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
Ratings:
6,001
Reviews:
2,175
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
Wants:
360
Gots:
1,055
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 6,001 |  Reviews: 2,175
Photo of JoeMayo
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a rich, lingering head and a decent amount of lacing down the glass.

S- It smells sweet, yet refreshing and well-balanced. Apple and a little pear come through with sweet spice and yeast, as well as notes of white pepper. The crisp scent of lemon-zest also makes its way out.

T- Extremely refreshing and smooth. Mildly sweet with a floral hop flavor. Notes of apple, spice, white pepper, belgian yeast, and meyer lemon are all detected.

M- Crisp with a very fine carbonation.

D- I could easily go for another one on this hot summer night.

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Photo of PhillyNole
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clvand0
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one blew the cork out along with the cork cage ... before I had fully undone the cage. Powerful blast. Pours an orange color with a very tall head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of spices along with a solid malt backing. Slight hop character as well. The flavor has a nice spice character and a definite hop presence. Very interesting mixture. Blends well for a crisp taste. Finish has a bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is light-moderate and the drinkability is very good - the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of tony223366
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 10, 2011.

A: Pale yellow with a hint of gold. A little cloudy but not as much as the others. Big, big head. Very fluffy white and great retention. This one stays at 1 finger.

S: Definite mustiness and medicinal notes. I really enjoy the zestiness and sweetness of this beer. Alcohol is more present as it warms.

T: Nice spice notes up front. Very herbal phenols with that medicinal flavor from the nose kicking through. Absolutely citrus. Dryness persists throughout. Nice alcoholic and bitter kick to finish.

M: Medium to light body. Nice carbonation.

O: Big, big flavors. Love the finish. This is an interesting, complex beer. I liked this much more than I anticipated.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cloudy yellow. Two finger head. Smell is grainy with dark fruit. Taste is sweet malt with Belgian yeast with notes of mangoand prune. Spicy pepper finish with a bit of clove. Some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium in body. Overall an amazing saison and well done to belgian character !

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

This beer pours a golden color with a huge white head, and tons of carbonation continuing to make its way up the glass. The smell is floral with hints of citrus. the taste is a little spicy with some fruit notes. the mouthfeel is right on light with high carbonation and a nice crisp finish. overal this beer is a solid A

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

750ml bottle Poured into a belgian goblet/cereal bowl style glass.

Great how Ommegang's beers hold together, cork pops right off yet no head even attempts to escape.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow hefe like colour with a thick creamy head. Tiny bubbles rise for hours as this beer sits, was poured too cold so I let it sit to get to proper tasting temperature. Lacing never fades on this beer.

Smell: Slight barnyard, sweet and earthy if that's possible. Belgian yeast for certain. Lots of spices. Corriander, Orange, Allspice?

Taste: Slight horsy flavor, candi sugars, spices big time, they could have even eased up on the candi sugars a little on this one. It's quite sweet for the "farmhouse saison" flavor that they claim it to be, but quite nice for the style and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation and a sweet/sour flavor that lingers on the tounge.

Overall: Damn this is a great beer. Ommegang really came thru for me on this one, my only thing that I don't love is that the candi sugar is a bit upfront. About 6 mos of aging and that sugar would likely mellow out and be a near perfect beer. I'd like to witness this brew's steps in the brewery. An absolute pleasure to drink that I will come back to again and again.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Samuel Adams Sensory Perfect Pint glass. Hazy straw with 2 fingers of creamy, white head that settles onto a foamy cap that lasts throughout. Spicy aroma - mostly clove and pepper - with a hint of fruitiness. Lots of Belgian yeast character. Tart upfront and through the finish. Nicely balanced. Light bodied and crisp with effervescent carbonation. Finishes dry with a slight bitterness. Well balanced and extremely flavorful. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Satorn
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured a hazy straw yellow with two fingers of creamy white head. Slightly sweet aroma with some grassy spice and banana.

Fairly high carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Wonderfully balanced flavors of caramel followed by orange, spice, and a long floral finish. Pleasant, refreshing, and somehow light despite the interplay of full flavors.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Spice, Belgian yeast, citrus.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Spice and Belgian yeast. A touch of hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and warm going down.

O: Really good Saison. Especially looks and tastes great.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright but cloudy yellow with a huge off-white fluffy head that never really left.

S: Spice and bananas explode out of this one. Lots of yeast and grass notes. Some citrus notes come through as lemon and orange.

T: Just a wave of flavors: banana, pineapple, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, ginger and cloves, yeast, scones, light menthol flowing into a big alcohol wave finishing with crisp bitterness and wave of fried plantains. Malt is there in a lightness throughout.

M: Medium with more than normal carbonation.

O: Big flavors that I found very drinkable. I would prefer to drink this on a hot humid day. This really blew me away especially since the style is usually too over-spiced for me.

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

A: Cloudy golden yellow with some light peachy tones. Huge frothy white head that last until the bottom, and leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Fruity, earthy, with some light spice. A touch of belgian funk.

T: Fruity, and citrusy. Oranges, tangerines, and some lemon. Earthy flavors of grass and wheat. Some peppery spices and a touch of bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied and crisp carbonation.

D: An excellent brew from Ommegang. Full of flavor and highly drinkable.

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Photo of MikeGill
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Riedel stemless white wine glass.

Hazy yellow-gold with a chunky head which almost pulled away from the sides of the glass and became like a white mountainous island in the center. Bitter orange and crystalized ginger on the nose with a small amounts of barnyard going on.

