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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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1,473 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 530
Gots: 521 | FT: 34
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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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-02-2013 13:58:49 | More by cnbrown313
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

orangey brown with a thick tan head that dissolves to a ring.
the smell is pungently hoppy, with thick earthy sappy pine as well as some light citrus. some brown sugar and caramel take a backseat. with warmth some more candy like caramel aromas come out
the taste is rich and hoppy, and more well balanced than the aroma might let on. loads a caramel, molasses, some spicy qualities and a good dose of rich ripe dark fruitiness. sugary with out being abrasively sweet, this barleywine walks a fine line, and to great effect. finishes up with piney hops that clean things up very well. surprisinly restrained alcohol for 12.5%.
it's got a full luxurious mouthfeel with low and very fine carbonation that i wouldn't change a bit.
decent drinkability for the bigness of the beer. this is an absolute must try if your a fan of american barleywines. very, very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 00:13:41 | More by kmo1030
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottling. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. Pours a fairly clear, beautiful burnt amber with a nice rocky white head that hangs around a short while and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The nose is typical of the style. I get sweet toffee-like notes, a bit of cherry, a surprising bit of hoppy aroma (considering this beer is several months old), and a nice faint scent of alcohol.

The beer has a full body and a super slick, velvety feel. Nice, sweet malt flavors greet you first. There is a nearly perfect accompaniment of hops that enter at mid-palate and the flavors develop into over-ripe citrus and dark dried fruit notes. The finish is oaky, perfectly dry, and well-sustained. This beer has about 7 months of age on it, but it still has a little bit of hop bite.

I know that this beer is incredibly hoppy when it's fresh and almost drinks like a IIPA or IIIPA. After several months, the hops have receded a little and the beer is now drinking like a GREAT barleywine. It is a must-try for fans of American Barleywines. I hope to buy it every year.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 17:10:06 | More by deadonhisfeet
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-25-2014 20:13:59 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I let this warm for about 15 minutes out of the fridge. Body is a very deep amber brown, very attractive. Head is a thick fat bubbley rich tan color. Nose has an electric vigorous malt hoppy perfect balance with slight spiceyness, very cool. Sweet dark fruit mingled with malt on the entrance. Sweetness is long and sugaray. Hops become evident twords the end of the palate. Sours slightly on the finish. The finish which leads to the only point of downfall to thes beer. Mouthfeel is slightly hurt by this. Very end features a slightly burnt malt. Warms belly half way thriogh. Nice hidden alchol sneaks up on you.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 23:02:43 | More by SPLITGRIN
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ccozzi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-29-2012 01:49:07 | More by ccozzi
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-27-2013 01:41:16 | More by millelacsmark
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from zrab11 (thanks man!). January 2013 release, but no printed bottling info. Served in an Ommegang tulip snifter.

Pours ruby tinged brown with one and a half fingers sandy pale head that leaves a good bit of head.

Nice citrusy hop nose with sweet caramel and brown sugar in the background.

Grapefruit and orangey hop flavor dominate the flavor initially. Then brown sugar, caramel, a little earth and a healthy dose of booze. Really quite tasty with many more sweet and hoppy layers that present as it reaches room temperature. My description doesn't really do justice to the complexity of the malty hoppy goodness of Behemoth.

Nice syrupy medium thick body with a refreshingly subtle light carbonation. Goes down much easier/smoother than the 10.5% abv might imply. Great, lasting sweet but hoppy finish.

It drinks almost like an imperial IPA, which is perhaps why I like this so much. I'm really torn between saving the other I have and drinking it soon. Hopefully I can get more so both will be an option! Another win from Three Floyds in my book and certainly worth a try if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:08:07 | More by ThickNStout
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FreshZ

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-29-2013 12:55:06 | More by FreshZ
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-06-2013 07:21:24 | More by danthehopslamman
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ONUMello

Ohio

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

2007 vintage, 22oz bottle, poured into a Three Floyds pint glass
A: A brown very close to the color of a brown glass bottle. 1/2-finger lingering head.
S: Initial sharp hop attack of citrus and pint, but raisin, fig and toffee underneath.
T: Cherry, toffee, pine, fig, orange. Complex and tasty.
M: Full, a bit viscous yet crisp. Not remotely boozy despite the 10.5% abv.
O: This is very well made and very enjoyable. Complex and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 23:51:01 | More by ONUMello
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF

