Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
BA SCORE
88.8%
Liked This Beer
4.15 w/ 6,020 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
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#1,412
Reviews:
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Ratings:
6,020
Liked:
5,344
Avg:
4.15/5
pDev:
10.84%
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4.3
 
 
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Ratings: 6,020 |  Reviews: 2,182
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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Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Ommegang and first from my big beer haul from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. What a place.

The slightly hazed golden straw body is well carbonated and already looks refreshing. About a finger and a half worth of creamy tightly knit white head sits on top and for a long time. Thick and creamy sheets of lace are left behind as the head slowly receedes. This looks fantastic.

A subtle and pleasant nose gives off notes of Belgian yeasr, musty and wet straw, some welcomed over ripe Anjou pears and just a touch of spice. Very well balanced with no one thing being overly pronounced.

Just as balanced in the taste as well. A bit more spice forward than what I was expecting but it does well at meshing with the grassy/musty hay character that is prevalent throughout. I still get some pear-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue but it has been greatly reduced from the nose to taste. A subtle grassy bitterness is what's left, accentuating the dry finish.

I forgot that this was 7.7% ABV when I took my first sip and was surprised at the body of this thing. Its got a smooth, rich, and creamy feel with a great bubbly kick. Well balanced through and through with a dry and subtley bitter finish that makes me want to take another sip. Besides its medium and rich body, there's no indication of its higher ABV.

I haven't had all that many Saisons but this one explains why they're becoming one of my favorite styles of beer. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and tasty; perfect for nearly any occasion. I'd definitely buy this againa and can't wait for my next Ommegang brew!

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

25.4oz bottle, bottled on 2/17/10, best by 2/2012, Boulevard tulip.

This is a 5 if I’ve ever seen one. The straw yellow beer is covered in a luxuriant, sticky white cloud. It looks so pure.

The nose is largely Belgian yeast; lightly funky with bubblegum, clove, and sage. Earthy lemon mixes with pale Belgian malts or wheat. It’s obviously a well balanced beer.

Musty pale Belgian malt bubbles up once I take a taste. All the yeast is still there, working to make a spicy but balanced farmhouse ale. Malt sweetness is very polished, and the finish moves towards spicy dryness.

As the appearance would lead one to believe, this beer is filled with many fine, tickling bubbles that assist the spice of the yeast and perception of dryness. After some time it is still well carbonated and becoming creamy. The body is moderate and this has proved to be an adequate refreshment on this inaugurally hot day of the year.

Overall, this is one of my favorite Saisons and, to me, is the best of the ‘must tries’ that I’ve tried. Hennepin has continued my interest in the style and shows how the beauty of Saison is in simplicity with so many variations.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Giant white hard rock head coming out of the bottle even on a slow pour, three four fingers big. Body is real gorgeous looking, very light yellow gold and clear with visible carbonation coming up. The body is almost pale green! Head falls at a simple pace. Real nice looking beer.

Bouquet is a good smelling bread like yeast, not Belgian like but almost, gaseous smelling a little, seems more Belgian Pale Ale than saison like, sort of a weak Delirium Teremens.

Taste though is more saison, light bodied but kind of pale ale tasting. No sourness, no funkyness really pretty easy drinking. Kind of not what I expected for this category. For 7.7 abv this doesn't feel big but is easy drinking so that's great.

Overall this is quite tasty but this doesn't feel like a saison at all, most saison's I find real polarizing and this is more into simpler Belgian pale ale territory with sweetness. I do admit though I like it, I would tell people to start here for this style before grabbing something like a Dupont or god forbid a Fantome for a first time saison drinker.

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Photo of mryuk
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a very light filtered pale yellow with several fingers of head.

smell is sour and fruit with light malts and almost no hops.

taste is certainly unique...i just don't find it to be in a good way. light and sour with no hops.

mouth is light with good carbonation.

very bland and boring for me and just does not taste very good.

