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: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This style is a farmhouse ale, and is considered to be in the domain of the Belgian Ssaisons. Hennepin is a delicious brew for all seasons; it is spicy and refreshing.

A moderately hoppy, farmhouse-style ale with a champagne-like effervescence, Hennepin has a crisp start followed by malt sweetness balanced with a firm bitterness. Hennepin has a bounty of great flavors: ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain. Pouring a bright golden color with a spicy-sweet balance of orange peel, sweet malt, hops and ginger, Hennepin makes way for a dry finish with a slight bite of ginger.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,552
Reviews:
2,195
Ratings:
6,069
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
375
Gots:
1,087
Trade:
3
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,069 |  Reviews: 2,195
Photo of IronLover
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark straw yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a robust, bright white, fizzy foam that quickly settled. Medium high aroma of anise and sweet bready, wheat malt with light peppery notes hiding in the distance. Fruity aromas begin to intensify as this warms. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Lush, creamy smooth feel up front with boozy warmth emerging from the middle to the end. Sweet bready, malty flavors up front with hints of sweet bananas. Light peppery and anise esters follow on the edges and slowly overtake the sweetness. Tart fruitiness in the middle followed by sweet apple, pear and berries. Finished with a tart fruit flavor followed by a mellow sour dough yeastiness and light peppery notes. Flavors and aromas were complex while subtle. A tasty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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

Photo of ThePold
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle into a beer glass of sorts. Pours a good amber color with thick head and decent lacing. A terrific wheat farmhouse taste with no lingering aftertaste. Buy it again, yes.

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Photo of DrunkenSuperman
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hacefresco
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chitoryu12
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks: Gold, with a head visible even through the bottle.

Smell: Fruity, yeasty, and hoppy. Not the best, honestly.

Taste: Much more subdued than the smell. A mild fruitiness and freshness without much hop bitterness until the aftertaste, not unlike a good pale lager. A little citrus. Extremely easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than I expected for such a pale beer, almost creamy.

Overall: A very fine beer for a hot summer's day. The smell can be off-putting, but the beer is much more mild than it seems and it would be a good alternative to macrobrew lager.

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Photo of OzmanBey
1/5  rDev -75.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Jcoyle
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Orny18
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattReily
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours light golden color with thick rocky white head that lasts forever.

Aroma - Yeast, banana, clove, light funky, straw with a touch of bubblegum.

Taste - Taste leans less toward the funk and more toward the yeast, banana and clove side. Just a hint of funk at the end.

Feel - Light bodied prickly carbonation touch of dryness on the finish.

Overall - A well done saison, nice flavors very easy drinking.

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Photo of bibo_ergo_sum
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Man, Hennepin has got to be one of my favorite beers of all time. Definitely one of the best, highly available (at least on the east coast) American Saisons out there. The beer pours a beautiful hazy yellow-gold, with a head so fluffy you could take a nap on it. It smells of pilsner, clove, ginger, orange peel, mulled wine – grandma's spice rack/the old country. In the mouth, the beer develops what's already in the nose: spiced apples, funky citrus, pepper, yeasty dough with lingering hops. This is a creamy liquid dream, an excellent example of the Saison style.

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Photo of Khaack
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scottyshades
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerucee
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drinkable saison with now bad tastes. Perfect for ALCS start. From Nancy Yung.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alexrdvz
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355 ml bottle.
By far, the best saisons brewed in th US. Pours with a generous head with good retention (when done correctly), which helps release the bouquet and enhance the flavor.
Nice and well balanced fruity and floral smell. The effervescence is a little on the higher side; the Golden color is just spot on.
Not as sour as I was expecting (a good thing in my opinion). Citrus flavor with a peach or banana aftertaste (in a good way).
I can’t get any of the ginger out of this one, neither on the smell, nor the taste. but there is no need to go looking for it. This is just as close as it gets to a perfect beer.
Very complex flavor, refreshing, not too bitter.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a slightly, hazy golden color with a very robust and creamy white head showing good retention and some lacing.
S: Aromas of corn/grain initially with an evolving and increasing clove and lemon scent, as it warms.
T: Very dry. Clove and hot pepper flavors mostly, maybe some citrus. Strong bitterness throughout.
M: Light bodied with significant carbonation despite rather high ABV for style. Crisp finish.
O: A nice representative of the Saison style. A little drier and more bitter than average, but with a more complex flavor profile and more refreshing than most.

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Photo of heymikew
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of robrio89
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hennepin from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,069 ratings