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:
#1,556
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 Fugazme
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good looking beer. Slightly hazed, but mostly clear. Big, foamy white head that lingers forever and sticks nicely.

First whiff was sweet with a touch of alcohol. Second was near the same... third brought forth grass and slight citrus. Some grain.
Picking up some nice spice on the fourth... cloves. Pretty nice.

Smooth on the palate with a touch of bubbles. Tastes of grain and alcohol. A little citrus, but barely. Dry. Great balance.

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

12oz. bottle acquired from the Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire.

Pours a straw yellow colour, very cloudy with a great 2" head that sat like a rock.

Smell is funky. Sourness, white wine, booze, esters.

The first thing I notice about the taste is the dryness. Very dry, but leaves the mouth with a pleasant fruity taste. Alcohol is evident, but it remains a very smooth brew. A little sour bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium-to-light.

Drinkability is solid. The dryness might limit it (if drinking it by itself). I bet it would go great with Fetuccine Alfredo...just might have to try that next time.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy golden liquid with fluffy white head

Smell - green apple, pear, lemon, ginger

Taste - green apple, pear, lemon, pilsener malt, ginger, pepper

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, ample, tight carbonation, slightest of sweetness upfront, blend of bitterness and sweetness in the aftertaste, dry finish. Crisp and refreshing, slightly tart

Overall - this is a great beer that is readily available and priced right. Recommended

Price Point - $9.99/ 4pk 12oz bottles

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Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an Ommegang flute.

Straw-gold in color with an inch of airy white froth. Vigorous carbonation is evident through a hint of haze.

Aroma is lightly spicy and fruity with notes of coriander, ginger, and pepper. It's more subdued than many others in this style, but nonetheless complex and pleasing.

The taste is spicy clove and coriander, ripe pear, apple, ginger, orange peel, and pineapple. A refreshing tart, spiciness is present from start to finish.

Finishes bone-dry and crisp. It appears that much of fruit and spice is coming from actual spices as opposed to the yeast. A saison that has remained true to the history of this style; refreshing, nourishing, and perfect for warm weather drinking.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with a nice frothy head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Fairly good lacing.

Aroma is mild fruit, mild floral, some candied sweetness, a little toasty malt.

Delicious hop flavors, herb and mulling spice, sweet, tangy fruits.

Fair carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Wow is this one a winner. Great flavors and wonderfully balanced complexity.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Corked and caged brown Belgian-style 750ml bottle, with the old-style label (I'm one of those who likes the new labels a bit better). Best by December 17th, 2013 clearly stamped. Poured into my Hennepin chalice. Thanks to the wife for picking this up for me today to celebrate getting a new job. Love ya babe!

Appearance: Rich straw-gold beer with just a hint of haziness, this pours with a large brilliantly white, fluffly yet cream cap that shows good retention. Medium-high levels of carbonation. Really nice looking brew.

Smell: This starts off with clean, grainy notes reminiscent of the best European Pilseners, but with a soft, yeasty notes of golden fruit, white grapes, and hints of bubblegum in the background.

Taste: Slightly musty (in a good way) golden fruit, firm clean bitterness that feels a bit more than the 24 IBUs, with a bit of earthy hop flavor. I certainly can't pick out the coriander, ginger, grains of paradise and sweet orange peel that this is brewed with, but there is a subtle spicy character that is nice. A pleasant, unobtrusive, hint of alcohol. Sweet, golden-fruit flavors combine with firm bitterness, cleansing alcohol and a clean finish to produce a well-balanced, refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Overall: Very simply the best American-made saison I've had the pleasure to try (though this particular batch was brewed in Belgium). I generally favor Belgian versions (like Dupont) over American interpretations, but this one is really damn-near world class, especially as it's priced at around $7.99 a bottle.

93-94 A

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

Wow what a nice suprise packet this ended up being from knowing nothing about it to being in love with it and it pours a very pale straw hue almost like a fine Crystal champagne with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two and a half finger head with heaps of lacing,the smell is very spicy with hints of white pepper,corriander,lime and citrusy hops,and the taste is just as good as it looks which starts off with spicey citrus zest,funky tart white fruit,a tinge of boiled candy and finished off with a nice spicey,hop dry finish which leaves your palette wanting more of it and overall for me a truly unique tasty drop that will buy more of before its gone,impressive.

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

Appearance: Golden, white head, sparse bubbles.

Smell: Belgian yeast, a bit spicy.

Taste: Follows the smell. Big time Belgian yeast, spices, slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light and well carbonated.

Overall: Solid saison. Nothing crazy, no defects.

