Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

5,985 Ratings
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Ratings: 5,985 |  Reviews: 2,169
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Only my second attempt at this style (1st Saison - fruity, strong Belgian ale. Amber, medium-bodied, tart character from Belgian yeast. A tap but also in bottles from Schlafly- St. Louis, good but not so complex from this 750 ml corker!)
clear light lemmon yellow but later I see a chill haze or some suspended yeast. The bottle conditioning yeast incrusted its neck when incorrectly cellered or transported upside down. Each pour yields a big pufffy white head that has nice retention and produces lacing. Very aromatic- flowery and spices! Almost like a wine fruity esters perceived but not alcohol. Nice aroma. This should be tried with a fine meal.

Still new to style, I have studied Jan/Feb Zymurgy for some details. It is sweetness kept in check with the hops, herbs( coriander) and spices(ginger & orange zest). This "Grisette" farmhouse ale really has a earthiness to it. Very unique taste. But very drinkable. This is a light-medium bodied brew. Very good long dry finish. Wish I was sharing it with an expert on the style.

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Photo of MooseBoose
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of scottum
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours out a hazy straw gold with a beautiful bright white head. Tastes almost like a hefe in many ways. A hefe on lsd maybe. This is one complex brew. Wheat and lemonish flavors arive and depart. Clove and yeast knock on the door aswell. This is a beer that anyone can enjoy. Not too hoppy to scare away the unworthys (to quote Stone) and complex enough to satisfy a wine-buff. Not sure this is my favorite from the brewery, but this is an awesome brew that every BA should try if it becomes available.

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Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy gold with a thick, rich white head, that settled to a complex lace in the tulip glass I used. The nose has a yeasty/doughy character up front with bright grapefruit from the hops and a mild candy character from the malt. Very layered and complex. The taste has an awakening tartness followed by a mild bitterness. The play between the sweetness and tartness is very pronounced. Light and slick mouth feel leads to a very drinkable beer. This New York brewery is producing a fine version of the Saison style.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Murchmac
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I can, I think I can. Like this style. Me drinking this beer is like teaching physics to monkeys. Cute but hard to understand.

Pours a light goldent honey, some head. lacing on the side.

Smells of banana? Flowery.

Peppery taste, Pear taste, sweetness. Floral?

Sweet aftertaste, not as acidic as the other Saison I had.

Still would love it on a hot summers day. I will keep on keepin on.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of travolta
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An amazing whipped egg white head with excellent retention and great caked on lacing. An hazy golden straw color with nice races of yeast.

Nose: Coriander, lavender, some clean citrus and a tiny bit of pine. A little banana and yeast. Very clean.

Taste: Banana, grass, some citrus, and pineapple. Earthy and very well balanced.

Notes: A beautiful beer just to look at. It does not let you down and any category.

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

Pours a slightly hazy, pale straw color with a fluffy two finger head settling very slowly to a thick foamy cap that never fades away, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; this has a slightly weizen type smell to it, with some bananas, cloves and a bit of wheat. There's also a yeasty and somewhat floral aroma.

Taste; the bananas and cloves are present up front, with a bit of sweet pineapples mixed in. There's a definite belgian yeasty funkiness, with some outdoor/barnyard earthiness going on. A nice spiciness comes out and intermingles with a little hint of some alcohol, and finishes a bit dry. This gets even better once it gets close to room temperature. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, really easy to drink, and very refreshing.

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Photo of magine
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 750ml bottle into an Ommegang Chalice, this beer pours a nice golden colored brew with a full thick frothy head and awesome lacing. The head becomes chunky as you drink it and stays nice throughout.

It smells of yeast, fruit and spices.

This beer tastes simply awesome. The beer has an awesome creamy head that mixes nicely with a fruity, spicy wheat taste. Tastes like it smells. The balance of this beer is amazing. The taste is enjoyed anywhere anytime of the year, incredible.

Ommegang makes some first class beer. The taste for this style is the best I have had. Until I find something else that is better, this to me is my desert island beer for the style. Awesome.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange with lots of effervescence and a white two finger head.

Aroma: Yeast, sweet syrup, clove.

Taste: Like a mild Tripel. Nice blend of spices with some apple and pear. A hint of belgian candi sryup. None of the 7.7% ABV present in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with maximum carbonation. Easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: An enjoyable Saison. Light in body and mild in flavor. Would I drink it again? Probably not because I'm not a huge fan of the style but I would highly recommend it to anyone who is.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of droomyster
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle I'm having this side-by-side with Saison Dupont. This pours a slightly hazy (much clearer than SD) gold with a nice white head that sits high above the rim of the glass. Smells are floral, yeasty, with an almost selzer-like element. A bit phenolic but not in a bad way. Tastes completely different than SD but is still out of this world. Tastes of a rich blend of green apples, pineapples. Finish is quicker and dryer than SD, and doesn't punch you with citrusy zest. Hennepin is pretty suave. I'd consider SD's equal except that its body lacks that electric tingle owing (I assume) to less carbonation. This beer is fabulous and proves once again that Ommegang is an amazing brewery. I hope they keep it up.

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

A: This beer poured a slightly cloudy orange/gold color with a big white head.

S: The aroma is malty and spicy. There are some fruit and grain notes. Some sourness is detected.

T: The taste is sweet and cereal. It is slightly sour and bitter. It definitely has an earthy yeast flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated.

D: This is an excellent drinking farmhouse ale.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light blonde body that’s very clear and topped off with a thick white head.
Spices and mild citrus fruit are up front, mild alcohol and wheat all hit you at once.
Grapefruit, although very mild, is present, the spiciness really makes this ale tasteful, some grass flavors come through too. A little peppercorn mixed in with lemon and orange zest make for an interesting ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

This is an excellent ale, the flavor is complex and makes you yearn for another drink, the aroma is sweet overall and really inviting. I highly recommend drinking this ale.

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Photo of DMcGirr
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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