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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Reviews: 2,154 | Ratings: 5,917
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Gentle pour into a tulip flute yields a huge white rocky bumpy head over a cloudy golden-blond chill-hazed body. Incredible effervescence: the head stays, stays, stays, even grows! Lacing is permanent and thick. Gorgeous beer.

Smell is bright, green apple and under-ripe fruit, yeasty, mildly funky. Soapy and clean, over a light cracker malt base. Floral hops are there.

Taste is very similar to the smell, though a bit more malty. There even is a note of chocolate! Nice hoppy dry finish. Mineral water. Crisp and perky.

Moutfheel is superb -- round & rich , yet simultaneously crisp. Wow!

Drinkability is excellent: the 7.7% ABV is completely hidden. Sessionable!

This is like a Belgian version of Weihenstephaner's Vitus.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this quite a few times, I have made a trip to the brewery every year for the past three years. I'm finally getting around to reviewing more of their brews. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ommegang glass that looks like the one pictured on the bottle, but doesn't have the Hennepin logo, and doesn't fit a whole 12oz bottle :-(

Appearance: Golden yellow, beautiful white head that takes its time to dissipate, leaving lots of lacing

Smell: Sweet malt, Belgian yeast, bananas, honey, pepper

Taste: Banana, lemon, fruit, earthiness, clove, and spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation, dry finish

Overall: I thoroughly enjoy this beer, like everything Ommegang brews.

Note: I just found a 750ml bottle of Hennepin that was brewed by Ommegang's parent company Duvel in Belgium, and was going to re-review this. No need, these notes still capture it. Amazing that this can be brewed in two distinctly different locations with the same results. The mouthfeel and carbonation is slightly better from the bigger bottles, but it is close enough where I wouldn't oppose the 12oz ones.

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Photo of Terp96
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a hell of a beer. I wasn't into the farmhouse style that much until I had this one.

It pours a bright, orange/gold into my Duval tulip glass. Very effervescent with a huge head. Very inviting.

Smell is fruity with nice, spicey clove overtones.

Taste is amazing. Very light and refreshing. Distinct Belgian golden ale flavor. Slightly fruity with a spicey hop finish.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Never thin, this one isn't too thick either. There is just enough body to let you know you are drinking a quality beer but it also is dry and refreshing at the same time. Very light on the palate but with lingering flavors as well. Very balanced.

Overall one of my favorites. So good, you could drink this one all night but at 7.7% abv you might regret it. Or, maybe you won't.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- large bubbly white head that that has great retention and moderate lacing. The beer is a mostly bright gold color, afew little yeast partials floating around.

S- Slightly skunked smelling with some banana, honey, caramel and spicy aromas. Also hints of lavender and a bit of an alcohol sting.

T- Nice malty sweetness, honey, caramel and hint of corn. Some light banana flavor in there as well as some nice earthy spice. Very good tasting beer.

M- Nice light bodied beer with a slight oiliness to it. Good dry bitter bite in the end.

I love saisons and this is one of the best I have had. The aroma and flavor is hard do beet. An all around great beer.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this staring me in the face at my local beer store and had to give a taste. It pours an amber/yellow partly cloudy. Moderate head. The aroma is spicy and fruity with hints of yeast. The taste does not let me down. So fruity and delicious. I love the spice mix. It's like a piece of bread with cinnamon butter spread on it. I found the mouth feel to be pleasing as well. Not too thick. Seems right for a saison. I think this could easily be a session beer. The abv might get you but it would be worth downing a few bombers.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour of the bottle is clear gold with an ample head that lasts, leaving considerable lacing. On the second pour, I kept most of the sediment in the bottle, but it looks a little cloudier.

Spicy aroma with notes of straw, sweet corn, ginger, coriander, fruit, and sugar.

Tastes of sweet malt and fruit--especially pineapple maybe some banana, and spicy with notes of ginger, clove, coriander. A saison with a tripel structure, more Belgian than French. Not pronounced hoppy.

Medium in body with good carbonation makes this really creamy, and while on the sweet side, it finishes light and dry.

This is one of my favorite saisons and I drink it regularly. Interesting flavors and moderate alcohol level does the trick for me. Never have a problem finishing a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of EPseja
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a fantastic time at Belgium comes to Cooperstown, I figured it was about time for me to get some Ommegang ratings up, starting with my favorite of their line.

Served in a tulip glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a hazy apricot gold color with a huge, pillowy head composed of large bubbles near the surface and tiny bubbles at the top. Lacing is clingy and dense. Makes my mouth water just looking at it... Wonderful!

