Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,512 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,512
Reviews: 2,110
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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Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas are a bunch of upfront floral and spicy notes with pungent citrus. Dry pilsner bready biscuity malts are also detectable. Belgiany yeast is fairly apparent as well.

The taste is fairly aggressive for a saison (or at least what I prefer in my saisons). All kinds of things happening here. Alcohol isn't midden all that well and the esters aren't in balance with the hops, really sharp finish as well; really not a fan. Thick, yet extremely bubbly mouthfeel; carbonation is apparent for sure.

This is a real aggressive saison. I can tell it's extremely well-made, as Ommegang doesn't mess around when it comes to making good Belgian beer. I was a little put off by the rather strong alcoholic character, but perhaps that's how it should be. I admire the complexity and adventurous quality.

Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours hazy yellow/gold colour with a gigantic frothy and rocky white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a long time before it began to disappear.

Smell - banana/bubblegum, cloves, grains, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels very lively and prickly on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of bananas, cloves and grains. It feels very dry yet refreshing. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter banana aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this beer and I'll be sure to pick up some more the next chance I get. It was delicious and highly drinkable.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this in a mix and match.

A - Pale gold with head that sticks around for a while.
S - Wheat grass and fruit
T - Pear, citrus, and wheat
M - Smooth for 7.7. Minimal Alcohol bite.
D - I have had this before and had it again. A great beer by Ommegang.

Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer is very clear medium straw, hardly distinguishable from any other farm or lager. The head is about a finger, gone quickly with decent retention.

The aroma is ok, nothing outstanding with light hops and flowers.

The taste is better than I thought after the aroma, but once again nothing to distinguish itself as a great, it is what it is. There is light hoppiness with flowers.

The beer is really watery but easily drinkaable.

Overall this to me is just a little more pricey sessional, nothing special

Photo of THECPJ
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/22/2011

A: citrus, belgian yeast, corriander

Ap: hazy, golden yellow, a very chunky 2 finger head

B/T: mild carbonation, very fresh, crisp on the tongue

Af: bananas, spices

O: an overall easy to drink beer, but nothing exceptional

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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 avalon07
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first Ommegang beer, as well as the first saison/farmhouse ale I've had. I'd have to say this was a super first go. It had a somewhat opaque appearance, with an amber hue. There was a strong odor of fruit about this one. It tasted strongly of bananas and other spices, giving it a smooth yet vibrant finish. This is lovely beer, one that you can easily get attached to.

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

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Julio's, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a gloriously crystal clear golden hue with a massive, rocky three finger head that slowly slumped into a thick white blanket leaving average side lacing.

S - Bananas, belgian spices, light yeast aromas. Very nice.

T - Just like the nose there are those delicious belgian yeast and spice notes with some simply wonderful banana and possibly clove esters on the end. Very, very good.

M - Really nice mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to keep this crisp though it is almost cloy with all that banana.

O - Really, really good saison here. So easy to find and reasonably priced. Really my "go-to" saison.

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 BeerFMAndy
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split. Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale stem glass. Opening, serving, pouring, and cellaring directions on bottle.

A - A totally white loose, fizzy head rests on top of a clear, bright golden color with some serious carbonation. Head retention good and leaving some sticky lacing.

S - Lots of subdued flavors going on here: Honey, sweetness, hay, damp wheat, and ginger. That is complex and awesome! Earthy a bit too.

T - Complex to the max! Ginger ale flavor with a dry wheat, honey, and a slight citrusy hoppiness. Complex yet not at the same time, weird!

M - Soda. Exactly like ginger ale soda. So much carbonation it gives it a bite. A little too much I'd say. Lighter in body.

D - While it has a different flavor, it's drinkability is pretty damn high in my opinion. Hidden alcohol in this guy is a bonus I think.

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

Pours a hazy, bright golden with a decent off-white head. Rich, wheaty, slightly lemony aroma calls for a sip. Flavor is crisp, mouth-filling, wheaty and yeasty with a hint of lemon and just a touch of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth and refreshing to give a pleasant and crisp finish.

Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Starts off a pale straw color, reasonable clarity at first, with a bunch of carbonation bubbles floating around. Within seconds, a haze takes it over and all of a sudden it becomes almost a completely opaque, peachy, light amber color. Interesting. Foamy, white head settles but lasts, looks to be a pretty volatile beer.

