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
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5,996
Reviews:
2,174
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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Photo of animalchin
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A rich cloudy and yellow body with one of the fattest/deepest pouring heads I've ever seen. Some lacing to go along.

S - A bunch of upfront floral and spicy notes with pungent citrus.

T - All kinds of things happening here. First off, getting a lot of alcohol action, but this gets balanced with a sharp ester hop character. A rather sharp finish that is reminiscent of isopropyl alcohol.

M - Sparkling, carbonation is apparent for sure.

D/Notes - One and done (7.7% ABV kind of seals the deal)

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 nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Restaurant in Santa Cruz.

Hazy golden color with an average-sized white head.

Aroma is sweet malt, light fruits, yeast, and a little mild funk.

Flavor is pale malt, earth, spices, light fruits, and mild hops. Not bad but would like a little more to it.

Fairly high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Very drinkable, but overall this is not quite as amazing as I expected.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a pale straw yellow. Huge fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

S_Strong medicinal/sour smell.Hints of clove,honey,yeast.

T_Yeast and citrus. Sour lemon,honey,grassy hops.Has the medicinal taste as in the smell but much more faint.

M_Thin,crisp and a very dry finish. Pretty refreshing.

D_Pretty damn drinkable especially for the ABV. Not my favorite saison but good to throw in the mix now and then.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a big pillowy white head. Smells of orange, warm yeasty bread, and some sweetness. Light, bready initial taste, with a sweet citrus finish and some very subtle grassy, floral and peppery phenols. Mouth feel is just a touch thin with a moderate to high carbonation level. I don't think this is the most amazing example of a saison, but it is consistently good and usually serves as a nice standby for me at restaurants as it's neutralness seems to pair well with a wide range of foods.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is a great color for it's style- golden, hay-like that is mostly cloudy. The head itself is large & creamy that is mostly lasting.

S: A strong aroma of citrus fruits (lemon), honey, yeast, & some spice.

T: Spice, citrus fruits, malts, spices (cloves), & banana. Playful balance of flavors.

M: A lot of carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, & creamy.

D: A clean and crisp beer. Great for appetizers or just an everyday beer. I'm not a fan of this style, but I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adam for serving up another Saison. Served in an Allagash Cervoise. Best before January 2012.

A - Pours with a voluminous three-plus fingers of white foam that eventually dissipates to a thin cap and leaves behind some stray chunks of lace. Body is a golden straw color, and oddly only one of three three pours had a stream of bubbles.

S - Yeast, esters, some light stone fruit, must, earth, and a bit of soapiness. Alcohol could be better hidden, and this lacks in "pop" and intensity, particularly after the Odonata offering.

T - Taste is a little better, as there is less alcohol and spicy ester character. More pale malt, with a bit of lemon, stone fruits, and floral hop character.

M - Carbonation is a bit too zesty and gritty, body is medium and a touch grainy as well. There's a touch of warmth in the finish, and residual stickiness.

D - Meh. A serviceable brew, but not something I will bother having again, as there are too many better options on the shelf.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Light appearance with nine finger fluffy head. The head stayed forever. Smell was bright and lemony. Taste was light to medium with a bit of citrus. My first farmhouse saison didn't disappoint. Mouthfeel was light and spritzy. Easy to drink and delicious.

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

A: Pours a hazy, golden color with a thick layer of cloudy white head.

S: A nice citrus aroma at first, with notes of tropical fruits, a slight funk is also present

T: A combination of fruit, spice, malt and yeast. Banana and clove, orange and honey...there's a lot going on here

M: Highly carbonated, with a medium body

D: I really enjoyed this one, it's complex yet still light enough to drink several of.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow haze, with a frothy big head. Aroma of clove and spice.

Taste, I dunno what the big deal is, tastes simply like a combo hefe and pale wheat beer. Some citrus notes, mostly lemon. Seems like an imperial hefe at times. Stays nice and dry with its tang, light bodied. Wish the clove stayed more in the background.

I dunno, you could just go buy 6 SN Kellarweis or something for this price.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a nice head and a bit of lacing sticking around. Smell has a good bit of earthiness along with some spice and a few Belgian-yeast esters. Quite pungent; a bit more so than the taste. Mouthfeel is very nice with a crisp carbonation and and nice dash of citrus/earthy dryness. Drinkability is very, very good; really wish this was sold in 4-packs around here.

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Photo of thasnazzle
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a two finger head that dissipates into a small ring and leaves lacing down the glass.

S - Mostly banana and fruity esters, with a hint of spice in the background.

T - lots going on here. Spices up front - coriander and clove, maybe something else as well - which lead into a strong fruity banana/bubblegum flavor with a lemony presence, followed by a dry bready finish with a hint of hop bitterness. Alcohol is deceptively well-hidden - I didn't realize this was over 7% abv until I looked it up.

