Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Alexc11
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We recently tried Hennepin in a delightful Mexican restaurant on a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Interesting and inviting cloudy orange color with a citrus taste. Overall an enjoyable beer I would love to get my hands on again!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a soft hazy bronzed orange color with a one and a half finger-ed white foamy head that dissipated within less than about a minute. Trickling semi-foamy lacing stuck around the glass.
The smell had a nice sweet Belgian bready yet delicate citrus fruitiness and then highlights of a light peppery spice rolling in for the balance.
The taste was balanced very nicely between the breadiness, the citrus fruits, and then the spice all blending nice and sweet to spicy. A light fruity to spicy character shows its face in the aftertaste and it leaves a sweet fruity finish.
The mouthfeel is about a light to medium in body with a nice sessionability with this one. Crisp carbonation leads the way but isn't burdonsome as it is there, but allows the sweetness of the blended flavors to be somewhat wet yet slightly clingy, nicely done.
Overall, this was an extremely well done saison, so glad to have tried it and am looking forward to having again.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 of 9.6 fl oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A - translucent orange, three finger head, retains very well

S - funk, hay, citrus and spices.

T - follows the nose, with banana/clove notes.

M - solid. Carbonation medium, bounces between sharp and smooth.

O - glad I revisited it. A tasty saison.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky golden yellow color. Very fluffy and rather bubbly 2 1/2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing.

S - A beautiful blend of spices and herbs. Lemongrass, pepper, clove and minor citrus notes. Not overwhelming but very pleasant aroma all in all - floral and spiced.

L - A well done and fairly spot on saison. Lives up to the aromas detected; most dominate flavors are lemongrass and clove. Floral- mildly sweet aftertaste followed but that of spices such as pepper. Very light tasting beer in a good way.

M - Crisp/sharp beer that's fairly carbonated. Medium bodied. Very drinkable; aftertaste is a little harsh but mute.

O - A pretty amazing beer overall. Very drinkable and well defined with a lot to offer. Enjoyed and will enjoy again sometime in the future!

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Photo of FFreak
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Available in the local grocery - don't remember the price, but possibly ~$8.00 for corked bottle. Poured into tall tulips. Pours a beautiful, hazy lemonade yellow, with a frothy white head that sticks around and leaves big lace on the glass. Aroma is classic saison - yeasty, bready, a little lemon citrus. Taste is also classic saison. This is a wonderful, easy drinking, approachable saison. Mouth is smooth, creamy, medium-body - really good. Overall, I really loved this one - on par or possibly even better to me than Saison Dupont.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured a slightly golden straw. Big, fluffy, white head.

S - Lemongrass, phenols, bready grains, seeds, pepper.

T - The slippery, complex yeast character hits right on the front. The subtle earthiness quickly dissipates as the bright, bready malt notes become more apparent. The yeast gets increasingly fruity and crisp as the citrus takes hold, with a bright, peppery finish.

M - Medium-light body, perfectly crisp yet delicate carbonation, and very slight dryness.

O - One of the best non-tart saisons I've ever had. Incredibly refreshing and loaded with subtle flavors.

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Photo of beerturf
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought this bottle for my girl and I to enjoy. Reminds me of Lefe... brewed with grains of paradise, ginger, orange peel, coriander. Taste upfront is smooth when swallowed the taste rushes to your nose for an immediate boastful after taste of grains of paradise. Really well done beer. Cheers!

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a caged/corked bomber into a tulip, pours a dark golden yellow with a nice white head, about two fingers worth of foam, strong head retention, almost reminds me of a hefeweizen.

S: Citrus notes like lemon and orange dominate the nose, with mild inkings of some spices, bready malt, and a bit of yeast

T: I would dare to say a lemon tart like taste on the nose, that fades into a bit more of a malt flavor, with spices rounding out at the end.

F: Fairly light and refreshing, has a crisp, dry finish similar to champagne.

O: A delicious Saison from Ommegang. Obviously, each brewery has their own take on every style, and I like the almost citrus pastry flavor that this beer offers, but as you sip, it grows in complexity, a job well done.

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

Nice head on this beer. The smell is yeasty with a touch of spice and orange. The taste is really nice and smooth with a great mouthfeel. Some yeast and spice and a funky aftertaste. Gives Duvel a run for its money. yb

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Photo of EvoRich
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a HUGE white fluffy head which is retained for quite some time.

