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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
Ranking:
#1,453
Reviews:
2,186
Ratings:
6,038
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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368
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Ratings: 6,038 |  Reviews: 2,186
Photo of soju6
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml Bottle.

A: Pours a clear Pale golden color, with a billowy head that slowly fades to some lacing.

S: Has a mild citrus and spice aroma, hint of banana and mixture of other scents. Smells inviting.

T: Starts with a mild fruit and peppery lemon, continues to a light hops flavor with a subtle dry finish. Crisp & Refreshing.

F: Medium body with mild carbonation. Smooth, No hint of the 7.7% ABV. Very well balanced.

D: Excellent brew. This is a good Saison to compare others to.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fridge chilled bottle into a Smuttynose pint glass. The beer foams up with a huge pure white head made of medium sized bubbles and a foamy cap. The liquid in this initial pour is perfectly clear, straw colored, and has lots of visible carbonation rising. I know there is yeast at the bottle of this bottle, so later pours may be a bit more hazy.

The aroma is very pleasing. There is Belgian candi sugar providing a slight sweetness. The yeast gives of plenty of pepper, some lemon, and a familiar Belgian mustiness.

This is a good, clean tasting saison. There is enough sweetness to make up the majority of the flavor, but it is well-balanced and doesn't seem to overshadow the other tastes. These include some pale whole grains and peppery spices. The finish has a sharper bite than the rest of the sip, and here there is some evidence of the 7.7% ABV. It's refreshing.

The beer has somewhere a light and medium body. I think it feels heavier because of the sugars and the amount of carbonation. There is a little bit of a coat, but it isn't too sweet and hardly sticky at all.

Everything about this beer leads me to believe that it is highly drinkable. I do not foresee any problems finishing off this 750ml bottle by myself. I except to feel the effects of the ABV by the time I'm finished, but this is the kind of beer to enjoy at home on a warm afternoon/evening. I'd recommend this beer to any fan of the style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a transparent pale yellow color with tons of bubbly white head leaving a spider web like lace all over the glass.

S-there is raw honey and lemon up front, there is uncooked dough underneath, hints of grain with big hop aromas, tons of herbal grassy hops with just a hint barnyard funk, hint!

T-the taste is similar but adds more funk, the raw honey is right up front and comes in strong, notes of lemon and grain, the uncooked dough really sets a foundation but the flavor is subdued. a little grainy towards the back, lots of earthy grassy hops, very hay like with some subtle barnyard funk in the back but more present than the nose.

M-this is medium bodied and very juicy throughout. grainy on the palate, lively and active carbonation with a crisp semi dry finish.

D-this is a well balanced and delicious saison. it tends to lead more towards the wit but still seems to have hints of that summer funk in the back. tasty summer ale!

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Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dull golden with pure white two finger thick head that lasts forever.
S- Smell is slightly sweet in a honey sort of way and plenty peppery. There is a bit of funkiness present as well.
T- Lemon, earth, pepper, a bit sour in the finish. A bit of light funkiness throughout, as well as a bit of nuttiness.
M- Medium bodied saison with high end carbonation but not overwhelmingly so.
D- All in all a quite good saison. Not the best one I've come across, but it lived up to they hype. Very drinkable at 7.8%

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Photo of alysmith4
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4-pack of this after a recent beer-rut. It's a great example of this style, and one that I would recommend to anyone needing something to excite their taste buds again. The pour was good - a nice, golden/oragnge body, with a thick, 1.5-inch head. Smell was citrusy, sweet, and of yeast and clove. Taste echoed that, with more pronounced yeast notes and a sweeter finish. I could drink several of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful pour. Large, thick white head. Slowly disappears, leaving some white lacing.

S: As is expected from a saison. I'm getting some banana definitely, along with orange and citrus. Inviting to drink.

T: One of my favorite saisons. Tastes as it smells, bananas and orange. Dry finish.

MF: Nothing special, but I don't put a lot of importance on the mouthfeel.

D: I could drink this all night long. Great drinkability. At 7.7%, this will beer will get you feeling good pretty quickly, without sacrificing taste.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hennepin is a cloudy, hazy yellow color with about 3 fingers of thick, fluffy white head. When it reduces there is still a great deal of fine lacing. It looks gorgeous.

Smell: Cloves and banana are prevalent. Maybe just a bit of citrus and the slightest of hop scents.

