Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,094
Hads: 5,632
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
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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 checkfeet
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint bottle into a Bordeaux glass.

Appearance is lovely - a warm golden yellow like rapeseed honey - with a thick poofy crown of white head on top, though this, along with any lacing, dissipates significantly as you drink. Heavy carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass through the cloudy remnants of yeast.

The nose is so inviting; not at all overwhelming but teasing with scents of sour apples, lemongrass, grapes, coriander and that special Belgian yeastiness that makes one think of a summer day on the farm.

The taste lives up to the nose with a subtle explosion of sour apples and citrus with just the right kick of tang and hops on your tongue. The ever-so-slightly sour flavor is perfectly accentuated by the carbonation giving a very pleasant mouthfeel that is light and airy but with enough substance to keep reminding you how delicious it is long after your glass is empty.

This beer is so well-balanced, I could easily finish one bottle and go back for more. A wonderful interpretation of the style.

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Photo of sketchpunx
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Petrus Goblet. Golden color with a nice three finger head and a nice stream of bubbles cutting through a hazy body.

This Beer is an excellent interpretation of the style, that can actually go toe to toe with some of the belgian saisons. I'm not saying it is the best, but it clearly holds its own.

I consider this beer very well rounded. It is strong, without overtly tasting like alcohol it warms nicely on the way down. It has a sweetness to it, but is nicely balanced with a hoppy bite. The flavor has a bit of straw, citrus and spice to it and the carbonation is strong, but it retains a smooth feeling in the mouth. A sipper for sure, but this remains one I could sip all night.

I consider this the best of Ommegang's offerings. It is a very strong showing for American Brewers doing the Belgian thing. An added plus is that this beer is easy to come by in the states (north east at least) and is a fraction of the price of some of its Belgian counterparts.

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Photo of sdsurfer217
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Piss Yellow, in a good way. White, finger worth of head. Laces the glass very well

Aroma: Sweet bananas, lemon, yeast, cardamom

Taste: Banana, spicy, lemon, little bit of hop on the finish. Sweet and supple, almost delicate flavors.

Mouthfeel: creamy and carbonation. Coates my mouth very well and leaves a clean finish/feeling.

Overall: Wow, freakin delicious. I have no idea where the 7.7% ABV is and could easily drink a bunch of these. Aroma is inviting, taste and mouthfeel make me want to drink more and more. This is a very sexy beer that everyone should drink...if you don't like this, you don't like beer!

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Photo of Arinthos
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visual : cloudy golden with a huge fluffy head about 3-4 fingers that lingers quite a while before leaving strong lacing and a solid "cap" over the top. strong carbonation contributes to this head retetntion as well as mouthfeel..

Aroma : bready and yeasty with strong phenols from the belgian yeast strain ( probably of duval origin ) clove, tart and lactic barnyard funk common of the style as well as mild hops.

Taste : peppery phenols are dominant and taste follows the nose except for the brett sourness that comes through very apparently as well as more of a hop bite than the nose would present. there is a sweetness in the background that is also common of the style but not as prevelent as with other examples.

Mouthfeel : carbonation plays with the overall light body of this beer making it a more medium body beer. the carbonation lingers with a carbonic bite i personally enjoy.

Overall : A great domestic version that could probably pass for a "true" belgian farmhouse ale. I would not hesitiate making a reccomadation with this beer. Another winner from brewery ommegang !!!

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Photo of KTeamLSU
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. into a pint glass

A: Straw colored with a nice white fluffy foam that stuck around and laced half of the glass.

S: Straw, earthiness and some pine... a crips start with a little more on the end.

T: Good clean flavor, bready to a point but also some extracurricular enjoyment.

M: Carbonation was a little high for me, but was a nice solid drinker

O: Great example of a saison for those just testing the craft waters.

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Photo of foXXtail
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly drinkable any time of the year, just as a good saison should be. In fact, it's hard to believe this one comes out of New York.

