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Provisions Series: Snicklefritz - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DovaliHops on 09-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 36
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold, a little bit of orange in the color, pristine white head to it, just right, around 1" per 12oz. Big time belgian yeast aroma. Pretty clean and citrusy for the style.

Moderately hoppy for style, lots of citrus flavors for style, yet no haze from the fruit zesting and whatnot that went on.

Kick ass mouthfeel making 10% go down so easily. How something 10% can qualify as 'refreshing' seems at odds, but it really works here.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottleshare with Alucard4 and Darthkostrizer

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy eggshell colored head. Good retention and low lacing.

Yeasty and bready on the nose with a faint caramel and candi sugar note. Also a touch of sourness.

Flavor starts off good with good balance and a little different for the style IMO. Then as I drank it more it became increasingly tougher to drink. It started getting more and more sugary and sweet. Notes include sugary maltiness, bready yeast, subtle fruit like peach and mango, bitter oakiness, orange zest and a hint of clove.

Medium mouthfeel that gets increasingly heavier through the beer. A little zesty bite with medium-high carbonation.

Overall I just thought it was weird how much my opinion changed through this beer. I can see how some would like it but for me and the others I drank it with, we all felt the same way.

Photo of IKR
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy medium amber color. Has a fairly generous white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Bready Belgian yeast notes, with some fruity notes that could be described as grapesque.

Taste: Some grape/white wine notes come through with some spicy notes also featuring prominently. Some mild orange notes also come through.

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

Overall: This beer was one of my first beers from the Bruery at their 1st anniversary party. People can hate on the Bruery all they want, but I feel they aren't afraid to take chances and go for brewing unique flavorful beers. Even though this was not their original recipe this one holds true to that philosophy.
Reviewed on 9/10/2011

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, wood, spices, pineapple, and orange zest. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, banana, wood, spices, floral, orange, orange rine, and orange zest. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I went into this one fairly curious on what this combination would be like. It actually happpened to turn out pretty well as the citrus came across really nicely with the added wood character. This made it quite enjoyable and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Frank (lurchingbeast) for this unsolicited extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a LadyFace snifter with a hazy tangerine color. About a finger of off white head is achieved that dissipates rather slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Slight oak, Belgian yeast, a hint of citrus, and some nice spices.

Taste – The initial flavor is some nice spices and citrus such as clove and orange (making me think of Christmas time). Some nice oaky, earthy flavors mixed in with definite candied brown sugar. Just a bit of vanilla shows itself as the beer warms, and there are definite Belgian yeast characteristics that finish up the sip.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, exquisitely creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall – Honestly, this is a pretty good Belgian pale ale. Nothing that would knock your socks off, but a very appropriate brew to enjoy tonight and enjoy it I am!

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mrbubbler!

Appearance. Pours a clear, gold-amber with two finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Spicy belgian yeast along with some citrus and a little tropical fruit.

Taste. Sweet light grains and some belgian yeast and spices, some citrus fruits and honey.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Very nice belgian pale. A bit sweet for me, but has nice flavours in a nice ballance.

Photo of DearthVader
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 poured to Green Man oversized snifter.

Pours a glowing burnt orange that just lights up your eyes. You're greeted by a vicious pure white 3 finger head that falls to a half inch and sticks around forever. Very little lacing, but there are slight webs at times.

So many spices in this one, I struggle to pick exact ones out. It's very nice though. It's a spiced up citrus bomb that has the tiniest bit of zest on the finish. Almost like a Saison and I'd probably guess it was a Saison if I didn't know what I was drinking.

Taste follows suit with the spices and gobs of citrus. Nice Belgian yeasts are present, and again it's finished with some lemony tartness that I'm very happy is in there.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very light which makes it very drinkable especially while clocking in at 10% ABV. I wish there were a dry finish in this one since I've been thinking Saison this whole time, but alas, there's not. Still very nice though.

I think this is by far my favorite offering by The Bruery so far. This is the first of their Provisions Series that I've tried, but I might have to start making some regualr trips out there if they continue to stock this stuff.

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip.

