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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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6,031
pDev:
10.84%
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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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow haze, with a frothy big head. Aroma of clove and spice.

Taste, I dunno what the big deal is, tastes simply like a combo hefe and pale wheat beer. Some citrus notes, mostly lemon. Seems like an imperial hefe at times. Stays nice and dry with its tang, light bodied. Wish the clove stayed more in the background.

I dunno, you could just go buy 6 SN Kellarweis or something for this price.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -2.2%
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 -13.5%
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 -10.4%
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 -5.8%
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 +8.9%
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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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,031 ratings
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