Hennepin | Brewery Ommegang

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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

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#2,909
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Ratings:
6,099
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
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Ratings: 6,099 |  Reviews: 2,201
Photo of alphagnome
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
When poured into a tulip, Hennepin puts on quite a show. The beautifully deep, golden body is clear as water and cascades into a thick, thick head of foam that continued to build up well after I finished my pour. As I let the beer warm a bit, the head did recede a bit, leaving plenty of lacing in its wake.

Aroma:
Complex, very complex. A symphony of sweetness in a glass. Plenty of spice is present, with corriander being the most dominant. Clove, brown sugar, a bit of pepper, and orange peel. A few fruits are in attendance as well with banana being the most prominant of the bunch, followed by orange and a hint of kiwi. Distinctly Belgian. LOVE it!

Taste:
Spicy from beginning to end and a bit off-putting... at first. The more I sipped it, the more I began to enjoy it and pick up the subtle characters. Corriander and clove sprinkled amongst fresh bread and yeast. A fair bit of funkiness is present, but it's plenty tolerable. Grapefruit and banana are the only real noticable fruits in the flavor. Alcohol is also very noticable with a bit of hop bitterness wrapping things up.

Mouthfeel:
Carbonation is in abundance from this medium-bodied beer. It's quite smooth and creamy. Aftertaste lingers for a fair amount of time and is pleasant.

Overall:
A fantastic example of this style. Easy to drink and refreshing. Not quite as good as Boulevard's Tank 7 Saison, but worth picking up.

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Photo of biteme398
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle as part of a Ommegang variety pack. Very tall head that recedes slowly. A fairly pale color with some hints of amber. The smell seems similar to a pilsner; very crisp and clean with some flowery hints. The taste is very interesting. Almost like a pilsner and wheat beer combination. Some sweetness at the end leaves you wanting more. Although I am not very familiar with the saison style, this is a very good beer overall.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an oversized snifter. Bottleneck says Best By 05/20/15.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Inviting Saison yeast aroma brings notes of banana, faint spice and lemon. Effervescent with a tinge of alcohol.

T- Juicy flavor with notes of citrus as well as some banana and bubble gum. Some wheat malt flavor is present plus a bit of alcohol but everything flows in harmony making for a delightful drink.

M- Semi-spritzy from the medium-high carbonation. Light body.

O- It's been years since I've had this and it makes me wonder why I haven't revisited it in so long. An excellent Saison that should hook newcomers to the style instantly.

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Photo of flek
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Philcassella
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaron_bird_88
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged 750ml into teku.

A: Straw amber golden. Thick white, lathery head with small bubbles. Good soapy lacing and a lot of carbonation.

S: Spicy, coriander and grains of paradise. Citrus and yeast combine to create a hefeweizen-esque nose. The yeast notes are tempting me. This beer has a very appealing nose!

T: Follows the nose. Spicy but subtle, orange peel with a tartness behind it. Yeast, wheat and a sweet finish. Flavors meld well to create a delicious sip.

M: Creamy, effervescent and medium bodied.

O: I'm not the world's biggest saison fan, but this proved to be a great choice. The spicy, orange peel tartness mellowed perfectly on the palate. I would drink this again. Easily drinkable and sessionable if you can find it at the right price. Paired well with a Neapolitan margherita pizza with a little black truffle oil on top. I would recommend this beer as a great example of the style.

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Photo of mickmanhattan
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TommyW
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Blonde body with a constant stream of tiny bubble coming up through. Big pillowy, white head.

S- Some musty grain with notes of spice and yeast.

T- Slight fruity sweetness upfront, the orange and lemony fruitness then blend right into a more moderate tart taste mixed into the overall earthiness. There are some touches of spice and yeast in there too. The finish is dry.

M- Slick feel, clean finish and an aggressive carbonation.

D- My first saison, and I love it. It's just perfect to sip on, but I really like pairing it with food. I tried it with some Humbolt Fog (an aged goat's-milk cheese) and it was just superb.

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very nicely into a glass. It has a yellow murky look to it. There is not a lot of smell to the beer, but what it lacks in smell it makes up in taste. There is a slight sour taste with some citrus hops added in. There is a decent after taste of thirst quenching juice like flavor. Great as a hot summer day beer. Cheers.

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Photo of Act25
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be Ommegang's best, and I think it's so close to Duvel and great Trappists that I'd love to conduct a blind tasting later this summer. Outstanding. Must try.

Since Duvel is one of my favorite beers, this is in my top 30 for sure.

A - Pours a murky, dusty straw gold color with a 1 inch white head. Not the head of lasting and lacing of Duvel.

S - Also a Meditation beer as good as wine or champagne, and even more energetic. . Lemon, champagne, with spices, pepper, fruit, apple, and sweet malt. Grassy, very long finish, very appetizing. A little more yeast stink than Duvel (a Saison).

T - All of the notes in the aroma and MORE SO... RISING on the tongue, with sweet malts, a little bitterness, spices. Pepper & champagne.
A lot going on. Also like Duvel, a clean long, long, cleansing finish, that makes you want another kiss, I mean sip.

M - pinpoint carbonation. Dry and crisp like champagne. A bit chaulky in a good way.

D - Must try.
As Alstrom wrote "Close to champagne but so much more. At a dinner party see if people prefer over wine". I do!

