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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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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: 6,038 |  Reviews: 2,186
Photo of heyabbott
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of soulfly967
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden honey color with a foamy white head that took quite a while to fall. It had a yeasty scent, with some citrus fruits hiding in there as well. The taste was initially sweet, with some bitterness at the end. Exceptoinal taste, it was balanced almost prefectly with some grassy and citrus undertones. The mouthfeel was light, crisp, and nicely carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer. I will be getting some more of these sometime in the near future.

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

A: Pale, golden straw color; a very 'bright' looking beer. Lots of bubbles with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Decentlacing.

S: Great aroma with fruit, yeast and pepper. Either the pale malt or the yeast add a hint of bread.

T: Pepper and yeast up front followed by candi sugars with a mildly spicy finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel with serious carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, fantastic brew.

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Photo of acehart1
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage Hennepin. Got damn.

This beer tastes like typical Hennepin. It really doesn't taste much different than fresher batches I have tasted in the past. It is still extremely drinkable and lighter, something I have come to expect from this beer. It's kind of cool to see how this beer compares to a newer vintage. On second thought, the beer has gained more of a champagne-y taste, a very delicate balance of sweetness, bubbles, and a little dryness. Very cool. Glad my neighbor had the patience to age this one.

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Photo of Cakanator
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Ommefest. Amazing golden color with light hints of softer fruits, spices, and zest. Amazingly crisp and dry much how i love saisons. Always a winner. I've had the original from belgium recently that is about 2 years old and can say that it is holing up very well. I was surprised how well it was doing censidering the time difference, but Ommegang did a great job with this one.

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Photo of specksnreds
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pour. Golden yellow color with a perfect small bubble head. Lots of lacing. High carbonation but not distracting. Smell of grass and spice. Not much more in the nose, but certainly pleasant. Mouthfeel is light thank to the abundant carbonation. First taste yielded lemon and spice notes. This morphed into a subtle maltiness as it warmed. A near perfect bitter finish. What a lovely beer, and we're lucky to have it in abundance.

Let me add that I have the big bottle often and this was the first 12 oz. bottle I have enjoyed.

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

Cool bottle, which is always nice, seems to make my tongue more anxious. It pours nicely, an slight orange hue to the golden yellow brew as the cascade of bubbles make their way to the top for their obligatory contribution to a nice sized head. I smell bananas, clove, ginger, some other fruits, and yeastiness. And boy it is a nice tasting ale, with the fruitiness (banana and grapefruit) and spices making a nice balance with a decent hop presence. I found it to be a smooth beer with the carbonation action livening up my tongue, by the alcohol content makes this one to be careful with since I really couldn't tell it was that high.

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Photo of billybrew21
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Havion383
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of rippedflesh89
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NickD208
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

This my favorite selection from Brewery Ommegang, and one of my favorite brews to be found anywhere.

Pale, golden color with a slight amber glow. Huge, fluffy, white head sits on the Hennepin throne (Duvel-esque, no?). Smells very floral and slightly citric. The taste is quite hoppy and fruity, notably apple, pear and banana. This is quite a crisp beer, with lively carbonation in the mouth. Finishes dry. Alcohol very nicely hidden.

A nearly perfect beer.

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Photo of fo5s
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a saison dupont glass. Packaged on 3/31/11 (reviewed 10/1/11)...black ink was barely visible after emptying the bottle.

A- pours a clear, light gold. Lively head that retreats quickly, but the last 1-2 fingers of it hold steady.

S- yeast, floral, a bit of funk.

T- balance between yeast and funkiness. clean. floral. Sweeter than others of the style.

M- lively. slick.

O- overall a very easy drinking saison. Solid all around - no 5's on the scorecard, but nothing missing either. Exceptional American-made version of a Belgian style. One of my favorites and a staple to keep on hand given the availability and price point.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellow amber, nice carbonation, with a one and a half finger head that recedes to a half finger with nice lacing.

Smell: Faint citrusy, hoppy aroma.

