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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 1,001
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 2.58%
Wants: 369
Gots: 238 | FT: 47
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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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Photo of Franch
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

it was really, really, really good. the tartness of the raspberries was the overwhelming note, but there's plenty of belgian yeast and sour goodness that shine through as well. this was acquired due to a friend's overwhelming kindness to share it with the g/f and i, as it's a limited release decently beyond its time, and i'd have near-zero hope of getting it without similarly hyped beers in trade. a high point of my trip to seattle for sure. (445 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bruery for the March 19 Clusterfork party.

This is the reason every beer geek should at least try a fresher sour before you stick it in your cellar. While this one may be fun to age and watch it change, it is off the chart wonderful right now; plain and simple full of complexities, layers, tons of flavors and character and yet again a wonderful effort from The Bruery. Kudos to Bottleworks for its efforts on this and for picking this one.

Color is a hazy pink grapefruit with almost "white" tones and a light white head.

Nose gives a great invitation and sets expectations with layers of sweet/sour raspberries, tones of strawberry, oranges and tangerines. There seems to be a light lacto nose, although I'm not sure what yeasts or bacterias were used. A light brett character in the nose as well.

Expectations are met in the fresh, wonderfully balanced and lightly sour mouthfeel, only to be surpassed by almost perfect flavors.

Flavors of raspberries, strawberries, oranges, light lime and tangerines. The alcohol is very well hidden and one could drink a lot of this either by itself or with many different food profiles.

Finish continues with a light pucker factor and a nice sour character with a sour berry and green apple character and light lacto and brett, all of which just sets up the next taste. The Bruery continues it's roll. (1,365 characters)

Photo of waltersrj
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bottlework's XII Anniversary Party.

Pour: A beautiful golden hue with a slightly pink haze as if they used a blend of golden and regular raspberries in the barrels. A creamy, frothy white head stuck around for the entire duration of this beer.

Taste: Slightly tart from the Berlinner Weiss style and raspberries in the barrel. The tart flavors are predominately raspberry and a light, crisp green apple. This is followed by a wonderful malt balance and a slight oaky finish. I really enjoyed the lactic sour in this as it was very enjoyable but not acidic enough to burn.

Nose: Oak, crisp apple, raspberry, very slight red wine notes, wheat and perhaps some cherry like aroma.

Mouthfeel: A wonderfully balanced and creamy feel that doesn't dry out your mouth like some soured beers can.

Overall: As usual BW has really nailed their newest Anny beer. This is such an easy to drink beer, the 8% is undetectable and the creamy mouthfeel makes it so enjoyable. Wish I could've gotten 3-4 bottles but my 2 should make me happy for now. Excited to see how well this develops. (1,085 characters)

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shows off a magnificent apricot hue in the glass with a thin white head. Aromas of sweet and sour peach, great funk, fruity, sweet citrus. Awesome acetic flavors mixed with sour fruity pebbles, kick ass funk.

An amazing beer that's aging gracefully. (250 characters)

Photo of nkersten
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. 750 ml bottle.

Poured into a Teku glass, body is hazy gold in color, capped by a dense foam head with low retention, it eventually dissipates to a ring. Just a little lacing. Still, impressive for a sour beer, but this is a witbier, so the malt helps.

Aromas of sweet light malt, wine, fruit, wood, vanilla. Pretty alluring wafts of sweet and sour.

This tastes delicious and complex. Reminds me a bit of Fou F'oune, despite that being a different beast, but there are no apricots here and this has more body. But it has that same level of sour enjoyability. The lactic sourness is very nicely done, overlaid on elements of bread, wood, spice, wine, and raspberry fruit. The raspberry shines through especially towards the finish. Also little pinot like spice in the finish, but that's just my guess, as who knows what kind of red wine was in the barrels. Or it could be the witbier spices they used. Maybe some orange peel. The color gives no suggestion of red raspberries or red wine, but those flavors definitely shine through. I enjoy the moderate sweet malt body, working with the nice bready yeast and pleasant sourness, all working so smoothly with the fruit and wine flavors. Yum!

Body is light, as is the carbonation, giving this a lightly sparkly, refreshing mouthfeel kind of like a soda.

