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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,208 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,208
Reviews: 2,045
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 228
Gots: 474 | FT: 2
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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)
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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I read the label on the bottle several times before pouring as I didn't want to mess it up. I also let it warm a little before pouring. It states that you should pour it slow and give it a very generous head, which I did. Pours a pale orangeade and a cloudy color. The head is luxurious, frothy and white about two inches high. The head really sticks around to the bottom of the glass too. Very nice appearance

The aroma is fruity, apples and bananas with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is very good with an apple taste, along with cinnamon. There is a mild bit of alchohol in the flavor that warms the body with each swallow. There are mild hops in the aftertaste, giving it a nice balance in the mouthfeel.

The taste really does improve as the beer warms, and, by bottle end, I detected a nice dry, wine like flavor. Overall, it has many flavors and is very smooth and tasty.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been a little too intimidated to review this beer for some time. There is just no way an amateur like myself can do it any justice but I will do my best. It is simply spectacular.

Appearances first: I love the fact that Hennepin comes with a champagne style cork in a 750 bottle. Like all of Ommegang’s beers, it is fun to open but that is just the beginning.

Hennepin pours a rich gold. It’s sticky and its head lasts and lasts and lasts longer than just about any beer that I have ever seen. It’s highly viscous, globular, and almost alive.

When I tilt my snifter, my Cabernet/Bordeaux glass, or my goblet of Hennepin the head forms a brilliant lacey coating around the bottom of the glass. It doesn’t dissipate. It just rests forming a different beautiful pattern each and every time I tilt.

Furthermore, Hennepin has an intensity in its hue and brightness that is almost unrivaled. This is a beautiful beer.

Onto the smell: Hennepin smells like I would imagine an idyllic Medieval farm to smell like: grain, straw, horses, sacks of dried flour, pepper, and of course, a beautiful lady. As tripe as this may sound, I assure you that Hennepin does indeed carry with it a quality that reminds me strongly of William Goldman’s the princess bride. This beer smells like I would imagine Buttercup’s hair to smell, utterly perfect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hennepin is medicinal, no doubt about that. Its taste is robust and ads vigor to the body. There are also most certainly elements of lemon and grass, freshly baked drop scones, honey, and biscuits. The finish is dry and nutty, leaving the mouth thirsty for more. It wraps and warms the tongue and coats the palate, stomach and esophagus. I can’t get enough.

Drinkability: Unmatched.

This beer breaks the arguments of wine snobs down to detrital slime.

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

Cloudy straw yellow with a tall white fluffy head. A bit light on the lacing. Funky yeast scents with lots of fruity notes to it. A bit lighter grassy hops. Light fruitiness, pears and apples mainly with a backing of spiciness and yeast. A bit of doughy malt and citrus flavor blend in well. Spicy grassy and funky yeast finish this out. Lively in the mouth with carbonation this is also clean, crisp and quite refreshing. Very easy drinking to the point it almost goes down to quickly. Great example of the style.

Photo of jaluria
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish color like hay with a white head. The smell is very interesting because there is so much going on...malt, yeast, fruit undertones. A hint of bread as well (probably from the yeast). The taste was exceptional with it's complexity and balanced texture. I tasted a bit of fruit-inspired bitterness with some spice flavoring. As the brew warms, I taste more sweetness and less bitterness, but that may be my tastebuds being confused by this beer. My mouth is left wanting more; a bready texture on my tongue. Very simple and yet distinct. A terrific beer with great taste and easy to drink anytime.

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

Pours cloudy, pale yellow with a big fluffy, sticky white head.

Malty, spicy smell. Grassy and citrussy. Altogether inviting.

Eh. Flavorful in a sense. Just-ripe citrus, a dash of cough syrup, clean pale male. That medicinal quality I find in every Ommegang I've tasted is really a turn-off. I must be hypersensitive to it.

Soft on the palate. Cool and clean.

Not my cup of beer. The medicinal taste is just a bit too much. Maybe I need to grow in that direction. You should try it for yourself.

Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great carbonation with a full two finger head.A light color,but expected from this style.This has a full aromatic smell.It really reminds me of summer.Full of spices and a hint of fruit.A clear crisp taste with no after taste.Very drinkable, an excellent summer ale,from one of the best brewers in America.

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, slightly dark golden body with a frothy white head and loads of lacing

Smell: Some barnyard funk, apples, clove and coriander spices, a touch of citrus and some yeastiness

Taste: After a touch of apple sweetness, the tongue is struck by the orangey citrus bitterness along with the spices; over time the sweetness re-asserts itself in balance, this time, with the spices and bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied with a lot of frothy carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice drop, with a lot going on

Photo of mntlover
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color some oragne tints mixed toped by a nice off white head that is feed by lots of rising bubbles. Head eventually a falls to thin film leaving some lacing as it falls.