The nose is filled with sweet vanilla and orange backed up by a slight phenol of spice. A hop aroma is present, but only slightly perceptible. A faint alcohol aroma alludes to its presence in the beer to come. The beer pours a hazy golden with a rocky, frothy head which retains > 1 minute. Champagne like bubbles rise forth unabated.

The taste is wonderful. Sweet honey hits first, which quickly makes way for vanilla, citrus and a slight banana. The sour fruit taste is dominant, backed up by a slight hint of spice and coriander. Hop hit is noticeable, especially in the aftertaste, but it does not take over. Alcohol warming is moderate. The beer is aggressively effervescent and medium-bodied.

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Photo of ExMachina1
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a--straw gold; slight haze; huge, fluffy head you could take a nap on

s--phenols/cloves with malt underpinnings

t--balanced, dry and crisp; lemony sourness

m--medium body with acid from the carbonation

d--a super refreshing beer that is limited in its drinkability only by its 7.7% alcohol

this is a gem of a brew.

obey the label and drink it cool (not cold)

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

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle... Served in a goblet, this beer was pretty to look at. A bright, cloudy golden hue, with some orange color. A little darker orange and it would actually look a lot like orange juice, Bright, white, fluffy head that lingered throughout leaving scalloped lacing all the way down... Smelled banana and clove, spicy phenols, maybe a hint of mint... Taste mirrors the smell on this one; banana, clove, slight phenolic/alcoholic heat... Mouthfeel was very nice; Clean not cloying, effervescent, sparkling... Overall a good representation of the style and a nice, drinkable brew.

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Photo of skeeordye11
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Hennepin Snifter glass.

A: Straw yellow with two inch white head that disapates with drinking but clings to the glass. Bubbles constantly from the botom of the glass.

S: Wheaty, sweet, fruitiness with some hop spiciness.

T: Wheat and fruit up front. Banana, pear, clove, some citrus. Highly carbonated. Finishes dry and a bit tart.

M: Light-Medium body. Carbonation tingles the nose throughout. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very quaffable. Would make for an amazing lawnmower beer. Could drink many in a session. 7.7% alcohol is hidden well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Kaiser777
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The foam was thick and white, and the beer is a golden cloudy yellow with a ton of little bubbles that float the top to the thick white foam.

S- A very strong fragrance of the finest Belgian hops.

T- Can not resist to taste the Belgian style it is, very delicious with a banana after taste that settles on the taste buds the way a Belgian style should.

MF- Thick and delicious that settles in the mouth very well and leaves an awesome banana after taste.

D- All I can say is I could drink quit a few of these, cause Belgian style beers is my 2nd favorite type of beer, cheers to all my New Yorkers who brews such a wonderful Belgian style beer.

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Photo of ChaimS
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moderate to high carbonation. The head is white, thick, and holds up well. moderate lacing. Pours turbid. Golden in color. Sexiest beer I've encountered thus far. Citrus, light bodied, and flavorful.

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Photo of Lesingnon
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw-color with an absolutely massive, bubbly head. The head might be my one complaint about the beer, though. As I find it necessary to pour extremely carefully or it's almost inevitable that the beer will bubble over.

Smell: The Belgian funk is readily apparent. Smells primarily grassy, but hints of fruitiness round it out quite nicely.

Taste: Like the smell, funky grassiness is the primary taste. Hints of citrus and spice dance about the edges, and though there's not much hop bitterness they do leave some floral notes that linger after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Light, with carbonation that dances and tingles pleasantly across your tongue.

Overall: An impressive Saison, not as harsh as some I've had and very drinkable. I find myself particularly fond of how the few citrus and spicy notes seem to complement the grassiness just perfectly. Undoubtedly a great beer that deserves its reputation.

