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:
6,012
Reviews:
2,179
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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362
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Photo of TommyW
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Blonde body with a constant stream of tiny bubble coming up through. Big pillowy, white head.

S- Some musty grain with notes of spice and yeast.

T- Slight fruity sweetness upfront, the orange and lemony fruitness then blend right into a more moderate tart taste mixed into the overall earthiness. There are some touches of spice and yeast in there too. The finish is dry.

M- Slick feel, clean finish and an aggressive carbonation.

D- My first saison, and I love it. It's just perfect to sip on, but I really like pairing it with food. I tried it with some Humbolt Fog (an aged goat's-milk cheese) and it was just superb.

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Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty, lightly spicey beer, light yet solid in character and feel.

Faintly hazy pale straw, it has a huge, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin, rocky foam and leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is light, fruity alcohol, grain, hints of banana, clove, yeast, dough.

The taste starts slightly shrp and acidic, but this quickly settles down into a lightly alcoholic fruitiness with herbal-peppery-spicey bite, yeasty dough. The herb has a juniper quality along with otherwise leafiness and grassiness. There is a light earthy hint throughout. It has light sweetness balanced by the bitter-spicey-acidic bite so ends up rather dry, but not too dry. It's quite drinkable and, though a bit thin, has some complexity and good balance while the character holds up well.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very light milky straw/lemon color. Rocky ivory-colored head w/ great retention and noteable Belgian lacing. nice looking beverage!

S - big bad Belgian nose on this bad boy. plenty of clove spice(reminds me of bubblegum)banana, apple and lemon pepper. musty and earthy bouquet of hops are also very prominent.

T - spicy and bitter with a musty and hay-ish flavor underlined by a yeast-earthy thing. quick hints of sweetness emerge about halfway through before things dry and clean up for the finish.

MF - medium sized body with a creamy feel. tons of explosive little bubbles that massage and tingle on the way down and make for a crisp palate scrubber of a beer.

D - this is the ultimate Belgian session beer. I could drink this all night!

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pale yellow color, thick white head, good head retention

Smell- sweet, yeast, malt

Taste- sweet fruits, spices, malt

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, smooth, very nice

Drinkability- This was really good. I enjoyed it a lot and will pick up more. I would drink it again.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This saison is a bit on the paler side than some, with a bit less orange in the hue than I initially expected. Head is a gorgeous lacy, rocky white. LOTS of carbonation. The effervescence complements the crisp, clean character of this ale very well.

Aroma is moderately hoppy, with a touch of spicy citrus.

Tastes of noble hops, with a moderate and pleasant bitterness, balanced well by a full maltiness. Slightly sweet in the finish. Very drinkable; I'd gladly enjoy two or three of these in a sitting, in spite of the ABV.

Overall, this is a very balanced and drinkable ale. Definitely one of my favorite American interpretations of a Belgian style, and I'd also say this is one of my favorite saisons -- regardless of origin. I recommend this to anyone looking for an affordable crisp, tasty pale ale with more character than the typical golden ale.

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

Poured into an oversize wine glass.

A - Pours a beautiful strong straw yellow with a nice 1 inch head. Hazey with some mild orange hues. Dense but with some bigger bubbles mixed in there. Slowly going down but very good retention. Nice lacing sticking to the sides.

S - Nice husky and grainy smell. Nice malts and very strong yeast smell. Mild sweetness maybe some honey. Spices.

T - Very clean earthy and grainy malt taste with a great yeast kick right after. Some mild clove sweetness that dissipates quickly. Some nice hop bite at the end.

M - light-medium with great CO2 intensity and balanced flavors. Great texture.

D - Refreshing with higher ABV.

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Photo of theghost3
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, slight hazy straw color with a 4-finger, frothy white head.

Smell is subtle--light fruits, yeast, honey, phenols and faint musty scents. The taste is a nice balance of sweet, light fruits such as pears & white grapes along with spices, yeast & a little earthiness in there. Mouthfeel is crisp & rather light.

This is a drinkable Farmhouse Ale. It's not as blatantly musty & earthy as I expect but it makes up for it in its nice fruit character.

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Photo of HiAIPA
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber or 750ml bottle (can't remember), this Saison poured a light yellow with enormous lacing. A fresh biscuity aroma hits the nose on this light yet potent saison. The typical Belg. flavor profile comes out with clove and banana - this reminds me less of a saison than of a basic ale. A decent drink, though I prefer some other saisons over this one.

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Photo of xfactor9600
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A plastic cup at Fall for Greenville (THink taste of ....)

A: Golden, with a thick head. Once again, I don't think I got the best pour from the festival worker in the Ommegang tent.

S: Citrus with some hits of pear or other similar fruit.

T. Just as it smelled, but at times almost a nectarine like taste. A surprising spicy bite to it.

M: Very light; some decent carbonation.

D: Drinkable to me at least as a sipper. This was my third beer of the festival, and noticed it took me much longer to get through this beer than the other two. I'll likely try this again in a more standard sitting and see how that goes.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Belgian style saison. Nice big foamy, fluffy head that leaves good lace. White grape juice, lots of lemon peel and golden apples with powerful coriander to back it up. Very tasty and drinkable at 8%. Fine example and a great bottle to put back on a hot day. Appreciated the spice. Very little sediment in this 750ml.

