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:
Hoppy, farmhouse saison with champagne like effervescence; flavors include ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Ratings: 6,074 |  Reviews: 2,196
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of KatyBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip, 2 finger head disappears quickly. Smells like a farmhouse ale alright. Not much lacing as a I drained the glass. Slightly tickly on the tongue. Well carbonated. Finishes with Hops.

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

Wow. This is definitely my favorite saison yet. It poured with a nice and thick 1-finger head in my St. Bernardus chalice which sustained itself, leaving some awesome looking lacing in the glass (you could even see the levels of each sip I took). The smell was straw, pale malt, and slight alcohol warmness. The taste was amazingly well balanced and smooth, which went through a series of phases before it subsided. This is the best example of a saison that I have tried yet, and I now understand why this style is so highly regarded. This stuff is great. The mouthfeel was also excellent in its smoothness and perfect carbonation. I drank a 750 by myself, and I could have easily downed another, if not two more. If you see Hennepin on the shelf, make sure to grab a bottle (or 4).

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

This beer poured clear and golden with a nice head 2 fingerwidths in thickness.
it smelled of hops as well as fruits and flowers. The flavor was hoppy and pleasantly tart. There were hints of fruit and flowers generaly adding to the complexity of the flavor. I found the carbonation fun and enjoyable. Overall I enjoyed this beer and would ahve it agian.

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

The yummy ale is very drinkable and a rather good example of a saison. However, whether compared to its brethen across the pond, I feel this one is a bit simple. It pours a lovely golden hue with fits of carbonation busting out to yield a great rocky eternal noodle. The aroma is of noble hops and lemon mostly. The flavor has a nice malt character that well supports the hop and citrus flavors. The body is medium/light and mouthfeel is round and pleasant. The alcohol is mildly perceived which aids in the drinkability. I didn't get much of the complex flavors and aromas that come with some of the Belgian saisons. This one is very enjoyable though.

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

12oz. bottle from Dawg's Bottle Shop

Clear, light golden color with a firm white foamy head. The most impressive thing to me was the carbonation in the goblet I poured it into. The beads of carbo were very fast rising and spiraled to the top sustaining the head on top. This lasted the entire drink of 25 min. or so. Fresh green apple smell and a different sweet fruity smell also. Inviting smell that leads into similar tastes. Didn't know what to expect with taste because this was my first saison, but was impressed. Champagne-like dryness and fizziness. Sourness of like, a white grape thats not quite ripe. Fizzy mouthfeel but not overdone. Very drinkable and will have to try this again and some other saisons.

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Photo of cdrogers
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to wine glass-serving temperature was approximately 41F.

A: Golden amber. Dense white head that lasted quite a while. Lace was persistent as I was drinking. Very nice.

S: Fruity. Citrus for sure. Little to no hop aroma. Definite sweetness.

T: Citrus with this slight sour taste. Very well balance with a slight spice as well.

M: Good carbonation and maybe a medium body. Slightly dry finish with some tartness.

D: Probably one of my most favorite beers now. It reminds me of some of the trappist dubbels. Very refreshing and the citrus is just awesome.

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Photo of grownfool
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ettbeer
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance - Darker golden brew with a slight opacity and an inch of frothy white head leaving plenty of lace on the chalice.

Aroma - Not as funky as many Belgian saisons out there. This beer has a very clean floral smell with hints of spice that you might encounter in a hefeweizen along with some butter in the background.

Taste - The floral character noted in the aroma isn't as prevalent in the taste and more of the farmhouse floor funk that saisons are known for has entered the realm. The Belgian yeast and spiciness are much more dominant here and miniscule amounts of lemon and orange-peel fill in any gaps.

Mouthfeel - As is the case with most Belgian beers, the yeast is carried into the aftertaste along with the spices in this medium-bodied ale. Some of the previously mentioned butter has survived to this stage as well.

Overall - Not the greatest saison in the world, but definitely one of my favorites (as is the case with all Ommegang beers). This beer was fantastic, but it was a little too clean for a saison. Probably one of the best American-made saisons though.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of TheDoorman
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light transparent yellow, slightly cloudy but mostly transparent. Tons of carbonation apparent in the body. Tons. A smooth white head leaves nice lacing. Aroma is lemon, grass, bubble gum, pale malt sweetness and yeast. Taste mostly mirrors the scent, but with just a touch of tartness. A nice earthyness which matches the sweetness. Enough hops to make their presence known in the backdrop. Mouthfeel is perhaps a touch too carbonated, though that is fairly typical for the style. Smooth and refreshing. Alcohol barely noticeable. A great blend of sweetness and earthyness, and a touch of tart. Fantastic beer that can be enjoyed with any meal or at any time. An extremely versatile brew.

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Photo of VitBAficionado
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy dull golden color with heavy carbonation. Pours an amazingly dense 2 finger peak and valley head. Some lace too.
S: Complex swirl of florals, yeast, peppery spices and a little orange.
T: So much going on with this. Tartness up front with a little orange and some sweet malt followed with numerous spices - coriander most notably - and some yeast. Hops comes through predominantly towards the end. Interplay between all of these things is constant throughout and changes as it warms.
M: Carbination makes this pretty airy and bubbly. Really dry finish that screams give me more.
D: A 750 is never enough which can be trouble given the ABV. One of my all time favorites.

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

Pours pale yellow... excellent clarity for a wheat.

Very sour, earthy aroma

Tastes sweet, honey with citrus, balanced with a crisp carbonation, finishing with a lingering wheaty tart/sourness... very refreshing.

Great wheat, balanced, yet extreme.

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Photo of jjh19
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright pour, terrific white head that lingers.

Smell: Smelled clean like a pilsener with a hint of spiciness.

Taste: This is where the spiciness really hit me: on my tastebuds. Delicious, without being heavy-handed.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Very tasty and drinkable. Cloying Saisons drive me crazy. The even-handed ones like this make me appreciate the style and brewing skill. Well done.

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler.

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice fluffy white head that quickly goes down. Good lacing.

Caught a big whiff of lemon and pepper as I uncapped this one. In the glass I'm getting both of those with some honey, banana, and vanilla. Smells nice and funky.

Taste is funky and fruity with a nice sweet and spicy finish. Wow, I'm getting a ton of flavors at once, it's hard to wrap my tongue around it all. Very enjoyable.

High carbonation but it's very creamy. Leaves a good feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty decent on this one. Carbonation is high but the taste is excellent.

Overall this is great. Really enjoyed this one. Great nose and some very balanced but complex flavors. Will be picking more of these up.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the kegerator into a weizen glass (I was feeling thirsty).

A: Huge pillowy head. As it starts to reside the large bubbles grip to the sides and remain puffy in the middle. Starchy corn water appearance with nice carbonation.

S: Lemon, grass, yeast, cloves, bubblegum. Sweet smelling which plays off the earthy grains in the background.

T: First tastes are the funk you'd associate with a great aged blue. I think the yeast is huge in this beer, it lends so much flavor and aroma. Has a nice biting grassy flavor that is cut through with the crisp citrus. Finishes spicy with a lingering flavor of clove, nutmeg, and pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is spot on for this one I'd say, light bodied with a strong carbonation that helps to move along and heavy lingering flavors.

D: Bought a keg of this for New Year's Eve to go along with Michelob Ultra. Group was BMC drinkers for the most part but they were all adventurous and stepped out of their comfort zone. It was a huge hit with everyone says it was so much more flavorful yet refreshing and light.

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Photo of jman42
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a big fan of Farmhouse Saisons I guess. Smelled and tasted like yeast.

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