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Photo of calinative68
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

second review of this fine example of a saison....
appearance - poured with 2 fingers left which produced a clear, golden color with an amazing head. Great white head.
Smell - I made sure that I didn't make the bottle gulp, witch achieved that great floral smell that I love. Even my wife thought it has a great smell.
Taste - Crisp, good balance. I think pears or ginger and citrus. Slight pepper and yeasty.
Mouthfeel - this bottle had excellent carbonation, so it goes done easy. Which leads me into drinkability.
Easy to drink and easy to get drunk off of it!
Kick ass beer!!

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Photo of jwheeler85
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into my beloved Unibroue tulip glass

A- Golden yellow / orange hue. Light, but tall head quickly diminished to a thin layer of residual head.

S- Definitely getting some orange peel and coriander. A slightly detectable sweet almost honey like smell behind all the spices.

T- Starts of mostly sweet, light malts coming through. Then the spices start to develop, nothing overwhelming, but you know they are there. Getting more of the coriander / clove notes than citrus. A slight bitterness begins to build at first barely noticeable, then getting stronger as it progresses towards the back of the tongue. It's almost more of an astringent and slightly sour bitter flavor. A fairly quick and dry finish. Flavors took about 10 seconds to fully play out after each sip.

M- This seems like a medium bodied beer that desperately wants to be lighter. The carbonation gives this illusion as each sip held for a few seconds feels effervescent as the CO2 dances on the tongue.

O- Complex, but not too complex. Seems to have been a great choice for a refreshing beer on this hot day. Personally, I think that it has more to offer in the aroma than it does in taste. Definitely a fun time and not too expensive (750ml for $7.50). The bottle will be super-glued to my wall shortly.

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Photo of roscoehnj
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold, big head and nice bubbles rising up the tulip glass.

Fruity and a little musky at the same time with a hint of yeast.

Somewhat hoppy (but not in an IPA way) and fruity with a little belgian bannana and clove (but not to much). I know I read "rustic" on the bottle but it does fit.

Very crisp and satisfying on a hot day. The carbonation is perfect and makes itself felt. Medium bodied.

Goes down way too easy for 7.7%

My favorite beer from Ommegang.

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Photo of FSUmac
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet....

Appearance: A murky yellowish orange with a 1 finger head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Bananas, apricots, yeasty.

Taste: Yeast at first and then the bitterness kicks in. Definite banana flavor on my tongue.

Mouthfeel: Feels great going down. Nice and refreshing.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. Great for a summer day. Well done Ommegang. I'll buy a 750ml next time.

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Photo of MikeInIowa
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the Hennepin that I have heard so much about and it lived up to expectations. This beer is superior in all categories. A+!!!

Look: A warm and inviting golden yet opaque appearance with greater than average head and lace retention.

Nose: I thought I smelled an orange-and-hop combination. Quite pleasing aroma none the less.

Taste: The flavor seemed to effloresce in my mouth like a sunflower bursting into bloom. Again orange and hops is how I tasted it.

Mouth: Creamy delicious.

Drinkability: No brainer here: It is clearly one of the easiest beers I have ever drunk.

What a Joy!

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Photo of Briarscratch
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle. Big bold and beautiful. Golden, huge white sticky head. Lots of nucleation.

Smells a bit fruity with a little spiciness. Delicious. Tingles the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth drinkability is amazing. This shit is awesome. One of my first saison/farmhouse styles and I must say....Amazing! Please drink one. I could have reviewed this beer so much better but I'm a little too buzzed!

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Photo of alf212
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: LIght hazy golden color with a nice chunky head that thins out but persists for the entire beer. When poured into a duvel tulip the carbonation goes on and on and on.

Smell: Sweet spicy n phenolic

Taste: Just started getting into this saison style but definitely a yummy beer. Lemony tartyness that turns into a mildly sweet middle and finally a nutty/earthy finish at the end. Love the spicy aftertaste on this one. The alcohol is definitely there but it's not overwhelming at all

Very drinkable beer. Had this on my balcony on a nice summer night in Florida and it hit the spot juuust right

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Photo of Hammer35
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy, golden color with bright white head and some large beading. Nice carbonation and decent lacing. Good head retention as well.

