Three Floyds / Mikkeller Boogoop | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of tripledbrew
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer provided by Dustin. Im glad he decided to share with friends. Thanks Dustin!
This beer was amber in color with an off white head. The smell was sweet and piney along with some citrus/grapefruitish qualities.
It tasted more like an DIPA versus a wheatwine. The 10.4% was not present in the aroma or flavors and was deceptively easy drinking.
I liked the beer and was glad to have had the chance to try it. Having said that, I feel there are other beers with similiar qualities that are much tastier.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a mini-vase, the beer pours a bright orange-copper coloring with auburn highlights in the depths. Sparse film covering on the surface, with a decent filmy cling along the glass. Slow, steady stream of carbonation bubbles. The nose is malty sweet, with lemon and orangezest and resiny hops. Flavors are amazingly blended. Resiny, green, wet hops abound, with a solid caramel malt backbone. Tangy and resiny throughout, with a citrus blend to clean the palate at the end. The aftertaste of slight pepper and green hops. The finish is tangy and sweet. Delicious beer!

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a dark reddish color which turns a beautiful red when held up to a bright light. It has a surprisingly thick head, which is dirty white. The head sticks around a while, and leaves lots of random lacing on the glass.

Smell – A strong hoppy smell. A hint of lemon/citrus, but not too tart. A hint of pine, but not too spicy. A hint of floral, but not overpowering.

Taste – Hoppy; my first thought was this was a DIPA. Perhaps a little less bitter than a DIPA. With a touch of buckwheat and rye.

Mouthfeel – Creamy with nice carbonation (but not too much carbonation). Unfortunately, the bitterness is the only taste that lingers.

Drinkability – I can’t believe this is 10.4% abv. I guessed it to be about 7.5%. A solid beer, but nothing made me say “wow”. A bitter aftertaste lowered the overall score.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy amber color with a one finger head even in this glass. Head goes away in a minute or two but retains some little heaps of bubbles.

The smell is fantastic- hoppy and fresh, there's no hint of alcohol which is surprising in a barleywine (hence the 5, keeping style in mind). Also a nice mild wheat smell.

Tastes is clean and crisp- very nice round wheat flavor. I've never head a wheat beer whose flavor I've really enjoyed but I sure like this one. Hops are piney and well balanced. NIce dry finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent- full bodied and yet well carbonated. I feel a lot of barleywines (wheat?) are too syrupy and not lively enough, again why I gave this beer a 5.

Great beer- if you see it, get it.

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Photo of davey101
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Dark orange/brown hazy body. A massive off-white head formed rising up and over the glass. As its dying down its leaving layers on the side of the glass. Super creamy around the edges with large bubbles in the middle. Impressive appearance.

S - Very malt forward. Rich caramel and toffee followed by piney and grapefruit hop notes. Slightly earthy and spicy. A really unique and sweet aroma with a warming boozy finish.

T - Really tame compared to the nose. The flavors are very muted and subtle. Sweet and rich caramel malts followed by a sharp hop bitterness. Very piney with some light spices. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouth feel is light to medium, but slick.

O - This was an odd beer. It was my first wheat wine so I wasn't sure what to expect. The appearance and aroma were fantastic, but the taste was a bit of a letdown. I was expecting a bit more flavor akin to a barley wine. Still a decent collaboration beer. I was excited to try anything Three Floyds that I can find on a shelf in New England.

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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 Monkeyknife
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy amber color with a rocky beige head. Sticky wall of lacing left behind.

Aroma was on the lighter side with grapefruit, a touch of pine, and grainy malts.

The taste was bright and hoppy with grapefruit and pine. This was nicely balanced by bready caramel malts. Finished with a bitter bite and a warm hit from the 10% alcohol.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

A tasty collaborative brew from Three Floyds and Mikkeller.

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Photo of wschmit
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle into small nonic tasters.

A: Pours a mildly hazy, blond/amber body sporting an off-white head that settles with some celerity into a patchy cover and sticky ring. Barleywine-ish.

