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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,212 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,212
Reviews: 2,046
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 228
Gots: 480 | 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 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.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thick, frothy white head that retains well. Aroma is a funky blend of malt, spices and hops; i detect pepper, nutmeg, corrainder, sourdough bread, lightly floral and mineraly hops, a subtle but intesnsely complex aroma. Taste is equally complex and challenging; at first the bready malt takes center stage, then onto the spices including but not limited to: nutmeg, lemon zest, corrainder, and pepper, and then a lightly bitter hops flavor that is earthy, mineraly and slightly citrusy. There is also a fruity yeast flavor that adds yet another layer of complexity to this fantastic brew. The mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation, and the drinkability is excellent (especially on a hot summer day) and the alcohol is very well concealed and only lightly warming. An excellent saison from Ommegang, this is my first purchase of a beer over 6% in NC and it was definately a good one...looking forward to trying the rest of their beers.

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

Cloudy, pale yellow beer with an ample--very ample--head and lacing. Smells of lemons, esters, bubblegum, yeast; basically, it smells like a witbier. I don't have that much experience with saisons, and I'm not exactly sure of the difference between the two, but Hennepin has a definite hop bite in its flavor. Feels nice and light in the mouth. This is good, but I don't think it's exactly my style.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.750 corked and caged bottle. No date visible on cork, label, or bottle.

Pours a hazy butterscotch color. 1" billowy cream colored head recedes to a 1/4" and then finally to a cap. Great sheet of lace.

Initial aroma is yeast. Delicate floral and perfumey nose. Fruity with some hops way in the back.

Tastes fruity. Ripe apricot, peach and honey. A little tart. Powder. Some hops in the end balancing out the fruit. Nice, nice, nice!!!

Hennepin is full of fruit. Good carbonation. Smooth and clean in the mouth.

Very high drinkability with a long fruity finish. I am going to go back to the little store in Austin where I found these (Ommegang is not around TX anymore) and buy them out! Fabulous beer!! If you can find some near you....drink it!!

Photo of EPseja
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a fantastic time at Belgium comes to Cooperstown, I figured it was about time for me to get some Ommegang ratings up, starting with my favorite of their line.

Served in a tulip glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a hazy apricot gold color with a huge, pillowy head composed of large bubbles near the surface and tiny bubbles at the top. Lacing is clingy and dense. Makes my mouth water just looking at it... Wonderful!

S - Sweet but subtle summer fruitiness behind a thin veil of organic, hop-laced hay. Bright and fresh despite the sour farmhouse notes. Very well done; captures the essence of this style exquisitely.

T - First on the tongue is a honey sweetness wrapped around a tiny nugget of fresh, leafy hops. Slight bitterness reveals itself in the middle along with a mild tartness to balance the sweet. The finish is organic, yeasty, slightly bitter, and moderately dry. Alcohol warmth becomes prevalent with the deliciously bittersweet aftertaste.

M - Enters the mouth slightly viscously and wells up into a gentle sea of round and creamy foam. Despite the largeness in the mouth, it goes down very smoothly. Mouthfeel improves as it warms.

D - This is a fantastically tasty brew and a great example of this style. Easy to drink, easy to go in for the next sip. Well done, Ommegang!

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

Bottle # 0395

Yellow to golden color, very hazy, kind of like sunshine as it breaks through the fog. Three fingers of dense white foam, the consistancy of whipped egg whites, caps the body and leaves exquisite lacing on the sides of a beer-clean stemmed tulip glass.

Beautiful funky barnyard aroma, complete with earthy clove, banana taffy, closing with a crisp dryness. Entry provides an initial sweetness which is quickly overcome by a complex mix of tropical fruits, sweet malt, and yeasty dryness.

The mouthfeel pleases the palate and the finish is champagne-dry with a lingering yeasty fade and plenty of residual sugal left on the lips.

A wonderful saison to say the least...many thanks to beerbuddy JiLLian for this one!

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a tulip glass at a temperature of around 45 degrees. colder than reccomended on this site but not by that much to make a difference. Light orange color with an unfilitered type body. Nice retention but little lacing.

I liked the yeasty belgian smell , Earthy as well, Fairly in your face bold flavors, Honey like sweetness, countered by a dry finish.

Mouthfeel was excellent ...nice carbonation tingling and oily remnace was a nice fit. reccomended. I found this to be highly drinkable and never boring. citrus/fruit compliments nicely.

Photo of jdm
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one popped the cork into the ceiling so hard i needed to check for structural damage to the home. it had a huge head that heavily laced the glass. it was a medium yellow color. it smelled heavily of grain, some spice and a very faint fruit. hennepin tastes great but i expected a little more complexity. it finishes quite dry and begs for another, but this beer is strong enough that may not be a great idea.

Photo of Sayson
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first Hennepin I've had in quite a while. I used to drink it often before I moved to the bible belt.

