White Oak - The Bruery

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87
very good

1,087 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 97
Gots: 268 | FT: 31
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. Pours a very hazy, golden-orange color with a large white head that goes down rather slowly. Pours very nicely. Scent is initially hoppy with some Belgian yeast aromas. Sweet coconut with spicy aromas...Very unique nose on this one. Vanilla and oak make their way to the nostrils...the oak is quite pleasant as it warms. Lots of citrus as well...orange peel, lemon, etc. Subtle bourbon. Quite the complex smelling brew we have here. Taste initially remind me of Mischief...you get that bold, spicy, hoppy, bright citrus flavor...but then it smoothly transforms to oaky coconut and caramel flavors. Sweet vanilla and bourbon...wow...just phenomenal flavors here. Finishes with a bit more citrus...somewhat bitter. A bit of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Smooth and creamy. Drinkability is very high, as I cannot believe this is 11.5%. Overall, such an amazing beer. I bought my full allocation of 5 bottles. I will gladly buy 5 more if I get the chance to head to Orange before it is sold out.

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Update:
Just had a fresh bottle from the recent 2012 release, about 4 months old and it is much more yeast and hop forward, not as enjoyable.
Revisited 2012 bottle in mid 2013 and it has mellowed so much, this beer is best with at least a year on it.

From the first batch, released sometime late 2009. Courtesy of GhettoFabulous in a recent trade.

The beer pours a cloudy light golden orange color with a tall white head that dissipates decently fast considering how monstrous the soapy white head was initially.

Aromas begin with a lemony sourness, a characteristic of many wheat dominant malted beers. Sweet light fruits such as pears & apples, then I get some sweeter honey and sugary notes with a little underlying oakiness, which imparts a touch of vanilla. Not too much, if any at all, of the bourbon/alcohol notes but after 2+ years of aging I would expect as much.

The tastes follow the nose opening up with honey and caramel sweet maltiness along with some more of the light fruit notes, lots of pears and granny smith apple. There is a light white vinous oakiness in the finish; also a little peppery spice in the finish. Light sourness is prevalent throughout which could be from the bourbon (which I am detecting more and more as it warms and it is really adding to the flavor profile) or from the hefty amount of wheat malt used here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high amount of carbonation. This is the one point of the beer that I am torn on, while I dislike beers with low carbonation, this may have a bit too much for a beer of this heft and ABV. (Oh yeah this drinks like a 7% beer so watch yourself...) The amble carbonation is appropriate for a normal ABV wheat beer but may be a bit too much for a bourbon aged beer or one of this high alcohol content, of which you cannot taste any. Finish is dry thanks to the ample carbonation that continues to scrub your palate as you consume.

Overall this was a really great, unique great beer. The flavor profile reminds me a lot how the Cascade Bourbonic Plague beer progressed as you drank it. Started off with predominant light fruitiness, bordering sourness, then as it warms you get a nice oak and light Bourbon presence. The 50% barrel aging was perfect for this because there aren't many (or any) that can hold up to the complete Bourbon Barrel treatment. Not sure what this was like fresh, but it is perfect right now. Kinda wished I saved this for slightly warmer weather but I was too anxious to try it. Definitely the best Wheat Wines I have ever had hands down. I heard there's a new batch coming out this year (2012) so definitely seek it out then as it is probably quite hard to come by now.

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White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.