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

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#1,558
Reviews:
2,196
Ratings:
6,072
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Photo of JayQue
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin is one of those beers that I have had many times, enjoyed greatly and never got around to reviewing (Legend Brown Ale is still in that category, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy was another one).

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big bubbly white head with excellent retention and lots of thick lacing. The head could be described as delicate and frothy at the same time.

Smells good too! A hint of funk and some lemony aroma.

Tastes as good as an import. Funky yeasty mustiness and horse blanket effect, more than balanced by lemony spicy taste. There is a hint of sweetness (honey?) here as well/

Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is spot on and makes this a light and zesty experience.

Very good overall. Hennepin is a great beer and goes fantastic with a meal.

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

Pours on the golden side of straw-colored, an abundance of carbonation creates an enormous head (3+ fingers) with a vigorous pour. A softer pour makes for a different (but equally good) drink.

Smells like yeast, a bit of spice, perhaps a titch of alcohol, and a bunch of mustiness.

Tastes of those dusty flavors mixed with citrus rind, hints of clove, alcohol, yeast, other spices. Finish is long and somewhat bitter. More robust than some others of the style.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style, a bit creamy, but still full of carbonation.

Overall, this is a great beer that manages to be refreshing while still being pretty robust in flavor. A good one to sip in the summer, and the most affordable Saison anywhere around here, as it comes in 4-packs.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly opaque, a very appealing peachy yellow. Tons and tons of fluffy white head which keeps growing in my snifter until I actually start drinking. The head never really disappears, leaving a thin cap, and leaves somewhat spotty lacing.

The smell is nice but nothing remarkable, a little bit earthy and woody. Some very mild spice and malts. Sort of disappointing considering the abundant head and the use of a snifter.

Taste is also good, but not great. The earthy oak is at the foreground. A bit of toffee sweet malts, and barely a hint of sour funk as the beer warms. Pleasant overall, a little dry and musty and not as complex as it could be.

Good mouthfeel, the beer is highly carbonated and produces tons of foam, but it doesn't overpower and the carbonation isn't too prickly.

No complaints about drinkability. This goes down easy, but the taste is less than totally impressive so it doesn't compel me to drink another one or two. Good enough that I would probably buy another one for a tasting party or a nice meal though.

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

A- Pale hazy yellow with a nice two inch head great retention.

S- Lots of spices, white pepper, rosemary, cloves, oregano, and a bready malt base.

T- This brew toys with your palette changing between sweet and spicy, theres honey malty breads and bubblegum flavors along with white pepper spice and herbs, very decent saison.

M- Full of carbonation very rich feel

D- A very easy drink, alcohol is not felt, all in all i was suprised by the quality of an American take on this Belgian style. Its no Fantome but its a quality Saison.

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Photo of evanlarkin
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ngeunit1 for this bottle.

Appearance:
In the air it looks almost clear. In the glass it takes on a straw yellow color, with just a slight haze and 1 1/2 finger white head made of big bubbles that fizz down and leave just a slight lacing.

Smell:
Dry and malty, with a lot of belgian yeast scent. Kind of like a dry champagne, except malty instead of grape-y. Slight orange peel quality to it too.

Taste:
Sweeter than the smell had led me to believe, but fairly dry. Orange zest and a few grape-like flavors. Some tangy hop character with low bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel:
This is a fairly straightforward champagne-bodied beer.

Drinkability:
It's not bad, reminiscent of other belgian-style ales. I would not call it one of my favorites for the style, but it certainly isn't bad. I'll probably have it again in the future.

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Photo of neorunner
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #3 - http://flic.kr/p/9omWBk

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in Round #4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Finally home after a quick 1 day trip to Athens for my girlfriends birthday bash. I happily tear into this beer and end up getting a bit of wax inside the bottle, oops! Gentle pour still produces a voluptuous dense white head about three inches tall. As I let the head settle there is very little lacing being left on the glass. Aroma on this bad boy is nicely funky. Brett and some herbal earthy notes, lemon grass and sage come to mind. Light yellow in color with amazing clarity and constant carbonation.

Taste is slightly bitter with a very subtle but complex tartness. The lemon grass comes through on the taste but not much else in the herbal department. Mouthfeel is dry in the finish but very quenching upfront.

Going to go with saison for style.

The reveal - Ommegang Hennepin. This is a very good beer and I'm now realizing I've been neglecting it. For a readily available saison its very good and doesn't kill your wallet.

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Photo of tgorgz
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Just wow.

Pours a nice hay color. I didn't have a pint glass (shocking, right?) with me so I had to use a snifter- perhaps that contributed to the larger-than-expected head. Lots of bubbles, and lots of lacing that stayed all the way through the beer.

Moving on to smell, we've got a whole mess (the good kind) going on in here. I'm notice (in no particular order) orange, apple and lemon.

