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:
5,985
Reviews:
2,169
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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357
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Ratings: 5,985 |  Reviews: 2,169
Photo of BarrelO
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. 7.5% ABV.

A: Hazy light yellow. The head is absolutely huge.

S: Citrus and breadiness. Like a souped-up wit.

T: Fruity esters, some phenols, a bit of tartness. Bready aftertaste.

M: Light and bubbly. A shit-ton of carbonation.

D: One of the few American saisons that can go toe-to-toe with the big boys. Recommended.

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

1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. No discernible bottling date on the bottle/cork.

A - Pours a bright golden body with a thick, cloudy head with good retention.

S - Very, very bright. Wildflowers, ripe pear, apple, banana, yeasty bready goodness, papaya, clove, bubblegum. Terrifically inviting.

T - Lots of tangy layers here. The wheat, hops, and yeast all impart different but complementary levels of flavor. Again, lots of banana, pear, papaya working alongside the bready yeast and the floral notes.

M - Crisp and refreshing. The yeasty, bready flavors make for a surprisingly filling brew.

D - Lots of dynamic yeast action here. I could probably drink another bottle of this in one sitting, but I would certainly take it slow - this is the kind of brew that rewards the drinker who takes his/her time. It's pretty filling, especially when compared to other saisons. I would pair this brew with a creamy Robiola Tre Latti or a bready, yeasty cow's milk cheese like Tomme Crayeuse.

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Photo of spacechimo155
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-a pale blond with good body, Amazing white head that doesnt go away, fluffy. Leaves a heavy lace.
S- like a Belgian farmhouse( or brewery) on a dry sunny day.
T-citrus, not too sweet, very nicely balanced. alchohol is well hidden
M- not as thick as the body would lead you to beleive, which is refreshing. Right on to keep with its other refreshing qualities
D- At first I want to chug it, so refreshing, good balance, the ABV goes un noticed in the taste( for the most part. On a hot day i could slam these down.

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Photo of barleywineman
2.8/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is full of funk and bubble gum, yeasty, doughy, a little too sour for a saison. definately farmy! but it may be better with food not an easy brew to drink alone unless you want half 3 philosophers and half duvel in the same glass :( sorry hut dissapointed. Tastes better with Food

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Photo of KBomb
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull golden color, ever so slightly murky, accompanied by an absolutely monstrous foamy white head. Smells strongly of bubblegum with lemon zest on the side. Some moderate banana-like sweetness, citrus, and doughy bread front the flavors-- a sourness chases behind them. A little bit of mustiness lies underneath it all. A hint of green grape accents the taste. Fairly big carbonation, moderately crisp. I made short work of some 18ozs of it.

This ale is a delight to drink. Lots of great flavors without being too much. Strikes a unique balance of light crisp body with bold taste.

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

Poured a very light, slightly cloudy yellow color with two big fingers of head that faded slowly with some chunky lacing. The smell is very crisp and fruity, almost like a champagne. The taste is light, delicate and balanced. It comes into your mouth with a crisp rush of carbonation and nice body. There's a hint of citrus and some mild bitterness before a clean finish. There's not a hint of that 7.7% alcohol anywhere; this is one easy drinking beer.

I'm a big fan of Ommegang and Hennepin is one of my go-to beers.

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Photo of reallyhoppie
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey malts, grassy and lemon flavors, and an earthy dryness are the signature of this beer. You can also find banana and little clove along with a slight bitterness. The smell is of spicy honey and grain. This cloudy yellow beer beer is one of best in style that I've ever had.

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

Pours out a light amber/yellow color with a huge head that leaves lacing around the glass afterward.

Smell was citrus, spices, musk, funkiness. Some floral undertones ride underneath the main aromas.

Taste starts out spicy, but it's not overwhelming, in fact, it's very inviting. Some lemon and grain notes hits in the middle. Finish is spicy with a little bit of hops making their presences known. It's all balanced and inviting.

Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation. Feels good.

It's wonderful all around. Pleasant to look at it, smell and feel. A beer for your senses.

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

A--Pale cloudy yellow with billowing three finger head in my 16 oz. snifter. A huge wall of lacing is left behind.

S--Mild banana/clove, very light hints of orange peel and pears.

T--Once again, flavors of orange, pear, and banana. Band-Aid, spice, grains. Light, refreshing taste.

M--Medium bodied with a quite a bit of carbonation

D--Solid brew that really hits the spot, would definitely buy again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Uncorks without much encouragement, leaving a lovely cascade of carbon dioxide running down the sides of the bottle. Pours a hazy yellow gold colour, with a lovely, frothy, crackling head of white foam. Loose-bubbled though it is, it sticks around for quite a while. Nice.

Nice sweet lemon citrus, funk and grassy organics on the nose, lots of pleasant acidity to create a thoroughly refreshing aroma. Some light yeast notes come through as the head collapses, grounding the beer a little more. Very nice indeed.

Gritty organic bitterness on the palate, initially sharp, but with that sweet citric note coming through on the rear. Very clean and crisp. Sparkling and effervescent, which adds some great refreshing notes to the brew.

