Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

5,985 Ratings
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

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

I had this at the pizza place in Broadripple on my brother's birthday, at Bazbeux, spelling?

A: I poured it slowly, as everyone at the table watched me. They were all drinking less "impressive" beers size wise, and seemed very intrigued with how I would manage. It poured well with a good head that slowly faded, it had mellow cloudy yellow underneath it, with bubbles rising and falling.

S: I get some mild citrus and mellow fruits.

T: The citrus is there, but in the far back of the taste. It is more of the mellow fruits: mango, banana, and clove/coriander for the slightly spicy after taste.

M/D: It is well balanced with the carbonation. Crisp and clean, very thirst quenching. I could drink this again...nice beer.

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Photo of aahynick
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

about 40 degree F into a pilsner glass
A- pours with a massive, creamy, billowing head, pale straw.

S- the floral and spicy Saaz can be smelled from a yard away

T- sweet, medium body with notes of apples and grass.

M- exceptionally smooth. Light but certainly not watery

D- a great beer, I see what all the saison fuss is about. A great buy.

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

I hate to do comparisons, but this tastes almost the same as Saison Dupont for me, I will have to compare side by side but they are very similar. Hennepin is a bit less yeasty, and a little stronger and bitter IMO. But many people, myself included could probably not tell the difference side by side. Still, a very good offering for sure, the did a great job with it, not sure if they were trying to clone SD, but it is a solid beer regardless.

Light golden yellow pour, great foam, that reduces to a little foam pile and eventually a thin layer lining the top.

Smells excellent, of yeast and lemon.

Nice, light, fluffy, yeasty, and lemon flavored. Very smooth, has a bit of a tart/bitter flavor finishing it off, and that is the big distinction for me in this beer.

Overall, very good, I love SD so I love this by default, but for my money I'd probably choose SD bc it's cheaper. Just being honest. Still very good. Perhaps if they tried undercutting SD they may sell more.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pretty stoked to try this legendary brew that lies a lil' east of Syracuse. Poured into a tulip glass

A- a beautiful hazed yellow that has a substantial head resting above the brew. The head is fluffed up with lacing wrapping around the side. The color is a classic saison straw yellow look

S- a musty lemon scent that looks in all the aspects of a saison. Spices, bananas, and butter overlap the initial farmhouse yeast in the end. The flavors all balance together and really develop a flagship style

T- fresh lemons clash with the patented farmhouse funk to give a flavorful taste. The taste of clove of spices almost trickle over the top of the brew's properties. It's really a great combination of flavors meant to exemplify a taste profile

M- light and carbonated. It helps keep the flavor going

D- this is my frst brewery Ommegang tasting and I am impressed. Hennepin is such a detailed crafting of the saison style that is ridicuously enjoyable. The ABV is so hidden as well. I am going to become a facilitator of the style by always having these bad boys on stand by. Great job Brew Omm!

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Photo of mintjellie
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly long pour needs to be done in two stages. The first attempt results in a massive rocky white head that takes its time subsiding before I can continue. Haziness lends a bit of depth to its pale straw hue. Nice lace. Very pretty looking beer. Creamy mashed banana aroma; peppery, medicinal phenolics; and floral hops. I get a whiff of lemon and hay in the background. Lots of over-ripe banana in the flavour too, also quite peppery with a little bit of lemony tartness. Musty and earthy, when it gets close to room temperature. Noble hops and a mildly bitter finish. Medium bodied with a enough carbonation to keep it feeling light in the mouth. Has a little bit of warmth from the alcohol. Just a little. You barely notice it's there. Very approachable and easy drinking. I found myself having to consciously think about pacing myself as I drank it. Though it may sound odd, it reminds me of a hefeweizen in some ways and a tripel in others, and thats not a bad thing.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light, hazy yellow body with a white crown.

Aromas of lemon, hay, and green apple.

Flavors are balanced between tart green apple, orange and lemon, spicy clove and coriander-ish yeast notes, and bitter grassy hops.

Crisp, dry body. A beer I could drink all day, everyday.

Compared to the Fantome my wife and I just finished, it seems quite pedestrian, but I know that's not fair. Hennepin Saison is a true example of quiet greatness. It is a well put together, refreshing, and tasty treat that screams for a cheese plate or salad.

