Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Behemoth Blonde BarleywineBehemoth Blonde Barleywine

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

566 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,695
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.01%
Wants: 577
Gots: 599 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

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
2015 Bottle release - Purple Wax
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 566 | Hads: 1,695
Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage shared by the other Matt, thanks Huhzubendah.

Beer is surprisingly yellow (although upon closer examination it is called BLONDE, I'm not smart) with moderate to low carbonation and a thin white head of small and medium bubbles, not much lacing.

For a barelywine, it is quite hop forward, lots of resiny piny hop flavors in the nose...earthy at times too. I can pick up the malt but this is a hop bomb.

The leadoff here is alcohol and sweetness giving way in the midpalate to the pine hops. The hops are strong in flavor and force the palate to experience them, burying the alcohol significantly. I suppose this is one strategy to cover up alcohol, I wonder how this ages. (687 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation!

650 ml blue-waxed bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours orange amber with a head that forms then immediately descends to a bubbly, then creamy, cover. Strands of dotted lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus/grapefruit, pinenuts, FFF house character, and bready notes. A strong hop aroma is backed by caramel/toffee, nutty graininess.

The taste is sweet upfront. Sticky resin, caramel, rum-soaked grapefruit with raisin and cherries in the finish. Sweetness turns to sweet and bitter in the spicy drying finish. Alcohol shows, though incorporated well enough into the general taste.

It hits full-bodied. Sticky, though carbonation is enough to cut through to make it not cloying. Bitter, with some residual sweetness staying on the lips.

A complex, hoppy, though firm malty, barleywine with a distinct FFF character. One to sip as a long "nightcap". (879 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass; Fall 2011 Ohio bottling with yellow wax. Pours slightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, floral, grass, pine, brown sugar, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, tangerine, toast, floral, brown sugar, raisin, pear, light pine, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, pear, raisin, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine style. All around great balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected. (1,410 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-waxed 2013 bottle pours deep red-amber with a decent head.
Attractive aroma is a bit too flowery, giving a hint of perfume.

Alcohol is partly hidden, but still drinks like 10% ABV.

Feel: a little hot on the tongue, this would no doubt benefit from some aging.
Medium body and carbonation. (300 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 FFF Behemouth

Pours a beige head. Color is a peach hued copper.

Aroma: All malts. It definitely shows age for being a bwine. Toffee, caramel, raisins, plums, dark fruits, and a light amount of alcohol. Fairly sweet as well.

Taste: Just like the nose. Very malty. Smooth though. Some biscuits and dark fruits, raisins. Alight amount of alcohol shows.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty, but clean.

Overall, a decent bwine, but I do want to try this fresh. I imagine it being a lot hoppier. The hops do seem a bit faded. (601 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

This is beer No. 1499. The beer pours red-amber with a medium off-white head. The aroma is caramel malt and citrus hops. The flavor is caramel malt with a nice mix of orange and piney hops. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice barleywine. (294 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011 white wax bottle shared with Nick for purposes of a video review. Poured into a tulip/wine glass, transcribed from the footage.

A: Pale golden-brown with wonderful clarity, neither of which you normally see on a traditional Barleywine. Ah, that makes sense now with the "Blonde" moniker. A big billowy, fluffy off white head forms providing great retention and sticky lacing all down the glass.

S: Light citrus fruits, rich caramel malts, and a sugary sweetness on top of everything. No dark fruits, or dark malts like you'd expect from the style, though this obviously is a different take. Grapefruit, orange and mango drizzled with a sweet sugary mead aroma takes off to the end.

T: Much like the nose, the initial rich caramel malts lay the foundation for the beer. The citrus is mid-palate and takes focus with sweet mango and white grapefruit. Hints of vanilla and toffee are towards the back palate. This is incredibly well layer and complex, always changing and bursting with flavor.

M: Good carbonation while not being overdone, still leaving with a nice medium to full-bodied beer. It's remarkable how drinkable this is for 10.5% ABV. No detectable alcohol burn or heat, just very easy to drink.

