Ginnepin
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #310
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,903
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 5.26%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
29
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Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  8
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Ale brewed with juniper berries, lemon and lime zest,orange peel, ginger, coriander, and grains of paradise.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 29 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Caged and corked bottle. The cork wanted to come out right now.
Murky, pale gold colored body. Fizzy white head upon pouring quickly disappears, leaving active surface bubbles and ring. No lacing. There is sediment in the bottom of the glass.
Aroma of earthy/horse blanket yeast, with spicy notes and a bit of orange.
Taste is earthy yeast, with coriander spice and orange/lemon/lime. Rather dry and short aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel, with fizzy carbonation.
A good farmhouse ale with spices and fruit essence added. Very easy to drink, and refreshing.

Apr 15, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork & cage bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger creamy white head that has great retention after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- earthy peppery yeast on the nose with notes of clove and musk, zesty lime and orange with light notes of ginger and coriander

T- spicy Belgian yeast up front gives notes of clove, banana and some earthy notes. Mid-palate brings out citrusy notes of lemon and orange. The finish gives notes of ginger, coriander, dried hay and lingers of more spicy earthy yeast

M- medium body with medium bubbly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and an effervescent finish

O- a great variation of an already great saison, the additional ingredients compliment the beer well

Aug 07, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft orange / gold color, moderate carbonation and soapy head. Aroma is pretty typical saison - a little saison, dash of lemon, zest. Taste doesn’t really pick up any juniper or ginger - pretty traditional flavors, a little orange a lot of coriander, still a solid beer

Jun 22, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very nice hazy golden color with a very generous head and nice lacing. Aroma has citrus hints. The taste follows the nose with resounding citrus notes. A light bodied very well carbonated beer. A very well done very complex beer with a great balance of all the ingredients, and it is a wonderful refreshing beer. Another great beer from a very consistent brewery.

Jan 21, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up an anniversary 3 pack from TW Arrowhead 11-11-17 for $30. Bottle date is not discernable.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head that has some very nice hang time.

Nose is classic Belgian phenols, primarily horse blanket.

Taste is an interesting combination of horse blanket and lemon over a pilsner and pale malt base. Not catching some of the purported adjuncts but is still good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is very good, the yeast strain lends a very light yet smooth feel.

Overall it has been a long time since i have had a Hennepin and i find i still like it!

Jan 20, 2018
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle as part of Ommegang's 20th Anniversary Rare Beer Pack.

Poured into a wine glass, Ginnepin is deep gold and hazy with a thick, frothy white head. Great looking, as so many of Ommegang's beers are.

Aroma is an inviting mix of fruit and spice. The beer comes as advertised on the label; the juniper, lemon, lime, orange, ginger, coriander, and even the grains of paradise are all there.

Fruity and spicy flavor without overpowering the palate. Complex and balanced. Bright and effervescent. Medium bodied with no sign of the almost 8% ABV. Dangerously easy to drink. Finishes dry as a bone.

One of the greatest things about the Saison style is how easily it lends itself to interpretation. Ommegang succeeded in putting a creative take on an already well-established and wonderful beer, Hennepin. I paid $27 for the 3-pack of this, Barrel Aged 3 Phils, and Barrel Aged Abbey Ale, and a glass, and without having the other two beers yet this pack is already a great value.

Jan 01, 2018
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MrOH from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely beautiful. Hazy gold with a big head of white mousse. Great lacing.
Fruity aroma, with a bit of citrus and juniper, along with a bit of ginger.
Flavor is of bubblegum-like fruit, citrus, and ginger. Not really getting much juniper, which is a little bit of a let down.
Nice soft mouthfeel, but still really effervescent.
Got dinged a little cause I expected more juniper, what with it having gin in the name, but otherwise a really solid saison.

Nov 24, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer has that incredible Ommegang look that I haven't seen for quite some time; with the cloudy goldenstraw liquid capped by an impressive head that sticks for the session, leaving clumps of lacing

Smell: The juniper comes through along with graham cracker malt and herbal tones of ginger, coriander and grains of paradise; hints of citrus are also discernible

Taste: The graham cracker malt joins with the citrusy tones of lemon and lime as the ginger builds; through the middle, the herbal elements of juniper berry, coriander and grains of paradise add complexity; the malt bill supports the flavors from start to finish though the lemon and lime lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: My first beer out of the three bottle set and it is a stunner; the complexity is off the charts and is a reminder that there is more to beer these days than NE IPAs, fruited sours and barrel-aged stouts

Oct 28, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a hazy golden amber with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing; looks nice. Aroma of lightly grainy malt, saison and Belgian yeast, lemon and orange citrus, apples, coriander and light ginger and pine (actually the juniper); spicy. Flavor is grainy saison malt, lemon, light orange, light stone fruit, coriander and earthy spicing. Lingering coriander, grain of paradise and citrus fruit finish. Medium bodied with wonderful active carbonation. A great take on the classic Hennepin saison. Oddly I'm not getting much distinct juniper here, not even as much as any of the gin barrel age ales I've tried. The profile leans very close to a tripel style to my taste, although the malt is clearly a saison style. But the modest juniper is not a big loss, because this has a lot of well handled spice and citrus flavors that are well integrated with some light stone fruit, which also leans towards a tripel flavor. Not a dry, grainy style saison, but the complex flavors are well balanced and this is delicious. I haven't had a Hennepin in a very long time and this makes me realize I need to revisit it; I really liked it the last time I tried it. Everything in this Anniversary pack looks great and this one is a fine start.

Oct 17, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with juniper berries, lemon and lime zest, orange peel, ginger, coriander, and grains of paradise... Bottle from the Ommegang 20th Anniversary Rare Beer Pack... Hennepin-themed, and while I haven't had Hennepin in years, this strikes me as a very distinct entity. Herbal and grassy, citrusy and hoppy - the juniper adds a nice flavor - though it may be worth noting that I do like gin - a very light and lively beer... Bubbles effervesce from the bottom throughout, and a persistent head remains atop a pale gold body, clear save for some tiny particles in suspension... Never mind Hennepin, I haven't had a saison in ???, and this take on the style is sure being well-received by this beer drinker. I'm assuming this beer is only available in the gift box, which comes with bourbon barrel editions of Three Philosophers and their Abbey Dubbel (and a glass to drink 'em from)... The box is a $40 ticket out here, and if this beer is the least of 'em, it's well-worth the purchase...

Oct 06, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/21/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden/straw color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, orange peel, juniper, spruce, ginger, coriander, peach, pear, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus peel/zest, spices, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, orange peel, juniper, spruce, ginger, coriander, peach, pear, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast spiciness; light herbal/grassy bitterness and tangy wheat/yeast tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange peel, juniper, spruce, ginger, coriander, peach, pear, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus peel/zest, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly clean finishing, and prickly/foamy on carbonation. Moderate increasing dryness from yeast spiciness and carbonation. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly tangy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 7.7%. Overall this is fantastic spiced saison! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus peel/zest, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the very carbonated/spicy/drying finish. Perfectly balanced spices, yeast, and pale/wheat malts. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Sep 23, 2017
Ginnepin from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 29 ratings