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Naughty Hildegard ESB - Driftwood Brewery

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Naughty Hildegard ESBNaughty Hildegard ESB

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BA SCORE
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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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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

01-16-2013 16:25:39 | More by 604growler
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-11-2013 18:59:39 | More by JonnyBeers
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-29-2012 02:13:14 | More by KalanM
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome bottle sent by Rutager in a recent trade. Thanks for all the loot man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, one finger, fluffy, white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and ring. Clear burnt orange in color with medium carbonation evident. A faint half wisp remains and coats the sides of the glass with lacing. Very nice looking.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, citrus lemon and grapefruit on the nose. Some pineapple and melon in there as well. Very fruity and hoppy for an ESB. Not quite to style, but it's still very nice.

TASTE: Pale malts and some sweet caramel malts up front, then a nice dose of pineapple, melon, and some fruity flavors at the swallow. A nice bitterness arrives at the finish with grapefruit, lemon citrus flavors, and some floral hoppiness. Aftertaste is bold and persistent with plenty of hop bitterness, citrus flavors and a light melon sweetness for balance. This is more IPA than ESB, but still a wonderfully flavorful brew in itself.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Quite creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smoth and finishes a touch dry. Nice feel for sure.

OVERALL: Another quality, quality beer from Driftwood. It seems like these guys know how to do their hoppy stuff. The hop bill makes this more of an IPA than a true ESB, but the beer is fantastic regardless. I'd gladly drink this on a regular basis, so if you get the chance to try it, don't pass it up. Thanks again for the awesome box Rutager. Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 11:59:50 | More by Jeffo
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason, 650ml into a tulip.

Darker orange/copper with a white head. Strong retention and great lacing. Bready nose, some English hopping with strong citrus presence, earthy, sweet and caramel flavours. Taste has some toffee, earthy, more citrus, pine and some light herbal notes. Bready sweet finish. Light bitterness, medium low carbonation. A very flavourful ESB.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 16:03:56 | More by liamt07
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Stizz19


4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-22-2012 03:14:31 | More by Stizz19
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark orange and a nice, creamy head that retains well.

Smell: Lots of citrus hops in the aroma followed by a nutty English malt character. Reminds me of a highly hopped Fuller's ESB.

Taste: Lots of malty sweetness and a slight English pub-ale flavour. Definitely picking up some biscuity malt as well as a ton of coastal hops (grapefruit, mango, lemon). Slight alcohol taste as well but it is well placed among all the other assertive flavours.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy as a solid, English-style ESB should be. I've had a lot of other North American interpretations on the style but mouthfeel is something most haven't been able to replicate from their English cousins. Driftwood does this incredibly well with Naughty Hildegard. Extremely pleasant to drink.

Overall: The hops make this border on IPA territory but the malt keeps it firmly entrenched as the delicious ESB it is. As a close cousin to the Fat Tug IPA, this is a nice, smoother alternative for someone who craves hops, but doesn't want to be bitch slapped by them.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 20:45:38 | More by Hornet2003
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-19-2012 18:36:51 | More by 4ster
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thefullpython


4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-05-2012 08:01:21 | More by thefullpython
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 00:08:23 | More by papat444
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trail77

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

06-24-2012 04:11:15 | More by trail77
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-11-2012 08:07:19 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-10-2012 14:14:12 | More by oldp0rt
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 13:38:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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JoeyRamone


4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-26-2012 13:41:05 | More by JoeyRamone
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beerhaver

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-25-2012 23:29:55 | More by beerhaver
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 23:28:53 | More by CookstLiquor
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: A perfect clear copper with minimal bubbles that stream up to 2 fingers of just off white head that finishes with a thin film of bubbles.

S: Floral mix with pine resin and warm smooth malts. Hints of warmed sweet cream and grapefruit. ... please please...let the taste be as good as the smell!

