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
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#1,555
Reviews:
2,196
Ratings:
6,072
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Photo of nitter
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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 drseamus
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Jake at Ommegang for this bottle.

Slightly cloudy straw colored body with a massive white head. Tons of visible carbonation. Good wheaty body with lemon notes. There is a good bit of spice throughout including cloves. The body is pretty chewy and medium to heavy bodied. Nice feel on the mouth, very smooth. Pretty decent, a bit spicier than I like, but not bad at all.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle (with new label) into a Hennepin tulip glass.

A: A light golden color with some haze to it. Head is big and frothy and pure white. Glass lacing is terrific and lasts.

S: Yeasty smell with a large dose of fruit and spice. Nice smelling beer.

T: Fruit forward with orange, lemon, pear, apple and some green grape. The yeast and spice creep in with some pepper, clove, coriander and even a little funk. Some biscuit malt is mixed in but the beer stays mostly dry with some slight tart to it and some nice hops. Bitterness combines with the yeast and adds herbal and floral hop notes and the finish stays smooth and bone dry with a little lingering bitterness. Fantastic flavors going on here.

M: Dry, very dry, alcohol is well hidden, slightly bitter and a nice lasting medium to full mouthfeel.

O: An outstanding Saison, maybe the best one brewed in the US. If you like yeast and fruit and spice but in a hoppy dry beer, this one is for you. Fantastic.

I'm not the hugest Saison fan, but this beer is fantastic. So very drinkable and enjoyable, just watch out for the abv, it can hurt you. Excellent.

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Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Corked and caged 750ml...and for only $3.99 up in Boston! I would probably have paid double that down here in PA.

Had I not known what I was drinking, I might have thought this beer was straight from Belgium. A thick pillowy snow-white head sits atop this light golden elixir. The first sips are dry and a tad smoky... as it warms the flavors and complexity emerge. Clove and banana complement the sticky yeast and subtle hops, and there is an odd yet enjoyable sweetness to it as well. I have not had many of this style, but I know this to be a delightful brew. Very light considering the complexity. The alcohol is hidden well. A tasty brew...I'm awaiting the other Ommegang beers that are in my fridge!

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Photo of kbub6f
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge, almost white, egg-whitey head reduces to rolling, dense hills of foam. Thick, foamy, clumps of lacing line the inside of the glass. The beer is a hazy peach-gold with superfine, extreme carbonation.

The nose is apples, fruit, spice and yeast; bubblegum and a little paint. The front is bubblegummy and spicy; the full, thick middle is apples, caramel and buttery smooth. The finish is dry, flowery, bitter with noticeable alcohol. The taste continues to change after swallowing: the aftertaste is bready and turns sweet.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer: fruity, spicy, flowery bitter. I love the complexity and the way it develops, even in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.04/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served on-tap at Mellow Mushroom - Tuscaloosa, AL - into a pint glass

Pours a straw yellow color that is fairly indicative of the style. 1.5 fingers of dense, white head stuck around for most of the drinking session. Lacing was adequate. Problem is that most examples of the Saison style (and I've had a lot of them) look pretty awesome. So, when rating to style, this impressive looking beer is actually pretty average amongst its peers.

Not a lot going on in the nose. It doesn't smell like an elite Saison. It doesn't even smell like a good Saison. It is all banana and spice and airy biscuit malt. Lots of banana, actually. No funk or phenol or sourness or hoppiness to speak of. If this were given to me in a blind tasting then I would emphatically call "bullshit" on its aroma.

I would call "bullshit" on its taste, too. This does not taste like a good Saison beer. It is dominated by banana esters. There is some minute funk flavor and a bit of generic malt flavor to inform the banana but that's it. This beer is pretty accessible for what it is. It just isn't a good example of the Saison style.

Solid mouthfeel on the beer, though. It strikes a good balance between the prickly carbonation and having a body size conducive to carrying the flavors that it wants to present. Drinkability suffers from 1.) not being a good example of the style, and 2.) having a large (for the style) ABV%.

Saison is my favorite style of beer. I am very passionate about it. So take this review with a grain of salt; I am a Saison nerd. I haven't tasted Hennepin for a few years until tonight, yet it is just as poor as I remember it being. I can't understand how people think this is a good Saison. if you like this beer then I implore you to check out better examples of the style.

