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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of RyWill
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dull golden yellow with a huge sticky white head that leaves it mark as you go.

Smell - Definitely has the saison funk going on. Has a certain spice and medicinal quality to it as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Sweetness and fruits up front but finishes off with the tartness and medicinal qualities you get from the smell, especially as it warms. Light to medium bodied, quite a bit of carbonation keeps the mouthfeel even more refreshing.

Drinkability - Balanced through and through a with the relatively low ABV it certainly makes for a drinkable beer.

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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 mirish72
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has taken me a while before I felt I could properly review this beer. When I first tried it about a year ago, I didn't get it.

It pours a golden opaque with great lacing and a nice one finger head. Simply put, it smells like outside, a farm to be exact. It carries a certain "funk" that I think only comes from a true saison ale. It has overtones of hay and has a mild sweetness but with a body to back it up.

Above all it is exceedingly tasty and drinkable. I use it as the standard to measure other saison ales against. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with buying this beer.

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Photo of michaelwarling
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

to start, i will have to admit that it takes a lot of good press for me to try a saison. usually not hoppy or full enough to suit, but when we went to the brewery and tasted, i was convinced to give it a go.
We got a case of the 'cave aged' hennepin (rests for a year in the howe caverns at 52 deg. for a full year after brewing)
pour was very carbonated, big bitey bubbles and a huge head! after letting it rest for a good 15 minutes, the aroma was light, airy and slightly spicy.
the taste in the mouth is almost the same as the flavor, not as spicy as it tastes though. pretty uneventful in whole, but very well balanced, mild and a perfect hot day beer.

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

A: Straw color, slightly hazy. Pours a 3 finger head and sticks around as a nice blanket of foam. Leaves some lacing.

S: Straw and sour but not as pronounced as others (e.g. Dupont) and more inviting. Mild hops and a malt balance. Strawberry, citrus and spice play a small role. Can smell a bit of alcohol.

T: Very mild hop flavor and much less sourness than expected, except towards the end. The malt does a good job of balancing the hops.

M: Fairly light, good carbonation - very crisp.

D: Mabye the most drinkable Saison I've had. Extremely well balanced and the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

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Photo of Schwab
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer about 5-6 weeks ago at a local store and finally got around to try it.

A - pours clean into a pub glass and leaves almost 2" head. Unfortunately it disappears rather soon. You can see the great carbonation in the glass. Typical lighter color and not completely clear (not that I expected it to be)

S - Great smell of an awesome beer went immediately through the kitchen as soon as I had poured it into the glass.

T - Crisp, refreshing...perfect for a hot summer day.
M - Crisp and refreshing, carbonation goes great with this light beer. No malt/hop overtone

D - Goes down very smooth. What? Glass is already empty? This is a great session beer for sure

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. I need to get a good tulip and flute.

A- Big thick puffy white head rushes up quickly. It fades down with time into a 1/4 blanket. The beer is a pale straw yellow with some slight hazing.

S- Mustiness and bananas are the first things I notice. The nose has alot of characteristics similar to hefe's. There is some slight sharp citrus deletable under it all.

T- Slight tartness and sourness but not as sour as I was expecting. Its citrusy, peppery and contains notes of the banana found in the nose.

M- Round and smoothness are offset by prickly crisp carbonation.

D- Quite refreshing and nice for warm weather.

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

Appearance: Poured 2 fingers head, clear and bubbly straw-gold. Looks like a lot of fizz, but good head retention.

Nose: Smells creamy, cloves, mild bananas. Hint of citrus zest.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Sweet malt up front, bananas and cloves, fades into a peppery citrus flavor that lingers. Was shocked to find the ABV at 7%. Completely masked in the taste, well done.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and round at first, but the good amount of carbonation gives a clean and tingling citrus feeling on the tongue as a finish. Tastes rich but refreshing.

Drinkability: Excellent. I'd have this all summer every summer.

Overall: This is a brilliant beer. It delivers exactly what it promises. Keep up the good work at Ommegang.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beauty on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Pours a nice hazy straw color with about a finger of white, bubbly head. Some "cavernous" lacing.

Smell's funky & tart, like I expect a farmhouse style should. Some citrus character. Earthy & dry.

Taste is citric up front, sour & funky from what I assume is brett, some smells of raw bread, spices, a little sweet in the finish. This sounds weird, but it reminds me of walking through high grass or brush & all the random organic smells that come out. It's very rustic & evocative, I like it.

Mouthfeel is tart, activates the saliva a little, but still smooth.

Drinkability is decent, I could easily have another, & the somewhat high ABV is not detectable. An unusual beer, but one I really liked.

