Collaboration Series: ISO:FT - The Bruery

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 217
Gots: 104 | FT: 4
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by ptykozoon:
Photo of ptykozoon
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light brown. Sedimenty. Lacing on the rim.

Sour and sweet. Cherry, caramel, grape peel.

Complex. Cherries, raisin, maple, brown sugar, light vanilla. Sweet dark fruits basically with the element of mid sour levels.

Sticky sweet finish. Light.

Damn tasty.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GregSVT for sharing this bottle at the Flying Saucer Beer Tasting.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of dark fruit, with a lot of cherries, cranberries and blackberries. I also get a nice dose of brown sugar and some light tartness.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of tart cherries and other dark fruit, as well as some nice oaked notes. I get a little bit of toffee as well as some light sweetness and brown sugar notes. The sweet and sour components go very well together.

The mouthfeel is relatively thin and the carbonation is pretty low. A very nice sour beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a brown and almost purple like color, thin beige head to it, less than 1/4" thick. Aroma was all kinds of sour and off the beaten path fruit. What is that pink agave, pear and cedar wood? Works nicely.

Really got to feel the difference between this and the marron acidifie in the taste, whereas marron had more of the brown ale, vinegar and wet wood vibe going, this one leads fully with the fruit mouthfeel, it just takes a lighter and fruitier and better sour vibe, with tartness. Might be some cranberry as well to this. Its that kind of tartness, i.e., not much sugar, high pucker.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow into a tulip glass. Slight, vigorous carbonation, not much head at all. Smell is very funky with a fruity, sweet aroma.
For a beer brewed with dates, that flavor is not very prevalent. The guava shows up with just an occasional hint. The alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink this all day, but the 9% abv would be a killer.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to Bay01 for bringing this to GBM!

(A) Deep ruby color. Semi clear throughout. No shifting of hues at the edges. Really no head on it at all.

(S) Fruit and vinegar greet the nose. Some berries and cherry and a hint of orange are wrapped in the tart sourness. Reminded me of Marron Acifidifie a bit.

(T) The fruit greets you big up front. The guava comes through and followed by the berries and cherry that you are aware of. This beer had a bit of funk to offset the sourness and round out the taste. Some vinegar present. Slight booziness and not overly sweet.

(M) It's got a great medium body and the hit is sour but not overwhelming. Carbonation is present in the mouthfeel but not the appearance.

(O) This was a lot like Marron but had that extra little 'something'. Very good and glad I had the chance to try it.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at The Bruery Annaversary party. Poured into small 5oz taster glass. About 2.5oz sampled. Yes I was rincing my glass too. Reviewed from notes

Pours a dark amber color. Thin head dissapated fast to a ring. Little lacing.

Aroma has lots of funk and tartness at first. Some cherries and a bit of figs and caramel malt. Smells great.

Taste is tart and funky. Could use a bit more tartness so if you have a bottle maybe save it for a bit before you drink. Don't know if I completely like the dark fruits added to this version.

Mouthfeel is dry with a slight bitter finish. High carb.

Tasty but not worth the hype IMO. Yeah it's rare and kinda tasty but not worth what you would have to give up for a bottle because each reserve society member only got one.

Photo of IKR
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light to medium brown color with a reddish purple tint. Thin light beige head head that subsided fairly quickly.

Smell: Sour citrus fruit aromas, tart cherries. and a hint of the guavas come through.

Taste: Sour citrus fruits, with the guava fruit coming through more than in the nose. Some very mild leather notes with the oak from the bal-aging coming through in a fairly dry finish. More tart than sour.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a fairly low level of carbonation. It works but I can't help but wonder if a little more carbonation would help the nose sparkle a bit more.

Overall: The guava and date additions definitely distinguish this from the regular Marron Acidifie with a more tropical fruit nature. Sampled well after the hype at the initial release, I feel this is a very solid Wild Ale, which I wouldn't mind seeing released again.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sharing this one before he got married. Poured a golden yellow orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, tart, sour, and very subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tart, sour, and subtle wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The aroma on this one was the best part of this one for me. It was really well balanced and quite enjoyable. There was no sign of the alcohol at all in this one which was a good thing. Definitely could get in trouble with this one if you aren't careful.

