Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
BA SCORE
4.15/5
6,030 Ratings
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:
#1,416
Reviews:
2,184
Ratings:
6,030
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
367
Gots:
1,067
Trade:
3
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Photo of badgustav
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversize wine glass.

A - Pours a beautiful strong straw yellow with a nice 1 inch head. Hazey with some mild orange hues. Dense but with some bigger bubbles mixed in there. Slowly going down but very good retention. Nice lacing sticking to the sides.

S - Nice husky and grainy smell. Nice malts and very strong yeast smell. Mild sweetness maybe some honey. Spices.

T - Very clean earthy and grainy malt taste with a great yeast kick right after. Some mild clove sweetness that dissipates quickly. Some nice hop bite at the end.

M - light-medium with great CO2 intensity and balanced flavors. Great texture.

D - Refreshing with higher ABV.

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Photo of smbslt
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BLZR
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerattorney
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a healthy pure white head.
In typical saison style this beer smells very grassy and farmish. It is exceptionally well balanced and hides its substantial alcohol very well. The aroma is a grassy banana and the taste complements with rolling mellow flavors. In my opinion, the mouthfeel of the Hennepin makes the entire experience. The beer is perfectly carbonated and delivers the perfect balance of earthy flavors, yeast, and CO2 to make this a delightful treat that is at home in any season.

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Photo of 50marathons
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice farmhouse beer. Great spicy notes.

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

Reviewed from notes on 5/7/10. Damn, I need to get off my butt and get the internet in my new place. I believe this is my first Saison.

A: Pours the color of a golden raisin into my snifter. The head is an impressive, foamy, 2.5 fingers, is colored off-white and has excellent retention. The lacing is clingy and pleasing to the eye. Copious small bubbles rush in straight lines from the bottom of the glass upward.

S: Fruity and spicy. Concord grape, pear, golden apple and raisin aromas mix with clove and peper to establish a deliciously enticing primer for my mouth. I also detect some spicy and earth hop character as well.

T: A tartness bordering on sour that I did not encounter in the smell is the driving force in the flavor. A lot of clove flavor is also prevalent; this perhaps overbalances the the crisp fruit flavors that I enjoyed in the smell. There is a fine malt to hop balance. I can pinpoint the golden malt carrying the beer after the tart fruit and clove flavors settle, followed by the bittering hops taking the lead and leaving a dry and spicy residue on my tongue.

M: Hennepin is so crisp and refreshing to my mouth, and at the same time it has a pretty creamy and full body. I would adore this beer on a 95 degree, dry Napa Valley day. This beer makes me wish that I had been sufficiently turned on to the craft beer scene when I lived there, because I can taste this in my mouth when I reminisce about sitting on the back porch overlooking a vineyard.

D: This is extremely drinkable. I would certainly have another and will make a point to seek this out when it is as hot as the Devil's Oven in the middle of the Michigan summer. This beer makes me excited to try many more Saisons.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with raised glass Ommegang emblems below the neck of the bottle. No freshness date though this beer has strength and is also bottle conditioned giving it a long shelf life than the normal microbrew.

Appearance: Dull golden in colour with a pure white, rocky, sticky, chunky head (almost seems alive). Clarity is decent and the head stay for a long time.

Smell: Raw honey, peppery with a medicinal phenolic back ground. Vague suggestions of horse blanket and a musty graininess in the aroma also.

Taste: Medium body, very crisp with a slick mouth feel. Mild lemon and fruity tartness swirls around with leafy, grassy and earthy flavours. Honey like sweetness within, malt character is a tad dry with biscuity flavours. Yeast adds a nutty dryness that is similar to aged walnuts. Spicy phenols give off herbal and medicinal flavour but not in an overwhelming way, clove pushes the envelope the most. Alcohol is runs estery with fruity flavours that suggest pineapple and plantains. Spiciness lingers and the dryness lends more nutty flavours in the end.

Notes: Raw and complex yet oh so drinkable, impossible to tell it would have been from NY in a blind tasting. 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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw yellow in color, clear, 1/3 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: apple, malt, and wet grass

Taste: bread, pear, honey, yeast, alcohol, and hay. The taste has elements of Slovak Christmas bread.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, moderately sweet, dry medium light bodied

Drinkability: Very tasty. By far my favorite in the style that I have tried so far. I like the hay taste without the big bitter taste. I will be having this again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, Belgian yeast, lemon and orange. Very fruity smelling. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of some pineapple and mangoes, as well as some white pepper notes. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, though by no means overpowering. The beer is very dry and is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice American-made saison. One of the better ones out there.

