RATINGS: 2336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 24   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2005
School bus yellow, hazy, and teeming with microscopic bubbles. Fluffy, sudsy head with phenomenal staying power leaves gossamer lace. Surpising evolution of flavors; the bottle had been out of the fridge for 30 minutes, but the last sips I had 30 minutes after that were of a completely different beer. Initial aroma of lemongrass, fresh corn and hot grass clippings, goat and wet wool, metal, and talcum powder. Grainy, spicy flavor with honeysuckle blossom sweetness and some earthy/spicy bitterness. Over time, the metallic scent fades and the nose becomes meadlike. Also, the tastes become even more lemony, goatier, sweeter and peppery-er; later it takes on a sweet/sour pineapple character; the last sips had the floral and spicy trademarks of a good Traminette. Mouthfeel is medium-light, soft and fluffy. Odd boiled vegetable aftertaste. Pleasant and restrained, a nice sipping beer for a summer afternoon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Very crisp and dry on the palate with tons of effervescence, and alcohol very well hidden by a high hop level -- selling points that make this beer stand out as a "best buy" at under $5.00 for a 750 ml bottle. Hennepin pours a foamy white head and has a light golden color more typical of a blonde ale, with lots of tiny bubbles in a steady stream. Aroma is highly malty with lots of fruit esters and a refreshing pinch of yeastiness, all combining in a very earthy tone. Flavor is also more like a high-quality blonde and is non-possessive of the characteristic citric elements of the saisons Ive tried; rather, there is intense bland, perhaps mango fruitiness leading to strong malt alcohol in the middle with intense hops in the finish that subsequently covers the alcohol well. I decided to subtract 2 Overall points for the seeming out-of-style nature of the flavor and the appearance, but that has no bearing on the fact that this is a great beer! Nice to know that America can put out stuff to rival the native turf (though Ommegang is part of the "Duvel Family" and could very well have native Hollanders at the brewing helm.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle at Kellys, Dunedin FL. Pours a very hazy yellow with quickly dissipating big head. Taste matches aroma....moderately sweet, orange, and quite a bit of coriander spice. Throw in some yeasty breadiness and youve got the picture. Medium bodied....nice dry spicy finish. I feel bad for waiting so long to try this...it was pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Pours orange with plenty of white head. Tastes of fruit and a bubblegum after taste. Thin body but the alcohol is very noticable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Bottle: Pale golden, hazy, monsterous white rocky head, lovely lacing.   Musty aroma, basement, subtle spices.   Peppery flavor, soft witbier spices of corriander and orange peel, slightly floral.   Very enjoyable body, medium to full mouthfeel.   Yeasty finish, lingering spices.   Not as dry or floral as those from Belgium, but very tasty regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Cloudy golden orange in color. Noticeable fizz refueling the head, which is a fluffy, 1/2" thick creamy joy. Great lacing. Aroma is bananas, yeast and pepper. Some wafts hint at wet socks coming out of an old leather shoe. Very good flavor - citric shine, effervescent and souring. Lemon meringue pie and crackled black pepper. A little thinning on the finish, but otherwise a damn good saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Poured dark cloudy gold with a white head. Aroma: honey, yeast, banana, cloves, peach, lemon, and orange. The flavor is lightly fruity with a strong breadlike body. Very smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
A true Hall of Famer from Cooperstown--a real tasty Belgian in every respect except the passport. A very ethereal opening leads to a solid, yeasty, hoppy Tripel base... Excellent, a winner

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
750ml bottle I picked up at Brewery Ommegang in February 2003. (This review fromAugust 2003) A fine appeance, looks even better than it tasted, A luminescent gold but cloudy. It has a thick white head, even with a gentle pour. Smells spicy (ginger or coriander) and hoppy with a hint of apple. Tastes alternately sour and fruity (depending on where its hitting the palette) with that ginger spiciness thrown in. Quite the hoppy aftertaste but not unpleasantly so. Aftertaste really lingers. Has a foamy mouthfeel with a medium body. For such a complex ale, it is very drinkable. I would have to say this is my favorite Ommegang product Ive tried thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3870) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy piss yellow. Cottony head. Aroma: Light sourish, yeast and tropical fruits. Flavour brings wheat, banana and hops. Crisp. Full bodied.

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