Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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2,081 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,081
Hads: 5,552
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 285
Gots: 749 | 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 PatrickCT
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a Waterford Crystal Esprit Goblet as my girlfriend looked on with amusement.

a: a finger and a half of white fluffy head that looked as though it was spooned in rather than poured. Pale, semiclear golden color beer. Excellent head retention and sexy lacing.

s: I started to smell this beer as it poured...a spicy honey and muted grain aroma.

t: Lots of different flavors here...reminds me of a convalescent. Lemon, honey and clove with just enough alcohol and a peppery nuttiness finishes.

mf: A little more than medium in body with yeast bits as I let some in the pour. Very smooth with good carbonation.

o: A very complex brew. And a very nice beer to go with homemade pretzels. And a good reason to break out the crystal. (747 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

huge,lingering, foamy white head. lightly carbonated with a yellow/green color. looks sexy in my Houblon Chouffe ipa tripel flute. Has the per verbal "funk" smell, with cloves and "spices". Some alcoholic comes through too. Great flavor for this style. Banana candy, sour mash, and lemons dominate. Great balance and carbonation. Drinks all too well. (350 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pours a hazy golden with some yeast particles floating throughout. Thick, foamy white head with good retention.

Spicy, phenolic yeast notes in both the aroma and taste. Alcohol comes through just a bit in the taste.

Medium-full body with foamy carbonation.

A well done saison, alcohol came through a bit more than I prefer, but still quite tasty. (363 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into wine glass. Poured super cloudy light-orange, with 2in head of billowing white. Strong notes of orange zest and Lemon bread. Carbonation flirts with your tongue as you taste, and leaves you with a sweet clean palette afterwards. Very refreshing. Still learning saisons, but this is a very specific but delicious and refreshing beer nonetheless. (373 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saw this was one of the top 50 beers in Zymurgy last year and figured I would give it a try.

A - Slightly cloudy bright golden almost orange. Cloudy with a huge pillowy white head with good lacing.

S - Initially the Belgian phenolic is strong but accompanied by a light grainy and sweet aroma. There is some lemon and vanilla also trying to mix together. The high carbonation also makes it seem like a tart champagne.

T - Pretty soft and complex flavors with the Belgian clove character up front. Also has subtle hints of spice and light lemon tartness that come through. There's a sweet malty/grain flavor that sits in the middle of the palate. The finish is clean and a Belgian tone that is pretty tasty.

M - Light mouth-feel. Has light carbonation. light body make this brew refreshing with a soft finish that is balanced.

Overall, this is the best Saison I've ever had. Definitely not my favorite style but it is very drinkable and is a great segway beer into autumn from a summer of drinking session IPAs and summer shandys. I wouldn't try to clone it and not in my top 50 but if you like Belgian beers I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a single into a cervoise

A: huge 3 finger puffy white head, hazy pale gossamer gold
S: white pepper, peach, lemon, yeasty banana and clove, some other spice that I can't quite identify
T: grain and yeast on the front, tingling from the pepper, at the end I get a little strawberry mixed in with the other flavors from the nose. Lots of interesting stuff and quite harmonious. minimal funkiness.
M: tart, high carbonation, good body for the style, dry at the end, (470 characters)

Photo of salcedo
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml corked bottle poured into a pint glass.
L: Straw yellow.
A touch cloudy.
White, meringue like head that lingers a while.
S: Lemon/citrus scent.
T: Tastes like lemonade with strong fruity esters.
Ends with a slight bitterness, like orange zest.
F: Body is medium to thin.
Highly carbonated which complements the tartness.
O: I'm drinking this after lunch, outdoors, on a day that is 84F. This really hits the spot! (428 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9.4oz [750ml] corked and caged brown bottle

Bottled on 8/7/2013 - best by 8/2015

Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison poured out into my tulip glass a cloudy/hazy bright golden hue. Atop sat a 2-finger white fluffy head that had good staying power and formed numerous collars of foam while consuming. Fine carbonation bubbles rushed to the top - champagne like.