Photo of jsanford
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany with reddish tints and a off-white head that settles to a thin ring and island of haze. Definitely smells like Marron Acidifie, but sweeter, with a bit of date syrup to go along with the usual red wine vinegar, oak, leather, and tobacco. Taste is pretty similar to the nose, basically a sweeter, less bracingly tart and acidic Marron Acidifie (not particularly a bad thing). More leather, oak, tobacco, vinegar, and cranberry, with sweet fruit and a touch of molasses. Really drinkable, and a beautiful take on one of my all-time favorite beers. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body, ample carbonation, and a slightly astringent, drying finish. Really great beer, glad I got to try this rare variant!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, very hazy and cloudy with a rich tan colored head. Excellent retention left behind thick coating side glass lace.

The first notes to come across were funky and sour, which were to be expected, however, letting this one warm up brought about all sorts of goodness. This one had to warm though to really let you appreciate all of the subtleties that were going on here. Rich notes of caramel and tart cherries, light notes of oak and woodsy like malts. Extremely complex here. The flavor was much more of the same, just absolutely decadent and delicious. This was honestly one of the best flavors I have ever experienced in a beer, and I really mean that. It was tremendously good. Started out a nice rush of Brett funkiness in all of its glory, rich notes of fruit, cherries layered in on top of that with an almost toffee like flavor as the base. This was very reminiscent of a funky KRE in its complexity. A rich cascade of semi sweet flavor then rolled through and tool over as it always does. I have to admit it needed a little bit more punch in the carbonation though it was still very well done.

Photo of largadeer
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sandstone. Thanks, Rog.

Pretty much copying my Marron Acidifie review here because the beers are so damn similar. Dark reddish-brown topped by a thin head. Carbonation is low and the body is cloudy and opaque. Tart raspberry/blackberry aroma, very vinous, reminiscent of red wine vinegar. Hay-like funk, reserved acetic sourness with a little brown malt beneath. Guava has a faint presence on the nose, lending a tropical fruit undertone that's pleasant. I can't say that the dates come through much at all. Sharply sour on the tongue, exhibiting a nice balance of acetic and lactic sourness with a lean toward the acetic side. Blackberry fruitiness, subtle guava, integrated oak and some nice vinous dryness in the finish. Very enjoyable, but it's not particularly different than Marron; the fruit adds a very mild layer of flavor.

Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike. Thank you so much to Arenbeer for bringing this bottle. I never thought I would get to try this one. Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish dark amber color. There is a layer of off white head and decent retention.

Smell: Fruity with sweet malt and mild vinegar notes. Acidic and mildly sweet.

Taste: Super tart and a bit fruity. There are some woody notes as well as fruit. The malt balances out the sourness very well. The finish is a bit spicy and sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit spicy.

Overall: The barrel did good things to this beer. I thought this was a real treat to get to try.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a recent tasting thanks to hoppymcgee.

Pours a hazy copper color with a finger or two of off-white head. Lighter than I expected, compared to what I remember from Marron Acidife.

Aromas just ike with Marron Acidifie, begin with plenty of red fruits and particularly lots of red vinuous grapiness. Nice oak and some nice figs and sour grapes. The added/aged fruits (guava and dates) aren't really coming through for me.

The tastes begin with a light caramel sweetness to it with just a hint of figs and dates. Red wine grapes, red wine vinegar and some tart white grapes meld well with the oakiness adding a tannic quality, some leathery funk in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium in body with a medium carbonation.

Overall to be honest I think I liked Marron Acidife a little better and it is/was much easier to "track down" even though I didn't have to do so here. Based on the inflated secondary market due to the rarity of this beer, I can't say it something I need to or ever will revisit. It was a really high quality beer don't get me wrong, but Marron Acidife is just as good if not better in my opinion.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle at the Bruery/Cigar City salon at SAVOR 2011. Served in a SAVOR goblet.

Pours a fairly-clear tawny copper color with an average off-white head. Sparse lacing and a bit of a collar on the way down. The nose brings forward heavy amounts of fruit with a really, really strong guava presence that sets the tone for the whole beer. A bit of the date character is in the background.

