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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,036
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 217
Gots: 416 | 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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Photo of Crawfish61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apperance-golden hazy with a beautiful white head that sticks around for a while.
Smell - spicy, orange, hay, funk
Taste- orange, green banana, dry, slightly sour, hides abv very well
Mouthfeel - very nice smooth, full mouth feel
Overall - A lovely beer. Very refreshing, delicious and beautiful to look at. Available at a decent price. Not an easy beer to get where I live but will pick it up when I travel to another city.

Crawfish61, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of cpwines18
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

cpwines18, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Edecurtis
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Edecurtis, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Larkin70
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Larkin70, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of SACraig
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden and fairly clear, nice lingering head with nice lace
Smell - Complex, esters, sweet, strong pleasant odors tells of things to come.
Taste - Balanced with sweet and spicy flavors.
Feel - Semi dry finish. Aftertaste lingers, but it is pleasant and just encourages the next taste.
Drink - Great

Very impresive beer as expected from the Duvel family of ales. This was the beer that started my love of Saisons. The flavor created by the high ABV is complex while avoiding the alcohol/solvent flavors.

SACraig, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of spacechimo155
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-a pale blond with good body, Amazing white head that doesnt go away, fluffy. Leaves a heavy lace.
S- like a Belgian farmhouse( or brewery) on a dry sunny day.
T-citrus, not too sweet, very nicely balanced. alchohol is well hidden
M- not as thick as the body would lead you to beleive, which is refreshing. Right on to keep with its other refreshing qualities
D- At first I want to chug it, so refreshing, good balance, the ABV goes un noticed in the taste( for the most part. On a hot day i could slam these down.

spacechimo155, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Estranged
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my .02 on arguably, america's leading belgian style saison...

a: clear and bright amber/straw color, large meade and heavily carbonated, frothy bright and white head.

s: a blend of wonderful foreign spices, orange and ginger pop out strongest.

t: sweetness and citrus dominate the palate, foreign spcies flirt with the palate, and a bitter dry finish clenses the mouth on the way down.

mf: light, lively and effervescent, clean...lager like in feel

d: highly drinkable. refreshing, tasty with well-married spices, and addicting.
7.7% abv = The perfect number!

Estranged, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of thasnazzle
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a two finger head that dissipates into a small ring and leaves lacing down the glass.

S - Mostly banana and fruity esters, with a hint of spice in the background.

T - lots going on here. Spices up front - coriander and clove, maybe something else as well - which lead into a strong fruity banana/bubblegum flavor with a lemony presence, followed by a dry bready finish with a hint of hop bitterness. Alcohol is deceptively well-hidden - I didn't realize this was over 7% abv until I looked it up.

M - Had this from a growler that was filled at Brewery Ommegang about a week and a half ago, so I'm not sure how representative this should be of the beer's carbonation. Mouthfeel was good - carbonation drew out the spices without being too strong to destroy the tastes in the middle of the palate. Maybe slightly thin, but that was probably the result of the growler having been filled a week and a half ago.

D - I could drink this all night. It's light enough to not fill me up, but still packs a ton of flavor without leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.

Ommegang got me into craft beer, and this is another great offering from them. My first saison, it has me craving more from the style. Great beer.

thasnazzle, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of snmstr
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

snmstr, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of raoulduke25
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift from a dear friend. Much appreciated, bro.

The first thing I notice is that no matter how slowly and methodically I pour it, a foamy head quickly develops. The beer pours smoothly and after it is done, there appear in the glass tiny colloidal particles that hang suspended in the glass, through the entire depth.

The smell is heavenly, soft, unobtrusive. A light malt waft is sensed when one dips his nose into the glass.

The taste is mellow but not without complexity. It's almost as if too many layers exist to parse in one sip. Hence, many sips were taken to identify all the many parts, but I remained unsuccessful in my ability catalogue them all.

The mouthfeel, though admittedly unimportant compared to taste, was much less viscous than one would think based on appearance.

Overall, this ale is excellent, a definite keeper of the Belgian brewing tradition.

raoulduke25, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of DonEusey
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

DonEusey, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of RolandOvGilead
5/5  rDev +20.2%

RolandOvGilead, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of 95stategrad
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as I'm concerned, this is the Gold Standard for Saison/Farmhouse in the USA as far as mass producers are concerned. Some micro out West might have a better one, but as far as a Big Time producers, this is it. Everything is right on. Smell, appearance, and of course taste. It has the classic Belgian esters you get with the Farmhouse yeast strains. Everyone is out to make an "Americanized" Farmhouse/Saison by going big with the gravity or the hops or more unfortunately, both. True Saisons are not overly hoppy and are modest alcohol % with just enough hops to keep them from going bad too quickly. This one is a bit on the high side alcohol-wise to really be a real traditional Saison, but it is otherwise on the money. Saisons were brewed to refresh the seasonal field workers in Wallonia, and the brews were generally 3-5% so the workers could have one and still finish the job. 7.7% is a bit too high to be a true traditional Saison. Still, if you don't like this beer, you don't like Saisons.

95stategrad, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of mta00007272
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mta00007272, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Theklub
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Theklub, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tyjudd, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Tiny_Tim
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Tiny_Tim, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Dkilner
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Dkilner, May 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Jim60203, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Gogler8, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Zcrizer, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jillhey, Jul 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Ken1262, Aug 11, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

jdohner, Sep 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Gschwaeb, Aug 24, 2014
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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