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:
6,000
Reviews:
2,175
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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Ratings: 6,000 |  Reviews: 2,175
Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickadams2
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a pale straw yellow. Huge fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

S_Strong medicinal/sour smell.Hints of clove,honey,yeast.

T_Yeast and citrus. Sour lemon,honey,grassy hops.Has the medicinal taste as in the smell but much more faint.

M_Thin,crisp and a very dry finish. Pretty refreshing.

D_Pretty damn drinkable especially for the ABV. Not my favorite saison but good to throw in the mix now and then.

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Photo of Soonami
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz for $6 at South Philly Taproom, served in a wine glass

The beer is a reddish amber with a cottony white head that sticks around leaving fine lace. The smell is a little herbal from the hops, spicy from the yeast, and bready from the malt. The beer tasted good, but it was definitely undercarbonated which keeps the aromas in the beer and out of my nose, but it kind of also ruins full appreciation of the beer. This was carbonated more like an English Pale than a farmhouse ale. The beer wasn't as fiesty and zippy as the bottled versions of this beer, which are perfectly carb-ed. That said I think this beer develops in the bottle a bit and it might be the micro-oxidiation (along with carabonation) from the bottling process that adds some earthy and fruity flavors I remembered in this beer that was not present.

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Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml corked and cage bottle. The color is like a hazy miller lite, though the second half of the bottle was more orange in color. The white head is nice soapy and rocky, that left some real nice lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is not very strong, it kind of reminds me of a pilsner, with the noble hops. The taste is of Belgian yeast, tart apple, some sweetness and finishes with a slight bitterness to balance the flavors. This ale drinks very much like a lager, it has nice carbonation and finishes crisp. A very drinkable brew, it has a nice balance of flavors but nothing outstanding to make it distinct.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours somewhat hazy light yellow with massive chunky white head. Carbonation is quite active. Aroma has hay, grass, wheat and lemon. Taste is sweet malt, but the hop bitterness is more pronounced. It’s a bit spicy as well. Light to medium bodied witha slick texture. Finish is dry and reminiscent of lemon peel. This is a refreshing and easy to drink beer with a well hidden abv. A good beer.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: v.2006 750ml cage top bottle, cellared in my possession for 15 months, in a Duvel tulip.

Opened with a loud (and very sudden) "POP!" Poured light, crisp, effervescent, a nice amount of carbonation & audible crackle. Nose is soft, floral, a little sweet, full of yeast esters that also add a slightly sour/tart quality as well as some soft citric tones (orange peel & very subtle lemon). It also imparts a faint spice quality of coriander and old black pepper. Grasses & clover round out the nose. As it blooms the malts emerge dry as straw & hay. Is it coincidence that a farmhouse ale evokes all these rural aromatics?

Head was huge - easily 3 fingers of tight, thick, somewhat sticky & lunar landscape-esque pitted/sculpted pearl white foam that has some nice retention, eventually settling to a pinky's worth of the same. Lacing is sporadic & isolated, creating marble-like ebbs & flows

A gentle swirling restores the head to a fat finger of the same. Subsequent re-pours restore it to 2 fingers. Its certainly a nice piece of eye candy.

The body is a slightly hazy sun-kissed, barely brassy honey gold, shimmering with a delicate, dulled brilliance. A nice parade of bubbles rises thru it serpentine style, twisting & twirling.

Its delicate, light, crisply semi-dry with a nice, cider-esque, middle of the mouth semi-sweet crunch. Malts are barely sweet but not caramelized at all, more of a nip of honey quality. The classic Ommegang yeast takes the point noticeably up front. It comes across slightly sour and lightly spiced with dull citrus (orange peel), coriander & maybe a peep of white pepper bite. However, the Ommegang yeast is perhaps a little too noticeable. Don't get me wrong, its a great taste but I've encountered this before in other Ommegang brews and, having enjoyed others farmhouse ales feel that its a bit too noticeable.

It grows lighter, with more of a lemony taste, the spice qualities of the yeast amplifying & growing sharper, more angular as opposed to rounder. Its certainly one of the sharper, spicier, drier Saisons I've had. I've typically found these to be rounder & softer and slow to reveal all their complexities, but this one pretty much "dropped the kimomo" on the first few sips and thats it. Perhaps I've been spoiled on the simplistic, slowly evolving reveal a lot of Saisons have provided. Again, this is not a knock on the taste but rather an observation that if this was a landscape it would be easily viewed & relatively flat after that 1st mountain, whereas others provided views full of hills & valleys that slowly reveal themselves only after sip by sip exploration.

