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Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

125 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 111
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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2.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of mdfb79
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of cmsimeur
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is apple juice with a thin scummy white head and almost flat. Nose is watered down sparkling grape juice with notes of acetic acid. This should be a treat...taste is better than the nose, hard not to be. Has some sour red grapes but still akin to sparkling grape juice, rather tannic behind, fairly sour with maybe a touch of cheese to give it an edge of funk. Quite a dry finish and decent carbonation. Body is a bit syrupy and heavy. Not too bad.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of kscaldef
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Light golden, not much head but some bubbles evident. Red wine notes on the nose. Interesting to compare side-by-side with Oui Oui and see how much the wine grapes are displayed by the beers. The taste is fairly thin, sort of like a watered down Pinot. Much drier than Oui Oui, with a dusty finish. Minimal carbonation. Ultimately a little boring and 1-dimensional.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw brown with some tiny brown sediment that will probably settle in about a year.

Smell of strong pinot noir grapes as stated on the bottle mixed with brett, green apples and funk.

Taste of green apples. I was excited when this started out, there was a high level of carbonation, an extremely strong granny smith apple tart flavor (which didnt leave even after flat) and green grape flavor souring on brett mold along with a heavy oaked flavor. As I let it hang out for about a half hour, this really became extremely flat. I cannot honestly remember a beer becoming so flat after opening. Well carbed at opening time, flat within 20 minutes. Typically I think most people would say that beers are a great thing to let breathe / warm up and come to room temperature. I would say that this is not the case with this beer. As some very old wines go, this one has completely transformed within a half hour and I strongly recommend letting it sit for 5 minutes to get that overcarbed tingly feeling over with, then share with a few friends because you will not be able to enjoy it at its prime before becoming flat.

That said, the body is rather light, and I think there is potential, but this one fell flat for me. I like to think it is a rare miss from The Bruery and am glad that I only have two bottles of it as that was the limit to purchase.

Overall : yeah it is a sour, which is a nice thing, but I know they can do better and so do they.

Photo of kbutler1
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color with no head and no signs of any carbonation. I don’t mind my beers with low carb but this is a little disappointing. The aroma to me is rather minimal and subtle with only slight notes of grape, maybe a little pepper, and oak. Sweet start gives way to a dry, lemon sourness. Not overly complex by any means but very straight forward. Overal, not bad but I wish it had a touch more carb to help the flavors and aroma come out a bit stronger.

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked this one open last night since I have been interested in trying it for some time. Thanks first and foremost to my CA Reserve partner IPA247 for his diligent shipping of this one east.

A - I like the bottle at least. Sturdy bottle with nice label. Poured into my tulip with gusto. Pours the color of apricot/orange Jolly Rogers candy. Almost no head at all with just a couple of bubbles that quickly turn back.

S - Pretty much on point. Smell is of sour grapes, some vinegar and funk, and maybe a bit of other fruits as well.

T - Follows the nose pretty much. Sour grapes but not puckering. Fairly light and crisp on the tongue. I think the best way for me to say it is that it seems like a poor man's copy of Temptation or another wild/sour that is crafted better.

M - Pretty light with not much going on. It poured very still so it is certainly thin but it is OK.

D - Glad I got to try this one and I would probably give it another chance. I don't think that this is their wheelhouse at all. They would be better served going back into the lab and working more on this particular style before releasing something similar again.

All in all, it was OK and I was glad I got the chance to sample it. As far as it holding up to its "neighbor" in CA for this style, they ain't close.

Thanks again Jeff for all your efforts in continuing to ship these beers east. I really apprecitate it.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: My pour has an apple juice brown hue to it with golden edges. Just a tiny big bubbled head forms with an aggressive pour - it appears to have an issue with the carbonation.

Smell: Sour white grape aroma. A little bit of funk, some grassy notes, and some oak exist to add a little bit of depth.

Taste: The flavor is flatly sour, with some tangerine, white grape, and peach flavors. The tart flavor is mostly lactic in nature. Up front there is some soft grainy malt, and later in the sip some oak comes into play.

Mouthfeel: This is undercarbonated to the point of being almost flat. Light vinegar acidity. A medium body feels heavy without any crisp carbonation.

