Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Brewery Ommegang - Hennepin

Purchased From: Beltway Fine Wine
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass

Ommegang is back with two more beers this week after making a brief appearance during the first week of this blog's active life. Today is Hennepin, the Belgian-inspired Saison from the New York brewery. The beer pours a hazy, light yellow straw with a huge, rushing active carbonation from the center of the glass. The airy white head is massive with large carbonation bubbles for a light and fluffy consistency. The retention is excellent and leaves thick and chunky lacing on the glass.

The nose is spicy and complex with a cellary must. The Belgian-influence is abundantly clear, making for a very promising American take on a traditional style. The beer is very spice oriented off the front, with an extremely crisp mouthfeel. Mid-palate the beer seems to turn silky allowing its delicate and nuanced notes to shine through. Lemon and citrus make the beer extremely refreshing. The beer is dry for the finish and its alcohol seems to peak late. It comes through a bit stronger than I would've liked, even for a 7.7% ABV. While it seems like the heat could be managed a bit better in such a distinctive beer, this remains an extremely solid American Saison-style beer.

Final Verdict: B+

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