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

Poured this dirt and mold covered bottle into a hennepin glass. This is a bit of a departure from it non cave aged brethren. Its quite a bit more subtle and all of the flavors kind of meld together in a nice sequence of mouthfeel and flavor at the same time. It has wonderful looking floaties that look great when held up to the light. Has a more understated mouthfeel than the non cave aged version and is much more pleasant to drink. I may go to the brewery tomorrow to get some adoration ale, maybe I'll pick a few more of these up while I'm there

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Photo of Mavajo
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Nice white head that produces some great looking lacing. The head here is remiscient of Duvel - but not quite as prolific and doesn't retain quite as well.

Smell is citrusy with layers of apple/pear. Taste is similar, but there's also a spice at play. Gives a nice warming sensation. The apple/pear was pretty dominant to me. Left a bit of an aftertaste that I wasn't entirely thrilled with - but I believe it's just personal preference, so I won't mark it down because of that.

Light to medium body and very drinkable. I didn't drink it as quickly as I have some other brews, but I think you could sip this stuff all night. Very nice well rounded brew.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Poured into my SA perfect pint. Pours a golden amber color with two inches of big, billowy, frothy, white foam that is beginning to leave some amazing chunky lacing.

Smell - Spicy (clove), musty, funky (grass, straw), a bit of orange, and a malty backbone.

Taste - Very flavorful. Spicy, zesty, black pepper up front, with a nice citrus flavor (orange peel, lemon rind). Every sip has amazing flavor. [edit] Man this is funky!

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation that appears to be never ending and ends with a crisp dry finish.

Drinkability - Relatively drinkable for an almost 8% Saison. I can taste just a bit of the alcohol coming through the closer to room temperature this gets. A very enjoyable beer to have this find Friday evening.

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass...

A: Hazy, pale orange-copper with cumulus cloud-like white head that is long lasting and leaves some great lacing.

S: Yeasty, fruity (hints of grapes and bananna) spicy and mildly hoppy.

T: Mildly sour, yeasty, wheat, with a nice big (not in an overdone way) fruity middle and a dry finish with some mild alcohol...WOW...

M: Really nice, med/light and hella-drinkable...

D: As above, so it is below...look out, these would fly away...almost too universal in its appeal...HUGE crowd pleaser...

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Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not that familiar with this style and don't have a lot of other Saisons to compare to but as a beer it's actually very good. It's almost a little like a wheat beer without the banana aroma. Color is a light copper, carbonation is reasonable (not too high), flavor very light for the alcohol content and the mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Aroma is quite unique without being too overwhelming.

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

I'm a big fan of Belgians but this is the firt Saison I've had (or at least can remember). Similar spice and flavor of some of the other Belgians but more crisp and fresh. I will definitely explore other Saisons.

from 750ml bottle into tulip glass:

A- Pours beautifully; a hazy golden amber color. Frothy white head that builds quickly and sticks slightly on the way down.

S- Very fresh and spicy. First instinct is citrus, then the hints of dark fruits clove and banana linger.

T/M- Must admit I had higher expectations for taste based on the smell. Rush of carbonation. The citrus is there, along with some other fruits as it warms, such as fresh apple or pear. Some honey is there in the background. There is a tart after taste from the beginning, and you can feel the alcohol on the exhale.

D- Had the whole 750 and could ask for more. Maybe because I'm intrigued by this beer, or maybe I'm just enjoying the buzz.

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Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an Ommegang flute.

Straw-gold in color with an inch of airy white froth. Vigorous carbonation is evident through a hint of haze.

Aroma is lightly spicy and fruity with notes of coriander, ginger, and pepper. It's more subdued than many others in this style, but nonetheless complex and pleasing.

The taste is spicy clove and coriander, ripe pear, apple, ginger, orange peel, and pineapple. A refreshing tart, spiciness is present from start to finish.

Finishes bone-dry and crisp. It appears that much of fruit and spice is coming from actual spices as opposed to the yeast. A saison that has remained true to the history of this style; refreshing, nourishing, and perfect for warm weather drinking.

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle. Big bold and beautiful. Golden, huge white sticky head. Lots of nucleation.

Smells a bit fruity with a little spiciness. Delicious. Tingles the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth drinkability is amazing. This shit is awesome. One of my first saison/farmhouse styles and I must say....Amazing! Please drink one. I could have reviewed this beer so much better but I'm a little too buzzed!

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

It pours a beautiful, cloudy, light golden with a massive snow white head of lasting foam. As it recedes coriolis ejections of fluff stick to the snifter.

Smell is a bright and full aroma of bread, belgian yeast, spice (clove? coriander?) and light fruit, perhaps peach or nectarine, bounded by a pleasant, slight sourness which balances it perfectly. Wonderful bouquet, the kind that invites the nose to stay upon the rim.

Before describing the first, and subsequent, sips, it is now two minutes after the pour and still there is one finger of lather-like foam atop this gem.

