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 (1894) - 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 (12314) - 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 (473) - 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.
Reid (2091) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a nice murky orange colour with a smallish pure white head which dissapates to a fine lace.
The aroma of this beer is out of this world really pungent fruits and spices well mixed..i smell cherry, plum even some banana.. strawberry wow every time i smell this i get a different aroma great stuff.
The tase of this beer is almost as good as the aroma.. again i get cherry..tingles on the back of the tongue leaving some hop bitterness thats well hidden..then as it goes down the throat I feel the alcoholic warmth..dang i can still taste this beer a full 1 minute after i have swallowed.
Very easy on the mouth, the carbonation seems just right.
Very drinkable but i couldnt manage more than 4 or 5 in a sitting..
WOW what can I say? a great beer
DrinkingbuddyE (1) - Warsaw, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2003 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a nice warming effect that hides the alcohol tast. The color a nice yellow. Very yeasty. Poured with a large head.
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
HUGE yeasty, rocky head filled up the glass before I could finish a slow pour. Murky yellow-gold color with visible yeast particles. The yeast just dominates this beer, so either my bottle was too young or something went wrong and somebody sent me some un-racked homebrew. Will re-rate with a better sample.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting. Thought at first it might be a triple. Beautiful, golden depth in the glass. The desription mentions yeast, but I don't find it there in abundance. Just a hint is alright with me. Somewhat spicy; malts and hops balance. Tasty but too carbonated for me. These golden/spicy/fizzy Belgian ales just may not be my thing.