The flavor really takes it up to the next level as the guava and the acidity really pair quite well. Gone is much of the brown sugar from Marron Acidife; instead, this is all fruit with a bit of funk. Lingering sourness throughout and a slight oak presence. The guava and underlying acidity are a beautiful thing in the mouthfeel, producing a tart acidity that's buoyed by a bit of oak. Slight funk in the finish as well. I am very, very much looking forward to having this again.

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Didn't think I would ever get to try this, but thanks to rudzud for it.

Pours a light fizzy head that fades almost instantly. Dark murky caramel ruby maroon color.

Nose brings nice blend of sour malts and caramel candy malts, nice toffee and caramel, candy, etc, with great sour tart fruits and souring bacteria, with a nice tart guava and guava extract, and plenty of candied dates, nice buttery vanilla oak, oak is so buttery.

Taste brings sweet and sour, big on both. Are nice barleywine like malt profile, with caramel candy malts and little whisky like barrel note, lots of buttery and vanilla oak rounding. Some sour malt notes, and into tart fruit, nice sour like guava note with big guava juice, into a candied date again, nice dark fruit. Back end gets a bit of a meh sour porter note, and acidic sour vinous note. Finish is sticky syrupy and flemmy, more candied dates and guava paste, bit some bitter tannins as well, little oak barrel and dark sour malts.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, syrupy but sour and acidic, flemmy, hint of booze.

Overall really interesting nice sour, great guava and date fruits, nice sour malts and candy malt flavours, and nice barrel rounding, but that tannic somewhat unpleasant finish takes it down a notch.

Photo of AgentZero
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky copper colored beer with a litle bit of reddish on the sides. Bit of a beige head, some spots left on the sides.

S - Smells a lot like Marron Acidifie but it's not as potent. Some vanilla, dark fruit, a bit of tartness. Nothing real special here.

T - Actually a bit disappointed. I liked Marron Acidifie more, but supposedly they are close to the same beer. Might be because I had that one on tap. Some dark fruit, maybe some guava, little bit of sourness. The flavor is very mild and falls kind of flat.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, could have used some more to liven it up.

O - Just not blown away by this beer. Not tart enough, flavors not distinctive enough, just kind of muddled together and lacking in carbonation.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 split three ways in la choufe tulips. Thanks to footstones. Reviewed 16 April 2011.

Ar: Nice sour, flemish red type sour profile, raspberry, strong tropical fruit, some darker fruit, winy

Ap: Relatively ghastly, mild coarse white head, fair retention, about the color of cooked rhubarb

T: Acetic acid warmth, fruity, tropical fruit, medium sweetness which the acidity helps balance, light saltiness, somewhat of a cascade beer profile but i like this more, mango/papaya, excellent, fruit, very mild alcohol, strawberry, strong dark dried fruit end (dates), ends abruptly, no raspberry in taste, tangy, leathery, strong winy character, difficult to describe

M: Low carbonation, warming acidity, mildly salty, prickly acid and carbonation, medium body, mild alcohol warmth, rough finish

O: Good, want more funk and less acetic acid, good fruit, pleasant and more complex than many other flemish oriented sours i can think of (dissident, rodenbach), makes sense as an imperial oud bruin, had high expectations that weren't met but it is good.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown in color, hazy, and has a thin might brown head that deposits ok lacing

A very sour note with just a hint of guavas. The oak barrel adds a driness to the aroma. Hard to pick up on the dates as the sourness is more prominent

Tastes dry and the oak is more pronounced. The guavas add a subtle sweetness and dates are still hard to pick up on. Finishes with a dry flavor of wood and fermented fruit

Medium to light body with lots of carbonation. Finishes dry on the palate and the woody aftertaste doesn't last long

Overall its a great wild ale but the dryness takes over and doesn't let the ingredients that ccb is known for to shine. Glad I got to try but this one has is more hype

Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to Matt for sharing with us!

(A)- Pours a cloudy tawny brown color. Some tan froth does show up.

(S)- A nice dry oaky profile up front. Bits of tart fruit and funk.

(T)- Similar to the smell, though it definitely has a sweeter; riper fruit note. Heavier on the oak too with a nice sour profile.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Heavy oak, but a good fruit and tart characters. Superb ABV integration; I would not of guessed it was that high.

