Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
BA SCORE
4.15/5
6,030 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,419
Reviews:
2,184
Ratings:
6,030
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
367
Gots:
1,067
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,030 |  Reviews: 2,184
Photo of NODAK
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very nice. Sweet and spicy...a good deal of fruity esters present. This is very inviting.

Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy, loose head that has very good retention.

Taste has some sweetness to it, but nowhere near overpowering, with some spicy notes seeming to be present as well. Finish is a little citrusy with a tart snap along with a tad bit of hop bitterness initially noticeable but fading away as drinking continues. Some yeastiness is even apparent at the very end. Aftertaste is pretty minimal with some spiciness and stickiness.

Alcohol is warming, but not overally obvious...at least, at first it isn't. As it warms, it does come out but never to the point of ruining drinkability.

Absolutely delicious and a personal favorite of mine. Very drinkable, very tasty and yet very dangerous.

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Photo of km02600
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Skillz
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of beerluvr
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with lively carbonation. A long-lived head displays ample Belgian lace clinging to the glass. Nose is light malt, and a wee bit lemony. Taste is again light, fruity with some hoppy bitterness coming thru. Close your eyes and you'll swear this beer was brewed in Belgium. Goes great with Wise BBQ potato chips.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ThreeFishes
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Cook82
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of becktone
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Saison pours with a nice looking cascading rocky white head. Lacing is good and head retention is just about as good, though not quite. The color of this farmhouse ale is a very clear golden yellow. Overall it looks appetizing.

One of the first things I noticed about this beer upon opening it was its complex aroma. There is a distinct yeasty aroma about this beer. There is also a spicy character easily picked up by the nose, Sazz perhaps? In the background I detect some slight fruit/sweet notes.

The nose of this beer is only the tip of the Iceberg. It would be nice if more of the complex flavor were represented in the aroma of this beer. This beer has got a nice overall flavor to it. Lots of things going on. There is definitely a fruity sweetness to it that can't be missed. Also notes of light caramel. Finishes with just the right amount of hops to offset the sweetness. Along with these bittering hops, the spicy character can be tasted as well(I'm going to assume that this is Sazz). Alcohol is slightly detectable (taste) as it goes down the throat.

On the palate this beer is very light. It goes down easy and warms just a bit as it goes down. carbonation does not get in the way of the delicate taste of this beer.The beer is clean tasting and crisp, it finishes fairly dry. This is a beer I will definitely be buying again.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For this review, 12oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A- Light yellowy-gold color with a massive white head. The head fades to a thick film, serious lacing. This beer is clearly unfiltered.

S- Bananas, pears, light fruits, spices. And two of my favorites: yeasty funk and funky yeast.

T- Belgian style yeast, spices, light fruits. Spicy, a bit peppery.

M- Ebullient. Light, crisp, refreshing. Body without baggage.

O- Spot on for the style. I've drank this many, many times and it always tastes fresh and inviting.

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of klewis
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a cloudy golden with a monstrous white head. The head eventually subsided to a fluffy 1/4" ring for the remainder of the drink.

S: Wonderful aromas of biscuit and citrus

T: Flavors of lemon and spice are highlighted with a refreshing tartness. The alcohol provides a gentle warming sensation in the finish.

M: Carbonation an body are excellent for the style, and the beer has a nice stickiness.

D: A suburb representation of the style. The characteristic tartness is present, but not overwhelming, making this a very smooth drinking beer. For the value, there are few that can match this one.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fridge chilled bottle into a Smuttynose pint glass. The beer foams up with a huge pure white head made of medium sized bubbles and a foamy cap. The liquid in this initial pour is perfectly clear, straw colored, and has lots of visible carbonation rising. I know there is yeast at the bottle of this bottle, so later pours may be a bit more hazy.

The aroma is very pleasing. There is Belgian candi sugar providing a slight sweetness. The yeast gives of plenty of pepper, some lemon, and a familiar Belgian mustiness.

This is a good, clean tasting saison. There is enough sweetness to make up the majority of the flavor, but it is well-balanced and doesn't seem to overshadow the other tastes. These include some pale whole grains and peppery spices. The finish has a sharper bite than the rest of the sip, and here there is some evidence of the 7.7% ABV. It's refreshing.

The beer has somewhere a light and medium body. I think it feels heavier because of the sugars and the amount of carbonation. There is a little bit of a coat, but it isn't too sweet and hardly sticky at all.

