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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,379
Reviews: 2,076
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
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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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Ratings: 5,379 | Reviews: 2,076
Photo of mhaugan
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Form a 22 oz bomber.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice big head into a snifter glass. A bit light on smell, but this isn't too unusual in the style in my experience. The taste is fantastic. Wonderful yeasty and herbal flavors. Slight sourness that defines the style. I love this for a summer drink. Quite drinkable despite the ABV.

Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I've had this one on tap a few times, and while it's one of my favorite styles, I was never too impressed with the Hennepin. This is my first bottle. As soon as I twisted the cage loose, the corked exploded out, with a little bit of gush, but a relatively easy pour, into my St. Feuillien Goblet. The Saison is a golden yellow with tons of streamers and a big, pillowly white head. While I'd rather it a bit cloudy, the head is really gorgeous, and with the effervescence, continues to grow in a nice rocky fashion. It is very slow to subsided and leaves blankets of foam and lace to the very end.

The smell is sweet, some honey and vanilla, a bit floral, with rustic grain, a decent bite of booze, and a hint of diactyle as it warms. Overall, more omphh and saison-like then it is on draft, so it's off to a good start, although still on the understated side.

Well, so far this has been much better then the draft version, which was bland and unobjectable. While the taste certainly isn't bland, it's really not too good. Initially there's some sweetness, but it's quickly overcome by a husky astringency, is a tad chalky, rather hot and boozy. Letting it warm too much, it gets worse, funky, but not in that fun belgian way, just off, with a bit of diactyle. Overall, it seems like they were more focused with making it taste rough for that farmhouse authenticity, rather then taste really good. I'm not so hard points wise on the graininess, but booze is too much to ignore, especially for only 7.7.

The mouthfeel is very creamy, medium light bodied.

This wasn't too drinkable. It was just too husky and astringent, and not enjoyable enough. While the heat might fade in cellar, I'm not so sure about those grain tannins.

Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy yellow-gold with a very thick head filled with countless small bubbles (I might have stirred up the yeast too much).

Smell - Immediately noticable sourness, without being overly funky. A slight citrus note with definite hints of pepper. Wonderfully floral bouquet.

Taste - Mildly spicy with a citrus hops character to it. As it warms, it sweetens well. Yeasty, but not overwhelmingly so. This is far more complex than most beers I am used to, but extremely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - As crisp and pleasantly carbonated a beer as I have ever had. This is as wonderful of a mouthfeel as I have ever had.

Drinkability - Based on the crispness and the complex taste, one would never guess this was nearing 8% ABV. I could easily down a couple of these, although to do so might take these in vain.

*This is probably my new favorite beer, and one of the most complex yet enjoyable beers I have ever had.

Photo of Tomas77
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light,golden yellow. A little hazy but not cloudy. Large, foamy white head four fingers tall which dissipates very slowly to the rim leaving lace that sticks very nicely. Tight head. Lots of bubbles. Highly carbonated. A pretty good looking beer when poured in the proper glassware. I used a Duvel tulip glass.

Light hoppiness in the aroma. Peppery. Sour overtones, some horseblanket which is typical of the farmhouse ales.

Flavor is tart/sour but only lightly. Not overpowering at all.This beer has a clean, crisp feeling to it in the beginning before it trails off leaving a dry,slightly bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable especially on a warm summer day.

Malts used have a toasty/buiscuty flavor which shows up in the middle. Balance between the malts and hops are good. Classic belgian yeast characteristics. At the very end you have a mild alcohol warmth that helps comfort you.

Two 12oz bottles with your BBQ makes for a relaxing time.

Photo of sleazo
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greenpoint Deli has the whole Ommegang ouevre so I am going through it.

A-A meringue like cloud with peaks and valleys tops a semi clear dark golden liquid. There is a steady stream of bubbles replenishes this beauty of a head. The head here truly is a work of art.

S-a musky sweetness with some banana and clove like flavours going on. The smell as a whole is subdued slightly and I have had Saisons that smell a bit stronger. However this is a good smelling brew.

D-The fluffy head hits your senses as you inhale which gets those scents to meld very nicely with the taste. It is slightly sweet with those same banana/clove flavours a slight bitterness and a slight funky acidity. The farmhouse taste that I have detected in stronger versions is there but muted. Still this is pretty tasty. The hops are there as a bitterness but I can't detect them in the aroma or flavour.

M-Slightly thick with less carbonation than I expected due to the steady stream of bubbles. Still for what the beer tastes like the mouthfeel does a goodjob of getting the flavours to linger in the mouth. the wonderful head also helps too.

D-Not the best Saison I have ever had as I could go with a little more musky farmhouse taste. By farmhouse I mean what others call horseblanket, but I have never rode a horse no less tasted their blanket. So I take it to be that musty funk I have detected in others. I take this to be more of a combo Tripel/Saison type of beer. Still this is one heck of a beer and since it is in state for me costs half of what the imports cost. Will buy again.

Edit-At the end of the bottle i decided to pour the yeast in unlike what the bottle recommends. I have a smaller chalice so i get three glasses out of a 750 so the first two were sans yeast and the third included it. The yeast adds the funk i was looking for. The bottle says dont pour it in, which i think works for half the beer

Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
$5.99
Binny's Orland

Hennepin pours a hazy straw golden with tiny natural carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. A two finger white eggshell head forms on the pour that sticks around awhile leaving chunky lace after each sip that falls back to the body. A very good looking saison.

Aroma is tough to pick up through the dense head. Slight lemon sourness. The classic barnyard scents are in there as well but toned down. Freshly cut hay. Very refreshing. Aromas fit together seamlessly.

