Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

6,009 Ratings
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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Poured a slightly cloudy straw yellow with active carbonation and spotty lacing. Served in a fluted glass about 14 oz. Peppery spice with banana and clove on the nose that leads to a nice peppery forefront and sharp bite on the palate. I just ate onions on my sandwich though. I feel a faint grape like mouthfeel in the back and finished spicy and slightly alcoholic. Overall a nice beer to have with any occasion.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Strange Brew in Manchester, NH 2/2/11

A: Light yellow, almost hay colored, hazy. 1 1/2 inch fluffy white head, leaves tons of lacing, almost completely covering the glass.

S: I could swear this was a wit beer. Tons of clove upfront with banana and other sweet aromas in the background. Yeasty, some citrus (lemon mainly), slight floral hops.

T: Just like the nose, this tastes like a classic hefeweissbier. Clove seems to dominate the flavor with banana and lemon in the background. There's a ton of floral yeast, very light buttered biscuit malt character. Finish is lemon, clove, slight alcohol, and Belgian yeast.

M: Fairly high, crisp carbonation. Light body. While it's light, the high level of yeast and solid malt character give the body a strong backbone that allows the flavors to flourish. I quite like beers that can achieve this.

D: As with the style (again, more wit beer than Saison), it's light, crisp, and delicious. This is quite easy to drink, though it's on the high end (7.7ABV).

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; cloudy yellow with a thick, pillowy, white head. Super good foam retntion, leaving thick and chunky lacing.

smell; slightly yeasty and sour. Some lemony hops and zesty freshness. Fresh chopped cilantro comes to mind, lots of herbs and citrus, rustic.

taste; warm and yeasty. Then a bitterness takes control, before earthy malts gain strength. The aftertaste has a rye beer-like, powdery sweetness.

mouthfeel; slightly slimy and thick, leaving a powdery after feel on the palate. Goes down smooth with foamy, creamy carbonation.

drinkability; delicious, get better as it warms, would drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick white, pillowy head. Cloudy, golden, with some chunks.

S - More like a wit. More on the hoppy side of the Saison scale as opposed to the funky side. Spice, citrus, and yeast are all present also.

T - Same as the aroma with hops, spice, citrus, and yeast. Sort of a sourness I think in the finish, bringing out that Saison-ness a little more. Slightly dry in the finish too.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. Needs more body or less alcohol b/c they don't seem to synch up for me.

D - Huge drinky on this. Lacks in some spots but extremely refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times and I just finally got around to reviewing it. It is one of my favorite Ommegang brews:

A: Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a little cloudiness. Not as "unfiltered" as some of your Belgian Saisons but looks good none the less

S: Decent amount of spice in the nose. Very refreshing scent.

T: There is something about this beer that keeps me coming back. It has a little spice in the taste that turns sweet while it's warming in your mouth.

D: Goes down smooth, if it was a little lighter on the ABV it would make a great session beer.

M: My only complaint is that it feels a little thin. This may be a product of the keg that it came from but it is still highly enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle packaged 10/20/10.

A: Pours hazy golden orange color. Big white head with a sizzling sound like soda. Head is fluffy and light. Great carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Great clean Belgian yeast aroma right up front. The earthy, clove like aroma is great. Really nice and light nose that is evident that this beer is well put together.

T/M: First taste is clean and earthy. Good banana clove flavors in the front of the palate. Towards the back of the palate is a funky earthy flavor, but not an off putting flavor at all.

D: Crisp clean and very nicely built beer. Love the flavors and the subtle Belgian funk. Would highly recommend this one to anyone as its easy drinking and at a reasonable price point.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into a heavy chalice glass. Pours a nice golden color with a sticky, thick, dish soap suds/divinity type of head. The head leaves fantastic lacing with big clumps of head on the sides of the glass. Aroma has a slightly skunky hallertau hops note with a bit of soured fruit and a really nice farm funk. Flavor is fantastic with a great sourness melded very well with a farm funk, light lemon citrus, pils grainy flavors and a light vanilla at the end. The beer feels very smooth with a great density for the style.

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler.

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice fluffy white head that quickly goes down. Good lacing.

Caught a big whiff of lemon and pepper as I uncapped this one. In the glass I'm getting both of those with some honey, banana, and vanilla. Smells nice and funky.

Taste is funky and fruity with a nice sweet and spicy finish. Wow, I'm getting a ton of flavors at once, it's hard to wrap my tongue around it all. Very enjoyable.

High carbonation but it's very creamy. Leaves a good feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty decent on this one. Carbonation is high but the taste is excellent.

