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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) | Brewery Ommegang

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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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Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/31/05- Purchased at Tower Market in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 24oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Huge thick poch-marked head. Ultra creamy and thick. Nice golden-orange coloring and excellent lacing.

Smell- Spices, spices and more spices. A very good amount of swwet and sour in the scent as well.

Taste- Damn, this one is a fruit garden. Lots of sweet but sour at the same time flavors. Mainly apple and maybe some melon. Meanwhile, lots of spices as well.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, but goes down sooo easy.

Drinkability- Probably the best saison I have encountered from the USA. Still no Fantome, but it's not that far off. Excellent!!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy bright yellow with two fingers of white head that slowly reduced to a thin layer.

S - Clove and banana notes dominate with citrus, breadiness and spice.

T - Clove and peppery spice notes hit the tongue first, followed by a big bready sweetness, coriander and banana. The finish has a burst of citrus with a lingering orange zest flavour.

M - Light body with some chew. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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

At first glance, Hennepin looks innocent enough with its hazy, yellow color and fluffy white head. But it smells like no other beer you've had, featuring tangy orange and earthy hops. Upon tasting, there's an odd complexity of citrus and herbs. Peppered lemon flavor with a hint of vanilla gives way to a tart bite of green apples, grapes and finally a grapefruit-like bitterness. It's truly an adventure in beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
A good pour. Nice head, white, foamy and lacing. good endurance. A little sediment brings bubbles through the golden, hazy body.
Smell had pinch of rose, I think. Malt, hops, citrus and something like raisin.
Taste was a good rich mixture of sweetness, malt, hops, wheat or hay. Some underpinnings of citrus.
I put 4 on the drinkability b/c of its richness.

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

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight banana, tart malt, earthy malt, and some slight bread aromas. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a very high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt up front, slight banana flavors next, slight hop background, and some tart malt. A real nice blend of flavors, with only a hint of dryness. I would definitely recommend this brew.

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

The beer pours a light gold color with a lovely white head that stands tall. The aroma is exceptional. I love belgian beers like this one. There is so much going on in here; bitter orange peels, corriander, etc. It has a sort of banana aroma. I can't say enough about it. The taste is also good. It rings of spices right from the first sip. The elevated alcohol level (7.5%) also lets you know that this is a beer to enjoyed, not slammed down. This would be great with some gourmet food. The mouthfeel is tremendously smooth for a bottle conditioned ale. It goes down smooth and is very drinkable. A great choice anytime. In my opinion, their best regular offering, only edged out by their limited edition Three Philosophers.

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

Poured a clear light gold color with a thick head that last through the drink. The nose sensed some floral, yeast, and citrus aromas.There was nice carbonation. A nice balance of malt and bitterness, with a crisp yeasty flavor lasting on the tongue. Very smooth and a soft aftertaste. Great beer and should be sought out by all.

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

On-tap at the Yard House in Brea, on to the beer:

Poured into a goblet, it's blonde in color with a nice little head. This is a totally new style to me, so I didn't know what to expect. It was mildly fruity with grape and pear and a pinch of candy-like sweetness. The flavors aren't overbearing, and finishes pretty dry, making this a brew I could sip on all night.

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Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip. Big frothy three-inch white head. Light golden in color with seemingly endless line of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the tulip. Big chunks/clumps of lace stick to the side of the glass. "I gotta give that a 5".

S- Cloves and spice and everything nice. Bananas?

T- Fruit notes such as lemon zest and apples. Spice.

M- Clean, crisp, and very refreshing.

D/O- At 7.7% the drinkability gets dinged a notch because it's such a distinct taste. I don't think anyone would want any more than one or two of these. That being said, those one or two would be the best looking, if not the best tasting beers one would have that night. Another winner from Brewery Ommegang.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, Belgian yeast, lemon and orange. Very fruity smelling. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of some pineapple and mangoes, as well as some white pepper notes. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, though by no means overpowering. The beer is very dry and is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice American-made saison. One of the better ones out there.

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

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a light golden amber with a massive white head with great retension and chunky lacing. Aroma is very fruit forward with orange, stone fruits, pear, light sweet malt and a hint of spicing. Flavor follows aroma with sweet pear, peach, bannana, sweet malt and Belgian spicing, finishing slightly dry with the saison yeast flavor finally making its presence known. Very flavorful and refreshing. Light bodied with excellent carbonation and mouth feel. The wild yeast element seems a bit tamed down from Belgian saisons, but the other flavors are so great that it hardly matters.

