Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

2,168 Reviews
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Reviews: 2,168 | Ratings: 5,981
Photo of Vetbidder
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light color with lots of carbonation bubbles. To me this has the scent of a Belgian Tripel, a bit funky with some spice. Quite a complex range of flavor, there's beery maltiness, some spice with a tripel yeast finish. It's flavorful and yet very much still a beer. Very carbonated and creamy. Well done. The slightest bit of heat on the end.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Libbey tulip
no date code
L- hazy ice tea color, with huge fluffy white head, and great retention
S- farmhouse funk, coriander, orange peel
T- sweet, spicy, funky, in reality a real nice blend of spices and its hard to pick out indivual ones, but really nice all together
F- smooth and creamy with 'tight' carbonation
Overall a great aromatic beer with even better taste. the spices are real nice and subtle contributing to but not overpowering this well crafted brew

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Photo of frykid
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass
L: golden color, with a 1/2" head that subsided after a few minutes
S: citrus and spice aromas
t: a very good balance of the flavors, a little bitterness - like peppercorns

I have had this several times recently and each time I like it even more. excellent saison

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Photo of puck1225
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow color with a rich and foamy head and great lacing. Fragrant and fruity smell, very pleasant. The taste is classic saison, fruity, lemons and spice. Very nice beer!

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Nearly clear, gold in color with a big fluffy white head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma - Coriander, slight hay, white pepper, orange, grass

Taste- Biscuity malt, bitter spice, grassy hops, pinch of orange, slight wet hay, clean dry finish. The slightest wimper of alcohol after the finish.

Feel- Medium body, Loads of carbonation. Goes perfect with the taste and makes an incredibly refreshing beer.

Overall- One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

love this beer, drank it all the time then I got my hop chops....great pour with a lemon yellow tint, great head that sits well taste touch of citrus and a great feel with full bodied carbonation, great stuff

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Photo of Jraiona
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle with a best by of 1/2018.

L- A hazy gold with thick and fairly well sustained head. There is a considerable amount of yeast in the bottom of the bottle and the brewer even cautions to pour slowly.

S- Yeasty with the scent of wet grass and a slight funkiness.

T- Peppery with a hint of citrus peel pith. Moderately hoppy but balanced and refined with a clean, dry finish.

F- Very effervescent and light on the tongue. A rich full body, very crisp and light.

O- This Saison achieves a nice balance of complexity yet maintains the spirt of simplicity of a true farmhouse ale. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy straw gold pour with a thick white one-finger head. Big yeasty aroma. Taste has strong pepper, yeast and grain flavors upfront backed by even more pepper on the back of the tongue. Light bodied and highly carbonated.

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Photo of illpass78
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle consumed over two days with various Yuletide snacks. Used Ommegang's proprietary tulip as a vessel.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw with a big white head. Looks great. Terrific saison presentation.

Aroma: Good nose. Grass, funky yeast, citrus/orange rind/lemon, hay, earth.

Taste: Follows nose. Orange rind leads the way and is right on the the edge of overpowering without going over it. Tasty saison. Doesn't quite equal the appearance and nose with the taste, but that's a high bar.

Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate for such a complex, flavorful beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not painful.

Overall: Excellent saison. Recommended to anyone. Up to the hype, I'd say.

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Photo of TH28
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is pale straw yellow and hazy, with a light creamy white foam cap. Aroma is spicy phenols, grass, coriander, lemon, and a hint of brett. Taste is light bready malt, pepper, coriander, orange peel, tangerine,and an acidic tartness. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat full for a saison, with a slight creamy body and high carbonation. Finishes with a crisp dry bitterness and tartness. Spicy coriander and slight brett lingers.

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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh my god this beer is delicious. This is definitely the best saison I've ever had. I can't really taste the alcohol at all. One of the tastiest beers I've ever had period.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy pale yellow. Quite a lot of fizz. 3-finger head with a moderate pour. Quickly recedes but the lacing is decent.

Smell: Grass, earth, and spices. Some tart fruit and citrus and pineapple.

Taste: Slight bitterness at first. Very dry. Spices kick in along with hay, grass, pineapple, orange, and black pepper. Funky yeast and metallic flavors. Slight biscuit and crackers.

Feel: Light bodied. A bit thinner than expected. Flattens out a bit.

Overall: Decent. Very spicy and earthy. Quite complex in flavor.

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Photo of Seducer_McCoon
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer, even if it is not my preferred style. Incredible amount of flavor, gorgeous colour, amazing mouthfeel. The Belgian style spices really shine to make this one of the most flavourful beers I've had. Very complex and extremely refreshing. Would pick this up at any price.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First impression was "wow" I didn't expect that much flavor from a beer this refreshing. Beautiful zip of carbonation from front to back. A hint of bitterness, sweetness, and citrus with a unique richness and creaminess that lingers in the back with a dry finish. Ommegang continues to make ales that aspire to be great, and they continue to impress with each style. This is a great saison, but there seems to be a hint of "tripel" here too.