(D)- A nice beer. An interesting blend compared to Marron. It was really interesting to have each side by side to compare. This one is definitely fruitier, and sweeter, though I think I still like Marron better overall.

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Roger for opening this beer. Very much appreciated.

A: The pour is quite hazy and dark reddish-brown in color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: Like with Marron Acidifie, the acetic character is rather in check. Plenty of red fruits and particularly lots of red wine aroma. Nice oak and a touch of leather and chocolate. The fruits don't come through too much, but there is a bit of the guava.

T: A light caramel sweetness to it with just a hint of dates and plums. Red wine, red wine vinegar, and some tart guava. A nice oakiness to it and a little bit of tannins, maybe some leathery funk.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not sure if I liked this or Marron better. Very good either way.

Photo of FosterJM
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1104th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750 ml

Purchased at the Bruery for cellar reserve sale

Shared w/Retsinis

App- A weird looking color. Had a caramel brown note with a little gold and a little purple. No head to it, no cling either. A couple bubbles on top, about it.

Smell- It smells nice and less vinegar than I was anticipating which was nice. Seemed to be a one sided sour note without bringing the oak or guavas or dates in. A little bit of citrus but hard to pick out what fruit it is (Wasn't guava)

Taste- The flavor profile on this was very nice. A good layering of flavors with a subtle oaky flavor 1st, then the date flavors come in bring a small subtle astringent note and finally the guava. Each flavor isn't over the top but well balanced. It was a good beer but wasnt better than Marron or Zuurman.

Mouth- A light medium bodied beer with a lighter medium carbonation. Some bubbles on the residual flavors but not much. Leaves more of a date flavor with some sour.

Drink- Was the price worth it today? I think so. I didnt have to trade for it and it was on the way home. I love the Bruery. This was a good beer with some nice flavors.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the share. The brew pours a murky reddish hue and is capped with a fair amount of off-white froth. This brew is exceedingly similar to Marrón Acidifié. The nose is heavy on red wine, tannic and oaky notes. There is a bit of acetic character and dry-tart fruits like cranberry, green apple and currant are suggested. The flavor is right in line with the nose, full with notes of tropical-exotic fruit, red wine and balsamic vinegar, and it offers a buttery burnt caramel maltiness to back up the tart fruity character. The feel is very silky, softly carbonated, and has a creamy texture. Overall, a very nice brew, but not any better than the base beer.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.22.13

A - Pours a dark brown-ruby with a fizzy light brown head that is gone quickly.

S - Sweet dark fruit, almost read wine-like, but pretty subtle.

T - Dates and guava are both detectable with subtle wood-acidic bite.

D - Mild carbonation with a light body.

O - Mild, but key ingredients are there. Subtle tart sourness.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery.
I've been sitting on this one for a little while and since company came over I thought this would be the perfect beer to shock some people! I guess the first shocker was the self pouring bottle. She opens with a huge hiss and foams violently for a few seconds until the pressures equalize. Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a huge bubbly tan head that piles it high but recedes almost instantly. Initially I got lots of banana and tropical fruit but that seemed to quickly give way to more of a lemon and tart cherry thing on the nose. Earthy funk with a touch of yeastiness and wood round out the nose. The flavor still holds a bit of sweet brown sugary malt which is a bit surprising! The funky earthiness is more prevalent in the flavor and mixes well with the dates which add a bit of sweetness. Light tart tropical fruit with just a touch of wood and alcohol round everything out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart lightly tongue pricking mouthfeel. Hugely interesting beer, that most of my guests couldn't stomach. A little sweet for a sour, but I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of MrFootstones
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange/mahogany color with no head to speak of. Not particularly appealing appearance.

Smells delicious! Slight acetic and lactic acid sourness. Awesome tangy/sweet ripe (rasp?)berries are very delicious and apparent. Soft oak and leather.

Raspberry is hardly apparent in the taste. The finish is dry, tannic, and oaky. Acetic and lactic acid, leather, and vinous red wine character are present.

Despite the lack of head there is a decent amount of carbonation is present. The tannic finish leaves the mouth with a dry feeling.

The taste makes more sense for an oud bruin than the nose. I really liked the nose though. I would suspect that was derived from the guava. Didn't notice the dates or 9% ABV. This was a tasty beer and I wish I had the base to taste against this version.

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