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Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus - The Bruery

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 114
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A dry and vinous beer with hints of smokiness and a touch of oak. First running press of Pinot Noir grapes from Santa Barbara County were added to a year old blonde sour ale (called by many names around here, one you may be familiar with is Cuvee Jeune) and fermented together in stainless. The grape beer was then transferred to wine barrels and aged for 10 months. The beer is pleasantly tart, complex and refreshing; it can easily substitute a sparkling wine for any celebration.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 11-08-2010)
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Reviews by flannelman808:
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

Thank you Rorry @ Boneyard Bistro...

A: Dense yellow rose colored beer with a hint of green. Pretty much no head forms but what little there is is pretty stark white. That's giving a lot however as this juice is pretty much flat.

S: Soft nose of acidic acid namely in the form of citrus pulp.

T: This is crazy stuff yet not in an intense sort of way. It's flavor is soft and approachable. Im not all together convinced that this is not in fact just ruby red and white grapefruit juice. Some white grape flavor develops as well. Both the color and consistency scream fruit juice. Oh and so does the flavor. Softly sour grapefruit pulp and just a touch of wood come together very simply. Delicious stuff all together, I wish I could have scored more of it. I'm not sure I have ever had a beer with absolutely no alcohol presence but if I have this is the one.

M: Thick and sort of oily.

O: Fantastic beer but I'm glad I didn't pay 3 bills for it. Altogether the flavor is simple and delicious.

10-14-2011 23:45:55 | More by flannelman808
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-18-2013 03:25:05 | More by gregmoscetti
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-21-2011 05:45:01 | More by Callmecoon
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-09-2012 20:39:05 | More by acurtis
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. Shared with schen9303. Poured from a 750ml champagne bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Standard pour yields a coarse 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear peach-apricot. No lacing. A rather shabby looking beer overall.

S: Nose is crushed spoiled peaches, white grape, and a citrus spice. No real funk or tartness and super subtle overall. Too little oomph for me.

T: Opens mellow peach, grape, and citrus tartness. Very soft. Yeasty and spicy sour towards the middle with notes of apricot, peach, and orange. Bready with a slight dryness at the end. Finish is lemon, white grapes, and some lychee. Rather mellow like the nose but exceptionally well balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied with little carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth with some light bubbles going down. Moderately dry finish with a tingly and sticky aftertaste. Perfect in every sense here. One of the best mouthfeels I've encountered in a while. At over 8% ABV, this beer deserves a 6.

D: A big winner from the Bruery, Pintolambicus doesn't blow you away with its appearance or smell, but where it really counts in the taste and feel, this beer is second to none. Definitely worth a try.

04-09-2011 01:15:49 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured at Bruery Annaversary. 2.5 oz pour in a 5oz glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours super cloudy with a white ring of lacing. Straw color. Little lace.

Aroma is super funky tart. Barnyard with lemon citrus tartness.

Taste is tart and funky. Like an unblended lambic or geuze. Little grassy with a slight sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry but kinda smooth.

Overall pretty tasty but nothing special. Would have it again if more readily available. Not worth the hassle trying to obtain though.

06-07-2011 10:58:42 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

this was released in 2010

pours a nice hazy dark golden orange. little to no head. bottle let out some gas but the beer looks rather still.

smells like gueuze, no really. lots of white grape and sour apple. a hint of vinegar. very subtle oak.

nice and tart through out. most of the flavor is from the grapes and seeing that pinot noir grapes were added to this, makes sense. very wine like. a bit of cheese and vinegar.

actually has a mild carbonation bite to it. a hint of dryness. puckering.

this was enjoyable and different. so much grape in this with a great sour base.

09-11-2011 02:40:44 | More by hooliganlife
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

750ml bottle obtained as a Reserve Society allocation.

The appearance of this beer is interesting. A minimal head fades quickly, and what remains is a flat-looking liquid that looks like I'd imagine 1 part red wine and 3 parts pilsner to look like. Slightly hazy golden-pinkish-reddish color.

The aroma is excellent. Huge vinous pinot noir notes, blackberries, lactic tartness and funk, and considerable oakiness from the -bals.

The flavor is a little weaker than I'd like, but that said, it's damn tasty. Nice pale malt base but not much sweetness from it, as a lactic tartness is dominant. Very big on the wine flavors, like a dry pinot, with oaky barrel notes. Some other dark fruit as well.

Nice and acidic on the mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation a little lower than I'd like, but it works fine as a beery wine substitute.

01-21-2011 20:52:18 | More by nickd717
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2%

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured yellow-orange with a very minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, sour, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, white grapes, sour, tart, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this was a little bit of a letdown if I'm honest, but still pretty good. The flavor made up for this fact adding in the tart aspect to bump this one up another notch. Very glad I got the chance to try this one. I would suggest this one to others as well.

06-21-2011 17:16:08 | More by thagr81us
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-26-2011 13:47:54 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-11-2012 01:53:13 | More by jsilva
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-15-2011 05:45:05 | More by bombadil
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-16-2013 23:48:00 | More by hoppymcgee
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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%

Probably my favorite brew from tonight's tasting...

Poured a fairly clear light orange brew... no real head or lacing....

The nose buggy/big brett and still pretty fruity.

The flavor is interesting for days.... tannic and fruity... brett/mild lactic notes... woody/definite winey presence... a heavier "Cuvee de Castleton" is my big descriptor..

