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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,902 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,902
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 212
Gots: 369 | 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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Crotor

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle-

Pours a delightful clear apricot topped with three fingers of whipped egg whites into a Duvel tulip. Head retention and lacing are excellent.

Smells of slight phenols, pear, lemon, and a hint of coriander.

A myriad of tastes do a dance on my tongue. Slightly tart with a hint of dry grass and some alcoholic heat. Wee bit of saaz spice, but it's really rather subdued. No noticable funk (yet). There's a good, sweet backbone through it all.

A kick-ass, highly drinkable, relatively affordable domestic saison. We need more beers like this.

01-13-2005 22:20:13 | More by Crotor
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Hagbard

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours from the 750 ml. bottle a hazy orange. It's very murky even after a careful pour, identifying the beer as bottle conditioned in case you can't read the label. A large white head rushes to fill the space in my tulip glass. The head recedes leaving a rocky terrain of foam with lacing down the sides of the glass. The first aroma is a wet musty closet...very interesting. There's some fruitiness in the background, but it is kept at bay by the musty funk. The taste is wet blanket (cliche, I know, but still true), with oranges and apples mushed in. As the beer sits on the tongue and sails into the finish, a pronounced hop bitterness appears. Finishes fairly dry and is very drinkable. This is a great tasting beer, one I will buy often. A great example of a Saison that hold up very well when compared to Saison Dupont (the flagship of the style IMO). At $4.99 for a 750 ml., it's really a no brainer!

01-11-2005 13:05:15 | More by Hagbard
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BruceBeerman

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

750ml corked bottle. Color is hazy very light straw.
Nice Saison which is hard to believe it came from the US and not Belgium. Very citrus and orange flavor ale. The carbonation is very good-not too much or little, with a finger size foam lace at the top of a goblet. The mouthfeel is good with very slowly disapating foam. Very easy to drink but has a little alcohol kick to it. You can feel it as you drink (7% ABV) but you really feel it as it hits your head. Some beers have a delayed alcohol reaction-not this one. Don't drink on an empty stomach. This is a great beer to share with friends! My wife even liked it!

01-10-2005 00:22:53 | More by BruceBeerman
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Dukeofearl

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a cloudy, light-medium golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is very pleasant, with fresh, clean, citrusy notes (lime & sweet orange), a little musty. Flavor follows through the aroma, with yeasty, slightly sharp off-notes (I can't place what) that keep this from being in my top 10. This beer has a lot of hidden carbonation- I was gassy for a while after this one (sorry to have to share that, but you should know just in case!).

However, I still think this a good, solid brew that I would enjoy having again.

01-08-2005 20:24:03 | More by Dukeofearl
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Billolick

New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

I was happy to track down bottle # 1127 from the 2003 vintage at American Bev. in Cobble hill, Brooklyn, NY., Just a week or two ago. The cork was a bit tougher to get out then usual. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow shade, lots of tiny yeast particles floating around. Head was fairly active, but settled to a fine film, and leaves respectable, fine, long strands of lacing. Nose is at once Smokey,spicy, with pepper,cloves, and ginger picked up. This is a fine example of the style. Earthy, peppery, fruits,smoke,yeast. Hops cleansing the tongue and making it want more of this fine heady creation. Support Ommegang, they are pushing the Belgian/American brew concept into great places.

01-01-2005 14:09:29 | More by Billolick
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maltomeal

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

To quote the bros: "One of our favourites, bring a couple of 750 ml bottles to the dinner party and see if this sparks anyone’s interest away from wine" It worked. I brought 3 bottles to Christmas dinner and only had 2 glasses for myself. Beautiful white head that lasted forever. My brother-in-law noted it looked like an ice cream float. He put down his drink and had several glasses with dinner which is where this beer really shines in my opinion. It was a perfect match for the stuffed ribs and garlic mashed.

12-27-2004 19:47:59 | More by maltomeal
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a beautiful rapunzel like golden color with a massive rocky white head. Aromas are yeasty and citrusy with just a hint of lemon in the mix. Initial flavors start off sweet and spicy with a champagne like mouthfeel from the firm carbonation. The flavors progress to a lemony like citrus flavor with yet more spice and a slight alcohol kick to it. The finish to this brew is just as spritzy as the beginning with an almost clove like finish. Overall a fantastic brew with probably the best price around.