Smell: Light hops with some citrus. A bit of bread and wheat

Taste: A lot of citrus sweetness, with some hop bitterness in the middle, finished by a saison sweetness.

Feel: Decent amount of carbonation, but still has a creamy, and chewy feel.

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Photo of rjd722
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Golden Monkey tulip; huge white, frothy head, about three-fingers and golden-orange in color. Very hazy and has tiny sediment that can be seen floating throughout the beer. Leaves decent tracing sporadically. Aroma is yeast, lemon, orange peel, and grass up front, also contains spice. The flavor matches up with the aroma and adds a certain sweetness to the mix. I would agree with some others that there is a champagne type feel to the finish, really broad and distinct overall. Refreshing and easy to drink, just a really good brew.

I've been becoming a pretty big saison fan and this beer is easily one of the best I've had to date.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't bad and I know it is supposed to be one of the quintessential Saisons out there, but this was just too sweet for me. Otherwise it was pretty good, but the sweetness really hurt this one for me overall.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of dcotom
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a TeKu glass. Appearance is an opaque dark yellow with a luxurious white head of long-lasting foam. Picked up the aromas of orange peel and coriander right away. Taste is what you would expect from a farmhouse saison, with quite a bit of intensity from the spices and orange. Nicely balanced. I have come to appreciate this style, and Hennepin exemplifies it very well.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - A light golden color. Hazy. Bubbly head
Smell - Yeasty, Bready, lemon, lemon peel, spice, sourness
Taste - Lemon, Lemon Zest, citrus, spice, bread, sour, Champagne type tang on the back end

Overall - This is the first saison that actually blew me away. My favorite to date. Refreshing and super enjoyable.

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Photo of Miller138
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really well done. Bottle conditioned - Yellow/Gold color with a creamy head - Head stays intact
Yeast comes through in the nose with biscuit and floral highlights - the yeast strain is the dominant contributor to the nose.
The mouth feel is light in body with a bright and crisp finish - very refreshing
taste starts with a little bit of a citrus quality and moves seamlessly into a spice quality. It finishes with a slight sourness that is very pleasant and gives the beer a dry quality.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of those bottles I've passed by on the shelf so many times. First go at a saison with this one. Pours golden with lasting, dense white top. Aromas of fruit, spice, and lemon. Similar in flavor, but with more of the witbier character. I've enjoyed better wheats, so while this is good, and tasty, and great looking.... it doesn't strike me as outstanding.

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Photo of akdo
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The body is gold and has a one-finger head which quickly recedes to a thin layer of white foam.

Smell: The nose offered notes of toned-down lemon juice. Expect no funky smell.

Taste: The palate matches the nose right off the glass like many North American Saisons. Then, it shifts quickly to notes of Belgian spices which are milder than those found in the back-end of a witbier. As a result of that, Hennepin is not aggressive on our tongue and is very drinkable.

Feel: Like any saison, be it from Belgium or North America, this beer is refreshing. Moreover, we do not feel a crispness that might blur the lines between a saison, a radler or a lemonade. This last detail is a plus.

Overall: This beer is a simple textbook North American saison. Although it is stylistically anonymous because of its simple notes of lemon on the front-end, its simplicity actually makes its charm. The only reservation I have with Hennepin as well as other North American saisons has to do with the head retention. Sure, the beer has a nice lacings, but it can't match other Belgian saisons, which mostly manage to keep a half-a-finger head during a tasting session. Despite this flaw, I would drink this very often during summer.

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Photo of Lesingnon
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw-color with an absolutely massive, bubbly head. The head might be my one complaint about the beer, though. As I find it necessary to pour extremely carefully or it's almost inevitable that the beer will bubble over.

Smell: The Belgian funk is readily apparent. Smells primarily grassy, but hints of fruitiness round it out quite nicely.

Taste: Like the smell, funky grassiness is the primary taste. Hints of citrus and spice dance about the edges, and though there's not much hop bitterness they do leave some floral notes that linger after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Light, with carbonation that dances and tingles pleasantly across your tongue.

