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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,094
Hads: 5,633
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 301
Gots: 807 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 Tsar_Riga
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - The golden body is clear, with extensive carbonation forming into a swirl of bubbles and movement. The head is huge, white and tight, breaking down slowly to a cap that remains. Lacing is present and robust.

S - The nose is of white grapes and limestone, with a spicy peppery kick. Undertones of lemon and acidity.

T - Like the nose, the grape is the primary fruit note, but we also get apples and lemons, too. The middle offers some sweetness, honey and spices. The close offers the minerality, a touch of earth and stone, along with a subtle sweet note and continued lemony sourness.

M - Carbonation, though visible, is mild on the tongue. The dryness in the close keeps the sweetness earlier from taxing the palate. The result is a very pleasant feel that is extraordinary for the taste and ABV.

O - This is an exceptionally well crafted farmhouse ale, that uses its yeast and malt to good advantage. Ranks among the best brewed on this side of the Atlantic, and remains quite approachable.

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Photo of beerbully
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of ChaimS
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
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

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Photo of babaracas
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Braz
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with an impressive soapy head. Amazing thick lace retains throughout.
At first there is an earthy and barnyard like aroma, kind of like hay. Later, there is a strong fruity and citric like aroma.
A fruity taste predominates at first; sweet but also slightly tart. It reminds me of green grapes; like a white wine. There is a hoppy, herbal and dry finish that leaves a bitter aftertaste. The feel is medium/light bodied. It is very easy to drink and fantastic with meals.
I really loved this one. Excellent overall!

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Photo of Bro_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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!

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Photo of mchegash
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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Photo of Phillyone1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

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Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Carbonation straight-up shot the cap off, super-bubbly with a hazy golden color (3/3)
S: Clove and BANANA are strong, with an earthy yeast character as well. A little bit of black pepper in there too.(9/12)
T: Somewhat acrid and citric in the beginning though the familiar earthy yeast and sweetness come in toward the end (17/20)
M: Bubbly but wet with a lightly dry finish (4/5)
O: A very clean saison (7/10)

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Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale straw. Mild funk in the nose and flavor profile. This is a fine offering but its amazingly ok. The reputation is of this beer is way out of proportion to its actual delivery.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a medium fluffy white head, some lacing as well. Aroma and Taste is of citrus, wheat, some mild spicy hops, yeast with a light lemon twist, light fruity notes upfront. Palate is a medium body, crisp and refreshing mouth feel with good carbonation. Finish is sweet biscuit malt, citrus flavors, some wheat, yeast and mild spicy hops on the end. Overall a very good, refreshing and enjoyable summer time brew.

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Photo of kellyej
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

A: Yellow-gold color; nice head packed with small, tightly packed bubbles
S: Strong smell of grains of paradise; additional notes of anise, coriander and orange. Slightly musty.
M: Medium body; slightly coating on the mouth, dry in the middle
T: Grassy, well carbonated, spicy. Something in there made me think of hard apple cider.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz to a snifter, best by 12/15

Pours straw yellow with three fingers of head. Each bottle from this 4 pack has had a ridiculous amount of foam for some reason. Anyway, high carbonation, slightly cloudy, good lacing and unfortunately in my case retention 3/5

Smells pretty typical of a saison. Dominantly lemon with notes of pepper, clove, funk, and a bit of alcohol 4/5

Taste is pretty spot on with the nose. Strong lemon with notes of pepper and clove. Finishes with a nice touch of funk, with a hint of alcohol 4/5

Feel is a light body, very mild bitterness, very crisp finish. Alcohol is concealed well, easy to drink 4.25/5

Overall a really solid saison. Nothing too special about it, no major flaws, pretty well crafted 4/5

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Photo of 18CGL
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from a Bottle that had chilled in the fridge for about an hour. A very hazy deep amber color was present in the glass at first but cleared up some as it sat. The taste is very vibrant in the mouth and consists of several zingy citrus fruits, a light hoppy character in the middle with a reminiscence of wheat grain, and finishes beautifully in a cascade of flavors that dance around the mouth well after swallowing. Personally, not my kind of flavored but a lot of care and attention has clearly been put into the brewing process for this one.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10/02/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum. I've avoided this brew as it's branded a saison which is such a wide open style. This is a fine concoction. Experience shows through. Great balance. Careful w/the ABV as this could catch you up.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,094 ratings.