Hopfenstark Ostalgia Blonde (Oak Aged)
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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
L’Assomption, Canada


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2009
For a few years, the regular Ostalgia Blonde has been easily my favourite beer in Quebec. No other beer can offer, at the same time, such captivating freshness, texture, hop brightness and refreshment qualities. I was therefore not completely sold to the idea of oak-aging it, which I’d expect would cut through some of the aforementioned characteristics. Well, it’s a different beast indeed, but it works very well. Were it not for the regular’s superlative stature, I’d be completely drooling about the oaked rendition. Here, tannins join upon hay, hops are less liberal, acidity is more vinous, but the crispiness is pretty much the same while the mouthfeel remains grand, full-bodied, natural. A charming pupil, but one that should not be the master in any foreseeable future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2008
Bouteille de 750 ml, à la brasserie. Arômes citronnés de levure sauvage, touche boisée. Robe blonde pâle, belle effervescence. Plus mince en bouche que la version classique, les tanins de bois et une touche citronnée accompagnent les céréales. Le houblon est également beaucoup moins présent que dans la version classique. Finale sèche. Une bière extrêmement désaltérante et très facile à boire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2010
Pours a cloudy golden color with a medium white head. Sublime, complex aroma of brettanomyces, hops, hay, honey and wood. Solid flavor of hops, brettanomyces, hay, wood and dryness. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. I love the regular Ostalgia Blonde and this oak-aging experiment is quite a success.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line:
An intricate interplay of crisp cereals, wooden dryness and citrusy tartness maintains itself throughout this slender and quenching oak-aged Golden Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the hazy blonde.
-The tartness can easily be predicted from the aroma; it never overwhelms the blonde ale within though, which is nice.
-The body is a tad lighter than the regular Ostalgia Blonde.
-Carbonation is prickly and, teamed up with the tartness and lean body, makes for some very easy drinking.
-This is a compelling twist on their regular Ostalgia Blonde, one which is able to retain its initial character while offering a completely side of itself.

Bottle at the brewery tasting room.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 From a bottle at the brewery. I especially loved the nose on this beer, the grainy scents from the regular blond turned into a light acidity with a real wood feel to it. Dull bubbles with a distinct wood flavor. The oak aging makes it a completely different beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2009
1 an. Bouteille de 750 ml dégustée directement à la brasserie lors du party 3e anniversaire. Arôme: Odeur de levures sauvages avec une pointe citronnée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de levures sauvages avec une pointe citronnée.Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement citronné. (Rating #2782)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
On tap; pour is murky golden with a creamy, whispy white head in this tulip. The nose is musky, lemongrass, slightly soapy, with light fruits. The flavor profile I find fantastic and refreshing. Light fruits, florals, slight bitterness, a touch of oak, lemongrass, cream, most excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
<b>In short: </b>A slightly wild woody blonde ale of some kind. Very good and original.
<b>How: </b>Bottle 750ml, first batch ever. Shared by Rastacouere at brewery 2nd anniversary party
<b>The look: </b>Almost clear blonde body topped by a very small white head
<b>In long: </b>Nose is slightly funky, those Hopfenstark barrels are definitely developing a Jolly Pumpkin-ish funkiness. Unsurprisingly considering the original beer there’s a whole lot of cereals in this baby. But the crispiness and light tartness of the original Blonde is replaced here by a woody honey/caramel mixture. The crisp dry hops presence of the original Blonde have vanished during the barrel maturation. The end-result is an interesting slightly wild woody blonde ale of some kind that is unfortunately inferior to the excellent crisp and refreshing regular Blonde. A very good beer but with the superior and cheaper regular Blonde more easily available I can’t imagine myself buying a bottle of this Oak Aged version. Well, actually I can imagine myself buying a bottle of that. I can also imagine myself banging Paris Hilton. Doesn’t mean it will happen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2928) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2009
Drank at the brewery (750 ml bottle), in their 3rd birthday (November 28, 2009). Blonde slightly veiled, thin head with lace. Malty aroma of herbs, live yeast. Herbs fruity and slightly sour taste, dry finish that remaining in your mouth. As good as the original but more fucky!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2143) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle at Host 3rd anniversary. Pours clear pale yellow. Nose is a bit sour and a bit funky. Some yeasty esters. Taste is a bit hoppy at start, a bit watery. Some yeasty esters.

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