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Photo of sleazo
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greenpoint Deli has the whole Ommegang ouevre so I am going through it.

A-A meringue like cloud with peaks and valleys tops a semi clear dark golden liquid. There is a steady stream of bubbles replenishes this beauty of a head. The head here truly is a work of art.

S-a musky sweetness with some banana and clove like flavours going on. The smell as a whole is subdued slightly and I have had Saisons that smell a bit stronger. However this is a good smelling brew.

D-The fluffy head hits your senses as you inhale which gets those scents to meld very nicely with the taste. It is slightly sweet with those same banana/clove flavours a slight bitterness and a slight funky acidity. The farmhouse taste that I have detected in stronger versions is there but muted. Still this is pretty tasty. The hops are there as a bitterness but I can't detect them in the aroma or flavour.

M-Slightly thick with less carbonation than I expected due to the steady stream of bubbles. Still for what the beer tastes like the mouthfeel does a goodjob of getting the flavours to linger in the mouth. the wonderful head also helps too.

D-Not the best Saison I have ever had as I could go with a little more musky farmhouse taste. By farmhouse I mean what others call horseblanket, but I have never rode a horse no less tasted their blanket. So I take it to be that musty funk I have detected in others. I take this to be more of a combo Tripel/Saison type of beer. Still this is one heck of a beer and since it is in state for me costs half of what the imports cost. Will buy again.

Edit-At the end of the bottle i decided to pour the yeast in unlike what the bottle recommends. I have a smaller chalice so i get three glasses out of a 750 so the first two were sans yeast and the third included it. The yeast adds the funk i was looking for. The bottle says dont pour it in, which i think works for half the beer

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork popped off with a tremendous - almost dangerous - pressure.

Nose:
A sweet-smelling malt dominates the aroma bright and toasty. Lots of secondary dark sugary roasted tones. A mild funky tartness rounds out the malt with herbal and earthy notes.

Look:
Medium gold with deep straw hues, fair clarity, moderately large head with less than moderately low retention.

Flavor:
Attack is fairly clean and flavored lightly behind the tart, bitter, alcoholic body. When my palate adjusts, I get mild sweetness and maltiness along with various earthy, grassy, and slightly musty flavors. The volume of sensations grows like that of a string quartet - starting soft and with the least of energy.

A little alcohol flavor joins in and the heat is turned up. Musty melon flavors, leaves, hints of strawberry, banana, citrus, (what I take to be) wet blanket, and mild barnyard all vie for attention with restrained whispers.

The Verdict:
A light/subtle brew that is better experienced carefully and with great thought. No wild exciting flavors here, just relaxed summer evening contentment.

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

Finally got around to picking this one up. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Slightly cloudy, yellow color. The pour created a big three finger head that left some nice lace.

A: Belgian yeast, orange, lemon, light spice, and grass. I thought the nose was a little light overall.

T: Pretty straightforward. Lemon, grass, pepper, and orange. The belgian yeast imparts it's traditional notes. I don't think this is very complex, but it's nice nonetheless.

M: Light body, aggressive carbonation.

O: I was slightly let down by this one. But that doesn't mean it was a bad brew, infact, it was very good. I guess I was expecting a little more complexity and a little more originality. But still good, and worth the try. Skal.

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mlefebvre7
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of stealth
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of e30todamax
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Walkerjgt
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of udubdawg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of JakeDebus
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cbl2
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

9/18/2005 $4.49 750 mL 7.70% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a clear pale gold with coarse carbonation that yields roughly a quarter inch of thin white head in my chalice.

Aroma:

Green pepper mixed with an abundance of black pepper mask a somewhat malty background.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Very peppery, with coarse carbonation, and an overabundance of carbonation. My second saison this weekend, and while I enjoy this more than the Fantome, this ain't my cup of tea. Bitter, unappealing, and even though cheap, not worth it.

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Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold an expanding, healthy head - great beading and lacing.

The nose is stuffed with ester, banana, some vanilla, quite floral.

It's very soft on the tongue. The yeast notes are apparent but soft... clove, a touch of booze, sweet grain. Good stuff.

Very easy going down - pairs perfectly with a shrimp scampi. Would highly recommend.

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Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,072 ratings