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RATINGS: 2276   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
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.

3.7
Sregnar35 (1032) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Very creamy, fruity beer. Bubbly like a wheat beer, but with a lot more kick. Great refreshing aftertaste.

4
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2005
pours a a cloudy golden color with a thick head. Aroma is of hops and citrus. Flavor has a champagne feel to it. Good, solid, Belgian style beer.

3.7
ABUSEDGOAT (2791) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Pours a thick golden color with a lot of head. Smooth easy to drink ale. It’s well balanced and spicy like the rest of their brews.

4.2
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2005
I developed a new appreciation for this beer last weekend. It had a nice head and was very effervescent on my tongue. It had some nice bitter ends to it. This beer ages well.

3.7
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Hazy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is spice, citrus and musty yeast. Reminiscent of a hefe-weiss. Flavor is moderately sweet and spicy. Very effervescent. Very nice.

4.1
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 The aroma presents a sweet alcohol braced mix of yeast and malt. Reminds me a little of the aroma from a dopplebock and knocks on the door of the banana laden weizenbocks. Definite fruit notes that include pear and apple, but it isn’t a stretch to name banana or at least the Now N Later artificial version of banana. The body is a pale yellow gold and holds a pinky sized head that appears creamy viewed from the top, but bubbly from the sides. The fore flavor is heavy with alcohol laced fruits and estery yeast notes. Very soft mouthfeel, but it is punctuated by a crisp carbonated feel during the swallow. The finish is slightly dry and chalky. The beer comes across very decadent and expensive and I’d quickly recommend it to a friend.


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