Appearance: straw colored, cloudy with an appropriate head for this style. Some lacing.
Smell: Seems right on. Undescribable, but appropriate to style. Smells musty?
Taste: Finishes sweet for a second, then bone dry.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full. Coats the tongue
Drinkability: I like it, but certainly not a session beer. Drank it with korean food tonight and it worked pretty well. Most Korean dishes have some sweet and some hot elements, so the sweetness of the beer and the spiciness fit in.

Overall, I will be glad to get the Ommegang line back here in NC. They are really doing fine work up there at Cooperstown. I sure do love their price point, too.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, I've tried cave-aged Hennepin twice now, and I honestly have to say that it doesn't smell or taste any different to me than any other cellared bottle of Hennepin that I've had. It's a very decent beer fresh, and I appreciate that, but I like to put 6 to 12 months on it to drop the yeast and soften it a touch. So, that said, the cave age is no different from my cellared bottles except that there's dust and tiny chunks of rock (?) on the bottle. If you don't have a cellar that holds 55-65 F during summer, you might want to try one of these; but other than that, forget the extra expense and do it yourself. It's only a few buck put away for a little while (it doesn't really improve beyond conditioning, and I think it's quite nice and ready to go with even four months under its belt). But keep in mind, this is one of my favorite beers to begin with, and my favorite beer from Ommegang, so maybe I'm biased. Cheers!

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 1pt, 9.4 oz champagne-style bottle at Woodman's East here in Madison. Tried their Abbey Ale last night, was intrigued and at $4.39 for 25 oz, had to give this one a try. My first saison/farmhouse ale.

Pours a golden straw yellow with a frothy white head. Nose is complex like its Abbey Ale cousin, but this time it's floral, fruity and spicy. Taste follows suit with apples, pears and grapefruit dominating with a spicy, hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and the 7.7% abv is hidden so well I think I could down a couple big bottles of this, though it would probably hit me like a train. A little more accessible for me than the Abbey Ale, I'm becoming a fan of Ommegang for their tasty Belgians at unbeatable prices..

Photo of TastyTaste
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like I am reviewist #380. Corked and Caged 750 mL bottle, cork needs a little persuasion to get ejected. Cloudy yellow color, there are streams of carbonation visible in the body. Head is very large, about 3/4", with lots of creaminess and good retention. Smell is fruity and slightly peppery, with beligianesque yeast present. Taste is light and very crisp, citrusy and slightly spicy. Alcohol adds to the warm/spicey efffect. Great carbonation level, this is truely a beer bargain for $4.50 for a 750. I just wish it was available around here.

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

finally getting around to reviewing the summer kegerator selection.. been on tap for approximately 3-4 weeks and still yummy as hell.. gonna kick soon so here we go:

gold with amber highlights, bubbles marching randomly. big huge puffy head deconstructing slowly with craters and caverns. bigtime lacing sticks to the glass. aroma is a fresh cut grass sauteed in butter with a sprinkle of hop spice and minimal sweetness. light and springy. flavor is cooling in a licorice fashion, fresh botanical notes prevail with a bit of diacetyl. creamy finish on the first sip.. light body and goes down quicker than i had planned. after the creamy character coats, big bright fruit is revealed.. even a mild white wine hint of grape. perfect summer beer for BA nerds like me and drinkable for someone who doesnt mind the big abv. only negative is that this is not a food-pairing beer IMO, and that's something i look for in my kegerator selections.

oh, and the other negative is that i didn't get any hennepin passport promotional items from terry. hmm. i wanted that damn canoe too!

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

biggun from arrowine

nice to look at: clear gold with a thick head. leaves respectable lacing
big spiciness on the nose, follows up when i taste. slight tartness that coincides with a zesty character

sweet...this really toes the line between a farmhouse ale and just a pale belgian (something i saw in clipper city's offering). it's got the spiciness to set it aside, but i feel that it could dry out a little

that being said, hennepin is delicious

Photo of medic25
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Hennepin tulip glass. Yellow, slightly hazed color with a thick white head. Very faint aroma; touch of hops. Tasty beer; clean, easy drinking with a nice mix of fruits and hops. Little in the way of aftertaste; this is probably the most accesible of the Ommegang beers I've tried for non-BA's.

Photo of lord2464
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beutiful beer! Drank from a wine glass as no quality goblet was available. Head formed a thick marshmallow fluff looking head that was reminicent of shaving cream. I waited for it to die down - it didn't - so I stuck my nose in it. The flavars are delightful with complex spice and sweet malt. The beer is full bdies and light at the same time. A sleeper that will put you on your ass if your not carefull! Love it. And a bargain compared to imported versions of equal quality.

I am inspired to brew a Saison next time I open up the back yard brewery.