The aroma consists of a nice little concoction of spices; faint white pepper, heavy clove. Fruity and earthy esters are abound, with just a hint of that bubble-gum aroma that is so common with Belgian yeast. Some light fruits on the nose as well. Not picking up much of the "farmhouse" side of things, at least on the nose.

Hennepin hits the palate light and crispy with heavy carbonation, it almost seems to evaporate away inside of your mouth. Fruity esters take over right from the start; pear skins, apple skins, faint banana, and even some kind of melon... maybe honeydew? Something unique that I can't quite put my finger on. Clove crowds the background from start to finish, which is to be expected, but it doesn't overpower or distract the other flavors thankfully. Just a touch of mint and white pepper to go along with the clove spices.

The bubble-gum like taste comes out a little more as the beer gets warmer. About three-quarters of the way through the sip and riding strong into the aftertaste is the "farmhouse" funk. Some wet, musky, corky, funk flavors come out and satisfy their share of the workload. It's noticeable, but subdued and controlled at the same time. Executed very nicely; I'd like to think this is a decent amount of "beginner funk" - a good way to introduce new people into the work of funk without scaring them away with something crazy like Fantome.

Very good beer - almost similar to a Belgian tripel, but more spicy and less sweet. The added farmhouse funk on the tail end adds a different elements, as well as some unidentifiable fruit. Very pleasing, I'd definitely have this one again.

Photo of Durge
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours a dishwater grey/yellow, kind of cloudy, with a huge head of big time bubbles and plenty of lacing. The smell is very floral-biscuit but there is a sort of caustic overtone, something medicinal, of alcohol perhaps. The mouth finds a peppery introduction, very nicely carbonated and active, but the major flavor I detect is one of licorice. Bitter but very smooth and full bodied. Yeast presence is there but I can't get past this anisette quality that isn't really my favorite, and it aggressively overwhelms the taste buds right to the back of your throat. Quite dry but generally refreshing. I don't pick up hops or malt. It is something different and definitely a quality brew but this, like many other Belgian styles I've tried thus far, isn't right up my alley. Recommended for a try, this might be really special to the right palette.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured my 12 oz. bottle into a goblet glass and received a cloudish, lemon pie-filling yellow tint. Very good carbonation which led to a two-finger head that receeded quickly to half-finger froth but left sheath lacings. A crisp, tart citrus smell of mostly lemon and orange, mellow floral hops and caramel and some hints of pepper and clove among other spices (for a second I also thought I picked up bread malt in this beer). The taste is crisp, also, with the hops being a little on the heavy side in a more-or-less full bodied beer. The lemon is more prominant than orange and other fruits in regards to taste, and there are hints of grassiness. This beer goes down smooth with some caramel on the sides, and has a semi-dry finish thanks to some (bread?) malty goodness.
This is a great beer, but I guess I didn't think it was as great as most other people.

Photo of barnzy78
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - huge foamy and frothy white head tops a hazy golden ale
S - fruity, zesty, spicy, aroma with orange zest, ginger, and yeast
T - zesty orange rind, ginger, pepper, spicy, yeasty, Juicy Fruit,
F - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes semi-bitter
O - good saison, but the ginger is a bit overpowering at times

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

A - Thick white, pillowy head. Cloudy, golden, with some chunks.

S - More like a wit. More on the hoppy side of the Saison scale as opposed to the funky side. Spice, citrus, and yeast are all present also.

T - Same as the aroma with hops, spice, citrus, and yeast. Sort of a sourness I think in the finish, bringing out that Saison-ness a little more. Slightly dry in the finish too.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. Needs more body or less alcohol b/c they don't seem to synch up for me.

D - Huge drinky on this. Lacks in some spots but extremely refreshing and tasty.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 12 oz 4-pack version with what looks to be a bottled on date of 02/10/10 and a best by 02/12...I like it when both dates are stamped on there, the former much more important than the latter though. Pours a fairly clear, medium yellow color with a rather large-bubbled white head. Much lighter than expected and the foam does not stick around as long as I would like.

Smell is nicely farmhouse with some earthy lemon and yeasty clove/banana aroma. Grassy hops are notable as well as a wheat tang. Nose is quite nice.

