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RATINGS: 2212   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Medium copper color, large head. Hoppy floral nose. Nice carbonation. Mildly hopped, spicy, slightly malted. Some yeastiness and some fruitiness. Light and refreshing. Yeasty flavor. Finish is light. Aftertaste is slightly fruity with some hoppyness, not bitter. This beer carries it 7.5% alcohol well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - SEP 25, 2002
Had this a few times before, but somehow always failed to rate it. Anyways very good for the style, another great brew from a top notch brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2002
The cork came out with a serious pop. It poured a nice golden yellow color with a light, white head. Apples, bananas, citrus and some yeast dominate. Dry and crisp. Refreshing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Lots of foamy head, possibly exacerbated by drinking it out of (due to extenuating circumstances) a cheap plastic hotel cup. Nice golden color, light and crisp (in a good way.) Some wheaty bubblegum-type aromas. Very refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7974) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 My Bottom Line :
This dry and slick Saison feels more polished than average (for the style), lending plenty of fruity esters (banana, pear) alongside slim cereals, spicy hops and bready yeast.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slice of foam tops the nearly clear dark golden.
-The fruitiness extends into lemony angles and apricot sweetness.
-Effervescence is fluffy, but perhaps not as intense as most Saisons nowadays.
-Finish is dry, with lightly herbal hop bitterness.
-This has a very professional feel to it and its nuances and delicate nature are a great match to lots of seafood dishes, fish, poultry, etc.
-This brew really opens up when getting close to room temperature. Peppery, floral notes are achieved and the aroma suddenly gels, which is not the case when it’s straight out of the cellar (10C-ish).

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Probably the best American representative of this Belgian style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Very cloudy yellow with a dense and sticky white head. Aromas of grapefruit, candy sugar with some mustiness mixed in to boot. Sharp bitterness initially with a sourish middle and a basement like musty finish. Love it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Sweet, yeasty, and acidic, although not as acidic as other Belgian saisons.. thoroughly enjoyable

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1042) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2002
Another solid Ommegang product. A complex farmhouse ale. I find it just a bit harsh (metallic?) on the palate but nice with a light snack.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2002
Cloudy golden-peach in color. Very fruity nose with some spice and just a touch of mustiness. Balance is on the sweet side but it is enjoyable. At just over $4 for the 750 ml. bottle, this is a steal.


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