Hildegard Belgian IPA | Boquébière

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Hildegard Belgian IPAHildegard Belgian IPA
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4.05/5
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13 Ratings
Hildegard Belgian IPAHildegard Belgian IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boquébière
Quebec, Canada
boquebiere.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,422
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
13
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Rugg3r
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a warm, inviting red-orange color with a massive three fingers of pure beige cream. Settles slowly, and even then to over a finger. Great retention; majestic swoops of lacing marking my advance through the glass.

S:
Spicy citrus. Citrus zest, orange creamsicle, potpurri, lemongrass, white pepper, wood, caramel, herbs.

T:
Earthy, Euro hops and phenols. Earth, herbal bitterness, basil, grass, medicinal hops, spicy yeast throughout.

M:
Pretty crisp, but rich and filling. Okay carbonation, coating hop profile and lingering hoppy/alcohol burn.

O:
Very nice beer.
These guys have really become my go-to brewery lately and continue to delight me. All of their beers seem to be super solid and interesting/delicious.
This is (like their other beers) a beautiful beast to see in the glass, and has a nicely contrasting nose and taste. The very sweet citrusy aroma provides a counterpoint to the really thick, dark, dry hop bitterness you get when drinking it. Fairly drinkable, but I felt it was a little boozy for a working in the yard sort of IPA (although I feel that way about Belgian IPAs in general).
Would have again; well worth trying.

I would even go so far as to entertain the thought of doing a blind tasting of it and Houblon Chouffe. If only I had friends...

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Photo of pyktures
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, thanks once again to papat444 for this heretofore unknown to me Quebecois goodness.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden hue, with three fat fingers of loosely foamy, frothy bone-white head, which leaves some nice island group specks of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of earthy, mildly funky yeast, white pepper and cardamom spice, semi-sweet pale grainy malt, somewhat acrid orange and floral hops, and a light, perfumed booziness. The taste is grainy cereal malt, musty Belgian yeast, airy black pepper dust, a twinge of acerbic lemon rind, a further rock candy sweetness, some sharp grapefruit and mild pine tip hoppiness, and a soma-inducing alcohol warming.

The bubbles are rather sedate, and generally uninvolved, the body a decent medium weight, though somewhat sugar solution informed, but mostly quite smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt, fruity hops and separate saccharine notes not giving into the still in play hop variant bitterness.

A fairly agreeable version of the style, neither the yin of the yeast nor the yang of the hops getting out of hand, as does seem to happen. Instead, the malt is upped, perhaps in order to keep the aforementioned stars in line. Whatever it is, it renders the whole affair that much more enjoyable, and drinkable (the 18-proof booze donning an invisibility cloak helps), by that not so always obvious vector of balance. Well worthy of a try, especially if you have any sort of connection to the "Cantons-de-l'Est".

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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer color is copper with a foamy head that thrones on it. Very dense. White. Tenacious. Mine is hazy due to the presence of yeast in my glass.

The aroma is dominated by tropical fruits and piny hops. Nicely done. I don't get much of any belgium yeast. Wow, this one is near perfection for me on the taste. Very powerful. Big beer in the mouth too. Heavy body. The bitterness lingers in the mouth... feels so good. It warms the mouth due to the high level of alcohol. This is an excellent beer. A bit pricy but good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Citrus orange aromas draw me in. Incredible lace, orange body. Very good bitterness, melange of tasty piney citrus grapefruit hoppiness.The brewery has picked it up a notch, though a.b.v. still high. Pils malt interesting. Tasty stuff, to the last drop drinkability. Above average carbonation.

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Photo of NForr
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cloudy amber orange into my Tripel Karmeliet giant tulip. Nice three fingers of head.

Spicy yeast smells - cloves, cardamon. Big floral and citrusy hop smells. Candy, sweet. Also earthy.

Taste similar to aroma, but not as intense as I expected. Belgium yeast flavors, citrus hops, and a reasonable bitterness - not too overpowering. Little bit of candy sweetness, some lemon, orange, and grapefruit. I like the earthy tastes and aromas in this one. Little alcohol taste, which considering it's 9% ABV is pretty impressive.

Rather enjoying this a lot. I've only had one other of this style, so it's pretty new to me. Actually, this style is pretty new in general. I have another Belgium IPA from Microbrasserie Charlevoix in my fridge which is in the top 5 beers in Canada according to Beeradvocate - so I'm pretty excited to try that one as well.

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Hildegard Belgian IPA from Boquébière
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 13 ratings