Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 554
Gots: 531 | FT: 34
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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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a word, hoppy drinkable barleywine. Nicely hopped up but there have been other hoppy barleywines I have had that are more complex at a similar or lower price. Good head and hoppy aroma. Yellow wax 2007 that I should have aged, how did I know without a warning label.

Photo of t0rin0
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I payed a lot of money to try this beer and I'm glad that I got to try it. It is a bit confusing to figure out exactly what kind of beer this is.
It pours an orange color and produces a bit of yellowish foam. A little light in color for a barleywine.

It smells real sweet and light, sort of like a blonde ale. There is some hop aroma in there but not a whole lot. Interesting balance. The flavor is the weirdest part. It has a fairly low bitterness. It also has a honey-like sweetness to it. I'm assuming this comes from the yeast but theres a banana quality to it. And somewhere in all of this is 12.5% abv. Hard to believe.

The body was thick and did what it was supposed to. Good amount of carbonation. I would love to drink another bottle but its a bit expensive and there are still thousands of beers that I haven't tried yet.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one with me!

2010 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is the same with a nice citrus zest flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with some nice citrusy aromas and flavors.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby copper with a nice off white head. The smell of glorious hops immediately hits you and you know this is a barleywine of the American variety. The smell fades into some red fruits and sweet malt. The taste goes the same way, with the hops dancing in the forefront behind a pretty good malt base (I only say pretty good, as I'm not a big fan of aged Behemoth--it loses the hops and the malt isn't complex enough, IMO). The mouthfeel is full and lucious, and although this is a sipper, I'm always wanting another.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottling (light blue wax)

Appearance: With a vicious pour, I was only able to rouse a very modest head that quickly faded to a ringlet; the liquid was a hazed amber

Smell: A lot of nostril stinging alcohol, but tropical fruit underneath - grapefruit, mango and lychee as well as a bit of toffee

Taste: With a sweet, toffee/bread base, the tropical flavors take a while to appear, but the bitter grapefruit arrives by mid-palate with a vengeance, and brings along the mango and lychee as well; after the swallow, the hop bitterness drives it up a decibel, but the underlying toffee sweetness persists to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; avoids the thick stickiness of most barleywines, but there is a clear presence of alcohol in the gullet

Drinkability: At first, I felt that the lack of a heavy body might mean that this was a barleywine that would not age well, the alcohol presence will clearly enable this one to last; very different from most barleywines and it would be interesting to see how this matures; next time I come across a bottle, I plan to lay it down for a few years

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American barleywines are usually tough for me. Although I acknowlege the balance of the rich malts, sharp hops, and agressive alcohols; after a certain level of intensity is met, balance is not now the issue but the main characteristics are come in conflict with eachother. Though I know that this beer meets all the characteristics of good American barleywines, the drinkability suffers because the beer is everywhere at once. When everything stands out, nothing stands out. The nose shows an agressive blend of candied fruits, syrup-like malts, sweet alcohols, and a ton of citrus and pine hops. Flavors fare much the same with the heavy malts favoring a rich caramel - syrup taste with rum-soaked cherries, apples, peaches, pears, and berries. The beer shows light bread flavors that shy away from the toasty notes that are found in non-blonde versions. (I kinda like the simplification of the malt profile). The body is creamier and maltier than the flavor suggests-- not as syrupy or cloying to the texture as you'd think, but with a full, sweet mouthfeel that follows with a sweet, dry, warming feel that sets the beer right for the style. Finishes sweet, fruity, herbal, and warm.

I had a sample of this beer a few months ago. This particular beer was about four years old and it was much better than this younger version that I have tonight. The hops digressed to an herbal, lightly-grassy note. The alcohols meld well with the candied fruits and the beer begins to take on the prefered balance of English style barleywines. Thanks to clvand0 and to Merlin48 for the beers.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size white head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is easily distinguishable with a nice strong malt presence to back it up. Taste is well balance mix between sweet malt with a strong presence of citrus and floral hops. Body is lighter then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Probably a bit too much hops for my personal taste but very good nonetheless.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 release. Lavender wax. Molten copper with a gorgeous glow when the snifter is backlit with bright April sunshine. Several slowly rising bubble streams disappear into the underside of a burly chunk of sandstone colored foam that is starting to plaster the glass with extensive sheets of stippled lace.

The nose is an enjoyable melange of caramel malt, quasi-citric hops and well-integrated alcohol. So far, it looks and smells like BBB will be similar to Stone Old Guardian. This isn't my favorite sort of American barleywine, but let's see what the taste buds have to say.

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine is a beast of an ale that tastes like it was expected to taste. There may be a little more caramel malt than the 'Blonde' of the name would suggest, but that's a good thing. I probably should have cracked the crown sooner than today, since a more aggressive hoppiness would have improved it considerably.

Although the flavors are bold and deep, they aren't exactly broad. Specifics include sugar cookies coated with caramel icing, concentrated iced tea, grapefruit peel, and a warming shot of Stolichnaya Cristal. Even though most would consider it balanced, this '08 vintage is slightly more sweet than bitter from beer entry to beer exit.

The mouthfeel isn't as huge as the beauty queen on the label... which is another good thing. The beer benefits by being silky smooth and lightly chewy, rather than sappy and sticky and ponderous. An ideal amount of laid back carbonation helps the cause.

It wasn't until somewhere in the second glass that the flavor score was awarded with its current perch. Warming brings out a few subtleties that weren't present right out of the chute. In the end, Behemoth Blonde Barleywine is another masterpiece from the hugely talented brewmasters at Three Floyds. An asking price of $15.99 is pretty steep. That doesn't mean that I won't continue to buy at least one bottle from every release.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another new one for me, we brought a bunch over to the fourth of July cookout. Served cold and poured
into a nice tasting glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2010.

Could not believe that I really had never tried this one. Well that was about to change! Purple wax
was split between me and Rich. Poured out a nice and lazy amber color with a thick head of white that
while staying low to the surface, certainly had some nice staying power.

Feel is like syrup, just thick, and really filling. Loads of hops jumping right out at me, even with a
little age on it. Fresh pine, hints of candied sugar, an almost medicinal like quality at times peaks
its head up. Still though all very, very nice. Rich flavor here, candied sugar, notes of hops and rich
grassy, herbal qualities. For as strong as this one was it really kept the ABV very, very nicely
hidden. Sipping an hour later I was amazed at just how well rounded this one really was.

Overall just a super solid and very well put together Bwine. I could have drank this one all day!

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 release.

Appearance: Pours a murky, dark

amber body with a small, thin,

off-white head.

Smell: Flowery, sweet-smelling malt aroma of light caramel and with notes of sugar-coated pineapple rings, apricots, and citrus fruits.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a candyish sweetness. Fruits follow from the nose. Citrusy hops provide a moderate, jarring bitterness to match the sweetness. Trace of that ABV along the way. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Surely a nice American barleywine, but I do find the price somewhat deterring.

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 1,563 ratings.