The nose is fruity, peppery and yeasty. The taste is of light fruit; orange peel, candy sugar, spicy and peppery. Mouth feel is creamy with fizzy carbonation that tickles the palate. The ale finishes a little dry.

Hennepin is very drinkable and a fine brew from a top shelf brewer Ommegang. (665 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter glass.

A: Hazy yellow golden, very active carbonation keeps a thick white head at the top.
S: Yeast, clove, citrus notes, sweet malt.
T: Sweet. Light malt is embellished by savory spices of clove, ginger, and cinnamon. Strong notes of lemongrass and orange as well. Alcohol is hidden, and gives depth to the beer. Heavy carbonation.
M: Medium. Carbonated.
O: Reminds me of a blue moon, but much better. Spicy and flavorful. Will definitely get again. (488 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light straw yellow with a very fizzy head. The smell has a bit of spice up front but settles into yeast and fresh bread with some light citrus. The taste was very nice, almost champagne like with hints of banana as well as fresh baked bread. The feel was a bit overly fizzy but it was a great beer overall. Would highly recommend. (338 characters)

Photo of beerbully
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into cuvee from 750 ml
Bottled 4/2014..........Best by 4/2016

L-yellow straw colored. fairly clear, nice carbonated bubbles rising from the glass, big foamy white head that just sits at the top of the glass..........good retention..........no significant lacing as the foam slides down the glass

S-faint aromas of saison yeast, herbal spices, banana, pear, clove, lemon..........

T-none of the flavors shine bright for me on this one..........notes of lemon, some of the yeast, esters seem muted, getting some of the spiciness, faint pear........ a bit of a metallic taste that lingers and coats the mouth

F-light bodied, crisp from carbonation, dry finish

O-somewhat disappointed in this one today as I had this beer before and thought it was great but just not living up to my memory..........maybe the palate is off today.........does improve with each sip but something just isn't working for me on this one (923 characters)

Photo of ChaimS
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moderate to high carbonation. The head is white, thick, and holds up well. moderate lacing. Pours turbid. Golden in color. Sexiest beer I've encountered thus far. Citrus, light bodied, and flavorful. (199 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle serve in a Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance: pale and light gold with a full and firm head. Beautiful Belgian lace.

Nose: lemon, Belgian yeast, spicy, fruity

Taste: light and fruity, spicy and classic, sweet, breast, yeast, complex malt

Overall: nice farmhouse ale. I really enjoy Ommegang ales and look forward to trying more. (350 characters)

Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional saison. Another great ommegang brew. Pours light yellow with a relatively heavy top. Drinks very easy, and at 7.7% alc/vol they mask the strength well. Can clearly smell the sweet orange peel but it's the taste that's gonna keep me coming back. Until I find one to better it, the Hennepin is my new go-to saison (323 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color, two finger tall fluffy but fast fading off-white head settles to a thin ring, trails a few streaks of lace down the glass. Smell: pear, pepper, lightly grassy and lemony, with notes of unripe banana and something a bit oddly vegetal (like sprouting garlic). Checking the label I've never realized how many extras they throw in... don't see any expected offenders, but there is that odd out of place note. Taste: boozed ripe pear, mild whole-grain-bread graininess, lemon peel, significantly peppery with some really mild orange-ginger mix in the finish. Initially slick then fast growing carbonation hits, gets to be a little too much, then fades slowly into a crisp-ish but not dry, and slightly sticky, finish. Packaged 3/14, best by 3/16. This was my first "saison" many years ago and it's definitely an enjoyable beer... throttle up the gravity a bit and it's a killer BSPA... but for the style it advertises it's not great, and very reliant on the adjuncts. (989 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Even the beers from Ommegang that aren't outstanding are still worlds better than the same brews from a lot of other brewers. Ommegang just brews with magic, and the Hennepin is evidence of that: pretty pale color, fruitful, but not too sweet taste, and a smooth finish. Great beer. (282 characters)

Photo of Braz
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful appearance. Hazy gold with a resilient white head. Faint citrusy smell. Taste has a nice subtle tartness to it. Citrus notes with a metallic aftertaste. (162 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - A bit opaque, 2-finger head that dissipates, light. No lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, fruit.

