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:
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:
#1,552
Reviews:
2,195
Ratings:
6,069
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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375
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Ratings: 6,069 |  Reviews: 2,195
Photo of JLeege
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Dupont glass.

Appearance- Massive white head, poured very gentely and this one still nearly got away from me! Straw color body, high carbonation. Great retention and lacing.

Smell- lemon zest, grassy, earthy, some yeast poking through.

Taste- Follows the aroma, sweet up front, a peppery spice in the middle, finishing nice and dry.

Mouthfeel- Very champagne like, light, crisp, high carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall- This is the best american made saison. Looks great, tastes great, and you could definitly drink a few of these.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am re-reviewing this beer from my trip to the Ommegang brewery. When I first tried this beer before I didn't really like it, but the recent trip to the brewery changed my mind quite a bit. The beer is supposed to taste rustic and earthy, and in furthering my beer appreciation I think I respect this beer a lot more now. At a small bar in town I drank it all friday night (and it sure does sneek up on you...) I couldn't get enough of it. It changes so much with temperature being more grainy and earthy at colder temps, then warming up to a huge array of citrus, spices, and hops. This beer is awesome and next to the Ommegang it is now my 2nd favorite.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 corked and caged. I poured gently as not to disrupt the yeast at the bottom. It is a lovely bronze color with a thick white head with the prevelent carbonation of any good belgian style ale. Smells interestingly sweet and sour and the same time. I got hints of candy as well as a slight musk. Upon first tasting it was apparent that this was a belgian at heart. Sweet candy malts on the front, but a bit of hops came through later. The biggest taste left with me after each sip was of a sourish funk, and I mean that in a good way. Very unique, as this was my first foray into the saison category. Wonderful mouthfeel and highly drinkable. I actually paired it with a southern style potato salad on zesty vegetable crackers and that really brought out the flavor. Highly enjoyable!

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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This fine brew poured a dark coppery blond, with a humongous sticky white head with amazing staying power. Forget lacing on the glass, this one left big clumps and gobs behind. Truly amazing head, bigger and fluffier than anything else I've tried. (I looked in the bottle for a nitro widget, none there...) The head was obviously inspired by the beer's namesake, Fr. Hennepin, who was the first European to see Niagara Falls. The aromas were abundant, malt, clove, leather and tobacco. The taste was mostly malt and clove, that faded to grapefruit. Faint notes of honey, caramel, and pine. The mouthfeel was creamy, and had (truly amazing, considering the massive head) light carbonation. The finish was very mellow, setting me gently down to earth with a smooth, mild hoppiness. Wow! What a trip! Not like a barrel over the Falls, more like the Tunnel of Love with your best girlfriend...

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Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy golden yellow color with a big billowing white head that recedes slowly.with some nice lacing..smell is fruits and citrus some spices some cloves its a nice bouquet..taste is apples and pears with a citrus and slight lemon tart hit with a banana and clove slight hop hit..mouth feel was medium and very crisp full of flavors in a well balanced saison ..very drinkable and a pleasure to have abv..well hidden

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized tumbler - closest I could get to a snifter.

Appearance: Poured golden with a beautiful, one-inch head that dissipated very slowly, there was still a thin layer of foam at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Spicy and fruity.

Taste and mouthfeel: Spicy hop bitterness mixed in with sweet, fruity flavors; I got Granny Smith apple and green grape. A late burst of alcohol provides for a warming finish. There was an earthy quality to the whole thing. Mouthfeel was slick, especially as the beer warmed, yet remained refreshing.

Drinkability: If the alcohol burst doesn't bother you - and it didn't bother me - it's quite drinkable. Great sipper.

Notes: My first saison, and I think I'm gonna really like this style. I'd love to try this brew with a selection of cheeses.

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Photo of Ela
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and an even thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of floral hops, light amounts of citrus and spices, and just a hint of the yeast.

