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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,047 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,047
Reviews: 2,037
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 218
Gots: 424 | 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 garthwaite
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellowish with a perfectly white head. Aroma of citrus & spice. All kinds of flavors competing for attention - earthy hops, spice, belgian yeasts, & mildly sour lemon. They all mesh well together in this heavily carbonated brew that finishes with fruity orange, a bit of yeast, & a flavor that reminds me of wheat. Extremely drinkable & an absolute steal for the price.

garthwaite, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of Hunter
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay-like presentation, in a 750 ml bottle with cork stopper and wire cage. Label lists Hennepin as a Belgian-style ale. Provides some interesting tidbits about Belgium and how to pour properly. Couldn't find a bottling date.

Pours clear, cider-like gold with heavy carbonation. The head is dense and white, breaking down fairly quickly despite the large bubbles moving from the base of the glass to replenish it. Revives readily upon agitation.

Aromas of citrus, hops, and that candi sugar distinctive to the style. Agitation brings out some alcohol and floral notes. Nice and inviting.

Carbonation is evident on the tongue, to the point of scouring the taste buds. The alcohol gives a certain heat to the flavor that takes away from the smoothness of the moutfeel. Hops are in the forefront, middle, and end of every swallow. As the glass warmed I went from large gulps to smaller sips. The harshness of the alcohol gives way in the warming, taking a back seat to an odd but pleasant mix of flavors: lemongrass, sugar, fresh hops and white wine.

Finishes clean, with a lingering smack of wine and hops on the lips. I sampled this on its on but imagine it would be a fine compliment to poultry or fish. Given the ABV food might not be a bad idea, as halfway through the bottle I got quite warm.

An admirable expression of the style. Not a bad substitute for Chimay, particularly when you're light on funds (the Hennepin bottle was a full $3 cheaper than the least expensive Chimay). I'll come back to this one.

Hunter, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very cloudy (my fault, stored incorrectly) deep sunshine yellow with a small, pure white head. (Again, I've served it a bit too cold). Thin lacing.

Smell: Very strong lemon/lime citrus aroma with sweet, almost butterscotch undertone and notes of honey. Very unusual and quite nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fan-freakin'-tastic. Starts sweet with some herbal/medicinal notes, but quickly cuts to a unique bourbon/overripe fruit/malt sweetness; it tastes a bit like Yukon Jack. Tarts up nicely at the finish with a terrific citrus zing--you'll find yourself looking for the lemon slice floating in the glass. The mouthfeel is tight and crisp, with lively, brisk carbonation--very refreshing.

Drinkability: Exceptional, and amazingly light and crisp for a 7.5% ABV brew. I'd be honored to drink another, and I might just.

Now, THIS is a summer brew. Full, complex, satisfying, yet still wonderfully refreshing. A perfect example of the style, really couldn't be much better.

WetCoaster, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cave Aged: Bottle #1315

Presentation: ‘Standard’ looking 750ml Hennepin bottle, which is deceptive at first and may fool the uninitiated. But on closer inspection, this is no “ordinary” bottle. The wire cage has a weathered and crimpled looking gray cardboard tab that states that “this Hennepin” is one of 3360 cellared at Howe Caverns at a depth of 156 feet at a constant temperature of 52°F from early 2003 until September 23rd 2003.

Hand applied Red Ink Stamp professes Bottle # 1315.

The gold colored cage encases a thumbed champagne cork that has an aged black spotted surface (from the Cave Aging?) and it takes a little coaxing to remove. When it is extracted, a solid but manageable ‘thrupp’ precedes a whispy phantom like expulsion of twisting light gray gunsmoke.

Appearance: Fantastic pour, carefully slaked into my Westie Glass (only the best!) the hazed Golden body shimmered as it slid effortlessly down the hyperbolic sides of my pristinely clean and recently rinsed Westvleteren Glass all the time releasing its dissolved carbon dioxide to form a head that rolled back on itself forming a beery surf. A lovely shimmering straw colored haze sits in the fusel gold body that is disrupted only by constant rising streamers once it quickly settles. The head is perfectly silky and forms an immaculately uniform bone-white creamy cap. Gently rolled like a fine Brandy in the Westie Goblet, the dissolved carbonation comes out to play, but only for a short time, as it is soon called back by its Head-master. This has one of those perfect heads that easily forms with a careful ‘top-up’ each time. Solid web-like lacing on the Goblets edge. Excellent conditioning, even better head retention, and a fantastic overall presentation in a Goblet style glass. Top Marks here!

Nose: Perceptible from the off, fresh Tripel-like hoppiness mixed with yeasts and freshly proved dough odor that has a little clean farmyard funkiness to it. Light spices and a citrus element together with a smidgeon of Coriander. Mmmmm, smells great, I may have to imbibe this one through my nose!

