Libation | St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
stbonifacebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Slatetank on 05-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
122
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
31
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by JWU:
Photo of JWU
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler fill, poured into my trusty mug.

A- Deep gold with hints of orange. Fluffy off-white head that dissipates at an average rate. OK lacing down the glass.

S- Heavy on the malt for a DIPA, caramel based mostly. Grapefruit based hops are also there with a hint of what seems like peach. The hops are also slightly herbal and minty. I could sit and smell this over and over. Really complex.

T- Yummy. The malt is very, very heavy, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Caramel malts shine through and seem to almost overpower, but the grapefruit/peach/herbal hops come on at the end and give a pleasant bitter finish.

M- Rich, medium carbonation. Could be a bit slicker, but finishes nice and dry, but not overly so.

O- I really enjoy supporting my local nano brewery, especially when they brew some seriously good beer. Much better than some DIPA's I've had from well known craft brewers. Well done guys.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a medium to medium dark copper hue with a generously thick layer of light toffee colored creamy, sticky foam. Very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Juicy, fruity aroma with a touch of caramel at presence.

T - More balanced than anything, caramel malt base throughout with a hit of sweetness up front before getting buried with pink grapefruit and pine bitterness that lingers. The ending bitter bite packs a healthy punch, and has a slightly unrefined harshness on the back end. The 8+% ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium body with a dry finish.

O - Very balanced up front and very bitter on the back end.

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Photo of StupidlyBrave
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can of unknown vintage

Smell is a bit muted, yet complex - I'm having difficulty separating the notes
Taste is a little on the malty side, but not sweet. I find it enjoyable. There is a bit of lingering of mild bitterness on the tongue.
Seems like there is a lot of solids floating in the beer. Is this can conditioned? Carbonation was fine

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared crowler at ASMF.
West Coast style DIPA with a fruity and floral aroma.
Smooth body with a bit of hop bite from the extravagant hop load.
Strong floral hop flavor in the aftertaste.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Raisingfable
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Saint Boniface Craft Brewing Co. "Libation"
12 fl. oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Appearance: Hazy deep-gold/amber body beneath a creamy head of white. Decent enough head retention and OK lacing until it drops, then nothing.

Aroma: Grainy malt with grassy/leafy and fruity/citrusy hops.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests. Lots of orange in the mix, but also apple and a bit of grapefruit. Tea-like and leafy/grassy but also a touch spruce-like. Some clear alcohol lends a bite - it's a touch harsh. It has a balanced, solid bitterness given the malt component, and it finishes dry with a spritz of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body and crisp.

Overall: There are better made and better balanced double IPAs out there, as well as ones that move away from "formulaic" or "cookie-cutter", but this is by no means bad in any way. It lets you know it's a double IPA from start to finish, and it delivers the goods. The word serviceable comes to mind but I think it may be even better than that.

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Photo of Bierleichen
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tarheel219
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had in the can. Smelled like citrusy hops, and the first sip confirmed this. As I continued to sip, this turned into a very clear grapefruit flavor- it seemed as though I was drinking grapefruit juice with a slight hint of hops. Very good, and will likely drink again soon.

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Photo of Bwise73
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer because it's a local craft brew. I drank a can that was in the fridge for 4 hours and thought it was nasty. I drank this beer at cold cellar temp, about 48 degrees and loved it. I had it at room temp about 60degrees. And liked. I would recommend drinking this beer at 45-55 degrees. Poring it into a Pilsner glass, it has a big head, takes a little time to go down then I pour the rest in. By the time I get to the bottom of the glass there appears to be a whitish settlement which I don't drink, not sure what it is.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a beige color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, pine. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some pine, a hint of tangerine, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, but not the hop bomb I usually associate with this style.

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Photo of mb8867
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%

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

-Snifter. Draft. 08.22.15

A: No effervesce, no head over a darken-rustic orange colored body with a light haze factor. No lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet fruitiness, wet, with some breakfast fruit, finishing out with grapefruity-citrusy floral hops. Light backing of speciality grains adds a light toasted background.

T: Flavor followed the nose a bit, very smooth, sweetly toasted fruitiness, grapes, some semi-dry tropical fruit, as well grapefruit, finishing up with a dry hopping of grassy hops. Flashes of sweet fruitiness mingle with a nice toasty malts and grapefruit-citrus hops blending very well together.

M: Smooth, lightly dry toasted maltiness, lightly carbonated, and easy off the tongue with a decent lingering effect.

O: This is very well balanced, the alcohol (8.5%) not even being a factor here. Being a homebrewer this does have a nice homebrew, small scale quality to it, fresh, clean that i can relate to and reminds me a bit malt and hop wise of something close to Carton or Kane in NJ would make. Very drinkable, and at $4.50 a glass, $12 growlers, $10 crowlers its a wonder how they keep this in stock half the time, Sure to be a local favorite as it is very drinkable. This, as well their Paideia pale ale are the two must try for the hop heads.

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - An active swirling pour yields a voluminous whipped light khaki colored froth comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Rock solid retention... Turns a bit creamier and a bit denser as it settles a bit... The color is a deep dark inviting amber... A light bit of slightly sluggish carbonation rises throughout, but a massive amount of carbonation bubbles are content just to cling to the sides of the glass... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A rich inviting malt base shines through... Loads of graham cracker crust... Caramel... Biscuit... I'm also picking up notes of home brewing wort... A subtle candied sweetness shines through as well... The hops take a distant back seat in terms of aroma and have a muted earthy character about them...

T - The nose provided a wonderful map of what to expect in terms of palate... A bit of malt bomb to start... Pizza crust... Biscuit... Caramel... Graham crackers... Next come some overly ripened fruit notes... Finally emerges some subtle hop bitterness (the hop profile intensifies a bit as this one warms)... The finish produces an ever slight kick of alcohol burn...

F - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Dense... Creamy... Lush... A bit of juiciness... Limited carbonation... The deep finish has a slightly chalky character... Each sip is even and consistent...

O - Outstanding... I love me a solid DIPA that leans towards being a malt bomb of sorts and this one certainly fits the bill... A terrific introduction to St. Boniface... A very well crafted and well round DIPA... Dangerously quaffable hiding its 8.5% ABV rather remarkably...

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Photo of Lurkerson
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzy
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Libation from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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