Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
This style is a farmhouse ale, and is considered to be in the domain of the Belgian Saisons. Hennepin is a delicious brew for all seasons, it is spicy and refreshing.

A moderately hoppy, farmhouse-style ale with a champagne-like effervescence, Hennepin has a crisp start followed by malt sweetness balanced with a firm bitterness. Hennepin has a bounty of great flavors: ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain. Pouring a bright golden color with a spicy-sweet balance of orange peel, sweet malt, hops and ginger, Hennepin makes way for a dry finish with a slight bite of ginger.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of Budlum
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to a goblet. Pour carefully as this one produces plenty of head, approximately 1.5". Colors are pale yellow, orange and amber. Nice lacing from the long-lasting head.

Aromas are yeasty and dominated by spice. Coriander, nutmeg, citrus and hops. It would be a great air freshener for my car.

Highly effervescent mouthfeel that is immediately refreshing. Definitely lots of spice in the moutfhfeel. Flavors of exactly what I smelled. Lots of citrus and coriander spice. The yeast lacks but there are some hints of vanilla. I would expect just a little more vanilla and banana clove flavors from the yeast in a saison. The brew is best served cold and picks up a few pungent flavors if left to warm too much. However, too cold and you miss the beauty. At least go for the four pack and experiment.

Overall, a great example of a saison lacking some of the features of the best saisons available. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Zraly
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft golden color with a slightly, rocky, white head. Subtle smells of grassy hops fill up my nose. The head clings happily down my glass. Nice.

The overall flavor is rather dynamic, with a wonderful fruity fullness that has a zesty lemon zing. Pleasant mouthfeel that brings forth a flirty, tingley carbonation character. A wonderful combo of assertive esters and mild phenolic undertones. Dry and crisp. Medium-bodied, but light on the palate at the same time. Rather poetic.

Pack up the picnic basket with some ham & swiss on rye and a playful companion. Enjoy the day.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ooooohhhh man. This is a good one. Poured chilled from a big 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass on a 90-degree June day.

Massive four-finger, fluffy white head atop a body that's a cloudy straw color. I can see yeast sediments! (I love yeast sediment.)

The scent is full of grainy yeast, bananas and green apples, cloves, ginger, and sweet, buttery corn, believe it or not. An outstanding combination.

It tastes straightforward and GOOD. Yeasty, sweet white bread infused with a bit of dry, fruity tartness.

The feel is totally crisp and refreshing. That's all.

An awesome saison and fantastic American take on a Belgian ale style. It's easy to see why it's so popular. I could enjoy this anytime, but like people say, it's ESPECIALLY nice in the sweltering heat.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at High Dive.

A: Hazy yellow with a creamy one finger head. Good retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Apple, pear, lemon, and orange with notes of pepper and coriander. I get a little hay and grain accompanying perfumy floral notes.

T: The beer has a lower moderate earthy and herbal bitterness up front with lots of fruit. I detect pear, apple, and lemon, with a rustic yeast profile and a light peppery spiciness.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation and a silky, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A tasty and refreshing Saison. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of gbarron
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Melton's in Decatur, poured into a nice Hennepin tulip glass.

A - light golden, almost straw colored, almost perfectly clear, slight haze. Head is bright, bright white, like a well-bleached flour. Tight collection of tiny bubbles. Lacing is outstanding and thick all down the sides of the glass. Head retention also excellent.

S - light, sweet pilsner malt aroma followed by significant bursts of spice such as corriander, cloves, and fresh cracked peppercorns. Lots of spicy, citrus fruit aromas as well. Notes of higher alcohols. Little hop aroma.

T - spicy, fruity, flowery flavors overlying the sweet, slightly corny malt foundation. Light bitterness, but beer is mostly sweet and spicy. Warming alcohol. Nots of oranges, pineapple, citrus, cloves, pepper. Very, very tasty beer. Alcohol content is fairly well masked.

M - light bodied, carbonation is medium high to high, tingly. Fairly dry finish.

D - light bodied, yet somewhat filling beer due to the carbonation. Alcohol content also makes this slightly prohibitive as a regular drinker. But very, very tasty interpretation of the farmhouse style. Another fine offering from Brewery Ommegang.

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Photo of dougriddle
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just poured this from one of the 750ml bottles. It has a nice and soft golden yellow color with a strong head that slowly dissipates as it sits in the glass. Upon the first sniff I get a slight, slight malt fragrance accompanied with citrus. When drinking while smelling there is a strong hoppy aroma as well as a nice hoppy and carbonated dance on the tongue. As it goes down the hatch, I get a crisp, burst of citrus followed by a final goodbye of hoppiness. The taste left in the mouth is a battle between hops and citrus, with the victor eventually being the citrus. Indeed it should be served a tad bit out of the fridge as I think it helps battle the strong carbonation. But my goodness is this beer smooth, delicious and oh so good to the last drop. Hennepin, we will be seeing each other soon.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Lots to read on the label.. very informative.

