Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

944th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
12 oz

@Pizzaiolis Chino Hills,CA

App- A semi translucent yellow with little bits of orange and a 1/2 finger of white head. Only a couple dots of cling on this one due to very cold pint glass.

* Server realized error and comped this beer for a cold glass and a pint glass instead of a OSWG or Tulip (He did it, I didn't mention due to being with wife for anniversary)

Smell- This seemed to be a hybrid of aromatics to me. A bit of a thick Hefei with a Saison. Big aromatics of yeast, dampness, lemon and banana.

Taste- A good malty spicy saison. A large amount of pepper on the first sip and then more of the hefe banana and yeast flavors on the following sips.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation level. A bit of a mixed wet/dry feel and a bit more peppery spice note.

Drink- This was pretty good and flavorful. More of a sipping saison with big bold flavors and a good balance and feel. I like what Ommegang does. I'll come back to their beers for sure.

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Photo of tone77
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is alive with fruits, yeast, some sweetness. Taste is very good, fruits, yeast, mild hops, a touch of alcohol, just a bit sweet, very complex. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a top notch beer.

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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle came from my beer cellar. It has a pale golden color with brilliant clarity. The foamy cap is quite tall and lingering and is dense like mousse. It acts in a way similar to wheats. Carbonation is quite turbulent helping to prop up the proud head.
The aroma is light with some malt characteristic.
Hints of yeasts and spices and hops peeking through.
the taste is fairly complex with malts, green apples and yeasty esters. Hints of pepper spice, and clove too. Pours thin and feels thin on the palette with lots of carbonation tickling the way down. Finishs a tad bitter and dry with a long aftertaste. I like this beer it was quite good and easy drinking despite the nearly 8 ABV.
I give it a good grade for being outstanding on all levels.

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Photo of Cadebro
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crisp golden color with just a hint of haze. Pours with several inches of white head that quickly diminishes around the glass but stays peaked in the middle. Very little lacing.

S - Smells sweet, citrusy and yeasty, but is missing a good saison funk.

T - Sweet and spicy up front and finishes dry and peppery with just a slight alcohol taste.

M - A nice medium body with quite a bit of carbonation.

D - I could drink this saison all the time and with Ommegang's great beers being so low priced it's a possibility.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from 2011 into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very pale, hazy yellow. There's a very persistent, two- finger, pure white head. The retention is fantastic, and the head itself looks like whipped meringue. Lacing clings to the glass. Ommegang really makes some pretty beers, and this is no exception.

The aroma is quite sweet. There's a very strong honey note in the mix. Some citrus twang, mostly lemon rind, but the whole package ultimately ends up smelling like something approximating Lemon Drops due to the sweetness. It's not necessarily bad, just one-dimensional. A hint of bready malt rounds things out.

The taste is very sweet, bordering on cloying. There's a flavor akin to confectioner's sugar at work here. Some bready, biscuit malt in the mix, and a touch of lingering bitterness. No real funk to speak of.

Ommegang nailed the mouthfeel. This is an incredibly full, rich saison, but the carbonation is on the medium side. The end result is that this is a very easy beer to drink, and flavors really come alive.

I've enjoyed many bottles of Hennepin in the past, but this is the first time that I've detected overwhelming sweetness in this beer. Pleasant enough, but far from the best the style has to offer.

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4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Duvel tulip.

Bright, cheery yellow with an inch and a half of creamy head. The head fades back slowly to soapy lacing.

The aroma is yeasty and citrusy with a spicy undertone. Could be a little more forward, though.

The flavor is yeasty and citrusy and spicy, with some lingering bitterness. Some tartness as well and not much sweetness to balance it. The only downside is that the only portion of the flavor that lasts at all is the bitterness, otherwise the flavor fades too quickly.

The viscosity is right in the medium range making it easy drinking when it's warm but thick enough for a winter day. The carbonation, though, is a bit extreme - it feels more like a soda than a beer.

Overall it's a great beer. A little less lingering bitterness and more lingering flavor would make even better, though. Still, for a saison that's relatively easy to find in single serving bottles it's hard to beat.

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

I've had this bottled and on-tap several times. Pours a translucent gold color with a nice white head. Retention and lacing are both excellent. Has an aroma of yeast, funk, citrus, sweetness...complex and well-balanced. Tastes sweet with a bit of tartness to it...yeasty, earthy, bready...citrus is still there. Does not stay on the palate long.

Light bodied with generally great carbonation. This beer is excellent and very drinkable. A refreshing beer that goes down smooth. I'll drink it many more times to come, I'm sure.

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

Hennepin was my first saison. I used to get this all the time and I'm quick to recommend it as a good intro beer for newer beer drinkers. Having had a few more saisons, I can see where Hennepin falls a bit short of those, but it still cleanly delivers its flavors. Served from a corked and caged into a snifter.

The beer has a bone white head that has nicely dense foam pockets. The body is a hazy oranged gold. One of the reasons that I loved this beer in the past was that it was one of the first truly beautiful beers I had poured for myself.

The beer itself is somewhat muted on the funk or farmhouse angles. The flavor is definitely present, but not quite where I want it to be. However, the dryness and complementary noble hop presence are right in line with where I love them. I've only recently come to appreciate Noble hop flavors, but I've always enjoyed the hopping on this beer. It just seems to fit.

This is a solid and clean beer. Do I wish it had a bit more funk? Sure. However, the hopping and dry mouthfeel are so in line with where I want them to be that I don't mind the lack of huge farmhouse character.

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

A: Clear gold color. Poured a massive white billowy head with excellent retention. Decanted continually; very active. Laced the glass in botches adn rings.

S: Sharp tartness and yeast spices. Citrus zest and sweet, light-colored fruit; white grapes and green apples.

