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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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world-class

827 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 362
Gots: 216 | FT: 45
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-25-2013 19:33:35 | More by Rutager
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

02-17-2013 18:42:42 | More by sweemzander
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kevanb

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

02-17-2013 01:05:02 | More by kevanb
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BeRanger

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-12-2013 21:25:26 | More by BeRanger
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Azrael


3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

02-09-2013 06:05:56 | More by Azrael
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popery

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

01-28-2013 03:58:40 | More by popery
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-26-2013 20:34:43 | More by mothman
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jbuddle

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-22-2013 21:44:32 | More by jbuddle
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fatmcb1

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

01-12-2013 06:58:27 | More by fatmcb1
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Rckmo10

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-15-2012 16:45:28 | More by Rckmo10
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%

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!

11-21-2012 11:44:19 | More by thagr81us
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-09-2012 01:19:51 | More by SpdKilz
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Sixofsigmas

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

10-04-2012 21:56:45 | More by Sixofsigmas
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +15.5%

09-14-2012 06:53:14 | More by Travisnin
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pschul4

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

09-10-2012 14:02:22 | More by pschul4
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brystmar

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

08-20-2012 19:40:34 | More by brystmar
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whartontallboy

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

08-20-2012 02:10:16 | More by whartontallboy
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-31-2012 19:03:25 | More by Rollzroyce21
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

07-25-2012 00:46:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

07-24-2012 04:57:03 | More by drewone
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

07-20-2012 12:39:40 | More by Alieniloquium
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-20-2012 00:09:45 | More by eawolff99
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ehammond1


4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

07-12-2012 19:06:38 | More by ehammond1
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

07-09-2012 16:19:10 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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dogfishandi

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-06-2012 18:55:13 | More by dogfishandi
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.