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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,289
Reviews: 2,060
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 236
Gots: 532 | FT: 1
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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 ajmoody76
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at local beer store. 750ml brown bottle to pint glass. golden and clear. very active head that does not stick around long. holds a thin white head all the way down. nice looking beer.

citrus upfront with an earthy undertone. no off odors. according to style.

nice fruit taste. can taste the yeast in there. nicely balanced. a little hint of sweetness in the aftertaste.

good amount of carbonation. mid-bodied. some brussels lace.

great beer. no session for me. could get me messed up quick. follows style. hope to drink this again.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a foggy gold color with a one finger white head that dies down pretty quick after pour. Fair amount of lacing in this one throughout. Great smell of spices and mild citrus fruit with a hint of yeasty goodness. Taste starts off with a bubbley lemon and honey like sweetness. Continues with a good amount of spices that tickle the tongue. Ends with a mild bready malt flavor. Very complex flavored brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a whole bunch of carbonation. Great offering from Ommegang, I need to make a trip down there soon.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear golden in color with a good sized frothy head. Nice looking bubbles through out, nice lacing.

S: Bubble gum and bananas with malty undertones. Some yeasty character. Orange-like tones, a spicey alcohol hint here and there.

T: Alcohol taste apparent but no warming sensation. Spice, slight bitterness with some sweetness. Bitter finish. Some bubble gum and apple, slightly sour.

M/D: Crisp feel, a lot of carbonation. Light-medium bodied, not spectatular drinkability. Maybe too carbonated, could be more drinkable.

Photo of red80go
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a hazy golden with an explosive fuzzy foam head
s - smell of spice, fruit and citrus; maybe even a bunch of flowers
t - great tasting beer with a bit of sweetness that pairs perfectly with goat cheese
m - good amount of carbonation with little or no alcohol taste
d - I really love this beer and keep it stocked regularly to go with my love of goat cheese

I first read about this beer in "The Brewmaster Table" by Garrett Oliver and was motivated to go down to my local "City Beer" to pick it up. Luckily I have a place to pick up great beer, you can't go wrong with this selection.

Photo of BBM
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden honey color into a Hennepin goblet. A thin fizzy head lay atop this beer. To be honest the appearance belies how wonderful this beer really is. Aroma was very subtle, but had it's fair share of Belgian spices, sweet malt, and bread-like quality.

The taste is a magnificent blend of Belgian ingredients and American micro brewing. There is so much depth, so much flavor bursting with each sip, you'll wonder aloud if this beer was brewed in a monastery or not. The Belgian spices, banana-like flavor, dark fruits, and beautiful hop balance all come together without a hitch. There is a very subtle alcohol flavor in the finish, and as the beer warms it becomes that much more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. I would drink this one all night if I could, but it does get a touch filling. Overall this is a beer that can be measured up to any of the abbey ales I've tried. And it's from upstate NY. Go figure.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Yard House in Brea, on to the beer:

Poured into a goblet, it's blonde in color with a nice little head. This is a totally new style to me, so I didn't know what to expect. It was mildly fruity with grape and pear and a pinch of candy-like sweetness. The flavors aren't overbearing, and finishes pretty dry, making this a brew I could sip on all night.

Photo of eberkman
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderately hazy straw-gold with a big, fluffy white head that eventually diminishes to a crown and an island. Smells of citrus, spices and fleshy tart fruit. Taste is similar -- a refreshing, complex panoply of apples, pears, orange, lemon and peppery spices (did I detect some licorice/star anise?) with just the slightest hoppiness in the finish. Light-bodied with a crisp bite. Excellent drinkability for the alcohol content -- extremely enjoyable on a hot day. Highly recommended.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was psyched to find a sixtel of this great farmhouse saison at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA - and for roughly the same price as 12 750ml!

Admittedly, I was not originally a fan of this style, but Ommegang has helped changed that perception.

A: Slightly opaque golden color, with fluffy 1+" head, and solid lacing throughout.

