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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of bobsy
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was completely unaware that Duvel owned Ommegang until I saw the label on the bottle. I knew there was some sort of link, but not this strong. She pours like a beat, and its all I can do not to write Duvel-esque down. A clouded gold body supports two fingers of white foam that puts down some good streaks of lace and lasts well. The aroma is kind of neat, and well perfumed. Spicy and floral, it has sweet notes from honey which are balanced out by a distinct earthiness. In the very background I get a touch of cider. Where's the funk? I expected Hennepin to bring more, but this is still a solid beer nonetheless. Marzipan and honey come through strong, and the earthiness become more apparent as you work your way through it. A touch of spice and barnyard keep things interesting, but I'm looking for more in a saison. Alcohol makes its presence felt. While the flavour didn't do much for me, the mouthfeel is simply awesome. Soft and pillowy, its all you could hope for in a beer, and works well with everything else going on here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but it did remind me more of a Belgian Strong Pale than a saison. I'm looking for more funk and more of a refreshing feel... in essence something more traditional. That aside, Hennepin is a decent US take on a Belgian and worth the price (especially when you get it on super-special like ritzkiss did - cheers for sharing Eric!).

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

750 corked and caged that I picked up as part of Ommegang's gift set. Pours a delicate, hazy yellow with 2 fingers plus of foam, leaving patchwork lacing down.

Nose is grassy with a little funk, slight lemon, hay, a hint of pepper. Subtle but it's all there.

Had this in a night of saisons and this one stands out for the delicacy and fine craftsmanship. It was not bold but yet all the right notes were in the right places. Some lemons and esters, hay and grass, faint hop profile in the finish, a real earthy feel to it with a sharp drying in the finish. Reminds me a little of a toned down Local 1 - more subtle. Carbonation is bang on where you want a saison to be.

Probably the pick of the bunch last night, IMHO. Could easily drink this all summer night long and not feel lacking.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pizza Luce in MPLS.

A- A very gold colored beer, nice head and retention.

S- Smells very nice, it has a nice spicy smell with a slight grainy smell.

T- Nice zesty spice taste, best way to describe it.

M- Great mouthfeel, carbonated nicely and very sessionable.

D- This beer is extremely drinkable on a warm day, one of the best, if not the best, saison I have ever had.

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Photo of wingman14
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with an off white head that fades but leaves nice lacing. The smell is complex, some nice sweet fruit notes, some malt and spice notes as well. The taste starts somewhat sweet with the spice and fruit upfront, followed by a somewhat tart taste finishing with a malty taste. The mouthfeel is very smooth, some alcohol content detected in the aftertaste, but overall a silky beer with nice balance. This is a great drinker, not overpowering flavor, but lots of flavor is packed into this beer. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of botham
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a lightly hazy amber/yellow color with one and a half fingers of tight white head that has poor retention and mild lacings.

aroma is of light citrus notes and a bit of wheat malt, along with a touch of spice and some alcohol thrown in. a distant apple and light funk note round out the profile. overall, pleasant in the nose.

taste is lightly sweet and fruity with a bit of apricot and grape. also with a bit of alcohol and a dry finish of residual light fruit and citrusy hops. well proportioned with a bit too much alcohol, but still tasty.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light bite from the alcohol along with a semi-dry finish and a wheat malt-like texture.

drinkability is good. very tasty and lightly boozy saison. full of yeasty esters and fruity tones, this brew is solid. nicely proportioned, very successfull brew. the alcohol hurts a bit, but still very well done. cheers!

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

The color is a cloudy coppery amber. A chunky, dense white head retains well and leaves some patches of thick lacing behind.
Grains and yeast are first on the nose with an herbal sort of earthiness underlying and citrus notes.
There's a nice dynamic between a light thick touch of honey and zesty citrus, also complimented by a gentle peppery spice underneath. This one's all purity, complexity and balance. There's a raw, leafy earthiness on the palate also. A biscuity malt serves as the backbone, but all the flavors are completely complimentary. A delicious brew.
The body is medium and the mouthfeel is a balance of crisp and smooth.
It's really a tough call between this and Dupont if you're deciding between which saison to go with, though in the end I Hennepin the edge. This one is absolutely a delight to drink.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dug out a cave aged 2005 version of this from my closet...might be a bit too old, but lets see.

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip from a 750mL bottle.

A: Cloudy yellow orange body topped by a somewhat loose white head. Lacing is great as the head dissipates. Retention is good.

S: Smell of grain lingers over the glass, spicy yeast notes are the most dominate, with a touch of alcohol.

T: Can certainly tell this has some age on it, getting slight sherry notes up front and on the finish. Its not terribly out of place. Otherwise the flavor is just like the nose.

