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:
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

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Photo of Epicedion
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

A: A golden glow, as if from some inner light. It pours with a poofy head that settles down to a thin coating after a long while.

S: Spicy. A little musty, but that gives way to bright and sharp very quickly.

T: The beer is immediately sweet, spicy, and bitter. It all hits the palate at the same time and then fights it out through the finish. This beer is like a train wreck of great flavors, all smashing together with wonderful results. The finish is long, with sweet giving way to bitter giving way to spicy, finally giving way to a lightly sour lemon flavor.

M: Prickly carbonation that lasts all the way to the end, combined with a medium-bodied beer makes this a perfect mouthfeel.

D: This beer is perfect for drinking while cooking on the grill in the middle of summer after mowing the lawn and playing fetch with the dog. It's perfect for drinking on a cool night. The alcohol content is low enough to make this a beer you can sip all night, and everything about it is enough to make you want to sip it all night.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of an Ommegang holiday three pack, with Three Philosophers and Chocolate Indulgence.

Poured from the champagne style bottle into a Duvel glass. Poured cloudy light yellow with immense white foam. Minutes, not seconds, for it to disipate. Lots of lacing.

Sweet candy smell. Some citrus. Buried yeast scent.

Al lovely light balanced and refreshing taste. Complex and fruity. Some bitterness, but merely a speed bump. Ever so slight alcohol.

Medium carbonation. rolls prefectly through.

Outstanding. Very drinkable. A must have. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.

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Photo of babywhooper
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into Duvel chalice...

A - Beer pours a very deep yelllow, almost opaque, with a hint of orange to it. The head is very nice as well. About two fingers, and very sticky. The beer looks great.

S - Very aromatic beer. I get a lot of citrus and a little banana, as the poster below me said. Get a sort of "sour" or tangy hint in the smell, but not in a bad way.

T - Very subtle fruit or citrus taste, contrasting the smell, but the taste gives a lot of spice. Also a sour taste to the beer, but I think that only enhances the back end of the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth. Very easy to go down as well.

D - While this beer is 7.7% abv, it does go down rather effortlessly. But, I think the spiciness can become overwhelming after a few. Even so, this is a beer that can definitely call for more than one round.

This is an excellent beer, and deserves all the high praise it receives. Looks great, and exceptionally tasty. A great Saison ale.

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Photo of cratez
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from ABC Fine Wines & Liquors in Daytona Beach, FL. Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.

A: cloudy yellow-orange with a golden/amber tinge, two fingers of bubbly white froth, and globs of lacing on the shaker (wrong glassware, I know).
S & T: yeasty and nutty aromas, strong citrus and lemon flavours, fruity tanginess, a little sour. This lacks the brett elements of a traditional saison, but it's a delicious beer nonetheless.
M: huge peppery spiciness in the body, super tart and dry finish. Packs an impressive, refreshing bite. Very good.
D: goes down like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. This drinks way too easy for a 7.7% brew. Maybe it's the 30+ degree weather in Daytona? Either way, Hennepin is a satisfying Belgian-style ale. Worth a shot.

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Photo of beersheppard
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: vibrant golden color with a very nice pillowy white head that hangs around a while.

Smell: malt, yeasty, clove, banana

Taste: banana, clove, citrus, in particular lemon, a bit yeasty

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, nice white head gives it a creamy feel throughout.

Drinkability: perfect for a warm summer day but I probably could drink this beer all year long, well constructed.

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

First pour of the bottle is clear gold with an ample head that lasts, leaving considerable lacing. On the second pour, I kept most of the sediment in the bottle, but it looks a little cloudier.

Spicy aroma with notes of straw, sweet corn, ginger, coriander, fruit, and sugar.

Tastes of sweet malt and fruit--especially pineapple maybe some banana, and spicy with notes of ginger, clove, coriander. A saison with a tripel structure, more Belgian than French. Not pronounced hoppy.

Medium in body with good carbonation makes this really creamy, and while on the sweet side, it finishes light and dry.

This is one of my favorite saisons and I drink it regularly. Interesting flavors and moderate alcohol level does the trick for me. Never have a problem finishing a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of markb33
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this on tap and from a 750 mL bottle. Unfortunately for the review I'm using the 750 poured into goblet.

