Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

5,996 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Frothboss
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow with some cloudyness, huge head, couldnt pour the whole bottle into the glass. Head is pure white. Smells citrusy, floural and grassy. Tastes great! yeasty, wheat, malt with a little sour, bitter and citrus. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Cant really taste the 7.7 abv. Delicious! I will be drinking this again and again and again.

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic. Golden yellow beer with two fingers of snow white foamy head. Head retention is good for a few minutes before it dissipated.

Some citrus peel, spice from the yeast, and breadiness.

Taste follows nose, nice spice from coriander, biscuit sweetness.

Drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of SurlyMe
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into duvel tulip glass

A - pours a cloudy golden yellow with a BIG foamy white head which sticks around fairly well leaving a few areas of lacing

S - light lemon citrus notes, belgian yeast, maltyness, peppery spicyness, ginger

T - big lemon citrus and apple flavors up front followed by a peppery and spicy finish, alcohol is well masked, complex

M - almost a champagne like feel at first with all the carbonation and bright notes which leads into a dry finish, medium to light in body, slight stickyness after several sips, refreshing

D - good drinkability for how complex it is, would be great after a tough day of working outside in the summer.

This is the first beer I've tried from Ommegang. Let's just say I'll be trying the others....

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Third of my fantastic trade with Captin.

Cloudy and light orange in color. Great head that lasted and left lots of lacing.

Smelled a touch yeasty with sweet, fruity, citrus and spicy aromas accented by a light grainy background. Tinge of alcohol.

Tastes great! Tangy and sweet, bready with a few nuts, citrus, cloves, pepper, apricots, tangerines, bananas, good malty body with light hops. Great balance of flavors, an excellent saison, one of my favorite styles.

Feels delightful, just like I want a saison to feel. Thick and smooth, medium body, meandering bitter aftertaste, good carbonation.

Drinks GREAT. A wonderful beer! I want more!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beers a bright hazy yellow color with a monsterous lacing head. The smell resembled a skunk. The taste is complex, mellow at first the a huge rush of flavor. Very nice to drink no weird flavors, but it seems like most people dont like saisons so they may not like this one. Overall a really good beer, great example of the style.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a cloudy pineapple juice color with a massive white head. Aroma was sour apple, yeast, ginger,coriander. Peppery. Taste was light and spicy with subtle umami on the aftertaste. Fruity and tart with a light hoppy finish. Mouthfeel had high carbonation. Light spicy texture was champagne-like. Overall an excellent and highly drinkable beer. Lively and refreshing. Complex and satisfying.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A: Pour looks pretty good. It has about a two-finger head on the top, which has decent retention but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. The beer is a rich golden color and slightly cloudy.

S: Citrus fruits are the first thing that hit my nose, along with a lot of spice. There is also a strong smell of yeast and a slight hint of the alcohol. Very reminiscent of the Hefeweizens that I've had

T: Tastes a lot like it smells: Yeasty, spicy and a hint of citrus. Once again, you can taste the alcohol, but it hides it very well. I never would have pegged this as a 7.7% ABV. Really great, complex flavor.

M: High carbonation balances the flavor nicely, and it doesn't feel very heavy. It has some stickiness to it after the first few sips, but nothing too drastic.

D: Overall, a very good beer. It's actually scary how drinkable it is for the alcohol content. A six pack of this could make for a very good, or very bad, night.

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Photo of tchenery
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light in body color with a massive white head. It's very Duvel like in carbonation.

Smells zesty, peppery, slightly citrussy, and yeasty. It has a distinct bread flavor that plays with the fruit flavor.

Peppery and fruity are the first flavors, leaning back to a malty bread taste that finishes with bitter spicy hops. Excellent complex beer that is extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very light especially considering the ABV. The carbonation has incredible lifting power and slightly drying characteristics.

Drinkable. Almost too drinkable.

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

750ml corked bottle poured into a goblet. This will be my first saison.

Look: its a fairly cloudy with sediment, light gold color. I gave it an aggressive pour but despite that, the head is fairly thin. Its almost purely white, fluffy, and turns into a thin film at the top of the beer fairly quickly. There's no lacing whatsoever on this one.

Smell: fruity, some spices like clove, cardamom, some yeastiness and alcohol.

