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:
This style is a farmhouse ale, and is considered to be in the domain of the Belgian Saisons. Hennepin is a delicious brew for all seasons, it is spicy and refreshing.

A moderately hoppy, farmhouse-style ale with a champagne-like effervescence, Hennepin has a crisp start followed by malt sweetness balanced with a firm bitterness. Hennepin has a bounty of great flavors: ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain. Pouring a bright golden color with a spicy-sweet balance of orange peel, sweet malt, hops and ginger, Hennepin makes way for a dry finish with a slight bite of ginger.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of Kaiser777
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The foam was thick and white, and the beer is a golden cloudy yellow with a ton of little bubbles that float the top to the thick white foam.

S- A very strong fragrance of the finest Belgian hops.

T- Can not resist to taste the Belgian style it is, very delicious with a banana after taste that settles on the taste buds the way a Belgian style should.

MF- Thick and delicious that settles in the mouth very well and leaves an awesome banana after taste.

D- All I can say is I could drink quit a few of these, cause Belgian style beers is my 2nd favorite type of beer, cheers to all my New Yorkers who brews such a wonderful Belgian style beer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sedate, murky yellow-orange into an oversized wine glass. A fluffy, off-white head hesitates for a few seconds and expeditiously fades with some rolling hills of lace left sticking to the glass.

Has an aromatically pleasing and promising mix of lemon, candy sweetness, dacetyls and spice. Slight notes of grass and musty Belgian yeasts follow at the end. Tastes lemony, sweet and spicy with a citrus hop wrapping and a butterscotch and sourdough middle.

Goes down creamy at first but becomes a bit more crisp with time. Has a medium body and an alcohol heat that becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

Good outing from one of America's most consistent breweries.

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Photo of hawks10
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Ommegang flute...

Pours a hazy golden yellow with three fingers of pillowy, fluffy soft white head which takes forever to dissipate. A bunch of lacing is left all down the glass as is a bit of white haze on top of the beer for the whole drink...

Initially I pick up on some spices and clove in the nose, turns a bit sweeter, banana and and apple...nice amount of funk and earthy hop aroma balances things out and adds some nice complexity...

Starts off with a bit of sweetness, just a hint of banana with a tiny bit of tartness from some lemon zest...becomes somewhat musty, earthy and dry...decent amount of floral hops balances out what is a pretty clean and crisp saison...

Medium bodied, with good carbonation...feels pretty light on the palette and finishes crisp and refreshing...

Very good saison, nothing too out there in the flavor department, just a well flavored, balanced and easy drinking saison...

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Russian River stem.

A: Hennepin pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head that settles slowly, and has very good lacing. Carbonation rises from the bottom vigorously.

S: Has some funk, but is overpowered with biscuity, honeyed malt notes. Floral, fruity tones linger, with hints of banana and citrus.

T: Flavors are complex, with notes of biscuity malt, banana, and lemon peel. Grassy, floral hop notes lend the beer a dry, fruity finish. Yeast plays a part in the flavor, imparting hints of more fruit and just a touch of funk.

M: Light bodied, yet has enough comlexity to give the beer a long finish. Slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: For an American interpretation of a Saison, Hennepin is probably the best and most drinkable of any I have tried to this day. An excellent beer and a benchmark of the style.

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Photo of bsp77
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia chalice.

Appearance: Pale orange-yellow with a very nice cap of white foam and a little lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove, noble hops, and dry pale malts that are tart and almost hay-like.

Taste: Some barely sweet banana and fleshy fruit before seriously drying out with cloves, pepper, tart malts and noble hops.

Feel: High carbonation, medium-light body, ridiculously dry finish. Has that champagne feel of a good Saison.

Drinkability: Complex and refreshing - one of the ultimate summer beers.

