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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,085 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 2,085
Hads: 5,594
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 295
Gots: 778 | 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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Reviews: 2,085 | Hads: 5,594
Photo of foXXtail
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly drinkable any time of the year, just as a good saison should be. In fact, it's hard to believe this one comes out of New York.

The nose is filled with sweet vanilla and orange backed up by a slight phenol of spice. A hop aroma is present, but only slightly perceptible. A faint alcohol aroma alludes to its presence in the beer to come. The beer pours a hazy golden with a rocky, frothy head which retains > 1 minute. Champagne like bubbles rise forth unabated.

The taste is wonderful. Sweet honey hits first, which quickly makes way for vanilla, citrus and a slight banana. The sour fruit taste is dominant, backed up by a slight hint of spice and coriander. Hop hit is noticeable, especially in the aftertaste, but it does not take over. Alcohol warming is moderate. The beer is aggressively effervescent and medium-bodied. (843 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel glass. Beutiful hazy golden color with a thick off-white head. Smell is delicious --- sweet, fruity, banana bread, yeasty, and even a little peppery. Spices hit up front giving way to a fruity finish--orange mainly but a little lemon and banana too. Mouthfeel is amazing--thick and full bodied, it almost taste like your chewing bread. This is one hell of a beer. Most Belgian styles are a little too intensely spiced for me and not that drinkable--but this one has just the right balance and I could have it all night. (562 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a beer I would drink everyday for the $$, but that being said this was a great beer. Honey gold straw with a white head that became spotty. A hoppy fruity nose of citrus and yeast. Distinct Belgian yeast taste followed by a creamy citrus softness lined with noble hops. Quite a mouthful and deceptive with the high alcohol content. (335 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this once a long time ago, before my days of Beer Advocacy, and since then I have overlooked it. I'm excited to try it once again. Appears a very light orange color, almost yellow. Crystal clear... I mean I don't think I've ever seen a beer this clear. Rising bubbles and big white fluffy head that lasts and lasts. Smell is yeasty, bready, zesty, spicy, and dusty. Unfortunately, it's not as dusty and funky in the taste. Not quite a true Belgian in that sense, but it is very good, don't get me wrong. I've recently become obsessed with the best Belgian pale ales, De Ranke XX and Orval specifically. I love that dry, hoppy, grassy taste. I've been searching for a cheaper alternative that is equally satisfying and refreshing, and this is a close one. The taste is nice and hoppy, decently bitter, and with a nice soft buttery malt taste. The dusty taste I like is noticable too, a definate plus. Really smooth mouthfeel and this beer is highly refreshing, which makes it highly quaffable. Really a good beer. Really. I don't know what it is, but there's something about those beers from Belgium that are just indescribable that can't be found elsewhere. This beer is not to be faulted though for not having that quality however. An awesome beer from Cooperstown. (1,272 characters)

Photo of Litterbean
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear, golden straw color, with a huge fluffy head that leaves a bit of lace.

Smells yeasty and fruity (citrus). Real pleasant aroma that is strong but not in your face.

Alcoholic, and wine-like. Tart grape like flavors. Yeast taste is present. Smooth, sweet finish. Very warming.

What a friggin' great beer. (332 characters)

Photo of Wonka
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7.5% ALC. VOL.
12 FL. OZ.
Bottle Conditioned

Appearance – some yeast particulates but rather clear gold body; carbonation rising furiously; titanic white head; lace is admirable

Smell – fruity; yeasty; spicy; some wheat

Taste – yeasty; fruity and spicy just like the nose; nice malt-prominent ride while hops gain strength later but do not overpower; the alcohol is cloaked well

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – carpet ride of gentle carbonation that knocks back just to a comfortable transition level to aid drinkability; pleasant medium body that closes somewhat dry; reasonable warming sensation

What a phenomenal introduction to the saison. After not working well with Rare Vos, Hennepin has bumped up my already solid praise for Ommegang. The body and the finish would lead well into some grilled chicken or maybe shrimp. (841 characters)

Photo of palma
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Pale yellow/golden color body with a lasting white head.
Yeasty peppery nose with some citrus and vanilla notes.
This beer tastes very much like a witbier. Don't know what that’s about. Fruity citrus base with some grassiness. A tart sour-like finish. Even though this is a siason, I think it's a little too tart for the style. Big citrus sour aftertaste kind of ruins the complexity of this beer IMO. Finished clean and semi-dry. Not the greatest siason as many BA's have proclaimed it is. Southampton's is much better. (543 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The style description inspired me to pick this up. Beautiful packaging, corked and caged and a few facts about the beer and the brewer.
Golden color up against the light. Fluffy little head that's off-white with tan and yellow dimples.
Smell - Wow! Very fruity and sweet but balanced with a great hit of yeast and malt. I smell raisins and bananas, yum.
It tastes very unlike anything I've had so far. It's sharp and flavorful, full of fruit and malt.
Mouthfeel - good full body and a sweet syrupy finish. I feel like I'm eating more than drinking it.

