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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1383
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%

Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A huge, sweet Barley Wine with complex caramel malt notes, balanced by generous hopping and a high alcohol content. This fruity and malty beer is best enjoyed while keeping warm in the brutal winter months.

80 IBU

2005 Bottle release - Pink Wax
2007 Bottle release - Yellow Wax, hands not skull on flat finish label (Brewed in Nov 06)
2008 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2009 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2010 Bottle release - Green Wax
2011 Bottle release - White Wax
2011 Bottle release - Yellow Wax, glossy label, skull on label (Ohio only)
2012 Bottle release - Red Wax
2013 Bottle release - Orange Wax
2014 Bottle release - Blue wax

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002)
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Photo of Stevedore


3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI. 10oz poured into a tulip glass today, 3/25/2014.

App- dark brown body with a one finger white head, decent lacing nothing special

Smell- citrus, grapefruit, orange, and some caramel. No mistake though this is hoppy as hell and not close to being true to the style.

Flavour- super hoppy, dank and bitter with a lot of grapefruit qualities and a fairly minimal caramel toffee contribution. This is not subtle at all.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation, nothing special. Fairly bitter nothing much else and very sweet here. Dry and sweet finish.

Overall- not that special of an American barleywine. Overly hopped as you'd expect from a Three Floyds beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 21:57:52 | More by Stevedore
Photo of Malty_Matty


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- a beautiful amber to ruby red hue. A slightly off white head.

S- a malt sweetness with a citrus hop aroma that doesn't overpower.

T- the sweet malts balance beautifully with the citrus and spicy hops, I personally can't put into words how well thought out these flavors are.

M- sticky and slightly thick. We're in barley wine country here.

This is my favorite beer by 3 Floyd's. I wish more people appreciated this brew like I do.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 23:47:12 | More by Malty_Matty
Photo of JakeMorgan13


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a dark amber color. the smell is really fruity. It tastes fruity as well,but you can tell their is a good amount of alcohol in it. Not a real hoppy one, if any at all. nicely carbonated. overall I would and will drink this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 04:07:46 | More by JakeMorgan13
Photo of stakem


3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering I assume the most recent vintage served in a half pint glass. The brew appears a copper color hazed with golden coloration around the edges. A finger of creamy tan head appears across the top and lasts with an off-white tinge.

The smell is hoppy with notes of fruity rinds and herbs. Some solvent alcohol makes itself known under the hop character aling with a little bit of mineral aspect. Some pine quality is noticed and lasts into the back of the nostrils long after a whiff of the brew is taken.

The taste is strong and hoppy with oily feel reminescent of the most brutal DIPA offerings. It is bitter and rindy with a toasty grain backing and strong solvent alcohol feel. It is pitty with fruity alcohol and zesty quakity of fresh hops. Quite a warming feel all the way down.

This is a medium boded brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a bold sipper of a brew but overall is pretty well put together for an american style barleywine. Fans of brutal DIPAs will find love in this offering. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 18:47:45 | More by stakem
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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had this beer on draft in the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio. One of my top 5 favorite beers! The most hoppy barleywine ever! Really reminds me of the Dreadnaught from the same brewery. Very smooth barleywine without the overpowering alcohol finish. Three Floyds is one of my favorite brewers and i look forward to trying all of their creations! Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 16:56:44 | More by dmb1tj
Photo of Grinnerman


3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer. I had it on tap a winos depot in Kentucky. The color was an amber with a cream colored head.

Smell: Hop. Wonderfully refreshing. Mild caramel but the hop aromas quickly take over.

Taste: Very good flavor. Mild caramel tones and as expected hops. Wonderful hops.

Mouthfeel: Good but I lean on the thick and sticky. For the style this is good though. Little bit of stickyness.

Overall: Really a good beer. I enjoyed it. I have had it out of the bottle but on tap is just a bit better. I recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 16:47:43 | More by Grinnerman
Photo of matjack85


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. 11.5oz serving, served in a brandy snifter for $8 a glass. This is from the 2012 release that came out in January.

The beer poured a beautiful and clear dark amber color with some cherry red tinting to it. The 1½- finger off-white head lasted several minutes and the lacing was incredible.

Huge huge huge grapefruit hop smell. A good amount of malt underneath the hops, with emphasis on the word underneath. I have a feeling this is going to be a big hop bomb.

Nice caramel malt sweetness with a touch of brown sugar as well, but despite the ample malt presence, it pales in comparison to the huge hop flavors that dominate this beer. Citrusy grapefruit is the main flavor mixed in with plenty of piny bitterness as well. Listed at 80 IBU's, I would have believed then if they said 180 - it's that bitter. Definitely a sipper with warming alcohol in the finish.

