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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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943 Ratings
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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 372
Gots: 224 | 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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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage.
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a hazy hue of apricot with a brilliant white, 2 fingers tall head. Unsurprisingly for a sour, the head recedes very fast, leaving no lacing behind it it's wake. Lively carbonation shows clearly in the body.

Aroma: (4.25)
As soon as the beer is poured, waves of clean acidity waft up out of the glass towards your face. Your nose is filled first with bright lemon juice and some nice tart cherries from the lactic acid. Underneath these bright acidic tones are layers of vibrant, fresh raspberries. These fruity aromatics are blanketed by a thin layer of barnyard funk. As the beer warms, the raspberry presence grows in it's potency and some of the witbier elements start to show; predominantly light clove. Some of the witbier spiciness melds really well with the faint streak of vanilla that the wine barrels provide.

Taste: (4.5)
As soon as this beer touches your palate, you're struck by a blast of juicy lemon acidity. As this acidity starts to subside, a nice subtle essence of tart raspberry comes into the fold. The raspberry presence is light, but very nuanced; you get the tartness and even some of the sweetness from them. Enveloping the berries is an equally light coating of Brettanomyces. Before the dry, slightly tart finish your palate is kissed by a pleasant, soft cracker-like malt backbone. Long lingering notes of tart raspberries, cherries, cloves and a soft bready maltiness. Subtle notes of vanilla from the wine barrels embellishes the malt notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Robust, medium body with higher side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: (4.25)
Yet another very unique beer from The Bruery. Here they took an Imperial Witbier, dosed it with their Berliner Weisse culture and threw it in red wine barrels with fresh raspberries. Incredibly, they managed to keep in balance the tart Berliner Weisse cultures and naturally tart raspberries with the normally very delicate Belgian Witbier style. Although its not my favorite sour from the Bruery, this is a very high quality beer and definitely worth tracking down.

Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.