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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,094
Hads: 5,631
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 300
Gots: 805 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 Hullabaloo2
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Yeast/phenols. Sweetness. Estery. Nice, complex aroma.

Appearance - Yellow with slight haze. White head poured two fingerwidths that dissipated to one fingerwidth. Good lacing. A lot of visible carbonation.

Taste - Yeast/spicy phenols. Slight malt balance. Not very tart. The spice from the phenols, the fruity esters, the subtle hop flavor, the malt, and the dry alcohol finish makes this a very well balanced and complex beer.

Mouth Feel - Thin to medium body. High carbonation. Moderate alcohol. Dry finish. Somewhat phenolic aftertaste.

Overall Impression - Another solid beer from Ommegang. I'm continually impressed at the amount of Belgian beers they make that are great representations of the style. If you're new to Belgian beers/Saisons this is a good one to try and can serve as a good comparison for other beers of the style. It may not be the best Saison, but it is solid.

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Photo of alexrichman
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A> A very nice bottle and an even nicer looking beer when it hits the glass. The beer is a golden hue, with a beautiful head that sticks around forever. You can see bubbles of carbonation bursting up in streams. This is one active beer, all those yeasts must be happy!

S> Great bouquet on the nose. It smells tart and bright with hints of fruit and spice in the background.

T> Tastes a lot like it smells, a sweet malt background that is complimented nicely by the tart funkiness of the farmhouse style with a hint of strawberry like fruitiness that hits my taste buds periodically. Perhaps a bit too sweet on the finish and the spices steal the show a bit too much. I can also taste hints of the 8% ABV.

M> Good feel in the mouth with ample carbonation. Quite creamy. Better then average but nothing outstanding.

O> A solid farmhouse ale and quite a steal at $6.19 a bottle, although I think I would have preferred this one in the summer.

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Photo of FloppyDog
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

A nice pale yellow appearance with a minimal white head and a few lines of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of honey, light fruitiness...mainly green apple..., possibly some wheat. A faint alcohol presence is apparent after it warms.

The taste is also of green apple, with a good malt presence and minimal hop bitterness or flavor.

It has a light mouth feel with with a slight prickliness from the carbonation.

Overall, this is a great summer beer. Nice for a hot day, but still enough flavor and complexity to be a quality craft beer.

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Photo of BillH200174
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper-orange color with a fluffy white head. Flowery, citrusy, yeasty nose. Refreshing, spritzy mouthfeel. Flavors of lemon, orange, yeast rolls and green apple meld together admirably. Finishes with a bit of a hoppy blast along with a dry tartness. Improves greatly as the bottle warms into the 60 degree range as the nose, flavors and alcohol really intensify.

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Photo of jdm
3.71/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Krevee
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank 6/3/10
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Pours a light straw yellow with a quite large head on a semi-aggressive pour. There is quite a bit of lacing that is slow to fall.

S - Very nice smell. I can detect spices, clove, banana along with barnyard funky wheat and Belgian yeast. Also a little bit of sweetness to the smell.

T - Taste is similar to the smell. This beer has some sweetness and wheat on the front with clove and spices in the middle. Has more spicy bitterness along with an alcohol bite at the end. Spice is a little stronger than I prefer in a saison, but otherwise still good.

M - Lighter bodied smooth with moderate amount of carbonation. Has a nice crisp refreshing feel to the body.

D - Easy to drink and hides the ABV pretty well. I got a little bit of the alcohol bite at the end but it wasn't very noticeable. A little high to be sessionable but it is a nice beer that I could enjoy during the summer even at the higher ABV.

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very nicely into a glass. It has a yellow murky look to it. There is not a lot of smell to the beer, but what it lacks in smell it makes up in taste. There is a slight sour taste with some citrus hops added in. There is a decent after taste of thirst quenching juice like flavor. Great as a hot summer day beer. Cheers.

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Photo of MightyMonk
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is one of my all time favorites.

It pours golden clear with a nice off white head. Good retention.

Smells like a mixture of fruit and malt. Spicy notes. Very nice.

This Belgian beer is everything that this style is about. It is not over sweet or over refined. It is PERFECT!

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll keep this simple. This is light and refreshing, tasty, and a perfect beer. It has a slight alcoholic zing to it. It is a 7.7% beer and you will feel it. This would be the PERFECT beer in the summer. It has that Belgian wheat beer core but a bit more flavor.

The smell has something in it that reminds me of the scent of piss. Haha. That doesn't deter me because the taste is fantastic (no piss). The bottle says not to disturb the yeast sediment... I did that by accident. Maybe the yeast doesn't like to be disturbed, it gets pissed... then it decides to smell like it. :D My fault! lol.

If you are a fan of Belgian wheat beers you will LOVE this. I'm sure of it. Cheers.

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Photo of beals
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Impressive... I actually thought it was a true Belgian until I read the label more carefully. Poured smoothly out of a 750ml colorfully-labelled bottle into a tulip glass. Golden color and thick, almost sticky white head. Bouquet was everything a belgian should be - fruity and rich. Smooth taste, hint of nuttiness, just an incredible brew. It was about 85 degrees last night, and this was the perfect beer for such a warm summer evening. Worth every penny.