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

I had this on tap at the Mt Hope brewfest -served chilled in a taster, had a few to enjoy over the coarse of the afternoon while strolling around

A - A mildly hazed golden similar to apple juice or pear nectar w/ 2 fingers of cream that is snow white. The lace clings in a film and the bead is tiny

S - A smell the reminds of fresh ripe pear and some granny smith/golden apple notes w/ slight funky and earthy vegetal aroma w/ mild spicy herbal hop and a mild sweet aroma from the malt which is accented by more yeast which has a light white grape odor. The fragrant brew has plenty of complexity

M - I like how the feel has some tartness and light earthy peppery qualities and still has enough fruit and mild sweetness to comje off as refreshing with a high level of carbonation and mild tart almost lemony sour aspects. The finish is dry and light toasted in texture

T - The flavor of Hennepin is smooth, and brisk w/ light fruitiness and lots of yeast tartness which brings to mind grapeskin, lemon peel and the malt has a light toasted grain note w/ mild spice again from the yeast and slight alcohol influence. There is a mellow astringent note and hint of pear and hop in the finish which has a refreshing dry taste

D - I enjoy this beer a bit more in the bottle but this was great on a warm spring day - it was made for it with crisp full flavor and I was sincerely glad I got to try it again on tap

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Photo of MikeGill
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Riedel stemless white wine glass.

Hazy yellow-gold with a chunky head which almost pulled away from the sides of the glass and became like a white mountainous island in the center. Bitter orange and crystalized ginger on the nose with a small amounts of barnyard going on.

Flavors are dominated by citrus sweet and sour, however my first reaction was something distinctly Caribbean.For me this can typically mean spiced rum or coconuts but after a bit more exploration I realized it was a very noticable plantain flavor. Keeping with the Caribbean theme (which is very subtle)there is a creaminess which combined with the pineapple flavor reminds me of a classic pina colada. Despite the appearance of a creamy texture there is a Champagne-like sharpness which makes this Saison extremely dry and refreshing.

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

Reviewed from notes on 5/7/10. Damn, I need to get off my butt and get the internet in my new place. I believe this is my first Saison.

A: Pours the color of a golden raisin into my snifter. The head is an impressive, foamy, 2.5 fingers, is colored off-white and has excellent retention. The lacing is clingy and pleasing to the eye. Copious small bubbles rush in straight lines from the bottom of the glass upward.

S: Fruity and spicy. Concord grape, pear, golden apple and raisin aromas mix with clove and peper to establish a deliciously enticing primer for my mouth. I also detect some spicy and earth hop character as well.

T: A tartness bordering on sour that I did not encounter in the smell is the driving force in the flavor. A lot of clove flavor is also prevalent; this perhaps overbalances the the crisp fruit flavors that I enjoyed in the smell. There is a fine malt to hop balance. I can pinpoint the golden malt carrying the beer after the tart fruit and clove flavors settle, followed by the bittering hops taking the lead and leaving a dry and spicy residue on my tongue.

M: Hennepin is so crisp and refreshing to my mouth, and at the same time it has a pretty creamy and full body. I would adore this beer on a 95 degree, dry Napa Valley day. This beer makes me wish that I had been sufficiently turned on to the craft beer scene when I lived there, because I can taste this in my mouth when I reminisce about sitting on the back porch overlooking a vineyard.

D: This is extremely drinkable. I would certainly have another and will make a point to seek this out when it is as hot as the Devil's Oven in the middle of the Michigan summer. This beer makes me excited to try many more Saisons.

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Photo of elricorico
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes: Hazy yellow-gold with a finger of off-white head. Head falls to a thin cap and leaves some lacing as I drink.

Aromas of melon and citrus. Some flowery yeastiness. Very faint funk. Altogether pleasant, not overdone. I'd actually like the aroma as an air freshener.

Lots of light fruit flavours to taste, melon and citrus again. Quite a bit of floweriness to the hops. Solid impression of lemon right in the middle. Good balance. Touch of funky yeast, just to remind you of the style. Very tasty.

Body is light and bubbly, it works well for the style. This beer couldn't be any more drinkable. Fantastic.

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

I will not be bullied into liking this.

It's fine. I poured from a chilled 750 ml into a pint glass. The pour was lively, color wheat gold, and the head a solid, persistent white. Good quality aromatic hops impart a clean straw bouquet.

Drinking, though, seemed off balance to me. The high alcohol and phenols seemed over-assertive, out of balance with what should be a bright, summertime quaff.

This is my first from Brewery Ommegang. They clearly know their stuff, and I look forward to other items from their portfolio, but I don't think I'll get this one again.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow, somewhat cloudy with a nice creamy head.

S: Immediate sour apple smell that turns sweet and bready with a nice woody finish.

T: Traditional farmhouse flavor with a lot of spice and a sweet banana finish. Somewhat liquory flavor that is balanced by a grainy sweetness.

M: Real nice and light on the palate, dry and bubbly.

