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RATINGS: 2277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This style is a farmhouse ale, and is considered to be in the domain of the Belgian Saisons. Hennepin is a delicious brew for all seasons, it is spicy and refreshing. A moderately hoppy, farmhouse-style ale with a champagne-like effervescence, Hennepin has a crisp start followed by malt sweetness balanced with a firm bitterness. Hennepin has a bounty of great flavors: ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain. Pouring a bright golden color with a spicy-sweet balance of orange peel, sweet malt, hops and ginger, Hennepin makes way for a dry finish with a slight bite of ginger.

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3.9
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2006
Tap at RFD, Washington DC. Hazy golden colour with a large white head; good lacing. Perfumed, fruity ornge aroma, with hops. Similar for the taste. Quality.

3.5
murawski (160) - USA - JAN 13, 2006
light aroma of citrus and yeast; excellent cloudy golden color, with a long lasting pure white head. Lemony, fruity flavor (a bit much for me, but would be great in the summer -- here I am drinking it in January, duh). It has a nice complexity, though, and a great mouthfeel (not too dry, not too wet). Nice ale!

4
thornecb (6064) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2007 Pours very nice golden color into a tulip. Active 1/2 inch head that sustains. Aromatic: floral, hay, dough and leather. A little soapy, but still refreshing. Lively with lasting dry banana finish.

3.5
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Draught. Gold with a nice white soda head. Yeasty spice aromas. Similar to the leffe, but with fresh as hell green apple flavor. sugar and coariander. lighter body, but appropriate. sweet, sour, and bitter in a perfect balance. drinkable as all hell.

3.3
OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Draft at RFD in DC, 1/12/06. Pours a clear yellow with a small head and thick lacing; the aroma is humus, belgian yeast, and lemon; the flavor follows, lemon and yeast and earth and a sourness. The mouthfeel is smooth and full with just a hint of a late alcohol burn and a long bitter finish. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5

Bottle 8/1/07 I just don’t understand the hype about this one. The aroma is OK if rather bready, with the aforementioned lemon there, but not any of the funky lovely complexity of my favorite imported saisons. The flavor is medicinal, lots of bandaid instead of funk, barely sour, simply not enough going on, albeit with a pleasant finish that garners some points. The mouthfeel on this is watery and very thin, no where near the body one might hope for at the promised 7.7%, and that watery texture carries over into the flavor which is just too subdued and watered down. I’m disappointed. I’d call this 6/3/7/3/12=3.1.

I’ll split the difference between the two ratings.

Bottle revisit 5/21/14 Tolerable American saison. A bit of banana, a lot more bandaid and ricola cough drop and medicine cabinet in general, maybe something that could charitably be called elements of Laphroig whisky (but none of the smoke). I like Krisbierjaeger’s "sawdust" descriptor. No particular reason this should be nearly 8%. I’d probably have gone around 3.5 this time if I was rating afresh, and 3.1 is too harsh but I will leave the 3.3.

tl;dr summary: As a very early American saison maybe this was something back in the day.

4.2
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2006
"MMMM nice beer. Poured a nice golden color with a huge head, amazing lacing, still there long after the beer was gone. Smelled of spices fruits and floral. Tasted of spices and light fruits as well, little sugar as well. Little thin on mouth feel. Overall great beer."

4
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2006
(01.08.06) One pint, 9.4 oz brown corked bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 7.7% ABV. Hazy orange hued ale having a long-lasting giant white head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Fruity and spicy aroma. Medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt and fruity and spicy (clove) flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. Very good fruity Belgium style saison, went well with salmon corn chowder soup.

3.5
larsga (7657) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2006
0.75l bottle. Cork exploded out of the bottle, followed by foaming beer. By the time we’d poured and cleaned up the head was small and white. Hazy yellow body. Sweet banana and bubblegum aroma, with spicy notes. Taste is spicy paradise seeds and pepper with banana notes and dry noble hops. Good, but not that good.

3.9
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
Bottle 750 ml: Appearence: golden yellow ale with a white head. Aroma: corriander, lemon, spice. Flavor: fruity, lemon, hop. Thank Ian.

3.2
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Got this for New Year’s and wish I would’ve just spent the extra $3 or $4 on something better. Pretty basic beer, poured a golden orange color with fluffy white head, the 3 glasses I poured out of it for myself all tasted the same, an orange and coriander flavor with maybe some lemon zest but very subtle, you could taste the alcohol either that or the spices used in it, this was a dissapointment but it also only cost $4.75 for this big ass bottle so you get what you pay for.


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