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Photo of melagnus
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unlike Father Hennepin (where the name of the beer originates from!), I was not the first to lay eyes on this Saison, though I am sure grateful I did!

A - Straw to Pale Straw in color (SRM 6) with a haziness (bottle conditioned) that only deepens when finishing off the bottle. The foam is frothy white and slowly recedes with little lacing. Carbonation seems high, which probably contributes to the long head retention. Yeast sediment clings to the bottom of the glass after final pour.

S - An arousing peppercorn aroma by way of phenol fills the room upon first flow, though allows for a barnyardy and citrusy orange notes to come through upon bringing the stemmed wine glass closer to the nose. The peppercorn scent predominates, though by no means in a way that is uncharacteristic of the style.

T - Peppercorn, baryardy and slightly citrusy on the palate. The year and carbonation quickly rouses the taste-buds and asks for more! Slight warmth comes by way of the high alcohol, thereby making this a Strong Saison (6.5% - 9.5% ABV) by classification, though not a Belgian Specialty Ale.

M - Slight creaminess with a crisp finish. Carbonation tickles the tongue and leaves a dry yet magical finish.

C - Tantalizingly drinkable and very much to style. Paired incredibly well with a French-style Triple Cream cheese stuffed in Pepperdews (the red varietal pairs nicer with the cheese than the orange one did, though the orange Pepperdew offered a more sweet-acidic flavor than did the red). La Brea Whole Grain bread (purchased at Whole Foods) was delectably utilized as a pairing as well, with aforementioned cheese and Trader Joe's Artichoke Antipasto® to finish off the aperitif. Of course another whole grain bread with lots of density and nuttiness would work just as well! Caribbean-style Halibut burgers and a fresh garden salad with tomato, sprouts, balsamic vinegar and oil, cracked pepper and avocado made up the main course.

Easily one of the very best beers I've had in my lifetime!


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Photo of pgenius
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty stuff. Picked this up after a long day at work. Poured a thick white head and smelled awesome. It has good carbonation to it and nice hop and malt flavors. Also some mild fruity flavors. This beer was very refreshing, full bodied, and very drinkable. Highly Recommend it.

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Photo of pharmer
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A two finger white fluffy head emerges and fades reluctantly to a thin layer. Lacing is very apparent.

The aroma is peppery, some fresh banana, and a bit of medicinal alcohol in the background.

The foremost taste for me is that of cloves and bananas. A bit sour and a slight, but pleasant hoppy presence. Finishes rather dry with a bitter lemon-like aftertaste.

Quite highly carbonated and light bodied in the mouth, pleasant however.

This is my first time experiencing both this beer and this style. I found it to be highly drinkable and look forward to drinking this and other saisons in the future.

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Photo of sprinkle
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of happilysurly
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a bright hazy gold. Minimal head, cloudy as hell.

S: Fresh, pungent, lemons, sour, wild flowers, orange. The fact that I get a lot of aroma from this beer says something since my sense of smell lacks a bit.

T: Champagne, sour, this is a beer that I feel is the benchmark for the style. This is a superb summer beer with a bright, fresh taste that leaves the mouth feeling like you just ate a garden salad with some green apples and a light vinaigrette.

M: The prevalence of green apple taste made me think that I would have the aftertaste in my mouth that I get from green apples, but I absolutely do not. This beer gently rolls off the tongue and leaves me feeling light and fresh.

D: I love this beer. I need to go buy more. As summer approaches, I can see myself sitting out on my deck on a cool MN summer night drinking a four pack of this lovely brew. I will be purchasing more.

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Photo of BamaViper1
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

This beer has a straw yellow, slightly opaque color. A massive head results from the pouring of this beer, leaving the appearance of soap suds on the sides of the glass as it dissipates. Each sip leaves a bot of that soap-bubble styled lacing.

The smell of this beer is a little metallic with hints of yeast and fruit typical of a Belgian-styled beer. Potentially there is a little bit of citrus as well.

Hennepin tastes of mild citrus and light yeast coupled with dried fruit maybe. A malty-yeastiness maybe. The finish is full of alcohol flavor, which I didn't really expect. A little metallic.

This beer has a good bit of carbonation; chewing produces a good bit of that soap-like lacing in one's mouth. The alcohol makes it's presence known in feel too.

As far as drinkability, this beer is not too bad overall, a light Belgian-style that is bright and proves to be a nice sipper; however, the presence of alcohol flavor from a 7.7% ABV beer kind of makes me want to drink one, then move on.

Overall Ommegang does well in their saison offering.

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Photo of jermar
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and golden with lovely white head that sticks around. Very smooth and full bodied initially, followed by a bitter/alcohol/carbonation gang-bang bite at the back of the palate and into the nose coupled with a lingering bitterness with a slight tartness that leaves the outsides of your tongue somewhat numb. Taste is very similar to biere de garde style with lots of spiciness but not much wineniness.

