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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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4.17
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a nice head and a bit of lacing sticking around. Smell has a good bit of earthiness along with some spice and a few Belgian-yeast esters. Quite pungent; a bit more so than the taste. Mouthfeel is very nice with a crisp carbonation and and nice dash of citrus/earthy dryness. Drinkability is very, very good; really wish this was sold in 4-packs around here.

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Photo of thasnazzle
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a two finger head that dissipates into a small ring and leaves lacing down the glass.

S - Mostly banana and fruity esters, with a hint of spice in the background.

T - lots going on here. Spices up front - coriander and clove, maybe something else as well - which lead into a strong fruity banana/bubblegum flavor with a lemony presence, followed by a dry bready finish with a hint of hop bitterness. Alcohol is deceptively well-hidden - I didn't realize this was over 7% abv until I looked it up.

M - Had this from a growler that was filled at Brewery Ommegang about a week and a half ago, so I'm not sure how representative this should be of the beer's carbonation. Mouthfeel was good - carbonation drew out the spices without being too strong to destroy the tastes in the middle of the palate. Maybe slightly thin, but that was probably the result of the growler having been filled a week and a half ago.

D - I could drink this all night. It's light enough to not fill me up, but still packs a ton of flavor without leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.

Ommegang got me into craft beer, and this is another great offering from them. My first saison, it has me craving more from the style. Great beer.

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Photo of Bonis
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured 12 oz bottle into Unibroue tulip glass. A murky light golden color, huge head that dissipates after a couple of minutes to a thin lacing. Very bubbly all the way.

Nose - Spicey clove-like, sour alcohol, some light fruitiness--nothing I can pinpoint.. Extreme funkiness, doesn't really smell appealing.

Taste - At first it is somewhat fruity, but a fruit with a sour bitter bang. Less spices are there than what I got off the nose, but they're still evident. I don't taste the citrus that others describe. Leaves a pleasant dry bitterness in the mouth, lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel - Decent. Surprisingly light and smooth considering the amount of carbonation present off of the pour.

Drinkability - Excellent. Finished my 12 oz in no time. A little more bitter than I anticipated but this is a strong brew overall. I've only tried a couple of saisons, so I don't know too much about them. You can't really go wrong with most of Ommegang's offerings... Delicious beer at a decent price.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 12 oz 4-pack version with what looks to be a bottled on date of 02/10/10 and a best by 02/12...I like it when both dates are stamped on there, the former much more important than the latter though. Pours a fairly clear, medium yellow color with a rather large-bubbled white head. Much lighter than expected and the foam does not stick around as long as I would like.

Smell is nicely farmhouse with some earthy lemon and yeasty clove/banana aroma. Grassy hops are notable as well as a wheat tang. Nose is quite nice.

Taste is somewhere in between a wit, hefe and saison. Has plenty of yeast esters but not really all that funky or bright like a DuPont. One of the better American renditions for sure, but the malt seems a little sweet and not grainy enough, while the lemon feels more like an American wheat than a saison. Hop bitterness is spot on and provides a nice cleansing on the palate. Tough love I guess, as saisons are one of my favorite styles and tend to grade harder. I like it, but feel like it lacks a bit in personality and farmhouse funkiness. I'd like a yeast with more personality, less sweetness and some more raw grainy aspect.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent light gold with a giant white head that is fed by a ton of carbonation. Leaves great lacing chunks.

Smells like a saison. Some grassy and floral notes with only a little bit of funk. Tart citrus comes out later.

Tastes like some sweet malt with a big yeast note. Pretty sweet and a spice lingers at the end. Very fruity and when warm there is a slight spice with a bit of alcohol warm. Alcohol is undetectable in the taste, though.

Mouthfeel is a little dry, but nothing excessive, pretty smooth and light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high, but the ABV is a little high and will hit you before you get tired of the beer.

