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RATINGS: 2241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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This hoppy, farmhouse style ale has a champagne like effervescence with a crisp but light on the tongue finish. Similar to the Belgian Saison style , this beer serves well as an aperitif. Hennepin has a majestic golden hue. The style is called Grisette or farm house and is considered to be in the domain of the Belgian Saisons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2003
I think I was expecting too much from this beer, after just having had the Ommegang and decided it would be my first 5.0 rated beer. Thick sticky looking head. Tastes spicy and citrusy. Was it more body I was expecting? reminded me a little bit of a hefe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 Large bottle, lukewarm. Pours a bright golden orange, with a large white head consisting of enormous soap bubbles. Aroma changed slightly everytime I picked up the glass, ranging from faint bananas, yeast, spice, oatmeal raisin cookie, new car, bubble gum, and barn. Big initial flavor burst, spice, vanilla, yeast, oak, chewy dough. Second pour reveals more bubble gum and upstate NY barnyard feel, hint of cheddar, and the alcohol is well masked. Long malt aftertaste. Soft carbonation, and warms you up quickly. Style is close to that of a tripel. I thorougly enjoyed this beer, I was quite suprised at just how good this is, though it could maybe use a bit more farmhouse, or not. The rating was not affected at all by the fact that I scored a free Duvel shirt for buying this beer. Will enjoy again in the fall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 Re-rate - 5/28/2006 - I bought a bottle of the cave-aged Hennepin at Ommegang the other day. Pours a clear, light coppery color. Citrusy, yeasty aroma. Mild, smooth fizziness with very mellow, yet enjoyable blend of flavors. Light seasony finish. Old rating from 2004: I liked this label. busy and colorful, but in a good modern kinda way. Nice golden color with a big head that slowly dissapated. Spicy lemony flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Honey-colored, monster, frothy head, and super-lively carbonation. Aroma of citrus, yeast, hop pungence and Belgian candy sugar. Flavor defines the distinction between sour, citrus, and tart, because they're all there. Finish has some dry, bitter qualities and the palate is like oak. This beer screams "clone", although I can't identify the model but I know that the mimic underachieves because it lacks depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Everything about this brew reminds me of the origonal ommegang, with the exception of being lighter and maybe a little bit "fruitier" It also seemed to have less of an alcohol taste than many other Belgian ales. Flavor is not very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2003
This is a classic cloudy yellow/orange bottle-conditioned ale pouring with a huge off-white rocky head. It is a fine looking rustic ale, but left surprisingly little lacing through 750ml. I’m always appreciative of an authentic bottle conditioned ale, especially those with an authentic or ersatz cork and the ritualistic opening and pour that follows. What can I say? I’m a sucker for ceremony…however trivial. The aroma of this beer hints of floral, citrus, bread and alcohol. I found it mostly dry and revitalizing from start to finish. It was a tad light on the front end and not quite as sweet and malty as I expected, but this ale balanced out quite nicely with a nice hop and light alcohol flavor in its finish. Mid-palate flavors I identified include grapefruit, pear and a trace of bread-like yeast. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, and find it to be very refreshing and faithful reproduction of the Belgian Saison or French Biere de Garde style. I recommend this lighter style offering from Brewery Ommegang (Moortgat) over its Belgian Abbey Ale. This ale would go equally well with dinner or as a stand alone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Named after the first European to set his eyes upon the Niagara Falls, the name of my god-awful hometown. Quality beer though. 25 oz. bottle. Cloudy orange/tan color with an off-white head. Very yeasty aroma with some citrusy fruit as well. Malty flavor, also slightly spicy and sweet. Lots of carbonation. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4662) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
(Bottle) Faint whiskey, sweet malt and mild hops. Clear amber with thin foamy, non-dissipating head. Very active carbonation runs the center of the glass. Slight sour flavour with a hint of whiskey and lemon. Finishes clean with a slight burn. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 75cL bottle, Bordeaux glass. Medium golden-straw hue that shows some amber tendencies towards center. Thick, frothy white head slowly diminishes. Very fresh aroma, starting with esters of bananas foster and cilantro and pepper hops. Sweet, bready and sugar cookie malt underpinnings draw out mineraly, almost flinty, water elements. Light orange, coriander and clove tones and intrigue. Sweetness is soft upfront with notes of bread and cantaloupe. A sour, yeasty shadow arrives at mid-palate and threatens to dominate until dispersed by the herbal and spicy hop finish that fades into a long and dry mineral-rich aftertaste. Despite vigorous carbonation and alcohol/mineral dryness, the body has a tacky, sticky building sensation at the roof of the mouth that feels out of place for a saison. Interesting, but it lacks the serious complexity and off-kilter attitude of a killer saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (15440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014
2014-04-14, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7.7% ABV, 6-3-7-3-13=32
Cloudy darker blond color with small compact head. The aroma is delicate, light fruity and spicy presence. Good strength, with high carbonation, then enough smooth; some malt/wheat flavor, spices (but also some anise among them, not a favorite one), a touch of oranges; the bitterness is a bit stronger than other beers in the category, while the moderate sweetness reveals the American origin; in the final there are light traces of vegetables, a real turn off although in small doses.
Good but not as elegant.

2007-12-17, corked bottle, 6-3-6-3-11=29
Hazy golden color. Dry aroma, spicy and with some plastic. Dry flavor too, light saccharin sweetness, a bit of plastic, some citrus fruit, peels. Not so interesting.

2003-07-26, corked bottle, 7.5% ABV, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Golden color; big head. Like a Grand Cru, a wheat character in the aroma and taste. Quite malty.

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