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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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schematix

Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy pale dark yellow. A steady stream of bubbles raced up to a creamy thick head. The head persisted over the entire glass.

S: Classic Belgian esters and phenolics. Slight grain. No hop aromas.

T: Classic Belgian esters and phenolics. Sweet grain. Some flavor notes. Perfectly balanced hop bitterness. No hop flavor.

M: Spritzy. Very carbonated. The beer has just enough residual sweetness to balance the carbonation without being dry or cloying. Right on for the style.

O: Excellent example of the style. It's not my favorite style but I give it high marks for accuracy and execution. I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:05:07 | More by schematix
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Thousands of bubbles rush to the surface like so many helium balloons. Pours a straw gold with an impermeable haziness and a champagne style head with great foaminess.

S - Has a freshness which reminds me of a Hefeweizen; I think particularly due to the coriander and orange peel which are mentioned on the label. Man, this beers smells so good; sweet and yeasty.

T - Has a very homespun taste; I get herbs, crisp citrus, yeast and wheat with a nip of hops just before it washes down the throat. I’ve never had a homebrew, but this is sort of how I can imagine a homebrewed Belgian wheat ale (which didn’t quite go to plan in terms of carbonation and complexity) tasting. Pleasant but not top stuff.

M - Unusually I found this a little wanting in terms of carbonation, although this may be true to style. Continues the homely feel from before, I find myself wanting to describe the mouthfeel as ‘cozy’ if that makes any sense. The beer just seems to envelop your tongue with a blanket of gentle bubbles spun from medium-weight fabric.

O - My first saison, and certainly a style I will continue to explore off the back of this experience. While 7.7% abv isn’t super high, it’s a good fraction higher than your average beer, and this beer carries the load with no stoop in its shoulders, a trait I must always commend. If this serves as an exemplar for saisons, then for me that means I ought expect a sort of musty, wheaty Belgian ale with a casual attitude towards carbonation. If this beer were cheaper it would be highly sessionable, but as it stands, while enjoyable, I probably wouldn’t pay $10 for a bomber again when I can get my hands on top notch Belgians, Weizenbocks and Hefeweizens for less.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 21:07:39 | More by abeeronthebeach
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle

A hazy lemon colour . The half inch fine white head dropped to a slick. Carbonation streams that lasted to the end. Some lacing but not a lot.

Strong smell of sweet lemon bread. Delicious!

Taste of Belgian yeast with a bit of sweetbread. Spicy - cloves, oregano and pepper. Fruity - mango and melon. The taste lasts well but there is no separate aftertaste.

There is a big bite in the first mouthful. Medium feel.

This is an enjoyable saison but lacking the big taste of the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 03:09:08 | More by ssmack
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alexrichman

Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A> A very nice bottle and an even nicer looking beer when it hits the glass. The beer is a golden hue, with a beautiful head that sticks around forever. You can see bubbles of carbonation bursting up in streams. This is one active beer, all those yeasts must be happy!

S> Great bouquet on the nose. It smells tart and bright with hints of fruit and spice in the background.

T> Tastes a lot like it smells, a sweet malt background that is complimented nicely by the tart funkiness of the farmhouse style with a hint of strawberry like fruitiness that hits my taste buds periodically. Perhaps a bit too sweet on the finish and the spices steal the show a bit too much. I can also taste hints of the 8% ABV.

M> Good feel in the mouth with ample carbonation. Quite creamy. Better then average but nothing outstanding.

O> A solid farmhouse ale and quite a steal at $6.19 a bottle, although I think I would have preferred this one in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 22:12:09 | More by alexrichman
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brurevu

Texas

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

The Hennepin was bottle conditioned so it poured with plenty of head and a “majestic golden hue”. Once I fought through the head to get a taste I was rewarded with a beer that has a nice creamy texture but was very light on the palate which is as advertised. There were citrusy notes that added a bit of pep on the tongue and created an all-around excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 17:10:18 | More by brurevu
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes.

Appearance: Poured into a wilibecher. Pours a very pale yellow straw with a robust, foamy two-finger head.

Aroma: Some sweet bready notes, a whole lot of spicy, slightly banana-y Belgian yeast notes, some citrus and (subdued) hop notes.

Taste: Sweet grainy malts followed by Belgian yeastiness and other spiciness, some slight hop bitterness. Finishes mostly dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lively carbonation.

Overall: Hadn't had this one in a while, and was worried it may have dropped off in quality since I last did have it. Was happy to find that was not the case. Excellent, interesting. and wonderfully drinkable saison.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 03:05:38 | More by jhawth
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Ryan_Graham

Iowa

3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a murky yellow with a solid two finger head. Wheat smelling. The taste was a bit disappointing. It's a little bit too carbonated for my taste. The aftertaste is wheaty with a tinge of alcohol. Overall, it's a very hoppy beer with a champagne type feel to it. Not my type of beer.

I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:30:37 | More by Ryan_Graham
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy bright yellow - almost glowing - with a moderate, but long-lived white head. Very active in the glass with lots of fine carbonation. Only a bit of lace follows along.