Taste is somewhere in between a wit, hefe and saison. Has plenty of yeast esters but not really all that funky or bright like a DuPont. One of the better American renditions for sure, but the malt seems a little sweet and not grainy enough, while the lemon feels more like an American wheat than a saison. Hop bitterness is spot on and provides a nice cleansing on the palate. Tough love I guess, as saisons are one of my favorite styles and tend to grade harder. I like it, but feel like it lacks a bit in personality and farmhouse funkiness. I'd like a yeast with more personality, less sweetness and some more raw grainy aspect.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened with a pop and whoosh that actaully scared my dog (she wouldn't come near me for 1/2 the tasting). Poured with a beautiful foamy white head into a goblet. Presented with a cloudy, pale straw color. Mild smell of yeast, corriander and clove. Nicely carbonated, yet very light and flavorful in the mouth. Again, the taste of corriander and citrus presented in the mouth, with a mild tart taste on the back of the tongue at the finish. Elegant white lacing clung to the glass every time I took a sip. Very nice saison. I had high expectations and was not disappointed in the least.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours lively yellow. A bunch of bubbles lead to a nice fizzed head. Medium sized head with moderate lacing. Very bubbly and mostly transparent.

S-Pretty light on any barnyard characteristics. More of the Belgian bananas, lemons, and other pale fleshed fruits. Light little grassy hop presence but overall a bit underwhelming I would say. Good, not great.

T-A little more musky. Grassy hops, spice a light sweetness (not fruit). The pale fruit flavors are there throughout as well. A pretty pleasant taste but far from my favorite from such a cool style.

M-Very carbonated and the ABV is masked very nicely. A very sessionable feel. Rather light but the body is fulfilling enough.

O/D-Not my favorite, but I can understand why this is such a well liked brew. Solid in every aspect but I would not put it among the best of its style.

Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a bright and hazy yellow/golden color. A large pillowing white head with lots of clinging and patchy lace.
S: Lots of barnyard funky yeast. A nice fruit aroma of apples, pears, and banana's.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of sweet malt with the barnyard/hay funkyness again. Fruits that follow the nose with a bit of peppery spice.
M/D: A medium body that is over carbonated for my tastes. The alcohol show a little, but other than that an easy to drink beer.

Pretty much spot on for the style. I really enjoy this. Something I would recommend to lovers of the style and people that are looking to get into saison's. This needs to be in my fridge more often.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall thiswas a pretty decent and easy drinking brew. It was not overly complex, but still pretty nice for the style. I had this one a long time back and the spices just overwhelmed me. Really glad I re-visited this one. If it were more complex, this one would definitely be great. Definitely worth trying without a doubt.

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

The color is a cloudy coppery amber. A chunky, dense white head retains well and leaves some patches of thick lacing behind.
Grains and yeast are first on the nose with an herbal sort of earthiness underlying and citrus notes.
There's a nice dynamic between a light thick touch of honey and zesty citrus, also complimented by a gentle peppery spice underneath. This one's all purity, complexity and balance. There's a raw, leafy earthiness on the palate also. A biscuity malt serves as the backbone, but all the flavors are completely complimentary. A delicious brew.
The body is medium and the mouthfeel is a balance of crisp and smooth.
It's really a tough call between this and Dupont if you're deciding between which saison to go with, though in the end I Hennepin the edge. This one is absolutely a delight to drink.

Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  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!!!

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

Presentation: 25.4oz bottle (from anniv. pack)

Appearance: Golden hue with a nice sticky lace

Smell: Lemon, spices, cloves, slight banana.

Taste: Initially tart. But overall fruity, earthy, with a lemon zest, leading into a nice spicy undertone. Finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Very clean.

Drinkability: Good; it's a pretty refreshing beer.

Overall: This was a very pleasant beer, I really enjoyed it. The spices weren't overbearing, but did linger as time went on. Tart and fruity, great on a summer day...and with that hint of alcohol warmth, nice on a 34 degree night (like this one.)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a transparent pale yellow color with tons of bubbly white head leaving a spider web like lace all over the glass.

S-there is raw honey and lemon up front, there is uncooked dough underneath, hints of grain with big hop aromas, tons of herbal grassy hops with just a hint barnyard funk, hint!

T-the taste is similar but adds more funk, the raw honey is right up front and comes in strong, notes of lemon and grain, the uncooked dough really sets a foundation but the flavor is subdued. a little grainy towards the back, lots of earthy grassy hops, very hay like with some subtle barnyard funk in the back but more present than the nose.

M-this is medium bodied and very juicy throughout. grainy on the palate, lively and active carbonation with a crisp semi dry finish.

D-this is a well balanced and delicious saison. it tends to lead more towards the wit but still seems to have hints of that summer funk in the back. tasty summer ale!

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,512 ratings.