Smell: Very complex. Spicy and earthy with plenty of character from the Belgian yeast. Fruity notes with some sweet orange peel present and a bit of tanginess.

Taste: Spicy Belgian yeast with a sweet, tangy character as well. A little citrusy at the finish and a bit floral too.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, yet light and refreshing. Very style appropriate.

Overall: Easily my favorite example of this style so far. Complex, refreshing and delicious. Works well during any season. The orange peel is very apparent and the grains of paradise and coriander add a spicy complexity that's great with the Belgian yeast. The tanginess and hints of citrus add even more to the depth of this beer.

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My cup runeth over. My label features little famers--Quaker looking folk--in a canoe raising their goblets to the new corn moon. Okay, maybe I'm confusing this beer with a Disney song. But this beauty simply soars. Pale sunset russet on the eye with creamy head buoyant enough to bear fair Aphrodite on its delicate foam. Champange on the nose, but something else too.....something stinky like a soft ripened cheese, but also heavily citrus. Teasingly effervescent with bubbles bursting like ripe muscat grapes on the palate. And then an unexpected aromatic twist--a faintly metallic tang. Light on the tongue, creamy, well done spices. A breathtaking achievement from Cooperstown. Please, Sir, may I have another?

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Photo of edchef1850
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang makes such good beer. The fact that its practically in my backyard is a bonus. Hennepin was the first Beer i tried from ommegang, and remains my favorite. I love saisons, and this is a bonafide classic. cloudy, sour, refreshing, not to sweet, damn good stuff. This beer pours a light gold amber, hazy with a healthy foamy head retention, nice yeasty ring in the bottom of the bottle left behind. Smells of citrus, a little alcohol, light sweetness. The flavor is all saison, nice sour tartness, a little sweetness to balance it out, wonderfully refreshing. Great Beer .

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Photo of julian1117
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual Appeal: cloudy gold, honeyesque

Smell: intense hop aroma

Flavor: mildly sweet, lemon, strong alcohol (7.7%)

Mouthfeel: could be more effervescence

Drinkability: doubt I would have more than 2 at a sitting because of the unusually high alcohol content

Saisons were traditionally made for harvesting farmhands in rural Belgium--they were refreshing and light (~3.5% ABV.) Ommegang has unfortunately americanised this saison, and I feel it's lost something of its authenticity in the process.

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tall pilsner glass. The beer has a thick, chunky, and very foamy head - some bubbles are large enough to be iridescent, and the whole thing has the look of ocean spray frozen in time. The nose is redolent of lemon candy, wheat fields, and a tiny hint of exceptionally tidy barn. Upon tasting this beer, I involuntarily exclaimed "oh my fucking god" - It's utterly sublime. Juicy fresh-squeezed lemonade accompanied by hints of carrot cake, white peppercorns, and maybe even a tiny tinge of nose-searing russian mustard. As the taste develops, the strong alchol notes and the copious phenols kick in, with a taste very much like banana bread or fried plantains. It's like a beer equivalent of a gruner veltliner, in all of the best ways imaginable. Despite the high alcohol, it goes down almost more like juice or 7-up - it is just fiendishly drinkable. It leaves a sticky, starchy and very dry feeling in your mouth after a while, which of course just makes you want more.

Overall, this is one of the best damn things that has ever entered my mouth, beer or otherwise - and hands-down the best Saison i've tried (though Surly cynic comes close). I originally wasn't planning on reviewing this beer, but it was so ridiculously good that I felt utterly compelled to share the experience.

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Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw golden in color with a nice three finger white head that had tons of lacing. impressive so far

S: not as much on the smell... honey and malt might be the top flavors here.

T: Very nice and crisp feel with smooth taste very nice. Mild honey and malty flavors. There is more here than the smell....

M: Crisp and light, like a lager but better

D:a very nice drinkable beer. My wife would really like this one.

Overall it is a very good beer that I am going to have to keep in the fridge. My wife is gonna love this one.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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