D: Smooth and easy to drink. Nice warm-weather beer. If it weren't for the somewhat high (in my opinion) ABV, I could drink these all day.

No complaints here!

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of this beer is a lovely cloudy yellow-orange. A half finger white head simmers down to a splotchy topping with evidence of bubbly carbonation. The lacing is nice, but not the best I've seen.

There is a definite skunk funk in the scent. Lemon and orange citrus shine through the skunk. There is also a sense of wheat in the smell.

A slight fruity note starts out the taste which gives way to a heavy dose of yeasty malts. The aftertaste is a bit buttery and pairs with some sourness.

There is plenty of carbonation and light mouthfeel. The finish is very clean and leaves me ready for more.

This is very very drinkable. I enjoy the refreshing aspect of this beer. It is one to be enjoyed on the porch during a 75 degree day in spring.

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Photo of rawthar
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good ole Hennepin, one of my wife's favorites.

A- Comes up a sunshiney golden straw, cloudy with robust carbonation, and a hardy white head.

S- Has that farmhouse funky sweet and sour, with tart apples and hints of black cherry and cranberry, and a bit of burnt wood. As complex as any RIS, yet in a much different way.

T- A lot of throaty flavors that follow the nose, with an almost creamy backbone. Sweet, and very citrusy, very refreshing, and very bold.

M- Light but sharply carbonated.

D- A great one to drink when drinking more than one on the hot, dry days of summer. A true outdoorsman.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet.

A: Hazy, pale gold with copious carbonation and a big head -- about two fingers worth. Impressive retention. Good lacing.

S: Smells strongly of wheat and less strongly of light fruits...maybe apricot? Faint spice.

T: Oh. Wow. One of the spiciest beers I've ever reviewed. I'm going to need a little while to figure this one out. Let's see...Black pepper. Cloves. Carbonation. After a few sips, strong citrus notes emerge. Late into the flavour I detect some nuttiness which disappears after I swallow. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, slightly grassy, mildly pleasant.

M: It's a bit of a kick at first, but moderates into a gentler, medium light mouthfeel.

D: The alcohol isn't hidden as well as I anticipated and the sheer complexity of this beer makes it almost a chore to drink. A very enjoyable chore, but enough work that I think one bottle will tide me over for a while.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow in color. Pours with about 1/2 - 3/4" if foamy white head. Little retention (but not expected, either). Decent lacing. Visibly active carbonation.

S: Crisp lemon notes and, to a lesser extent, banana and clove.

T: Lightly toasted grainy malts followed by a spry lemon flavor. Light background notes of spice, fruit (apples, pears), and banana. Some grassy hops on the finish. A little sweet.

M: Light in body with very active carbonation. Dances on the tongue.

D: Good. Makes an excellent pairing with food: light enough to not clash with the food, but crisp enough to clean the palate.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Corner Tavern in L5P in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of medium fruits - green apples and pears - backed by light malts and large amounts of peppery spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sweet green apple and lighter pear and apricot flavors. Midway through the sip peppery spices make an appearance, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending, leaving grassy notes lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall there's nothing exceptional about this beer except how well all the flavors complement each other. A quintessential saison done by a great US brewery, well worth a shot.

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Photo of Conk
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a burnt apricot color with medium clarity and stout head bright white in color that receded to leave modeerate lacing behind.
Smell: Hennepin has a spicy, sweet, malty nose with aromas of wheat, clove, corriander and citrus fruits followed with a slight barnyard mustiness.
Taste: Flavors of citrus and stone fruits, yeast and malt are crisp and bold with notes of apricot, orange, and a slight bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with adequate carbonation that offers a crispness to this medium bodied Saison.
Drinkability: Very drinkable for some, an acquired taste for others.
Rating: Uniquely delicious.
Final Words: This beer is worth a try for adventurous beer drinkers.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours a hazy straw-gold with very little head. What's there dissapates within 30 seconds and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of banana, boiled pasta and white pepper. A hint of spice, but not much.

T: Taste is more banana and wheat but with quite a bit of apple as well. Malty with hints of pineapple and a slightly sour finish.

M: Carbonation is champagne-like and typical for the style. The sweet finish gives the illusion of a thick brew, but Hennepin is actually quite silky and lite.

