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:
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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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Psyched to get an ultra fresh sample right near the brewery. Poured into my glass with huge head. Big white puffy foam. Lingered on the glass. Great nose of yeast and spice. Beautiful bouquet. Really charges in dry at the end. I like this beer. Way better than the other one I had.


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Photo of Guden
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a huge white head with a ton of retention and great lacing. Slightly cloudy with lots of carbonation throughout.

S- Fruity and spicy with bubblegum, clove and pepper all being dominant.

T- Crisp apple and pear sweetness up front fading to mild bitterness and an herbal spicy character.

M- Dry with a bit of a thickness, pretty average for the style but I enjoy it.

D- This is a good saison, there is some nice complexity but I would like it if the hops were a touch more subdued and the yeast flavors higher.

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

When I first started expanding my palette,
this & Tank 7 were my first Saisons
Happy to revisit.
12oz -> Hennepin Chalice

A ~ Pour a very pale gold with l i v e l y carbonation with a tower of meringue head with a slight haze but overall good clarity. Lacing for days!

S ~ Fresh wheat, rolled oats, Lemon jelly, White grapes, & a hint of musty wet-blanket aromas. Classic.

T ~ Nice does of lemon/lemon peel, orange slices, strawberry jelly, yeast-bread, apricot & tart white grapes. Hints of white pepper, allspice & cassia.

M ~ Semi-sweet & fruity with a wonderful dry lemon quality. Takes on more spice after warming.

D ~ Very easy to drink like a tame chardonnay with soft carbonation, as well as a perfect middle-ground ABV for the style. Nice pricepoint as well for a 4-pack over a 750. I need to stop overlooking & visit more from Ommegang.


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a SA snifter glass.

Pours a bright clean hazy golden yellow with a fist of head that settles to a steady 1 finger reach. Smells of big citrus, lemons, orange peels, grapes, bananas, with the familiar Belgian yeast flavors, loaded with lots of spice characters. Pale banana and citrus malt fill the tongue, nice mild cloves and ginger spices float around. Light on the body, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth slightly bitter with a nice zesty dry feeling that begs for another delicious sip. This is a wonderful saison that can be enjoyed anytime of the year, everything works on this beer. Total home run. cheers.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass, bottled on 1/17/2011, best before 01/2013.

This pours a yeast hazy light yellow / straw color with a large white foamy head which ends up being about a finger in width and leaves a slight lacing. The smell is of belgium yeast esters, a little clove and citrus. The mouth feel is light to medium with lots of carbonation. The taste is complicated, its yeasty sweet at first, citrus, lemon, and then it ends with a nice slight hoppy, spicy, peppery, dry finish, very refreshing. This is actually my first Saison and I love it, this is much more of a good summer drink for my tastes than the SA / Brooklyn summer ales. Good stuff.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a beautiful hazy pale golden color with an incredible four finger rocky, pillowy head that leaves lots of chunky lacing. Perfect looking Belgian-style beer.

S- Apple, orange peel, spice, and biscuity aroma

T- Lemon, lots of spice, pepper honey, biscuit. Has quite an assertive bitterness for a saison and the alcohol shows up some. No funk in the taste at all.

M- Very crisp, goes down smooth with a little alcohol warming, pretty good carbonation

O- This saison was pretty good, although too much spice and pepper and no detectable funk made this beer a little bit of a disappointment for me. A well-crafted beer that I enjoyed, but not quite what I was expecting.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer. Nashville.

Pours a hazed straw-gold with a fluffy one-finger head. Moderate retention with slightly sticky lace (lasted about half the glass).

The nose is mostly a malty mix of crackers and honey-drizzled biscuits with more lemony and straw tones. There's the expected spice and barnyardy funk, but it's real restrained compared to some other Saisons I've had. Smell is real reminiscent of those honey-lemon cough drops, but totally in a good way.

The palate mirrors the nose pretty closely- a creamy rush of malt with vanilla overtones to the continued theme of honey, lemon and straw. The hoppiness is light and floral/noble with a very mild bitterness, while the finish is mouthwateringly dry. Again, restrained spice.

A very delicious brew. Not as interesting as I had hoped- by that I mean I wished perhaps for more spice and funk. But it does show consistency with my other Ommegang experiences- delicious and approachable Belgian-style brews with an unbeatable price-point being domestic and all.

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

Purchased recently at frontier liquors Green River Rd location. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Hazy yellow with some hints of orange. Thick fluffy white head which leaves extensive lacing. Tiny bubbles floating up from the bottom like a sparkling wine.

