Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

5,985 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw/golden color with a healthy white head which leaves behind some nice lacing

S: Florals and spice comes through first with some yeastyness

T: Great yeasty and spicy black pepper... hints of bananas and apples... delicious

M: Medium bodied with a pinch of carbonated feel

D: Satisfying... easily could drink another

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hennepin was served from a 12. oz bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was murky and straw colored, with a fine head that left fascinating tendrils of lacing. Very attractive. The nose was quite wonderful, with a zippy lemony acidity garnished with coriander, a rough orangy mustiness, and a touch of sweetness. The taste began with a lemony citric tinged sweetish malt base that developed accents of mandarin orange. The beer finished amazingly with an energetic smack of bitterness followed by ever lingering lemon-lime-orange notes...I loved this. However, I felt that the beer was a bit too sweet and not crisp/dry enough for a saison. For this reason I had to deduct a half-point, but I must stress that this was the only negative. The beer had the appropriate vigorous carbonation, and the body was full and smooth.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice pillowy white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Lemony citrus with spices, Belgian yeast and a nice grainy undertone.

T-Tasty. Starts with a citrus bite which is balanced by the solid grainy malt. A nice coriander and yeastiness throughout.

M-Light and crisp with good carbonation.

D-Deliciously refreshing and drinkable. ABV is deceptive based on the taste.

In a summer of fine saisons, this is one of my favorites.


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Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, very slightly cloudy gold, with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweet, grainy malt and pleasant floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lightly fruity, and somewhat sweet malt up front, with a fair amount of hop bitterness kicking as it lingers on the tongue. Hop flavor reminds one of fresh lemongrass. Finishes moderately dry.

Mouthfeel: Firm, effervescent body (lots of carbonation).

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Photo of raceon4
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of bananas clove and yeast

T - Is more of the same bananas clove and yeast

M - Is good its a medium bodied beer

D - I enjoyed this brew a lot I thought it was very good very easy to drink I would recommend this beer

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Photo of droomyster
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle I'm having this side-by-side with Saison Dupont. This pours a slightly hazy (much clearer than SD) gold with a nice white head that sits high above the rim of the glass. Smells are floral, yeasty, with an almost selzer-like element. A bit phenolic but not in a bad way. Tastes completely different than SD but is still out of this world. Tastes of a rich blend of green apples, pineapples. Finish is quicker and dryer than SD, and doesn't punch you with citrusy zest. Hennepin is pretty suave. I'd consider SD's equal except that its body lacks that electric tingle owing (I assume) to less carbonation. This beer is fabulous and proves once again that Ommegang is an amazing brewery. I hope they keep it up.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured slightly hazy pale golden straw. The head was white and frothy and rose tall to fall slowly and eventually coat the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was of sweet malt with an earthy presence, Belgian yeast and some farmhouse ale aromas. After the head fell back the fruity esters emerged and added to the aroma.

The flavor was sweet immediately upon hitting the tip of the tongue but quickly transformed into a very nice bittering component. The sweet malt and bittering worked well together and then Belgian yeast spiciness and a slight farmhouse quality emerged. A decent complexity of flavors.

The finish was dry with a nice lasting bittering component. The body was medium light. The alcohol content was hidden somewhere and never made an impression, not in aroma, flavor or finish.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. Overall a well made Saison, with a slight bit more complexity this could be a contender, with the price it certainly could be one to have again and again.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous straw hay color, very cloudy. A mouthwatering head of even sized bubbles slowly fades. Aromas are characteristic of style with lots of estery fruits, particularly apricots, apples with a spicy backnote: cardamom and black pepper predominating. Flavor wise it is incredibly flavorful with all the Belgianness you could want: tons of funky overripe fruits, a bit of grass and hay, with a tight dry finish. This sample is a bit cleaner than Belgian saisons, especially Dupont and Fantome, a trait I find in many American Belgians. The bubbles from this one are quite a treat, they are pillowy soft, not biting. Glad to see this one made it to KS, and I look forward to having the rest of the line I've not tried.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear light golden color with a fluffy white three finger head.

S- Earthy spices, floral hops, and a nice fruit notes, get mainly orange/orange peels.

T- A nice light fruit tartness jumps out right away that balances the spices. Spice have a good amount of complexity to them and the tartness adds a little more. Well balanced.

M- Smooth, crisp, light.

O- This is a nice Saison that is easy to drink. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but I would like it more if the aroma and taste where bigger.

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Photo of CPAles
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of Smixam
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a reasonable pure white head. Strong lacing that really hangs around.

S - Strong fruit (banana, hint of citrus) with a welcome - if muted - floral hoppiness, and beyond that just a general sense of fresh flowers. Really interesting.

T - Fruit comes on at the start and remains throughout, the same banana and lemon/citrus. I feel like theres some sort of spice in here that I can't quite put my finger on - not hot but just a zestiness. Mild to moderate hop bitterness on the finish but it doesn't linger too long.

M - Surprising amount of carbonation but a generally light mouthfeel. Not a huge amount of aftertaste, but the alcohol content comes through at the end.

D - Reasonably light for what it is. I don't think I'd want to session something as worthy as this anyway, but I could certainly put away a few pints before the moderate ABV catches up to me.

Overall, a great warm weather beer and a nice way for someone who hasn't traditionally been a fan of the style to jump in. OK, it's not a "real" Belgian in the same way a Padron Anniversario 1964 isn't a "real" Cuban...but in the end, do you really care? This a great offering, no matter where it's brewed.

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Photo of wknight167
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - A very careful pour revelas a clear light yellow to orange beer with a 3 finger thick white head that dissolves slowly and leaves behind very nice lacing. Champagne like carbonation.

Nose- Very heavy on the yeast spiciness. Clove, citrus, coriander, pear and honey all accompany a definite bready character.

