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 beerandcycling88
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A pours a good gold color with a thin white head.

S spicy clove smell, with a light fruit note

T some slight clove notes and a hint of some sourness.

M light but not thin. Good carbonation.

overall an exemplary saison and an enjoyable drink for a hot day.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale gold, with a thick head of white bubbles. Wild and creative lacing, like ocean waves on the side of my BBC pint glass.

Nose is crisp and spiced. Coriander, clove, pretty typical of a Belgian-style saison.

Flavor is zesty and bold. I get a lot of malty sweetness, with hints of citrus and spice in there. Hops come in somewhere in the middle, too. Complex and very drinkable.

A truly delicious and assertive saison, putting others to shame.

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

I've had this quite a few times, I have made a trip to the brewery every year for the past three years. I'm finally getting around to reviewing more of their brews. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ommegang glass that looks like the one pictured on the bottle, but doesn't have the Hennepin logo, and doesn't fit a whole 12oz bottle :-(

Appearance: Golden yellow, beautiful white head that takes its time to dissipate, leaving lots of lacing

Smell: Sweet malt, Belgian yeast, bananas, honey, pepper

Taste: Banana, lemon, fruit, earthiness, clove, and spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation, dry finish

Overall: I thoroughly enjoy this beer, like everything Ommegang brews.

Note: I just found a 750ml bottle of Hennepin that was brewed by Ommegang's parent company Duvel in Belgium, and was going to re-review this. No need, these notes still capture it. Amazing that this can be brewed in two distinctly different locations with the same results. The mouthfeel and carbonation is slightly better from the bigger bottles, but it is close enough where I wouldn't oppose the 12oz ones.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite pale straw, ever so slightly golden, with some haze and murk. Lots of rising bubbles join a big, large-bubbled, chucky head that leaves surprisingly weak lacing.

S: Slightly tart lemon, musty grain, background peppery and phenolic notes. Fruity hints with some earthy, slightly funky yeast. Some bubblegum & lychee. Grassy / herbal hops and crackery / biscuity malts in the background.

T: Quite yeast, even for a saison, but not unpleasant. Spicy and tart. Soft, tangy lemon – strong though. Peppery alcohol. Just an edge of sweetness on the dry cereal malts. Banana and cloves come out middle to end. Candied green apple? A slight minerally aspect sneaks in. Earthy, white pepper, yeasty notes grows in the aftertaste with each drink. Towards the end grassy and herbal hops push through. Wheat becomes more apparent as it warms. Noticeable alcohol. A tad much on the lemon.

M: Medium body with a bit over average CO2. Creamy and luscious, yet rustic. Sweeter and fuller than some, and this is a plainly (but not obviously) bigger version. Somewhat tart and ultimately drying. Slightly warming.

D: After a bit you do notice that this is a fairly strong version. Still, it is easy drinking enough. Just too strong to be a quaffer. Best had with food – the lemon tartness would cut flavors well and cleans the palate. Rustic and hearty.

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Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is almost clear, golden straw colored, a white high head that leaves good lacing, and has some curtains.

The smell is yeasty yummy, some fructose sweetness, slightly citric, spicy notes.

Tasting pure fructose sweet initially, lemon, orange, spices, clove, cardamom.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and refreshing, a light dryness. Does not feel like close to 8%.

A nice and fresh saison. Very nice with cheese and sausages.

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Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw-gold with four fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Cloves and spices up front followed by candy sugar and some light fruit aromas. A spicy yeast aroma dominates the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, spices and cloves followed by some light fruit sweetness up front. A hearty bread and yeast flavor with some spices follows with a lightly bitter finish.

M: Light body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated so it's light and crisp. Quite nice.

O: Overall, a good American saison. Nicely attenuated so it's not too sweet with a good mix of spice and light fruit flavors.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin has always been a personal favorite of mine from Ommegang, and the saison style is perhaps my favorite overall Belgian style of beer. I have to credit Hennepin with introducing me to the saison style as well! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy white gold with a huge three finger foamy white head. Very similar in appearance to an authentic Belgian white in that you can truly see a white or silver color to the beer when pouring out of the bottle.