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

12oz bottle. This beer pours a very light bodied and bright pear juice gold in color with a highly carbonated and active two finger bright white head. The nose is light and yeasty. It has nice white orchard fruit character, like sweet apple and pear. The flavors follow suit. It has a light, slightly sweet fresh fruitiness to pair with the light and off dry Belgian yeast. It's very well rounded and has great flavor. It drinks light in body with a little too much carbonation for a saison, in my opinion, but it really doesn't detract from the beer at all. This is a light, easy drinking saison and you don't detect any of the 7.7% at all. I can't believe I waited so long to try it.

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


Pours a very nice golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, nice two-finger white creamy head, lots and lots of great sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/yeasty, nice touch of spices, and some slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, some slight bitterness/tangy, yeasty/spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty Saison, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of tone77
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is alive with fruits, yeast, some sweetness. Taste is very good, fruits, yeast, mild hops, a touch of alcohol, just a bit sweet, very complex. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a top notch beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Kite and Key in Philly in a pint glass.

A- Very light golden with yellow infusion and a semi tight bright white head, sudsy lace.

S- Whoa there buddy, a very earthy hayish straw yeasty bready vibe with some underkining apple and pear. Some alcohol seeping through, not a bother, im trying to drank here.

T- For a saison, this is simple, nothing to see here, but saying that I gotta say this is a kick ass saison. Pure balance of earthy yeast mixed in with small fruits. The alcohol detracts and I wish it was lower, I would drink more. Earthy hops and all of that.

M- Medium, crisp, bready aftertaste, not hot, the alc stays on the tounge though. Pretty dry.

D- If this was lower in ABV I would drink more of it. Either way you gotta try this.

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

Pours a hazy orange tinted straw yellow color, that is topped by a frothy large bubbled head that starts out a good 4 inches thick. The aroma is spritzy with notes of lemon, coriander, ginger, slight herbalness, a certain damp wood-like mustiness. The aroma is quite light and appetizing, and has a nice level of complexity to it.

The taste is lightly sweet up front through the middle, but then becomes quite dry in the finish. This is nice and spicy with competing notes of pepper, ginger, lemon zest, coriander. This beer has a nice soft sweet grain character which mixes quite well with, and in fact even accentuates, the refreshing, cool citrus notes. This beer is very good, it is just about the perfect beer to sit down and enjoy over an evening. The one flaw is that it is perhaps a little to thick in the body, don't get me wrong, it is by no means thick, it is just that I like my farmhouse ales with a nice dry, light palate. I had forgotton how tasty this beer was, and at $3.00 for a 750ml it is a steal.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Served into a Snifter glass from a keg. Appeared semi hazy with a nice head, lace, retention, the whole game. Looks good.

S. Sweet bubblegum wheat.

T. Like the nose, this was a pleasent banana/bubblegum experience with some yeasty notes as well.

M. Smooth, crisp and light.

D. Very good as well. No alcohal burn, just a nice example of the style.

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Photo of biegaman
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin has a very Champagne-esque appearance - consistent streams of carbonation and an anemically pale shade of yellow. The head is bounteous and creamy, continuously growing from a steady contribution of bubbles. A light haze distorts clarity but transparency prevails nonetheless. This, itself, looks like a sunny day.

The aroma is musty in a sort of barnyard kind of way. Abounding are notes of farmhouse straw, fresh squeezed lemon, spicy phenols, and under-ripe orchard fruits. It is a charming blend of musty and zesty, grainy and fruity. When my nose dips into that glass it doesn't resurface for quite some time.

The flavours are simple and straightforward - wheat, bread, grains accompanied by a sprinkling of spice and citrus zest. The taste of roses and additional floral notes arise. Flavours of under-ripe fruits - green apple, pear, peach - are also noted. Grains, tang and spice all make equal contributions and combine for a balanced, flavourful beverage.

The carbonation is rather effervescent. Little bursts of bubbles pin-prick the roof of the mouth on each sip. The beer is tremendously refreshing and it's peppery (mustard seed-like?) spice and citrusy fruity esters blend in an intricate manner that becomes only more so with warmth.

