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
Ranking:
#1,581
Reviews:
2,196
Ratings:
6,073
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
377
Gots:
1,091
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 6,073 |  Reviews: 2,196
Photo of steveh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hwwty4
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750 into a Chimay chalice (3 pours). Pours a hazy golden color with a huge bright white head that has left no lacing down the glass. The aroma is amazing. This beer has more distant aromas then any other I've had. There is Nutmeg, coriander, earth, yeast, bread, and a plethora of others that I just can't name yet because my nose isn’t refined enough yet. I definitely need to return to this beer later. Taste is spicy, lots of nutmeg along with cinnamon and allspice with an earthly, alkaline taste to boot. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of carbonation. An oily residue coats your mouth with this earthy goodness. Great beer.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was poured out of a 12 ounce bottle. Served cool.

The body is Lemondrop yellow with a very thick White head

Smells like cloves and hay

Very herbal taste somewhat bitter, cloves and medicinal herbs. Very slight boozy finish

Well carbonated

This is a very nice. I would certainly have again

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Photo of Unchi
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattymystique
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Chaz
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Koningshoeven chalice. Pours a golden straw in color, with a slight amount of chill-haze. Solid, densely-packed white head of good duration and with fine lacing, a full finger easily. The nose here is worth the price of admission, with the rare spiciness of the yeast verily prickling at the nasal passages, inviting wet horseblankets and dull fruity malt components up for drinks in the wee hours. Better than I remember in this regard. Equal parts tangy and sweet on the first sip, coating the tongue and promoting a sense of degustation; where's that sampler platter at? Pale malts sing the high notes in the background as the middle is cajoled through the wheaty-meaty bits, and the zest of the yeast parying a bit in the foreground, but not quite asI remembered from my last go-round some years back. Dry around the finish and with enough hop aromatics to make you notice them, but even for the stylistic interpretation that is Hennepin this is a rather tame component. Not a small beer by any means, it drinks so easily you'll forget where you left your car keys if you're not lucky. Some lemon rind peaking through here and there, but nothing to be overly offended by, and in the end this feels a bit tame overall. Still, this is the first time I've had it on draught, and seeing as how it's back it won't be the last. I look forward to another go . . .

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Photo of stomioka
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bsm80x
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of gutbuster
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of FightinIrish88
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of csmrx7
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is an excellent example of a traditional saison.

Pours golden yellow with a puffy head.

Nose is full of sweet esters and yeast, with hints of light malt.

The taste follows the nose closely with a touch of apple which dissipates as it warms, and truely comes into its own.

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Photo of RobDB
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of beerme626
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Thousands of bubbles rush to the surface like so many helium balloons. Pours a straw gold with an impermeable haziness and a champagne style head with great foaminess.

S - Has a freshness which reminds me of a Hefeweizen; I think particularly due to the coriander and orange peel which are mentioned on the label. Man, this beers smells so good; sweet and yeasty.

T - Has a very homespun taste; I get herbs, crisp citrus, yeast and wheat with a nip of hops just before it washes down the throat. I’ve never had a homebrew, but this is sort of how I can imagine a homebrewed Belgian wheat ale (which didn’t quite go to plan in terms of carbonation and complexity) tasting. Pleasant but not top stuff.

M - Unusually I found this a little wanting in terms of carbonation, although this may be true to style. Continues the homely feel from before, I find myself wanting to describe the mouthfeel as ‘cozy’ if that makes any sense. The beer just seems to envelop your tongue with a blanket of gentle bubbles spun from medium-weight fabric.

O - My first saison, and certainly a style I will continue to explore off the back of this experience. While 7.7% abv isn’t super high, it’s a good fraction higher than your average beer, and this beer carries the load with no stoop in its shoulders, a trait I must always commend. If this serves as an exemplar for saisons, then for me that means I ought expect a sort of musty, wheaty Belgian ale with a casual attitude towards carbonation. If this beer were cheaper it would be highly sessionable, but as it stands, while enjoyable, I probably wouldn’t pay $10 for a bomber again when I can get my hands on top notch Belgians, Weizenbocks and Hefeweizens for less.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4-pack of this after a recent beer-rut. It's a great example of this style, and one that I would recommend to anyone needing something to excite their taste buds again. The pour was good - a nice, golden/oragnge body, with a thick, 1.5-inch head. Smell was citrusy, sweet, and of yeast and clove. Taste echoed that, with more pronounced yeast notes and a sweeter finish. I could drink several of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of moodyxc9
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

A hazy lemony gold with lots o' head...Granny Smith's green apples and apricot jam in the aroma, and I pick these in the flavor, as well as the peppery note mention on the bottle. Dry feel, full carbonation, and medium body. Nice brew.

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Photo of durwood64
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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 July2Nov
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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