S - Hints of subtle banana and candied sugar, as well as grassy hops and spices. Not terribly aromatic.

T - A strong wheat flavor up front followed by hints of grass, banana, and bubblegum. Reminiscent of a good hefeweizen initially but carries that distinctive Belgian yeast taste afterwards. Clean and dry finish with a bit of citrus, but the alcohol is very well hidden. I can't believe that this beer is almost 8%.

M - Crisp and dry with plenty of carbonation. Lighter than most other Belgian styles and very refreshing.

D - Extremely drinkable but potent as well. Perfect sipping beer for the warmer months.

Overall, this is a terrific and well balanced saison ale, and well worth trying. Perfect beer for someone looking for a kicked up, Belgian style wheat ale in the summer.

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Photo of mocktm
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into Duvel Tulip.

Moderate pour yields a nice white, thick and frothy head that lingers around nicely leaving substantial amounts of lace behind in its tracks. Beer appears a beautiful yet semi hazy golden yellow with plenty of carbonation bubbles apparent. Almost reminds me of champagne.

Smells a bit musty from the yeast, but not in a overpowering negative way; the funk is right on. Nose lets off slight lemon citrus overtones with a peppery spiciness. Light fruits such as apple and banana and a tad bit of bread like nuttiness are there as well.

This beer is everything I hoped it would be. Yeast is very much in the forefront along with some citrusy yet tart hop presence, immediately giving way to buttery biscuit like notes. Spices come through strong in the middle to add some spicy clove like flavors to the mix. The nearly 8% ABV is completely camouflaged and I'd have no idea it was as strong if it wasn't printed on the bottle. Finishes off fruity sweet.

Medium bodied and very well carbonated. Seriously refreshing with a semi-dry finish. Real drinkable and ideal for complementing a nice summer night.

One of the best Saisons I've ever had, and that's saying a lot considering its brewed in NY. The fact that this is available year around means trouble for my wallet, as I'm sure I'll be buying tons of it in the next few months. Can't recommend it enough.

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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 IronCitySteve
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright golden yellow color with a thick tight 2 finger foam head with long lasting retention. There is lots of lacing all down the side of the glass.

S: Light citrus, yeast, spices, grains and some light toasted bread.

T: Starts off with a nice mild yeast flavor with some citrus and toasted bread undertones. The middle is where the spice comes through more. The beer finishes with a slightly musty flavor with some bread and citrus.

M: A crisp and refreshing beer. Could use a little less carbonation, but not much.

O: This is a really nice Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Light crisp and refreshing. Not overly musty.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
A - hazy golden yellow with a towering whipped like foamy head that stays.
S - tart lemony citrus with very present esters of light fruits.
T - tart and yet a touch of sweet on top of fruity/yeasty flavors.
M - crispy, well carbonated.
D - highly drinkable as I do like the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

I first had this on tap, not knowing it was an Ommegang brew until I looked it up later. It's a tasty saison. Pretty smooth and flavorful but nothing to get overwhelmed about.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head that retains and laces well. Yeasty aroma, with hints of citrus, grass, and light spice. Biscuity taste, with flavors of orange zest, apple, banana; grassy with notes of spice. Light-medium mouthfeel, and easily drinkable.

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

Wow what a nice suprise packet this ended up being from knowing nothing about it to being in love with it and it pours a very pale straw hue almost like a fine Crystal champagne with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two and a half finger head with heaps of lacing,the smell is very spicy with hints of white pepper,corriander,lime and citrusy hops,and the taste is just as good as it looks which starts off with spicey citrus zest,funky tart white fruit,a tinge of boiled candy and finished off with a nice spicey,hop dry finish which leaves your palette wanting more of it and overall for me a truly unique tasty drop that will buy more of before its gone,impressive.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip May,18,2011

A cloudy golden yellow with a very faint green tint at the edges, to say this beer retains well would be an understatement, the head actually grows for a while due to the ridiculous amount of bubbles forming an island of foam on top of the soapy foam base. The bubbles look like driving through a heavy snow storm with your high beams on. Chunks of foam and partial tunnels(not rings) of lace cake my glass right to the bottom and even the bottom of my glass still has an inch of head. Perfect!!

