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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

670 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 670
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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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice Berliner Weisse like hazy straw golden color with some nice bright yellow hints. There is a nice fizzy white head that is dense and active but quickly dissipates of to a nice thin film. Hazy and hard to see through but nice and bright.

Aroma is delicious and refreshing. Definitely some refreshing bready wheat notes. SOme nice lemon rind notes and slight grassy hop notes. Nice yeasty funk with some slight wood notes as well. The funk is nice and present as the beer warms. Refreshing strawberry raspberries can be felt in the nose as well on the back end with some slight tart notes as well. The Berliner Weisse notes are pretty easy to note.

Refreshing and light with some nice crisp and fluffy carbonation. Starts off with some nice tart notes with lemony and citrusy sourness. Nice and refreshing and fruity. There is also some nice slight raspberry sweetness and some nice slight fruit tartness. The funk is definitely present especially on the middle and back end. Nice woody notes and slight barnyard and corn husk funk with some slight spice notes. The finish however comes back with some nice fruit juice notes and tart notes. With a crisp dry finish. Quite nice.

Pretty good sour. This definitely is very loyal to the Berliner Style base but with the added delicious fruit notes of the raspberry.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 23:13:18 | More by JoEBoBpr
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of Andre..Thanks again for the generous hook up!

Pours clear light copper with an inch-plus head of whipped white. Thick branches of lacing wrap the glass and a solid coating on the surface for the duration.

Aromtics lead off with sweet tarts, pixie stix, grapeskins, and wet hay. Hints of citrus peel and lemon zest follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Sharp and pointed.

Tart, tannic fruit with wine-like overtones start the palate. Shades of lemon-spritzed hay, soured apples, aspirin, and grapefruit follow through.

Finishes with a lingering tartness, fruit skins, and oaky tannins.

Tasty beer. Heavily tart without being sour, plenty of hay-like brett, and tannic fruit. A bit on the tame side for my tastes, more funk please.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:00:18 | More by brewandbbq
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scottfrie

California

3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Mike! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a frothy bright white head that quickly fizzed away into a decent film. Fizzy carbonation.
S: I get notes of sweaty socks, funk, apricots, raspberries, oak and sweet ambiguous fruit.
T: Very dry flavors of raspberries, vinous dry oak, and tart earthy flavors. Vinous red grape flavors are noticeable as well. The finish is lightly tart and dry.
M: Very fizzy ample carbonation. Medium body, dry mouthfeel.
O: Great flavor in this one. I thought the raspberries were noticeable but they could have been more prominent. Thanks again, Mike.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 18:25:29 | More by scottfrie
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Low lacing, retention, carbonation.. bit of cloudy Apple juice color.

Sulfury, dirty diaper, raspberry seeds. Nasty Brett nature. It's nasty like I like my bass drops.

Puckering citric acid, wheat flavors, grainy finish. Raspberry sweetness is hidden, and red wine deep fruits. Lingering raspberry, dark fruits and wheat finish.

Low light carb. Gentle smooth body, light. Puckers strong. Great linger.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:41:12 | More by Khazadum
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a straw-yellow without a hint of raspberry and a whitish head. The nose is raspberry and musty, horse blanket funk. Smells really interesting and good. There is a strong presence of wheat-funk and sour in this beer, with the sourness being sharp like unflavored sour candy that is reminiscent of beatification. Raspberry, lemon and oak round it all out. This really comes together very well. Soured Imperial Wit beer didn't sound good to me, but it really worked well. Good carbonation with a decent body. Overall, I thought this was a really fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 04:41:46 | More by seeswo
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Brad!! Glad to try this one

Pours a hazy pale yellow. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells funky as shit. Horse blanket. Wow... Crazy. Smells very odd. Tastes sweet. Wheaty. Very funky. Tart. Veery interesting. I really enjoy the beer. Not too sour. Nce, well carbonated. Overall top notch

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 15:44:39 | More by Urbancaver
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this to the Whale tasting.

Appearance: The color of this beer is surprising - no redness from the wine barrels or the raspberries. Instead it is a light, very hazy golden color. A modest white cap rests on top and leaves a little bit of bubbly lace.

Smell: The aroma really lacks much depth. White grape and raspberry notes provide the fruit notes. There are some weird off flavors, like feet or something.