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Photo of Kiwano
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden with a little orange tint - white head a little thin - probably becuase it was on tap and a little colder than room temp.

S: Citrus and fruit but not overpowering with a little bit of floral and yeast coming through

T: Excellent taste - a little bit of citrus but not too much fruit - excellent balance between not being to sweet or too bitter- very well balanced with alcohol

M: A great balance between being light but with body. Nice amount of carbonation - not too bubbly but not flat at all -The taste keeps going in your mouth after each sip.

D: Perfect beer for a relaxing day or evening. Goes down smoothly and able to savor for a while - wouldn't drink too quickly.

From a tap served in a large snifter type glass

[ serving type: draft into glass]

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Photo of chrisafari
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with fluffy/billowing white head. Sweet aroma of yeast, citrus, slight hops and alcohol. Flavor begins with nice citrus and grapefruit and then transitions into crisp herbs, pepper and spice. Medium body. The head is thick and creamy, really gorgeous. Nice Saison.

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Photo of nickshep7
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour into sniffer glass. 3 fingers of white head with great retention and lacing. Smell is great - Belgian yeast, honey suckle, sweet bready malts, alcohol esters. Taste is solid with a very dry crisp finish - champagne like. Overall, a good brew, but for some reason I can't finish more than one. I've had a few saisons and prefer Stillwater.

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Photo of JMforman
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm becoming more aquatinted with the style, but I like what I've had so far.

A- A deep golden body with a thick, fluffy white head. Definitely a sexy looking beer.

S- Funky with some hay, must, bubble gum, and a hint of citrus

T- Must, Belgian yeast, grain. Very earthy. Reminiscent of a Belgian white, but with a much richer body.

M- Creamy with medium to full mouthfeel

D- Quite drinkable. A very approachable Belgian.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up from Binnys Schaumburg.

Appearance: Cloudy, straw colored with a wonderful two-inch white head that laces well down the glass and never disapates.

Smell: Sour grain-like aroma. A slight peach aroma, but there was a slight macro lager aroma to this bottle.

Taste: Smooth with some tart characteristics that are reminiscient of Granny Smith apples. A slight citrus acidity exists, but there was not any hint of coriander, clove, cinnamon or orange peel. A slight hop earthy hop character, but not much bitterness.

Overall: Quite different from the usual 750 ml bottles I've become used to. I feel somewhat let down since this is one of my favorite beers. May have to go buy a 750 ml for a side-by-side comparison.

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Photo of MikeGill
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Riedel stemless white wine glass.

Hazy yellow-gold with a chunky head which almost pulled away from the sides of the glass and became like a white mountainous island in the center. Bitter orange and crystalized ginger on the nose with a small amounts of barnyard going on.

Flavors are dominated by citrus sweet and sour, however my first reaction was something distinctly Caribbean.For me this can typically mean spiced rum or coconuts but after a bit more exploration I realized it was a very noticable plantain flavor. Keeping with the Caribbean theme (which is very subtle)there is a creaminess which combined with the pineapple flavor reminds me of a classic pina colada. Despite the appearance of a creamy texture there is a Champagne-like sharpness which makes this Saison extremely dry and refreshing.

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Photo of bramsdell
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into imp pint glass. This is nowhere near my first Hennepin, but first time having it in awhile and first time reviewing it.

A: Where to begin? Let's go bottom up. A brilliant yellow/gold that nearly radiates out of the glass at the bottom. Moving up, the beer retains the golden color, but becomes cloudier. The carbonation racing to the top is very clear. The head is perfect. It's huge and fuffy at first, exactly what the best summer clouds look like. The head recedes to a 1/2 cm white that remains for the duration of the drink.

S: Dry and fruity. The dryness of the smell would have been a turn-off if this was my first encounter with this beer as it truly is the predominant aroma. With a big of agitation, the alcohol also reveals itself. There is a nice fruity compliment to these aromas, but they arrive at the end.

T: Worry not, children, this is not a dry white wine. This beer is bursting with flavor, but in now way overpowering in any way. The fruitiness is the first flavor to come through, a pleasant sweetness. To balance this, the beer becomes drier, but nowhere near the dryness that that the aroma indicates. As the brew warms, the dryness comes forth more, but again, this is not the predominate flavor. There is zero booze flavor

M: Light, crisp, bubbly and dry. This is an extremely pleasant beer on the tongue. The beginning is very much light and crisp, the perfect beer to enjoy a summer day or warm evening with. The residual feel is a sweetness and dryness.

O: A great beer. Lots of flavor, but a beer that can does not scream for attention.

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Photo of maggotbrain
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light golden color with a thick white head whick leaves a thick layer of lace as the beverage is consumed.

It smells a bit spicy. Nothing crazy, very representative of the style.

The taste is wonderful: dry and hoppy with a light earthiness.

The beer has a medium body. It is a bit creamy and just what I want in a Saison.

The drinkability of this brew is incredible. It is so smooth and wonderful you could drink it all night, but at over 7% abv, you'd regret it in the morning, I suppose.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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