Hvedegoop (2008) - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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5/5 rDev +26.3%
Appearance - pours a reddish caramel color, three fingers of light, creamy head adorn the top. Extremely sticky, it's all over the glass as the foam recedes. Just for fun, once the top part of the head drained, I poured in more to lift it above the top of the glass. It held up wonderfully.
Aroma - not quite sure what to expect from a 'wheat wine', but this has IPA written all over it. Big citrusy, piny hop aroma, juicy and fresh.
Taste - very biscuity and caramelly at first. Then, this incredibly orangey, hoppy flavor runs over the palate. It is like peeling and biting into a Florida orange. Well, a 10.4% abv Florida orange. Smooth bitterness creeps into the fray on the swallow along with some warming alcohol. Great tandem act there, the balance, the hand off of flavors in the profile. The finish is the expected dry and bitter element, but a clear orange flavor as well, and a warm throat and belly.
Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy, thanks to the generous use of wheat I imagine. The carbonation is ramped up to match the bigness, right on target.
Drinkability - most beers I tend to buy extras to trade or share, but this gets the big 'ol Bogartski label on it. Fat lot of good it'll do me though, I came into one extra bottle at DLD08 and already traded it away. Hope you enjoy it, Ken. ;-)
I was totally caught off guard by this one tonight, what a fantastic treat to have randomly cracked open. I toast this beer in honor of some 15 pounds of smoked pulled pork barbecue that have been put together for tomorrow's company picnic. Lots of TLC and mesquite went into this project, I intend to satiate some appetites in about 13 hours as this beer has done for moi tonight. I'll have to lay the other bottle down for a while and see what some time does to it.
08-01-2008 03:31:27 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.68/5 rDev +18.2%
22oz bottle into a snifter glass
A- Pours a murky thick looking brown with practically no head and little lacing on the glass.
S- Man i love the smell of old wines! Nice barley and sweet caramel malt presence mixed with a subtle wheat note that really makes it. Slight hidden booze in there as well that completes the overall fullness of this aroma.
T- Delicious oats with a nice subtle wheat aftertaste that blends with a nice faded hop presence. Also some sweet caramel malts and a slight booze feel bring it together.
M- Full syrup like body with low carbonation and a decent slight bitter finish from the hops that were.
Overall this is probably the only wheat wine I've actually enjoyed fully. The age definitely made a huuuuge impact on the flavor, only making it absolutely exceptional.
10-13-2010 21:43:23 | More by Arenbeer
4.53/5 rDev +14.4%
First pour was a very clear fiery golden orange. Second pour brings some cloudiness and an amazing fluffy yellow head.
A lot of sweetness coming off this thing initially in the aroma. Further inspection gives up some dankness and a wet-grain aroma of wheat. Also in the nose can be found some spiciness and loads of "fall fruit" character (apples, pears and the like).
The mouthfeel/texture of this is absolutely silky. The light, creamy body was totally unexpected. I have really enjoyed the few examples of wheatwines that I've tried prior this one, but I had no idea that this level of satiny smoothness could be had in a beer full of wheat grain and alcohol. This beer is truly remarkable on this point.
Tastewise I'm getting powdered sugar and some darker fruitiness backed up by an incredible wheat and spicy alcohol twang in the finish. The alcohol is almost imperceptible as a flavor component but it really shows itself in the closing as it cuts right through any thoughts of a sweet finish.
I really can't believe just how good this beer is. Not to say I didn't expect it from a collaboration of two excellent brewers (never met a Floyds or Mikkeller brew I didn't like) - but this is way better than I ever thought it would be.
Drinkability is phenomonal. Especially for a potentially tricky style like this one. I am thrilled with this beer and I could easily go through two additional bombers in a sitting - if I had them.
3F/Mikkeller really pulled this off. A delightful spicy, hoppy, tangy, hi-test, creamy, silky, fruity brew all the way around. Thanks to the brewers for creating this and to fellow BA TheBlackMallard for sending me this bottle for Christmas.
01-10-2009 06:43:16 | More by froggyfrog
4.45/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours a reddish-brown ochre colour with a light but quick and fairly steady bead. Head is lightish but sinks quickly to a film of beige lace, with some gorgeous sheets around the glass. Nice hazy body, it's a cracker of a beer no doubt, if only there were more head.