Yeasty, bready nose that comes across like a Hefe. Orange and spice. Nice full natural aroma. Quite appetizing.

Quite a bit of a bite from the carbonation, followed by some tartness in the beer. Fruity and spicy, sweet up front with a slightly drying, mildly bitter finish.

Lots of things happening in the glass make this an interesting drink. Just a tad too much sting from the carbonation for my taste, but overall a beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 23:58:54 | More by TerryW
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Pours murky straw, large stark white head, puffy clouds slow to leave. Large bubble sparse cling lace.

S - Cooked pear, lemon, straw, barn, candy.

T - Juicy fruit, lemon, malt, slight barn and sour, nice sharp finish.

M - medium balance, more than enough carb, good balance.

D - Very pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 00:28:51 | More by srandycarter
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yauri

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Was happy to find that 750ml bottle in a super-market in Kansas, after hearing so much about this one.

Very cool, light (alcohol not felt), fun drink. probably goes great with light taste food.
Overall though was bit disappointed. expectations were too high

A - nice. pale gold. head appears only if not tilting the glass. nice wheat-bear like cloudiness, though not solid enough.

S - disappointment. simple lemon smell, like a low class wheat-beer that someone squeezed some lemon it.

T - cool, fun, light. Gently sower, hints of spices.

M - real nice. Very drinkable, alcohol not felt. crisp and bit dry.

nice. JUST nice

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:11:54 | More by yauri
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breakingbland

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy, golden orange. The two-finger head persisted.

Aroma: Not a strong aroma: Sweet and funk with some hops.

Taste: This beer has a fresh taste even as it is sour as characteristic of this style. Also has some malty sweetness and slight hops. The sourness and hops linger.

Mouthfeel: Lively on the tongue with a slightly biting but pleasant level of carbonation.

Overall: This is a refreshing beer. It is good though not my favorite saison, but I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 11:44:21 | More by breakingbland
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enulcwww

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic fantastic beer. Great Saison very light and refreshing beer could enjoy any time of year any time of day fantastic odor and fantastic taste. Has an amazing mouth feel and one of the best farmhouse's I have ever had. Everything I have had at ommegang is amazing and this is no different

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:47:44 | More by enulcwww
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle, packaged on 04/19/13, best by 04/2015. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a couple inch frothy white head that sticked around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like bready malt/grain, coriander, cloves, peppery spice, orange peel and bananas. The brew tastes like bready malt/grain, cloves, bananas, ginger, orange peel, and some pear and sweet spices. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has high but soft carbonation so it's easy to drink. I liked this brew a lot. I've had Hennepin in the past, but it's been a very long time since the last time I tried it. I don't think it will be as long of a wait until the next time I drink some! $7.49 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 23:27:36 | More by bluejacket74
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
When poured into a tulip, Hennepin puts on quite a show. The beautifully deep, golden body is clear as water and cascades into a thick, thick head of foam that continued to build up well after I finished my pour. As I let the beer warm a bit, the head did recede a bit, leaving plenty of lacing in its wake.

Aroma:
Complex, very complex. A symphony of sweetness in a glass. Plenty of spice is present, with corriander being the most dominant. Clove, brown sugar, a bit of pepper, and orange peel. A few fruits are in attendance as well with banana being the most prominant of the bunch, followed by orange and a hint of kiwi. Distinctly Belgian. LOVE it!

Taste:
Spicy from beginning to end and a bit off-putting... at first. The more I sipped it, the more I began to enjoy it and pick up the subtle characters. Corriander and clove sprinkled amongst fresh bread and yeast. A fair bit of funkiness is present, but it's plenty tolerable. Grapefruit and banana are the only real noticable fruits in the flavor. Alcohol is also very noticable with a bit of hop bitterness wrapping things up.

Mouthfeel:
Carbonation is in abundance from this medium-bodied beer. It's quite smooth and creamy. Aftertaste lingers for a fair amount of time and is pleasant.

Overall:
A fantastic example of this style. Easy to drink and refreshing. Not quite as good as Boulevard's Tank 7 Saison, but worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 00:10:57 | More by alphagnome
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dwren89

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pale golden yellow with big fizzy white head and good clarity

Aroma: lemony freshness, coriander, a little orange zest ones, very light/delicate aroma overall

Taste: biscuity and light on the palate with zesty citrus notes as well as deeper ginger and spicy flavors. Overall very balanced between malt and hop flavors with yeast and adjunct flavors doing most of the flavoring.

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, medium carbonation, medium body, very thirst quenching.

Overall: A great saison that delivers nuanced yeast character and adjunct flavor. Zesty, citrusy, biscuity, and very thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 00:16:54 | More by dwren89
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Murrhey

Montana

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head that rips down quickly to a small bubble head. Nice white lacing up an inch or two. Hazy pale golden color.

S- Funky, bananas, Belgian yeasts. Aromatic.

T- Spicy, clean, funky yeasts. Fruity and earthy, yet light.

