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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Reviews: 2,153 | Ratings: 5,915
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of the Hennepin from my local Meijer and was quite pleased. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that did not leave much lace. I was careful with the pour to ensure that I did not get much sediment in the glass. The scent was floral with waifs of fruit. The taste was nicely balanced with potpourri and lemon like fruit. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a solid saison.

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

Poured into tulip, 2 finger head disappears quickly. Smells like a farmhouse ale alright. Not much lacing as a I drained the glass. Slightly tickly on the tongue. Well carbonated. Finishes with Hops.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle BB 1/20/17. DFH Tulip.

A (5): Pours a slightly hazy light gold with three fingers of frothy, foamy, white head that seems to be lasting forever. Arguably the thickest, longest lasting head I have ever had on any beer, ever. Loads of carbonation streaming up from the sides and bottom of the glass. Lacing is exquisite.

S (4): As soon as I popped the top, I could smell the Belgian phenolics: bubblegum, spice (not clove, but similar), yeast, green banana, candied orange peel (orange peel is really in there, go me!).

T (4): Tricky and deceptive arrival; complex flavors that call you to attention immediately, but I wouldn’t call it bold – this is not Duvel; it is overwhelming and laid-back all at once; slightly malty and phenolic/spicy arrival, turns more phenolic and slightly medicinal on the mid palate (ginger?); goes for a slight funk/dried straw note right at the end, and then bitters to a very smooth, lingering phenol, spice, and hop ending. As was the case with Duvel, I find the hop/clove/alcohol combination to be a bit much as this grows warmer, but it is a really well balanced beer.

M (4.5): Lighter side of midweight, actively carbonated, but not biting. A little residual slickness, but clean and dry overall.

O (4.5): I have seen this beer on the shelves for years and years, and wanted to try it. Now that Ommegang is releasing more things in six packs, I am able to try some of their wares, and I have been impressed with everything that I’ve had. This is excellent, and if I could afford to do so, I would drink this all summer long. 7.7%ABV? You would never guess. This is a deceptively complex yet simple beer; loads of flavor, but eminently refreshing. It reminds me a lot of Duvel, but that, I felt, was overpowering; this is not. And is this ever a beauty to look at and to nose. I’ve only had two other Saisons: the first one I don’t really remember, the second I remember because it was awful. I suppose in this case, the third time was the charm.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw gold, pretty hazy. Leaves a 2 1/2 inch white foamy head that retained pretty well. Left a lot of lacing behind. Smell is forward on the Belgian yeast, followed by cherry, orange, and some apple. Hits the tongue sweet from the malt, followed by fruits similar to the smell. The apple and orange come through clearly, with pear as well. Fruit flavors work well for this saison. Feel is very refreshing. Light, crisp body, with lots of carbonation. Leaves a bubbly finish on the tongue reminiscent of champagne.

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Photo of donspublic
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into Tulip from bottle, 2.5 fingers white soapy head recedes to a pool around the outside of the glass. Light golden in the glass, was careful with the pour, but there is a good bit of yeast in suspension, but that doesn't bother me. Smells of biscuit, lemon, faintly of ginger.. Taste is initially sweet malt in the beginning, followed up by coriander, faint orange and a hint of ginger heat/or saison spiciness. Beer has a somewhat sharp, spicy dry finish. Mouthfeel is great, carbonation makes it almost champagne like. Great beer, keeping these on hand for when we go out for sushi.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow well-carbonated appearance. Also has a fairly well-sized head.

Smells of Belgian yeast, bananas, exotic fruits, and some general herbal spices.

Mouthfeel is light, just according to the style. The bananas and wheat comes through, but otherwise, this is fairly basic.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Known as the king of Farmhouse ales, I had to try this.

Hennepin comes barreling out of the bottle before I got a chance to pour it, with toothpaste-like thick foam, bubbling over and creating a beautiful disaster. When poured, the liquid takes a second or two to get past the foam and then develpps into a perfectly hazy, light mango flesh colored body. The head continues to look like shaving cream mixed with white toothpaste, just absolutely pasty and unrelenting. 100% opacity.