It finishes soft, duller & more even, softly spiced and with a clean, smooth. mildly citric-sour aftertaste. A final pour fills the tulip with all that lovely yeasted goodness, clouding the color to a very dull gold, but surprisingly the taste stays very consistent.

A nice Saison. Not the most complex, and quick to reveal, but nice. I've come to enjoy, and subsequently look forward to, the simplistic complexity & slow "burlesque" reveal these typically provide. While tasty, this left little to discovery after the first few sips. In short, its short on foreplay, more of a quickie as far as taste. I did like it, and would pare very well with just about any cheese, some nice artisan bread, cured meats, seafood, a nice salad, etc. I'd definitely drink this again in a heartbeat, but if given the choice between this & others of the genre would probably pick the others. Its a great bang for the buck and would probably be helped by food, but there are better examples to be had. Still, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An abridged review from notes.

Appearance - A light, bubbly clear yellow with fairly decent lacing. Golden-straw colored.

Smell - A sweet, zesty lemon-pepper smell. A bit of foul diaper-rash smell as well.

Taste - Traditional Belgian properties. Loved the beer from the bottle; the tap is the same. Fresh banana and peppery clove. Citrusy orange and fresh, faint hops.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - A nice, light beer for summer. Easily drinkable and refreshing. A very nice saison and Ommegang offering.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice product...now this beer has a head on its shoulders, starting to three fingers and leading to full thick lace with an island.
The colour is a very pale yellow and slightly murky.
Very lively, large bubbled carbonation with a citrus like scent and a whiff of the skunk.The body is a medium plus.
A light lemon start, a little yeasty with a semi-sweet malt like finish. A lengthy aftertaste matching the cycle of the taste.
A very dry mouthfeel due to the high ABV.

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Photo of Braz
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful appearance. Hazy gold with a resilient white head. Faint citrusy smell. Taste has a nice subtle tartness to it. Citrus notes with a metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After struggling with the cork for some time, the bottle burst open and spattered my pant legs with beer. After blotting my self dry, I poured the beer and noted a golden colour with some murkiness. A small white head developed but flattened hurriedly. Some random fingers of lace stuck throughout the tasting. The nose had a funky wheat sort of spice quality. P'raps a bit clovey and peppery as well. Yeasty. The beer was also mildly alcoholic and was somehow reminding me of lagerish scents. The taste was somewhat "farmhouse" sour. Notes of banana and wheatish flavours as well as clove and strange esters were notable. The mouthfeel had a sort of creaminess and a solid pils style body. Easily medium. The drinkability was not a problem for me. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Great, nah.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 C&C

A: Thick head that dissapates quickly with moderate lacing. Pours a very light golden orange.

S: There are very tart and sour smells that are associated from the yeast. The nose is very closed.

T: There is an abundance of sour and tart flavors to this beer. Flavors of apple skin and lemon come to mind with herbal spiciness and sweet and sour notes from yeast.

M: This has a light body with good carbination.

D: This is light enough to drink in the summer but enough alcohol warnth for the winter, perfect for the fall.

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Photo of Mhpendleton
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PeterM
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clean pine-wood color with and beautiful rich 1-2 finger white head that coats the glass with heavy lacing

S: Pine-y sharp with esters. Not my favorite kind of smell, though it could be appropriate for this style.

T/M: Hoppy, sharp, citrus-y and pine-y (sensing a theme here). Unexpected body, leaving a nice coating and a slight astringency.

O: though this is not my usual choice of beer, it is surprisingly satisfying. I would drink it again if I was looking for a lighter kind of ale with character. Even now I am still curious about it and would definitely try it again.

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Photo of marksto
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with big carbonation and a thick white head that lasts. Aroma is dominated by spice with a hint of fruit. The flavor displays a dry, peppery character with an underlying lime-like citrus essence. Spritzy carbonation, a medium body, and a slightly perceptable alcohol finish make this an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of kinggimp
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sixpack595
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good bit cheaper than all the other Belgians I picked up this weekend, and still pretty good. Typical head, thick, fine, almost white. I broke my regular glass and was forced to drink from a green glass so I can't comment on the color or clarity (guess I need to get some more). The aroma was fruity and hoppy, maybe a bit spicy. Taste was great, ranging from sweet, to tart, to a bitterness that seemed to grow stronger with each glass. Nice lacing, and the head persisted to the bitter end, of course it didn't take long to polish off this beer. While there are better Belgians out there I must say this is a steal at $4-5 for 750ml...at that price its worth it just for shooting the cork at your friends.