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

Mild straw color, kind of like apple juice. Smells of a mild malt with butter, cream and some spices. Flavor is full of wheat and cloves, smoothed out by a buttery flavor and with a bit of hops in the background. Nice body and flavor all the way through, easy to drink and just generally a good brew.

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Photo of puck1225
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow color with a rich and foamy head and great lacing. Fragrant and fruity smell, very pleasant. The taste is classic saison, fruity, lemons and spice. Very nice beer!

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

A - Hazy golden brew with mammoth fluffy head that leaves lacing all over the glass.

S - Tangy citrus aroma and very yeasty.

T - Crisp taste with lemon spice flavor.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

D - This is a very drinkable beer if you want a little more flavor and kick than the average summer drinking beer.

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

Cool bottle, which is always nice, seems to make my tongue more anxious. It pours nicely, an slight orange hue to the golden yellow brew as the cascade of bubbles make their way to the top for their obligatory contribution to a nice sized head. I smell bananas, clove, ginger, some other fruits, and yeastiness. And boy it is a nice tasting ale, with the fruitiness (banana and grapefruit) and spices making a nice balance with a decent hop presence. I found it to be a smooth beer with the carbonation action livening up my tongue, by the alcohol content makes this one to be careful with since I really couldn't tell it was that high.

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Photo of direwolf00
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured a pale orange with a slowly diminishing head that left decent lacing on the glass. The aroma was malty with a light fruitiness that was accompanied by a good spiciness. The great spiciness overpowered the taste. There was a good balance of hops and malt that provided a good background to the spices. The beer sits lightly and very crisp on the tongue. The alcohol was also well hidden. This is a very enjoyable beer.

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

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

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

from the bottle. poured a cloudy golden with a white head that did stay around for very long. aroma when I popped the cap on this I got a big wiff of sour fruit, than after the beer was poured into my glass I more of a yeasty citrus aroma some clove and banana. flavor hops, sugar, bubblegum, sweet citrus, alcohol, pepper. I like this one glad I bought a 6er

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Photo of mikem0487
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Bottled on 1/09/13.

A-Poured a huge dense and foamy white head. A mildly hazy golden yellow body.

S-The nose is very appealing. Nice spice notes of coriander and black pepper. With the spices it contains earthy clove, banana, baked bread and orange rind. All these different aromas mix in very well with one another.

T-The taste of this beer is amazing all around and follows suit with the smell. Citrus, coriander and clove. At the end of the palate has a dank earthiness with the banana like sweetness coming out. Very enjoyable balanace with the malts and hops. Finishes with a refined bitterness that does not last long.

M-Medium, effervescent body. Not as dry of a finish as I was expecting. But overall what you expect from the style.

O-Highly enjoyable saison that does not disappoint. Pick up a 750 or 4 pack now...

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Photo of gehaynes1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bright yellow with a faint haze and some floaties. Maybe a hint of amber. Thick, frothy white head. Smells earthy, spicy (cloves), and somewhat medicinal. Hints of alcohol. Taste has some light sweetness upfront, more earthiness and spiciness, and a phenolic character. Light, herbal hops on the back end. Finishes incredibly dry, with some faint lingering hops. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit soapy. Huge, prickly carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ark57
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate to visit the brewery last fall and pick up a few bottles of this beauty. It is a hazy, pale golden with a voluminous creamy head. The aroma is yeasty (bready) and hoppy. It is creamy with citrus and earthy character and a bitter dry finish. Mellow and amazingly refreshing.

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

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Poured a nice golden color, with a decent head and some carbonation clearly available. Not a huge towering head like the Ommegang had, but it also hung around longer.

Grainy aroma, bit of a honey smell in there, and something a little spicy in the background. Real mild flavor, kind of an earhty flavor to it, with a bit of a citrus flavor in there, perhaps? A bit of a lemon, and a bit of that same spicy flavor from the aroma, I'm thinking pepper now. A tad thicker feel to it, and very crisp. Also makes me think a bit of bread or biscuit dough, for some reason.

Very nice, smooth, drinkable beer. I've never had a Saison before, so I don't know if this is characteristic of the style or not. I'd been told by people before that the Hennepin was favored over the Ommegang, and I definitelly echo their sentiments. A very, very good brew.

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

When first a draft of Hennepin hits your tongue a lively carbonation spreads. Then tart and fruity and spice shuffle about. A dose of hop bitterness and flavor finish as the alcohol warmth envelops you and you smile. Where would we be without the craft brewers dedicated to good beer? Quality!

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

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

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