Provisions Series: Snickelfritz - The Bruery

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Floydster on 09-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Deep orange and auburn. Thin white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

A powerful and complex aroma. There is a lot going on in this beer. The citrus is strong and comes in the primary form of orange and stinging lemon, then there is a lot of fresh, herbaceous spiciness: black pepper, coriander, sage, even rosemary?, and a strong, tangy, Belgian yeast element as well. Busy.

And that being said, the flavor is just too busy. There is simply so much going on here it's tough to quantify and then enjoy. The Belgian yeast is combined with a cornucopia of flavors from the herb garden: rosemary, lemongrass, sage, then some citrus and warm bread. Alcohol is undetectable. Interesting, but too busy.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation. It certainly is a proper vehicle for all these flavors.

An interesting, throw-in-the-entire-kitchen-sink BSPA. There's too much going on, though still very complex and tasty.

Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery.

A - Brilliant orange-golden color and slightly hazy with a small white head.

S - Aroma is sweet malt, orange peel, oak, and spices.

T - Very interesting with lots of spices (cinnamon, coriander, cloves), orange and other light fruits, and sweet pale malt.

M - Palate is somewhat effervescent with prickly carbonation and medium body.

D - Pretty high. This is a nice beer. Overall very solid and different.

Photo of greggsherman
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Apricot/Caramel orange color

Smell: orange, deep apricot, and light oak notes

Taste: citrus & spicy, quick tart & hop notes, but then fades to a mouthwatering finish.

would go great with hot dogs or a pastrami sandwich!

going to finish the rest of this growler whilst deep sea fishing tomorrow; i cant wait!

Photo of oline73
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. We opened up this one at a tasting hosted by finewinemike.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt with Belgian spice and some fruity, banana notes. The yeast does most of the work here.

Taste: Quite sweet. There are some herbal, fruity, and floral notes along with a decent amount of bitterness. Some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I thought this was a strange one. I don't know that all the flavors worked together perfectly. The alcohol was a bit too prevalent as well. I don't think I'll search this one out again.

Photo of jeff1973
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL pour into tulip. Just "re-released" as a Provisions Series beer.

A - Slightly hazy, burnt orange in color. Nice eggshell head that sticks around for awhile. Decent lacing.

S - Get the orange with spices right away. A little orange sherbet? Also get the band-aid funk from the yeast.

T - Again with the orange sherbet and a little spice. Then it dries out just enough not to be too sweet. No sign of alcohol for a 10%ABV beer. Just a slight bit of funk, just barely noticeable. Very well balanced and refreshing.

M - Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Gives a silky mouthfeel. Nice.

D - Dangerously smooth and refreshing. You really have to remember that this one is 10% ABV and not drink it too fast.

Great easy drinking and delicious beer. I'm glad they brought this one back. I bought an extra to age. If it smoothes out even more, watch out!

Update 8/23/2013
Bottled 8/2011, so 2yrs old.

Maybe a little more horse blanket than I remember, but that was 2yrs ago, so who knows. Pretty much the same as above. Was smooth to start with and is still really smooth. Great beer.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a finger of white head. I say surprisingly clear because most Bruery beers aren't.

S: The aroma is very heavily spiced with with a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon notes. There is a bit of yeast along with some mild fruit esters and pepper. Fairly sweet with bread and caramel malt aromas.

T: Sweeter than the nose lets on with nice toffee and caramel flavors. Still very spicy with a lot of nutmeg, mild cinnamon, and some white pepper. There is a mild fruit character of candied pears and apples.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: One of the better "Belgian" beers the Bruery has made in recent memory.

Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

742nd Review on BA
Draft to Goblet

App- This was a very nice golden orange with a bit of a ½ in head that left very quickly. A good amount of lace and cling down the glass.

Smell- This actually had a great deal going on. This started with a bit of fruit and light citrus but then moved along to a spice note but included some oak.

Taste- This was just not a favorite of mine. Had a lot going on and I didn't get the flavors going on. It started with the weird bland citrus notes, followed but the too spicy notes of the nutmeg and clove.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a paired medium carbonation. Left me with a too spicy mamosa like orangy spice note.

Drink- This beer just wasnt for me. Ive loved everything by the Bruery so one was bound to not be liked. Such is life.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you, Andrew. 2011 Provisions release clocking in at 10% ABV.

Pouring a mildly hazy copper, this beer has a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose has plenty of yeasty, fruity esters, with the added citrus kinda dominating the mix. Moderate spice character is present as well, and the oak is rather big, buttery and vanillin heavy. Mild to moderate honey sweetness is present along with a moderate alcohol note. The spice character seems like a blend of clove and nutmeg with a dash of cinnamon thrown in. Decent.

The palate is a lot brasher and boozier than the nose would suggest. A robust alcohol character is present, lightening the body, and enhancing the oak. Flavor-wise, there's some citrus (orange peel), a mellow blend of spices (it's hard to discern with the rather high booziness and heavy handed use of oak and some honey. The oak character is just too much, rather raw, medium-light toast, with some buttery notes as well as a rather high amount of oak flavors and a little vanillin. As for malts, there's a pleasant, enjoyable toffee and caramel character as well. Medium in body with a very nice level of carbonation, this beer is just too boozy and too oaky for it's own good. On the bright side, it doesn't quite taste like the lumber yard that Acer Quercus was, but that's not setting a very high bar, is it? Still, this is drinkable, and I'll probably finish this bottle, but I feel no need to revisit, especially at the cost.