M - Had this from a growler that was filled at Brewery Ommegang about a week and a half ago, so I'm not sure how representative this should be of the beer's carbonation. Mouthfeel was good - carbonation drew out the spices without being too strong to destroy the tastes in the middle of the palate. Maybe slightly thin, but that was probably the result of the growler having been filled a week and a half ago.

D - I could drink this all night. It's light enough to not fill me up, but still packs a ton of flavor without leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.

Ommegang got me into craft beer, and this is another great offering from them. My first saison, it has me craving more from the style. Great beer.

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Photo of Bonis
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured 12 oz bottle into Unibroue tulip glass. A murky light golden color, huge head that dissipates after a couple of minutes to a thin lacing. Very bubbly all the way.

Nose - Spicey clove-like, sour alcohol, some light fruitiness--nothing I can pinpoint.. Extreme funkiness, doesn't really smell appealing.

Taste - At first it is somewhat fruity, but a fruit with a sour bitter bang. Less spices are there than what I got off the nose, but they're still evident. I don't taste the citrus that others describe. Leaves a pleasant dry bitterness in the mouth, lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel - Decent. Surprisingly light and smooth considering the amount of carbonation present off of the pour.

Drinkability - Excellent. Finished my 12 oz in no time. A little more bitter than I anticipated but this is a strong brew overall. I've only tried a couple of saisons, so I don't know too much about them. You can't really go wrong with most of Ommegang's offerings... Delicious beer at a decent price.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 12 oz 4-pack version with what looks to be a bottled on date of 02/10/10 and a best by 02/12...I like it when both dates are stamped on there, the former much more important than the latter though. Pours a fairly clear, medium yellow color with a rather large-bubbled white head. Much lighter than expected and the foam does not stick around as long as I would like.

Smell is nicely farmhouse with some earthy lemon and yeasty clove/banana aroma. Grassy hops are notable as well as a wheat tang. Nose is quite nice.

Taste is somewhere in between a wit, hefe and saison. Has plenty of yeast esters but not really all that funky or bright like a DuPont. One of the better American renditions for sure, but the malt seems a little sweet and not grainy enough, while the lemon feels more like an American wheat than a saison. Hop bitterness is spot on and provides a nice cleansing on the palate. Tough love I guess, as saisons are one of my favorite styles and tend to grade harder. I like it, but feel like it lacks a bit in personality and farmhouse funkiness. I'd like a yeast with more personality, less sweetness and some more raw grainy aspect.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent light gold with a giant white head that is fed by a ton of carbonation. Leaves great lacing chunks.

Smells like a saison. Some grassy and floral notes with only a little bit of funk. Tart citrus comes out later.

Tastes like some sweet malt with a big yeast note. Pretty sweet and a spice lingers at the end. Very fruity and when warm there is a slight spice with a bit of alcohol warm. Alcohol is undetectable in the taste, though.

Mouthfeel is a little dry, but nothing excessive, pretty smooth and light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high, but the ABV is a little high and will hit you before you get tired of the beer.

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Photo of joeland
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance- an orange pale color, with a two finger head that fades to one finger.

smell- a citrus smell

taste- it has the smae citrus taste. it is very smooth and the taste does not stay long.

mouthfeel- very smooth with a little carbnation feeling.

drinkability- i could drink these for ahile.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - A cloudy copper color with 2 fingers of head

Smell - a tart smell with spices mixed in, a very unique beer

Taste - goodness with a citrus blend

Mouthfeel - very smooth with moderate carbination

Drinkability - very drinkable, Im in love

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

pours a hazy golden yellow color with a big billowing white head that recedes slowly.with some nice lacing..smell is fruits and citrus some spices some cloves its a nice bouquet..taste is apples and pears with a citrus and slight lemon tart hit with a banana and clove slight hop hit..mouth feel was medium and very crisp full of flavors in a well balanced saison ..very drinkable and a pleasure to have abv..well hidden

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Photo of dpcoz
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Originally reviewed 02/28/2010)

APPEARANCE - Cloudy, Pale, yet the middle of the glass, from top to bottom, it appears to be darker, almost as if a Yuengling was surrounded by a Miller Lite. Pure White head, 1 1/2 fingers up. Carbonated fairly well, bubbles continue to rise to the top

SMELL - Sour, citrus, spice, yeast, alcohol. I think the sour could possibly be some granny smith apples in there.

TASTE - Malty, citrus-acidic, I tend to sense some earthy flavors as well. Maybe even a hint of banana - nothing overpowering or obnoxious, but nice. Slight grapefruit aftertaste, combined with bitterness and dryness.

MOUTHFEEL - Smooth. Carbonation does not interfere with the experience. Definately medium bodied and crisp.