D: Hennepin is a very nice American interpretation of a Belgian Saison, and hides the 7.7% alcohol extremely well. I'm not sure I'd want to drink a second 750, but it is a very refreshing dinner beer. I made moules frites tonight and used 6 oz or so of the Hennepin to steam the mussels; beautiful pairing.

Definitely worth having a few bottles of this in the cellar at all times. Very nice beer.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at St. James Tavern in Columbus, Ohio in a pint glass.
A: Cloudy pale golden color, it poured with a big creamy head that died to a really good film.
S: Spicy rustic notes with clove and citrus and barnyard wheat. Overall, it has a very sweet aroma.
T: Crisp barnyard bread with a slightly bitter back end. The is peach with some orange and rustic, earthy hops.
M: Slightly syrupy, but frothy.
D: Really good.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my very first Saison.
Poured from the 750 into a pint glass. Golden and bubbly, a finger of white head.

Smell is interesting, grassy and lemon maybe a little banana.

Taste is fairly sweet, definitely lemon, a little yeasty and tart. Some tropical fruit flavors follow, with just a little spice on the tail end.

Mouthfeel is great, lighter and bubbly very refreshing.

Drinkability is great, normally I would only give a 5 to a hopbomb, but I could easily drink a gallon of this and feel great.

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Photo of irisier
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml brown bottle.

Appearance: Effervescent golden straw colour with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Slightly musty with an herbal hop aroma. Pale malt through the nose.

Taste: Crisp and bitter with some higher than average tartness. Some pungent leafiness and grassiness. A little musty and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and pretty highly carbonated, textured medium bodied brew.

Impressions: Not bad, pretty interesting low-brow tasting brew. There is some interesting funkiness in the taste of this beer. It's pretty bold though, so some people may dislike it. Fans of IPAs should try this.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to a pint glass.

A : Pours a slightly murky sunshine yellow. Not transluscent. A small fluffy white head is present the entire time.

S : Hints of fruit and hops.

T : Light fruits, a bit if banana and grape come through before meeting a grassy hop finish with a crisp bite.

M : This medium bodied ale is quite nice in the mouth as it rolls quite nice and leaves no film to the mouth.

D : 2-3 of these is nice. It's as close to a "light ipa" I could consider.

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Photo of akorsak
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A growler filled at Al's of Hampden on 23-Apr-10. Hennepin is on record as being my favorite. It was also in the running for my newborn daughter's middle name (although it wasn't the winner).

A: The saison is crystal clear, a pale golden straw color that radiates. If I didn't know any better, I'd call it a pale lager due to the hue. A full head, over 2 fingers, is lacing in thick clumps.

S: The nose is refreshingly sharp, hoppy with a fresh dose of Belgian yeast. Mild fruitiness and black pepper jump out, both subtle but unmistakable. Grapes (white, of course) and a teaspoon of funk round out the nose, alongside a brief earthy hop aroma.

T: Each sip is deliciously sweet, lightened up by fleshy fruits (think pears, peaches, apples). A dose of anise follows the fruit, a dry sharp contrast to the sugary fruit. Coriander adds a black pepper flavor, a bite against the sweetness. Throughout, the saison is light and refreshing. Clove and pear appear near the finish. Near the end of the growler, the carbonation tapers off, allowing the fruits to linger much longer than normally.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, with a heavy dose of yeasty fruits. Hops linger around but never get in the way of the pale fruits.

D: The ale nails every aspect, sweet and dry, sharp but lush. It's been my favorite for years and this growler is no exception.

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Photo of bturton
2.65/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice Golden Color with a head that starts at about half the glass and slowly gets smaller during the pouring process
Smell: It had the smell of a typical hops beer, and was really nothing special.
Taste: All though it was better than i expected given the smell, I was far from impressed by the taste of it. I felt that it was a stronger version of a cheap main stream beer.
Mouthfeel: It wasn't anything special from the other beers that I have had. Pretty typical
Drinkability: It is easy enough to drink that I will be able to continue drinking what I have of it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.
Given the high reviews that I have seen of this beer I was expecting it to be much more flavorful than it ended up being. Although it is a nice beer, it was a bit of a let down when it came to flavor.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Lemon citrus with a Belgian spice note and an earthy funk

Appearance - Pale yellow with a big fluffy head

Taste - Good spice level with a light lemony fruity brightness that really makes this beer refreshing.

Notes - Good mouthfeel and carbonation level

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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