S lemon, rind included, dry cereal, lots of peppery spice, faint funk and even fainter bubble gum

T the bubble gum has now been chewed and I pick up on some tropical fruits both citric and banana, some yeast I couldn't smell, and just a touch of booze along with everything I smell

M light and very fluffy, not turning to foam in your mouth but heavily carbonated in a manner that's on the edge of being too much but its just keep in check. Big length on the finish and bitter enough to please me

O I know the Saison is a loose style but this beer has all the things I personally look for, refreshing, light, a little booze but well concealed considering, funky yeast and something to set its self apart from every other farmhouse ale, in this case zero fluctuation's from how I view the perfect Saison.

even with a 750ml bottle I found myself smelling an empty glass before this review was typed. This one went down very fast and every sip left me wanting more and before I knew it there was no more to be had. Big Thanks to liamt07 for sending me this beauty,it's not every day I throw down an "A+" and this one deserves it.

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Photo of alf212
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: LIght hazy golden color with a nice chunky head that thins out but persists for the entire beer. When poured into a duvel tulip the carbonation goes on and on and on.

Smell: Sweet spicy n phenolic

Taste: Just started getting into this saison style but definitely a yummy beer. Lemony tartyness that turns into a mildly sweet middle and finally a nutty/earthy finish at the end. Love the spicy aftertaste on this one. The alcohol is definitely there but it's not overwhelming at all

Very drinkable beer. Had this on my balcony on a nice summer night in Florida and it hit the spot juuust right

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

Crisp clear golden colored body. Big fluffy white head with a slightly sticky texture.

Lemon citrus and floral with some hints of grain on the nose. Yeast production adds strong spicy phenols with some peppery and clove-like notes. Slight musty wood character and a faint nuttiness.

Pale malt characteristics provide a base for the flavor with notes of lemon and some herbal flavors in addition to these. Strong yeast profile provides a mix of phenols and faint hint of alcohol. A bit of a barnyard funk but the spice notes take over.

Light, crisp, and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, one of the best widely available saisons around. Nice balance of funk with the rest of the flavors.

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

12 oz. bottle Poured into a Duvel Tulip tasting glass with nucleation etching on bottom, great glass!

A: Beautiful golden pale yellow. Poured a nice thick 3/8" head with excellent retention

S: Wonderful fresh yeast and crushed spices. It smells "alive", even though from a bottle it smells like it just came from the tap

T: Big rush of delicious yeast infused carbonation. This is so typical of the style and I find this very enjoyable. Some hop character but in no way "piney". It definately has it's own character, more of a citrus experience. Hint of lemon and spices. Quite full bodied due to ABV which gives this a wonderful balanced flavor and full mouthfeel. Long lingering finish of yeast, lemon, spices.

O: Well I have to say this is one of the best Saison's I have tried and I have tried many. True to type. Did I mention that this beer is just spot on delicious!

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

A: Hazy, dark golden in color..looks almost like pineapple juice. Frothy 3-4 fingers of white head. Leaves some lacing and nice bubbly cap.

S: Sweet with just a hint of spice and funk. Raisins, apricot, apple, yeast, banana.

T: Just like the nose. Apples, banana, raisins with a good bit of spiciness. There's some breadiness and bubble gum at the end...actually a good bit of bubble gum.

M: Almost buttery, leaves a tingling behind.

O: Maybe not the best saison I've had, but certainly belongs in the conversation. In fact, I'd say this is the best of style available in Nashville for what it's worth.

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

Pours a nice hazy yellow color. The head on this one is the best I've seen on a Saison/Farmhouse. Thick, creamy 3 finger head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is spot on. Ripe fruit comes to mind first, kiwi, bannana, green apple, and peach. You also get some nice bread/dough flavors in there as well. The taste follows the nose almost exactly. I love the fruit you get with this beer. There is a slight funk that is going on too. Musty like flavors on the finish. Overall, I loved this beer. Right up there with my favorite saisons.

