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Naughty Hildegard ESB - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 23
Gots: 4 | 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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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-19-2013 05:14:43 | More by montrealbcr89
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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


4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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


4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -7%

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.

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

08-10-2011 05:36:46 | More by DaftCaskBC
Naughty Hildegard ESB from Driftwood Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.