Photo of fatmcb1
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey snifter

Pours a pale golden color that is somewhat hazy. There is a ring of near white lace that leaves lacing.

Tons of spice come through the nose. Cinnamon for sure. There is also some fruit esters. Lemon peel, orange, and grapefruit. It is very sweet with lots of caramel malt.

Very complex taste, with tons of flavors melding together. It is very sweet and spicy. Bready malt is prevalent. Fruit takes a backseat to lots of cinnamon and nutmeg.

It is medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation, which works well for this style and flavor.

I really enjoyed this beer, as I do most Bruery beers. A unique take on the style.

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at The Bruery. Snifter.

A: Burnished transparent gold with a creamy white head and much lacing left on the glass.

S: Orange and lemon rind with a prominent spiciness. Juniper berry, ginger, and coriander are apparent. Malt is redolent of sweet bread.

T: Coriander and ginger with a good deal of spiciness. There's a little juniper berry blending with orange, lemon, and grapefruit rind. Malt is bready and sweet.

M: Lower medium body with a moderate creamy carbonation.

Overall: A good spiced golden, but not a style I like all that much so four ounces was sufficient.

Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from The Bruery Provisions

Pours an orange/amber color with about an inch of white head. Head dissipates into a frothy top layer, leaving behind good lacing. Smells of orange citrus, but also a dominant spice scent. This was spicy up front, leaving a citrusy sweet backend. Alcohol is nowhere to be found for being 10% abv. This one has more carbonation than others, but in no way overpowering. Overall this is one easy drinking and great tasting brew. One of the best Belgian-styles I've had yet.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a orangish brown in color with brown highlights and a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was definitely some spice in the aroma but manage to sniff out clove, molasses, some citrus, and sweet dark fruits.

T: the dark fruitiness was more apparent on the palate with ginger molasses notes and citrus spice accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, spice, and citrusy finish.

D: it did drink pretty decent and was glad to take another stab at this brew to review it.

Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe the other night while we watched some football. This beer is not currently on the best of style list for Belgian Strong Pale ale.

Beer served in a Bruery tulip because I am the man (actually it was Thorpe's glass).

Beer is yellow with a mild haze and a wispy little head, minimal lacing, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet and mildly citrusy, floral and spice.

Beer is light in body and pretty sweet. It is nice throughout but not as complex as I hoped for. I can and will drink another but it is a little boring.

Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased from the Bruery last weekend for sixteen dollars, ended up drinking this with friends Monday night, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, this beer is described as "a citrusy, spiced, oaked Golden Strong Ale," I thought I saw up on the board that this is 8.5% ABV but I could be off which is why I did not input the alcohol content with the beer, light golden orange color, 1 1/4 inch white foamy head, some very good retention, lacing for a good amount of time too, aroma consists of a ton of oranges, sweet yeast, white pepper, coriander, other citrus, sage, oak, and fruity malts, flavor starts off sweet with orange and lemon attacking the palate, sweet almost Belgian-like yeast with a hefty amount of coriander in the middle, citrus does not back down in the finish, wet oak provides a nice dry parallel to all the fruit and spice flavors, sweet, spicy, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, low to moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers well with citrusy sweetness, I had a few glasses of this and that is saying a lot for a beer of this strength, smooth and not too sweet or spicy, cheers to Kyle and the Bruery staff producing such a unqiue and zesty beer, it molds several different spices with oranges quite well, would drink again, recommended

Photo of Vanlingleipa
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The carnival has come to my tongue. There is so much going on with this Belgian that I was forced, forced I say, to have the fine barkeeps at the Bruery pour me two snifters.

Consumed at a regular 2nd Saturday reserve release, Snickles pours a sparking golden shade, with a full 1/2" head and slippery lacing that slid down the sides of the glass. The aroma promised fruits from the orchard.

The bruery notes on this indicate a fruit medley of fresh lemon, orange and grapefruit. Let's just say the citrus is front and center from the first taste. But the spicy Belgian yeast and coriander are also working at the same time, creating an unusual taste experience. Finished the mouthful, the final act stars a slightly declining flavor of the citrus.

Shame this one was retired. Hopefully the Bruery has a truckload of keys on reserve in their warehouse.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery, 9.5%

A: Pours orange with a soft off-white head, fair head retention, some lace.

S: Heavy orange zest, orange candy, some lemon and Belgian sugar.

T: Oranges, sweet Belgian malt and note of cassia and coriander. The citrus zest stands out and adds a nice complexity with the malt.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, nice carbonation character, not overdone.

D: A solid beer from The Bruery. This beer when I first had it really reminded me of 070707 which I understand was a sort of template for this beer. If you like orange and citrus you'll like this.

Provisions Series: Snickelfritz from The Bruery
84 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.