M: Highly carbonated with small bubbles, crisp mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable, crisp and refreshing but with big flavor and alcohol.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this staring me in the face at my local beer store and had to give a taste. It pours an amber/yellow partly cloudy. Moderate head. The aroma is spicy and fruity with hints of yeast. The taste does not let me down. So fruity and delicious. I love the spice mix. It's like a piece of bread with cinnamon butter spread on it. I found the mouth feel to be pleasing as well. Not too thick. Seems right for a saison. I think this could easily be a session beer. The abv might get you but it would be worth downing a few bombers.

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Photo of NODAK
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very nice. Sweet and spicy...a good deal of fruity esters present. This is very inviting.

Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy, loose head that has very good retention.

Taste has some sweetness to it, but nowhere near overpowering, with some spicy notes seeming to be present as well. Finish is a little citrusy with a tart snap along with a tad bit of hop bitterness initially noticeable but fading away as drinking continues. Some yeastiness is even apparent at the very end. Aftertaste is pretty minimal with some spiciness and stickiness.

Alcohol is warming, but not overally obvious...at least, at first it isn't. As it warms, it does come out but never to the point of ruining drinkability.

Absolutely delicious and a personal favorite of mine. Very drinkable, very tasty and yet very dangerous.

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Photo of Gish
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml poured into a snifter.

A - Honey-colored, a bit hazy, has a huge head.

S - Herbal, astringent, reminds me of white wine.

T - Wow! One of the most crisp and refreshing beers I've ever had, especially considering it's approaching 8% ABV. Fairly tart, with tannins and white grapes. I had this by itself, but it would go great with food as well.

M - Well carbonated, a little thin.

D - Ridiculous drinkability, it blows away many beers that are lower in ABV in this area.

One of the best saisons I've had, Hennepin definitely gives Belgians a run for their money! Great value as well.

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

A- Pours a beautiful light golden fluid that produces excellent mild bubbly head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of fresh yeast, alcohol esters, and mild grassy notes. Secondly I sense a very fresh wheat-like aroma that arouses the senses.

T-M- Upfront is a a very stiff alcohol presence followed by flavors of orange and other citrusy notes. Finishes with a piney after taste that hangs around for seconds. Mouthfeel is moderate with thick feel due to the alcohol in the beer. Smooth finish as it washes down.

D- Very drinkable and easily overdone... Be easy and enjoy!

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

Poured into a tulip glass at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

A nice pale yellow appearance with a minimal white head and a few lines of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of honey, light fruitiness...mainly green apple..., possibly some wheat. A faint alcohol presence is apparent after it warms.

The taste is also of green apple, with a good malt presence and minimal hop bitterness or flavor.

It has a light mouth feel with with a slight prickliness from the carbonation.

Overall, this is a great summer beer. Nice for a hot day, but still enough flavor and complexity to be a quality craft beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at First St. Draught House in town. Came out a murky yellow/gold with no head on it at all. No lacing present either. Smells of funk, yeast, pineapple, coriander, and flowers.

The mouth is very crisp and overly-carbonated. Too spritzy for my liking. This may be a style thing so my rating is a bit higher than my preference. Flavor is of pineapple, apples, tart yeast, and slight spicy finish. This is refreshing and pretty good. Had it with lunch and it paired well. Not bad. My first of this style. I will seek out more...

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

a corked 750 ml bottle with a nice design on the label with useful information on it.

the color is a bit elusive, its a pale golden orange with a white frothy head that stays and leaves lace down the glass.

the aroma is earthy and like the name of this beer a strong farm house scent like a wet wooden barn after a rain storm ,with lemons, spicy yeast ,clove and mildly sweet malt.

the taste is delicate and bold ,lemon and spice ,and mild hops that are backed bye an arsonal of funk ,the wet grass on a sunny day taste ,the hay, fruit and earthy flavors blend to make a superb example of a great tasting saison.

the feel is spicy and citrusy in a soft lite way that leaves a refreshing dry after taste .

this is a great brew ,well made, and it can stand a long side the best saisons in the world.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a thin bubbly head and a fair amount of head retention. Not much lacing when swirled in glass. Lots of yeast activity from the bottom of the glass, with bubbles rising towards the top. The scent is heavy with the Belgian yeast and backed with the alcohol. There are some hints of spice and clove, but not too prevalent.

The taste is great - peppery and spicy, with some underlying tones of banana. There are also a good amount of hoppiness and bite throughout. The alcohol carries through towards the aftertaste, but doesn't present itself that heavily.

The mouthfeel is very light-bodied and crisp; sort of reminiscent of a champagne, but not as bubbly. Excellent drinkability - sippable throughout the night and great to share with a friend.

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Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a foamy, sticky, white head. The aroma has banana's, cloves, lemon, and yeast. The taste is the same as the aroma. Has some sweetness up front, and a dry, tart finish. Low to medium bodied, well carbonated, and good drinkability. Well made.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ML corked and caged bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A-somewhat veiled golden in color, with an ample creamy head. Decent looking but nothing to write home about.