S - Sweet but subtle summer fruitiness behind a thin veil of organic, hop-laced hay. Bright and fresh despite the sour farmhouse notes. Very well done; captures the essence of this style exquisitely.

T - First on the tongue is a honey sweetness wrapped around a tiny nugget of fresh, leafy hops. Slight bitterness reveals itself in the middle along with a mild tartness to balance the sweet. The finish is organic, yeasty, slightly bitter, and moderately dry. Alcohol warmth becomes prevalent with the deliciously bittersweet aftertaste.

M - Enters the mouth slightly viscously and wells up into a gentle sea of round and creamy foam. Despite the largeness in the mouth, it goes down very smoothly. Mouthfeel improves as it warms.

D - This is a fantastically tasty brew and a great example of this style. Easy to drink, easy to go in for the next sip. Well done, Ommegang!

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Photo of alf212
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: LIght hazy golden color with a nice chunky head that thins out but persists for the entire beer. When poured into a duvel tulip the carbonation goes on and on and on.

Smell: Sweet spicy n phenolic

Taste: Just started getting into this saison style but definitely a yummy beer. Lemony tartyness that turns into a mildly sweet middle and finally a nutty/earthy finish at the end. Love the spicy aftertaste on this one. The alcohol is definitely there but it's not overwhelming at all

Very drinkable beer. Had this on my balcony on a nice summer night in Florida and it hit the spot juuust right

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a very robust golden color with a great sized head.
S: Nice full grainy scent with a good body.
T: Nice full flavor of malt and hops with almost a fruity banana finish. Very grainy but very tasty.
D/M: Good carbonation, tickles the tongue. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy straw color with a nice white head that settles to a nice collar, leaving a sexy lace behind. Citrus fills the nose along with a mild hop aroma. The first sip reveals a strong citrus fruity flavor oranges and lemons, also there is a banana clove flavor. The finish is strong with alcohol and dry with yeast. This is a very nice beer and it is my first Saison.


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Photo of WhiteOak
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep gold like newly minted bullion coinage. The head is snow white, massive, rocky, lacy... like surf foam.

S- Big seductive aroma of honey-puffed corn, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander and spring flowers.

T- Sweet honey-puffed grains, puffed corn, hay. Good spicy & fruity complexity in the background. The finish is bitter, astringent, grassy hops.

M, D- Delicious, very drinkable and alluring. Lovely balance.

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Photo of vitesse
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in 750 mL bottle.

pours a bright golden color with slight whitish cloudiness. super fluffy, pillowy head. label calls this a saison, not a style i'm too familiar with...
aroma is of belgian candi sugar and cloves.
taste just blew me away. very very similar to duvel, which shouldn't surprise me because the ommeg brewery is owned by moortgart.
slightly "farmhousey," grassy flavor especially reminds me of duvel. alchol packs some punch, but spicy hops flavor and belgian-esque sweetness all meld together to balance out nicely.
sweet finish but super duper drinkable.
this is a real crowd pleaser. all the complexity of the big belgians is here. a great blonde beer. i highly recommend it.

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Photo of Larryken
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang has done it again with this great example of saison, nice medium carbonation, golden wheat color, substantial head and crisp taste. very well balanced taste, alcohol is hidden and this would be a session beer but for it's 7.7 ABV...one of my favorite saisons. The label says they are part of the Duvel family.

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Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed pale gold with a short, bright white head made up of a combination of very fine and rocky bubbles. Great retention and plenty of lacing throughout. Aromas of lemon zest, bready yeast and vinous white wine grapes dominate, but there's a hint of caramel as well. Strong citrus component in the flavour that really lingers backed up by a bit of hop bitterness. Sweetness is light and there's a delicate fruity grape flavour and light spice in the finish. Soft alcohol warmth. Creamy carbonation and lightly palate coating. Off-dry. Refreshing and very enjoyable, this is one well-crafted beer.

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Photo of Taylor1989
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange with a 2 finger white fluffy head that only sticks around for a bit, then dissipates to a thin ring.

S- citrus, coriander, banana, sweet pale malts, bread. Fruity.

T-I get the bready yeast up front. The coriander and banana come through along with a nice spiciness.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing. Smooth with no bitterness. Carbonation is on point.

O- excellent beer!

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Photo of philipt
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This my favorite selection from Brewery Ommegang, and one of my favorite brews to be found anywhere.