Poured a clear dark amber/ruby color with thin off-white head, some lacing. Smells of caramel, lots of pine, citrus, malt, and alcohol. Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, lots of caramel, and lots of pine. Medium full body with a syrup-like consistency. Well balanced with lots of caramel and lots of pine and the slightest kick of alcohol on the back end, to remind you of how big this girl really is. Strong flavors, very sweet, very piney, and very easy to drink for as powerful as it is.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2008 02:50:51 | More by HopDerek
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mulder1010

Australia

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

Bomber poured into a tulip
Thanks to Forgetfu for the bottle
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this up
2009 vintage blue wax

A-- Poured a light, clear orange brown color. Looks quite thin for a barleywine. Really nice two finger light brown head. Great body to the head before finally falling to film. Good retention to this as well.

S-- Toffee, orange, grapefruit, pine, and bread. Can tell in smell that the hops have fallen off and the malt is taking over. Alcohol is very well hidden in the nose.

T-- Orange, toffee and bread. Slightly sweet taste and really the last bit that the hops have any impact as still get citrus here and there in the taste.

M-- Slick and sweet. Very full bodied but not coying in the least. Well hidden ABV in the feel as well. Very, very solid. Get slight notes of strawberry with the orange. Lower medium carbonation.

O-- Has to be a hop bomb fresh. Get remnants of the hops but it adds a lot to the beer at this point in time. Scary easy to drink as could drink a bomber of this very quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 12:49:41 | More by mulder1010
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Hophead717

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-18-2012 02:14:04 | More by Hophead717
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nataku00

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-01-2013 18:21:01 | More by nataku00
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-03-2014 23:45:51 | More by qcbrewer
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-11-2012 04:01:23 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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kmanjohnson

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

03-22-2014 04:41:22 | More by kmanjohnson
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

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

Review taken from notes on Monday night at Deep Ellum. I was really surprised to see this on, as Three Floyds does not distribute to this area. Appearance is a dark orange, with three fingers of white heading, taking a long time to die down. Smell is of floral hops, but of garlic, mango and other citrus fruits. Gentle flowery hops dominate in the taste, with the malt taking a backseat. Alcohol burn is there in a very mild way. Feel is on the medium side. Drinkability is superb, but after more than one of these, you would definitely be feeling it. As others have commented, this beer really tastes more like an Imperial IPA than a Barleywine. At the same time, sometimes the line between those two styles gets blurred, which isn't a bad thing. So I guess this is just a really hopped up Barleywine. Either way, I wish it was here all the time. Head over to Deep Ellum now and get some while you can. Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2009 20:07:17 | More by jamie2dope
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-18-2011 21:54:52 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-03-2012 03:17:24 | More by BYOFB
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Rihup

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-04-2013 01:00:38 | More by Rihup
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-04-2014 14:17:25 | More by BUNZILLA
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on 12/23/06. 22 Oz Bottle. Yeast fruit bread aroma, glazed with brown sugar and tangy light floral perfumes. Some unique foreign spice in the nose, even edges of agave plants and toasted smokey char crust. Nips of musty hop spice. Light apples and tawny pineapple. Pour of cherry-hued cloud, orange fringed. RIm of whitish. Flavor is a piquant, bold bright mid-fruit, yeasty and touched with warm cream. Bites of exotic fruit show through in Horned Melon, Lechee, and Prickly Pear. Sneaking edges of smoke, planty with touches of burning juniper and aloe vera. Hops muddle in pine and resin, with lots of mixed spicy fruits. Pakistani. Lots of Loblolly brances and Georgia pine sap. Leaves a crisp lemony smack, in Goldings. Higher alcohols alight in the front of the mouth and tip of the nose. Beautifully, balanced, unique and all around tasty, however it is fairly muddled and it’s hard to pull out individual characters. Thanks Andy!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 16:48:00 | More by CharlesDarwin
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Vdubb86

Illinois

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
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.