Smooth, medium to full bodied, with medium to high carbonation.

This is not a typical barleywine. It's more like a double IPA, but it's very good if you're a hophead. If not, stay far away from this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 08:05:42 | More by matjack85
Photo of ChugginOil


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at Tap House St. Charles.

Pours a reddish amber color that is transparent. A finger of white head sits briefly. Sticky, web-like lacing clings throughout.

The nose has an abundance of hops and also displays a nice array of sweet malts. Booze. Caramel lies underneath a bed of grapefruit and pineapple smelling hops.

The taste is indeed a Behemoth. Huge flavor profile. The hops are nicely balanced with the malts. Sweet, fruity hops strike bitter for just a brief moment, right before the caramel malts smooth it out.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Juicy texture and ample carbonation.

Overall, great beast of a brew that packs a fruity and malty punch.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 06:19:25 | More by ChugginOil
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber copper color with a tiny light cream head that dissipates very quickly.

Grapefruit, orange pith, and caramel malts, toasted bread are evident initially in the aroma. Alcohol is present if you search for it. Resiny pine surfaces late.

Grapefruit, slightly sweet toasted malt, peppery alcohol comprise the flavor initially, leaving the finish slightly bitter and hot. As it warms, tangerine and orange join the party. An herbal hop flavor lingers.

Body is medium light due to high alcohol content, with fairly low carbonation. An alcohol warmth rounds out the taste. Prickly pepper won't go away.

Overall, a good beer, but needs some time for the alcohol to mellow. I've enjoyed less expensive barleywines more. I was hoping for more complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 01:22:23 | More by barczar
Photo of iadler


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Whole Foods for $6! That's a steal if you ask me.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber with a one finger head that dissipates fast. Minimal lacing and retention. Pretty average.

S- Toffee, hint of dark fruits, sweet booze, and some citrus zest. Pretty subtle for such as big beer.

T- Much more complex and bold than the nose suggest. Ripe red cherries, brown sugar, pineapple, red grapes, toffee, oranges, grapefruit, caramel malt, grassy hops, and some sweet booze.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body. Syrupy mouthfeel with the alcohol being hidden very well.

O- I'm typically not a fan of barleywines as they tend to be a little bit too sweet for me. However, this was a fantastic barleywine that is very hop forward, but what else would you expect from FFF.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 23:19:02 | More by iadler
Photo of FightingEntropy


4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber barleywine with a golden glow backlit by the kung fu movie on the plasma TV over the brewery window. Slightly off white head falls to a nice lace in the snifter. Big, hoppy citrus nose like a west coast IPA. Cool and reminds me a bit of Stone Old Guardian, but a bit more rough around the edges. Dark cherry, chocolate and caramel underneath the commanding hop. Sweet malt backbone that mellows the hop but by no means subdues it. Lingering Quad resin with more dark fruit and caramel on the tongue, and a fitter finish from the hop. Classic FFF hop interpretation of a standard style. Get it, drink it and live life. Going to find a clone of this one, and try to brew it at home.

11/4/11 Just drank a bottle of Behemoth that I brought home from 3F and love it even more. Really has move to the top of my list for favorite barleywines along with Stone OG. Great beer and a must try if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 02:53:10 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of Scout11


3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on-tap at the brewery, so very fresh. Definite hop bomb when fresh, with lots of citrus and pine aroma and taste. Had a very nice sweet caramel malt backbone and the heat from the alcohol was nice. This taste improved as it warmed bringing out more flavors in the malt and the alcohol. The 10.5 ABV was definitely apparent but well balanced with the hops and malt, and was very enjoyable.

Would love to try this after a few years, will definitely be finding a bottle to try after aging.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 00:45:14 | More by Scout11
Photo of ElizabethCraig


4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at 3 Floyds 9/29/2011

The appearance is dark amber with a light tan head, nice microfoam on the head of this =)

Rich caramel scent, with some hoppy spice notes, spice was a vague cardamom/curry scent to my nose.

More caramel in the taste! Sweet caramel to more caramel - a medium body with a rich feel on the palate. No carbonation to speak of.

I enjoyed the caramel of this barleywine, this is everything that I enjoy about barleywines without the intense sweetness that some examples of this style have.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 16:42:33 | More by ElizabethCraig
Photo of BlastBeats


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one on tap at the Three Floyds brewpub.. served in an unorthodox looking snifter.

Appearance: bright blonde/orange color with an eggshell white head that formed formed layers on the glass that reminded me of a geological observation.

Smell: hop resin, faint citrus, and other aromas reminiscent of an India pale ale despite this being a barleywine.

