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RATINGS: 2324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (5101) - 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 (19160) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Very light and fruity, lightly golden in color with effervescent carbonation, this one does a number on your palette, it overpowers you with complexities. Nicely spicy, and sweet...perfect for a hot summer day like today.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Not usually an ale fan, but this one is damn good. I bought this when I had money, but I am drinking it now that I am broke. It makes you feel better to drink good beer when you are poor. That way, I don't have to dip into the reserves of PBR.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2011 Pretty, pretty beer, hazy gold with a perfect carbonation, head like a white pillow. Taste is like freshly mown hay, with some nice funky barnyard flavors in the back. I think this beer has gotten funkier over the years. Perfect palate, one of my favorites. I’m quite partial to Saisons to begin with, and I consumed this one on a hot summer day. Just beautiful. I’ll stop now before I tear up. RERATE: 08/13/11 - don’t think I would get weepy over this 8 years later, but still a great beer that I enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1827) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 It had been a while since I had this, so I felt I needed to refresh my memory. It’s still light and flavorful as ever! Light straw color, big frothy snow white head. Wonderful complex citrus-fruity flavor and aroma. 2012 update: slight uptick on overall. I’ve been on such a Saison kick this summer, I just had to try this one again. Still very good. More spice than I remember. A very tasty, yet refreshing brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2014 Murky light yellow. Magnificant head of white foam. Very floral aroma, with lemon and ginger. Light flavor of lemons and spices in a very carbonated brew. Nice to have on a summer day, similar to a wit. update 2014: Insanely sugary, smells and tastes like cake frosting :/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2003
This beer makes me want "Freedom" fries. I see why they call this champagne-like. Fruity, needs a bit more hops to be perfect.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Medium gold with a very slight haze, and the head is not exactly spectacular. Strong butterscotch aroma does not bode well, and it follows thru on the palate, with less diacetyl in the flavor than the nose indicates, but definitely a little too much butter in this obviously aged example. Still some nice stone fruit flavor, but like other aged Ommegang beers I've tried, it's definitely over the hill. Will re-rate if I get a fresh bottle...

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