Mildly tart lemon upfront. The tartness lingers as subtle grassy undertones show up mid palate. Finishes with a nice grassy, lemongrass hoppiness. Touch of alcohol on the swallow. There's even some of that Belgian candi sugar feel although I don't think any is added. Very refreshing.

Crisp, clean (for a saison) light bodied mouthfeel. Finishes bone dry letting the hops come forward. Very nicely done.

In the summer months I could tip back Hennepin all day long. Such an easy sipper and so refreshing.

Hennepin is a beer that is constantly stocked in my fridge. One of my favorite summer sippers and at an affordable price. Not as funky as a couple of my favorites but as thirst quenching and enjoyable as a saison can get.

Photo of Onslow
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sitting here ..in Houston, humidity 98% and a homemade pizza in the oven: Its time for my 750ml bottle of Hennepin...

Pours a light honey colour..

Nice sized head on pour, but disappears after 15mins with the glass i was using..

Straight up farmhouse smell, but not as funky as some from belgium..

Good bitterness level..
Sweetness is also done very nicely..
..a good balance..

aftertaste is very good but maybe needs a bit more assertiveness...

Overall, I am happy i tried this brew but am at a loss wether it is as good as Dupont, Hennepin seems a bit sweeter and not enough bitterness to make it a great- but still I did enjoy it!!

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Photo of brdc
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, corked bottle. Poured into a Duvel glass (I wasn't really sure the best glass).
I had had this one a long time ago in New York, and had better memories...
Beautiful golden, slightly hazy, with a plentiful white head with very long retention.
Smell is yeasty, fruity and earthy, but it had a few unpleasant notes, soap like.
Firm and highly refreshing, it lacks a little bit in depth, but it is still pleasantly yeasty, fruity, with multiple citric notes that unfortunately fade quite quickly.
Not the best Ommegang offer, but still quite nice.

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

750ml bottle served at a refreshingly cool temperature. This was the third beer for my birthday, after Delirium Tremens and Odell's Double Pilsner. It proved to be an excellent relief. At 7.7% ABV it was the lowest of the evening. I loved everything about this beer. The appearance was a nice cloudy golden hue. The nose was aromatic and the taste was phenomenal. I absolutely craved the sourness of this amazing saiaon. It was sad to pour out the last of it, but it was time to attempt a double IPA.

Photo of Glazed144
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold, medium sized uneven white head. A lot of bubbles, a lot of carbonation. Has a citrusy smeel, very fresh smellin.g Very rich and foamy mouthfeel, full smooth taste. vey slight bitter aftertaste, pretty sweet taste. nice lacing on the glass.

Photo of Jmamay22
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of a twelve ounce four pack.

Appearance: Pours clean and golden and spurts forth a mountainous off white head. Nice sticky lacing throughout.

Nose: Smells like summer, which is a sour citrus, light hops and hint of apples.

Taste: This was kept a little too cold for my liking so I gave it time to warm up and let some of the flavours loose. Tart lemon zest flavor that moves to a sweeter flavor finishing up with a hint of hops. Generally subtle flavors.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Proper carbonation and mid to light bodied. I could have a couple on a hot summer day, but would stop at two.

Notes: Solid all around Saison. Recommended and I like to use it for cooking as well, but it's not a beer I always have on hand.

Photo of dfried
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw in color with active carbonation, and a giant frothy white head that just kep getting bigger and bigger, pushing itself out of the glass into a mountain shape. I love when they do that, I was ready to start running like it was the blob or something. Spicy aroma of cloves, coriander, and white pepper. Wheaty with a lot of citrusy, lemony zest. The flavor are much the same as the aroma led on, spicy with citrusy zest. Some fruity notes of apples and pears creep in. Alcohol is noticeable but not harsh, medium bodied. Some musty farmhouse notes in the background too.

Overall: not all that complex of a beer, but absolutely delicious and well made. I think of this beer as a standard for the style, what most saisons aspire to be.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pretty light yellow in color with a big head that settles down nicely.

S: Fresh citrus fruit with a nice yeastiness about it. Very inviting.

T: A very nice tasting beer. Light up front with a nice mild spiciness. Finishes with the taste of lemon peel and a bit of that yeast I smelled.

M: Sparkling and light. Goes down rather easy.

D: I bottle these in the small 12 oz, bottles but could but down a big boy with ease.

Overall: A great domestic version of a Saison. Summer is the season to enjoy a saison and this one is thirst quenching. I just finished cooking burgers on the grill and popped this one open. Like peanut butter goes with jelly, Hennepin goes with charred flesh (burgers), summer, and good times.

Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold in color. Massive rocky white that coats the tulip with a sticky web of lacing.

Lemon, grass, coriander, green apple, and earthy hop aromas.

Starts sweet with lemon zest, that moves into carmel malty flavors then grassy, earthy and spicy hop flavors. Finishes dry with green apple flavors. Nice clean medium bitterness.

Overall a very good Saison, probably the best American version that I have tasted. Prickly mouthfeel that scrubs the tongue. Very digestable. Paired with Cypress Grove's Herbed Chevre .

Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a HUGE head even when I had the glass tilted. It took some time for the head to die down but the head actually gave off some nice aromatics. Slight fruity aroma, green apples, flowery almost spring-like aromas, if that makes sense. The mouth feel was huge because of the high carbonation. The taste was extremely light with the co2 rolling around in the mouth. Slightly spicy flavors, but very subtle. Finishes very crisp and clean. This is a very drinkable beer, especially in the summer heat. But I think the price tag is a bit much.

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.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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