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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,967 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,967
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 215
Gots: 395 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 ElGuapo
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw with a big pillow of white foam on top. The lace remains on the glass for some time. Aroma is mostly of sweet fruits, but there is a solid yeast smell in there too.

It is very tingly and crisp. A very refreshing brew. I had it on the first pretty warm day of the year, and it definitely hit the spot. I could see it being even more enjoyable during the heat of summer. Sweet malts provide most of the flavor, and then you get a doughy finish. The yeast comes through in the aftertaste, and then a slight hint of alcohol.

ElGuapo, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle at the Esplanade Bier Markt. This was their last bottle as they had just changed the beer menu for the spring/summer season. Offered to me for free for that reason. Served in a matching Hennepin glass (which I also obtained gratis).

A chill-hazed deeper golden colour in the body, with a fairly large white head that doesn't want to leave. In that respect it's certainly Belgian. Nose brings the smells of a hay barn during baling season (someting I'm familiar with), matching mustiness, some esters. Not that the hay barn dominates, but it's there.

The flavour is like the denizens of a barn in spring. Flavour is musty, some hop pepper plays around with lemon and grassy flavours. Alcohol chases them, cavorting, but never roughhousing. Young calves, baby horses, barn kittens, all delighting in their freedom and the spring.

A delightful beer, the rawness of it entices me like the less-than-perfect recordings from a indie CD. This beer hasn't been polished, the rough edges are still there, and that's what makes it so great. It's a beer to drink and enjoy. Again and again.... and again.

the42ndtourist, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw-golden with a slight haze, forming a large (depending on how you pour it), though quickly dissipating white head with an airy, sea-foam consistency, perched atop large bubbles. Carbonation is moderately strong. Aroma is highly yeasty with lots of phenolic cloves and banana. Hops and malts are barely discernable. No funk, esters, diacetyl or other fermentation by-products noted. Mouthfeel is fizzy and spritzy with a light body. Retention and lacing are adequate. A simple, but relatively clean beer....cloves, bananas, autolyzed yeast, wheat spiciness, some well-hidden (in taste) alcohol, with an isopropyl-like dry citrus finish and watery mouthfeel. As it warms, a grainy pale-malt note comes out in the finish and as the carbonation dissipates, the mouthfeel improves. There is still that metallic, ruddy tang (bad water?) that I tasted in the Ommegang, but thankfully this doesn't taste like ass. Adding the yeast and letting it warm made it infinitely more drinkable. Somewhat inferior, but similar to Blanche de Chambly from Unibroue but with a more potent alcohol bite. A 750ml bottle gave me a pleasant buzz.

Mitchster, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of Darkale
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is tart and hoppy, and it forms one of the most beautiful, large-bubbled, hot-white heads one is apt to find in a beer, with good retention and lacing. The beer itself is a cloudy dark yellow.

Very highly carbonated (witness the head, of course), with a sharp, tangy, gingery, peppery snap in the mouth. Brisk and hoppy, thought I detected a little saltiness to go with the massive pepper, slightly gritty and more than a little sour.

A very complicated beer that definitely improves with a wide-mouthed glass and a little warmth.

Darkale, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another I had heard great things about but had anticipated not liking all that much...WRONG!!..this is truly a great beer....citrus and cloves on the nose...pours a pretty clear gold with a big frothy white head...as I pour the bottom of the beers chucks of shit start floating around and get caught inthe head...COOL!! Body is about medium in thickness....very very drinkable...flavor includes sweet lemon drops...honey...cloves...juicy oranges...and some grassy hop notes develop along with a very slight alcohol spiciness on the long finish...this is a dandy...I want more!!!

