White Oak - The Bruery
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.49/5 rDev +16%
Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a small but bulbous snifter/tulip hybrid glass. I believe this is the 2013 version.
Appearance - Ruddy brown-orange with highlights of yellow make up the cloudy body. An yellowish-white head of about a finger and a half rests atop with ample bubbles. A film of head remains throughout the beer, with a little more thickness around the edges of the glass. Lacing is moderate and silky.
Smell - An intoxicating smell with note of fruit--mango specifically--along with a grainy wheat presence highlighted by veins of citrus and an underlying boozy element from the high alcohol content. Smells strong, but balanced and promising. Gives the impression of a stronger dessert wine, like a sauterne.
Taste - The fruity element continues to have a strong presence, but is now flanked by notes of sweet caramel and even some cinnamon. Vanilla comes through from the heat of the bourbon barrels. Again, the wine-y elements are present to make this a very complex and interesting beer.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and highly viscous, with the liquid oozing back down the side of the glass after taking a drink. Carbonation is lower, but enough to counterpoint the thickness of the beer.
Overall a wonderful beer from The Bruery, which is probably good, given the cost of this particular 750. Brings to mind the feel of cognac or even moreso a strong brandy. If this was more available, I would definitely keep it around.
06-08-2013 20:54:23 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.33/5 rDev -14%
Poured into an overized wine glass a hazed orange infused copper color with a thin white head atop.Alot of hot booze in the nose along with heavy yeast esters,lingering vanilla and a hint of spiced pears.Really hot at first,it took a few swallows for it to tone down enough for me,vanilla and alot of yeasty notes,faint drying and toasted oak in the finish.A little hot for my liking,it has some rich flavors but they are masked a little by the yeast and big alcohol in my opinion.
11-24-2012 16:39:06 | More by oberon
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
poured from aprox 22 oz. bottle into tulip shaped pint glass.... nice initial head but soon disapates with no lacing.... reminds me of an oak aged saison/farmhouse ale... if i was blindfolded i would have bet it was brewed @ ommegang brewery... which in my opinion is a huge compliment...OMMEGANG RULES... a little pricey @ $16.99, but i would buy this again on occasion... very good stuff... but very little bourbon character... a little hot @ 11.5% ABV, but i like that...
04-06-2012 00:49:56 | More by diesel59
4.58/5 rDev +18.3%
This beer surprised the hell out of me. I went over to the Bruery to reserve a bottle or two of Black Tuesday and they had a tasting flight of BT, White Oak and Papier...
The sweet vanilla notes of the bourbon barrel stand out so well in this beer that I swear it tasted like a glazed doughnut. The taste of pear also shines through wonderfully along with some other fruit flavors. Then, the aftertaste of booze finishes out in double time. Good booze.
All and all, I think I have been more impressed with this than any other Bruery beer (other than black tuesday which is made with Narwhal horn, the blood of the last known Mayans, and Panda tears...)
09-07-2009 16:34:14 | More by gregmoscetti
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
2012 release. Notes from May 2012.
A - Pours a hazy orange with almost four fingers of white head. Head has good retention. Very little lacing.
S - Mostly caramel and juicy citrus, with some banana, faint vanilla and bready malt. Not really sure what to make of this, to be honest. Not bad, but doesn't really draw me in.
T - Caramel malt, with orange and other citrus pulp. Subtle bourbon character with vanilla and oak. Also, some banana taste and quite a bit of bread. Kind of an odd tasting brew, but pretty tasty.
M - Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Somewhat sticky sweet, but finishes with an oaky dryness.
O - Not really sure what to make of this one. I wouldn't seek it out, but it does have some good things going on, including a pretty good flavor.
08-12-2012 02:48:47 | More by warnerry
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer off my wants list.
The beer pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat in it, as well as some pepper and bubblegum notes. The flavor is similar but more complex. I get a lot of wheat, as well as a big dose of alcohol up front. I also get some pepper notes, as well as a very light amount of whiskey and some Belgian yeast. The oak is very strong in the beer and really is what this beer is all about, which I guess you can expect given the beer's name. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.
07-18-2012 02:44:56 | More by Mora2000
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
Bright golden hued with vibrant carbonation and brilliant clarity. The head is easily an inch thick of tightly woven and off white in color. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of oak and pale wheat when combined almost give off a dry cider like note. The flavor is an intense blend of oak and pale wheat,which, like the aroma,almost give a dry cider like flavor. There's a residual sweetness that lingers that I find a bit cloying. I believe the bourbon notes and the oak are clashing with the pale wheat. The palate is highly carbonated and slightly warm from the alcohol.
05-03-2014 03:37:18 | More by Franziskaner
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
Orangish color with a big fat white head to it. Nice. Aroma was a little coconut, warm sweet alcohol, oak, honey.
Warming sensation on the tongue, again, light coconut, wheat aspect is pretty much completely lost on me, but it may be what contributes to the effortless weight of the mouthfeel despite the high abv and ability to pick lots of different flavors and nuances out of this one. Vanilla and bourbon later on. The least bourbon flvor of any bruery bourbon barrel stuff, this stuff has the warming (not hot) heat, but it just doesn't impart much bourbon until you kinda look for it.
Pretty nice stuff. Goes well with Black Tuesday.
As far as any fruit flavors, they'd have to be light skinned type of fruit, I'm talking pear, lemon, white grapes type of stuff.
11-24-2011 04:14:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
Pouring into a tulip glass, a get a colossal head that isn't going down any time soon. When it does recede, I get a pretty golden straw color.
A heavy smell of vanilla, coconut, grapes and an underlying woodiness. This is very unique.
A lot of heat in the initial sip... tons of booze to kick this off. The woodiness is most apparent as is the coconut and vanilla. I'm picking up slight hints of caramel to smooth this out as I continue through the bottle.
I think this beer is too carbonated. The drinkability isn't terrible, but I can already tell you it's going to be a long night's work polishing off this 750ml bottle myself. Halvsies would have been perfect!
11-24-2009 00:44:56 | More by rudylaw
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