Pours a hazy gold with a lovely soapy white head that settles to a nice haze and leaves some sticky lacing. Aromas are of candi sugar, bready Belgian yeast, citrus, oak, and spices. Taste is similar to the nose, rather sweet, with some spicy Belgian yeast, lots of citrus, and lots of spices (getting some allspice, cinnamon, and a touch of clove - in fact there were moments where this reminded me of a clove cigarette). Slightly boozy, the 10% definitely comes through, but it doesn't really detract from the overall experience. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. Overall an enjoyable experience, definitely something unique.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Caramel orange in color with a 1/4 inch white head and ok retention

Smell: Bready yeast and lots of biscuit upfront and a decent amount of summer fruits like apricot on the backend

Taste: Upfront it taste like there is some citrus that is fighting against the spices that were used. It finishes of with a nice oak character and actually the more I drink it the less I like it.

Mouthfeel: Is maybe just a bit thinner than medium and carbonation is medium

Overall: A decent little belgian golden but nothing to wonderful

Photo of Cinderbike
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Provisions store in Orange.

A - Golden yellow with a thin white head.

S - Biscuit, fruits, estery, tons of citrus and coriander. This is not subtly spiced at ALL.

T - Like a golden strong and a witbier had a baby. Wow. It really does not taste like 10%. Lots of spice and belgian yeast character. Cinnamon, coriander, curaçao, pepper.

M - Medium, tons of carbonation.

O - I was very impressed by this beer. It's a great drinking beer, but at 10% I wouldn't want more than 2 - 3 glasses. It'd be very easy to get drunk on this stuff though, as it's one of the most sessionable beers of this strength I've ever had.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip during today's NFL mini-tasting.

Pours a moderately-hazy golden-peach color with a decent white head. Faint bit of lacing and a thin collar with a bit of a cap. The nose carries some light oak plus a bit of light citrus and spice. Flavor has a bit of spice and oak. Citrus is in the background. Spice and oak really come through in the body. Medium in feel. Pretty good and a nice concept.

Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange gold color with pretty good head and fair lacing. The nose is impressive in this beer, as I pick up considerable honey, light butter, apricot, gingerale and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this sweet, full bodied beer, but I didn't seem to get the same complexity of flavor on the palate. The sweet tropical fruit flavor really seems to dominate in this beer, though I appreciate how well integrated into the alcohol is into the flavor profile. This beer really comes across as quite rich, with plush, viscuous mouthfeel.

This is a pretty nice beer, but given how sweet and boozy it is, I can't imagine drinking a whole lot of it (thankfully there were plenty of folks to share it with last night).

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks jodan.
25.4oz bottle poured into a Bruery Snifter.

A - Pours a light, hazy orange with a two finger cream colored head - small and large bubbles are present. Good retention and lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, citrus-lemons, spicy.

T - Spicy, orange, lemons.

D - Lots of carbonation, light to medium body.

O - Light and very refreshing.

Photo of Khazadum
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Great head development. Pure white body, rose to a height of 2 fingers, settled down appropriately to a collar and murky topper. Edging has some medium sized bubbles disrupting the creamy characteristic. Toffee colored body hides very tiny bubbles, but a multitude of them.

S- Nice light oak character, less the sweetness and more woody than anything else. Gentle belgian candied sugar. Pretty simple bouquet here, there is a tinge of citrus spice rather than sweetness which is quite welcome.

T- First hit is a citrus rind and spice. Its like oranges dehydrated and sprinkled over the body. The body that I speak of is a light candied sweetness. Like caramels and brown sugar, but woody as well. Gritty, more earthen. The wooden flavors of the oak hit first and fade quickly.

The hops are not gentle, bitter in the front and rising to be high on the back most reaches of my tongue. Perhaps as I drink more I detect cloves and minor banana sweetness as well! Oh, the hidden nature of this beer. For a 10%, the alcohol is very well placed. Definitely doesn't taste hot or alcoholic at all.

M- Full of body, very very creamy. Low carbonation generates some interesting contrasts to the velvet liquid. Perfect stickiness and great bitter retention to the point that it becomes a hassle to drink. Very frustrating at times.

Nice belgian pale ale. Good flavors, nothing amazing.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a huge fluffy white head that has great retention and lace. Smells of lemon, orange, wheat, and spice. Slightly sweet malt in the nose mixed with tart spicy undertones. Taste is again sweet with malts but also has a spicy citrusy bite to it. Finishes with a bit of warming alcohol heat mixed with some candied sugar. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet but tart mouthfeel. I'm really digging this one! Sweet and strong Belgian pale that's quite easy to consume.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Provisions

A: Dark golden color with a thin tan head.

