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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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The WandererThe Wanderer

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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 482
Gots: 208 | FT: 42
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 6.2.13

A - Pours a perfectly dark ruby-brown with a huge, and very active, light tan head that fades away quickly.

S - Tart, brown sugar, plums, cherry, figs.

T - A touch of tart cherry, then more fruits come out - Blackberry with some acidic wood.

D - Good carbonation with a light body, nice touch of tartness.

O - A nice tart and fruit mixture, not sure how this one has changed over time, but it is sure good now.

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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.

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The Wanderer from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.