Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 996
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 2.58%
Wants: 366
Gots: 236 | 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 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 peensteen
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Laim

Hazy golden colour, one finger of white head, some lace as well. Smell is funky, raspberry and oak, brett, lemony and fruity, some spice with tart with a lingering lactic acidity as well. Taste is of tart raspberry, oak, sour lemon and mild citrus fruit, barnyardy brett, funky all the way through, drying finish with lingering fruit and oak. Spritzy high carbonation, dry medium body. Exceptional stuff, drinks like its 5%, could see myself drinking a lot of this. (488 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 RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Playground in Santa Ana, CA as Raul did his thang thang.

Choo choo! The Bruery is a locomotive that just won't quit! Where am I? The Black Forest? This thang is just glorious. So tart and clean... Raul could swear that he is in a bubble bath with Behatti Prinsloo.

Just wow... (296 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.16/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a glowing, hazy apricot color with deep golden center and a one finger white head. The head goes down fairly quickly, but leaves a thin surface of large bubbles.

S: Coriander mixed with lemon zest and tart mixed berries upfront. The raspberries are there, definitely with an underripe note to them. A nice lactic aroma as well with just a trace of brett. Fantastic smell.

T: A big load of lemon and intensely tart raspberry upfront with a great lactic sourness. The wit base comes through nicely here, with a touch of coriander and some wheat. Finishes tart and clean with some ripe raspberry and a touch of wine barrel. (632 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold, translucent, with a finger's worth of white head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Some funky barnyard, berry fruitiness and mild oak tannins. Not bad, but nothing to blow the metaphorical lid off the glass.

T: Barnyard and some lacto funk, tangy and a bit grassy under the wheat malt. Some Belgian fruity yeast esters, a lemon citrus lactic tartness, and some sweet berry flavor towards the end (apparently raspberries, but it honestly struck me as more strawberry). Hints of Brett funk. Quite dry and attenuated at the end.

M: Light, bubbly body - almost like champagne. Low alcohol presence.

O: This was pretty good, but it really didn't live up to my (fairly high) expectations. Perhaps some time in the cellar will allow more characteristics of a sour beer come through. I expect some of the berries to drop out, but frankly they weren't predominant fairly fresh so I don't expect the beer's flavor to suffer particularly. (1,026 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle shared at tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Opaque apricot with a strongly rising pillowy white head. Recedes just as curtly with scratchy lace.

Bright and pungent citrus acidity joined by a lively herbal grassiness. Chalky sherbet, orange/lemon Pez.

Raspberry sherbet, modestly sour and very rounded from the wheat. Rockmelon, spicy lemon and a raw grassiness. Great stuff.

Palpably thick from the wheat, moderate carbonation, buzzy acidity.

Excellent. So much going on but somehow simple and addictively drinkable. Impressive coup. (547 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 cvm4
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy, honey color with a white fizzy head that doesn't really stick around.

S - Light wheat grains, earthy funk, faint raspberry and lemon. The nose really isn't a wow factor to me as it smells of a wit with none of the extras described on the label.

T - Tart raspberries abound (may'be mistaken for lemon) with a nice wit base. There's also a sweetness that really balances out the sour.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Has a dry finish and is smooth.

O - The smell was the only letdown about this beer. Otherwise, it's kind of a big deal. (560 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 twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (586 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 stakem
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amazing beer. Pours a muddy copper with a think head, probably the weakest point of this beer. Just uninteresting to look at. Smell is raspberry, pineapple, lemon, and wheat. One of my favorite smelling beers ever. Taste is a lot of lemon tartness, mild honey sweetness and wheat. Lots of bread. Very crisp carbonation and light body. Like a dry lemon / raspberry soda. Terrific! (379 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy bright yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Wheat, not much funk, oak, light raspberries.

T-Great balance. Wheat, oak, raspberries and a slight tartness, lemon and orange.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, crisp dry finish.

O-Not as sour as I was hoping but the balance was amazing. (305 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 inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2013 vintage
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours completely hazy bright yellow orange color. Half finger of tight bubbled white head. Some light lacing.

S: Lactic notes. Vinous hints. Some raspberry fruit is there. Smells tart. Strangely does smell like a big Belgian tripel. Spice hints.

T: Nice punch of tart lactic flavor right up front. Wheat. Spice notes on the tip of the tongue. Roundness from the barrel. Tannic dryness. Raspberry is fainter than I was expecting. Finish is dry.