Taste: The flavor has a quick light honey sweetness, some white grape and peach come in next, along with some light raspberry flavors. The sour aspect of the beer is there, but there is no funk or real depth to the fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: This has a light, crisp, champagne dryness to go along with the light white grape notes.

Overall: Maybe this was a victim of following an incredible beer, but I was not really impressed with this beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:05:45 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Doodler

Colorado

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

Thanks to Dr J for sharing this treat with me. 750ml bomber, poured a fuzzy yellow color with a tannish head and nice lacing. I commented that it smells like something my daughter would like. Aroma was like a mixture between Tang and Squirt. So I am expecting a sour influenced Witbeer. Okay, that’s new. Starts off with doughy grapefruit and apple skins. You can get the influence of the wine barrels and raspberries right up front. Lighter notes of the brett throughout. Well carbed. Somewhat lactic, with orange rinds and kumquats on the finish. This is different, but a pretty nice brew. Thanks Jason.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:26:28 | More by Doodler
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Verecund

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on August 20, 2011. Shared with the lady.

Pours a barely-cloudy peach/melon with two fingers of white head. Decent lacing - looks like an "imperial" berliner weisse should.

The beer opens with a bright milky, lactic acidity, but it doesn't hide the grassy, fruit, or horsey funk notes. There's some citronella/lemongrass, but what really shines through here is the defined and sharp raspberry tartness and sweetness alongside the surprisingly musty funk. This aroma is hitting on all cylinders.

Smooth wheatiness with a balanced assault of lactic acidity and berry tartness. Raspberry makes up a large portion of the fruit profile, but there's also some lemony acidity that keeps the beer structured, sharp, and refreshing. The mustiness is less evident here, but there is some oakiness to provide contrast.

Crisp and tart. Medium, medium-light in body with upper medium carbonation. Fitting.

A surprisingly excellent beer. I expected this to be good, but didn't expect to come away thinking it was so exceptional - nice balance between acidity and tartness; brightly fruit; and refreshing. I wouldn't say no to another fruited imperial berliner weisse from the Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:48:19 | More by Verecund
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jon for sharing this bottle.

A: It's a great looking beer, a bit of a cloudy pinkish-orange with a small white head.

S: Getting a lot of funk in the smell, as it warms I get more raspberries.

T: WOW! Okay, I was a little concerned after the underwhelming aroma, but this beer tastes absolutely amazing. It's like if you took a berliner weisse, pumped up the flavor, made it more sour and added raspberries to it. Absolutely awesome and unique. One of the best tasting sours I've ever had.

M: Light and crispy with a lot of carbonation. Just perfect.

O: Hands-down one of the best tasting beers I've ever had. If the smell was a little better, this beer would be an all-time great if you ask me. Take this with a grain of salt though - this is coming from someone who loves Berliner Weisses, so it's right up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 19:51:07 | More by starrdogg
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subemerge007

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very generous friend who picked this up for me.

A - This beer is the color of grapefruit with a nice light pink head.

S - All fruits here, raspberries, apples and funk.

T - The taste sets this apart, more raspberries, lemon, funky in just the right amount. Easy to drink.

M - Really nice, no alcohol.

O - A great beer worth sharing with friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 18:14:01 | More by subemerge007
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Franch

New York

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

it was really, really, really good. the tartness of the raspberries was the overwhelming note, but there's plenty of belgian yeast and sour goodness that shine through as well. this was acquired due to a friend's overwhelming kindness to share it with the g/f and i, as it's a limited release decently beyond its time, and i'd have near-zero hope of getting it without similarly hyped beers in trade. a high point of my trip to seattle for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 04:50:09 | More by Franch
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FosterJM

California

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 05:16:07 | More by FosterJM
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy hazed yellow straw color with a nice little white head. Good carbonation. The wheat and straw type notes are eveident right off the bat in the nose but you also get some barnyard funk, raspberry, and lemongrass. I am really hoping the taste is like the nose! The flavors in the taste are nice with notes of lemon, wheat, and raspberry. As it warms a bit the barnyard funk flavor moves in and becomes more apparent. I could drink this one all day! There is little to no real alcohol flavors here.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 13:39:10 | More by kbutler1
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

VIP taster at the Bruery Annaversary party. Poured into a small taster glass. Reviewed from notes.

Hay, almost orange color cloudy for sure. Nice white head and decent lacing.

Aroma has an awesome tart funky lemon character. Lots of that lactic barnyard aroma. Little bit of hay or grass.

