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Three Floyds / Mikkeller BoogoopThree Floyds / Mikkeller Boogoop

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A delightful Buckwheat Wine-style ale brewed by Three Floyds and Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Belgium. Enjoy the fourth collaboration between our two breweries!

80 IBU

Should be listed under Mikkeller.

Added by Treebs on 11-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 192 | Ratings: 619
Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.96/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened around a campfire at a tasting. Its murky, but I cant make too much comment on color based n the yellow firelight.

Smells earthy, spicy, hoppy, herbal. Very sweet, spicy, earthy, like dirt and compost with an assertive bitterness. I'm not digging the flavor, it seems the spicy hops and buckwheat make it almost savory- read Not good.

Higly carbed, a nice head on the little tasting glass. Mouthfeel is top notch, thick and malty with a prickly carbonation. Overall- a well crafted beer that tastes bad. I'm sure its exactly what the brewer wanted, and its not for me.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.56/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep reddish hued chestnut color. Produced a good tan cap of froth. Good lacing as well.

(S)- Very grainy and malty caramel. Hints of fig.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A rather "heavy" grain and hop taste to it. Some malty parts in the background, but otherwise very grainy.

(M)- Like the taste, this has a significantly grainy taste as well as feel to it. A robust bitterness too. A good carbonation level, but its rather abrasive overall.

(D)- Decent, but I really do not understand why the huge hop profile is necessary for this beer considering the style it is under. That and the rather abrasive overall taste and feel this has, it is kind of a fail in my eyes especially the $$ per bottle this is.

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Photo of Lldeegan
2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours orange with a white-ish head. Sweet citrus up front that turns to bitter pith with warming alcohol. pretty well hopped. as a beer, it doesn't fall flat, but falls into the heavy alcohol blanket territory with no redeeming qualities.
was really dissapointed by this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a murky, turbid orange color with a white head. Intense hop aroma of citrus (grapefruit peel) and pine. A decent breadiness and some toffee in there, too. Unfortunately, the nose is also overwhelmingly boozy and almost solvent-like. Like the aroma, heavy on the pine and citrus peel hop notes with a very pronounced bitterness. Notes of plastic with just as much booze as is present on the aroma.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for bringing this one - always willing to try something from Three Floyds. Boogoop comes out of the bottle looking slightly copper with a swampy, brown-ish hue to it. Translucent, topped with a half-inch head that's off-white in color and pretty quick to recede. No real lacing left behind, though that's not too shocking for a 10%+ ABV wheatwine.

Aroma is VERY buckwheat heavy. I haven't had much buckwheat in my life, aside from in pancakes and such, but its aroma is very noticeable and very easy to recognize - very dry and grainy. Booze is apparent but isn't too hot or off-putting. A nice bouquet joins the aromatics about halfway through; perfume, roses, flowers, leaves - smells more like a forest or a handful of grass rather than actual hops.

And not so far from the aroma, the flavor is so, so heavy on the buckwheat. Extremely dry, grainy, and borderline abrasive. The floral hops are noticeable from the start - flowery and grassy in all their glory - but unfortunately they get buried by the robustness of the buckwheat. The booze starts off mild, but starts to open up with time and by the end, you're definitely getting a little bit of heat.

Caramel malts and some sugary sweetness from the malt help to balance the beer, but sadly there isn't much hope. The buckwheat and the booze are too heavy to be balanced properly, which is a shame, because some of the flavors from the malts would probably be quite nice. Pretty thick body with a sticky, almost syrup-like mouth feel, low carbonation.

Well, I'm glad to say I got to try this one, but it fell awfully flat for me. If you're a dedicated lover of buckwheat, then you'll surely love this beer. But it was quite overpowering and heavy, and the dryness from it was a bit too intense to be consistently enjoyable. Not awful or undrinkable, but not something I'd care to try again. Either way, big thanks to Mike for cracking it open.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass...

A - Pours a semi-hazy ruby/mahogany color, with a very fluffy 2 finger tan color head. Great lacing as the head slowly fades.

S - Has a weird almost synthetic aroma. Almost plastic like. That's the best way I can describe it...

T/M - Has a kinda sweet malty flavor, with a hoppy finish. Flavor is lacking a little in my opinion. Alcohol is present, and is almost tongue coating. Medium mouthful, good carbonation.

