Hennepin | Brewery Ommegang

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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:
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:
#1,553
Reviews:
2,196
Ratings:
6,072
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
376
Gots:
1,089
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 6,072 |  Reviews: 2,196
Photo of Shy5
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of TEdubbaD
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of beerluvr
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with lively carbonation. A long-lived head displays ample Belgian lace clinging to the glass. Nose is light malt, and a wee bit lemony. Taste is again light, fruity with some hoppy bitterness coming thru. Close your eyes and you'll swear this beer was brewed in Belgium. Goes great with Wise BBQ potato chips.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin off-white head that left a slight bit of lacing.

S- Clove and spice with a Belgian yeast scent. Grassy with some light fruit aromas.

T- Musty grain and grassy flavor initially with lots of spice and clove in the finish. A lingering yeast taste with banana and fruity esters.

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation. A bit too much 'funk' in the flavor.

D- An ok brew that wasn't quite my style.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a great beer, this is definitely going to be a regular purchase.

Appearance: Gold in color, not particularly clear. Good head and lace.

Smell: Earthy aroma, with some citrus and spicy hops.

Taste: So good, so balanced. Complex without being busy. I was expecting to find the "farmhouse" flavors to be a little more assertive, and that it would make this style more of an acquired taste, but I didn't find that to be true at all. It's not too sweet, like many Belgians tend to be. My new favorite Belgian-style ale, for sure.

Mouthfeel: Light body, not at all syrupy. Good carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Paired with a meal of chicken, sauteed mushrooms, homemade creamed spinach, and gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce, this was delightful. More please.

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Photo of jmich24
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of amvrana
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of kmo1030
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cave aged '05... i picked this up during a visit to the brewery last weekend.

hazed golden color with a white head.
the aroma is a peppery pineapple with some tangy lemony orange citrus, with undertones of hay. it has some wit beer aromas too, a little clove and banana (seems to get more ripe as the temp rises). when the head is thick there is a lot of bubble gum.
the taste is softly citrusy with a baryard hay-like quality. it's got some pineapple and ginger as well, along with a nice amount of pepper. it's got some wheat like qualities in there too, a little bit of a sweet grainyness. it becomes a little sugary as it reaches room temp. towards the bottom of ther bottle the yeast gets mixed with the beer a bit and adds a nice bready aspect. in reality this deserves somewhere between a 4.0 and a 4.5 for taste, i'm gonna have to round down here though.
it's got a full medium body with moderate carbonation. finishes sort of dry, but sweet
a solid saison, that age has definitely mellowed a bit. more than worth a try. it's actually better at a little bit of a lower temperature.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice golden straw color. It has a big fluffy 2-finger white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered chunks of lace behind on the glass. There is also a constant stream of rising carbonation bubbles visible.

S - I am getting some sweet malty notes right off the bat. There is also a big lemony scent, as well as some barnyard funk. I am getting some graininess and earthiness too.

T - There is some sweet grainy malt flavor right away. There are flavors of fruit and spice, like lemon, banana, and white pepper. The funkiness in the nose didn't quite make it to the flavor profile. The finish leaves some lingering spiciness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and high carbonation. It goes down easy and has a creamy feel to it. There is some tingly feel from the high carbonation and spices.

O - This has good drinkability. Would have no problem having a few glasses of this in an evening (since I just did). Overall, I think this is a really nice saison. I just wish that it has a bit more funk to it. I think it is definitely an easily approachable example of the style. I would buy again.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of NODAK
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very nice. Sweet and spicy...a good deal of fruity esters present. This is very inviting.

Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy, loose head that has very good retention.

Taste has some sweetness to it, but nowhere near overpowering, with some spicy notes seeming to be present as well. Finish is a little citrusy with a tart snap along with a tad bit of hop bitterness initially noticeable but fading away as drinking continues. Some yeastiness is even apparent at the very end. Aftertaste is pretty minimal with some spiciness and stickiness.

Alcohol is warming, but not overally obvious...at least, at first it isn't. As it warms, it does come out but never to the point of ruining drinkability.

Absolutely delicious and a personal favorite of mine. Very drinkable, very tasty and yet very dangerous.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of illpass78
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle consumed over two days with various Yuletide snacks. Used Ommegang's proprietary tulip as a vessel.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw with a big white head. Looks great. Terrific saison presentation.

Aroma: Good nose. Grass, funky yeast, citrus/orange rind/lemon, hay, earth.

Taste: Follows nose. Orange rind leads the way and is right on the the edge of overpowering without going over it. Tasty saison. Doesn't quite equal the appearance and nose with the taste, but that's a high bar.

Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate for such a complex, flavorful beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not painful.

Overall: Excellent saison. Recommended to anyone. Up to the hype, I'd say.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle, no freshness date noted. Decants with a light pop; pours into the wine chalice, bright yellow-gold with numerous Champaign-like bubbles, pillowy, 2-finger white, craggy head. Slow fade leaving spotty lacing. Good looking pour. Nose of strong floral/citrus hops and vanilla notes. Taste of mild alcohol, a bit boozy, definitely fruity in the vein of scuppernong, reminiscent of a white ale. Mouth is bubbly and very smooth, nearly velvety. Very clean. Drinkability is excellent; very smooth, tasty, and goes down easily. Highly drinkable.

Overall: Very different from my previous experience with Rogue Festivale “Saison;” somewhat different from the also excellent Saison Dupont, I find this style enigmatic to say the least. Must try more! Very good overall, cheerfully recommended.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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