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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
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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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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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 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 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 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 sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my bruery tulip. Pours a hazy amber brown with decent carbonation and a paper thin head. Aroma is of oak, tropica fruits and red wine. Taste follows the nose, sweet and sour tastes, acidic but not too much, the oak is there but not in your face. I tried this at the 100 bottle release from ccb and the fruit was more present then. This has aged into a sweeter marron acidife Which isn't a bad thing by any means just different from the fresh. Mouth feel is smooth despite the pucker and acidity. Overall this is one amazing sour that I am glad I kept for myself. I would be the first in line if this was ever released again.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 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 JoEBoBpr
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a murky slightly mahogany color brew with a thin off-white/ecru head. There are some slight amber colors on teh edges.

S - Tartness mixed in with some nice dark fruits, dates and prunes as well as some nice sweet caramel. There is some nice fruit sweetness that I can take as the guava. Aroma is delicious. Near perfection with enough spice and funk as well. Some cinnamon is picked up as well as some vanilla and woody hints.

T & M - Flavor starts off clean. There is some nice tartness mixed in with the dates and the slight caramel. The tartness is funky and yeasty with some slight vinegar notes but they are not too intense. THe woody notes are pretty refreshing and clean with some nice oak and slight cinnamon burn. The guava and fruit juice sweetness is more hidden in the flavor and intermingles with the tartness and the woody notes. The beers flavors is delicious especially as it warms the caramel really starts to evolve along with the darker fruit notes and the tartness also starts to get a bit more intense. Not too bad though. Mouthfeel is medium with a clean flavor and a nice clean crisp finish.

O - I think I enjoy this versions better than the Marron. Even though both are good. This is a delicious sour.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from my RS shipment, tried alongside Marron Acidifie last night.

A moderately clear mahogany with a dense, light brown head, this is an attractive beer. The nose is very similar to Marron, but a little different. While this is also a blend of leather, red wine, a little vinegar and moderate fruit, the balance is a little more vinous. As it warms up, some guava becomes apparent, and there is a moderate bourbon character as well. A touch of cocoa rounds out the nose.

The palate opens with a blend of fruity red wine, vinegar, some dark fruit with dates and a little cocoa. Moderate leather, brown sugar and a little dark caramel are also present. Along with the dates, there's a little guava as well as some cherry-like fruitiness. Moderately oaky with moderate tannins, this beer does also have a bigger bourbon character. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer dries out a little bit on the finish. Solid stuff, I like this just a little bit more than the MA, but not enough to give it significantly higher scores

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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 womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for opening this. Served in a Portsmouth tulip. After drinking this I discovered I could nearly copy my entire Marrón Acidifié with minimal alterations.

A - Served with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thick collar and partial cap. Lightly hazed reddish body and a few splotches of lace as well.

S - Red wine vinegar, oak, vanilla, leather, light tobacco, some nice funk and acetobacter. As it warms some guava acidity creeps in.

T - The taste is a bit sweeter - some brown malt character and vanilla. Some nice pucker, very tart, pleasant sour cherry and other nebulous fruits, and mild acetobacter. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Perhaps a bit more dark fruit character from the dates, and a more present oak than I remembered from Marrón Acidifié. It's different, but I'm not convinced it's a big enough improvement to warrant the jump up to 4.5.

M - Nice carbonation zest, dry moisture-destroying tartness. Medium-full body, with some tannic oak in the finish and light residual stickiness. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

D - This is a good beer, but not terribly different from Marrón Acidifié. I'm glad I have bottles of each so that I can do an A/B comparison, as I'm guessing the differences may be more pronounced if I try them side-by-side. Impressive collaboration beer that is stronger than the sours made individually by these two breweries - hope they hook up 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 Sean9689
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Alex and Jason. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a ruby red, slightly fizzy cream-colored head, very slight thin ring, and some bubbles here and there on top. Not much carbonation in this one.

S - Dark fruits, oak, sour/tart notes, Cabernet. Very pleasant and enjoyable, much like Marrón Acidifié. I can't really pick out the Guava, but I could definitely smell the dates.

T - Again, very Marrón Acidifié-ish. Dark fruits, sour/tart, oak, cherries, and leather. Oak/red wine tart finish.

M - Light, low carbonation, dry tart finish.

O - I really enjoyed this one, but it's a lot harder to obtain and similar to Marrón Acidifié, IMO. That said, it's delicious and I'd def have it again, if offered up. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at SAVOR in the Bruery Salon. I have to say this beer is INCREDIBLE.

Beer is reddish / ruby and mostly clear wtih a thin head of small off white bubbles, moderate carbonation, looks great.

Beer smells mildly acetic / lactic and the sweetness of the fruit comes through great. I really like the aroma.

Beer is relatively thin with a mild brightness with a great fruit body to it. The finish is a little dry but overall this is a great drinking beer and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. I would drink a lot more of this if possible but like most great things it is short lived.

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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 Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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 HopHead84
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle opened by me, thanks. This was a slow foamer. It didn't quite gush, but the foam was rising slowly and would have overtaken the top of the bottle had I not started pouring it into the snifter.

A: The beer is a nebulous orangeish brown with a small bubbly head. Not much else to report on the appearance. You now have ample information.

S: A healthy dose of dates and a not insubstantial guava presence do credit to the Marron Acidifie. The dates and guava really compliment one another, which is somewhat surprising to me. I detect notes of plum, currant, and prune, as well as oak and vanilla. The beer is certainly sour in a lactic way, but it retains balance. There's a touch of cherry and a little leather, with a moderate acetic presence.

T: The flavor matches the aroma in excellence. Lactic sourness is at a moderate level, mingling with a moderate acetic acidity. Date and guava strike an excellent balance, complimenting one another at every turn. The flavor is piquant, bringing me back for sip after sip. There's a bit of buttery oak that reminds me of Chardonnay. Notes of plum and currant are evident, as well as a touch of vanilla and a dash of leather. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9%, providing warming but almost no flavor.

M: The beer is medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, tannic, and smooth.

Overall: This is great stuff. I enjoyed it slightly more than the tap sampling I had of Marrón Acidifié. Highly recommended.

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Collaboration Series: ISO:FT from The Bruery
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