Hennepin introduction from the Ommegang website:
As you pour this rich golden ale into your glass, consider your surroundings. Are you in a restaurant? Outside on the deck? Is it hot and humid? Cold and brisk? Take a drink. Feel the way Hennepin is bright and lively in your mouth with a warming mix of spicy gingersnap and citrusy hops. Refreshing. Relaxing. It’s true: no matter where you are, Hennepin is the perfect ale for all seasons.
World Class Saison
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into an Ommegang Chalice. The French word for season, saison, has become a stylistic designation to distinguish a group of beers from Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium.
It pours a deep orange/gold, with a bit of haze. The scent of lemon, apple and pear permeate this summery beer, reminiscent of fruit soaked in alcohol.
With a real earthy fell, the spiciness lingers and the dryness lends more nutty flavors toward the end. Soft and pillowy, the alcohol is warming, but not overally obvious. Very crisp and satisfying on a hot day with active champagne-like effervescence. It is a charming blend of musty and zesty, grainy and fruity.
Ommegange serves well as an aperitif. Try it with washed-rind cheeses, such as Uplands Pleasant Ridge, an exquisite farmstead cheese with a nutty, clean flavor. Hennepin's ginger and coriander notes lend themselves to the composed spicing in Asian cuisines. It also goes well with Thai and Indian cuisine, sushi, Mongolian hotpots, fried fish and Peking duck. I enjoyed this beer at the French restaurant in Culver City called Fraiche, celebrating my friend’s birthday. Snacking on fondue, duck pate and enjoying Ommegang is a great way to spend a Monday.
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