This was a nice surprise from Three Floyds, and fortunately this doesn't suffer the sugar-overload that their other waxed creation, Dark Lord, exhibits fresh. A nice balance of malts, fruitiness and sweetness was achieved here, and putting the "Blonde" twist on the style was welcomed here. (1,513 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A: The label art is outrageous and awesome, as is typical of any FFF beer. The beer appears mostly clear and is dark orange in color. The head is off-white and leaves a good amount of lacing upon the glass.

S: The aroma is potent and easily detected from a few feet away, with scents of hops, pine / pine resin, alcohol.

T: Behemoth is very hop forward, with a heavy alcohol and pine resin presence. The alcohol content is subdued to a certain degree by the huge hop aroma. Though the beer possesses a healthy malt bill, this barleywine is more hop forward than many other examples of the style.

M: The feel is medium-bodied with a lingering sticky pine aftertaste.

D: Best enjoyed in small quantities, this is a great bottle to share a few ways. (767 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 release, Sampled December, 2005
Pours with a frothy, one finger thick (at most), pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, ruby red color that has lots of bubbles rising slowly through the thick viscous body. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity up front; redolent of tropical fruit notes as well as peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, hints of kiwi. It is an odd mixture, almost like a tropical fruit cough syrup; though it is actually interesting and even nice. The aroma ends with a hit of spicy alcohol, which clears the sinuses a bit.

The taste is quite sweet as well, and at first does not seem quite so fruity as the aroma, but towards the end the tropical fruit notes really start to kick in. Peach, and apricot are prominent, but there are also notes of mango, definitely papaya, and hints of lychee. The finish is really where these tropical fruit notes start to get funky; they definitely remind me of some type of cough syrup, or perhaps even children's aspirin. The finish is solidly bitter of course, but it is also joined by that lingering, sweet medicinal note.

This is really quite a bit different than the last time I had this (in 2004), then it did not have the tropical fruit notes. My guess is that the hop bill changed on this. The tropical fruit notes are not bad, in fact they make the usual hop character quite interesting, but it is the medicinal notes in the finish that is a bit distracting. I do have this to say for it though, it is quite interesting! (1,502 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage with the yellow wax. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a deep mahogany color with a bit of cherry red highlights. The head mostly clung to a small ring around the edges of the glass. It left some pretty decent lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has some nice malty, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar tones to it. The dark fruit flavors have some nice plum, fig and a little cherry to it. It has a bit of citrus coming through which compliments the sweet maltiness pretty well. Not too much alcohol but enough to let you know it's a potent beer. Pretty nice and not overly sweet aroma to it.

The taste shows a lot of the caramel and dark fruit flavors that the nose had. It has a nice sweet malty flavor but it isn't cloyingly sweet. It has a bit of citrus that helps counter the sweetness a bit. It finishes with a warming alcohol flavor to it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderately low. It has a bit of a silky and creamy feel to it as well. The drinkability is decent, it had some very nice malty flavors to it. The alcohol hurts the drinkability a bit but but not too bad. Overall I liked it a lot. (1,193 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage.

Thanks to crazynelson for the trade. Poured a slightly hazy reddish-amber with little to no head (which I think is ok for a beer of this strength). Like the other strong, amber beers I've had this one has a strong sweet white bread flavor. The aroma jumps out of the glass in a strong perfume of light carmel, grains, bread crust and honey. That honey continues in the strondy bready malt flavor, which is backed up by a strong spicy/hoppy finish. Thick mouthfeel, but a great beer to share. Certainly worth trying if you get a chance. (550 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Clear amber body with a nice off-white head. Decent lacing. Nice retention. Good looking barleywine.

Smell - Very hop forward. Citrus hops and a caramel malt. The caramel malt is an afterthought to the hops.

Taste - Again, citrus hop forward. Dry hopped a lot, it seems. The middle flavors are sweet caramel and toffee. Just complex enough to keep it interesting. Bitter finish, but it mixes well with the caramel to create a nearly perfect balance.

Mouthfeel - As stated, a perfect balance, but it has an odd dry finish that is uncharacteristic. Missing the mouth-coating aspects of a huge barleywine. It's also pretty boozy.

