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Provisions Series: Premiére - The Bruery

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 23
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Premiére marks the grand opening of The Bruery Provisions in Old Towne Orange. A barrel aged strong golden ale, its a great introduction to our new location. Spicy with flavors of honey, caramel, light tropical fruits and bourbon. A beer that will surely mature beautifully with age.

ABV: 10.4%, IBU: 30, SRM: 7, Release: One time only
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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by dvmin98:
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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of lemons and oranges with some wheat and herbal notes. The flavor is similar with a few added additions.

The main flavor component is made up of wheat and grassy hops notes. I also get some nice lemon and orange citrus notes as well as some candy sugar. One of the best aspects of the flavor is the bourbon notes from the barrel aging. I also get a little bit of maple and vanilla from the barrel aging.

Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A very nice beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this at BT, I believe it was the 5th sample, after BT, CR, CCR, and Loakal Red, and this beer still stood out, was multi-dimensional, just very nice.

Dark yellow, tan and orange, lush white head. Crisp light wood nose.

Great big light fruit (apple, pear, banana) come out in just a dollop with the alcohol and hops. Caramel, honey, whiskey. This is a really easy drinking and yet complex and yet big (without throwing its weight around) beer. White grape, slight vanilla, more wood, just heavier oak this time around. Never does any aspect of this beer come across heavy or unwilling to play nice with all the other flavor components. I'm really wondering how they do this.

Read in a few reviews where Curieux came up. This blows the doors off it IMHO.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ipa247 (Jeff) for this one. Shared at a tasting 1/5/11. 5oz. pour from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel sample tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a .5 fine, white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is stringy and patterned with decent stick.

S: Nose is very one-dimensional and pretty aromatic. Apple vinegar and sweet sharp alcohol. Like a very hard apple cider. Unique but just a bit over-the-top.

T: Apples all around in this one. Apple sauce, apple juice, sweet candied apple... and cane sugar sweetness. Alcohol makes its presence known in this one. Boozy from beginning to end. Finish is slight yeastiness with clove and other spices. Aftertaste is bourbon and more apple sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Spicy and lively in the mouth. Very hot. Actually drinks bigger than its ABV. Sliky and pretty smooth going down. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: Another big beer from the Bruery. I'm not surprised that this one seems super hot as this brewery (to me) hasn't learned how to hide the alcohol content yet and continues to display it proudly in all its offerings. This one's definitely unique though... almost like a better Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious... a big, bold apple beer. Worth a try but I wasn't too impressed overall.

Photo of mikey711
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this yesterday while watching the giants dominate the seahawks

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a nice fluffy white head that leaves good lace. Nose was some floral hops with hints of vanilla and a touch of pepper. The bourbon in this one was more present as vanilla but there was some nice spice notes and nice floral earthiness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and extremely quaffable for such a big beer.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color. Sort of cloudy. Thin film white head. Little lacing.

Aroma of a bit of Bret. Sort of some tart lemon. Little slight bit of bourbon. Belgian funk. Smells great.

Tastes sort of like it smells. No tartness like the aroma would suggest. Little bit of Belgian funk. Slight bit of lemon. Tiny bit of spices. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. Great carb and smooth.

Overall a very tasty beer that I am glad to have on tap here at Bruery Provisions. Glad they had some bottles for sale too.

Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery - I mean bruery.

Pours a bright slightly hazy golden color with a lasting white head and good lacing.

The aroma is nice, with sweet malty notes, tropical fruits, oak, vanilla, and white wine. Sweet, -baly, and enticing.

The flavor is sweet and also very mildly tart. Big fruity esters, pear, banana, and coconut, along with oaky vanilla notes, Belgian yeast, and a sweet pale malt base.

Medium-bodied and exceedingly smooth with soft carbonation and very mild tannins.

A very solid -bal aged offering from the bru crew. Easy to drink for 10%.

