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White Oak | The Bruery

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The Bruery
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Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
White Oak is a blended beer-- 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it "White Oak Sap"), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance.

Added by OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

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Photo of MacQ32
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an extremely hazy golden straw color with a finger+ of near white head perfect retention, great lacing too

S - tons of oaky bourbon, sweet coconut and vanilla. Definitely getting grape like wine aromas as well.

T - boozy grapes mostly, definite oak and vanilla at the finish. Aftertaste is wine and boozy oak.

M - medium bodied or less, great carb, very drinkable

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Photo of doucmehu
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 25cl tulip from a 750ml bottled March 2013. Bottle has been cellared since purchase last spring.

A: Pours a crystal clear, light golden yellow. Sizeable eggshell head hangs around for quite a while. Lacing is very nice. This beer looks nothing like a barrel-aged 11.5% beer, but rather it resembles a crisp blonde or golden ale.
S: Initial blast is very much white wine. Without looking, I could have easily mistaken it for a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc. Lots going on here - ripe pear, apple, white grape, vanilla, orange juice, yeast, burnt sugar.
T: Again, lots going on. Starts out with a Belgian strong pale ale presence of spices and yeast, with a little bit of sweetness and citrus. As it warms, more flavors come out and the barrel really starts to become apparent. Along with the coriander, yeast and orange peel and a hint of tropical fruit, there is a lot of “big beer” character with distinct notes of vanilla, toffee and tobacco. Just a hint of tartness on the finish, which really compliments the sweetness in the middle.
M: Very lively carbonation is prickly, and really makes this beer feel smaller than it really is. Alcohol is present with a fair amount of burn, but this helps remind you that it is over 11% abv. Could use some taming to be even better though.
O: I am not thrilled with the price on Bruery offerings, but I have really enjoyed a majority of them so far. This is no exception, as I really enjoyed it. For the abv, it is really quite drinkable and would pair well with a wide variety of foods. The bright Belgian crosses with the sweet barrel character nicely.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Cloudy golden color with a darker orange center. Bubbly white head retains well. A delicate collar of lacing decorates the glass.

S: Fruity aromas of golden raisin. Spicy and perfumey Belgian yeast. Church incense. Hints of tropical fruit and pineapple. Biscuity malt. Strong pull of bourbon and oak begins to take control as the beer warms. Charred oak, toasted coconut, vanilla, distinct oak. An interesting blend of Belgian and barrel.

T: Yeasty and Belgian at the outset. Lots of golden raisin and white grape. Vague spices. Biscuity and slightly honeyed malt. Spike of alcohol. Pineapple juice. Traces of wheat and a lemony snap. The back end is dominated by bourbon barrel. Strong pull of oak. Toasted coconut, woody vanilla, some bourbon sweetness. Dry, warming finish of yeasty spice and oak.

M: Full, creamy body. Medium-thick, but light on the palate. Velvety smooth, moderate tingling carbonation. Warming alcohol throughout. Wood tannins.

O: The barrel comes on a bit strong, even after the 50/50 blend. That wheatwine must have really been a barrel bomb on its own. An interesting blend. It actually meshes quite well, though it still feels somewhat foreign and a little odd. It takes some getting used to, but it's a very thought provoking sipper indeed.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Dad, thanks Pop! Pours hazy dark yellow with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is light citrus, pear, apple, yeast funk, dry oak. Was expecting more sweetness on the nose given my experience with White Chocolate. Really smells like a Saison. Flavor is sweet honey apples, and alcohol presence but unexpectedly light bodied. Maybe a bit of vanilla. The alcohol presence doesn’t mend well here and is slightly offensive. No trace of the beer that I tasted in WC. Adequate carbonation that prickles the tongue. Dryish finish. A bit disappointed here.

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Photo of Joshpu
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a snifter.

A: Golden hazy orange. A pretty big white two finger soapy looking head.

S: Definitely getting the bourbon smell. Then what's interesting is it has a farmhouse ale smell to it, like that tangy funk citrus smell. I was also able to pick up the oak characteristic.