T: Sweet and sour up front. Cornucopia of flavors follow; light fruit, white pepper, earth, Belgian yeast, sweet crackery malt. While it starts sweet and tart, the beer finishes dry.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Coats the palate then cleanses with spice and carbonation.

O: Flavorful and balanced. Has some malt character.

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Photo of tony223366
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 10, 2011.

A: Pale yellow with a hint of gold. A little cloudy but not as much as the others. Big, big head. Very fluffy white and great retention. This one stays at 1 finger.

S: Definite mustiness and medicinal notes. I really enjoy the zestiness and sweetness of this beer. Alcohol is more present as it warms.

T: Nice spice notes up front. Very herbal phenols with that medicinal flavor from the nose kicking through. Absolutely citrus. Dryness persists throughout. Nice alcoholic and bitter kick to finish.

M: Medium to light body. Nice carbonation.

O: Big, big flavors. Love the finish. This is an interesting, complex beer. I liked this much more than I anticipated.

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Photo of bramsdell
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into imp pint glass. This is nowhere near my first Hennepin, but first time having it in awhile and first time reviewing it.

A: Where to begin? Let's go bottom up. A brilliant yellow/gold that nearly radiates out of the glass at the bottom. Moving up, the beer retains the golden color, but becomes cloudier. The carbonation racing to the top is very clear. The head is perfect. It's huge and fuffy at first, exactly what the best summer clouds look like. The head recedes to a 1/2 cm white that remains for the duration of the drink.

S: Dry and fruity. The dryness of the smell would have been a turn-off if this was my first encounter with this beer as it truly is the predominant aroma. With a big of agitation, the alcohol also reveals itself. There is a nice fruity compliment to these aromas, but they arrive at the end.

T: Worry not, children, this is not a dry white wine. This beer is bursting with flavor, but in now way overpowering in any way. The fruitiness is the first flavor to come through, a pleasant sweetness. To balance this, the beer becomes drier, but nowhere near the dryness that that the aroma indicates. As the brew warms, the dryness comes forth more, but again, this is not the predominate flavor. There is zero booze flavor

M: Light, crisp, bubbly and dry. This is an extremely pleasant beer on the tongue. The beginning is very much light and crisp, the perfect beer to enjoy a summer day or warm evening with. The residual feel is a sweetness and dryness.

O: A great beer. Lots of flavor, but a beer that can does not scream for attention.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A striking golden yellow that’s hazy and wears an inviting white cap of foam

Zesty tartness, a bit wheaty, inviting

Taste & Body
Lots of subtlety and complexity make this a wonderful beer. It starts off soft, tasting of oats and lightly of wheat; underneath it all is a tart current that keeps it all in line; finish is more tartness mixed with some punchy, citrus hops. Wonderful!

I can’t believe I’m just now having this for the first time. I’ve been missing out! Great, great beer here. I’ll be trying all of Ommegang’s beer in short time.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy! Cloudy gold orange with a big white head. Sugary, fruit scent. Sweet malts, citrus-y hops. Light spiciness that eases off as the beer warms, but it never goes away. Light wine and raisins.

Mildly dry taste. Bitter, hoppy and quite refreshing when cold but as it warms. Spiciness constant through, apple, bananas, citrus, raisins, brown sugar, bread and barley. Underlying sweetness, but an initial dryness in the taste. Very complex, and the characteristic barnyard flavour is there but quite mild.

Carbonation is quite noticeable at first, but dies down fairly soon. A very nice saison, and one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of hiku7
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with lots of bubble streams topped by a towering white foamy head.

The malt smells crackery, plus pears and apple esters followed a by a peppery finish. Taste is sweet initially with the pale crackery malt, followed by the peppery spice and ending with a bit of fruity esters of apple, pear and melon. Some lemon too. Part of the taste is just plain sugary, though it finishes moderately dry.

Mouthfeel is creamy with alcohol warming. Carbonation is foamy, not prickly. The feel leaves a bit of sticky sugar on the lips despite the moderately dry finish.

This is a very good saison. Not as dry as many others.

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Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There was no issue obtaining a gigantic head from this one. The eggshell white mass sat atop a cloudy straw yellow. The retention was equally as admirable, and faded leaving thick globs of foam.

There is quite a pronounced earthy/skunky tone to the aroma, but I like it. The delicate Belgian yeast flavor was accompanied by a sturdy lemon tartness. Coriander, clove, banana, and a dash of diacetyl deliver the winning runs. The peppery spiciness just barely tickles the nose and the alcohol wears a clever disguise.

The flavor has the same hint of buttery diacetyls that the aroma only hinted at. It teeters on the sweet side, but still has a mild sourness. Amongst all the soft flavors, only once it warms do I notice the alcohol creep into the flavor.. The finish comes in earthy and moderately dry, with only a hint of bitterness.

The feel is silky and very sharp and the light but robust body just coats the mouth with loveliness. The slightly dry finish keeps me sipping at an alarming rate. Ommegang definitely has a stronghold on the Saison market with this classy and well crafted brew.

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

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Huge, billowing white head. Takes a couple of pours to get it all in the glass. Not dense, but long, long lasting. Hazy, radiant goldish orange.

S- Slightly tart. Spicy Belgian yeast. Some lemon/lemon zest. Some faint green apple. Fairly dry.

T- A sweet and sour lemon flavor up front.. Earthy, spicy, Belgian yeast. Starts a bit sweet, finishes a bit dry. Sweeter than the typical Belgian saisons (ie Dupont).

M- Coats the mouth with nice earth notes. Prickly carbonation.

O- The standard of American brewed saisons, in my opinion. It has earned and continues to deserve the title.

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