Taste: Soft, fluffy entrance allows the bitter hoppy feel to expand readily. Pale malts are in the background, light alcohol feel, slightly warming on subsequent mouthfuls. Lemon rind and coriander in the middle, spicy hops with a delicate farmyardiness (yes it’s a made up word) and some more flavored spicy bitterness in the warming finish which gently caresses the stomach with a smooth frictional like heat after a glass or two. Tangerine rises in the back end with some citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This has a well attenuated smoothness from the fine carbonation. Talcum powder soft on the tongue with a light rasping feel when swallowed. Superb presence, this has a very mature Tripel mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The whole 750ml went down quicker than the Titanic! A whole three-quarters of a litre of this 7.5% beauty all to myself – My Bad! Oh Yeah - Sheer Indulgence!

Overall: Very nice!! The precise effects of ‘Cave-Aging’ are argued over it seems, it could well be the equivalent of modern day Fuzzy Logic. I am no expert on the Aging process, except that I may have to look forward to gray pubes and bad eyesight one day, but this is certainly a beer that definitely appears to benefit from Aging in a Cave (see how diplomatic I am!).

I make no apologies for admitting that I am a big fan of Brouwerij Ommegang’s offerings, they still represent probably the best value for money widely available, high quality Belgian style US brews around for me. I am not sure what I did to deserve this beautiful, and rather prized, rare bottle as a gift - but a very BIG heartfelt Thank You indeed to djgonzalez and RokotGirl for sparing this gift from their stash during a recent trip to NYC. It was much appreciated and highly enjoyed. I’ll have to get to NYC more often - the first beer in the Blind Tiger is on me next time!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ole 750 mL caged & corked Hennepin Saison poured out with suspended "beer on lees" particles floating around the glass. This is a beautiful looking pour with just enough head and appetizing color.

Overly ripe bananas, and bready doughy scents meeting with cloves and yeasty aroma and flavors. There is actually some open meadow character to this, resembling a true belgian.

Just an overall great OMMEGANG beer. Extremely enjoyable on all counts. Thanks to shapudding for the offering. I need to get my hands on my own bottle.

blitheringidiot, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of ark57
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate to visit the brewery last fall and pick up a few bottles of this beauty. It is a hazy, pale golden with a voluminous creamy head. The aroma is yeasty (bready) and hoppy. It is creamy with citrus and earthy character and a bitter dry finish. Mellow and amazingly refreshing.

ark57, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of shapudding
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy lemonady color with a thick, creamy white head. Yeasty particles suspended throughout. Citrus, banana, yeasty bread taste and scents.
Consider this one a very nice belgian with lots of great flavor here. Not overly sweet or carbinated. Enjoyed this one.

shapudding, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of Dubblebock
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra kudos to the Hennepin folks for putting out a really cool label with this beer. Informative and interesting, the label gives background on Cooperstown, lists some of the local tourist attractions, and provides some insight to the beer itself. Good job. I had almost as much fun perusing the label as I did drinking the brew.

It's almost summer here in Tejas now, and it's time to break out some of these spring/summer offerings. Hennepin is a saison, light in texture and heavy on the spritz. It broke out of the bottle with gusto, like Craig Biggio getting out of the box in a hurry to beat out that infield single. Very rich and impressive head on the pour, it captivated me right from the start. Not an overwhelming nose. It looked good in the glass, cloudy and inviting with an orange-yellow coloring.

The taste was a little raw, but the flavor held up the bargain. Citrusy and tart, the hops coming out in front. Slightly grassy in the middle, a slight taste of apricots maybe. Much like a typical Jeff Bagwell season, it was very, very good, and it will be appreciated by those in the know. It finished up with a slightly sour aftertaste, but not in a bad way. The carbonation was massive in this sample. Good, good mouthfeel, it felt alive on my tastebuds.

I wanted the big Lance Berkman home run from this one, and it delivered a shot over the wall. It wasn't an upper-deck bomb, but it was respectable and solid. Good job from the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. The Baseball Hall of Fame is there, check it out, and check out this fine beer as well.

Dubblebock, May 25, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out light yellow and sits golden in the glass with a big white head achieved with no effort.

Smells quite malty with crackers and an overall breadlike, yeasty aroma for a background. Apples and pears also come through.

Taste is big on malts, sweet malts. Tangerines, blended with mild apple/pear and maybe just a hint more of citrus fruit. A nice bitter finish to this classy brew.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, just about a medium body. Good servings of small bubbly carbonation. Easy going down the hatch; simple body and flavor---simply delicious.

Skidz, May 24, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #2368, should be about 1 1/4 years old by now.

