Hennepin | Brewery Ommegang

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4.15/5
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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:
#1,587
Reviews:
2,196
Ratings:
6,074
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
376
Gots:
1,091
Trade:
3
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,074 |  Reviews: 2,196
Photo of PingBob
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of toddicus13
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like the mouthfeel. The spice isn't overwhelming. Cloudiest beer I've had in a while.

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Photo of Ksilver2
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akdo
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The body is gold and has a one-finger head which quickly recedes to a thin layer of white foam.

Smell: The nose offered notes of toned-down lemon juice. Expect no funky smell.

Taste: The palate matches the nose right off the glass like many North American Saisons. Then, it shifts quickly to notes of Belgian spices which are milder than those found in the back-end of a witbier. As a result of that, Hennepin is not aggressive on our tongue and is very drinkable.

Feel: Like any saison, be it from Belgium or North America, this beer is refreshing. Moreover, we do not feel a crispness that might blur the lines between a saison, a radler or a lemonade. This last detail is a plus.

Overall: This beer is a simple textbook North American saison. Although it is stylistically anonymous because of its simple notes of lemon on the front-end, its simplicity actually makes its charm. The only reservation I have with Hennepin as well as other North American saisons has to do with the head retention. Sure, the beer has a nice lacings, but it can't match other Belgian saisons, which mostly manage to keep a half-a-finger head during a tasting session. Despite this flaw, I would drink this very often during summer.

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Photo of Brew_Darrymore
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I really don't understand the hype about this saison. Not my personal preference. It is a bit too sour for me but has the typical Belgian peppery taste. It probably takes a while to develop a liking for it and I'm not there yet.

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

A - Hazy golden brew with mammoth fluffy head that leaves lacing all over the glass.

S - Tangy citrus aroma and very yeasty.

T - Crisp taste with lemon spice flavor.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

D - This is a very drinkable beer if you want a little more flavor and kick than the average summer drinking beer.

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Photo of mryuk
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a very light filtered pale yellow with several fingers of head.

smell is sour and fruit with light malts and almost no hops.

taste is certainly unique...i just don't find it to be in a good way. light and sour with no hops.

mouth is light with good carbonation.

very bland and boring for me and just does not taste very good.

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Photo of jbar920
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Poured into a wheat glass, while pouring it slowly the enormous three finger head went all the way to the top of the glass. It has a very nice light yellow color. Not very cloudy actually quite clear besides all the yeast sediment that was floating around. I read a few reviews and no one really mentioned this. I hope my bottle wasn't tainted. The smell is a very nice yeasty balance with some nice citrus to it. has a nice hopness aroma in it as well. Taste is an amazing acidic but nice citrus taste. has a good balance of bitter and sweetness to it. its very bubbly in your mouth so it is a nice warm feeling. As for drinkablility, i would say this beer would be best served on a warm day with a nice grilled burger. so it is highly drinkable, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of dapatte2
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of specialiste
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of rTheory
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kylefurlong
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Sheepdog6
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zstrue
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A better than average saison, but just barely.

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Photo of Abita45
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light bodied for it's style, with a pleasant wheat/yeast fragrance and a minimum head. It laced nicely on the glass, but the real substance to the beer was its nice combination of wheat, hops, and malt which made for a crisp taste while also giving it a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel.

I only had a loose bottle of this beer, but feel compelled to pick up a few others. I thought it was outstanding.

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Photo of jockstrappy
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

Pours a cloudy golden color with a creamy white head that fades quickly to a 1/8" cap, leaving generous rings around the snifter all the way down. Aroma is fruity, with hints of raison, apple, and pear. A slight hop presence is there also, along with a hint of yeast. Taste is tart and fruity up front, with some hop bitterness on the palate right before washing away for a clean finish. This beer is slippery on the palate, going down with relative ease. This is a great beer! A very nice warm weather substitute to it's Abbey Ale companion.

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

This is a tasty and powerful beer. It reminded me of a Belgian Tripel and fans of that style would be very much at home here. It tasted of wheat, fresh yeast, and intense warming alcohol. It went down very smooth and it was deceptively intoxicating. It was quite enjoyable and I'd have it again.

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Photo of seanhug
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ChrisR123
4.44/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.01/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a murky yellow with a solid two finger head. Wheat smelling. The taste was a bit disappointing. It's a little bit too carbonated for my taste. The aftertaste is wheaty with a tinge of alcohol. Overall, it's a very hoppy beer with a champagne type feel to it. Not my type of beer.

I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of miguelre06
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ambiguousfigures
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Hennepin from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,074 ratings