Pours a glorious straw-yellow. Big, gravity-defying white head (at first) then settles down and washes the glass splendidly. Many tiny protein particles at the last pour. Smells great too; clove, citrusy herbs and spices. floral notes. Tastes great too; a bit of mineral on top of the aforementioned lemon-grass. Mildly hopped, bitter finish. "Heavy" for such a lite-looking brew. Alcohol is a tad warming. Great brew here, a classic indeed.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml. corked bottle, poured into trappist glass.

Appearance: Glowing golden with a beautiful, somewhat chunky head.

Aroma: Spice, citrus, and yeast dominate the beer's aroma.

Taste: Very tart with a crisp punch to the tastebuds - a sweet and sour taste of sorts. Also some yeasty breadiness is detected. Slightly medicinal.

Overall: A perfect example of a Belgian Saison - very refreshing and oh so drinkable. I could drink this day-in and day-out and not get sick of it. Thumbs up to Ommegang for this beautiful, beautiful brew.

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Photo of ATPete
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle corked and caged

2 different ABV on the label, 8.5 or 7.5 which one is it?!

Definitely one of my go to's from Ommegang, i cant believe this is the first time ive thought to review it.

Pours a pale yellow color with a slight haze and even slighter transparency. monster white head with beautiful lacing. Sweet malts and mild funk in the nose other notes include sweetened grapefruit, plum, apple and grape. Great balance, more hop presence than you'd expect to find in a saison, fruity but with a very solid and very Belgian yeast character. Clean and refreshing, probably the best American version of the Belgian classic. Medium body, good carbonation and damn drinkable!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a transparent pale yellow color with tons of bubbly white head leaving a spider web like lace all over the glass.

S-there is raw honey and lemon up front, there is uncooked dough underneath, hints of grain with big hop aromas, tons of herbal grassy hops with just a hint barnyard funk, hint!

T-the taste is similar but adds more funk, the raw honey is right up front and comes in strong, notes of lemon and grain, the uncooked dough really sets a foundation but the flavor is subdued. a little grainy towards the back, lots of earthy grassy hops, very hay like with some subtle barnyard funk in the back but more present than the nose.

M-this is medium bodied and very juicy throughout. grainy on the palate, lively and active carbonation with a crisp semi dry finish.

D-this is a well balanced and delicious saison. it tends to lead more towards the wit but still seems to have hints of that summer funk in the back. tasty summer ale!

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Photo of mschofield
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold that sparkles when I hold it to the light, very clear for bottle conditioned. Two finger head with loudly crackling bubbles. Ends up as a bubbly laces.
Apricot, banana, honey and yeasty aroma.
Malty, peppery and spicy taste, it seems more alcoholic than it really is. Curaco orange or maybe sour tangerine. Citrus hops - lemon.
Crisp with a medium feel, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of gatorsuf1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color. A great, sticky, 2-inch white head forms that leaves good lacing.

As the beer warms the aroma really picks up. Smells like honey, lemon and very yeasty.

The taste is very complex. Very grassy and earthy with a hint of citrus. Alcohol and the hops come through at the end. A little spice also, kind of like cloves, that leaves the tongue slighty numbed. A medium mouthful with more carbonation than expected.

Overall, a great beer and the first saison I've had. I will definitely come back to this one often.

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Photo of roscoehnj
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold, big head and nice bubbles rising up the tulip glass.

Fruity and a little musky at the same time with a hint of yeast.

Somewhat hoppy (but not in an IPA way) and fruity with a little belgian bannana and clove (but not to much). I know I read "rustic" on the bottle but it does fit.

Very crisp and satisfying on a hot day. The carbonation is perfect and makes itself felt. Medium bodied.

Goes down way too easy for 7.7%

My favorite beer from Ommegang.