S: Terrific smell of citris, especially lemon.

T: Very complex flavor, with lemon zest and spices lingering on the back of the tongue. Memorable taste.

M: Pleasing, light, but gripping mouthfeel. Great carbonation for this style.

D: I could definitely have a few of these in the course of an evening - rather light and refreshing, but full of flavor as well.

If you'd like a terrific, engaging beer for the summer - one with a little more complexity than a hefeweizen - give this one a try.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent brew, just not to my tastes.

A - Marvelous, undeniable foamy white head. Gotta be careful when pouring this one out!
S - Not much scent to this one. A little disappointing. I caught a slight citrus not, but not much.
T - Citrus and hops, both on the mild side. I also get this chalky/earthy flavor I can't place. Maybe it's just me. Regardless it's not a good flavor in my book. Luckily it's not overwhelming.
M - Nice fuzzy bubbles, though smooth and light.
D - Quite easy to down. Even more so for others I'd imagine.

Photo of kellyst
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the first Saison I’ve tried.

A: Pale yellow. Billowing pure white head.

S: Citrusy smell. Very pleasing.

T: At first citrusy and mildly hoppy. In the middle the sweetness comes through. This must be the Belgian candy sugar. I’m not sure how to take this taste. It makes this a very complex beer, but I’m not used to this taste in beer. The finish is very fruity and pleasant.

M: Light bodied. Very smooth.

D: Medium-Low. A very enjoyable, flavorful light beer. But the sweetness makes me only want one bottle.

Photo of djcriple420
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time tasting this beer. This beer has a rather stong smell, that will suck you into the bottle with its aroma. The strong smell made my mouth water with anticipation.

After slow pouring this delicious drink into a glass and letting the perfect head settle for a few moments, I decided to give my tastebuds what they had been begging for. and let me say, they were not disappointed at all.

There was a hoppy flavor, that was no over powering as some beers can be. It had just enough hops to give that rich flavor, and the right mix to make this beer a very drinkable and enjoyable experience.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a huge fluffy pure white head. Lots of huge clumps of lacing remain. The second pour stirs up some yeast resulting in a cloudier yellow appearance.

S: Lots of yeast as well as some light citrus. There is also some funky citrus present as well.

T: The first taste on the tongue is that off some light hops followed by some light citrus; lemon rind, apricots, maybe some orange. There is good complexity in this brew with several layers of interesting flavors including some funky earthy and herbal elements. It finishes clean, dry, and with a slight tartness.

M: Lots of carbonation, medium-light bodied, goes down smooth and easy.

D: A very crisp, refreshing, unique and interesting beer. It goes down very easy. A nice brew to have on a summer evening. It's light and refreshing yet complex and interesting.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been curious about Saisons and I heard this one was the best so what the hell? I poured this one into a Chimay chalice and watched the bubbles rise furiously from the etching in the bottom of the glass. teh head was aggressive and foamy white. The beer was a cloudy, yet somehow bright yellow color. The smell was yeasty. The taste was crispy, a little phenolic (but not much), maybe a hint of pepper hiding in there. The alcohol was completely masked which was nice. This beer would be perfect for a hot day.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a favorite of mine, and the best offering from Ommegang IMHO. Good price for a good ABV, no doubt.

Poured part of a 750ml into an oversized wineglass.

Appearance - 2 finger head that doesn't quit. It is a clear fizzy golden yellow beer with a constant stream of bubbles. This is one of the only fizzy yellow beers that I am proud to drink, in fact. I poured the first glass an hour ago, the head is STILL THERE. STILL!!! Amazing. Looks almost as good as a Duvel.

Smell - Yeasty, clovey, citrusy and sweet floral honey. Smells like a Belgian.

Taste - Yeasty and spicy with a hoppy bitter finish. Tastes much like the smell but with more sharpness. Ommegang packs a lot of flavor into this one.

Mouthfeel - Crisp with a capital C. Near perfect carbonation level. The flavor and mouthfeel work together in near perfect harmony. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability - Awesome. I feel like I could finish another 750ml with little to no problems.

