Do not open ‘til Christmas? Whoever coined that phrase obviously hasn’t tasted Christmas Ale’s fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors.
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.
As an accompaniment, it leans towards Asian cuisine, especially sushi. The ginger notes and the coriander pair sublimely with hamachi and salmon and a good dose of wasabi.
Malts: Pilsner, pale
Hops: Styrian Golding, Spalter Select
Spices: Coriander, sweet orange peel, ginger, grains of paradise
Yeast: Ommegang house yeast