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
Reviews:
2,161
Ratings:
5,948
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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Photo of Cozuma
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned poured in a standard pint...because that's what I have in this hotel.

A: slightly hazy golden color small head that persists and leaves lacing on the glass as you drink.

S: slighly metallic smell with light apple like jicama or starfruit but not sour like starfruit

T:sweet like a chimay cinq cents with buttery bread feel that fades to a plain wheat bread. Slightly spicy though I'd be inclined to say it's the carbonation.

M: smooth easy drinking saison slight burn from carbonation but not harsh.

O: I agree with ajzbedo in that this would be great to pop the cork on a hot summer day it's refreshing and flavorful in the bread department. It can even at times remind me of caraway ie pumpernickel. I'd say I'm a fan, it's reasonably priced too.

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Photo of sturner26
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a normal pint glass.

A: Pours a pale orange with a fluffy white head.

S: This is my first saison, sour notes and a general "funkyness" stand out, but in a good way.

T: Taste is similar to smell, bready yeast and floral and citrus notes. Strong funkiness prevails as well.

M: Goes down well.

D: Very complex flavors kept me coming back for more. Overall I was not blown away, but did enjoy the beer and style, must revisit in the future.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork popped off with a tremendous - almost dangerous - pressure.

Nose:
A sweet-smelling malt dominates the aroma bright and toasty. Lots of secondary dark sugary roasted tones. A mild funky tartness rounds out the malt with herbal and earthy notes.

Look:
Medium gold with deep straw hues, fair clarity, moderately large head with less than moderately low retention.

Flavor:
Attack is fairly clean and flavored lightly behind the tart, bitter, alcoholic body. When my palate adjusts, I get mild sweetness and maltiness along with various earthy, grassy, and slightly musty flavors. The volume of sensations grows like that of a string quartet - starting soft and with the least of energy.

A little alcohol flavor joins in and the heat is turned up. Musty melon flavors, leaves, hints of strawberry, banana, citrus, (what I take to be) wet blanket, and mild barnyard all vie for attention with restrained whispers.

The Verdict:
A light/subtle brew that is better experienced carefully and with great thought. No wild exciting flavors here, just relaxed summer evening contentment.

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Photo of Overlord
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow/orange. Smells of wheat/grass and yeast. Pours with an inch or so of white head.

Taste is very yeasty. Almost overwhelmingly so. Rich bread tones, some lighter fruits (citrus and melon), and that wheat/grass bite so typical of farmehouse ales.

A good beer, even though I'm not a fan of the style. Mouthfeel was decently chewy.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear pilsner-gold with a medium white head. Decent retention with good stick.
The aroma is malty and fruity, with a yeasty spicyness.
Taste is fairly complex, with pale malt up front with citrus peel and clove. Transitions in to an earthy/grassy hop extract flavor. Pronounced dry bitterness in the finish from the hops and noticable alcohol that remains on the tongue after the flavor has faded.
Feel is a bit rough. High carbonation levels are a bit much at first, but mellow somewhat toward the bottom of the glass.
Overall it's pretty good, but if I'm going to spend the money on an Ommegang product, I'd probably go with several others before this one.

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Photo of TerryW
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy bright yellow - almost glowing - with a moderate, but long-lived white head. Very active in the glass with lots of fine carbonation. Only a bit of lace follows along.

Yeasty, bready nose that comes across like a Hefe. Orange and spice. Nice full natural aroma. Quite appetizing.

Quite a bit of a bite from the carbonation, followed by some tartness in the beer. Fruity and spicy, sweet up front with a slightly drying, mildly bitter finish.

Lots of things happening in the glass make this an interesting drink. Just a tad too much sting from the carbonation for my taste, but overall a beer worth trying.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Color is a nice golden and the head is thick and soapy white. It thins and never goes away leaving some lacing.

The aroma thin, it has some sour funkiness, some yeast, and maybe some pale hops. Flavor is much more pleasing. Some fruitiness, banana and clove flavors. There are some yeast and hop flavors there too, but they are mild.

Carbonation is high, not sure if that is appropriate or not, but it seems to go well. Mouthfeel is dry, leaving you wanting another sip.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a light orange colored body; white and frothy colored head formed; good amount of lacing; solid amount of carbonation

S - Corn; wheat and biscuit malt scents; rice; Belgian style spices (orange peel and coriander)

T - Wheat; yeast; fruit notes; Belgian spiced beer with sour notes; coriander; light orange flavors

M - Smooth; slightly effervescent; not viscous at all; but full of plenty of body

D - Good drink; great summer beer; nice beer for food pairings, could be a bit filling after a few

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a nice hazy straw color with an inch+ airy white head that slowly recedes leaving a nice surface layer and nice lacing.

A mild spicy, fruity aroma.

Flavors of pepper, cloves, citrus and a musty earthiness in the background.

A medium bodied beer with a crisp finish and moderate to heavy carbonation.

