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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,039 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,039
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 217
Gots: 417 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mattboyer182, Jun 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Caskaway, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Hardcore, Feb 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

nquigley16, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. Bottle. Corked and caged.

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow with a large white head. The foam was spiderweb-like and dissipated quickly for its size. Some light fingers of lace were left behind. A rough pour on the second glass yielded a head that was denser and had more staying power.

Smell: At first, all heavy, corny sweetness and not overly enjoyable. However, after awhile, some hops and a little spicy yeast emerged to save the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied but with some chewiness. Smooth, with light hints of carbonation tickle.

Taste: Pretty straightforward flavor. All sweet malt, yeast, and floral and herbal hops. Both the bitterness of the hops and the sweet malt continued long into the aftertaste, where the yeast gained strength.

A good beer, but nothing to write home about.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

--10/29/04 Update--

This beer showed a lot more complexity on the second sample of it that I had today. This was from a smaller, 12 oz. bottle with a nip cap.

The aroma had more depth, with smells of fruit ranging from grapes to apples and an underlying layer of vanilla that added a lot of warmth to the brew.

The beer came across as fuller bodied, but it dried out just the right amount at the end. It was still malty and hoppy as I stated above, but it seemed to have more of a raw grain quality to it. A nice, light fruitiness was present, and the hops were rather subdued. They just balanced out the beer and gave it the right amount of spiciness.

I was much more impressed with this beer the second time around. I boosted my ratings accordingly.

Quaffer, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of pentathlete
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 750ml bottle this afternoon. Poured into trusty 22oz burgundy glass. Large foamy head that never quite disipated. Bubbles everywhere, highly carbonated. Citrusy smell, worried that I had made a mistake on this cold winter day.

However, the taste was exceptional. Full mouthfeel, acidic, a fine balance of sweet and bitter, long finish. I tasted pears and hops, alcohol and lemon zest.

This was a refreshing beer that would work well alone or with food. My spouse had just baked some Brie and she loved the pairing. This is one addictive brew. This came from Ommegang's 3-pack which included 750s of Three Philosophers and Rare Vos. I'm traveling this week, so I'll be breaking those out next weekend.

pentathlete, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of keithmurray
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy golden liquid with fluffy white head

Smell - green apple, pear, lemon, ginger

Taste - green apple, pear, lemon, pilsener malt, ginger, pepper

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, ample, tight carbonation, slightest of sweetness upfront, blend of bitterness and sweetness in the aftertaste, dry finish. Crisp and refreshing, slightly tart

Overall - this is a great beer that is readily available and priced right. Recommended

Price Point - $9.99/ 4pk 12oz bottles

keithmurray, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of BeerAngel
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow "wine-like" color with a white 2 finger head. The smell is that of a sweet and extremely lemony aroma (to me anyway). The taste is that of a semi-sweet fruity tast with a spiciness that is just right. The mouthfeel is a little sticky, but not a problem. Overall, I like this brew.
A Votre Sante or Cheers or sumthin'!

BeerAngel, Aug 24, 2002
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, slight hazy straw color with a 4-finger, frothy white head.

Smell is subtle--light fruits, yeast, honey, phenols and faint musty scents. The taste is a nice balance of sweet, light fruits such as pears & white grapes along with spices, yeast & a little earthiness in there. Mouthfeel is crisp & rather light.

This is a drinkable Farmhouse Ale. It's not as blatantly musty & earthy as I expect but it makes up for it in its nice fruit character.

theghost3, Oct 15, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

dextermcgurk, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

DMarlinJ, Jul 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Fusebuddy, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

AKuehn47, Jul 31, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very big and fairly dense head. The lacing sticks right away leaving layered lines behind. Color is clear and crisp golden. Smell is banana, wheat, orange with a hint of clove. A very flowery taste is present. It also has a saltiness to it. It has flavors of banana and orange. Mouthfeel is ok and softly carbonated. This wasn't a great bottle so I'll try another bottle later.

Erdinger2003, Aug 23, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

XicanoBeerRun, Jan 31, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sniffer glass. Very light in color. Pretty clear, with a nice size white head. Head lasts nearly the entire duration of drinking the beer. Leaves long lasting lacing too.
The aroma is near perfect for what it is. Smells very fruity...sweet, not boozy at all.
Tastes are consistent with a couple different fruits. I pick up a little grapefruit specifically. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

ShadesOfGray, Nov 09, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

lilnicky068, Jun 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

tjsmith910, Jun 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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!!

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Aug 14, 2005
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4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy light orange color with a beautiful white head on it, looks very yummy. smell is great, spicy, with almost a ginger like smell to it. taste is magnificent. its a perfect balance of alcohol sharpness, yeast, spicy hops, and mild malt. just a wonderful blend of everything a belgian should be. i wonder how the flemish feel about ommegangs beers. its amazing that is is as good as it is and as readily available as it is.

1fastz28, Apr 26, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 750ml poured into a snifter, large white creamy head, active bubbling, light lemon straw coloring.

s- lemon, that nice belgian yeast, pepper. classic saison nose.

t- taste echos the nose, very classic saison, peppery, nice bit of lemon, lots of yeast.

m- medium body, very smooth.

d- really nice, this is a great beer that i would definately drink again. very nice for non craft beer drinkers, i shared this with family and it was enjoyed by all.

thecarster1, Sep 12, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel glass. Beutiful hazy golden color with a thick off-white head. Smell is delicious --- sweet, fruity, banana bread, yeasty, and even a little peppery. Spices hit up front giving way to a fruity finish--orange mainly but a little lemon and banana too. Mouthfeel is amazing--thick and full bodied, it almost taste like your chewing bread. This is one hell of a beer. Most Belgian styles are a little too intensely spiced for me and not that drinkable--but this one has just the right balance and I could have it all night.

cubedbee, Apr 26, 2005
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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL, caged and corked. "Cave-aged" in Howe Caverns for 8 months; released October 8, 2005 and aged in my cellar for another two months. Bottle doesn't look any different than the regular "non-cave-aged" stuff, except there's a hangtag proclaiming that it sat 156 feet underground, etc. and there's a bunch of fuzzy cobwebby stuff and dust on the outside of the bottle. Hazy golden orange with massive, beautiful egg-white head that meringues and leaves an incredible webby lacing all the way down the sides of my Ommegang cervoise. Aroma is yeasty, bitter citrus peel, fresh apple juice, vanilla. Spicy, earthy, and fruity flavors abound. A bit vinous at the back of the palate. Granny Smith apples and newly-mown grass. Mellow ginger spiciness, yeast, and a lingering aftertaste of peach cobbler with vanilla and powdered ginger. Medium body; creamy smooth and dry for so much pronounced fruit flavor. This is one of my all time favorite beers from an all time favorite brewery. Saisons are all pretty unique (at least the ones I've tried), so it's a bit risky to say which one is "the Best." However, Hennepin, whether cave-aged or not, is absolutely one of the finest examples of the style in the world and easily the best Saison produced in the U.S. Difficult to imagine anyone pulling it off better than this. Fives all around.

orfeu, Dec 11, 2005
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd rate this a great summer beer. The hazy gold color looks pleasant in a pint glass, and its fizziness would go down well on any hot, humid evening. Overall, I found it happily undemanding-- the taste is not so complex, but I enjoyed the straw and honey flavors, with some fruitiness as well. Definitely worth drinking again. And again. Love the bottle, too. I have yet to go wrong with Ommegang.

gfreed, Apr 13, 2008
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,039 ratings.