T: The taste is like the smell, except I'm getting more of the sweeter caramel flavors. Definitely get the oak characteristic with a big bourbon presence. It also has that farmhouse ale flavor funk and tang.

M: Getting a good amount of carbonation in this beer. The mouth feel is the characteristic that I think brings the ratings down a tad on this one.

O: Overall a pretty solid beer. Reminds me of a farmhouse ale, (probably from the Mischief addition) as I seem to get those characteristics, along with the big bourbon presence. Not a bad beer, worth trying.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Edition.

A: Pours a very hazy golden amber with a dense two finger white head. Leaves some real nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Tough to see any visible carbonation with the opacity.

S: Light fruitiness and yeastiness come to the forefront. Banana, citrus and pale malts. A good amount of sweetness, from the candied sugar. Can tell there is some booze along with the bourbon notes.

T: Balanced yet strong beer. Can notice the wheatwine, bourbon barrel, belgian yeast and candied sugar. I like the combination they got going on here, it is unique. Alcohol asserts itself on the tail end. Aftertaste lingers with the wheat flavors and bourbon as it warms.

M: Medium to full body with a very creamy mouthfeel. For the flavor of the alcohol there really isnt much of a harshness, perhaps smoothed out by the wheat. Finish is clean considering the sweetness.

Overall my introduction to The Bruery and its a tasty one. Havent had a blend like this and welcome the style with open arms. Wheat really makes this creamy and smooth allowing it to pack a lot of punch.

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Photo of ludachris
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've read a lot about the Bruery but I've never had a sip of any of their beers, mostly due to living in Ontario. Thank you again Premier Gourmet in Buffalo and Premier Wines and Spirits in Halifax!

A loud hiss from prying off the crown is instantly followed by beer quickly making its way up the neck and almost out of the bottle. Its big, thick, foamy white head is generated by a gentle pour. I'm surprised at how well it retains itself and how the lace coats all sides of the glass. The carbonation is very active, looking almost like champagne. The body is a hazy golden amber hue. This looks like a bubba of a Belgian.

I'm getting more of the Belgian characteristics of their Mischief than the bourbon aged quality of its other half. Quite spritzy with lemon peel and a touch of tartness, maybe vinegar. Banana comes through as well but it isn't as sweet as the pear drop it's mixed with. The bourbon quality is infused into the center of this beer. It's sweet and syrupy but soft and unobtrusive, much unlike other bourbon barrel aged beers I've had. If it were more pronounced however, I think it would have clashed with the delicate Belgian characters that are so prominent in the nose. The barrels themselves imbue a pleasant coconut and caramel sweetness.

A big and sweet boozy kick to the back of the palate starts things off. It intensifies the fruity esters of banana and pear that are part of the first impression. The sweet bourbon qualities come in slowly and gradually become more pronounced. Vanilla, and coconut, and caramel all swirl along the middle of the tongue. These qualities, similar to the aroma, are soft and silky. They're integrated into the rest of the beer rather than shouting out over the rest. A bit of lemon peel in the finish comes with the last tingle of carbonation.

The body is full with the majority of its weight coming from the booziness that is present throughout. It is so effervescent however, with its tingly and lively carbonation, that it doesn't make it a task to take sips of this massive beer.

It's still hard to justify its $30 price tag but I'm glad I can come out of this saying I thoroughly enjoyed my first beer from the Bruery. On paper, an 11.5% ABV wheatwine with half of it aged in bourbon barrels sounds like a defeating task to drink. Boozy with the sweetness from all of the malt needed to establish its alcohol content only added on to by the bourbon barrels. But that isn't the case. The high level of carbonation and Belgian forward characteristics help to make this not only enjoyable but drinkable as well. They did a fantastic job at making a potentially intense, very pronounced, boozy mother of a beer into one that is well rounded, soft, and delicate and I commend them for that. Sour in the Rye is next and I can't wait!

