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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 473
Gots: 199 | FT: 37
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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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Dan25D, Mar 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Wowcoolman, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

OneBeertoRTA, Mar 17, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to merc7186 for this bottle...

A: Pours out a hazy redish yellow with very little head. It's a murky brown, but in a beautiful sense. There is absolutely no lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer smells of sour cherries and other fruits. It's extremely acidic, a little sweet, but damn this is sour.

T: Damn. This is a sours beer. Huge sour fruit, big time acid too. It's awesome. I'm floored by how sour this is, it's amazing.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sour, super puckering, delicious.

O: This might be one of the most sour beers I've ever had. It's incredible. The sour fruits are stellar. This is an amazing sour.

trxxpaxxs, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jlindros, Mar 07, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Pours a murky red with a nice head. Cherry and blackberry on the nose. On the tongue, it's very tart, and I pick up cherry and strawberry flavors. Medium carbonation. One of my top beers of the tasting.


kscaldef, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

janetb, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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John11486, Feb 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

seeswo, Feb 05, 2012
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Ultraman9000, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

MisterKilderkin, Feb 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

StarRaptor, Feb 01, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

illidurit, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Diomede, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

bauermj, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

jp7161, Jan 21, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/07/12 notes. Had at the DC RB tasting thanks to MrChopin (RB); thanks Kevin. 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange-brown amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour raspberries and sour blackberries, tart dark fruits, oak, fruity malts, and vinegar. Nice and sour here, really loving the nose.

t - Taste follows the nose. Sour raspberries, cherries, and dark fruits, light oak, vinegar, and fruity malts. Not quite as sour as the nose was, but still good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink, not super dry.

o - Overall a very good wild ale; hoping they brew this one again this year since I'm in the reserve society now. Nose is very sour and it is very easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

mdfb79, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

HappiestCow, Jan 16, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a sniffer

A: pours a very dark murky brown with a light tan head that foams up semi quickly and slowly but surely fades away. From the first pour i did see some sentiments floating around in the glass.

S: The aromas are hiding on this one, there is no real big standouts. You really have to take in a big sniff to catch faint aromas of the cherries and some vinegar.

T: Big burst of flavor off the bat. Huge hits of the blackberries and cherries, and notes of vinegar, and the oak from the barrel.

M: Nicely carbonated, very smooth but has a bite from the big sour kick.

O: What a beauty, definitely glad I have 2 more of these bottles still. Going to be hard to ration them out in the future.

GrumpyJunglist, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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The Wanderer from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.