The ABV at 8% is just right to make this a very drinkable, satisfying beer. I can drink this with no problem. A fantastic sour beer, to me, The Bruery's best. Given that it can age up to 2 years, I am getting me some more of this for the cellar. (1,567 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A tremendous thanks to Beerenauslese for bringing this to the early January tasting at the Taproom. 2013 vintage. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass, but... If I knew what I was getting myself into, I would have pleaded for the bartenders to find a flute Champagne glass for me!

Really fantastic in appearance for a wild ale - thick and viscous, with a frothy white head that never seems to go away. Unusual, considering the higher amounts of acidity in these kinds of beers. Cloudy, with a fair amount of sediment, yet at the same time, tons and tons of carbonation jet-streaming upwards in an elegant manner - nearly wholly refined akin to a high quality sparkling wine. This is especially remarkable given the style of beer at hand. I love it, whatever it is.

Wow! This is one of the most complex, riveting aromas I've ever experienced on a beer of this caliber. Right up the front are vinous, sweet oak, and fruit elements that are very similar to a high quality brut rosé out of Champagne. And, with those types of wines being among my all-time favorites, this aroma is worth drooling over. Huge, and I mean HUGE, notes of sweet, slightly tart raspberries, blueberries, and ripe currants, with a toasty oak and malt combination, inviting flavors such as toffee, marzipan, vanilla, honeysuckle, and caramel. Starts sweet and toasty, and finishes with a slightly stinging acidity both from the fruit and sour cultures at hand. Slightly lactic at the nose, but mostly crisp and unbelievably inviting.

I think when I took a sip of this for the first time, I was automatically in love. If you've ever had high quality Champagne with raspberries floating on the inside, or at least a slightly sweeter brut rosé, this evokes that, and so much more. At first, the explosion of sweet jammy raspberries are immediately evident, with a touch of kirsch, cassis, and cherries at the finish. The oak takes over, reaching more vinous and fruity heights, and imparting light tannic qualities as well as spices such as light leather, vanilla, and toffee. The oak continues to melt and meld with the malt profile, that is highly rich in lactic and sweet nutty qualities, yet, due perhaps to the fruit used, or the quality of the red wine barrels at hand, it NEVER feels buttery or too toasted. This is crisp, creamy, tart, acidic, dry, comfortably effervescent, and so much more. Goes above and beyond to satisfy the palate and allow, at the same time, a plethora of flavors that keeps on giving each and every time. This is a masterpiece - a true privilege to drink.

This may be a controversial statement, but THIS is perhaps the greatest beer the Bruery has ever made, and ever will make (at least for now). Why? The alcohol is just high enough, and it displays only the best aspects this brewery is known for - excellent oak blending; sour, fruit infused notes; sweet, yet not over-the-top maltiness; and, the always caramel forward, thick forward mouth feel their beers are known for. Tasting like this a whole full year after being bottled - why, it's the stuff of wizards. I want a whole case of this. Mind blowing, life changing stuff. Get your hands on a bottle as soon as you can. (3,195 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy light blonde. Very inviting nose with some hints of berries and lemon. Absolutely delicious. Maybe the best beer I've had from The Bruery, certainly the best sour I've had from them. The witbier base is completely on point with berry flavor that isn't cloying and lemony tartness that is refreshing. (314 characters)

Photo of youradhere
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy peach, white head. Smells of wheat and peach, some sour aroma, and a bit of milk. Tastes Of sour peach, sour tarts, and bready wheat. Mouthfeel is medium full, carbonation high. Very drinkable, despite my not possessing any of this I would seek it out for sure! (276 characters)

Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 version

Poured into a Bruery goblet.

Bottle opened with a nice "pop". The pour reveals a 1/2" white fluffy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Raspberries and slight vinegar on the nose. Slight tang and berry taste at first. Very well balanced sour.

This is the best beer that The Bruery brews. IMHO. (310 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jon for sharing this bottle.

A: It's a great looking beer, a bit of a cloudy pinkish-orange with a small white head.

S: Getting a lot of funk in the smell, as it warms I get more raspberries.

T: WOW! Okay, I was a little concerned after the underwhelming aroma, but this beer tastes absolutely amazing. It's like if you took a berliner weisse, pumped up the flavor, made it more sour and added raspberries to it. Absolutely awesome and unique. One of the best tasting sours I've ever had.