O - As far as this one goes, I'm still not sure. There is still that synthetic aroma/flavor that I can't get past. Not sure I would but this one again, but I do have another I've in my cellar I'm aging, so we'll see what some time does to this one.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boogoop poured a hazy orange with an off-white head. Being a wheatwine, this is a heavy hitter in terms of ABV. Yet one would not identify high alcohol content by the aroma. Instead, the aroma was mildy hoppy like a DIPA that has sat on the shelves too long. The initial taste was quite hoppy with a big shot of grapefruit. It certainly lacked any sense of sweetness I was coming to expect as with a wheat beer. The mouthfeel was smooth which allowed the hops to have a even distribution. If the hops were more nuianced, this is where the mouthfeel would have been helpful. In the aftertaste, the citrus continues with a moderate warming effect from the alcohol.

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Photo of oline73
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a red amber color with a layer of off white head that leaves some mild lacing.

Smell: Sweet and slightly fruity. Smells a bit like honey with some warming alcohol.

Taste: Bitter and strong with alcohol and hops. Not very sweet or fruity. The finish is bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and a bit syrupy. The carbonation is fluffy with a slick finish.

Overall: This is a really bitter beer and there isn't a whole lot going on with the taste. A bit more depth would have been alright with me.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle opened on 2-26-12.

A - Pours a bright, almost clear orange with a small white head. Good retention.

S - Sweet carmel and some orange.

T - Very sweet carmel, bready, wheat breat mostly.

D - Good carbonation and medium body.

O - Not bad, pretty sweet. Good have aged a bit longer.

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Photo of jegross2
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Boogoop, a collaboration between Mikkeller and Three Floyds Brewing Company.
Score: 84

No bottling date, but the bottle release date was in early 2012. So this is either from the very end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/07/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color that is on the mor opaque side of translucent. Two and a half fingers of foamy khaki colored head at pour slowly recedes into a thin layer atop the glass. Above average head, above average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Resiny pine, sharp citrus, lemon zest and hops. There's a really pleasant lemon-scented Pine-sol aroma here. Light alcohol ester and a bit of "grain" smell too. There is also a "light and fluffy" wheatiness, but it's not wheat. Maybe what I am smelling is the buckwheat that this beer is made with? I can't be sure since I have never smelled or tasted buckwheat before. 3.5/5

Taste: Tastes like a wheat-infused barleywine. Bitter lemon and barley upfront, followed by a creamy "light wheat" flavor. It's not wheaty like a hefeweizen, so maybe this again is the buckwheat that I am experiencing. It's almost like mellow a "cream of wheat"-type flavor. Super malty flavor and a touch of caramel on the midpalate. A moderate amount of booziness is present too. There is a definite and consistent lemon and pine undertone, which I am just gonna call "lemon-scented Pine-sol backbone." The beer finishes and lingers with distinctly bitter grain flavor on the palate. That grainy bitterness grows as the beer layers. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Dry, bitter and malty finish. 3/5

Overall: The consensus at our tasting, is that this one was underwhelming and overrated. Solid flavors overall, but the finish to this beer was awkwardly bitter. That bitterness was a hard flavor to get out of my mouth after I finished my beer, and it was not a flavor I particularly cared to linger for so long.

Recommendation: Fans of traditional barleywines will probably like this beer and it's unique wheat twist, especially those who enjoyed the Kosmyk Charlie Y2K Catastrophe Ale. Everyone else can skip this one. I probably would never buy this one again -- especially at the price tag.

Pairings: Whole wheat pancakes with maple syrup.

Cost: $17.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a 10oz snifter for $4 during happy hour. Sampled 1/30/12.

A: Served with a small head, off-white in color and pretty quick to disappear. A thin film ad collar remain over the sienna brown body. Very opaque. Small specks of lace dot the glass.

S: Very nice right out of the gate. Bright berry aromas fade into toasted grain and caramel. Alcohol becomes apparent around the 15 minute mark, but doesn't hit you over the head. Well integrated. Well rounded aroma profile. Perhaps a little construction paper in the background.

T: More toasted and less sweet than the nose suggested. Strikes a great balance between sweet and dry. The wheat adds a little complexity to the deeper layers of flavor. There is a strong hoppy bite on the end that accentuates the warming alcohol. Kind of a cross between an American Barleywine and a wheatwine.

