Hennepin | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Actually got the last Hennepin in an 11oz bottle at a local liquor store for 50 cents. Seems there's no longer a distributor here in SoCal (correct me if I'm wrong, please) so I snapped up the last one. Glad I did.

Appearance: hazy orangish body with a white creamy head that slowly faded to a thin cap. Left nice lace behind.

Smell: immediately noted a spicy peppery aroma with a faint banana scent on the fringes. Soft alcohol smell in there too.

Taste: picked up a sweet/sour combination of peppery spices and vague apple taste, almost like a tart apple. Good little shot of an astringent alcohol kick at the finish.

Feel: Starts off smoothly and finishes very dry and crisp.

Drinkability: delicious almost to a fault. Wonderful mix of tastes and 11oz bottles could have you hammered in short order as you quickly quaff this outstanding beer. Now I've got to try to find more.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a large luminous white head that holds up very well. Enough lacing to make even the most uneducated person say it looks great. Has a straw color.

They did a great job with this one, smells like its right from Belgium. Notes of citrus, oranges (and other fruits), grassy hops and a yeasty mustiness.

Tastes of spices, earthy hops and some fruits. It took a little time but I really started to enjoy this by mid bottle. Very well done but it seems more like a witbier/tripel to me (not that it matters to anyone).

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Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Hazy straw color; a big, thick, bubbly white head lasting for a long time leaving lots of lacing as it falls.

S: That big Belgian nose, yeasty and bready, lemon, spicy notes (a bit of pepper).

T: All those wonderful Belgian flavors, yeasty with a touch of malt in the background, spicy notes (pepper and coriander), lemon zest, some tart citrus. Some slight bittering hops drying the finish out.

M: Medium body, smooth, round, and full; lots of carbonation.

O: A great balanced beer with an awesome appearance and small…and it tastes great. Lotas of yeasty flavor balanced with a mild backbone and a pleasant dry finish.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've decided that drinking before watching the Detroit Lions play is probably a good idea. Whatever I can do to dull my sense of disappointment I guess...

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow, with a soapy-looking two-finger head. Lots of active carbonation in the glass. Retention is pretty darn good considering how large the bubbles in the head are. Some lacing is present, but it slides off the sides of the glass pretty quickly.

Smell: There's a nice characteristic funk in the smell, as well as grainy malt and citrus. If you inhale deeply enough, you pick up some of the underlying peppery spice that gives Saisons such a unique aroma. There is also a bit of fruity sweetness in the background, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is a well-balanced representation of what the nose had to offer. Good citrus bite up front, followed by some grassy malt, and finished with some spicy yeast and a touch of pepper. I love how the tartness and the dry finish act as bookends to the sweeter, fruitier flavors you encounter in the middle. This has to be one of the most well-balanced, easy-drinking Saisons I have had to date.

Mouthfeel: A little more tart and dry than I anticipated, but delicious nonetheless. Lots of carbonation and citrus bite, but refreshing and not at all overbearing.

Drinkability: Probably the most drinkable Saison I have had yet. A refreshing treat for the warmer months to be sure.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of April 11, 2012 and a freshness date of April, 2014 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG ON 04/11/12 BEST BY 04/2014”).

Appearance (4.0): This pours a tight, two finger head of bone white foam that dies relatively slowly, and leaves some sporadic lacing on the way down—a few suds, a few legs, a few fat splotches of lace scattered around the glass. The body is hazy and honey-colored, kind of a soft shade of orange. Aside from not having a lot of head or lace, this is a nice looking saison.

Smell (4.0): Coriander and light clove come out first—very nice mix of spice character for the style, not heavy-handed like a lot others. The malt has a strong biscuity character, very pale, rustic, and bready. There’s a fruity, musty character at the back, dominated by pear and wet hay. There’s a very floral, somewhat grassy scent that can get lost in that estery finish, but it’s there and very nice.

