Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
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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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Ratings: 6,020 |  Reviews: 2,182
Photo of mscott1975
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of belljt33
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJRubes
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked bottle.

Appearance is a very impressive dark golden color with lots of little bubbles and a big, rocky, lacy head. The smell is of cloves, malt and a touch of spicy hops. The taste follows with cloves, malt sweetness, some fruitiness, a bit of alcohol and some spiciness. The feel is smooth with a nice, medium body. Overall, I liked this beer but I just felt it was too strong and boldly spicy/fruity to be a beer that would be really drinkable. But that's just my tastes I guess.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance. Poured out straw and filled out a nice two and a half finger white roiling head that kept itself until my mouth did away with it.

Smelled of doughy yeast and flora. White flowers and lilac.

With the first sip you can really draw out flavors of honey, belgian yeast, sour dough and some spice. Not overly complex. No detection of alcohol, considering above 7% thats a surprise, but may come from me drinking it warmer than fridge off the bat.

Surprisingly full body for what it is, and welcome but light carbonation.

A pretty drinkable beer, I would say bust it out for a back patio summer day with friends and classic rock. Value was alright for a bomber got this for 8 with tax. A good price for a good beer.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with the wife last night on a scorching hot day.

Pours golden yellow, retained a pretty good head. Someone please tell me this beer doesn't look like a urine specimen?

Smell is a bit off-putting, a little bit too yeasty for me. It's not terribly different from the smell of baseball stadium beer, and that's not a good thing.

The taste is somewhat floral, with hints of citrus and breakfast spices in there. Not bad, certainly easy to drink, but also somehow a little bit thin and watery. I know this is not supposed to be a big beer, but there could have been more here.

Quite fizzy in the mouth, but saison's are pretty fizzy. Mission accomplished on Ommegang's part, I guess.

Certainly, this is not bad, but I'm evidently not part of the adoring crowd this beer has. Frankly, I gotta be honest, compared to the "best of the worst" of the macro-brews, stuff like Leinie's, Rolling Rock, I cannot say that Hennepin is better than those beers by an order of magnitude.

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Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dug out a cave aged 2005 version of this from my closet...might be a bit too old, but lets see.

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip from a 750mL bottle.

A: Cloudy yellow orange body topped by a somewhat loose white head. Lacing is great as the head dissipates. Retention is good.

S: Smell of grain lingers over the glass, spicy yeast notes are the most dominate, with a touch of alcohol.

T: Can certainly tell this has some age on it, getting slight sherry notes up front and on the finish. Its not terribly out of place. Otherwise the flavor is just like the nose.

M: Highly carbonated with small bubbles, crisp mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable, crisp and refreshing but with big flavor and alcohol.

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Photo of m1ked
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Liar's Club on tap. Man I am addicted to that shooting game.

A- Slight cloudy and bright light yellow with a snow white 3 inch head.

S- Low banana phenol. Doughy.

T- Light vanilla banana creaminess with white pepper spiciness.

M- Light and fresh, especially on this hot day way out in Alpine.

D- I realy enjoy this style, especially on this hot day. I feel like this is a strong representation of this style, and Ommegang's skills.

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Photo of TLove
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml into a glass tumbler.

Appearance is pervasively murky and orange/yellow depending on the light.

Smell is citrusy, with a resiny tang. The alcohol is strong, but doesnt hold up so much in the smell as in the taste.

Taste is basically like a bleached blonde with the alcohol content of a saison. Grainy, but not grainy enough. Unfiltered and a tad sweet.

Like other saisons I've had, the taste doesnt roll off your tongue, but rather to the back of your mouth and straight up your nose.

It finishes well with a touch of plum sweetness and tartness, like a grilled apricot soaked in scotch.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #196
Served On: 07/23/2012
Glassware: Pilsner Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this at Finbars (Rehoboth) while visiting Coastal Delaware on summer vacation.

Look: Poured a clear yellow. Head was a thin coating of white foam. Some lacing formed on the glass - nothing to write home about though. Carbonation bubbles were minimal.

Smell: A typical Saison aroma. Peppery coriander, clove, some faint banana and wet grass. Nothing real special was in the nose.