Photo of pjwilson
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i looked for my review of saison dupont to compare with this and laughed 'cuz it was my first review. I've gotten a little better at reviewing now i think. anyways..
all saisons seem to have that same taste. maybe it's the yeast? some are more appleaing that others. this one has really good distro. and it's a good price. It taste's more clean than dupont. This doesn't taste like it was made in a farmhouse, it tastes like the modern american brewery it was made in. Dig?
Appearance was the highlight for me. I seriously sat looking at the glass for days like it was tv or something. the bubbles come up from little clusters and the head is never too big but it never really dies either. all the glass gets wider it goes from yellow to orange to clay. artwork. lacing

smell: too subdued. if you can get a smell you smell green apples, yeast and other goodies. it is not funky though. which can be good

taste: it's good but not complex. there is a sweetness and a dryness, more green apples. there is a puckeringness to this beer. yeast. i like it.
mouthfeel: carbinated but just right. again there is a dryness in the aftertaste.
drinkability: high. i can't seem to stop and it keeps getting better.
notes: once ajusted to the style this is a great beer. this is not a drink alone and meditate beer like some belgians. this a drink in a hottub full of people at a party type of beer. there is no beer that feels this light for 7.5. recomended. for the price double recomended.

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

Always great to have a fresh Hennepin in my glass, however this seems to be a bit of a struggle as of late. The more and more I taste this beer, I draw comparisons to Duvel. The dryness, peppery notes, soft pilsner note on the front end... the beer is a classic Belgian Pale Ale but the light dusty aroma and taste bring on those attic-y aged cork-like notes (along with that estery lemon zest and the front-loaded sweetness) that pulls it to the Saison side. Some may see this beer as being too clean but I love the refreshing and efforvescent life of the beer.

Second tasting at USBTC at Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. I have yet to drink a better Saison. Though this beer is big for the style, what it gives up in drinkability, it gives back in character and flavorfull-ness. Very citrusy (lemons, oranges, peaches, pears) with a lightly Belgian yeast flavor. Soft, similar to Wits, but more spicy and fizzy. Alcohols are high, lessening the quaffability. But, Ommegang can do no wrong; it's a great beer.

I have always been impressed with all of the Ommegang beers. Hennepin looks very yellow, cloudy, and carbonous. Dense white head that laced well. Smells citrusy sweet and citrusy tart. Spicy, yeasty, and earthy with a mild hop aroma. Tastes Lightly malty. Sweet like pears, apples, and honey. Spices of corriander, cloves, and a bit peppery. Tart on the side of white wine or cider. Wheat and yeast round out the flavors. Light hop flavor compound the spice and offset the sweet. Feels tingly and mildly hot to the toung and palate. Medium body and creamy texture. Finishes powdery sweet and lightly tart, all the while, dry and crisp. The aftertaste leaves malty sweetness on the light side, leaving me wanting another sip.

Photo of jakester
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bomber at Union Jack's on the Manatawny

Pours a cloudy, hazy, yellowish/gold with a huge rocky, slightly off-white head of foam. Very high carbonation level. Head sticks around forever. Great lacing.

Familiar Belgian ale yeasty, musty, earthy; green banana peels. Nothing outlandish. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Light bready malts.

Flavors of light malts and sugar, yeast, some bittering hops, sharp citrus/bananas, very clean and smooth. Crisp-like, but not dry. Long aftertaste of earthy bananas.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, considering the effervescent carbonation. Sweet yet crisp. A beer of intriguing contrasts.

You will find this beer interesting from start to finish. There is so much going on here that you couldn't possibly get bored. Drunk, yes, bored, no! Great example of a farmhouse saison.

Photo of AltBock
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle caged and corked.
When poured into a tulip glass, I got cloudy golden color with a massive head of foam. Got the same head of foam everytime when I poured a little more into my glass when it got a little low. The smell had lots of fruits and spices in it. It smelled like wine but better. The taste had a lot of spices, fruit and citrus in it and with a hoppy aftertaste. Very complex. This beer is cheap at below $5 for 750ml bottle and one hell of a good beer. This is another beer that I would buy again. Keep up the good work Ommegang!

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

Finally got around to trying this brew. Found it on-tap at Red Bones. Poured a slightly hazy orangish yellow in color. Slight copper tinge. Slight head that created a whole hell of a lot of lace. Nose is citrus with some spice hovering in the background. Flavor was great. Lots of spice and a solid malt backbone. Truckloads of spice threatened to overwhelm the tongue. Alcohol came through quite vibrantly also. Mouthfeel was more carbonated than I expected with a thick and heavy feel on the tongue. Very drinkable.

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

One of my all-time favorites. And very affordable at $4.99 for a 750ml.

App: Fluffy head, slightly off white in color. The brew is a very cloudy light orange.

Smell: Bananas and light fruit prevail here. Alcohol is effectively masked.

Taste: Rancid fruit (in a good way, I promise). Strong banana flavors. Hint of bitterness. Flash of dryness in the middle. Alcohol flares up and then rides through out. Aftertaste is banana and rotten fruit with slight alcohol burnination.

MF: Stinging carbonation gives way to fluffy smoothness.

Drinkability: Very good. Excellent taste and perfect abv.

A 750ml of Hennepin is my personal favorite for a post-work relaxation session. Goes well with winning streaks by the New York Metropolitans.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,212 ratings.