Very malty and fruit on the nose, a rich treacle glazy aroma with some fresh grapes, apple and pear characters, some overcooked cookie fragrance as well, and a very nice, healthy floral hop character. Whatever this nose is, it's blossoming at just the right time, ie. when I'm smelling. Doesn't go overboard, it's just lovely.
Taste is a very strong affair. Some biscuity malty notes give way to a fairly phenolic mid, with a big kick of brandy alcohol warmth, bit of bourbon sourness to it as well. A hint of some Asian five spice on there, some peppery notes on the back, and a slightly green fruit character on the mid. Bit of a sting from the alcohol punctuates the palate well, and there is some nice baked glazed fruit on the mid, pears with a honey-like sweetness. Interesting, with a great deal of complexity, sweet and phenolic spice, I guess that's possibly a wheat kick although I don't detect a huge amount of wheat on here. A challenge to the tastebuds, but one that is wholly pleasurable as well.
Mouthfeel is slick in the mouth although quite chewy and viscous at the back, distinct alcohol kick is warming and justified by the full-on flavour. Very good, but doesn't quite reach the highs of syrupiness I expected.
A fantastic drop, one to be savoured. Doesn't go overboard at all, just powerful and complex. Deadly in its drinkability, can stack up against anything in my opinion.
10-30-2009 00:31:38 | More by laituegonflable
4.45/5 rDev +12.4%
I have never had this style and I'm very very grateful to ThomasHardy for trading me this and letting me give it a shot. I have really high hopes for it
A= Pours a hazy brownish amber color that is opaque with a small one finger off white almost yellow head coming off of it with great lacing and retention.
S= First I notice the piney grapefruity hops but that is quickly swallowed by dark complex odors from the malt and finishing with a little lighter citrusy sort of wheat smell but the wheat is very subdued.
T= Huge hop bite on the front of my tongue followed by the citrusy wheat taste. This is quickly swallowed by the darker malt but then that is completely killed with a bitter hop finish. There's a ton of taste in this one with a lot of layers of complexity. The taste is very pleasant. It's just as complex as a barleywine but it is softer in a way. The more I sip the longer the dark malt comes through in the middle of the palette. There's also a touch of alcohol present in the end on the back of my tongue.
M= Very dry finish and a surprising amount of carbonation.
D= Really a great beer. This may be the most complex beer that I have ever had. So many layers on my tongue and so much to think about. Really amazing.
04-23-2009 02:48:36 | More by jjanega08
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours a very deep reddish brown colour, really lovely and cloudy, with a yellowish head slightly pocked with bubbles, and rather filmy all the way down. Some good lacing. Looks pretty damn tasty, and very high-end American.
Rich and sweet nose, full of malt and molasses, but with a lovely layer of tropical fruits over the top - think pineapple, raisins and lychee, with stronger more piquant notes of pine and lime. Very fragrant and hoppy. Lovely.
Rich and chewy body, very full and creamy, and without the sharp slice of razor hops I was expecting. Taste is initially slightly piquant, with pine needle freshness at the fore, but the body mellows and the palate is wonderfully long, balancing through some light fruit characters before the chewy, sweet and full finish, which is like caramelised sugar on the tongue. Mouthfeel is as heavy, slick and glutinous as anything I've yet had. Wonderful.
A very luscious, and well-named goopy beer. Packed with hop flavour, but backed up with loads of body. I would like a wheat wine to distinguish itself a little more from an American Barleywine (and even more so from a DIPA, which this one is coming close to resembling), but it can't be denied that this is a very robust and exciting brew.
10-29-2009 02:27:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
A beautiful deep brownish amber body hosts a nearly three finger light tan head that has solid staying power. Lots of clinging scattered lace is left. Nose has some toasty malt, sweet dark fruit, nutty toffee notes and spicy alchol notes. Really reminds me of a barleywine. Odd astringent alchol notes enter the mouth but they are not harsh. The taste profile is carried by a very zesty balance of spice, sour and piney hop bitter. All of these things compliment each other and add balance. This is a very unique beer as hoppy bitter, crisp wheat, soured(but not harsh) dark fruit and a dusting of even spices, all work nicely showing off their own complexity. Mouthfeel is more on the bitter spicy thick feel. A very nicely drinkable sipper. Much more like a barleywine but thats not a bad thing.
10-31-2008 01:24:47 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
Ive been waiting to get my hands on this for a while, style is brand new to me and Ive loved what Ive tried. Time to break it open thanks to a great trade.
