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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 459
Gots: 195 | FT: 38
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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.9%

2013 vintage. 750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears mahogany to brown in color with ruby clarity seen when held to the light. A tan cap rests atop fading back to a thin film.

The smell comes across really acidic with unripe blackberry/raspberries. There is a caramel/toffee/vanilla thing going on as well that really is contrasting but enjoyable. It sorts feels like barrel character that has been extracted via extended aging but at the same time has a bit of residual maltiness as well.

The taste is tart with a strange boozy fruity alcohol aspect before getting smooth/sweet barrel notes of vanilla/caramel/toffee and an overall feel of them barrel-like sugars extracted from aging. There is an unripe raspberry/seedy aspect to this keeping it fresh and inviting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is kinda boozy with huge barrel character that contrasts the typical sour beer. I like it quite a bit actually and was happy that the acidic character was only present in the nose and didnt get too crazy in the flavor. Looking forward to drinking this again sometime.

05-02-2014 17:20:52 | More by stakem
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A - Pours a beautiful clear brown-tinged ruby color with about one finger of light brown head.

S - Lots of fruit in the aroma, with cherry and blackberry leading the way. Also a big lactic acid presence with no detectable acetic acid that is often found in Bruery sours. The fruit aromas are mostly on the tart side, though some sweetness comes through. Funk presence is pretty mild, but definitely there.

T - Similar to the smell, the is a big fruit presence. Jammy blackberries and tart cherry juice. Lots of lactic acid and a decent amount of funk. I love how the taste manages to be tart, fruity and creamy all at the same time. Maybe a touch of acetic acid, but lactic acid dominates the sour flavor profile. A mild oak presence as well. Very nice.

M - As mentioned about, a nice and surprising creaminess to the mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation, making it just a touch prickly.

O - Easily my favorite of the Bruery sours I've had, and one of the best American Wilds I've had as well. Great flavor profile and mouthfeel.

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Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Hazed auburn and bright ruby with a nice crown of off-white, persistent bubbles crowning the top, eventually leaving thin ribbons and dots of stick down the glass. Very pretty.

Bright, expressive, fruit-forward aroma (cherries, blackberry, and currants), along with quite a bit of acidic sour character, a little vinegar, and only a mild funk.

An incredibly flavorful beer: big fruit notes (cherry and blackberry), with a huge level of sourness, complementary vinegar, and a bit of funk.

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Perhaps The Bruery's best sour.

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The Wanderer from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.