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Photo of BamaViper1
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

This beer has a straw yellow, slightly opaque color. A massive head results from the pouring of this beer, leaving the appearance of soap suds on the sides of the glass as it dissipates. Each sip leaves a bot of that soap-bubble styled lacing.

The smell of this beer is a little metallic with hints of yeast and fruit typical of a Belgian-styled beer. Potentially there is a little bit of citrus as well.

Hennepin tastes of mild citrus and light yeast coupled with dried fruit maybe. A malty-yeastiness maybe. The finish is full of alcohol flavor, which I didn't really expect. A little metallic.

This beer has a good bit of carbonation; chewing produces a good bit of that soap-like lacing in one's mouth. The alcohol makes it's presence known in feel too.

As far as drinkability, this beer is not too bad overall, a light Belgian-style that is bright and proves to be a nice sipper; however, the presence of alcohol flavor from a 7.7% ABV beer kind of makes me want to drink one, then move on.

Overall Ommegang does well in their saison offering.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow-orange, nice frothy white head that never quite goes away and leaves behind lots of thick lacing.

S: Grains, yeast, citrus.

T/M: Crisp, dry yeasty, bready taste overall, with accents of citrus and fruits. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste.

O: Very tasty, very clean and dry, a quite good saison.

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Photo of Treebs
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Love Apple in Taos, NM. 12oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy light straw color. A very big head even with a careful pour. Nice retention and some splotchy lace.

S: Big yeast with coriander and clove. The bubblegum effect for this spiced brew.

T: Lighter yeasty on the tongue, not as pronounced as the nose. Has a citrus fruit like quality to it with some peels. Light coriander and some peppery notes. Very balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a filmy yeast feel. Nicely carbonated as well.

O: A very nice saison. Big on the yeast and solid on the citrus.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Slightly hazy golden. Pours with 2+ fingers of white head, which fade gradually, leaving ample lacing.

S- Bready/yeasty odor. Some minor citrusy/hoppy odors mingle with some nondescript herbal notes. Slight metallic note.

T- Slight citrusy hopiness and moderate malty breadiness blend with a nondescript spiciness. Minimal orange peel bitterness. Flavors all meld nicely, and the alcohol is well concealed.

M- Moderately crisp with medium carbonation. Fairly creamy.

D- Easy drinking, and quite sessionable.

Future outlook: Nice, solid tasting, versatile drinker. After being hugely disappointed in my sampling of Ommegang's "Chocolate Indulgence," this offering has restored my faith that they can produce a quality beer. I'd have this brew again anytime.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow "wine-like" color with a white 2 finger head. The smell is that of a sweet and extremely lemony aroma (to me anyway). The taste is that of a semi-sweet fruity tast with a spiciness that is just right. The mouthfeel is a little sticky, but not a problem. Overall, I like this brew.
A Votre Sante or Cheers or sumthin'!

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Photo of sstackho
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a lovely cloudy medium gold with a spicy nose. The taste is correspondingly spicy, and very crisp on the tongue. The flavour is quite nice and has some hints of a wheat beer. I think its own description is selling itself short by claiming it to be a "light on the tongue" finish, as I feel it's rather a full flavour. I like this one.

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Photo of timbro81
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to julian for the opportunity. Pours a soft hazy straw yellow color. Nice lumpy head that is fed by a very lively amount of carbonation. Smells of earthy, grassy malts, soft spicey hops in there for balance. Some booziness is also noted in the aroma. Light mouth feel that is alive with carbonation. Lemony fruity esters mingle with a light malty sweetness, hops, and some pepper balance everything out near the end. Finish is dry but tends to have a stale grainy essence.

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Photo of nater919
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JonMich13
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Gold and slightly cloudy. Nice 2 finger white head that slowly receded. Strong lacing.

S = Yeasty and musty with some alcohol evident.

T = Nice sweetness up front giving way to some hints of citrus. Finishes a little bitter hop and very little alcohol. Well balanced taste.

M = Pretty light in the mouth, with a little oily residue after the swallow. Moderate carbonation.

D = Nicely drinkable. ABV is hidden and a clean crisp finish helps make this a sessionable brew.

Nice brew, very similar to a Duvel. Just not quite the masterpiece.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
4.17 out of 5 based on 6,000 ratings.
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