Aroma is musty straw, sour citrusy lemon mixed with spices some spice mostly clove and coriander noted. Hops of a grssy variety.

Taste is grassy musty straw flavored with sour lemon citrus followed by spice again clove/coriander dominating again here. Finish is lingering grassy hops and hints of earthy yeast all riding on a nicely carbonated malt base.

Mouthfeel is light crisp but some body felt also lively carbonation, easy drinking brew goes down smooth and nice.

Driankability is good a decent saison, not one of the best but at the price a hell of a bargin now I just need to cave age some.

Photo of klewis
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a cloudy golden with a monstrous white head. The head eventually subsided to a fluffy 1/4" ring for the remainder of the drink.

S: Wonderful aromas of biscuit and citrus

T: Flavors of lemon and spice are highlighted with a refreshing tartness. The alcohol provides a gentle warming sensation in the finish.

M: Carbonation an body are excellent for the style, and the beer has a nice stickiness.

D: A suburb representation of the style. The characteristic tartness is present, but not overwhelming, making this a very smooth drinking beer. For the value, there are few that can match this one.

Photo of fingolfin72
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had this one in a while.

Color- Hazy straw-yellow with a voluminous almost-white head.

Nose- Lemon, cardamom, sugar. Nice and clean.

Palate- This is a clean, dry beer with a lemony, spicy character. It's clean and dry enough to whet the appetite for food. It doesn't quite match the peerless balance of some of the Belgian saisons, but it's very good, and a great value.

Photo of goschool
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its corked bottle opens with a satisfying 'pop!' The pour is hazy yellow with a big creamy head. The aroma features citrus and pepper with a hint of hops. Lemon zest, spice, hops, and yeast come together nicely for a complex taste that's crisp and drinkable. The mouthfeel is light bodied and bubbly. The 7.5% is well hidden. At less than $5, this fantastic saison could be the best bargain around.

Photo of amicar
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a gorgeous cloudy orange color- very nice, with a fluffy white head. Nice spicy smell with a little citrus fruit and hay. Lovely dance of bright flavors with nicely restrained sweetness. Again, spicy, peppery with complex fruit undertones, but especially citrus peel. The malts underneath are not overbearing. Feels smooth and slick in the mouth and fills it completely with bright carbonation. This is so easy to drink... so easy... there's no problem having one after another.... just do it slowly so you remain standing...

Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow straw colored, slightly clouded, with a white tightly-bubbled head that rises up thick and settles down to a one inch cap. Aroma is not too strong, but has definite notes of yeast and spice, a little grassy floral, but not what I'd call hoppy. Mouthfeel is fairly dry and crisp, even carbonation. Flavor is understated, a little yeasty but not overpoweringly so, some sweetness and some peppery spice, no one flavor taking over the pallete. Finishes clean with some residual spice and yeast flavors in the aftertaste.

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

Mmmm uncorked a 750, out of the warmish cellar and chilled a little.

Into the chalice. Huge head that takes a bit of time in dropping to a reasonable plateau. Retention is incredible -- ideal amount of lace puddling on top, even over 30 minutes. Color is a beautiful subdued orange, kind of like Pranqster (the only beer I've reviewed with similar appearance). The hue screams candy goodness.

Intense smell, especially as it warms. Sugar, two part citrus smell that is from both the malts and sugars and the hops. Some alcohol. A buried hint of piney hops. Some yeast as well. Quite a heap of flavors, whoa, possible to get your nostrils a little singed.

Complex taste, too. Bananas and apricots, with some marshmallows whipped in. Some spices, maybe some clove, also hop bitterness. Flat, matzah-like breadiness present from the beginning. All of those flavors very distinct and well-defined. I don't feel like I'm grasping for straws at all. Only downsides are some alcohol notes and a little bit of souring as it warms a lot. Has the essence of Belgium -- maybe the yeast, something about it screams "belgian!" in a nice way.

Mouthfeel is great, you can swirl around a sip and then lean back and savor. Can drink leisurely or quickly, nice carbonation that matches sugars well. It seems like this beer maybe holds carbonation a little better as it warms than others .. not sure, just how it feels. Would be interesting to measure. The citrus makes this a littte crisp.

Even as this gets warm it is still quite drinkable. ABV is not prohibitive, and matches the price range / bottle size (750ML bottles are consumed much more in wine servings and at a wine pace). I need to try more Saisons, I think this beer is excellent as a session beer, a special occasion beer, a gateway beer (bonus: I had two non-BA type friends try this and both were exclaiming "I gotta get into this stuff!"), anything. This beer is especially solid, it leads in all categories ...

At the big grocery store (Wegmans) it is $4.49 for a 750ML ... at that price, I am drinking this a LOT more. My first Saison ... boy I hope they are all this good.

Photo of flaminghomer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very good indeed. typical belgian character. this is very smooth and drinkable. most people might fight it hard to believe that it is 7.5% abv. i could taste hardly a trace of alcohol. it has the typical belgian crisp fruitiness too it, but nothing is overdone. i enjoyed it greatly.

