Bottleworks XII - The Bruery
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Reviews by nkersten:
4.78/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Thanks to Adam and Gregg for supplying me with these to share. Bottle poured into Lost Abbey tumbler. Color is a hazy pinkish orange, very reminiscent of grapefruit juice. Small off white pinkish head fades to a collar. Smell is very yeasty, lots of sour lemon lactic acid. Some raspberry, oak, and wheat as well, but very heavy on the berliner weiss yeast. Taste is sour but balanced, kind of like an imperial berliner weiss more then a wit. Sour raspberries and lemon acidity, yeast, wheat, some oak and a tart finish. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, finishes dry. Incredibly refreshing with some very well hidden alcohol. This is a huge success for bottleworks, one of my favorite anniversary beers for them so far. Very unique, try this one out if you get a chance.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2011 18:09:18 | More by nkersten
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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
3.99/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Hazy golden yellow with a nice white head. Good looking sour
S - Light tart raspberries, lemon, sweet tarts, and oak
T - Soft Berliner Weiss with straw and a light earthy grassy up front. As it goes in there is a light tart presence, sweet tarts and raspberries. Nice soft and balanced
M - Soft mouth feel, light tart aspect, and slightly chalky like after you eat a sweet tart
O - Good sour that is well balanced with light tartness and some good fruit presence from the raspberries
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 16:07:14 | More by jeonseh
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.