S: It has that trademark 3Floyds hop character, a fine balance of citrus, pine, and earth. There's a slightly different sweetness in the finish that I can't immediately identify--my guess is the buckwheat.Not like malt, not like rye...but good, I suppose.

T: The hops also come through like, say, Gumballhead does. The interesting thing to me is the finish--the bittering melds really wonderfully with the almost rock-candy-like malt/buckwheat. Like an odd mix of rye and candi sugar or something. It does remind me of a light, buckwheat whiskey I've had. Enjoyable, different, good change of pace. I'd consider brewing with this myself.

M: Fulsome, mouth-coating feel, some stickiness from the hops, just-over-moderate carbonation, and no alcoholic heat. A bit astringent.

O: A pretty solid quaff, though a bit pricey--14 bucks for the bottle, methinks. I've enjoyed whiskeys with spelt and buckwheat, and I'm glad to see brewers moving in. About what you'd expect from a FFF/Mikkeller collab.--over-the-top, quality hopping,

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt rust sort of color, with a BIG off-yellow fluffy head. Left a sh*t ton of lacing. Aroma was BIG with citrus, floral and piney hops. Some sweetness comes through, wheat, caramel and nutty malts. Unfamiliar with buckwheat, but a nice aroma either way. The taste is much more balanced. Still hoppy, with pine and floral notes and a nice bitter finish, nice wheat and caramel sweetness play a bigger part. It's nutty, with a slightly chocolaty note. Smooth, full bodied and creamy textured. Great drinkability for it's bigness. Wheatwine is the obvious categorization, but not as easily distinguishable. Doesn't make it any less tasty!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at TJ's served in a snifter.

The color is dull copper with mild haze and thick cream cap made up of fine beads. The lace clings ok. The smell is good with lots of hop and mild stone fruit odors with slight woody essence, mainly a pine ester from the hop with spice in the nose. The feel is good, very dry with a light toasted tinge and spicy with nice hop acidity balancing the feel well. There is a hint of chalkiness which caused me to drop the score a bit.

The flavor of malt is lightly sweet and nutty with a rush of hops giving a slight floral hint and then moves into fruity spicey and piney territory. The alcohol is present in the flavor which gives a bit of an edge to the hops which balance the malt very well. The spiciness carries over into a warming alcohol finish w/ a lot of wheat flavor which is more in the toasted grain and light sweet realm. The drinkability is high for this wheatwine. The hops seem to do their part in giving the perception of less alcohol than it has, but it is apparent near the end of the glass and is a pretting filling beer too.

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Photo of rtaps
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to UCLABreN84 for opening this one.

pours a merky golden/brown with about a finger size khaki head leaving spotty lacing behind.

very nice nose, citrus some wheat and fruity.

taste fallows the nose, wheat with a nice citrus zest and sweet malts all very nice.

medium carbonation, light bodied and smooth

overall it was a very nice brew and glad i was able to try it, would like to come across it again

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Photo of Dope
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very murky, rusty red/brown pour. Huge fluffy and dense tan head that lasts forever - amazing retention. Leaves a wall of lacing as it fades.

S: A lot of grapefruit and citrus. Nice grainy malt in there too. Smells a lot like a huge DIPA really.

T: Grapefruit and orange bitterness up front with a bit of an herbal aspect. Turns into sweet bread, toffee and caramel. Pine bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. This is similar to a big hoppy barleywine I would say, I don't really notice typical wheatwine flavors. There might be just a hint of wheat that lingers in the residual aftertaste. No noticeable booze. As it warms I can taste the wheat throughout, adds a nice level of complexity.

M: Very smooth and drinkable, making the 10.4% very surprising. Body isn't even that heavy given the ABV. A bit drying.

O: This is a really tasty beer. It sort of falls between styles. I would call it an american barleywine more than anything. The buckwheat seems to smooth it out a bit and gives it a tiny bit of wheaty flavor but otherwise it's just a big barleywine with tons of hops.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at TJ'S Everyday.