S: Huge butterscotch aroma (think Werther's Original) with some faint belgian yeast and wet hay.

T: Muted peppery hops, caramel malts, lots of butterscotch and some freshly baked bread. A hint of oak on the finish as well. The butterscotch flavor is a bit much, but it kind of works in this beer in a weird way.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

was looking for something interesting to drink tonight and this one called my name. enjoyed from a bruery tulip.

a - brew poured a fairly attractive orange with yellow highlights. there was a big foamy and surprisingly creamy head. looks classic belgian belgian. the brew is transparent and has that great lively champagne like steady bubbling. looks really great! reminds me of an ommegang. thick creamy lacing clings to the glass.

s - banana, clove, vanilla, some soft spicing. strong alcoholic heat that gives it an almost fermented apple juice smell.

t - fermented apple juice indeed. classic BSPA flavoring is there with clove and banana, but the spicing and citrus and oak seem to impart more of a juice like vibe.

m - not as creamy as it looks, a bit fizzy but fairly thirst quenching.

o - overall this one was pretty good. has some elements to the look that are perfect to style and the overall flavor profile and nose ends up feeling like fermented apple juice. it was surprisingly quenching.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass. Body is a hazy, translucent amber gold. Poured to a half inch head, the foam is white and sudsy. Good retention, but eventually dissipates to a cap and ring, leaving trace lacing on the glass. A swirl will regenerate some foam, but that quickly dissipates back to a cap and ring. Has the appearance of a belgian golden ale as The Bruery describes it, though more amber in color.

This smells lusciously sweet, like icing on a wedding cake. So much so that a fruit fly dive-bombed into my brew (I hate that) and now it is attracting more. Have to cover this with a coaster in between sips. There are orange and other citrus notes, toffee, and spices like coriander, cinnamon. Has a noticeable alcohol level in the nose.

Tastes of bready and caramel malt, candi sugar, butter, toffee, belgian yeast, hops. Quite a delightful tasting beer overall. Similar to Piraat, but a bit lighter in body. There might be citrus esters from the yeast, but I know this has tangerine and other citrus rind added. The tangerine presence is notable and delightful. As for spices, I'd say there is some coriander, ginger, cinnamon and clove. There is also some metal from the yeast. There is some vanilla and oak in this too. In the long finish (which occurs when you take too much time composing a review) it is dry and peppery. The more I drink of it, and as it warms, the sweeter this gets. There is some perceptible alcohol in the taste, but it is pretty well hidden.

Body is light to medium (the sugar in this adds to the perception of body) and the carbonation is soft, giving this a creamy mouthfeel.

You don't much taste the 10% ABV with this beer, but after a glass, I notice it, so sip, sip, sip. Overall, I think this is a delightful belgian-style golden strong ale. It is definitely on the sweet side but the citrus rind keeps the sweetness in check. Sort of like a buttered belgian waffle with orange curacao that has been flamed off. What do you expect in a beer that seems to be named after a candy bar?

Photo of brotherloco
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazed dark gold with almost a finger of off-white foam. Settles to a thin ring. Bits of lacing.

Aroma is laden with sweet bright fruit. I also get the coriander and citrus additions. Some booze.

Flavor is mildly sweet and spicy. A lot of alcohol comes on in the middle and through the finish. Sours a bit through the finish as well. Some dry woodiness in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with medium-sharp carbonation. Creamy. Great feel.

Overall a great smell and feel, and a decent flavor, but the alcohol and souring makes it a little harsh.

Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

“He ain't getting any of that Pineapple Express...Chris is getting Snicklefritz.”

Originally developed and homebrewed by Kyle Manns, Snicklefritz is spiced with cardomom, ginger, juniper berries and coriander, along with fresh lemon, orange, grapefruit and tangerine zest. After fermentation, the concoction was aged on oak cubes.

Clear and bright apricot on the first pour; cloudy amber peppered with large, dark flakes on the second. Both pours beget a gorgeous, pillowy head an inch tall and pure white that deposits thick trails of lace.