T: Excellent balance between smooth malts and piney resin. Tastes of grapefruit and smooth cream and finishes back with grapefruit rind. Opposing flavours can sometimes be overwhelming and confuse, but this manages to strike a middle ground and a simple balance of creamy malts and piney hops.

M: Mild on the carbonation and rich and creamy in mouth feel, top notch

O: Balance between hoppy citrus, pine and malty sweetness with smooth creamy mouth feel creates an incredible interplay of opposing scent and tastes. This brew develops a balance that is incredibly wonderful to drink. Must buy more.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:26:26 | More by FondueVoodoo
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nomoon


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-16-2012 01:40:52 | More by nomoon
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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-19-2011 18:47:01 | More by pudoo
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy amber liquid with 1/2" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing.

S: Yeast and floral hops.

T: Citrus and pine hops at the start, malt in the middle, with a dry finish and a nutty aftertaste.

M: Medium viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Great ESB with an interesting taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 05:36:46 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 03:00:36 | More by Sammy
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned bomber care of psiweaver, thank you for the generous extra man! No clear date coding that I can see on the glass or label. Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears a clear copper to amber color with a thick, frothy cap of yellowish stained head just shy of 2 fingers strong. Bubbles rise constantly through the body in support of the head which is composed of rather large bubbles. As the head slowly fades, it leaves thick patches of lacework on the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite dank with hops. Other hop characteristics of flowers and light herbs come into play as well across a backing of toasty sweet malt. The sweet smelling character of the malt really makes the floral aspect of this brew's scent pop. Shoving the nose deeper inside my glass brings forth mild grassy scents and more herbal qualities to the hops that at times have a mild stinky cheese aspect to them. Overall a fantastic nose on this offering.

The taste is malty sweet with a flavor of caramel malt meets lightly musty grains. There is a fruity aspect that evolves across the tongue before the bitter herbal quality of the hops come into play. There is quite a deep layering of hop flavors ranging from an initial floral sweet and fruity aspect that is mildly rind-like with hints of orange zest to a light catty aftertaste that is very herbal. There is also a dank aspect included in the flavor imparted by the hops which creates an interesting flavor combination with the light musty grain quality. The aftertaste is a mix of herbal quality that is very enjoyable. As this brew warms, a fusel tingle of alcohol becomes evident as well as more oil character of the hops emerge creating new, previously hidden flavors of resinous pine and a touch of a lemony aspect.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking and super enjoyable. The alcohol is well integrated in this brew and it is very well balanced. Only after the beer starts pushing room temperature does the alcohol finally become evident with a fusel flavor and a warmth down the back of the throat. I am not an ESB connoisseur by any stretch, but I do enjoy them when given the opportunity. This one very well might be the best one I have tried to date. I keep thinking to myself that this seemingly over-hopped or super fresh example is along the same lines as Troegs and their Nugget Nectar. A beer in a style other than IPA that is hopped to such a degree that it has the aroma and taste of an IPA but not necessarily with the bitterness typical of the IPA style. This is an ESB for the hop lovers, well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 02:20:35 | More by stakem
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip april17 2011

A glowing copperish amber with just a few bubbles feeding a thumbs width of beige head that falls rather quickly and leaves a few patches of lace

S citric hops with some biscuit and toffee

T what I smell but the hops are a little spicy, there's some faint nuttiness, faint pine, orange rind and the flavors are much stronger then the smell.

M medium bodied with much more carbonation then I could see in the glass, this bitter is just that and it leaves a little grit behind and the aftertaste just keeps going

O could pass for an IPA but this works well for a bitter bitter, there's some balance to this one but it is a little lop sided towards the hops and that doesn't bother me one bit

I'd like to say this would make a great session beer but the 6.5% would catch up to you pretty quick when I think of how fast I emptied my glass. thanks chickenm for sending me a want before I even had it on my want list.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 03:29:11 | More by wordemupg
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 03:37:40 | More by BDTyre
Naughty Hildegard ESB from Driftwood Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.