Taste: sweetened, caramelized malt united with an abundance of hops. Some sweet fruit flavors in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: not as thick as I expected a beer that goes by the name "Behemoth" to be.. certainly not airy though. Medium/full body with just the right amount of carbonation lead to very pleasant drinking.

Overall: another exceptional beer by Three Floyds. I'm not sure how true to the style this one is, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I'm certainly going to pick up a bottle if I happen to spot this on the shelves somewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 07:08:42 | More by BlastBeats
Photo of Treebs


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at FFF Brewpub. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a clear mahogany with dark amber hues around the edges where the light hits it. One finger, off-white head forms on the pour and leaves some great lacing on the way down.

S: I'm picking up some tropical fruits and some candied sugars. Very sweet. There is a slight sweet toffee malt as well floating in the background.

T: Sweet sugars up front with a light caramel malt backbone. The hops pop back up again, but this time they give a little bit of bitterness to counter the sweetness. There is a little alcohol presence on the finish with a slight warming on the way down. This definitely tastes more like a huge DIPA with more malt.

M: Feels creamy on the way in and leaves with a dryness that brings you back for more. The bitter hops leave a slight profile on the tongue and the carbonation is nice.

O: This is very hopped up and very sweet, but it is still good and I enjoyed it a lot more than I remember.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 11:57:51 | More by Treebs
Photo of lstokes


4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the UChicago Pub in May 2011. My goblet was a deep amber, translucent at the bottom of the glass and becoming darker up towards the one finger white head. This beer quite wowed me--a really pleasant sweetness of melon, peach, and grapefruit, caramel malts, and a nice bitter herbal/citric hoppiness balancing that. I was glad that this wasn't just a hop assault, but rather deliciousness in a glass, with a filling mouthfeel that finishes very dry. A very well balanced, well crafted American barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 14:11:39 | More by lstokes
Photo of EricCioe


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a FFF tap takeover at the University of Chicago Pub, 12 May 2011.

This pours a medium amber, darker than I expected, with a half finger just off white head that dies down with some lace. On the nose it isn't quite the hop assault I was expecting, or fearing, with the 'blonde' in the name. It's definitely a hop-forward, American style barleywine, but there is a good deal of caramel malt backing up some citrus hop aromas. In the mouth the nose repeats more or less verbatim, with a much more behaved and nicely balanced bitterness to sweetness ratio than I was expecting. It never becomes a sweet beer, but it's something that isn't a direct hop assault like the FFF DIPAs. The body is nice and big but not quite full, with a long finish of sweetness from caramel malt up front dying out before the last of the bitterness does further back on the tongue.

Overall, I like this beer a good deal. It didn't wow me in any category, but it's such a well put-together American barleywine, bitter but not to distraction, that I have to rate it higher overall than each of the individual parts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 04:59:29 | More by EricCioe
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as a really pretty amber color, nice lacing, thin white head. Candied sugar and hops on the nose, makes this beer smell great! Taste of sweet malts and lots of hops. Nicely balanced barley wine. Dry mouthfeel not overly heavy which is surprising for the amount of flavor this has. Overall this was probably my favorite beer I had while I was visiting the brewpub there.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 03:39:30 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Seeker41184


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 3/2/11

On tap at FFF BrewPub. Sweet malt with some citrus aftertaste. The alcohol really shows itself here in this beer. Beer is very smooth, needs to be sipped. Not the best barley wine i've had, but enjoyable. I have had the 2008 version, and it is better then the on tap one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 19:10:29 | More by Seeker41184
Photo of TCHopCraver


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at the Three Floyds' brewpub on 2/18/11 after a morning trip down from Traverse City, MI with fellow BA zoso1967 and his wife (thanks for driving!).

Behemoth is served up dark copper with glints of gold into a small snifter. A 1.5 finger light khaki head swells on top of the body. The lacing is phenomenal and looks like paint thrown onto a wall from a flicked brush.

The initial smell announces aromas of sweet caramel malts and fresh hop juice. DAMN! This is a fresh, delicious, fruity smelling beer. Candied fruit, orange juice, tropical fruits (pineapple and honeydew melon) waft wonderfully out of the glass. Ah, Behemoth, you smell like a fresh spring morning in an orchard.

Wow, the taste is a fresh, fruity, layered treat. Orange, caramel, and pineapple combine to produce a wild, full taste. The hop presence seriously steps it up at the end of the sip with a resinous, grassy, grapefruit finish. It is quite amazing how the hops dry out such a sweet and full beer.

The mouthfeel is very full, hearty, and coating in the middle of the sip and very dry at the end. This is medium to full bodied for the style with medium carbonation that complements the body perfectly. The finish is puckeringly dry.