Flavors are dominated by citrus sweet and sour, however my first reaction was something distinctly Caribbean.For me this can typically mean spiced rum or coconuts but after a bit more exploration I realized it was a very noticable plantain flavor. Keeping with the Caribbean theme (which is very subtle)there is a creaminess which combined with the pineapple flavor reminds me of a classic pina colada. Despite the appearance of a creamy texture there is a Champagne-like sharpness which makes this Saison extremely dry and refreshing.

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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 jera1350
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden yellow color with huge sudsy white head. Small amount of lace, but outstanding head retention.

Light, yeasty and slightly hoppy.

Crisp lightly sweet malt. Nice hop presence. Big yeast taste. Light hop aftertaste.

Highly carbonated, heavier end of light bodied. Sharp carbonation on the tongue. Finishes extremely dry.

Refreshing beer that is easy to drink. Well masked alcohol. I'm personally not a big saison fan, but I could see myself drinking this one again.

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

Pours out a cloudy gold color with a some yeast particles floating around. The fluffy white head is massive and kind of chunky. There is just something about that yeast from Duvel. The head retains in the glass as a think blanket until the last drop. Lacing from the ale leaves some rings around the glass.

The aroma is light, crisp, and full of citrus hints. Lemon peal, white grape, and yeast.

The crisp tart citrus flavors hint the palate first. Lemon peal, even a hint orange peal pull through the almost white grape sweetness from the alcohol. On the other side, I get a soft yeast roll flavor from the malt. The hop and spice are light. Hints of coriander and a mild bitterness from the hop.

Light in bodied and despite the ABV % very refreshing

This would be a perfect ale to drink in the warmer months amongst friends for any occasion. Thumbs up from me!

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with lively carbonation, a generous white head, and lasting lacing throughout the beer.

Sweet fruit, perhaps banana, and spice to accompany the dominant citrus notes. Hops scent more pronounced as the beer warms.

Substantial spice and more noticeable hops in the flavor. Also a nice fruitiness to balance out the spicy aftertaste, very well balanced.

Substantial carbonation, but not overwhelming. A lot of character for the palate to compliment the light body.

This is an excellent beer that leaves you craving another sip. The bomber goes fast, and I have found this is a great beer to share with friends who may be new to good beer.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll keep this simple. This is light and refreshing, tasty, and a perfect beer. It has a slight alcoholic zing to it. It is a 7.7% beer and you will feel it. This would be the PERFECT beer in the summer. It has that Belgian wheat beer core but a bit more flavor.

The smell has something in it that reminds me of the scent of piss. Haha. That doesn't deter me because the taste is fantastic (no piss). The bottle says not to disturb the yeast sediment... I did that by accident. Maybe the yeast doesn't like to be disturbed, it gets pissed... then it decides to smell like it. :D My fault! lol.

If you are a fan of Belgian wheat beers you will LOVE this. I'm sure of it. Cheers.

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Photo of maltomeal
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To quote the bros: "One of our favourites, bring a couple of 750 ml bottles to the dinner party and see if this sparks anyone’s interest away from wine" It worked. I brought 3 bottles to Christmas dinner and only had 2 glasses for myself. Beautiful white head that lasted forever. My brother-in-law noted it looked like an ice cream float. He put down his drink and had several glasses with dinner which is where this beer really shines in my opinion. It was a perfect match for the stuffed ribs and garlic mashed.

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Photo of acarrb4
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer. The smell was of apples and grapefruit. Heavy tanic taste which reminded me of camp fire smoke. This would be a great beer to have before dinner. It has a sharp smoke finish and is bitter at times but very drinkable and even refreshing.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a slight orange tint to it. It has a thick fluffy white head that fades very slowly leaving a huge amount of thick laces. This beer has a spicy aroma, with a little pepper mixed in. It smells slightly hoppy. I can detect a clove aroma. Also, it is slightly floral. The taste is not as spicy as the aroma would suggest. It is still spicy, but I just expected a bit more. The alcohol is slightly noticable in the flavor. It has a hoppy flavor also. It also has a very slight citrus flavor. Lemon, I think. Also, this beer has a slight sour taste. The sour taste is appealing. This beer is highly carbonated, which is good for the style. It is light, and crisp, providint a very refreshing, smooth beer. It leaves a slightly hoppy, slightly spicy aftertaste. I think this beer would make a great session beer. the only problem I have it the alcohol content. It might be a little high for the style, but it is still very good. This is a great beer.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle.

A- pours a chill hazed cloudy light gold with a big fluffy and rocky white head. The haze wears off after a while and it becomes a pretty clear gold.

S- Dominated by light fruit and Belgian yeast. Definitely has the "farmhouse" character that it should. Nice and earthy. Gotta give it props since my dad who was sitting a couple feet away said he could smell my glass and also said he really liked the smell.

T- Lots of fruity esters come across at the beginning, washed away by earthiness, and then both combine at the end to leave an aftertaste composed of both flavors.

M- Way to carbonated, though after warming up a bit with extensive swirling it releases enough of the carbonation to make it a bit more enjoyable.

D- Well I don't know if I've ever drank an entire 750mL bottle by myself but I did with this so that's gotta score it some points right?

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Photo of drcarver
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love it, bought a case then picked up a keg. The review is from tap.

A - A large frothy head with excellent lacing. A clear sparkling light yellow body.

S - Slight citrus aroma. Moderate yeast smells acoompanied by fruit and spice (pear, pineapple and nutmeg?)

T - Sweet throughout the beer (not overwhelming though) with a short sour aftertaste.

M - Light syrupy body. Lively with an astringent/alcohol finish.

D - Give me a warm day and some out door work and this is perfect. Or give me a cold day and a warm fire and this is perfect. Or leaves changing, or clouds and rain...

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
4.17 out of 5 based on 6,001 ratings.
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