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


12oz bottle into a BPA gold rimmed pint glass @ The House Pub.

The color of this brew is a ultra cloudy yellow-straw. A little less than 2 fingers of white head holds great retention a leaves solid walls of lacing as it slowly goes down.

The nose is mainly Belgian yeast funk with some spicy/fruity esters. There is an inviting candy aroma as well, offering hints of bananas.

The taste is pretty damn similar to the nose, just intensified! Bananas blend with the spicy characteristics and a bit of hops linger. Yum. A bit of a wheat taste is noticed at the end.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, however, a medium-bodied feel gives it a rich, full feeling. Crisp amount of carbonation thrashes the flavors across the palate.

Overall, this is an excellent summer time brew thay can become dangerously drinkable. The comination of flavors is balanced nicely and rubs me the right way.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on January 28(?), 2011.

A: Pale yellow with a significant head that retains well.

S: Yeasty sweetness, spice, booze and a touch of funk.

T: Hot and a bit sweet. Fairly full flavor with banana and some spice with a touch of mineral at the finish. In spite of the sweetness, the finish is somewhat dry and bitter.

M: Medium with ample carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable in spite of the sweetness and prominent booze.

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

I poured this 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. No freshness dating.

A: cloudy yellow, pours a luxurious head that falls fairly quickly into a thick, long-lasting cap with good lacing.

S: clove, citrus, bubblegum, sour grape, cracker-like malt, light level of Belgian funk.

T: clove, banana, cracker-like malt, and a distinctive sour note up front, the middle releases a load of spicy, phenolic goodness, with more clove, pepper, and plenty of floral and fruity notes, the finish is mildly earthy with a touch of grassy/herbal hop and a floral end note.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, moderate carbonation.

O: a delicious saison, and very drinkable. It pairs nicely with a grilled hamburger.

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

12 oz. bottle into snifter.

A: hazy straw yellow with a touch of orange. big fluffy head has good retention and leaves some lacing. carbonation looks vibrant.

S: unbaked bread, cracked black pepper, dandelions. an orange juice-esqe aroma as well, but not overpowering. all the smells play really nice and each aroma can be identified with a new visit to the glass.

T: orange juice with a drop or two of lemon juice. the alcohol is definitely evident as well, with a brief cereal-like maltiness in there after the alcohol. finish is pretty dry, but not entirely with some lingering sweetness.

M: a serious effervescence on a medium body.

D: the alcohol definitely is evident on this one. not so much in the taste, but more on the brain. at 7.7 this isnt a shocker. overall a great drinker and a great example of the style.

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Photo of harrymel
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No best by date on this bottle.

A: Pours a light golden ale with some haziness. A three finger, large bubble, whipped meringue-like head hangs out nearly indefinitely. Nearly total sheets of lacing. Almost perfect look.

S: Earthy hops, bready grains. In saisons, I always anticipate the yeast will play a large part, not only in the nose, but also in the taste. Wait, there it is, slightly funky, with hay smells, hint of metallics.

T: Again, earthy. I am struggling to determine if the flavors I'm getting are actually from hops or yeast. Slightly bitter, peppery, lots of grain. Still hints of metal. A little clove on the finish.

M: Light body and highly carbonated. Dry finish.

O: Well done. I'm new to saisons, but I know each saison can, and IMO, should, have it's own unique characteristics. This one seems to be simple, subtle, unobtrusive.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-pale straw cloudy yellow with a lot of frothy white head

S-fresh and spicy belgian that reminds me of wheat. very good, strong scent with some funkiness. almost ideal for a saison

T-a very short experience. comes in with the Belgian spices and some banana. there's a slight breadiness taste with some bitterness for the after-taste. the bitterness is odd and not completely likeable. its an okay taste, but definitely nothing special.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-i found that the belgian spiciness makes this not very drinkable. I like it in other belgians, but in this the taste gets tiring. this is pretty much an average saison that i don't feel is great for the style. i wouldn't recommend this to people more accustomed to the style, but that's just me.

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