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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 367
Gots: 221 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

RedneckBeerz, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

chippo33, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of IKR
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light-amber color. Moderate white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Tart raspberries and mild funk. I also get a faint bready aroma.

Taste: Tart raspberries and touch of funk. The beer finishes fairly dry with a bit the raspberry and mild funk notes. The beer is tart rather than sour.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: A good sour. I will add, upon letting it warm a bit above the recommended serving temp, the taste profile came across more balanced and vibrant.

IKR, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

rudzud, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Durb777, Aug 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

thebeerprophet, Aug 16, 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 ptykozoon
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

ptykozoon, Aug 15, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

gueuzedreg, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

HopsintheSack, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Greenplastic615, Aug 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

SubpoenaDeuces, Aug 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

outoffocus, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

kmatlack, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

yourefragile, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BrokenStones, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

FishPondManager, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

mjohnson17, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

jeff1973, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Rinkor16
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Rinkor16, Aug 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Gonzoillini, Aug 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

IPAyForHops, Aug 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

ShanePB, Aug 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

JulianB, Aug 05, 2013
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.