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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
4.15/5
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6,040 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,464
Reviews:
2,187
Ratings:
6,040
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
370
Gots:
1,074
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 6,040 |  Reviews: 2,187
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of slim2043
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Jodio
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jondeelee
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hennepin opens with a slightly musty nose bursting with lemon, orange, and banana fruit esters resting atop a thick bed of wheat bread, floury baguette, biscuit, and toast crust. The musty aroma that overlays everything reminds me of the interior of grain silos or hay barns, being clean and natural. This blends with just a touch of sour, where grapefruit rind and lemon peel notes mix with a hint of fermented apple cider. As a whole, the nose is balanced and nuanced, several notes coming together to blend well and nicely represent the Saison style. The nose is just a touch lighter than it could be, lending the beer a slightly watery first impression, marking one of the nose’s few weaknesses.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge banana and clove blast, the latter ingredient somewhat surprising because it wasn’t overly present in the nose, and these are almost immediately joined by the grapefruit and lemon rind/fermented apple cider sour note. The sourness is very light, providing a mere shade of countering effect to the beer. Lovely full-grain and baking bread notes, including wheat and rye, form a nice base, adding both yeasty baking goodness and peppery notes. Further fruit notes include berry, apricot, and orange, the beer being nicely sugary. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the banana/clove and sour notes increase slightly, as do the breads. The aftertaste is largely a continuation of the main mouthful, though with fewer sugars, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy, causing a burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate.

As a whole, this is a very nice Saison, bearing all of the common flavors in decent quantity and nuance. The beer does seem slightly more watery than the 7.7% ABV would imply, but at the same time, the relatively high ABV is very nicely hidden, creating a strange contrast. Furthermore, the banana/clove and sour notes slightly overly dominate, especially if several sips are taken in quick succession. Still, this is a very nice beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Satsuma
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of HopBomb515
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous deep straw colored beer with a dense and rocky head. Endless strings of bubbles feed the head and never let it fade. Great lacing down the glass. Aromas of pears, apples, peppery notes, citrusy notes, a touch of earthy and floral hops and some of that barnyard funk. Taste follows through with citrusy orange notes, mild peppery tones, floral hop flavor, tart apple and Belgian fruity yeast flavors. Mouthfeel begins creamy with ample carbonation that finishes super dry. A great saison, one to have again for sure.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle.

A- pours a chill hazed cloudy light gold with a big fluffy and rocky white head. The haze wears off after a while and it becomes a pretty clear gold.

S- Dominated by light fruit and Belgian yeast. Definitely has the "farmhouse" character that it should. Nice and earthy. Gotta give it props since my dad who was sitting a couple feet away said he could smell my glass and also said he really liked the smell.

T- Lots of fruity esters come across at the beginning, washed away by earthiness, and then both combine at the end to leave an aftertaste composed of both flavors.

M- Way to carbonated, though after warming up a bit with extensive swirling it releases enough of the carbonation to make it a bit more enjoyable.

D- Well I don't know if I've ever drank an entire 750mL bottle by myself but I did with this so that's gotta score it some points right?

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pale yellow color, thick white head, good head retention

Smell- sweet, yeast, malt

Taste- sweet fruits, spices, malt

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, smooth, very nice

Drinkability- This was really good. I enjoyed it a lot and will pick up more. I would drink it again.

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Photo of mweso2000
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Lots to read on the label.. very informative.

Pours a glorious straw-yellow. Big, gravity-defying white head (at first) then settles down and washes the glass splendidly. Many tiny protein particles at the last pour. Smells great too; clove, citrusy herbs and spices. floral notes. Tastes great too; a bit of mineral on top of the aforementioned lemon-grass. Mildly hopped, bitter finish. "Heavy" for such a lite-looking brew. Alcohol is a tad warming. Great brew here, a classic indeed.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of illpass78
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle consumed over two days with various Yuletide snacks. Used Ommegang's proprietary tulip as a vessel.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw with a big white head. Looks great. Terrific saison presentation.

Aroma: Good nose. Grass, funky yeast, citrus/orange rind/lemon, hay, earth.

Taste: Follows nose. Orange rind leads the way and is right on the the edge of overpowering without going over it. Tasty saison. Doesn't quite equal the appearance and nose with the taste, but that's a high bar.

Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate for such a complex, flavorful beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not painful.

Overall: Excellent saison. Recommended to anyone. Up to the hype, I'd say.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevieW
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initially a shiny clear yellow color, bottle swirl produces the famialer cloudy yellow. Highly charged, bubbly white head, faded fast, but left a small film of lace. Smelled everything from honey, citrus, pepper, and spices. Taste was deeply inticing, new tastes on every sip. Sweet, crisp tart citrus and honey to start. As the beer warmed, more subtle peppery tastes emerge, then noticable alcohol warming takes place. Noticable abv warms you as you drink, every sip is a new taste combination. Good beer to finish the evening. I'm very Impressed this one, and will seek it out again.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow body with a small head with decent retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass and the top of the beer until the finish.

S: A nice, sweet, fruity beer with hints of banana esters in the undertones.

T: A nice, malty taste with an alcoholic and banana ester aftertaste. Alcohol subsides as you drink the beer and the combination of the malts and the banana esters become quite complimentary.

M: A nice, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel that paired well with the taste, after it smoothed out.

D: A nice combination of the mouthfeel and the smooth, banana ester/malty taste made this a nice beer. Definitely at least worth a session if not a sixer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Theniz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Golden in color with a thick, chunky head. It leaves an excellent amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is sweet, medicinal with banana and clove-like aromas. The flavors are fruity, and sweet from candi sugar. In the dry finish I detected a bit of a banana flavor. This was another fine Belgian-style beer. Medium in body, but smooth and easily drinkable despite its strength.

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Photo of elglueckert
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,040 ratings
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