Overall - Very nice, but missing some fine touches that would make it spectacular. I'd love to try this in a bourbon barrel. (818 characters)

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

Poured a slightly viscous reddish orange with a quite nice head that fades to a thin cap. Smells big and malty up-front, but with quite a bit of citrusy hop flavors on the end to balance it out. Aromas of grapefruit, brown sugar, and sweet bread are predominant. Tastes pretty mellow as far as the heat from the abv goes. More stiff malt with a big, dry minerally backbone, but overlayed by sweet brown sugar and pine and grapefruit flavors from the hops. Relatively mellow in intensity as well and quite smooth. The mouthfeel is mellow and quite creamy with nary a hint of sharp alcohol. A big beer, but smooth and enjoyable. (626 characters)

Photo of KAF
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I should have waited longer to try this. Not much head but off white almost vanilla in color. A large abundance of different flavors. Some fruit (apple, fig, orange), brown sugar and molasses in aroma. Quite malty. Hard to specify all the different flavors here. There are a bit more hops then I expected but that is not a bad thing at all. (346 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained in a trade with hero27.

After I pour this into a glass I wonder why they call this a blonde Barleywine. This is a dark amber color at the very least. I see in the glass a slightly chill hazed reddish brown colored ale with no real lasting head formation.

The smell is sweet hop candy. Caramel syrup and citrus hops make up most of the scent. Scents of oranges and eucalyptus cough drop and a little rum.

The taste begins sweet thick and strongly melon flavor with a vanilla after taste. The flavor stays mostly melon but after a bit the char flavor of patent malt comes out.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Nice Barleywine but this really is a hopheads brew. Nice and mellow as they go it could be more complex but I wouldn't exactly be unhappy drinking this often. (784 characters)

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

2008
Poured a deep orange, maybe even copper color with a nice tannish head. Nose is sticky with caramel, brown sugar and fruits. Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Mine had an oxidized taste, I believe it was taking a turn for the worst. I did notice dried fruits, caramel, molasses, tobacco. Mouthfeel was nice. The ABV was very well hidden! (347 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick in DC the other night.

The beer pours a rich looking copper color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose surprisingly hoppy and bitter, but with considerable brown sugar and caramel as well. The latter goes well with the pepper and pine I get from the hops. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this beer, although I didn't find the beer to be quite as complex. This beer is quite sweet (as you'd expect), and is dominated by brown sugar, caramel and light chocolate. On the ohter hand, the hoppy bitterness is pretty noticeable, especially on the finish with this well made beer. Mouthfeel is full, rich, soft and creamy... yet not at all heavy. In fact, given this beer's abv. and sweetness level, I was surprised by how drinkable and light on its feet the beer is. The alcohol is there, but the beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring. Amazing, really.

Would be curious to see how well this one ages. In any event, even as a baby, this is a very impressive and enjoyable beer. (1,024 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage, light purple wax.

Red radish with a coppery tinge; away from the light Behemoth Blonde is elegant and to the light dazzling. Absolute perfect clarity. Initially there were very promising signs of significant head. Once exposed to a little air, however, this patch of white bubbles quickly dismantled and, as it's bound to stand, the surface of the beer is left so unguarded that one can position themselves right above and peer directly down to the bottom of the glass.

If a list of the best smelling barleywines were compiled Behemoth would surely place near the top. Sticky sweet scents of dark caramel, scorched toffee, acidic citrus, spruce, pine and a whole whack load of dried fruits rehydrated in brandy. Even with a year in the bottle it's maintained the ultra-assertive hoppiness that graces all Three Floyds offerings.

The taste of dark and dried fruits combines with a sugary sweetness to resemble a port. That said, the hops impart so much citrus (especially grapefruit and orange) that a morning glass of juice might come to mind sooner than an evening nightcap. There's also a good deal of dried cherry, dark caramel, chocolate-covered spruce and coconut-dusted pine.

I'm a little let down in the mouthfeel department. With the hops a little subdued there is ultimately less to the beer. There's still a ton of grapefruit and pine but it's significantly mellowed and all the chewy malts I expected to come forth turn out to be frail and thin; this 12% seems to be held up on stilts. Fortunately, the warming is sensed in my belly but nowhere on the palate.

Behemoth is similar to a vintage Barolo: young, it's assertive and fruity, supple and lightly smokey. With a bit of age it becomes warm and mellow. Relative to experience and taste, it can be both dark and intense or soft and silky. It's ultimate appeal is that it can be both big and sophisticated at the same time. That is the beauty of this beer, and barleywines in general. (1,972 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours a deep reddish brown body with a strong carbonation and a thin creamy light tan head, that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edge.

