Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
6,030 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into oversized Ommegang "Hennepin" glass

a: cloudy yellow straw color, decent 3/4" head with good retention. Nicely reduces to layers of lacing

s: the aroma is yeasty

t: sweet malt and yeast flavor, also notes of apple and other citrus

m&d: medium body with a buttery mouthfeel

A very nice beer


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Photo of schematix
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy pale dark yellow. A steady stream of bubbles raced up to a creamy thick head. The head persisted over the entire glass.

S: Classic Belgian esters and phenolics. Slight grain. No hop aromas.

T: Classic Belgian esters and phenolics. Sweet grain. Some flavor notes. Perfectly balanced hop bitterness. No hop flavor.

M: Spritzy. Very carbonated. The beer has just enough residual sweetness to balance the carbonation without being dry or cloying. Right on for the style.

O: Excellent example of the style. It's not my favorite style but I give it high marks for accuracy and execution. I would highly recommend.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Initial glass was a clear, golden yellow, with a continuous stream of tiny bubbles racing to meet the light, white head that formed and left beautiful lacing. Final glass was a little hazier, probably due to my disturbing the yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell was not overly remarkable, mildly hoppy with a little citrus overtones, but nothing seemed to stand out.

Taste was intriguing. Probably had it a little cold initially, so I got a little citrus/hoppy kick, mildly acidic. As the bottle warmed I got a little more earthiness to yeast. The alcohol was not as prominent as the ABV would have you think.

Mild carbonation led to a crisp, zesty feel in the mouth.

Overall, very easy to drink. An outstanding beer that will earn a permanent home in the "mancave" beer fridge.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Slight haze in a pale golden furiously carbonated body. Topped with a thin airy white head that fades quick to a silky white top. 

S:  Delicate nose of rustic earthy yeast, spices, timid funk, apples, apricots and a subtle sweetness. 

T/M:  Medium body and prickly carbonation deliver a powdery and semi dryness to the palate. Taste follows the nose with robust spices, a dash of tart lemon and a touch of medicinal flavor in the back of the throat. Once warmed a sting of grain alcohol and subtle white grapes grace the palate. 

O:  I really liked the mellowness of this complex masterpiece. The rustic flavors and balanced tart and sweet is very succulent.  A solid saison. 

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a large frothy white head. The head is three finger widths and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is malty with many spices notes thrown in. Some yeast notes and citrus notes in the smell. The taste is very powerful with strong maltyness followed by citrus and yeast notes with hint of coriaander and lemon. The beer is heavier in the mouth with a large carbination. This is a good american version of a saison, a good drinkable beer.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 750ml poured into a snifter, large white creamy head, active bubbling, light lemon straw coloring.

s- lemon, that nice belgian yeast, pepper. classic saison nose.

t- taste echos the nose, very classic saison, peppery, nice bit of lemon, lots of yeast.

m- medium body, very smooth.

d- really nice, this is a great beer that i would definately drink again. very nice for non craft beer drinkers, i shared this with family and it was enjoyed by all.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -A light golden color with a finger of head came from a vicious pour. The head was many small popping bubbles that appeared highly carbonated.

S - Honey, coriander, grassy

T - Citrusy, pineapple, and lemon at first, followed by light malt and honey. A very minor spice and hop finish

M - light and very carbonated

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with this beers head. Very soft and fluffy, leaving a very nice lace on the glass. A very nice spicy yeast flavor that isn't over done, but still an important, solid part of the flavor profile. There is a good dose of hops to this beer, with a carbonation level that is quite appropriate to the style. This beer is quickly becoming a new favorite, and at $4.99 a 750ml bottle, it really can't be beat.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped a bottle with my "Turkey Day" dinner.

Poured a bright golden yellow. Nice thick foamy white head, lots of carbonation.

Very nice fruity smells of lemon and clove and a breadlike scent.

Crisp, very clean light texture. Sweet honey flavor followed by a yeasty lemon tartness in the finish. Very nice smooth and drinkable. Head reduces to fizzy bubbles as I drink. No overpowering flavors so it complimented my meal very well.


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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a chilled Hennepin stemmed glass. It hpouts a bright gold color with a medium amount of haze. Creamy white foam forms up about an inch at first and then recedes to a nice thin cap on top.

The aroma is fresh and yeasty, and reminds me more of a wit than the other Saisons I have had. Fresh orange peel, some spices, and a floral, lavender like smell.

The flavors are light, with a very dry and bitter finish. The finish is so dry it doesn't leave much of a lingering flavor, just a bitter sensation. Up front is a simple malt sweetness with some hay, spice, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is dry as I can imagine with ample carbonation. This was a great, refreshing beer for outside on a hot day. Not sessionable, but certainly quaffable.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served at a refreshingly cool temperature. This was the third beer for my birthday, after Delirium Tremens and Odell's Double Pilsner. It proved to be an excellent relief. At 7.7% ABV it was the lowest of the evening. I loved everything about this beer. The appearance was a nice cloudy golden hue. The nose was aromatic and the taste was phenomenal. I absolutely craved the sourness of this amazing saiaon. It was sad to pour out the last of it, but it was time to attempt a double IPA.

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sedate, murky yellow-orange into an oversized wine glass. A fluffy, off-white head hesitates for a few seconds and expeditiously fades with some rolling hills of lace left sticking to the glass.

Has an aromatically pleasing and promising mix of lemon, candy sweetness, dacetyls and spice. Slight notes of grass and musty Belgian yeasts follow at the end. Tastes lemony, sweet and spicy with a citrus hop wrapping and a butterscotch and sourdough middle.

Goes down creamy at first but becomes a bit more crisp with time. Has a medium body and an alcohol heat that becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

Good outing from one of America's most consistent breweries.

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Photo of harleymonster1
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of the ales from Ommegang, working in the brewing business not much needs to be said about this classic brewery from Cooperstown, N.Y. My sous chef and I enjoyed many Saison's one recent evening, one being a DuPont and I really liked the N.Y. brew better. The color, aroma and mouth feel were all what you would expect from a classic Farmhouse Ale.

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Photo of justinhxc610
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of domtronzero
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden yellow, with a frothy white long-lasting head. Lacing all over the glass. The aroma is grassy with a fruity/citrusy note. Peppery, spicy hop bitterness, but very pleasant. Not too sour. Finishes smooth and dry, but with a lingering spicy/peppery aftertaste. Overall, I find this to be a great summertime brew, especially on those hot afternoons.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%

Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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