I would describe this brew as sharp - it cuts right through on every level. The ABV is almost completely unnoticeable, which lends itself to easily be a session brew. Of the saisons I have sampled, this one is easily in the top 5. If you haven't had an Ommegang, I suggest that you get your hands on any one you can. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Photo of jar2574
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in 12 ounce bottles in a 4-pack.

Poured into a large wine glass. Lots of carbonation, it looks like a very active beer. Straw yellow color, with off-white head.

Smells great, hops and spices. Could have a stronger scent though.

Crisp, well-balanced flavor. A touch of lemon and spices with the hops. A slight taste of yeast as well. It's a very lively beer with loads of carbonation and tons of flavor.

There's no hint of alcohol, even though it's much stranger than American macro brews. Great taste and easy drinking make this a superb session beer. Highly reccommended. I'm having another.

Photo of BurnsTau
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light slightly hazy orange color, good white head, great lacing. Smells are refreshing with a bit of citrus. Taste is great, refreshing like a wheat beer but a bit more complex. Some sweet maltiness with some spice and bits of citrus. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. Very good beer overall.

Photo of mwearl
2.99/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap, this beer was pale with very white creamy head with lacing that lasted through the entire glass. Very sweet smell with champagne-like odors. Taste was watery and sweet with white grape tastes and an odd perfume taste at the finish. Mouthfeel was light and dry and little aftertaste. I will say that it is very well balanced with the higher ABV. Drinkability was ok for a hot day beer, but not at the top of my list.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I decided to have this beer on a gorgous day.It also is the day my father passed away 10 years ago.RIP POP

I wanted to drink this beer before it went bad.It was bottled around sometime last summer and I got it for christmas.Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.At around 55 degrees.The beer had a nice POP as the cork came out and a nice stream of smoke.

This beer is a stunning golden clear body with a bone white head that was about one and a half fingers.Nice lacing is left on the glass

I smell lemon,fresh hops.

I taste some lemon notes,some sort of a hop.This beer taste very fresh.Some pepper in the aftertaste.

This beer does indeed seem perfect.The carbonation is very pleasent and non attacking.

Im glad I savored this beer today.Very good work Ommegang.I have never found them to have a bad beer.

Photo of sstackho
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a lovely cloudy medium gold with a spicy nose. The taste is correspondingly spicy, and very crisp on the tongue. The flavour is quite nice and has some hints of a wheat beer. I think its own description is selling itself short by claiming it to be a "light on the tongue" finish, as I feel it's rather a full flavour. I like this one.

Photo of yourunclewalt
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange, three-finger foamy eggshell head that recedes to a hearty lacing. No apparent sedement, light carbonation visible

S - Citrus, alcohol, honey, caramel, botterscotch.

M - Creamy, very unpersonable carbonation. Smooth.

T - Tangy, dank hops with a citrusy bouquet, creamy malt toffee / butterscotch finish.

D - Very drinkable! Deliciously complex but not overwhelming. The more sips, the more flavor.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous straw hay color, very cloudy. A mouthwatering head of even sized bubbles slowly fades. Aromas are characteristic of style with lots of estery fruits, particularly apricots, apples with a spicy backnote: cardamom and black pepper predominating. Flavor wise it is incredibly flavorful with all the Belgianness you could want: tons of funky overripe fruits, a bit of grass and hay, with a tight dry finish. This sample is a bit cleaner than Belgian saisons, especially Dupont and Fantome, a trait I find in many American Belgians. The bubbles from this one are quite a treat, they are pillowy soft, not biting. Glad to see this one made it to KS, and I look forward to having the rest of the line I've not tried.

Photo of umustdrink
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To celebrate Ommegang's entrance to the Minnesota market!
750 ml bottle purchased in February
Served in a Duvel tulip

A - Cloudy light orange in color with a nice stream of carbonation via the tulip's nucleation site. Fluffy ice cream scoop of a head that I don't think will be fading any time soon. Lacing is strong, leaving thick chunks of head around the glass rim.