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Photo of bum732
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, decent bubbly head that dissipates leaving a nice thin layer of foam. Smells of medicinal phenols, clove, spiciness from the clove, light malty tones, touch of funk, just incredible. Tastes of dry, crisp spicy malt with a nice crisp bitterness and dry finish. Nice phenols and clove throughout balanced nicely with a clean malt. Some orange perhaps? Some earthy hops near the end, but muted by the spicy dry finish. Thin mouthfeel that is perfect for this style.

An amazing saison, lots of flavor, not sure if its from the malt or the added ingredients (ginger and orange, i think). Not super dry but being an American interpretation, one of the best for its style.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Yeast/phenols. Sweetness. Estery. Nice, complex aroma.

Appearance - Yellow with slight haze. White head poured two fingerwidths that dissipated to one fingerwidth. Good lacing. A lot of visible carbonation.

Taste - Yeast/spicy phenols. Slight malt balance. Not very tart. The spice from the phenols, the fruity esters, the subtle hop flavor, the malt, and the dry alcohol finish makes this a very well balanced and complex beer.

Mouth Feel - Thin to medium body. High carbonation. Moderate alcohol. Dry finish. Somewhat phenolic aftertaste.

Overall Impression - Another solid beer from Ommegang. I'm continually impressed at the amount of Belgian beers they make that are great representations of the style. If you're new to Belgian beers/Saisons this is a good one to try and can serve as a good comparison for other beers of the style. It may not be the best Saison, but it is solid.

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Photo of hossua34
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow-gold with a slight haziness. A massive, rocky head disappears slowly leaving tons of sticky, white lacing.

S - Like candided oranges, grass, wheat and a touch of anise. Very complex and very good.

T - Spiced oranges were what I thought of. There is a very slight hint of anise, or some similar herb. Fresh wheat, grasses and other spiced notes. Deliciously complex.

M - Crisp, fizzy and refreshing, but also substantial. Damn near perfect.

D - For a beer so refreshing and crisp on the tounge, this Hennepin is surprisingly hearty. Perhaps the 7.7 ABV has something to do with that.

So... Great Lakes Grassroots Ale bills itself as a saison, but I am confused, because that tasted like crap and this tastes delicious. I am glad that I did not let the Grassroots scare me away from the style entirely.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass small disappearing head, with slow but steady carbonation. Sugary, biscuity, sweet with a hint of clove aroma. Sweet and crisp with the carbonation makes it burst on your tongue. Alcohol extremely hidden. Very drinkable and enjoyable. An instant favorite.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a foggy golden-yellow releasing a beautiful off-white cloudy head in a goblet. Aromas of citrus and banana and some slight honey too. Complex medium body, some sweetness, good spice and lots of carbonation (first-class yeast strains in this). There is some sweetness and plenty of dryness in the finish.

For the novice: Hennepin and Saison Dupont are standards in the world of saisons, you can not go wrong with those. Watch the pour, don't rush - let the head form.

Personally: I love Hennepin; I would put this against any good Chardonnay or white Châteauneuf-du-Pape any day of the week.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hennepin pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color. On top sits a big, thick white head that's slow to dissolve. Underneath the surface is a torrent of small bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass like an upside down rainstorm. Clumps and spots of lace cling to the sides as the foam recedes.

The aroma seems rather faint for this beer. Spicy notes of clove and coriander, with some bready yeast and pale malt mixed in. Perhaps a hint of banana is in there as well.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer gives a soft effervescent fizz on the palate. It finishes slightly tart. The flavor is simple. Light sweet malt with a touch of honey and lemon, spices such as clove and allspice, a hint of apple and pear. At the end the beer becomes somewhat tart. Once gone the tart fruity flavor and some alcohol lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer. Something that would go great with an expensive dinner. No single flavor dominates as in some other Belgian style beers I've had.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i would have to say one of the most inconsistent american beligan beer i've had. when good its bright and tight mint hoppy with a nose of cannabis pine and a soft fruit. had it again about three months later. extensively... beligan sugar cane with a back of the mouth curdle. acidic. woody but dingy. very sweeten pine apple to the point that my teeth hurt... don't know if that's exactly proper.

had it again about a month later... palate again a bit too sweet... funkier. but a rotten banana infections flavor. some herbal quality. the taste of stale wet three day old chrysanthemum... and why i know that is in part my interest in herbalism yet hectic party lifestyle. interesting but not something i would favor without some sort of palate cleanser that should come from the hops... a tad lemon... sort of a saving grace.

had it again. seem about the middle of the road for the this is an old bottle and this is a new bottle. didn't have the expanded palate. lack a lot of broadness. hard on the gums. i'm over this beer. ruining a style i love for me...

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Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big pillow top off white head. Good retention with decent lace. Color is a slight hazed dark golden copper.

