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Naughty Hildegard ESB - Driftwood Brewery

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74 Ratings
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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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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -36%
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.

Sammy, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

KeKeKumba, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of 604growler
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

604growler, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of zduerr
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

zduerr, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of LazyL
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful clear dark amber with a cream coloured foamy thich head. The aroma is suble roasted malt with a bit of clover honey and pine. The taste is sweet heavy roasted malts, carmelized brown sugar and a medium/ high level of bitterness. Fresh tasting with a touch of leafy earthyness. The mouthfell is bold with a big body feel and nice contrast between bitterness and rasted malt. A bit of a burnt flavour comes though. A bit heavy maybe, but a nice, interesting beer.

LazyL, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes accumulated since the birth of Zoe.

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, best before 111612.

Appearance: Bright burnished copper, fairly clear. Head manages barely over 2 fingers before going to a thin ring. Clings all around and could be a bit livelier though nice rings as glass empties.

Smell: Juicy hops leave a nice citrus aroma mixed with some pine. Laced in back is a tea-like maltiness.

Taste: More balanced in flavor as malt is more predominant with hops coming in the latter part. A touch of grapefruit sweetness in the finish that grows as drinking progresses.

Mouthfeel: I'll give the body a medium feel with a nice raw bitterness in the aftertaste that gathers steam.

Overall: Gets better as it warms. A hoppy ESB that is quite good though i preferred Mitchell's.

papat444, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of TRiGS
4/5  rDev -7%

TRiGS, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of JoeyRamone
4/5  rDev -7%

JoeyRamone, May 26, 2012
Photo of Stizz19
4/5  rDev -7%

Stizz19, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of thefullpython
4/5  rDev -7%

thefullpython, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -7%

bobsy, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -7%

tom10101, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is like a 3 Floyd's take on the style.

A: Clear, copper-bronze with a huge, off-white head; good retention & lacing.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, pine & grass with hints of sweet toffee.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit rind, grass, pine, floral, hints of toffee & cotton-candy fruity esters, balanced bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slightly drying finish.

D: A good drinker.

Over-the-top for the style, but the hop-heads will love it.

Derek, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of ericj551
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Naughty Hildegard pours an orange copper with a nice offwhite head that lingers. Earthy, herbal and spicy hops are prominent in the aroma, with a nice caramel maltiness. Hops are featured in the flavor as well, with more spicy and slightly citrusy hops. There is a nice malt backbone that isn't completely in the background, with more nice caramel and toffee notes. The finish is bitter and slightly resiny. Overall I'd say this is a hoppy take on the ESB, but a delicious beer none the less.

ericj551, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of BDTyre
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich amber colour with a good sized, but not out of control head.

Rich, fresh bread and toffee malt scent with a noticeably spicy hop nose. Slightly floral, and sweet.

Pronounced bitterness, almost pushing this to an IPA level of hoppiness. MAlts are too big for an IPA, and their rich, slightly sweet character solidly ground this in ESB territory.

A bit heavy handed on the carbonation; this could be a bit smoother but that's really the only down point.

Great ESB - one of my favourite Canadian ones.

BDTyre, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of chickenm
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

chickenm, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

JasonLovesBeer, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Ericbeech_87, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of schopenhauerale
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

schopenhauerale, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of pugdogbeer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

pugdogbeer, May 02, 2010
Photo of nomoon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

nomoon, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

1stOffender, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Boozecamel, Aug 16, 2014
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Naughty Hildegard ESB from Driftwood Brewery
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