Fresh fruits on the nose with green and white grape, oranges, stone fruits/drupe, cantaloupe, accented with cinnamon and pie spices.

A wheaty-hay character starts it out, followed by a wash of circus peanut, banana split, and yeast. A stale cracker/wet hay malt flavor permeates the profile though, detracting a bit from the experience overall. Some lemon-lime flavored water finishes out the profile. 4 seems too generous and 3.75 seems too low, it's a hard decision.

Feel is crisp, light, and dry like a white whine or champagne. Not bad at all and a great compliment to the style and flavor profile.

Overall, I think this is the first Saison I've had this season, though I may be mistaken. Perhaps I'm not giving it a fair chance, but I thought this was just above average. Not neccesarily bad, but not totally mind-blowing either. Will I have it again? Maybe. Great Divide's Collette and GI's Sophie still reign as king in my book for the Farmhouse Ale.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

It's like the cimarron of saisons. Good individual bits on a chassis that can't deliver. The mouthfeel is really poor, it's thin where it should be thick. Overall not terrible but that mouthfeel is disappointing in an otherwise great beer.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden, highly carbonated pilsner pour with a beautiful, creamy white head. Spicy, fruity & very dry palate & flavor. Finishes slightly bitter, lemony & dry. Very well hidden 7.7% ABV in this one.

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Photo of SideOrder
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just an excellent saison. It hits every note of the style with near-perfect pitch:

Hazy golden color? Check.
Big rocky head that disappears quickly? Yep.
Smell of wet hay and hard fruits? Oh yes.
Sweet taste on the tip of the tongue, with a dry champagne finish? You betcha.
Crisp mouthfeel and moderate carbonation? Of course.

Damn this is a good beer. I like it so much that I got a 1/6 barrel for my kegerator today.

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Photo of anon
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Billowing, egg-shell colour head standing nearly 3 fingers tall, reducing to a half finger with fantastic retention. Light lace common of the style. Copper/light yellow hue, bubbly carbonation.

Light farmhouse funk on the nose; straw, must and light skunk, going hand in hand with banana, bread, bubblegum and spice.

Orange peel, lemon rind, papaya, banana + peel, coconut, lemon candy, apple, pear, cracker, bread, Belgian yeast, pine, earth, clove, coriander, peppercorn, ginger. Floral and herby. Medium bodied, slightly astringent, earthy, crisp and refreshing. Would pair great with a proper meal. Exceptional saison, just needs that "it" factor.

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Photo of EMH73
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a one and a half inch white head and decent lacing. Smells yeasty, floral, bananas, orange and spices. Tastes of yeasty bread, bananas, lemongrass, cloves and orange peel. Finishes with a bit of hops. Well carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into Libby flute. Second pour from bottle. Resealed bottle last night with a fold over, expanding wine stopper. Still great carbonation, smell and taste. Recommend those types of stoppers.
Looks great! Slight hazy, clear gold.
Smells a little sweaty, grassy,funky.
Tastes like it smells. Love this taste. Some bread mixed in, and pear. Slight bitterness.
Great carbonation and very crisp. Bubbles constantly rising.
Will buy again. Loved this beer.

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Photo of ntalexan
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

-Appearance: Really big bubblebathy head on it. Got a little overzealous during the pour and had to wait for the head to dissipate before pouring the rest of the pint. Needless to say that the carbonation is great, leading to a nice champagne pop when opening. Cloudy amber in the glass with a decent amount of sediment.

-Nose: All yeasty and bready brings me back to the champagne comparison. Reeks of bananas and orange peel with a slight bit of hoppiness.

-Flavor: Great creamy mouthfeel. Orange peel, rye bread, with a decent amount of hops. A bit of petrol on the backend. Great finish but it doesn’t linger

-Rating: 4/5: This is a really good saison. Light and refreshing with a great mouthfeel. Just what one needs for a nice Spring day drinking session. I could knock back a few pints of this guy. Just a really balanced beer. The yeast in the brew balances really nicely with the extras they added.