Taste: A really nice taste of citrus, cloves, banana, pineapple, and earthy flavors. Just a little funk and hops at the end. It is a soft, slightly dry finish, pleasant and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with just the right amount of carbonation. It is incredibly smooth and tasty going down.

Drinkability: It isn't too heavy or thick, and the flavor completely outweighs the alcohol. I would drink this as often as possible.

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Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a bright yellow/golden color with a huge foamy pure white head to it. It had some nice head retention and very good lacing as I drank it. An excellent looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of the yeast characteristics with some notes of cloves and banana. It also has a good amount of lemon and orange citrus flavor to it. Pretty appealing and refreshing aroma overall.

The taste starts with some of that bright citrus flavors that were found in the nose. In the finish more of the yeast and spice come through with some of that clove like flavor present. A bit of alcohol in the finish but not too bad. It has a nice balance between the spice and the citrus that a lot of versions fail to achieve. It's both refreshing and relatively complex, which I like.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Drinkability is good, it's an easy drinking, refreshing and very good tasting beer. The spices and the citrus meshed very well together in it and made for a very good beer.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy and golden with a big rocky head that lingers the entire time. Excellent lacing.

S: A little lemony and spicy. Some funky notes in there. Seems promising.

T: Bitter and spicy. Part of me wants more, but the other part of me finds it quite enjoyable. Finishes nice and dry, as it should.

M: Light body and highly carbonated, exactly as it should be.

D: Very nice beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | 14 oz. on-tap | 7.7% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brewery Ommegang
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: Tulip

Appearance:
Pours a hazy, pale tangerine-orange with a nice white head. Lacing coats that glass.

Aroma:
Cloves, citrus, yeast, a hint of banana.

Taste:
Belgian yeasts and spices strike first, followed by a slight wildflower honey sweetness. Orange and lemon zest ensue. The finish is bitter and spicy.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Lingering sweet aftertaste gently coats the mouth.

Harmony:
It's a touch on the softer side compared to its bottled brethren. I prefer it to a fresh bottle, but it's less developed than a cave-or-otherwise-aged bottle.

Would I get it again?:
Yeah, Hennepin is a favorite of mine in any form.

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Photo of mynameisbuzz
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into tulip glass.

Blond and Pale in color with a thin healthy head. Typical of the style, tiny bubbles at the base of the head and big fat ones at the top.

Smells clovey, bananay, and yeasty. No real lemon scent.

Taste is similar to the smell. Very mild spice with yeast dominating the flavor. Ethanol kick at the end.

Smooth mouthfeel with just the right carbonation. I always find saisons to be over carbonated.

Very drinkable especially for the style. Very good job Ommegang!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one finger of fluffy white head that leaves quickly, and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of bananas, spices, and yeast. Some cloves, orange, and citrus as well. Not much funk but enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, cloves, yeast, alcohol, and light citrus and fruit.

m - Light to medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - An ok saison but nothing amazing. It smelled pretty good, but thought the high carbonation and the alcohol in the taste hurt it a bit. No funk anywhere either. Would try again but wouldn't really seek out.

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

A - Pours a hazy pale straw. Huge 2 finger frothy bone white head.

S - Peppery fruit - bitter oranges, lemons, bananas, tart Belgain yeast, grassy hay, wet barnyard dust.

T - Spicy funky yeast, musty nuttiness, sour tart fruit-apples, pears, soured grain bread, green earthy bitterness.

M - Creamy and full bodied. One of my favorite aspects of this beer.

This is the beer that made me fall in love with this style. While I respect the the Saisons from Belgian, this is one of my favorites. It envelopes every aroma, flavor, and feel of what my dream Saison is suppose to taste like.
My first sip of this glorious beer was on-tap and it was slightly better IMO.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mr. Beerys. Poured into a tulip.

A- pours a light golden orange color. A bit hazy. A nice white head that retains nicely. A smashing amount of lacing covers my glass.

A- cloves and citrus. A bit of yeast. A hint of bananna.

T- belgian yeasts and spice roll up to the forefront. A slight sweetness of honey. Orange and lemon zest follow. No detection of any real alcohol presence. A bit of bitterness from some hops but the sweetness and spic prevail.

M- medium in body. Nice carbonation. A pretty sweet finish that has a lingering aftertaste of spice.
D- another beer that I could drink quite often. Drinks easy. The spice might ware on me but to sit down and enjoy a few would be no problem.

