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RATINGS: 2342   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Cloudy yellow in color with an attractive, pillowy head of varying sized bubbles. Serious yeasty aroma (bread) with a secondary citrus scent. Many facets to the flavor. Lemon is the intitial flavor. A bubbly, lambic/champagne texture with a bread taste in the middle. Finish is dry; vinous aftertaste. Usually I don't like any vinous characteristics in a beer, but in this case they seem to work in good balance with the other characteristics of the beer. This beer changes in flavor as it warms. It's been out of the fridge for 50 minutes now and now has a flavor profile that is much more singular. Serious earthy malts with hops tasted for a second initially. Lingering coriander taste on the tongue. Some of the vinous finish still evident, but it is no longer the dominant flavor.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Was I supposed to lay this bottle down and let it age? Everything about it was overly aggressive. The pour was a beautiful cloudy golden color with a large white head. Yeast! Overwhelmed by Yeast in the nose with some hints of citrus. Heavily acidic with agressive yeast flavors. In addition, there were hints of fruit and alcohol. Followed by a strong bitter finnish. Maybe with time this one might meld together to become a smooth and complex beer. But, today it just wasn't happening. I was expecting a lot more from my first experience with this brewer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2003
My first Saison, and I love it. Fruit and yeast dominate the aroma and taste, but it is smooth and very tasty. Slightly bitter but the sweetness more than balances. Awesome beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Very Nice! Hennepin glows as bright and golden as a morning sunrise, a drape of fizzy white head drifts atop.
I can tell this is going to be a dry brew by the light malts, and the sharp fruity aroma. The mouth feel is explosively effervescent; the palate is dry and fizzy, very much like a Brute Champaign. I find spices, yeast, malt, white grapes, and fine lemon zest in the flavor.
Not at all what I was expecting, but so much more. Recommended!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3686) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2017 Pours a mildly coudly blonde witha very robust 6cm head that is white. This head has decent staying power. It has the aroma of a typical Belgian--yeastly with perhaps some banana in there as well. Start is somewhat acidic and yeastly. Middle is tart and bitter. Sweetens out into a very pleasant ending, though which makes you want to come back for more. A good mouthfeel from a Beligan. This is definitely one of the better North American Belgians--up there with Unibroue. (7/3/8/4/16) ~~~~~Re-Rate~~~~~ 13+ years later...750mL bottle. The aroma has nice lemon and citrus notes with a white pepper spiciness. Light esters, but pretty restrained. Mild to moderately hazy yellow to straw colored body present with a foamy, fairly strong white head. Starts with nice spritzy carbonation. Sweet esters follow with a little banana and clove. Spicy notes in the middle. Finishes with a mild bitterness, and a sharp carbonation. This is fairly enjoyable, even though I really dislike the style.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Lovely farmhouse beer, that is exceptionally refreshing and pure. So good on warm day, right there with a good hefe for that occasion. Spicy with some complexity for the beer geeks.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
This was an interesing beer to sniff. I thought it smelled a lot like tuna fish. Tiny bit of tuna/fishy flavor, but overall it's pretty mild, nothing outstanding, but a nice refreshing brew. Malty flavor profiles, hardly any bitterness, finish is nice, and palate is a little effervescent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Hazy golden color with rocky white head, looks very appealing. Aroma is full of floral notes, with hints of apricots and Belgian yeast. Soft mouthfeel. Some herbal notes, light sweetness. Finishes rather dry with some dusty notes. Light fruit throughout. A great value for a beer of this quality.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Small white head, pale golden color. Pretty highly carbonated. Smells malty, fruity and yeasty--very much like a weizen beer to me. Fizzy malty taste, with a very yeasty and bitter finish. I don't mind the flavor until the finish. A little too yeasty sharp for me. All-in-all a decent beer though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2003
Tasted in DC from Cairo. Nice golden yellow cloudy appearance. Good head formation and lacing. Orange spice scent with a champagne like quality. Flavour is very subtle and surprised me considering the bold aroma. Nice mellow balance with a slight yeasty / malty finish.


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