Note - I've tried a couple of Belgian style beers in the past and never been impressed... this has changed my opinion. This may be my favorite beer to date. If you try this beer do yourself a favor and pick up more than one. (784 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very cloudy golden orange in color with a fluffy and monsterous white head, very lively beer! Nice packaging by the way, old world bottling, very nouveau labeling. Nose is sweet and bready, a bit astringent. Taste is multi-tiered, quite complex and interesting. A certain spiciness prevails, followed by a quiet citrus quality, quite fruity and refreshing. Mouthfeel is sharp, quite carbonated, nice.

Overall very well crafted, doesn't taste like an American version of a Belgian, it simply tastes like a Belgian, very crisp and tasty, well crafted indeed.

Slàinte! (589 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not my type of beer, but when I saw it and had read so many positive reviews I decided to give it a try. Comes packaged in a beautiful bottle with champagne style capping. Pours tremendously cloudy with very unsubtle sunset colors. The suggested serving glass call for a wide-mouth glass, (I used a red wine glass) upon pouring a swelling of orange, berries and some serious alcohol infused my nostrils. This beer taste like a summer beer, overloaded with sweetly hops that balance each other. This beer almost transcends beer at its strangest and purest points. A serious beer, but is it really a beer; or should it be in its own category? (648 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't quite know what to expect, as I've never had a saison, but this seemed to be rated pretty high. I'm glad I picked it up, along with a 750 of Ommegang. Pours a pale golden color with a constant source of fizz. The HUGE billowy foam cap seems to grow even after the pour is done. Smells fantastic, very spicey, but otherwise difficult to place. Tastes spicey as well, with a hint of a hop bite in the end. Taste seems to morph as the drinker becomes acclimatized and the beer warms. Seems to have a buttery banana ester quality at some point that fades into a funky belgian yeasty clove flavor. I will definitely try other saisons. (636 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a clear copper with a thing, creamy off white head.

Smell: The smell is a nice mix of farmyard smells and hops. Pretty true to the Belgians so far.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is excellent. Really. Incredibly true to the Belgians, and also a few improvements in my opinions. The balance of hops and farmyard funk is truly wonderful, and the aftertaste is very nice as well. It's very thirst-quenching. The mouthfeel is creamy.

Drinkbaility and Overall: Excellent. This is Ommegang's best of what I've had. Excellent. I'm really impressed, and I can't wait to get more. Try it. (606 characters)

Photo of gimmehead
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chill hazed golden body with a big, frothy white head. Smells of caramel apples, yeasty bread, sweet malts and fruity esters. Very complex aroma and flavor. Taste consists of caramel and candy sweetness, overripe pears, winelike sour grapes, and a well blended warming alcoholic finish. Medium body and semi-dry finish make it highly drinkable. (344 characters)

Photo of Kwak
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one had an alcohol -almost wine smell to it. it poured with a slight haze to it, a nice white rocky head to it disappearing after a few sips. the taste was mildly tart with a hint of citrus, also a very nice dry aftertaste
Very nice taste goes well with a good meal!! (274 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, very slightly cloudy gold, with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweet, grainy malt and pleasant floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lightly fruity, and somewhat sweet malt up front, with a fair amount of hop bitterness kicking as it lingers on the tongue. Hop flavor reminds one of fresh lemongrass. Finishes moderately dry.

Mouthfeel: Firm, effervescent body (lots of carbonation). (392 characters)

Photo of Truh
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was feeling Minnesota with this one on 10/21/2004. 12-oz. pour in a wide-mouthed goblet.

Initial ½-inch down of cream head that thins on its own schedule. Flowery/floury permissiveness on nose with coriander, sweet clover honey, and Kentucky blue grass all chortling around in there; as it warms, alcohol provides some heat. Biting pepper, lemon juice, chewy grape leaf hint, Hi-C fruit punch sweetness follows behind all of this with a finishing overall Sourpatch Kid puckering. Could take it or leave it; the sour aspect is just a bit off-putting. (553 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color. Thick creamy white fluffy head that held its own for the enitre beer. Small spots of lace on the sides of the glass. Citrusy notes, along with spices, and some funky smells. Tart and sour flavors combine with ripe pears and apples. Spices thrown in, along with some earthy flavors. Good amount of peppery earthy hops at the end. Very refreshing. The complexity works so well in this beer. This would be great in warm weather, or cold. High carbonation, great drinkability despite all of the complex flavors. Excellent saison. (569 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost opaque, golden/yellow, very typical of most Saisons I've had before. Head is light ang somewhat clingy, could use a bit more umph.

