The Wanderer - The Bruery
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Reviews by beagle75:
4.1/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draft service into a stemmed tasting glass at The Bruery tasting room in Placentia.
A: Slightly hazy, dark amber color with a few off-white bubbles clinging to the periphery of the surface. No lacing remains on the glass.
S: Restrained but balanced, with oak and fermented dark fruit. There is a suggestion of acetic acidity, like wine that has just started to turn. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins off-dry, with slightly aromatic wood and fermented dark fruit that is modified to the point of being unidentifiable. Sourness is of moderate intensity, leaning more toward a lactic quality on the palate. Oak makes a bigger contribution in the latter half as flavors dry out a bit and the early fruit dissipates. A dry, lactic and acetic tang lingers in the finish, leaving the palate ready for another taste. No alcohol is detected.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, comfortably acidic and lively on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: While not a specialist in sour ales, the Bruery does make some good ones, and the Wanderer is no exception. Oak and fruit amendments drive any malt character to the shadows, where it deftly influences sweetness but does not add any graininess. More approachable than Russian River's marquee wild ales, it probably lands nearest to Supplication in appearance and feel--but with advancing sweetness that places sour in retreat.
Serving type: on-tap
05-22-2011 00:39:51 | More by beagle75
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4.43/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into an over-sized wine glass. Dark brown with a raspberry tint. Evocative notes of blackberries comes forward immediately. Allowing the smell to linger a bit, you'll find a touch of the barrel underneath the berry bomb. Very pretty in appearance and smell.
Slightly acidic with a balsamic note. Sour and funky, but fruity and complex. Lots of berry notes (including the clearly advertised blackberry and cherry). As it warms and opens up in the glass a bit, I do catch more malt notes, including caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is pretty light and head retention is good. Carbonation is spot on for the intensity of flavor and helps the palate process the sour and fruit notes.
Makes my mouth water. All in all, a very nice sour. And damn, I am craving a nice beef or lamb stew to demolish with this.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 20:30:15 | More by Zraly
The Wanderer from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.