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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 373
Gots: 228 | FT: 48
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: julian on 02-28-2011

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.
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Ratings: 969 | Reviews: 126
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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

One of my favorite Bruery beers, ever. Balanced and nuanced, with big fresh raspberry notes and a full, dry wit as its base. Wheat character is present but restrained, yeasty esters are on the mild side, but that's pleasant for a beer this big and fruity. Just a joy to drink, and one that I'd be happy to see them enter into regular rotation (and come up with a name for).

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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. I've been wanting to try this for a while now. 750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 3 finger white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is very sparse and spotty with little cling. Decent.

Nose is sour peach, citrus, cane sugar, yeast and mango. More sweet than tart and pretty subtle.

Opens pineapple, peach and mango. Some peachy tartness in the beginning and middle mixed with yeast and cane sugar sweetness. A peach skin tart and light bitterness at the back end. Finishes yeasty, spicy and dry and puckering. Fruity and yeasty finish. Really nice.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Foamy and prickly in the mouth and goes down biting and aggressive. Finishes dry with a bone dry aftertaste that coats the mouth. Excellent.

For the most part, I haven't been impressed with Bruery's sours. This one is different though. Mellow yet complex with great feel. I'm glad to have had the chance to sample this one.

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750 ml bottle. 2013 edition. Poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a dark golden yellow or light orange with 1 finger of an off white head that fizzles away to a thin ring. Body is very hazy but translucent with quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Raspberries, barnyard funk, hay, oaky red wine, mild spiciness, wheat, green apple. Red wine character really intensifies as the beer warms.

Taste: Raspberries are most prominent but not overwhelming. It's definitely not just a raspberry beer. In addition to raspberries are notes of wheat, witbier yeast/spices, oak, red wine and a hint of sour cherry in the finish. Sourness is medium and more of the clean, lacto variety compared to the more funky aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight softness and medium carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Really good stuff. The fruit addition and barrel aging each add noticeable flavor and complexity to an already solid base beer. Worth seeking out if you can get your hands on it.

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Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
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