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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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4.3
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 I’ve 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.)

3.2
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 you’ve got the picture. Medium bodied....nice dry spicy finish. I feel bad for waiting so long to try this...it was pretty good.

4
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.

4
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.


4.1
StewardofGondor (2088) - 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.

4.2
eboats (1115) - 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.

4.5
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

4.1
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 it’s 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 I’ve tried thus far.

3.7
rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, 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.

4.3
xdream (16) - Madison, Alabama, USA - APR 21, 2005
Poured into the official Hennepin glass that I scored at BrewFest last week. Its head clung to the sides of the glass like a southern bells damp dress on a hot Alabama day. The carbonation is steaming upward intensly. What a beautiful beer. The smells and taste are almost as good. I continued to play with the foamy head as I sat on my patio finishing the last great drop as the sun went down.


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