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Photo of Luk13
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl bottle. Pale slightly hazy gold pour with a nice loose foamy white head. Lots of citrusy, hoppy aromas a bit of good barnyard funk. Not so enjoyableGrainy taste with a citric acid finale, quite dry. Mouthfeel is a wee bit rough but it becomes okay when the beer sits a bit but still nowhere close to Saison's standard.

Very disapointed since there is a lot of praise on this beer and Saison is my favourite style.
The most over rated beer on this site imho. I'd have to revisit to make sure I didn,t get a bad bottle or something.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw yellow with two fingers of creamy white head. Slightly sweet aroma with some grassy spice and banana.

Fairly high carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Wonderfully balanced flavors of caramel followed by orange, spice, and a long floral finish. Pleasant, refreshing, and somehow light despite the interplay of full flavors.

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Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is what a saison should be.

Likes:

Everything. From its beautiful golden color and fluffy white head to a taste that is ever so slightly sweet, floral, and spicy. A little prickly in the mouth feel, but it would not put me off from drinking it all night.

First time drinking this and I will definitely be buying more. Good place to start if you are trying saisons for the first time.

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Photo of animalchin
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A rich cloudy and yellow body with one of the fattest/deepest pouring heads I've ever seen. Some lacing to go along.

S - A bunch of upfront floral and spicy notes with pungent citrus.

T - All kinds of things happening here. First off, getting a lot of alcohol action, but this gets balanced with a sharp ester hop character. A rather sharp finish that is reminiscent of isopropyl alcohol.

M - Sparkling, carbonation is apparent for sure.

D/Notes - One and done (7.7% ABV kind of seals the deal)

This is a real aggressive saison. I can tell it's extremely well-made, as Ommegang doesn't mess around when it comes to making good Belgian beer. I was a little put off by the rather strong alcoholic character, but perhaps that's how it should be. I admire the complexity and adventurous quality.

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Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Restaurant in Santa Cruz.

Hazy golden color with an average-sized white head.

Aroma is sweet malt, light fruits, yeast, and a little mild funk.

Flavor is pale malt, earth, spices, light fruits, and mild hops. Not bad but would like a little more to it.

Fairly high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Very drinkable, but overall this is not quite as amazing as I expected.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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 punkrkr27
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a big pillowy white head. Smells of orange, warm yeasty bread, and some sweetness. Light, bready initial taste, with a sweet citrus finish and some very subtle grassy, floral and peppery phenols. Mouth feel is just a touch thin with a moderate to high carbonation level. I don't think this is the most amazing example of a saison, but it is consistently good and usually serves as a nice standby for me at restaurants as it's neutralness seems to pair well with a wide range of foods.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is a great color for it's style- golden, hay-like that is mostly cloudy. The head itself is large & creamy that is mostly lasting.

S: A strong aroma of citrus fruits (lemon), honey, yeast, & some spice.

T: Spice, citrus fruits, malts, spices (cloves), & banana. Playful balance of flavors.

M: A lot of carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, & creamy.

D: A clean and crisp beer. Great for appetizers or just an everyday beer. I'm not a fan of this style, but I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adam for serving up another Saison. Served in an Allagash Cervoise. Best before January 2012.

A - Pours with a voluminous three-plus fingers of white foam that eventually dissipates to a thin cap and leaves behind some stray chunks of lace. Body is a golden straw color, and oddly only one of three three pours had a stream of bubbles.

S - Yeast, esters, some light stone fruit, must, earth, and a bit of soapiness. Alcohol could be better hidden, and this lacks in "pop" and intensity, particularly after the Odonata offering.

T - Taste is a little better, as there is less alcohol and spicy ester character. More pale malt, with a bit of lemon, stone fruits, and floral hop character.

M - Carbonation is a bit too zesty and gritty, body is medium and a touch grainy as well. There's a touch of warmth in the finish, and residual stickiness.

D - Meh. A serviceable brew, but not something I will bother having again, as there are too many better options on the shelf.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Light appearance with nine finger fluffy head. The head stayed forever. Smell was bright and lemony. Taste was light to medium with a bit of citrus. My first farmhouse saison didn't disappoint. Mouthfeel was light and spritzy. Easy to drink and delicious.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, golden color with a thick layer of cloudy white head.

S: A nice citrus aroma at first, with notes of tropical fruits, a slight funk is also present

T: A combination of fruit, spice, malt and yeast. Banana and clove, orange and honey...there's a lot going on here

M: Highly carbonated, with a medium body

D: I really enjoyed this one, it's complex yet still light enough to drink several of.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,038 ratings
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