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very nicely into a glass. It has a yellow murky look to it. There is not a lot of smell to the beer, but what it lacks in smell it makes up in taste. There is a slight sour taste with some citrus hops added in. There is a decent after taste of thirst quenching juice like flavor. Great as a hot summer day beer. Cheers.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours relatively clear, with some minor yeast particles present, though that's not unusal for the style. Good carbonation and a nice big head top the beer. Aroma is tart and fruity with damp straw underneath. Taste is honey sweet - almost surprisingly so - followed by a refreshing lemon dryness. Crisp light cracker malt can be found in the middle of the beer, with a light peppery phonolic finish that's dry and leaves you wanting to drink more. Mouthfeel is effervescent and somewhat sticky, kind of like a sticky soda. Overall a very solid example of the style and better than I was anticipating.

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

Out of a snifter...a good looking beer with a pale cloudy body that supports a respectable head. Good funky Belgian yeast, with a very similar final character to their BPA, which is a good thing.

On the tongue, it's sharp, with a hoppy grassiness and the yeast funk carries through quite well. It's slightly more bitter than some other examples of the style, and is definitely balanced to the yeast and hops over the malt. Crisp and tangy. Make no mistake though, this is a good saison and even more impressive for being made in the USA.

Mouthfeel is clean and energetic. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable beer, although a little on the expensive side to be sessionable. Recommended. I've also had this out of the 750ml corked bottle, and this might be sacrilege but I enjoyed it slightly more this way, it was sharper...or perhaps that particular 750ml had been sitting on the shelf a little long...I don't think this beer should really be aged too much, it's a little low on the abv and heavy on the hops for that.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright but cloudy yellow with a huge off-white fluffy head that never really left.

S: Spice and bananas explode out of this one. Lots of yeast and grass notes. Some citrus notes come through as lemon and orange.

T: Just a wave of flavors: banana, pineapple, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, ginger and cloves, yeast, scones, light menthol flowing into a big alcohol wave finishing with crisp bitterness and wave of fried plantains. Malt is there in a lightness throughout.

M: Medium with more than normal carbonation.

O: Big flavors that I found very drinkable. I would prefer to drink this on a hot humid day. This really blew me away especially since the style is usually too over-spiced for me.

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

Finally got around to picking this one up. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Slightly cloudy, yellow color. The pour created a big three finger head that left some nice lace.

A: Belgian yeast, orange, lemon, light spice, and grass. I thought the nose was a little light overall.

T: Pretty straightforward. Lemon, grass, pepper, and orange. The belgian yeast imparts it's traditional notes. I don't think this is very complex, but it's nice nonetheless.

M: Light body, aggressive carbonation.

O: I was slightly let down by this one. But that doesn't mean it was a bad brew, infact, it was very good. I guess I was expecting a little more complexity and a little more originality. But still good, and worth the try. Skal.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall thiswas a pretty decent and easy drinking brew. It was not overly complex, but still pretty nice for the style. I had this one a long time back and the spices just overwhelmed me. Really glad I re-visited this one. If it were more complex, this one would definitely be great. Definitely worth trying without a doubt.

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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Had it in a restaurant so I didn't have an opportunity to check the bottle for best before date.

A - nice yellow/amber with a fluffy head (a few fingers) that resolves with a lot of lacing. Lots of obvious carbonation in the glass.

S - fresh grassy hops intermingled with peach and yeast.

T - lot of yeast on a tart, sour-apple foundation. A bit peppery in the end with some citrus notes.

M - very carbonated and refreshing. No hint of the significant alcohol.

D - very drinkable; dangerously so considering the alcohol!

Very nice beer. Went well with the sushi!

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear light golden hue. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom, they are neverending. 3 fingers of pure white fluffy head. Head retention is the best I've seen. It will not go away.

S - Clove, pepper, slight bubblegum, a little citrus sweetness. bready-ness.