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very hazy and glowing muddy golden-orange. It has a huge fizzy white head that settles to a big pillowy froth that laces the glass. Beautiful!

The aroma is musty, earthy yeastiness with some peppery spices.

The flavor is chalky wheaty malts, musty yeast, a little almost sour fruitiness (seems a bit out of place, but mellows nicely), and a bitter and spicy dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but provides some nice warming. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a good amount of lively carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. I'm still new to saisons, but this is the best I've had to date.

Photo of HopHeadKen
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with thick Ivory colored head. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle confirms the label claim of 'Bottle Conditioned'.
The smell is spicy and rich. Taste is spicy corriander with hints of pepper, warm and alcoholic. This is my second bottle. WOW ! I have got to homebrew a Saison !
This stuff is very good !

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

served in brown 12oz bottle
Served in a Chimay chalice

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white frothy head.
Smells of wheat and fruits are present.

Taste a nice wheaty flavor with definate fruit. I did a earlier reveiw on the same company and belive me they dont skimp on the fruits. Also smelling apples and citrus notes.By the way lacing is awsome . Medium body. Traces of the high alchohol only detected on the finish. A great summer beer very refreshing. Malty and sweet very impressed.

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

Brillient flaxen gold pour wearing a massive, 3 finger head of pure white. Great retention and some delicate lace artwork.

Nose is spicey fruit compote, lemon zing, apple, pear, crisp melon, and crushed-rock minerality with a trailing notion of European hops..

Flavor is crisply fruity, focusing on melon, citrus, green apple, and pear. It has some grassy vegetation notes accompanied by a dry and chalky minerality. Overall is dry, with fruity notes to soften it up. Delicate peppery spice throughout.

Body hovers between light and medium, with a crisp mouthfeel and a light and airey texture. Way too easy to drink. Me and Gabe make short work of this 750.

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

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in my glass a crystalline golden amber color with a monsterous creamy light tan head that very slowly erodes leaving a thick and glutinous sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose has a fresh citrus like crispness, tart comes to mind, also a sweet earthiness, start is sweet and perfectly malted, the top is light to medium in feel. Finish is striking in its acidity, hops delectable in their spicy bite, desert bone dry and long lasting is the aftertaste. Ommegang has been a favorite brewery for many years, and I always try to keep a few bottles around.

Photo of Naes
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is just a little hazy and is golden colored with a nice white head that provides some lacing.

The aroma is of yeast and spice.

The flavor is just as it smells (yeast and spice) but a hint of alcohol comes through in the finish. There is also a bit of hop presence throughout the sip.

Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated. It will foam up in your mouth if you let it sit there for a second.

For a higher ABV beer, this is quite drinkable. Though the alcohol is present, it is not overpowering. Try it.

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

750ml split with "possumdog"

appearance: golden, flufffy white head with very minimal lacing

smell: yeasty, citrus, apples, slight hops, nice pepper aromas as well

taste: apples, pears, slight citrus, quite yeasty, mild hops. Taste is pretty good for a Saison, interested in tasting the cave aged. As it warms i notice the banana flavors more

mouthfeel: light to medium, slight alcohol tingling, somewhat dry with a bitter finish

drinkability: very drinkable

Photo of Fugazme
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good looking beer. Slightly hazed, but mostly clear. Big, foamy white head that lingers forever and sticks nicely.

First whiff was sweet with a touch of alcohol. Second was near the same... third brought forth grass and slight citrus. Some grain.
Picking up some nice spice on the fourth... cloves. Pretty nice.

Smooth on the palate with a touch of bubbles. Tastes of grain and alcohol. A little citrus, but barely. Dry. Great balance.

Photo of numenor1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Pop the Cap.

Appearance: clear gold to bronze color with a decent head that never completely disappears.

Smell: Smells like bubblegum and grass. A tad alcoholic.

Taste: Bready malts up front(a bit wheaty) yield to spicy yeast. A slight bit citric, a touch of lemongrass, more bubblegum, deifnite cloves, a tealike hop flavor that all draws together and then fades into a dry lingering yeast presence on the back of the tongue. Slightly phenolic and slightly alcoholic throughtout, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and effervescent. Sparkly.

Drinkability: Drinkability is good, but i don't think i'd accidentally drink too many of these.

This was my first saison.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pale straw/amber color with a big frothy white head that takes its time dissappearing and leaves uneven lacing behind.

S - Predominantly wheat, a slight citrus hops and gumball odor underneath.

T - Alcohol is evident. A citrusy pineapple wheat and slight gumball flavor. The flavor is good, but I am dissapointed that the abv shows through so clearly.

M - Very thin and a little foamy, refreshing though.

D - Goes down extrodinarily easy. Soothing and very drinkable.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,208 ratings.