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
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#1,549
Reviews:
2,194
Ratings:
6,067
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Ratings: 6,067 |  Reviews: 2,194
Photo of jhoban19
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cork and cage, poured 12 oz at a time into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: clear golden color with fluffy eggshell white foam, about 1 fingers worth. settles into a decent ring with full surface coverage and good lacing. constant stream of effervescent bubbles throughout the entire pint. the second 12 ounce pour yielded a considerably more luxurious foam- at least 3 fingers worth - and really held up well. also becoming a bit hazier as I near the bottom of the bottle (must be the sediment creeping into each subsequent pour).

S: initial aromas are of familiar Belgian yeast, biscuit-like, giving way to some tart green apple and floral hops as it warms. getting a subtle hint of golden raisins as well.

T: lemon and honey, with a pleasant green apple tartness on the finish. subtle hops spiciness kicks in as the liquid moves along the tongue. each sip also brings various hints of fruits that I can't quite put a finger on- some raisons and a random taste of over-ripe banana. the biscuit malt really steps forward as it warms.

M: medium bodied with wonderfully fizzy carbonation. smooth and crisp on the tongue and in the throat. a pleasant tingle lingers on the roof of the mouth. the honey and lemon really lingers throughout each sip.

D: this is what I expect from a Saison. excellent balance of tartness, floral and spicy hops (haven't experienced that before, hope I'm not misinterpreting something), and biscuity malt. this beer looks good, smells good, tastes good and has a very pleasant mouthfeel. Brewery Ommegang does it again.

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

A- pours a golden wheat color with a great 3-finger frothy head. lots of carbonation and good lacing throughout. nice looking bear

S- lots of notes on the nose: floral bouquet, sugars, fruits, raisin, biscuit with a good amount of yeast. hint of alcohol is there as well.

T- much the same as the smells- sweet and biscuity on the front. lemon and honey with a dry alcohol aftertaste that lingers even longer as the ale warms. reminds me quite a bit of a belgian tripel.

M- medium to light body with lots of carbonation. crisp in the palate

D- kept waiting for the catch but there isn't one. this is a really good beer. could drink one every night and not tire of it for a long time. looking forward to picking up a sixer and letting them age for 6-12 months.

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

Just poured this from one of the 750ml bottles. It has a nice and soft golden yellow color with a strong head that slowly dissipates as it sits in the glass. Upon the first sniff I get a slight, slight malt fragrance accompanied with citrus. When drinking while smelling there is a strong hoppy aroma as well as a nice hoppy and carbonated dance on the tongue. As it goes down the hatch, I get a crisp, burst of citrus followed by a final goodbye of hoppiness. The taste left in the mouth is a battle between hops and citrus, with the victor eventually being the citrus. Indeed it should be served a tad bit out of the fridge as I think it helps battle the strong carbonation. But my goodness is this beer smooth, delicious and oh so good to the last drop. Hennepin, we will be seeing each other soon.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw yellow in color, clear, 1/3 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: apple, malt, and wet grass

Taste: bread, pear, honey, yeast, alcohol, and hay. The taste has elements of Slovak Christmas bread.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, moderately sweet, dry medium light bodied

Drinkability: Very tasty. By far my favorite in the style that I have tried so far. I like the hay taste without the big bitter taste. I will be having this again.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sniffer glass. Very light in color. Pretty clear, with a nice size white head. Head lasts nearly the entire duration of drinking the beer. Leaves long lasting lacing too.
The aroma is near perfect for what it is. Smells very fruity...sweet, not boozy at all.
Tastes are consistent with a couple different fruits. I pick up a little grapefruit specifically. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of TommyW
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Blonde body with a constant stream of tiny bubble coming up through. Big pillowy, white head.

S- Some musty grain with notes of spice and yeast.

T- Slight fruity sweetness upfront, the orange and lemony fruitness then blend right into a more moderate tart taste mixed into the overall earthiness. There are some touches of spice and yeast in there too. The finish is dry.

M- Slick feel, clean finish and an aggressive carbonation.

D- My first saison, and I love it. It's just perfect to sip on, but I really like pairing it with food. I tried it with some Humbolt Fog (an aged goat's-milk cheese) and it was just superb.

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Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty, lightly spicey beer, light yet solid in character and feel.

Faintly hazy pale straw, it has a huge, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin, rocky foam and leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is light, fruity alcohol, grain, hints of banana, clove, yeast, dough.

The taste starts slightly shrp and acidic, but this quickly settles down into a lightly alcoholic fruitiness with herbal-peppery-spicey bite, yeasty dough. The herb has a juniper quality along with otherwise leafiness and grassiness. There is a light earthy hint throughout. It has light sweetness balanced by the bitter-spicey-acidic bite so ends up rather dry, but not too dry. It's quite drinkable and, though a bit thin, has some complexity and good balance while the character holds up well.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very light milky straw/lemon color. Rocky ivory-colored head w/ great retention and noteable Belgian lacing. nice looking beverage!