S- The smell of fresh green hops is bold to day the least. Fresh grapefruit, cat pee (in a good way), pine trees and some more grapefruit in the finish.

T- This beer taste like fresh citrus hops with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine and a hint of lemon. There is a hint of pine and some light brown sugar notes also. The finish is a nice bold alcohol warmth.

M-medium mouthfeel with a faint astringency and good alcohol warmth in that hoppy finish.

D-Wow this beer has a good balance of big juicy hops and a powerful alcohol warmth. It would be nice to have a little more complexity in the malt flavor. I think this beer is young, bottled ~2 weeks ago, so as it ages it should get better and better. (895 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NucularGeorge for the brew.

22oz. Yellow Waxed Bomber

Poured into a chalice a cloudy amberish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head which lasted awhile, some islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, raisins, plums, and caramel. The taste is malty, slight tangyness, and lots of caramel. The ABV on this brew has got to be hidden the best on a barleywine. Medium body. Very drinkable, a truly awesome barleywine, highly recommended. (499 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'08 22 received a long while back from Bobby91w ... Freaking incredible trade... Thanks Bobby.... Hope you're safe.

Opened tonight as part of my ongoing "I'm tired of being broke" cellar adventure.

Poured into my Delirium goblet.... 2 finger foamy head is sorta a lite tan that has a yellow tint... the brew is very clear orangey amber... nice lace for the entire glass.

Nose is just dripping with American hops.. tons of citrus and a bit less pine... caramel malts and a sorta bready element.

Taste is just huge too of course.. fairly bracing bitterness that melts with caramel and a bunch of toasty sorta biscuity maltiness.... then the hops come with a full frontal assault.. resinous pine and an oily citrus.... finish is a lingering caramel essence and a sorta pithy grapefruit bitterness... yummy.

The body is viscous, but not overly done.. the carbonation is perfect and really adds to the drinkability.

Thanks again Bobby. I still have a 3 year vertical of these from Czoch75.... I am itching to get the boys together for a night of debauchery.

4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4 (1,075 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... Cap sealed with pink wax.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the dark copper brew. Head holds nicely for the style, with slow-fading lacing. Aroma is super fruity hops, with ample malt character and alcohol whiffs. Flavor is bubble gum hops, with the malt sweetness up to the supporting role, and substantial alcohol warming in the fade-out. Have to admit it doesn't seem like 12.5abv. Mouthfeel and drinkability are incredible for what this beer "weighs" in at. One of the most drinkable heavy beers I've encountered. Scary stuff. (640 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh January 2012 edition poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium orange colour with a big glow. One finger of cream coloured head formed and slowly receded to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Huge citrus and tropical fruit aromas up front - grapefruit, orange zest, peach and pineapple. Smells like a fresh, juicy DIPA. A big bitterness accompanies the hop aroma along with some noticeable alcohol. Some sweet caramel malts in the background provide some sweetness but definitely take a back seat to the hop aromas.

T - Big bitterness up front with grapefruit, pine and peach flavours. A huge malt backbone provides sweet caramel and sticky candy flavours but the massive hop profile dominates.

M - Medium to full body with a massive chew. Sludgy. Lots of sticky, resiny, tongue-coating hop oils. Light carbonation. (819 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To think that I've bought many bottles of this for others but this is my first. This bottle was shared with zep9865, '08 vintage, purple wax. It poured a cherry wood in color with a light off white head that laced the glass. The aromas are very sweet. There is a nice mixture of sweet malt, cherries, candied fruit, and it has a resinous hop aroma that I definitely dig. There is a light alcohol aroma present on the back end. The flavors are very sweet fruits initially. It's almost syrupy. It reminds me of toffee a toffee and citrus blend which is definitely interesting but still flavorful and tasty. That resinous factor comes into play again and the hops come alive. It is a little sweet but that should be expected of a barleywine that is roughly three years and three months old. It's a little sticky on the palate but is a fine drink. This is a top notch barleywine and a fun beer to try aged. (902 characters)

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.