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RATINGS: 167   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcos (1779) - Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Location/Date:Bottle shared on November 24th with Dave.

Appearance: Pours a dark copperish color.
Aroma: Aroma is fruity, malty..
Taste:Malty to start, sweet, then oak on the finish.
Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: A really interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2011
I thought this was fantastic. You get a lot from the oak barrels. It’s somewhat thick and sweet and very very dry from the aging. Lots of oakiness. The barrel aging imparts something of a saison character to what is already a very good tripel. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Beer has a variety of textures and tastes. The chardonnay oak barrels seem to compete with the yeast and hops from this peculiar style. Very layered though, the nice thing about this beer is it acts like the wine it was barrel aged from. The taste unfolds at the end with a yeasty sour finish, but the first taste that hits my mouth is the crisp buttery notes indicative to chardonnay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1922) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours murky golden orange with a white head. Aroma is malty, citrus, yeasty spice, and brett. Flavor is sweet, fruity, citrus, green apple, woody, horseblanket, and a good bit of hoppy bitterness.

   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 (3201) - 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 (5741) - 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 (440) - 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.

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