Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 369
Gots: 235 | FT: 49
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: 990 | Reviews: 129
Photo of cpetrone84
3.16/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is light golden amber, mostly transparent with a fairly tight white head. No red in the appearance, but there is plenty of raspberry in the nose. Its fleshy but not super bright, there is a hint of barrel and a touch of leathery bret. Taste is little brighter raspberry with a fair bit of lacto. Finish is highly carbonated and muddles the flavor in back a little with a touch of sulfer. Soft creamy body and actually pretty dry.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.44/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by someone at DLD; thanks.

A - The brew pours a glowing orange with a slight pink hue, and is capped with a good dollop of white froth.

S - Unusual nose; there are some interesting bright fruity notes which are battling against some comparatively less pleasant notes. Pros: peach- and berry-like tartness and ripeness. Cons: aroma of rotten produce, rancid food, decrepit citrus and eggs.

T - The taste is very candy-like, and it tastes confectionery in a similar manner to a Southern Tier; the fruit flavors (various citrus, strawberry, raspberry) and tartness taste somewhat artificial (though they are actually not artificial.) It also reminds me of a lactic orange Jarritos. Interesting, and somewhat refreshing. I do not find this to be tremendously Berliner-like, as it is quite creamy and full of flavor (reminiscent of the much better Splinter Blue in this regard.)

M - The feel is creamy and just about medium in body, with rich flavor up front but it dries out on the finish.

O - This is certainly an unusual brew. I am not terribly fond of the nose, but found the taste much more palatable; I enjoy most of the aspects at least moderately, the major gripe I have is the taste reminds me of the nose (and associated unpleasantries.)

Photo of largadeer
3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dobs.

Cloudy, milky appearance with a peach flesh hue. Highly effervescent, topped by a lasting white head.

Pretty intense Berliner Weiss lacto aroma. There's a ton of offensive rotten egg sulfur, grainy wheat and coriander. Fruity, but it doesn't scream raspberries - the fruit is more of a subtle element. The sulfur is pretty overwhelming here and isn't especially enjoyable. Hopefully a few months in the bottle will clear that up.

The taste, surprisingly, is great. Very tart and lactic, mild sour raspberry fruitiness, coriander, orange peel. Lactic sourness is dominant, very Berliner Weiss-like. A raw, grainy wheat foundation gives the beer a solid body. Finishes with lingering lactic sourness and light vinous oak.

Despite an awful aroma, this was very enjoyable. At this point I'd recommend sitting on bottles for a few months in hopes that the sulfur dissipates.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by the late dabecassis (RIP). Thanks, Dave.

A: A slightly cloudy orange-pink body. About a finger of off-white head that leaves broken foam on top of the beer.

S: Wow, this smells absurdly bad. Diaper/feces, sulfurous rotten eggs. Some lactic character, lemons, and white wine as well. But they simply couldn't redeem the nose for me. Awful. Roger loved it, though. Go figure.

T: As bad as it smells, it tastes surprisingly excellent. Lactic sourness, as you'd expect, along with tart raspberry character. Lemon, oak, some sort of white wine presence (chardonnay?). A mild graininess that I guess is the wheat. I think the New Glarus Unplugged BW is better, though this is still quite good.

M: Spritzy and well-carbonated, as you'd expect. It's medium-bodied, which I didn't expect, until I realized this was 8%. It finishes dry, with a light sourness.

O: A tasty beer. Its odor is strange, even offensive, but the beer is enjoyable despite that.

Photo of Madirish76
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Bruery/DFH event on 6/16/11

First of all, I am glad to have tried this, but i am also glad i didnt trade my first born for it. I am not really a huge fan of the berlinerwisse to begin with, but to each their own.

Appearance: It was a cloudy straw color with a very bright white small head that was mostly diminishing. It was left with minimal lacing.

Smell: Wow, definitely something funky going on here...also has a slight grainy/grassy smell to it. Kind of a fresh barnyard smell...

Taste: It has a pucker punch it delivers but also has a spicy rye kind of taste to it almost mixed with some sort of citrus. Again something funky and tart all mixed into one.

Overall: I think for the style it is pretty on par, just not my favorite one to drink. I didnt think it was as good as the hype, but maybe if i really enjoyed this style i would think it is amazing...

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.59/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Original batch provided by Ditmier tonight .. Thanks buddy. Pours a hazy pale yellow.. foamy white head... good lacing.

Nose is big lactic... almost yogurt like... raspberry is way in the background..

Flavor has a fair amount of tannic notes with berries that almost seem "old"... pretty tasty, but seems way past prime... a bit of oak on the finish.

Light body.. good bubble... very drinkable despite my above negatives.

Thanks Eric... There cannot be too many of these left in cellars.

3.5/3.75/3.5/3.75/3.5

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of axeman9182 pours an opaque gold color with a modest, fine-bubbled white head. Retention is great, lacing - not so much.