TASTE - Hops, malts, bitter, nutty, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, dry, clean, light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing.

VALUE - $9.99 for an 25 oz. bottle - good buy.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Label indicates coriander, ginger, and orange peel, but the flavorings are very mild. (403 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 2014 Holiday Giftpack.

Aroma is light citrus fruit. Pour is a clear effervescent yellow with a thick white head. Head is long lasting with generous lacing on the glass. Taste is bold crisp , slightly alchoholic; like fermented grapefruit! Pleasant! (256 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Belgian-style beer for the Price!

Appearance is a hazy yellow-orange color. Ample carbonation that matches the style perfectly. Beautiful fluffy white head that clings to the glass and stays throughout consumption.

Aroma is hits of the yeast with some alcohol presence up front. A major contribution from the yeast that gives it an almost bready smell (as in the yeasty-bread dough before it is baked). Definitely spicy peppercorn with some citrus notes of mainly lemon and orange.

Taste is excellent. Immediately hit with spiciness and yeastiness. I get some of the orange peel and coriander, however not much of the other labeled ingredients. Some nice flavors of lemon juice and zest with a touch of lime zest in the mid palate as well. A moderate amount of classic pepperiness with some biscuity notes. Totally complex!!! At the end a very mild kiss of hops makes the beer incredibly balanced and drinkable. The beers carbonation allows the beer to be extremely refreshing.

For about 3 dollars a bottle, this beer is cheap in comparison to other Belgian beers (normally 5 and up), however it doesn’t lack in complexity and character. It is owned by the same company that produces beers like Duvel (another favorite) and Achouffe, so that’s another perk of known quality! This would go well with many different food pairings. I think pairing this beer with something equally spicy would work well such as some excellent cured meats like hot coppa or soppressata. Again, for the price, this beer is my go to! The only thing that isn't perfect is that as the beer warms up it gains a slightly more present alcohol hit (amplified by the flavor of raw ginger) that detracts from all of the other great flavors. It isn't terrible, however, I did have to mark it down for that reason. However, I still give it 98/100 points! (1,840 characters)

Photo of Bro_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Very rich aromas with floral and citrus hints including ginger and spice. Serve into a snifter and enjoy on any occasion, typically a warm summer day or next to the fire. (170 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Golden amber with a generous white frothy head that lasts a long time. Fresh bakery bread aroma with pepper and slight citrus, lemon. Taste is mostly fresh bread with after notes of fresh spice, lemon and pepper. Just like the aroma suggests. Nice bitterness at the back of the tongue that stays for a long time. Recommended! (325 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.72/5  rDev -11%

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours a nice golden color. A large amount of head remains for quite a while after pouring. Can see the carbonation flowing rapidly to the top. Fairly clear.

Smell - 4/5
A fruity tartness. A bit of spiciness and yeastiness as well, a smell common to many Saisons I have had.

Taste - 3.75/5
Tartness, perhaps tasting of apples or plums. Along with the standard bready and spicy tastes that seem fairly standard among Saisons.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
More creamy than crisp. Medium to heavy in body. The carbonation is a little light for my liking. Smooth.

Overall - 3.75/5
A decent Saison. Saisons are not a style I am particularly fond of, but this one was better than most.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (768 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Draft. Poured a golden light orange. Smells of citrus - orange peel maybe? A little ginger? No head. In the mouth this is an extremely mellow saison. Most taste like a dirt barn door but this one has hints of sugar, sweetness, citrus and hoppiness. Extremely light and drinkable. bubbles. DANGEROUS. It is a high ABV (7.7%) and you could drink several easily. They should change the name to Thor's Hammer! Really tasty and light. Definitely a true Belgian style saison. Like it a lot. (499 characters)

Photo of Phillyone1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Very good beer, great crisp clean taste, followed by a sweet after taste. Awesome flavor but satisfying for all beer drinkers, recommended out of a tap into a growler, served in a chilled beer mug (196 characters)

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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