Palate- Sweet yet tart. Lemon, pear and honey, spiced with clove and coriander. Alcohol is warming, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, high levels of fine carbonation.

Drinkability- Though not one of my favorite styles, I would gladly have this one again.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A glassy golden brew that pours to a three finger white head, and settles slowly to a thick froth, leaving Pollock - like lacing. Carbonation bubbles ascend feverishly for a good while.

S -- Grassy funk, grain, and hints of spices and horse blanket.

T -- Spicy earth tones and grassy on the front, citrus zest and grain that is fairly dry and somewhat biscuity.

M -- Medium bodied with carbonation that assists in making the brew fairly dry throughout.

D -- Solid pickup, worth a purchase and a repeat. I would gladly set this in front of me on a nice warm day.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had this many times. But This review was taken from notes during a tasting- early summer 2012

12 oz brown bottle(bottle conditioned). Ommegang style label thats quite classy in appearance. Neat story and photo of brewery on the side of label. Poured into an stemmed Tulip style glass.

A - straw look to the color. A cloudy yellowish gold with good efferescence. Fluffy white head that's truly Belgian in Look. Head resides after a few moments leaving a decent ring of lace.

S - Crisp aroma that has some good fruitiness to it. Unique Belgian like yeast whiff with notes of spices.

T - starts with hints of orange fruitiness that quickly makes way to banana and clove spices. Peach, oranges, big banana, clove spices, delicate pepper spice. Just a good fruitiness to it with the spices doing a nice job of being noticed. The yeast strain is pure class in this flavor. A semi bitterness in a refreshing finish. Good complexity while keeping its balance in check.

M - this has a good crisp, clean mouthfeel that's overly enjoyable. I find this very easy to drink and a good farmhouse ale to enjoy any time of year.

O - I love the saison/farmhouse style and ive had many from its home country of Belgium. For a long time now American brewers havent truly understood this style of ale. Ommegang don't pretend to brew in a Belgian style but they actually do brew solely in a Belgian style. They give American craft junkies a true Belgian saison brewed and bottled right here in the United States and Hennepin holds true to the authentic farmhouse style. If you want the best American made saison then this is the one. American brewing has needed a farmhouse ale to give the great Belgians a run for their money and Ommegang's Hennepin is that saison we can call our own knowing it can compete. Pure class

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


12oz bottle into a BPA gold rimmed pint glass @ The House Pub.

The color of this brew is a ultra cloudy yellow-straw. A little less than 2 fingers of white head holds great retention a leaves solid walls of lacing as it slowly goes down.

The nose is mainly Belgian yeast funk with some spicy/fruity esters. There is an inviting candy aroma as well, offering hints of bananas.

The taste is pretty damn similar to the nose, just intensified! Bananas blend with the spicy characteristics and a bit of hops linger. Yum. A bit of a wheat taste is noticed at the end.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, however, a medium-bodied feel gives it a rich, full feeling. Crisp amount of carbonation thrashes the flavors across the palate.

Overall, this is an excellent summer time brew thay can become dangerously drinkable. The comination of flavors is balanced nicely and rubs me the right way.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ajmoody76
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at local beer store. 750ml brown bottle to pint glass. golden and clear. very active head that does not stick around long. holds a thin white head all the way down. nice looking beer.

citrus upfront with an earthy undertone. no off odors. according to style.

nice fruit taste. can taste the yeast in there. nicely balanced. a little hint of sweetness in the aftertaste.

good amount of carbonation. mid-bodied. some brussels lace.

great beer. no session for me. could get me messed up quick. follows style. hope to drink this again.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a foggy gold color with a one finger white head that dies down pretty quick after pour. Fair amount of lacing in this one throughout. Great smell of spices and mild citrus fruit with a hint of yeasty goodness. Taste starts off with a bubbley lemon and honey like sweetness. Continues with a good amount of spices that tickle the tongue. Ends with a mild bready malt flavor. Very complex flavored brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a whole bunch of carbonation. Great offering from Ommegang, I need to make a trip down there soon.

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Photo of helpingphriendlybook
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snpub540
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has alot going on for itself. Poured a nice pale golden hue. Very reminescent of straw. Fluffy white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Not overly carbonated, but a nice stream of bubbles were there.

Smell was great. Very much yeasty with an earthiness and some banana and clove notes in there. Also a barnyard smell, more like straw. Some spice notes were present too but not very strong.

Taste was great and super complex. This beer seemed to change alot as it got a little warmer. At first it was very earthy, sort of had a mushroom yeasty taste, which wasn't unpleasant. As it warmed it became more fruity with a more pronounced alcohol warmth and the clove notes started coming through alot more. I enjoyed this one immensely.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the alcohol was pleasantly masked by all that was going on with the flavors. Has to be the best saison that I have tried.

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Photo of rdailey76
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking beer, with the taste to match. I love the color of this beer. It falls between a sparkling yellow to gold. Pours with a nice foamy white head that simmers down just enough to cover the beer. Smell includes every fruit in the holiday fruit basket...fresh pears and definitely a strong citrus aroma. One of the first Belgians I have had, so the taste was definitely a mystery when the first drop hit my lips. Smooth taste with a sweet aftertaste that is in no way dissatisfying. When I let my girlfriend try it, she thought she was drinking a champagne or sparkling wine. The carbonation is odd, but somewhat refreshing. Definitely a beer that I could have a couple of if it was in the budget.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep yellow, hint of orange, big white 2 finger head, decent lacing.

S- mild citrus, grain, sweetness.

T- citrus, sweet, grain, very clean crisp.

M- medium body, nice smooth feel.

D- Amazing, was sad when bottle was empty. Very nice Saison, good offering from Ommegang. If you like Ommegang or Saisons, it's a must try.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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