12-25-2004 00:33:20 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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beerattorney

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a golden straw color with a healthy pure white head.
In typical saison style this beer smells very grassy and farmish. It is exceptionally well balanced and hides its substantial alcohol very well. The aroma is a grassy banana and the taste complements with rolling mellow flavors. In my opinion, the mouthfeel of the Hennepin makes the entire experience. The beer is perfectly carbonated and delivers the perfect balance of earthy flavors, yeast, and CO2 to make this a delightful treat that is at home in any season.

12-20-2004 03:56:20 | More by beerattorney
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

The beer poured slightly hazy pale golden straw. The head was white and frothy and rose tall to fall slowly and eventually coat the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was of sweet malt with an earthy presence, Belgian yeast and some farmhouse ale aromas. After the head fell back the fruity esters emerged and added to the aroma.

The flavor was sweet immediately upon hitting the tip of the tongue but quickly transformed into a very nice bittering component. The sweet malt and bittering worked well together and then Belgian yeast spiciness and a slight farmhouse quality emerged. A decent complexity of flavors.

The finish was dry with a nice lasting bittering component. The body was medium light. The alcohol content was hidden somewhere and never made an impression, not in aroma, flavor or finish.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. Overall a well made Saison, with a slight bit more complexity this could be a contender, with the price it certainly could be one to have again and again.

12-19-2004 22:00:32 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

75 cl bottle.
I can hardly believe this beer is made in NY!
Cloudy, dark straw copper, but the cloudy was most likely yeast stirred up during transportation. Impressive, chunky head.
Very complex smell: apples, apricot, citrus, malt, horse blanket, alchohol.
What a great taste. This ale compares more than favorably with Begium brews. I had it back to back with Delirium Tremens and was surprised with Hennepin's well balanced hoppiness and smooth malt character. And at roughly $5 a bottle, it is about the best beer bargain I can think of.

12-19-2004 12:27:41 | More by Shultzerdugen
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ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +13%

I'm drinking the first release of cave aged Hennepin from 2001, bottle #2825 of 3360 in celebration of the birth of my beautiful daughter Sadie.

The cork was very hard to get out, but when it went it went with an audible pop. It pours a golden orange with a huge white head that fades to a 0.5cm coating on the top of the beer. The aroma is floral, spicy (coriander and clove) with strong hints of orange peel. Taste is spicy, slightly sour, hoppy and pergaps a bit of clover honey. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with a warming alcohol finish. Extremely smooth and drinkable, and seems to have mellowed with its time in the cave and the cellar. A great celebratory drink and if you can find the 2001 edition, you'll be happy you did.

12-10-2004 01:07:37 | More by ColForbin
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rlcoffey

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a brandy snifter. Nice light orange color with a solid two finger orange head. Very good appearance. A strong aroma of hops and fruit. Pleasant to the nose. The taste had a good subtle flavor of the citrusy fruits, mostly orange, and hops but seemed to be lacking a little of something. Mouthfeel was what I was expecting for the style, no residue left behind. Alcohol was high to be overly drinkable and its probably the wrong time of the year for this beer. I will definately be getting this for sipping on the deck next summer.

This was my first saison, it is a style I have just never bothered to try. I will be trying more in the future. This is the second Ommegang beer I have had that didnt live up to its hype. But, in this case, Im not sure there is anything necessarily wrong, I just may not know the style well enough. Yet. Will review my scores after I am more knowledgable.

12-08-2004 15:42:18 | More by rlcoffey
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longarm

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Rarely does a beer live up to the hype. Does this one?

Color is an opaque yellow typical of bottle conditioned brews. Before this, I've had vague preconceptions of the definition of lacing...now I know. Craggy valleys of foam dissipate into defined and semi-permanent designs clinging to the side of the glass.

Smells like oranges with light hops and moderate alcohol. Some noticeable spices, but at first these are hard to pin-down.

...and then the sip. Unbelievable complexity washes over the tongue in continuous waves of orange and a host of spices. Is that cardamom, cloves, mace or maybe all three? What amazes me most is how the spices don't overwhelm the beer, which remains unpretentious in spite of its complexity.