S - Citrus aroma and some herbal and belgian yeast notes. Some wheat smell as well.

T - Bread, caramel and belgian yeast flavors with a nice tart lemon finish

M - Medium body with generous carbonation

I really enjoyed this beer. Very easy drinking. Hides the alcohol well. I like the style and this is a great example. Will definitely have again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -A light golden color with a finger of head came from a vicious pour. The head was many small popping bubbles that appeared highly carbonated.

S - Honey, coriander, grassy

T - Citrusy, pineapple, and lemon at first, followed by light malt and honey. A very minor spice and hop finish

M - light and very carbonated

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Photo of Treebs
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Love Apple in Taos, NM. 12oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy light straw color. A very big head even with a careful pour. Nice retention and some splotchy lace.

S: Big yeast with coriander and clove. The bubblegum effect for this spiced brew.

T: Lighter yeasty on the tongue, not as pronounced as the nose. Has a citrus fruit like quality to it with some peels. Light coriander and some peppery notes. Very balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a filmy yeast feel. Nicely carbonated as well.

O: A very nice saison. Big on the yeast and solid on the citrus.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

Poured into a Snifter.

Appearance-Hazy yellow with a 4 finger white head, very bright. Not so good retention or lacing.

Smell-Grainy and Grassy with some light citrus.

Taste-Better then the aroma. I got a nice amount of grapefruit and some lemon citrus. Finish is sweet and tangy.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Can pick up some light booze.

Overall-Good beer, not outstanding. A little too sweet on the finish to drink that much at once. Could use a little more hops. Still a good beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first time i had an american version of this style i was able to find this at the buy rite by the holland tunnell pretty decent price too only $5.99 not bad

i poured this beer into a goblet glass at home it was very well carbonated and the head looked like a bunch of shaving cream on the top kind of like a root beer float

the taste was actually kind of sweet but not in an annoying way more in a gentle way, there was lots of spice on the back end though

it came on strong in the finish with good carbonation and mouthfeel

overall i think this beer is an awesome summer quencher it proved to me there are good domestic examples as well

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice lemon color with a 2 finger fluffy head

S- has a nice lemon aroma, also picking up some grassy aromatics. maybe some honeydew as well

T- HAs a nice yeasty beginning followed by a banana flavor that i did not get in the nose. Finishs with a nice acidity.

M-Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation

D-overall this was a nice saison. Had nice earthy yeasty flavor as long as good citrus flavor. Very easy to drink. I dont no how much i will seek this out again but wont ever turn down having a glass of this one.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this Brew on-tap at the Bodega in La Crosse, WI

A: Gorgeous pale dandelion yellow, with small grayish head that leaves faint trails of lace

S: Citrus, honeysuckle, coriander, overall very floral with traces of grains

T: Lots of cool flavors: ginger, hibiscus tea, pineapple, great balance of hoppy flavor, pale malts, and citrus. Finishes fairly sweet and ends with an excellent dry finish

D: It's as good as sunshine. The overall balance of the brew is dialed in to perfection. Definitely did not disappoint Ommegang!

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

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear golden brew with a large, clumpy head. Thick lacing, solid retention. Quite attractive.

S - Yeast, lemons, and peppery notes populate the nose, accompanied by a slight bit of funk.

T - Cinnamon, yeast, lemon peels, other citrus notes. Absolutely delicious.

M - Thcik light body, good carbonation level, dry finish. The ABV is nowhere to be found.

D - Exceptionally crafted. Quite possibly one of the tastiest beers I've consumed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikestan06
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My first saison, so take this with a grain of salt because I really don't have a lot of experience with the style.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip glass. A weak gold color with a ridiculously thick white head that lasted for days (even with a weak, gentle pour like the bottle suggested).

Smell was strong and earthy. Dirt and lemon peel? My roommate called it cat pee, but I don't want to be that guy, so...

Tasted pretty nice, however. Strong spice and faint lemon notes. Even at 7.7%, alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel is as crisp and clean. Not overly syrupy with a light carbonation bite that's gone immediately.

Is it my favorite style? No. Is it good? Hell yeah.

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Photo of csiewert
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly yeasty golden color with a finger of white bubbly head that doesn't retain terribly long or lace much. The aroma is somewhat weak with the usual banana and spice notes, as well some earthy and floral hops. The taste starts sweet with banana and moves to some spicy notes and finishes with some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is very well balanced and finishes clean. Overall a great saison.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice looking hazy golden yellow. The head billows and needs to be given a moment to settle. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of funk to it but it's not as much as some of the authentic farmhouse ales out there. The taste has a pretty good amount of malts and yeast with some spices in there too. The mouthfeel is drinkable and has plenty of carbonation to keep it alive on the tongue. Overall this beer is pretty good but not my cup of tea really.