BooGOOp came to me in a snifter. The liquid is a lightish brown color with some tints of faded red when up towards the light. A small finger of off white foam up top that leaves, but leaves nothing on the glass. Smell is light fruits mixed in with a decent wheat base. some whiffs of alcohol. More fruit with apple as it warms and a nice hop scent. A bready yeast strain reveals itself overtime. Taste is big and enjoyable. I say enjoyable because most Mikeller beers are untouchable for me. This boogoop has qualities of a wheat wine, with big amber ale qualities and some European influence. Some tastes of caramel, Wheat, Earthy hops, some alcohol, apple, and other tastes. Wild stuff. Feel is a big medium. This one sort of coats the mouth and leaves a semi hot feel as time goes by. It's carbed up to where it needs to be. Boogoop is nice stuff, but something I would not go for again. I don't see this aging that gracefully, if I had a bottle, I would drink it now.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky caramel orange with a tan head that settles to a small cap. Streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, citrus zest, and orange aromas. Taste is of sweet malt, oranges, and citrus zest. There is a medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good wheatwine with some nice citrus aromas and flavors.

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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 Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, a ruddy, cherrywood color, nearly opaque, with a thin, wispy white head that would fully rejuvenate if given a light swirl. Bready aroma, infused with a generous amount of fresh fruit, woody. Taste was similarly bready, grainy, drying acidity, light caramel, grape and apple skins, bittering orange and grapefruit pith, and call me crazy, but I got a definite yet subtle hit of bakers' chocolate in the finish/aftertaste. Crisp and woody, medium mouthfeel, very nice beer overall.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25oz into Dupont wine-style fatmouth glass.

Pours with a crazy thick, creamy head that settles to a heavy foam over a very cloudy amber-to-orange body. Purdy.

Subtle citrusy aromas that include orange, grapefruit, and lemon.

Whoa... creamy smooth on the palate (for the style). Flavors are packed with citrus tree-fruits. Lots of pink grapefruit, a healthy dose of malted wheat sweetness, and some honey-like sweetness in the finish. Didn't notice the rye-like spice until it warmed. Mouthfeel finishes with a good, sharp bite. Just enough carbonation to cut thru the thick body.

This one is neck-and-neck in my book with Ithaca's 13th Anniversary wheatwine. Both are very similar, although the Ithaca was more citra-fresh. This one is a touch sweeter & thicker.

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Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Why is this beer not listed under Mikkeller?

Appearance - Pours semi clear and amber with a nice off white was very dark in the room I tried this in. Nice lacing lingered in the half sized imperial pint glass.

Smell - Toast, under ripe green melon, butter, faint citrus notes

Taste - Fruity hops up front. Butterscotch, caramel, toffee out the back. Cold soba/buckwheat noodles, I know it sounds odd but that's what I got. Werthers. Slightly creamy and buttery.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, nice carbonation.

Overall - I really dug this collaborative effort. Very drinkable for the high abv. I'm looking forward to getting it on tap at my work and analyzing it further.

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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 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 Metalmonk
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As stated above, this really should be listed as a Mikkeller beer, not Three Floyds, as it was brewed on Mikkeller's side of the ocean. Regardless, what lover of great beer could resist a collaboration between these two beer artists? Aging my ass, this is getting opened NOW.

The opaque, clouded-over rust color is nice, and the superbly creamy, firm dirty-white head is even nicer, leaving splashes and splats of lace all over the glass.

This is one of those aromas that leaps out of the glass and flies straight into the nostrils from several feet away. Enormously flowery/green/pungent/piney/citrusy hops lead the way, all big and bright, with a malty lower level that reminds of rye, spicy and super-earthy as it is.