Nose is pretty heavenly...raspberries on top of lacto - yes please! There is some definite underlying funk and cantaloupe rinds.

Taste has some seedy berry flavors with some leathery brett and fruity tartness...but its not really all that sour. The funk leans more feet than earth. Mouthfeel is good, the tiny carbonation and moderate sweetness give it a full and creamy feel. Raspberries are nice, but the rest of the beer is pretty meh.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this to the Whale tasting.

Appearance: The color of this beer is surprising - no redness from the wine barrels or the raspberries. Instead it is a light, very hazy golden color. A modest white cap rests on top and leaves a little bit of bubbly lace.

Smell: The aroma really lacks much depth. White grape and raspberry notes provide the fruit notes. There are some weird off flavors, like feet or something.

Taste: The flavor has a quick light honey sweetness, some white grape and peach come in next, along with some light raspberry flavors. The sour aspect of the beer is there, but there is no funk or real depth to the fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: This has a light, crisp, champagne dryness to go along with the light white grape notes.

Overall: Maybe this was a victim of following an incredible beer, but I was not really impressed with this beer at all.

Photo of sarro
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by splax23 during a small, albeit awesome gathering of BA's--thanks Adam!
Look is a hazey peach with a fluffy whitehead after a couple nice pours. The smell is full of tart raspberries and light mold accompanied by plenty of funk. Vanilla also makes it's way in from aroma to taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but also a bit slick and goes down rather smooth. Moderately carbonated, it's a mild sour with a bit of tartness that pokes at the cheek from the sides of the tongue. Finish is a bit dry, but the raspberries continue on the palate. Overrall, it was incredibly drinkable and pretty refreshing (shouldn't be a surprise for a Witbier). Wish I could have picked out more of the spices, but they seemed to be very much in the background. I'd love to try this again in a few years and see how acidic the raspberries make it.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

558th review on BA
Bottle to Chalice
750 ML

Split with Callmecoon

App- A very clear yellow with some dark spots. It came with a one inch head and a slight web of cling.

Smell- It was a bit smallish in the aromatics arena. With the mix of Berliner and Raspberries I was hoping for more.

Taste- The Berliner base is quite upfront without the mouth puckering sourness of a regular bottle. The raspberries add a nice fruiy touch. The aciditic nature of the style is pretty good and subdued. Could've been a touch bigger/bolder.

Mouth- A medium bodied wild ale with a high carb level to it. Lots of bubbles on this one.

Drink- It was lacking the wow/it factor for me. It was a nice beer but a touch small for the hype. I'm glad I got to try it and have my fair share was just hoping for more.

Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip on 9/8/13. No date on bottle.

A: Pours a hazy, almost cloudy, straw blonde color that looks remarkably like a Hefeweizen. It's not as cloudy as a Hefe, but you still can't see through the glass. A 1/2-inch head of tiny bubbles is visible upon pour but disappears completely within a few minutes. Lacing is excellent with champagne-like bubbles clinging to the glass sides.

S: Wheat malt, citrus notes (lemon and orange), and lacto tartness are prominent on the nose. Coriander, belgian yeast funk, raspberries, and a tinge of grassy notes linger in the background. The label says that this beer was brewed "with spices," but I dont pick up any pepper notes. Overall, an underwhelming nose.

T & M: There is alot going on here. Citrus lemon and green apple notes up front with the expected lacto sourness. Raspberries, coriandor, red wine, and some banana sweetness lingers on the back-end. It's very complex, yet muddled. It's also a spicier beer than the nose would indicate. In terms of mouthfeel (this beer's best quality), this is a very light yet remarkably smooth beer. It's definitely a summer beer - not something I'd want to drink while it was cold outside.

O: I like, but don't love, this beer. It's definitely a porch-sipper on a hot summer day. But it's just not sour enough for my palate. It tends to be more on the funky/complex side than the sour side. Unfortunately, I find there's almost too much complexity going on. Flavors become muddled and the sum of the parts doesn't transcend each individual component. A good beer - it just doesn't have the sourness and straight-forward flavor profile I was expecting.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a lovely peach colour with a firm white head which leaves solid lace.

S: Some fruit, lemon and raspberry, but pretty light.

T: Peach cobbler along with a touch of raspberries and some tasty acid.

M: Medium-bodied, clean and crisp, medium acidity.

O: A good beer, but really not worth the crazy hype. It's certainly a tasty creation.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color. Finger of white head.

Smells fruity, some berries. Lots of yeast. Some Cheerios.

Taste follows smell, berries, yeast, lactic sourness. Pretty straight forward. Thought it would be more complex.

Medium bodied, nice sourness, well carbonated.

Good beer, but not as good as I thought it would be.

Photo of Furlinator
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%

Bottled on 06/11/13.