S-yeast, banannas, clove and slighly sour funk. Overall earthy, organic and wet dog in the far background. Overall a rather understated nose...I had expected more.

T-slightly citrus fruits and Belgian yeast with young green apple with a mild clove undertone. Delicately sweet, with a very understated sour note and a dry somewhat astringent hop finish.

M-well balanced mouthfeel overall, on the lighter side of medium with ample effervescent carbonation.

D-this is a pretty drinkable brew. It goes down easy and is pretty understated.

Overall, I could take or leave this one. I was really looking forward to it based upon the advice of some friends, and, of course all the reviews and kudos here, but frankly I just don't get it. It is decent, it is solid, and would I take another if someone poured it, sure, why not? But did it blow me away and would I seek it out again? No, and probably not.

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

Poured from a chilled 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - A slightly hazy pale golden color. Small foamy head that retained about 1/4 inch and laced nicely.

Smell - Spicy, fruity and yeasty. The trifecta for a Saison style. Very nice nose on this one.

Taste - Slightly sweet, but dry. Nice and crisp with a good blend of hops and yeast. A little hops bite on the tounge on the finish. Overall a very delicious Saison...right up there with Saison Dupont for me.

Mouth Feel - Crisp with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkablity - Very drinkable and a reasonable ABV. Could easily do a session with this one, and I have s3everal times. Very good American interpretation of a Saison Farmhouse style.

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Photo of MVotter
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ommegang Hennepin pours into a pils glass a cloudy, light-gold. It yields a towering white head which, even when settled, is a generous two fingers tall. It leaves a good bit of clingy lace in it's wake as you drink it down.

The aroma is cloves, spices and yeast.

The taste runs in parallel with the aroma ... spices and clove right up front, sweet malts in the middle and the finish is a little tangy, tart. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is incredibly effervescent, a Belgian all the way, med/heavy gravity, ... bubbles, bubbles, bubbles ... hehe.

Hennepin is a very drinkable dry brew. You have to be a fan of the spice/clove taste to love this beer; another delicious offering from the world class brewers at Ommegang.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice cloudy gold with a billowy head. smells fruity with spice. I had never had a saison and have been wanting to try. It reminded me of a wheat beer with a touch of funk. it was interesting. the aroma was the best part of it. very refreshing fruit smell. light feel with lots of carbonation. enjoyed it, but the taste needed a bit more CRISPness. i really wanted just a sharpness to the flavor, great though

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Photo of projectflam86
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin off-white head that left a slight bit of lacing.

S- Clove and spice with a Belgian yeast scent. Grassy with some light fruit aromas.

T- Musty grain and grassy flavor initially with lots of spice and clove in the finish. A lingering yeast taste with banana and fruity esters.

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation. A bit too much 'funk' in the flavor.

D- An ok brew that wasn't quite my style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent pale, lemon yellow color. Large white foamy head that leaves slow, glacial lace and consistent retention. What I'd expect from a quality saison.

Earthy. Smells of clove, lemon, banana and gigner with Belgian sophistication (read yeast funk) and sugary wort. Smells farmish.

Aggressive taste: cracker malt with spicey versus tart balance and a dry tequila-esque umph in the middle. Mild orange juice fade. Crisp carbonation practically throws flavors on the pallette.

Has that hard to find balance between complexity and drinkability. Good stuff.

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

4 big white fluffy head atop hazy light golden apricot liquid, leaves some lace
4-4.5 lemon, hay, ginger/coriander in the nicely assertive nose. some phenolics too, but not very funky at all.
4 reminds me of saison du pont, minus some of the phenolic action. very easy to drink but interesting enough to satisfy on most occasions. crisp and dry but for the style maybe relatively sweet. fairly tart finish.
4-4.5 light-medium body and nice carbonation
4 dangerously quaffible (at 7.5%, acc to bottle), the friendliest farmhouse i've tried so far. but so light on the funk, and the alcohol makes its presence known in an intrusive way as the brew warms slightly. given the seeming need to glurp it combined with the high abv, probably won't go for this very often.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A hazey straw color with great foamy head and good retention

S: Slightly skunked smellbut mostly a strong some spicey frutyness

T: Theres some citrus up front and i Definitely taste Coriander and mabey a little honey at the end.

M: Has a good lightness to it. its smoth up front and a little course at the end with good carbonation.

D: Its drinkable the more of it i have the more i like it but its just not my cup of tea i dont think i would buy it agian.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. 7.5% ABV.

A: Hazy light yellow. The head is absolutely huge.

S: Citrus and breadiness. Like a souped-up wit.

T: Fruity esters, some phenols, a bit of tartness. Bready aftertaste.

M: Light and bubbly. A shit-ton of carbonation.

D: One of the few American saisons that can go toe-to-toe with the big boys. Recommended.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
4.17 out of 5 based on 6,009 ratings.
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