For most States, this and Dupont are the only (or at least easiest) world-class Farmhouse Ale to get your hands on. Do it, you'll be glad you did. Then look for more.

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

Had this many times before but had it on tap when doing a show in Granville the past weekend. Thought it was finally time to put in a review. From notes.

Appearance- Pours a straw golden with a slight haze to it off the tap. About a finger and a half of creamy white head sits on top. Dies back gradually to a thin, patchy sheet.

Smell- Smells strongly of yeast with a slight fruitiness and a bit of fresh bread.

Taste- Again, starts off with a slightly fruity/yeasty quality. A touch of cereal graininess and an almost spicy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel slick and adequate with good carbonation. Drinkability is really good and this is also a nice warm weather beer.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer, especially in warm weather. Readily available and high quality.

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

A bottle from Wegmans that my mom brought back to Ontario for me... thanks mom! Pours a hazy pale yellow with huge white head and lots of lacing. With a careful pour, the head was still bigger than the beer. Smells very yeasty with grassy hops. Nice bitterness in the taste with the Belgian style yeast. Has some spicy sweetness to it too (that makes sense, right?). Great carbonation level and delicious.

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Photo of konadrinker
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A lovely cloudy amber/orange with a huge rocky head that persisted with nice lacing.

S- Spicy rich and complex with hay/grass, citrus and a nice barnyard mustiness underneath.

T- Like it smells. Rich and spicy with a wonderful complexity. Notes of honey and coriander. Strong flavors but not overpowering.

M - Full and creamy with a lingering finish and lively carbonation.

D- This is an excellent saison and will definitely be in my cellar from now on. Finished the bomber over a couple of hours and enjoyed this one to the last sip.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice crisp yellow that has a hazy tornado of unfiltered yeast in the middle. The head on this beer is absolutely ludicrous. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. One of the longest pours I've ever had to deal with. Probably about a 7 minute pour. And sticky as fuck too.

S - Very nice. Honey, spice, flowers. Earthy. Yeast. Bread. Interesting.

T - Very rich. Floral, grass, honey, coriander. Impressive taste. Strong.

M - Light to medium bodied. Looks lighter than it is. Carbonation is appropriate. Nice finish.

D - More drinkable than most saisons. As rich but not as filling as most saisons. Typically one or two saisons is the most you can drink. I could probably drink the full 4 pack of these. This is a REALLY solid brew. Best saison I've had and that says something because I'm a big fan of saisons, even in my young days of beer drinking. Stellar as ever, and another fantastic release from Ommegang - one of my 5 favorites breweries in the country. Will be getting this again.

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

Bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a reasonable pure white head. Strong lacing that really hangs around.

S - Strong fruit (banana, hint of citrus) with a welcome - if muted - floral hoppiness, and beyond that just a general sense of fresh flowers. Really interesting.

T - Fruit comes on at the start and remains throughout, the same banana and lemon/citrus. I feel like theres some sort of spice in here that I can't quite put my finger on - not hot but just a zestiness. Mild to moderate hop bitterness on the finish but it doesn't linger too long.

M - Surprising amount of carbonation but a generally light mouthfeel. Not a huge amount of aftertaste, but the alcohol content comes through at the end.

D - Reasonably light for what it is. I don't think I'd want to session something as worthy as this anyway, but I could certainly put away a few pints before the moderate ABV catches up to me.

Overall, a great warm weather beer and a nice way for someone who hasn't traditionally been a fan of the style to jump in. OK, it's not a "real" Belgian in the same way a Padron Anniversario 1964 isn't a "real" Cuban...but in the end, do you really care? This a great offering, no matter where it's brewed.

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Photo of briman
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color, hazy, with a large white head that retains very well.

Yeasty aroma, with fruits (lemony) and spices evident (maybe some black or white pepper).

Flavor follows aroma. Yeasty, with peppery spice, and lemony fruit coming out. Finishes dry, with a little touch of alcohol sneaking out in the aftertaste.

Medium body, with moderately high carbonation. Maybe a tad drying on thge tongue, and has an evident warming characteristic. Overall, a refreshing beer with some nice complexity. Not something I would usually drink, but made for an enjoyable change of pace.