ZAP, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had heard so much about this beer decided to give it a go..came ina 12oz Amber coloured bottle ..with loads of useful info on the back and sides of the label.
Poured a nice murky orange colour with a smallish pure white head which dissapates to a fine lace.
The aroma of this beer is out of this world really pungent fruits and spices well mixed..i smell cherry, plum even some banana.. strawberry wow every time i smell this i get a different aroma great stuff.
The tase of this beer is almost as good as the aroma.. again i get cherry..tingles on the back of the tongue leaving some hop bitterness thats well hidden..then as it goes down the throat I feel the alcoholic warmth..dang i can still taste this beer a full 1 minute after i have swallowed.
Very easy on the mouth, the carbonation seems just right.
Very drinkable but i couldnt manage more than 4 or 5 in a sitting..
WOW what can I say? a great beer

Reidrover, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge, almost white, egg-whitey head reduces to rolling, dense hills of foam. Thick, foamy, clumps of lacing line the inside of the glass. The beer is a hazy peach-gold with superfine, extreme carbonation.

The nose is apples, fruit, spice and yeast; bubblegum and a little paint. The front is bubblegummy and spicy; the full, thick middle is apples, caramel and buttery smooth. The finish is dry, flowery, bitter with noticeable alcohol. The taste continues to change after swallowing: the aftertaste is bready and turns sweet.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer: fruity, spicy, flowery bitter. I love the complexity and the way it develops, even in the aftertaste.

kbub6f, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of Morris729
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saved for my 250th Review.
I’ve been saving this one for my 250th review since I’m such a huge fan of regular Hennepin. However, it’s been tough to resist the temptation to open it before tonight on many occasions! Pours a bright hazy golden color with a monstrous pillowy white head that billows out of the glass and very slowly fades into a heavy lace and coats the sides of the glass with thick sheets of lace as it recedes. Active carbonation is apparent as you can see many streams of tiny bubbles racing up the glass. Nose is sweet honey and fresh citrus with some floral notes. Similar to regular Hennepin but a bit softer. Medium in body with one of the smoothest mouthfeels I’ve ever known a beer to have. The active carbonation also gives the beer a very crisp quality. Taste is very complex. Sweet and fruity at first with flavors of banana, grapefruit, melon, lemon, and honey followed (and nicely balanced) by a dry yeastiness and maltiness. I’ve often been reminded of fine champagne while sipping a regular Hennepin, and this one is no different. It does have a more mellow yeasty and citrusy bite to it then regular Hennepin, though. This was simply a magnificent beer. Absolutely one of the best beers I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink. A very special thanks to paceyourself for sending me this brew!

Morris729, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of IPAlot
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I consider this the finest product of Ommegang, as I have not yet detected such a masterful balance of spice, malt, aroma, and gaseousness elsewhere in there lineup. Drank out of St. Bernardus chalice/goblet (it doesn't really belong to either at)around 55 deg F.

Appearance: That beautiful belgian blonde. My dreams say it should be a bit more cloudy. Forget that I just squeezed the bottom yeast out of the bottle and there it is.

Smell: Heavenly. Pepper. Citrus. Apricots. Pears. Honey. In that order. A subtlety amazingly combined with the attention-demand of a slap in the face.

Taste: Not much hops, but the spiciness and pleasant fizziness substitute proficiently. A smoooooooooooooth light maltiness fills the middle, and the swallow is followed by a very fun crackling of lace inside your mouth, which doubly serves to release a final bubble of aroma up the back of the throat.

Balance, balance, balance, Daniel-san. Asssertiveness and Lightness, Yin and Yang, Theory and Practice, Black and White, Power and Persuasion. This beer is all of these.

IPAlot, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This hazy, golden beer poured more clear, golden color than I expected. Definitely clouded -- but hardly the opaque biology lab many similar beers ressemble. So I was a bit surprised. The Duvel-ish head is creamy, dense, and lingering -- but never impossibly big.

Well carbonated and somewhat spritzy on the tongue but not in that pop-rocks sort of way -- more like a solid German hefe. And indeed, that's kind of what it reminded me of on first taste. Lemons and coriander up front. More acidic earth on the back end of the swallow.

Something of a farmer's market of flavor.