M: Light and crispy with a lot of carbonation. Just perfect.

O: Hands-down one of the best tasting beers I've ever had. If the smell was a little better, this beer would be an all-time great if you ask me. Take this with a grain of salt though - this is coming from someone who loves Berliner Weisses, so it's right up my alley. (840 characters)

Photo of fatmcb1
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, served on tap at the Bruery Barrel Night 2012.

Lighter yellow with a thin white ring of head that sticks around.

Raspberry, sour lemon, funk, and slight apricot.

More tart than sour. Raspberries come through very strong. A bit acetic and citrusy.

Slightly over carbed, but not very out of line for the style.

This was one of my highlights from the barrel night. This is an exceptional wild ale. (412 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks to Nate for this 750ml bottle, drank from my Narke glass... Looks like a sparkling water grapefruit drink. A light tan head, good retention and lacing. You'd think something this color would be ugly, but looks good... Interesting but subdued aroma, apples, grape skins, raspberries and brett... The taste shows off more lactic notes than the brett, especially on the finish, almost a puckerer. So many fruits, its almost hard to count, raspberries, oranges, tangerines, a hint of oak on the finish.

This is refreshing and incredibly crushable, get this. (573 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Brad for opening up this bottle at last night's tasting. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a bit lighter than the color of pink grapefruit juice. The nose is really enticing with a mild lactic character along with a great raspberry presence. Really nice fruit all around. Damn good. A bit of mild coriander in there as well; if not that, then some other spice. The flavor is sublimely fruity with a beautiful sourness hitting in the midpalate and carrying through to the finish. A bit of light spicing is there in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel was splendid and did a fantastic job blending the fruit and sourness, and had a really fantastic level of carbonation as well. Overall, a very, very solid beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. (754 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
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, 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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

VIP taster at the Bruery Annaversary party. Poured into a small taster glass. Reviewed from notes.

Hay, almost orange color cloudy for sure. Nice white head and decent lacing.

Aroma has an awesome tart funky lemon character. Lots of that lactic barnyard aroma. Little bit of hay or grass.

Taste is tart up front with a grassy hay funkiness and some nice lemon tartness left on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is very dry and refreshing. Nice carb.

Overall an awesome beer. Wish I had gotten more of it. Too many beers to try and not enough time. Plus I was pretty toasty by the end of the party ; ) (594 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmoore50 for bringing this to the March Madness tasting party, it was my favorite beer not named Pliny the whole week. Awesomely timed opening for the Marquette drubbing of Xavier.

A cool looking peach and light pink appearance, white head to it, great carbonation. Maybe my senses were overloaded, but the aroma left me questioning whether I was going to be all about this. Certainly sour, but there were some off kilter spice aroma that left me guessing.

Taste, simply put, every sip was better and more sour than the last. A medley of fruit tastes came about from this one. Maybe peach, strawberry, something to give it the pinkish appearance. Puckering. Probably my favorite soured beer, definitely favorite witbier (although the taste is anything but witbierish). (781 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow/orange color with a fizzy head that falls fast,

Smell is deep lemon, tart raspberry, funky wet hay, and wheaty malt.

Taste is like the smell with a lactic sourness up front, then fades to a luscious raspberry and hefty wheat beer base. Acidity is medium to low on this sour but it blends nicely with the overall experience. Well done for the style of an imperial berliner weisse / witbier.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated despite the head completely disappearing, and its just ever so slick as it is 8% abv.

Overall I think this is on par with other bruery sours and quite a nice addition to their lineup which is quite impressive to say the least. (668 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

5/29/2011

Double pour from a bottle into a snifter at The Bruery's third anniversary.

A: Straw peach gold with good clarity and an impressive two fingers of froth. Scattered tendrils of lacing.

S: Lactic sourness and hoarsy with prominent raspberry notes. Smells great. Has a lot more wild character than I was expecting, with notes of earth, horse blanket, and musty barnyard. Brett imparts wet leather. There's a touch of peach, and the raspberries stay bright and vibrant throughout.

T: Upper moderate tartness with an upper moderate lactic sourness to match. Moderate citric acidity with lighter acetic notes. Prominent raspberry throughout with some lemon. Oak is evident. Complex and piquant. Finishes with a lot of lemon and raspberry, a palate scrubbing citric acidity, and a mouth puckering tartness.

