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Boson De Higgs - Hopfenstark

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BA SCORE
85
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 16
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rtepiak on 04-28-2011)
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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 7/2014. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funk notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/smokey yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funky flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.8%. Overall this is a very nice and unique session smoked saison style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funky flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Even with the unique flavor profile and style mixture, everything came together very nicely. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shiny golden colour with haze; small bubbly head, nice clingy lacing. Slight trickle of bead. OK.

Smells very bacony. Smoky with peppery notes. Yeah, savoury, meaty, spicy. Not much more to it; does there really need to be though?

Taste is not at all what I expected. Tangy, citric with some notes of peach, then descends into dry smoke character with some wood, meat and mild peppercorn on the back. Very confusing drop. Also light.

Bit sizzly, gets some decent texture on the back; foams up.

Very, very weird beer. Smell doesn't match the palate much at all. Overall it's also just a bit lacklustre.

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3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Vermont Brewfest. Not sure if it was on-tap or not.

A-Hazy orange but leaning toward a lighter hue of orange.

S-Almost tart. Seems to be smoky. Definitively hard to grasp. Light Belgian yeast aromatics.

T-Has some tartness and funk. Clearly smoky. Also sweet. Pretty interesting. I'm not sure if the flavors match that well. Finishes a bit sweet and pale-fruity.

M-Light bodied. Flavors don't linger except for the smoke a little bit. Well carbonated.

O-Unique, smoked Berliner. Lichtenhainer Weisse! I've had one before. I guess this would be a good way to describe it. Well worth a sample but I think the flavors clash.

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3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Like the bottle states: this beer defies all categories. The appearance is much like a saison but the aroma is not. There is a cool smokiness at the beginning of the taste that melts wonderfully into a wheat or saison type. Very enjoyable, love the fact that it defies explanation! I enjoy beers that give you the something unexpected.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes.

A - Poured a nice golden colour with good carbonation. Cloudy with yeast added. Half finger of white head gone fast and left a bit of lacing and no retention.

S - Mostly smoke and peat. Mild but not offensive with the aggressiveness of the smoke. A little saison is there but hidden with a very gentle sour/funk note that's barely detectable.

T - Smoke, saisony grass and fruit yeast notes. A weird combo that has most of the rauch components really present but subtle saison and faint berliner notes.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body with a smokey finish.

O/D - What a strange beer. Not detectable sourness and the saison element was very mild. Weird. To be honest it was mostly a tamed rauchbier. Odd, but enjoyable.

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3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ham. /end review (drops mic.)

But that would be very un-BEERchitect-like, so here's a bit more...

Pouring with a haze straw color, slight golden low lights gleam beyond a moderate wheaty haze. On par with most sour ales, this fusion of rauch and wiess shows champagne-like appearances with spirited carbonation the fuels a fluffy and arid white head. Slow to dissolve, the ale trails with a broken collar of lace.

Its aromas are spot on of honey-baked city ham- now way around it. Its smoky sweetness is of mesquite and maple as is savory and meaty scent strikes the olfactory senses with a notion of curing pork. Its light tangy backdrop is playfully of lemon and straw heading into taste.

Thin cracker-like maltiness is mildly bready and tepidly sweet, until its more acidic tones rise at middle palate and dries the sweetness with ease. Lime, stewed hay, and a salty brine taste crosses the palate with dried citrus tones before its slightly earthen and herbal finish. Echoes of ham then make their only real meaningful mark in taste.

Light and incredibly zesty, the ale does offer a soft creaminess on the early palate that dissovles away rather quickly in order to make way for a minerally-crisp finish. Its fleeting, sparkling carbonation allows the light bodied beer to behave very selzerwater-like.

Its impressive to see so much complexity to rise out of a sub-4% beer. Its highly characterful and refreshing- a more inquisitive offering than an everyday go-to.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml tall brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. They put this somewhere between Berliner Weisse, Rauchbier and Saison. That was well enough to pique my interest, even as I questioned their sanity.

Pours a quite clear yellow golden colour, with a big frothy head of white, that persists for a long time. Lacing is pretty decent and the carbonation is fine. It also looks like it has a bit of heft in the body, despite being only 3.8% ABV. Looks good.

Yep, nose is something like what I expected as much as I expected anything. Definite smokiness, almost peaty and slightly medicinal, with an underlying wheaty sourness that gives slight lactic overtones as well. There's a carbonic acidity to it as well. Very strange, but not unpleasant for it.

Yep, the taste is similarly weird: let's not beat around the bush, it's fucked up, but in the best possible way. Crisp wheaty acidity on the front of the palate, backed up out of nowhere by a slightly acrid, smokiness with no sweetness to it whatsoever—again, it feels slightly peaty and medicinal when mixed with the acidity. Taste is quite dark, despite the colour: it causes no end of cognitive dissonance in my brain.

Feel is quite fine and slightly frothy. It works well.

Yeah: this is bizarre. Hopfenstark have done something really weird and probably against some sort of law of nature. But for all its oddities, it works in some sort of perverse way. When I try something truly unique like this, I have to appreciate it.

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3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herb, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with slight smoke and chalk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has an odd smoke and chalk flavor, especially for the style this is supposed to be.

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