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Photo of bigsteve45
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meadhead
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought a four pack of
12 oz singles
this is
a well-recommended
delicious saison ale!
Pours a clear golden yellow
with a billowy white-
two to three finger head
Just like the bottle says
pale hoppy crisp and rustic:
wild lemon-ginger tart yeast
with the unique "belgian" estery aroma-
anyone who has had a "belgian"
beer can recognize.
with a well hidden
7.5 %alcohol
and a smooth drinkability
this is an excellent ale

poured another one
stirring the bottle conditioned yeast
into the brew and it was like
night and day
a more "abbey-style" taste
opaque yellow-red color
and less crisp tartness:
almost seeming a totally different beer}

either way
is very good
although I highly recomend not stirring the
residual yeast in

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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 lovindahops
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pretty stoked to try this legendary brew that lies a lil' east of Syracuse. Poured into a tulip glass

A- a beautiful hazed yellow that has a substantial head resting above the brew. The head is fluffed up with lacing wrapping around the side. The color is a classic saison straw yellow look

S- a musty lemon scent that looks in all the aspects of a saison. Spices, bananas, and butter overlap the initial farmhouse yeast in the end. The flavors all balance together and really develop a flagship style

T- fresh lemons clash with the patented farmhouse funk to give a flavorful taste. The taste of clove of spices almost trickle over the top of the brew's properties. It's really a great combination of flavors meant to exemplify a taste profile

M- light and carbonated. It helps keep the flavor going

D- this is my frst brewery Ommegang tasting and I am impressed. Hennepin is such a detailed crafting of the saison style that is ridicuously enjoyable. The ABV is so hidden as well. I am going to become a facilitator of the style by always having these bad boys on stand by. Great job Brew Omm!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Saison can't be right. Saisons are supposed to be bad, this one is good. This is a style I have never liked, but this one I've had a couple times and it just tastes like a unique Belgian, not the horrible grassy mess I'e had with some Saisons.

It's pretty light tasting, despite the fact that it isn't. It truly disguises the horsepower under the hood.

This so far is the only Saison that I would buy again.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Mt Hope brewfest -served chilled in a taster, had a few to enjoy over the coarse of the afternoon while strolling around

A - A mildly hazed golden similar to apple juice or pear nectar w/ 2 fingers of cream that is snow white. The lace clings in a film and the bead is tiny

S - A smell the reminds of fresh ripe pear and some granny smith/golden apple notes w/ slight funky and earthy vegetal aroma w/ mild spicy herbal hop and a mild sweet aroma from the malt which is accented by more yeast which has a light white grape odor. The fragrant brew has plenty of complexity

M - I like how the feel has some tartness and light earthy peppery qualities and still has enough fruit and mild sweetness to comje off as refreshing with a high level of carbonation and mild tart almost lemony sour aspects. The finish is dry and light toasted in texture

T - The flavor of Hennepin is smooth, and brisk w/ light fruitiness and lots of yeast tartness which brings to mind grapeskin, lemon peel and the malt has a light toasted grain note w/ mild spice again from the yeast and slight alcohol influence. There is a mellow astringent note and hint of pear and hop in the finish which has a refreshing dry taste

D - I enjoy this beer a bit more in the bottle but this was great on a warm spring day - it was made for it with crisp full flavor and I was sincerely glad I got to try it again on tap

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Photo of RedBear84
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into Sam Adams tasting glass. The beer has a light straw color with slight haze and light wispy head that disappears fast. There is a pronounced yeasty nose with a hint of lemon and much less sourness than some of this style. There is some tartness and a minor hop finish. Another fine Ommegang.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good looking beer. Slightly hazed, but mostly clear. Big, foamy white head that lingers forever and sticks nicely.

First whiff was sweet with a touch of alcohol. Second was near the same... third brought forth grass and slight citrus. Some grain.
Picking up some nice spice on the fourth... cloves. Pretty nice.

Smooth on the palate with a touch of bubbles. Tastes of grain and alcohol. A little citrus, but barely. Dry. Great balance.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle acquired from the Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire.

Pours a straw yellow colour, very cloudy with a great 2" head that sat like a rock.

Smell is funky. Sourness, white wine, booze, esters.

The first thing I notice about the taste is the dryness. Very dry, but leaves the mouth with a pleasant fruity taste. Alcohol is evident, but it remains a very smooth brew. A little sour bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium-to-light.

Drinkability is solid. The dryness might limit it (if drinking it by itself). I bet it would go great with Fetuccine Alfredo...just might have to try that next time.

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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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Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an Ommegang flute.

Straw-gold in color with an inch of airy white froth. Vigorous carbonation is evident through a hint of haze.

Aroma is lightly spicy and fruity with notes of coriander, ginger, and pepper. It's more subdued than many others in this style, but nonetheless complex and pleasing.

The taste is spicy clove and coriander, ripe pear, apple, ginger, orange peel, and pineapple. A refreshing tart, spiciness is present from start to finish.

Finishes bone-dry and crisp. It appears that much of fruit and spice is coming from actual spices as opposed to the yeast. A saison that has remained true to the history of this style; refreshing, nourishing, and perfect for warm weather drinking.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,063 ratings