In terms of a refreshing, sociable drink that could be shared amongst guests, this really does make a valid substitute for sparkling wine. It would make a great welcoming drink and its effervescence makes it a suitable aperitif as well. This bridges the world of beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers on the agreeable grounds of undeniable quaffability.

Ommegang will tell you that Hennepin is suited to every season but I'd insist it's absolutely ideal for spring and summer. Wait for a hot, sunny day and sit yourself down with a big bottle of this stuff. Find shade under a tree, nestle up with a good book or share it over a meal with family and friends at the table. But don't just take my word on it...try it for yourself!

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a full white head, lots of lace.

S: Yeast notes and ester, light fruit.

T: Yellow apple and definite herbal notes (sage) carry the beer. Mild acidity, quite complex.

M: Medium-bodied, quite refreshing, smooth.

D: One of my favourite saisons, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet. This and LA Red Barn are the top 2 easily available American saisons in my opinion.

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Photo of Zorro
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold colored brew with heavy carbonation.

Smell is apples and lemons, sage, flowers, spices, pears, and 20 more things I can't pin down at the moment.

Taste is sweet, spicy and complex. Perfume flavors abound like lavender, pepper, roses, apples, nutmeg, nuts, yeast, bread, and 10-20 more flavors.

Mouthfeel is much like Champagne, or Duvel.

Super drinkable, this is very similar to Duvel. Super pleasant to drink. Think of this as the Batman that opposes the Duvel Joker.

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

Pours a cloudy golden with a big white head that retains pretty well and leaves quite good lacing. Smells of typical Belgian yeasty flavors with some clove and light apple in the mix. There is also quite a pungent sharp smell there as well that cuts through everything. Tastes a little sharp as well, but not necessarily in abad well- kinds a more stinky cheese flavor. Complex, with ripe, musty flavors and some subdued stone fruit. Fades to a more typical saison light yeastiness on the end. Decent body, good balance between creaminess and crispness, but finishes a little limp. Pretty drinkable, a a good value, but there are others similar to this beer I'd reach for first.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This well-cellared, 3-year old bottles poured clear and amber with a good-sized head. Retention and lacing were also quite nice. Aroma is lightly spicy and yeasty, black pepper, grass and hay, just a touch of funkiness on top of a bready malt base.

Flavor is also quite good; subtle, but complex. Again, hay and grassiness intermingles with a bready, lightly sweet maltiness, some black pepper and other spices, yeast, very mildly funky and tangy. Hints of green apple skin, citrus, and the remnants of floral hops. There’s a lot going on but it’s all fairly subdued and well-balanced. Quite dry. Booze is totally hidden.

Medium to light bodied, crisp carbonation; quenching. Very nice mouthfeel. Deserving of its place in the Beers of Fame, I’d say. A lovely saison that pairs very well with food or alone as a warm weather quencher.

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. My bottle says packaged on 7/30/2009, best by 7/2011.

Appearance: hazy light golden color with lots of apparent effervescence and two fingers of puffy white head. Looks good to me.

Smell: light pear aroma with a nice bit of chalkiness. It's kind of one-dimensional here but I really like this particular dimension. Simply delicious-smelling.

Taste: again, light pear with a distinct and delicious chalkiness. There is a tiny hint of malty funk buried underneath the delicious subtlety; it peeks out a bit toward the end along with a nice smooth bitterness. This is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation and cream, cream, cream. Outstanding.

Drinkability: as I said, simply delicious. I've never had Hennepin before, but this might have to become a staple in my household.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at High Dive.

A: Hazy yellow with a creamy one finger head. Good retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Apple, pear, lemon, and orange with notes of pepper and coriander. I get a little hay and grain accompanying perfumy floral notes.

T: The beer has a lower moderate earthy and herbal bitterness up front with lots of fruit. I detect pear, apple, and lemon, with a rustic yeast profile and a light peppery spiciness.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation and a silky, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A tasty and refreshing Saison. Enjoyable stuff.

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

Sampled on January 19, 2010. The cork popped and flew across the room emitting a nice bit of carbonated mist from the bottle. The pour is pale yellow and quite cloudy with excitable effervescence. The fizzy white head diminishes after a few moments. The aroma is a nice pleasing balance of wheat, banana, yeast, and clove. There is a nice creamy, bold mouthfeel. The taste echoes the aroma with an additional breadiness and a dry hop ending. Ommegang really understands the Belgian style brtewing process and they emulate it well.

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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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