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
Ratings:
5,997
Reviews:
2,174
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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Photo of RppIII
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass (several times)

Appearance: Pours a pale golden with a slight haze clouding the body of the beer. Carbonation gives way to a full snow white churning head, which quickly subsided to a light film that leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: The aroma of this beer has a slight doughy sour note, fruit, spicy yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: The beer brings back memories of many a triple but with a twist. I love the flavour present from Belgian style yeast. There is a sweet tartness to this beer that reminds me of white grapes which is a superb contrast to the dry crisp profile of this beer. Reminds me very much of a sauvignon blanc I recently had.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, crisp, and refreshing. This beer is excellent at masking it's 7%+ abv, which adds to the pleasant feel going down.

Drinkability: It doesn't get much better than this. If this beer could contain alcohol or could be exactly the same and contain no alcohol I would opt for later because if I could I would drink this all day every day. Absolutely the best Saison I have ever had.

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Photo of Tulkas
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in an oversized pilsner.

Large aromatic head easily established with light pouring, aggressive pouring will give you more than you asked for.

Lost of flavor, delightful clove and cinnamon-esque undertones, finishes clean. Body matches the flavor very well. Yeast visible but hardly noticeable at any stage-neither disappointed or happy about this.

Would love to try this again on tap-will def enjoy again at 7.99/bottle, mirrors the quality of much more expensive Belgium styles at half the price.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of yeasty spiciness with some underlying fruit tones.

Tastes of spicy fruit. Banana, coriander, pepper notes and citrus come through. A sourness comes through that is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent.

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Photo of snpub540
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has alot going on for itself. Poured a nice pale golden hue. Very reminescent of straw. Fluffy white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Not overly carbonated, but a nice stream of bubbles were there.

Smell was great. Very much yeasty with an earthiness and some banana and clove notes in there. Also a barnyard smell, more like straw. Some spice notes were present too but not very strong.

Taste was great and super complex. This beer seemed to change alot as it got a little warmer. At first it was very earthy, sort of had a mushroom yeasty taste, which wasn't unpleasant. As it warmed it became more fruity with a more pronounced alcohol warmth and the clove notes started coming through alot more. I enjoyed this one immensely.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the alcohol was pleasantly masked by all that was going on with the flavors. Has to be the best saison that I have tried.

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

A: Cloudy golden yellow with some light peachy tones. Huge frothy white head that last until the bottom, and leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Fruity, earthy, with some light spice. A touch of belgian funk.

T: Fruity, and citrusy. Oranges, tangerines, and some lemon. Earthy flavors of grass and wheat. Some peppery spices and a touch of bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied and crisp carbonation.

D: An excellent brew from Ommegang. Full of flavor and highly drinkable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this in a mix and match.

A - Pale gold with head that sticks around for a while.
S - Wheat grass and fruit
T - Pear, citrus, and wheat
M - Smooth for 7.7. Minimal Alcohol bite.
D - I have had this before and had it again. A great beer by Ommegang.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a pale gold appearance with a frothy head that lasted for awhile during my drinking session. The aromas were quite good with a hint of spice to the dominant grassy tones. The taste is really good; a perfect balance of sour tastes with fruit flavors like lemons, peaches, oranges. All of it mixed with a yeasty, earthy flavors. Mouthfeel was decent though the drink lacked a good punch and was a little too light. Overall, not bad at all.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into white wine glass from 750.

Fluffy white head-lacing is also fluffy. Slightly hazy pale straw color.

Nose is yeasty, citrusy, triple or golden ale smells. malt and yeast as it warms.

Flavors are lemony tartness, slightly sweet.

Light body, crisp, solid carbonation, sweet finish.

Very, very drinkable, even at 7.7% ABV. Gets all around better as it warms to 60+/-

I like this beer OK but I think Foret is far superior.

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

Sampled on January 19, 2010. The cork popped and flew across the room emitting a nice bit of carbonated mist from the bottle. The pour is pale yellow and quite cloudy with excitable effervescence. The fizzy white head diminishes after a few moments. The aroma is a nice pleasing balance of wheat, banana, yeast, and clove. There is a nice creamy, bold mouthfeel. The taste echoes the aroma with an additional breadiness and a dry hop ending. Ommegang really understands the Belgian style brtewing process and they emulate it well.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours honey gold, cloudy and with a big fluffy white head. Settles into a dense 1/4" cap that leaves epic lacing.

Nose is peppery, a bit musty, nice farmhouse character, with a lightly sweet, bready malt body underneath. Notes of honey and orange come through at times to really make things interesting.