This is a great beer -- definitely a crafted product. Nothing immature or haphazard tasting about this brew.

marburg, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow.


Pours out a hazy straw gold with a beautiful bright white head. Tastes almost like a hefe in many ways. A hefe on lsd maybe. This is one complex brew. Wheat and lemonish flavors arive and depart. Clove and yeast knock on the door aswell. This is a beer that anyone can enjoy. Not too hoppy to scare away the unworthys (to quote Stone) and complex enough to satisfy a wine-buff. Not sure this is my favorite from the brewery, but this is an awesome brew that every BA should try if it becomes available.

scottum, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of rabidawg
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber, with slight carbonation bubling throughout. White, fluffy head that settled slowly; leaves a nice, uniform, spotty lace.

Smell: Like a strong Hefeweizen. Clove and banana, with noticeable musty, earthy tones.

Taste: More complex than I can completely analyze. Very creamy start, with sour citrusy, sacharine notes. Noticeable but not distracting alcohol content. Yeasty, wheaty middle. This beer finishes with that sacharine tinge coming through again . . . a sweetness marked by a bitter, dry finish that cuts the total sweet effect. Very crisp, and very easy to drink.


For $3.99/750 mL bottle, this is an enormous bargain. Pairs well with Vermont white cheddar and an impending Nor'easter. Great brew overall, and an excellent beer for the price.

rabidawg, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw color with nice white foam.
Aroma of sweet fruit and some cloves.
The taste was complex with the sweet fruit spice taste and a nice dry finish.
Definately my favorite of all the belgian styles I have tried. I am not a big belgian fan, but I will make an exception for this brew.

stegmakk, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was quite a pleasant suprise. Somehow, I had the sense that this would be more of a "spritzy", carbonated type of beer. In reality, it is very much like some of my favorite Belgian (and Belgian-styled) beers. Quite the subtle flavor for the style, very refreshing . Pours a large, fluffy head, good retention. Fluffy lace remains. Similar to Orval in the body and mouthfeel, but without the spicy, flowery taste. This goes down so easy, it could get you in trouble! Dare I say delicate?! Quite a feat for a beer with a 7% ABV. This beer is a good bargain, and would be perfect for anyone who may like the Belgians, but doesn't want 'em too strong.

JohnnyDuvel, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a thick, chunky head. It leaves an excellent amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is sweet, medicinal with banana and clove-like aromas. The flavors are fruity, and sweet from candi sugar. In the dry finish I detected a bit of a banana flavor. This was another fine Belgian-style beer. Medium in body, but smooth and easily drinkable despite its strength.

BeerBuilder, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lovely golden color. Perfect head and just the right amount of the little bubble guys. Great taste, and great aftertaste. This aftertaste is handy -- stops you from drinking it too fast! I take drink and enjoy breathing through my nose for a few minutes before taking another. Very inexpensive for the quality, too.

dwarbi, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very thick hazed gold, with an enormous fluffy white head. The aroma is easily noticed, very fruity, and sweet. Taste is sweet at first with not much of a carbonation feel on the tongue, making it smooth. I can sense the herbal hints that others have mentioned but I can't quite discern them. Nevertheless, they add a wonderful touch to this amazingly easy to drink beer. My interestin Belgian style ales is growing rapidly and this is another beer to definitely try, and a good idea for a first try in the Belgian style.

AudioGilz, Feb 06, 2003
Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous perfume. Angel food cake is the focus with spring breezes carrying the smell of thawing earth, sprouts, buds, green growth, honey, coriander...inviting.
The palate is slightly chalky as it delivers powerful flavors of reduced hops, stems, seeds, vanilla, leeks and sweet alcohol. Assertively dry. Perfectly balanced. Tight fizz indicates nice slow, cool maturation in the bottle.

Now, after pouring in some of the yeast crust, there is a decidedly additive effect. Black pepper surges on the mid palate and serves to power an even longer finish. More complexity, more bitterness and tang...more life. Keep it clean for the timid, I'll have mine cloudy.

