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Le Woody Brune - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Le Woody BruneLe Woody Brune

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 106
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 11-16-2005)
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-18-2014 06:38:01 | More by drewone
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VAbdoyan

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-15-2014 03:14:32 | More by VAbdoyan
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Rado

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

06-15-2014 03:13:53 | More by Rado
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-10-2013 06:03:54 | More by zestar
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Consumed 3-26-11 during my first epic Philly tasting. Graciously opened by Dan (NittanyBeerFan) - thanks!

L - Deep bronze, olden rimmed with a frothy auburn sand head. Nice!

S - A bit light but very nice. Blond base with an overlay strawberry, strawberry vinegar, gentle funk, touch of sulfury oxidation that doesn't take away at all. Fruit tones down the funk. General tropical fruit (papaya, guava).

T - Much like the nose with gentle acetic and lactic backing up the fruit even more. The lactic presides over the strawberry, smooth strawberry vinegar, blueberry skin tannins. The oak is soft, lending a clean spice in the mid-palate and finish. Faint butter lends a helping hand to smooth the strawberry and tropical fruit over the surface of my mouth as I swallow. Superbly subtle and nuanced, restrained, refined, and gentle. Score goes up because of the restraint and subtlety.

M - Fine, soft carbonation that absolutely impresses. Silk smooth, soft, and just beautiful - as I swallow the liquid simply evaporates off my tongue.

O - Lovely. The mouthfeel and balance of mascerated fruit, soft vinegar, lactic acid, and gently spiced oak made me finish my glass sooner than I wished (glad I've had a chance to enjoy this again since the time of this original notes review).

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 18:31:03 | More by BucketBoy
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jbuddle

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-24-2013 17:11:47 | More by jbuddle
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-19-2013 03:46:43 | More by spycow
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joel66

New York

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Mike(grumpyoldtroll) for opening this dinosaur whale. Never thought i would have an opportunity to try this one.

A- dark purple with orange tint, almost copper like. Beige head that dissipated quickly.

N- over ripe sweet cherry, wooden barrel, brett and citrus rhind

T- Cherry and dark fruit. For such an old bottle,the fruitness is certainly not lacking. Citrus tartness on the finish with a slight vinegar note.

M- Nice carbonation with a clean smooth finish

O- Dark sours arent typically my favorite style, but this bottle blew me away. No oxidation, clean smooth and refreshing. Amazing how well it lasted

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 14:38:51 | More by joel66
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-09-2013 00:50:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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GRG1313

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-19-2011 23:15:42 | More by GRG1313
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vissai

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-13-2011 17:23:21 | More by vissai
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 03:43:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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largadeer

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy cherry red with a tall off white head that retains nicely.

Smell: Awesome tart cherry pie aroma. Lactic sourness, spicy phenols, ripe black cherry. Such a phenomenal cherry aroma after all these years, I'm amazed by how vibrant this is.

Palate: Tastes downright awesome, reminiscent of earlier batches of Red Poppy but clearly better. Bright black cherry goodness, skin and flesh, mildly sweet with a delicious dark malt undercurrent. Medium in body, moderate sourness. Very gentle and easy to drink. Fantastic stuff, hands down one of the best American sours I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 17:52:06 | More by largadeer
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billshmeinke

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. HUGE thanks to Chris Q for sharing.

Le Woody Brune
Murky brown/amber color, hardly any head. Ring of off white head. 4
Cherry, lactic sourness, oak. Pretty basic, but nice. 4
Cherry, intense lactic sourness, earthy funk, fairly intense acidic sourness. Just intense all around, but layered, and complex. Some wine and oak. 4.5
Medium bodied, well carbonated, sour, but not puckering. Stinging acidity, but not too much. 4
Pretty awesome. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 21:48:15 | More by billshmeinke
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treyrab

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan (Nittanybeerfan) for graciously bringing this to our last Philly tasting. Had on March 26, 2011. Dan carefully poured this to the tune of Blondie's "Call Me" in the background. He was jamming to the song and simultaneously poured the beer. It was quite a site. Have been wanting to try this for a while now, so I was anxious to try.

A: Bottle pops with a nice hiss and ghostly smoke streams out. Pours a strawberry brune with mahogany hues and a nice, rather spritzy, eggshell white head. Perfect look for a brune, really. Classic red wine vinegar color, with the head receding very quickly.

