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Black Orchard - The Bruery

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312 Ratings

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brewer says this is a "Belgian style ale with spices, wheat, and oats." Sounds like a great style but tastes like dishwatery home brew, the dark style. There is a hint of spoiled fruit, and overall it is just too suspiciously bitter. Plus it kept foaming insistently out of the beautiful green champagne bottle. I would give it an "A" for effort, but it is just too tough to drink.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace on Point Loma Drive. [transcribed from notes; tasted October 28, 2008]

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up some bottles of this at Sun Devil Liquors in Tempe, seems like the only place that ever keeps this on the shelves (including Bruery Provisions).

Pours a light black, dark brown color, but not the kind of thickness black of a stout, or even a porter. Mild 2/3" head on it, a lighter brown color to that even. Complex aroma, sweet, coriander, anonymous other spice notes, mild citrus rind, green apple, etc. . .

Mild tartness, average sweetness, miniscule cocao powder like notes, throw maybe a unique or underutilized type of fruit aspect to the tang that is barely cognizable. Pepper/peppercorn notes also present. Just when you think it won't get any more complex, another descriptor comes to mind because of the tastebuds sensing things in waves with this beer.

I think its pretty good stuff, definitely different. A good bottle to break out for someone who has had a lot of different beers, as a dark wit is probably not something most of us come across every day.

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4.46/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-black with a thick light tan head

S-very strong scent of plums and red grapes. Slight scent of burnt chocolate.

T-comes in with a simply wonderful taste of dark fruits and cocoa beans. The after-taste is strong of dark roasted coffee beans. What a unique and complex taste. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-well this is quite an interesting beer. I cant think of any style that suites this beer. It's so unique and the flavors are so...bold. 

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A dark brown pour with a ridiculously huge and foamy light brown head. Fades somewhat quickly at least, it still takes several pours to fill the glass halfway. So bubbly that it has started foaming out of the top of the bottle while I type this. Even 20 minutes later it's still overflowing. It's so fizzy you can hear the crackle from the glass! Hopefully it's not infected. Almost no lacing.

S: Wheaty, with some sweet orange and raisin.

T: Hmph, lots of wheat like a witbier but with some roasted malt and coffee. A hint of dark fruits and earthtones.

M: Quite watery, and extremely effervescent.

O: A unique beer, that's for sure. I like some mix and match styles like Black IPAs for example, but this one falls a bit flat. It's roasty but too watery. Wheaty but the spices seem to mostly get drowned out. Way too high carbonation. Not horrible but nothing special either.

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Black Orchard from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.