This certainly lived up to expectations. I'm already looking forward to the next time I get to have one.

12-06-2004 16:06:01 | More by longarm
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an Ommegang goblet that I got for free along with the purchase of this bottle...KICK ASS! Golden and orange with a huge, two-finger, fluffy head. Citrusy hop aroma filled with lemon, orange, grapefruit, and flowers. Very pleasant. Great taste. A little on the acidic side, but the hops really play against each other very well. A very drinkable beer that I will most definitely be purchasing again though I prefer the regular Ommegang to this.

Update (4/12/05):
Just had Hennepin on-tap @ The Elephant Walk in Boston, MA. Amazing. The aroma really came out more than before . Very citrusy. It was also dangerously drinkable. Served in a pint glass, but I'll let it slide because it just means I got more bang for my buck. And what a bang it was! (Insert dirty response here).

12-05-2004 18:26:24 | More by Jacobob10
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Troyone

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Purchased in a bottle with a cork, the label says that this is a Grisette farmhouse ale (Belgian-style) that is bottled conditioned with a dose of yeast. After removing the cage the cork popped (with a bang) off after one turn. The beer poured in the glass with a three inch head that stuck to the sides.The color is a very hazy blond with the evidence of carbonation activity.
The smell is a lemon sweet with hints of wheat.
The taste is a crisp slightly caramel lemon wheat that has significant carbonation.
The mouthfeel has carbonation with an even smoothness throughout in taste, drinking, aftertaste, and even when belching.
The drinkability is good, the after taste does not linger and dissipates in time.

11-29-2004 04:07:27 | More by Troyone
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle-conditioned. 750 ml bottle.

Brilliant gold with enthusiastic bubbles streaming up to meet the huge fluffy white head. The head dies down into clumps while throwing off a bracing floral scent, a very young scent, almost grassy, like newly hewn stems. As the head dies, it shifts to more of a funky, almost sweaty, sweet-corn aroma.

Sticky streamers and spots hang on the glass as you drink. The mouth fills with a lively foam, and yet the bubbles are very tender for such an active carbonation. Tones of apple, as crisp as biting into fresh slices of Granny Smiths. That sweaty funk takes on a curiously "hot" tone. Hints of pepper in the finish, with the sweet alcohol of apple cider. As the sweetness dies, there's a strange salty rebound.

For such a weird mix of likes and dislikes, it's quite light and goes down way too easy.

11-28-2004 02:37:12 | More by gentlebubbles
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HardTarget

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

750 ml corked and caged bottle. No date, cellared in my closet for about 2 years.
Aroma: Nice Belgian banana yeast aroma with some apricot, grape and pepper.
Appearance: Hazy golden blond with a moderate covering of clumpy white head.
Flavor: A touch of farmyard funky with great fruit flavor. Lemon rind, grapes and yeast predominate. It’s a straightforward taste with the fruit and funk melding nicely; enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, but not fizzy. Clean mouthfeel that leaves the taste to linger but a crisp finish. Fairly light body.
Overall Impression: Easy drinking Belgian! Light in style, simple and direct, but a nice flavor. A very approachable Saison, I could see this with fish or a light meal. A good summer quencher but a bit alcoholic for a session; highly recommended.

11-27-2004 00:03:51 | More by HardTarget
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dgallina

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a cloudy gold with a gigantic creamy white head and non-stop lace. Nose is predominantly fruity, spicy, and complex. Great mix of flavors that start off sweet and fruity but quickly develop tart notes and finish dry and spicy. Medium-weight and slightly creamy mouth-feel. Extremely easy to drink. Hard to believe that this is a 7.5% ABV Saisson.

This bottle was far better than the bottle of Saisson Dupont I sampled last month...

