Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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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:
This style is a farmhouse ale, and is considered to be in the domain of the Belgian Saisons. Hennepin is a delicious brew for all seasons, it is spicy and refreshing.

A moderately hoppy, farmhouse-style ale with a champagne-like effervescence, Hennepin has a crisp start followed by malt sweetness balanced with a firm bitterness. Hennepin has a bounty of great flavors: ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain. Pouring a bright golden color with a spicy-sweet balance of orange peel, sweet malt, hops and ginger, Hennepin makes way for a dry finish with a slight bite of ginger.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of dcbeers
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle-conditioned. 750 ml bottle.

Brilliant gold with enthusiastic bubbles streaming up to meet the huge fluffy white head. The head dies down into clumps while throwing off a bracing floral scent, a very young scent, almost grassy, like newly hewn stems. As the head dies, it shifts to more of a funky, almost sweaty, sweet-corn aroma.

Sticky streamers and spots hang on the glass as you drink. The mouth fills with a lively foam, and yet the bubbles are very tender for such an active carbonation. Tones of apple, as crisp as biting into fresh slices of Granny Smiths. That sweaty funk takes on a curiously "hot" tone. Hints of pepper in the finish, with the sweet alcohol of apple cider. As the sweetness dies, there's a strange salty rebound.

For such a weird mix of likes and dislikes, it's quite light and goes down way too easy.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange with lots of effervescence and a white two finger head.

Aroma: Yeast, sweet syrup, clove.

Taste: Like a mild Tripel. Nice blend of spices with some apple and pear. A hint of belgian candi sryup. None of the 7.7% ABV present in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with maximum carbonation. Easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: An enjoyable Saison. Light in body and mild in flavor. Would I drink it again? Probably not because I'm not a huge fan of the style but I would highly recommend it to anyone who is.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra kudos to the Hennepin folks for putting out a really cool label with this beer. Informative and interesting, the label gives background on Cooperstown, lists some of the local tourist attractions, and provides some insight to the beer itself. Good job. I had almost as much fun perusing the label as I did drinking the brew.

It's almost summer here in Tejas now, and it's time to break out some of these spring/summer offerings. Hennepin is a saison, light in texture and heavy on the spritz. It broke out of the bottle with gusto, like Craig Biggio getting out of the box in a hurry to beat out that infield single. Very rich and impressive head on the pour, it captivated me right from the start. Not an overwhelming nose. It looked good in the glass, cloudy and inviting with an orange-yellow coloring.

The taste was a little raw, but the flavor held up the bargain. Citrusy and tart, the hops coming out in front. Slightly grassy in the middle, a slight taste of apricots maybe. Much like a typical Jeff Bagwell season, it was very, very good, and it will be appreciated by those in the know. It finished up with a slightly sour aftertaste, but not in a bad way. The carbonation was massive in this sample. Good, good mouthfeel, it felt alive on my tastebuds.

I wanted the big Lance Berkman home run from this one, and it delivered a shot over the wall. It wasn't an upper-deck bomb, but it was respectable and solid. Good job from the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. The Baseball Hall of Fame is there, check it out, and check out this fine beer as well.

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Photo of alexrichman
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A> A very nice bottle and an even nicer looking beer when it hits the glass. The beer is a golden hue, with a beautiful head that sticks around forever. You can see bubbles of carbonation bursting up in streams. This is one active beer, all those yeasts must be happy!

S> Great bouquet on the nose. It smells tart and bright with hints of fruit and spice in the background.

T> Tastes a lot like it smells, a sweet malt background that is complimented nicely by the tart funkiness of the farmhouse style with a hint of strawberry like fruitiness that hits my taste buds periodically. Perhaps a bit too sweet on the finish and the spices steal the show a bit too much. I can also taste hints of the 8% ABV.

M> Good feel in the mouth with ample carbonation. Quite creamy. Better then average but nothing outstanding.

O> A solid farmhouse ale and quite a steal at $6.19 a bottle, although I think I would have preferred this one in the summer.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - A bit opaque, 2-finger head that dissipates, light. No lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, fruit.

TASTE - Hops, malts, bitter, nutty, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, dry, clean, light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing.

