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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 374
Gots: 228 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: julian on 02-28-2011

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.
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Ratings: 969 | Reviews: 126
Reviews by jlindros:
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4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Another split with rudzud.

Decent fizzy semi thick head covering, nice lacing, hazy peach orange color.

Nose is nice and complex, light wheat aromas, nice wit and blond malts, light citrus and peel with light wit spices as well. Then fruit, bit of stone fruit, little juicy, light wine like aromas a light red wine not really vinous or huge dark red wine, light musty funk almost Brett but hard to tell, raspberry is there but faint and more like the seed bitterness.the more I nose the more the raspberry finally comes through more.

Taste is so so, big musty funk like, sour funk and wild Brett like flavours, tannic seed and stem, some grape skin must and light wine but barely, hint of toasted oak, and little buttery cracker and barrel. Raspberry is there but still light, more like seed and stem bitter tannic flavor. Finish is dry with more tannic bitter flavours, light sticky and syrupy, flemmy, light vinous must again and light raspberry.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, little flemmy.

Overall meh, not nearly as great as I was expecting, raspberry is more of the tannic seed/stem and very little fruit, funk is muted too much, wit beer comes out too strong, the wine barrel is pretty nice but might be what's muting the other great flavors.

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Thanks to crusianbeer for sharing this bottle.

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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