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Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

last guy's description of 'soapy head' is perfect. light and fluffy, settles a bit on top of a hazy golden, carbonated nectar.
smell is kind of sweet and rich. kind of that rich Belgian smell.
strong twang-y taste. kind of Belgian rich and sweet, demonstrates the mix of their mischief as advertised. some hint of maybe barreling. not getting the caramel, vanilla or coconut as advertised, but some burnt sugar, fruit and white wine.
overall, I've had better from the bruery. but I suppose they cant ALL be awesome.... I suppose it serves a purpose, and it is a different blend of style. still very drinkable, refreshing to a degree and high abv. mixed with a couple o' painkillers after surgery, i'm inclined to rate this one higher than deserved.... maybe....

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dirty orange color, slightly reddish. One inch head, not much lacing.

Smells like bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel, and boooze.

Pretty boozy taste. Lots of bourbon here, very spirit forward. Luckily, the other nice flavors- vanilla, coconut, caramel and oak- do everything they can to play the booze off. They almost play it all off, but it's still quite boozy, and necessitates slow sipping. Sweet almost to the point of cloying.

Less than drinkable. Fully and lively carbonation, creamy, pretty crisp.

Would be better with some age on it, I think. The present alcohol just gives the beer a boozy spiciness that's hard to get past. The other flavors are great, though, and would probably shine after a few years of rest.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip

Pours a slightly hazy amber- orangish with a huge soapy off-white head that fades very slowly. Smell is citrusy, oak and Belgian yeast. Taste has a touch of tartness, some citrus and carmel. A little boozy but not overpowering, with just a hint of the barrel. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation and a little dry. Overall it is good, if you like wheat wines it's worth a try.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold and hazy beer; into a tulip I was able to produce ivory foam a coupla fingers high; left laces down the glass as it slid by

S: wheat and fruit, oaky wood notes; sweet and citrusy

T: wheaty base malt is apparent, offering some suggestions of wheat beer tartness, fruits, and spices; meanwhile, caramel sugars and honey notes sweeten the pot; crisp, tart, bright, and fresh - owing to the yeasts presumably, among other things. Reminiscent of Belgian ales, with spice and sweetness, but also elegance.

M: fizzy, fuzzy, soft, tingly; medium-full feeling - tart moments and a nice close, just short of dry, almost clean...

O: the label speaks the truth! The bourbon is applied with subtlety, giving airs of wood and whiskey to the mix; lots of fruits for fans: tropical and orchard; citrus comes through, assisted by the hops (?), and the wheat provides some characteristic flavors and smells; this came across like a wheat tripel, bourbon barrel aged. Can't imagine not enjoying this.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy caramel colour, with a large white head. Fades slowly, leaves some lace.

Nose contains oak, bourbon, banana. Spices, caramel. Light fruits.

Taste is pretty good. Orange, banana, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Some spices, clove seems to be there. Caramel. Booze is noticeable, but pretty well hidden considering how strong thebeer is. Tastes like a big, heavy hefeweizen in bourbon barrels.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Heavy.

Overall, quite good, but pretty heavy slogging.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/8/2013. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, banana, apricot, pear, pepper, clove, toffee, coconut, oak, bourbon, wheat, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, apricot, pear, banana, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, bourbon, wheat, vanilla, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, wheat, candi sugar, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel flavors; with a nice moderate barrel presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Moderate alcohol warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice blended wheat wine style. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV despite the moderate warming on the finish. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a very thick head which settled at about a finger. Active carbonation in glass while drinking. Burnt orange color and a murky body.

Smell: The bright yeast golden ale aroma comes through on the front of this beer. Cinnamon, coriander, and pepper are present. There is a medium bodied wheat presence with a slight bourbon finish. Interesting but there is a lot going on here, some of it in a conflicting way.

Taste: The front is a bright carbonated champaign feeling. A honey like sweetness warms up on the palate. Earthy, straw, and yeast body dominates this beer. Some wheat dryness, barrel presence is light and gets lost in everything else going on here. Oaky funk finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy sweet start and finishes with some wheat and oak dryness.