M: Medium light - and much lighter than expected. Finishes very bitter and favors dry over sweet. Alcohol is also a feature on the tongue.

O: Not a bad beer but certainly not as good as the ratings would lead you to believe. Or the pedigree for that matter...

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Photo of socon67
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange pour with a white fizzy head. Decent lacing. Some carbonation is visible.

S - Scent of caramel malt, some citrus notes, and a bit of dry sherry. Has a boozy smell as it warms.

T - Strong malt flavor with a bite of sharp berries. Finish has a potent bite. Very sweet component to this.

M - Strong sipper that really goes well after a meal. I was glas to split the bottle with a few friends. This is not a style that I'd like to have too much of.

O - Enjoyable collaboration and well worth trying.

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Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Picked up at the Charleston Beer xchange. Bright amber pour, layer of off white head. Laces a little.

Aroma, the standard piney 3F character. Some herbal graininess. Toffee.

Taste, a bit harsh. Hops, they're all there, piney, herbal, lighter citrus. There's a grainy spice, with the hope and higher carb cause the harshness for me. There is a nice bready/fruitcake malt body. Finishes with toasted malt and pretty bitter pine/anise. If you've killed your buds maybe this isn't that bitter, for me not quite doing it.

Body right of mid. Carbonation makes the drinkabity higher, but makes it much less enjoyable also. A one and done for me, but maybe worth trying. Price though, is not low.

This did improve all around as it warmed.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep copper color with a cream colored head on top that had a very nice lacing on it. The retention was pretty good on this also. The smell of the beer was mostly all hops, Not sure if it's what I really wanted from a Wheatwine style. It gave me the impression that this was going to be more like an IPA. The taste of the beer was very hoppy too, Really just not was I was hoping for here. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and had a decent body to it. Overall I was a little disappointed in this one. It was just too hoppy I think for the style they were attempting.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass. Pours dark hazy copper in color with a big foamy khaki head that slowly fades to a sticky foamy film and noticeable lacing. Aroma is big caramel and hops that come off like pine or spruce. Taste is big bready caramel and bitter hops that are again pine resinous spruce with some yeast along with some spice and pepper and signs of alcohol that are well balanced. Palate is full and sticky with a chalky dry finish. I was hoping it would be as good as the other 3F 'goop' beers, but that wasn't the case. I will try another bottle that I have again in 6-12 months.

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Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in NYC.

Appearance is yellow-orange with a thin head. It has a nose with flora, bread, light hops. Boogoop tastes fairly low-key, caramel, sweet, fruit, but all subdued. Mouthfeel is medium, a smooth finish. The ABV is well hidden, so remember to sip. A pretty good wheatwine, however I was expecting a higher level of quality from this particular collaboration.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light caramel with a big white frothy head and excellent lacing.

Sweet caramel with a little bit of tang, some bready malt, and citrus hops.

A little bit of citrus up front along with some sweet caramel malt. Finishes supremely piney and dry with a slight astringency.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with medium carbonation.

An interesting idea and not too bad, but the sweetness up front turns into intense bitterness on the back end and it's not a terribly smooth transition which makes it a bit weird.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep orange hinting towards red. almost opaque but just barely able to see through when held to the light. bubbly off white head that leaves a lacing behind

Smell: figs and dark fruit along with a strong wheat backbone. quite a bit of strength to the smell but not quite alcohol

Taste: opens up with figs that mix with the wheat that consists of most of the beer. ends with a strong hoppiness and slight alcohol bite

Mouthfeel: fairly light and wheaty. ends with a bit of bitterness from hops and alcohol

Overall: a fairly good but overall disappointing beer. Three floyds is talked up a lot and this one let me down a little especially for the steep price tag

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper-sorghum, a little hazy. Huge pillowy head, messy lacing abounds.
Smell: piney hops up front. Have to dig deep to get past that...some candied brown sugar buried in there.
Taste: again, piney hops dominate. The buckwheat gives a subtle, interesting balance but hardly the star here.
Overall: probably the lone voice in this regard but man, IMO, tone down the hops and this would be a better brew.

