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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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864 Ratings
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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 363
Gots: 219 | FT: 44
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: julian on 02-28-2011)
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Sammy, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

t0rin0, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to dots of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace also form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, wood, and some wine aromas. Taste is much the same but is pretty sour and funky as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with a solid aroma and really nice set of flavors that make it easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

djrn2, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

zestar, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

nmann08, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

acurtis, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

GRG1313, Mar 20, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is a murky orange-pink color with a finger of white head to go on it.

S: The raspberries and the tartness of the fruit and Berliner Weiss culture are strong. A lot of lactobacillus aroma to the beer and a moderate oak note. Mild spices and wheat from the base beer.

T: A big raspberry flavor to open things up along with a pronounced tartness. There are notes of cranberries in the beer too. Quite lactic and tart which works nicely with the oak and fruit. The base wheat beer does not come through quite as much as I had expected.

M: Medium in body with moderate level of carbonation.

O: Pleasantly surprised by this beer. The raspberries and Berliner Weiss bugs really have taken control of this and made for an enjoyable beer.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Knapp85, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

largadeer, Apr 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for sharing this one!

Pours a hazed orange with rapid champagne streamers of carbonation in the glass, with visible remnants of raspberry seeds floating around also. Thin layer of surface foam that parts quickly and leaves some spotty flecks of foam in the glass.

Aroma is sharply acidic, less overt fruit at this point, more acidity and light wild funkiness.

Taste is moderately sour, puckering and finishes very dry. Some light fuzzy raspberry skins lend a fruity bitterness almost, maybe from the tannin in the seeds or skins. Very quenching and pretty drinkable, though fairly acidic. A good one to share.

emerge077, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

JAHMUR, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

SocalKicks, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nate for sharing this! Served in a Stone IRS tulip.

A - Definitely a unique looking brew. A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, along with a few splotches of lace. The body looks like pink lemonade.

S - Fairly heavy on Berliner Weiss character - yeasty, with lactic sourness - but also noticeable brett notes of green funk, diaper, and lemons as well. White wine, oak, and raspberry notes are present but fairly understated.

T - Sour Berliner Weiss character, with lactic acidity, yeast and wheat, mingles with underripe raspberries that impart a tart finish. Alcohol is extremely well hidden - I could see this being 5%. Not quite as good as the smell, but still quite tasty.

M - Zesty carbonation that is style appropriate. Medium body that agrees with the taste, and not the listed ABV. Dry finish with a little pucker.

D - The 8% is a shocker, as this could be mistook for a "heavy" US Berliner Weiss in the 4-5% range. Definitely something I could drink large volumes of, particularly on a hot summer day. In some ways it's a shame this is a Bottleworks Anniversary beer, as it deserves to be a summer seasonal.

MasterSki, Mar 30, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice oddity shared by Brad at a recent tasting, poured into a becher glass, close as I could get, sorry.

Beer is pink and hazy with a nice white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

The nose is quite lactic with some raspberries and a little bit of oakiness or something a little tannic.

Beer is sweet at first with some nice fruit flavor, heavier body than I expected, the forward and midpalate are thick and creamy with a strong lactic sourness and then it all stops. About 75% of the way back on my palate the taste disappears for a moment and then the bitterness from wood or the tartness from the raspberries comes up and the beer finishes a little too dry.

I enjoyed it, it was like a really heavy berleiner with syrup in it in the end. I don't know why it had to be so high in ABV and there seemed to be a connectivity issue with the flavors on the palate. Still enjoyable but I like my sours to be lighter and more effervescent. I think the lactic character of this beer could have bee complemented with some carbonic acid and a thinner body.

drabmuh, Mar 21, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

jlindros, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

oline73, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

mendvicdog, Sep 22, 2013
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Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
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