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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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2,139 Reviews
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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Reviews: 2,139 | Ratings: 5,865
Photo of NickLovesBeer
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Belgian style ale, but brewed in the states. Hennepin pours a cloudy blonde color with a medium white head laced with carbonation. The taste is light on the hops with clean crisp citrus flavors. The is one of my all time favorites and is hard to believe this is brewed in New York.

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Photo of gnaussea
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle.
First glass pours a nice deep copper with a billowy white head that quickly recedes. Light to moderate lace. Very fruity scents, including apple. Spices are ginger and coriander. This is a beutifully spiced brew from start to finish. Low peppery image mixed with fruit produces a cidery quality. This beer makes no apology and produces a very bold flavor. The finish is stong with belgian malt and a hint of alcohol. Worth the 3.99 price tag, to be as understating as possible. Second glass gives an entirely different character, as I add all of the yeast. Everytime I buy this beer I wonder why I don't buy it more often.

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Photo of Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear light gold color with a thick head that last through the drink. The nose sensed some floral, yeast, and citrus aromas.There was nice carbonation. A nice balance of malt and bitterness, with a crisp yeasty flavor lasting on the tongue. Very smooth and a soft aftertaste. Great beer and should be sought out by all.

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Photo of jlervine
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Just... wow. Poured a hazy honey colored with a white head that fell to a nice Belgian lace that wouldn't go away. Sweet and fruity nose, yeast and earthiness, such a fantastic aroma. The flavor had accents of fruit, rum, cider, spice, all wrapped up with a nice crisp finish. Very full mouthfeel, and an enigma in every sip. Very tasty.

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Photo of steelreign
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing. I must be dreaming and in Belgium...this is so classically inspired by a strong Belgian golden ale/saison, it's scary. Sparkling golden hue with white foamy head that sticks. Tons of natural carbonation. Grassy, hoppy, sweet malts, barnyard yeast-y funk notes and fruity aroma. Simply amazing!

Smooth, sweet, spicy and complex flavors assault the tongue, with estery notes, ginger, and a slight hint of banana as well. It's hard to say just how this beer can display so many things at once, but it pulls it off admirably. Alcohol is well hidden, but slight warming is there at the end. This could pass for Duvel anyday of the week. What an astounding brewing acheivement! Cheers to Ommegang for this masterpiece!

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Photo of nixhecks
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden yellow color with tons, and I mean tons, of carbonation bubbles shooting upward. Very large, foamy, white head with maximum retention. Aroma was full of banana, yeast, wheat, not too unlike a hefeweizen. Taste was soft and mellow, kind of cidery with a citrus like hoppiness and the banana in the background. No real indication of the higher ABV. Awesome brew, and the price ($4.29 per liter) can't be beat.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with this beers head. Very soft and fluffy, leaving a very nice lace on the glass. A very nice spicy yeast flavor that isn't over done, but still an important, solid part of the flavor profile. There is a good dose of hops to this beer, with a carbonation level that is quite appropriate to the style. This beer is quickly becoming a new favorite, and at $4.99 a 750ml bottle, it really can't be beat.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium copper color, large head. Hoppy floral nose. Nice carbonation. Mildly hopped, spicy, slightly malted. Some yeastiness and some fruitiness. Light and refreshing. Yeasty flavor. Finish is light. Aftertaste is slightly fruity with some hoppyness, not bitter. This beer carries it 7.5% alcohol well.

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

The aroma and palate are good individually, the way they work together makes them very complementary. At 7.5% it is fairly strong, but soft enough to not be intrusive. The label calls it a Farmhouse Ale, which is a good description of a Biere de Garde, and it comes across as a brew that could have been done by a local in an uncomplicated yet pleasing result. THis can be an everyday drink on it's own or with a meal instead of a white wine.

