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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,965 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,965
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 215
Gots: 393 | 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%

AMCPhD, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Brinks, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of trevorwideman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting this beer for so long that now that it's in my hand I'm almost too nervous to try it. Thanks so much to demcorhip for bringing this for me from Wisconsin via Thunder Bay. 12oz bottle sample.

Pours an unfiltered pale yellow, almost white colour, with a voluminous fluffy head that dosen't quit. Lots of sediment and medium carbonation. Smell is yeasty and little funky, some earthy hop notes, coriander and cloves, some orange peel. Wheaty with some summery fruit in there as well.

Flavour is sublime, with a Granny Smith apple sourness hitting the tongue first, them moving on to all kinds of mellow bready/yeasty flavour. Pears, white grapes, all come before the funky finish that stays for a long time. Sticky and dry in the mouth but not overcarbonated, just a little bite. This goes down super-easily, but still invites you to hold it in your mouth for a long time. Very impressive Saison, and all the more impressive for being a North American beer.

trevorwideman, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass at 45 degrees.

Pours a clear light golden color with a foamy head that I let dissipate before I took my first sip. Smells of spice and grass with a definite whiff of alcohol. The alcohol is very well balanced with a warming spicy flavor and some lemon hints. Not to be rushed - let it soak in for awhile before you swallow...enjoy the warming feeling rush back before your next sip.

This is the perfect special occasion beer...I plan on keeping some handy just in case.

JohnnyM2002, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque straw gold with a dense, dense puffy white head that eagerly leaves lacing all around the glass. Initially smells like rock candy, and then the more familiar Belgian saison yeast. Fruity and floral with a small amount of farmhouse notes and vanilla. Tastes great, haven't had this in a while. Fruity and sweet with a clean malt bill and mild hop presence, dry but could be plenty more for the style...again there is a vanilla like candy thing going on and I can only imagine it is from the yeast. The more I drink this the more I think that vanilla thing is actually just some phenol type flavor. Wow great mouthfeel, awsome bottle conditioning by ommegang, other than the fact that this beer is almost 8 percent (and you can't tell it is) it is highly drinkable. Love it.

pmlondrigan, Jul 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

sjstraub, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a medium yellow with a thick, long lasting, rocky white head. Slight haze but mostly clear. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S - Lots of fruity esters with a pear/apple like character most prominent. Floral hops also present at a medium level of intensity. A strong grainy-wheat aroma also makes itself known.

T - Wheat character continues to press on. A moderate level of bittering with floral hop flavor. Apple-like esters with a general fruity/estery character. Alcohol more present than expected for strength. Tartness, possibly from use of unmalted wheat. Very dry finish. Crisp.

M - Medium-bodied with a very high level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Excellent. Crisp, dry finish combines with a soft malt and complex fruity ester character to make a very drinkable Saison. Bring on another pint and cheers to a wonderful American brewery brewing a strong example of this Belgian style.

BrewerB, Jan 17, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Jmick28, Jul 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ford, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

bralston345, Apr 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

HugeBulge, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Greasy, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of pweis909
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The big bottle, with the cork.
Big white, rocky head, fairly persistent, leaves lots of foamy lacing on the glass. Pale straw color with a bit of hazyness. Phenolic/estery/spicy aroma typical of many Belgian yeasts, sweet pilsner malt smell. Light sweetness to the taste with dry finish. Bittered to balance; not excessive. A surprising softness to the mouthfeel . Drinkable, but the alcohol catches up to you.

pweis909, Nov 26, 2007
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3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured 12 oz bottle into Unibroue tulip glass. A murky light golden color, huge head that dissipates after a couple of minutes to a thin lacing. Very bubbly all the way.

Nose - Spicey clove-like, sour alcohol, some light fruitiness--nothing I can pinpoint.. Extreme funkiness, doesn't really smell appealing.

Taste - At first it is somewhat fruity, but a fruit with a sour bitter bang. Less spices are there than what I got off the nose, but they're still evident. I don't taste the citrus that others describe. Leaves a pleasant dry bitterness in the mouth, lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel - Decent. Surprisingly light and smooth considering the amount of carbonation present off of the pour.

