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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,962 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,962
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 214
Gots: 392 | 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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Photo of gentlebubbles
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.

gentlebubbles, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
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.

HardTarget, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of dgallina
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...

dgallina, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
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.

rajendra82, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
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.

ybnorml, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of cooter
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.

cooter, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
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.

BrewMaster, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of beerceller99
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.

beerceller99, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
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.

Quaffer, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
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!!!!

steinlifter, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a chalice. Nice looking label with directions on the back for a proper pour.

Appearance is a golden color, with a frothy white head on top. Excellent sticky lacings cling all over the goblet. The head stays in form as I enjoy this beer.

Aroma of pepper, herbs and spice.

Taste has a nice complex feel to it. Highlights include a strong belgian yeast profile and honey sweetness on the finish. Lemon or lime zing flavors blend with peppery bite. Pressured carbination effect with bubbles tingle the tongue.

Very tasty and enjoyable beer. Excellent drinkability at 7.5 % ABV. Ommegang nails every Belgian influenced style beer that I've had. Check this beer out....recommended.

Hibernator, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Note: 12 oz. bottle. Pours with a rich pillow of snow-white head with a bead as tight as shaving cream. A swirl of the goblet sends the foam into a little galactic spiral. Lazy cling, o.k. lacing. Beer is peach chrome in color with honey-colored highlights and enough yeast haze to make the carbonation just barely visible. Smells involve peach pie filling, cinnamon sugar cookies, beeswax and clover. A twist of saffron and the perfume of shredded violets round out a cool, floral, humid nosefeel. Fresh ginger flavors dominate over the sweetness of ladyfingers in the front palate. Must, straw, and alcohol are incorporated into perfectly level transitions between fruit and spice before ending with a well-hopped, bitter finish of fruit pits that sticks the tongue to the roof of the mouth. Burps of red delicious apple appear by the time I'm reaching for my second bottle. Mouthfeel is lightly viscous with a calciferous, magazine-paper slickness and a sharp, tingling POW! of carbonation high on the tongue. At room temperature, drinkability soars... knocking off a 750 should be a piece of cake. This is like drinking a summer picnic out of a glass.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Bold, bright, and golden in color with a substantial, pillowy white head and rather furious carbonation, Hennepin looks very nice, and its aromas reached my nose almost instantly as I poured the brew. Yeast, hay, and a soft sweetness wafted into my nostrils before I took my first sip, which revealed more dry, farmhouse elements in the taste, as well as an almost surprising alcoholic twinge.

More elements - some herbal, some peppery, some light citrus, and others - emerged as I continued drinking. This is wonderfully complex, very drinkable, and thoroughly enjoyable.

I'm a sucker for saisons, and this is an excellent one.

RockyTopHeel, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of brewQ
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Corked 750ml bottle with no date code.

A slightly hazy pale yellow presentation. The 1 inch plus head moves in unison and you can hear the bubbles rising.

The first aroma was a bit skunky but that passed quickly. Replaced by peppery notes and then grainy, slightly bitter flavors as I jumped into it. There is a lot going on with this brew.

Left my mouth with a light coating, highly drinkable, undoubtedly would be good with a variety of foods. The alcohol content may sneak up on you.

While it is a quality brew I just wasn't overwhelmed with this offering. Maybe a style I am not quite keen on. Sorry, Bros.

brewQ, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

pours a nice cloudy golden colour with bubbles rising to a fluffy white head which lasts and lasts. the smell is a nice mix of fruit berries, a touch of alcohol and spice. there is somewhat of a white wine odor here, but not as sharp. the flavour was unexpectedly good. everythign mentioned above is mixed in throughout and hits the palate just right: with a smooth, fruity dryness. the finish is sweet and a bit tart. yeast is evident throughout as well and adds that much more to this tasty brew. it is wonderfully easy to drink and spot on with its carbonation level. i didn;t expect to enjoy this one as much as i did (though i don't know why). easily recommended.

SixpointJMH, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of KoG
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Found this at a local grocery store, thats right plain ol grocery store that seems to not really carry anything out of the ordinary, and it was marked down to $3.99 so I figured "Why not?"

Poured out of the bottle with a generous 2 1/2 inch head into a chalice. Nice semi-cloudy golden tone underneath. The head took forever to dissapate, and when it finally did it left behind a nice sticky lacing that stayed throughout the drinking.

The smell was a little musty. Behind the must came honey, and citrus appeal with an obvious phenol tinge.

The taste was bitey on the first sip, alcohol was predominate. The rest of the bottle went down very smooth, leaving a orange-cream taste. Doesn't get astringent toward the bottom as the Rare Vos can. Pretty good, but just a little bit yeasty.

The mouth was excellent. Nice and rich with good carbonation, goes down VERY smooth and left me refreshed.

Drinkability is great, although I may want to space it out a little more next time as I may have finished the last 2 glasses a little quick. Ommegang has a winner with this one, as if that isn't already evident.