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Photo of Krevee
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank 6/3/10
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Pours a light straw yellow with a quite large head on a semi-aggressive pour. There is quite a bit of lacing that is slow to fall.

S - Very nice smell. I can detect spices, clove, banana along with barnyard funky wheat and Belgian yeast. Also a little bit of sweetness to the smell.

T - Taste is similar to the smell. This beer has some sweetness and wheat on the front with clove and spices in the middle. Has more spicy bitterness along with an alcohol bite at the end. Spice is a little stronger than I prefer in a saison, but otherwise still good.

M - Lighter bodied smooth with moderate amount of carbonation. Has a nice crisp refreshing feel to the body.

D - Easy to drink and hides the ABV pretty well. I got a little bit of the alcohol bite at the end but it wasn't very noticeable. A little high to be sessionable but it is a nice beer that I could enjoy during the summer even at the higher ABV.

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Photo of DarrinRasberry
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amazing head on top of a dark yellow body launches up to the top of the glass and hangs out forever, ending its long life in a spiderweb of beauty. Glass is soapy all the way down. This beer could not look any more inviting.

S: Mint, orange, wheat, lemon, and funk.

T: I've had only a handful of Saison-styled beer, but this is heads and shoulders above all of them. Citrus and funk define an amazing blast of flavor that is not at all shy. What a magnificent work of art this beer is!

M: Sharp kick of carbonation is as good as it gets. Wish the citrus flavors would stick around longer in my mouth rather than the funk, but that's the only possible complaint I could generate.

D: I could slam these until I pass out. Delicious.

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

This is my first beer of the style.

A: Light, golden color. Brighter (almost luminescent) than a pilsner. Large, fluffy head that overflows out of my 22oz glass.

S: Floral scent, Citrus fruits; very pleasant overall.

T: The citrus taste mirrors the smell, it has a kind of richness that I can't really place. Takes a little bit to get into the taste, maybe because this is my first saison but about halfway through the beer I was like "wow." Very very tasty.

M: Seems light at first but as stated above there is a certain richness to it. Excellent palate experience.

D: I found myself getting a little full at the end of this glass, but very satisfying. 7.7% abv is invisible.

Extremely happy with how this turned out. At $9.49/4 pk it's not a steal, but well worth it.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a massive pure white fluffy head with great retention behind it. It left sticky lacing all over the place as it finally dissipated. There was still some foam left even with the last sip.

(S)- A floral aroma that turns quickly to a hay/clay/barnyard funk. Bits of lemon, banana, and yeast dryness. An earthy profile yet fresh with fruits.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Has a bigger banana/lemon creaminess to it that fits nicely with the earthy yet dry funk of hay/barnyard background.

(M)- A lively carbonation level that fizzes up on the tongue. Has a crisp and refreshing feel to it. Not overly bitter, sweet, or dry; yet it has a little bit of each creating a nice harmonious balance. A playful complexity that keeps you guessing.

(D)- A wonderful Saison. Granted, this is not a true belgain; but its one of the best American-made of the style. One of my most favorite summer beers to enjoy. It is crisp and refreshing. A great example of the style. One of Ommegang's best offerings in my opinion.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the way to go if you want Hennepin.

Whereas when I encountered a strong phenolic aroma and taste in the bottle version, on draft (in this case, from a growler), what was so up front and mildly distracting/detracting was now much mellower - mellower to the point where now it blended into the entire makeup of the beer so wonderfully.

Even keeping the growler top unlatched while we drank it (why? I don't know why), it poured with a huge, fluffy, crystalline or cotton candy-like head. The color was a deeper orange compared to the bottle - a cantaloupe shade.

Before, where the phenols were kicking more, now the spice and an apricot taste highlight the flavor. Hints of freshly-cut hay are still present.

The feel and drinkability are amazing. Like freshly-squeezed orange juice. Hard (as in cider) but not entirely soft in the finish. Slowly warms you up and mellows you out. Wonderful.

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Photo of jpittman80
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful hazy golden straw, huge white head that lasts with appropriate lacing.

S - Roses, light citrus, bread, and that indescribable quality of Belgian yeast.

T - Beautiful blend of lemon zest, residual sweetness, and spicy, minty hops. Nice note of cinnamon.