Taste (4.5): Starts out much spicier than the nose, with more coriander and a good dose of white pepper and just a bit of clove, too. The fruitiness is more pronounced here, with a sweet, juicy pear and apple character. It finishes with a relatively mild hop component, just a bit of grassy bitterness and a moderate hop spiciness. There’s a surprisingly nice mineral character in the finish, too.

Mouthfeel (4.5): It’s got a body that’s just about exactly medium weight, with a nice, all-over tingliness that moves into a lush, foaming carbonation, and it finishes very dry.

Overall (4.25): This is a really solid saison—always has been. Considering how light and dry it is for something of this strength, you can get a very good sense of the yeast character in this beer, which I like. It’d be nice to have some more head retention, but it looks good enough and has a nice nose, with a very good flavor and feel. It’s not transcendent at any point, but as classically styled saisons go, it’s well rounded and well done. Hennepin is a very solid, reliable beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured gently into my Delirium Tremens tulip so as to not disturb the yeast

A: Pours a 1 finger pure white head. Golden yellow hue, almost perfectly clear. Good head retention and a nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Huge scent of clove and nutmeg. A little funky and yeasty. Some lemon and banana smells. A little hint of the alcohol in the nose. A slightly tart odor too.

T: The taste lives up to the nose with regards to the clove and citric hop flavors up front. Slightly sweet, but mostly tart and a little funky. Finishes pretty clean with a very subtle hint of malt, but not much at all. The alcohol is not really able to be tasted in the beer.

M: Highly carbonated, somewhat thin body. Very refreshing with a clear and crisp flavor and feel.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hiikeeba
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured up in a goblet. Beer is golden yellow with a creamy white head that dissipates to a this cap on top of the beer.

S - Slightly sweet malty smell with a hint of citrus. Very refreshing.

T - Starts off crisp and finishes with a residual sweetness on the edges of the tongue. No apparent alcohol taste.

M - Strongly carbonated. Makes it feel extremely full.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. I could drink this all day. Well, until the 7% alcohol kicks in. Deceptively smooth.

I'm not a big Belgian drinker. I like them, but infrequently consume them. This is one that makes me change my mind.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, golden color with a thick layer of cloudy white head.

S: A nice citrus aroma at first, with notes of tropical fruits, a slight funk is also present

T: A combination of fruit, spice, malt and yeast. Banana and clove, orange and honey...there's a lot going on here

M: Highly carbonated, with a medium body

D: I really enjoyed this one, it's complex yet still light enough to drink several of.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a rocky, steady white top that has super retention and foamy lace rings are left on the glass. On the high end of carbonation.

Aromas of chardoney with lemon and lime zest on a current of honey like bottom. Caramel with toffee notes. Black pepper, lemon grass and musty funk. Great yeasty bouquet with a leafy, herbal hop in the background.

Underlying honey tones have a syrupy medicinal burn that goes well with a slight boozy burn on the finish. Some metallic notes. Full of funky yeast, clove and coconut. Some white wine characteristics with lemon edges, lemon pepper. Biscuit background with honey and tart, citrus edges. Some medicinal tones. Very yeasty, funky, and complex.

Like a fine, fizzy white wine. Smooth edges.

Wonderful beer. Complex and interesting. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750, bottled on 9/23/09.

Poured into an Ommegang Tulip. First pour gives me a finger of fluffy head, and a great straw-coloring. Lacing doesnt stick to the glass, but a nice collar sits around the top.

Citrus sweetness dominates early and a mellow hop profile gives you flowery notes without being over the top. Balance makes this beer the absolute treat that it is. Thin body and medium carbonation make this an easy drinker, the mark of a great saison beer.

I would write more, but its a shame to be tapping on my phone while this beer sits in front of me. Do yourself a favor and go drink one of your own. Cheers!

