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Black Orchard - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
81
good

311 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 28
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-11-2008)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Ah, the elusive Black Witbier--an emerging version of the Witbier.

Good foam with a moderate pour that crackles down to a thick rim of tan lace. A shade or two away from pitch black. Aroma ranges from light peppercorn and citrus peel, carob powder and toasted grain husk, to light licorice root and plum fruitiness. Needless to say, this is a very aromatic beer. Big on smoothness that comes from a really deep, crisp carbonation. Dry malt flavor to star, carob powder and dry toast. Pithy with citric, hibiscus-like orchard flavors of fruit skin and pit. Mild sweetness from the oats is deep within. Suggestions of anise, plum skin and green apple. Faint mineral, chalky yeast and earthy tones in the middle; modest hopping with a muted bitterness though the orange peel that seems to balance more. Bone dry finish with lingering spices and a light, peppery alcohol.

Beyond complex, though still easy to drink thanks to the smooth, dry character. An absolutely stellar beer that we were not ready for but happily welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 17:17:55 | More by BeerAdvocate
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A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to about half an inch and keeps. Tan colored lacing across the top. Opaque body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Classic Belgian notes - yeasty, raisin. Roasted grains.
T) Smoky. Hints of coffee. Raisin.
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O) An alright brew. As the label says its a twist on a witbier, but the style is a Belgian Dark Ale. I would say it falls somewhere in between but closer to a witbier with some dark grains thrown in for coloring.

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Bottle (2008)

Thanks for sharing this with me, Alucard4!

(Aged for 4+ years)

This one's a gusher! Be ready!

Very dark brown but not quite black in color. Lots and lots of visible carbonation--a huge, persistent, small-bubbled head. Leaves the glass messy with irregular stick. Pretty enough.

Earthy aroma along with some definite citrus zest and some very mild banana and clove characteristics. This doesn't smell nearly as old I would have imagined it would, though there's a bit of musk character to it--it actually comes together somewhat nicely.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with brown banana bread crusts combining with earth, citrus zest, some very mild funk, and spice character.

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Black Orchard from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.