The carbonation is light... body is fine for something this heavy...


08-25-2013 06:18:51 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-12-2012 04:29:21 | More by enelson
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a clear light amber with a very slight have that dissipates to a thin ring. Nice aromas of white wine grapes, lemon juice, hay, and a touch of white vinegar. Very signature of the Bruery's sours. Great tart wine flavors, but not as sour as I'd expected from the nose. Grape skin flavors impart a slight woody bitterness, along with more lemon juice and citric acid. Mouthfeel is light and slick, with a medium-thin body, low carbonation, and a dry, slightly astringent finish. Really solid sour from the Bruery, and a great melding of beer and wine.

07-23-2012 00:16:20 | More by jsanford
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours bright orange with a very small patchy head fading immediately. Lots of bubbles on the side of the glass. Looks a bit thin.

Very wine like aromas. Tart grape skin, lemon and oak with some subtle spice.

Again flavor is very vinous. Oak adds a certain dryness, but I would still relate this as more of a Pinot Grigio relative than something on the dryer side. Tart grape, lemon and apple. A little white pepper and a musty funk.

Despite the look has a decently thick body with high carbonation.

Very strong beer. I've had a few better, but this is a good wine/beer hybrid that still has some really good flavors. I'd be happy if this were made again.

08-16-2012 21:26:47 | More by jmarsh123
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +9%

bright, golden, amber color right out of the gate. A very nice, and slightly hazy looking consistency to it, I did notice copious amounts of bubbles coming up through it, throughout the session.

The aroma was very nice and tart. Huge aromas of Brett coming off of this immediately, turning the whole experience over to the funk that was in the glass, very nice to see. lots of grapes and geapeskins with a nice sour and fruit like finish that was draped in dry oak like taste. deep, resonant sour taste, seems to be a little more tame that what I was expecting, nice tones of wood raveled in throughout as well. Really well blended, the aging is really coming into play here now. Very dry finish with the long lingering taste of sour Brett that as time fades,

06-15-2011 02:12:51 | More by mikesgroove
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

09-10-2012 17:50:40 | More by FreshmanPour77
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from the bottle at The Bruery's -bal tasting. Amberish blond in color, looks a bit like chardonnay. Pours from the top of the bottle had good clarity. Carbonation is moderate, creating a small white head that disappears completely after a while.

Musty vinous aroma. Plenty of funk and fruit backed by a mild lactic acidity, a bit sharp and cheesy. Nice interplay between the fruit and bacteria.

Very fruity on the tongue. Lactic sourness meets bright fruity white wine. Lot of musty, cheesy character from the brett and lacto. Light body, light to moderate carbonation; plenty bubbly for the style. The finish is clean with a mild lactic sourness that lingers.

Pretty nice stuff, though The Bruery is still a few steps behind the likes of Russian River and Lost Abbey with their sour beers.

11-22-2010 03:35:14 | More by largadeer
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

01-14-2014 14:17:01 | More by ShanePB
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear tangerine/orange with a large bubbled thin white head which fades to the rim leaving trace lace behind. A quick swirl brings nothing back.

N: Grape skin and juice, oak, cotton candy, cheese, slightly musty funk.

T: Vinous, trace oak tannins, tart apples, peaches and pears and lemons.

M: Light body and carbonation. Tart with some tannins. Prickly pucker and sem-dry finish.

O: Not too wild in the funk department, just a nice tart vinous construct.

08-24-2012 01:52:17 | More by wethorseblanket
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-28-2012 07:58:35 | More by Cinderbike
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle thanks to route66pubs.

A - Pours a translucent straw yellow without a single bubble of head. Skins definitely not used.

S - A little funk and definitely some grapes on the nose. Kind of pungent but not overpowering. Nice musty barnyard to it that sort of accentuates the fruit.

T - A great tartness with some funk and a pretty sweet finish.

M - no carbonation, but also no heat. Pretty slick and medium body.

O - Quite a drinkable beer and something I'd be glad to have again, but wouldn't go out of my way. I really think this needs more than the 6 months.

05-25-2011 14:44:40 | More by ChrisPro
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4.18/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a White Birch flute. Extra special thanks to errantnight for hooking me up with this from our latest volley!

A: Decent "pfffft" sound when the cap was pried off. Pours a rather still and lifeless looking apricot/peach nectar color. Nice haze. A weak bubbly head quickly pops up and just as quickly dies off leaving no collar, no skim, and no lace. Second pour was darker and with some suspended sediment.

S: At first, I was greeted with a bit of vinegar before it turned decidedly fruity and oaky. Dry oaky tannins with sour grapes, tart green apple, and lemon. As it came up to temp, I picked up tart bing cherry, then sweet black cherry, and then a bit of slightly sweet malt. With my second pour, I swirled in all the sediment and was rewarded with aromas of fresh strawberry and blueberry.

T: Very much like the smell with even more emphasis on the oak and tart fruit flavors. Vinegar in the finish gradually leads to some toasted malt. After pouring in the sediment with my second glass I picked up the aforementioned strawberry and blueberry as well as some black currants.

M: Relatively smooth with some very nice oaky astringency. The acidity is there but never too in your face. Rather it's balanced by the fruit/berry/malt sweetness and dry oak.

D: This was a very drinkable AWA that covered the bases. Sour, dry, and sweet. Very nice.

01-30-2011 18:33:28 | More by GbVDave
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Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus from The Bruery
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