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Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus - The Bruery

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Vitis Series: PinotlambicusVitis Series: Pinotlambicus

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

125 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 125
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
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 slayer3604:
Photo of slayer3604
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

^^^ AGAIN you review first. GRrrr....

A- Gold, haze and some very very sparse head. Actually found solid chunks of (I guess grapes????) floaties/sinkies in the bottle and some that came into the glass. I like that. I like that a lot.

S- Has a nice tart but very subtle nose, with bright fruit, sweet typical Bruery malt background and a little bit of airy funkiness here and there.

T- The equivilant of a nice cask ale in carbonation, but it leaves room for the nice grapey middleground that is promised in the name. This is where Bruery trumps 10/10/10 in their attempt to make a grape beer. Has a balanced sourness, that isn't ambient but rather blends into the rest of the beer. Lots of bright fresh and over ripe fruit and some sweetness in the finish.

M- Even though its not carbonated as much as a "regular" beer, it has a creamy, firm and lasting mouthfeel. Very nice.

D- For 8.4% its very smooth and a damn good beer to boot.

slayer3604, Nov 09, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

SpeedwayJim, Apr 09, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PeprSprYoFace, Jun 07, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

hooliganlife, Sep 11, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

nickd717, Jan 21, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Jun 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jsilva, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

bombadil, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

hoppymcgee, Jan 16, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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...

3.25/4.25/4.5/4/4

JohnGalt1, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

enelson, Jan 12, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jsanford, Jul 23, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jmarsh123, Aug 16, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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,

mikesgroove, Jun 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

FreshmanPour77, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

largadeer, Nov 22, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

ShanePB, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

wethorseblanket, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

wolf_switzer, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Cinderbike, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

ChrisPro, May 25, 2011
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Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.