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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,392 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4392
Reviews: 2000
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 4,392 | Reviews: 2,000 | Show All Ratings:
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barleywineman

California

2.78/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is full of funk and bubble gum, yeasty, doughy, a little too sour for a saison. definately farmy! but it may be better with food not an easy brew to drink alone unless you want half 3 philosophers and half duvel in the same glass :( sorry hut dissapointed. Tastes better with Food

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 23:49:19 | More by barleywineman
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joejost

New York

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a pint glass with no visable head. Dissapointed with the pour. The color was a beautiful strawberry blonde.

S- Wasn't sure if it was clove, barn, or flowers.

T- Like drinking a clover cig, in a straw barn in the country.

M- Clean, medium body.

D- Can see how many people would love this in the summer. Not my favorite style, but an excellent Saison from a top notch brewery.

Anyone in upstate NY should make a point to visit the Ommegang Brewery. Wonderful people, scenery, and delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2009 00:57:21 | More by joejost
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Local 44 in Philly. Poured a golden wheat color with a light white head. Smell was very yeasty and citrusy with some oils of hops. taste was similar, super smooth and full, mellow yeast then the light bite of the hops. Very balanced, great beer. Have a bomber of this which I'll open in a few months.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 18:08:13 | More by stingrayvr6
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love it, bought a case then picked up a keg. The review is from tap.

A - A large frothy head with excellent lacing. A clear sparkling light yellow body.

S - Slight citrus aroma. Moderate yeast smells acoompanied by fruit and spice (pear, pineapple and nutmeg?)

T - Sweet throughout the beer (not overwhelming though) with a short sour aftertaste.

M - Light syrupy body. Lively with an astringent/alcohol finish.

D - Give me a warm day and some out door work and this is perfect. Or give me a cold day and a warm fire and this is perfect. Or leaves changing, or clouds and rain...

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 01:17:37 | More by drcarver
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at sharp edge creekhouse outside of Pittsburgh

A: pours a golden pale yellow color with a finger of white head that settles and leaves lots of lacing

S: smells like lots of yeast, breadiness, fresh cut grass or hay

T: lots of the same flavors as the scents; yeast, bread, grass, hay, very slight bitter bite at the finish

M: full bodied and spot on for this beer

D: super high session beer, despite being almost 8%, can't taste that abv and lots of smooth crisp flavor

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 22:49:13 | More by dukedevil0
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrived in Hennepin tulip glass. A pale golden color with a giant sticky bright white head. Head last a long time and leaves great lacing all thru the drinking. Smells of grapefruit,cloves and a little hops. Outstanding taste, clean yet complex flavors of citrus, cloves and yeast. The flavors change with each sip and coats the mouth with unique adventures in flavor! So glad this is a domestic product as the price is right for such a great Belgian style. This will be making a permanent home in my fridge for the next several months. Great beer for those warm nights on the deck.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2009 03:30:36 | More by Liverpool08
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Taphouse in Oswego, Il.

The appearance is a hazy yellow with a very white frothy head. The lacing is great from start to end.

The first smells are yeast and honey, followed by cloves. There are also citrus notes, very lemony.

Wow, this is delicious. This is the first time I've had this and I'm thoroughly impressed. I've had a couple other from Ommegang that I enjoyed, but this may take the cake. The nose is all lemon and pepper, but after the swallow this bursts with a ton of other flavors, specifically banana, clove, and honey. The transition from spicey to sweet is simply amazing. Very unique.

The body is medium-full and smooth. Good carbonation that is crisp and clean. The pepper and cloves sting the tongue slightly, then the sweetness tones it down.

I was shocked to learn the abv for this one. I couldn't taste it at all. It's delicious, smooth, refreshing, and intriguing. That's a great combination that makes it very amusing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 02:00:41 | More by Vonerichs
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rugerj

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light golden color with a good 1 finger head, excellent carbonation that is perfect for the style. Head disappears quickly but good lacing is left in glass. Smell is of slight citrus with a pleasant fruitiness throughout, some subtle spice comes through. Taste is of simple spice with a subdued fruitiness that is not overdone, very little bitterness. Faint hint of malt, but definitely not the focus of the beer. Beer finishes dry and crisp. Though a high ABV beer alcohol is well hidden and only begins to appear after beer has warmed considerably.

