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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4730) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3636) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16245) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
They do indeed have this on tap very rarely. Ridiculously expensive 4 oz pour. It is pretty tasty, notes of wine, oak, yeasty spice, and a hint of hops.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Poor is hazy yellow with small head. Aroma is tart lemon rind with honey taste is kind all over the place a little tart up front. Then vanilla and white pepper followed by oak leather and finish is slightly bitter good beer. Thx tally beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2011
8/5/11. 750mL bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Very cloudy orangeish pour with a small off-white head. Complex aroma with oak, sour, vanilla, wine, and more... awesome flavor that contains big oak, vanilla, a touch of sour, hops, wine, and more. Ths is good shit!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2113) - Petaluma, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29019) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (5936) - 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.


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