Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
outstanding

5,512 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,512
Reviews: 2,110
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 281
Gots: 723 | FT: 2
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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 57md
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of NinjaJesus
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

A solid Saison with a very complex flavor. Wheaty with notes of pepper and citrus. Not overpowering and very enjoyable.

Photo of kellyej
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

Photo of lordofstarside
4.15/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of 18CGL
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Photo of MrBoz21
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Pale yellow with foamy white head. Cloudy chill haze and lots of bubbles. Head settled into firm skiff and mild lacing. The aroma is fruity (banana, green apple and melon), spicy (coriander, clove), floral, and slightly funky (barnyard and leather). Delicate and nicely balanced … no punches in the face and the character comes together as one. Much the same for the taste, hop and phenolic bitterness with subtle malt in the background. Light and balanced. Finishes very dry with moderate astringency. Body is light and bubbly … feels like a dry champagne without.
Overall, it is a delicious beer and another example of why I’m being drawn to Belgian-styles. Complex, yet well connected and easy to drink. Perhaps just a bit too dry and astringent … preserve a touch more malt in the overall character.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

On tap at Dave's house
Slightly hazy light golden color, earthy fruity funky aroma and flavor. Deceptively easy to drink farmhouse ale.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a huge, billowy, frothy , white three finger foam cap. Giant bubbles , very good lacings. Golden yellow, hazy with carbonation

Aroma of grass, pepper, spices , cloves

Grass and spice firmly , squarely placed in the center of the tongue, citrus notes, tart apples.

Crisp, dry mouthfeel, gentle carbonation. Tart aftertaste

Great beer from a great brewery

Photo of nperrier
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Spicy, medium bodied saison. More yeast than I'm used to. Very good.

Photo of Spice_Navigator
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

From bottle. White fluffy head. Pale gold color. Screams crisp right out of the bottle.

Floral citrus on the nose. Bright palate with lemon, coriander, ceylon cinnamon, nutmeg flavors. Above average carbonation. Pretty clean finish, maybe a little lime at the end.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy light golden body. Huge white head. Nice lacing. Thick collar and some surface wisps.

Smell - Estery fruitiness. Some light banana and clove. Grainy. A bit of apple.

Taste - Grainy and yeasty up front. Apple fruitiness builds. Some banana builds too. Slightly bitter yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Solid saison. Not necessarily remarkable in any category, but very good overall.

Photo of Keginator70
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First pour in a challis. Mammoth head with tons of yeast, pepper and citrus on the nose which I can smell a foot away. Typically cloudy but lighter in color than some other beers in this style.

Very complex. Flavors are all over the place. Savory heat (cilantro or watercress maybe) on the tongue and a bubbly tingle in the mouth. A grainy malt texture blends well with the yeastiness which lingers but doesn't overpower the palate. A superior taste with an even better sensation in the pie hole.

Results from the second pour are almost the same. A little more heat as the beer has warmed up some.

Final pour. I allowed some of the yeast to flow into the glass. I can still taste it after ten minutes. Not the way to go for me. I have tried this before with a 11.2 ounce Belgian blonde and it worked well. So it's the type of beer, temperature or some combination of the two.

Overall I love this beer. It is my favorite saison and one of the best beers I have tried.

Note* I'm not a fan of a big grapefruit presence (probably because I don't like grapefruit) so take this into consideration if you use opinions as a guide.

Photo of HopBomb515
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous deep straw colored beer with a dense and rocky head. Endless strings of bubbles feed the head and never let it fade. Great lacing down the glass. Aromas of pears, apples, peppery notes, citrusy notes, a touch of earthy and floral hops and some of that barnyard funk. Taste follows through with citrusy orange notes, mild peppery tones, floral hop flavor, tart apple and Belgian fruity yeast flavors. Mouthfeel begins creamy with ample carbonation that finishes super dry. A great saison, one to have again for sure.

Photo of jsausley
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Brewery, Kansas City, MO, standard pint glass.

A: Thick and cloudy yellowish with tinges of green. Nice body of color with some nice lacing and head, lots of very small, fine floating bits from the sediment in the glass (not too distracting, thankfully).

S: Very high in citrus and green apple with a hop body. Some alcohol and yeast backbone. A good aroma.

T: Lemon and floral hops, green apple finish with some mild bitterness. Very light malt body. Little bit of light sweetness, not much bite. Rosey finish.

M: Very crisp and clean, nice and drinkable. Fairly strong beer, but doesn't feel like it.

O: Another very good selection from Ommegang, who is currently averaging a wonderfully high rating for me. Probably the most consistent and highest average brewery I've reviewed. Hennepin must be my least favorite beer from them so far, but it is still a very good brew that would be nice to drink on a mild summer afternoon.

Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with three fingers of bubbly white head. Active carbonation is huge. Color is a light straw yellow. Sticky lacing left behind as head very slowly dissipated.

Smell: Pears, spices, bananas, and semi-sweet bready malts greet the drinker. There is some very dry pepper, and ashy notes on the body. Earth and dirt mesh with some light hop notes on the back end. Wow a lot going on here.

Taste: Touches of pepper and airy spices hit on the front first. Bread, sweet dough, and some salty hops show up on the body. More sweet malts ride through on the finish and some lingering spices go well together.

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation with pleasant transitions of spice and sweet malts.

Overall: A great American saison. The pepper and dryness is heavier then I expected but this overall is a slow sipper that is easy to enjoy.