A great beer to have on a spring summer evening as things are beginning to warm up. One of the better American interpretations of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 12:37:26 | More by rugerj
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Halcyondays

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a full white head, lots of lace.

S: Yeast notes and ester, light fruit.

T: Yellow apple and definite herbal notes (sage) carry the beer. Mild acidity, quite complex.

M: Medium-bodied, quite refreshing, smooth.

D: One of my favourite saisons, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet. This and LA Red Barn are the top 2 easily available American saisons in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 00:15:42 | More by Halcyondays
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joshuadlight

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was my first Saison/Farmhouse. I had it on tap at the Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth.
I'm guessing that the whole horse blanket Brett taste isn't for me. I just found it to be a taste and smell that I'm not fond of. The beer looked fine with a nice head and nice lacing, and I'm sure that the fine craftspeople at Ommegang made this beer just how they wanted to, but unfortunately its not for me. Not gonna have another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 02:48:21 | More by joshuadlight
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deanhead

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden bubbly and extremely clear beer considering that this beer is refermented in the bottle.
Slightly yeasty and spicy aroma, reminiscent of a barnyard or horse blanket
Crisp and slightly Lemony with a hint of sourness in the finish
Taste is peppery
Mouthfeel is light, and solventy almost acrylic in nature. I could feel this beer lingering on the enamel of my teeth. Highly drinkable Belgian Farmmhouse style. Get some...

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 18:03:30 | More by deanhead
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Thanby

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mild straw color, kind of like apple juice. Smells of a mild malt with butter, cream and some spices. Flavor is full of wheat and cloves, smoothed out by a buttery flavor and with a bit of hops in the background. Nice body and flavor all the way through, easy to drink and just generally a good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 00:16:59 | More by Thanby
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cpn920

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden hazy color with a big head. Smell is impressive, almost hefe like to me, big banana and coriander. Taste is nice and is slightly sour to me. This was highly carbonated and medium bodied. ABV is surprising because it was fairly light beer...abv became more apparent as the beer warmed. High abv would prevent me from pounding these back but that is the only reason. Nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2009 01:27:06 | More by cpn920
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I fondly remember Hennepin as the first saison I ever tried (less than 4 years ago) and it blew me away back then. It's been a very long time, so this is like visiting an old friend. Got an imperial pint at Bailey's Taproom.

A: Bright golden, almost clear with little rising carbonation. Small snow-white head, strong lacing top to bottom. Not sure if the lack of carbonation is normal; I know this keg was tapped roughly a week ago, so it's still 'fresh'.

S: Spicy aroma with sweet yeasty roll. Apple core and pear slices. Hints of clove and melon.

T: Crisp apple, light honey, grass/hay. Buttery sweet rolls and a sharp spicing. Finishes out dry, with pepper and a slight medicinal chalkiness being most notable. Terrific balance.

M: Refreshing, lively carbonation. Body is light/medium; alcohol seems subdued, but grows with a subtle warmth. Finishes with a faint yeast/grain stickiness and a little chalky bitterness.

D: A high point - both extremely 'easy to drink' and notably desirable in the 'want to have again' categories. A fine example of the style, haven't had more than a couple US-made saisons that can compete.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 02:07:34 | More by msubulldog25
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LeftonJackman

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first saison came from the well in a flute glass. A slightly cloudy honey and tea was topped with an airy head that left a trace of lace

It was faint in the nose and not as available as I would like, but straw and spice with a hint of fruit.

What a beautifully flavored beer. Earthy with a hint of yeast and hops. The draw was the best part. Touches of honeydew, melon and orange! FABULOUS!

If this is the archetype saison, I shall be having more!

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 01:28:08 | More by LeftonJackman
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raoulduke37

California

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at father's office. Absolutely brilliant color - luminous straw. Ok, I smelled and smelled and smelled this with myself, some friends, and my mom (who has the nose of a bloodhound). This stuff smells like cooked strawberries, and then a bacon and pancake breakfast - like nothing I have ever experienced. Taste was a very very very good farmhouse, almost to the caliber of Avec Les Bons Voeux, but not quite, citrus was nicely balanced by malt. Very smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability is extremely high due to great taste and its feeling as a "session" beer. Good good stuff. I went to an opera after this, and this saison added to that experience.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 22:21:06 | More by raoulduke37
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright golden with a decent off-white head. Rich, wheaty, slightly lemony aroma calls for a sip. Flavor is crisp, mouth-filling, wheaty and yeasty with a hint of lemon and just a touch of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth and refreshing to give a pleasant and crisp finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 01:55:58 | More by Cyberkedi
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Klgkenny

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium in Raleigh, NC. Poured into an ommegang goblet.