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Photo of spartan3186
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doc_logic
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corks pops from this one with a loud "pop!" and the beer pours a wonderful cloudy golden yellow with a creamy frothy two finger head. Great retention as well. Aromas of fresh lemony grains, vibrant yeast along with a nice spiciness featuring cloves and light pepper. A shallow undercurrent of light fruity notes as well.

First sip is a wonderfully semi tart mix of fruity maltiness with lemony tones. Rich, fresh earthy yeast dances with a nuanced spiciness that has a nice peppery twang. Herbal, earthy hops follow and round this out nicely. A very tasty brew that is equally refreshing.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel with champagne like effervescence. Easily drinkable, the 750 goes down like water. Fast becoming one of my favorite styles. Drink this one outside and enjoy yourself on a sunny day!

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip:

A: I admittedly poured this too aggressively tonight, so the head grew out of control, but lasat night I got a beautiful 1-1/2 inch head of fluffy white foam that settles slowly and leaves a lot of sticky lace. Hazy, golden wheat color. Lovely.

S: Banana, clove, and orange peel dominate a subtle, balanced nose. Very bright.

T: tastes like the brightness of the nose suggests, but in a much bolder way: lots of lemon and orange (both fruit and peel), maybe a little bit of banana, and some clove and coriander to round it out. The sweet and tart aspects of this saison are out there far more than in, say, Saison Dupont (which is the gold standard, in my opinion), which sets this nicely apart. There's something like champagne grapes in here, too...

M: effervescent and cleansing throughout, very smooth.

I love this beer. Great with spicy food, and highly drinkable. This is my favorite Ommegang brew, next to Three Philosophers.

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

A: Golden and hazy; nice head that dissipates slowly into a thin, even coating; good lacing

S: Grainy with some sweet citrus; balanced and rustic

T: Grains and subtle hops; bready with some apple flavors; alcohol is prevelant but not overwhelming

F: Good--even a little creamy; even mouth covering; a bit over carbonated

D: Very good balanced drinkable saison--one of the best of its style

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Photo of wstein70
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had several goblet's of this great beer at a local German restaurant several weeks back and I have to say I was very impressed with it (hence the several goblets). I reminded me of my favorite saisons from Saint Somewhere. I would definitely order again when I see it on tap somewhere.

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

Pours from the 750 ml. bottle a hazy orange. It's very murky even after a careful pour, identifying the beer as bottle conditioned in case you can't read the label. A large white head rushes to fill the space in my tulip glass. The head recedes leaving a rocky terrain of foam with lacing down the sides of the glass. The first aroma is a wet musty closet...very interesting. There's some fruitiness in the background, but it is kept at bay by the musty funk. The taste is wet blanket (cliche, I know, but still true), with oranges and apples mushed in. As the beer sits on the tongue and sails into the finish, a pronounced hop bitterness appears. Finishes fairly dry and is very drinkable. This is a great tasting beer, one I will buy often. A great example of a Saison that hold up very well when compared to Saison Dupont (the flagship of the style IMO). At $4.99 for a 750 ml., it's really a no brainer!

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

What a gorgeous cloudy orange color- very nice, with a fluffy white head. Nice spicy smell with a little citrus fruit and hay. Lovely dance of bright flavors with nicely restrained sweetness. Again, spicy, peppery with complex fruit undertones, but especially citrus peel. The malts underneath are not overbearing. Feels smooth and slick in the mouth and fills it completely with bright carbonation. This is so easy to drink... so easy... there's no problem having one after another.... just do it slowly so you remain standing...

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

very good indeed. typical belgian character. this is very smooth and drinkable. most people might fight it hard to believe that it is 7.5% abv. i could taste hardly a trace of alcohol. it has the typical belgian crisp fruitiness too it, but nothing is overdone. i enjoyed it greatly.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

12 oz bottle into a Dupont glass.

Appearance- Massive white head, poured very gentely and this one still nearly got away from me! Straw color body, high carbonation. Great retention and lacing.

Smell- lemon zest, grassy, earthy, some yeast poking through.

Taste- Follows the aroma, sweet up front, a peppery spice in the middle, finishing nice and dry.

Mouthfeel- Very champagne like, light, crisp, high carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall- This is the best american made saison. Looks great, tastes great, and you could definitly drink a few of these.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am re-reviewing this beer from my trip to the Ommegang brewery. When I first tried this beer before I didn't really like it, but the recent trip to the brewery changed my mind quite a bit. The beer is supposed to taste rustic and earthy, and in furthering my beer appreciation I think I respect this beer a lot more now. At a small bar in town I drank it all friday night (and it sure does sneek up on you...) I couldn't get enough of it. It changes so much with temperature being more grainy and earthy at colder temps, then warming up to a huge array of citrus, spices, and hops. This beer is awesome and next to the Ommegang it is now my 2nd favorite.

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

From a 750 corked and caged. I poured gently as not to disrupt the yeast at the bottom. It is a lovely bronze color with a thick white head with the prevelent carbonation of any good belgian style ale. Smells interestingly sweet and sour and the same time. I got hints of candy as well as a slight musk. Upon first tasting it was apparent that this was a belgian at heart. Sweet candy malts on the front, but a bit of hops came through later. The biggest taste left with me after each sip was of a sourish funk, and I mean that in a good way. Very unique, as this was my first foray into the saison category. Wonderful mouthfeel and highly drinkable. I actually paired it with a southern style potato salad on zesty vegetable crackers and that really brought out the flavor. Highly enjoyable!

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