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:
5,987
Reviews:
2,170
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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356
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1,046
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Ratings: 5,987 |  Reviews: 2,170
Photo of kylejohnson03
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750, bottled on 9/23/09.

Poured into an Ommegang Tulip. First pour gives me a finger of fluffy head, and a great straw-coloring. Lacing doesnt stick to the glass, but a nice collar sits around the top.

Citrus sweetness dominates early and a mellow hop profile gives you flowery notes without being over the top. Balance makes this beer the absolute treat that it is. Thin body and medium carbonation make this an easy drinker, the mark of a great saison beer.

I would write more, but its a shame to be tapping on my phone while this beer sits in front of me. Do yourself a favor and go drink one of your own. Cheers!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, very pale golden color with a very large, long-standing white head that leaves behind thick foam around the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, apple-like hints with butter and yeasty bread and slight herbal grassiness. Definite Belgian farmhouse aromas.

Taste: Begins with apple sweetness and buttery bread finishing with hearty, lingering bitterness. Yeast throughout.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied, with balanced, natural-feeling carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: If I didn't know what brewery this was from, I would say this was brewed in Belgium. Absolutely true to the style and very good overall.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy, light amber with a sunset of golden variations.

S: A lemon, nutty character is highlighted by spicy apples and hot alcohol.

T: Spicy, bitter yeast on the front is followed by hot cloves, wheat, and an alcoholic burn. Finishes with a sour, medicinal quality with traces of salt. Leaves the roof of my mouth feeling warm and numb.

D: Not something I could "drink" for an evening.

Value: I paid three bucks for a 12 oz bottle. Not bad for what is obviously a high-quality ale.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Formed a good head with just a moderate pour. Head disappeared pretty quickly, leaving a thin collar.
Appearance is attractive with a light golden, slightly hazy look.
Complex nose. Spice, citrus and yeast.
I can't say that this style is my favorite beer, so I am always a little reticent about what I'm going to taste. However, this beer keeps the citrus and spice components very well balanced. Some sweetness on the front palate and some hoppiness on the finish. Gives the beer a crisp appeal. Good level of carbonation, surprising given how quickly the head dissipated. Again, this is well balanced and adds to this beers drinkability. I'm looking forward to drinking more of this beer and others from this producer.

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Photo of SACraig
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden and fairly clear, nice lingering head with nice lace
Smell - Complex, esters, sweet, strong pleasant odors tells of things to come.
Taste - Balanced with sweet and spicy flavors.
Feel - Semi dry finish. Aftertaste lingers, but it is pleasant and just encourages the next taste.
Drink - Great

Very impresive beer as expected from the Duvel family of ales. This was the beer that started my love of Saisons. The flavor created by the high ABV is complex while avoiding the alcohol/solvent flavors.

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Photo of wknight167
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - A very careful pour revelas a clear light yellow to orange beer with a 3 finger thick white head that dissolves slowly and leaves behind very nice lacing. Champagne like carbonation.

Nose- Very heavy on the yeast spiciness. Clove, citrus, coriander, pear and honey all accompany a definite bready character.

Palate- Sweet yet tart. Lemon, pear and honey, spiced with clove and coriander. Alcohol is warming, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, high levels of fine carbonation.

Drinkability- Though not one of my favorite styles, I would gladly have this one again.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Huge head that stayed around for a few minutes, nice amount of carbonation. Golden yellow in color, slightly hazy.

S: A little fruity, maybe some banana with a touch of yeast.

T: Starts sweet, fades to slightly bitter, with a sweet, almost caramel aftertaste, very good.

M: Carbonation is very big in this beer but not so much as to overwhelm your taste buds, nice.

D: I could drink this all night long. When served chilled, I didn't notice the alcohol flavor much, and then it warmed up and was very noticeable in the finish. If I had a 6 pack of 12 oz. bottles, they would definitely be finished in one setting, good stuff.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Farmhouse Ale ever so bear with me.

A: Fat head with larger bubbles that isn't going anywhere soon. Very bright yellow with a tint of orange. But a tad weak.

S: Very sweet toasty malt. A bit of cloves and very faint banana. Some fruity notes as well.

T: Pretty tart. Really reminds me of a Strong Belgian Pale Ale. Is there not much difference? Lemon lime with a smooth caramel malt likeness on the back end. Really tangy stuff. I like it.

M: Seems common for the style and in style I mean Strong Belgian Pale Ale as that is what it feels like to me.

D: A bit too overcarbonated for my liking.

May have this about 5 degrees too cold so chances are I will like it more as it warms. Overall I do like this beer and would go for it again. Still can't stop thinking of Duvel as I drink it. I really need to research how close to the style it is.

D: Just seems too tart for me to handle drinking a lot of this. Almost puckering.

