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Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus - The Bruery

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-02-2013 04:20:19 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some grape, wine, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a wine-like flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice sour and fruity aromas and flavors.

03-11-2013 19:13:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Thorpe429


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

Bottle shared by bmanning. Served in a tulip.

A ridiculously-hard pour yields not even a quarter-inch of head. Only a few bubbles sitting on top and these quickly fade away. After there, there is a very, very thin collar. The nose is really quite vinous and reminds me a lot of fresh Cuvee de Castleton. There is a bit of grapes along with some moderate lactic sourness. A slight vinegar presence is there as well. Slight pucker factor leads into the taste, though it's not incredibly sour. It definitely needs some time to dry out and hopefully add a bit of funk to complicate things. At the same time, this definitely gets better as it warms up and I enjoyed the last sip of the glass much more so than the first.

12-20-2010 00:48:50 | More by Thorpe429
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-24-2013 08:05:02 | More by zestar
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

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


3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

11-22-2010 04:35:33 | More by womencantsail
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2.5/5  rDev -39%

01-12-2012 08:07:01 | More by ygtbsm94
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5/5  rDev +22%

12-14-2011 00:37:09 | More by spycow
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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%

11-14-2011 22:39:35 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of largadeer


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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-14-2011 22:52:37 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that sizzles to a thin ring, leaving behind a few spots on top and no lace. Murky peach juice body - slightly milky.

S - Brett tropical fruit notes, some sour grape notes, some under ripe stone fruits. It's quite nice, and as it warms some more horse and barnyard comes out.

T - The taste is significantly more acetic and sour, with notes of lactic sourness as well. Just lots of sour grapes - the name of the beer is quite appropriate. There might be some other sour fruits in there too.

M - Very dry, somewhat zesty carbonation, medium body. Lots of residual cottonmouth and sour candy sensations.

D - Quite nice, and very drinkable. It's very acetic, but I gladly refilled my glass. It's not on par with the rest of California sours, but it's a step in the right direction, and a hell of a lot better than the awful Barrel Fermented Autumn Maple.

12-14-2010 02:52:05 | More by MasterSki
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is yellow with a mild haze and a nice thin white ehad with low retention, falling away to nothing quickly. No lacing, moderate to high carbonation.

Aroma is vinous and oaky with that distinct Bruery sour aroma. I like it.

Beer is light in body, tart and oaky in the backend and sweet with a nice finish. Lactic with a mildly brighter acid on the palate gives the dry finish a nice late tartness. The grapes are really nice in there. I'd have this again for sure.

07-19-2012 16:24:02 | More by drabmuh
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New York

3/5  rDev -26.8%

04-04-2012 00:27:35 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.18/5  rDev +2%

Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
A vigorous pour scares up a frothy, quickly disappearing, white head that sits on top of a hazed, orange-straw color body. The aroma has a nice funkiness to it, an earthy character as well as a fair amount of oak aromatics to it. There is a lactic tartness to this beer that accentuates an aroma of green apple (which gets bigger as the beer warms up) and a medicinal-phenolic note. This is quite a bit more fruity than I would have guessed; is it the pinot influence? I am not sure as the fruitiness seems a bit more generic, but it is certainly there.

The beer has a lactic slickness / texture and tartness to it up front; this continues through to the long finish, but there is also a berry fruit character and tannic oak structure that also lingers in the finish. The oak flavors are quite prominent, but still pretty well integrated with the other flavors found in this beer. The pinot influence is actually quite prominent too; this is quite fruity, but in a controlled, balanced way. A base grain character contributes notes of grassy malt, and pale malt character that add to the balanced, all-around effect of the entire beer. It is really quite interesting how fruity this beer is, at times it is quite huge, but always remains quite well integrated.

This is quite a nice beer, the individual components are incredible, but the integration and balance that the beer as a whole achieves is just very well done. This beer achieves a balance, integration and finesse that is just quite amazing. Despite this it almost doesn’t seem characterful enough (at least when you look at notes individually). I could definitely see it needing a little something to push it into greatness; more tartness, or funkiness would likely go a long way towards this).

06-25-2011 14:20:36 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Halcyondays


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a burnt orange, with a very mild head, smattering of bubbles.

S: Pretty nose. Grapes, sour cherries, grape skins and rose petals.

T: Lemons, very fruity with the pinot flavour. Notes of tangerine with an enjoyable lactic acidity. Flowery finish. On the lambic side of the sours for sure as the name implies.

M: Medium-high acid, very low carbonation, almost flat, but the acidity adds some body. Good aftertaste, lingers on the palate.

D: I'd like to try this on-tap with a little more carbonation. That being said the flavours are quite good, The Bruery certainly knows how to make sours.

01-20-2011 03:14:40 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of beernads


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-12-2013 22:24:13 | More by beernads
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5/5  rDev +22%

11-15-2011 02:32:17 | More by imperialking
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

750 mL bottle split into snifters.

Pours a still, clear honey copper. Quickly fading head of a few white bubbles, no lacing or retention.

Dry, fruity nose; lemon, peach, and Pinot. Light rubbing alcohol.

Wine and fruity grapes dominate, mildly sour; no tart or funk.

Medium thick, syrupy, light carbonation. Very vinous.

A nice sour, the Pinot adds a nice unique flavor, though it's be hard to work on this bottle alone.

04-30-2011 23:26:52 | More by yourefragile
Photo of drewone


4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-19-2014 00:43:29 | More by drewone
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

03-03-2013 02:01:44 | More by mothman
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

The beer is a hazy light orange color. The head is minimal and dissipates immediately, leaving no trace of its prior existence.

The aroma is delectable, with gueuze funk, grapes. It smells exactly like what I hoped for and expected.

The beer is delicious. Not amazingly tart, but certainly more tart than sweet. Grapes shine through brilliantly. A subtle grape juice sweetness is present, making this brew quite quaffable.

The finish brings a hint of vinegar and an ever so slightly acetic bite.
Carbonation is light and the body is relatively thin.

Overall, a very tasty brew. I would definitely have this again.

06-30-2011 21:51:05 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of JohnGalt1


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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Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus from The Bruery
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