Clean, crisp and refreshing. A pleasure to drink, and a fantastic alternative to cold pale lager for a summer beverage. The 7.5% might take hold after a while, though.

This is an excellent Saison. Once again, Ommegang truly do give the Belgians a run for their money.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9.4 fl oz bottle that contained no freshness date

I poured this beauty into an oversized wine glass after a loud pop was released from the bottle. I always like a loud pop from my beer!

This beer produced one to two fingers of bubbly, sticky, and creamy foam. The body was a delicate cloudy yellow with a slight bit of orange hues noticed in different lighting.

The nose was simple...bready with a nice bit of lemons and bananas. A bit musty, but not overpowering.

Wow! This is very light and refreshing! Very yeasty with a slighty funky finish...most comparable to pineapple. A very balanced flavor that contained a touch of nuts.

Perfection on this mouthfeel...light and cramy!

With the alcohol nowhere in sight, this could easily be the goto saison. Although I haven't had very many yet, this is one for quaffing in my opinion...but also one that is great to watch it change dimensions as it warms.

I definitely want to see what age can do to it. Does the funk take over in time? A great brew from Ommegang!

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Photo of jwheeler85
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into my beloved Unibroue tulip glass

A- Golden yellow / orange hue. Light, but tall head quickly diminished to a thin layer of residual head.

S- Definitely getting some orange peel and coriander. A slightly detectable sweet almost honey like smell behind all the spices.

T- Starts of mostly sweet, light malts coming through. Then the spices start to develop, nothing overwhelming, but you know they are there. Getting more of the coriander / clove notes than citrus. A slight bitterness begins to build at first barely noticeable, then getting stronger as it progresses towards the back of the tongue. It's almost more of an astringent and slightly sour bitter flavor. A fairly quick and dry finish. Flavors took about 10 seconds to fully play out after each sip.

M- This seems like a medium bodied beer that desperately wants to be lighter. The carbonation gives this illusion as each sip held for a few seconds feels effervescent as the CO2 dances on the tongue.

O- Complex, but not too complex. Seems to have been a great choice for a refreshing beer on this hot day. Personally, I think that it has more to offer in the aroma than it does in taste. Definitely a fun time and not too expensive (750ml for $7.50). The bottle will be super-glued to my wall shortly.

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Photo of charlatan
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy with a frothy head, like pineapple juice but with a slightly more amber hue. The nose is unspectacular: banana and chalk.

The beer is well carbonated but smooth on the tongue. It tastes sweet and creamy with hints of lemon and maybe a little pineapple. Reminds me of stewed fruit with cream. I don't taste much in the way of spice here. Certainly doesn't remind me of clove cigarettes!

Quite light and refreshing for a strong beer, rendering ti eminently drinkable.

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Photo of joejost
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a pint glass with no visable head. Dissapointed with the pour. The color was a beautiful strawberry blonde.

S- Wasn't sure if it was clove, barn, or flowers.

T- Like drinking a clover cig, in a straw barn in the country.

M- Clean, medium body.

D- Can see how many people would love this in the summer. Not my favorite style, but an excellent Saison from a top notch brewery.

Anyone in upstate NY should make a point to visit the Ommegang Brewery. Wonderful people, scenery, and delicious beer.

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a prominent head that faded to a thick film with persistent lacing. Smells spicy, bready, sweet, piny, sticky, musty, earthy. Taste is thinner than aroma, the spices come through as do the hoppy tones, and some malt. Mouthfeel is very thin and unsubstantial, which leads to good drinkability.

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Photo of dublife1
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel Tulip just now!!! A beautiful 2 finger head that slowly falls leaving perfect lacing. Smell is of grass and earth with some light citrus notes. Taste is unreal!!! So wonderful and crisp and so many complexities. There is a ton of earthy, citrus and funky things going on with this one. I can't imagine a much better Saison than this example. (and it's from NY???) Wow, this is so almost perfect in every way. It hides the 7.7% ABV so well and dare I say, this may be a session beer! Another great job from Ommegang! Crisp, funky, earthy, PERFECT!!!

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Photo of sls0210
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Banana and cloves dominate upfront with some lemon and coriander. Definitely taste the yeast and a little sweetness. Nice crispness from all that carbonation, but not overloaded. Surprised by the ABV because it drinks pretty smooth without too much of an alcohol bite. Perfect for pre-dinner or a day out in the sun. In my opinion, close runner-up to Saison Dupont for best in style.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer, huge white head that last forever.
nice nose, banana up front and spices in the back.
Tastes even better, less banana more spice more sweetnes that i was expecting. lot of clove flavor comes out as the beer warms
I has a very efervecent mouthfeel, and is refreshing as hell.
I love this beer.

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

Appearance: Poured with a large off white smooth creamy head with medium sized bubbles, dissipated to a thin layer leaving lacing all over the top of my glass. The beer is clear with a yellow golden color.

Smell: Fruity pear, apple, white grapes, spicy coriander(?), and some peppery aroma.

