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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
Chardonnay Barrel aged version. 750ml bottle only. This version of Hop God is a fascinating, big, bold Belgian-style Tripel hopped in very high amounts to concentrate citrus, grapefruit and floral aromatics in the nose. The addition of Chardonnay barrel aging adds further dimension and oak tannins to an already wonderfully complex Ale - bringing to mind tropical fruits and peach.

2013 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Gold Medal American-Belgo Style Ale
2012 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Gold Medal American-Belgo Style Ale
2012 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal Other Belgian Style Ales 2014 San Diego International Beer – Bronze Medal – Other Belgian-Style Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3/5/11 bottle at rbwg. pale orange with a small white head. a= belgo yeast meets lemon, white white and dank hops. the flavor is a bit hot... lots of barrel qualities, wine, mild tannins and bitter hoppiness. odd but pretty dece. 7/3/7/3/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating #82. Hazy bright orange pour with a nice white head. Intense aroma, yeasty, spicy and hoppy all in one big aromatic explosion. Nice big flavor as well, moderate bitterness, a little woody with a nice little spicy kick. Really nice beer. (1981)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Pours a dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Spots of soapy lacing left behind.   Slightly earthy hop aroma with hints of grass and pine countered by sweet citrus and other light fruit.  Slight alcohol presence and light fruit from the Belgian yeast.  Hints of apple and pear along with slight lemon.  Subtle earthy oak with a prominent vinous/white wine character that compliments the fruit notes nicely.   Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a blast of dry earthy hops up front that linger over the earthy oak and sweet fruit notes into a slightly dry, lingering finish.  Hints of pine needle as well as some prominent lemon citrus and apple flavor.  The barrel presence is pretty strong with notes of dry toasted oak and a powerful vinous white wine character. Lots of vinous grape and white wine which compliments the fruit from the hops and Belgian yeast.  Subtle alcohol but easy to drink with decently masked ABV.  Hops complimented by oak/barrel and citrus complimented by estery fruit notes.  Pretty good.  

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3237) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2011
A very nice and intense beer, though it seems a little muddled with too much going on. Aroma was nice. Strong Belgian yeast and pear with a heavy hop presence to it. Pour was a nice bubbly medium gold with a one finger white head. Taste was either very complex or just plain muddled with all the flavors fighting for dominance. Heavy wine flavors (pear, apple and grape) in the front with a very wet bitter hop aftertaste. All the while the strong Belgian yeast is biting the cheeks and drying the back of the throat. The aftertaste is a strong combination of all 3 flavors. As it warmed, it melded a little better. Nice carbonation round the beer out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5784) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Hazy orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Bready, light resin, vanilla, and a hinto abv. Bourbon barrell, bready, caramel malt, and a light sour. Medium boded with a bito fizz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (441) - Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 one of the best things I’ve ever put into my mouth, and yes, I AM counting David Bowie, too. Incredible caramel-apricot color, hazy and gold laced. Three fingers of slightly off-white tightly carbonated head. Great retention and rocky dissipation. Aroma screams of chardonnay, green apples, apricot, tangy yeast, and some moderate hops. Oak and grapes are prevalent. Taste follows aroma, but much more oaky-butteriness and slight grape acidity. I can’t tell you how lively this flavor is. Finishes with a serious hop dryness and bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue. Dry hop flavor, not citrussy. One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. Top 3, hands down. My first Nebraska, and definitely not to be the last. WORTH EVERY GOD-DAMNED RED CENT! POSSIBLY THE BEST BEER IN AMERICA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Hazy gold pour with a thick white head. Malty and estery nose with bitter grassy hop notes and some white wine character. Winey flavor before banana Belgian esters take over, then grassy hops show up for a bit before a boozy finish. Interesting beer, but nowhere near worth the asking price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2011
750ml bottle. pours a nice murky golden color. nice aroma but nothing that stood out as a big IPA. interesting taste of citrusy hops and slightly sour on the finish. I’m told this is from the chard barrel aging. Good beer but hard to justify the price tag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5652) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Nice blend of cherry, apple, and pear aromas. Cloudy amber, little head. Flavor is triple sec up front with oak and maraschino cherry notes also present. There is also an impression of brett, but my glass may have just needed a rinse. This is a big beer with quite a bit of heat. Tasty, but I’m beginning to tire of these big sorts of beers and wouldn’t want more than one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours an orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity hoppy bitter aroma with weak yeasty hints. Fruity malty hoppy yeasty barrel flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish with hints of wood in the aftertaste.

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