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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%

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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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy pale straw yellow in color with yellow highlights and a thin white bubbly hea that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.
I was definitely able to sniff out some of the weiss bacteria cultures with red wine oaky notes, hints of berries, and a tart aroma.
the tasted had more tart character alongside, wine oak, berries, and really funky bretty flavor but with a touch of citrus; very intresting. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a oaky, fruity, tannic, bretty, funky, dry and tart finish. it was drinking quite weel and was glad to have tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 02:20:03 | More by Gobzilla
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3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color. Finger of white head.

Smells fruity, some berries. Lots of yeast. Some Cheerios.

Taste follows smell, berries, yeast, lactic sourness. Pretty straight forward. Thought it would be more complex.

Medium bodied, nice sourness, well carbonated.

Good beer, but not as good as I thought it would be.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 21:38:36 | More by billshmeinke
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, pale straw color. White head, minimal lacing.

Smell: Earthy, a bit funky, sweet, citrus, oak, vanilla, a bit of honey, and a bit of grapefruit.

Taste: Acidic, brett, funky, citrus, lemon, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, good carbonation, acidic, tart, crisp.

Overall: Very tasty, refreshing, tart, pretty complex flavors/aromas. A great sour.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 06:53:41 | More by phichifiji00
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3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 21:22:03 | More by Halcyondays
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3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Bruery/DFH event on 6/16/11

First of all, I am glad to have tried this, but i am also glad i didnt trade my first born for it. I am not really a huge fan of the berlinerwisse to begin with, but to each their own.

Appearance: It was a cloudy straw color with a very bright white small head that was mostly diminishing. It was left with minimal lacing.

Smell: Wow, definitely something funky going on here...also has a slight grainy/grassy smell to it. Kind of a fresh barnyard smell...

Taste: It has a pucker punch it delivers but also has a spicy rye kind of taste to it almost mixed with some sort of citrus. Again something funky and tart all mixed into one.

Overall: I think for the style it is pretty on par, just not my favorite one to drink. I didnt think it was as good as the hype, but maybe if i really enjoyed this style i would think it is amazing...

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 04:01:15 | More by Madirish76
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to have a few glasses of this beer, on tap, at the recent Clusterfork # 2 tasting event at the Bruery.

The beer pours similar to a pink lemonade or guava juice in color, but not quite as dense, though still cloudy. Light hazy half inch of head.

Aromas are of tart raspberries, along with some oak, yeast, and lemon zesty sprits'. The brett is in there as well, but the raspberries really curbed it down a bit in a good way.

On taste, the sour brett and acidic bite are upfront, but it quickly yields to the fruit note of raspberries, lemon peel, and orange peel. This beer is very tart in that regard, but is crisp and refreshing. Some yeast and grain in the middle provide a nice backbone as well to the beer. Alcohol, what alcohol? Like so many of the Bruery beers, they are well hidden. Of our group, we drank quite a lot of this, go through our tickets, and buying some glasses of it afterwards.

Mouthfeel was light to medium carbonation, crisp, zesty like fruit juice, with a dry finish.

Overall this beer was very refreshing, and aside from the Sour in the Rye was the highlight of the day for the beers the Bruery was pouring at this tasting. ( the bottle share beers are another matter) Glad I got to try this beer, and from the two, I'm taking a different look at sours now.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 00:04:40 | More by Retsinis
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is a murky orange-pink color with a finger of white head to go on it.

S: The raspberries and the tartness of the fruit and Berliner Weiss culture are strong. A lot of lactobacillus aroma to the beer and a moderate oak note. Mild spices and wheat from the base beer.

T: A big raspberry flavor to open things up along with a pronounced tartness. There are notes of cranberries in the beer too. Quite lactic and tart which works nicely with the oak and fruit. The base wheat beer does not come through quite as much as I had expected.

M: Medium in body with moderate level of carbonation.

O: Pleasantly surprised by this beer. The raspberries and Berliner Weiss bugs really have taken control of this and made for an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 22:40:07 | More by womencantsail
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4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bruery for the March 19 Clusterfork party.

This is the reason every beer geek should at least try a fresher sour before you stick it in your cellar. While this one may be fun to age and watch it change, it is off the chart wonderful right now; plain and simple full of complexities, layers, tons of flavors and character and yet again a wonderful effort from The Bruery. Kudos to Bottleworks for its efforts on this and for picking this one.

Color is a hazy pink grapefruit with almost "white" tones and a light white head.

Nose gives a great invitation and sets expectations with layers of sweet/sour raspberries, tones of strawberry, oranges and tangerines. There seems to be a light lacto nose, although I'm not sure what yeasts or bacterias were used. A light brett character in the nose as well.

Expectations are met in the fresh, wonderfully balanced and lightly sour mouthfeel, only to be surpassed by almost perfect flavors.

Flavors of raspberries, strawberries, oranges, light lime and tangerines. The alcohol is very well hidden and one could drink a lot of this either by itself or with many different food profiles.

Finish continues with a light pucker factor and a nice sour character with a sour berry and green apple character and light lacto and brett, all of which just sets up the next taste. The Bruery continues it's roll.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 17:12:35 | More by GRG1313
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4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bottlework's XII Anniversary Party.

Pour: A beautiful golden hue with a slightly pink haze as if they used a blend of golden and regular raspberries in the barrels. A creamy, frothy white head stuck around for the entire duration of this beer.

Taste: Slightly tart from the Berlinner Weiss style and raspberries in the barrel. The tart flavors are predominately raspberry and a light, crisp green apple. This is followed by a wonderful malt balance and a slight oaky finish. I really enjoyed the lactic sour in this as it was very enjoyable but not acidic enough to burn.

Nose: Oak, crisp apple, raspberry, very slight red wine notes, wheat and perhaps some cherry like aroma.

Mouthfeel: A wonderfully balanced and creamy feel that doesn't dry out your mouth like some soured beers can.

Overall: As usual BW has really nailed their newest Anny beer. This is such an easy to drink beer, the 8% is undetectable and the creamy mouthfeel makes it so enjoyable. Wish I could've gotten 3-4 bottles but my 2 should make me happy for now. Excited to see how well this develops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 21:09:11 | More by waltersrj
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Bottleworks for the 12th Anniversary this morning. Got to meet a few other BAs at this release and it was an awesome time!

A: Spectacular cloudy golden strawberry color. Nice 1-2 finger white head with beautiful decorative lacing

S: Slightly tart fruity aroma, raspberries, a bit of tart apples perhaps, and a nice Belgian wit spice.

T: Has a nice mild fruity flavor from the raspberries, slightly tart which you'd expect from berliner weisse, but enough malt backbone for a nice smooth perfect balance. This was expertly crafted.

M: Great mouthfeel. Slightly tart, balanced malt, crisp, perfectly carbonated. No complaints here.

D: Excellent. Even at 8% this is highly drinkable. Great flavor, great mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 01:08:25 | More by julian
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Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
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