Hennepin | Brewery Ommegang

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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:
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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Photo of lic217
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks: light golden color, a little hazy, huge white fluffy head, lots of lacing
Smell: peppery, fruity esters, lemon
Taste: taste follows the nose, starts sweet and ends dry
Feel: prickly carbonation, medium mouthfeel, thirst quenching
Overall: A really great saison. Refreshing, but yet complex

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into dogfish head snifter. Golden color with huge thick white head and tons of lacing on side of glass. Smells very floral with some citrus notes and cinnamon. Taste is citrus with very mild bitterness. Nice carbonation. Overall this is very nice and easy to drink. My first of this style. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Pours a bright yellow-orange with a big, fluffy white head. Honey sweet malt notes, some red licorice candy-like sweetness with a citrusy, peppery, and botanical (heather and lemongrass) nose. Initially sweet and floral, like an orange blossom, and then moving towards a more bitter, hoppy finish while still maintaining a general sweetness, overall. Good carbonation. Very complex, in aroma and taste. I'd love to get my hands on a cave-aged version, because this beer is rather sweet, and some extended cellaring would do this beer nicely.

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Photo of Jair
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, pleasant smell and taste. Nothing extravagant or unique, but a solid and reliable choice that won't upset.

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Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a standard pint at Shady's downtown.

A - Pours pale straw yellow with a small film of head leaving thin sheets of lacing down the glass. I think it was a bit too cold, and it suffered a bit because of it.

S - Lots of strong bready belgian yeast up front. Plenty of barn yard funk with some faint earthy hops. I really think the colder pour hurt the appearance and smell of this one greatly.

T - Plenty of funk up front mixes well with a bit of sweetness. Some muted earthy hops add a nice hop bite. Hops seem to come out a bit more once it has had a chance to warm up a bit. A touch of black pepper adds some spice to help break up all bready sweetness. Finish is funky but not overpowering. I love how this one is light and refreshing and yet still filled with bold, rustic, flavors that make it one of the best saisons.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as barn yard funky as some of the other drafts of Hennepin that I have had in the past but still funky none the less.

D - Very high. I absolutely love this one. It is funky yet still very re-freshing. One of, if not the, best american saison on the market today.

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Photo of arevalo
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of raoulduke25
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift from a dear friend. Much appreciated, bro.

The first thing I notice is that no matter how slowly and methodically I pour it, a foamy head quickly develops. The beer pours smoothly and after it is done, there appear in the glass tiny colloidal particles that hang suspended in the glass, through the entire depth.

The smell is heavenly, soft, unobtrusive. A light malt waft is sensed when one dips his nose into the glass.

The taste is mellow but not without complexity. It's almost as if too many layers exist to parse in one sip. Hence, many sips were taken to identify all the many parts, but I remained unsuccessful in my ability catalogue them all.

The mouthfeel, though admittedly unimportant compared to taste, was much less viscous than one would think based on appearance.

Overall, this ale is excellent, a definite keeper of the Belgian brewing tradition.

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Photo of GeckoPunk
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really diggin' the Belgian funk!
Light and crisp
Wet Hay, Barnyard Funk, HorseBlanket, Grassy
Not excessively malty or hoppy
Smooth and quite sessionable...

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appearance: whitish gold, champagne, high carbonation, slightly hazy

smell:slight butterscotch, belgian yeasty, bubble gum, banana, some phenol

taste: cloves right up front, slightly bland phenols in the middle, alchoholic on the end, slightly dry finish, almost no hoppyness

mouthfeel: starts a bit thin, gets thick in the middle due to high carbonation, creamy, alcohol punch only comes out right at the finish

overall: love the ommegang belgian yeasts, great clove spicyness, minimal bitterness, smooth despite almost 8%, very drinkable

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was quite a pleasant suprise. Somehow, I had the sense that this would be more of a "spritzy", carbonated type of beer. In reality, it is very much like some of my favorite Belgian (and Belgian-styled) beers. Quite the subtle flavor for the style, very refreshing . Pours a large, fluffy head, good retention. Fluffy lace remains. Similar to Orval in the body and mouthfeel, but without the spicy, flowery taste. This goes down so easy, it could get you in trouble! Dare I say delicate?! Quite a feat for a beer with a 7% ABV. This beer is a good bargain, and would be perfect for anyone who may like the Belgians, but doesn't want 'em too strong.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was psyched to find a sixtel of this great farmhouse saison at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA - and for roughly the same price as 12 750ml!

