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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:
Hoppy, farmhouse saison with champagne like effervescence; flavors include ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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10.84%
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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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Photo of stckhndlr
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden saison ale color. A 3 finger head with HUGE bubbles in it. completely smells of summer. Pineapple and citrus notes permeate the nose. A hoppy floral aroma as well with some fig and dark fruit. This is so complex. so many different smells.

A noticable hop flavor but still true to that classic belgian flavor. Dark fruits, citrus and a hint of strawberry?

A good foamy med body that swarms the mouth. Crisp clean feel and a graceful finish.

This is a very easy drinking summer beer. Get one ASAP.

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Photo of alzy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pilsener glass

a - nice golden honey with two plus finger creamy white head. a little cloudiness.

s - wheat and biscuity malt aromas over a standard belgian style orangey spiciness.

t - sweet and citrusy at the start - some lemony flavors add to the oranginess, peppery and yeasty in the middle, then nice smooth biscuity malt finish.

m - light body and highly carbonated, adds to spicy mouthfeel. finishes with a nice refreshing (not overwhelming) dryness.

o - such a light refreshing easy drinking beer that the high alcohol content doesn't come through until the last third of the glass. perfect for a 102 degree MN day. i will definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of Forb
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle...

Appearance: Golden honey-yellow complexion with a beautifully bubbly white head.

Smell: Wheaty, grainy, peppery, with a yeast kick that comes off as unique accentuated by spices and fruit elements.

Taste: A smooth wheat taste with Belgian yeast notes and a masked alcoholic content at 8%.

Mouthfeel: Dry and highly carbonated.

Overall: This is my first Saison and I will say it sets a good standard for what I will expect pushing forward.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a light orange colored body; white and frothy colored head formed; good amount of lacing; solid amount of carbonation

S - Corn; wheat and biscuit malt scents; rice; Belgian style spices (orange peel and coriander)

T - Wheat; yeast; fruit notes; Belgian spiced beer with sour notes; coriander; light orange flavors

M - Smooth; slightly effervescent; not viscous at all; but full of plenty of body

D - Good drink; great summer beer; nice beer for food pairings, could be a bit filling after a few

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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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