Pale, golden color with a slight amber glow. Huge, fluffy, white head sits on the Hennepin throne (Duvel-esque, no?). Smells very floral and slightly citric. The taste is quite hoppy and fruity, notably apple, pear and banana. This is quite a crisp beer, with lively carbonation in the mouth. Finishes dry. Alcohol very nicely hidden.

A nearly perfect beer.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this saison, first of I ever had and I keep going back to it. For this review, poured from 12 Oz bottle to glass. Produced as much foam as body and had to wait a bit to pour the rest. Color is deep yellow and clear, with lots of effervescent carbonation streaming to the surface. Aroma is Floral and fruity, and belies the Belgian yeast. Taste is fruity and spicy, with orange rind, pear, white grape, and coriander all found within. Some earthy and floral flavors. Feel is light, and champagne-like.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass...

A: Hazy, pale orange-copper with cumulus cloud-like white head that is long lasting and leaves some great lacing.

S: Yeasty, fruity (hints of grapes and bananna) spicy and mildly hoppy.

T: Mildly sour, yeasty, wheat, with a nice big (not in an overdone way) fruity middle and a dry finish with some mild alcohol...WOW...

M: Really nice, med/light and hella-drinkable...

D: As above, so it is below...look out, these would fly away...almost too universal in its appeal...HUGE crowd pleaser...

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Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden coloration with a lofty white head. Smell of light tropical fruits, lemon and dry yeast. Crisp lemon flavors and distinct tastes of apple peel. Esters floating on the palate and a good shot of hop bitterness on the finish. Great Belgian yeast flavors. Another amazing beer from Ommegang.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh, served in an Ommegang goblet.

This beer was a sparkling golden color with a good amount of head in the goblet. Smells were sour, spicy, bubblegum, banana, fruity. Taste was sour and spicy. Alcohol definitely present, but not overwhelming.

I haven't tried many others of this style yet, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Julio's, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a gloriously crystal clear golden hue with a massive, rocky three finger head that slowly slumped into a thick white blanket leaving average side lacing.

S - Bananas, belgian spices, light yeast aromas. Very nice.

T - Just like the nose there are those delicious belgian yeast and spice notes with some simply wonderful banana and possibly clove esters on the end. Very, very good.

M - Really nice mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to keep this crisp though it is almost cloy with all that banana.

O - Really, really good saison here. So easy to find and reasonably priced. Really my "go-to" saison.

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Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a giant pure white head made up of bif soapy looking bubbles. The beer color is gold and is a bit cloudy.
The smell is sweet like a tripel. Very tripel-like in the taste also.
It doesn't get realy crazy or funky with the taste.
This one is an easy drinker. I like that they kept it fairly simple. I will definitley go for this one again.

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Photo of checkfeet
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint bottle into a Bordeaux glass.

Appearance is lovely - a warm golden yellow like rapeseed honey - with a thick poofy crown of white head on top, though this, along with any lacing, dissipates significantly as you drink. Heavy carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass through the cloudy remnants of yeast.

The nose is so inviting; not at all overwhelming but teasing with scents of sour apples, lemongrass, grapes, coriander and that special Belgian yeastiness that makes one think of a summer day on the farm.

The taste lives up to the nose with a subtle explosion of sour apples and citrus with just the right kick of tang and hops on your tongue. The ever-so-slightly sour flavor is perfectly accentuated by the carbonation giving a very pleasant mouthfeel that is light and airy but with enough substance to keep reminding you how delicious it is long after your glass is empty.

This beer is so well-balanced, I could easily finish one bottle and go back for more. A wonderful interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a chill hazed golden and throws out a big pufffy white head that has nice retention. Pretty sweet aroma with this one. Honey like. Almost like a braggot or that Midas Touch brew. There's also some fruity esters perceived on the nose. Maybe some slight herbalness too. Nice aroma. Now this is a style of Belgian beers I can get into. This is really nice tasting. It is sweet, but kept in check with the hops, herbs and spices (which I will only try to take a stab at). There could be something like Rosemary or Marjoram throwing some pizzaz into this brew. I like it whatever it is. This brew really has a nice earthiness to it. Very unique taste. But very drinkable. Honey also seems to be perceived on the tongue. This is a light-medium bodied brew. Very good.

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Photo of rangerred
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a wonderful hazy gold with a pillowy head. Wonderful head retention.

Smell is yeasty with citrus notes and some clove

Taste is much like the smell. Very spicy with pear and clove. A tiny touch of sourness on the finish. Nice light carbonation and finishes very crisp and dry. Alcohol is barely detectable.

This is a world class beer and one of my favorites.

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