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Photo of Kevc24
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml, corked bottle conditioned, into a Libbey Snifter Glass.

Look- Nice bottle with instructions on serving and story on back label. Gorgeous honey color with 2 finger head when poured that stays around for a nice time. Little transparency in the glass.

Smell- crisp, notes of orange, ginger and spices.

Taste- Refreshing, not to sweet, not to bitter. Like a mix between a whitbeir and Belgium trippel.

Feel- Nice carbonation, easy going down and good amount of alcohol taste.

Overall- had this beer three times now and love it. Really like Ommegang and is one of my go to for ales. This beer is a real treat with a refreshing taste, lots of carbonation and complex flavor. Easy going down but good amounts of alcohol content. Go Ommegang.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Substantial yellow haze, 3/4" white head. Aroma rocked that spice cabinet chalk full of clove and whatnot.

Taste was more wheat than almost any beer I've had which is saying a lot. Alcohol was kinda pronounced. Some citrus in there. Really tastes more like a hefe than a saison. Lacks the dry finish, the levity. This comes off as an imperial hefeweizen. The clove dominates. Format is expensive.

Break out the "overrated" chant.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty great accessible saison. Nice golden light haze color with an aggressive head. Definite lemongrass, spice, little clove and banana in the aroma. Tastes peppery with notes of lemongrass and herbal characteristics. Nice belgian yeast note with a bit of wheaty malt character. Nicely carbonated.

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Photo of Severymusic
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Could be the pour or the location but I didn't find this to be outstanding or world class. For me, it tasted slightly better than a Budweiser and I graded accordingly.

Pale yellow, and transparent color.

Smells of banana, light spice like pepper or clove

Taste similar to smell.

Full, dry mouth feel and makes me want another sip.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is two years old and it is just awesome.
The appearance is a really pretty hazy golden with a vigorous frothy head that lingers well and left good amounts of lacing.
The aroma is a wonderful medley of earthy zest, pepper and phenolic yeast along with clove and banana.
The taste is earthy zest, clove, and some pepper.
The palate is light yet lingers well with a nice earthy bitterness and sweet fruitiness.
Overall this is an excellent saison from a great brewery.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

c&c 750ml bottle (undated) into an Ommegang tulip at fridge temp.

Look: brilliant mildly hazy yellow-orange with a rambunctious white head.

Smell: lemongrass, hay, sage, clove, pepper.

Taste: sweet clove, honey, banana; hints of lemon zest, black pepper, stone fruit, nutmeg.

Feel: soft and juicy, fairly light body, very easy to drink.

Overall: a nice beer for sure, but I'd prefer a bit less sweetness.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a growler of this at the local bottle shop Bear World today. Pours a lovely golden hue, slightly hazy with a nice white bubbly head, nice lacing down my chalice as I drank. Aroma is all sorts of fruit and malts, very interesting. The taste ahhh - malty and fruity, somewhat smoky, well balanced. Has that definite Belgian yeast note you'd expect in this style and it does not disappoint. Feel is wet and dense, leaves me wanting more. This is a truly high quality brew.

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Photo of cbenson
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Thinly laced head of off white with short retention. Noticeble carbonation. Light Amber somewhere around a 9. Semi-opaque. Handsome beer.
Smell: Whoa. Smoky, dark, notes grilled wood, wheat malts, rye, sour notes, ginger. Orange and cranberries. Dry hops.
Taste: Smokey notes of oak. Wet pine, wheat malt character, spices, sweet and sour notes. A hint of peaches.
Feel: Acidic on the tongue upon entry, thick and creamy though the middle, and dry on the throat. The taste is mouth-coating.
Overall: The perfect campfire beer. Smooth, rich, complex, and tasty. It tastes like the earth. The perfect Saison.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a large tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden color that shines beautifully when held to a light, and it has a beautiful pillowy white head about two fingers thick and it lingers well and leaves thick lacing. Smell is of banana, cloves, citrus, and spice, with a touch of grassy hops. Flavor is full of fruity and eatery characteristics from the yeast that pair well with the Coriander and grains of paradise. The flavor finishes with a touch of hops and citrus zest, and slightly dry. Spot on flavors for a saison. Love it! Feel is pillowy smooth with decent body, soft carbonation, and leaves some good flavors on the palate. Overall, this is a fantastic American take on what is easily one of my favorite styles. Ommegang's Dubbel left me wanting more, but this one is spot on!

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright hazy golden color, with a good amount of head.
Smells of grass and hays, with some citrusy taste.
Some hop at the end, but not much.
Such a high alcohol beer, but still very refreshing for the summer.

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Photo of BikeTyrant
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I don't have the discerning palate many here seem to have. I can't tell you all the different aromas and flavors I noticed in this beer. What I can tell you is that I love Belgian style beers, particularly Farmhouse Ales. When I think of a Farmhouse Ale, this is the beer that comes to mind and the standard by which I judge all others. This is the beer that makes my mouth water in anticipation every time I try a new microbrew Saison and hope it will be comparable.

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