Complex herbal taste, slight citrus, and great balance..

Mouthfeel: Full body but not weighty. Refreshing due to the blend of citrus and carbonation. Light enough to drink quickly but complex enough to slow down.

Overall: My first review, my first saison, and easily my favorite beer to date. The balance in this beer is fantastic. Those who are turned off by hops can wait a second until the complexity of the beer comes out. The citrus isn't the primary taste, yet it isn't too herbal. I really enjoy this beer.

Served in a chilled glass poured from a bottle.

Photo of wjoelbrooks
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vipsanius
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Hennepin glass. Has a pale golden color, lighter than most Belgian Ales, with a large white head that quickly dissipates with decent but not really pronounced lacing (had more on the second glass).

The smell is an absolutely wonderful floral and citrus smell that mimics some of the best Belgian ales of this type.

The taste is a whirlwind of flavors that hits the palate and lasts a very LONG time after the last sip. It starts with hints of lemon, orange, honey, and ends with a pronounced herbal aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth with slight carbonation. Mind you this is my first review ever and the term "chewy" is still new to me...but I kind of feel a sensation of wanting to chew on this beer...hard to explain but I imagine this is what they are talking about when using this term.

This is a very drinkable beer. I could drink this everyday during the summer. Even though this is made in NY, I think this beer could easily hold it's ground against some of the best Belgian ales of this style.

Photo of dragonbrew
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Haven't seen Ommegang beers in very many places around my area until just the past few months. Interestingly enough I stopped in a random Dandy Mini mart (typical gas/convenience store) and as I was waiting to pay for my gas at the front I looked to the back of the store. To what to my surprise did I see, but yes, an Ommegang display rack. This surprised me because this place has always been your typical place to find deals on such things as Natty light and Busch. I don't know if it is selling in this locale, but hey, God bless them for trying.

Point is their beer is starting to pop-up everywhere in the Southern Tier not just in the better beer stores, and that can't be a bad thing.

Anyway, about the beer. Although it wasn't my first time with a Hennepin saison and certainly not the last, it is the first time I've reviewed it. I purchased a bomber at the store around the corner from my home and chilled it for a couple of hours before consuming.

At first pour the frothy pure white head was abundant and survived throughout the drinking of the beer covering the hazy straw color of the liquid below. As for smell, I don't have the greatest of ability in this area, but to be sure there was nothing in the slightest bit "off "about this beer, and it was at least pleasant in that respect.

The taste had a very light sweetness to it and a definite clove, corriander, citrus undertone. Although it has a 7.5 abv it seemed much lighter in mouthfeel, something a "gulpper" (like I can sometimes be) should be wary of on a hot summer afternoon.

I definitely see myself buying this beer more often now that it is readily available. It is a great summer beer that is light and refreshing. AND at $4.99 retail, not a bad price for a very high quality product.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,352 ratings.