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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 453
Gots: 193 | FT: 40
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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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Azrael


2.75/5  rDev -37.4%

02-09-2013 06:11:38 | More by Azrael
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Big thanks to Sam for this one. A long time want of mine... and now my 900th review! 750ml bottle into Torst stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy, light cream colored head with poor retention. Beer is a dark, cloudy rust. Stringy and spotty lace with no cling. Thin, filmy legs. Average.

Nose is tart cherry, jammy sweetness, a touch of oak, acidity, and some leather. Aromatic. Good fruit character.

Opens tart cherry, acetone, crushed red fruit, and a mellow, sour soy sauce. Some leather and woodiness in the middle. End is more acetone, vinegar, and sour red fruit. Aftertaste of some barnyard funk and more woodiness. So harsh!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and fizzy in the mouth and goes down like acetone. Very harsh. Messy, bubbly finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Not the best.

Just like almost all of the Bruery's other sour ales, this one has turned almost completely into vinegar and acetone. The fruit is present but is very muted against present harsh flavors. The intense carbonation doesn't help matters. I wouldn't revisit this one and given the asking price on this one, I REALLY wouldn't revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 02:04:05 | More by SpeedwayJim
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leschkie

California

3/5  rDev -31.7%

05-21-2013 23:41:43 | More by leschkie
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -31.7%

03-16-2014 23:33:37 | More by BGsWo22
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Anonymous1

Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.7%

06-01-2013 15:05:10 | More by Anonymous1
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

3/5  rDev -31.7%

07-08-2014 00:57:48 | More by MeisterSmudge
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -31.7%

07-13-2013 03:47:56 | More by chippo33
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HitchSlap

Florida

3/5  rDev -31.7%

01-11-2014 19:21:15 | More by HitchSlap
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.7%

09-12-2013 18:37:52 | More by CityofBals
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

3.25/5  rDev -26%

03-10-2014 18:00:04 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

04-30-2012 03:03:53 | More by ChrisPro
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

01-12-2012 07:39:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

02-24-2014 15:52:38 | More by cfrances33
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Zbeetleman

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

07-10-2013 02:03:24 | More by Zbeetleman
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

02-14-2014 01:24:54 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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JOrtt

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

03-27-2014 13:09:38 | More by JOrtt
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hefty head. Dark ruby body. Surface bubbles is all that's left after a few minutes.

Smell - Cherry aroma. Very malty. A little bit of vinegar in the aroma. Not terribly complex.

Taste - Vinegar is much more intense in the flavor. Cherries and a strong caramel malt. Not really sweet, at least, but malty. Acetic sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Good body, but maybe a bit heavy. Decent carbonation and nicely tart.

Overall - Sufficiently soured, but it's just a cherry sour. Cherry and vinegar. Hardly anything interesting about it. Too much acetic acid for me to really enjoy it. I would take a true Flanders Red over this.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 12:44:05 | More by Alieniloquium
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 10/24/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque burgandy chestnut with a fluffy two finger off-white head. A small halo remains but not much else in the way of retention, including a lack of lace.

Smells sour with vinegar, tart cherry, funk and a subtle barrel sweetness.

Puckering array of flavors. Tart cherry, semi sour berries, funky, mildly yeasty and strong lacto sourness. A vague sweetness creeps in on the back end including oaky vanilla and a little brown sugar. Any alcohol is covered by the sourness. Almost seems too tart to allow the cherry and blackberries to shine.

Medium body with some pretty hefty carbonation. Cherry lemonade and funky tart aftertaste.

Not as sweet and significantly less berry flavor than I'd hoped but pretty good nonetheless. Nothing wrong here at all but despite the being enjoyable in it's own right there are plenty of other barreled Bruery sours that I prefer over this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 03:32:06 | More by ThickNStout
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Arbitrator

California

3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Beer Store today. Reviewing while my tiny, tiny notes are still half-legible.

Thanks goes out to nerd for buying me a glass. Thanks, Mike.

A: Pours a very murky maroon body that glows with a faint reddish tint when held to the light. Head is beige in color. Retention is moderate; it leaves a collar on the beer and some scattered foam on top. I must say, if it weren't for the head, it would look like pond water.

S: Tart red cherries, oak, acetic sourness up front. Mild presence of brown sugar and what seems to be bourbon (interesting...). Some vanilla, as well.

T: Tart red cherries and some other kind of fruit. Raspberries? It adds a nice element of flavor. Oak is quite forward, with brown sugar and vanilla coming later. It tastes like there may be some bourbon in this beer, but with the cherries and oak in the way, I can't tell. It's definitely on the sweet side -- which is good, because it cuts some of the acetic flavors. But it's also bad, because it makes the beer feel muddled and undeveloped.

M: Mild acetic burn in the finish. It becomes more pronounced by the end of the glass, but it's not developed enough to be harsh. With age, that might change. It's lightly puckering up front, but not enough to dry out the palate.

O: Pretty good. Reminds me of an American interpretation of a Flanders Oud Bruin. I wonder how Marron Acidifie compares to this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 21:54:49 | More by Arbitrator
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paytoplay

California

3.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was good on draft. Much like marron on draft. I did have maron out of bottle and was much better. maybe it's the same with this. la folie comes to mind. maybe somewhat like a consecration. Just didn't Wow me, glad as tracking down a bottle for myself looks very difficult. some vanilla oak, nice sourness. wood flavors. some red fruits. maybe time in bottle would also benefit.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 00:22:03 | More by paytoplay
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Madirish76

California

3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Tap at Bruery 3rd Anniv. party.
A: It was a cloudy Ruby/Amber color with good lacing and a frothy diminishing off white head.

S: Not too much there from the fruits, mainly a mild funk. I expected a little more from this.

T: I have to admit i am beginning on my journey with sours, but this wasn't bad. It had a nice meld of fruit and funk. The most pronounced was the tart raspberries.

M: This had good carbonation and a medium body. I thought it was very lively and bubbly...almost effervescent.

O: Overall, I thought it was a decent sour. It has mild funk, not enough to scare away newbies, but enough to clearly let someone know this isn't another fruit forward beer for girls.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 06:19:00 | More by Madirish76
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andrew84

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super dark and cloudy looks like yeasty even though proper pour and sediment left behind, smells like A1 steak sauce with orange peel and oak, still drinks amazing, acidic, fruit, sour, berries, orange, oak, and tart. Super pedio and lacto, not much brett. Not what I expected but still good. Super sour and puckering.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 02:24:35 | More by andrew84
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illidurit

California

3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared at the January 2012 Santa Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours a muddy amber color. Sugary acidic aroma, vinegar and alcohol, fruits about to turn. Taste is similar, rather acetic, approaching Flanders territory. Cherry is the most evident fruit, with lesser notes of other berries. Sugary, oaky and a You little boozy. Basically what you’d expect from a Bruery sour.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 08:29:05 | More by illidurit
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

04-29-2012 12:58:24 | More by acurtis
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DrunkAl

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

06-11-2014 22:22:05 | More by DrunkAl
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The Wanderer from The Bruery
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