Batch 300 - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 07-09-2011)
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Photo of Philousa
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opaque orange in appearance, with medium white head and some lacing. Very citrusy in the nose, mostly orange, fresh hops, and a slight hint of spices. Citrus up front in flavor, followed by pale malt. Oak really hits with bitterness, strong and lingering. The oak overtakes the alcohol flavor/burn. The mouth feel is middling and the carbonation fits the flavor.

This beer = hops and OAK. I'm a bit surprised by the overpowering oak flavor in this beer, as the Bruery knows how to age a beer in barrels. Maybe they wanted a strong oak flavor. If so, they achieved it, and I'm not as big a fan as the brewmaster. That said, it's interesting and I'd still have it again, but I wouldn't get too excited. The Bruery has made better.

Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: golden/straw color. Pours about 1 inch of creamy white head that slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Floral, citrus, hoppy, grapefruit, vanilla, oak, hint of funk.

Taste: citrus, floral, hoppy, vanilla, oak as it warms. Sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth.

Overall: A good trippel. Vanilla and a hint of oak. Very drinkable. Complex.

Photo of FosterJM
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

850th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

2011

Thanks to GuruDel for this one

App- A glowing orange with a 2 finger head. A semi-fast receding one at that. Pure white in color. A lot of spider web cling and lace. It was very see through orange as well.

Smell- A good bit of oak with a medium density yeast aroma and a small touch of bitter. A little citrus and a bit of vanilla. It was good on the nose.

Taste- A different take on a very Belgian style. It's a triple but more hoppy but a bit dryer and oaky with a small amount of vanilla. A little sugar. A very lollipop like taste.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit yeasty, citrusy and vanilla.

Drink- Pretty damn tasty. As the 4 says. Its good. It had some oak flavors, some yeast, vanilla and some deep citrus. Well rounded and different. I would like another bottle of this one.

Photo of GregSVT
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light hay color with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pretty damn complex. At first I got were big whiffs of belgian esters, honey, and a bit of vanilla in the background. After it sat a bit I picked up some citrusy hops which were a very nice surprise.

T: The taste is a bit different though. The first thing I detect is a good amount of citrusy hops along with the typical belgian yeast esters and some vanilla. There's also a grainy flavor that seems just a bit off from what a good Tripel should be.

M: The feel is crisp yet oily..very interesting. I think the extra hops are adding that oily feeling.

O: The aromas were complex and the flavors were decent but the flavor didn't quite live up to the smell. I still enjoyed this and will definitely see what this is like in a year or two.

Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle thanks to JRSD. This one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Batch 300 pours a hazy tangerine, and the snow white head comes up past three fingers in height. Head retention is decent, and the foam proves to be fairly sticky, though it doesn't completely coat the glass. The nose is chock full of juicy pale fruits (mango and peach), along with a slight citrus edge. Not much in the way of phenols to distinguish it as a tripel, or the advertised oak, but the nose is still killer. The flavor has that same great fruity/citrusy presence from the nose, but brings in some other elements on the back end. There's a subdued, yet definite peppery yeast presence, and a similarly mild woody note from the oak. It's still a bit too unbalanced towards the fruity side to be a great tripel, but it's at least a bit better than the nose. The body is on the light side, but a little too slick for its own good. I'd chalk it up to slightly lackluster carbonation. Were I not reviewing to style, Batch 300 would have a bit of a better review, as I love the combination of Citra hops and a Belgian yeast strain, and a beer in this vein is definitely now on my homebrewing "to do" list.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH glass...

A- Hazy dark rusty orange. Nice two finger head, but it dissipates quickly leaving random lacing on glass.

S- Citra pops like crazy with the belgian yeast and esters blending nicely. Finish of the nose is earthy and woody.

T/M- Damn fine tripel. I feel like I'm drinking a forest at times though; wood and oak out the butt. Has a lime and citrus middle flavor. Honey backbone. Medium body, medium carbonation. Palate is full, but not too taxing.

O- Solid and interesting. I can't decide if this is greatly balanced or out of whack with the forceful barrel presence. Liked it, but wouldn't get my panties in a bunch if I never tried it again..

