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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,776 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,776
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 197
Gots: 324 | 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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iceball585

New York

3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellow/golden, cloudy, and lots of tiny carbonation bubbles when first poured

S- Slightly grassy smell w/ hints of lemon

T- Lemon start, a little sour, and a fairly dry finish

M- Very light and a little fizzy

D- Decent light summertime beer

I'm not too much of a Belgiun style beer drinker but this isn't too bad. I like the citrus flavors but just a little to fizzy for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 01:54:30 | More by iceball585
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%

03-09-2012 03:55:30 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-11-2012 00:22:51 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a chalice style glass

A: Awesome! Mostly clear golden color with a touch of orange in the light; abundant puffy white head that lasts and some great lacing.

S: Light on the nose with citrus hints and light caramel, apple, and honey.

T: Light to caramel malt flavors expertly balanced. Citrus flavors and spices abound in a complex, mostly dry blend. This really struck me as a great abbey style triple without all the alcohol. The finish is nice and clean with a bit of citrus bitterness in the linger. Very good.

M&D: Light and lively on the tongue and across the palate with abundant carbonation in the form of tiny bubbles. Fantastically smooth and easy to drink.

I don't know that I have sampled many saison style brews but if they taste like this one, I'm all for more! This went down so well that I'm ready to keep this one as regular stock in the fridge after just tasting it once. I have been very impressed with the Ommegang brewery and this one is just another jewel in their crown. Fantastic!!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 00:16:07 | More by SIRIUS2
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jsisko01

Michigan

3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-17-2013 03:39:52 | More by jsisko01
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BWH999

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-02-2012 21:10:15 | More by BWH999
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Sipchue

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-29-2012 13:40:10 | More by Sipchue
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a chilled Hennepin stemmed glass. It hpouts a bright gold color with a medium amount of haze. Creamy white foam forms up about an inch at first and then recedes to a nice thin cap on top.

The aroma is fresh and yeasty, and reminds me more of a wit than the other Saisons I have had. Fresh orange peel, some spices, and a floral, lavender like smell.

The flavors are light, with a very dry and bitter finish. The finish is so dry it doesn't leave much of a lingering flavor, just a bitter sensation. Up front is a simple malt sweetness with some hay, spice, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is dry as I can imagine with ample carbonation. This was a great, refreshing beer for outside on a hot day. Not sessionable, but certainly quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 12:27:16 | More by jeffthecheff
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grayburn

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hennepin pours a beautiful gold with a huge white head that stays in the glass long after the beer is gone...but then again a beer like this goes a bit too quickly.
The smell is subdued fruits, nice belgian yeast floral and fruity. Some light hopping in there.
The taste is very multi-dimensional, it starts somewhate subtle with light apricot and peach flavors, then comes through with a touch of citrus hop aroma. It is finished with just a touch of sweetness, but the overall effect is very dry like a good champagne.
The mouthfeel is superbly refreshing, crisp and clean. Not much sweetness or bitterness to combat, this beer is incredibly subtle.
I could drink this beer all day long, given the abv that could get me in some trouble...but I would most certainly enjoy the day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 23:20:51 | More by grayburn
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redliner8

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-28-2012 02:15:35 | More by redliner8
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jmmy3

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-07-2013 08:53:31 | More by jmmy3
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addiwilliams

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-10-2013 01:10:47 | More by addiwilliams
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Honus1

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-30-2013 15:07:55 | More by Honus1
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russwilliam

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-03-2014 01:19:09 | More by russwilliam
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BuckSpin

Maine

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: v.2006 750ml cage top bottle, cellared in my possession for 15 months, in a Duvel tulip.

Opened with a loud (and very sudden) "POP!" Poured light, crisp, effervescent, a nice amount of carbonation & audible crackle. Nose is soft, floral, a little sweet, full of yeast esters that also add a slightly sour/tart quality as well as some soft citric tones (orange peel & very subtle lemon). It also imparts a faint spice quality of coriander and old black pepper. Grasses & clover round out the nose. As it blooms the malts emerge dry as straw & hay. Is it coincidence that a farmhouse ale evokes all these rural aromatics?

Head was huge - easily 3 fingers of tight, thick, somewhat sticky & lunar landscape-esque pitted/sculpted pearl white foam that has some nice retention, eventually settling to a pinky's worth of the same. Lacing is sporadic & isolated, creating marble-like ebbs & flows

A gentle swirling restores the head to a fat finger of the same. Subsequent re-pours restore it to 2 fingers. Its certainly a nice piece of eye candy.

The body is a slightly hazy sun-kissed, barely brassy honey gold, shimmering with a delicate, dulled brilliance. A nice parade of bubbles rises thru it serpentine style, twisting & twirling.

Its delicate, light, crisply semi-dry with a nice, cider-esque, middle of the mouth semi-sweet crunch. Malts are barely sweet but not caramelized at all, more of a nip of honey quality. The classic Ommegang yeast takes the point noticeably up front. It comes across slightly sour and lightly spiced with dull citrus (orange peel), coriander & maybe a peep of white pepper bite. However, the Ommegang yeast is perhaps a little too noticeable. Don't get me wrong, its a great taste but I've encountered this before in other Ommegang brews and, having enjoyed others farmhouse ales feel that its a bit too noticeable.