Overall this is great. Really enjoyed this one. Great nose and some very balanced but complex flavors. Will be picking more of these up.

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Photo of TheDTrain
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

D Train swung by his favorite Mexican restaurant Hector in Wauwatosa. Not only do they have great food, but they always have pretty good tap selection. I was not expecting to see Hennepin Farmhouse Saison on tap! And for $3.50! This hazy yellow saison smells of lemon, citrus, earth tone, and yeast. Taste has a awesome funkiness upfront with settles nicely with the earth tones and citrus.

This brew was so fucking good I went back the next night for another....and more taquitos.

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Photo of glazeman
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: light gold in color with a massive 3 finger white head that has excellent retention and pretty good lacing.

S: The main smells I get here are grass, yeast, a little lemon. The smell somewhat reminiscent of windex, but more pleasant.

T: There's some funk and earthiness up front followed by light lemons in the middle and some mild bitterness and dry champagne at the finish.

M: This beer has a crisp, dry finish and has a high level of carbonation. Decent aftertaste.

D: Pretty good, although the high level of carbonation may limit its drinkablility somewhat.

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Photo of BB1313
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice straw yellow, slight haze, nice bright white head, sticky bubbly lacing. Lots of yeast, funky aromas. Slightly sweet aromas as well. Tastes pretty bitter, lots of hops. Finishes with a piney aftertaste. More belgian funk flavors, enjoyable. Lots of earthy notes. Mouthfeel is nice, heavily carbonated, slightly fizzy, thick, crisp, smooth. Drinkability isn't bad, but the harsh bitterness brings it down.

Nice offering from Ommegang.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a grassy hay color with a decent head. Nice lacing.

Aroma of Belgian funk and citric lemon. Little bit of grassyness to it.

Tastes pretty lemony with a nice malt backbone. Nice belgian funk.

Mouthfeel has high carb. Wish it was a little more dry.

Not the best saison ive had but good. Glad I can get it easily

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Photo of THECPJ
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/22/2011

A: citrus, belgian yeast, corriander

Ap: hazy, golden yellow, a very chunky 2 finger head

B/T: mild carbonation, very fresh, crisp on the tongue

Af: bananas, spices

O: an overall easy to drink beer, but nothing exceptional


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Photo of acehart1
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage Hennepin. Got damn.

This beer tastes like typical Hennepin. It really doesn't taste much different than fresher batches I have tasted in the past. It is still extremely drinkable and lighter, something I have come to expect from this beer. It's kind of cool to see how this beer compares to a newer vintage. On second thought, the beer has gained more of a champagne-y taste, a very delicate balance of sweetness, bubbles, and a little dryness. Very cool. Glad my neighbor had the patience to age this one.

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Photo of beldin96
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - This beer pours a pale yellow color with some cloudiness and a very think fluffy white head. There are lots of champagne like bubbles that last thru the entire drinking.

Smell - I got some bananas, clove, yeast, fruit and a subtle maltiness and sweetness.

Taste - I found some clove, bananas, spiciness, other fruits and some sweetness on the taste. There is a bit of a bite to it, and you get some alcohol bite to it as well towards the finish.

Feel - A lot of carbonation like champagne. This could be off putting to some, but I enjoyed it. There is not a lot of body, but there is a lot going on in the flavors.

Drinkability - I would rate this beer well on drinkability. With everything going on from smell to flavors, it was really nice. Yes there is a decent amount of alcohol to it, so it is not sessionable, but it was very tasty.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer a few times in the past years, but now that I sit down to review it, it disappoints.

Perhaps I've opened a poorly stored bottle.

A- Like a lager, bright yellow. Lots of mousse that effervesces like mad, settling into a thin top layer in my thin goblet.

S- The most apealing aspect of this beer is the aroma. Spicy with a note of citrus.

T - I can't get away from the rather unpleasant bitterness that overwhelms the palate. Not a pleasant bite, not balanced by anything else in the ale. Perhaps I am just not in tune with the hops used in this ale.

M - Light with an active fizz.

D - Due to the persistent bitterness, I wouldn't say this is an enjoyable ale/

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Photo of jlenik
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: bright light golden color

s: fruity and sweet.

t: Refreshing. I can definitely taste some spices in here, coriander comes to mind.

m: very dry, carbonated, and light.

d: pretty high. I'm a big fan of saisons because of their complexity and fairly easy drinkability.

