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White Oak - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

976 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 97
Gots: 257 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.50% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: OlieIPA on 07-12-2009)
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flayedandskinned

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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date, besides "2013 edition" on the front label.
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale orange with yellow highlights. Almost glows as light strikes it. A huge and thick, 3 fingers tall white head erupts out of the beer and leaves plenty of lacing behind as it slowly dissipates.

Aroma: Vinous, citrusy aromatics initially leap out of the glass, with lemony yeasty phenols in tow. Almost smells exclusively like a Belgian golden strong ale, until it starts to warm; Big notes of coconut and vanilla begin to shine as the oak bourbon barrel character begins to show. It almost smells like a great and complex white wine. Some very faint alcohol begins to meld with the oak. A very unique and complex nose.

Taste: Big notes akin to a traditional Belgian Golden Strong Ale up front; a bracing, orange-y hop character with some nice Belgian yeast phenols that are fairly reminiscent of plum and clove. On the back end this beer really shows its wild side; slightly tart and tangy wheat and biscuit-y malt. The beer finishes very dry, warming and bitter. The oak presence really comes out in the finish, with its light tannins as well as lingering notes of vanilla, coconut and of course, bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Robust with a very creamy full body. Moderate carbonation with some alcohol presence in the finish.

Overall: A huge, boozy, dynamic, well balanced and well blended beer. Very unique stuff, as usual from The Bruery. I think this beer will only get more refined with age. I'm definitely looking to aging some bottles of this, just to see how it develops. Highly recommended for someone who is looking to try a bourbon barrel aged beer that isn't a stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 00:49:21 | More by flayedandskinned
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange with quite a big head. Settles to an off-centered chunky white collar. Not so much on the surface.

Smell - Very bright aroma. Boozy as hell. Some bourbon, but not prominent. Not sure if I imagine the coconut because of label, but definite coconut. Lots of vanilla. Tropical fruity aroma.

Taste - Definite tropical flavors. Some bourbon again, but it's not an easy flavor to discern. Almost lemony in its brightness. Strong wheat character. Dry and boozy.

Mouthfeel - Hefty alcohol presence. Medium low carbonation. Harsh grainy and boozy finish.

Overall - Fascinating combination of flavors. Not convinced it works all that well, but only the booze is offensive. The rest of it is just a crazy big wheat beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet wheat and some caramel malts, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, Bourbon, candi sugars, pineapple and other tropical fruits, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, some spices, and some booze.

T - Sweet wheat and light caramel malts, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, Bourbon, candi sugar, pineapple and other tropical fruits, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander and some other spices, and some booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very interesting mix of flavors, but very well balanced and complex.

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Aroma is pretty complex, Belgian candy spun sugar, grainy with lemon and of all things pineapple. Bourbon character wafts up with adding oak and vanilla. Moderate alcohol.

Caramel malt, slightly grainy and lighter lemony and apple juice flavors atop the toffee like sweetness. Bourbon character is pronounced, adding more oak and vanilla. Slight cinnamon spiciness and a large alcohol note on the finish. Some dark sweet citrus and bourbon lingers in the finish.

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White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.