A--Pours a golden hue with a bit of yeasty haze. Big fluffy full white head that slowly diminishes to a thick sticky lace.

S--Tangy honey scent at the nose with a peppery phenolic kick.

T--Very winey honey taste at the start with a nice acidic nose. The finish has some floral notes with hints of pepper, grass, citrus, and earth. Beautifully complex.

M--Medium bodied with perfect carbonation which complements the acidic bite in the taste.

D--7.7% so not a session beer, but I could drink this all day. Just perfect anytime of year. I could also see it as a great food pairing.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a very robust golden color with a great sized head.
S: Nice full grainy scent with a good body.
T: Nice full flavor of malt and hops with almost a fruity banana finish. Very grainy but very tasty.
D/M: Good carbonation, tickles the tongue. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of kbanks13
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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Photo of Kaiser777
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The foam was thick and white, and the beer is a golden cloudy yellow with a ton of little bubbles that float the top to the thick white foam.

S- A very strong fragrance of the finest Belgian hops.

T- Can not resist to taste the Belgian style it is, very delicious with a banana after taste that settles on the taste buds the way a Belgian style should.

MF- Thick and delicious that settles in the mouth very well and leaves an awesome banana after taste.

D- All I can say is I could drink quit a few of these, cause Belgian style beers is my 2nd favorite type of beer, cheers to all my New Yorkers who brews such a wonderful Belgian style beer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sedate, murky yellow-orange into an oversized wine glass. A fluffy, off-white head hesitates for a few seconds and expeditiously fades with some rolling hills of lace left sticking to the glass.

Has an aromatically pleasing and promising mix of lemon, candy sweetness, dacetyls and spice. Slight notes of grass and musty Belgian yeasts follow at the end. Tastes lemony, sweet and spicy with a citrus hop wrapping and a butterscotch and sourdough middle.

Goes down creamy at first but becomes a bit more crisp with time. Has a medium body and an alcohol heat that becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

Good outing from one of America's most consistent breweries.

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Photo of hawks10
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Ommegang flute...

Pours a hazy golden yellow with three fingers of pillowy, fluffy soft white head which takes forever to dissipate. A bunch of lacing is left all down the glass as is a bit of white haze on top of the beer for the whole drink...

Initially I pick up on some spices and clove in the nose, turns a bit sweeter, banana and and apple...nice amount of funk and earthy hop aroma balances things out and adds some nice complexity...

Starts off with a bit of sweetness, just a hint of banana with a tiny bit of tartness from some lemon zest...becomes somewhat musty, earthy and dry...decent amount of floral hops balances out what is a pretty clean and crisp saison...

Medium bodied, with good carbonation...feels pretty light on the palette and finishes crisp and refreshing...

Very good saison, nothing too out there in the flavor department, just a well flavored, balanced and easy drinking saison...

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Russian River stem.

A: Hennepin pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head that settles slowly, and has very good lacing. Carbonation rises from the bottom vigorously.

S: Has some funk, but is overpowered with biscuity, honeyed malt notes. Floral, fruity tones linger, with hints of banana and citrus.

T: Flavors are complex, with notes of biscuity malt, banana, and lemon peel. Grassy, floral hop notes lend the beer a dry, fruity finish. Yeast plays a part in the flavor, imparting hints of more fruit and just a touch of funk.

M: Light bodied, yet has enough comlexity to give the beer a long finish. Slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: For an American interpretation of a Saison, Hennepin is probably the best and most drinkable of any I have tried to this day. An excellent beer and a benchmark of the style.

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Photo of bsp77
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia chalice.

Appearance: Pale orange-yellow with a very nice cap of white foam and a little lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove, noble hops, and dry pale malts that are tart and almost hay-like.

Taste: Some barely sweet banana and fleshy fruit before seriously drying out with cloves, pepper, tart malts and noble hops.

Feel: High carbonation, medium-light body, ridiculously dry finish. Has that champagne feel of a good Saison.

Drinkability: Complex and refreshing - one of the ultimate summer beers.