Taste: I can see how these beers were meant to be drank through the summer by farm workers. Follows the nose with some spices, fruitiness like apple and raisin, some yeast and a hint of alcohol. It straddles the line between being complex and being easy drinking and does it quite well. There's some citrus and floral characters in the taste as well. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

Feel: medium to light body with a lot of carbonation. Alcohol warmth isn't there.

Drink: very drinkable. I could drink this all day.

Overall, a very nice beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. I am not sure if my grades do it justice based on style, so I just graded based on how I enjoyed it. Give this one a try!

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Photo of paulys55
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy light straw with a lively 2 inch head. Dry citrus and yeast with a bit of earthy spice. Carbonation really crackles across the tongue and mouth and drinkability for me is quite high. This was one of the first saisons I ever had and is my fall-back saison when availability or wallet contents is an issue.

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Photo of wstein70
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had several goblet's of this great beer at a local German restaurant several weeks back and I have to say I was very impressed with it (hence the several goblets). I reminded me of my favorite saisons from Saint Somewhere. I would definitely order again when I see it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of RickS95
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Traditional looking Belgian. Golden straw in color, but unfiltered so it's hazy and full of particulates. A bright thick white head sits up top.

The nose is happy. Cloves and coriander dance with orange peel.

The mouth is happy too. Those same spices greet the tongue, along with that same orange peel, and some peppery notes.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. It's crisp and refreshing, almost cleansing. Despite all the spices, it's a gentle feeling that seemingly cleans your palate.

A simple beer to drink. It tastes good and provides a crisp feeling as it goes down. Despite the spices and high alcohol, there's no burning whatsover, it actually seems to cool you. Would make a great beer for warm or cold weather.

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

Poured into an Ommegang glass.

A - a beautiful golden color with a bright white head on top. Great champagne-like effervescence.

S - apple, citrus, wheat, honey, a bit of funk.

T - same as nose - a very crisp, refreshing array of sweet citrus and wheat flavors. Tastes like a fresh summer day.

M - really great flavors and carbonation are a real treat for my palate.

D - I could drink a lot of this, especially on a hot day. Now I'll know better for next summer.

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

Pours a yellow golden haze with life. Has a medium foam head. Has a belgium spice aroma with hints of citrus and bananas. Has more carbonation then other saisons I have had. Gives it a creamier feel. Has a sweet grassy taste with a slight bitterness. Very tasty. I did not remember this brew being so good. But my palate is a bit more experienced then it was the last time I tried it.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a bulb glass. no freshness listed.

pours a beautiful cloudy effervescent pastel yellow color with a fluffy 2 fingers of white head. tiny rushing bubbles. bits of spidery lace.

lots of beautiful belgian yeast notes. bubblegum like, phenolic, spicy- peppery-clove, lemony citrus.

delicious taste. soft phenolic, bubblegum yeast. peppery spice, clove, deep honey like malt, lemon zest.

light and soft feeling on the palate, yet full bodied.

drinkable, but im feeling one and done right now. ill definatly come back to this. top notch saison, but i do prefer just a touch of funk IMHO.

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Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours cloudy golden yellow with a huge chunky with head that faded and left some spotted lacing

smells of spicy fruity esters - not knowing i would think this was a hefe

taste is just like the nose - very close to a wit/hefe banana clove some honey and adds a little too much sweetness

mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation that makes it seem lighter and gives it a nice crisp bite

drinkability is good - one of the few saisons sold in 12oz bottles so that adds but i do question how true in taste is it

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Photo of tewaris
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a best by date of May 2012 poured into a Duvel tulip on 11/17/2010.

Poured hazy, pale orange colored, with a big "Belgian" head, and good retention and lacing.

Smelled lightly sweet, perfumy, with some esters and phenols and perhaps a touch of hops.

Tasted fruity with cleansing effervescence and bitterness at the back of the tongue. Light bodied with a crisp finish and momentary soft sweetness of alcohol along with some dark fruit like malts at the end. Slightly warming. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Chico1985
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz to Unibroue tulip, no best by date listed.

Pours a clear golden color with a huge puffy white head, lots of bubbles, highly carbonated it seems. Dusty sediment floats about. Settles at a thick bubbly cap leaving some lacing.

Pale pilsner malts jump from the nose first and foremost. Typical Belgian yeast, some sweet candi sugar, wet grass and lemony hops follow. Just the tiniest hints of funk and hay. The pilsner quality reminds me a little too much of an generic pale Euro lager but the smell really starts to open up nicely after a bit.

