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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#1,554
Reviews:
2,196
Ratings:
6,072
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Ratings: 6,072 |  Reviews: 2,196
Photo of avitallo
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an extremely fizzy cloudy yellowish white with a 3 finger puffy white head. Tons of visible carbonation. Large bubbles form and slowly break up the head, but it sticks around most of the glass and leaves a little lacing.

S: At first I get belgian yeast, an orange and banana base with hints of coriander. Certainly some pale malts and some hops in the background.

T: Has a nice light fruit taste, banana with orange and spice. Solid hop backing gives it a nice finish. Very balanced ale that has wonderful belgian qualities. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Extremely drinkable, thirst quenching. Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall one of my favs from the Ommegang lineup. Would be enjoyed by anyone who likes beer with flavor. One of the more belgiany saisons I have tried.

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

At first glance, Hennepin looks innocent enough with its hazy, yellow color and fluffy white head. But it smells like no other beer you've had, featuring tangy orange and earthy hops. Upon tasting, there's an odd complexity of citrus and herbs. Peppered lemon flavor with a hint of vanilla gives way to a tart bite of green apples, grapes and finally a grapefruit-like bitterness. It's truly an adventure in beer.

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

A - Clear gold hue, champagne-like in color and carbonation, nice quick rising three finger head that subsides slowly with lots of clingy lace hanging around the glass.

S - Apple, honey, white pepper, hay, subtle musty spiciness with some clove-like character.

T - Lightly fruity with apple and pear, honey white pepper, subtle spices, and earthy dried grass. Nice balanced with smooth light biscuity grain.

M - Medium body, slick feel, crisp with perfect light carbonation.

D - Delicate but with a certain raw edge, and pleasingly complex. Like a Belgian thoroughbred through and through... but it's not!

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

pours a nice cloudy golden colour with bubbles rising to a fluffy white head which lasts and lasts. the smell is a nice mix of fruit berries, a touch of alcohol and spice. there is somewhat of a white wine odor here, but not as sharp. the flavour was unexpectedly good. everythign mentioned above is mixed in throughout and hits the palate just right: with a smooth, fruity dryness. the finish is sweet and a bit tart. yeast is evident throughout as well and adds that much more to this tasty brew. it is wonderfully easy to drink and spot on with its carbonation level. i didn;t expect to enjoy this one as much as i did (though i don't know why). easily recommended.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hennepin 750 into Duvel tulip

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a giant fluffy eggshell head that fades away very slowly, leaving behind chunky lace.

The fruity and yeasty aroma is present from a good foot away. Lots of light, juicy fruit presence. And a big, dry, Belgian yeast is also very prominent. Spice, yellow pears, a hint of alcohol, granny smith apple peel, bright citrus.

Taste starts of big and juicy with lots of bright fruit and finishes with a dry yeast bite, with some tangy hop bitterness after the finish. Bready, soft pale malt sweetness, earthy/leafy hop, white grape skins, ground white pepper, sour cherry, alcohol spice, lemon zest.

Light to medium body with a brisk carbonation, proper for the style. Seems a bit watery at times, but not enough to ruin it at all. This is probably the only 'lackluster' point of the beer, if you want to call it that. It's certainly not terrible, but just keeps it from being an 'A' beer.

Such an easily appreciated beer, at a great price, and that can be offered to those not in-the-know. A lovely beer that I far too often overlook, despite having offered it many a time during a weekly beer tasting at the liquor establishment where I was previously employed. Always a treat,never to be disappointed by this Belgian-styled beauty. Ommegang is always on point.

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Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy golden yellow into a snifter glass with a large frothy head that's bright white. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are pleasant floral aromas of hops and yeast with along some hints of citrus and spices.
T: The overall flavors are slightly hoppy and earthy, although they are well balanced by the underlying malts. The finish is a bit bitter, but not by much, and some notes of spices are evident.
M: The mouthfeel is very refreshing and crisp; the level of carbonation makes it feel light on the palate (like champagne), but definitely not without flavor.
D: This goes down smoothly and easy to drink, even on a hot summer day. I could coast through a bottle quick but I don't think I would have more than one of these given the alcohol content.

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

Appearance - gold in color, steady flow of tiny bubbles that formed a thick white head, a little rocky island floated on top to the very end

Smell - very mild nose, a little bit of orange

Taste - very pleasant, a little orange rind, slight malty sweetness

Mouthfeel - nice body, crisp with a nice raw thickness to it

Drinkability - Good! Very smooth and easy drinking...7.7% ??? I was very impressed with this one.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears straw colored , hazy. Decent head some lacing.

Smell is slightly fruity , apples , with some yeasty bready character.

A very nice tasting Saison , sharp fruitiness melds nicely with a slight caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium , good carbonation.

Deceptively high ABV , otherwise a beer I could drink all night.