Holy cow, this beer has it all going on. Initially there's a slight shock of prickly spices (cinnamon comes to mind/tongue), again reminding of rye, but clearly it's buckwheat (as printed on the label). While the hops scream Double IPA, there's a malty character here that strikes a sweet, vanilla-kissed balance between the barleywine and wheatwine poles. Hops are hugely herbal and resiny/piny, not as much citrus/fruit as suggested in the aroma. Caramel tones, burnt toffee-like tones, charred red apple skin, and that "je ne sais quoi" of the best "American Strong Ales" that puts in on a level with the almighty Double Bastard. And about that 10.4%, it's excellently incorporated, just one part of the greater sum, never brash or overdone.

ohmygodIneedtobuyanothersixteenbottles of this...

Texture/feel is also utter perfection, in terms of texture/feel. Slick, creamy, full, a bit sticky, superbly round and, again, creamy (!!), it's just right for the flavor. You want to keep the beer in your mouth forever not only because of how it tastes, but also how pleasurable it feels. Like a room temperature vanilla ice cream and 7-Up float that has merged into a velvety soup.

Boogoop is one of the best beers I've had in recent memory, and really one of the best beers EVER. It's also yet another example of why bigger beers should be drunk at higher temps. At the right spot, like mid/high 50s Fahrenheit, this nears being not just great but transcendental. What a treat. Daaayaaamn.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy brownish-orange color, very heavy on the head with a solid couple inches. Smell combines some mild hoppiness with cloves and banana.. like a cross between an IPA and hefe. The taste continues this theme as there is initially a very sweet banana and molasses flavor followed quickly by some bitter hops and citrus. This is very tasty and fairly drinkable for such a high ABV.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass a murky deep orange with a large blooming off white head that left multiple broken rings of glob as it settled into a frothy mass.Deep resiny hops in the nose along with brown sugar notes,some sweet alcohol really comes in as the beer warms.Warming alochol,honey-like sweetness, and powerful resiny hops on the palate,it's on the sweeter side but the hops bring great balance in the finish.This is a sipper the alcohol is very prevelent but wheatwines are made to be sippers,a great beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Alex for sharing this one.

A: Slightly hazy red body under a lovely finger of creamy eggshell head. Great retention and lace. Lovely.

S: Hops are huge, with grapefruit, spruce, and mint. As it warms, some malt comes through (buckwheat, I suppose, although that's hardly an aroma/flavor with which I'm familiar) with just a hint of roastiness. Pretty great.

T: Follows the nose: piquant, fruity hops up front, with rich, complex maltiness following close behind. The maltiness is unique, with some almost grassy, dry graininess following some fruity sweetness. Big bitterness and moderate alcohol on the finish. Nice.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Solid.

O: Be warned: right now this is much more hoppy than malty, with DIPA-level hop aroma. I really enjoyed this aspect of the beer, but if you're looking for a more traditional Barleywine feel then you may want to sit on it for a few months. I'm really curious what it would taste like with some age, as the buckwheat component was intriguing - but largely secondary to the dominant hops. Still, those hops were fascinating in their own right, and I'd gladly drink it fresh again, too. Good stuff.


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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 with my girl... Poured into a duvel glass

A- pours a murky burnt orange with an impressive two finger puffy off white head.... Impressive spiderweb lacing, looks delicious

S- not as pungent as I expected, scent reminds me almost of a liquid Carmel apple with hints of citrus.

T- notes of pear/apple blending into a sweet caramel middle, with a
Finish slightly bitter citrus hops. Almost bready on the very front, grainy, the taste is very complex. Citrus and bitterness on the end almost like orange rind. Alcohol bite on the end with a dry bitter finish. Deffinatley ends like a slice of wheat bread, at least texture wise. Leaving an after taste almost like honey wheat bread

M- medium carbonation and a dry finish keep you wanting the next sip of this one, that at to keep enjoying the complexity of its flavor profile. Not as sticky as i had anticipated, and that is a good thing.

O- this is an awesome beer! I love it, and I really hope somone threw some in some burbon barrels!!!!

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Three Floyds / Mikkeller Boogoop from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 619 ratings.
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