Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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4.15/5
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6,048 Ratings
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
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:
This style is a farmhouse ale, and is considered to be in the domain of the Belgian Saisons. Hennepin is a delicious brew for all seasons, it is spicy and refreshing.

A moderately hoppy, farmhouse-style ale with a champagne-like effervescence, Hennepin has a crisp start followed by malt sweetness balanced with a firm bitterness. Hennepin has a bounty of great flavors: ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain. Pouring a bright golden color with a spicy-sweet balance of orange peel, sweet malt, hops and ginger, Hennepin makes way for a dry finish with a slight bite of ginger.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,478
Reviews:
2,189
Ratings:
6,048
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
370
Gots:
1,080
Trade:
3
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Photo of slipperysoup
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, very pale golden color with a very large, long-standing white head that leaves behind thick foam around the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, apple-like hints with butter and yeasty bread and slight herbal grassiness. Definite Belgian farmhouse aromas.

Taste: Begins with apple sweetness and buttery bread finishing with hearty, lingering bitterness. Yeast throughout.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied, with balanced, natural-feeling carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: If I didn't know what brewery this was from, I would say this was brewed in Belgium. Absolutely true to the style and very good overall.

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Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Nurt20
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JLapadura
1.25/5  rDev -69.9%

Photo of mrchrisray
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Mikus
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I guess I have tried this before... must have been a couple of years ago, and my palate may have changed/evolved. Rated a 3.75 before. A more detailed review is necessary. Pale golden beauty with yellow highlights in the light, and 2 transient fingers of the purest white head. A beauty if I have ever seen one. Super clean nose. Peppery yeast notes, light wheat and malt notes clearly ring through (nothing to hide here), and some light phenolic notes to round it all out. Spot on. Light bubble gum on the front of the tongue, lingering spiciness/peppery notes as the yeast dominates the middle of the palate and holds on, perfect balance of malty and bitter. Balance. Light and crisp finish, with a pleasant aftertaste that lingers until the next sip. Ridiculous. An absolute standard for the Farmhouse Style. Possibly the best that I have tried. Such beautiful balance.

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Photo of Chaz
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Koningshoeven chalice. Pours a golden straw in color, with a slight amount of chill-haze. Solid, densely-packed white head of good duration and with fine lacing, a full finger easily. The nose here is worth the price of admission, with the rare spiciness of the yeast verily prickling at the nasal passages, inviting wet horseblankets and dull fruity malt components up for drinks in the wee hours. Better than I remember in this regard. Equal parts tangy and sweet on the first sip, coating the tongue and promoting a sense of degustation; where's that sampler platter at? Pale malts sing the high notes in the background as the middle is cajoled through the wheaty-meaty bits, and the zest of the yeast parying a bit in the foreground, but not quite asI remembered from my last go-round some years back. Dry around the finish and with enough hop aromatics to make you notice them, but even for the stylistic interpretation that is Hennepin this is a rather tame component. Not a small beer by any means, it drinks so easily you'll forget where you left your car keys if you're not lucky. Some lemon rind peaking through here and there, but nothing to be overly offended by, and in the end this feels a bit tame overall. Still, this is the first time I've had it on draught, and seeing as how it's back it won't be the last. I look forward to another go . . .

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Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.25/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of helios7
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Great example of style. Balanced. Light enough to go well with a meal, but substantial enough to be consumed on its own.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a Waterford Crystal Esprit Goblet as my girlfriend looked on with amusement.

a: a finger and a half of white fluffy head that looked as though it was spooned in rather than poured. Pale, semiclear golden color beer. Excellent head retention and sexy lacing.

s: I started to smell this beer as it poured...a spicy honey and muted grain aroma.

t: Lots of different flavors here...reminds me of a convalescent. Lemon, honey and clove with just enough alcohol and a peppery nuttiness finishes.

mf: A little more than medium in body with yeast bits as I let some in the pour. Very smooth with good carbonation.

o: A very complex brew. And a very nice beer to go with homemade pretzels. And a good reason to break out the crystal.

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Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of afksports
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of MrVonzipper
2.97/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly cloudy, pale blonde pour. Very nice frothy while head with very good head retention, through the whole beer. Noticeable yeast remnants and carbonation.

Not very much working on the nose, a little plum, light malt

Not a ton going on as far as flavor profile notes as well. Light caramel, plum, light malt. Almost a nutty-pumpkin bread like aftertaste

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Good carbonation smooth most of the way with a little bitterness at the end.

Overall I'm a little confused with this beer. It takes like a blonde bock to me. Flavor notes along with the smell are pretty flat. It's not bad and is a decent spring type beer. But I'm just so confused with what it's trying to achieve cuz it's just so simple. It kind of tastes like it's a homebrewers first attempt at the style.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dedbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Ngntjp
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CarolinaKev
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into large wine glasses.

A = Hazy deep honey gold, white frothy head with good retention and medium lacing on glass as it recedes.

S = Strong phenolic smell, white pepper, cinnamon, lemon zest.

T = Taste tracks the smell but with a little more malt sweetness, there are strong yeast phenolic notes, some pepperiness, spiciness of more Middle Eastern of possibly Southern Spanish types.

M = Too fizzy in my mouth, hard to make any other judgments, medium bodied, fair mouthcoating.

D = This is an okay beer, but I cannot rate it's drinkability too high. It is both too strong and too weak for me to really want to sit back and enjoy it. On the one hand, it has some potential scents and flavors, but at the same time doesn't seem to quite live up to the those since they are either too soft to really be a great funky beer, or too strong to make it a simple enjoyable beer. I'll have to come back to this again though because I have a sense I may simply not be in the right mood for it.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of EvanWilliams
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ToddThompson
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,048 ratings
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