Not as much carbonation as the fresh version, buts still a constant stream of bubbles. Big fat brilliant white head that leaves a thick coat of lace, but doesn't hold as well as the fresh version. The color seems a bit lighter, more of a golden straw color. Earthy doughy aroma with a bit of mild coriander and light lemon. Nice light fluffy mouthfeel on a lighter bodied beer. I don't know if it's the second glass of Hennepin but I'm noticing the warm stomach effect. A bit more flavor in this one, pale malt (or strong wheat beer) not noticing the spices or lemon, just slightly more bitter. The alcohol is more noticable and the flavor is a bit stronger cutting back on the drinkability. Overall a solid brew, but not as light and fresh as the month old version which I actually prefer in a Saison.

HappyHourHero, May 18, 2004
Photo of sprinkle
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

rich malty nose,with a slight belgian nose,slightly phenolic. deep reddish brown,nice lace, thick head. Slightly metallic, but rich malt with a nice lingering finish that drys out nicely, well balanced, hops are well underlining, and blends nicely with the malts.

sprinkle, May 09, 2004
Photo of TagoMago
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml. corked bottle, poured into trappist glass.

Appearance: Glowing golden with a beautiful, somewhat chunky head.

Aroma: Spice, citrus, and yeast dominate the beer's aroma.

Taste: Very tart with a crisp punch to the tastebuds - a sweet and sour taste of sorts. Also some yeasty breadiness is detected. Slightly medicinal.

Overall: A perfect example of a Belgian Saison - very refreshing and oh so drinkable. I could drink this day-in and day-out and not get sick of it. Thumbs up to Ommegang for this beautiful, beautiful brew.

TagoMago, May 08, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle. 100th review !

Appearance: Poured into a tulip, the beer is a dusty golden orange color and a fizzy white head billows up to about an inch. Rocky suds remain as it dies down.

Smell: Mmmm, whew. Yeasty and citrusy, especially lemons.

Taste: Hmm. Different. A very organic earthy taste with the yeast playing a large part. Kind of fruity, apple tasting esters and a honey-like sweetness in the middle. Quite a phenolic bite in the aftertaste. Ewwww. I think about band aids floating in the pool. The phenols are really evident in this.

Mouthfeel: Decent. It has some body to it, but still drinks light and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very nice once you get over the phenols. Refreshing and easy to quaff in warm weather. I had no real problems finishing the bottle. I'm not sure it's as great as its ranking suggests, but a nice brew overall.

----Update----07/04
A fresher bottle has less medicinal taste, brighter pepper and more fermented funk. I'm upping the taste to a 4 from 3.5. And at $4.59 for 750 mL, this and all Ommegang products are a victory for the beer lover on a budget.

99bottles, May 01, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle #0336. Cave aged at Howe Caverns from early 2003 until September 2003. Drank in April of 2004. This is one of only 3,360 bottle that was cave aged at a constant temperature of 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

OK, so this stuff, like the cave-aged Ommegang and Rare Vos that I had quite some time ago, *is* different than the regular Hennepin. Is it worth $9 for the 750, as opposed to $4-5 for the regular Hennepin? I'd say yes, and here is why...

This brew pours out with a familiar orange tinted gold colour, and a large, rocky head of white foam. This brew was slightly cloudy, yet still very attractive in my chalice. The singature fruity aromas were even more complex, in this sample, and the spicy/herbal hops were definately much more pronounced as well. This brew has a nice bready middle, and an everlasting spicy hop finish. The flavors melded together very well, making for an exceptionally smooth drink, that drained from my glass too quickly. If you like Ommegangs products, you owe it to yourself to try the cave-aged stuff...it's all really quite good.

francisweizen, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours a beautiful golden color with just a hint of orange with a great, thick, pure white head. Lots of carbonation. A nice .5 inch head is held throughout.
Very fresh smelling. Some alcohol, clove, spices (cinnamon?), citrus, and a faint floral hop scent.
Taste is very fruity, the main spice in the brew is cloves. Some citrus is also present from the hops. The alcohol heats your throat quite nicely and does not even remotely overpower any other flavor of the beer. There is a very nice dryness in the finish as well.
The carbonation in this beer makes for a very interesting and pleasent mouthfeel. This is another stellar brew from Ommegang. I will definitely have this one again.

LuckySevens82, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden hue wearing a thin white head. A very vinous nose with more alcohol than expected. Quite fruity overall with grapes, lemon/citrus, but it could use a bit more spices to my liking. Saison-ish hay character is very well defined though and appealing. Lots of warming alcohol in mouth also, a solid hay field accompany typical cereals. Mildly acid with more lemon, yeasty with a dry bitter finish. The body is highly carbonated, a bit too much for my tastes with this particular flavor profile, it's smooth and big enough to support the warming effect nevertheless. I must say I expected more from one of the rare american Saison, the obvious alcohol at this moderately low ABV just doesn't allow for the quaffable yet feeding beverage I expect.