Pours a murky straw yellow. The 1/2 inch off-white head disappears completely and leaves very faint spots of lace. There is visible floating sediment.

The smell is of tart citrus, raspberry, red wine vinegar and barnyard funk.

The taste is of tart raspberry, citrus fruit and red wine vinegar.

The texture is light bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

This is a solid enough effort. It is not overly tart and the raspberry notes help to balance out the sour base.

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a finger of white that fades back audibly. The cap hangs around with a penline of lace around the glass and spots of lace on thr walls of the glass.

The aroma has that seedy sort of earthen raspberry note overtop some funk that is lightly grassy with a neutral oak scent. It displays almost a perfune-like fruity alcohol aspect.

The taste opens up a bit sulfuric and mineral/carbonic that blends into an earthen natural raspberry flavor. Some wheat grain and hints of lemony alcohol before getting fruity and almost medicinal.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It smells awesome and taste is well, just decent. For what it is, it is quite enjoyable but I was hoping for less witbier/sulfur/minerals and more tart fruit beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Golden orange with a decent head. A little lacing. I never know what to expect from sours. They could look like anything and still be good. I kinda expected this to be pinker due to the raspberries, but ok.

Smell - Raspberries. Pretty strong raspberry aroma. Mildly funky with some lemongrass and a light acidity. I expected more acidity from the Berliner culture, but it's still smells tart.

Taste - Much lighter raspberry flavor than the smell. Good lemon tartness. Hefty wheat flavors. Grainy and bready. Not a whole lot going on, really.

Mouthfeel - Light body, good carbonation. Like an amped up Berliner. Grainy finish.

Overall - Light in body and, to be honest, flavor. Not overly sour. Not overly raspberry-ish. The malts come through as much as the sour components and the fruit. It's still a good beer, but not one that lives up to its rating.

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Mike! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a frothy bright white head that quickly fizzed away into a decent film. Fizzy carbonation.
S: I get notes of sweaty socks, funk, apricots, raspberries, oak and sweet ambiguous fruit.
T: Very dry flavors of raspberries, vinous dry oak, and tart earthy flavors. Vinous red grape flavors are noticeable as well. The finish is lightly tart and dry.
M: Very fizzy ample carbonation. Medium body, dry mouthfeel.
O: Great flavor in this one. I thought the raspberries were noticeable but they could have been more prominent. Thanks again, Mike.

Photo of AlexFields
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for sharing.

Pours a very light yellow gold color topped with a nice white head, from the appearance you'd have no idea there were raspberries in this.

Smells of bread, brett, and some faint berry fruit. Really not much fruit in this though.

Taste is tart in an unusual way, fairly wheaty/bready, touch of faded raspberry, there's an oddness to the flavor I can't quite place. Pretty light.

This is very good but not spectacular. I don't know if there wasn't much fruit to begin with or if it's just really faded after two years, but I was expecting a lot more fruit and a bit more sourness.

7.9/10

Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy pale straw yellow in color with yellow highlights and a thin white bubbly hea that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.
I was definitely able to sniff out some of the weiss bacteria cultures with red wine oaky notes, hints of berries, and a tart aroma.
the tasted had more tart character alongside, wine oak, berries, and really funky bretty flavor but with a touch of citrus; very intresting. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a oaky, fruity, tannic, bretty, funky, dry and tart finish. it was drinking quite weel and was glad to have tried it.

Photo of Doodler
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dr J for sharing this treat with me. 750ml bomber, poured a fuzzy yellow color with a tannish head and nice lacing. I commented that it smells like something my daughter would like. Aroma was like a mixture between Tang and Squirt. So I am expecting a sour influenced Witbeer. Okay, that’s new. Starts off with doughy grapefruit and apple skins. You can get the influence of the wine barrels and raspberries right up front. Lighter notes of the brett throughout. Well carbed. Somewhat lactic, with orange rinds and kumquats on the finish. This is different, but a pretty nice brew. Thanks Jason.

Photo of jeonseh
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice semi cloudy light yellow color with bubbles, some sediment, nice white cap and lacing

S: Plenty of hay, barnyard funk, sourness, lemon zest and faint raspberry

T: Immediate lemon tartness blended with hay, barnyard, horse blanket. The tartness lingers start to finish with a very faint raspberry presence on the end but very faint

M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, tart and dry

O: Very good, enjoyable and worth the hype

Photo of jlindros
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.

Photo of jbaker67
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dense hazy orange, uneven frothy head dissipates quickly to rest in a swirl on the surface. Aroma is apricot, citrus, raspberry vanilla cream, lactic tart funkiness, oak, fruity red wine notes, earthy barnyard. Taste is lactic tart malt notes, witbier origins evident, mild acidity and citrus, soft raspberry notes coming through the middle, grapes and vinous character to finish. Medium body, mellow sourness and acidity lends a lot of drinkability, well balanced.

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