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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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world-class

891 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 370
Gots: 224 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Witbier, 8% ABV, sour mashed 1-2 days, and fermented with a blend of Berliner Weisse culture and Belgian Witbier yeast. Beer is barrel fermented in large red wine barrels (132 gal. barrels). Raspberries are added to the beer towards the end of fermentation directly to the barrel, and aged on the raspberries for a minimum of 1 month. The Berliner culture contains souring bacteria and the raspberries will add acidity to the beer. Brewed to commemorate Bottleworks 12th Anniversary.

(Beer added by: julian on 02-28-2011)
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage.
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4)
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.

Aroma: (4.25)
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.

Taste: (4.5)
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.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Robust, medium body with higher side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: (4.25)
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.

flayedandskinned, Aug 29, 2013
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The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with a little bit of tartness mixed in. I also get a little bit of lemon in the aroma but it is fairly faint.

The flavor is a little more complex. I get some tart wheat and lemons, as well as a little bit of orange. There is a slight acidic note in the flavor. The beer is refreshing and easy to drink.

Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means, but I wanted a little bit more out of this beer. Not sure where the raspberries were, but I don't think they were in our bottle.

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Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

(Aged for 1+ year)

Highly carbonated, golden color with a quickly forming, though quickly fading near-white head. This doesn't leave much in the way of stick down the glass. Appropriate.

The aroma is quite sour/tart, with some definite raspberry sweetness, along with some cherry and wood notes. Complete, bright, expressive, and incredibly enjoyable.

The flavor does not disappoint after such a nice aroma. The big lactic sour notes are strong, with complementary flavors of raspberry and oak. Clean, bright flavors.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

This is just as good, if not better, than I was hoping for!

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Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
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