KoG, Oct 09, 2004
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Pours a bright yellow-orange with a big, fluffy white head. Honey sweet malt notes, some red licorice candy-like sweetness with a citrusy, peppery, and botanical (heather and lemongrass) nose. Initially sweet and floral, like an orange blossom, and then moving towards a more bitter, hoppy finish while still maintaining a general sweetness, overall. Good carbonation. Very complex, in aroma and taste. I'd love to get my hands on a cave-aged version, because this beer is rather sweet, and some extended cellaring would do this beer nicely.

crookedhalo, Oct 08, 2004
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4.45/5  rDev +7%

Let me let you in on a little secret. I followed up a recommendation from Garret Oliver's "Brewmaster's Table." This beer is an absolutely incredible match for Humboldt Fog cheese, which is an aged goat cheese. Together, they are better than the sum of their parts. I'm trying to be objective with my ratings, trying to rate the beer as it stands on its own. But if I was rating my experience with this cheese and beer together, you would see a 5 for taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability.

As it is this is a great beer. Poured with a nice head. Malty sweet with nice Belgian esters. Mouthfeel is very good. Very good carbonation levels.

Again, I highly recommend that food pairing.

GeoffFromSJ, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Bottled . Not a huge fan of this brewer so far. Yeasty choc/caramel, pretty sweet and a little bit syruppy to be honest, a very flat mouthfeel, with not much interesting happening, definitely on the sweeter side of the scale, i've yet to be won over by this brewer, but this isn't a bad beer though.

rastaman, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of jvajda
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

jvajda, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours with a deep honey colored body and a sudsy cloud-white head that rises over an inch and a quarter tall in my maudite goblet.

Smell: peppery citrus on the front, followed by a sourdough yeastiness and closing on a fresh whiff of lemongrass and cotton candy. Big, bright nose.

Taste: opens with a heavy nudge of bitter sweetness (grapefruit rind) deep in the center of my palate, and spreads out with a fruity (raisins, plums, cherries) chewy maltiness. The taste closes on a slight hint of alcohol in my throat and a bitterness that hums along pleasantly -- like blunted pepper corn -- on the sides and back of my palate.

Mouthfeel is creamy without getting in the way.

I purchased this 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California, and I will try it again.

RootedFool, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a light golden colour with a massive white yead that laces beautifully. Smell is of citrus and and spice with a bit of cidery tartness. The flavour is wonderfull with Just enough malt to balance the funky cider, citrus, spice notes. Mouthfeel is great with a nice carbonation that leaves the palate refreshed instead dulled. Drinkability-- Please sir may I have another. A really really nice beer and one that I will seek out again.

TinusTime, Sep 07, 2004
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Poured a nice golden color, with a decent head and some carbonation clearly available. Not a huge towering head like the Ommegang had, but it also hung around longer.

Grainy aroma, bit of a honey smell in there, and something a little spicy in the background. Real mild flavor, kind of an earhty flavor to it, with a bit of a citrus flavor in there, perhaps? A bit of a lemon, and a bit of that same spicy flavor from the aroma, I'm thinking pepper now. A tad thicker feel to it, and very crisp. Also makes me think a bit of bread or biscuit dough, for some reason.

Very nice, smooth, drinkable beer. I've never had a Saison before, so I don't know if this is characteristic of the style or not. I'd been told by people before that the Hennepin was favored over the Ommegang, and I definitelly echo their sentiments. A very, very good brew.

Rio, Aug 30, 2004
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Picked up a bottle at AJ's Thursday and uncorked it Friday night to celebrate the start of the weekend.

This is a golden colored brew that poured a nice head. Nose was light fruit. Taste was heavily malty with a nice light hop finish to balance it out. Mouthfeel was nice and lively because of the amount of carbonation in this bottle conditioned brew. Overall, this is a well balanced beer that masks the high ABV very well.

arizcards, Aug 30, 2004
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3.95/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a english style pint glass(yes I realize a chalice or goblet would be better, but I'd rather spend my limited funds on beer and homebrewing supplies than fancy glassware)

Appearance: Golden/straw with a hint of copper. A slow, tilted pour produced about an inch of head which lingered, at least in part until finished.

Smell: I don't have the best smeller in the world, so its hard to say. I noted sweet fruit and yeast smells. Undertones which betray its relatively high ABV.

Taste: This may be blasphemy, but about all I can say is it tasted like a belgian. Most beer geeks, I think, will know what I mean. Mild hops behind a distinct sweetness. Ample carbonation influencing the favor, and that distinct, fruit like yet hard to describe belgian yeast charcter. This beer is saison, but to me you could put it next to a Belgian pale and I (at least) wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Which doesn't necessarly mean that you wouldn't be able to. However, I very much enjoy belgian brews, hence the high marks.

Mouthfeel: High marks here. more viscous than I expected for a beer this light in color, with a pleasant bubblyness as it rolls down your tongue.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Mine went down about as quick as a good lager. The sweetness might be too much after a few, but by then, the 7.5 ABV should be slowing you down anyway (or perhaps barking at the moon)

poundboy, Aug 17, 2004
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,962 ratings.