M: Light in body and effervescent. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: I enjoyed this a lot. Complex, refreshing, and damn drinkable. I wasn't expecting much, and I was pleasantly surprised. I probably had 24 ounces of this before the end of the day. (1,067 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shocking pale/watery yellow. Hm...what style is this again? I was told Berlinerweisse meets witbier, but this really seems like a different animal entirely.

Smells like wild fields of musty cobwebs, raspberries, and a surprising amount of oak-y funk. Smell is phenomenal.

Taste is also excellent, though not quite as enticing. Oak, some lemon/vinegar sourness, raspberry, and that musty, surprisingly funky tone. I think the funk may be a bit too strong in the flavor, but it's still a great beer.

A pity it won't cross my path again. Very well carbonated with a frothy white head. (592 characters)

Photo of MrFootstones
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rosy peachy color, decidedly cloudy, actively bubbling in the glass with thin wisps of foam

Fresh raspberries, lactic tart acidity, sugary grapefruit,

Similar to Hottenroth, raspberries, bitter citrus peel, soft wheat on the finish. Prickly acidity. Light kiss of oak.

Fluffy and voluminous when it hits the tongue. Zesty, spritzy and bright.

This is, for lack of a better term, a very fun beer. The pink and cloudy color, explosive texture, and huge tingly sweet and acidic fruit character make for an engaging and pleasing drinking experience. (558 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle opened on 5.8.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale light orange with a fizzy near-white yellow head.

S - A nice citrusy/wood funk, and raspberry.

T - A mellow lemony sour with hints of raspberry.

D - Good carbonation with a light body, not overly tart.

O - Fizzy, nice sour and tartness. I am so glad to finally get to try this one. Delicious! (353 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy golden wheat color.

The aroma is beautiful. Tons of lactic, apricot, reminds me tons of Fou' Foune, along with some sweet grain.

The flavor has sour lemons, tartness, apricot, maybe a hint of raspberry. A hint of booze with a good amount of sweetness to the tartness.

A fantastic beer and surprisingly has hints of Fou' Foune. (354 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong hiss as the cap pops off; thankfully not a gusher. Slightly more orange-colored than a typical golden sour. Tons of thick, white head adorns my glass long after the liquid departs.

Aroma like WHOA! The intensely potent smell of sour lemons, wheat, raspberries, ripe pineapple, oak, funky yeast, and lactic acid overwhelms my senses. I want to reduce this to powder and snort a line of it every day.

Fruits and wheat base are apparent in the flavor profile. Raspberries take a back seat to the citrusy, acetic base. Wheat base provides fantastic body. Somehow, despite the ingredients list, this seems about what a BA Imperial American Gueuze would taste like. Strongly concentrated; not for the faint of heart.

I need more of this stuff right away. (758 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8% ABV, 2013 Edition

A - Hazy golden yellow in color, raspberries add the slightest tint of pink to the beer who's head, despite the billowing carbonation, disappears from acidity.

S - Undeniably sour, the aroma is rich with lactic acidity that kills head retention but smells o-so good. Spicy notes of coriander manage to make their presence known through the fresh raspberry fruitiness and red wine barrel oak and tannic grape skin undercurrents.

T - While the aroma bursts with sourness and fruit, the flavor immediately commands attention towards it's imperial wit base; big orange peel-like citrus and coriander, along with hefty pale malt and soft wheat. Crushed frozen raspberries leave a lingering light tartness that recalls the fruit while it's sour mash, aided by the oak aging, brings lactic acid through the finish that destroys any wine flavor.

M - Sparkling carbonation dances on the tongue while the otherwise silky smooth-textured beer courses over the tongue. The bone-dry finish is sharp with acidity and raspberry tartness that ends up lingering more prominently than sourness.

O - The Bruery's Bottleworks XII has a lot going on; layers of complexity continue to unveil in this big beer from it's impressive imperial witbier base through the deep finish. Fruit thrown in the mix while oak aging in red wine barrels makes for a unique sour that crosses all sorts of boundaries for a delicious beer worthy of aging. (1,481 characters)

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Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.