Taste: Again, very typical to the style. The coriander and funky Belgian yeast hit first with hints of sweet banana making up the middle. The finish was a long lasting mango or kiwi that faded into a clean aftertaste.

This was a textbook Saison in my opinion. I've had others that were very similar, but the level of quality is probably what sets this beer apart from the others.

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Photo of Maseitz
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of GratefulEdd
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of KevT
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BodyPolitic
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AaronRed
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic Beer. Has a little cidery taste, but it works.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden colour with a massive white yead that laces beautifully. Smell is of citrus and and spice with a bit of cidery tartness. The flavour is wonderfull with Just enough malt to balance the funky cider, citrus, spice notes. Mouthfeel is great with a nice carbonation that leaves the palate refreshed instead dulled. Drinkability-- Please sir may I have another. A really really nice beer and one that I will seek out again.

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Photo of infi
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a thin bubbly head and a fair amount of head retention. Not much lacing when swirled in glass. Lots of yeast activity from the bottom of the glass, with bubbles rising towards the top. The scent is heavy with the Belgian yeast and backed with the alcohol. There are some hints of spice and clove, but not too prevalent.

The taste is great - peppery and spicy, with some underlying tones of banana. There are also a good amount of hoppiness and bite throughout. The alcohol carries through towards the aftertaste, but doesn't present itself that heavily.

The mouthfeel is very light-bodied and crisp; sort of reminiscent of a champagne, but not as bubbly. Excellent drinkability - sippable throughout the night and great to share with a friend.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Spaz7
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Nice head on this beer. The smell is yeasty with a touch of spice and orange. The taste is really nice and smooth with a great mouthfeel. Some yeast and spice and a funky aftertaste. Gives Duvel a run for its money. yb

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Photo of Hunter
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay-like presentation, in a 750 ml bottle with cork stopper and wire cage. Label lists Hennepin as a Belgian-style ale. Provides some interesting tidbits about Belgium and how to pour properly. Couldn't find a bottling date.

Pours clear, cider-like gold with heavy carbonation. The head is dense and white, breaking down fairly quickly despite the large bubbles moving from the base of the glass to replenish it. Revives readily upon agitation.

Aromas of citrus, hops, and that candi sugar distinctive to the style. Agitation brings out some alcohol and floral notes. Nice and inviting.

Carbonation is evident on the tongue, to the point of scouring the taste buds. The alcohol gives a certain heat to the flavor that takes away from the smoothness of the moutfeel. Hops are in the forefront, middle, and end of every swallow. As the glass warmed I went from large gulps to smaller sips. The harshness of the alcohol gives way in the warming, taking a back seat to an odd but pleasant mix of flavors: lemongrass, sugar, fresh hops and white wine.

Finishes clean, with a lingering smack of wine and hops on the lips. I sampled this on its on but imagine it would be a fine compliment to poultry or fish. Given the ABV food might not be a bad idea, as halfway through the bottle I got quite warm.

An admirable expression of the style. Not a bad substitute for Chimay, particularly when you're light on funds (the Hennepin bottle was a full $3 cheaper than the least expensive Chimay). I'll come back to this one.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow, a huge frothy head that dissipates down to a film, little lacing.

Aroma of estery yeast and citrus, some must and a bit of acidity. Flavor is a little one dimmetional at first, a bit of wheat and some spice. As the beer warms up the flavor becomes more complex with more spice (pepper and a bit of clove), some solid noble hops and a dry saison finish.

It's nice and dry, makes you want to keep the glass close for another sip, at 7.5% abv, its a dangerous one!

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - A slightly hazy pale golden color. Small foamy head that retained about 1/4 inch and laced nicely.

Smell - Spicy, fruity and yeasty. The trifecta for a Saison style. Very nice nose on this one.

Taste - Slightly sweet, but dry. Nice and crisp with a good blend of hops and yeast. A little hops bite on the tounge on the finish. Overall a very delicious Saison...right up there with Saison Dupont for me.

Mouth Feel - Crisp with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkablity - Very drinkable and a reasonable ABV. Could easily do a session with this one, and I have s3everal times. Very good American interpretation of a Saison Farmhouse style.

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Photo of Srecko
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 88.8% out of 100 with 6,020 ratings
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