Boson De Higgs
Hopfenstark

Boson De HiggsBoson De Higgs
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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #446
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,762
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 14.88%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
122
From:
Hopfenstark
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  14
Gots
  7
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by Donkster46:
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Donkster46 from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 11, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this releases a big smoke smell when the can is cracked open and when poured that smoke blends with some lemon, banana, clove and yeastiness. The taste is tart and tangy up front with some peach and smoke. There is also some banana and fruity yeast. The carbonation is a bit stinging. This is a really odd but tasty beer.

Jul 07, 2017
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JamesGrove from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 23, 2017
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Dewsby from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Jun 15, 2017
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Christian_Champagne from Canada (QC)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Aug 09, 2014
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_morandi_ from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Oct 15, 2014
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kuishinbo_tantei from New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 27, 2017
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BrunoPettipas from Canada (QC)

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Sep 30, 2014
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mig100 from Texas

2.87/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Jul 22, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed pale yellow color with three fingers of airy white head. Settles into a thin crown. No lacing.

Light aroma of smoked ham with some crakery malt behind, as well as a hint of floral hops and light soap. Maybe a touch of mint and grass as well.

Similarly light tasting. Again with some light smoke. A touch of farmhouse or grisette-like Belgian yeast and soapy, floral notes. A hint of hay. Very light lime juice tartness. And some more light smoke in the semi-dry finish.

Relatively light bodied with modest carbonation. Clean, dry feel.

I'd call this more of a smoked grisette than a BerlinerRauchSaison, but there is a definite light tartness to it. Fun enough hybrid, but not one I'm likely to come back to. Love the can art, though.

Oct 29, 2017
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lemmy187 from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 19, 2017
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zotzot from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 24, 2017
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Jcarriglio from Florida

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 29, 2015
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michaellabreche from Canada (QC)

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Jul 28, 2015
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

1.15/5  rDev -70%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

With the possible exception of Dogfish Head's Chocolate Lobster Stout, this might be the worst beer I've ever had. Smells and tastes like a old tire swing with a hint of sour bacon.

Nov 03, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mar 20, 2018
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BierRunner from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

May 31, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 09, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to tulip. Why? Cause I don't have a clue what this beer is supposed to be, honestly.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a glossy semi-bright yellow color with a subtle transparency about it. Small cap of a little white foamy head started and slid off at a decent pace. Some lace slid off and sank with the sips as it concavely stuck to my glass.
The aroma was weird but somehow I liked it. It had a sweet ham-like smokiness up front with some sour to bitter lemon rind. Subtle wheaty tartness kicks on the back end.
The flavor had that smoky sweet ham pretty bold and up front pushing the sour and wheaty tones back a bit. Not much of an after taste, but what was there seemed slightly smoky, a touch of wheat and then some lemon.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability. Good carbonation and a sturdy ABV. Crisp sweet smokey and touch of sour in the finish.
Overall, well, I get to the end and have no clue what style this is supposed to be. All I can tell you is that it's damn good, so try it for yourself and take my score for "overall" with a grain of salt.

Sep 09, 2018
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Shortbox81 from Washington

3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Oct 09, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handsome clear golden brew with a modest cap of foam in the wine glass. Quite fragrant with apples and a whiff of smoke. It's not overly smoked, but it is distinct. I'd call it a Rauchbier but the resemblance is only aroma deep.

I go with the "smoked grisette" theory proposed by thebeers. It's so light and instead of the usual fruit in a grisette, it's -- surprise -- smoke! All quite drinkable and tangy, so light it's a big gulp. Tasty and odd, a nice surprise to have so much flavor in such a low-alcohol brew. From the 16 oz can purchased at a San Francisco beer shop. It's contract brewed by Dorchester Brewing Company, Boston.

Jan 31, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This looks like an interesting beer. Brewed for Hopfenstark at Dorchester brewing in Boston

Like physics and the name is great with boson de Higgs. Let’s see if this particular beer has any mass. This is described as a Berliner Rauch ( smoke) saison. That’s a mixture!

Two finger fluffy white foam over a translucent golden yellow liquid. Good retention, settles to a pencil thick layer

Aroma is saison yeasty with smoke

Taste is smoky , light saison

Mouthfeel is very light, the flavor although not over powering is there

Interesting beer

Nov 23, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Jun 24, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Mar 01, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft: Poured a murky yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light smoke with light funky notes is quite unique. Taste is also a complex mix between some smoked corn (?) and light funky yeast ester with lightly refreshing wheat malt. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well brewed with lots of complexity while retaining low alcohol.

Jun 17, 2011
Boson De Higgs from Hopfenstark
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 122 ratings