RATINGS: 176   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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (5827) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2012
Draft at Jimmies, YES I know draft of this beer is RARE but it came from a very reputable place so Im sure this is what it is. Poured a mostly clear dark dark gold body with a smaller large soap bubble mostly white head. Aroma of bad white wine, grapes, set bread and hint of wet oak. Palate is nice with a medium to fuller mouthfeel, stronger to average carbonation, good dose of heat on the finish. Flavor is the same as the aroma and loaded with vinous notes and green grapes. Meh....its okay at best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bottle shared at Slutfest 3, Richmond, VA, 4/21/12. Pours a hazy peach color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of floral hops, earthy notes, stone fruits. The taste is stone fruits, bread, herbal and tropical hops, fruit cocktail. Full bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrDick (373) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Devgod opened a bottle while visiting NYC. Everything that you would expect in a nicely balanced Belgian-style IPA. The chardonnay barrel adds a little oak but does not overwhelm the taste. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Hazy orange color. Half finger head. Sweet wine aroma. Ibus hidden by the wine barrel aging. Not a favorite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Very nice floral and fruity aroma and taste with notes of green apple, pear, caramel white wine, vanilla and oak with a soft silky palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
A little confused by the name. Loads of chardonnay. Quite a tasty beer. But no hop taste to be found. A little saison with wine all over it. Buttery and slick. Would get a better rating if they left the hop name out of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Pretty nice looking, orange-ish tan colored and mostly clear, fairly good white head and not bad lace. Smell is very sour-like, notable chardonnay and wood, malt and hops arent as strong as I suspected but make a nice appearance. Tastes like a kind of strange, earthy sour. Hops are noticeable but Im not sure why this is a "God" of the hop. Definitely woody notes. A good malt base that makes it enjoyable and tries to balance out the kind of overbearing barrel aging. You kind of catch the hops on the backbite, second half of the swig. Body is smooth and luscious, very enjoyable, especially as it warmed. Pretty thick and full bodied despite the color and style. Mild tang and warming from the alcohol. Bitterness is pretty high but is somewhat masked by a sweet finish. Its quite likeable, though a bit odd and Im not sure what style/category it should really be in. However, if you like sours or you like chardonnay (as I like both a lot), definitely try this one for a special occasion sometime, with sophisticated beer drinkers ONLY. If youre expecting some kind of bold IPA you will probably be disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Expensive 750 ml. bottle. Pours an opaque orangish caramel. Slightly offwhite, sticky white head. Aroma of apricot, strong belgian yeast esters, citrus, some caramel. Mild barrel and chardonay notes. Flavor of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, fruity esters. Mild caramel, fairly dry and delicious. Pretty nice, actually, one of the better attenuated "Belgian" IPAs Ive had in a long time. Nice carbonation, medium bodied, finishes on a dry tropical fruit note. Some chardonay notes. Pretty nice, definitely one of the better Belgian IPAs Ive ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9672) - Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Sample from 750 ml bottle (from notes). Pours a hazy golden orange color with a medium sized fluffy off white head. The aroma had ample notes of citrus and florals, more subtle woody, vanilla and sweet malts. The flavor offers citrus and subtle peach, vanilla, oak, some tannins and sweeter malts. Medium body;mild bitterness to the finish, very interesting beer. This was a one time taste and I would love to try this again to compare notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcos (1794) - 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.

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