Overall: An impressive Saison, not as harsh as some I've had and very drinkable. I find myself particularly fond of how the few citrus and spicy notes seem to complement the grassiness just perfectly. Undoubtedly a great beer that deserves its reputation.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy (as it should be, damnit) straw color. The head is a billion fingers high and white in shade. What's worse, the head is both incredibly fluffy and long-lasting. Some lacing sticks to the glass, too. If someone asked me what the stereotypical saison SHOULD look like, I'd point them to this. I've sort of becomes attached to the theory that a beer's aesthetics are mutually exclusive to how it will taste; with this, I simply can't wait to drink it. (4.5)

Smell: It's like, every single note I expect from a standard (non-brett) saison is here and in full force. I really pick up massive notes of black pepper and grass, along with some mild apple and pear notes. As it opens up, I also pick up some sesame seed. This takes a lot of elements from a witbier, too - the coriander is particularly strong (yet doesn't devolve into Underwood deviled ham like some coriander-laden beers can). It takes all the good elements from a saison and a witbier, and creates something that smells killer. (4.25)

Taste: I get some saison spice initially. From first sip, I can easily tell there's a lot going on here. As the notes of black pepper, fresh-cut grass, and sesame seed gently subside, I start to pick up notes of coriander, candied sugar, and lemon. Of course, I also have to mention the ester flavors: the apple, pear, and white grape notes really sing on the palate. The finish brings back some grassiness. Why the hell didn't I revisit this one sooner?! (4.25)

Mouthfeel: This is refreshing yet decently substantial, like a saison should be. If there's one complaint about this beer, just one complaint, is that it's a bit too sweet at times. Whatever, it's 7.7% and doesn't have brett to eat away at the residual sugar, so I'm peachy. Carbonation is moderate yet mouth-filling. (4)

Overall: This is a classic for a reason. It drinks like an archetypal saison, yet adds just enough witbier elements to make it even more interesting (instead of detracting). This is what happens when you search for the latest and greatest saisons: you ignore stuff like this that's on the shelf 24/7, and come to regret it when you finally decide to pick it up again a couple years later. No more, I'm going to be buying a lot more of this in the future. (4.25)

4.24/5: I could just buy this and Dupont in lieu of all other non-brett saisons and not feel like I'm missing anything

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

glowing opaque gold, big white head that poofs. nose; belgian yeast and clove. taste; belgian yeast, light orange & banana, pineapple, sweet pear and the expected bubble gum. remarkable among farmhouse ales for me because there's enough crisp fruit notes to keep cutting through the growing yeast funk, especially when freshly cold. a top-shelf saison!

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Photo of sprat1960
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Straw yellow with hints of gold; hazy (translucent). Lots of medium-sized bubbles visible. Pours with a large 2+ finger rich off-white head that dies down slowly leaving a thick, even coating of foam on the surface of the beer and some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks enticing.

Smell: Sweet spices, citrus (lemon), slightly floral aroma. No hops or malt present. Not overwhelming.

Taste: Citrus (lemon), mild spices, mild hops. Nice flavor profile.

Feel: Medium body, smooth carbonation, velvety feel, svery slight dry finish. Perfect.

Overall: Excellent Saison; a great example of this style of beer. Very refreshing. Would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Nearly brilliant straw gold under a persistent, fluffy, clingy 3” white foam collar.
S: Perfumey, citrus, fruit, not much hop, faint smoke, over ripe fruit.
T: Rich malt flavors with a lingering maltiness seasoned with orange, stone fruit,banana and spice.
F: Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation.
O: This is an old standby that I have enjoyed for years.

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Photo of lastmango
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updating my scoring with a review. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a 3 finger head that was like meringue on a pie. The head dissipated to a half finger and remained throughout the session. Light lacing. Bubbles like Champagne. Mild lemon fruit aroma with pepper and grass. Fantastic taste . . . citrus, bread and spices. Moderate high carbonation and medium light body that is crisp.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, chilled to approximately 50 degrees (yes, I know the label says to chill it to 40 degrees, but that's what's Ommegang says to do with every one of its beers, even their Dubbel for Chrissake -- pardon me if I exercise some discretion here), poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass, and consumed unhurriedly while warming. Loved this early this summer when having it for the first time. Still like it, but not as much as before. Could use a bit more funkiness and I find it somewhat heavy and sticky feeling. Prefer Goose Island Sophie, Saison Dupont and, probably, Great Divide Collette.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yep, this is what a saison is supposed to be. Very delicious, refreshing, spicy and peppery with just the right touch of funk. Haven't had Allagash saison yet but this so far is my pick for an American crafted saison. Well done.

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