Photo of edproctor
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- light orange, relatively clear for a bruery beer. a small white head manifests on top but dissipates quickly. almost dark straw around the rim of the glass.

s- smells sour. apples, pears, vanilla, and coconut. that bruery funkiness is there. this is almost seeming like a sour white oak. this is almost a little medicinally, but in a good way, if that makes any sense.

t- same as nose. definitely seeming like a barrel aged sour. reminds me of an albarino wine from spain. this is a surprisingly tart, refreshing beer. it just keeps unraveling, tropical fruits are more prevalent in in the taste..some pineapple, and ripe melons.

m- nice carbonation. smooth, with a slight burn from the alcohol.

o- i liked it. im not really a sour guy but i am open to the style. refreshing on a hot summers night. this beer really held up well.

Photo of bashiba
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden amber with a light white head, quickly dissipating into a soapy ring.

The smell is very vinous and tart, with a big sour and funky nose.

While the smell made me a bit unsure the flavor made me a beleiver, great mix of belgian golden flavors of light citrus, funky yeast and belgiany spices mixing in with subtle bourbon flavors of oak, vanilla, and a light bit of butterscotch. Very balanced and drinkable, a great marriage.

The mouthfeel has a nice fullness to it with a clean dry finish.

Really nice blend of what would seem to be contrasting flavors, very unique, and well done.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a golden hazy color. About a finger of head is achieved with a moderate pour that subsides quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - A very light aroma overall. Slight vanilla, white wine, malt, orange citrus, and spices.

Taste - Hm, an interesting flavor. I'm not sure where to start with this. Quite sweet up front, fruity esters, an almost candied characteristic to it. I oddly (I say this since I haven't experienced it many if any beers) get a relatively heavy pear flavor, along with banana and orange. The vanilla comes in at the end as well as the oaked flavors. An interesting beer to say the least.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - Relatively so. An interesting -bal aged beer from the Bruery, and pretty damn easy to drink for being 10.4%.

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

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy honey-gold with a creamy white head that settles to a thick ring and haze, leaving streaky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Big aromas of Bourbon, oak, caramel, pineapple juice, passion fruit, papaya, and honey. Very unusual blend of tropical and Bourbon, but I'm liking it.
T - A similar mix of sweet tropical flavors and Bourbon goodness. More pineapple, mango, and passion fruit with, vanilla, caramel, Bourbon, and a good amount of oak character. Such a weird beer, never had anything quite like this.
M - Crisp, with a medium body and solid carbonation. The 10% ABV is hidden nicely.
O - A solid beer that takes some time to figure out. I've never had such a tropical fruit-forward Belgian beer, let alone one slapped in a Bourbon barrel. A unique "kitchen sink" experiment that was quite enjoyable!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i had been holding this one for a while and was finally able to crack it open last night. served chilled into a chalice an allowed to warm up through the day.

aroma is very interesting as it is dominated by fresh juicy citrus at first, orange, tangerine, pineapple and loads of nice fruits really push through from the very start, nicely done i have to say. warming though brings a ton of oak out, light spices and hints of nutmeg? there is something there tugging on me. this is shadowed exactly in the flavor and works very, very well. huge flavor here as the citrus explodes and the oak an spices add a level to it that works so well that i was shocked. usually when you get this many things going on it can get tricky but this was sublime, perfect notes of oak and citrus play off each other so well, with pears and apples bring up the back end flawlessly. really just a great bear, not much else can be said.

overall one of the best i have seen them put out in the non stout styles. i could drink this all day as the 10 percent is no where to be found. great job patrick.

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

Poured from the bottle at Black Tuesday.

Appearance: Premiére has a golden, somewhat hazy body. The frothy white head retains well, though the beer isn't as highly carbonated as some Belgian golden ales.

Smell: Estery and lightly phenolic Belgian yeast shines through above all else; there are notes of green apple, pear, a bit of white pepper and clove. Oak and bourbon are evident but understated, lending caramel sweetness and a touch of vanilla. This is rich, but not as over the top as I was expecting.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pleasantly fruity on the tongue, pear and apple flavors come through nicely along with a faint spiciness. Restrained caramel and vanilla, floral undertones, bready pale malt. Very balanced, the barrel is complementary rather than dominant. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps low for the style, though it works fine for this beer. The finish is semi-dry, hinting at oak. Alcohol is barely noticed, making this a little too easy to drink for the ABV.

