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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

835 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 363
Gots: 219 | 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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HopsintheSack

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

08-13-2013 04:34:33 | More by HopsintheSack
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DotBier

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

07-14-2014 00:03:12 | More by DotBier
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Shmeal

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

08-30-2013 23:32:08 | More by Shmeal
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Liondiscs

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

05-08-2014 22:24:30 | More by Liondiscs
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

12-29-2013 20:58:29 | More by BullBearHawk
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

08-27-2013 02:41:48 | More by funkel81
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

09-12-2013 02:12:46 | More by CityofBals
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

09-04-2013 14:25:00 | More by dfhhead25
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

12-07-2011 23:14:29 | More by drummermattie02
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

09-22-2013 02:55:04 | More by djrn2
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mwgroove23

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

03-19-2014 03:56:11 | More by mwgroove23
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deekyn

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

03-08-2014 16:01:10 | More by deekyn
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

10-27-2013 21:19:20 | More by Soneast
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

04-05-2014 22:06:50 | More by brother_kenneth
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

03-08-2014 07:51:39 | More by rab53
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Jpepe08

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

01-22-2014 02:04:15 | More by Jpepe08
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Alpar

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

06-07-2014 15:32:01 | More by Alpar
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

12-13-2013 06:38:38 | More by XmnwildX12
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MighHighBrewer

Colorado

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.

09-09-2013 02:03:03 | More by MighHighBrewer
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

12-16-2011 03:17:57 | More by Mora2000
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FosterJM

California

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.

06-12-2011 05:16:07 | More by FosterJM
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sarro

Michigan

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.

05-11-2011 22:46:35 | More by sarro
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Halcyondays

California

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a lovely peach colour with a firm white head which leaves solid lace.

S: Some fruit, lemon and raspberry, but pretty light.

T: Peach cobbler along with a touch of raspberries and some tasty acid.

M: Medium-bodied, clean and crisp, medium acidity.

O: A good beer, but really not worth the crazy hype. It's certainly a tasty creation.

07-03-2011 21:22:03 | More by Halcyondays
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -10.9%

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a finger of white that fades back audibly. The cap hangs around with a penline of lace around the glass and spots of lace on thr walls of the glass.

The aroma has that seedy sort of earthen raspberry note overtop some funk that is lightly grassy with a neutral oak scent. It displays almost a perfune-like fruity alcohol aspect.

The taste opens up a bit sulfuric and mineral/carbonic that blends into an earthen natural raspberry flavor. Some wheat grain and hints of lemony alcohol before getting fruity and almost medicinal.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It smells awesome and taste is well, just decent. For what it is, it is quite enjoyable but I was hoping for less witbier/sulfur/minerals and more tart fruit beer.

11-21-2013 19:37:49 | More by stakem
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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
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.