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RATINGS: 2272   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
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Deliciousness. From a bottle. Vanilla and lemon overtones. Much better than other "Belgian" style beers I’ve had recently, and more palatable. Darling little sayings on the bottle, really. Their label is like Celestial Seasonings for beer drinkers.

3.5
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Poured from a bottle. Orange beer with a very thick white head. The cork popped off violently. Musky aroma with a hint of sour fruit. Shour citruisy flavor with a slightly sweet finish. Very interesting beer.

4.1
FROTHINGSLOSH (7879) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 I have only a limited familiarity with this brewer but have been getting into them a bit recently. Sampled this one on draft at the State College beer festival. It poured a medium golden color with a large creamy off white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. The flavor is yeasty, bready and has a sour tang of light fruits. There is a nice Belgian candy sugar element coursing through this beer. I think I will definitely be having this one again.

3.4
Tmoney99 (14609) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy golden hue with large creamy head. Medium citrus and hop aroma. Medium body with creamy texture. Full smooth flavor of citusand hops with long smooth finish.

3.7
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2005
On draught at McGrady’s, a nice lemony and pepper aroma. Nice dark golden color with a foamy white head. Taste was good seemed heavily yeasted to me, hints of pepper and lemon and a tad of hops to it. Palate was full and clean finish was easy. Overall good, goes great with dinner.

3
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Hazy yellow color. Big foamy white head and some good lacing. Bubble action inside the glass continued thoughout the beer. Had a bitter hop aroma at first. The last gulp of this one I put the nose in it and it smeeled like barnyard piss. Decent flavor mixture of hops and sweetness. Easy drinking beer. Good thing no nasty aftertaste with that crapy aroma in the empty glass.

3.9
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Cloudy and golden pour. Some great head with champaine like bubbling. Nice lacing too. Aroma was small compared to the beer, but there was a hint of pepper and lemon. Tastes so good. Hops do come through in this one for sure, but there is also the lemon pepper that was apparent in the nose. Nice amount of yeast too. Medium bodied. Great mouthfeel, almost tickles the palate with all of the spice and bubbles. Alcohol is noticable from the beginning of the sip till the end, but is never overbearing. Nice bite. Was expecting more funk, but I like it.

3.5
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Cloudy golden pour with a small dense head and a decent amount of sediment. Aroma had pepper, banana, and cloves, and carried a barnlike mustiness. Very carbonated and light on the palate. Flavor had banana, pepper, some citrus, and bread. Alcohol came through a little on the finish. Decently balanced, but I’m partial to Dupont over this.

3.6
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Pours a goldish color with huge fluffy head. Smells of a belgian strong ale to me with aromas of spices like clove, coriander, and also a bit of pepper. Also fruity esters give way to a smell of peaches, apricot, and a hidden taste of dark fruit which is barely noticable. Slightly hoppy to give it some bitterness. I really taste/feel the alcohol in my nose after the swallow. An interesting beer and my first try at Saisons.

4.1
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle. Pours a light golden color, transparent with a huge flux of bubbles rising from the depths of my glass, foamy fluffy white head, good lacing. Aroma is spicy, definitely coriander and cloves, kind of fruity like peaches and apricots, very delicate and complex. Spicy, hoppy, yet neither are very dominant, a gentle balance between the two. A hint of sweetness, bitterness, maybe even a hint of sourness. Mouthfeel is like champagne, well carbonated (the "pop" when I pulled the cork was pretty violent), yet there is a great supple feel after every sip, and the bubbles attach themselves to every part of your mouth. Great stuff, I haven’t had much experience drinking Saisons, and this beer has convinced me that I’m missing out if I don’t go out looking for more examples of this style.


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