11-26-2004 05:12:13 | More by dgallina
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +1%

The beer came in a 12 oz. brown bottle with lots of useful information (like how to pour this beer, and what kind of glass to use) and some trivia (like origins of the name, and some tidbits about Belgian culture). When poured in my trusty goblet, the beer looked marvelous with clear, pale golden body, and an outrageously sized head that tried my patience as I could only get half of the bottle into the 16 oz. glass. As the head died down, there was tons of lace left behind. The smell was delicately floral, spicy, earthy, and fruity, with bananas, saffron, pepper, and horse blanket evident. The taste was tart and sweet, with flavors of lemon, banana, beet sugar, orange peel, and radishes. The aftertaste was spicy and semi-dry, and left me longing for more. Thin and delicate mouthfeel is a bit dusty. This beer has very good drinkability and offers a good value for the money. I will be sampling more beers from them again.

11-26-2004 04:08:45 | More by rajendra82
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

A slightly hazey golden yellow ale with a big spoonable white head. Has a spicey hop aroma with a herbal aspect in the background. The spicey hop presence starts out the taste assertively. The finish has a lightly sweet herb garden floralness to it. The mouth feel is smooth and inviting.

11-22-2004 23:34:55 | More by ybnorml
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cooter

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Cloudy, hazy, golden/straw/orange-leaning color. Thick, fine-bubbled, patchy head. Smells flowery, tastes fruity, citrus scent. Mango, banana, grapefruit, lemon, tart, sweetish. Light and lively in my mouth, and scent of esthers becomes very strong when imbibing. Aftertaste is like the scent, begs a second drink. Saccharine if left without a swig too long, but absolutely divine when I am drinking. Just at the edge of my palate skills at identifying tastes, it is extremely fun and interesting. Brilliant and exciting.

11-20-2004 02:13:19 | More by cooter
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BrewMaster

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. It has a clean orange color with a lacy head. The aroma is grassy and sweet. The flavor has notes of apple, cinnamon, and white cranberrry sweetness. That maltiness is light but a good base for the complex fruity flavors. In the mouth this beer feels suple and soft and very easy to drink.

11-08-2004 17:51:04 | More by BrewMaster
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

75 cl. bottle which spent the last 16 months in the cellar.
Has a clear straw color with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Spicy, bready, yeasty smell. Has a rich, full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Complex taste is bready, grainy, with black pepper and spices among others that I can't put a finger on. Finishes with a spicy alcohol bite.

A tasty, high quality brew. Very nice.

10-31-2004 14:42:53 | More by beerceller99
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Quaffer

Nevada

4/5  rDev -3.8%

25.4 oz. Bottle. Corked and caged.

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow with a large white head. The foam was spiderweb-like and dissipated quickly for its size. Some light fingers of lace were left behind. A rough pour on the second glass yielded a head that was denser and had more staying power.

Smell: At first, all heavy, corny sweetness and not overly enjoyable. However, after awhile, some hops and a little spicy yeast emerged to save the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied but with some chewiness. Smooth, with light hints of carbonation tickle.

Taste: Pretty straightforward flavor. All sweet malt, yeast, and floral and herbal hops. Both the bitterness of the hops and the sweet malt continued long into the aftertaste, where the yeast gained strength.

A good beer, but nothing to write home about.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

--10/29/04 Update--

This beer showed a lot more complexity on the second sample of it that I had today. This was from a smaller, 12 oz. bottle with a nip cap.

The aroma had more depth, with smells of fruit ranging from grapes to apples and an underlying layer of vanilla that added a lot of warmth to the brew.

The beer came across as fuller bodied, but it dried out just the right amount at the end. It was still malty and hoppy as I stated above, but it seemed to have more of a raw grain quality to it. A nice, light fruitiness was present, and the hops were rather subdued. They just balanced out the beer and gave it the right amount of spiciness.

I was much more impressed with this beer the second time around. I boosted my ratings accordingly.

10-30-2004 03:26:31 | More by Quaffer
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +13%

This beer poured a cloudy golden, lot's of bubbles and a thick frothy head that held good retention actually billowed like cloud puffs all the way through!

smell:complex citrusy odor, slightly musky

taste:Fruity, citrusy, complex taste, earthy as well, just beautiful is all I can say, tastes very akin to a Duvel! which is a high honor indeed! and at half the price, has got to be one of the best bargains around!

mouthfeel: is tangy, light and crisp

Drinkability: Are you kiddin me??? FANTASTIC!!! One of the best beers I've tried! fugeddaboutit!!!!

10-26-2004 02:21:20 | More by steinlifter
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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