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

wow, over 700 reviews as of my posting. Guess this is popular. It's easy to see why. I've had this before but it's been a while. SO, for my review I'm going to stray from the usual format. This was a tasty brew, straw colored and a bit musty in the aroma. The taste - ignore the serve at 50 recommendation on the bottle. Much better around 60.

This is one of those mild brews that sneaks around and smacks you upside the head with a surprising complexity. The key is serving at the right temp. Too cold and you miss it. I'm glad I decided to take a trip down beer memory lane with this one!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't quite know what to expect, as I've never had a saison, but this seemed to be rated pretty high. I'm glad I picked it up, along with a 750 of Ommegang. Pours a pale golden color with a constant source of fizz. The HUGE billowy foam cap seems to grow even after the pour is done. Smells fantastic, very spicey, but otherwise difficult to place. Tastes spicey as well, with a hint of a hop bite in the end. Taste seems to morph as the drinker becomes acclimatized and the beer warms. Seems to have a buttery banana ester quality at some point that fades into a funky belgian yeasty clove flavor. I will definitely try other saisons.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a SA snifter glass.

Pours a bright clean hazy golden yellow with a fist of head that settles to a steady 1 finger reach. Smells of big citrus, lemons, orange peels, grapes, bananas, with the familiar Belgian yeast flavors, loaded with lots of spice characters. Pale banana and citrus malt fill the tongue, nice mild cloves and ginger spices float around. Light on the body, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth slightly bitter with a nice zesty dry feeling that begs for another delicious sip. This is a wonderful saison that can be enjoyed anytime of the year, everything works on this beer. Total home run. cheers.

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

Pours a clear golden/straw color forming a three-finger creamy, rocky off-white head that lasts almost as long as it took me to drink the first pour. There's a steady stream of bubbles cascading up the center of the glass. Thick spotty lacing down the glass.

Great aromas of bananas, coriander, cloves and yeast. There's some notes of lemon zest and orange with some floral hops in the background. Great blend of sweet and spicy.

Taste is pale malts and yeast up front, followed by banana and spices: again, coriander and cloves. There's some sweet citrus in there as well, with a mildly bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, and the carbonation leaves a slight tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability is great; this is just a pleasure to enjoy on its own or with food.

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Photo of Alexc11
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We recently tried Hennepin in a delightful Mexican restaurant on a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Interesting and inviting cloudy orange color with a citrus taste. Overall an enjoyable beer I would love to get my hands on again!

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

22 0z bomber into tulip glass

a: cloudy deep yellow with pillowy white head that left excellent lacing down the glass

s: musty with a bit of peppery spice, bit of mediciney astringent smel...like the smell of medical tape...not in a bad way

t: the medicinal flavor comes through in an almost sour way but it is balanced with a sweet funky malt and yeast overtone that brings some banana into the mix. the alcohol lingers and gets into the nose

M: Well carbonated with medium dry body with a clean finish

D: I can drink this a bottle at a time by itself or a split with a meal. A great cool evening summer drink with 7.7% abv it is in a sweet spot.

note: the price on the ommegang stuff is such a deal that you'd be silly not to taste up and down the line.

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

Only my second attempt at this style (1st Saison - fruity, strong Belgian ale. Amber, medium-bodied, tart character from Belgian yeast. A tap but also in bottles from Schlafly- St. Louis, good but not so complex from this 750 ml corker!)
clear light lemmon yellow but later I see a chill haze or some suspended yeast. The bottle conditioning yeast incrusted its neck when incorrectly cellered or transported upside down. Each pour yields a big pufffy white head that has nice retention and produces lacing. Very aromatic- flowery and spices! Almost like a wine fruity esters perceived but not alcohol. Nice aroma. This should be tried with a fine meal.

Still new to style, I have studied Jan/Feb Zymurgy for some details. It is sweetness kept in check with the hops, herbs( coriander) and spices(ginger & orange zest). This "Grisette" farmhouse ale really has a earthiness to it. Very unique taste. But very drinkable. This is a light-medium bodied brew. Very good long dry finish. Wish I was sharing it with an expert on the style.

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Photo of _Adam_
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I tasted this one from the small 375ml bottle. Haven't noticed any difference between the 375 and the 750. The 750ml is more fun, though.

Honey colored and cloudy. A beautiful bright white head forms, full, foamy and rocky. Great sudsy lace decorates the interior of the glass.

The aroma has lots to ponder. Lime and orange at first, earthy yeast, spicy, perhaps ginger, a bit of clove and maybe something peppery. Very nice. Not as funky as some.

The beer starts with a bitter hops kick, toasty malt holds it own through to a dry acidic finish and a persistant herbal aftertaste. The beautiful bitterness accompanies the malt all the way. It's medium to full-bodied with a prodigious buzzing carbonation. Very refreshing.

