Hennepin | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoppy, farmhouse saison with champagne like effervescence; flavors include ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

BEER STATS
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#1,557
Reviews:
2,196
Ratings:
6,072
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Photo of MikeGill
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Riedel stemless white wine glass.

Hazy yellow-gold with a chunky head which almost pulled away from the sides of the glass and became like a white mountainous island in the center. Bitter orange and crystalized ginger on the nose with a small amounts of barnyard going on.

Flavors are dominated by citrus sweet and sour, however my first reaction was something distinctly Caribbean.For me this can typically mean spiced rum or coconuts but after a bit more exploration I realized it was a very noticable plantain flavor. Keeping with the Caribbean theme (which is very subtle)there is a creaminess which combined with the pineapple flavor reminds me of a classic pina colada. Despite the appearance of a creamy texture there is a Champagne-like sharpness which makes this Saison extremely dry and refreshing.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is a great color for it's style- golden, hay-like that is mostly cloudy. The head itself is large & creamy that is mostly lasting.

S: A strong aroma of citrus fruits (lemon), honey, yeast, & some spice.

T: Spice, citrus fruits, malts, spices (cloves), & banana. Playful balance of flavors.

M: A lot of carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, & creamy.

D: A clean and crisp beer. Great for appetizers or just an everyday beer. I'm not a fan of this style, but I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of jera1350
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden yellow color with huge sudsy white head. Small amount of lace, but outstanding head retention.

Light, yeasty and slightly hoppy.

Crisp lightly sweet malt. Nice hop presence. Big yeast taste. Light hop aftertaste.

Highly carbonated, heavier end of light bodied. Sharp carbonation on the tongue. Finishes extremely dry.

Refreshing beer that is easy to drink. Well masked alcohol. I'm personally not a big saison fan, but I could see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of Luigi
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy gold color with a some yeast particles floating around. The fluffy white head is massive and kind of chunky. There is just something about that yeast from Duvel. The head retains in the glass as a think blanket until the last drop. Lacing from the ale leaves some rings around the glass.

The aroma is light, crisp, and full of citrus hints. Lemon peal, white grape, and yeast.

The crisp tart citrus flavors hint the palate first. Lemon peal, even a hint orange peal pull through the almost white grape sweetness from the alcohol. On the other side, I get a soft yeast roll flavor from the malt. The hop and spice are light. Hints of coriander and a mild bitterness from the hop.

Light in bodied and despite the ABV % very refreshing

This would be a perfect ale to drink in the warmer months amongst friends for any occasion. Thumbs up from me!

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with lively carbonation, a generous white head, and lasting lacing throughout the beer.

Sweet fruit, perhaps banana, and spice to accompany the dominant citrus notes. Hops scent more pronounced as the beer warms.

Substantial spice and more noticeable hops in the flavor. Also a nice fruitiness to balance out the spicy aftertaste, very well balanced.

Substantial carbonation, but not overwhelming. A lot of character for the palate to compliment the light body.

This is an excellent beer that leaves you craving another sip. The bomber goes fast, and I have found this is a great beer to share with friends who may be new to good beer.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll keep this simple. This is light and refreshing, tasty, and a perfect beer. It has a slight alcoholic zing to it. It is a 7.7% beer and you will feel it. This would be the PERFECT beer in the summer. It has that Belgian wheat beer core but a bit more flavor.

The smell has something in it that reminds me of the scent of piss. Haha. That doesn't deter me because the taste is fantastic (no piss). The bottle says not to disturb the yeast sediment... I did that by accident. Maybe the yeast doesn't like to be disturbed, it gets pissed... then it decides to smell like it. :D My fault! lol.

If you are a fan of Belgian wheat beers you will LOVE this. I'm sure of it. Cheers.

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Photo of maltomeal
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To quote the bros: "One of our favourites, bring a couple of 750 ml bottles to the dinner party and see if this sparks anyone’s interest away from wine" It worked. I brought 3 bottles to Christmas dinner and only had 2 glasses for myself. Beautiful white head that lasted forever. My brother-in-law noted it looked like an ice cream float. He put down his drink and had several glasses with dinner which is where this beer really shines in my opinion. It was a perfect match for the stuffed ribs and garlic mashed.