T - If you only taste the head, it's completely pepper. But why would you do that? Sweetness dominates the other flavors in the taste. Pepper, bubblegum, and clove are still there, but white grape is a new flavor that dominates.

M - Light bodied, highly carbonated, which is good. Finish is light, sweet and slightly drying. The finish is very similar to the taste, not too different from the overall taste. Light white grape flavor, some slight clove, and a little bit of pepper.

D - Fantastic overall saison. Well balanced between the uniqueness of a saison and the sweetness of the malts and fruity esters. While the alcohol is not noticeable it takes effect pretty quickly. I would definitely get this beer again.

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Photo of Jef59
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice pale golden color with a little haze and a huge rocky head.

S - spicy phenolic cloves, a little metallic, slightly musty, but not a big horse blanket presence I expected.

T - well, doesn't really taste like a saison. How is this ranked higher than dupont? Don't get me wrong, it tastes good - a lot of clove, a nice portion of malt. Tastes extremely similar to Duvel. Where is the funkiness thought? If this was classified as a SBGA then I probably would have given it a 4.5 for taste, but I don't think this is very true to style.

M - really nice carbonation with a little syrupy character to it.

O - I am pretty disappointed by this one. It just played it too safe with the funk. Maybe the bottle was a bit older, and the flavors settled a little?

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Photo of muletrane
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle that was bottled on 4/15/10 into a Hennepin flute. This is a wonderful looking brew. First pour was crystal clear. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Golden in color with orange tint and lots of rising bubbles. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

This saison is a little light in the nose, but still alot going on. I'm getting some grassy, citrusy, apple & floral notes. Touch of alcohol as it warms.

The taste is quite wonderful! Alot of similarities to the nose. Slightly tart, apple, citrus, grassy. Crisp dry finish. Some hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. Very nice!

Real nice soft pillowy mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation dancing on the tongue. Everything finishes slightly dry.

Overall this is one my favorite year round brews. I mainly drink this in the spring and summer though. A great representation of the style!

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Photo of WJDobbs321
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super Summer Beer!

Beer is very light in color with a super head. Is it what you want to see in front of a fire. Nope, but it is exactly what you want to see in a beer garden.

The Smell is light. Doesn't smack you in the nose. But if you get close enough the fragrance is worth it. Wonderful smell. Wish there was more of it.

The taste is perfect. Light lemony citrus with subtle sweetness. Nothing overbearing.

Light and crisp to the mouth. You could could potentially drink it after a workout. :) But why do that???

Overall I say what a wonderful beer! Cheers!

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass. So sue me ;-)

A= very cloudy light lemon, beautiful. Nice active white head, dissipates after settling into plentiful lacing, rimming and pooling.

S= light nose but right for the style, growing bolder as it sets for a few minutes. Light hops florals, lemon citrus, plentiful malts. I typed this review in about 10 minutes (eating nothing), then went to take a sip and got a strong nose of what seemed like white chocolate! Bizarre! Talk about a diverse beer.

T= slightly dry and tart up-front, much like a fine champagne (I'll prefer this beer next New Years!). Lemon zest, generous malts for the style, light coriander, slightly bready in the finish at times. Gorgeous.

M= a little tart and dry on the tongue and palate, citrus zesty zip, mild residual malts.

D= a beer you can drink forever if you enjoy a Belgian-style beer. Beats Blue Moon out of orbit, for your pseudo-"craft" BM drinking friends. Grilled or steamed fish (fried oil might disguise the enjoyment), poultry, seafood, popcorn, most anything non-red or dark. Aside from the tart-dry tongue that might put some people off, it's superb. Answer? Keep it flowing so you don't have time to have a dry tart mouth!

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass for lack of better glassware. I actually purchased this bottle to use in the Thai braised chicken recipe from the magazine. Its in the oven as we speak!

This beer pours with a lot of white fluffy head and a beautiful deep clouded orange.

