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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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930 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 371
Gots: 226 | FT: 46
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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Photo of Rimbimhoot
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

Rimbimhoot, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of birchstick
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.

birchstick, Sep 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

djaeon, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of c64person
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

c64person, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Soto, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of MighHighBrewer
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.

MighHighBrewer, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of gr8zehaman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

gr8zehaman, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

LambicKing, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Hanzo, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of EliotRosewater
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.

EliotRosewater, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Bobbydigi
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Bobbydigi, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Rudy
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Rudy, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

nmann08, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

THATGUY_BIGMIKE, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of phishphorce
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

phishphorce, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

JRod1969, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of JosephThompson
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

JosephThompson, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of marqoid
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

marqoid, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

bennetj17, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of sukwonee
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

sukwonee, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

dfhhead25, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

BMart, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

orangesol, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

portia99, Sep 04, 2013
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 930 ratings.