Everything about this beer leads me to believe that it is highly drinkable. I do not foresee any problems finishing off this 750ml bottle by myself. I except to feel the effects of the ABV by the time I'm finished, but this is the kind of beer to enjoy at home on a warm afternoon/evening. I'd recommend this beer to any fan of the style.

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Photo of Waveoff
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of Clydesdale
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Despite the careful pour, a massive, foamy white head bubbles up with good retention and some nice lacing. The beer is a pale, slightly hazy golden color. The head becomes a bit rocky and irregularly chunky as it slowly dissipates.

S: A definite musty, yeasty, phenolic/medicinal aroma that is calm but confident. Loads of juicy, fruity notes, mostly apple I'd say. Some mild graininess. A bit spicy and faintly sour. Some alcohol is noticeable as it warms.

T: Quite juicy and fruity - very nice. Tart apples, some vinous/grape, and faint banana flavors. Rather yeasty as well, with the sugary, honeylike phenolic notes evident in the aroma. An appealing musty sweetness that makes itself known without becoming cloying. Some sour, vaguely citric hop flavor as well into the finish.

M: Medium bodied and surprisingly crisp, with active carbonation. A bit of slowly-developing dryness into the finish. Refreshing for such a complex, robust beer.

D: This is very, very tasty. It blends some flavors from several different styles in a very interesting and unique profile. Reasonably priced as well; around $6.50 for a 750mL bottle. I will definitely be treating myself to this again in the future.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had in ale glass

A: cloudy yellow, bushy head, nice carbonation, outstanding lacing
S: lovely spritely aroma of lemon that lingers
T: very lovely saison, with overtones of banana and clove; the brewers have hit the sweet spot on the bottle conditioning, giving the beer the depth of flavor one comes to enjoy in Belgian-style beers, yet without any cloying effects.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Cheers!

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Photo of squack
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of PatrickJR
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly hazy yellow with 2-3 finger head and decent lacing.

S - Smells a lot like lemons with other vegetal/earthy aromas. Hidden are smells of apple, leather, and spice.

T - This tastes a lot like a dry white wine. A lemony backbone but without the usual sourness. Grass clippings and mushrooms pull through, followed by white pepper, coriander, and perhaps some sage. Finishes with an almost oaky dryness, reminiscent of musty flavors in scuppernong and muscadine wines. Improves as it warms.

M - Medium bodied and fairly carbonated.

D - Could have one after another. Medium body coupled with intense flavor makes for an easy sipper. Not only does it improve with warmth, but also gets smoother after repeated bottles.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light hazy gold with a big head that took forever to die down. Bouquet is a big wallop of citrus and spice and the flavor holds the same as well as some fruitiness and malt. And it all blends together seemlessly. And just like their Abbey Ale I'm simply amazed I can get this at Trader Joe's for around the $8 range.

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Photo of SFNC
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass
A. Straw yellow and hazy with a white, fluffy head. Lots of bubbles.

S. Mild, yeasty, slight citrus and spice undetones,

T. Lemon, yeast, spices agian, a complex, but well blended flavor. Nice.

M. Dry, nice carbonated.

O. A very good Farmhouse Ale. I have a very strong urge to have another right away.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like a saison, maybe a little less cloudy than Dupont. Big fluffy head, golden color.

S - I got some weird vinous aromas upon popping the cork (which was a bitch...the thing just wouldn't budge). It initially smelled more like I just popped open a dry Merlot than a beer. That faded quickly, though, giving way to the grassy, lemony, aromas of a saison.

T, M - Impressive. Hoppy, lemony, spicy, with some assertive alcohol that just adds to the spiciness. Dry, and plenty bubbly. Wow....I'm not sure that I was expecting to love this as much as I do.

D - Outstanding. The tart, dry spiciness keeps you sipping, Hell of a value, too, compared to the Euro saisons. An American brewery brewed this? I knew this going in, of course, but it still strains credulity. Great beer.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle into a Goose Island chalice.

A: Pours a pale orange with a fluffy white head.

S: The familiar saison funkiness and sour notes pop out in the smell.

T: The taste follows the smell - lots of bready yeastiness and floral and citrus notes. Strong funkiness prevails as well.

D: Goes down with ease and the complexity keep you coming back for more.

Overall: A great representation of a great style. This is without a doubt one of the better American Saisons out there.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,030 ratings
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