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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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624 Ratings
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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 469
Gots: 196 | FT: 38
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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Photo of oline73
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

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
Photo of VAbdoyan
5/5  rDev +13.9%

VAbdoyan, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of readbaron
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

readbaron, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
5/5  rDev +13.9%

cadaugherty, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

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
Photo of SageO
5/5  rDev +13.9%

SageO, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of xraided81
4/5  rDev -8.9%

xraided81, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%

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
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Goldstar81
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Goldstar81, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of lcmir23
5/5  rDev +13.9%

lcmir23, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

furthurgone, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Brown with a pronounced ruby hue, pours thick off-white head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Cherry, blackberry, tart, funky, earthy, red fruit, oak, vanilla.

Taste: Tart, sour cherry, blackberries, a hint of maltiness, sweet tarts, acidic, red wine vinegar, oak, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, lots of carbonation, acidic, makes your mouth feel like you've just eaten a package of sweet tarts.

Overall: A very good beer. The sour level was fantastic, very complex flavors. Truly a well done beer. I only wish I had more.

phichifiji00, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -8.9%

jerz, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

tms2929, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

MrFootstones, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

nanobrew, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

BrewtifulMind, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

Thank you Chad for having self control and not drinking this beer without me. Pours a reddish, brown-amber color with a large, off-white head. Scent is a nice, tart aroma with a lot of oak and sweet vanilla. Taste is initially very acidic, with sweet cherries. A ton of barrel character and oak, with lovely, smooth vanilla flavors. Nicely sour, and finishes with sweet cherry and fresh blackberry flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit puckering. Very acidic. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer was beyond awesome and I wish they would brew this again so I can hopefully snatch a bottle for myself.

DovaliHops, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

bombadil, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
The Wanderer from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.