VALUE - $9.99 for an 25 oz. bottle - good buy.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Label indicates coriander, ginger, and orange peel, but the flavorings are very mild.

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Photo of krh
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gordavidson
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Quite a beautiful beer, slightly hazy straw yellow color with a massive, craggy white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Slightly funky, Belgian yeasty, lightly fruity, and slightly floral. A little bit of pepper in there as well. Not all that aromatic though.

T- Same as the aroma, but pretty sweet. The flavors really blend well together and the peppery aspect pops out every once and awhile too.

M- A nice amount of carbonation keeps things light and the alcohol keeps it fairly dry on the tail end. It is also pretty creamy at the very beginning. Not bad.

D- A very enjoyable beer that represents the style really well.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definately one of the better Saison style brews I've had, especially considering it is made in the United States. Hennepin's strongest characteristics begin to present themselves as the beer airs out and warms up a bit from its bottly confines. At first I found the bouquet to be a bit on the sour side and thought that I may have bought a skunked bottle of Hennepin, but after a few minutes I began to discover its delecate honey and hops tones. Definately a sipping beer, probably good on a hot day (I had it indoors on a 35 degree day). Overall, another excellent BC offering from Cooperstown.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly opaque, a very appealing peachy yellow. Tons and tons of fluffy white head which keeps growing in my snifter until I actually start drinking. The head never really disappears, leaving a thin cap, and leaves somewhat spotty lacing.

The smell is nice but nothing remarkable, a little bit earthy and woody. Some very mild spice and malts. Sort of disappointing considering the abundant head and the use of a snifter.

Taste is also good, but not great. The earthy oak is at the foreground. A bit of toffee sweet malts, and barely a hint of sour funk as the beer warms. Pleasant overall, a little dry and musty and not as complex as it could be.

Good mouthfeel, the beer is highly carbonated and produces tons of foam, but it doesn't overpower and the carbonation isn't too prickly.

No complaints about drinkability. This goes down easy, but the taste is less than totally impressive so it doesn't compel me to drink another one or two. Good enough that I would probably buy another one for a tasting party or a nice meal though.

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Photo of MJ64
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of turbine2475
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Poura a hazy yellow with a dense two finger white head that disipated slowly leaving a spotty lace.
S - Yeasty citrus and earthy bitterness.
T - Very dry spice and citrus peels with a bitter finish.
M - High carbonation with a slightly chewy mouthfeel.
D - Nice brew. I don't know why it took me so long to try this beer, but I will not hesitate trying this beer again. Alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of thetachibro
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light straw yellow with a monster 2in white foamy head that looks amazing....Somewhat of a yeasty smell along with some hops and actually a hint of apple...When it first hit my tounge it was fairly sweet and then mildly bitter from the hops...very nice combination...Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbination...Fairly good drinkability as well

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hennepin pours a bright straw gold, and it is extremely translucent. The head is a big and fluffy with a bright white color. Its retention is great.

The smell is mostly yeast with hints of fruit (mostly green apple).

Its taste is overwhelming and complex. The beer starts with a funky yeast/fruit taste, then goes to a tart taste, and finishes with a crisp apple flavor. Its aftertaste is mixed with spice and apple.

The mouthfeel is pretty full with a light carbonation.

Overall it is a big beer, very complexed with a whole lot going on as far as flavor. It is definitely not for beginners. But this beer is without a doubt worth a try, a very fun beer to drink and breakdown.

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Photo of nwhittin
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of silentjay
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy golden color with a huge, frothy white head that overflows the glass, lasts a while, and clings to the glass. lots of bubbling and a bit of sediment.

first aroma i notice as soon as i crack open the bottle, and its not pleasant. Skunk! after it pours, luckily, that aroma goes to the background and in its place is plenty of pepper, yeast, lemon, funk, sour apple, tropical fruit (banana, starfruit, mango).

taste is yeasty, fruity, peppery. starts off with a lot of pepper, a bit of lemon, banana, and clove which gives way to nutty, bready malts and some herbal, spicy hops before the pepper again takes over and along with the bread, stays on the palate. there is a funky must that stays from start to finish.

medium-bodied, creamy and bubbly. spiciness really attacks the tongue.

goes down well, definitely true to the style.