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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Transparent gold color with a huge, fluffy, white head that lasts the entire glass and leaves tons of lacing. Smell is cloves, banana, lemon, pear, and just a general earthiness. Taste expands on the above flavors into an overall fruity and spicy beer; in addition to what I picked up in the smell, there's also coriander, orange peel, banana, and wheat. Very complex balance between sweet, spicy, and bitter. Feel is full and rich, somewhat high carbonation that makes it feel pleasantly prickly on the tongue. Starts out sweet and spicy, finishes somewhat dry and tart. My first time enjoying a saison and I will definitely be seeking out more thanks to this quality brew.

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Photo of RampantGM
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty farmhouse ale / saison. It was a delicious beer that was full-bodied and had some wonderful notes of orange peel, sweet malt and just a touch of ginger and coriander on the finish.
Had a little too much, large foamy white head and carbonation.
This is a wonderful representation though as to what a high quality farmhouse saison should be like.
Love it!

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Photo of TheLefty1616
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color wiht some murkiness or coudiness. Very impressed with the head but it did quickly dissipate. Floral and fruity aromas hit the nose right away. There is also a sweetness and earthiness to the smell. I love the flavor, takes a minute to hit but its a rush to your taste buds. I really enjoyed the finish of this beer on the palate. Overall this was a great beer..

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a nice straw yellow color with a slight haze to it. A big airy, fluffy, white colored head tops the beer off.

Smell: Banana peels, apples, coriander, fruity esters, something floral.

Taste: Very floral. Flower petals. Bananas. Lemongrass. Cloves. Overall, the bananas and the floral notes probably stand out the most, but it does have a well-rounded flavor for a beer of this style (even if it is on the fruity side), and the alcohol is hidden quite well.

Feel: Bubbly, sharp, and refreshing.

Overall: While it's not my favorite farmhouse ale, it's still a very good one. This style seems to waver quite a bit and this one I believe borders closer to a wheat ale or a hefeweizen more than other saison's do.

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Photo of KevCan
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been searching for this in stores for a while now. Finally found it at Pizzeria Paradiso on P Street in DC. Ordered a 12 oz. bottle.

Look: Golden and hazy with a thin white head.

Smell: Nice saison yeastiness, lots of orange.

Taste: A little hoppy, strong on the orange and coriander. Nice malty aftertaste.

Feel: Highly carbonated and prickly. A bit watery/thin.

Overall: Good saison, would be very refreshing in the summer. Tastes almost more like a Belgian wheat beer, though.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light golden/yellowish in color with a small white frothy head.

Smelling yeast, wheat?, orange slices, coriander.
Taste is light, fairly carbonated, slightly fizzy. Yeast, banana, clove. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Drinkzumbeer
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very tasty farmhouse saison, and possibly one of the best ones I have tried lately. It was a delicious brew that was full-bodied and had some wonderful notes of orange peel, sweet malt and just a touch of ginger and coriander on the finish. A persistent large foamy white head and the carbonation was spot on for this beer. This is a wonderful representation as to what a high quality farmhouse saison should be like. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours a hazy gold with white foamy head. Aroma of bready yeast,citrus, banana, spices. Taste follows the nose banana, very fruity, spicey. Very nice, can't even tell the ABV.

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Photo of 513BeerLover
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks beautiful with a healthy foam head. Smell fruity and sweet. Taste is excellent with a light fruity tart. Mouthfeel is very smooth and very drinkable. Overall, I was glad I added this to my pick-6 pack. Will hopefully remember to pick up more of then on my next beer run.

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Photo of brap
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really nice. Got this as part of a Ommegang gift pack. Reminded me of one of my favorite beers, Fin Du Monde and my favorite Belgian tripels. Nice color and fragrance. A lot of fruit notes and finishes with a nice tart note. I freaking love this beer and will definitely revisit it.

A lot of fruit notes going on at once, complex but incredibly quaff-able. Nice alcohol content without tasting boozy.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful gold straw color with an exceptional amount of foam on the pour. The nose has a sour band smell (which is a lot nicer than that sounds). The taste keeps the fruit flavor but brings in a malty yeasty finish which is quite lovely. Well carbonated so refreshing and drinkable (I am partial to carbonation). Overall, it is an outstanding beer, however, the 7.7% ABV (which you don't really notice) would have made it hard to return to the fields for more work after a well earned lunch.

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