S - Spicy clovey yeast, fresh & light bready malts and just a wee bit of sourness.

T - Light, slightly bitter and earthy to start, then a light sourness. Finish is a sweet and spicy yeast.

M - Consistency is medium and carbonation is surprisingly minimal.

D - Overall this is a very good beer, with excellent drinkability. Very comparable with Duvel. Depending on the price I may or may not have this one again as I'm not crazy about the style...it is good though.

Photo of Chaz
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Koningshoeven chalice. Pours a golden straw in color, with a slight amount of chill-haze. Solid, densely-packed white head of good duration and with fine lacing, a full finger easily. The nose here is worth the price of admission, with the rare spiciness of the yeast verily prickling at the nasal passages, inviting wet horseblankets and dull fruity malt components up for drinks in the wee hours. Better than I remember in this regard. Equal parts tangy and sweet on the first sip, coating the tongue and promoting a sense of degustation; where's that sampler platter at? Pale malts sing the high notes in the background as the middle is cajoled through the wheaty-meaty bits, and the zest of the yeast parying a bit in the foreground, but not quite asI remembered from my last go-round some years back. Dry around the finish and with enough hop aromatics to make you notice them, but even for the stylistic interpretation that is Hennepin this is a rather tame component. Not a small beer by any means, it drinks so easily you'll forget where you left your car keys if you're not lucky. Some lemon rind peaking through here and there, but nothing to be overly offended by, and in the end this feels a bit tame overall. Still, this is the first time I've had it on draught, and seeing as how it's back it won't be the last. I look forward to another go . . .

Photo of HoustonTX
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hennepin, just hit shelves in Texas today, had to pick some up.

Hennepin pours straw yellow, with vigorous amounts of carbonation. Large solid fluffy white head retains with ease. Smell is dominated with a funky yeastiness, and various spices, deep and complex smell overall with some fruit esters popping through.

Taste is neutral enough for Hennepin to be chugged down on a hot day.Yet, complex enough to be enjoyed throughly anytime of the year.

An influx of spicy and unrelenting hops build a beautiful foundation for all the flavors to come. Intense earthiness along with a dry spiciness throughout with ginger accents on the fringes. The ginger works perfectly with the dry spiciness. The yeast is providing a lot of the flavor as well, especially the earthiness. A hint of citrus peel is thrown into the mix about halfway through, giving lead way to the flawless finish. Hennepin finishes with that spiciness lingering, albeit now much more refined then the start. It's almost as this beer starts untamed, and then at the end of your sip you have taken it into captivity.

I have to say one of the best parts about this beer, is the truly decedent mouthfeel. Flawless.

Hennepin is a delicious, world-class Saison, that simply must not be missed. Definitely recommended.

Photo of jmalex
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer's coming really soon and it's 77º out today - perfect for a summer brew. What's more, I recently brewed a saison myself, and until it's ready, Ommegang will have to hold me over.

APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with barely a gold highlight. A huge white pillowy head forms and fades to a rocky loose-bubbled cap.

SMELL: Huge yeasty smell reminiscent of the finest ales from Belgium. A vague aroma of bready funk comes through. Citrus is apparent as is apricot. Hop aroma is non-existant.

TASTE: Incredible flavors come through all at once. Sweet caramel malts, bready and funky yeast, sweet orange, and a hop bitterness and flavor that really holds its own. The finish is only the faintest bit dry and somewhat yeasty. This is really a taste to behold.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to light bodied with a sharp carbonation. Fairly refreshing given the body.

DRINKABILITY: Now THIS is what I want to be drinking this summer. Goes down so incredibly easy and hides the 7.7% pretty well. All in all a delicious beer.

I can only hope my homebrewed saison comes close to this beer's awesomeness. I've been impressed with Three Philosophers, but now I'm nearly blown away by Hennepin. I think a pilgrimage to Ommegang and the baseball Hall of Fame in my near future.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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