T: There is an earthy and floral quality to the taste of this beer most likely contributed by the hops. There is a good balance with the underlying malts. Also, there is a hint of citrus and moderate amounts of spices. This beer has very light bitterness but is not sweet, the bitterness lingers just a bit in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very refreshing, very enjoyable, and very easy to drink. This beer is sessionable and goes down well on a warm summer day/evening. At one point in time a couple of years back, this was my favorite beer and is still one of the best easy drinking beers.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Third of my fantastic trade with Captin.

Cloudy and light orange in color. Great head that lasted and left lots of lacing.

Smelled a touch yeasty with sweet, fruity, citrus and spicy aromas accented by a light grainy background. Tinge of alcohol.

Tastes great! Tangy and sweet, bready with a few nuts, citrus, cloves, pepper, apricots, tangerines, bananas, good malty body with light hops. Great balance of flavors, an excellent saison, one of my favorite styles.

Feels delightful, just like I want a saison to feel. Thick and smooth, medium body, meandering bitter aftertaste, good carbonation.

Drinks GREAT. A wonderful beer! I want more!

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Photo of shanblur
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased recently at frontier liquors Green River Rd location. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Hazy yellow with some hints of orange. Thick fluffy white head which leaves extensive lacing. Tiny bubbles floating up from the bottom like a sparkling wine.

S - Citrus aroma and some herbal and belgian yeast notes. Some wheat smell as well.

T - Bread, caramel and belgian yeast flavors with a nice tart lemon finish

M - Medium body with generous carbonation

I really enjoyed this beer. Very easy drinking. Hides the alcohol well. I like the style and this is a great example. Will definitely have again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This nice, corked, 750 mL bottle paired nicely with the Christmas turkey and stuffing.

A: Carefully decanted: Very clear, pilsner-like straw/yellow in colour. Tons of fluffy white head, not much retention, but leaves a nice lace. Mix up the yeast sediment and it becomes quite murky.

S: Earthy, spicy and bready.

T: Spicy, earthy, bready. Slightly bitter, with a hint of tartness in the aftertaste. Mix up the yeast sediment and the earthy flavour is really intensified. The flavours are very light, but still offer some depth and complexity. Very nice.

M: Moderate body, fairly high carbonation.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of Crunchyrev
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this Farmhouse. Like Tank 7, this is so full of complex flavors. Funky yeast, banana, cloves, great beer

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass, great color, nice straw gold, translucent with nice haze, head is bright white with light lacing.

Smell is yeasty, bready, hints of spice and light note of alcohol.

Taste is peppery up front, with combinations of yeast, bready, spices and very clean, pilsen malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced and pleasing, flavors mix well and hit tongue and cheeks very well, nice carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer from appearance to taste and presence.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a caged/corked bomber into a tulip, pours a dark golden yellow with a nice white head, about two fingers worth of foam, strong head retention, almost reminds me of a hefeweizen.

S: Citrus notes like lemon and orange dominate the nose, with mild inkings of some spices, bready malt, and a bit of yeast

T: I would dare to say a lemon tart like taste on the nose, that fades into a bit more of a malt flavor, with spices rounding out at the end.

F: Fairly light and refreshing, has a crisp, dry finish similar to champagne.

O: A delicious Saison from Ommegang. Obviously, each brewery has their own take on every style, and I like the almost citrus pastry flavor that this beer offers, but as you sip, it grows in complexity, a job well done.

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Photo of ej285701
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged.

Pours a lovely hazy, orangish-gold color with a two inch off-white head that sticks around for while.

The smell is very good. Sweet malts with a lot of fruits, oranges, lemons, apples. Along with some yeast that works very well here.

Taste is very similar to the smell but stronger than the aroma lets on. More yeastiness is noticed here, but it is held in check by the fruitiness and the sweet malts. Some bananas and cloves are noticed. Also a slight marshmallow taste, which just adds to the complexity of this beer. My only complaint is the yeasty finsh. However this only lasts for about two or three seconds, so its not a big deal.

Very well carbonated, and light and airy on the tongue. A little too carbonated at first, but after some of that dies down, the mouthfeel is perfect.