I visited the Ommegang brewery a few years back just after they had been bought by Duvel Moortgat. They give an interesting tour in a nice rural setting - worth a visit if you're in the area.
(no, I'm not an employee or stockholder in the brewery)

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Photo of cfrances33
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

Pour: Clear orange with two and fingers very fluffy, sticky white head. Nice lacing

Smell: Lemon zest, Belgian yeast, biscuit, slight funk.

Taste: Wow. Belgian yeast, biscuit, citrus, pineapple, hay funk are so harmoniously combined in this beer. Biscuit and lemon linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation, but really just crisp and dry. So refreshing.

Overall: I think this might be my never-fail, go to beer. I really am never let down, it is both fulfilling and drinkable, and it combines what comes best in so many different styles that it truly is a no brainer if you want a Saison. Do not be deceived by the shelf availability of this beer: it will beat many of the best.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
A - hazy golden yellow with a towering whipped like foamy head that stays.
S - tart lemony citrus with very present esters of light fruits.
T - tart and yet a touch of sweet on top of fruity/yeasty flavors.
M - crispy, well carbonated.
D - highly drinkable as I do like the style.

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

Always great to have a fresh Hennepin in my glass, however this seems to be a bit of a struggle as of late. The more and more I taste this beer, I draw comparisons to Duvel. The dryness, peppery notes, soft pilsner note on the front end... the beer is a classic Belgian Pale Ale but the light dusty aroma and taste bring on those attic-y aged cork-like notes (along with that estery lemon zest and the front-loaded sweetness) that pulls it to the Saison side. Some may see this beer as being too clean but I love the refreshing and efforvescent life of the beer.

Second tasting at USBTC at Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. I have yet to drink a better Saison. Though this beer is big for the style, what it gives up in drinkability, it gives back in character and flavorfull-ness. Very citrusy (lemons, oranges, peaches, pears) with a lightly Belgian yeast flavor. Soft, similar to Wits, but more spicy and fizzy. Alcohols are high, lessening the quaffability. But, Ommegang can do no wrong; it's a great beer.

I have always been impressed with all of the Ommegang beers. Hennepin looks very yellow, cloudy, and carbonous. Dense white head that laced well. Smells citrusy sweet and citrusy tart. Spicy, yeasty, and earthy with a mild hop aroma. Tastes Lightly malty. Sweet like pears, apples, and honey. Spices of corriander, cloves, and a bit peppery. Tart on the side of white wine or cider. Wheat and yeast round out the flavors. Light hop flavor compound the spice and offset the sweet. Feels tingly and mildly hot to the toung and palate. Medium body and creamy texture. Finishes powdery sweet and lightly tart, all the while, dry and crisp. The aftertaste leaves malty sweetness on the light side, leaving me wanting another sip.

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

Big bottle with champagne-style cork. I'm especially happy about this beer because when I got it at Julio's it came with a great Hennepin glass. Pay me off with free beer stuff - hell yes!

But really. This is a beautiful golden wheat color. Misty throughout. Clean white head was big and vibrant but then settled down into a splotchy layer across the top. Big time lacing.

Nose is warm summer fruit - bananas and peaches are in there - with a slight tinge of allspice and cardamom. Crisp and light, but with that sweet candy edge that always seems to be in the Belgians.

Again with the fruit aspect in the palate, but hop bitterness eases its way throughout. Honestly the taste and the smell are tied very closely together in this one. Much of the character that I got in the nose is echoed with equal subtlety on the tongue. There's a bit of a lingering bitterness and alcohol essence in the nose after a few seconds.

Smooth and creamy with a light bubbly character.

Very good. I'm looking forward to trying more of this style.

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Photo of CreedeSon
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Mother's milk! Smooth as caramel, warm and slightly sweet. A creamy mouthfull with great rich flavors. Beautiful beer-- golden color and clear in the tall tulip glass. Individual flavors don't seem to stand out as much, but the overall effect is spicy with rich wheaty malt. Mellow is the word, just enough fruit and a hint of hops. Not the usual Ommegang over-the-top Belgian funk.

Best Saison I've tasted this year. Highly drinkable but with a rich set of flavors. Shows a good Saison doesn't need the excess of acidity and random bacteria so often encountered.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to a goblet. Pour carefully as this one produces plenty of head, approximately 1.5". Colors are pale yellow, orange and amber. Nice lacing from the long-lasting head.

Aromas are yeasty and dominated by spice. Coriander, nutmeg, citrus and hops. It would be a great air freshener for my car.

Highly effervescent mouthfeel that is immediately refreshing. Definitely lots of spice in the moutfhfeel. Flavors of exactly what I smelled. Lots of citrus and coriander spice. The yeast lacks but there are some hints of vanilla. I would expect just a little more vanilla and banana clove flavors from the yeast in a saison. The brew is best served cold and picks up a few pungent flavors if left to warm too much. However, too cold and you miss the beauty. At least go for the four pack and experiment.

Overall, a great example of a saison lacking some of the features of the best saisons available. You won't be disappointed.

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