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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13171) - 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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaverandrew15 (12) - Menominee, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Aroma: Apple, pear, barnyard Taste: Chardonnay, tannic, grassy, vanilla, harsh grapefruit, vanilla, subdued sweetness. Mouthfeel: Heavy body, low carbonation Appearance: Bright golden color, healthy white head Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2628) - JAPAN - JAN 13, 2017
Fun beer. Like a slightly less good Orval. Wine like character, hoppy but remains checked, dry finish. Very solid. Lovely billowing pillow head too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawanna (3202) - Freising, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2017
0,75 l bottle floral, raisin, spruce, citrus, hay, golden, hazy, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (4004) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Shared 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters showing a cloudy, orangey gold color, with a modest layer of soft white foam, and spots of lacing. The nose was ripe fruit, citrus & stone variety, spice, and some woody/barrel hints. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste added some vinous characteristics, tannic & dry astringency, and some warmth. A nice upgrade to the base brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (11011) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Bottle. Orange, peach. biscuit malt, dry lemon peel, and hay aroma. Hazy golden yellow with giant white head. Moderately sweet orange/lemon, biscuit malt, and moderately bitter/astringent fresh hay/lemon peel flavor. Nice body. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (6360) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle: Cloudy, amber/orange/gold with a huge, creamy beige head. Sweet oak, white grape, orange aroma. Floral, candied citrus, oak, orange malt flavor. Surprisingly delicate.....creamy, soft and sweet. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4911) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2016
750 ml bottle from Trigs in Wausau, WI, opened a bit below cellar temp and poured into a Maudite glass. Well, a bit of it poured - it opens with a good pop and pours a bit gout of off-white foam, slow-decaying atop a luminous orange-gold, opaque body....I definitely get the chardonnay in the nose, which is vinous, slightly tart and fairly sweet, with a bit of oaky character and a fair amount of fresh doughy yeastiness; citric hops are present but never dominate...body is moderately sweet at the front, yeasty, moving on to lightly dry and quite tart, bitter and somewhat astringent towards the finish, with peppery notes and a fair amount of alcohol, though for me its only a touch too boozy and only at the finish - in the body its merely warming. Body is supple enough, moderately carbonated - just enough really to keep things light on the palate. I can see how the finish on this one would kill it for some people, it really is on the harsh side, but it isnt that damaging to me - enough to keep this from getting over a 4 I guess. The description focuses on the hops - which really arent all that apparent - and calls it a tripel; I think the current designation of Belgian strong works pretty well. My first beer from this brewery and state.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Voodoo (608) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2016
A huge foamer.......finally poured a murky orange gold and took 5 minutes to settle.......aroma is earthy wood, grape......taste is initially not impressive. Heads toward sour, but not quite, holds a belgian yeasty earthiness and becomes very astringent, not in a good way.....ignored it for 5 minutes and as it opened up the flavors went together much better, more fruitiness, nice malty backbone, slight grainy finish, continues to open with more and better flavors......advise? Let is open for a few minutes before even taking the first sip.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Idiosynkrasie (6981) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 3, 2016
750ml bottle [10.6% abv]. Milky, orangey golden colour with huge, thick, creamy, mostly lasting, superbly lacing, white head. Vinous and fruity aroma, minimally bready and biscuity malty background, notes of dried yellow stone fruit, peach and apricot. Taste is initially moderately sweet fruity, minimally bready and biscuity malty, notes of peach, apricot, hints of honey, then the 87 IBUs become more and more noticeable with tremendous bitterness and citrusy as well as floral hop flavours, notes of grapefruit, cautious hints of pineapple, a tropical fruity touch; on top mild vestiges of the Chardonnay BA add woody, tannic, fruity nuances with a touch of silica and white grapes: Creamy texture, gentle, lively carbonation. If I had been sceptical about the balance of an 87 IBU Belgian Strong Ale I must admit now: except for the first sips initial hop punch that nearly had effectuated a knock out, the malty backbone is optimally endowed to cope with such a disquieter. Rich, manifold, complex. Its not only that you find new solo flavour nuances with every sip - new combinations come to mind in addendum (e.g. peach-honey or white grape-sugar powder. Awesome stuff! One of the rarer examples using the PoMo craft beer gadgets (barrel aging, dry hopping) with an absolutely advantageous outcome at any rate [cf. e.g. Anchorages The Tide and Its Takers Triple].

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (5135) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2016
750 ml. Gigantic spongy head finally settles down to a thin disc of cream. Nose is earthy oak with some spicy-sweet white wine, citrus and toffee. Tastes of white wine, apricot, lemon hard candy, wood and a touch of cocoa. Some bubblegum in the long finish. Medium-plus body is soft, lightly astringent and shows a nice balance. .


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