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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

861 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 361
Gots: 221 | 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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CBack465, Saturday at 12:22 AM
Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%

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 Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

Thanks to crusianbeer for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with a little bit of tartness mixed in. I also get a little bit of lemon in the aroma but it is fairly faint.

The flavor is a little more complex. I get some tart wheat and lemons, as well as a little bit of orange. There is a slight acidic note in the flavor. The beer is refreshing and easy to drink.

Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means, but I wanted a little bit more out of this beer. Not sure where the raspberries were, but I don't think they were in our bottle.

Mora2000, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

558th review on BA
Bottle to Chalice
750 ML

Split with Callmecoon

App- A very clear yellow with some dark spots. It came with a one inch head and a slight web of cling.

Smell- It was a bit smallish in the aromatics arena. With the mix of Berliner and Raspberries I was hoping for more.

Taste- The Berliner base is quite upfront without the mouth puckering sourness of a regular bottle. The raspberries add a nice fruiy touch. The aciditic nature of the style is pretty good and subdued. Could've been a touch bigger/bolder.

Mouth- A medium bodied wild ale with a high carb level to it. Lots of bubbles on this one.

Drink- It was lacking the wow/it factor for me. It was a nice beer but a touch small for the hype. I'm glad I got to try it and have my fair share was just hoping for more.

FosterJM, Jun 12, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

Bottle shared by splax23 during a small, albeit awesome gathering of BA's--thanks Adam!
Look is a hazey peach with a fluffy whitehead after a couple nice pours. The smell is full of tart raspberries and light mold accompanied by plenty of funk. Vanilla also makes it's way in from aroma to taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but also a bit slick and goes down rather smooth. Moderately carbonated, it's a mild sour with a bit of tartness that pokes at the cheek from the sides of the tongue. Finish is a bit dry, but the raspberries continue on the palate. Overrall, it was incredibly drinkable and pretty refreshing (shouldn't be a surprise for a Witbier). Wish I could have picked out more of the spices, but they seemed to be very much in the background. I'd love to try this again in a few years and see how acidic the raspberries make it.

sarro, May 11, 2011
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.