S: The first thing that hits me is strawberries. Then blueberries. Then raspberries. Really, this is just berry loaded in general. Tart berries, and well blended with a scent of red-wine vinegar, vanilla form the barrel, and some lemon rinds. Vinegar creeps in to complement the cherry character. Very nice.

T: The berry aspects in the nose are not as evident in the smell. However, the cherry and vinegar notes really shine. Moreover, a nice brown sugar and molasses character come into play. Perhaps even some chocolate. The tartness of the cherry, funky of the red wine vinegar, and complexity of the chocolate is very nice.

Overall, this was a damn solid beer. A very nice brune and very complex for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 02:35:45 | More by treyrab
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moejuck (thebaldwizard on RB) for this. Received in a Christmas-time trade, kept upright and in the cellar until March 26th, 2011 when it was brought out as the 7th beer of the tasting. Split 4 ways with treyrab, dyan, and bucketboy. No gushing, but happy this was allowed to settle, as there was, indeed, a ton of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Burgundy in color, there is very ample carbonation. Fizzy and fine, it produces a full one-finger cap of head. There is fair retention, but for the most part, this pretty much dissipates leaving a ring around the glass and no lacing.

There is a light acetic character that greets me in the aroma, surprising, as that will usually take over a beer pretty quickly once it gets going. There are mainly aromas of lactic citrusy sourness and a balanced funk. There are some very strong and compelling berry fruity characteristics - strawberries, raspberries, and others. Also, there is a touch of vanilla. On the palate, the acetic sourness goes to the back, as the lactic and funky components shine and balance each other out. The fruity flavors come through with some fruit skin tannins that complement the berry flavors beautifully. There is a spicy oakiness in the middle, again complementing the fruit well.

Silky and light on the palate, the carbonation is so light that it makes the beer almost evaporate off my tongue. Very good overall, this is a great American sour if you can track it down.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 22:55:24 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ruby-brown pour with spritzy carbonation. These have aged very well but should be stood upright for a few weeks before opening; there will be about an inch of sediment in the bottom. We did a continuous pour using a lambic basket into four glasses and dumped the dregs in a fifth glass; that last glass was quite nasty. Many thanks to hophead84 for that advice and for helping identify the bottle.

Smell: Oak, sour cherries, balsamic vinegar; faint brown sugar

Taste: This reminded me of la folie on steroids; it is very much a flanders red/Oud Bruin (though better than any from Europe). It is very intense, sour cherries and oak followed by balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar and perhaps brown sugar and honey. There are some wine notes to it as well. Stellar example of the style, not to be missed. Nice light funk, nothing painful.

Mouthfeel:

Drinkability:

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 21:15:57 | More by craytonic
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beige head. Color is a rustic amber bronze.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, spice, brown sugar, and a barnyard funk. Reminds me of my grandparent's farm.

Taste: Mid cherries, vanilla, brown sugar and spice. Some funk and sourness. Oaky. Kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel: Sour, dry, and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice brune. Has some nice flavors. Nothing mind-blowing, but definitely something I would love to have more of. Good drinkability as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 23:43:04 | More by mothman
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this one. I've had this a couple times before, but never got to take notes on it. Finally had a good pour to do so with.

A: The bottle is excessively carbonated which required some bleeding and of the pressure by loosening the cap slowly. But eventually, we have a pour that is a brownish/amber color with a large off-white head.

S: Immediately you get the sour cherry aromas along with plenty of oak. There is a nice sweet malt character underneath, very reminiscent of an Oud Bruin/Flanders Red. Quite musty with a lot of wine, too.

T: Plenty of sour cherry and cherry pie flavor going on here. There's a lot of tartness as well, partially from a vinegar component. Not as much sweetness as on the nose and a bit more toward the dry side.

M: The body is medium with a very high/lively carbonation.

D: One of the better American sour beers I've ever had and it has held up amazingly well over the last several years.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:08:42 | More by womencantsail
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Overlord

California

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours an orange amber. 1-2 inches of white, big bubbling foam.

Smells like metallic vinous/vinegar-y notes, and ... malted cherries.

Taste is surprisingly sweet. A definite sweet/sour cherry backing with a bunch of vinegar and grapeskins n' tannins. Is this an oude brune? What immediately came to mind is Cuvee de Tomme on steroids. A bit of wood/oak backing.