Photo of safaricook
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got the 750ml corked bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. Enjoying it in my hotel room out of a tumbler glass.

Slightly murky straw yellow body with lots of fine to medium carbonation. Fine white head of just a finger that stabilizes at a thin layer. Some nice lacings.

Smell is citric and peppery, there is ginger and some fruitiness added by the orange peel.

Typical Saison dryness with quite some spiciness to it, almost hot. Bitterness is there but hops are not standing out

Plentiful carbonation makes this refreshing, crisp and palate cleansing. It ends with said hotness that comes probably from used ginger and grains of paradise.

This is a well done maybe even great Saison. It is refreshing, dry and interesting due to the added spices that give it dept. In my personal opinion I believe it could be made even better if the flavor would rely more on the yeast than on the spices, furthermore it is a bit sharp due to the high carbonation.

It think it would work with a lot of spicy foods. Actually it's probably even better when combined with food than on its own.

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazey golden color with lots of carbonation. There is a gigantic, dense head that eventually settles to 1 finger in size and sticks around for the remainder of the beer. Minimal lacing with some chunks of foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is of lemon, grass, white pepper and slight clove. Also a bit of yeast. The nose is similar to a Tripel with the pepper and yeast aromas.

T: Taste is fruity tartness with lemon and a bit of apple. White pepper and clove are definitely present. Some grassiness with earthy notes are there too.

M: Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with high carbonation and a light body. Finish is somewhat dry.

O: Overall this beer was good, but wasn't a stand out by any means. This is the only saison I've ever had so maybe I'm just not a huge fan of the style, but I would give this beer another go. Nice and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of Renaissance_Man
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 375ml/11oz bottle into a pint glass. Be careful pouring as I ended up with a 'beer floater' head.
Appearance was classic off yellow. The oversized head lasted for most of the drink.
First impression was of spice and this was confirmed on first taste.
I detected coriander and bouquet definitely opened as the beer warmed up in the glass.
The spice on the pallet clearly overrode the typical saison funk and really become pronounced on the back pallet towards the end of the beer.
Overall, being one of the first saisons I have critiqued I found it pretty good. If anything a little too spicy for my liking.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exactly what I was hoping for with a Saison. Just a little bit of sweet and spice up front, with just enough hops to balance at the finish. Enough going on to keep me interested through the whole pint. Strong but still refreshing on a hot day - relatively high ABV but did not taste of alcohol. Would definitely get this again.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml (25 ounce) corked bottle into a schooner glass. The label depicts a silhouette image of Father Hennepin, with his wide brimmed hat, canoeing a pine-fringed lake while hoisting a stemmed glass similar to the one I am using. The bottle glug glugs and I back off to an easy pour, producing about 3/4 inch of a chunky, billowy white head with a golden tinge. The beer is a slightly hazy, pale ruddy golden with effervescent carbonation.

Funk, spice and light floral-citrus in the aroma. The flavor is complex, but not overly funky. Spice, dark fruit, and citrus notes combine with some light earthy tones, biscuit, and some overripe banana. Mildly bitter with an overall dry finish yet with some lingering pungency. The mouth feel is creamy and crisp altogether. A pleasant burpiness settles the stomach and produces biscuity, fruity, grainy flavors. The alcohol is well-masked beyond a little bit of warming, and light at that.

An excellent beer and perhaps the best of its type that I have tried. The funk is there but it's not overpowering and the beer is surprisingly light and drinkable considering the strength. This seems like a perfect beer to quench thirst, ala Belgian peasants, although the ABV would seem to limit its session-ability!

This beer was bought for $9.19 at Hennessey Grocery in Butte, Montana, which continues to bring variety and exotica to beer drinkers in our corner of the mountains. The price is at least 2 dollars below Belgian imports of a similar quality for sale in the store.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint pour is a hazy, cloudy pineapple yellow, with soapy foam head of nice height. Looks rich.
Smells like bread and coriander spice, some ginger, herbal. Refreshing to the nose.
Upon sipping is where the orange peel kicks in, and everything else that was on the nose falls into place for a creamy, biting saison that embodies its listed ingredients very well. Ending is an earthy sum of all the ingredients, sharp, biting, some minerals. Not complex to me, but I enjoyed sipping this well enough.

Photo of blackcompg
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a quick 3 fingers of tiny bubbled foaming white eggshell head, body is a very hazy bright golden yellow with very light orange highlights, body also contains alot of garb rising thru the center, leaves prominent foamy lace rings after each sip, great head retention.

Smell - Yeast, banana, light clove, fresh citrus, coriander, nutmeg, crisp pear.

Taste - Starts with yeast, light under-ripe banana, very gentle citrus of lemon and orange, very nice light pepperiness of white pepper, also hints of coriander and nutmeg, and there is a definite presence of white grape and young pears at the back of the quaff, the finish is yeast and drying spices, banana pith, and a very light sourness of grape skins.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, and yet silky smooth and pillowy light. The bold flavors of yeast, spices, and light fruits fill the mouth, and then theres this wonderful carb with is medium-high, but the bubbles are so tiny, washing over the tongue in a smooth tingly foam with tiny little edges, really feels wonderful, and will have the sipper contemplative of both flavor and feel after each sip.

Overall - What else can I say, this is simply a fantastic saison, and a perfect representative of the style. Everything you want is here - yeast, spice, light fruits... and it's bold, effervescent and dry. A must try.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,512 ratings.