Taste is tart up front with a grassy hay funkiness and some nice lemon tartness left on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is very dry and refreshing. Nice carb.

Overall an awesome beer. Wish I had gotten more of it. Too many beers to try and not enough time. Plus I was pretty toasty by the end of the party ; )

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 08:05:54 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Overlord

California

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shocking pale/watery yellow. Hm...what style is this again? I was told Berlinerweisse meets witbier, but this really seems like a different animal entirely.

Smells like wild fields of musty cobwebs, raspberries, and a surprising amount of oak-y funk. Smell is phenomenal.

Taste is also excellent, though not quite as enticing. Oak, some lemon/vinegar sourness, raspberry, and that musty, surprisingly funky tone. I think the funk may be a bit too strong in the flavor, but it's still a great beer.

A pity it won't cross my path again. Very well carbonated with a frothy white head.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 05:30:05 | More by Overlord
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HopHead84

California

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

5/29/2011

Double pour from a bottle into a snifter at The Bruery's third anniversary.

A: Straw peach gold with good clarity and an impressive two fingers of froth. Scattered tendrils of lacing.

S: Lactic sourness and hoarsy with prominent raspberry notes. Smells great. Has a lot more wild character than I was expecting, with notes of earth, horse blanket, and musty barnyard. Brett imparts wet leather. There's a touch of peach, and the raspberries stay bright and vibrant throughout.

T: Upper moderate tartness with an upper moderate lactic sourness to match. Moderate citric acidity with lighter acetic notes. Prominent raspberry throughout with some lemon. Oak is evident. Complex and piquant. Finishes with a lot of lemon and raspberry, a palate scrubbing citric acidity, and a mouth puckering tartness.

M: Light in body and effervescent. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: I enjoyed this a lot. Complex, refreshing, and damn drinkable. I wasn't expecting much, and I was pleasantly surprised. I probably had 24 ounces of this before the end of the day.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 19:50:44 | More by HopHead84
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by someone at DLD; thanks.

A - The brew pours a glowing orange with a slight pink hue, and is capped with a good dollop of white froth.

S - Unusual nose; there are some interesting bright fruity notes which are battling against some comparatively less pleasant notes. Pros: peach- and berry-like tartness and ripeness. Cons: aroma of rotten produce, rancid food, decrepit citrus and eggs.

T - The taste is very candy-like, and it tastes confectionery in a similar manner to a Southern Tier; the fruit flavors (various citrus, strawberry, raspberry) and tartness taste somewhat artificial (though they are actually not artificial.) It also reminds me of a lactic orange Jarritos. Interesting, and somewhat refreshing. I do not find this to be tremendously Berliner-like, as it is quite creamy and full of flavor (reminiscent of the much better Splinter Blue in this regard.)

M - The feel is creamy and just about medium in body, with rich flavor up front but it dries out on the finish.

O - This is certainly an unusual brew. I am not terribly fond of the nose, but found the taste much more palatable; I enjoy most of the aspects at least moderately, the major gripe I have is the taste reminds me of the nose (and associated unpleasantries.)

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 17:38:03 | More by ktrillionaire
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sarro

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Joe for bringing this out to round out an extremely solid tasting weekend. Finally getting around to entering the last review from that weekend (3/25, 3/26). The final Bottleworks anniversary beer enjoyed during the weekend.

Pours a pink rose color that is juxtaposed against the hazy white color of a traditional Belgian wit. After the pour, this rosy liquid is capped by a healthy layer of creamy head that leaves a splotchy laced pattern on the glass. When held under light, light day-glo orange hues fill the body of beer. Nice.

Aromas of raspberry and a strong lactic sourness along with the phenolic notes so typical of wits that contribute white pepper and coriander. The lactic sourness citrus flavor is prominent along with the fresh raspberries, though the sourness is nicely balanced against the wheat and malt backbone of this beer. There is a light and fresh bretty funk, not so earthy or barnyard-like at this point. The flavor profile is rounded out by white pepper and a touch of clove.

Light on the palate, and the sweet fresh raspberries work very nicely with the yeasty notes to create a great beer. Very solid stuff, this is.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 20:10:30 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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jampics2

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #750. I want to thank all the big and little beers who got me this far!

Speaking of the big seven-five-oh, Bottleworks XII was a 750ml bottle served in a goblet by the fine folks at Brouwers Cafe. $25 and well worth the trip!