Taste: At the moment the bitterness of certain beers does not appeal to my adolescent palate, but this; crisp, hoppy, with some weisse-like sweetness to balance it all out, is delicious. Zesty, the hops dominate but like MJ on the court, it's a beautifull thing and the other flavors play their roles like a strong supporting cast. Damn good.

Mouthfeel: Good, smooth, light, but it fits.

Drinkability: I could drink this like water, the 7.7 abv is so well hidden, it's downright dangerous. Respect.

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Photo of sbauer
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of WCBCFrank
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a foggy golden-yellow releasing a beautiful off-white cloudy head in a goblet. Aromas of citrus and banana and some slight honey too. Complex medium body, some sweetness, good spice and lots of carbonation (first-class yeast strains in this). There is some sweetness and plenty of dryness in the finish.

For the novice: Hennepin and Saison Dupont are standards in the world of saisons, you can not go wrong with those. Watch the pour, don't rush - let the head form.

Personally: I love Hennepin; I would put this against any good Chardonnay or white Châteauneuf-du-Pape any day of the week.

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Photo of rawthar
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good ole Hennepin, one of my wife's favorites.

A- Comes up a sunshiney golden straw, cloudy with robust carbonation, and a hardy white head.

S- Has that farmhouse funky sweet and sour, with tart apples and hints of black cherry and cranberry, and a bit of burnt wood. As complex as any RIS, yet in a much different way.

T- A lot of throaty flavors that follow the nose, with an almost creamy backbone. Sweet, and very citrusy, very refreshing, and very bold.

M- Light but sharply carbonated.

D- A great one to drink when drinking more than one on the hot, dry days of summer. A true outdoorsman.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of Hennepin is a light-golden, almost orange color. It is very cloudy and pours with a solid 1.5 inch head. It leaves a nice lacing against the glass.

The smell is a solid wheat scent in the beginning. Hints of cloves, bananas and spices follow closely. It has a very hearty smell.

The taste is fantastic! Really nice balance between the wheat barley, brown sugar malt, bananas, cloves and spices. Balance is a difficult thing to properly achieve, especially with a beer this complex.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and leaves all of the flavors against the tongue after every drink. It is carbonated but finished smooth and dry, giving you the hint that you should drink more!

Overall this is a really solid, well balanced beer that has complexity, drinkability and strength (7.7% ABV). A must try if you are looking for a quality brew.

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Photo of seanhug
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JonIrabagon
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Carbonation straight-up shot the cap off, super-bubbly with a hazy golden color (3/3)
S: Clove and BANANA are strong, with an earthy yeast character as well. A little bit of black pepper in there too.(9/12)
T: Somewhat acrid and citric in the beginning though the familiar earthy yeast and sweetness come in toward the end (17/20)
M: Bubbly but wet with a lightly dry finish (4/5)
O: A very clean saison (7/10)

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep yellow with a substantial light yellow head. Smells of tart fruits and delicate hops. Sweet grains also present. Lovely, balanced scent. The fruits are present to taste, but more citrus than expected. The hops are indeed delicate and subtle, but still noticeable. This beer has a beautiful taste that expands delightfully in the mouth. Fan-TAS-tic!

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Photo of HotHands
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay chalice.

A - a great looking beer. Pours a cloudy gold with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head that lasts forever. Leaves superb lacing after each sip and a persistent pool of fluff in the center of the chalice.

S - Belgian yeasts and citrus.

T - Citrusy and peppery up front, with a bit of boozy alcohol in the middle. Belgian yeast esters and flavors abound. Coriander and herby/spicy flavors dance around the palate. The finish is mineral-like and more bitter than I expected from a Belgian. The flavor sticks around for a long time in my mouth.

M - a bit of a light body with a mouth-coating effect. Carbonation is roughly average.

D - the body makes this quite drinkable, though I do notice the 7.7% alcohol.

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Photo of chalsk
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow golden haze with life. Has a medium foam head. Has a belgium spice aroma with hints of citrus and bananas. Has more carbonation then other saisons I have had. Gives it a creamier feel. Has a sweet grassy taste with a slight bitterness. Very tasty. I did not remember this brew being so good. But my palate is a bit more experienced then it was the last time I tried it.

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Photo of MagillaGriller
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,038 ratings
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