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Photo of tzieser
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hennepin. Great stuff. I've had this lots of times before, both at the brewery and far away from it and I've loved it every time.

a: poured from a 750ml bottle into a Ommegang tulip glass. Quickly forms a 3 finger flat-white head (which slowly dissapates), even with a gentle pour. Clear, bright golden color with lots of carbonation. Excellent.

s: strong and complex aroma. almost indistinguishable from genuine Belgian saisons. surprisingly funky nose on this one (horse blanket, grassy hay), along with some malts and a subtle hint of hops.

t: lots of funk flavor in the forefront, with delicate malts to round it out a bit. hop flavor is noticeable, but by no means oppressive. belgian yeast adds another facet of complexity. excellent stuff.

m&d: pleasently bubbly mouthfeel, goes down smooth. drinkability is outsanding, since it's inexpensive (6 dollars for my bottle), easy to obtain and very easy to drink.

before trying hennepin, i was not a fan of the style, but since then i've really enjoyed saisons. i'd say this is still up there on my top 5 saison list.

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Photo of Duxx
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Wow, I've never seen a beer with a head like this one. It was easily 4+ fingers tall. It filled 1/2 of my pint glass with a meringue like bright white head. I did not use an aggressive pour because I was trying not to get any trub in my glass. The label says not to be too delicate with the pour so as to "create a luxurious head." I definitely saw that. The meringue like head stayed around for the whole 750 ml bottle. It was easy to refresh the head with each pour. (3 times in total.) The beer color was a cloudy bright yellow. Kind of like if you mixed a BMC & a witbier.

S: Cloves, Cloves, and more Cloves!! As a matter of fact, I grabbed the spice jar of cloves from the cupboard and it smelled exactly like that an almost as intense!

T: Again, cloves and more cloves along with a sweet after taste. I was reminded of those clove spice jelly beans that are common around Easter time. I really like those jelly beans and was surprised to find a beer that tasted like that but in a good way.

M: OK to good I guess. I was so overwhelmed by the surprising flavor it was hard to pay attention to this.

D: I finished the whole 750 ml bottle while making the baked ziti for dinner. I took the last sip with dinner. Next time I think I'll wait to crack this open until after dinner due to the sugary sweetness.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice hazy yellow, with a big billowy white head. Good lacing.

S: A lot of spice and some dark fruit.

T: Good, but not as great as the other reviews made it out to be. Did not meet my expectations. Has a sour fruity taste, with a sweet aftertaste. Mainly spicy and citrus up front.

M: Well carbonated, but not heavy.

D: High. It was shared with friends, but one can easily finish off a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of scottg
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a hazy gold with a two finger white head with great retention leaving patchy lacing. Aromas of lemon, yeast, spice and some grass. Vanilla, melon, spices-corriander, sweet orange and floral hop flavors blend nicely. High carbonation, medium body with a dry spicy finish. A great beer to pair with food or enjoy on its own.

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Photo of cvfish
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a hazy orange amber color that produced a foamy white head that produced a decent amount of lace and had a moderate amount of retention

S - The aroma produced by this beer had some grains, fruity esters with a pinch of sour, and some spiciness

T - The taste of this beer started with a graininess, a golden fruitiness of pears and apples, and some spiciness of clove

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer is pretty well done, it is light on the body, perfect drink in the hot weather of the south

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Photo of specksnreds
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pour. Golden yellow color with a perfect small bubble head. Lots of lacing. High carbonation but not distracting. Smell of grass and spice. Not much more in the nose, but certainly pleasant. Mouthfeel is light thank to the abundant carbonation. First taste yielded lemon and spice notes. This morphed into a subtle maltiness as it warmed. A near perfect bitter finish. What a lovely beer, and we're lucky to have it in abundance.

Let me add that I have the big bottle often and this was the first 12 oz. bottle I have enjoyed.

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Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle.

A: A pale gold with lots of pure white head. Good head retention. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Mostly citrus: lemon, orange, and grapefruit. A little yeast aroma as well.

T: Somewhat sour and fruity (not really citrus; apple or pear maybe). A touch of sweetness, with some wheat flavor as well. Small alcohol warmth at the back end.

M: Smooth, light body. Instead of crispness, the carbonation gives it a very velvet- or silk-like feel.

D: This beer was smooth and refreshing, and balances the alcohol well. I split the 750 mL bottle with one other person but I could have easily finished it myself.

This beer seems like a good introduction for me to the Saison style. I will be on the look out for others as this one was pretty tasty, and a good change from the usual Belgians available.

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Photo of bob3701
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy golden color with big bubbled head. The taste took me by surprise, I was not expecting such a hard cider like taste to it. Great aroma of ginger and citrus. Very bubbly in the mouth. Very crisp and clean taste. Would have probably been even better on a hot day.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into shaker pint. Came in a Ommegang variety pack and is the first time I have seen this in a 12 oz bottle.

