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Naughty Hildegard ESB - Driftwood Brewery

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 27
Gots: 7 | 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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Brewrambler, Sep 08, 2014
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pudoo, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

ThirstyDutchman, Aug 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

trail77, Jun 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

smekermann, Jul 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Dee13, Feb 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

kjyost, Aug 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

hopspiller, Sep 20, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Muddman, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of ZachT
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

ZachT, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Rutager, Mar 27, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn this is good. Tons of hops but balanced to the dime this is why Driftwood is among the top tier of BC's brewers. A west coast ESB that is big and beautiful with excellent drinkability make this a new favourite. Now to put in cans and sell it in 6 packs

canucklehead, Mar 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JonnyBeers, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

montrealbcr89, Feb 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Frank_Z, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

oldp0rt, Jun 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JoshRosario, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Erik-P, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Niceroad77, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

YamagamiTravis, Sep 03, 2014
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Hoptoria, Feb 28, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a pilsner glass. It pours clear ruddy amber with a tan head that does not subside and laces in thick rings.

S - bready malt, fresh pitted fruit, light caramel, rich piny hops and spice

T - sweet fruity malt, piny and herbal hops and a spicy hop finish. There is no funky taste at all here which is different from other brews with such pronounced hop flavors.

M - medium carbonation, medium body, benign viscosity, and semi dry finish that warms the stomach and the throat.

D - all around great beer

Grunewald, Apr 12, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

SebD, Oct 15, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

PaulietheBrit, Oct 04, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I popped it open. The bottle made an alluring hiss at me. It was like a siren song. "Drink me Dave" it called out. I succumbed to it. As I was pouring it, the beautiful smell of earthy hops, with whispers of spiciness, filled the room. Oh Ms. Hildegard! You smell divine. Hildegard's red-copper body makes the perfect palate of maltiness. When you go in for that first taste Her Hoppiness just explodes in your mouth. The spiciness of them really picks up. This beer is sexy. This beer makes me feel sexy.

quick facts:

a) red to copper body. off-white head, good retention, good lacing
s)huge earthy, piney, some citrus, some spicy hops
t) earthy and piney hops, much more spicy hops, some citrus hops, nice sweet caramel maltness
m) good presence
d) a pleasure to drink.

EskimoDave, Feb 18, 2010
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Naughty Hildegard ESB from Driftwood Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.