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RATINGS: 170   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a hazy brass color with a light-tan head. Aroma is pretty much pure chardonnay, not getting a lot of IPA or even beer character out of it. Big apple/pear, perfume and alcohol. Flavor is buttery oak up front, then a winey fruitiness, some round esters and yeastiness and a tannic, bitter finish. Comes together pretty nicely but it’s not very recognizable as an IPA of any sort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34273) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
Bottled. An unclear golden beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of hops and grapefruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of lemon, malt, grapefruit, and alcohol, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
In short: Topical fruits, white wine barrels, rustic dank cellar and a ton of grapefruity/lemony hops. Excellent and unique.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed one month after purchase but this kind of fancy pricey bottle may have been sitting there for 6 months.
The look: Cloudy golden blonde body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: Nose has plenty of white wine barrels, tropical fruits, freshly cut grass. Overall there was something about the aroma that I would describe as “dank cellar” that gave the beer aroma a bit of a rustic semi-wild edge. Very intriguing aroma. Taste is an original mix of white wine barrel aged blonde Belgian ale with a whole lot of high-alpha-acid grapefruity and lemony American hops. The wine barrels were perfectly integrated and didn’t grab all the palate attention, plenty of pineapples and other tropical fruits as well as some yellow not-too-ripe bananas. Also some countryside flowers. The biting bitter grapefruity/lemony hops were almost overwhelming and reminded me of the Port Brewing Mongo that I had the a few days before. This is a great original beer. The only problem with this beer is the price, but I bought a bottle anyway because I treat each day as if it was my only day on earth. Just in case I woke up a mayfly and I didn’t realize.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12142) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
@RBWG-750ml bottle-thanks to fata2683–pours an off white head and cloudy gold color. Aroma is yeast, spice, light/medium malt, tart. Taste is yeast, spice, light/medium malt, tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Shared by fata2683 at RBWG. Pours a golden with a whtie head. Aroma is wine, hops, yeast. Flavor is yeasts, hops, wine, citrus and loads of tropical flavors. Really nice, thanks Keith.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Clear light amber color/ ivory head. Nice wet wood, tropical fruit, citrus aromas. Medium body. Good fruity sweet pale malt, belgian yeast flavors with wet wood, white grapes--

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9321) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2011
750 ml bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Pours a semi-cloudy gold color with a small white head. Aroma of white grapes, oak, sweet malts, citrus, peaches, butter, and faint farmhouse funk. Flavor of sweet malts, honey, oak, grapes, grassy hops, straw, and barnyard funk. Medium-bodied, with mellow carbonation and a chewy, funky mouthfeel. I’m excited that Nebraska stuff is now coming to Missouri because everything I’ve had so far has been really outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13112) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by adneilson (thanks AAron) poured a clear amber with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of yeast, pear, wjite grapesa, straw, light orange and light grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finiush. Flavors of yeast, pear, white grapes, straw, grapefruit and light orange with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Bottle @ ratman’s house. Mildly hazy, yellow-orange appearance with a lively, white foamy head. Delicious tropical fruity, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, somewhat herbal, a bit spicy yeasty, white wine aroma. Very appealing nose. Dry, chardonnay, vinous, mango, apricot, peach, grapefruit, fruity, somewhat earthy, herbal, tangy flavor with some booze on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Sampled @ RBWG. Really not sure who brought this...thanks for whomever did!!! Hazy 14 karat pour with a small ivory head that left a spot or two of lacing. Quite sweet both in aroma and flavor. Bit of tropical fruit, biscuit, and yeast in the nose. Flavor is similar with lemongrass, Belgian yeast, and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel...expected heavier, brighter, even surprisingly bitter hops and just didn’t get it. Bit of a miss for me.

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