Admittedly, I was not originally a fan of this style, but Ommegang has helped changed that perception.

A: Slightly opaque golden color, with fluffy 1+" head, and solid lacing throughout.

S: Terrific smell of citris, especially lemon.

T: Very complex flavor, with lemon zest and spices lingering on the back of the tongue. Memorable taste.

M: Pleasing, light, but gripping mouthfeel. Great carbonation for this style.

D: I could definitely have a few of these in the course of an evening - rather light and refreshing, but full of flavor as well.

If you'd like a terrific, engaging beer for the summer - one with a little more complexity than a hefeweizen - give this one a try.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color was golden, with excellent head retention. The smell was very fruity and yeasty. The taste was slightly sweet.......not overly done on sweet taste......hints of a flowery, estery taste. Mouthfeel was somewhat heavily carbonated, but that didn't seem totally out of place. Drinkability-wise, I could easily finish the 750 mL bottle of this one!

Although Rare Vos is my favorite Ommegang product, this is certainly a close 2nd. The Saison is such a wonderful summer beer........so light and estery, yet still packs quite a punch!

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Photo of jmaskell33
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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 BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should mention at the risk of being ridiculed by fellow BA's, that I don't care much for some Belgium Abbey Farmhouse style ales, as far as beer goes. This is an exception. It's the overly acidic clove flavor that separates this style with every other style of beer. And Hennepin adheres to, and in fact, exemplifies the "Abbey Bottle-Conditioned" Ale, sans the overly cloved taste. Cloudy gold, medium body, high hops, strong yeast clove flavor, earthy, fizzy effervescence, some citrus notes, noticeable alcohol, nothing subtle and a fine white lasting head with plenty of Belgian lace. Is this not a description of the Abbey style? And aren't you hungry for strong cheese? Nice stuff!

Edit: 10/31/04 - My tastes for the Abbey-style ale have evolved. I like them more than I once did. I can't drink more than a few at a sitting because they create an acid reflux problem for me. But Abbeys and Trappists are always a welcome treat.

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Photo of Vervefloyd
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Mdog
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, big fluffy head, nice lacing.

Smell: For some reason, this smelled extremely floral to me. Almost exactly like a rose to be exact. After drinking almost the entire glass, the regular yeasty, grassy aromas came out.

Taste: Complex and tasty. Sweet bubblegum and honey, spicy pepper notes, a dry light citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite light for a somewhat strong beer.

Drinkability: If it was in 6 packs this might be a little higher, in 750's it's more of a special occasion beer.

I visited the brewery back in 2003 when in Cooperstown to see the baseball hall of fame. I've had their beers since then by mail order, but now Minnesota has Ommegang. They make good Belgian styled beers, and the price is usually better than the imports. Hennepin is a very good beer, quite complex but easy to drink.

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Photo of acevenom
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled best by 2/2014 and bottled in 2/2012.

Poured into a goblet. Pours hazy pale golden with a thick soapy white head. I can detect plentiful streaming bubbles in the beer. The head retreats slowly. There are aromas of biscuit from the malts as well as those typical spiced and fruity Belgian ale aromas like coriander, lemon, and pear. The beer definitely is spicier in the taste that in the nose. The coriander is more intense and it's somewhat peppery. Those fruity flavors are more intense, being pear forward. The hops on the back end provide some bitterness for balance. The body is medium with strong carbonation. The finish is very dry. For the style, this is solid. Those expected notes really come through and it deserves an A for that even if this is not my favorite style.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a fresh bottle brewed in Belgium not in New York!!

Pours out very bright yellow/orange with 4 fingers of white and fluffy head. Typical champagne type look.