M: Medium bodied. (505 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery does some exciting things. Doing it to commemorate a top Seattle beer store and you expect something good. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Wow, this beer is goldenrod colored. Little head on the pour and only a few spots of lace around. The aroma brings to me sweet accents of lemon and a kiss of raspberry. The flavor, straightforward, yet relaxed, easy to translate, and very tasty! It tastes almost like a raspberry lemonade. There's a small dose of funk and vague spice, but even without those lesser notes, the base flavor would rock anyway. The carbonation level is light, perhaps from aging, though its mouthfeel is still at an acceptable level. Better late than never, and I'm glad I got to taste this creation. (740 characters)

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Greenbush shifter. Thanks Uncleserg!

Appearance is cloudy, white yellow straw.

Smell is tart, light wheat malt, sour raspberry, some lemony citrus, Belgian wit yeast.

Taste is tart upfront. Some acidic flavor and light wheat malt. Tartness lingers in an amazing way. Sour raspberry comes through and blends well with the tart flavor from the yeast and bacteria. Reminiscent of a berlinner weisse.

Mouthfeel is very nice for style. Medium low carbonation and alcohol can not be detected.

Overall a great imperial sour wit! I have yet to have a sour from The Bruery that I didn't enjoy and I think this is in the top 3. I could easily drink a bottle or 2 of this (682 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to my man KevSal for hooking me up with this bottle as a welcome back

A - pours a darker, golden yellow with a little bit of a head that quickly goes away

S - nose is raspberries, lactic sour, and bready malts with some yeasty notes floating over it

T - starts off with a whallop of lemon and raspberries up front. The sharp acidity is tamed by some cereal and bready malts. The sourness of the raspberry comes back with a vengeance, albeit some of the red wine barrel aging helps tame it. The dry tannic flavors linger on the palate.

M - medium bodied, spritzy and ends dry

D - overall, this is an intense beer. Lot of sourness packed into it, however there are enough other things going on to not only cut into the sourness but add very nice layers of complexity. Very much recommended for those who like red wine barrel aged beers, and especially framboises. (879 characters)

Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (1,651 characters)

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - light amber in color. Standard pour produces rather aggressive head that dissipates particularly quickly.

S - your usual cast of characters for an awa: funk, wine, light vinegar, citrus. Looking for the raspberry and it's there but faint.

T - getting all the same elements that showed up on the nose with a much more noticeable raspberry presence. Oak shows up on the back end. Very light acidity but extremely drinkable. Almost like a kicked up Berliner. Very crushable.

M - very nice effervescence, almost Champagne-like. Nice sweet and tart aftertaste.

O - I had very high expectations for this beer and it definitely delivered. It's not as acidic as some of the other Bruery beers. Delicious. (708 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle (2013 vintage) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a faintly hazy barely orange tinted golden color in the glass. Three fingers of fizzy, almost soda-like head forms quickly and falls just as quickly giving way to a very small white collar and an endless stream of aggressive bubbles that cause the surface of the beer to churn a little bit from all of the activity.

S - Earthy and mildly funky aroma up front, a bit musty. Mild fruit presence - can't decide if it is more raspberry or red wine influence...seems to be a combo of both. After getting a few more whiffs, the fruity raspberry presence takes stronger hold of the aroma yielding fresh picked red raspberries with their sweet and tart combination coming thru nicely. Mildly tart, low level graininess for malt backing.

T - Quite fruity with strong raspberry flavors...again, like fresh picked from the garden. Refreshingly tart and lacticly sour...not super sour, but on par with a good lemonade - thirst quenchingly tart. Fruit fades away towards the finish where the red wine character picks up, more tannic, cherry and dark berry-like in its fruitiness. Wood oak flavors from the barrel as well. Base beer is a bit unassuming. Very low graininess, hints of lemony citrus.

M - Lighter body with a very strong carbonation. Tart and refreshing. Very nice fruity character with very fresh raspberry flavors - some of the best, most natural tasting raspberry character I've ever found in a beer. Low musty funkiness that fits in very appropriately.

O - Very good raspberry summer refresher. Great, fresh raspberry character in aroma and flavor. Crisp and refreshing tartness and tingly carbonation. Base beer is pretty basic with the fruit and wine barrel yielding most of the character. Alcohol presence isn't noticeable even at 8%. Mild funkiness. Very nice beer - expected a ruby colored beer with an overwhelming abundance of raspberry. Instead, I got a nicer balance. Tart, a little bit of funk, well balanced and garden fresh raspberry addition and subtle wine barrel influence...what I got was better than I expected...and I had high expectations for this ahead of time. (2,156 characters)

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