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Photo of ricke
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow color, clear liquid. An enormous ivory-colored rocky and airy head dissipates slowly and leaves nice chunky lacings.

S: A well balanced smell with spicy yeast, earth and sweet citric notes (oranges) to the fore. Apples, white bread, grass and a minimal note of English toffee. A pleasant smell, although it's not very powerful.

T: Subtle notes of lemon and apples quickly leaves room for a slightly roughed taste of malts, white bread and yeast. Plenty of spicy notes enters in the middle and stays on for the rest of the show. Very gentle nutty aromas get through every now and then. Grass, leaves, currants and bubblegum. The flavor has a good balance between sweetness and a mild tartness. The finish is mildly bitter and has a decent amount of alcohol to it, medicinal phenols, herbal notes and hints of fruit.

M: Medium body, well suited carbonation that's rather aggressive yet not overly so. A crisp texture with a dry finish.

D: A good saison. The alcohol is slightly too prominent. But still, it's fairly well balanced with a pleasant composition of flavors and aromas. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow straw colored, slightly clouded, with a white tightly-bubbled head that rises up thick and settles down to a one inch cap. Aroma is not too strong, but has definite notes of yeast and spice, a little grassy floral, but not what I'd call hoppy. Mouthfeel is fairly dry and crisp, even carbonation. Flavor is understated, a little yeasty but not overpoweringly so, some sweetness and some peppery spice, no one flavor taking over the pallete. Finishes clean with some residual spice and yeast flavors in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Adam_Lifts
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beemanick83
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MMAJYK
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellow golden color and transparent. Head is 1/2" and bright white. Lacing is moderate and head leaves a light film on the surface.

S- Candi sugar, light hoppy aromas, and citrusy fruit.

T- Same candi sugar followed by lemons and oranges and a light alcohol taste. Refreshing!

M- Thin to medium and high (nice) carbonation.

D- Just a little too sweet.

Overall- I would like for it to have been a little dryer than sweet, BUT it was a very good brew and was true to style in all other aspects.

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Photo of Trapiste389
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfull appearance. All rocky and vibrant head and pale effervescent beauty. the smell is dominated by the malt and some alchohol with little to no contribution from the hops. The taste is sweet but not cloying, as it is wonderfully balanced by the mild hop bitterness. there is almost no flavoring hops. Just a little bitterness to keep the sweet maltiness in check. The body is pleasant and satisfying, medium mouthfeel. There is a faint hint of alchohol, but is not too astringent. this beer is very drinkable and goes down very easy. this is interesting scice this is a 7.7% beer ( a litlle to strong for a saison). It is stilla very wonderfullly balanced farmhouse ale that is a very good interpretation on a beloved style.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, light-medium golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is very pleasant, with fresh, clean, citrusy notes (lime & sweet orange), a little musty. Flavor follows through the aroma, with yeasty, slightly sharp off-notes (I can't place what) that keep this from being in my top 10. This beer has a lot of hidden carbonation- I was gassy for a while after this one (sorry to have to share that, but you should know just in case!).

However, I still think this a good, solid brew that I would enjoy having again.

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Photo of Benish
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass. It had an awesome foamy head. It almost covered half my glass and remained that way for a good 5 minutes (I poured gently into the glass). The color is a cloudy or hazy yellow (like most Belgium beers); nothing can be seen on the other side of the glass except light. Lacings were present.

I smelled cloves, other spices, gingerbread and some apricots. I do get ripen bananas as well!

It taste great. It has a fruity flavor yet it was not too sweet like I expected it to be. I have to admit this is my first Saison beer. There is an equal of sweetness and bitterness which makes this great. It also had that spiciness that came with the smell of cloves and other spices.

I opened this bottle in March but I have read that it is really refreshing to indulge during the summer months. I do think this beer complements well with all seasons. Drinking it right now felt like a perfect occasion. It could be opened on a cold rainy day or on a hot sunny day. Best drink cold before the beverage warms up if drinking on a hot day.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,058 ratings