Bottleworks XII - The Bruery
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
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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4.14/5 rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head (pretty much the entire glass) and has pretty good retention as well. The head is pure cotton-white while the body is a dull lemon to pale straw that appears as hazy, golden lemon when held up to the light. A considerable amount of lacing has already been left behind.
Nose- Starts off with lots of fleshy, dark red fruits. Raspberries first but then some cherry. Notes of acetic acid and indications of red wine and red grapes. This starts to mellow and shows light stone fruit notes- some peach and apricot. Even a little bit of pear and some citrus (lemon, mostly) are revealed after swirling. Bottle shows a spicy sour note that touches on soy sauce, some sweet and sour sauce.
Taste- Definitely dominated by stone fruits and dark red fruits but both are less boisterous than those shown on the nose. This is much more delicate and sublime and is definitely not as sour as I guessed it was going to be. Peach, apricot, cherries, and a little bit of raspberries but not as much as their specific addition would indicate. Some straw on the finish along with slight acetic acid that gives a little bit of pucker on the end. No real indication of heat and pretty drinkable. Some spiciness on the finish- pepper, coriander, but also something else. Slight earthiness that has hints of barnyard, fungus, and stinky cheeses. Softened by dominant notes of peach and pear- raspberry is mostly on the edges. Some complexity and presence but this beer is more about incredible balance and integration. Already, really good to great in my opinion but I want to see how it opens up. Seems to lack a certain je ne sais quoi that would make it great. Still, very very good. Slight hints of wheat, some citrus (lemon at the forefront). Some hints at champagne or mimosas. Very clean tasting.
Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a nice effervescence that has some expansion. Slight tingle on the tongue with a dry finish. Just as delicate as the pallate.
Drinkability- Very accessible sour that shows what aspects of a Berliner Weisse can do. Twenty bucks a bottle seems quite reasonable but I probably wouldn't go through the trouble of acquiring this again.
Overall- Very good beer that flirts with being great. I don't think it quite reaches that status but I'm sure most would disagree. Definitely worth a try and I would not balk at the price- it's worth it.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 04:33:01 | More by artoolemomo
4.63/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Served at cellar temperature. This was bottled 06/05/13, so has about 8 months of age on it.
Appearance: Pours an apricot-like orange/amber and gives a couple big fingers of head which quickly dissipate to a layer atop the beer.
Smell: Nice mild funk, mild grapes, raspberry, peach, green apple. The raspberry really takes prominence in the second half of the aroma - pretty interesting, and even more as it warms. Really nice mild-sour, fruity aroma.
Taste: Raspberries, green apple, sour grapes, mild funk, peach (not sure why, but I taste it), lemon/lime. Really well balanced and delicious. Just the right amount of sour for me, which isn't that much.
Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated with a medium, creamy body. Finishes a bit dry, but a quite nice amount.
Overall: Very impressed with this beer. Hits my personal taste on just about everything. Nice mild amount of sour, with a little funk and really nice fruited flavors. Berries and brett go really well together in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 23:26:53 | More by Resuin
4.43/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle shared by Laim
Hazy golden colour, one finger of white head, some lace as well. Smell is funky, raspberry and oak, brett, lemony and fruity, some spice with tart with a lingering lactic acidity as well. Taste is of tart raspberry, oak, sour lemon and mild citrus fruit, barnyardy brett, funky all the way through, drying finish with lingering fruit and oak. Spritzy high carbonation, dry medium body. Exceptional stuff, drinks like its 5%, could see myself drinking a lot of this.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 15:00:08 | More by peensteen
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
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