Taste has notes of lemon/citrus/grass throughout from the hops, Belgian yeast and some candi sugar. I found the scent to be more enjoyable. Some bready notes in the finish. High alcohol taste dominates (at the finish especially) and is noticeable right from the get-go. Although it does fade over time, it is ever-present giving the beer a bit of a distasteful, soapy medicinal feel. Mouthfeel is not nearly as carbonated as the appearance would hint towards, has a creamy oily feel to it, but the booziness just about kills it.

Kinda reminds me of Duvel in some ways (which makes sense), but I couldn't get into this one much. Feels too boozy and just heavy and uncomfortable when it reaches your guts. Flavors that were present didn't really leave me wanting more.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a lasting foamy head and much lacing. Aroma is of piney hops, yeast, biscuit malt and some pear. Medium-full, crisp body. Yeast, sugar, biscuit malt and piney, earthy hops nicely balanced on the palate. Long, dry finish. Very nice, rustic brew

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Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas are a bunch of upfront floral and spicy notes with pungent citrus. Dry pilsner bready biscuity malts are also detectable. Belgiany yeast is fairly apparent as well.

The taste is fairly aggressive for a saison (or at least what I prefer in my saisons). All kinds of things happening here. Alcohol isn't midden all that well and the esters aren't in balance with the hops, really sharp finish as well; really not a fan. Thick, yet extremely bubbly mouthfeel; carbonation is apparent for sure.

This is a real aggressive saison. I can tell it's extremely well-made, as Ommegang doesn't mess around when it comes to making good Belgian beer. I was a little put off by the rather strong alcoholic character, but perhaps that's how it should be. I admire the complexity and adventurous quality.

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Photo of DCPlus14
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying to the Hennepin. A friend of mine brewed a Saison before and it didn't turn out the best, so this is only the second time I am trying one.

Off the bat I had some mixed feelings. I had to pour this VERY slow or else there was more head than I wanted. The smell however was amazing.

I let it sit for a few minutes so the head would die down and had my first sip - Thoroughly please with this beer!

Definitely worth pouring this slow to get the right pour out of it. Very pleasing beer and will be buying another one in the near term.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Straw color and hazy with short white head.

S: Fruity esters in the nose perhaps even some bubblegum.

T: Some fruitiness but dominated by the peppery phenolics and bitterness. Piney tartness. A light supporting role played by malts. Alcohol flavor present. With little sweetness.

M: Effervescent, tingly mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation. Dry finish.

Notes: Another good offering from Ommegang.

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

I've decided that drinking before watching the Detroit Lions play is probably a good idea. Whatever I can do to dull my sense of disappointment I guess...

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow, with a soapy-looking two-finger head. Lots of active carbonation in the glass. Retention is pretty darn good considering how large the bubbles in the head are. Some lacing is present, but it slides off the sides of the glass pretty quickly.

Smell: There's a nice characteristic funk in the smell, as well as grainy malt and citrus. If you inhale deeply enough, you pick up some of the underlying peppery spice that gives Saisons such a unique aroma. There is also a bit of fruity sweetness in the background, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is a well-balanced representation of what the nose had to offer. Good citrus bite up front, followed by some grassy malt, and finished with some spicy yeast and a touch of pepper. I love how the tartness and the dry finish act as bookends to the sweeter, fruitier flavors you encounter in the middle. This has to be one of the most well-balanced, easy-drinking Saisons I have had to date.

Mouthfeel: A little more tart and dry than I anticipated, but delicious nonetheless. Lots of carbonation and citrus bite, but refreshing and not at all overbearing.

Drinkability: Probably the most drinkable Saison I have had yet. A refreshing treat for the warmer months to be sure.

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Photo of adam42381
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a 3 finger fluffy snow white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove and yeast with a hint of pear. Smells very much like a hefeweizen.

Taste: Dry throughout with clear but not overwhelming phenolic notes. There is a fruitiness present but it is not sweet in any way. Light bitterness at the finish. There is a hint of funk in there as well. Aftertaste is dry and fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I would recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly the best example of a saison ive ever had...and ive had saison dupont before....

it has a murky yellow orange glow to it with a huge bubbly head.

smells of banana and wheat.

the taste is dry very dry with hints of banana and wheat.

very dry feel....with the carbonation lacing from the head.

hands down i could drink this stuff all day long

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