cards04 (2943) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
This is insane. I have never had a beer quite like this. Aromas of white wine, sauerkraut, rhubarb, lemon, barnyard funk. Perfect balance between sour and bitter. Wow. Flavor bomb right here. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to my cousin for the Christmas gift!
A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is a one finger white shade. While its retention isn’t the best, it’s both beautifully creamy and leaves a decent ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Very fruity. Intensely fruity, actually. Apples, grapes, pears, oranges, and grapefruit all intertwine on the nose, with a building bubblegum character coming out the more it warms up. The barrel character is moderately strong without being overpowering. One disappointing feature is that I don’t pick up much hoppiness, apart from some of the citrusy characteristics blending within the esters. Otherwise, this is an excellent example of a barrel aged tripel, at least on the nose.
T: From the start, the esters hit the palate immediately with strong bubblegum, apple, and pear. It’s on the finish where the hop profile makes itself known. They’re more citrusy than piny, and that’s good. The finish is also loaded with a clean oak characteristic - this feature is actually quite powerful, almost overly so. Wait not almost, definitely overly so. The toasted oak flavors run roughshod everything else when sufficiently warmed up. Getting past that, it’s a solid brew.
M: Surprisingly on the clean side, with the barrel characteristics doing a good job of drying it out. The tannins are a bit harsh, actually - it’s too dry in my mind. On the plus side, there’s very little in the way of prevalent alcohol.
O: Clearly, this isn’t much of an IPA, Belgian-style or otherwise: the hops are only a slight addition here, playing second fiddle to the barrel character. This is a perfect example of an over-barreled beer - the base beer pretty much cowers in fear of the chardonnay barrels. It’s a reasonable beer, but considering how much this brewery charges, I’m having a lot of trouble recommending this one (except to barrel lovers, that is). AirForceHops (8037) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2014
750 ml capped bottle. Dirty, cloudy bright gold with lasting head retention. Aroma upfront is mild white wine with a touch of floral type hops, traces of yeast. drsordr (2930) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Flavor start with oak tannins, funky grape hints, and a hop blend that get progressively more bitter as I sip. Oak hangs around after the sip with the bitterness. A lot going on in this brew, really busy. Yeast chewiness with a dry finish. Lots of oak and Chardonnay grapes, honestly the hops are not present here, but a mild alcohol burn is.
Draft sample at FoBAB 2014 pours avg gold. Nose slightly dank, tannin, and hoppy. Some spice in nose as well. Taste similar to nose, but with more spicy character. slowrunner77 (13231) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
"My favorite in a line of really really good Nebraska beers last night. I didn’t know what to expect from the chardonnay barrels as I’ve had everything from mellow soft and buttery, to light apple, to sour. This had a light tropical fruitiness and a coconut aspect to the barreling that has been noticed in bourbon aged beers like Bruery White Oak. The aroma is tantalizing fruits and coconut, oak and hops. The hops are subdued but not covered by the barreling and their presence put this one over the top compared to the Melange (same barrels). Expensive, but soooo stinkin good. Mouthfeel soft and full and oh so smooth."
Travlr (26437) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Draft at Max’s. Cloudy golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma of vanilla, lemon, light brandy. Taste is rich, complex, boozy vanilla and summer fruit. Tstamba (786) - Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Draft at White Oak Tavern. Deep golden hue with substantial head and ample lacing. Citrus and fruity hops with Chardonnay on the nose. Complex flavor profile with sweet malt, citrus, oak tannins and dry white wine finish. A truly outstanding Belgian style trippel... Maxbier (1000) - Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Hazy golden with big white head. Musty white wine funk aroma. Slightly spicy white wine and funk flavors up front. Hoppy wine slightly tart finish. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2014
750 bottle. Hazy pale gold with lacing. Tart banana bubblegum with granny apple nose. Mild sweet clove and apple flavors followed with spicey burning tart citrus bitterness. Than a wood vinous dryness. A very big complex beer. Usually this style would be more sweet. Very enjoyable and unique. kambei70 (1136) - - FEB 18, 2014
Tried during Omaha craft beer week. 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.
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