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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5,997
Reviews:
2,174
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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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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Photo of tosshin
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: golden grain, about an inch of head, no lacing, very clear
s: fruity, grainy malt, very nice smell, pears and lemons
t: citrus, pine and earthy, warming alcohol, slight bitterness, great balance
m: perfect carbonation, light/medium body, very smooth
d: the beer goes down easy. highly drinkable even for a >7% beer.

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Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a 13 ounce tulip.

A-Pours a slightly hazy yellow. The bartender filled the glass to the rim which results in a minimal almost white head. A few visible bubbles can be seen rising.

S-Sweet fruit stands out. Lots of green apple. It also has a lot of bread aroma. Not much funk is coming out.

T-Tastes very sweet. The fruit, particularly apples, pineapple, and pears, are strong. The bready flavor is very strong in the aftertaste. Not very funky tasting. In the back there is a little spiciness.

M-Medium bodied and sticky. It has some prickly carbonation.

D-A decent beer, but too much sweet fruit for more than one. Would like it to be a tad more dry and funky.

This was my first time having this on tap. I had a bottle a few years ago that I remember being funkier. Time to revisit a bottle of this.

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Photo of DawnL
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a white head that stays for about a minute and dissipates into a thin film.

Yeast and spices with coriander and orange characters.

It has a metallic flavor to it. Almost like drinking it directly out of a can. Loses some of the spice on the palate. It's very cold. There is a soap bubble taste - banana? Cloves.

Very drinkable. An old favorite that I was happy to visit on tap - accept for the odd metallic taste.

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

Appearance - Dull golden yellow with a huge sticky white head that leaves it mark as you go.

Smell - Definitely has the saison funk going on. Has a certain spice and medicinal quality to it as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Sweetness and fruits up front but finishes off with the tartness and medicinal qualities you get from the smell, especially as it warms. Light to medium bodied, quite a bit of carbonation keeps the mouthfeel even more refreshing.

Drinkability - Balanced through and through a with the relatively low ABV it certainly makes for a drinkable beer.

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Photo of jera1350
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden yellow color with huge sudsy white head. Small amount of lace, but outstanding head retention.

Light, yeasty and slightly hoppy.

Crisp lightly sweet malt. Nice hop presence. Big yeast taste. Light hop aftertaste.

Highly carbonated, heavier end of light bodied. Sharp carbonation on the tongue. Finishes extremely dry.

Refreshing beer that is easy to drink. Well masked alcohol. I'm personally not a big saison fan, but I could see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of mirish72
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has taken me a while before I felt I could properly review this beer. When I first tried it about a year ago, I didn't get it.

It pours a golden opaque with great lacing and a nice one finger head. Simply put, it smells like outside, a farm to be exact. It carries a certain "funk" that I think only comes from a true saison ale. It has overtones of hay and has a mild sweetness but with a body to back it up.

Above all it is exceedingly tasty and drinkable. I use it as the standard to measure other saison ales against. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with buying this beer.

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Photo of michaelwarling
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

to start, i will have to admit that it takes a lot of good press for me to try a saison. usually not hoppy or full enough to suit, but when we went to the brewery and tasted, i was convinced to give it a go.
We got a case of the 'cave aged' hennepin (rests for a year in the howe caverns at 52 deg. for a full year after brewing)
pour was very carbonated, big bitey bubbles and a huge head! after letting it rest for a good 15 minutes, the aroma was light, airy and slightly spicy.
the taste in the mouth is almost the same as the flavor, not as spicy as it tastes though. pretty uneventful in whole, but very well balanced, mild and a perfect hot day beer.

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Photo of cpone
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw color, slightly hazy. Pours a 3 finger head and sticks around as a nice blanket of foam. Leaves some lacing.

S: Straw and sour but not as pronounced as others (e.g. Dupont) and more inviting. Mild hops and a malt balance. Strawberry, citrus and spice play a small role. Can smell a bit of alcohol.

T: Very mild hop flavor and much less sourness than expected, except towards the end. The malt does a good job of balancing the hops.

M: Fairly light, good carbonation - very crisp.

D: Mabye the most drinkable Saison I've had. Extremely well balanced and the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

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

I found this beer about 5-6 weeks ago at a local store and finally got around to try it.

A - pours clean into a pub glass and leaves almost 2" head. Unfortunately it disappears rather soon. You can see the great carbonation in the glass. Typical lighter color and not completely clear (not that I expected it to be)

S - Great smell of an awesome beer went immediately through the kitchen as soon as I had poured it into the glass.