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Photo of kevinl6
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall, a little bit of a let down for me. Split this one with my drinkin bud, and poured it into one of our new tulip glasses. Had a nice appearance...cloudy orange with a foamy, two finger thick head. Smell was nice as well, sweet and fruity. Had a carbonated, crisp mouthfeel, but not as pleasing on the palate as other Belgian style ales I've had. Taste wasn't anything special for me, fairly typical for this style of beer. Had an average drinkability....I didn't have problems with my half of the 750ml bottle, but I didn't want any more either. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away or anything.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle I picked up at Brewery Ommegang in February 2003.
A fine appeance, looks even better than it tasted, A luminescent gold but cloudy. It has a thick white head, even with a gentle pour. Smells spicy (ginger or coriander) and hoppy with a hint of apple. Tastes alternately sour and fruity (depending on where it's hitting the palette) with that ginger spiciness thrown in. Quite the hoppy aftertaste but not unpleasantly so. Aftertaste really lingers. Has a foamy mouthfeel with a medium body. For such a complex ale, it is very drinkable. I would have to say this is my favorite Ommegang product I've tried thus far.

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Photo of dmarch
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a high amount of carbonation and a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma suggests tropical fruit and orange with some spices. Taste begins with a honey-like sweetness and finishes slightly tart. Very authentic and true to the style. Completely in the tradition of Belgium.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seven hundred fifty milliliter brown bottle, corked and caged. No bottling date to be found.

Bright gold in colour, and slightly hazy. A rocky white head erupts and quickly departs, leaving a thin bit a foam and tons of creamy looking lace.

The aroma is spicy sweetness mixed with oranges.

Mildly sweet, spicy, alcohol, herbs (ginger and coriander?). Dry orangey finish.

Lively carbonation, soft mouthfeel.

The yeast pour turns it into a cloudy yellow, and brings out a fruitier character.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful brew from Ommegang! This Hennepin pours almost a clear honey gold, there is a slight bit of haziness in the beer. On top of this champagne like brew is a thick, tight, white head that stays around for a while. The aroma is a bit mixed of light hops, fruit and spices. The taste is great, it starts off with a sweet/sour mix. Not a bitter tart sour but a slight “twang” to it sour. Near the end is a hint of malt and some hops. This is a very busy beer, that is nicely bodied and easy to drink. Very very nice!

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml...and for only $3.99 up in Boston! I would probably have paid double that down here in PA.

Had I not known what I was drinking, I might have thought this beer was straight from Belgium. A thick pillowy snow-white head sits atop this light golden elixir. The first sips are dry and a tad smoky... as it warms the flavors and complexity emerge. Clove and banana complement the sticky yeast and subtle hops, and there is an odd yet enjoyable sweetness to it as well. I have not had many of this style, but I know this to be a delightful brew. Very light considering the complexity. The alcohol is hidden well. A tasty brew...I'm awaiting the other Ommegang beers that are in my fridge!

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Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hmm...first thought was "Is this a 7.5 ABV?" Reminded me of Hoegaarden, even though I know it is a different style. Head and appearance were very interesting. Nice thick head that dissipates slowly and lingers with a large bubbly surface. Smell is sonewaht fruity, reminding me once again of Hoegaarden. Nice crisp, somewhat fruity taste that cleansed the palate quite nicely with a subtle aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, which was good for the alcohol content...no extreme bite here. Hard to really describe this in terms of other beers I have tried, othe that certain aspects reminded me of Hoegaarden...I honestly think this offering would be best on the patio on a nice summer's afternoon (out of the sun of course!) Initial thoughts are that at the right place and time this would be an excellent choice.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color was golden, with excellent head retention. The smell was very fruity and yeasty. The taste was slightly sweet.......not overly done on sweet taste......hints of a flowery, estery taste. Mouthfeel was somewhat heavily carbonated, but that didn't seem totally out of place. Drinkability-wise, I could easily finish the 750 mL bottle of this one!

Although Rare Vos is my favorite Ommegang product, this is certainly a close 2nd. The Saison is such a wonderful summer beer........so light and estery, yet still packs quite a punch!