It grows lighter, with more of a lemony taste, the spice qualities of the yeast amplifying & growing sharper, more angular as opposed to rounder. Its certainly one of the sharper, spicier, drier Saisons I've had. I've typically found these to be rounder & softer and slow to reveal all their complexities, but this one pretty much "dropped the kimomo" on the first few sips and thats it. Perhaps I've been spoiled on the simplistic, slowly evolving reveal a lot of Saisons have provided. Again, this is not a knock on the taste but rather an observation that if this was a landscape it would be easily viewed & relatively flat after that 1st mountain, whereas others provided views full of hills & valleys that slowly reveal themselves only after sip by sip exploration.

It finishes soft, duller & more even, softly spiced and with a clean, smooth. mildly citric-sour aftertaste. A final pour fills the tulip with all that lovely yeasted goodness, clouding the color to a very dull gold, but surprisingly the taste stays very consistent.

A nice Saison. Not the most complex, and quick to reveal, but nice. I've come to enjoy, and subsequently look forward to, the simplistic complexity & slow "burlesque" reveal these typically provide. While tasty, this left little to discovery after the first few sips. In short, its short on foreplay, more of a quickie as far as taste. I did like it, and would pare very well with just about any cheese, some nice artisan bread, cured meats, seafood, a nice salad, etc. I'd definitely drink this again in a heartbeat, but if given the choice between this & others of the genre would probably pick the others. Its a great bang for the buck and would probably be helped by food, but there are better examples to be had. Still, definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 20:04:52 | More by BuckSpin
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish color like hay with a white head. The smell is very interesting because there is so much going on...malt, yeast, fruit undertones. A hint of bread as well (probably from the yeast). The taste was exceptional with it's complexity and balanced texture. I tasted a bit of fruit-inspired bitterness with some spice flavoring. As the brew warms, I taste more sweetness and less bitterness, but that may be my tastebuds being confused by this beer. My mouth is left wanting more; a bready texture on my tongue. Very simple and yet distinct. A terrific beer with great taste and easy to drink anytime.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2005 16:33:49 | More by jaluria
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Beerzebub

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear bright gold, rapidly streaming bubbles, massive rocky white head and huge chunky lace.

Smells fruity - complex, with orange, and hints of peach and strawberry - with clean wet stone, elegant cheesy mildly spicy saison yeast funk, and grassy hops.

Tasty and very well balanced. Fruit, cheesy spicy yeast, mineral, grassy hops. Not quite totally dry, exceedingly well balanced. Then it does dry out completely, with a long refreshing finish of pure grassy hops and finely tuned minerally hop bitterness.

Can get a bit too fizzy, but the bubbles are nice and small and interact with the yeast character to deliver a pleasant spicy prickliness. Certainly drinkable.

A very tasty, well made, elegant saison. The yeast and the noble hops shine.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 09:28:54 | More by Beerzebub
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fx20736

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice, served cool.

Hazy Lemon yellow with a thick cotton candy white head, a nice shawl of lacing.

aroma of tart apples, white grapes and band aids.

Mouthfeel is light and soft with an underlying prickly carbonation.

Taste: pale malt, white wine, tart apples. Finishes long and dry.

Notes: complex, interesting, well made, excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 16:45:33 | More by fx20736
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Arrived in a tulip glass with about a finger's worth of white head which retained well and left some spotty lacing on the glass. The beer is a golden straw color and hazy. I can see lots of carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass.

S - Dominant aroma is a spicy grassiness with hints of yeast.

T - Complex flavor profile. The background is a slightly sweet barnyard funkiness. On top of that I can pick out layers of peppery spice, lemongrass, and an ever so slight touch of alcohol. The alcohol basically puts a point on the other flavors.

M - Nothing outstanding here. Medium bodied with substantial carbonation, although the carbonation doesn't produce anything like a soda water sensation. Finishes dry and cleaner than I would expect.

O - Definitely a good one, although I have to say that at this point Saison and Tripel are both falling in preference next to Dubbels and Quads. I can certainly appreciate this one, but I may be trending away from the style as a whole.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2014 10:18:49 | More by Andrew041180
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale yellow beer with an ample--very ample--head and lacing. Smells of lemons, esters, bubblegum, yeast; basically, it smells like a witbier. I don't have that much experience with saisons, and I'm not exactly sure of the difference between the two, but Hennepin has a definite hop bite in its flavor. Feels nice and light in the mouth. This is good, but I don't think it's exactly my style.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 04:32:55 | More by battlekow
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-31-2014 20:49:10 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-21-2013 04:13:41 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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CSO

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-19-2014 05:46:34 | More by CSO
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seven hundred fifty milliliter brown bottle, corked and caged. No bottling date to be found.

Bright gold in colour, and slightly hazy. A rocky white head erupts and quickly departs, leaving a thin bit a foam and tons of creamy looking lace.

The aroma is spicy sweetness mixed with oranges.

Mildly sweet, spicy, alcohol, herbs (ginger and coriander?). Dry orangey finish.

Lively carbonation, soft mouthfeel.

The yeast pour turns it into a cloudy yellow, and brings out a fruitier character.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 16:18:19 | More by xgrigorix
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange amber that is cloudy with a rocky foamy quickly disappearing head. Nose is slight sour funky with a nice yeast underpinning. Some light citrus and hay also. Taste is way to strong on the alcohol. Thats all you taste up front. Creamy body with a lot of yeast and a lightly hoppy and lightly bitter finish of spice. As a western take on a saison though, this works pretty well. Lingering notes of Caramel and Vanilla and a very slight sour note redeem this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2008 21:52:43 | More by Rootdog316
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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