Bottleworks XII - The Bruery
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours a hazy hue of apricot with a brilliant white, 2 fingers tall head. Unsurprisingly for a sour, the head recedes very fast, leaving no lacing behind it it's wake. Lively carbonation shows clearly in the body.
As soon as the beer is poured, waves of clean acidity waft up out of the glass towards your face. Your nose is filled first with bright lemon juice and some nice tart cherries from the lactic acid. Underneath these bright acidic tones are layers of vibrant, fresh raspberries. These fruity aromatics are blanketed by a thin layer of barnyard funk. As the beer warms, the raspberry presence grows in it's potency and some of the witbier elements start to show; predominantly light clove. Some of the witbier spiciness melds really well with the faint streak of vanilla that the wine barrels provide.
As soon as this beer touches your palate, you're struck by a blast of juicy lemon acidity. As this acidity starts to subside, a nice subtle essence of tart raspberry comes into the fold. The raspberry presence is light, but very nuanced; you get the tartness and even some of the sweetness from them. Enveloping the berries is an equally light coating of Brettanomyces. Before the dry, slightly tart finish your palate is kissed by a pleasant, soft cracker-like malt backbone. Long lingering notes of tart raspberries, cherries, cloves and a soft bready maltiness. Subtle notes of vanilla from the wine barrels embellishes the malt notes in the finish.
Robust, medium body with higher side of moderate carbonation.
Yet another very unique beer from The Bruery. Here they took an Imperial Witbier, dosed it with their Berliner Weisse culture and threw it in red wine barrels with fresh raspberries. Incredibly, they managed to keep in balance the tart Berliner Weisse cultures and naturally tart raspberries with the normally very delicate Belgian Witbier style. Although its not my favorite sour from the Bruery, this is a very high quality beer and definitely worth tracking down.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2013 02:48:16 | More by flayedandskinned
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4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Received this bottle as part of a trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a bottling date of 6/11/13 etched on the side. Poured into a Belgian style tulip glass with an exaggerated flare around the rim.
Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy golden amber color with notes of apricot and peach flesh depending on how the light diffuses through the body. Atop the body sits two fingers of stark white fluffy meringue-like head that retain for white some time before eventually dissipating to a half finger perma-layer of bubbles across the top. A steady stream of carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass to replenish the head.
Smell - Wonderful blend of ripe raspberry and lactobacillus tartness waft out of the glass, taking over any more traditional elements on the nose you might expect from the base witbier. There is also a nice presence of oak and some wine characteristics come out as well. There is even a faint bit of citrus zest that begins to come through on subsequent whiffs.
Taste - While the aroma was very good, it was only a prelude to the fabulous blend of flavors going on in the taste. Bright acidity and tartness come through from both the raspberries and the lacto, but there is more than just tart--the inherent characteristics of the raspberries come through in a very distinct way, but manage not to overpower the other components of the beer--this is still very much outside the realm of "fruit beer". The barrels come through in a nice way as well, lending a funky oak element along with nice vinous notes reminiscent of wine must.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation that plays well with the high levels of acidity and subtle puckering feel on the palate.
Overall, just a really well-done beer. It's not as full-on sour as many of Bruery's best offerings, but I think that's to it's benefit. The sourness is just one component of a beer with a lot of depth and interest to offer. I love how the use of fruit and lacto take the subtle bit of tartness that you often find in classic witbiers and turn it slightly on its head, amping up the sourness, but not at the expense of the overall beer. I'd love to get my hands on some more bottles of this.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 05:56:02 | More by LambicPentameter
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Reviewed from notes. On-tap for the 3rd Anniversary Party at the Phoenix Club. 5/29/11.
A: Pours a clear yellow under a huge 2-inch thick white head which quickly fades and leaves spots of lace.
N: Funky, wonderfully sour fresh raspberry, red wine, oak tannins, grass/hay.
T: Bite of astringency, tangy citrusy zest and sour with a wallop of sweet fruits, tannins and vinous notes.
M: Moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Finishes sour and tart, wheaty and fruity.
O: Very good. Went back for more.
Serving type: on-tap
07-24-2014 05:26:57 | More by wethorseblanket
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
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