Taste starts off with a big orangey fruitiness, peppery, light honey sweetness, pilsner malt, grassy bitterness. Yeast lends both a big dose of phenols as well as a lightly bread presence on the exhale. Finish is crisp, dry, moderately bitter with a nice grassy presence and another shot of peppery yeast to finish things off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, full carbonation, dry, with a long, moderate bitterness and a huge lingering yeast presence.

Drinkability is good, pretty much classic saison. Crisp, refreshing, but with a huge, massively complex flavor. Textbook. Excellent.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750, bottled on 9/23/09.

Poured into an Ommegang Tulip. First pour gives me a finger of fluffy head, and a great straw-coloring. Lacing doesnt stick to the glass, but a nice collar sits around the top.

Citrus sweetness dominates early and a mellow hop profile gives you flowery notes without being over the top. Balance makes this beer the absolute treat that it is. Thin body and medium carbonation make this an easy drinker, the mark of a great saison beer.

I would write more, but its a shame to be tapping on my phone while this beer sits in front of me. Do yourself a favor and go drink one of your own. Cheers!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, very pale golden color with a very large, long-standing white head that leaves behind thick foam around the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, apple-like hints with butter and yeasty bread and slight herbal grassiness. Definite Belgian farmhouse aromas.

Taste: Begins with apple sweetness and buttery bread finishing with hearty, lingering bitterness. Yeast throughout.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied, with balanced, natural-feeling carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: If I didn't know what brewery this was from, I would say this was brewed in Belgium. Absolutely true to the style and very good overall.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy, light amber with a sunset of golden variations.

S: A lemon, nutty character is highlighted by spicy apples and hot alcohol.

T: Spicy, bitter yeast on the front is followed by hot cloves, wheat, and an alcoholic burn. Finishes with a sour, medicinal quality with traces of salt. Leaves the roof of my mouth feeling warm and numb.

D: Not something I could "drink" for an evening.

Value: I paid three bucks for a 12 oz bottle. Not bad for what is obviously a high-quality ale.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Formed a good head with just a moderate pour. Head disappeared pretty quickly, leaving a thin collar.
Appearance is attractive with a light golden, slightly hazy look.
Complex nose. Spice, citrus and yeast.
I can't say that this style is my favorite beer, so I am always a little reticent about what I'm going to taste. However, this beer keeps the citrus and spice components very well balanced. Some sweetness on the front palate and some hoppiness on the finish. Gives the beer a crisp appeal. Good level of carbonation, surprising given how quickly the head dissipated. Again, this is well balanced and adds to this beers drinkability. I'm looking forward to drinking more of this beer and others from this producer.

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

Appearance - Golden and fairly clear, nice lingering head with nice lace
Smell - Complex, esters, sweet, strong pleasant odors tells of things to come.
Taste - Balanced with sweet and spicy flavors.
Feel - Semi dry finish. Aftertaste lingers, but it is pleasant and just encourages the next taste.
Drink - Great

Very impresive beer as expected from the Duvel family of ales. This was the beer that started my love of Saisons. The flavor created by the high ABV is complex while avoiding the alcohol/solvent flavors.

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Photo of wknight167
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - A very careful pour revelas a clear light yellow to orange beer with a 3 finger thick white head that dissolves slowly and leaves behind very nice lacing. Champagne like carbonation.

Nose- Very heavy on the yeast spiciness. Clove, citrus, coriander, pear and honey all accompany a definite bready character.

Palate- Sweet yet tart. Lemon, pear and honey, spiced with clove and coriander. Alcohol is warming, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, high levels of fine carbonation.

Drinkability- Though not one of my favorite styles, I would gladly have this one again.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Huge head that stayed around for a few minutes, nice amount of carbonation. Golden yellow in color, slightly hazy.

S: A little fruity, maybe some banana with a touch of yeast.

T: Starts sweet, fades to slightly bitter, with a sweet, almost caramel aftertaste, very good.

M: Carbonation is very big in this beer but not so much as to overwhelm your taste buds, nice.

D: I could drink this all night long. When served chilled, I didn't notice the alcohol flavor much, and then it warmed up and was very noticeable in the finish. If I had a 6 pack of 12 oz. bottles, they would definitely be finished in one setting, good stuff.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Farmhouse Ale ever so bear with me.

A: Fat head with larger bubbles that isn't going anywhere soon. Very bright yellow with a tint of orange. But a tad weak.

S: Very sweet toasty malt. A bit of cloves and very faint banana. Some fruity notes as well.

T: Pretty tart. Really reminds me of a Strong Belgian Pale Ale. Is there not much difference? Lemon lime with a smooth caramel malt likeness on the back end. Really tangy stuff. I like it.

M: Seems common for the style and in style I mean Strong Belgian Pale Ale as that is what it feels like to me.

D: A bit too overcarbonated for my liking.