Good mouthfeel. Could use more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 06:45:25 | More by Overlord
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RB's Footbalm brought this to a tasting a while back... Wanted to get these notes in before I begin reviewing the ruckus from over the weekend. Thanks a ton Eric... This was a top-tier brew and one that I know I NEVER would have had a chance to try without your generosity.

Pours a cloudy brown with a lite tan head.... nice lacing and retention... If this as more "clear", it would have easily been a 4.

Nose is pretty amazing mash-up of bretty tart cherry with some minor acetic notes pushing ahead... more lactic elements show as the bottle opens and really warms up. Fantastic... with warmth... wood shows and so does something that I can only describe as cinnamon.

Flavor is better (but not enough for a 5) .... bright full round cherry combines with a fairly pronounced a vinegar quality ... it is never a "burning" vinegar bomb, it just adds alot to the complexities.. lactic notes are more muted than expected, but still very present ... fruity tannins with warmth .... brett woolen socks... Good carbonation, but not overly done...

This was way better than my above notes show.... Huge applause to Footbalm for such an amazing brew.

3.5/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 06:24:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, thanks Brad.

a - Pours an amber color with no carbonation or head.

s - Smells of tart cherries, sour fruit, oak, spice, wine, and citrus.

t - Tastes of tart fruit, orange, citrus, oak, wine, and pepper.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - Again, another very good sour. I think the oak and wine was mroe prominent here than in the Le Woddy we had side by side, but both were very good and I'd love to try them again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 20:20:57 | More by mdfb79
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HopHead84

California

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/14/2011

Received a bottle in a trade with kingkong and I opened it for Mike's second annual pre Toronado Anniversay Beer Tasting. This bottle was shockingly good. It was bursting with fruit (raspberry) and was a great drinking experience. I'm upping the score in mouthfeel and smell +.5.

7/17/2010

Bottle shared by javib458, thanks! This was a long time want. The bottle opens with a gush and continues gushing through several glasses, but the glassware was on hand and not a drop was wasted. The beer is ruddy reddish brown with a big beige head.

The aroma is of tart dark cherries with a moderate lactic quality and a healthy dose of acetic acid. Brett contributes a wet leather character, and oak is evident.

The flavor is lightly tart dark and a touch of sweetness with big lactic notes, a low acetic character, and oak. Brett is musty. The finish is booze macerated dark cherries. The beer has an upper moderate level of carbonation, creating a spritzy moutfeel, and it's medium bodied.

Excellent stuff and I'm glad I was finally able to try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 05:48:41 | More by HopHead84
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My contribution to our Pre-Night of the Living Ales tasting. 750ml bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip. Not even sure what this year is, 2005 or 2006, I think. It's old and rare, that's all I know.

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a light pinkish-colored head. After the initial fizz, it dies down to a few bubbles here and there.

S - Sour cherries, oak, cabernet. Pretty straight forward here and not overly complex, but what's there is pretty damn good.

T - Very similar to the nose. Not as funky as I expected before opening this one, but it's a pleasant kind of sour/tart that differs from a lot of wild ales that I've drank recently.

M - Light, crisp, clean. Very champagne-esk with a dry finish.

D - I could easily drink the entire bottle, I really liked this one. It kind of reminded me of Red Poppy, but not quite as funky. I have one bottle left that probably won't get opened for quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 19:57:52 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for this one - never thought I'd try it! Served in a champagne flute.

A - Pours with a voluminous tan foam that eventual dissipates to a thinnish cap and ring and leaves a few spots of lace. Murky drab brown color. Looks like an Oud Bruin.

S - Red wine, oaky vanillin, sour cherries, grape skins, a bit of nuttiness and caramel, and a touch of salty flavor that verges on garlic. Reminds me a little of Vagabond, but far more acetic.

T - Acetic acid, some lactic sourness, light caramel and vanilla, sour cherries and green apple tartness that persists into the aftertaste. Very similar to the smell - not a ton to add.

M - Carbonation is a little harsh, but otherwise it's very dry with plenty of cottonmouth and candy feel. Body is also a little thin, but since I have no idea what the ABV is it's hard to pick on this element.

D - It's a really nice Flanders-style sour, but I'm not convinced I could pick it out of a blind tasting with Oerbier Reserva, Rosso, Earthmonk, and Haandbakk. Worth trying, but I wouldn't kill myself to get another bottle. That being said, I had a couple pours and could have had more.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 22:03:28 | More by MasterSki
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Le Woody Brune from Pizza Port Solana Beach
95 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.