750ml bottle poured into a huge wheat glass.
A: Malty looking color, auburn and crimson with a thin lasting cream colored head. Spiderweb lacing that held on throughout, wow.
N: Malty burn in the aroma. Citrusy from the hops come through and this has all kinds of stuff going on. Sweetness knocks out the wheatness.
T: Like a caramel covered cookie mixed in with a biscuit. The hops aren't as much as there are in the smell. Warming burn of the flavor gives you a good pounding and the background flavor is intense. As it warmed more and toward the end, bitterness comes out some.
M: Chunky and creamy. Didnt catch much of the oils, but the alcohol burn left a nice warming feeling through my entire body.
D: For 10%, yes. A sipper indeed but full of flavor in every sip. Wine is a good desciptor there, has a stronger feel that builds.
As getting home after dinner and having with some dessert, it was beautiful.
08-23-2008 00:59:00 | More by marcpal
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours a very dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with bright ruby red hues when held to a light source and a 2.5 finger frothy yellowish light beige head. Completely opaque. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick cap that lasts throughout. Sporadic spots and rings of lacing are left behind.
Sweet yet earthy aroma with lots of leathery caramel malt, rye, alcohol, dark fruit, port, subtle floral hops and spice. This is a very interesting smelling barleywine that is not all malt and alcohol. There is a sweetness and creaminess that I can't quite put my finger on but I like it! It might be the citrus and floral hops along with the alcohol balancing out the musty earthy malt profile but I can't say for sure.
Pretty hop forward up front, especially for the style with lots of earthy, floral bitterness and sweet citrus notes which are a very nice compliment to the sweet alcohol, smokey, leathery malt. There is a bit of toasty nutty flavor as well as the leathery, musty maltiness mentioned above. Subtle hints of dark fruit, mostly raisin, fig and prune. The wheat aspect is slightly subdued with only the slightest hint of ripe banana but the spicy citrus notes blend perfectly with heavy dose of citrusy, floral hops. The alcohol is present in the flavor but there is hardly any alcohol warmth, making this dangerously drinkable at 10.4%.
Not one of the several flavors in this very complex brew overpowers the other, rather they just bounce back and forth off of each other and I'm picking up something new with each sip. Perhaps the bitterness from the hops up front are a little powerful but I actually love that and wish more barleywines followed suit. It provides excellent balance and a nice counter to the strong alcohol and malt flavors that tend to dominate beers in this style. I loved this beer an am looking forward to trying Oatgoop! Highly recommended!
10-27-2009 03:18:42 | More by corby112
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for waiting in line with me at DLD to get this, knowing full well that we weren't going to get any Dark Lord.
Listed as 10.4% abv on the bottle.
A: Pours a crystal clear ruby red/dark amber color with some lazy carbonation. Capping this is a light khaki colored one-finger head that's incredibly creamy. Decent retention and a ton of lace left in the glass.
S: Awesome aromas of sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, candied apple, apricot, toasted malt, and hops. Smells (at the same time) sweet, hoppy, and quite boozy.
T: Huge sweet caramel taste that's countered perfectly by a rather raw and brash alcohol heat. Also in the mix are flavors of grassy green hops, caramel apple, brown sugar and butter sauteed pear, black pepper, and a mild undercurrent of pineapple/apricot. Did I mention caramel?
M: Considering the apparent alcohol content, this beer has an amazingly creamy and dense mouthfeel. Alternates between sweet, hot, and spicy. Awesome!
D: What an awesome beer! I wanted to lay down and take a nap as I drained the dregs from my glass. The 10.4% took its' toll on my empty stomach. This beer was an absolute pleasure to drink and can only benefit from a little ageing. I've been waiting patiently for this beer ever since I read about it months ago. Thank god FFF had something to appease the real beer geeks who waited in line for 5+ hours at DLD '08 and got no DarK Lord...
04-28-2008 22:22:38 | More by GbVDave
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
A - Murky honey, small off white head leaves to ring. Lots of cling lace left.
S - Bready as all get out! Like sticking your nose in some particularly smelly dough.
T - Big flavors, lots of malt, booze, and hops.
M - Medium to heavy, lots of the sweet stuff, maybe a little bitter on the finish.
D - I like it!!!