Taste: Citrus hops, pear apple & banana, spicy peppery flavor, and some sweet honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, pretty smooth, leaves mouth clean.

Overall: Really good drinkability. Great representation of the style! Nice fruity and spicy characteristics. Nothing is overpowering and all of the flavors work well together.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- large bubbly white head that that has great retention and moderate lacing. The beer is a mostly bright gold color, afew little yeast partials floating around.

S- Slightly skunked smelling with some banana, honey, caramel and spicy aromas. Also hints of lavender and a bit of an alcohol sting.

T- Nice malty sweetness, honey, caramel and hint of corn. Some light banana flavor in there as well as some nice earthy spice. Very good tasting beer.

M- Nice light bodied beer with a slight oiliness to it. Good dry bitter bite in the end.

I love saisons and this is one of the best I have had. The aroma and flavor is hard do beet. An all around great beer.

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Photo of joepais
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this brew more than once it was about time I reviewed it.
Bottle poured into its proper Hennepin glass produced a large white head that lasted a long time. This was on top of a cloudy pale yellow colored body.

The aroma was nice fruity and funky with a good amount of floral hops to it. The flavors were nice and light a perfect feel in the mouth with great carbonation. It is a tad to the bitter side for the way I like my Saison but enjoyable

I love to have this brew threw out the summer and I usually do. It is a great picnic brew as well

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle served in my Samuel Adams "perfect pint glass"

A- very pale and straw-like...slightly cloudy. A big frothy 2 or 3 finger head with excellent retention..throughout the course of drinking this beer the head stayed intact at about a height of 1 and 1/2 fingers...as the beer slowly goes down a nice ring from the head forms around the top of the glass

S- big phenol smell..Belgian yeast is very noticeable....Spicy, hints of pepper

T-big spicy peppery taste..very refreshing..barely any malt back-bone..slight clove taste..clove taste becomes more apparent as the beer warms and if you pour almost the whole beer in the glass..not a fan of a big clove taste in my beer...i do like a subtle clove taste to provide balance..the beer finishes with a lingering spicy taste

M- very smooth and finishes crisp and dry, medium mouthfeel, leaves mouth quite parched

D-very drinkable..light,refreshing, 7.7% alcohol, great for a summer day

O- not too complex..but very refreshing...not a huge fan of the style

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

Pale yellow with a great billowing head that's slow to settle.
Fresh fruity smell - banana, lemon and vanilla.
Taste is strong honey and banana, with some cloves and a little hop spice at the end. Not as sweet as smell would lead you to believe.
Feels a little over-carbonated with all the action on the roof of my mouth.
A few small flaws, but refreshing and interesting.
Also extra credit for the historical namesake!

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Photo of julian1117
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual Appeal: cloudy gold, honeyesque

Smell: intense hop aroma

Flavor: mildly sweet, lemon, strong alcohol (7.7%)

Mouthfeel: could be more effervescence

Drinkability: doubt I would have more than 2 at a sitting because of the unusually high alcohol content

Saisons were traditionally made for harvesting farmhands in rural Belgium--they were refreshing and light (~3.5% ABV.) Ommegang has unfortunately americanised this saison, and I feel it's lost something of its authenticity in the process.

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Photo of melagnus
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unlike Father Hennepin (where the name of the beer originates from!), I was not the first to lay eyes on this Saison, though I am sure grateful I did!

A - Straw to Pale Straw in color (SRM 6) with a haziness (bottle conditioned) that only deepens when finishing off the bottle. The foam is frothy white and slowly recedes with little lacing. Carbonation seems high, which probably contributes to the long head retention. Yeast sediment clings to the bottom of the glass after final pour.

S - An arousing peppercorn aroma by way of phenol fills the room upon first flow, though allows for a barnyardy and citrusy orange notes to come through upon bringing the stemmed wine glass closer to the nose. The peppercorn scent predominates, though by no means in a way that is uncharacteristic of the style.

T - Peppercorn, baryardy and slightly citrusy on the palate. The year and carbonation quickly rouses the taste-buds and asks for more! Slight warmth comes by way of the high alcohol, thereby making this a Strong Saison (6.5% - 9.5% ABV) by classification, though not a Belgian Specialty Ale.

M - Slight creaminess with a crisp finish. Carbonation tickles the tongue and leaves a dry yet magical finish.

C - Tantalizingly drinkable and very much to style. Paired incredibly well with a French-style Triple Cream cheese stuffed in Pepperdews (the red varietal pairs nicer with the cheese than the orange one did, though the orange Pepperdew offered a more sweet-acidic flavor than did the red). La Brea Whole Grain bread (purchased at Whole Foods) was delectably utilized as a pairing as well, with aforementioned cheese and Trader Joe's Artichoke Antipasto® to finish off the aperitif. Of course another whole grain bread with lots of density and nuttiness would work just as well! Caribbean-style Halibut burgers and a fresh garden salad with tomato, sprouts, balsamic vinegar and oil, cracked pepper and avocado made up the main course.

Easily one of the very best beers I've had in my lifetime!

Prost!

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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