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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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For their second collaborative brew (this time with added Woman), the Women of Beer again looked to history for inspiration.
This beer’s name comes from Hildegard von Bingen: nun, scribe, composer and feminist credited with being the first to author the preservative power of hops in beer. Not that hops are the primary characteristic in the beer, a French farmhouse ale based on the Biere de Garde style that had French oak chips added in the fermenter. And it’s the oak that really stands out – soft yet prominent – giving the beer more than a passing resemblance to a wooded Chardonnay. There’s malt sweetness and a little spiciness in there too in another elegant and off centre release from the ladies. The beer was made possible with ingredients supplied by Bintani, Cryer Malt and Grain & Grape. Labels were supplied by Pemara.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2013
750ml bottle from Archive. Had this bottle for a while and finally got around to drinking it. Quite good with a complex mix of fruitiness ands pickiness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a clear golden amber, with a smallish off-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves reasonable lacing. Citric hops mix with some herbal notes, light sweetness and sourdough bread in the aroma. There is an almost lime soda flavour up front, sharpening into more of a genuine lime taste. This leads into a fairly light sourdough body. Fresh, leafy hops and more lime make up the finish. This is quite refreshing, but too light-bodied and without much flavour complexity.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours gold with a small head. Nose shows grassy, spicy hops, lemon, biscuity and bready malt. Similar flavours - spicy hops and biscuity malt. Somewhat plain. Also some noticeable booze. Too much carbonation.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
fletchfighters (1013) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2012
Thanks to Owen for bringing this to a tasting. Hazy straw gold color. Nice white head. Good spotty lacing. Nose is of funky apple cider. Not a good sign at all. Little bit of white pepper but cider dominates the smell. Taste is of cider and a cross of an industrial lager. Metallic and sour at the same time. Just a bad beer and after a few sips it was dumped. Poor quality and worst beer of the night in a big way

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle from Swords Vic Market. Nice and yeasty. Aromas of dough, cheese, caramel. Taste is sweet, with sour notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, lively, and medium bodied. Amber, cloudy, with a thin head.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hawthorne00 (2262) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle. Amber with a white head that fades to the rim. Aroma is grapey with lemon leaves, pepper, wood. Lowish carbonation - a little more would have been welcome. Sweet with lightly spiced light caramel, lots of grapes, perfumey lemon, vanilla. Woody and slightly spicy finish. The sophisticated touches wanted a more vibrant beer to play under.


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