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White Oak - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 97
Gots: 268 | FT: 29
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

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.
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3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thank you Bruery Reserve Society for the beer. Poured into a Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden yellow hue with a two finger fluffy white head that fades to a thinnish blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of fresh coconut meat and earthy barrel and super light Bourbon. There is a light Belgian yeast/fruit ester to the back of the beer. Light vanilla notes too.

T - What the hell is this... sweet Carmel malts with light barrel notes and faint bourbon. Gentle coconut and vanilla but a TON of booze. A distracting amount of booze here. Super light answer faint flavours though. Its like they took a Belgian triple and just added a hodgepodge of flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is super carbonated and light for the ABV but this all said its still super boozy. Really really boozy.

O - Overall what the heck did I buy? Its such a jumble of flavours and is all kinda thin and faint. Had such high expectations for this beer and it was dashed wonderfully by a crummy flavour. Argh.

3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

$13 for the 750mL bottle. Poured into a mini snifter
Sampled 07OCT12

[A] Average vigor on the pour and a bright head 1 1/2 fingers high is produced. Foamy on the bottom, fluffy on top. Retention is above average. A thick film and collar remains for quite some time. The body is a hazy peachy-orange with a little light showing through. Transparency is low. Lacing in wavy sheets.

[S] Bourbon infused caramel, light Belgian candi sugars, and an air of coconut wood, plus some wheat.

[T] Bourbon and wheat. Quite an unnatural combination of flavors. You can tell that White Oak is a high gravity beer, but I wouldn't have guessed anything close to 11.5%. So, in that respect...pretty impressive.

[M] The mouthfeel is great. Dances across the tongue with a consistent prickle, stays light, remains crisp, and a wheaty, tangy snap on the finish.

[O] While high gravity wheat beers don't really make sense to me, I actually think this would have been a pretty decent beer...sans the bourbon barrel treatment. The Bruery's website describes White Oak as: "50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels...and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale)..." - now, things are starting to make sense.

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3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.