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

I had this on tap at the Mt Hope brewfest -served chilled in a taster, had a few to enjoy over the coarse of the afternoon while strolling around

A - A mildly hazed golden similar to apple juice or pear nectar w/ 2 fingers of cream that is snow white. The lace clings in a film and the bead is tiny

S - A smell the reminds of fresh ripe pear and some granny smith/golden apple notes w/ slight funky and earthy vegetal aroma w/ mild spicy herbal hop and a mild sweet aroma from the malt which is accented by more yeast which has a light white grape odor. The fragrant brew has plenty of complexity

M - I like how the feel has some tartness and light earthy peppery qualities and still has enough fruit and mild sweetness to comje off as refreshing with a high level of carbonation and mild tart almost lemony sour aspects. The finish is dry and light toasted in texture

T - The flavor of Hennepin is smooth, and brisk w/ light fruitiness and lots of yeast tartness which brings to mind grapeskin, lemon peel and the malt has a light toasted grain note w/ mild spice again from the yeast and slight alcohol influence. There is a mellow astringent note and hint of pear and hop in the finish which has a refreshing dry taste

D - I enjoy this beer a bit more in the bottle but this was great on a warm spring day - it was made for it with crisp full flavor and I was sincerely glad I got to try it again on tap

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

750 ml bottle poured into a Riedel stemless white wine glass.

Hazy yellow-gold with a chunky head which almost pulled away from the sides of the glass and became like a white mountainous island in the center. Bitter orange and crystalized ginger on the nose with a small amounts of barnyard going on.

Flavors are dominated by citrus sweet and sour, however my first reaction was something distinctly Caribbean.For me this can typically mean spiced rum or coconuts but after a bit more exploration I realized it was a very noticable plantain flavor. Keeping with the Caribbean theme (which is very subtle)there is a creaminess which combined with the pineapple flavor reminds me of a classic pina colada. Despite the appearance of a creamy texture there is a Champagne-like sharpness which makes this Saison extremely dry and refreshing.

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

Reviewed from notes on 5/7/10. Damn, I need to get off my butt and get the internet in my new place. I believe this is my first Saison.

A: Pours the color of a golden raisin into my snifter. The head is an impressive, foamy, 2.5 fingers, is colored off-white and has excellent retention. The lacing is clingy and pleasing to the eye. Copious small bubbles rush in straight lines from the bottom of the glass upward.

S: Fruity and spicy. Concord grape, pear, golden apple and raisin aromas mix with clove and peper to establish a deliciously enticing primer for my mouth. I also detect some spicy and earth hop character as well.

T: A tartness bordering on sour that I did not encounter in the smell is the driving force in the flavor. A lot of clove flavor is also prevalent; this perhaps overbalances the the crisp fruit flavors that I enjoyed in the smell. There is a fine malt to hop balance. I can pinpoint the golden malt carrying the beer after the tart fruit and clove flavors settle, followed by the bittering hops taking the lead and leaving a dry and spicy residue on my tongue.

M: Hennepin is so crisp and refreshing to my mouth, and at the same time it has a pretty creamy and full body. I would adore this beer on a 95 degree, dry Napa Valley day. This beer makes me wish that I had been sufficiently turned on to the craft beer scene when I lived there, because I can taste this in my mouth when I reminisce about sitting on the back porch overlooking a vineyard.

D: This is extremely drinkable. I would certainly have another and will make a point to seek this out when it is as hot as the Devil's Oven in the middle of the Michigan summer. This beer makes me excited to try many more Saisons.

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Photo of elricorico
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes: Hazy yellow-gold with a finger of off-white head. Head falls to a thin cap and leaves some lacing as I drink.

Aromas of melon and citrus. Some flowery yeastiness. Very faint funk. Altogether pleasant, not overdone. I'd actually like the aroma as an air freshener.

Lots of light fruit flavours to taste, melon and citrus again. Quite a bit of floweriness to the hops. Solid impression of lemon right in the middle. Good balance. Touch of funky yeast, just to remind you of the style. Very tasty.

