Boson De Higgs | Hopfenstark

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Boson De HiggsBoson De Higgs
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopfenstark
Quebec, Canada
hopfenstark.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rtepiak on 04-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
4
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Suds
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange, interesting, and unique. I really like this brew. the appearance is light, golden-straw, slightly hazy, and with a light white head. The aroma is smokey...like a distant cooking fire....there is grain and light herbs, fruit (peach?) and grass. Wow. The taste is lightly tart, with firm malt and wheat twang. Strong finish, nice body, and very drinkable. This one is a surprise...well made, flavorful, engaging, and delicious.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a lovely straw color and a pleasant haze. Wonderful head retention and lacing.

Smell: The nose on this one is definitely stronger on the "Rauch" portion of the beer than expected. The ham-like smokiness overwhelms the nose, but fruity esters and a distinct breadiness are still present giving the beer an extraordinary farmhouse feel.

Taste: The acidity of this beer is much more nuanced than expected, almost disappointingly so. There is a distinct banana-like fruitiness that works very well with the slight sour twang and smokiness that is weaker than one would expect based on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very light and spritzy. Moderate carbonation leaves it quite refreshing.

Overall: Surprisingly well-balanced considering all the variables at play in this brew; a lovely summer drinker, particularly on a hot evening bbq or anywhere near a farmhouse.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BierRunner
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funkilicious! A lightly smoked, funky wheat beer that works surprisingly well. Bright gold color, light carbonation and a funky bouquet.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure I like this beer, but to look at it as an art, like an impression of the various styles it's claiming to be this is a masterpiece.

Smells like a Berliner Weisse and tastes like a Rauchbier. I mean they rock these flavors. Raucbier is a tough one to appreciate because the smokiness and meatiness is so profound but only slightly cut into by the lactobacilicus. The ashy smokiness lingers.

Uber Complexity in this beer. Not my style but you have to appreciate how they made it work.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i was so excited to see a beer from these guys, its been so long since i had those great saisons, but this is a canadian brewery and my pint can says a product of the united states, which upon further investigation reveals a contract brew setup, which in the old days i would have never pegged these guys for, but whatever brings me the beer i guess... its a smoked berliner beer, with a strong what flavor, some nice body from the malt there, a beachwood sort of smoke to it with some sweetness and some iodine amongst the wood, and then a light hop, a belgian yeast note, and just a little front end bacterial tang. its awfully complex, but its also beautifully simple. the smoke is cool because its distinctive but even the light wheat can push through it, and so can the floral hops and the saison yeast which seems belgian and warm fermented to me here. i burp sweet smoke, which i didnt know was a thing, and i taste white wine grapes and bandaids, peach juice and cigarette ash, and some lemon lime soda, a little burnt. cool beer but it tastes and feels a little rushed and cheap to me, under carbonated too, and a far cry from the rich and mature beers i remember from hopfenstark. that said, i like it pretty well, the price is right, and i am excited to see these guys back out in distribution. worth trying one, but i wouldnt pick this one up again in this format i dont think. appreciably different though, but i bet it was better when they made it themselves...

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopfenstark "Boson De Higgs"
on tap @ Station Ho.st on 6 October 2014
$3.91 / 12 oz.

Notes: The owner/brewer just happened to be there on the day that I visited and recommended this to my friend and I. He explained the name (I was previously unaware of what the Higgs Boson particle was, although I immediately recalled seeing a television interview with Michio Kaku where he explained it, but which made no real sense to me). If I'm not mistaken, regarding the beer the name refers to a yeast or beer that they used as the starting point for this one. Anyway... It's a fairly clear gold in color beneath a short head of frothy white. Better than average head retention and lacing. The aroma is mineralish, gently spicy, grainy-wheaty, and smoky. The smoke is not bold like you might find in an Aecht Schlenkerla, but it's clear. The flavor is similar: thinly wheaty in maltiness, spicy, tart, fruity, mineralish, and more subtly smoky. It was explained that this is a rauchbier-berliner weisse-saison which kind of makes sense. There's a definite smokiness to it, as well as some tartness, but it's also got some malt and body to it and spice, so it all comes together.

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Photo of Moose90
2.19/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz Bottle poured into a 13oz tulip

A — Pours a murky odd shade of brownish amber into the glass, there is an off white colored head that resides in patches around the edges, leaving bits of residue behind it.

S — Smell is funky, smoky, meaty, ashy, oaky, chewy, dominated by rank smoke and meatiness, no balance here.

T — A deep wave of pungent smokiness overpowers any malt base or lacto tartness.

M — Sharply tart with a lingering heaviness.

O — Pretty poor overall, a smoky Berliner is not a style I wish to revisit, there is no balance here and it is overpowered by smoke.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of michaellabreche
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

one of my favorite summer bbq beer. My favorite raushbier. everything is well balanced. it isn't that sour and I think it is better that way. you can really smell the smoked malts but it is less intense than it looks.

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Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yasky
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mctizzz
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fourstringer
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled on 7/2014 from my interpretation of the label.

A: Hazy, golden yellow body with 1/2 finger of stark white head. Average retention for a Berliner Weiss. No lacing of note.

S: Funky smoke. Smoke house. Flourishes of lemon, citrus. hay. Coal ash. Earth. Candi sugar. Indistinct wood.

T: Smoked pale malts open with minimal tartness. A hint of farmhouse and a very faint salinity. The hops are mostly evident in the aftertaste with a slightly floral presence and light bitterness. No alcohol presence. Finish is semi-dry.

M: Light to moderate carbonation with a light body. Feels rather light, even for a Berliner Weiss.

O: I had very high hopes for this beer as the combo of Berliner Weiss, Rauchbier and saison was very intriguing. Unfortunately, I got very little Berliner Weiss aside from the body and low ABV. I found myself searching for even a hint of sour on every sip. The other two styles just came off as watered down.

Prost!

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Photo of CelticBelly1
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 7/2014. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funk notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/smokey yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, hay, straw, grass, clove, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funky flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.8%. Overall this is a very nice and unique session smoked saison style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, smoke, and light funky flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Even with the unique flavor profile and style mixture, everything came together very nicely. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of FlandersNed
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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