An orange colored beer with hints of pink sits on the bar in front of me. I'm distracted by the architecture of this beer cave, but snap back to it just in time to see the nice white head start to subside. The head leaves a touch of lace as it descents, but the constant stream of bubbles rising in the cloudy liquid replenishes it for the majority of the session.

The smell is intense and slightly off-putting for someone who doesn't love dirty sour beers (or lacto intensive beers like a Berliner Weiss). There's a decent amount of sulfur and diaper smells, but there's so much more. Lurking below those strong scents are some layers of raspberries, coriander, lemons and red wine.

As I gaze around me, sitting here in Seattle at perhaps the best beer bar in the world, I feel lucky. Not in a Clint Eastwood way, but I feel like sometimes a great beer can make you feel like you're at home even when you're thousands of miles away. I feel lucky that establishments like this exist and that legendary, world-class beers like this one are there to enjoy.

Speaking of which, I'm ready to enjoy this one! After the first sip, my mouth can't help but smile. This is really, really good. Huge lacto funk greets my tongue, giving impressions of lemons and horsehair. Some raspberry flavors are present too, but this doesn’t scream fruit beer. Coriander and spice help the tartness seem more grounded and earthy. Then, the barrel hits and red wine and oak notes close out a wonderful palate. No alcohol is noticeable. This is an advanced course beer, but one that has so much depth and rewarding flavors. As I enjoy the glass, bullshit with the bartenders and soak in the majesty of Brouwers, I smile and sip, and smile and sip.

The body is great - it's a bit denser than expected from a "witbier", but it works. The carbonation is on the high/sparkling end of things, but that's OK. Overall, this beer lived up to the hype. If you're sensitive to sulfur or dirty sour smells, you may not be able to get past that, but bear with it, trust me, it's worth it!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 13:26:19 | More by jampics2
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nkersten

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Adam and Gregg for supplying me with these to share. Bottle poured into Lost Abbey tumbler. Color is a hazy pinkish orange, very reminiscent of grapefruit juice. Small off white pinkish head fades to a collar. Smell is very yeasty, lots of sour lemon lactic acid. Some raspberry, oak, and wheat as well, but very heavy on the berliner weiss yeast. Taste is sour but balanced, kind of like an imperial berliner weiss more then a wit. Sour raspberries and lemon acidity, yeast, wheat, some oak and a tart finish. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, finishes dry. Incredibly refreshing with some very well hidden alcohol. This is a huge success for bottleworks, one of my favorite anniversary beers for them so far. Very unique, try this one out if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 18:09:18 | More by nkersten
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Azurescens

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL capped bottled poured into stemmed glass at Brouwer's on 4/12/11

A: Beautiful slightly hazy golden peach color with fluffy white head that leaves some lacing around glass. Gotta say I have never seen this color in any beer before.

S: Tart and lots of funk from the berliner weisse culture with hints of raspberries. The funky yeast aroma is much stronger than anything else in here.

T: Tastes significantly better than the nose would lead you to believe. Nice and sour with the crispness of a weissbier. Finishes dry and fruity with a pleasant lingering taste of tart raspberries. The 8% ABV is hidden incredibly well.

M: Very crisp and sour, medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious, crisp and refreshing sour. Highly drinkable, great combination of sourness and tart raspberries. This would be perfect to crack open outside on a hot summer day. Thanks to the guys at Bottleworks and The Bruery for dreaming up and crafting such a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 07:55:34 | More by Azurescens
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largadeer

California

3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dobs.

Cloudy, milky appearance with a peach flesh hue. Highly effervescent, topped by a lasting white head.

Pretty intense Berliner Weiss lacto aroma. There's a ton of offensive rotten egg sulfur, grainy wheat and coriander. Fruity, but it doesn't scream raspberries - the fruit is more of a subtle element. The sulfur is pretty overwhelming here and isn't especially enjoyable. Hopefully a few months in the bottle will clear that up.

The taste, surprisingly, is great. Very tart and lactic, mild sour raspberry fruitiness, coriander, orange peel. Lactic sourness is dominant, very Berliner Weiss-like. A raw, grainy wheat foundation gives the beer a solid body. Finishes with lingering lactic sourness and light vinous oak.

Despite an awful aroma, this was very enjoyable. At this point I'd recommend sitting on bottles for a few months in hopes that the sulfur dissipates.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 22:26:28 | More by largadeer
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.