I get sweet orange some spice as well as malt in the nose. Some yeastiness as well as a light tinge of alcohol.

The taste is sweet with hints of fruit, yeast, and malts as well as the alcohol tingling in my mouth and throat. I do not get as much of a lingering finish as I would like but this is a highly enjoyable tasting beer to me.

I get a lot of carbonation on the tongue almost like a sparkling wine.

Overall this is a great beer to savor and my wife and I will probably split another one in the near future. I am just really looking forward to how this BA recipe with Hennepin is going to turn out! I will post a review of it later!

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Photo of tfarmstrong
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow color, with a thick and lasting head. Lace reminds me of great Belgian beers

S - Sweet and malty with some fruitiness

T - Strong sweet alcoholic zip, reminds me greatly of Duvel, with its pale malt flavor and sweet, fruity tang

M - A bit too carbonated for me

O - A beer that truly stands up to its Belgian friends and is definitely one of the better American copies of the genre.

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Photo of sturner26
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a normal pint glass.

A: Pours a pale orange with a fluffy white head.

S: This is my first saison, sour notes and a general "funkyness" stand out, but in a good way.

T: Taste is similar to smell, bready yeast and floral and citrus notes. Strong funkiness prevails as well.

M: Goes down well.

D: Very complex flavors kept me coming back for more. Overall I was not blown away, but did enjoy the beer and style, must revisit in the future.

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

Ommegang Hennepin has a slightly-cloudy yellow colour and a big 4 cm head that fades to excellent lacing. The smell is mostly grains, musty yeast and a hint of hops. The taste is grainy and a little fruity (apples). The aftertaste is buttery, bitter and crisp. I'm not used to tasting Saisons so it's a little new and strange to me. This beer is foamy and strange, but very nice.

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Photo of nickshep7
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour into sniffer glass. 3 fingers of white head with great retention and lacing. Smell is great - Belgian yeast, honey suckle, sweet bready malts, alcohol esters. Taste is solid with a very dry crisp finish - champagne like. Overall, a good brew, but for some reason I can't finish more than one. I've had a few saisons and prefer Stillwater.

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

12 oz bottle, no dating

A - Hazed pale golden with a billowing white head that has good retention and lacing down the glass.

S/T - Fresh, clean, zesty citrus notes of lemon, with fresh cut grass. A bit of funky feast become more apparent as it warms. Taste is similar, with some pale malts mid palate and balanced, herbal hops through the finish.

M - Light body, lively carbonation, finishes clean and dry with a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

O - Very nice crisp, clean smell and taste with depth and balance. I'll surely buy this again.

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

Hennepin is one of those beers that I have had many times, enjoyed greatly and never got around to reviewing (Legend Brown Ale is still in that category, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy was another one).

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big bubbly white head with excellent retention and lots of thick lacing. The head could be described as delicate and frothy at the same time.

Smells good too! A hint of funk and some lemony aroma.

Tastes as good as an import. Funky yeasty mustiness and horse blanket effect, more than balanced by lemony spicy taste. There is a hint of sweetness (honey?) here as well/

Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is spot on and makes this a light and zesty experience.

Very good overall. Hennepin is a great beer and goes fantastic with a meal.

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

Pours on the golden side of straw-colored, an abundance of carbonation creates an enormous head (3+ fingers) with a vigorous pour. A softer pour makes for a different (but equally good) drink.

Smells like yeast, a bit of spice, perhaps a titch of alcohol, and a bunch of mustiness.

Tastes of those dusty flavors mixed with citrus rind, hints of clove, alcohol, yeast, other spices. Finish is long and somewhat bitter. More robust than some others of the style.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style, a bit creamy, but still full of carbonation.

Overall, this is a great beer that manages to be refreshing while still being pretty robust in flavor. A good one to sip in the summer, and the most affordable Saison anywhere around here, as it comes in 4-packs.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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