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Photo of colforbin73
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ommegang is a treasure of a brewery -- one that american's should actually be proud of -- a brewery that makes flawless beer true to the traditional styles of belgium. while other american brewers have crafted unique beers in a truly american style -- ommegang brews beer that can stand up to any in the world on the merits of craftsmanship and adherence to the specifications of traditional style. for me, HENNEPIN is at the apex of american brewing. i associate this beer with baseball and more generally late summer and fall.

the pour is very delicate -- you need to pour slowly and carefully, the brew has a champagne level of effervescence and gives off a big foamy cloudy white head that sticks to the glass all the way down. the aroma betrays the spices used, coriander, orange peel, and ginger. but unlike a spicey winter warmer, the spices provide just a background hum. the yeast is pronounced in the aroma...

the taste is crisp, clean, a little sweet, maybe from the corn used along with the pilsner and pale malt. coats the throat and warms the belly after a few sips.... this is fantastic saison and would be perfectly at home at a wide ranging harvest festival, with a crisp salad of apples, walnuts and goat cheese, a roast pig, a spicey butternut squash soup and a pear and raisin torte for dessert.

what a beer!

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Photo of fsvan
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Huge, billowing white head. Takes a couple of pours to get it all in the glass. Not dense, but long, long lasting. Hazy, radiant goldish orange.

S- Slightly tart. Spicy Belgian yeast. Some lemon/lemon zest. Some faint green apple. Fairly dry.

T- A sweet and sour lemon flavor up front.. Earthy, spicy, Belgian yeast. Starts a bit sweet, finishes a bit dry. Sweeter than the typical Belgian saisons (ie Dupont).

M- Coats the mouth with nice earth notes. Prickly carbonation.

O- The standard of American brewed saisons, in my opinion. It has earned and continues to deserve the title.

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Photo of meechum
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A blonde straw yellow color with a nice fluffy white head, this was poured into a Pils glass as that's what was on hand

S - Could smell a bit of the yeast, biscuit flavors with a hind of spices and fruits (I'm thinking like a spiced fig bar kind of smell)

T - The taste was big with a big malty, yeasty, biscuit backbone with hops on the back end to cut the sweetness in just the right balance, just a little of the alcohol lingers in between all of these notes to warm up the palatte as these flavors come across

M - An aggressive amount of carbonation, more than I expected..but I don't know if it's the reformed macro in me but it helped to deliver to flavors rather than dull them and I thought it worked well

D - This is a very balanced beer with several complex flavors competing and complementing each other at the same time. The higher ABV gives this a bit of alcohol punch that is deceptively lost in the flavor. Overall an excellent choice

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked into tulip.
Classic Saison. Easily the best widely available domestic version of the style. Pours cloudy golden color with a big fluffy head. Smells very fresh and inviting. Tastes even better. Fruity notes and soft yeast and grain flavor. Super tasty and easy to drink. Cannot get enough of this stuff. A must drink.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl. bottle which spent the last 16 months in the cellar.
Has a clear straw color with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Spicy, bready, yeasty smell. Has a rich, full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Complex taste is bready, grainy, with black pepper and spices among others that I can't put a finger on. Finishes with a spicy alcohol bite.

A tasty, high quality brew. Very nice.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky golden yellow color. Very fluffy and rather bubbly 2 1/2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing.

S - A beautiful blend of spices and herbs. Lemongrass, pepper, clove and minor citrus notes. Not overwhelming but very pleasant aroma all in all - floral and spiced.

L - A well done and fairly spot on saison. Lives up to the aromas detected; most dominate flavors are lemongrass and clove. Floral- mildly sweet aftertaste followed but that of spices such as pepper. Very light tasting beer in a good way.

M - Crisp/sharp beer that's fairly carbonated. Medium bodied. Very drinkable; aftertaste is a little harsh but mute.

O - A pretty amazing beer overall. Very drinkable and well defined with a lot to offer. Enjoyed and will enjoy again sometime in the future!

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Photo of Estarrio
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was brewed in Belgium, as opposed to Cooperstown, NY.

Poured a clear, bright, golden yellow with a great deal of visible carbonation. The large, frothy white head retains very well, leaving sticky lacings on the glass.