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

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

A- A light hazy yellow with a giant white head that minimizes over time but still hangs out

S- Sweet and fruity, someone previously mentioned buttery and I would have to agree

T- Also sweet with a bit of maltiness, bananas

M for a beer with so much head I was expecting an overwhelming carbonatin but it as nice and not overwhelming at all

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- A hazy lemon yellow body with a thin white head that last for the full glass. It is a bit to hazy to see any carbonation in this beer.

S- The dry faint tart notes come through with a faint lemon zest hint in the finish. There is a very light earthy hint to the tartness.

T- The dry tart flavors can't really be associated with anything and it is followed by a faint spicy note that is hard to describe also. The faint taste of black pepper and lemon/grapefruit start to come through. There is a faint soapy taste that in pleasant with a light bitterness from hops at the finish.

M-This beer has a medium light mouthfeel that is crisp.

D-This beer might sound awful the way I described it in my review but it was very taste with a very mysterious flavor that was hard to put into words. This beer is proof that you can make a fizzy yellow beer that taste great.

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

12oz bottle

App: Light golden/straw with a perfect amount of haze. Small streams of bubbles rise to a thick, frothy head.

Smell: Apricots and apples with a hint of champagne sweetness. Sour and peppery yeast. A hint of husky malt, perhaps wheat?

Taste: The beer changes flavor throughout the sip. It starts with a biting carbonation that is taken over by the tartness of the yeast. A slight sweet flavor (pear and orange) follows that is taken by a hop and malt bite. The taste dries on the tongue and leaves a sweet, husky malt behind with a bit of lingering bitterness.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hennepin - awesome label had to try the good stuff

Appearance - apricot orange with a good hazy texture to it

Smell - Fresh wheat, light fruit, and overall great beer scent for a wheat beer

Taste - Exceptional! Light and tasty that grows into a hearty thirst quenching after taste. Has hints of some seasonal fruit, but none to distinct that it takes over the flavor.

Mouthfeel - I wish it had some more carbonation to keep the great flavor going.

Overall - A nice, nice beer

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

Great looking beer: a fluffy cover of bright-white head tops a cloudy pastel-banana yellow coloured body, lacing decently.

Lots of lemon and astringent yeast on the nose. White pepper, light nutmeg, delicate malt, floral, pears, earthy hops, a touch of alcohol. Smells pretty delicious.

The flavour follows with big notes of fresh lemon and astringent, slightly-funky yeast. Perfectly spiced with pepper and nutmeg being most obvious. Malt is light but provides just the right sweetness underneath everything else. You can tell there's more alcohol here than average but it's expertly mixed into the whole. A low-lying bitterness ties everything together with some great herbal hops.

Nice full-feeling light body and lively carbonation keep drinkability high.

This is most likely the best saison I've had to date. Smooth, flavourful and extremely refreshing; this stuff would be positively dangerous outside on a sunny day at 7.7% ABV. This bottle disappeared; too bad there was only one.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi hazy copper color with super bright white Crystal-like massive head. Lots of visible carbonation. Some barnyard and wheat on the nose with a bit of nuttiness, clove, underlying notes of banana bread.

Very well blended wave of flavors passes over the tongue and stays together amazing the whole time. Crisp clean and slightly spicy finish. Some phenolic flavors, earthy hops, classic belgian flavors like clove banana and bubble gum. Really really nice, big, complex, subtle, bold and drinkable all at the same time somehow. Impressive.

I was annoyed that the bottle said "product of belgium" on it but close enough, geez.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Andyrectenwald
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of shanny_koenig
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Actually got the last Hennepin in an 11oz bottle at a local liquor store for 50 cents. Seems there's no longer a distributor here in SoCal (correct me if I'm wrong, please) so I snapped up the last one. Glad I did.

Appearance: hazy orangish body with a white creamy head that slowly faded to a thin cap. Left nice lace behind.

Smell: immediately noted a spicy peppery aroma with a faint banana scent on the fringes. Soft alcohol smell in there too.

Taste: picked up a sweet/sour combination of peppery spices and vague apple taste, almost like a tart apple. Good little shot of an astringent alcohol kick at the finish.

Feel: Starts off smoothly and finishes very dry and crisp.

Drinkability: delicious almost to a fault. Wonderful mix of tastes and 11oz bottles could have you hammered in short order as you quickly quaff this outstanding beer. Now I've got to try to find more.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a large luminous white head that holds up very well. Enough lacing to make even the most uneducated person say it looks great. Has a straw color.