06-04-2009 05:07:58 | More by srandycarter
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
Thanks to bassmantin for this brew.
The beer was a very nice color but a little transparent. It had a nice head with a nice smell. It also was super drinkable IMO.
Citrus, a little carmel, and a creaminess make up this beer. I really enjoyed this experience. Quite the offering from FFF.
Overall, this is a very good collaboration from two great breweries. Thanks for the unique brew.
05-14-2008 06:36:57 | More by iconoklaztor
4.3/5 rDev +8.6%
A - Poured into a snifter a orange hued amber colour with a centimetre of slightly off white head that falls almost immediately. Bit of lacing is left behind.
S - Very piney with some citrus fruitiness & a fair whack of caramel & toasted/bready maltiness.
T - Also quite piney in the taste with lots of caramel & bready malt to back it up.
M - Medium bodied with quite a low carbonation.
D - 10.4% limits the sessionability but this is probably one of the best beers I've had this year. Would buy it again despite the hefty price tag.
04-20-2009 12:14:43 | More by brendan13
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
A: Super deep red color with minimal tannish head.
S: Super hoppy for a wheat wine. A slight hint of the booze and a weird spiciness.
T: Sweet with a ton of wheat. Then it goes into a nice hop bitterness. Incredibly complex. Almost too much for the style. This is definitely some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production.
M: On the thick side which is within the style guidelines. Low carbonation.
D: Nn real hint of the abv but there is so much going on and the body is so thick it does cut down on drinkability a little bit. This would be an interesting one to age. Definately an interesting beer from two great breweries.
06-17-2008 00:46:16 | More by aerozeppl
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
Received in trade at DLD from Viggo...thanks Eric! I'm sure the hops have mellowed considerably on this brew, but I still liked it. I wish I could have sampled it a year ago when it was fresh. I'm not going give a detailed review since it probably wouldn't be very representative due to its age. I would say that the previous reviews by Viggo and d0b summarized it quite nicely. This is a full-bodied brew which is quite malty and possibly a tad boozy, but still very enjoyable.
05-24-2009 19:36:54 | More by rlcnmeyer
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
Served into a snifter. Great looking beer. Bright ruby colored with a tan head of about 3 inches and frothy lacing. Smells of vanilla, dark fruits, butterscotch, brown sugar and a little bit of alcohol. Taste follows the smell with pronounced toffee and molasses as well. This makes a nice nightcap which is exactly what I expected and like about a wheatwine. Overall, I'm glad to have obtained this and think it has aged well.
03-13-2010 04:14:29 | More by b3barron
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
First wheat wine that I enjoyed this much.
Pours with a nice cloudy orange hue. Decent head, lots of lacing.
Aroma is grapefruit citrusy , about what I'd expect.
This beer has a sweet aftertaste , hints of anise, clove, & apple. The decent hopping schedule keeps the sweetness in check.
Mouthfeel is medium/heavy good carbonation.
Overall a very nice beer compared to all the other wheat wines I've had.
04-29-2008 00:14:28 | More by shroompod
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with WankerWeasel, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this beer, label says 10.4% ABV, split my parents a few nights ago, poured into Trappist Westvleteren goblet
A-Mix between a golden amber and a light brown, big 1 1/2 inch light tan soapy head that was also a litte creamy, stuck around for a while and there was good retention, also some decent lacing early on
S-Sweet grains, cereal, brown sugar, raspberries, caramel, cherries, vanilla, nuts, citrus including oranges and lemons, lots of malt, hint of hoppiness, toffee, hint of grass, straw, and herbal notes
T-Taste started off with a hoppy welcoming, some malt in the middle mixed with some chewy wheat accents, finish was slightly dry with a bit of a hot boozy aftertaste that was not too bad at all, beer got a little sweeter as it warmed but the dryness was still there later on, big caramel taste with dark fruits as time went by, the berries and figs stood out the most, finish became a little spicier later as well, reminded me a lot of a barleywine after it sat in my glass for close to an hour, still liked the way this all balanced out, it was unique overall and hard to fully put my finger on, wow!
