1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Not Rated.
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,290 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,290
Reviews: 2,060
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 236
Gots: 530 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,290 | Reviews: 2,060 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BrewMaster
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. It has a clean orange color with a lacy head. The aroma is grassy and sweet. The flavor has notes of apple, cinnamon, and white cranberrry sweetness. That maltiness is light but a good base for the complex fruity flavors. In the mouth this beer feels suple and soft and very easy to drink.

Photo of mlefebvre7
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of CanuckRover
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a sucker for saisons and whenever I'm confronted with an American beer menu I have to order a Hennepin, no matter what else is on offer.

Pours straw yellow with a bit of cloudiness. Nice lively white head that settles to about a finger within 5 minutes.

Yeast and spice on the nose. Peppery. Almost a hefe-like aroma with complex yeast-hop-malt-spice character.

Belgian yeast is the boss here, making it clear where the influence lies. Clean grain mingles with complex spicing producing a drying beer.

Bit too carbonated for my liking.

In the Saison Dupont vein. I usually go for milder saisons, but I can respect the bolder flavors of Hennepin.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Gentle pour into a tulip flute yields a huge white rocky bumpy head over a cloudy golden-blond chill-hazed body. Incredible effervescence: the head stays, stays, stays, even grows! Lacing is permanent and thick. Gorgeous beer.

Smell is bright, green apple and under-ripe fruit, yeasty, mildly funky. Soapy and clean, over a light cracker malt base. Floral hops are there.

Taste is very similar to the smell, though a bit more malty. There even is a note of chocolate! Nice hoppy dry finish. Mineral water. Crisp and perky.

Moutfheel is superb -- round & rich , yet simultaneously crisp. Wow!

Drinkability is excellent: the 7.7% ABV is completely hidden. Sessionable!

This is like a Belgian version of Weihenstephaner's Vitus.

Photo of burnstar
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a big bottle at Zeno's. Pours light golden with a huge white head that leaves some nice lacing and persists the whole way down the glass. Visible carbonation. Nose is sweet and with a citrusy tartness. A bit of an earthy smell as well. Taste sweet at first, lots of fruit flavors are perceptable- perhaps a bit of apple and grape, finish is tart with spicy citrusy hops and a touch of warming alcohol. Very good and distinct. Very well carbonated. Excellent overall. Refreshing yet powerful and full bodied. I think this would be equally good on a warm summer or cold winter evening. A beer for all seasons.

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of lpayette
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Details- 12oz bottle . Bottle conditioned. Nice blurb about where the name comes from and the proper pouring and storing techniques.

Appearance- Straw gold with bright white head. Some lacing, head is sizeable, but not as big as some saisons.

Smell- Cloves, pale malt, earthy, and slighttly alcoholic in the nose. To me it smells more like a belgian pale ale than a saison, but I suppose that those styles are fairly close in smell anyway.

Taste- Pears, apple, a certain grainyness, sweet pale malt. Fruity yes, but not as fruity as I'd like it to be. Also some earthy tones.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation. Light-bodied, long earthy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Fairly easy to drink, but I'm not a huge fan of the beer overall... I mean, it's good, but not as good as others that I've had IMO.

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Citadel82
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle, Spirits Unlimited, Red Bank, NJ

Pours a pale honey gold, cloudy, with three fingers of creamy white head that leaves lots of sticky lace as the beer is consumed.

Aroma is yeast and some fruit, a hint of bananas, a whisper of citrus and a touch of sweet pepper.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. Sweet malt transitions to some citrus, flowery hops and a blast of alcohol with a sharp hop finish that fades quickly. Quite complex as one expects in the style, but also balanced.

Light to medium bodied. Pair this with Szechuan Style Chinese, Thai or Indian food.

Photo of Anthony1
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice cloudy gold with a billowy head. smells fruity with spice. I had never had a saison and have been wanting to try. It reminded me of a wheat beer with a touch of funk. it was interesting. the aroma was the best part of it. very refreshing fruit smell. light feel with lots of carbonation. enjoyed it, but the taste needed a bit more CRISPness. i really wanted just a sharpness to the flavor, great though

Photo of TonyY
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

750ml corked brown bottle
7.7% abv

Hennepin was yellow-gold in color and hazy. It had a large rocky white head with good retention and lots of lacing. The smell was yeast and spices (clove and pepper). The taste was yeast flavors and spices with clove, pepper, and citrus. It had a long, dry, and slightly bitter finish. It was medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Drinkability was very good. Hennepin is a good Saison that is crisp, refreshing, and well worth trying out.

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

A: Bright yellow body, thick white head that sticks around and leaves quite a bit of lacing, some effervescence from the bottom of the glass. Body becomes hazier as you get closer to the bottom of the bottle. Very nice.

S: Sour brett notes up-front with a bit of a citrus sweetness way underneath. Hints of bready malt.

T: Mmhmm.... it takes me a bit to get past the farmhouse flavors here, but once my tongue gets used to it there's an amazing confluence of flavors underneath. A strong yeastiness is definitely present here, as is a nice crisp citrus flavor. The finish is dry but clean.

M: Moderate thickness, but coats the palate nicely due to the heavy yeastiness. Slightly chewy.

D: This beer just gets better as it warms. I'm still fairly new to farmhouse ales, but I can definitely see making this a regular stop on my rotation, especially in the summer.

Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of AWB3
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ssgunbond
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jordanimal
3/5  rDev -27.7%

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

So this is the much vaulted Saison -- I don't hate it. I specify that because in the past I have found spiced beers unpalatable, and I had been specifically avoiding this style for that reason. Evidently, when spices are placed the in hands of a master brewer, they don't suck.
This beer pours like Dreadnaught, a hazy straw colour with a generous head. It smells, like a beer. By that I mean, it smells similar to a variety of continental pils, a pleasant smell indeed.
The taste follows the smell. It is simple and subtle. It actually reminds me of a Grolsch; however there is an ethereal taste, something I can't place my finger on. Similar to bubblegum, actually. That's good.
Ohhh, as it warms some more flavours come out. It loses the Grolsch quality and grains a granular flavour. Not bad. Is that corriander? Not sure. I'm not one to pick out spices. But, yeah, this is a good beer.

Oh wow. 7.7% is what it says on the bottle. Well hidden, well hidden indeed.

Makes me actually want to try other Saison-style beers. Maybe Belgium makes something worth consuming other than french fries. . .

Photo of shockrocker65
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Matthew607
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of marcobrau
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found Hennepin on draft at a Winking Lizard in Columbus and I couldn't pass it up. I always like to try Belgian and Belgian-style beers I've had in the bottle on draft to compare the flavors. Typically, I find these beers to be rounder (more balanced) and not as complex and flavorful as their bottled counterparts. This particular glass of Hennepin on draft was typical in that regard. I missed some of the rustic character of the brew on draft, but instead was left with a sweeter, less dry wheaty tasting ale, that was nonetheless quite refreshing. This beer was not as visually appeailing as the bottled version and lacked the mousse-like head of its bottled counterpart, although the aroma was still fairly bright with notes of vanilla. A white pepper spicines tended to come out a little more as the beer warmed up. The mouthfeel was very soft, with a little bit more of a bitter finish coming out as the beer warmed up. Perhaps served too cold. This was exceptionally drinkable at the right temperature.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,290 ratings.