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Praecocia - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
78
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108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.41%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The great philosopher Pliny the Elder referred to the early blooming peach tree as Praecocia; years later these fruit were recognized not as peaches, but apricots. We took those apricots and added them to a bold, bourbon barrel aged old-ale. The beer, rich in flavors of burnt sugar and toffee, blends seamlessly with the musky, summer-like experience that the apricots supply.

(Beer added by: coreyfmcdonald on 10-09-2013)
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Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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UCLABrewN84

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3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to skelliott for sharing this one.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, apricot, and dried apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, and slight apricot flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that displays a much better apricot presence in the smell.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 23:27:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thanks to fellow BA ThickNStout for sending this one along as part of a trade. This wasn't the beer that I was specifically seeking out, but I'm a bit of a sucker for the use of peaches and apricots in beer, so I had to try it in spite of the mixed reviews. Bottle is etched with a bottling date of 7/19/2013. Poured into a large 20 oz snifter.

Appearance - While mine isn't the gusher that I've read from other reviews, it's certainly aggressively carbonated. Initial pour builds a massive three-finger head of dense, frothy foam the color of ecru with an uneven surface up top. After several minutes, the cap shrinks to a thin layer of foam across part of the surface of the liquid, forming the impression of a yin-yang (minus the dots) between the tan foam and the sepia liquid, which has an opaque haze to it. Inside the bottle, the carbonation continues to churn away, maintaining a permanent half-finger rim of foam.

Smell - Predominantly a combination of apricot and other essence of stone fruit, with an underlying sweet grainy base. I'm disappointed that there isn't a bigger presence of toffee or caramel, or even bourbon barrel, for that matter. It's a nice, with notes of prune and raisin hiding subtly beneath the brighter apricot aromas, but I don't get much of anything that resembles my expectations for an old ale--especially one that's been aged in bourbon barrels. With some warmth, the bourbon astringency and hints of wood finally come out, but it's far too much work to detect them.

Taste - Here, the malt gives a bit more richness to the fruity brightness, and there's even a slight tartness that I didn't really get from the aroma. It's not a puckering, sharp tartness, but more of a sense that fresh peach juice was blended with the beer. It's not unpleasant, but unexpected. Unfortunately, the bourbon and softer notes of burnt caramel and vanilla are not nearly as strong as I'd like. The fruit is really doing a bang-up job of shrouding them from my tastebuds. Again, with warmth, it becomes easier to detect those sweeter elements.

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A: Pours a frothy raisin brown with massive overflowing head when opened. I poured gently and had this one chilled pretty well before opening knowing that it could be a gusher. Visible sediment floating around in the glass and carbonation pouring to the top. A head that could last for days.

S: Aroma of very fresh apricots, brown sugar, cocoa and light American oak. Having grown apricots and eaten them directly off a tree in an orchard, I can really appreciate the fresh apricot flavor and I was skeptical that it would even present itself among english barleywine and bourbon barrel aging. Its there! along with a light english ale flavor and very mild (happily) hop presence that goes with English barleywines.

T: Well after the offer of credit from the Bruery and having ordered additional bottles of this at the release time, today was the day I finally tried this beer. And after having nearly written it off along with the two other beers that they apologized for.... I still like it actually 8 months after its release.

Mostly flavored with the notes from the Apricots, a fruit that I really enjoy fresh , and mainly fresh. After Apricots and other fruits are conditioned without oxygen, I feel they lose a lot of their flavor as do a lot of other fruits... Still good, but usually not quite as good.
Anyway... figs, light toffee, caramelized sugar, peaches and vanilla blending with light American oak and bourbon. Without knowing the type of bourbon that was in here, it is hard to judge what exactly caused some of the harshness that others have spoken about. I think more likely the bourbon aging with an English barleywine seems to have caught some offguard compared to American barleywines with more esters. Honestly, at 10.5% I do not find this beer harsh. Maybe the time is right on this bottle, or maybe my perception of harshness is different. In any case, I am currently glad that I bought 5 bottles of this. I would probably buy more if I could but will see if every bottle seems to make me feel the same as the first.

M: Medium body , light for a 10.5%, and once you let it sit, the carbonation is heavenly , and I am not even joking. Gusher at first, let it sit and calm down and get to room temp.

O: Overall, I am pretty happy with this beer. Could it have been less carbonated upon opening? Of course it could have been and that would be ideal. Thing is... I don't know anybody else making an English barleywine aged in bourbon barrels with Apricots and I like this just like I thought I would 8 months ago when I bought it. If there is another out there, let me know, Id be glad to try it, but the carbonation issue is minor for me because I am not chugging a 750ML bottle and the carbonation settled to perfection after 20 minutes.

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Praecocia from The Bruery
78 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.