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Naughty Hildegard ESB - Driftwood Brewery

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.49%
Wants: 21
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed to honor Hildegard Von Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun who allegedly was the first to record the use of hops as an ingredient in beer. While this is open to debate, we like Hildegard's style and we can't imagine a beer without hops. This extra special bitter has lots of hops- Hildegard would be proud. We are! Cheers Hildy!

(Beer added by: bobsy on 02-16-2010)
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seldomseen

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-28-2014 22:25:06 | More by seldomseen
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Justindouglas7


4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-02-2014 23:52:33 | More by Justindouglas7
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Hoptoria

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-28-2014 22:05:32 | More by Hoptoria
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Dee13

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

02-27-2014 02:24:46 | More by Dee13
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Rich amber with a moderate, off-white head that dissipated with some lacing.

S: Pleasant, vegetal hops and sweet malt.

T: Big but well-balanced ESB - all of the malts and hops were there in force. Lingering bitterness, subtle alcohol.

M: Moderation in all aspects.

O: This beer is outstanding. It shows that you can make a well-balanced ESB that is still exciting. Another Driftwood classic - wish this one was year-round!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 23:52:40 | More by schopenhauerale
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-26-2014 21:32:19 | More by Kurmaraja
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Frank_Z

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-02-2013 22:47:35 | More by Frank_Z
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-09-2013 03:28:32 | More by bobsy
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, some grapefruit, pine resins, sweet caramelly malts and some breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus and grapefruit upfront, piney resins giving off a nice bitterness, sweet caramel and some bready/biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Such a well balanced beer and so hoppy at the same time. I could drink this all day, loving it. I think Driftwood might just be my favorite Canadian brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 20:59:10 | More by SebD
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of earthy bitter hops with light dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also a well-balanced mxi between some earthy hops with some citrus bitter notes with a solid dry caramel malt backbone. Body is above average for style with good carbonation. Very enjoyable beer with nice earthy hops mix but not sure it has much to do with actual Bitter anymore.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 16:07:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-11-2013 03:25:30 | More by cbnz
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JefferyYoung

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-09-2013 22:24:15 | More by JefferyYoung
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Driftwood Brewing 'Naughty Hildegard ESB' @ 6.5% , first tasted at HOPoxia on tap , this review from a lot of 650 ml bottles purchased for $6.75

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear dark amber with a medium size off white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint glass

S-smell is big citrus , so similar to a PNW IPA

T-big & strong tasting , yet so smooth

MF-ok carbonation , medium to full bodied

Ov-great beer , even better ESB , seen a lot of this naughty lady this summer

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 04:51:48 | More by LampertLand
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional ESB.
Colour was a bit lighter than I was expecting.
Very hoppy aroma, followed by a strong but not overpowering bitterness. Finish is crisp and bitter, leaving you wanting more. At 6.5% its the perfect mix of alcohol and bitterness. I tried this one in a bottle and will be hunting for it on tap.

If you like ESB this is an absolute must.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 20:43:39 | More by ZachT
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: bright copper; translucent
S:very pleasant soft malt/hop balance; caramel, fresh buttered bread, slight spice, grapefruit rind, melon
T: that is very tasty and balanced right to the end. Hops and malt are so well integrated and supportive of one another; not over the top. Just a slight bitterness right at the finish. The bitterness keeps the malt from becoming too rich and sticky. Makes me want to keep coming back for another sip.
M: medium bodied; medium carbonation
O: I really like this beer. The balance is really there. My only wish was that it was a little lower in alcohol so that it was more of a session ESB. Perfect with my Mexican-theme dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:36:27 | More by EspressoGuy
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-25-2013 03:22:30 | More by 1stOffender
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

08-25-2013 01:13:09 | More by kjyost
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zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

08-21-2013 23:25:55 | More by zduerr
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JoshRosario

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-20-2013 00:46:15 | More by JoshRosario
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose: Smells authentically English. Bitter citrus, grapefruit. Pale malt notes. Bready.

Taste: Big citrus bitterness on a pale ale backbone, has the crisp and light body of a pale ale with huge grapefruit and floral hops smattered all over it.

This is a really enjoyable ESB, definitely one of my favourites. The combination of flavours, the body, mouthfeel; everything just comes together really pleasantly. A great accompaniment to a lot of dinners as well - ESB's are good for that, I find.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 06:24:43 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-10-2013 00:48:20 | More by andrenaline
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-22-2013 06:12:51 | More by smekermann
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-20-2013 22:48:54 | More by bumchilly25
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-10-2013 14:48:00 | More by KStark
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-19-2013 05:14:43 | More by montrealbcr89
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Naughty Hildegard ESB from Driftwood Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.