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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Photo of JeffKowalek
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of GreenMind
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - pours a slightly cloudy orange color with thin white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

Aroma - A nice mixture of malts and citrus. Orange peel, grapefruit and pine.

Taste - Pretty malt forward, not quite as much citrus as was in the aroma but still present. Grapefruit, orange peel, and hints of pine. There also seems to be a green tea like flavor.

Feel - Medium bodied, slightly slick.

Overall - A pretty malty IPA, I will say it is very drinkable for an 8.5% ABV, I think the malts work well with the alcohol. A pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unpriced shelf can from Adamstown Beverage, Adamstown, PA.
Undated can at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – initially weak citrus which rapidly fades leaving malt and a little grass.
Head – large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, low density froth, under average retention leading to an irregular four to ten mm frothy ring and multiple rocky islands.
Lacing – a few drag marks of small to medium bubbles as the surface ring drops, but no actual rings of lacing remain behind.
Body – light orange, clear.
Flavor – Starts somewhat aromatic, kind of like a Belgian IPA but without the yeast. This quickly fades into a slight citrus/malt dance, with first the citrus leading, then the malt. The aftertaste leaves a little alcohol heat. No diacetyl.
Palate – medium, starting to get oily, soft carbonation.

I don’t mind a little malt pushing to the forefront in my IPAs, fortunately. This one has a definite malty character yet the citrus is still present. The malt makes me thing that this DIPA is long in the tooth but since the brewer can’t be bothered dating the containers, the review is what it is.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.

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Photo of rdoggg
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ogman
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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 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 jagada
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a peach-tinted light amber-orange color, with a nice vibrant glow, and two fingers of tan head that leave decent lacing. Fresh, pre-brew hops stand out in the aroma, even at over a month old, with a mix of oranges, peach and pineapple behind. One of the more interesting DIPA aromas I've come across. It's medium bodied, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. The taste largely follows the nose, with some caramel malt sweetness up front, and fresh hops powering through in the aftertaste. It's not overly bitter, just extremely hoppy. Some might call it dank; a little pine, a little resin, with a definite orange citrus element. There's also just a kiss of alcohol on the backend. I'm guessing they dry-hopped the hell out of this. I don't really know hops varieties that well, but maybe cascade? I'm surprised this isn't rated a lot higher. It's delicious and pretty unique. Definitely not East Coast, and it avoids the bitterness of classic West Coast hop bombs, too. I'll be drinking a lot more of it.

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Photo of Jeffwise
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hilarytheguy
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 imbibehour
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious dating that I can see.

Dark amber body, bronze and rusted color looking, with some good amount of carbonation, much rising quickly up through the body. Head creation is off yellow an easy controlled three finger head, with a small swiss cheese bubble and good retention.

Neat aroma. Mix of good balance, as the hops while very present don't totally dominate. Brown sugar malt sweetness, treacle, slight molasses but with a lighter touch. Complimenting hops take some unexpected angles, hints of sweet teas, grape, and quite a bit of perfume like florals as well. Very different, but a bit jarring and also unexpected.

Palate manages some solid basics. Light touching faint honey and brown sugar malts, with a nice oily compliment hop almost juiced tea in the mid palate. Finishes with lots of leafy green tea aromas on the swallow. Nice mellow aromatic hop angle, going for simple classics instead of citrus bombing with real good compliment to the malt.

A real good simple DIPA and well made.

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

Photo of SawDog505
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass. Pours a very attractive orange red with a sticky 2 inch off white head that leaves behind bountiful lace, not sure when it was canned, but I trust my source that it is fresh.

Smell is fresh cut grass, pine, biscuit, lemon rind, and grapefruit.

Taste follows lots of pine, biscuit, lemon, and grapefruit a fairly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, the right amount of carbonation, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability if you like aggressive West Coast IPAs.

Overall a very solid DIPA, thanks @jzeilinger for another nice beer.

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Photo of pkalix
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

super light, opaque, frothy head... sticky and lace-y on the sides.... drinkable but not entirely desirable. heavy malt on the back. barely able to get one of these down.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small, narrow glass: color is copper, head is light tan presents about 1 inch thick with mixture of bubble sizes; leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is fairly malty, then resinous with a blend of mango and pine. Malt aromas are caramel like with some toast.

Taste is a little sweet for the DIPA style, but not cloying just more toasted malt sweetness; hops are blend of resinous pine and mangos.

Mouthfeel is bitter with some of the sweet malt flavor lingering, very dry bitterness but not balanced/complimentary for the beer.

Overall a good hoppy/malty beer that may be better enjoyed fresh from the tap.

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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 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 deaddear
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into snifter

A: Copper orange color, hazy, quite a bit of small sediment that stays well suspended, not quite a finger of white head with large bubbles, settles quickly into a thin layer of foam. Small amount of slow carbonation. Low-to-moderate lacing, s,all amount of it persists.

S: Grapefruit and honey, orange and grapefruit peel

T: Very similar to the aroma, huge grapefruit tartness and heavy honey-like sweetness. Pine resin and biscuity malt behind those.

M: Plenty of bubbles on the tongue despite low/slow carbonation. Mouthfeel about average for DIPA style.

O: Tasty beer, but a bit unbalanced? Imagine grapefruit and grapefruit rind slathered in honey on top of a pine cone. The tartness, sweetness, and bitterness are really turned up. Seems like it would appeal to most DIPA fans though.

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