The "wow" comes in with the taste. An explosion of flavour hits your palate, and each aforementioned fruit is augmented by a nice balance of carbonation.

The mouthfeel is very light, very crisp. It's one of those where you say "Ah" at the end.

For drinkability, simply see the above.

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Photo of afogg0855
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good God this is wonderful.

This is the first Saison Beer I've ever tried. My interest was actually sparked by a list of "50 Beers to try before you die" and it happened to catch my eye at a Whole Foods store.

It pours a glowing light straw color that is just gorgeous. The scent can be enjoyed throughout my entire kitchen and the first taste truly brings this work of art to life.

The flavors of a delicous floral yeast, with citrusy apricot subtleties come alive on my tongue.

This is a beer that should truly be enjoyed by everyone who can get their hands on it.

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Photo of MattyV
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with lots of tiny bubbles and a rich thick frothy white head. Excellent retention.
Nose is a mix of clove/spice and fruity apple with some floral notes. Can pick up faint whiffs of alcohol as it warms.
The taste has a light fruitiness that lasts throughout, that is quickly hit a sharp spiciness and slightly bitter lemon rind, leading into a dry but yeasty finish.
Body is a bit heavier than I expected for the style, but not overly heavy by any stretch, still a light and lively saison. So tasty and crisp, I wish I picked up more than four of these, will have to make another trip to NY again soon!

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

ST: 750ml poured into an over sized wine glass.

A: Slightly cloudy straw, pale gold, Hennepin ale has a large white head and leaves behind bring lacing.

S: Sweet banana, spice (clove), and earth. Some citrus from the hops is present as well.

T: It starts with sweet fruit, moves into spice, bitterness from the hops, a slight acidic note, and grooves into yeasty and citrus laden finish. The finish is on the crisper side and spice lingers on the tongue.

M: Light to medium body, and creamy at first, but drier towards the finish.

D: Though the beer has high ABV, it has complex flavors that are enjoyable and refreshing without being taxing.

Overall: Saison beers might be my second favorite type. They frequently have pleasant complexion without being very heavy. Ommegang delivers with Hennepin ale. It has great flavor, nice body, and would be a perfect addition to a warm day (or a setting sun).

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

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

Poured a light hazy yellow with a huge pure white frothy head that was fully lasting and had extremely excellent lacing. The aroma was very heavy of an earthy yeast, and a moderate odor of straw malts and a citrus hops with notes of banana and some spices(clove I think). It tasted mildly sweet and yeasty with a slight acidic tinge at first and ended with mildly bitter yeast flavor and had hints of citrus, and other spices with the flavor lingering on the palate for a nice while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet dry and quite creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall an exceelent representation of the style and a brew most definitely worth drinking again.

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Photo of jss79
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark golden and hazy in color. The head was
Smell - initial sweet fruit mixed with yeast aroma that gave way to subtle hints its of floral hops.
Taste - medium intensity with a sweet finish. Carbonation remained consistent throughout drinking. It ended with a drying mouth feel.

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Photo of Pencible
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark straw with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like sour Belgian yeast and waxy and grassy hops, with some salt and vinegar and a little citrus zest and wheat.
T: It tasted like sour Belgian yeast and fresh wheat and dry apricot, with some grassy and floral hops. It had a very clean and crisp bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate natural carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a solid saison. Sour and bitter with a little sweetness (but no funk) all nicely balanced and blended. Great body too, and well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Not too unique, but an enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of Shoegaze99
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang rarely disappoints. Hell, they just might be the best American brewer of Belgian styles out there right now. That's why I was eager to try out the Hennepin, an example of the increasingly trendy farmhouse saison style.

Popped the cork, opened the windows, and poured into a lovely Ommegang glass.

This beer looks wonderful, pouring a slightly cloudy, grassy yellow with a healthy, rich snow white head that looks like whipped cream.

Cloying nose teases at pleasant spring grasses, with a slightly lemony zest. it's a very clear, fresh aroma that begs for this beer to be consumed outdoors. Open those windows!

Once you start to drink, all those aromas reveal themselves to be precursors to an equally subtle yet alluring taste. The zesty lemon leaps to the forefront at the tail end of the taste, and is preceded by the very slightly sweet, every so mildly grainy taste of fresh cut fields ... and not the negative kind of grassy associated with some lesser beers. This tastes like the fresh air of a Pennsylvania farm. It's quite nice.

Wonderfully bodied, perfect carbonation and an overall nice feel make this a sensational sipper.

Overall, Ommegang once again shows why they rarely disappoint. The Hennepin is a zesty, refreshing example of the farmhouse style. When the spring weather warms you NEED to have a bottle of this.

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Photo of ebby82
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw into a tulip glass with a significant, three finger head.

The aroma is of hops, a little fruitiness, and a dry, spiciness.

