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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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942 Ratings
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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 371
Gots: 226 | FT: 45
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.