A nicely balanced if fairly tame example of the style. I prefer my saisons with a little more of that farmhouse funk to them.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2013 re-review in a 12oz bottle - identical to the 750ml review in 2010. Great consistency!

A - Golden hay. Thick frothy head.

S - Very mild. Light yeast, grassy, with some floral notes.

T - Light malt, wildflower honey. A split second touch of hops in the mid profile as it mellows into a soft grain finish.

M - Smooth but buttery.

O - A nice accessible saison.

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Photo of everetends
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml purchased from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Poured into an Ommegang tulip.

A: Pours a really bright golden color that has a good bit of haze to it. Got a good 3 fingers of head from this thing that has decent retention and has amazingly soapy, clingy lacing. Nice active carbonation bubbles.

S: Yeast is very much there. Citrus hops are coming through nicely. Spicy, peppery scent. Pretty faint though.

T: Taste is pretty good. Yeasty, earthy goodness. Citrus hops bring a twangy, sweetness in here with lemon and orange flavors. Malt is subdued but present. Grape flavor comes in a bit. Touch of alcohol. Very nice.

M: Medium in body but feels thin. Carbonation is heavy, but makes it easy drinking. Alcohol rests on the throat with a pleasant burn.

D: This beer is easy drinking but the feel seems to be off. Taste is good and interesting. Pretty good beer overall

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance> Beauty, hazy, warm yellow. Very lively. The effervescence of champagne. Pours with a white, sudsy head that dissipates slowly. Some retention. Some lacing.

Smell> Nice! Representative. Grain, sweetness, slightly alcoholic. Good.

Taste> good. light. Not too complex. Crisp and refreshing as a saison should be, but with a sweet slightly alcoholic hang.

Mouf> A little bubblier than I like. Pretty average.

Drinkability> Easy.

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Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 100th review so I thought it should be something special. The 25.4 oz bottle is part of the Ommegang 10th Anniversery set.

A very soft pour produces a golden orange brew with a small white head that leaves some lacing and settles to a solid cap. Tiny bubbles are continously released throughout the session. The second pour 30 minutes later created a much more vibrant head. It must need to rest awhile after uncorking.

The smell is fruity and spicy of cloves and pepper. True to style.

The taste is the same as the aroma. Fruity with some cupboard spices with just a touch of alcohol detected on finish. I don't get much of any hops and the malt is understated which is a bit of a disapointment. It is almost like a wine cooler or one of those malt beverages. It has a nice body with good carbonation. A saison on the overly sweet side but it does taste good but not really something that a person could drink a lot of in a day.

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Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw color, lots and lots of white head..

S: Fruity, some spice. Cinnamon, peaches, apricot, and yeast.

T: Lots of fruit, and a little heat in a spice kind of way.. smooth, and delicious.. slight metallic aftertaste, but very slight.

M: Highly carbonated, slightly watery..

D: Good, but I don't think I'll be dropping a lot of money into this one.. It's a good beer, but I think there are better belgians out there.

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Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not that familiar with this style and don't have a lot of other Saisons to compare to but as a beer it's actually very good. It's almost a little like a wheat beer without the banana aroma. Color is a light copper, carbonation is reasonable (not too high), flavor very light for the alcohol content and the mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Aroma is quite unique without being too overwhelming.

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Photo of battlekow
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale yellow beer with an ample--very ample--head and lacing. Smells of lemons, esters, bubblegum, yeast; basically, it smells like a witbier. I don't have that much experience with saisons, and I'm not exactly sure of the difference between the two, but Hennepin has a definite hop bite in its flavor. Feels nice and light in the mouth. This is good, but I don't think it's exactly my style.

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Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale straw. Mild funk in the nose and flavor profile. This is a fine offering but its amazingly ok. The reputation is of this beer is way out of proportion to its actual delivery.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

944th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
12 oz

@Pizzaiolis Chino Hills,CA

App- A semi translucent yellow with little bits of orange and a 1/2 finger of white head. Only a couple dots of cling on this one due to very cold pint glass.

* Server realized error and comped this beer for a cold glass and a pint glass instead of a OSWG or Tulip (He did it, I didn't mention due to being with wife for anniversary)

Smell- This seemed to be a hybrid of aromatics to me. A bit of a thick Hefei with a Saison. Big aromatics of yeast, dampness, lemon and banana.

Taste- A good malty spicy saison. A large amount of pepper on the first sip and then more of the hefe banana and yeast flavors on the following sips.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation level. A bit of a mixed wet/dry feel and a bit more peppery spice note.

Drink- This was pretty good and flavorful. More of a sipping saison with big bold flavors and a good balance and feel. I like what Ommegang does. I'll come back to their beers for sure.

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Photo of DCon
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a 1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. (750 ML) bottle in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur & has an estimated price of $11.99. Poured from the caged&corked bottle into my 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass and has 16/12/13 on the front of the bottle.

