Praecocia - The Bruery
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4.34/5 rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
10.5% ABV, 2013 edition
A - Murky dark brown, Praecocia pours with a frenzy of ivory foam that settles to a thin ring of bubbles leaving little lace in it's wake.
S - Dried Turkish apricots, juicy tangerines, and delicious little clementines burst from the nose with a fruity chorus that overlaps the complimentary base of rich bready malt soaked briefly in bourbon barrels. As the beer warms, exceptional nuances of brown rock sugar, vanilla bean, and Cap'n Crunch Berries (yeah, you read that right) pull through the depths.
T - Rustic, earthy malts present a cocoa-dusted bread profile that warms up to include oak paneling before relinquishing flavor to subtle bourbon-soaked apricots misted with vanilla essence.
M - Strong effervescence (so strong that after sitting for 10 minutes, the beer spurted some from from the top of the bottle) cuts through the beer's rich, malty body to even the playing field for a smooth start that finishes with a touch of tartness, oaky dryness, and subtle lingering alcohol warmth.
O - The initial blend of flavors might read with a little speculation attached but apricot essence plays a part in every aspect of Praecocia, blending wonderfully throughout for a fruitiness that works beautifully with the Old Ale base and bourbon barrel aging!
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2014 01:46:54 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.11/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
750ml bottle (07/19/13) poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a dark brown in color with medium clarity and carbonation steadily wafting up the glass in a continuous fashion. A huge, very densely bubbled head, nearly four fingers tall rises from the surface and holds steady for several minutes showing a tannish color that shows hints of orange...at least in the lighting I have available. Webs of lacing streak the surface of the glass.
S - Interesting aroma, a bit funky in a bretty way - earthy, mildly tart, horse blankets. Nice layers of fruit with peaches and apricots coming through very well and melding with the funk nicely. Bourbon...not so much - struggling to find it in the aroma. Malt base is mild, a bit of brown sugar maybe.
T - Not really what I expected from the aroma. Rather tart up front, mixed with some boozy bourbon notes and some oaky vanilla. Apricot and peach character show up, but are blurred/obscured by the far more intense bourbon flavors, wood, and a weird medicinal bitterness that lingers far too long after the swallow. Phenolic flavors rise up towards the finish too, further complicating the flavor profile of this beer. Actually the flavor of the foam of this beer isn't half bad - peach and apricot fruitiness are more intense and pleasant. Unfortunately the liquid is rather rough.
M - Tart, high carbonation, weird medicinal character that just won't go away...odd for sure. Throw in boozy, bourbon character that doesn't mix well, tons of woody-ness, high phenolic content and a base beer that hardly decides to show up...this one really isn't very satisfying at all.
O - Pleasant appearance although hinting at possible infection with the persistent, tall and foamy head that appears. A bit funky and fruity on the nose give pleasant anticipation of the first sip, and...downhill from there. I am going to stop short of calling this undrinkable (especially considering the price of this bottle...I am perhaps in a bit of denial and trying to make myself like this enough to feel I got some value out of this bottle), but it is pretty rough. Flavors are quite disjointed, harsh and overbearing at times. Some sips yield a pleasant fruitiness only at first only to be decimated by a finishing medicinal quality that overpowers and leaves a negative impression of each sip overall. The bourbon is funny here - clashing with the fruit with neither coming out a winner. I applaud the attempt but the finished product was not successful. In the end, some of this bottle will likely end up down the drain, unless I can come up with a great, last minute idea for cooking with this.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2014 22:44:38 | More by portia99
Praecocia from The Bruery
77 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.