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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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563 Ratings
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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 446
Gots: 191 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Wanderer is a special blend of oak aged ales that we made with Craig and Beth from San Francisco's City Beer Store. Blending a mix of sour ales and our anniversary ale the base of this beer has a delightfully sour tinge on top of a hearty malt backbone. To add to the flavor, Craig and Beth selected blackberries and bing cherries to be added to the ale adding to it's already fruity complexity. This ale went on to win the silver medal for wood & barrel aged sour fruited ales at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 05-04-2011)
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Iowa

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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The Wanderer from The Bruery
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