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Photo of adam42381
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a New Belgium globe. No freshness info on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium caramel brown with golden edges and an enormous 3-4 finger foamy light tan head which dissipates slowly into a heap of foam in the middle of the glass. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, lemon zest pine and a bit of boozy alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malt and bitter citrus up front followed by pine and a touch of bready malt in the middle before ending with bitter citrus and booze at the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter with just a hint of sweet pineapple. I'm really surprised that I'm not picking up a lot of wheat character in this one.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The hop oils are quite sticky and completely coat the palate.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. You may want to have a friend help you finish the bottle. Otherwise, you're going to be feeling it.

Overall: Good beer overall. While I'm not at all familiar with wheatwines (this is my first), I'll say it's a solid beer and I'd basically compare it to a barleywine. This was my first beer from either Mikkeller or Three Floyds and I'd say it didn't really disappoint. Worth a try.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in an imperial half pint glass.

A - A finger of creamy foam settles to a thin cap and splotchy lacework. Lightly hazed Shirley Temple-esque body that's partly red and partly orange?

S - Extremely fruity, with red fruits and berry notes, honey and treacle malt sweetness, and perhaps a bit of toffee. This doesn't have the same aggressive dry hop aroma that the other 'goops had when fresh - I'm guessing that's because it was made in Belgium and shipped across the Atlantic. I'm not sure I actually perceive the buckwheat, although the combo of sweetness and grain is mildly evocative of pancakes.

T - The taste deliver the flavors hinted at in the aroma - caramel-soaked buckwheat, with some sweet marmalade topping in the periphery. There's a bit of zesty twang in the finish that's reminiscent of rye, and then a surprising hop bitterness(?) in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation and well-hidden alcohol. There's a lightly burnt syrup/crystallized sugar kind of texture to it.

D - Very rich stuff - I appreciate the serving size, and not as much for the alcohol as for the sweetness. While I was disappointed that this lacked the hoppiness of the other 'goops, I have a feeling this may age more gracefully as the malt bill seems to have more complexity.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clouded, amber-gold body with a two-inch-tall, lasting, off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish elements of caramel, amber-colored honey, toasted kasha, a pinch of ground nutmeg, mild alcohol (boogoopbooze), and chopped bitter lemon rinds.

Taste: Sugar-encrusted toast topped with additional helpings of honey, caramel. Yes, there's a fair amount of sweetness present. Supplementary dried fruits. Candied lemon peel, resinous hops with a moderate bitterness. Lightly spicy. Minor rustic buckwheat grain quality perking up amidst the bitterness and sweetness. Bitterish, flowing finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Boogoop is fairly good goop, not great goop.

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Photo of aasher
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was sampled at the FFF 15th Anniversary party. This was a must try, a buckwheat wine.

This arrived a pumpkin orange in color with a one finger white head. The nose is overpowering malts with some slight fresh hop aromas. It is extremely sweet on the nose. The flavors too are pure malts, very heavy on the caramel malts, with some light and fresh hop character. The malt dominates so heavily that you don't get any hop bitterness. You surprisingly don't get any of the 10.4% in either the nose or flavors. The sugar however prohibits this beer from showing much complexity. It drinks like an American barleywine and thankfully isn't like the other wheatwines that I've had (although this is a buckwheat wine). It's just hard for me to get past all the sugar. It drank exceptionally smooth on draft but this, like the other 'Goops is an acquired taste.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Hopleaf.

A: pours a tawny amber, slightly cloudy, tan head, heavy lacing

S: nose feature rich and earthy malt profile, loads of earthy hops, notes of pine, relativaly mild

T: starts with plenty of sweet malts, becomes earthy and bitter with hints of wood, pine, finish is both sweet and earthy, notes of molasses

Mf: medium carbonation, thick body

O: nice wheatwine, lots of flavor, decent balance

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a heavy foam head of the light mocha white variety; the beer is a deep orange-red; foam lacing retained

S - citrus and subtle grapefruit notes; full of hop-flower aromas; some malty sugars and hints of wheat; a bit of caramel; grapes

T - the buckwheat makes for a bitter taste up front; the beer as some toffee nut elements; a little hoppy, a little sweet; some acrid fruit flavors

M - a bit syrupy but medium-to-full bodied with the right amount of carbonation; some nutty finish qualities; hop bitterness

O - the beer is pretty busy but does a great job hiding its 10.4; I'm not overly impressed and don't feel this is an overtly quaffable offering; it has some redeeming qualities and it's certainly worth a taste or cellar spot, but I likely won't be seeking out another; the wheat-hop-bitter-mix doesn't entice.

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