S - big bad Belgian nose on this bad boy. plenty of clove spice(reminds me of bubblegum)banana, apple and lemon pepper. musty and earthy bouquet of hops are also very prominent.

T - spicy and bitter with a musty and hay-ish flavor underlined by a yeast-earthy thing. quick hints of sweetness emerge about halfway through before things dry and clean up for the finish.

MF - medium sized body with a creamy feel. tons of explosive little bubbles that massage and tingle on the way down and make for a crisp palate scrubber of a beer.

D - this is the ultimate Belgian session beer. I could drink this all night!

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pale yellow color, thick white head, good head retention

Smell- sweet, yeast, malt

Taste- sweet fruits, spices, malt

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, smooth, very nice

Drinkability- This was really good. I enjoyed it a lot and will pick up more. I would drink it again.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This saison is a bit on the paler side than some, with a bit less orange in the hue than I initially expected. Head is a gorgeous lacy, rocky white. LOTS of carbonation. The effervescence complements the crisp, clean character of this ale very well.

Aroma is moderately hoppy, with a touch of spicy citrus.

Tastes of noble hops, with a moderate and pleasant bitterness, balanced well by a full maltiness. Slightly sweet in the finish. Very drinkable; I'd gladly enjoy two or three of these in a sitting, in spite of the ABV.

Overall, this is a very balanced and drinkable ale. Definitely one of my favorite American interpretations of a Belgian style, and I'd also say this is one of my favorite saisons -- regardless of origin. I recommend this to anyone looking for an affordable crisp, tasty pale ale with more character than the typical golden ale.

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

Poured into an oversize wine glass.

A - Pours a beautiful strong straw yellow with a nice 1 inch head. Hazey with some mild orange hues. Dense but with some bigger bubbles mixed in there. Slowly going down but very good retention. Nice lacing sticking to the sides.

S - Nice husky and grainy smell. Nice malts and very strong yeast smell. Mild sweetness maybe some honey. Spices.

T - Very clean earthy and grainy malt taste with a great yeast kick right after. Some mild clove sweetness that dissipates quickly. Some nice hop bite at the end.

M - light-medium with great CO2 intensity and balanced flavors. Great texture.

D - Refreshing with higher ABV.

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Photo of theghost3
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, slight hazy straw color with a 4-finger, frothy white head.

Smell is subtle--light fruits, yeast, honey, phenols and faint musty scents. The taste is a nice balance of sweet, light fruits such as pears & white grapes along with spices, yeast & a little earthiness in there. Mouthfeel is crisp & rather light.

This is a drinkable Farmhouse Ale. It's not as blatantly musty & earthy as I expect but it makes up for it in its nice fruit character.

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Photo of HiAIPA
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber or 750ml bottle (can't remember), this Saison poured a light yellow with enormous lacing. A fresh biscuity aroma hits the nose on this light yet potent saison. The typical Belg. flavor profile comes out with clove and banana - this reminds me less of a saison than of a basic ale. A decent drink, though I prefer some other saisons over this one.

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Photo of xfactor9600
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A plastic cup at Fall for Greenville (THink taste of ....)

A: Golden, with a thick head. Once again, I don't think I got the best pour from the festival worker in the Ommegang tent.

S: Citrus with some hits of pear or other similar fruit.

T. Just as it smelled, but at times almost a nectarine like taste. A surprising spicy bite to it.

M: Very light; some decent carbonation.

D: Drinkable to me at least as a sipper. This was my third beer of the festival, and noticed it took me much longer to get through this beer than the other two. I'll likely try this again in a more standard sitting and see how that goes.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Belgian style saison. Nice big foamy, fluffy head that leaves good lace. White grape juice, lots of lemon peel and golden apples with powerful coriander to back it up. Very tasty and drinkable at 8%. Fine example and a great bottle to put back on a hot day. Appreciated the spice. Very little sediment in this 750ml.

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

Poured this dirt and mold covered bottle into a hennepin glass. This is a bit of a departure from it non cave aged brethren. Its quite a bit more subtle and all of the flavors kind of meld together in a nice sequence of mouthfeel and flavor at the same time. It has wonderful looking floaties that look great when held up to the light. Has a more understated mouthfeel than the non cave aged version and is much more pleasant to drink. I may go to the brewery tomorrow to get some adoration ale, maybe I'll pick a few more of these up while I'm there

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Photo of Mavajo
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Nice white head that produces some great looking lacing. The head here is remiscient of Duvel - but not quite as prolific and doesn't retain quite as well.

Smell is citrusy with layers of apple/pear. Taste is similar, but there's also a spice at play. Gives a nice warming sensation. The apple/pear was pretty dominant to me. Left a bit of an aftertaste that I wasn't entirely thrilled with - but I believe it's just personal preference, so I won't mark it down because of that.

