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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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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
Ranking:
#1,459
Reviews:
2,187
Ratings:
6,040
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
370
Gots:
1,074
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 6,040 |  Reviews: 2,187
Photo of anap
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the tap, Hennepin poured a sunshiny gold color, slightly hazy, with a spumy one-centimeter head. The first sip left a strong impression of pears that receded with subsequent sips, unraveling a sparkling apple cider note with a trace of soapiness and lichen on the finish. For having so mellow a flavor, the beer was surprisingly crisp and thin. In fact, I would have preferred a slightly heavier feel, but perhaps my opinion was swayed by a craving for warmth on a chilly day in February. Well, I found it thoroughly drinkable nonetheless and look forward to sampling it again when springtime rolls around.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This Saison brewed in Cooperstown, NY is 7.7% ABV.

Pours a bright yellow, crystal clear, with 3 fingers of fluffy white head that recedes after a minute.

Aroma is pilsner malts, fruit, yeast and mild spice. Overall a fairly simple/straight-forward nose for a saison.

Taste is very dry, beginning with light, bread malt and light fruit flavors. Yeast, soapiness and a sharp bitterness follow, with the finish leaving an acidic bitterness, vegetal character and some yeast character behind.

Medium/light mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Overall I really do not care for this beer, it is too sharp and lacks all the depth of flavor and character that I love in saisons. This is the fourth time I have tried this beer an I have never enjoyed it, I think I'm done giving it chances.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had in ale glass

A: cloudy yellow, bushy head, nice carbonation, outstanding lacing
S: lovely spritely aroma of lemon that lingers
T: very lovely saison, with overtones of banana and clove; the brewers have hit the sweet spot on the bottle conditioning, giving the beer the depth of flavor one comes to enjoy in Belgian-style beers, yet without any cloying effects.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Cheers!

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

Golden cloudy appearance with very nice lacy head. Pours nice, but pull back on the bottle at the last second to hold back the sediment. Really nice floral smell. Yeasty spicy flavor done right, with pure satisfaction in the finish. Snappy mouthfeel thanks to great carbonation, and very drinkable. Overall a superior beer.

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

Bright yellow with a faint haze and some floaties. Maybe a hint of amber. Thick, frothy white head. Smells earthy, spicy (cloves), and somewhat medicinal. Hints of alcohol. Taste has some light sweetness upfront, more earthiness and spiciness, and a phenolic character. Light, herbal hops on the back end. Finishes incredibly dry, with some faint lingering hops. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit soapy. Huge, prickly carbonation. Very drinkable.

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

Poured a nice golden yellow color from a 12 oz bottle with ABV on the label. Good, foamy one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very good carbonation.
Spice heavy aroma with nutmeg, cloves and coriander coming through with hints of sweet fruity ester/bananas.
Taste upfront is tart with a nice sweet finish. Very good mouthfeel. Crisp, tart, refreshing ale. Alcohol definitely warmed me up with every progressive sip. In spite of the higher ABV, this is a VERY drinkable ale. Very good lacing along the insides of the glass. This is a very good saison from Ommegang. Paired very well with some spicy curry. Definitely worth a try if you like this type of ale.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +0.7%
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 -4.1%
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 -4.8%
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 -4.1%
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 -3.6%
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 +4.1%
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 +8%
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 -0.5%
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 -14.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.7%
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

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of acehart1
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +1.7%
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 -25.3%
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 -3.6%
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 +5.5%
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 +1.2%
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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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,040 ratings
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