Rastacouere, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden coloration with a lofty white head. Smell of light tropical fruits, lemon and dry yeast. Crisp lemon flavors and distinct tastes of apple peel. Esters floating on the palate and a good shot of hop bitterness on the finish. Great Belgian yeast flavors. Another amazing beer from Ommegang.

chaduvel, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of silenius
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very handsome beer with a cloudy amber color and a soft pillowy head that lasts for a good long time. When the head disappears, a think layer of spotty froth coats the surface of the beer.

It smells of pine, horseblanket, sulfur, and green banana with some sweet malt in there as well.

The taste hits with a swirling combo of the sweet malt and a hop bite. The two move back and forth and leave with a hop zing and slightly banana sweet malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is solid with only a hint of prickle.

I detected a plastic taste in earlier batches, but that is gone now. I enjoy this beer even if Hennepin County in MN is giving me headaches.

silenius, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of rdailey76
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking beer, with the taste to match. I love the color of this beer. It falls between a sparkling yellow to gold. Pours with a nice foamy white head that simmers down just enough to cover the beer. Smell includes every fruit in the holiday fruit basket...fresh pears and definitely a strong citrus aroma. One of the first Belgians I have had, so the taste was definitely a mystery when the first drop hit my lips. Smooth taste with a sweet aftertaste that is in no way dissatisfying. When I let my girlfriend try it, she thought she was drinking a champagne or sparkling wine. The carbonation is odd, but somewhat refreshing. Definitely a beer that I could have a couple of if it was in the budget.

rdailey76, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into an oversized white-wine glass.

This beer pours out much like a sparkling wine or champagne with a deeper golden copper appearance. Major carbonation that gave a beautiful fuzzy (or in my original notes furry) taught head that left a few nice tracks of lace. Streams of bubbles rise to the top throughout the duration of the bottle.

The nose screams apples, with a slight bit of pear and banana. This has more of a conventional ale-smell than most Belgians that i've tried. Subtle perfuming of alcohol as well, moreso than the higher ABV Ommegang.

The taste is amazingly well balanced. The generous hopping cuts through the sweet cidery tones perfectly. A spiced flavor balances perfectly in harmony with the malts, sugar, and hops. Immaculately brewed. For price and freshness, a Duvel breaker.

I'm with Todd, one of these in a night would not be enough.

GreenWBush, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of soper2000
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taking the cage off and running my finger over the cork was enough to send said cork halfway across the room causing my friend to dump half of a storm king onto his lap. Wow, I like this beer already. It pours a cloudy orange color with a billowing fluffy white head. There is definitely a fruity/spicy smell to it. Taste is spicy, hoppy, and fruity all rolled into one. Mouthfeel is decent, consistent to many other caged and corked Belgians I've had. A great beer from a great brewery.

soper2000, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold colored brew with heavy carbonation.

Smell is apples and lemons, sage, flowers, spices, pears, and 20 more things I can't pin down at the moment.

Taste is sweet, spicy and complex. Perfume flavors abound like lavender, pepper, roses, apples, nutmeg, nuts, yeast, bread, and 10-20 more flavors.

Mouthfeel is much like Champagne, or Duvel.

Super drinkable, this is very similar to Duvel. Super pleasant to drink. Think of this as the Batman that opposes the Duvel Joker.

Zorro, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy and a bit bitter and dry. Colour is like a Belgian pale, despite some cloudiness. Very bubbly in the pour, moderate head.alcohol is there. Yeasty aroma.
I had this 3.5 years later on tap, at Cole's,and observed lacey and dry bitter and spicey.

Sammy, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of Ellbert
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer was very clear. Crystal clear even. A decent head that faded fast to a small head that lasted with sticky lace. The color of the beer was an orange/red color with a white head. The bubbles came up like champagne.

Smell: Very spicy with some hop highlights. A little alcohol enters the nose.

Taste: At first there was way too much cabonation to even taste this beer but after it breathed for a little bit the carbonation wasn't as rough. This beer was very spicy. My first Saison and it was almost like all the other Belgians I have had.

Mouthfeel: Way too carbonated at first. After it breathed it was consitent. It had a nice not too thick but creamy consitency, very nice.

Overall not a bad beer but not my top choice.

Ellbert, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit that I am not all that familiar with this style though I have enjoyed Brewery Ommegang's several other worthy offerings. This pours a clear light golden color (I got the first pour out of the large bottle--the later pours got a bit of the typical cloudiness of a bottle fermented brew). There is a large white head, and the effervescence is evident right from the outset. The head receded slowly, and the lacing is tenacious but not sticky. The aroma is tart, dominated by citrus and ginger with an underlying wheat maltiness. The taste, I'm afraid, was initially a bit too rubbery for my palate, letting the alcohol reign for a moment or two, but as it moved to a finish the aforementioned aromas insinuated nicely themselves into the mix. The mouthfeel is thin to medium with lots of carbonation.

longpondbeerman, Mar 10, 2004
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,047 ratings.