The aroma has the typical Belgian Yeast characteristics; orange peel, lemon zest, coriander, bubblegum and yeasty, bready malt.

The flavor is very similar. Up front there is a ton of orange peel and coriander with slightly sweet citrus fruits, slight wet hay/grassy notes, white pepper spiciness, and yeasty notes. Very, very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is crisp and slightly tart and the body is light-medium. Hides the alcohol very well.

Extremely easy to drink, with nice flavors and pretty cheap too. Check this one out.

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Photo of Mazeraski
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a semi-transparent hazy golden yellow with an inch-thick white and soapy-looking head that leaves a nice ring of lacing around the glass.

S - A big yeasty aroma smacks your nose with hints of lemon peel, honey and pepper. A more sour scent appears as it warms.

T - A large amount of bready yeast mixes in with the honey and lemon as well as an overall citrusy note, for a zesty first wave. This is followed by a mix of carbonation and peppery notes that bring a bit of zing to the palate. The two waves combine, leaving you with a refreshingly tart and spicy flavor that lingers for a very short while. The tart factor becomes a little more pronounced as it warms.

MF - Lighter-bodied with a bit of a heavier carbonation that adds to the overall taste very well.

D - Quite a drinkable brew I'd have to say, even though the ABV leans a little toward the higher end of an average beer. If your looking for something to make a session out of though, one could definitely finish the 4-pack of 12oz bottles, which would make for a great summer night session =)

Notes - A very interesting and refreshing brew and my first taste of a saison-styled ale. Overall, quite a good brew to pick for the summer to quench the thirst for a good beer that won't knock you on your ass and that has a great flavor to match. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the side of the glass. A hazy golden straw yello with good signs of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: Belgian candy sweetness, apples, pears, bready and sweet malts, yeasty esters, vanilla, spiciness, and music to my smelling senses.

Taste: All the aromas for the most part can be tasted in the si

Mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, smooth, somewhat dry, light bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: I have had this plenty of times before and it is one of my go to beers for this style. You can't go wrong with this beer and very happy now that I have enjoyed another one.

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Photo of Kingcurio
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Ksilver2
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mtvolkens
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into wine glass. Poured super cloudy light-orange, with 2in head of billowing white. Strong notes of orange zest and Lemon bread. Carbonation flirts with your tongue as you taste, and leaves you with a sweet clean palette afterwards. Very refreshing. Still learning saisons, but this is a very specific but delicious and refreshing beer nonetheless.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice crisp yellow that has a hazy tornado of unfiltered yeast in the middle. The head on this beer is absolutely ludicrous. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. One of the longest pours I've ever had to deal with. Probably about a 7 minute pour. And sticky as fuck too.

S - Very nice. Honey, spice, flowers. Earthy. Yeast. Bread. Interesting.

T - Very rich. Floral, grass, honey, coriander. Impressive taste. Strong.

M - Light to medium bodied. Looks lighter than it is. Carbonation is appropriate. Nice finish.

D - More drinkable than most saisons. As rich but not as filling as most saisons. Typically one or two saisons is the most you can drink. I could probably drink the full 4 pack of these. This is a REALLY solid brew. Best saison I've had and that says something because I'm a big fan of saisons, even in my young days of beer drinking. Stellar as ever, and another fantastic release from Ommegang - one of my 5 favorites breweries in the country. Will be getting this again.

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Photo of Hammer35
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy, golden color with bright white head and some large beading. Nice carbonation and decent lacing. Good head retention as well.

Smell: Very complex. Spicy and earthy with plenty of character from the Belgian yeast. Fruity notes with some sweet orange peel present and a bit of tanginess.

Taste: Spicy Belgian yeast with a sweet, tangy character as well. A little citrusy at the finish and a bit floral too.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, yet light and refreshing. Very style appropriate.

Overall: Easily my favorite example of this style so far. Complex, refreshing and delicious. Works well during any season. The orange peel is very apparent and the grains of paradise and coriander add a spicy complexity that's great with the Belgian yeast. The tanginess and hints of citrus add even more to the depth of this beer.

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