Aroma: mainly of spices, but not a very strong aroma. Lemon zest and orange peel. Funky yeast.

Taste: There is a lot more flavor here then the smell would give away. Very zesty with a lot of spices. Black pepper, orange peel, lemon citrus, and a funky yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Citrus and zesty. Medium bodied. Fairly high amount of carbonation. Ends with a spicy and funky aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is pretty good, especially on a hot summer day. Light enough to have a few, but still packs a nice flavor.

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Photo of lramsey48
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting this beer takes me back to Father's Day 2005. My girls took me on a brewery tour in Bruges at the Straffe Hendrik Brewery. They were serving their Saison. Hennepin has managed to capture the essence of the Belgium brewing style. A smooth blend of fruit, sour, and muted bread flavors that perfectly mask the relatively high alcohol content. I recently had one of these while watching Rick Steves give a HD tour of of the Grand Place in Brussels - perfect.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden-straw body with three fingers of slightly off-white, bubbly head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: A honeyish malt body with fruity (golden fruit, citrus, and banana), yeasty, and spicy (clove, coriander, and pepper) notes. Some traces of booze, but not much.

Taste: Up front, a sweet pale malt character with fruit, spice, and ever-so-mild molasses twinge towards the end. It's somewhat sour and dries towards the end. Hints of alcohol in the end, in just the right proportion. It may not the most complex flavor profile, but it's quite satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Crisp with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Generally good, but reined in a little by the moderately-high alcohol content.

Verdict: Hennepin is a great beer to sit down with an enjoy on a peaceful Summer evening. It may not be the most complex Saison out there, but it's still well worth a try.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

Appearance - A pale, golden, cloudy color, with a moderate white foam head.

Smell - Yeast, citrus, and earthy notes are prevalent.

Taste - Deliciously smooth. Moderate bitterness, spicy, and fruity, but still balanced overall.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing, with a medium body.

Drinkabilty - Ridiculously drinkable for it's ABV, maybe dangerously so. I could easily drink several more of these! Quite refreshing. Very good! This is the first Saison I've tried, but I can safely say I'll be buying this again, and trying some others.

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Photo of berkey
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a great hazy pale blonde typical of many Saisons from Belgium I've tried. Forms a good bright, foamy, white head with decent retention and very good lacing.

The aroma jumped out so agressively after the cork was popped it almost forced me to change up my usual review process and describe aroma before the appearance. Belgian style yeast, spice, citrus, and soft earthy aromas all rush out to greet me.

Everything on the aroma carries over well to the palate along with some herbal flavors and sweet, almost tropical, fruit. Some dry flavors here but not as much as some I've tried in the style. As it warms a tartness really starts to come through along with a vaguely medicinal character.

Medium body, balanced but slightly prickly carbonation, puckering tart and faint dry characters create a highly enjoyable mouthfeel. Drinkability is extremely high thanks in part to a very balanced flavor profile and a medium ABV.

Overall while not 100% to my personal preferences for the style (I like mine funkier and a little more dry) I have to admit this is an excellent job by Ommegang. They somehow managed to take one of my favorite styles of ale and craft something that's extremely approachable without 'dumbing it down' one iota. A top class ale I'd recommend whether you're new to the style or a seasoned Saison drinker.

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

Poured from a 750Ml corked bottle to a tulip glass.

Light straw colored, hazy with a frothy pure white rocky head. Effervescence gives a sustaining vibrant head and ample lacing. Mmmmm pretty....

Smells of earthy, grassy-hay hops, fruity esters. If you close your eyes it takes you straight to the rolling hills of wheat and barley.

Taste is fruity, frothy and spicy in the finish. Refreshing and satisfying. Mmmmm lemon grassy...

Light and crisp from start to finish a most enjoyable bottle of Farm-house! This has been a great appetizer beer for a group of beer-geeks over for a pregame football venue.

Go Blue!

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

A: Golden straw color, lots of white foam and great lacing.

S: Great yeast smell, some light citrus, apple might make an appearance, and a very light funkiness.

T: A slight sweetness, some green fruits. Yeast and spice are there as well, adding to the complex taste.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation for this beer.

D: Delicious Saison, well balanced and interesting.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great saison, wow - had a 750ml bottle

Incredible looking, pretty much perfect for the style huge egg nog head, tons o lacing and a bunch of tiny bubbles, damn fine look for a damn fine beer.

Smell is good but not the most remarkable, yeast, a little citrus and some alcohol.

Taste is an incredible biscuitty pinapple fortune cookie? And some light bittersweet with some pear notes and finishes with a bit of alcohol and lingers just a little bitter once again

Feel is great and is deliciously drinkable

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Photo of ricke
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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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