Wow, count me impressed by Behemoth. It is eminently drinkable for a huge beer. How is it so sweet at first, but so dry at the end? I could have a few of these (and probably hurt a lot afterward). This is perhaps the best Barleywine that I've had. I really love Three Floyds' beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 02:26:20 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of zoso1967


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Behemoth pours a burnt orange amber color with a shiny parchment head that has marathon staying power and leaves insane lace. The beer is slightly cloudy, but that just adds to the wonderful orange glow it is picking up as I let the surroundings soak in here at the FFF pub.

The aroma is amazingly sweet and very fruity. It smells a lot like a slightly boozy candied orange. Other notes include caramel, peppery grapefruit, some pine, apricot, flowers and pineapple.

The flavor is equally wonderful with a big sweetness that is balanced out by tingly hop bitterness. The hops taste a bit more tropical than they smelled and match up well with a sweetness that seems a bit less toffee and a bit more sugar cookie like than most barley wines. I also detect just a touch of toastiness that really sets all the flavors off. These flavors are all quite balanced and there is just a touch of alcohol that shows through. This is an amazing tasting barley wine.

Mouthfeel is medium and lighter than expected with a very nice finish that is hardly sticky at all. In fact, this beer strikes me as a barley wine that finishes like an IPA. This is something that I really enjoyed about the beer.

This was the first beer I imbibed at the brewpub after a long road trip from Traverse City, MI. It turned out to be a great first choice and I feel lucky we got to try it since they were sold out of bottles and the waitress said this was some of the last of this year's production. It really blew me away with its aromas, flavors and wonderful mouthfeel and found it to be quite drinkable. I really hope I can get my hands on some again next you to compare.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 14:54:32 | More by zoso1967
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Three Floyds.
Served in a snifter.

From the menu: An intense ale, brewed to wine strength. Floral and citrus notes blend with robust maltiness producing a complex and warming beer. 80 IBU 10% ABV.

I've had many bottles of this and I'm surprised to see I never reviewed it. I drank the hell out if the 2009 vintage, and was sad that the 2010 didn't see much distribution. I managed to grab some bottles of the 2011, which I plan on drinking sooner than later. I've always prefered Behemoth fresh. It does develop well, and I enjoyed the 2007 bottle I recently had... But I like it with the hops in full effect.

Deep deep deep copper color. Off-white head of a finger is thick and creamy. Retention is strong an lacing is bountiful.

Smells sweet an malty with some big citrus hops. The floral notes really compliment the rest of the bouquet.

Taste is very sweet up front-- big malt bill on this one! Caramel and toffee hit big with a light toasty breadiness in the background. As we move further back on the tongue, the hops explode with citrusy grapefruit and floral notes. A slightly earthy note keeps the flavor grounded (haha) before the strong, assertive bitterness lingers on the finish.

A slightly syrupy feel comes through, despite ample carbonation. The sugar coats my teeth and tingles on my tongue as it dances with the alcohol. A little warmth on the finish is welcome and pleasant. The beer itself isn't boozy, but it is warming.

This is a great beer. I love it fresh with the hops really potent. In my experience, this beer is best fresh, or after 2 years. It has a "dumb phase" in between that I don't care for as much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 20:31:10 | More by AleWatcher
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011, At Yogi's in Bloomington, IN

A: Deep ruby red/amber color. A beautiful beer

S: Sweet toffee-like smell, malty, a hint of hops and booze

T: Hoppy, malts and toffee are present. On the sweeter side, not too much booze up front.

M/D Easily drinkable, very sweet and not as much alcohol as I expected there to be. A tasty brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 20:40:46 | More by cpmichael
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured cold from the tap to a 12oz goblet a deep, dark and semi opaque caramel brown with a full finger, foamy off white head with nice retention and lace to the rim.

aroma of great big piney hops up front with hints of sweet toffees in the wayback.

as advertised to the nose, hops big and in front, then moving to the side for the equally huge sweet toffee malts. floral hops evident as the glass warms a bit and the balance of the beer becomes a bit more even.

low carbonation, hot, mild bitter up front, sweet following quickly thereafter, smooth and creamy til the bottom of the glass.

drinkable - sure, as long as you're sitting on a stool for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 20:52:28 | More by robwestcott
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the FFF brewpub

This beer unlike it's BA counterpart was slightly lighter in color and much clearer being a clearish amber color with a decent white head. The smell of this was strongly of hops on the nose. I'm aware this is to be the case in Am. B-wines, but it's not often hopped to this extent. The beer has lots of citrusy hops on the palate that actually mostly cover up the malty background. Though a caramel like flavor does find it's way though to make it's presence known. There is significant bitterness with this beer, heck I've had IPAs that were less bitter than this. Overall it was balanced enough and drinkable. I must admit this was a very good beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 02:22:47 | More by Vdubb86
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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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