This really exceeded my expectations. The bourbon barrel doesn't destroy the subtleties of the base beer, which was my concern when Premiére was first announced. The only thing I can think to compare it to is Curieux, but this beer is far superior.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my 750mL bottle into a tasting glass and shared with friends.

The appearance of the beer is pretty average. Nothing stands out to me as either good or bad. It has a clear golden amber-hued color, and it is topped by a fluffy head that leaves moderate lacing and is fairly well-retained. Pretty much par for the course.

The aroma surprises me. Here I was expecting something aged in bourbon barrels with bourbon characteristics similar to the BA Anniversary beers or other special releases, but this is surprisingly devoid of bourbon. There are, however, funky bretty notes in the place of the spirit. The flavor is similar, funky, with notes of both peach, apricot, and pear. The bourbon does come through a bit here, but is still surprisingly absent. Warm alcohol comes through in the finish, though this has come to be typical of Belgian styles of this gravity.

So it wasn't what I was expecting, but I can't fault it for being an interesting take on a Belgian style that is really saturated with beers ranging from mediocre to phenomenal. I would put this in the "very good" category, though there are some things to improve upon.

Photo of Xul
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy darkish golden, capped by a finger of frothy white head. Retention is good as it slowly recedes to a thin layer of foam and holds steady there.

S: Lots of fruit up front with pears, peaches, apricots, and apples, followed by moderate oaky notes of vanilla. Base of sweet bread and caramel, along with some hints of honey and light, peppery spice.

T: Opens up with sweet bread, caramel and loads of ripe fruit - pears, apricots, apples, and some light grapes. Bourbon comes in on the mid-palate but is very restrained - detectable, but doesn't overpower the rest of the beer. Some light vanilla lingers through the back end along with sweet fruits and some very light sweet spices.

M: Full bodied width creamy, low to moderate carbonation.

D: Could be a little bit lighter, but the aroma and flavors are excellent. Great use of barrel aging.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden hue with a fluffy white head. A little boozy in the nose. Aromas of light toast, vanilla and bourbon come forward first, definitely barrel aged. The base beer has a subtle yeast smell with earthy lemon zest.

The lemon and yeast still comes through in the flavor. Light bourbon taste with lots of toasted oak. Alcohol is hidden. The beer seems very cohesive but not blowing me away.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle recently. Served in a snifter.

Pours a golden color with a nice single-finger white head that fades down somewhat quickly and leaves a bit of a cap and a white collar around the edges of the glass. The nose brings a fair amount of bourbon and not too much else besides that. I get a mild oak character and maybe some yeast if I try real hard to identify something else. The flavor is light bourbon with a bit of oak and a mild grainy presence. Slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of booze. Not my favorite beer that Patrick and crew have put out, though I'm curious to see how this ages.

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

From the bottle at the Bruery -bal tasting

A: The pour is a hazy golden-orange color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Not exactly what I was expecting from this beer. Very strong sweet orange notes and some other citrus peel notes. Some vanilla and oak along with the usual spice esters and alcohol.

T: Quite sweet with lots of pale malts and light candi sugar to start this one off. Lots of sweet citrus, spice esters, vanilla, and phenolics. The oak/barrel is not super present but does provide some additional spiciness.

M: The body is medium with a low-medium level of carbonation.

D: I was surprised by how little the spirit flavor came through. But, the beer itself was pretty good. I was expecting a more malt forward beer with less citrus, but I did enjoy it.

Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

126th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

App- It was the color of sunshine with some apricot orange highlights. A nice one finger head that was quite pillowy and that lasted quite awhile.

Smell- A very odd mix of scents in this glass. Some light citrus with some booze and the hint of bourbon really threw me for a loop. I think it was the wine/grape/ester smell the most grabbed my attention.

Taste- A whole lot going on in here. Its a range of flavors from citrus to booze to the grapiness of a white wine to vanilla and candy. It's quite a pleasant taste though. Made me want more.

Mouth- A medium bodied bigger beer with a great taste that I find to be very different from most Barrel aged beers I have had.

Drink- Super tasty and super different. Patrick and his crew do a fantastic job over there.