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Photo of acarrb4
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer. The smell was of apples and grapefruit. Heavy tanic taste which reminded me of camp fire smoke. This would be a great beer to have before dinner. It has a sharp smoke finish and is bitter at times but very drinkable and even refreshing.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a slight orange tint to it. It has a thick fluffy white head that fades very slowly leaving a huge amount of thick laces. This beer has a spicy aroma, with a little pepper mixed in. It smells slightly hoppy. I can detect a clove aroma. Also, it is slightly floral. The taste is not as spicy as the aroma would suggest. It is still spicy, but I just expected a bit more. The alcohol is slightly noticable in the flavor. It has a hoppy flavor also. It also has a very slight citrus flavor. Lemon, I think. Also, this beer has a slight sour taste. The sour taste is appealing. This beer is highly carbonated, which is good for the style. It is light, and crisp, providint a very refreshing, smooth beer. It leaves a slightly hoppy, slightly spicy aftertaste. I think this beer would make a great session beer. the only problem I have it the alcohol content. It might be a little high for the style, but it is still very good. This is a great beer.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle.

A- pours a chill hazed cloudy light gold with a big fluffy and rocky white head. The haze wears off after a while and it becomes a pretty clear gold.

S- Dominated by light fruit and Belgian yeast. Definitely has the "farmhouse" character that it should. Nice and earthy. Gotta give it props since my dad who was sitting a couple feet away said he could smell my glass and also said he really liked the smell.

T- Lots of fruity esters come across at the beginning, washed away by earthiness, and then both combine at the end to leave an aftertaste composed of both flavors.

M- Way to carbonated, though after warming up a bit with extensive swirling it releases enough of the carbonation to make it a bit more enjoyable.

D- Well I don't know if I've ever drank an entire 750mL bottle by myself but I did with this so that's gotta score it some points right?

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Photo of drcarver
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love it, bought a case then picked up a keg. The review is from tap.

A - A large frothy head with excellent lacing. A clear sparkling light yellow body.

S - Slight citrus aroma. Moderate yeast smells acoompanied by fruit and spice (pear, pineapple and nutmeg?)

T - Sweet throughout the beer (not overwhelming though) with a short sour aftertaste.

M - Light syrupy body. Lively with an astringent/alcohol finish.

D - Give me a warm day and some out door work and this is perfect. Or give me a cold day and a warm fire and this is perfect. Or leaves changing, or clouds and rain...

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler.

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice fluffy white head that quickly goes down. Good lacing.

Caught a big whiff of lemon and pepper as I uncapped this one. In the glass I'm getting both of those with some honey, banana, and vanilla. Smells nice and funky.

Taste is funky and fruity with a nice sweet and spicy finish. Wow, I'm getting a ton of flavors at once, it's hard to wrap my tongue around it all. Very enjoyable.

High carbonation but it's very creamy. Leaves a good feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty decent on this one. Carbonation is high but the taste is excellent.

Overall this is great. Really enjoyed this one. Great nose and some very balanced but complex flavors. Will be picking more of these up.

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Photo of LostandBound
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of peabody
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a cloudy straw color with lots of suds. Three fingers in my tulip glass but I poured it roughly.
Smell is intense. Orange/blueberry yeast with a hint of a sweet malt. Cinnamon or clove is way in the back there.
Taste is a wonderful mix of fruit and malt and sugar. Very sweet brew here.
Mouthfeel is very clean with little carbonation and the hops are almost non-existant.
Drinkability is fantastic here, one could drink a bunch of this stuff.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Yeast/phenols. Sweetness. Estery. Nice, complex aroma.

Appearance - Yellow with slight haze. White head poured two fingerwidths that dissipated to one fingerwidth. Good lacing. A lot of visible carbonation.

Taste - Yeast/spicy phenols. Slight malt balance. Not very tart. The spice from the phenols, the fruity esters, the subtle hop flavor, the malt, and the dry alcohol finish makes this a very well balanced and complex beer.

Mouth Feel - Thin to medium body. High carbonation. Moderate alcohol. Dry finish. Somewhat phenolic aftertaste.

Overall Impression - Another solid beer from Ommegang. I'm continually impressed at the amount of Belgian beers they make that are great representations of the style. If you're new to Belgian beers/Saisons this is a good one to try and can serve as a good comparison for other beers of the style. It may not be the best Saison, but it is solid.

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Photo of vrazionale
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. No discernible bottling date on the bottle/cork.

A - Pours a bright golden body with a thick, cloudy head with good retention.

S - Very, very bright. Wildflowers, ripe pear, apple, banana, yeasty bready goodness, papaya, clove, bubblegum. Terrifically inviting.

T - Lots of tangy layers here. The wheat, hops, and yeast all impart different but complementary levels of flavor. Again, lots of banana, pear, papaya working alongside the bready yeast and the floral notes.

M - Crisp and refreshing. The yeasty, bready flavors make for a surprisingly filling brew.

