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:
#1,549
Reviews:
2,195
Ratings:
6,069
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
375
Gots:
1,087
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,069 |  Reviews: 2,195
Photo of Clydesdale
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Despite the careful pour, a massive, foamy white head bubbles up with good retention and some nice lacing. The beer is a pale, slightly hazy golden color. The head becomes a bit rocky and irregularly chunky as it slowly dissipates.

S: A definite musty, yeasty, phenolic/medicinal aroma that is calm but confident. Loads of juicy, fruity notes, mostly apple I'd say. Some mild graininess. A bit spicy and faintly sour. Some alcohol is noticeable as it warms.

T: Quite juicy and fruity - very nice. Tart apples, some vinous/grape, and faint banana flavors. Rather yeasty as well, with the sugary, honeylike phenolic notes evident in the aroma. An appealing musty sweetness that makes itself known without becoming cloying. Some sour, vaguely citric hop flavor as well into the finish.

M: Medium bodied and surprisingly crisp, with active carbonation. A bit of slowly-developing dryness into the finish. Refreshing for such a complex, robust beer.

D: This is very, very tasty. It blends some flavors from several different styles in a very interesting and unique profile. Reasonably priced as well; around $6.50 for a 750mL bottle. I will definitely be treating myself to this again in the future.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had in ale glass

A: cloudy yellow, bushy head, nice carbonation, outstanding lacing
S: lovely spritely aroma of lemon that lingers
T: very lovely saison, with overtones of banana and clove; the brewers have hit the sweet spot on the bottle conditioning, giving the beer the depth of flavor one comes to enjoy in Belgian-style beers, yet without any cloying effects.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Cheers!

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Photo of squack
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of PatrickJR
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly hazy yellow with 2-3 finger head and decent lacing.

S - Smells a lot like lemons with other vegetal/earthy aromas. Hidden are smells of apple, leather, and spice.

T - This tastes a lot like a dry white wine. A lemony backbone but without the usual sourness. Grass clippings and mushrooms pull through, followed by white pepper, coriander, and perhaps some sage. Finishes with an almost oaky dryness, reminiscent of musty flavors in scuppernong and muscadine wines. Improves as it warms.

M - Medium bodied and fairly carbonated.

D - Could have one after another. Medium body coupled with intense flavor makes for an easy sipper. Not only does it improve with warmth, but also gets smoother after repeated bottles.

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Photo of soze47
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light hazy gold with a big head that took forever to die down. Bouquet is a big wallop of citrus and spice and the flavor holds the same as well as some fruitiness and malt. And it all blends together seemlessly. And just like their Abbey Ale I'm simply amazed I can get this at Trader Joe's for around the $8 range.

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Photo of BryantForestry
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like a saison, maybe a little less cloudy than Dupont. Big fluffy head, golden color.

S - I got some weird vinous aromas upon popping the cork (which was a bitch...the thing just wouldn't budge). It initially smelled more like I just popped open a dry Merlot than a beer. That faded quickly, though, giving way to the grassy, lemony, aromas of a saison.

T, M - Impressive. Hoppy, lemony, spicy, with some assertive alcohol that just adds to the spiciness. Dry, and plenty bubbly. Wow....I'm not sure that I was expecting to love this as much as I do.

D - Outstanding. The tart, dry spiciness keeps you sipping, Hell of a value, too, compared to the Euro saisons. An American brewery brewed this? I knew this going in, of course, but it still strains credulity. Great beer.

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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 WiggyKGB
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of griffey123
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of atr2605
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy straw yellow color with a foamy white head that leaves very nice lacing
S-spicy, banana, clove, some straw/barnyard smell
T-more banana and white fruit mixed with spices.
M-medium bodied while maintaining a nice crisp characteristic
O-very refreshing and drinkable for the abv. I'm not saison expert but this is a very solid beer. Highly recommend

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Photo of Lettsgo3
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hwwty4
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750 into a Chimay chalice (3 pours). Pours a hazy golden color with a huge bright white head that has left no lacing down the glass. The aroma is amazing. This beer has more distant aromas then any other I've had. There is Nutmeg, coriander, earth, yeast, bread, and a plethora of others that I just can't name yet because my nose isn’t refined enough yet. I definitely need to return to this beer later. Taste is spicy, lots of nutmeg along with cinnamon and allspice with an earthly, alkaline taste to boot. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of carbonation. An oily residue coats your mouth with this earthy goodness. Great beer.

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Photo of Jodio
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jneiswender
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was poured out of a 12 ounce bottle. Served cool.

The body is Lemondrop yellow with a very thick White head

Smells like cloves and hay

Very herbal taste somewhat bitter, cloves and medicinal herbs. Very slight boozy finish

Well carbonated

This is a very nice. I would certainly have again

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Photo of Unchi
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ssgunbond
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of Mattymystique
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of steveh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Satsuma
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of stomioka
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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