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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,095
Hads: 5,639
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 302
Gots: 810 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a firm cloudy golden straw yellow, growing firm and frothy a white one inch head builds slowly and reatins for a good long time, slowly slips down to a thick haze, lace in slow dripping ink blots. Smell is mostly yeasty and spiced, some citrusy lemon and white pepper underlay with a slight touch of alcohol. Taste is subtle and fairly complex with an overall mellowness thats super nice with an easy and soft maltyness, lightly citrusy of lemon and melon rinds, dulled tangyness, some notes of musty grasses and sugar. Spicy yeastyness is light up until the finish where it approaches ever so tingly and lightly building slowly, gaining some and helping end with a calm dryness in the finish. Carbonation was perfect, solid and full bodied, a nice crescendo from start to finish and a bit of thickness and even some light chewyness rendering in some of the finish. Nice malty balance with the yeast, and what ever hops may be in there adding in with some of that grassyness and very slight calm bitterness thats barely noticeable in the middle. A definate keeper and a wonderful drinker. Mellow, soothingly smooth, thick, luscious, a hidden alcoholic treat to be shared, if willing ; )

Big thanks to Fishbone for the bottle!

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Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hope this Ommegang is better than the Victory 12 "Belgian style" I had earlier this afternoon. Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice, though small head. Hoppy aroma with citrus notes tells me that I'm going to like this one better than the syrupy V-12. Indeed, the mouthful is reassuring. Hop notes and carbonation assault the tongue. This is a very visually attractive offering, maintaining a small head and interesting vertical lacing. Taste is dominated by the interesting hops, which are tempered by hints of hay and pears. Dry aftertaste is pleasant. This is a very drinkable ale.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Beautiful, light but cloudy yellowish-orange body with a nice white head that went down slowly.

Smell – Nice mix of yeast and slight sourness with some significant spicing. The spicing is typical BSPA. The fruits are light and pleasant, most notably melons, apples, strawberries dipped in sugar, and lots of green grapes.

Taste – This one is very good. There’s a hint of the grassy garden in there, but mostly you’ve got a wonderful yeast base mixed with tangy but restrained fruitiness. There’s a hint of alcohol more along the lines of a dry blanc or maybe even a brut blanc de noir with all that carbonation.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied but heavily carbonated, this one produces about a thousand sensations in the mouth. Very fun and entertaining; not something you’d want to serve with a meal.

Drinkability – I had this on an empty stomach just before dinner, and it was a delight. It wetted my appetite for the stuffed chicken with sticky rice and garlic gravy. Excellent and adventurous example of the style.

Update – I re-reviewed this with a 2004 bottle and found it to be very enjoyable. I got a lot more spicing this time around but otherwise it seems pretty consistent.

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Photo of taez555
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy but very translucent orange body with big bubbly chunky white head.

The nose is a mix of fruits, yeast, wood, alcohol, phenols, apples, apple peel, cinnamon and some other soft spices.

This beer has a huge amount of carbonation. It's almost hard to drink at first it's so carbonated, but once it sits for a few minutes the carbonation mellows and pulls all the flavors out. Very easy drinking, medium bodied and very well balanced. Clean tasting, lemons, lemon peel, soft grain malt, an earthy hop bitterness, apples, pears, wheat, phenols, yeast. There's even a slight chalkiness.

It ends with a more intense bitterness that slightly overshadows the nice clean malt and fruit flavors.

Overall this is just a great beer. If it weren’t 7.5% I'd call this a perfect session beer. It tastes like the sort of beer you could just sit back and drink all day long. Very clean and simple, yet complex enough to let you taste every flavor all in perfect harmony.
These New Yorkers should be made honorary Belgians.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

man this is a pretty beer, pours out a beautiful cloudy yellow with a medium head that dies down to a small lace. nice lemony/grassy aroma, a tad spicy. light and crisp with lively carbonation, light malt paired with a light bitterness. pleasant lemon flavour with some spice and alcohol notes. very refreshing and a great one to sip from your badass goblet. ill throw up the goat for this one.

at $3.99 for a 750ml, its a steal.

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

Fine pour!! Nice head and good yellow orange color. Nice tasting beer. Some grapefruit and tart apple in the taste.Very good hop character. One of the hoppier Belgian styles I have had. Good carbonation. Very warm alchohol aftertaste. This is somewhat like Duvel. A high quality beer from an American/Belgian brewery

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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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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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