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Collaboration Series: ISO:FT - The Bruery

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 184
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 219
Gots: 102 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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: 55 | Hads: 184
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another sour poured & passed around at Mista's place. I usually don't review when I'm out & about (or aboot, if you're in Canada), but with a bunch of sours I'll probably never get to try again, it seemed like a good idea. Have been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pour is a filmy red color, very still. Nose was straight-up sour, not getting much fruit/guava or anything else. Not sure I like where this is going.

ISO:FT might have the greatest name of all-time, but it couldn't stand up to the other sours at the tasting. Harsher & more one note than the two previously sampled, this brew is mostly unalloyed sour with a faint side-dish of bitter guava. I couldn't tease out either the barrel notes nor the other ingredients, which left me disappointed. 3-4 ounces went down about right.

Glad I didn't land this one via trade, but it continues a trend of unfortunate collaboration mediocrity, which seems to be the rule rather than the exception. A strictly average wild.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At The Bruery barrel tasting event

Pours a murky, amber to orange color with a minimal head of off-white foam. No lacing to speak of. Wood, red fruit and acidic qualities in the nose. Taste opens with big notes of oak followed by sour red fruit. There is a warming quality to the beer mid-palate. Some booze is detectable on the back end and the finish is semi-dry with a lingering sour fruit aftertaste. Medium body with a low level of carbonation. This is quite good. Not as sour as Oude Tart, which I prefer, but a nice take on a wild ale. Great sour fruit flavors and well masked ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Sampled a couple times at the Anniversary party. Poured a cloudy, chunky, murky, copper color with a slight tan head. Not the most appealing looking in a beer. At first I thought I just got the bottom of the bottle but I had it again and got the same type of pour. The aroma is caramel sweetness, slight nuttiness, vanilla, cherry, and lemon. Aroma also has sour notes. The taste is decent with some slight brett florals, lemon, cherry, nut, oak, vanilla, and ends slightly dry. Light mouthfeel. Overall, I wanted more out of this and having had this with The Wandered, Bottlewerks 12, and several other stellar beers, this one didn’t stand out to me.

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

750 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark brown with a small white head that disappears fairly quickly and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is caramel malt, some light brett, a bit of vinegar, some oak, and a light bourbon note. The taste has a light initial sweetness with a decent tartness. There is caramel, some raisin, a bit of vinegar, and some oak. A hint of alcohol with a decent tartness on the finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not bad, but not all that much different from Marron Acidifie.

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

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy copper brown with a bit of a beige head that disappears very quickly to a small ring. No lacing.

Aroma of vinous tartness, sour fruits, oak, and some basement sulphuric notes in the background. Some obvious alcohol.

Flavor is a sweet and sour blend with a lemony bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Some nice citrus from the guava, not sure I'm getting the dates. A decent amount of malt sits under that and helps to balance things out with some sweetness. Alcohol mostly buried.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Vinous quality to the feel. Could stand a touch more carb, but drinkable.

I don't like this as much as Marrón Acidifié, but it's interesting to taste a variation.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my SN tulip. It poured a deep dark brown with a fizzy white head the quickly disappeared. Smelled of dark fruits and vinegar notes. Tasted of figs, dates, raisins and other dark fruits. The oak flavors were not as prevalent as I’d hoped but came through late nonetheless. Well carbonated for the style. I’m not a huge sour fan but this was one of the better ones I’ve had.

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

A vigorous pour produces a quarter-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, dark tan colored head that fades away fairly quickly. The beer is a dark, brown color that has perhaps a touch of concentrated red color in it; when held up to the light the beer shows a deeply red stained, amber tinged color. There is a definite acidity to the aroma, it is a bit spicy like vinegar, though not overly so. The acidity is backed by a rich cherry like character as well as a rich dark fruitiness. Then a woody, musty, slightly spicy, oak and funkiness kicks in; the wood is quite noticeable, while the funkiness plays a little bit more of a lesser role here in the nose. There is a funky tart and fruit note here that reminds me of Cigar City’s Guava Grove Saison, so I wonder if this is from the Guava. As the beer warms up an aged malt character starts to contribute a nice nutty note that combines with the fruit to almost remind me of amaretto.

Slightly fizzy feeling and a bit more light bodied than I was expecting, it still has some heft and texture to it, but body wise it does not seem that much bigger than many a Oude Bruin; I bet the fruit has dried / lightened this up by quite bit. There is a woodiness to the finish that combines with a hint of an almost roasted, sort of cocoa like note; the woodiness has an astringency to it that is also sort of spicy. The beer does not have much sweetness to it, which makes it taste less fruity than the flavor did. There is a nice acidity to this beer, though it is certainly not an aggressive, or even biting sourness. The acidity seems to be most noticeably acetic, but in reality the acetic character is quite soft & I would guess that there is more lactic acid to this beer (the former just tends to be way more noticeable than the latter). Bitter malt notes combine with aged tobacco flavors, some oxidized, fairly nutty, almost sherry like malt notes and even some whole grain brown bread like notes; now that I have noticed it the aged / oxidized malt character is actually fairly noticeable. As the beer warms up more of the fruitiness comes out with notes cherry, touches of date and a sort of raisin like flavor. At times the alcohol is a bit noticeable with some heat, but it never becomes overly intrusive.

