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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 1,008
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 23.42%
Wants: 368
Gots: 241 | FT: 47
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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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 1,008
Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros, poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a light hazy peachy orange with reddish tint hue with a thin white blanket that left a thin halo and wisps.

S - Aromas of legit Belgian wit beer, great Belgian spice notes, super faint red wine notes here which I was not expecting, raspberry is faint to, much fainter than I thought it would be, light musty cellar as well.

T - Taste is nice and sour, not overpowering, more nice wit notes and Belgian spices, the red wine is faint, more musty cellar, slight raspberry seed, not much raspberry flesh. Raspberry is much fainter than I would have liked. Hmmmm

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, drinkable, light on the tongue.

O - Overall I was surprisingly underwhelmed by this beer, can't believe how mediocre this is. veryi unfortunate.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours papaya orange. Dense white head that dissipates into a layer. Love the color.

Barnyard, orange peel, smells like a lot of bacteria with a minor fruity undertone.

Sour raspberry, apricot, dry oak, very faint pear. Grassy earth notes. Lemon pang. Very tasty.

Soda pop carbonation and mouthfeel. ABV tastes around 6.5% - well hidden. Drinkability is good.

Unique and solid sour. One of the best The Bruery beers out there. The Bruery is getting damn good at sours.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

'13 bottle into a CS snifter

A- Pinky width head with very high retention. Golden sour, somewhat foggy. Very little to no lacing.

S- Smells like a golden sour, and am not getting any fruit characteristics. Yeasty, bready

T- Citrus, bready golden sour. Some pineapple. Taste is where this one shines, which is what you want.

M- Minimal creamy mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation in the M.

O- This was a good sour for The Bruery; I have heard that this is the one for sours with The Bruery, it was good not great. When CS is in my backyard, I am critical on sours.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - Dark gold, clear. Eggshell color head w/ decent retention.

S - Light vinegar, horse blanket, not much else.

T - Very light sour taste, lemony, a little raspberry tart. Not a lot of Belgian funk (horse blanket) like on the nose. A kicked-up Berliner Weisse.

M - Very creamy for the style. Rich and pillowy. Very soft carbonation, but enough to be refreshing. Best part of the beer.

O - Had it before at the Anniversary parties and thought it was better. Don't know if that is because I knew it was vintage or this will actually age well. Hoping for the later.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle opened with my brother.

A: Nice murky orange with a thin white head.

S: Very tart smell with raspberry.

T: Follows the nose. A very light tart taste followed by raspberry. I actually expected this beer to be a lot more tart, which was a little bit of a let down. Although, it is probably because the base is a Witbier.

M: Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

O: I'm glad I maxed out my allocations. It is definitely an excellent sour. Hopefully it will become more tart with some more time.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was provided by Duffman929- thanks man! Pours a hazy yellow with some floaties present. Not a whole lot in the way of head. The nose starts with some citric funk followed by lemon and wheat. The raspberries work their way through with tart notes and a bit of oak comes through at the end. The taste matches the nose with a light refreshing wheaty tart palate. Reminds me of a beefed up Berliner. I wouldn't call this beer overwhelmingly sour, but it does have a nice dash of tartness. Notes of lemon and raspberry again followed by some hints of wheat at the back. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, the 8% is non existent which works well for this brew. A nice unique brew and worth a try.

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Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light pale color with a quickly fizzling, fluffy cap of bright white head, quickly receding to a ring. Minimal to no lacing but above average retention.

S: Nicely funky, lovely oak and cinnamon, vanilla, loads of raspberry, lime, berliner, and floral notes.

T: Dry raspberry and some citrus and green notes, wheat, oak, complemented by the funk and quite light tartness, with kind of a sweet and sour finish. The berliner definitely shows through.

M: This doesn’t drink like an 8% beer. A little milky, with medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: Highly drinkable and very good complexity. The oak treatment is really nice, but I’m not entirely sure I can detect the red wine’s influence.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.


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Photo of mdaschaf
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bottleworks.

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a 1.5 finger white head on top, great head retention and lacing

S: Nice tart/sour aroma. Some wheat a little bit of raspberry and a bit of rhubarb. Extremely inviting.

T: Great level of tartness mixed with raspberries, the acidity is spot on. Light funk, oak, and some wheat.

M: Light to medium bodied, easy drinking. Crisp mouthfeel.

O: A fantastic AWA, glad it was still on tap when I got over to BW.

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Photo of draheim
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a snifter @ the Bottleworks 14th anniversary event (also had it @ the 12th anniversary). Pours a clear golden orange w/ a big white head sustained by vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is sour, vinous, funky, dry. Intriguing.

Taste is tart, oaky, acidic balanced by sweet berries/fruit. Soft wheat malt. Both complex and straightforward. Reminds me somewhat of Sanctification. And Sweet Tarts.

Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, ultra-dry finish.

Overall a surprising, tasty, unique beer. Glad I had another chance to try this one. One of my favorite beers ever.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Another huge thanks to Kevan for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden apricot orange color. Some good white froth that dissipated quickly. Some lacing left behind.

(S)- Very vibrant and fresh tart raspberry and red wine nuances combined with some subtle spicy oak and wheat. Quite clean where I was expecting more funk, but I like how clean it is, though that starts to change as it opens up in the glass.

(T)- Very nice showing of the wine barrel and raspberries in this. Fairly clean with the slightly increasing funk as it opens up. The tartness is right at the right level, and everything really just meshes together well.

(M)- A nicely crisp carbonation level. Very vibrant fruits and a clean acidity overall.

(O)- It is really nice how clean this is despite its level of acidity and showing of oak it has. Its almost weird based on its color, yet is has so many notes of the red wine and raspberry. Very nicely done!

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Photo of kevanb
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip

The beer pours a lovely hazy gold color, hints of straw and honey colors, clear complexion, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a 2 finger, soapy white head that has fair retention with no lacing. The aroma is quite intriguing, hay, straw, wheat, typical berliner funk, a touch of salt, prominent vinous barrel character with just a light touch of prickly raspberry. The flavors are just wonderful, nice wit character with the wheat and lemon, just a touch of funk, a nice salty character with nice red wine character, chewy oak with sweet vanilla with just enough lingering raspberry. The balance between Wit characteristics and Berliner characteristics is stunning, and the barrel aging adds such a nice complexity and the tart raspberry really helps to meld it all together in a spectacular fashion. The body is great, lively, light, yet full bodied, coats the mouth well, dances on the tongue and finishes so smoothly.

Verdict: A wonderful Wild Ale, all of the base elements are so nicely captured and the harmony between them is superb. The flavors are complex, balanced and executed to perfection, a must try for anyone who loves a good sour beer.

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Photo of popery
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellowish orange. It’s quite cloudy. White head of fine foam, fairly small in size. Little lacing. Dissipates after a minute. Aroma has some really nice raspberry flavor combined with oak and vinous flavors. Jammy berry, tart and flavorful. Moderate funk. Nice stuff. Taste has a good deal of oaky bitterness, moderate sourness, mild raspberry. Doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. Some vanilla. Light feel, very mild pucker. Nice sour.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one on the One Year Anniversary of My Accident/Surgery! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, wheat, fruit, subtle sour, and raspberry. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, fruit, tart, sour, and raspberry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one had quite a bit of really nice things going on in it. The aroma was a bit more complex than the flavor, however the flavor was quite a bit more pleasant. Everything going on in the flavor here was really nice and when there was one note, another followed close behind that worked in unison to help you get through the sour/tart mashing on your palate. This was a really well put together brew that I’m really quite glad I got the opportunity to try!

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Photo of brystmar
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

(Aged for 1+ year)

Highly carbonated, golden color with a quickly forming, though quickly fading near-white head. This doesn't leave much in the way of stick down the glass. Appropriate.

The aroma is quite sour/tart, with some definite raspberry sweetness, along with some cherry and wood notes. Complete, bright, expressive, and incredibly enjoyable.

The flavor does not disappoint after such a nice aroma. The big lactic sour notes are strong, with complementary flavors of raspberry and oak. Clean, bright flavors.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

This is just as good, if not better, than I was hoping for!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy/murky yellowish orange straw color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite funky...more so than I was expecting. Some pleasant peaches with strawberries and raspberries along with wheat scents. Some brett with lemon zesty aromas. Definitely has berliner-like aromas. Taste is just as it smells but with more strawberry flavor than I was expecting. A lot of hay though, with a ton of lemon and some very tart flavor. Not overly sour, but borderline. The lemon really comes through nicely in this beer. Nice acidic finish with more wheat. Mouthfeel is very good for this style. Drinkability is high. Overall...they call this an Imperial Sour Wit. The only other imperial berliner I had was from Lips of Faith, and this one blows that outta the water. Would like to have picked up more from the red wine barrels, but it was a great beer regardless. So glad I FINALLY got my hands on a bottle of this.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, brouwers

appearance: served in a 12oz unbranded snifter - really a ridiculous looking beer - a straw-colored milkshake with cream white foam

smell: blind smells are misleading - the wheat tricks my nose into smelling lighter fruits like peach and apricot

taste: a berliner milkshake - blend of tart and sweet raspberries, big wheat notes, not particularly tart - moreso sweet with funky hay/wheat tones. sour apple, lemon, chalk, fruit skin, oak

mouthfeel: creamy and lush - one of the more unique beers of the day

overall: worth a go, but hard to call this a wild ale, more "imperial witbier" or "derivative imperial berliner"

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.