Photo of Nashvillain
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing smells like wood, with a slight hint of ethers.

Pours like a Tripel, smells like a barrel.

Taste is just like the smell, a barrel with slight hints of ethers and fruits. I like it though, it's pretty good.

Overall I'm not sure that this is a masterpiece, but it's definitely a good beer. The barrel is so evident, I like the fact that it shines through so well.

Photo of Sideswipe
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A- The beer is a hazy, orange, amber color. A rather conservative pour results in a two finger, rocky, snow white head. The foam recedes leaving a thick coaster and some very nice lacing.

S- Starts out fruity. Aromas of apricots, tangerines and peaches, backed up by a Belgian yeast presence. The oak is quite evident in the nose.

T- Stone fruit at the outset. Peach, and apricot predominate. Yeast characteristics impart some banana flavors. Big oak presence throughout. Spicy, bitter hops dominate the finish.

M- The beer is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation which works quite well here.

O- Another very nice offering from The Bruery. Refreshing enough for a summer afternoon, but with enough body and heft to enjoy on a cool, fall California evening on the back porch, which is what I'm doing right now.

Photo of DefenCorps
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8.2% ABV, one time release that I received thanks to me trustee Andrew.

Mildly hazy orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk leaving some lace. The nose is solid. Very fruity with a blend of stone fruits with peaches and nectarines quite prominent, along with some citrus hop character and yeasty banana. The malt character is rather simple, even for a tripel, with a mildly dull honey aroma. Oak is rather noticeable, a little overhanded IMO.

The palate opens with a blend of fruits, with citrus, a mild orange peel bitterness as some white peach. The mid palate has the malt which tastes too simple and clean, almost like it's all pale malt used as base. The oak is noticeable as well, with some tannins and vanilla. The oak is also very raw and harsh and the finish is a little more bitter than I'd like. The yeast is rather spicy, with some clove, which doesn't really work with the oak. Medium-light in body with moderate body, this beer is quite bitter on the finish with the oaky vanilla prominent. The booze really grows as it warms up, making this worse. Decent, a little too sweet , a little too oaky and a little too simple on the malt. Not offensive, but significantly better examples exist.

Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light yellow color with some faint orange overtones. Has a fairly generous white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Pine and citrus notes from the hops are upfront like an IPA. the nose is different from traditional style Tripels.

Taste: The pine and citrus notes that were present in the nose come through in the taste. There is also a sweet orange flavor present as well. A hop bitterness also comes through in the taste.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: I liked this one. If someone were looking for a traditional Tripel this wouldn't be the beer for them, the hop presence is similar to what would be found in an IPA, and the body is heavier compared to more traditional examples. For those seeking a unique spin on a style it's worth a try.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

white foamy head crowns over the top of the glass, easily coating the sides with thick globs of foam. Hazy and bright golden in color. After a few moments it settles down, but still it was a really well done example of the style.

Aroma is bright, really nicely done again here. Hints of light woody notes lay upon a touch of funk and light notes of grassy hops and grains. A touch of light fruit now coming forward as well. Light banana and clove at first gave way to a smooth and comforting sour toasted that rolled into a nice blend of earthy oak notes and hints of grassy flavor. Rich and very subtle at the same time. What actually impressed me the most was the lack of high abv in the flavor. Really well done here

Photo of Verecund
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

September 14, 2011.

Pours a slightly hazy dark tangerine with two fingers of thick, lasting white head.

Quite a bit of that sweet-tart citra citrus/tangerine/tropical fruit, bitter orange peel, yeasty banana, and some buttery oak. A muted floral undertone is present as well.

Huh. Pretty sweet and mostly devoid of any particular accented flavors on the front to mid palate - candied sugar, light orange sweetness. (As I get further into the bottle, this flavor/feel on the front of the palate is almost watery.) This gives way to spicy/peppery and buttery oak and some pithy bitterness on the finish. Still fruity, but not as pleasant as on the nose. In fact, it's a bit harsh and messy.

A creamy medium body with just over medium carbonation. Fairly sweet, though mildly dry and tannic on the finish.

