beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a firm cloudy golden straw yellow, growing firm and frothy a white one inch head builds slowly and reatins for a good long time, slowly slips down to a thick haze, lace in slow dripping ink blots. Smell is mostly yeasty and spiced, some citrusy lemon and white pepper underlay with a slight touch of alcohol. Taste is subtle and fairly complex with an overall mellowness thats super nice with an easy and soft maltyness, lightly citrusy of lemon and melon rinds, dulled tangyness, some notes of musty grasses and sugar. Spicy yeastyness is light up until the finish where it approaches ever so tingly and lightly building slowly, gaining some and helping end with a calm dryness in the finish. Carbonation was perfect, solid and full bodied, a nice crescendo from start to finish and a bit of thickness and even some light chewyness rendering in some of the finish. Nice malty balance with the yeast, and what ever hops may be in there adding in with some of that grassyness and very slight calm bitterness thats barely noticeable in the middle. A definate keeper and a wonderful drinker. Mellow, soothingly smooth, thick, luscious, a hidden alcoholic treat to be shared, if willing
boto (1937) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle: Nice layer od sediment at the bottom: I love bottle conditioned beers. It pours a cloudy golden color. Floral nose. Also hints of pear and apricots. Taste is full bodied, with undertones of citrus pears and caramel. Very nice!
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A full-bodied, flavorful saison. Belgium by way of Cooperstown, NY. Nice Alcohol content, 7.5%. Pours with an impressive, floral head. Taste is quite pleasing, hints of various fruits and nuts. Very rustic tasting. Long lasting finish.
fishonmyplane (500) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first Saison. It has a nice golden hue with a tall white head. Carbonation is fairly high. The aroma is mainly of yeast and fruit; this is certainly representative of a belgian-style ale. The flavor is very tangy, with lots of citrus and fruit. I detect apricot, grapes, and a bit of strawberry. Surprisingly, I don't taste a whole lot of yeast. And they didnt make much of an effort to mask the alcohol content, which really comes through in the finish; for me this is a good thing. This is a very complex and well-done beer, although I didnt really get accustomed to it until I was halfway done with the 750 ML bottle.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is very much like that of a Belgian White, although perhaps a bit more alcoholic (due most obviously to this beer's 7.5% ABV, higher than normal for the witbier style). However, comparing it to wits isn't entirely appropriate since this seems to be categorized as a Saison. Anyway, the appearance is a little more clear than I'm used to and definitely not as appealing as a nice hazy look would be. The color is good, but usually I'm looking for a bit more depth. Flavor is slightly citrusy up front with a spicy, alcoholic finish. I didn't particularly like the mouthfeel associated with the "extra" alcohol. I didn't think it was masked very well (i.e. it didn't go well with the rest of the beer) and made it weird overall.
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow with a massive, thick white head. Head is fully lasting and leaves heavy lacing. Aroma: white grape, must, malt, and oak. Thick, creamy texture. Flavor is full and complex, with cobweb, malt, yeast, grape dominating. Coppery aftertaste with nice fruit undertones.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Nice attmept of a Belgian Saison, but no cigar... Pours a light golden color with a medium creamy head. Descent, but not the best Ommegang has to offer.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think Ommegang is one of the best breweries around. The Hennepin is, however, my least favorite of their beers. It pours a light golden color. The head is full and cream colored. The taste is full with nice balance. The alcohol is noticeable in this beer and not well masked. The yeast is a bit strong for my taste. Overall a good, but not great, beer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured cloudy and the color of ripe apricots. Nice white head that dissipated to a thin creamy layer that lasted and lasted. Aroma is fruity, spicy and yeasty - orange, peach, cardamom and hops. Delicious maltiness with lots of fruit, citrus hops and sharp spiciness that lingers in the finish. Medium body with pleasant carbonation. I find that I'm getting more fond of Belgians with each one I drink.
kumite56 (472) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had low expectations of this beer but liked it quite a bit. White mostly lasting head on a hazy yellow body. Wonderful yeasty aroma with noticable malt and hopps (furity). The tate is lightly sweet with a nice hopp balance. Mellow and a very nice brew especially for its reasonable price.