Photo of roodie
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a maudite tulip

A: pours gold with scant head, which isn't retained for long. lots of carbonation, decent lacing.

S: smells amazing! hints of pear and citrus

T: wow, the pear and citrus really shine through. the beer is sweet and tart at the same time. it's white wine like, but not as light if that makes any sense. some heat at the end, but not overpowering.

M: dry, again like a white wine, fizzy, almost spicy.

D: wow, i love to drink this beer. can't say I'd drink it all day though since it was quite strong. finished a bottle and i was done!

Overall, an excellent offering from an awesome bruer. glad I managed to buy a couple to age.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.3.13

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a small fluffy off-white head that fades slowly.

S - Tart melon, subtle bourbon.

T - Smooth bourbon with a soft citrus fruitiness.

D - Lighter body with medium carbonation.

O - Soft and subtle bourbon and pleasant citrus-fruit tones.

Photo of cvm4
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2010 vintage

L - Pours a hazy orange with a barely one finger eggshell head. The head has some fight, but eventually dissipates to a ring around the glass. There isn't much lacing to speak of.

S - I'm getting a melon/cantaloupe nose, slight tartness and faint belgian yeast in the back.

T - The strong golden ale base held up nicely. Sweet honey and caramel combined with tropical fruits, banana and clove. The barrel aged notes of bourbon and vanilla add an interesting aspect.

F - Light bodied and light carbonation. The beer comes off slightly cloying and has a wet finish.

O - This beer has held up well and age has treated it wonderfully.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in the mail yesterday. Thanks, Chris.

Pouring a hazy, murky orange with a thick white head that falls off rather quickly leaving little lacing, this beer isn't particularly attractive. I shall cut it some slack 'cos I didn't really wait for the yeast to settle down after shipping, though. The nose is rather big and sweet with a moderate Belgian yeast character still present. A big, wet bourbon barrel character is present, lending massive vanilla and moderate coconut aromatics that complement the yeast notes quite well. The malt seems mildly doughy and biscuit-like (some Belgian pils?), not quite working but not failing either.

The palate is a little disappointing. Boozy, yes, mildly spicy (clove and allspice), but surprisingly tannic, with some barrel astringency present. The alcohol does singe the palate a bit too. The bourbon notes don't really work with the Belgian yeast. Vanilla from the bourbon does appear on the mid-palate. Moderately sweet with dough, honey and a little caramel, this beer dries on the finish, especially with the booze, leaving a blend of boozy astringency and moderate spice. Medium in body with a nice, creamy carbonation, this is nice on the palate (except for the finish). Solid stuff, this is quite nice IMO.

Photo of abuliarose
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass, revealing slightly hazy golden body under a few fingers of airy white head. Some lacing. Smells a little starchy with some lemon and canned corn on the nose, pretty dry-smelling as a whole. Slight spiciness to it with the vegetable overtones. I don't get as much of the vanilla as with many bourbon barrel-aged beers, but there is some woodiness to it.

Lots of bourbon barrel aging on the tongue, though! A sweet breadiness with slight spice from the yeast. Some corn. Spritz of orange citrus. So much yummy vanilla oak. Tender meatiness to it as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy with tiny mouth-filling carbonation. Very, very drinkable.

I like this one very much the way it is. The nose didn't do it so much for me, but the rest was spot on.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with speedwayjim, capra12, billyshears. Thanks to speedway for sharing!!!

a-Nice golden color with a thin head that didn't hang around long.
s-The overall consensus seemed to be some sort of appley vinegar. The alcohol was somewhat in your face.
t-Much like the nose apples n alcohol. Super hot but tasty BPA, all the usual suspects for a BPA are present in the flavor.
m/d-Light and easy drinker but way too hot for me. Glad I got to try it, but not something I would seek out with all the other great BPAs out there.

Photo of jwjon1
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Simple review for a simple brew. Bourbon wasn't in your face in the nose and smelled of toasted oak with belgain yeast. Tightly carbed, golden body. Tasted of spritzed bourbon. Harsh, hot finish. Lingering astringency to boot, completely wrecking my palette to both food and drink. Not my cup o' tea.

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Provisions Series: Premiére from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.