Hennepin | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoppy, farmhouse saison with champagne like effervescence; flavors include ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -36.6%
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 -0.7%
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%
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 +1.2%
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 -1.7%
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 +10.1%
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 +8.4%
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 +0.7%
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 -1.2%
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 +7.7%
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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Photo of impending
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip, opened with a PoP that startled me. Hazy dull straw. Puffy three finger head clings and slowly subsides.

Aroma doesn't get much better than this. Malts and bready yeast, spices and minor citrus, simply superb.

The aroma and the flavor are one and the same. Taste is the definition of balanced, very distinct beginning, middle and end. The aftertaste gently fades.

Absolutely superb brew !

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Sudsy, foamy white head with nice retention. Soapy lacing. Body is hazy, lemony yellow. Aroma is a wispy mix of pepper, lemon, hops, grass and funk. Taste is fruity, funky, lemon zesty and delicious. Maybe the best domestic interpretation of the style? Maybe. Just great.

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Photo of kylehayworth
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +11.3%
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 +6%
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 +4.8%
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 +6.3%
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 +1.7%
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 -1.2%
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 +2.4%
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 +16.4%
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 +3.9%
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 +1.2%
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 -4.1%
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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