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Photo of joeland
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance- an orange pale color, with a two finger head that fades to one finger.

smell- a citrus smell

taste- it has the smae citrus taste. it is very smooth and the taste does not stay long.

mouthfeel- very smooth with a little carbnation feeling.

drinkability- i could drink these for ahile.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - A cloudy copper color with 2 fingers of head

Smell - a tart smell with spices mixed in, a very unique beer

Taste - goodness with a citrus blend

Mouthfeel - very smooth with moderate carbination

Drinkability - very drinkable, Im in love

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

pours a hazy golden yellow color with a big billowing white head that recedes slowly.with some nice lacing..smell is fruits and citrus some spices some cloves its a nice bouquet..taste is apples and pears with a citrus and slight lemon tart hit with a banana and clove slight hop hit..mouth feel was medium and very crisp full of flavors in a well balanced saison ..very drinkable and a pleasure to have abv..well hidden

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Photo of dpcoz
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Originally reviewed 02/28/2010)

APPEARANCE - Cloudy, Pale, yet the middle of the glass, from top to bottom, it appears to be darker, almost as if a Yuengling was surrounded by a Miller Lite. Pure White head, 1 1/2 fingers up. Carbonated fairly well, bubbles continue to rise to the top

SMELL - Sour, citrus, spice, yeast, alcohol. I think the sour could possibly be some granny smith apples in there.

TASTE - Malty, citrus-acidic, I tend to sense some earthy flavors as well. Maybe even a hint of banana - nothing overpowering or obnoxious, but nice. Slight grapefruit aftertaste, combined with bitterness and dryness.

MOUTHFEEL - Smooth. Carbonation does not interfere with the experience. Definately medium bodied and crisp.

DRINKABILITY - Complex flavors, strength and price make this one a winner. Constructed almost perfectly, delivers powerful product, this was a highly enjoyable experience.

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

On tap at vintage. Gota see my boy tone once and awhile.

A- comes to me with three good fingers of bright white head that slowly settles to a small ring and a few wisps on top. Golden yellow in color with a bit of haze.

S- powerdy yeast and a bit of lemon peel. Mild icing sugar sweetness. Bananas and cloves come out with some time.

T- slightly tart with some lemon upfront that rolls into a full yeasty quality. Mild hits of barnyard and spice, with cloves and cardimon. Wheat and a hint of sweet.

M- mid to light in body with a nice carb that keeps things very lively.

D- its amazingly drinkable and approachable to a noob. Great stuff at a great time.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. $8.99 from Neds in Lynchburg (ouch).

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow. Fantastic head-- Thick and creamy white with infinite retention. Really nice lacing.

Smell: Pears and apples, some florals, spice, a little citrus, and slightly musty/funky Belgian yeast. A little noble hops whiff.

Taste: Slightly sweet fruity esters and a tart bitterness that is both citrusy and hoppy. Yeasty flavor really comes through toward the end and on the finish and is again slightly musty and sourdough bready.

Mouthfeel: This is a rollercoaster on the palate. Initially the high carbonation makes it feel sharp, spritzy, and dry in the mouth. As it goes down it seems to coat the mouth a little bit and feels much bigger, almost creamy. The finish is cleaner, but not overly dry.

Drinkability: This is just a hell of a good beer. It has that "big beer" feel, but its still refreshing. Its really good anytime and with almost anything. Look for it in the 12 oz bottles-- not that you cant down a 750 alone, but they're a much better deal.

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

Pours opaque straw gold with a dense, dense puffy white head that eagerly leaves lacing all around the glass. Initially smells like rock candy, and then the more familiar Belgian saison yeast. Fruity and floral with a small amount of farmhouse notes and vanilla. Tastes great, haven't had this in a while. Fruity and sweet with a clean malt bill and mild hop presence, dry but could be plenty more for the style...again there is a vanilla like candy thing going on and I can only imagine it is from the yeast. The more I drink this the more I think that vanilla thing is actually just some phenol type flavor. Wow great mouthfeel, awsome bottle conditioning by ommegang, other than the fact that this beer is almost 8 percent (and you can't tell it is) it is highly drinkable. Love it.