This is actually fairly nice; this didn’t wow me, but I wasn’t really expecting it to, but it is a nice beer to spend an evening with. I do like the mix of aged malt, fruit, light sourness and oak character that makes up the bulk of this beer. The fruit (meaning the dates and the guava), end up being very subtle here; if I wasn’t told about them I wouldn’t have guessed either of these fruits were in this beer, which I think is probably a good thing.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of gory4d
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent russet, no real head - just a fizz that fades. The smell is wood, fruit, stone, oak. Taste is heavy on the wood, cider vinegar, minerals, faintly fruity. It's a little too oily and very fizzy; thin. Doesn't quite come together, though it drinks well enough.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled shared by sandstone at a tasting. Thanks man.

A: Pours a murky, muddy brown was a touch of soapy lacing left from a thin, light brown head.
S: Definitely fruity smelling with notes of guava and a touch of harsh alcohol.
T: Guava fruitiness, not very sweet, with darker flavors of caramel and dark malt. I get some funk and little bit of tart fruitiness as well, but it’s pretty tame.
M: Full bodied, low carbonation with a low tartness and a drying finish that isn’t as bad as a desert.
O: Strange and unique and definitely not what I was expecting. It could use a bit more bite.

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Photo of craytonic
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly murky ruby-brown with a small off-white head:

Smell: Muddled dark fruits, I mostly get dates and raisins

Taste: Again, this particular offering is a bit muddled for me. I get mosty dates and raisins, the guava is not wowing me. Medium tartness with a touch of oak. Would be nice if it had a bit more funk

Mouthfeel: medium to full, carbonation is slightly low

Overall: I found the flavors to be a bit messy, with some fine-tuning and focus on the guava it could be very tasty I suppose.

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Photo of KrautAficionado
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared by a friend. Pours murky deep orange-brown with a tan head. Nose smells of of malt, balsamic vinegar, cranberry, leather, guava, funk, and some earthy fruit (maybe the dates?). Flavor is similar with the oud bruin coming through and a definite guava presence, with funk and vinegar lingering on the periphery. Medium to full-bodied and enjoyable. Well-hidden booze for a 9% sour.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for cracking this open.

A slight gusher upon opening the bottle, but we didn't lose too much. Pours a murky plum color with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears. Still leaves some light lacing though, surprisingly. Not the prettiest looking beer.

Guava, cherry, acetic acid and oak barrel rise up from the glass. The nose is fairly similar to Marron Acidifie. Maybe a little funkier and sharper with the acidity. Light funky cheese notes.

The taste is much like the nose. Cherry, guava and oak. Nice fruitiness with some good barrel presence. Slightly more acidic than Marron Acidifie from what I remember.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and slick, but still has good carbonation. Some warming alcohol comes through on the finish. Good level of acidity.

Overall, this is a pretty solid American Wild/Flanders ale. A bit more fruity than Marron Acidifie, but I actually find a Marron Acidifie a bit more drinkable and possibly a better beer overall. However, this one is plenty tasty and worth trying if you get the chance. Hopefully we'll see a few more collaboration brews from Cigar City and the Bruery. Quality stuff.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt!

The beer is slightly hazy and appears orange to red in color. The aroma offers a strong lactic and acetic presence with some mildly sweet fruit. Smells like a fruity Flanders ale. The flavor is sour and funky, with some lingering notes of cherries. Moderate carbonation with a funky acetic finish. The feel is a bit rough. A good beer, but not great, I would have this again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sean for this... A semi clear light brown, light tope head... The nose is acidic vinegar, a hint of cherries, pretty complex... The taste is boring, vinegar, tart cherries, very oaky finish... Not bad, the 9% is hidden really well. I need to have the Marron to compare.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received a long time ago in a trade, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear mahogany hue with some
thin head that fades to leave a light halo.

S - Aromas of guava and dates. Nice amount of oak solid barrel, buttery oak, light vanilla, almost vinous quality. Very nice. Candied dates, super pleasant.

T - Taste is loads of guava, shockingly loads of guava, sweet sugar dates, caramel, toffee, oak, slightly medicinal sweetness. Finish is quite tart with light vinous notes. Loads of oak tannins that for me distract me.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated with the alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a bit of a confusing beer. I like the aroma, and the taste, but the super tannic finish just hinders this beers potential.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clear, brownish maroon color with a very small off-white head. Scent is immediately funky with some nice oak characteristics. Dark fruits with some red wine vinegar. Not really picking up any guava. A hint of chocolate though. Taste at first is quite similar to a dry red wine, although it is very acidic. Some definite red wine vinegar with dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. Oak and slight alcohol flavor come through with some nice tartness. The dark fruits mesh with a leather-like flavor that makes this beer quite tasty. The guava pulls through on the back of the tongue in the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated, a little on the fizzy side. Drinkability is very high. It's been a while since I've had Maron Acidifie, but if I remember correctly...I like that one just a little bit more than this. This is for sure a tasty beer though.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy copper, burnt orange, sheet of bubbles with a few spots of lacing.

S - Nose is the best part of the beer. sweet dark fruits, dates, raspberries, red wine, vinegar, and oak.

T - A lot sweeter than I'd have liked, but I guess that's what happens when you use dates and guava. Slightly acetic with a large sweet dark fruit and caramel character.

M/D - medium carb despite the appearance, nice slightly tannic dry finish.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Collaboration Series: ISO:FT from The Bruery
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