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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: 2,154 | Ratings: 5,917
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Substantial yellow haze, 3/4" white head. Aroma rocked that spice cabinet chalk full of clove and whatnot.

Taste was more wheat than almost any beer I've had which is saying a lot. Alcohol was kinda pronounced. Some citrus in there. Really tastes more like a hefe than a saison. Lacks the dry finish, the levity. This comes off as an imperial hefeweizen. The clove dominates. Format is expensive.

Break out the "overrated" chant.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty great accessible saison. Nice golden light haze color with an aggressive head. Definite lemongrass, spice, little clove and banana in the aroma. Tastes peppery with notes of lemongrass and herbal characteristics. Nice belgian yeast note with a bit of wheaty malt character. Nicely carbonated.

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Photo of Severymusic
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Could be the pour or the location but I didn't find this to be outstanding or world class. For me, it tasted slightly better than a Budweiser and I graded accordingly.

Pale yellow, and transparent color.

Smells of banana, light spice like pepper or clove

Taste similar to smell.

Full, dry mouth feel and makes me want another sip.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is two years old and it is just awesome.
The appearance is a really pretty hazy golden with a vigorous frothy head that lingers well and left good amounts of lacing.
The aroma is a wonderful medley of earthy zest, pepper and phenolic yeast along with clove and banana.
The taste is earthy zest, clove, and some pepper.
The palate is light yet lingers well with a nice earthy bitterness and sweet fruitiness.
Overall this is an excellent saison from a great brewery.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

c&c 750ml bottle (undated) into an Ommegang tulip at fridge temp.

Look: brilliant mildly hazy yellow-orange with a rambunctious white head.

Smell: lemongrass, hay, sage, clove, pepper.

Taste: sweet clove, honey, banana; hints of lemon zest, black pepper, stone fruit, nutmeg.

Feel: soft and juicy, fairly light body, very easy to drink.

Overall: a nice beer for sure, but I'd prefer a bit less sweetness.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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 cbenson
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Thinly laced head of off white with short retention. Noticeble carbonation. Light Amber somewhere around a 9. Semi-opaque. Handsome beer.
Smell: Whoa. Smoky, dark, notes grilled wood, wheat malts, rye, sour notes, ginger. Orange and cranberries. Dry hops.
Taste: Smokey notes of oak. Wet pine, wheat malt character, spices, sweet and sour notes. A hint of peaches.
Feel: Acidic on the tongue upon entry, thick and creamy though the middle, and dry on the throat. The taste is mouth-coating.
Overall: The perfect campfire beer. Smooth, rich, complex, and tasty. It tastes like the earth. The perfect Saison.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a large tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden color that shines beautifully when held to a light, and it has a beautiful pillowy white head about two fingers thick and it lingers well and leaves thick lacing. Smell is of banana, cloves, citrus, and spice, with a touch of grassy hops. Flavor is full of fruity and eatery characteristics from the yeast that pair well with the Coriander and grains of paradise. The flavor finishes with a touch of hops and citrus zest, and slightly dry. Spot on flavors for a saison. Love it! Feel is pillowy smooth with decent body, soft carbonation, and leaves some good flavors on the palate. Overall, this is a fantastic American take on what is easily one of my favorite styles. Ommegang's Dubbel left me wanting more, but this one is spot on!

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright hazy golden color, with a good amount of head.
Smells of grass and hays, with some citrusy taste.
Some hop at the end, but not much.
Such a high alcohol beer, but still very refreshing for the summer.

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Photo of BikeTyrant
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I don't have the discerning palate many here seem to have. I can't tell you all the different aromas and flavors I noticed in this beer. What I can tell you is that I love Belgian style beers, particularly Farmhouse Ales. When I think of a Farmhouse Ale, this is the beer that comes to mind and the standard by which I judge all others. This is the beer that makes my mouth water in anticipation every time I try a new microbrew Saison and hope it will be comparable.

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

Looks effernescent moderately pale yellow with decent head. Tastes of Hefeweizen-like banana note, tartness, and refreshing crisp mild hops. Better than Hill Farmstead's Dorothy- it has an edge on complexity and mouthfeel in my opinion. Awesome beer and would not hesitate to have again.

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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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