Smell: Like moist bread, with a bit of apricot jam sweetness.

Taste: Yeasty with an interesting alcohol finish which gives it sort of a lactic and creamy feel with just a bit of funk, which reminds me of a Camenbert cheeze. Nice! (385 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold pour, kind of hazy from the yeast, with a big white head that looks downright soft in my tulip. Head is tons of tiny bubbles and looks great. Smell is citrusy, but it's also got some sour musty clove and pear scents in there as well.
Taste is interesting. I'm tasting some pear in there as the foremost among the tart flavors, but there's so much to talk about. The citrus matches up nicely with the dryness of the finish and spicy notes. The alcohol is there, but not to the detriment of the flavor; if anything it helphs you notice the dryness of the flavor.
Wow, I really dig this one, it's a tart and spicy masterpiece. (632 characters)

Photo of deejaydan
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned saison from New York. Hmm... let's give it a go. It pours a pale clear yellow (almost looks like a pale ale/Macro Lager). Not much head on this. Moderate lacing. Smells slightly funky, like outdoors in the spring. Taste is slightly metallic, and slightly sour at the same time. A hint of grassy hops in there as well. Overcarbonated in my book. Not a hit. Not something I'd look for again. (408 characters)

Photo of HogHill
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:I poured this 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice. It has a hazy gold tone with an orange tint.

Aroma: The smell features orange citrus with yeast and some spice, a little bit of pear too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Hennepin tastes of yeast, spice, and is sweet, esters are present. It feels fizzy, crisp and clean in the mouth, like a saison should.

Drinkability: very quaffable! I tested this one out aprés boarding at Mulligans on Stratton Mountain, had three of these and I could've had another three.

Ommegang's best offering in my opinion! (565 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange tinted straw yellow color, that is topped by a frothy large bubbled head that starts out a good 4 inches thick. The aroma is spritzy with notes of lemon, coriander, ginger, slight herbalness, a certain damp wood-like mustiness. The aroma is quite light and appetizing, and has a nice level of complexity to it.

The taste is lightly sweet up front through the middle, but then becomes quite dry in the finish. This is nice and spicy with competing notes of pepper, ginger, lemon zest, coriander. This beer has a nice soft sweet grain character which mixes quite well with, and in fact even accentuates, the refreshing, cool citrus notes. This beer is very good, it is just about the perfect beer to sit down and enjoy over an evening. The one flaw is that it is perhaps a little to thick in the body, don't get me wrong, it is by no means thick, it is just that I like my farmhouse ales with a nice dry, light palate. I had forgotton how tasty this beer was, and at $3.00 for a 750ml it is a steal. (1,020 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a good 2 finger head, great retention and great lace. Excellent smell - yeasty with some hits of banana and sweet malt (both barley and wheat), some slight hop floralness. Complex but not overpowering. Outstanding taste. Somewhat tart and yeasty with nicely balanced hops. Some banana and clove notes as well. Finishes dry. Crisp and refreshing. An excellent example of the style and well worth the $4.99 I paid for the 750ml. An excellent value. (485 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy gold with a thick, rich white head, that settled to a complex lace in the tulip glass I used. The nose has a yeasty/doughy character up front with bright grapefruit from the hops and a mild candy character from the malt. Very layered and complex. The taste has an awakening tartness followed by a mild bitterness. The play between the sweetness and tartness is very pronounced. Light and slick mouth feel leads to a very drinkable beer. This New York brewery is producing a fine version of the Saison style. (531 characters)

Photo of karst
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only my second attempt at this style (1st Saison - fruity, strong Belgian ale. Amber, medium-bodied, tart character from Belgian yeast. A tap but also in bottles from Schlafly- St. Louis, good but not so complex from this 750 ml corker!)
clear light lemmon yellow but later I see a chill haze or some suspended yeast. The bottle conditioning yeast incrusted its neck when incorrectly cellered or transported upside down. Each pour yields a big pufffy white head that has nice retention and produces lacing. Very aromatic- flowery and spices! Almost like a wine fruity esters perceived but not alcohol. Nice aroma. This should be tried with a fine meal.

Still new to style, I have studied Jan/Feb Zymurgy for some details. It is sweetness kept in check with the hops, herbs( coriander) and spices(ginger & orange zest). This "Grisette" farmhouse ale really has a earthiness to it. Very unique taste. But very drinkable. This is a light-medium bodied brew. Very good long dry finish. Wish I was sharing it with an expert on the style. (1,036 characters)

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.