What a flavor, there is a lot going on here. It is 45 degrees and the taste is full of sweet and light bread, yeast, mellow tartness, bright spiciness, and earth, fruit, and herbal notes that round the sip into a complex delight that finishes semi-juicy and full of herb, earth, and light bitter. As it warms all the flavors become more assertive, but the balance improves. A marvelous, complex flavor, it tastes better now, from a supermarket bottle, than it did in a pour at the brewery.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, perhaps a bit overcarbonated, with a clean flavor hold that allows the taste to stay in the mouth in a pure form. Good job Ommegangmembers!

Drinkability is of a dangerous caliber, delicious, easy to drink, alcohol burn MIA. Warning flags are up on this one. It would not be problematic to finish this bomber before the end... ummmm, that was good... of this sentence.

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Photo of mikel52588
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a semi cloudy golden-yellow beer, with a ridiculous 4 finger length head, that ever so slowly dissipates. Its been 2 min and I still cant take a sip. Leaves a thick lacing.

Smell: The Belgian scent of cloves; citrus and semi-sweet.

Taste: Sweet; I taste the cloves and citrus right upfront, its pretty yeasty all the way through, but theres a slight kick of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, medium body, smooth, the aftertaste is bittersweet, which is not bad.

Drinkability: Pretty good, its pretty balanced, and drinks light for having almost 8% abv. Goes down smooth and tastes decent. Give this beer a try it wont disappoint.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tasters pint. Has a translucent extremely pale straw color. Almost looks like tainted water. Would be a total loss if it wasn't for that big fat fluffy cloud of a head that almost has a mind of its own. In words of Frankenstein "It's Alive!"

Smell: Has a faint aroma but what it does have is some complex nuances in that nose. There is some an almost bubble-gum sweetness with a big Belgian yeasty corn-husk backbone that is offset with a present rubbing alcohol phenol.

Taste: Starts off with a wave of citrus then some earthy undertones that transform into a banana like taste that finishes off like a yeasty apple juice.

Mouthfeel: Such a rush of carbonation guides this clean and complex brew down your throat in one fell swoop.

Drinkability: Could easily quaff and quite enjoyable to say the least. Abv is moderate but not a single notion that its in there besides its phenol aroma.

Overall: Big bold flavor for a domestic belgian these guys aren't playing around with the style. The extreme carbonation and the tremendously pale hue sets it apart from the expected brew but this one has started its own trek with a backpack full of the traditional guidelines.

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Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow with a one finger head that lasted throughout. The aroma was initially a lagerish skunk, but later, I could pick up a dark fruit smell. The taste was sweet and fruity with a little sour aftertaste. The feel was light bodied, crisp and clean with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall, Hennepin was much more like a Belgian strong pale ale than it was a Saison. And a pretty good BSPA too.

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

Poured this specific tasting from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer forms a big, fluffy, white head that eventually reduces to some extent, but remains throughout the enjoyment of the beer. Lacing is present and coats the glass above the cloudy, pale yellow hue of the beer. Looks refreshing.

Belgian yeasts rise up from the glass, mixed with citrus and something that smells slightly like bacon. Some spice notes mingle as well.

Floral, citrus, and a mixture of prickly carbonation and hop bitterness come to mind after the first sip. Upon consuming more, honey notes and a bit of ethyl alcohol come through, but the alcohol is faint and well hidden. As the beer warms up, toasted bread moves into the foreground and compliments the other flavors quite well.

The mouthfeel is full, yet refreshing. Not thick like a stout or porter, but the beer still has some robustness. The prickly carbonation probably aids in the refreshing aspect of this beer. In terms of drinkability, the beer is extremely smooth and goes down very well. I could see myself consuming a large volume of this tasty Farmhouse Ale on a lazy summer afternoon.

In short, I have tried a couple Saisons/Farmhouse Ales and the Hennepin is by far one of the best, if not the best. Ommegang has done an excellent job in creating a world class Saison.

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

Poured into a pint glass. The bottle said pour slowly and man did I ever! Even so, there was a huge white head and it continues to bubble vigorously. Color is like french vanilla pudding, pretty unfiltered-looking.

Smells yeasty, fruity and a little like the taste of very sweet corn. Tastes carbonated, followed by strokes of sweet ginger and again the corn (albeit very good corn). The beer has an incredible bite to it coming in part from the carbonation, but leaves a very smooth and almost citrusy taste on the tongue that teases of hop bitterness. Very refreshing. Alcohol is detectable, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is big from the carbonation, but otherwise smooth with medium-light body.

This is what I want a farmhouse ale to taste like. Thank you, Ommegang, for the delicious saison. Next time I'll get the bigger bottle.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden straw color, white frothy head, good retention.

S: Complex balance of bready yeast, straw, grass, slight citrus, slight funk

T: Slightly sweet, complex balance of breay yeast, hay... slight citrus and funk. No boozy taste.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation, lightly dry finish.

D: Delicious, smooth complex flavor, hidden ABVs

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
4.17 out of 5 based on 6,012 ratings.
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