The taste is a bit of hops, backed up by some spiciness, perhaps coriander. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I know its wonderful.

I've never had a Belgian I didn't enjoy, but Ommegang is making a firm Belgian fan out of me. I'm drinking this during winter, but I can't imagine a much better spring or summer drink. It's crisp, refreshing, and yet, at 7%, its no slouch in the alcohol department.

I haven't had many saison's, but I can say with confidence, that this is an excellent example of its style, and one I will repeatedly return to.

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

A- Deep gold like newly minted bullion coinage. The head is snow white, massive, rocky, lacy... like surf foam.

S- Big seductive aroma of honey-puffed corn, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander and spring flowers.

T- Sweet honey-puffed grains, puffed corn, hay. Good spicy & fruity complexity in the background. The finish is bitter, astringent, grassy hops.

M, D- Delicious, very drinkable and alluring. Lovely balance.

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Photo of pharmer
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

A two finger white fluffy head emerges and fades reluctantly to a thin layer. Lacing is very apparent.

The aroma is peppery, some fresh banana, and a bit of medicinal alcohol in the background.

The foremost taste for me is that of cloves and bananas. A bit sour and a slight, but pleasant hoppy presence. Finishes rather dry with a bitter lemon-like aftertaste.

Quite highly carbonated and light bodied in the mouth, pleasant however.

This is my first time experiencing both this beer and this style. I found it to be highly drinkable and look forward to drinking this and other saisons in the future.

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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 Cyrano41
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this first on tap at Fire and Vine. Excellent was the first word that came to my head. It was amber with 1/2 inch of head, lots of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma that made me want to dive in. First sip brought a smile to my face, my wife isn't as into beer as me, but I had to share. Since then I found bottles at the local Total Wine shop. This is one I will always look far again.

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Photo of Brunite
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A light gold color with a decent 3 finger white head. Not much lacing.

S: Some lemon citrus...some grass....some floral.

T: Dry...highly carbonated...taste some lemon....some floral...taste like champagne.

M: Crisp, dry finish and a high level of carbonation.

D: Not bad. High carbonation may limit consumption.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beer Crazy in Urbandale. Pours a lightly hazy brilliant blonde color, with a big loose head that diminishes to a smaller slightly tighter head. Scents range from spicy hops to sweet bannana aromas. The taste is fantasically balanced with dry hop bitterness and some fruity esters. The palate is lightly sharp

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 1/22/11. Thanks to THECPJ for the share.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a massive head that billowed up to about half of the glass at first. Large foamy bubbles that dissipated on the faster side, not much lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with some lemon, coriander and a little bit of grass. Also get some banana and some clove as well.

T: Get a nice grassy flavor. Some yeast and the banana and clove/coriander spices come through as well.

M/D: On the lighter side with nice carbonation. Very easy drinking and overall enjoyable. While I really like it, its not something I will reach for often.

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Photo of cdrogers
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to wine glass-serving temperature was approximately 41F.

A: Golden amber. Dense white head that lasted quite a while. Lace was persistent as I was drinking. Very nice.

S: Fruity. Citrus for sure. Little to no hop aroma. Definite sweetness.

T: Citrus with this slight sour taste. Very well balance with a slight spice as well.

M: Good carbonation and maybe a medium body. Slightly dry finish with some tartness.

D: Probably one of my most favorite beers now. It reminds me of some of the trappist dubbels. Very refreshing and the citrus is just awesome.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A=Pours a very cloudy light straw yellow color. At first I was apprehensive, but after the more I look it at it starts to grow on me. Fluffy white 2 fingerh ead, lots of lacing.
S=Yeast, a bit of spice,citrus and light fruit.
T=Banana, clove, lots of yeast and bready maltiness, a bit of bitterness.
M=typical Saison carbonation, lighter body, sticky
D=Great. Hidden ABV, sits lightly in the stomach, good taste make this an extraordinarily drinkable beer.

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

Ommegang Hennepin, big bottle, served into a Sierra snifter.

Appearance: Classic Belgian appearance, hazy yellow, like cider or apple juice. Huge three-finger head after a vigorous pour, very frothy and white and foamy. Outrageous lacing.

Smell: Sour apples, yeast, fresh fruit fields. Dessert tart (key lime pie?), lemon/citrus (not IPA-like, though). Spice.

Taste: More sourness, tart fruit (those that you bite on and make you see the stars if you have sensitive teeth). Several arches of sweetness and spice- some banana, some bread pudding. Reminds me of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. Finishes dry and slightly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated (and rightly so), tart but refreshing, medium body and full flavor.

Drinkability: Very chuggable, refreshing, easy. 7.7% is not noticeable. Only problem would be the linearity of this beer. Might get tired of the same sourness/tart apple taste running throughout. Otherwise, outstanding. Easily the best saison out there.

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