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

Hazy straw in color, start white, very predominant head. Had to wait a sec to let it settle to pour the remaining amount.

The smell is citrus and tangy. Faint hops, and a bit of spice.

Most the same with the citrus fruits, spices and hops. A tad boring on the explanation, but it's simple and very well to style.

Feel is light and crisp, with a bit of carbo bite.

Out of the few Saison's I've had, this is definitely the best, which makes me look forward to more of the style.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

The color is a foggy yellow with about two to three fingers of foamy white head and bunch of lacing.

The smell is a bit peppery with a wheat flavor that reminds me of cereal. Some green banana and a little apple flavor seems to be just in sight of my nostrils.

The taste is pretty fruity with some sour apple and a nice peppery spice that goes into a nice clove flavor. Some slight lemon flavor in the back-end as well.

It seems to spin on the tongue and then go down smooth. A well carbonated beer that feels really light going down.

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Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: pale dandelion, perfectly clear, with a small grayish head like soap film that leaves insignificant trails of lace.

Smells: oooh! Cloves, nutmeg, coriander, some cinnamon, honeysuckle, roses and lavender. Very floral, with the slightest hint of graininess.

Tastes: like a white lifesaver. Lots of cool flavors here: ginger, pineapple, Hibiscus tea. Coriander spiciness mixes with some wonderful tang I can't quite place. If finishes mostly sweet, but with a building dryness as the level of the remaining beer drops.

Feels: crisp. Medium carbonation with a somewhat light and watery body.

Drinks: like summer. The floral nose and enticing spicy flavors really agree with my current palate, and the sweetness of the beer is dialed in perfectly. An unexpected treat from Ommegang.

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Photo of gboy515duo
2.63/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a yellow, but thick cloudy, body with a thicky and cloudy offwhite lacy head. Smells of malt and not much else. I only knew there were bananas in there because of other reviews, otherwise I would have never picked it up.

Truly tastes like nothing great, just a nice malty beer, but nothing impressive, and something I would never spend 2.75$ for a 12oz bottle on again. This is a beer that is truly underwhelming.

The mouthfeel & drinkability for a 7.7% ABV were the only upsides to this beer. The fact that only a few will get you feeling really good and that it goes down nice with a quick bite make it only slightly worthwhile...

For a brewer who puts out Abbey Ale & Three philosophers, this was extremely disappointing.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang tulip from a corked 750 ml. bottle. A careful first pour yields a pale yellow body with a robust inch of rocky white foam. Cap breaks down slowly and leaves lots of clingy lacing as it does so.

Touch of lemon on the nose with some yeast notes in the background. An intriguing spice nose accompanies. Subtle fruit notes of apple and light pear as well. Much more complex than the draft version for this beer.

Pepper and clove are more prominent in the flavor though they appear on the nose with warming as well. Offers a nice grainy texture with lemon and a subtle almost wheat like quality. Finish is long and smooth with tart lemon and bready yeast. Reveals a tinge of sweetness only as the carbonation settles and otherwise masks the ABV well. A pleasant alcohol warmth is notable on the nose with warming however.

A firm carbonation supports this Saison from start to finish, offering complex yeast and spice notes though less so in the fruit arena. Light and well balanced overall, dry and powdery. And again, a different and superior animal to its draft cousin.

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Photo of Trapiste389
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfull appearance. All rocky and vibrant head and pale effervescent beauty. the smell is dominated by the malt and some alchohol with little to no contribution from the hops. The taste is sweet but not cloying, as it is wonderfully balanced by the mild hop bitterness. there is almost no flavoring hops. Just a little bitterness to keep the sweet maltiness in check. The body is pleasant and satisfying, medium mouthfeel. There is a faint hint of alchohol, but is not too astringent. this beer is very drinkable and goes down very easy. this is interesting scice this is a 7.7% beer ( a litlle to strong for a saison). It is stilla very wonderfullly balanced farmhouse ale that is a very good interpretation on a beloved style.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into Guinness pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy straw yellow with big fluffy white head.