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

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with multiple fingers of fluffy white head. The foam sticks around forever and leaves a thick layer of lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Smells of light malts and a heavy dose of spices (coriander, citrus peel). A mild bready-ness and a dollop of honey top things off.

T - Upon first taste, I notice a rich sweet malty backbone. The orange peel is very noticeable but pleasant. It lends a tangy, zesty character to this summer refresher. Floral hop flavor. Mild hop bitterness gives this a dry, but somehow quenching character to this beer.

M - Thin-to-medium mouthfeel with a mostly clean, dry finish but a slight residual syrupy sweetness lingers.

Overall, great representative of the style.

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

From 12oz bottle to tulip glass at RFD in DC on 5/28/11
*From notes

A: Gorgeous - it looks like a ripe, juicy lemon. Unfiltered pale yellow with a fluffy two finger head and healthy lacing on a good pour.

S: Lemongrass and honeydew melon.

T: Subtle flavors of earthy Belgian yeast, sliced banana and fresh citric acid.

M: It's buttery, rich and creamy, yet light and easy drinking.

O: Ommegang's Hennepin is the quintessential American-made Saison. It's great summertime drinking, and is balanced enough to put back year-round. Worthy of most hype and worth seeking out.

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

Great looking beer: a fluffy cover of bright-white head tops a cloudy pastel-banana yellow coloured body, lacing decently.

Lots of lemon and astringent yeast on the nose. White pepper, light nutmeg, delicate malt, floral, pears, earthy hops, a touch of alcohol. Smells pretty delicious.

The flavour follows with big notes of fresh lemon and astringent, slightly-funky yeast. Perfectly spiced with pepper and nutmeg being most obvious. Malt is light but provides just the right sweetness underneath everything else. You can tell there's more alcohol here than average but it's expertly mixed into the whole. A low-lying bitterness ties everything together with some great herbal hops.

Nice full-feeling light body and lively carbonation keep drinkability high.

This is most likely the best saison I've had to date. Smooth, flavourful and extremely refreshing; this stuff would be positively dangerous outside on a sunny day at 7.7% ABV. This bottle disappeared; too bad there was only one.

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

Pours a light golden-colored body that is only a little hazy. Even with a careful pour, the glass fills with a huge, fluffy, white head that retains very well and leaves a little lacing.

Potent aroma. It's funky, for sure. An earthy aroma blended with some apple and pear, that finishes with some peppery spice.

In the flavor, the funkiness is greatly diminished, favoring a much heavier emphasis on the peppery spice. A light fruitiness is secondary with a light hop note in the background. Very tasty.

Light to medium mouthfeel that finishes very crisply. Very drinkable. Light enough to enjoy on a hot day, yet would be flavorful enough to combine with a meal.

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Photo of Bmuncy
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance: Cloudy and dim, this banana yellow brew formed a huge snow-white head even though I poured it very gently. Generous lacing forms as the head quickly dissipates, leaving a half-finger head that remains throughout.

Smell: Very spicy on the nose. Fruitiness permeates and makes it a very prominent smell of the brew. Also present is a strong yeast aroma.

Taste: It is a quite tasty beer. The citrus present in the nose shines here. It's somewhat spicy, earthy, yeasty, fruity. The relatively dry finish is very manageable and rounds the brew out quite well. The taste pleasantly lingers.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and extremely well carbonated. It goes down easy. I could imagine coming in from a hot day of working out in the yard and being perfectly refreshed by this Saison.

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

This beer pours a golden color with a huge white head, and tons of carbonation continuing to make its way up the glass. The smell is floral with hints of citrus. the taste is a little spicy with some fruit notes. the mouthfeel is right on light with high carbonation and a nice crisp finish. overal this beer is a solid A

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, transparent, a couple of fingers of head, and lots of carbonation. A bit of citrus and some yeasty smell. The taste to me has a tart sour apple flavor followed by a peppery spice that adds to its complexity. I didn't expect this complexity when I first saw it poured. It finishes a little dry and has a nice and light mouthfeel. The alcohol is hidden well and I could drink more than one of these in a sitting. This is a perfect brew for this 95 degree day. Overall, I'm really digging this saison style. So far to me, this is the benchmark of the style.

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