Overall: The lack of carbonation brings the score down in a number of places. For me at least, American Wild Ales are fairly delicate, and having such poor carbonation really causes it to fall off. Beyond that, the flavor is fairly simple and sour. Not that it is terrible, but I really enjoy the complex sours more.

Photo of topdown
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very little head. Colorado is a clear golden orange.

The flavor is nice at first. Very sour and tart. A lot of grape flavors. Barnyard musk. Msyve some peaches and fruits. Then the flavor drops off and its bland.

Lighter bodied with low carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall it was an ok sour. Started out really nice but then lost flavor.still enjoyable.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for the Bruery hookup!

Pours a clear peach with no head and no lacing. Not a bad color, but quite dull looking.

The nose is somewhat earthy with white grape and a touch of funk. Light acidity with hay and faint fruit.

Juicy white grapes with light acidic sourness roll around on the tongue. The taste has an even balance between sweet and sour. Touch of oak vanilla. Not overly complex, but still good.

The mouthfeel is somewhat slippery and slick with very light carbonation. Could use a little more liveliness. Light acidic sourness throughout.

Drinkability is good. This is definitely an easy drinking American Wild. Much like a lightly soured white wine. Could use a few more bubbles and hopefully a bit of age will make it more interesting. However, this would be a great beer for introducing people to the style, since the sourness is low and it is very wine like.

Photo of GradyS1
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-poured hard into a lost abbey tumbler and there is very little life to this one, a small lacing forms that seems to disappear instantly, light orange yellow cloudy
S- a musty grape smell, reminds me of a gueze a lot. Light acidic grape juice smell.
T-grape juice and sour apple, similar to a still limbic. Sour finish but not overwhelming
M- very little carbonation, has almost a syrupy texture to this one.
Medium body
Overall I liked this, it reminded me of an unblended lambic. I liked the Taste but was not a fan of the mouthfeel

Photo of craytonic
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: First pour was near flat, second pour had decent carbonation. Odd, I know. Also started out near clear and gueuze like but quickly got murky. No lacing on any of the pours.

Smell: lactic tartness, bit of vinegar, oak and grapes. A bit musty.

Taste: Sour with oak, green apples, light funk, and grapes. A bit subdued

Mouthfeel: My bottle was a bit under carbonated

Drinkability: Drinkable enough but I wish there was a bit more to it.

Photo of PlinyTheKid
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Milky, cloudy, golden yellow. Little to no head.

S: Upon opening the bottle, a strong, grape smell trapped within the bottle bursted out. Overpowering essence of sour grapes and funk.

T: Strong tastes of tartness and funk upon the first sip. A little bit of sweetness from it, but pretty much mostly a tart flavour.
The tartness will slowly go away upon aging, and I feel as though the funk will mask most of the sweetness.

M: Contains very little carbonation, some sourness wrapping around the palate, but nothing too overwhelming.

D: Very drinkable at the moment from the bottle. It is very smooth, and has a really nice flavour. For a grape based beer, this is definitely a must-try.

Photo of Azrael
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle at the Bruery -bal tasting

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden amber color with a finger or so worth of white head.

S: A nice lactic tartness to this one, but not super powerful. Definitely a strong grape presence to the beer with a soft, subtle oak character. The grapes provide a bit of a sweetness that I wasn't quite expecting.

T: Like the nose, there was more sweetness than I expected, especially when cold. Sort of simple in terms of the flavor with a mild to moderate acidity and not too much overtly oaky flavor. A slight cheese flavor at times, too.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, soft carbonation to it.

D: Why can't these guys just leave Cuvee Jeune as it was? I had pretty high expectations for this and it didn't quite meet them.

Photo of AlexFields
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of jvillefan
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: It has a small off white laced head. The body is an orange color.

S: Very mild aroma. Subtle tart aromas followed by caramel.

T: The wine comes through immediately. There is a medium tart and funkiness that blends well with the caramel and toffee flavors.

M: Nice thick body. How ever the carbonation is a little light.

O: Very interesting. A good but not great beer.

Photo of nickd717
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.

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Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.