I dug the citrus on the nose, but those citrusy, tangerine notes don't come through on the palate and the bitterness and tripel base don't harmonize particularly well. Maybe I missed the window on this one.

Photo of Bitterbill
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml capped bottle, 8.2%abv listed on the label and..for sale in CA only? Really? Really??

I have the best cap remover I've ever seen and it was a tough job getting the cap off. A good thing, me thinks.

It pours a light gold with a small, about a half inch, of foam. No lacing that I can see. Strange thing for a Tripel.

The smell is lightly yeasty, lightly hoppy, has a very mild hint of oak..pretty nondescript for the style.

The taste starts off hoppy which I can only describe as bitter; I don't taste any grapefruit, grass, or pine. Just bitter. There's an ever so slight hint of some tartness, and I can barely taste any of the oak influence. Some hint of spice..err. this beer seems to have a lot of hints and that's bugging me. No single flavour wants to stand out and say, here I am. Sorry but I'm not impressed.

It is pretty light bodied for the style with light carbonation. Not too drinkable for me at all. The flavours just don't mesh well with *my* palate. A miss for me but The Bruery does make some brews that tickle my fancy.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a medium white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is heavy with citra hop aroma and floral notes. There are all some spicy aromas along with oak. Taste is sweet oak flavors with a nice balance of Belgian yeast and American hops. There is a presence of vanilla toward the end, as this beer finishes with bitter hops. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is one worth trying and definitely something I would purchase again.

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Haven Gastropub, Orange, CA 25 cl pour into generic tulip, $6, 8.11.11.

One finger white head small bubbles, clear deep gold body, medium dissipation with some carbonation visible and good lacing retained. Beer was served much too cold, was patient to allow aroma and flavors to develop. After warming fairly prevalent floral hop aromas for the style, some sweetness in the middle, minimal curacau and coriander notes, subsumed to the hops. Taste is fairly typical tripel up front then an onslaught of slightly bitter hops, lingering hop finish. Taste was well rounded, the use of wine barrels for a hoppy tripel was interesting. Medium mouthfeel, dry finish from yeast. Pretty drinkable once it warmed. I thought this was a very interesting beer, hybrid of Belgian IPA and a Tripel. Worth a try.

Photo of dbmernin83
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA triple? Brilliant! The best of both world stuffed into a great beer. Citra hops provide a crisp, bitter front with sweet yeasty sweetness rounding out the finish. Enough hops for the IPA lover and smooth enough for the Belgian coinesseur. Thank you Bruery for another great brew.

Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle sent to me by Scott (smarcoly), thanks again! Split between my girlfriend and I who are both fans of anything and everything Tripel. Poured into two Bruery tulip glasses.

A: Soft copper / golden colored body reminiscent of a rustic sunset. It starts a bit cloudy but as the beer warmed up, the clarity improved. A white billowy and sudsy head is atop that settles into a thin patchy retention ring with minor lacing.

S: Oak wood dominates the nose but it's reserved and somewhat muted in a sense. A touch of spicy yeast, hay, clove and bitter orange peel all come through once you can get past the oak notes.

T: As with the nose, the oak is evident upon first sip but again is not overpowering. It does, however, seem to be the focus of the beer which is a nice additional dimension to a standard Tripel. A touch of sweet yeast, dough and some pale malts are mid-palate. Finishing are hints of orange oils with no off lingers other than a slight woodiness.

M: Lower carbonation than most Tripels, very creamy on the palate but I feel this leads to a slightly messy body. I wish it were a bit more bubbly and prickly for a cleaner finish, like most traditional Tripels are.

Aging this beer on oak cubes is definitely something you don't really ever see for this style. There's no denying it added another dimension to the beer that, perhaps unfortunately overpowered most of the traditional Tripel qualities. Oak forward it was, but the base of the beer seems to be all but lost.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A) Nice hazy ornage appearance, fluffy head.

S) Wow strong citrus and that is before I even got it into the glass. Orange notes are really dominant here.

T) Citrus bomb, orange, grapefruit lemon zest. Little bit of a grassy finish.

