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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 2014 San Diego International Beer Ė Bronze Medal Ė Other Belgian-Style Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - 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 didnít get it. Bit of a miss for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Huge thanks to welosiped for getting this bottle out to me. Served in a snifter. Pours a moderately-hazed orange-copper color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing as it falls. The nose brings some tropical and citrus fruits plus a good dose of oak and chadonnay. The taste is quite the improvement with some nice hop flavor and a bit of grape skin and oak. Finish is quite bitter with some nice oak tannins filling things out. Medium body. Overall, quite drinkable and certainly one of the best, if not the best, barrel-aged IPAs that Iíve come across. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-14-2011

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - APR 15, 2011
Poured in a tulip glass. Very cloudy golden, sort of orangish color. Lots of lacing on the glass. I smell the Chardonnay right away. Hints of the oak in there. Then Belgian like esters. The Chardonnay and oak are tasted right away. A lot of Belgian influence. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy dirty blonde color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is a complex mix between a dry hoppy Belgian ale with some sweet notes mix with some light tart vinous notes. Taste is quite complex with notes of sweet Belgian style malt with dry hoppy notes and light tart vinous notes. A bit lacking balanced with more vinous notes would have been better. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very interesting experience though maybe lacking a bit of balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a hazy gold with creamy beige head. Aroma has some buttery/white grape chardonnay notes, light oak, fruit, floral hop, subtle farmhouse and light malt. Flavor is very much the same. Mouthfeel is medium, soft body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, very elegant and tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle provided by Alex over dinner...Pours a dark hazy peach with an off white head that good retention and nice streaky lacing...The aroma has a lot going on, tons of belgian yeast, oak, wine, and a bretty funk...The taste is very vinous, immediately I think Iím drinking wine, its very dry and has the feel of a chardonnay. The taste is a mix-mash of yeast, oak, and brett, has a sharp acidic bite Iím not a huge fan of. Interesting profile but not a flavor I enjoy. Its actually tough to describe it but oak, yeast and bret mixed tougher with a glass of wine gets you on the right path. Too much going on, I wouldnít drink this again or recommend it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
sampled during the 2011 RBWG weekend pours hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma is vinous and full of stale wood and leather. Flavor is super dry, loads of hops, dry yeast notes. Interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
Outstanding craftmanship.Wafting wine and hops. Looks great though a light colour. Full mouthfeel. Very satisfying, with the patience of 6 months of barrel ageing, is it a double IPA or a great white wine.Thanks Michael for this and all you have done, and our wishes for your complete recovery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Apple spritzer like flavor from the belgian yeast which accompanies the hoppy citrus rather well with a sour backdrop and nicely carbonated medium dry texture. As much as I dig sour beers, the aftertaste is kind of cloying. The chardonnay is definitely here in the mix. I would love to try this on tap!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours murky yellow/orange, almost electric orange. Thin white head, very persistent. Nose is nettly, grassy citrus hops, navel orange and grapefruit - herbal notes. Flavours of lemon, tangerine, grassy hops, Champagne-like body/carbonation. Interesting, but I didnít really groove on it....

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