Drinkability - Excellent. Finished my 12 oz in no time. A little more bitter than I anticipated but this is a strong brew overall. I've only tried a couple of saisons, so I don't know too much about them. You can't really go wrong with most of Ommegang's offerings... Delicious beer at a decent price.

Bonis, Aug 07, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is beautiful when poured.  The head is thick and rich.  The color is light golden and slightly foggy with lots of bubble activity.

The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, fruity, and sweet with some wet straw hue. 

The taste is spicy (coriander) and grassy with a ginger pop that almost gives a peppermint tone. There is lemon toward end and then the hops hit you. Very well balanced. 

The mouthfeel is light to medium body and refreshing. A nice Saison!

KMcG, Sep 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Justinbshelton, Jul 09, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale yellow or goldish color. It is not quite clear, but not far off. The head is like an ice cream cone bulging over the rim of my glass it is so thick. The nose has a grainy straw-like character that I find to be pretty common in belgian style beers. There is a nice structure to the flavor. The foam on the head lends itself to really "creaming up" the mouthfeel. The grains have a somewhat spicy character and I would go so far as to say the spice like flavor gives the beer some "flair."

Ragingbull, Apr 17, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle poured into a goblet. This will be my first saison.

Look: its a fairly cloudy with sediment, light gold color. I gave it an aggressive pour but despite that, the head is fairly thin. Its almost purely white, fluffy, and turns into a thin film at the top of the beer fairly quickly. There's no lacing whatsoever on this one.

Smell: fruity, some spices like clove, cardamom, some yeastiness and alcohol.

Taste: I can see how these beers were meant to be drank through the summer by farm workers. Follows the nose with some spices, fruitiness like apple and raisin, some yeast and a hint of alcohol. It straddles the line between being complex and being easy drinking and does it quite well. There's some citrus and floral characters in the taste as well. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

Feel: medium to light body with a lot of carbonation. Alcohol warmth isn't there.

Drink: very drinkable. I could drink this all day.

Overall, a very nice beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. I am not sure if my grades do it justice based on style, so I just graded based on how I enjoyed it. Give this one a try!

SkunkWorks, Dec 04, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After struggling with the cork for some time, the bottle burst open and spattered my pant legs with beer. After blotting my self dry, I poured the beer and noted a golden colour with some murkiness. A small white head developed but flattened hurriedly. Some random fingers of lace stuck throughout the tasting. The nose had a funky wheat sort of spice quality. P'raps a bit clovey and peppery as well. Yeasty. The beer was also mildly alcoholic and was somehow reminding me of lagerish scents. The taste was somewhat "farmhouse" sour. Notes of banana and wheatish flavours as well as clove and strange esters were notable. The mouthfeel had a sort of creaminess and a solid pils style body. Easily medium. The drinkability was not a problem for me. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Great, nah.

SupaCelt, Jan 29, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours with a super fluffy, pillowy head and a clear, straw body. A beauty.
The smell has a bit of that sharpness that you look for in a Saison. Not super stinky, but you know it's there.
The taste is clean, sharp, a bit sweet and tart. A really nice balance of flavours. It has a faint similarity to a good pilsner in that the same flowery characteristic you look for. Definitely on my recommend list.
Mouthfeel is prickily yet creamy, and the drinkability is quite good.

DaveFL1976, Dec 07, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ejh06752, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Cooper, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

sanitarium16, Mar 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden bubbly and extremely clear beer considering that this beer is refermented in the bottle.
Slightly yeasty and spicy aroma, reminiscent of a barnyard or horse blanket
Crisp and slightly Lemony with a hint of sourness in the finish
Taste is peppery
Mouthfeel is light, and solventy almost acrylic in nature. I could feel this beer lingering on the enamel of my teeth. Highly drinkable Belgian Farmmhouse style. Get some...

deanhead, Mar 18, 2009
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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