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

750ml corked brown bottle
7.7% abv

Hennepin was yellow-gold in color and hazy. It had a large rocky white head with good retention and lots of lacing. The smell was yeast and spices (clove and pepper). The taste was yeast flavors and spices with clove, pepper, and citrus. It had a long, dry, and slightly bitter finish. It was medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Drinkability was very good. Hennepin is a good Saison that is crisp, refreshing, and well worth trying out.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, unfiltered with a very creamy 2 inch head. Plenty of lacing.

SMell - Floral yeast, spices, fruits and light malts

Taste - Very spicey and floral farmhouse ale. Has a citrus kick along with the floral yeast and plenty of honey taste. Rather strong alcohol presence. Pretty nice hop kick mixed in with some fruity tones.

Mouthfeel - Theres alot of flavor, so mouth gets a workout. Bitter but not overboard at all. Spices add some burn but nothing too extreme. Rather thin and doesnt last long.

Drinkabilty - Its just strong enough and alcohol is up enough that 1 or 2 is good. Very tasty for the style, one of the better farm ales ive had.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, Belgian yeast, lemon and orange. Very fruity smelling. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of some pineapple and mangoes, as well as some white pepper notes. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, though by no means overpowering. The beer is very dry and is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice American-made saison. One of the better ones out there.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: this is oner of the first beautiful beers I've come across, it poured a gorgeous clear golden straw into a Duvel tulip. The head was pure white and frothy and hangs for the entire experience. It leaves a wonderful lacing and the stream of tiny white bubbles coming from the etched D is wonderful.

S: notes of earthy malt and hops. A lot of spice and some honey sweetness.

T: honey malt and spicy, a hint of bitterness sneaks in but it slips past easily. Light fruit flavor like pineapple and pear mixed. No noticeable alcohol and the spice is left lingering on your tongue.

MF: a fairly light body and creamy to buttery texture brings this beer full circle.

D: this is an awesome beer even at the price; plus its available pretty much everywhere. I must say I would go pretty far out of my way to get a hold of this one if I needed to.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my crystal beer mug, I enjoyed the somewhat murky golden color and a impressive white head, just like you would see in a beer commercial.
The smell announces citrus, orange flavors.
Tasting the beer was quite a great experience. The first sip appeared rather bitter, with a grainy taste dominating and orange and citrone undertones. I expected this to continue, but I was in for a surprise. Each of the next sips improved the taste and the composition of this beer played its full tune. the bitterness softened to a great balance to the fruit flavors.
the mouthfeel is a prickly medium bodied beer. It is very drinkable and I find it greatly enjoyable even so that this style of brew is not what I usually drink. A great brew which I defenetely pick up again and a brewery which I will try more from.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint. Big bubbly head that leaves tons of lacing as it recedes. The ale is clear and golden (almost orange) with bubbles rising from the bottom.

The aroma is of honey, citrus and more. Quite inviting. Very interesting, but subtle. I expected more. I taste a slight sweetness followed by something tart and dry, almost champagne-like in taste and mouth feel. Yes, and some citrus flavors that are more lemon-like. Perhaps some tangerine as well.

After 4 or 5 sips and maybe a gulp or two I add the yeast from the decanted bottle. The aroma explodes into something sour that I've smelled before, but I can't quite make it out. The taste is muddier, less distinction of flavors. Perhaps the tartness increases some. Very tasty in its own right, but I think I prefer the yeast back in the bottle and tipping it up after the glass is gone.

The mouth feel is refreshing, sparkly, but substantial. This one beer is exceptionably drinkable. Two might be pushing it. I've had trouble finishing a 750ml bottle before. In fact I don't think I've ever finished one on my own.

I feel kinda guilty not giving this beer all 5's. I see why so many love Hennepin so much. This is one spectacular beer that I will come back to frequently.

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Photo of TCMike
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light honey color, and produced a big, fluffy, white head. The carbonation was champagne like.
The smell was citrusy, with a slightly earthy undertone.
The taste was lightly sweet, honey, maybe, with citrus flavors. The taste doesn't linger long.
Overall it's a nice, drinkable Belgian, without breaking the bank.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright cloudy yellow with a giant white head.

S: Citrus acidity, honey sweetness, and lemon-grass. Smooth malts, boozy finish.

T: Earthy lemon and orange flavor and sweet honey malts. Notes of banana, kitchen spices and slightly bitter hops follow the initial flavor. ABV% is well hidden. A nice moderate flavor leaves quickly, leaving a lame aftertaste almost like flat Heineken.

M: Extra sticky on the palate. Medium carbonation, medium body.

D: Decent, but an cheap awful aftertaste in my opinion.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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