Body is light and bubbly, it works well for the style. This beer couldn't be any more drinkable. Fantastic.

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Photo of PapaGemutlich
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will not be bullied into liking this.

It's fine. I poured from a chilled 750 ml into a pint glass. The pour was lively, color wheat gold, and the head a solid, persistent white. Good quality aromatic hops impart a clean straw bouquet.

Drinking, though, seemed off balance to me. The high alcohol and phenols seemed over-assertive, out of balance with what should be a bright, summertime quaff.

This is my first from Brewery Ommegang. They clearly know their stuff, and I look forward to other items from their portfolio, but I don't think I'll get this one again.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow, somewhat cloudy with a nice creamy head.

S: Immediate sour apple smell that turns sweet and bready with a nice woody finish.

T: Traditional farmhouse flavor with a lot of spice and a sweet banana finish. Somewhat liquory flavor that is balanced by a grainy sweetness.

M: Real nice and light on the palate, dry and bubbly.

D: Smooth and easy to drink. Nice warm-weather beer. If it weren't for the somewhat high (in my opinion) ABV, I could drink these all day.

No complaints here!

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of this beer is a lovely cloudy yellow-orange. A half finger white head simmers down to a splotchy topping with evidence of bubbly carbonation. The lacing is nice, but not the best I've seen.

There is a definite skunk funk in the scent. Lemon and orange citrus shine through the skunk. There is also a sense of wheat in the smell.

A slight fruity note starts out the taste which gives way to a heavy dose of yeasty malts. The aftertaste is a bit buttery and pairs with some sourness.

There is plenty of carbonation and light mouthfeel. The finish is very clean and leaves me ready for more.

This is very very drinkable. I enjoy the refreshing aspect of this beer. It is one to be enjoyed on the porch during a 75 degree day in spring.

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Photo of rawthar
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good ole Hennepin, one of my wife's favorites.

A- Comes up a sunshiney golden straw, cloudy with robust carbonation, and a hardy white head.

S- Has that farmhouse funky sweet and sour, with tart apples and hints of black cherry and cranberry, and a bit of burnt wood. As complex as any RIS, yet in a much different way.

T- A lot of throaty flavors that follow the nose, with an almost creamy backbone. Sweet, and very citrusy, very refreshing, and very bold.

M- Light but sharply carbonated.

D- A great one to drink when drinking more than one on the hot, dry days of summer. A true outdoorsman.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet.

A: Hazy, pale gold with copious carbonation and a big head -- about two fingers worth. Impressive retention. Good lacing.

S: Smells strongly of wheat and less strongly of light fruits...maybe apricot? Faint spice.

T: Oh. Wow. One of the spiciest beers I've ever reviewed. I'm going to need a little while to figure this one out. Let's see...Black pepper. Cloves. Carbonation. After a few sips, strong citrus notes emerge. Late into the flavour I detect some nuttiness which disappears after I swallow. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, slightly grassy, mildly pleasant.

M: It's a bit of a kick at first, but moderates into a gentler, medium light mouthfeel.

D: The alcohol isn't hidden as well as I anticipated and the sheer complexity of this beer makes it almost a chore to drink. A very enjoyable chore, but enough work that I think one bottle will tide me over for a while.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow in color. Pours with about 1/2 - 3/4" if foamy white head. Little retention (but not expected, either). Decent lacing. Visibly active carbonation.

S: Crisp lemon notes and, to a lesser extent, banana and clove.

T: Lightly toasted grainy malts followed by a spry lemon flavor. Light background notes of spice, fruit (apples, pears), and banana. Some grassy hops on the finish. A little sweet.

M: Light in body with very active carbonation. Dances on the tongue.

D: Good. Makes an excellent pairing with food: light enough to not clash with the food, but crisp enough to clean the palate.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Corner Tavern in L5P in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of medium fruits - green apples and pears - backed by light malts and large amounts of peppery spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sweet green apple and lighter pear and apricot flavors. Midway through the sip peppery spices make an appearance, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending, leaving grassy notes lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall there's nothing exceptional about this beer except how well all the flavors complement each other. A quintessential saison done by a great US brewery, well worth a shot.

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