M - Uh, it's perfect. sweet, frothy, and alive, good dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, very refreshing. This beer is gonna make me re-evaluate the style...

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Photo of Epicedion
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

A: A golden glow, as if from some inner light. It pours with a poofy head that settles down to a thin coating after a long while.

S: Spicy. A little musty, but that gives way to bright and sharp very quickly.

T: The beer is immediately sweet, spicy, and bitter. It all hits the palate at the same time and then fights it out through the finish. This beer is like a train wreck of great flavors, all smashing together with wonderful results. The finish is long, with sweet giving way to bitter giving way to spicy, finally giving way to a lightly sour lemon flavor.

M: Prickly carbonation that lasts all the way to the end, combined with a medium-bodied beer makes this a perfect mouthfeel.

D: This beer is perfect for drinking while cooking on the grill in the middle of summer after mowing the lawn and playing fetch with the dog. It's perfect for drinking on a cool night. The alcohol content is low enough to make this a beer you can sip all night, and everything about it is enough to make you want to sip it all night.

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

Purchased as part of an Ommegang holiday three pack, with Three Philosophers and Chocolate Indulgence.

Poured from the champagne style bottle into a Duvel glass. Poured cloudy light yellow with immense white foam. Minutes, not seconds, for it to disipate. Lots of lacing.

Sweet candy smell. Some citrus. Buried yeast scent.

Al lovely light balanced and refreshing taste. Complex and fruity. Some bitterness, but merely a speed bump. Ever so slight alcohol.

Medium carbonation. rolls prefectly through.

Outstanding. Very drinkable. A must have. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.

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Photo of babywhooper
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into Duvel chalice...

A - Beer pours a very deep yelllow, almost opaque, with a hint of orange to it. The head is very nice as well. About two fingers, and very sticky. The beer looks great.

S - Very aromatic beer. I get a lot of citrus and a little banana, as the poster below me said. Get a sort of "sour" or tangy hint in the smell, but not in a bad way.

T - Very subtle fruit or citrus taste, contrasting the smell, but the taste gives a lot of spice. Also a sour taste to the beer, but I think that only enhances the back end of the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth. Very easy to go down as well.

D - While this beer is 7.7% abv, it does go down rather effortlessly. But, I think the spiciness can become overwhelming after a few. Even so, this is a beer that can definitely call for more than one round.

This is an excellent beer, and deserves all the high praise it receives. Looks great, and exceptionally tasty. A great Saison ale.

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Photo of cratez
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from ABC Fine Wines & Liquors in Daytona Beach, FL. Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.

A: cloudy yellow-orange with a golden/amber tinge, two fingers of bubbly white froth, and globs of lacing on the shaker (wrong glassware, I know).
S & T: yeasty and nutty aromas, strong citrus and lemon flavours, fruity tanginess, a little sour. This lacks the brett elements of a traditional saison, but it's a delicious beer nonetheless.
M: huge peppery spiciness in the body, super tart and dry finish. Packs an impressive, refreshing bite. Very good.
D: goes down like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. This drinks way too easy for a 7.7% brew. Maybe it's the 30+ degree weather in Daytona? Either way, Hennepin is a satisfying Belgian-style ale. Worth a shot.

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Photo of beersheppard
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: vibrant golden color with a very nice pillowy white head that hangs around a while.

Smell: malt, yeasty, clove, banana

Taste: banana, clove, citrus, in particular lemon, a bit yeasty

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, nice white head gives it a creamy feel throughout.

Drinkability: perfect for a warm summer day but I probably could drink this beer all year long, well constructed.

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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 markb33
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this on tap and from a 750 mL bottle. Unfortunately for the review I'm using the 750 poured into goblet.

A--Pours a golden hue with a bit of yeasty haze. Big fluffy full white head that slowly diminishes to a thick sticky lace.

S--Tangy honey scent at the nose with a peppery phenolic kick.

T--Very winey honey taste at the start with a nice acidic nose. The finish has some floral notes with hints of pepper, grass, citrus, and earth. Beautifully complex.

M--Medium bodied with perfect carbonation which complements the acidic bite in the taste.

D--7.7% so not a session beer, but I could drink this all day. Just perfect anytime of year. I could also see it as a great food pairing.

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