The complex aroma includes sweet fruity phenols, a spicy alcohol bite along with hints of honey, apple, hay, clove and some earthy, wood tones. This is a great smelling brew.

The taste is tart grape up front with some mild sweetness. The aftertaste is pleasingly dry and bitter. There is a big earthy, yeast presence mid-sip, coupled with some green apple and phenol flavor. Overall, this is less sweet than the U.S. brewed version.

This body is rather light and aggressively carbonated, more so than the U.S. brewed version. A very pleasant and highly drinkable saison.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy and golden with a big rocky head that lingers the entire time. Excellent lacing.

S: A little lemony and spicy. Some funky notes in there. Seems promising.

T: Bitter and spicy. Part of me wants more, but the other part of me finds it quite enjoyable. Finishes nice and dry, as it should.

M: Light body and highly carbonated, exactly as it should be.

D: Very nice beer and very drinkable.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale goldfish yellow with pillowy white three finger head that leaves behind a great deal of lacing. Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass giving the head excellent retention.
S: Hops and grain with citrus and coriander. Orange hints are detected.
T: Tastes like its aromas. Refreshing on the palate.
M: Thin, light-bodied and very refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. Moderate carbonation with crisp finish.
O: Extremely drinkable and definitely a beer I would enjoy again.

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Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold in color. Massive rocky white that coats the tulip with a sticky web of lacing.

Lemon, grass, coriander, green apple, and earthy hop aromas.

Starts sweet with lemon zest, that moves into carmel malty flavors then grassy, earthy and spicy hop flavors. Finishes dry with green apple flavors. Nice clean medium bitterness.

Overall a very good Saison, probably the best American version that I have tasted. Prickly mouthfeel that scrubs the tongue. Very digestable. Paired with Cypress Grove's Herbed Chevre .

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is my 1st. saison, i'm amazed at how close to a Belgian strong pale ale this style is ; pours a slightly cloudy pale golden colour w/ a decent, fluffy, white head which falls a bit too quickly but leaves a good bridge-like lacing in my snifter ; a sour, malty smell w/ a touch of hops, and some banana-like alcoholic fruitieness in the nose ; a full, crisp, pilsener-like malt flavor w/ a small amount of hops, a bit sour w/ some fruity esters and an aftertaste similar to a buttery Czech yeast profile ; amazingly light , especially for a 7.7 ABV, a bubbly one, too ; an awesome beer, i'll keep this one on hand at all times....

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Tops Liquor near ASU in Tempe.

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a freshness date into a stemless red wine glass. Left yeast sediment in the bottle.

Pours an hazy unfiltered gold color with a nice rocky head. The glass I poured it in is great for capturing the scent but hurts lacing, so I won't penalize it for that.

Very interesting smell. I'm new to this style but at first sniff I thought bananas like Hefeweizen. But it has an spicy sort of smell as well.

Taste is fruity and peppery at the same time. Bananas, lemons, and spice. Dry finish and makes my mouth pucker a little.

Mouthfeel is carbonated though I couldn't see the bubbles. Prickly on the tongue and a little bit acidy.

Drinkability is good. I could have several of these. They are very refreshing.

Overall, this was a real treat. It was cool to try a new style and I really liked it.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: BIG, fluffy white head that is thick and foamy. Golden pale yellow in color-opaque. Good lacing throughout.
S: Complex-spicy, tart fruit, yeast, earth, some lemon peel and spiced tart fruit. Some faint floral scents.
T: Wow. Smooth. Spiced tart fruit, yeasty and earthy notes with a touch of green hops in the background. Also, some lemon peel present as well as other tart fruits, and a slight alcohol presence. Lush flavors that are complex, tart fruit and spicy with yeast and earth notes.
MF: Medium and lush with a dry yet smooth finish.
Overall: A great beer-great flavor and lush. Definately worth a try and worthy of a permanent place in my fridge. Bumped it's way into the realm of my favorites. Excellent rendition of an (sadly) obscure style.

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