D - Lots of dynamic yeast action here. I could probably drink another bottle of this in one sitting, but I would certainly take it slow - this is the kind of brew that rewards the drinker who takes his/her time. It's pretty filling, especially when compared to other saisons. I would pair this brew with a creamy Robiola Tre Latti or a bready, yeasty cow's milk cheese like Tomme Crayeuse.

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Photo of kevbie
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Reidel Vinum cab glass...

3-4 finger bubble bath head. Natural light honey-colored body with a little yeasty cloudiness.

Excellent coriander, orange zest and banana ester aroma with a little added citrus. Scent is very clean but viscous at the same time.

The abundance of malt is surprising here - almost straight woody malt with some bruised yeast and even-handed spice. Alcohol oozes gently in this offering. Spice, tang and mild bitterness combine with the woody malt to make an extremely well-balanced product.

Mouth pops on the even citrus/sour finish - some blood orange, maybe even some zest and bitter lemon.

This is very light on the palate and a pleasure to open up a 750 and sip it over time. Suggest as most do a glass/vessel with a wide-open mouth to best capture the flavorful aroma of this Belgian bombshell by way of Otsego County, NY. Very well done.

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Photo of DingusKhan
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, straw-colored yellow, with a thin white head and tiny bubbles continuing to float to the top as it sits.

S - A very bright, citrusy scent. It smells very good and has a definite fruity aroma. You can also very clearly smell cut wheat, it smells like what I think

T - Extremely refreshing with a slight bitter aftertaste on the sides of the tongue. This is a very clean, easy to drink brew.

M - It has a very clean feel to it, very easy to drink and smooth.

Overall: I very much enjoyed drinking this beer. It was very refreshing, and affordable; I would easily imagine myself getting this beer again.

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Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. This beer pours a very light bodied and bright pear juice gold in color with a highly carbonated and active two finger bright white head. The nose is light and yeasty. It has nice white orchard fruit character, like sweet apple and pear. The flavors follow suit. It has a light, slightly sweet fresh fruitiness to pair with the light and off dry Belgian yeast. It's very well rounded and has great flavor. It drinks light in body with a little too much carbonation for a saison, in my opinion, but it really doesn't detract from the beer at all. This is a light, easy drinking saison and you don't detect any of the 7.7% at all. I can't believe I waited so long to try it.

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Photo of Slarson7
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of barleyman
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Kroger, yes Kroger $4.99, here in Georgia.Tasted out of 750 ml bottle, poured into straight sided pint glass {Tumbler}.
Amazing head, 2 fingers that lingers forever and recedes into a thick lace. Slightly cloudy light yellow color, Aromas of lemon and bread. Light, citrusy flavor, lemons, grapefruit, medium mouthfeel, no alcohol burn. Wonderful product, much fresher than Belgian Saison beers. Makes me wish Ommegang made more than the few styles they do!! I don't think I have ever enjoyed a beer with a thicker head {like whipped cream} that sticks to the glass as I drink it down. Almost exactly the flavor of Saison Du Pont only fresher.

I'll go down this road again.

barleyman

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Photo of tfarmstrong
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow color, with a thick and lasting head. Lace reminds me of great Belgian beers

S - Sweet and malty with some fruitiness

T - Strong sweet alcoholic zip, reminds me greatly of Duvel, with its pale malt flavor and sweet, fruity tang

M - A bit too carbonated for me

O - A beer that truly stands up to its Belgian friends and is definitely one of the better American copies of the genre.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this was bottled December 17, 2010: the best before is 17/12/13.

Beer is light golden, with a large white head. Pretty good retention, lots of lacing.

Smell is very floral, with a bit of a funky tinge. Belgian yeast is noticeable. Light fruits with some sourness. A bit spicy.

Taste is great. Spicy with funky light fruit flavours. Hard to distinguish particular fruits for me, but banana sticks out. Lots more as well- a pretty complex flavour. The Belgian yeast is prominent. For all the fruit, it is not overly sweet. Very nice.

Fairly high carbonation, but works well given the style. Medium bodied, pretty smooth once the carbonation dies down a bit. Feels good.

Overall? A great saison. Remarkable that it comes from NY, because this one tastes Belgian all the way. Really enjoyable. If I could get this locally, I would drink a lot of it.

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Photo of draheim
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (bottled 8/6/10 - best by 8/2012) poured into a Hennepin glass. Clear golden color with an enormous fluffy white head that subsides slowly.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, spice notes, fruit. Light, crisp, and lemony with just the right level of musty funk.

Taste is clean and bright with a smooth mouthfeel. Yeast, malt and hops work in perfect harmony here. Confirmed once again as one of my favorite saisons.

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