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
Ranking:
#1,552
Reviews:
2,195
Ratings:
6,069
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
375
Gots:
1,087
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 6,069 |  Reviews: 2,195
Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of citylifelover
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of TBuikus
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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

Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, chilled to approximately 50 degrees (yes, I know the label says to chill it to 40 degrees, but that's what's Ommegang says to do with every one of its beers, even their Dubbel for Chrissake -- pardon me if I exercise some discretion here), poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass, and consumed unhurriedly while warming. Loved this early this summer when having it for the first time. Still like it, but not as much as before. Could use a bit more funkiness and I find it somewhat heavy and sticky feeling. Prefer Goose Island Sophie, Saison Dupont and, probably, Great Divide Collette.

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Photo of Beerfan41506
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

***
Caved Aged Edition
***

Sampled: 7.9.06

The only thing that distinguishes this bottle from an ordinary bottle of Hennepin as a ‘Cave Aged’ edition is a card hanging from the corked & caged bottle neck by a gold elastic.

The beer’s pale gold is slightly cloudy and sits under a medium 1 inch head. The foam leaves plenty of lacing clining to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is immediately the tartness of fresh green apples hanigng out over the appropriate Belgian style funkification. Sweet and slightly spicy, but not overly so. Sweetness and tartness rule the nose in this town.

The flavor starts tart, carried from the aroma and is noticabley crisp. Soon sugary malts come through as the brew warms in the mouth. A slight edge of bitterness at the end of the taste hits as the beer goes down the throat. Though I can’t be certain as I didn’t do a side by side, it seems as though the year in the cave smoothed the brew out, gave it some balance. It’s dry and light in the mouth, with a medium carbonated body. The dryness, possibly a result of the yeasts having more time to perform?

The beer is quite drinkable. It’s crisp, tart and dry finish makes it a good one to have on hand like anyone else would have wine, but much less potent at 7.5% ABV. Highly recommended, though I can’t say whether this Aged version is worth the extra $1. The Hennepin itself is delicious, no amount of agign would change that in any subpar brew.

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

Opaque blonde, spritzy carbonation produces billowing head. Drops some lace, but medium-to-poor head retention, the glass might be to blame here.

Plenty of dry, peppery spice - actually smells crackling dry. Soft, floral notes - lavender-like. A touch of sulphur.

The tongue is first awash with saltine cracker and bread crust, then drying carbonation floods the palate, wiping it clean with more pepper, chalky dust, faint citrus and a leafy, herbal character. Faintest whispers of candy-ish sweetness, but nearly non-existent. Pleasantly rustic and distinctly DuPont-like in overall character, though the greater 'heft' of this one (higher ABV) is noticed over all.

Pleasant, tongue-curling dryness is straight to style, begs for another sip, making this a solid, enjoyable Saison. I am biased as this is my favorite style, but this is a solid standard. Takes a slightly drinkability hit because the strength doesn't keep it sessionable, however I'd not hesistate to give a full bottle a try.

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Photo of TPSReports
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This 11.2 ounce bottle pours at a wonderful 48 degrees into my goblet. It is the color of straw and blonde with a slight hazy. A wonderful finger and half head appears and lingers across the top of the liquid for the entire glass! What a wonderful experience to watch.

The aroma is fruity and floral. Delightful.

The taste is an experience for the entire tongue. I will need to sample this one again to get a better handle on exactly what is going on here. No biting hoppiness -- good so far as I'm concerned. There is a back of the tongue sweetness, fruity on the sides, and light carbonation rounding out the entire package. Superb.

At a low ABV of 7.5% for my cellar, this beer has high drinkablility without losing my "speech center." (he he, ddarden)

This delicious brew will be a staple of my collection!

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Photo of Callenak
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork and Caged 750ml. Been meaning to pick this up at my local liquor store, but just haven't got around to it. So finally gave it a shot.

Pours a murky, golden color with a huge, fluffy white head. The head decided to stick around a while on this one, which I didn't mind. Smell is very appealing. Yeast first, then some earthy hoppiness.

Taste is sweet with a slight sourness to it. Very refreshing. As it warms up it improves greatly. I was worried it might have been skunked. Didn't know how long it had been sitting at my local shop, but it was far from.

I wouldn't mind trying this one again. Still don't know how long that bottle had been there, so might have to keep an eye out for some fresh stuff.

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Photo of timeo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JZ77
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic Saison. Poured with a very nice pure white head, golden below. Very drinkable and good lacing. Aroma is top notch, my favorite part of this beer with the spices coming through. Definite citrus notes with wonderful warm spices coming through.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Cody101
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my go to beers. It is definitely in my top 10.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Jburnsm
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Mhpendleton
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Presentation: 750 ml. corked bottle, poured into trappist glass.

Appearance: Glowing golden with a beautiful, somewhat chunky head.

Aroma: Spice, citrus, and yeast dominate the beer's aroma.

Taste: Very tart with a crisp punch to the tastebuds - a sweet and sour taste of sorts. Also some yeasty breadiness is detected. Slightly medicinal.

Overall: A perfect example of a Belgian Saison - very refreshing and oh so drinkable. I could drink this day-in and day-out and not get sick of it. Thumbs up to Ommegang for this beautiful, beautiful brew.

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Photo of kcillini77
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Hennepin glass procured at the brewery on my last trip to upstate New York.

The pour is classic - golden beer topped with a rich, creamy head that lasts.

Tastes slightly sweet, but with a semi-bitter aftertaste, perfect on a clear summer night. Alcohol taste is present, but far from overpowering at 7.50%. I love the Ommegang Abbey Ale, but this is close to becoming my favorite Ommegang offering.

Side note - if you ever make a pilgrimage to Cooperstown to see the Baseball Hall of Fame - make the quick jog outside of town and visit this brewery. It's small, but one of the best to visit.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazy orange-gold with a thick but coarse-textured, rapidly dissipating head.

Bready aroma, with faint hints of citrus and spices.

In the mouth, the carbonation also feels a little coarse. Malt is there but not just subtly sweet (sweetness appears later), nicely balanced with nonaggressive citrus/floral hops.

An interesting, very unrefined beer that is nonetheless nicely balanced. The texture of carbonation was a weak point in my eyes. A fun drink, though not a session-er for me.

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Photo of thatruth
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a 22 oz from the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.

pours a great off-white two-finger head with moderate lacing. body is pale champagne colored and slightly hazy.

smell is of coriander, citrus, and orange peels. very hop and floral aroma.

taste is different, very nice. sort of has a sour mash whiskey vibe. basic foundation goes back to coriander and hops.

there's a robust - almost intense cherry-like and "dry" red wine on-bringing, best way I can think to describe it. aftertaste is very jumpy on the palette.

a funky and unique beer. not my favorite, but I can definitely see the sense and sensibility in its novelty and respectfully so.

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Photo of drinkbeernoth2o
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joshwlt
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly clear gold yellow color with a rocky, soapy white head. Smells of grain, light fruits... maybe banana, minerals, and... earthy funk. Fairly light, tingly hop spice, light fruit with the slightest hint of pear, minerally, some vinegary earthiness. Fairly light character but with a moderately bold spiciness. Fairly drinkable. Do not detect any alcohol... My first saison so it's hard to pinpoint the flavors or what I should expect but I don't find it overly exciting... The light sweetness or earthiness in this brew is a bit overpowered by the tingly, peppery, phenolic spice...

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