For all that went into it, there isn’t much complexity to Snicklefritz’s aroma. I get pears, white pepper and a bit of orange along with hints of the coriander and ginger that went into it, but overall it smells mostly like your standard Belgian golden strong.

Same deal here. Big on the pear, alcohol and pepper that exemplifies the style; not so much on the other spices. Here, hints of the juniper berries come through, along with hints of honey. Finishes with dry crackers and pithy citrus peel.

Velvety body just one shade under medium, with fairly high, prickly carbonation that breaks the brew into silky fizz. Alcohol is big in the flavor and comes through the nose as well, but it’s not as big as you would expect.

Snicklefritz is an apt choice of name here — a good enough example of the style to make you think you’re getting the good stuff, but lacking the complexity of the ACTUAL good stuff.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Belgian yeast, and some spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it quite easy to drink.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange amber in color. Massive white head and a strong carbonation when opened.

S: Aroma of honey, belgian candy sugar, some noble hops and tons of orange with a bit of spicing.

T: The belgian candi sugar takes the front of the stage followed directly by citrus flavors from orange rind and a bitterness probably also from the same thing. A bit of belgian yeast white pepper flavors and a bit of coriander essence. This is really bitter for a BSPA, different which is nice for a change but probably would be more enjoyable a little less bitter.

M: Thick body with a medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy

O: A nice bit of work and a good beer, tough to enjoy a full bottle by one person. I split this up and finished the second half on a Sunday rather than crushing it in one night. Luckily some carbonation was still present after capping.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost, three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head leaves a nicely layered, it a touch thin, lacing on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through a couple glasses of this beer. The beer is a bright amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, dark gold / copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a solid biscuit, or sweet brown grain cracker like maltiness to it that is accentuated by a richly toasted character that seems oak derived, but seems to escape from overly woody notes. The effervescent carries bright citrus notes to the nose that is noticeable after the toasted / malty notes. There seems to be a fair amount going on in the nose here with other notes reminiscent of ginger, perhaps a hint of juniper, a light turpene spice character that reminds me of clove or cardamom (though this last only faintly), perhaps a hint of earthy coriander and lots of pale malt cracker character once you really start to dig into the aroma.

Quite effervescent, almost foamy, as it first hits my mouth, and this despite sitting ten minutes in my glass. The beer is quite dry, but some warming alcohol seems to add some sweetness and there is also a soft citrus character that keeps this from being bone dry. The finish has a light spiciness and astringency to it that seems oak derived, but the alcohol also adds some piquancy. The rich, toasted maltiness that is in the nose is also here in the flavor but at a much reduced level; it focuses more on the cracker side of things rather than the more biscuit like character that was found in the aroma. The body is quite light, especially when you consider the strength; it doesn’t stop being a sipping beer though as the alcohol and oak add a heat to the finish that keeps me from wanting to quaff this thing (which is certainly a good thing given the strength). The spiciness is quite a bit muted as compared to the aroma, instead there is a general, floral spiciness to the flavor that can be a bit peppery

I feel like this could use a touch more residual body, at times it can seem a touch too thin, not really from a body standpoint, but that dryness seems to mute a bunch of the spice and malt character that would otherwise be in the flavor. Still this is an enjoyable beer as is, but it seems like it could be quite a bit better without letting the yeast chomp through this quite as much (though it definitely should remain on the dry side).

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/02/11 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one. Served in my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a murky orange amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, and a little oak or wood. Lots of spice in the nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, Belgian yeast, spices, fruity malts, light floral and pine, and some vanilla. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderare carbonation.

o - Overall a decent Belgian style ale from the Bruery. Lots of spices in the nose, but I enjoyed the almost vanilla like qualities in the taste. Would have it again.

Photo of larryi86
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you womencantsail for sending this!
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear golden orange with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, spices, oak, some sweet tropical notes, candied sugar.

T- Less sweet than the nose, but still sweet. Spices are bold, with some citrus and tropical notes, oak, cloves in the finish, alcohol is noticeable, but doesn't kill the flavor.

M- Full body, and a little chewy.

O- Not a bad beer, but it is seems like it will be forgettable. The more I drink the more the taste comes together, but the alcohol is still there.

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Provisions Series: Snicklefritz from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.