One finger of creamy-white head tops this 18k golden colored beer. The head goes on and on, while medium carbonation sends bubbles through this brew.

Smells of malt and spices. Very faint alcohol scent. Very balanced bouquet urges me to drink. Drink!

The first taste that hits my mouth is cloves, which I don't normally consider pleasant, but other spices (specifically coriander, I believe...) Balance this out. Faint citrus and a slight peppermint taste round thid beer out.

A crisp refreshing mouthfeel is supplemented by lots of carbonation in the mouth. An almost cleansing feel.

I normally don't prefer this type of beer (it was misrepresented on the menu), but I would recommend it to anyone who likes a farmhouse brew. Nice, very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 21:13:24 | More by Klgkenny
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UDbeernut

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into oversized Ommegang "Hennepin" glass

a: cloudy yellow straw color, decent 3/4" head with good retention. Nicely reduces to layers of lacing

s: the aroma is yeasty

t: sweet malt and yeast flavor, also notes of apple and other citrus

m&d: medium body with a buttery mouthfeel

A very nice beer

Cheers!!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 17:32:05 | More by UDbeernut
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beauiful golden color with a big creamy white head. Spicy aroma of coriander and citrus. Carbonationup front that is not too overpowering. Spicy with ntes of citrus balanced out by a hint of slight malt. The amount of spice perfectly balances out the sweet/sour flavor and reults in a crisp dry finish. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 08:47:58 | More by corby112
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kosmoraios

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Taphouse in Bellevue. Perhaps this pour wasn't quite right in some way, as my experience differs from that of other reviewers.

Pour was a very light, cloudy straw yellow with an insubstantial white head and little lacing. Aroma was light and zesty, and perhaps the best part of this ale - lemon, white pepper, and sourdough bread.

Taste was light and watery, notes of citrus fruit and spices - cardamom, clove, pepper along with a sour yeast flavor. A metallic tin flavor leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. This ale lacks substance: almost no carbonation, very light, oily on the tongue. More substance and more carbonation would go a long way toward saving this ale, as long as the tin flavor could be vanquished.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 23:56:26 | More by kosmoraios
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erosier

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a golden hazy yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that fades somewhat slowly and leaves alot of nice lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet lightly toasted malts, some wheat aromas as well, then some fruity yeast flavors and a hint of citris.
T: Follows the nose very well. Nice light toasted malts, some wheat, then some fruity yeast and a hint of citris at the end of it. The yeast flavors were not as overpowering as I thought they would be which was excellent.
M: Very light feeling and the alcohol was not present, smooth, refreshing.
D: Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2008 00:31:17 | More by erosier
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Monkeypaws

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft, served in an official Hennepin goblet. The appearance is good, light in color, with a nice head. The small is a potent whiff of alcohol and other grainy ingredients beyond my humble experience to describe. The beer tastes like numerous Belgians I used to drink back in the day, quite impressive for a domestic beer. I had one, but one of my friends was on his 4th one when I showed up, and didn't look any worse for wear, so it's pretty drinkable in spite of its elevated alcohol. A very nice drink of beer that takes you overseas.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 22:25:20 | More by Monkeypaws
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aerozeppl

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy golden straw color with a finger of head. Looked great in the glass.

S: Super yeasty with some hints of citrus and grassy notes. Some spice in there as well.

T: Super sweet and yeasty. Totally different than in the bottle. Looses some of the spice and instead has a strong yeast flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied. Excellent carbonation.

D: Perfect for a 95 degree day. Probably went down a little too easy. Great beer.

Review was from notes from the Albany Microbrew festival.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 18:32:23 | More by aerozeppl
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange amber that is cloudy with a rocky foamy quickly disappearing head. Nose is slight sour funky with a nice yeast underpinning. Some light citrus and hay also. Taste is way to strong on the alcohol. Thats all you taste up front. Creamy body with a lot of yeast and a lightly hoppy and lightly bitter finish of spice. As a western take on a saison though, this works pretty well. Lingering notes of Caramel and Vanilla and a very slight sour note redeem this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2008 21:52:43 | More by Rootdog316
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,392 ratings.