The Wanderer - The Bruery
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Reviews by beagle75:
4.1/5 rDev -6.8%
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
More User Reviews:
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Appearance: Pours with a frothy head capping the mahogany colored liquid; the head fades rather quickly though it does a lot of dotty lace behind
Smell: The first sensation is from the lacto and the fruit, as it smells like blackberry/cherry yogurt but there is tremendous depth, underneath, with a fig and caramel tone
Taste: The blackberry flavor emerges first, bringing the characteristic sweet and tart tones; black cherries round out the fruit elements and by mid-palate, the lactic tartness really starts to build; underneath, the caramel, fig and brown bread adds depth; after the swallow, the oak, vanilla and a hint of Bourbon creates additional complexity, with the finish being rather dry and tart
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Among the best of the Bruery's sours, this one is a keeper
Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 01:53:57 | More by brentk56
4.21/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Notes from a bottle share last weekend (Thanks Luke!)
APPEARANCE: Pours a clear, dark red-amber.
AROMA: Tart funk and lots of dark fruit like figs, grapes, and plums. Also a little bit of tropical fruit, maybe grapefruit. Noticeable alcohol, too.
TASTE: Fruity, but the main fruit I detect is blackberry and a little bit of apple. Small amounts of bitter citrus zest. Yeasty funk. Sweet malts. Nice mix of flavors.
MOUTHFEEL: Lingering bitterness, dry finish.
OVERALL: Great beer, though I wish we had it earlier in the night! I'd love to give this one another try sometime soon.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 01:00:31 | More by cxr1037
The Wanderer from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.