DRINKABILITY - Complex flavors, strength and price make this one a winner. Constructed almost perfectly, delivers powerful product, this was a highly enjoyable experience.

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

On tap at vintage. Gota see my boy tone once and awhile.

A- comes to me with three good fingers of bright white head that slowly settles to a small ring and a few wisps on top. Golden yellow in color with a bit of haze.

S- powerdy yeast and a bit of lemon peel. Mild icing sugar sweetness. Bananas and cloves come out with some time.

T- slightly tart with some lemon upfront that rolls into a full yeasty quality. Mild hits of barnyard and spice, with cloves and cardimon. Wheat and a hint of sweet.

M- mid to light in body with a nice carb that keeps things very lively.

D- its amazingly drinkable and approachable to a noob. Great stuff at a great time.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. $8.99 from Neds in Lynchburg (ouch).

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow. Fantastic head-- Thick and creamy white with infinite retention. Really nice lacing.

Smell: Pears and apples, some florals, spice, a little citrus, and slightly musty/funky Belgian yeast. A little noble hops whiff.

Taste: Slightly sweet fruity esters and a tart bitterness that is both citrusy and hoppy. Yeasty flavor really comes through toward the end and on the finish and is again slightly musty and sourdough bready.

Mouthfeel: This is a rollercoaster on the palate. Initially the high carbonation makes it feel sharp, spritzy, and dry in the mouth. As it goes down it seems to coat the mouth a little bit and feels much bigger, almost creamy. The finish is cleaner, but not overly dry.

Drinkability: This is just a hell of a good beer. It has that "big beer" feel, but its still refreshing. Its really good anytime and with almost anything. Look for it in the 12 oz bottles-- not that you cant down a 750 alone, but they're a much better deal.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque straw gold with a dense, dense puffy white head that eagerly leaves lacing all around the glass. Initially smells like rock candy, and then the more familiar Belgian saison yeast. Fruity and floral with a small amount of farmhouse notes and vanilla. Tastes great, haven't had this in a while. Fruity and sweet with a clean malt bill and mild hop presence, dry but could be plenty more for the style...again there is a vanilla like candy thing going on and I can only imagine it is from the yeast. The more I drink this the more I think that vanilla thing is actually just some phenol type flavor. Wow great mouthfeel, awsome bottle conditioning by ommegang, other than the fact that this beer is almost 8 percent (and you can't tell it is) it is highly drinkable. Love it.

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

Hazy straw in color, start white, very predominant head. Had to wait a sec to let it settle to pour the remaining amount.

The smell is citrus and tangy. Faint hops, and a bit of spice.

Most the same with the citrus fruits, spices and hops. A tad boring on the explanation, but it's simple and very well to style.

Feel is light and crisp, with a bit of carbo bite.

Out of the few Saison's I've had, this is definitely the best, which makes me look forward to more of the style.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

The color is a foggy yellow with about two to three fingers of foamy white head and bunch of lacing.

The smell is a bit peppery with a wheat flavor that reminds me of cereal. Some green banana and a little apple flavor seems to be just in sight of my nostrils.

The taste is pretty fruity with some sour apple and a nice peppery spice that goes into a nice clove flavor. Some slight lemon flavor in the back-end as well.

It seems to spin on the tongue and then go down smooth. A well carbonated beer that feels really light going down.

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

Looks: pale dandelion, perfectly clear, with a small grayish head like soap film that leaves insignificant trails of lace.

Smells: oooh! Cloves, nutmeg, coriander, some cinnamon, honeysuckle, roses and lavender. Very floral, with the slightest hint of graininess.

Tastes: like a white lifesaver. Lots of cool flavors here: ginger, pineapple, Hibiscus tea. Coriander spiciness mixes with some wonderful tang I can't quite place. If finishes mostly sweet, but with a building dryness as the level of the remaining beer drops.

Feels: crisp. Medium carbonation with a somewhat light and watery body.

Drinks: like summer. The floral nose and enticing spicy flavors really agree with my current palate, and the sweetness of the beer is dialed in perfectly. An unexpected treat from Ommegang.

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Photo of gboy515duo
2.63/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a yellow, but thick cloudy, body with a thicky and cloudy offwhite lacy head. Smells of malt and not much else. I only knew there were bananas in there because of other reviews, otherwise I would have never picked it up.

Truly tastes like nothing great, just a nice malty beer, but nothing impressive, and something I would never spend 2.75$ for a 12oz bottle on again. This is a beer that is truly underwhelming.

The mouthfeel & drinkability for a 7.7% ABV were the only upsides to this beer. The fact that only a few will get you feeling really good and that it goes down nice with a quick bite make it only slightly worthwhile...

For a brewer who puts out Abbey Ale & Three philosophers, this was extremely disappointing.

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