M) Pucker up!

O) Interesting take on the style. Very glad i had a chance to try and wish this was a rotational offering.

Photo of dgilks
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a creamy but short lasted white head. Okay.

Big, citrussy citra aroma with apricot, mango and peach all present. Lightly grassy. Very mild vanilla from the oak. Nice.

Creamy, light malt with some fruity hops. Nice mild bitterness. A touch of oak and hint of yeasty esters and phenols.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation that works quite well.

A really cool beer. The American hop character combines well with the yeast notes and malt to deliver a good beer.

Photo of Overlord
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A triple? Hmm ... I suppose so.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a soapy white rim around the glass.

Smell is orange-y hops, a bit of ... oak/wood?, and a barnyard, yeasty zest to it that's almost like a sweetened saison in character.

Taste is surprisingly sweet. Lots of sticky malt, sweet citrus, and a hint of yeast and spices to linger on the tongue.

Not a style I'm fond of, but I really am digging this. Good chewy mouthfeel.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Pours with a golden amber body, little bit hazy with a lasting white head.

A lot of tropical fruit on the nose. Pineapple and papaya from the hops, banana from the yeast, quite a bit of oak behind the hops. There's some sweetness that melds with the fruitiness.

Tastes pretty good, but not spectacular. A lot of fruit again, along with a ton of oak. I get a lot of mango and pineapple, a touch of banana and spice. It's medium-bodied, fairly sweet but the oak helps balance things out. Finishes fruity and semi-dry, moderately tannic. Pretty nice, I like the combination of tripel and citra hops, but I wish it were a bit more dry.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery

Look: Pours a orangish yellow color reminding me of apple juice. 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Citra hops upfront and hints of apple and alittle bit of a funk to it

Taste: At first you get a massive amount of the citra hops and that is followed up by traces of orange peel and apple cider

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation

Overall: This isnt to bad of a beer at all. Well done by the contest winner of this one. I couldn't continuously drink this beer but definitely could drink it a couple times a week. Its fruity and hoppy so if that is what you are into this beer is for you

Photo of dannyancient
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a nice golden orange color. Shows a nice tight head, which reduces to great lacing

S:
All Citra hops in this one. I thought I was smelling a DIPA as the aromas are all pine, herbs, and deep citrus. It has a nice caramel note as well

T:
Pine with a little funk. I swear this is an IPA, not a Belgian. Regardless it has notes of citrus, pine, oak, and caramel

Overall a really solid beer, I would definitely grab this one if you can. It's def more on the IPA side than the Tripel side, but I think you can overlook it with this one.

Photo of nbree00
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Really nice lacing on this one. Pours a beautiful orangish-honey color with a good cloudiness.

S: All Citra hops in the aroma here. Nicely herbaceous with notes of fresh cut pine, berries, bread pudding and caramel. Well constructed sweet yet aromatic nose.

T: This beer really drinks like an imperial IPA for me, not to far off from something like Sculpin. Flavors of pine, cheese cake, strawberries, raspberries, a little honey and possibly a hint of fennel.Just a gorgeous balance of flavors on this beer.

M: Fantastic texture on this one. Very lush and full bodied mouthfeel with a little bit of creaminess. Don't get much oak, but seems like it would be very easy to over oak a style like this, so I'm happy with the subtleness.

O: Overall really a great beer. More of an IPA than a tripel in my opinion, but if you can get passed that I would recommend trying it.

Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours hazy orange with about an inch of fluffy eggshell white nhead. Leaves minimal spotty lacing.

S-Citra hops, citra hops and more citra hops. Citric aroma similar to frozen orange juice concentrate. A faint hint of oak.

T/M-Citra hops are really the dominant flavor here. Very little about this beer reminds me of a tripel. There's some slick Belgian yeast mid-palate, and a bit of funk on the back end, but otherwise this drinks like a slightly peppery, citric double IPA. Almost no oak presence. The finish is warming and estery.

O-Though this may technically be a tripel, it drinks like a double IPA. Normally this would be a problem. However, it's a really good double IPA.

Batch 300 from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.