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lace stuck to the inside of my glass and dthis had a thick white head that dissipated slowly atop a amber gold beer. Aroma was of a light hoppiness with spices. The flavor was a distinct spiciness from the yeast with a dry maltiness that definetly reminded me of a wheat beer. The carbonatin was very fine and truly in the belgian style. Very clean and excellent to have with dinner.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy gold color with almost 3 fingers of foam. There is lots of thick lacing left on the glass. The smell is a bit spicy, with some cinnamon and fruity and nutty aromas as well. The taste is kind of fruity, kind of spicy, and kind of hoppy. A really good balanced blend of flavors. It is just the slightest bit dry. The mouthfeel is fairly full and bold. At 7.5%, this is fairly drinkable too. What a bargain!

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Photo of TheDM
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a large invigorated white head of finely sized bubbles. It has a Cloudy wheat yellow color with yeast and carbonation rising in it. It has a mild malty hoppy aroma. Its a bit fizzy at first, but it soon dies out. I tasted a mixture of flavors that was unique to this brew. It was a bit chewy, doughy and had a hint of something else. It became very smooth with time. The good buzz I caught afterwards keeps making me raise my rating on this brew.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy pale orange with a decent off-white head that dissipates. Good carbonation. Spicy yeasty Belgian aroma; light alcohol notes and citrusy tones also. Spicy and citrusy (grapefruit ?) taste with a light alcohol finish. Medium bodied and smooth with a strong spicy finish.

A nice, yet spicy/yeasty, intro to Belgian beers.

Label states: "Belgian Style Ale" & " Bottle Conditioned" & "Grisette Farmhouse Ale"

Aged (2 years maybe)
Tasted: 07/11/03

($3.99 / 25.4 oz / 750 ml Corked bottle)

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Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe this is an American brewed Belgian. It's better than most Belgians from Belgium! Very complex in taste. I note a sweet fruity wine taste to it that all ommegang products seem to portray. There's also some peppery spice that brings a slight alcohol taste with it. Further along I notice honey and more spices. Great mixture of sweet and spices. No bitterness here. Finishes light and dry but has an alcoholic kick to it that I liked. The best Ommegang product. This is an amazing brew, one of the best for it's price.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Actually got the last Hennepin in an 11oz bottle at a local liquor store for 50 cents. Seems there's no longer a distributor here in SoCal (correct me if I'm wrong, please) so I snapped up the last one. Glad I did.

Appearance: hazy orangish body with a white creamy head that slowly faded to a thin cap. Left nice lace behind.

Smell: immediately noted a spicy peppery aroma with a faint banana scent on the fringes. Soft alcohol smell in there too.

Taste: picked up a sweet/sour combination of peppery spices and vague apple taste, almost like a tart apple. Good little shot of an astringent alcohol kick at the finish.

Feel: Starts off smoothly and finishes very dry and crisp.

Drinkability: delicious almost to a fault. Wonderful mix of tastes and 11oz bottles could have you hammered in short order as you quickly quaff this outstanding beer. Now I've got to try to find more.

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Photo of aaronh
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Luminescent golden body topped by a rather thin white head, but the head shows decent retention and slowly fades to a thin collar. The aroma is very sweet, but then has an intriguing herbal smell as well. Hard for me to place the individual components, but it is very enticing. The taste is not neraly as sweet as the aroma insinuates. It has a nice grassy hop component, atop decent malt that just seems to stay out of the way. The finish is slightly bitter, but has a strange complexity. The spices bring to mind homemade chicken soup, as they did on the nose (I just thought it odd to mention at the time.) It has a very dry finish, that is slightly smoky or something. I can almost guarantee this would go well with roasted chicken or turkey. The mouthfeel is light and airy, but doesn't leave me feeling like something is missing. The drinkability is very good. I think this is an ideal dinner drink for poultry, and less of an everyday drinker. This may find it's way to my Thanksgiving table. A very enjoyable beer that seems part wine, part beer.

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Photo of euskera
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden-yellow color. Pours with a nice foamy head that laces quite well. Taste is definitely Belgian, complex and rich. Deviliously delicious with a wide-ranged palate of flavors, a little spice, a faint hint of banana. Will return to this one time after time...

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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