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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,384 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,384
Reviews: 2,079
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 248
Gots: 601 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 5,384 | Reviews: 2,079
Photo of GameOfBeers
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 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 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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Spreetaper
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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. . .

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of keithmurray
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of dumptruck81
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very pale color mostly transparent color. Not much head retention. I'm inclined to think that a beer needs head retention to have the strong aroma that I like but this one defies that rule of thumb. Great aroma and taste from this one that almost looks like your typical garbage BMC.

Smell- At first it I got your typical banana, grass, and funk. As I got a bit further into it I noticed the it wasn'treally banana but some other fruits.

Taste- For the most part follows the nose. Opens up into a nice range of fruits. Lemon, apple, and pear. Nice hop crispness, hay, coriander spice, and funk. Really complex beer for a lighter style.

Mouthfeel- medium light bodied. Enough body to enjoy the range of flavor and just enough hop sharpness to keep it crisp.

Overall- Well done ommegang! This is a must try beer. This will be one of the beers where you have to ask yourself why you hadn't had it before. I wish I could give it a perfect score but I just can't bring myself to do it. The knock on appearance is due to previous standards on what usually makes a good beer. The sharp mouthfeel is most likely necessary to open up the depth in this beer but keeps it from being the beer you can drink all day.

Edit: I've had this beer again many times with a good amount of head. I think there was soapy residue in the glass when I did the review

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of cratez
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from ABC Fine Wines & Liquors in Daytona Beach, FL. Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.

A: cloudy yellow-orange with a golden/amber tinge, two fingers of bubbly white froth, and globs of lacing on the shaker (wrong glassware, I know).
S & T: yeasty and nutty aromas, strong citrus and lemon flavours, fruity tanginess, a little sour. This lacks the brett elements of a traditional saison, but it's a delicious beer nonetheless.
M: huge peppery spiciness in the body, super tart and dry finish. Packs an impressive, refreshing bite. Very good.
D: goes down like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. This drinks way too easy for a 7.7% brew. Maybe it's the 30+ degree weather in Daytona? Either way, Hennepin is a satisfying Belgian-style ale. Worth a shot.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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