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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 475
Gots: 208 | FT: 44
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 05-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Ratings: 783 | Reviews: 105
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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3.64/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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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.

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