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RATINGS: 2340   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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4.1
loaded (3) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2005 does not count
A beautiful, full, hopped out treat...very nice finish....bottle conditioned goodness

3.8
dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Looks and smells pretty much like the Avery Twelve I just had. I have to declare that a saison to me is just a light-tasting Belgian that hides the alcohol well and the flavors are subtle. Very nice.

3.6
Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Comes out a golden color with a lingering head. Very drinkable; it is solid but not outstanding in any way.

3.6
jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - DEC 9, 2005
Pours hazy gold with lasting white, rocky head. Kind of a weird nose, somewhat chemical. Taste is all organics however, a little bit sour, a touch of bitterness, fruitiness and spiciness. Well balanced, a nice winter drink. A little bit of alcohol warms up the end. A very solid beer, but doesn’t go above and beyond. ya heard?

3.5
HogTownHarry (6834) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle (12oz). Poured slightly hazy light gold with masses of champagne bubbles and a decent creamy lasting white head. Aroma of generic belgian blond, slightly sour - banana, coriander, yeast, lemon, sweet malt; nice, but nothing special. Taste follows the nose, but more tart citrus and less malt - pretty balanced, but a little alcohol-sharp on warming. Mouthfeel is lively, slightly syrupy, body is a touch watery. This is very drinkable, the alcohol behaves itself, my bottle had very little sediment, but I would agree this is not really what I would think of as a saison - a pretty solid effort.

3
kepano (278) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
I picked up Hennepin after my somewhat disappointing experience with Ommegang as I am always willing to give any brewer another chance. I was more cautious this time and purchased only a single bottle, which I noticed bore a significant layer of sediment. The occasion seemed appropriate for my Kwak glass and it was a good choice showcasing Hennepin’s fluffy cloud-like head and murky gold body. The nose took me by surprise. On the first sniff, I thought someone had furtively switched my beer with Coors Light or one of its compeers. Surely I was not the subject of some sinister pratical joke so I led a more careful investigation and picked up notes of citrus and pineapple underlaid by brown sugar and toasty malts. The flavor had a bit more density than I expected but still reverbated the simplistic aroma. This seems like a mediocre attempt at a Belgian blonde ale rather than a Saison. There are much better, readily available alternatives out there such as Don de Dieu (to name only one).

4
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Drank on the porch a month or two ago on a Sunday evening. This is a semi-regular beer since it is under $4 for a 750. 750ml bottle. NB worthy glass. (20 minutes out of the fridge) The cork pops out of the bottle and the aroma is instant. When poured, the beer is golden orange with a healthy, one fingered head and active carbonation. No yeast in the first glass. The aroma is tart; lemon zest, yeast, white pepper, mild hops. The beer is full-bodied and bubbly. The initial taste is tart, malty, yeasty, with some citrus peel notes and wildflower honey,. There is some spiciness, mild bitterness, vanilla, and some good funkiness too in the flavor. When the foam dies down, the beer coats the glass. The finish is dry and astringent with some lingering bitterness. On glass #2 (35 minutes out of the fridge) it seems the tartness and funkiness are more pronounced. Still no apparent yeast. Glass #3 (80 minutes out of the fridge) brings the yeast. Foamy head. More? pronounced aroma. Softer mouthfeel and the added taste of yeast and flour. This is a really nice beer and an absolute bargain.

3.6
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Bought a 4-pack. In a glass it looks wonderful, leaving attractive lacing. Aroma is lemony fresh with a hint of soft Carmel and other neat finds. The flavor is good, but hindered with a yeast flavor. Once I got by that though it was very pleasing. This price was $10.50 a 4 pack. For me, too costly but most likely worth every penny.

4.2
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 19, 2005
poured out a rich haystack color, with a very nice thick off white head. overwhelmed with a powerful yet soft caramel nose. flavors consisted of banana, lemon and a variety of soft, subtle hints of other fruits (grapefruit, cherry). a great purchase, defenitely recomended for anyone who likes belgian style saisons.

3.8
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
this was very good - ommegang is a very good brewery. They got some pretty good stuff - - I’d buy this beer again, even might LOOK for it!


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