A- Pale gold to straw with a slight haze. Pours with a beautiful white, soap-like head. The lacing also appears soap-like and very clingy. Pretty active carbonation.

S- Wheat, lemon zest, and a little yeast. Not very complex, but interesting enough.

T- Starts off with wheat and malt flavor and quickly melds into more lemon zest and yeast, followed by a peppery character. Finishes fairly hot at 7.7%, not much malt to counteract that alcohol.

M- Fairly strong carbonation and a lighter body.

D- On the low end of the drinkability scale for a saison, but pleasant enough to have a few.

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Photo of johnwarne
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer haiku for you:

American? Oui!
Belgian style, no regrets here;
Reservations--gone.

My reluctance about an American 'poseur' to the fine Belgian tradition was removed with this beer. Didn't seem to have quite the alcohol 'kick' of several world class Belgians, but that obviously added to the "drinkability". No reservations about having more than two at one sitting without feeling crapulent or hammered. Not the world's leader in this category, but well worthwhile.
Happy Christmas to all--cheers!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 750mL bottle into an Ommegang tulip glass

A - Poured a thick honey golden color with a fiesta of bubbles racing from the bottom of the glass to the top. A generous bubbly head with lacing that crawls down the side of the glass.

S - Citrus, fruit medley...almost candy-like. Smells AMAZING.

T - You really can't go wrong with this beer. Nice hops, touch bitter, touch sweet, just fantastic.

M - Lots of carbonation. Leaves a bit of a bittery dry aftertaste.

D - Like all of Ommegang's beers, this is extremely delicious and drinkable.

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Photo of BetterDarker
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, golden straw color; a very 'bright' looking beer. Lots of bubbles with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Decentlacing.

S: Great aroma with fruit, yeast and pepper. Either the pale malt or the yeast add a hint of bread.

T: Pepper and yeast up front followed by candi sugars with a mildly spicy finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel with serious carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, fantastic brew.

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Photo of danielharper
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright yellow body, thick white head that sticks around and leaves quite a bit of lacing, some effervescence from the bottom of the glass. Body becomes hazier as you get closer to the bottom of the bottle. Very nice.

S: Sour brett notes up-front with a bit of a citrus sweetness way underneath. Hints of bready malt.

T: Mmhmm.... it takes me a bit to get past the farmhouse flavors here, but once my tongue gets used to it there's an amazing confluence of flavors underneath. A strong yeastiness is definitely present here, as is a nice crisp citrus flavor. The finish is dry but clean.

M: Moderate thickness, but coats the palate nicely due to the heavy yeastiness. Slightly chewy.

D: This beer just gets better as it warms. I'm still fairly new to farmhouse ales, but I can definitely see making this a regular stop on my rotation, especially in the summer.

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Photo of Kromes
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy yellow/straw color with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen in the glass.

S: Bready with some belgian yeast funk, a little bit of peppery spice and some hop aroma. Smells very crisp.

T: A big biscuity/wheat flavor with some yeast and slight earthy hop flavor. There is the typical belgian funk with a lemony tart, pepper feel and flavor to this beer. Also a clove/ginger flavor in there that just keeps on giving and stays on the tongue for quite a while

M: Highly carbonated. It gives it a peppery feel. Finishes a little bit bitter, dry and crisp.

D: Good drinkability. The flavors are strong and there is alot of carbonation and that could limit the drinkability. But the flavors are great and do not get old and you can barely detect the alcohol.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear yellow-orange with a huge, crackled head that is slow to dissolve and never fully does. Strong spices dominate the aroma, Belgian yeast, clove, some flowery/spicy hops. Flavor is sweet upfront and followed by more driven spices and an alcohol warmth. Its light-medium bodied with a prickly carbonation. This has a great wealth of spices in both the aroma and the flavor that some people might find a little overpowering but I thought it worked nicely with the slight grassy/spicy hops.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Church Key, one of my favorites that I've only now gotten to out of the keg. Very excited.

Pours the expected light yellow-orange color with a nice looking white head on top that dissolves slowly and allows for nice lacing. Aromas and flavors are huge - big fruitiness, some bread, cookies, farmhouse funk shows up as well. It's a huge flavor and absolutely fantastic. Body and carbonation are busy and good for the style. Would definitely have it again, and most likely will.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy yellow/gold color with carbonation bubbles, white soapy head with some lacing

S-yeast, bread, some citrus notes, alcohol

T-similar to smell with a sweet start and dry finish, oak/pine, has a slight alcohol presence at the end

M-really enjoy the mouth feel, nice carbonation

D-its not my favorite style of beer, but I think a great version of the style

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