After a whole 750 ml bottle of this stuff I don't get tired of the flavor. Extremely drinkable and very refreshing. At only $4.99, this is an amazing beer for the price. I'm sure I'll be picking this one up a few more times this summer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml
Caged/Corked

Pours a very nice golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, nice two-finger white creamy head, lots and lots of great sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/yeasty, nice touch of spices, and some slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, some slight bitterness/tangy, yeasty/spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty Saison, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of Winter
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hennepin is the 2nd beer from Brewery Ommmegang that I've tried. The first was their Witte beer, that I enjoyed quite a bit. This sample came from the 12 oz bottle.

Hennepin pours hazy golden in color with a thick micro-bubble white head. It leaves a thick soapy lacing down the side of the glass. The nose consists of peach, pineapple, hops, bready malt, vanilla, banana and some spicy yeast. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and airy. Soft from carbonation, yet crisp at the same time. The taste has a spicy front combined with fruit flavors. Middle is sweet with some banana and maybe a touch of wheat. At this point things turn acidic with a lemony twang. Hennepin finish dry.

Impressive to say the least. Despite the 7.7% abv, this is a light drinking saison. It would be easy to quaff a few of these on a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably more third favorite Saison after Les Bon Voeux and Dupont. I've had this from a corked bottle and on tap many times. Hazy golden color with fantastic foamy head. Aroma is a little more subdued that other saisons. Nice grassy and fruity taste. These go down too smooth.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with two fingers of billowy, almost pure white head. Strong retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Sweet yeasty bread, light hay and pepper.

T: Very subtle flavors: yeasty bread, tart apple and pear, pepper and minerals. Definite hop bite on the finish but perfectly balanced with the other subtle flavors. Delicious.

M: Light, soda-like but with a bit of cream and fluff, refreshing astringence.

O: Can't believe I've never even tried this before, what a treat. Available year round and reasonably priced, this one is going straight onto my go-to list. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a rich, lingering head and a decent amount of lacing down the glass.

S- It smells sweet, yet refreshing and well-balanced. Apple and a little pear come through with sweet spice and yeast, as well as notes of white pepper. The crisp scent of lemon-zest also makes its way out.

T- Extremely refreshing and smooth. Mildly sweet with a floral hop flavor. Notes of apple, spice, white pepper, belgian yeast, and meyer lemon are all detected.

M- Crisp with a very fine carbonation.

D- I could easily go for another one on this hot summer night.

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Photo of PhillyNole
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clvand0
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one blew the cork out along with the cork cage ... before I had fully undone the cage. Powerful blast. Pours an orange color with a very tall head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of spices along with a solid malt backing. Slight hop character as well. The flavor has a nice spice character and a definite hop presence. Very interesting mixture. Blends well for a crisp taste. Finish has a bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is light-moderate and the drinkability is very good - the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of tony223366
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 10, 2011.

A: Pale yellow with a hint of gold. A little cloudy but not as much as the others. Big, big head. Very fluffy white and great retention. This one stays at 1 finger.

S: Definite mustiness and medicinal notes. I really enjoy the zestiness and sweetness of this beer. Alcohol is more present as it warms.

T: Nice spice notes up front. Very herbal phenols with that medicinal flavor from the nose kicking through. Absolutely citrus. Dryness persists throughout. Nice alcoholic and bitter kick to finish.

M: Medium to light body. Nice carbonation.

O: Big, big flavors. Love the finish. This is an interesting, complex beer. I liked this much more than I anticipated.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cloudy yellow. Two finger head. Smell is grainy with dark fruit. Taste is sweet malt with Belgian yeast with notes of mangoand prune. Spicy pepper finish with a bit of clove. Some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium in body. Overall an amazing saison and well done to belgian character !

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden color with a huge white head, and tons of carbonation continuing to make its way up the glass. The smell is floral with hints of citrus. the taste is a little spicy with some fruit notes. the mouthfeel is right on light with high carbonation and a nice crisp finish. overal this beer is a solid A

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