M-Bitter, sweet, chewy, and mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, fair share of carbonation, taste lingered for close to three minutes at times, got a little spicy and more wine-like at the end
D-Could have probably finished this bomber by myself but I am glad I did not because it is rather strong, alcohol is well hidden and smooth for its strength though, not heavy either
Was not sure when I would get to try this since the bottle limit was two on Dark Lord Day, love Three Floyds and Mikkeller though so it was a must have, also I liked the only wheat wine a lot that I tasted before this one, this is a relatively new style or it is just done much but I hope to see more in the future, would drink again, recommended
06-12-2008 21:15:32 | More by Floydster
4.23/5 rDev +6.8%
Hvedegoop appears aflame like the mythical phoenix bird rising from the ashes; fiery brushes of orange, blazing spatters of red and a flushed stroke of yellow make for a heated and impassioned looking beer. Its head, mighty tall for a beer of over 10%, is lush and ultra-creamy. Although the beer just celebrated its first birthday not long ago, bubbles continue to seem in fine supply.
A beer as big and dynamic as this makes fractionary smelling (dissecting scents by fragmenting a unity into simple components) quite easy. The hops provide a bitter, sappy resin; the wheat and yeast both exude with fruity, tangy esters; the water some minerals; and the malts a lightly peaty, succulently sweet note of pastry and caramel. On their own, they're all good. As a whole, they're fantastic.
And fortunately they're all repeated in the taste! The malt bill is surprisingly complex for the rather ordinary combination of pale, wheat, cara-wheat, cara and amber. There is a definite mossy, peaty character that I hesitate to call 'smoky' although the word continues to pop into mind regardless. The wheat lends notes of crisp, grainy straw and flavours of biscuits, doughs, vanilla, toffee and caramel are vivid and full-bodied.
There is a definitive citrusy/tangy/resiny character to the beer that unmistakably comes from the use of American hops. Apparently the source of such is the Apollo and Bravo varieties. I'm surprised you don't more often see the Apollo; it's ridiculously high alpha acid content is likely responsible for the tangy orange, melon and pineapple flavours that this beer is brimming with. They also supply a great deal of piny resins and zesty spice, too.
And these bitter resins and the zesty, citric spiciness is just what makes this beer so darn entertaining. I was intimidated by the prospects of a super-zany 10% bomber. Turns out, anything less than 650ml would have been unsatisfactory. This whole bottle has been sort of like those times when you sense someone is creeping up behind you but when you turn no one is actually there - I keep sensing the 10% but so far there's been no real proof.
To the brewing world, Mikkeller and Three Floyds are the Picasso and Pollack, the Copernicus and Galileo. For their respective countries they've helped revolutionize the art and science of brewing by adding boatloads of bitter, resiny, fruity hops. They've developed styles all of their own, distinctive from anything anyone else around them has done. This collaboration was, more than tasty and ridiculously drinkable, most appropriate.
06-17-2009 20:47:53 | More by biegaman
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
A- Pours a deep copper color with a nice off white head that disappears turning into a layer of bubbles across the top of the brew leaving very little lacing.
S- Smells of sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, apricot, toasted malt, and hops. Not at all what I'd expected but smells very nice.
T- There was a lot more hops here than I expected and I like it. Very solid balance between the hops and malt. If I didn't know I'd say this was some sort of DIPA. Great balance and a solid malt back bone.
M- Medium in body and good carbonation.
D- Easy to drink, full flavour and alcohol was hidden fairly nice. Overall, recommended brew.
07-28-2008 03:19:44 | More by nrbw23
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
Got this one at DLD. Was recommended it on the spot and couldn't pass it up.
Pours a fairly transparent orange. The head was persistent. Smells of harsh hops. A typical barleywine. Reminds me of the Big Foot. Very sweet. Taste is a bit woody, strongly hoppy, and a bit sweet. Fairly complex. Seems like a nice departure for FFF.
Recommended. This one probably ages pretty well.
05-07-2008 02:57:10 | More by bassmantin
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
Sampled on 5-25-08
Pours a cloudy orange/amber color, with a thin white head that quickly fizzes away.
Smell is citrus, earthy hops, with a very pleasant sweet malty backbone.
Taste is sweet at first, malty with just a little bit of woody smoke. The hops come in next, subtle fruit and lots of bitterness, with a dry, slightly boozy finish. Strong, but very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is good, the thickness adds to the hop flavors.
Drinkability is quite good, but the alcohol quickly catches up with you.
Overall, about what I was expecting. I'm glad I had one fresh, but I'm also interested to try one with a year or two on it.
05-25-2008 22:43:39 | More by BMoney575
Hvedegoop (2008) from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.