May have this about 5 degrees too cold so chances are I will like it more as it warms. Overall I do like this beer and would go for it again. Still can't stop thinking of Duvel as I drink it. I really need to research how close to the style it is.

D: Just seems too tart for me to handle drinking a lot of this. Almost puckering.

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Photo of tzieser
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hennepin. Great stuff. I've had this lots of times before, both at the brewery and far away from it and I've loved it every time.

a: poured from a 750ml bottle into a Ommegang tulip glass. Quickly forms a 3 finger flat-white head (which slowly dissapates), even with a gentle pour. Clear, bright golden color with lots of carbonation. Excellent.

s: strong and complex aroma. almost indistinguishable from genuine Belgian saisons. surprisingly funky nose on this one (horse blanket, grassy hay), along with some malts and a subtle hint of hops.

t: lots of funk flavor in the forefront, with delicate malts to round it out a bit. hop flavor is noticeable, but by no means oppressive. belgian yeast adds another facet of complexity. excellent stuff.

m&d: pleasently bubbly mouthfeel, goes down smooth. drinkability is outsanding, since it's inexpensive (6 dollars for my bottle), easy to obtain and very easy to drink.

before trying hennepin, i was not a fan of the style, but since then i've really enjoyed saisons. i'd say this is still up there on my top 5 saison list.

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Photo of Duxx
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Wow, I've never seen a beer with a head like this one. It was easily 4+ fingers tall. It filled 1/2 of my pint glass with a meringue like bright white head. I did not use an aggressive pour because I was trying not to get any trub in my glass. The label says not to be too delicate with the pour so as to "create a luxurious head." I definitely saw that. The meringue like head stayed around for the whole 750 ml bottle. It was easy to refresh the head with each pour. (3 times in total.) The beer color was a cloudy bright yellow. Kind of like if you mixed a BMC & a witbier.

S: Cloves, Cloves, and more Cloves!! As a matter of fact, I grabbed the spice jar of cloves from the cupboard and it smelled exactly like that an almost as intense!

T: Again, cloves and more cloves along with a sweet after taste. I was reminded of those clove spice jelly beans that are common around Easter time. I really like those jelly beans and was surprised to find a beer that tasted like that but in a good way.

M: OK to good I guess. I was so overwhelmed by the surprising flavor it was hard to pay attention to this.

D: I finished the whole 750 ml bottle while making the baked ziti for dinner. I took the last sip with dinner. Next time I think I'll wait to crack this open until after dinner due to the sugary sweetness.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice hazy yellow, with a big billowy white head. Good lacing.

S: A lot of spice and some dark fruit.

T: Good, but not as great as the other reviews made it out to be. Did not meet my expectations. Has a sour fruity taste, with a sweet aftertaste. Mainly spicy and citrus up front.

M: Well carbonated, but not heavy.

D: High. It was shared with friends, but one can easily finish off a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of scottg
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a hazy gold with a two finger white head with great retention leaving patchy lacing. Aromas of lemon, yeast, spice and some grass. Vanilla, melon, spices-corriander, sweet orange and floral hop flavors blend nicely. High carbonation, medium body with a dry spicy finish. A great beer to pair with food or enjoy on its own.

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Photo of cvfish
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a hazy orange amber color that produced a foamy white head that produced a decent amount of lace and had a moderate amount of retention

S - The aroma produced by this beer had some grains, fruity esters with a pinch of sour, and some spiciness

T - The taste of this beer started with a graininess, a golden fruitiness of pears and apples, and some spiciness of clove

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer is pretty well done, it is light on the body, perfect drink in the hot weather of the south

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Photo of specksnreds
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pour. Golden yellow color with a perfect small bubble head. Lots of lacing. High carbonation but not distracting. Smell of grass and spice. Not much more in the nose, but certainly pleasant. Mouthfeel is light thank to the abundant carbonation. First taste yielded lemon and spice notes. This morphed into a subtle maltiness as it warmed. A near perfect bitter finish. What a lovely beer, and we're lucky to have it in abundance.

Let me add that I have the big bottle often and this was the first 12 oz. bottle I have enjoyed.

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle.

A: A pale gold with lots of pure white head. Good head retention. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Mostly citrus: lemon, orange, and grapefruit. A little yeast aroma as well.

T: Somewhat sour and fruity (not really citrus; apple or pear maybe). A touch of sweetness, with some wheat flavor as well. Small alcohol warmth at the back end.

M: Smooth, light body. Instead of crispness, the carbonation gives it a very velvet- or silk-like feel.

D: This beer was smooth and refreshing, and balances the alcohol well. I split the 750 mL bottle with one other person but I could have easily finished it myself.

This beer seems like a good introduction for me to the Saison style. I will be on the look out for others as this one was pretty tasty, and a good change from the usual Belgians available.

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