They did a great job with this one, smells like its right from Belgium. Notes of citrus, oranges (and other fruits), grassy hops and a yeasty mustiness.

Tastes of spices, earthy hops and some fruits. It took a little time but I really started to enjoy this by mid bottle. Very well done but it seems more like a witbier/tripel to me (not that it matters to anyone).

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Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Hazy straw color; a big, thick, bubbly white head lasting for a long time leaving lots of lacing as it falls.

S: That big Belgian nose, yeasty and bready, lemon, spicy notes (a bit of pepper).

T: All those wonderful Belgian flavors, yeasty with a touch of malt in the background, spicy notes (pepper and coriander), lemon zest, some tart citrus. Some slight bittering hops drying the finish out.

M: Medium body, smooth, round, and full; lots of carbonation.

O: A great balanced beer with an awesome appearance and small…and it tastes great. Lotas of yeasty flavor balanced with a mild backbone and a pleasant dry finish.

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

I've decided that drinking before watching the Detroit Lions play is probably a good idea. Whatever I can do to dull my sense of disappointment I guess...

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow, with a soapy-looking two-finger head. Lots of active carbonation in the glass. Retention is pretty darn good considering how large the bubbles in the head are. Some lacing is present, but it slides off the sides of the glass pretty quickly.

Smell: There's a nice characteristic funk in the smell, as well as grainy malt and citrus. If you inhale deeply enough, you pick up some of the underlying peppery spice that gives Saisons such a unique aroma. There is also a bit of fruity sweetness in the background, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is a well-balanced representation of what the nose had to offer. Good citrus bite up front, followed by some grassy malt, and finished with some spicy yeast and a touch of pepper. I love how the tartness and the dry finish act as bookends to the sweeter, fruitier flavors you encounter in the middle. This has to be one of the most well-balanced, easy-drinking Saisons I have had to date.

Mouthfeel: A little more tart and dry than I anticipated, but delicious nonetheless. Lots of carbonation and citrus bite, but refreshing and not at all overbearing.

Drinkability: Probably the most drinkable Saison I have had yet. A refreshing treat for the warmer months to be sure.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of April 11, 2012 and a freshness date of April, 2014 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG ON 04/11/12 BEST BY 04/2014”).

Appearance (4.0): This pours a tight, two finger head of bone white foam that dies relatively slowly, and leaves some sporadic lacing on the way down—a few suds, a few legs, a few fat splotches of lace scattered around the glass. The body is hazy and honey-colored, kind of a soft shade of orange. Aside from not having a lot of head or lace, this is a nice looking saison.

Smell (4.0): Coriander and light clove come out first—very nice mix of spice character for the style, not heavy-handed like a lot others. The malt has a strong biscuity character, very pale, rustic, and bready. There’s a fruity, musty character at the back, dominated by pear and wet hay. There’s a very floral, somewhat grassy scent that can get lost in that estery finish, but it’s there and very nice.

Taste (4.5): Starts out much spicier than the nose, with more coriander and a good dose of white pepper and just a bit of clove, too. The fruitiness is more pronounced here, with a sweet, juicy pear and apple character. It finishes with a relatively mild hop component, just a bit of grassy bitterness and a moderate hop spiciness. There’s a surprisingly nice mineral character in the finish, too.

Mouthfeel (4.5): It’s got a body that’s just about exactly medium weight, with a nice, all-over tingliness that moves into a lush, foaming carbonation, and it finishes very dry.

Overall (4.25): This is a really solid saison—always has been. Considering how light and dry it is for something of this strength, you can get a very good sense of the yeast character in this beer, which I like. It’d be nice to have some more head retention, but it looks good enough and has a nice nose, with a very good flavor and feel. It’s not transcendent at any point, but as classically styled saisons go, it’s well rounded and well done. Hennepin is a very solid, reliable beer.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured gently into my Delirium Tremens tulip so as to not disturb the yeast

A: Pours a 1 finger pure white head. Golden yellow hue, almost perfectly clear. Good head retention and a nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Huge scent of clove and nutmeg. A little funky and yeasty. Some lemon and banana smells. A little hint of the alcohol in the nose. A slightly tart odor too.

T: The taste lives up to the nose with regards to the clove and citric hop flavors up front. Slightly sweet, but mostly tart and a little funky. Finishes pretty clean with a very subtle hint of malt, but not much at all. The alcohol is not really able to be tasted in the beer.

M: Highly carbonated, somewhat thin body. Very refreshing with a clear and crisp flavor and feel.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,030 ratings
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