Overall: An interesting blended beer with a lot going on. Some of it gets lost and other areas dominate a little more then others. A ride for the palate though, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of ADZA
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sometimes a big beer is just what is needed and it pours a clear yellow straw hue with a one finger head with no lacing but a subtle rim,the smell is bourbon,vanilla,booze and coconut,the mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of vanilla,coconut,caramel,booze,candy and is finished just like a fine white port with a touch of warming bourbon on the back of the palette and overall it's such a unique drop that toes the boundaries of wheat beer and wine and even though I've tried it and liked it I probably wouldn't fork out the big dollars on it again cheers.

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Photo of gr0g
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 release. Hazy orange in appearance. Over one finger of white foam with good retention. A few streaks of lacing. Aroma contains aspects of both component beers. There's a vague phenolic Belgian yeast presence. Tart, yet sweet fruity note... Apricot maybe. A little bit of booze.

Interesting melange of flavors... A little bit of tartness melded with sweetness. A bit of an alcohol note on the finish. Vanilla and oak from the barrel-aged wheat wine component come through. They don't come together as harmoniously in a pale beer like they do in a rich, dark one.

Interesting take on a strong pale ale, sort of like a tripel.

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Photo of VincentFrey
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Appearance: For a blended beer, it's pretty solid. Orange and blond hues, with a delightfully resilient head. Very cloudy, likely the combination of the aged wheatwine (White Oak Sap) and the bottle conditioning. Not a bad example at all, and fits the style, but far too average.

Smell: Actually some oddly tart notes pretty quickly. I dig it myself, and it fits the flavors I was expecting, but I figured the bourbon barrel would be more noticeable. Instead it falls into the background notes, complementing a nice wheat malt and some caramel notes. The tartness is surprising but I dig it.

Taste: What a strange combination of bourbon, tartness, and traditional belgian strong ale. The wheat doesn't impact the flavor as much as I expected, and it's a bit too sweet to my liking. Perhaps some more time aging would help the flavors blend a bit further, but it seems to be stretching for too much. Makes me wonder more about how White Oak Sap would taste than the beer I'm drinking.

Mouthfeel: Nicely lasting, with alcohol heat and vanilla sweetness primarily. A bit thin while drinking but the lingering makes up for it. A big beer without a big impact.

Overall: Not my cup of tea, but seeing as I'm not a big belgian fan, I think I'd prefer the original wheat wine instead of this blend with Mischief. Interesting, and oddly refreshing for such a big beer, but won't be buying it again.

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Photo of seand
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light amber color with a fair amount of white bubbly head. A thin layer retains, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S: Strong fuit notes with a background of bourbon, malt, and wheat. There's a touch of sweet burning campfire wood.

T: Bright fruit, sweet bready grain, leading into a malty and relatively dry finish, with a touch of citrus.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good, though quite strong.

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Photo of Jonada
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 release. Served in a Teku glass

Appearance: Golden, light orange in color with hints of amber. Pours with almost 3 fingers of a creamy white head. Body is hazy with medium/high levels of carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass. Really great looking beer.

Smell: Belgian yeast, sweet tropical fruits, vanilla, banana, spicy wheat character, wood

Taste: Mango, apricot, spicy yeast, oaky vanilla, bourbon. Alcohol presence helps taper some of the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel, but doesn't quite reach syrupy. Carbonation is relatively high, but is appropriate for this beer. Somewhat boozy but not overly hot.

Overall: This was my first wheatwine, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was really tasty. The bourbon barrel aging added nice additional complexity and really took this from a good beer to a really good beer. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10oz draft pour at Oblivion In Orlando. This is a wheat-wine aged in bourbon barrels blended with a Belgian-style golden ale. The taste has some fruitiness with vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrel aging with a dry and slightly spicy finish with a lingering warmth from the alcohol. Overall, this is a solid Wheatwine that is definitely worth a try! Cheers!

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Photo of Zach136
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku.

A - Pours straw yellow, with excellent carbonation. Nice white pillow of a head. Good lacing.

S - Insanely complex. Nutmeg, pecan, wheat sweetness along with oak and bourbon.

