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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 474
Gots: 194 | 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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5/5  rDev +13.6%

clarkenstein, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Phelps
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the December 2011 Clusterfork, in a champagne flute.

Dusky copper, almost clear. A half-finger of bubbly khaki head becomes a big ring, leaving behind some spots of lace.

In the nose: balsamic, toffee, dark cherries, caramel and light hints of pine.

The flavor is marked by big toffee and dark cherry notes offset by heavy balsamic tartness. Burnt sugar, possibly even some toast and just a hint of buttery oak are in there as well. Subtle cocoa and pine. Soft tartness crescendos after the swallow.

Gently, poky carbonation in a fairly viscous medium body. Tartness never gets out of control.

Very nice. I like the soft touch on the sourness and the balance provided by a heaping portion of sweet, sugary malt. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Phelps, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1024th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml


Purchased from The Bruery

App- A murky muddled brown with a bit of red mixed into it. A good two finger semi creme looking head that was fast receding. A nice bit of sticky cling.

Smell- A very tart sour with some berry notes and some oak notes. Wasn't earth shattering on the nose but did leave some nice aromatics from the barrel and the damp pressed fruits.

Taste- A very good sour. One of the best the Bruery has done. Opens with a bit of oak on the flavor and then melds to a little bit of pressed cranberries and then moves to a lactic malty sour flavor. A little bit of a red wine vinegar and sour warhead cherries.

Mouth- A light medium body with a bit of a light medium carbonation with tons of residual cherry/cranberry and malt flavors. A little bit of the oak remains and cascades into a vinegar note.

Drink- I see what all the fuse was about with this beer. It was sour and flavor and balanced. I really like the fruit notes and the oak treatment. I really want another bottle.

FosterJM, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of actone2001
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - murky brown reddish quickly dissipating whitish head.

S - tart malty, sour berryish. Lots of lactic sourness, very slight acetic note. Aroma is more defined as it warms, more berry on the nose. Little bit of funk also.

T - nice lactic acid taste floods the tongue, but fades quickly. The lingering soured cherry and berry flavor stands out as it goes down ever so smoothly. Little bit of oak too, but only as it warmed. ABV not apparent at all.

M - Thin and dry, nice carbonation that fits the style.

O - Very quality brew. The best 'wild' that the Bruery has put out. Great balance, not too acetic as I've found with other bruery brews. I would never turn this brew down, as it fulfills most everything I want in the style.

actone2001, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of MrHirschybar
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

MrHirschybar, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of jIsh
5/5  rDev +13.6%

jIsh, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mantissa
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

mantissa, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of alano
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

alano, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ejyoung
5/5  rDev +13.6%

ejyoung, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of biggied
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

biggied, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of smarcoly
4/5  rDev -9.1%

smarcoly, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of beerdweeb
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

beerdweeb, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of photomike
5/5  rDev +13.6%

photomike, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +13.6%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of mthomas84
5/5  rDev +13.6%

mthomas84, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

drummermattie02, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this during the bottle share at Jackie O's during the release event this past weekend. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a large layer of off white head that fades to a ring quickly. The bottle gushed a bit when opened.

Smell: Sweet malt up front, quite tart and fruity. There is a sour vinegar note that is very nice.

Taste: This is very sour but still manages to be extremely smooth. Not biting at all. Sour fruit/wine comes out with a tart finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is just an awesome beer. Sweet and sour compliment each other. The fact that this beer is so smooth was amazing. Wonderful.

oline73, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

VAbdoyan, Dec 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

readbaron, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
5/5  rDev +13.6%

cadaugherty, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MasterSki, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

SageO, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

xraided81, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured brown in color with reddish highlights and a very thin head that left very little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the cherries with blackberries were noticeable on the aroma with oaky, slight vinegar, funky, and oaky notes.

T: the oaky funkiness was more potent on the taste alongisde the cherry blackberry flavor, hints of acidic vinegar and hints of citrus on the backend.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fari amount of carbonation which had a fruity, funky, oaky, mild acidic, and slight sour bite finish.

O: it was really solid all around even drank good and was really glad to this offering available on sour sunday.

Gobzilla, Nov 28, 2011
The Wanderer from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.