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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
97
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569 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 450
Gots: 192 | 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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stakem

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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2014 17:20:52 | More by stakem
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The Wanderer from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.