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Naughty Hildegard ESB - Driftwood Brewery

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 100
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 35
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

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

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobsy on 02-16-2010

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!
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 100
Reviews by bobsy:
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, always nice to have a mainstay in the Canada Top 100 just up and appear on the shelves of my local bottleshop of choice.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather fizzy ecru head, which leaves some patchy snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells strongly of varied orchard fruit (orange, apple, and underripe plum), biscuity caramel malt, further tropical fruit notes, mild florals, and a prominent wet stoniness. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity graininess, white grapefruit and blood orange citrus rind, bitter pine needles, sharp earthy and floral hops, and a wee twinge of alcohol heat.

The carbonation is quite frothy and fizzy, in equal and almost alternating parts, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, those testy hops making a small dent here. It finishes well off-dry, the big grainy and caramelized malt still ably fending off that near IPA-esque hop incursion.

A tasty and interesting example of the style - it's big and hoppy, sure, but with a certain complex maltiness that leans towards the old-world English bitter side of things, all while the hops scream out PAC-NW. Once again, this aptly suits a brewer from Victoria, given the nature of that city's location and demographics.

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Photo of Justindouglas7
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of trail77
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of nomoon
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a big white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Really nice aroma of piney hops. Balanced flavor with hops and caramel malt. Light-medium body with a fairly dry finish. Quite drinkable, this is an enjoyable beer from Driftwood.

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Tmappin
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Fresh bottle from rutager. Pours tan brown body with small retained white head. Smells odd. Taste is mild hoppy competing with some sourness and buttery and some honey. Really not meeting the style. Not to drinkable. Will try again on tap when I am there soon.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of pugdogbeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing bitter from Driftwood with lower carbonation and loads of hops. Drinks extremely smooth.

Colour is a wonderous light orange when raised to the light with a nice white head.

Exceptionally smooth with a bitter hoppiness that comes off with a spicey, sweet taste. Nice mild aftertaste.

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Photo of 1stOffender
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of souvenirs
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks and smells beautiful. Ruby and just a little bit cloudy. Very fruity aroma - grapefruit, oranges, peach.

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Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Rutager
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask just tapped at Kingfishers for CAMRA Fraser Valley's first cask event. Love this label!!!

Appearance. Awesome. Deep golden amber with just a little haze. Three fingers of thick off white head that leaves some pretty bands of lace.

Smell. Sweet caramel and citrus, spicy hops.

Taste. Nice grassy, floral hops and citrus fruits, just enough dry caramel malt. A little lingering bitterness. Real good stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth medium carbonation.

Overall. Awesome stuff that was just made better by enjoying it with a bunch of cool local craft beer fans

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best before 11/14/12 courtesy of Rutager. Thanks! Poured in to Bruery tulip glass.

A - Translucent medium amber/orange colour. One finger of fluffy cream coloured head with decent lacing.

S - An amazing fresh hop aroma up front with grapefruit, tangerine, peach and pine notes. A slight malt sweetness is present in the background.

T - A nice bitterness up front, reminiscent of an IPA. Grapefruit, pine, orange zest and some peach. A decent malt sweetness provides some semblance of balance.

M - Light to medium body with a very nice chew. Light carbonation.

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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FondueVoodoo for the bottle.

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy, deep copper color with 2-3 fingers of off-white head, sudzy, with good retention and lacing. It smells of bread, toasted malt, caramel with a nice citrus and floral hop punch. The taste is similar featuring equal parts caramel, bready malt and earthy, cirtus hops and finishes drier with a bittering hop kick. the body is spot on, creamy but not heavy with good carbonation. An excellent example of the style.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice "interpretation" of an ESB. There's a ton of fresh citrusy-piney hops on the nose and an equal amount on the palate. But at 6.5% this is approaching an IPA in a lot of ways (except for the copper-brown color). Still, a flawlessly made beer and another great release from Driftwood.

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Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Grainius
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Naughty Hildegard ESB from Driftwood Brewery
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