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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

855 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 362
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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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

Received this bottle as part of a trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a bottling date of 6/11/13 etched on the side. Poured into a Belgian style tulip glass with an exaggerated flare around the rim.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy golden amber color with notes of apricot and peach flesh depending on how the light diffuses through the body. Atop the body sits two fingers of stark white fluffy meringue-like head that retain for white some time before eventually dissipating to a half finger perma-layer of bubbles across the top. A steady stream of carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass to replenish the head.

Smell - Wonderful blend of ripe raspberry and lactobacillus tartness waft out of the glass, taking over any more traditional elements on the nose you might expect from the base witbier. There is also a nice presence of oak and some wine characteristics come out as well. There is even a faint bit of citrus zest that begins to come through on subsequent whiffs.

Taste - While the aroma was very good, it was only a prelude to the fabulous blend of flavors going on in the taste. Bright acidity and tartness come through from both the raspberries and the lacto, but there is more than just tart--the inherent characteristics of the raspberries come through in a very distinct way, but manage not to overpower the other components of the beer--this is still very much outside the realm of "fruit beer". The barrels come through in a nice way as well, lending a funky oak element along with nice vinous notes reminiscent of wine must.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation that plays well with the high levels of acidity and subtle puckering feel on the palate.

Overall, just a really well-done beer. It's not as full-on sour as many of Bruery's best offerings, but I think that's to it's benefit. The sourness is just one component of a beer with a lot of depth and interest to offer. I love how the use of fruit and lacto take the subtle bit of tartness that you often find in classic witbiers and turn it slightly on its head, amping up the sourness, but not at the expense of the overall beer. I'd love to get my hands on some more bottles of this.

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Reviewed from notes. On-tap for the 3rd Anniversary Party at the Phoenix Club. 5/29/11.

A: Pours a clear yellow under a huge 2-inch thick white head which quickly fades and leaves spots of lace.

N: Funky, wonderfully sour fresh raspberry, red wine, oak tannins, grass/hay.

T: Bite of astringency, tangy citrusy zest and sour with a wallop of sweet fruits, tannins and vinous notes.

M: Moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Finishes sour and tart, wheaty and fruity.

O: Very good. Went back for more.

wethorseblanket, Jul 24, 2014
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.