M- Medium bodied, juicy and wet. Finishes clean.

O- Good beer, good saison. I'm happy with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 03:45:35 | More by Murrhey
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: bright lemon, swan white head, big and frothy; slight haze

Aroma: spice & citrus flow from the glass; lemon, coriander, clove; a bit floral too, some honey - overall it's something like Spring

Taste & Mouthfeel: glistening buttery texture but light and nicely carbonated - gets tastebuds perked and after a few sips the flavours grow stronger while still remaining gentle, and the mouthfeel becomes more crisp; orange peel, lemon, lightly of spices; has a nice touch of hops in the dry finish - this is very drinkable, great for the cottage; notes of pepper

Overall: light and fresh like a witbier but more hoppy and crisp, never cloying - perfect summer brew

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 20:12:00 | More by BGDrock
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Taylor1989

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange with a 2 finger white fluffy head that only sticks around for a bit, then dissipates to a thin ring.

S- citrus, coriander, banana, sweet pale malts, bread. Fruity.

T-I get the bready yeast up front. The coriander and banana come through along with a nice spiciness.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing. Smooth with no bitterness. Carbonation is on point.

O- excellent beer!

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 13:12:11 | More by Taylor1989
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ericj63

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had 22-oz bottle poured into large goblet (nothing fancy).

Appearance is a lovely gold. It is too hazy to see objects clearly but can see shapes. Lots of bubbles rising from bottom, even more than 10 minutes after pouring.

The aroma is not strong, but when I smell it it is full of malt, a bit of rising bread, and citrus, primarily orange.

The taste is like the smell with a little hint of pepper, clove and coriander. It finishes very dry and leaves a finish of malt/bread.

The feel is crisp with good carbonation - tiny bubbles like a true champagne. The feel seems just a little thin to me, although I am sure I would not want this to have a mouth-coating syrupy feel either.

I really do like this beer. If my scores seem a little low it may be because I am new to rating things on Beer Advocate so I am trying to leave room at the top end for future reviews.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:22:22 | More by ericj63
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass

Appearance –Big two and half finger head that subsides quickly but leaves a nice thin white cap on top. Hazy gold in color with minimal lacing remaining after the fact.

Smell –Citrus and Coriander slight boozy sweetness.

Taste- Similar to the aroma, light citrus and spicy with yeastiness to it, but light given the ABV. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and fresh, remarkably smooth. This is the last remaining one of the four pack thought it deserved a full write up given its deliciousness.

Overall- Very tasty, particularly in the summertime and definitely a purchase worth repeating.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 19:04:23 | More by DenisKolkin
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usechopstix4soup

New York

4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have to say I love the labels on the Ommegang beers, they are classy and very modern, I dig it.

Slow poured into a tulip glass, mildly cloudy yellow with a persistent bubbly, creamy head. Looks fantastic.

I get strong aromas of grape and banana mostly along with touches of exotic spices, some yeasty notes.

The taste is wonderfully smooth, not overboard with the fruitiness but enough to have an obvious presence. Very crisp tasting beer, finishes well with banana flavors towards the tail end.

Feels like I might as well be drinking champagne. Very elegant beer, would love to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 03:27:37 | More by usechopstix4soup
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this at the Harvard Club of NY's saison tasting. It was poured from 750ml bottles. It was straw in color, a bit cloudy with a substantial sized head. Sweet malt and a bit of citrus where the first things to hit my nose. The taste was spicy yeast and again, sweet malt. The finish is dry. Perfect beer for the summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 15:54:54 | More by WheelsPSU
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Golden color with a slight haze. Nice three finger head dissipates quickly leaving a tight swirl.

S: cloves and banana. Some spices and bread too.

T: peppery and spice/clove upfront followed by the Belgian yeasty/breadiness.

M: medium carbonation and light body.

O: a refreshing beer. I have really enjoyed saison/farmhouse beers this summer, and it took a while for this one to reach my area, but it was worth the wait. A very nice easy to drink beer Hennepin is a go to for me now.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 17:34:56 | More by polloenfuego
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an oversized snifter. Bottleneck says Best By 05/20/15.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Inviting Saison yeast aroma brings notes of banana, faint spice and lemon. Effervescent with a tinge of alcohol.

T- Juicy flavor with notes of citrus as well as some banana and bubble gum. Some wheat malt flavor is present plus a bit of alcohol but everything flows in harmony making for a delightful drink.

M- Semi-spritzy from the medium-high carbonation. Light body.

O- It's been years since I've had this and it makes me wonder why I haven't revisited it in so long. An excellent Saison that should hook newcomers to the style instantly.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 00:50:16 | More by Immortale25
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Jmitchell3

Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great golden color, opaque. thick white foamy head. nice residual.
Aroma: nice. i'm not the best at aromas. this one is not as fruity as some, but still deep pear and plum type senses. overall aroma is amazing.
Taste / Palate: very bright flavor, nice finish and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 21:06:53 | More by Jmitchell3
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,392 ratings.