Light to medium body and very drinkable. I didn't drink it as quickly as I have some other brews, but I think you could sip this stuff all night. Very nice well rounded brew.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Poured into my SA perfect pint. Pours a golden amber color with two inches of big, billowy, frothy, white foam that is beginning to leave some amazing chunky lacing.

Smell - Spicy (clove), musty, funky (grass, straw), a bit of orange, and a malty backbone.

Taste - Very flavorful. Spicy, zesty, black pepper up front, with a nice citrus flavor (orange peel, lemon rind). Every sip has amazing flavor. [edit] Man this is funky!

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation that appears to be never ending and ends with a crisp dry finish.

Drinkability - Relatively drinkable for an almost 8% Saison. I can taste just a bit of the alcohol coming through the closer to room temperature this gets. A very enjoyable beer to have this find Friday evening.

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass...

A: Hazy, pale orange-copper with cumulus cloud-like white head that is long lasting and leaves some great lacing.

S: Yeasty, fruity (hints of grapes and bananna) spicy and mildly hoppy.

T: Mildly sour, yeasty, wheat, with a nice big (not in an overdone way) fruity middle and a dry finish with some mild alcohol...WOW...

M: Really nice, med/light and hella-drinkable...

D: As above, so it is below...look out, these would fly away...almost too universal in its appeal...HUGE crowd pleaser...

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Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not that familiar with this style and don't have a lot of other Saisons to compare to but as a beer it's actually very good. It's almost a little like a wheat beer without the banana aroma. Color is a light copper, carbonation is reasonable (not too high), flavor very light for the alcohol content and the mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Aroma is quite unique without being too overwhelming.

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

I'm a big fan of Belgians but this is the firt Saison I've had (or at least can remember). Similar spice and flavor of some of the other Belgians but more crisp and fresh. I will definitely explore other Saisons.

from 750ml bottle into tulip glass:

A- Pours beautifully; a hazy golden amber color. Frothy white head that builds quickly and sticks slightly on the way down.

S- Very fresh and spicy. First instinct is citrus, then the hints of dark fruits clove and banana linger.

T/M- Must admit I had higher expectations for taste based on the smell. Rush of carbonation. The citrus is there, along with some other fruits as it warms, such as fresh apple or pear. Some honey is there in the background. There is a tart after taste from the beginning, and you can feel the alcohol on the exhale.

D- Had the whole 750 and could ask for more. Maybe because I'm intrigued by this beer, or maybe I'm just enjoying the buzz.

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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 Briarscratch
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle. Big bold and beautiful. Golden, huge white sticky head. Lots of nucleation.

Smells a bit fruity with a little spiciness. Delicious. Tingles the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth drinkability is amazing. This shit is awesome. One of my first saison/farmhouse styles and I must say....Amazing! Please drink one. I could have reviewed this beer so much better but I'm a little too buzzed!

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Photo of cavedave
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a beautiful, cloudy, light golden with a massive snow white head of lasting foam. As it recedes coriolis ejections of fluff stick to the snifter.

Smell is a bright and full aroma of bread, belgian yeast, spice (clove? coriander?) and light fruit, perhaps peach or nectarine, bounded by a pleasant, slight sourness which balances it perfectly. Wonderful bouquet, the kind that invites the nose to stay upon the rim.

Before describing the first, and subsequent, sips, it is now two minutes after the pour and still there is one finger of lather-like foam atop this gem.

What a flavor, there is a lot going on here. It is 45 degrees and the taste is full of sweet and light bread, yeast, mellow tartness, bright spiciness, and earth, fruit, and herbal notes that round the sip into a complex delight that finishes semi-juicy and full of herb, earth, and light bitter. As it warms all the flavors become more assertive, but the balance improves. A marvelous, complex flavor, it tastes better now, from a supermarket bottle, than it did in a pour at the brewery.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, perhaps a bit overcarbonated, with a clean flavor hold that allows the taste to stay in the mouth in a pure form. Good job Ommegangmembers!

Drinkability is of a dangerous caliber, delicious, easy to drink, alcohol burn MIA. Warning flags are up on this one. It would not be problematic to finish this bomber before the end... ummmm, that was good... of this sentence.

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Photo of mikel52588
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a semi cloudy golden-yellow beer, with a ridiculous 4 finger length head, that ever so slowly dissipates. Its been 2 min and I still cant take a sip. Leaves a thick lacing.

Smell: The Belgian scent of cloves; citrus and semi-sweet.

Taste: Sweet; I taste the cloves and citrus right upfront, its pretty yeasty all the way through, but theres a slight kick of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, medium body, smooth, the aftertaste is bittersweet, which is not bad.

Drinkability: Pretty good, its pretty balanced, and drinks light for having almost 8% abv. Goes down smooth and tastes decent. Give this beer a try it wont disappoint.

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