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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

121 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 115
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 19:13:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 02:01:44 | More by mothman
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-02-2013 04:20:19 | More by t0rin0
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Azrael


3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

02-09-2013 06:12:41 | More by Azrael
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks merc
The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange with no head. The nose is similar to a cantillon, but less intensely sour. There is a punch of sweetness upfront with a bit of acetone. The taste is quite modest with a touch of grape, tart sourness with a semi-dry finish. Honestly, this beer is tasty, but I'd like to do a side-by-side with a bottle of cantillon to see which I like better.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 00:04:33 | More by ThePorterSorter
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-16-2013 23:48:00 | More by hoppymcgee
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fatmcb1

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

01-12-2013 06:57:03 | More by fatmcb1
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

01-01-2013 16:59:40 | More by ucsbmullet
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scottiethebody

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-27-2012 06:38:09 | More by scottiethebody
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 18:42:33 | More by cpetrone84
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

09-10-2012 17:50:40 | More by FreshmanPour77
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wethorseblanket

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 01:52:17 | More by wethorseblanket
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 00:16:20 | More by jsanford
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-12-2012 05:49:04 | More by AbeFroman
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee - thanks Greg! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a marginally pale copper orange color with excellent clarity. Very fizzy with soda like carbonation on the pour. No head even pretends to make an attempt to form on top of the beer...no collar, no lacing.

S - Light aroma, fairly tart, quite white wine like, grapey, perhaps some green apples, mildly woody.

T - Again this is quite winey. Lots of grape flavors, apples, mid-level tartness, fruity, white wine, a bit of wood. This would be a very approachable beer for a wine drinker. A bit vinegary, extremely mild malty graininess.

M - Thin, apple juice like in feel. Carbonation is rather low, mildly fizzy on the tongue, but thats about it. Tart, vinegary and very much reminiscient of wine.

O - A rather good wild ale. A bit of a different take on things. Have wine drinking friends that don't like beer?...this would be a good one to introduce them. Extremely similar flavor profiles with the grapey fruit flavors, overall acidity, crisp and rather dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 21:05:16 | More by portia99
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-11-2012 22:08:05 | More by drummermattie02
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-11-2012 01:53:13 | More by jsilva
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tjfinkle

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-10-2012 05:53:37 | More by tjfinkle
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mdfb79

New York

3/5  rDev -26.8%

04-04-2012 00:27:35 | More by mdfb79
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kscaldef

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 02:42:46 | More by kscaldef
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marct

Nevada

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-17-2012 05:57:19 | More by marct
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-15-2012 19:54:24 | More by John11486
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Cinderbike

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-28-2012 07:58:35 | More by Cinderbike
Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus from The Bruery
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