T - Crisp, refreshing...perfect for a hot summer day.
M - Crisp and refreshing, carbonation goes great with this light beer. No malt/hop overtone

D - Goes down very smooth. What? Glass is already empty? This is a great session beer for sure

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. I need to get a good tulip and flute.

A- Big thick puffy white head rushes up quickly. It fades down with time into a 1/4 blanket. The beer is a pale straw yellow with some slight hazing.

S- Mustiness and bananas are the first things I notice. The nose has alot of characteristics similar to hefe's. There is some slight sharp citrus deletable under it all.

T- Slight tartness and sourness but not as sour as I was expecting. Its citrusy, peppery and contains notes of the banana found in the nose.

M- Round and smoothness are offset by prickly crisp carbonation.

D- Quite refreshing and nice for warm weather.

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Photo of nanertak
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured 2 fingers head, clear and bubbly straw-gold. Looks like a lot of fizz, but good head retention.

Nose: Smells creamy, cloves, mild bananas. Hint of citrus zest.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Sweet malt up front, bananas and cloves, fades into a peppery citrus flavor that lingers. Was shocked to find the ABV at 7%. Completely masked in the taste, well done.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and round at first, but the good amount of carbonation gives a clean and tingling citrus feeling on the tongue as a finish. Tastes rich but refreshing.

Drinkability: Excellent. I'd have this all summer every summer.

Overall: This is a brilliant beer. It delivers exactly what it promises. Keep up the good work at Ommegang.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beauty on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Pours a nice hazy straw color with about a finger of white, bubbly head. Some "cavernous" lacing.

Smell's funky & tart, like I expect a farmhouse style should. Some citrus character. Earthy & dry.

Taste is citric up front, sour & funky from what I assume is brett, some smells of raw bread, spices, a little sweet in the finish. This sounds weird, but it reminds me of walking through high grass or brush & all the random organic smells that come out. It's very rustic & evocative, I like it.

Mouthfeel is tart, activates the saliva a little, but still smooth.

Drinkability is decent, I could easily have another, & the somewhat high ABV is not detectable. An unusual beer, but one I really liked.

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Photo of bum732
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, decent bubbly head that dissipates leaving a nice thin layer of foam. Smells of medicinal phenols, clove, spiciness from the clove, light malty tones, touch of funk, just incredible. Tastes of dry, crisp spicy malt with a nice crisp bitterness and dry finish. Nice phenols and clove throughout balanced nicely with a clean malt. Some orange perhaps? Some earthy hops near the end, but muted by the spicy dry finish. Thin mouthfeel that is perfect for this style.

An amazing saison, lots of flavor, not sure if its from the malt or the added ingredients (ginger and orange, i think). Not super dry but being an American interpretation, one of the best for its style.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Yeast/phenols. Sweetness. Estery. Nice, complex aroma.

Appearance - Yellow with slight haze. White head poured two fingerwidths that dissipated to one fingerwidth. Good lacing. A lot of visible carbonation.

Taste - Yeast/spicy phenols. Slight malt balance. Not very tart. The spice from the phenols, the fruity esters, the subtle hop flavor, the malt, and the dry alcohol finish makes this a very well balanced and complex beer.

Mouth Feel - Thin to medium body. High carbonation. Moderate alcohol. Dry finish. Somewhat phenolic aftertaste.

Overall Impression - Another solid beer from Ommegang. I'm continually impressed at the amount of Belgian beers they make that are great representations of the style. If you're new to Belgian beers/Saisons this is a good one to try and can serve as a good comparison for other beers of the style. It may not be the best Saison, but it is solid.

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Photo of hossua34
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow-gold with a slight haziness. A massive, rocky head disappears slowly leaving tons of sticky, white lacing.

S - Like candided oranges, grass, wheat and a touch of anise. Very complex and very good.

T - Spiced oranges were what I thought of. There is a very slight hint of anise, or some similar herb. Fresh wheat, grasses and other spiced notes. Deliciously complex.

M - Crisp, fizzy and refreshing, but also substantial. Damn near perfect.

D - For a beer so refreshing and crisp on the tounge, this Hennepin is surprisingly hearty. Perhaps the 7.7 ABV has something to do with that.

So... Great Lakes Grassroots Ale bills itself as a saison, but I am confused, because that tasted like crap and this tastes delicious. I am glad that I did not let the Grassroots scare me away from the style entirely.

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