Hennepin | Brewery Ommegang

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4.15/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoppy, farmhouse saison with champagne like effervescence; flavors include ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,868
Reviews:
2,201
Ratings:
6,093
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
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383
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1,104
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Photo of adosen01
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork and cage bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 27 2019 and served barely chilled. For my 1800th review, I decided to go with a beer that is long overdue for a look.

Pours hazy medium gold; slightly clouded, highly effervescent body, generating more than two fingers of puffy, pillowy white head comprised of big, soapy bubbles. It falls apart slowly, requiring more than ten minutes to fully dissipate - a patchy cap and fat collar of foam remain, with gobs of messy lace also having been deposited in its wake. Kind of smells like a hefe to me - I'm getting a lot of ripe banana on the nose, with spicy hints of clove, pepper and coriander. Wheaty, grainy, bready pale malt backdrop sweetness, with light hints of lemon/orange peel and orchard fruit providing some added depth.

Quality stuff; ostensibly Belgian in theme, though I think if you gave this to me blindfolded, I'd believe it to be a hefeweizen - its ripe banana esters are the main reason for that notion, while its wheaty, bready malt notes merely reinforce it. Citrusy hints of orange peel and lemon zest rise to the occasion by mid-sip, leading into a spicy, yeasty tail end that includes suggestions of clove, pepper and coriander; clove spice and wheat grain sweetness wrap up the sip before a dry aftertaste. Medium in body, with assertive, prickly carbonation at first, though it does settle down quite a bit throughout the course of the glass, becoming more smooth and soft. While not a factor within the flavour itself, the alcohol does warm the throat/chest just a tad as you sip your way into this one.

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. Ommegang's Hennepin did not disappoint, but it didn't exactly blow my socks off, either. That is to say, there's nothing out of place here: it's exactly what it needs to be, without going above or beyond in any specific manner. It's a solid beer in and of itself, but it's priced at $10.45 per bottle (in this market) and that seems kinda pricey for what I'm getting. Don't get me wrong - I liked it, and I'd consider buying it again (even at that price) - but the truth is that there are several comparable domestic alternatives that cost less, so I dunno how often I'll be returning to this. In any event, cheers to a fine pick for my 1800th review.

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Photo of Damilton5
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jripley97
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nate139
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knickfan3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of Saison's overall. But this one is the best of all of them. Had it once years ago and decided to pick up a 4 pack the other day to revisit the beer. Not bad, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of CMA
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ronl12
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amendm
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-0z. bottle poured easily into a 16-0z mug produces a foamy off white finger sized head with a little lacing at first, head comes back with a swish due to the abundant carbonation.
Hazy yellow golden straw color, just hazy straw when held up to light.
Smell is mild and features citrus fruit and grass some yeast and hops with a slight alcohol bite.
Taste has added spice and twinges of funk, sour at first with bitter hops taking over the middle and finish.
Light bodied with ample carbonation, fizzy on the palate with a dry spice finish.
Easy to drink, not overly sour or funky. Nice hop bitterness and sour balance.

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Photo of ben_tries_brews
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vitaly91
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulFC
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a yellow straw color. Smell is primarily oranges, some applies. Taste is orange and hops. Slightly bitter. Dry after taste. Didn't get any spice. Light and flowery.

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Photo of moundbz
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shadyside
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Agent-86
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear bright orange color with a full head and plenty of carbonation. The smell is slight with a hint of a Hefe style brew. The initial taste is also Hefe like as first, then sweet and a slight boozy aftertaste, but hidden nicely. The feel is thinner but flavorful as well. Overall, this is a great brew and the 1st Saison style that I've ever tried, definitely want to track down some more.

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Photo of jr5639
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starts good and ends good. Nothing fancy here. Just a good beer.

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Photo of nullbort
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R-O-B
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jenrhart
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stoutly_weeheavy
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really nice aroma of citrus rind,yeast,floral,citrus fruit. Taste was very similar and it was just a bit sweet. Had an interesting spice bite that lingered in the aftertaste. Was glad that I tried it and would seek this out again

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