T - More complex than the nose. Wheat based sweetness is most present with the bourbon barrel giving some toffee, oak and naturally bourbon flavors to the brew. While the base beer throws a very slight lemon grass tartness into the mix.

M - For 11.5% I found the mouthfeel very dry, the taste lingers on the palate for a while. Booze is also fairly present.

O - Phenomenal beer. Only aging half of it in the bourbon barrel was a great call, as I don't see the subtle notes of the wheat and yeast standing up to much more. Probably should have saved this brew to share with some one considering I don't think drinking the entire thing by yourself is very healthy. Going to grab another to cellar as I imagine this brew will be absolutely incredible with a few years.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2013 edition. Another Bruery product available freely (well, not that kind of free) on Alberta store shelves. I actually have been to Placentia, and worked right across the street from the brewery, back when I was unaware of its existence. Sigh.

This beer pours a very hazy medium golden yellow hue, with a rising tower of rather puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a rather strange swath of thick, swoopy, caked lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of sharp wooden barrel staves, the kind well soaked in nutty, corny, and spicy whisky, airborne white pepper, dry vanilla beans, an apple and pear fruitiness, a bit of earthy honey, and thin wheaty malt. The taste is very bourbon-like, leaning towards the sweet corny side, with a lesser, but still present rye component, with the caramel and vanilla notes fairly restrained, the wood big like the titular tree, some middling black pepper wisps and subtle drupe fruit esters, and a grainy wheatiness making surprising strides among it all. The alcohol is pretty well integrated - well, at least obfuscated by all that whisky fuss.

The carbonation is soft, yet a bit gaily frothy at times, the body a solid medium weight, especially for a wheat ale, and doubly so after the barrel treatment, and actually quite smooth, with a strong case made for creaminess. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the woody graininess doing well to cut through the various caramel, vanilla, and orchard fruit essences, not to mention that slowly burgeoning alcohol warmth.

Like the best in the admittedly limited examples of this style that I've tried, White Oak possesses a heady wheat heft, aided and abetted by the elevated, and integrated ABV, an attendant fruitiness, and here, some overarching whisky barrel indoctrination. That's a good thing - oakey dokey, indeed!

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle from 2011

A: poured into an oversize wine glass to a light orange with a rocky two finger head that is slow to fade to a large collar around the glass
S: smells of fruity esters, some spicy yeast, a bit of vanilla and sweetness and some alcohol
T: tastes of vanilla, some fruitiness, spices, a bit of oak, some sweetness from the malt. swallow brings more vanilla, some alcohol and more yeastyness
M: medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation. slightly drying on the finish
O: a solid beer. I'm not exactly a fan of it but it has some good flavors. It's a bit too sweet in my opinion

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Photo of sitarist
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow, it glows when held to the light. Two fingers of frothy head falls to a dusting that leaves a ring of lacing.

It has a straight forward barrel aged aroma. Vanilla, oak, subconscious hints of coconut, butterscotch, Yukon Jack, and a faint hint of bourbon. Any hint of the base beer is almost lost.

A mash of flavors... Vanilla, ginger, sarsaparilla, butterscotch, rubber, yukon jack, and hints of whiskey.

Its' body does not support the flavor, it seems to fall apart before it finishes.

I love barrel aged beers, but this has nothing to combat the barrel notes. Maybe a 75% Ale, 25% Barrel Aged Ale blend would suit this one better. Maybe age, maybe funk?

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Photo of uturn
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

How served: 750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A: The beer poured a hazy deep yellow with a 3 finger white thick head which dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing on the glass.

N: The nose is full of vanilla, oak, light bourbon, citrus, wheat and a hint of coconuts.

T: The taste initially tasted of vanilla and oak, mid way I picked up some peppery spices as well as wheat some citrus and a very mild bourbon flavor.

M: This beer had a light to medium body with a nice lively carbonation. The 11.5% abv was extremely well hidden.

Overall for a Bourbon Barrel aged beer at 11.5% abv. this was a smooth & easy drinking beer.

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White Oak from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.