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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 457
Gots: 194 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -9.1%

08-04-2014 22:29:25 | More by Sammy
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4.03/5  rDev -8.4%

Sampled on tap at City Beer. This is one of their 5th anniversary beers. Also available in the bottle. This is pretty much a Flemish beer but I'm calling it American Wild Ale as it's not really Flemish. From what I was told by the City Beer employees this beer is a blend of barrel aged beers from the collection housed at the Bruery. It's been aged on cherries and blackberries.

Pours dark red/purple, hazy, low off-white (sort of a redish stain to it) head that doesnt lace the glass nor does it last. Kind of ugly actually.

Aroma is involved to say the least. Cherries for sure (more as it warms), some vinegar, caramel malts, a hint of oak, some (very) light funk, and even a bit of roast. Mostly just cherries and blackberries though.

Flavor contains all the same components as the aroma but it's a bit too sweet and underattenuated. I suspect in a year or two the berries will ferment out. I also catch a little bit of what seems to be bourbon behind the berries, vinegar, chocolate, and lemon. Good but could use some time, assuming the vinegar doesnt take off.

Body is medium and oily, medium/high CO2 levels. Quite good.


05-04-2011 19:42:26 | More by t0rin0
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4.14/5  rDev -5.9%

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, acidic, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty but the fruit presence is fairly subdued.

01-06-2014 06:35:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

04-29-2012 03:04:46 | More by djrn2
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4.05/5  rDev -8%

Big thanks to nerd for sharing this one at DLD 2012.

Pours a nice moderate brown color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings a good bit of fruit along with a bit of acidity; perhaps a touch of acetic, though not nearly as much as with other Bruery sours I’ve had lately. Flavor is similar with a nice acidity. Body is medium with good carbonation and a dry, puckering finish. Pretty good for an American sour.

05-07-2012 21:46:29 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +13.6%

01-08-2012 22:37:36 | More by nmann08
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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

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

02-25-2014 01:53:57 | More by brentk56
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

10-24-2013 08:06:10 | More by zestar
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

04-29-2012 12:58:24 | More by acurtis
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3.9/5  rDev -11.4%

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is a rather familiar hazy dark amber color with a small khaki head.

S: Somewhat acetic with a big time berry and fruit aroma. The blackberries really stand out, but there is a nice cherry undertone to it as well. A mild malt character that makes the beer sort of reminiscent of an Oud Bruin.

T: A nice hit of blackberry and cherry up front, as well as some other dark fruits. Mildly acetic, but overall nicely tart. Plenty of oak and perhaps even some red wine flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation, though maybe it could have used a bit more.

O: A nice beer. Not amazing, but another example of the Bruery sours getting better.

05-23-2011 22:56:16 | More by womencantsail
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-04-2014 01:05:19 | More by kjkinsey
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-04-2014 01:45:58 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

01-12-2012 07:39:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-14-2011 00:24:36 | More by spycow
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

06-15-2014 01:33:41 | More by kylehay2004
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-26-2011 13:47:35 | More by GRG1313
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4.51/5  rDev +2.5%

This poured out as a hazy amber color with an off white head. The retention is nice with a pretty good lacing. The smell of the beer is of tart and fruity. The taste of the beer is very good, the fruit comes out really well the oak and there is a beautiful vanilla flavor with nice grape-like flavor. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a dry finish. Overall very good sour, leaves a film in my mouth. Still very good stuff.

04-11-2013 00:38:35 | More by Knapp85
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 22:39:15 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-10-2013 01:19:38 | More by JAHMUR
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

Had this several times on tap and from the bottle, guess I'm due for a review. I slightly preferred it from the keg.

Muddy reddish-brown with a small head that doesn't last. Not the best looking beer, but who cares about appearance.

Really nice aroma. Little bit of brown malt sweetness and bourbon paired with vibrant blackberries and cherries and a mellow acetic sourness. Struck me as more fruity and sweet on tap.

Palate has a nice mix of sour and sweet leaning toward sour. Little coconut and caramel - I'm guessing a bourbon barrel was used here. Nice fruitiness, too; blackberry is dominant over cherry though I do get a nice cherry flavor. Little brown malt character. Mild acetic and lactic acidity. Pretty damn good, a fruited Flanders red of sorts.

06-24-2011 07:10:44 | More by largadeer
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-12-2014 06:41:28 | More by SocalKicks
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

06-15-2014 01:35:41 | More by nickfl
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

On-tap at Bangers & Lace. One of the most fun beer events I've gone to in a while. Served in a snifter.

A - Half-finger of white foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, a few stray wisps on top, and minimal lace. Opaque purple-red body.

S - Initially this was somewhat understated, as it was served a bit too cold. Initially it's quite fruity with some lactic, yogurt notes, but as it warms up the acetic sourness asserts itself. The blackberries are far more present than the cherries, and the malt is surprisingly neutral for a "dark sour".

T - Taste is a little stronger, with a nice blend of red wine and cherry vinegar sourness, tart blackberries, a bit of dark fruit malt character, and an oaky finish with light lactic character to it.

M - Medium body reveals the 'dark' character with some smooth sticky malt presence, pleasant moderate carbonation, and a mildly tannic and dry finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.

D - A highly enjoyable dark sour in the Consecration vein, but with less sourness (probably due to the absence of currants). Definitely among The Bruery's strongest sours, but perhaps overvalued due to its rarity. Still, I happily consumed my sample and two glasses and would have this again if it showed up elsewhere.

11-29-2011 01:41:26 | More by MasterSki
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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%

Served in a Bruery tulip because I am not an animal. Beer is a little bit of a gusher, beer is brownish red and really hazy with a big off white / tan head of small and medium bubbles, decent retention, high carbonation, some lacing.

Aroma is berries and tart, mild lactic, mild acetic, overall nice.

Beer is light in body and tart with a nice berry flavor throughout still mildly sweet on the body and a nice finish. I'd have this again for sure, I really enjoyed it.

06-12-2012 02:05:28 | More by drabmuh
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to DrEntropy for sharing.

Creamy light head, murky reddish copper brown color.

Nose sweet brown malts, light tart sour malts, caramel, brown sugar, some tart fruit, hints of cherry and berry like fruit, hint of vanilla oak, touch of feusel alcohol.

Taste semi sweet, sour brown malts, tart fruit with light cherry and berry flavor, creamy smooth malts, light vanilla and oak, complex, nice tart light bready malts, light funk and acid with a slight vinegary flavor. Finish lingers forever, lots tart fruit, sour cherry, sour malts, dry and light flemmy, hint of vanilla oak, and bit of booze as it warms.

mouth is med bodied, flemmy, decent carb, light booze warmth.

Overall delicious, almost exactly what I want on a sour, not too sour, nice tart fruit, soured malt flavors, hint of booze, nice vanilla oak rounding, long finish. Delicious.

03-07-2012 14:46:01 | More by jlindros
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The Wanderer from The Bruery
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