Aroma- A nice fruitiness and extremely light spiciness. Has a nice floral hop aroma and High fruitiness with low to moderate hop aroma and very low sour/acidic aroma if any.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has decent retention. Has a dark golden/light orange color body that is semi-hazy. Very nice lacing on the sides of the glass, mostly sudsy but does have 2 rings at the top.

Flavor- VERY fruity from the beginning with tons of malt. I'm not sure if its balanced or not, but the spiciness tastes over towards the end of the drink. Like a Belgian Strong when it comes to the finish. Has a medium hop bitterness and has a bit of sourness at the end as well.

Mouthfeel- Light-Meidum Bodied (more on the light side), High Carbonation, Lightly Effervescent, and has hops/spice on the finish but nothing big time.

Overall Impression- A very fruity Saison. Easy to drink, has mild spice and sourness but not every brew this style can have these distinctive aromas/flavors. I was expecting more from this one but not bad. Wouldn't go out of my way to get again but enjoyed.

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Photo of tut2528
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden in appearance, pours about 2-3 fingers worth of pure white foam, huge carbonation, and enormous lacing.

S: similar smell to a hefeweizen. I pick up a lot of lemon citrus, cloves, mild peppery spices, and yeast. Mild hops with a very slight hint of mango, burn of alcohol is present.

T: similar aspects as the nose (lemon zest, peppery spices, cloves, mild hops). In addition, there is a very nice tart funkiness along with mild alcohol presence. As it warms up, I find more orange peel coming through. Nice complexity.

M: medium bodied, leaves a nice tart/funkiness on the teeth that is quite desirable. Hops are also more noticeable after the finish adding another nice component to this brew and the carbonation is spot on for this brew

O: I had tried this one along time ago and wasn’t a huge fan. But now with a more developed palate, I can appreciate this style and this offering by Ommegang. All around this is an excellent offering for this style and the complexity is rather high. It has a high drinkability and has a great finish that works well during a hot summer day.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Kite and Key in Philly in a pint glass.

A- Very light golden with yellow infusion and a semi tight bright white head, sudsy lace.

S- Whoa there buddy, a very earthy hayish straw yeasty bready vibe with some underkining apple and pear. Some alcohol seeping through, not a bother, im trying to drank here.

T- For a saison, this is simple, nothing to see here, but saying that I gotta say this is a kick ass saison. Pure balance of earthy yeast mixed in with small fruits. The alcohol detracts and I wish it was lower, I would drink more. Earthy hops and all of that.

M- Medium, crisp, bready aftertaste, not hot, the alc stays on the tounge though. Pretty dry.

D- If this was lower in ABV I would drink more of it. Either way you gotta try this.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bright sunny yellow with a thin bright white head. It is somewhat hazy. Not much lacing. The appearance reminds me of a hot and lazy summer day.

S-Belgian yeast, some noble hops, and malt.

T-Essentially the same as the nose. Belgian yeast with some noble hops. Its very refreshing.

M-Crisp and fairly clean. Its not too thin or too thick.

D-Great session beer especially for the summer months.

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Photo of Brewsky29
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale orange with half an inch of foamy white head that last as a thin layer on top for the duration of the glass. The lacing is minimal.

I'm getting a fruity yeast smell, almost cider like.

The taste is of spicy fruit with a slight belgian yeast flavor. Also a slight bitterness from the hops and fruity dry aftertaste.

The beer has alot of carbonation with a slight alcohol tingle very minor, dry finish.

Overall like this beer alot probably my favorite of this style. Great flavor here.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours a hazy straw-gold with very little head. What's there dissapates within 30 seconds and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of banana, boiled pasta and white pepper. A hint of spice, but not much.

T: Taste is more banana and wheat but with quite a bit of apple as well. Malty with hints of pineapple and a slightly sour finish.

M: Carbonation is champagne-like and typical for the style. The sweet finish gives the illusion of a thick brew, but Hennepin is actually quite silky and lite.

D: Hennepin is a very nice American interpretation of a Belgian Saison, and hides the 7.7% alcohol extremely well. I'm not sure I'd want to drink a second 750, but it is a very refreshing dinner beer. I made moules frites tonight and used 6 oz or so of the Hennepin to steam the mussels; beautiful pairing.

Definitely worth having a few bottles of this in the cellar at all times. Very nice beer.

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Photo of matylight
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden yellow with a spritzy white one finger head that settles back after a few seconds
S: alcohol, malt, cloves, lemony citrus, orange peel, lightly hopped...this one has got some jazz in it
T: dry, not as tangy as i suspected, grassy, slight hint of wheat, alcohol warms on the way down. the citrus isn't hanging in there as much as i'd hoped for but this is still very delicious
M: spritzy, medium bodied...this is just the way a good saison should be.
D: i could definately go for a few of these on a warm summer evening. very refreshing and easy to drink but it's got enough punch to make it an end of the night beer. certainly worth searching out.

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