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upgraded from 4.85 to 5.0 on 9.19.03:
From what I can tell this is the best beer brewed in north America. It speaks of nectarine and pepper. From Cooperstown NY, it is exotic. Crunchy, tart fruit doused with nutmeg, pepper and mace. Green grapes, powdered steel, Epoisses rind, brick, Vermouth and wilted lettuce conjure. White crust in the shape of a crucifix adheres to the side of my glass. Freudian beer.

putnam, Feb 05, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy straw color with a nice white head that settles to a nice collar, leaving a sexy lace behind. Citrus fills the nose along with a mild hop aroma. The first sip reveals a strong citrus fruity flavor oranges and lemons, also there is a banana clove flavor. The finish is strong with alcohol and dry with yeast. This is a very nice beer and it is my first Saison.

Cheers

kunzbrew, Feb 04, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I may never touch another Belgian after this American offering. Poured a cloudy yellow with a good head. The taste was perfect. Great hops, nice "puckering" taste. As I finished the bottle, I cursed myself for not picking up more than one. Just all around supurb.

bewareOFpenguin, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice fizzy white head that doesn't last. Flowery, spicy and fruity aromas, fruity, yeasty spicy wheaty flavors. Light to medium boby, smooth with no bitterness, finishes light, crisp and dry, all in all pretty damn good.

maxpower, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of hyuga
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden with a hint of orange, and a white head that stays exceptionally well. The aroma is a spicy sourness that really is refreshing. I definitely detect saaz hops, also some delicate malt character. The flavor starts out quite tart and hoppy, then more hoppy and malty near the middle. There's also a lot of sour fruitiness going on. Grapefruit especially. More delicate malt is detectable, which is a little bready. Even with the hop bitterness, this is very smooth. Great mouthfeel. Sourness and malt in the finish. Great beer! This could be considered a warm weather refresher, but I'm enjoying it on a cool evening, and it's working great. Another one of those beers that I'm very glad to have 750 ml of to enjoy, 12 oz. just wouldn't be enough.

hyuga, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangish gold with a fairly thin off white head. Reminds me of fresh apple queezins in appearance. Sweet/tart aroma of apples too. Smells tart and yeasty, slight malts too. Citrus hop notes come forward first, slightly dry. Grapefruit tartness. I was expecting more depth and complexity to this brew, but it held back until the finish. It mellowed to a nice balance at the end and the tartness faded to sweet. There was a spotty lace left on the glass, kind of like the beer itself.

cretemixer, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this many times but never sat down and tried to describe it. I'm finding it difficult for some reason, I think mostly because there's a lot going on. Shimmering platinum with blossoming head, although I did not experience the retention that many described. A floral, perfumey nose with champagne-like yeasts. Flavors include lemon, white grapes, almonds, apples (yellow or green), spices and pepper, with a quite sour finish. Malts are incredibly delicate and hops only underscore the spices of the big yeast profile. A saison perhaps, but I found this merging into Duvel / pale / tripel territory due to its brightness and zesty lemon flavors, and almost none of the tea or peach flavors that I associate with a saison. I imagine a good meal would bring out the heartier aspects of this brew. As such it remains an excellent US version of a Belgian and surprisingly cooling and refreshing.

Thrasher, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of yen157
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge off-white head on top of a quite hazy orangish-yellow brew. Sticky pale malt aroma with a healthy dose esters thrown in. Tastes sweet without being overly sweet itself. Flavors like pale malt, honey, vanilla. There was even a tiny toastiness that found its way into my glass. Hop flavor or bitterness wasn’t too prevalent, however there was some pepperiness to the beer. Carbonation was bigger than I’d like and the beer was more viscous than any Saison I’ve come across. Although there was some sourness, there is not as much as I had expected from a beer of this style.

yen157, Jan 06, 2003
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,967 ratings.