S- Spicy and fruity. A spice note reminiscent of coriander in a witbier mingling with banana, green apple and citrus-like notes.

T- Malty and spicy with the coriander notes mixing prominently with some fruit and a warming alcohol. Also a nice sugary sweetness on the finish.

M/D- Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable, though at 7.7% and with a slight alcoholic bite, 2 would probably be enough.

A very nice, rather big saison. Bold flavors and a smooth, fluffy mouthfeel. A perfect summer quencher and a nice change of pace from the typical summer ale offerings. After recently tasting their Three Philosophers quad, I'm really enjoying Brewery Ommegang. Fairly authentic American takes on Belgian ales.

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

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a huge, fizzy, billowing head that barely holds to not drip down the sides of the glass. The head hangs around for quite a bit, leaving spotted lacing. Slightly hazy and light golden yellow in appearance.

S: Bananas, cloves, and Belgian yeast. A little earthy and slightly spicy.

T: Crisp flavors accentuate everything brought out in the smell. Lemon zest and a little orange peel also present - bringing a little tartness out.

M: High carbonation and medium to light body. Very crisp and refreshing. Lemon and Belgian yeast leave a clean aftertaste.

D: Carbonation limits the drinkability here, but altogether a great summer beer.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a nice layer of bone white fuzz rests atop a light golden peach body, with some light yellows shining through. Some lacing is present

S: a pinch of spices, funk, hay, and some hops. The nose is a bouquet of wonderful smells. A late dried sour apple nose is showing up

T: the taste is sheer deliciousness. In no particular order: honey, hops, a wedge of lemon, a slice of green apple, peppery, and citrusy while maintaing a light funk and earthy dimension. Hops start to get herbal-like and grassy after a while. Malts are sweet and biscuity

M: feels like a million. Lighter body with ample carbonation, the tickling kind. Top marks are for balance in the body as its light but maintains a solid presence

D: wonderful, absolutely wonderful beer

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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 HotHands
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay chalice.

A - a great looking beer. Pours a cloudy gold with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head that lasts forever. Leaves superb lacing after each sip and a persistent pool of fluff in the center of the chalice.

S - Belgian yeasts and citrus.

T - Citrusy and peppery up front, with a bit of boozy alcohol in the middle. Belgian yeast esters and flavors abound. Coriander and herby/spicy flavors dance around the palate. The finish is mineral-like and more bitter than I expected from a Belgian. The flavor sticks around for a long time in my mouth.

M - a bit of a light body with a mouth-coating effect. Carbonation is roughly average.

D - the body makes this quite drinkable, though I do notice the 7.7% alcohol.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a tulip.

pours a cloudy pale yellow with two fingers of head, decent lacing.

smell is of citrus and spice and all things nice (sorry)... i'm noticing pepper, and some floral notes as well. in the taste i get coriander, clove, lemon, spice and malt. pleasant warmth from the booze. light to medium mouthfeel, somewhat high carbonation. definitely a nice, very drinkable saison.

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

Poured into a Petrus Goblet. Golden color with a nice three finger head and a nice stream of bubbles cutting through a hazy body.

This Beer is an excellent interpretation of the style, that can actually go toe to toe with some of the belgian saisons. I'm not saying it is the best, but it clearly holds its own.

I consider this beer very well rounded. It is strong, without overtly tasting like alcohol it warms nicely on the way down. It has a sweetness to it, but is nicely balanced with a hoppy bite. The flavor has a bit of straw, citrus and spice to it and the carbonation is strong, but it retains a smooth feeling in the mouth. A sipper for sure, but this remains one I could sip all night.

I consider this the best of Ommegang's offerings. It is a very strong showing for American Brewers doing the Belgian thing. An added plus is that this beer is easy to come by in the states (north east at least) and is a fraction of the price of some of its Belgian counterparts.

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