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Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder - The Bruery

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 16
Gots: 81 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Collaboration with Dogfish Head.
Full name is "Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Gradually, Quietly, Steadily)"
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Ratings: 297 | Reviews: 123
Reviews by CraftAleRookie:
Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized DFH Snifter. How fitting!

This beer poured with a huge 3-4 finger soapy head. It took a few minutes to bubble down, so that I could continue to add more to the glass (which holds about 18 ounces). Hazy golden color- not as cloudy as I expected for an unfiltered brew.

Smell has a tart edge- hints of yeast and barley. Taste is very much like a belgian ale- yeast, but an interesting finish- more of a dry finish, with a very slight tart edge. I have no idea what a kumquat tastes like, so perhaps that's what is "hinting" at me.

The feel of this beer is very lively- very fizzy, very active. It's got a medium body, just a bit on the lighter side of medium.

This is not a bad brew- I think it would be better in warmer weather- this would be refreshing on a late spring or early summer day. Not a bad collaboration effort! And another bottle for my DFH collection...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, Nathan!

(Aged for 6 months)

Hazed golden with a moderately sized near-white head. This leaves thin lacing down the glass.

The aroma consists of citrus and melon, along with a bit of yeast, grass, and spice.

This is a somewhat fruity example of the style, along with mild yeast character, bread, and grass. This isn't particularly interesting, but there's nothing flawed here either.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

A fine enough beer, though too expensive.

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mocktm
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a full glass of snow white rocky meringue that eventually becomes a slight hazy bright yellow body with a racing carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The lemon aroma blends with sake yeast and a light cream and black tea note in the finish. Otherwise it is pretty clean.

T- The slightly salty lemon flavor is bright with a touch of tartness and a soft medicinal spice finish. There is some citrus pith flavor that grows in the aftertaste but there is no bitterness to it.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but the texture is very filling.

O- This beer has an interesting lemon flavor with some very subtle sake flavors. It is pretty clean and not a lot of depth comes through.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with three fingers of fizzy white head. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast on the nose, definite clove and nutmeg. Good but somewhat one dimensional. The taste is more of the same, dominated by the spiced yeast character but with a touch of fruitiness. The mouthfeel was a little thin but still good. Overall, I was sort of confused by this. It says it was brewed with sake yeast but it felt more like a Belgian tripel to me, but then it was a bit thin, almost saison-esque in that way. I should have expected the unexpected from DFH but if I didn't know the backstory I would have said this was an unremarkable tripel. Worth trying once, but I won't be going back to it.

Photo of JosephThompson
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery "Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder" in collaboration with Dogfish Head
25.4 oz. bottle; no apparent freshness dating

Appearance: Poured from a long-standing chilled bottle it's a crystal-clear deep gold. Specks of what might be protein, or possibly yeast or spice, can be seen resting in suspension. Very fine bubbles stream steadily upwards, helping to support the rocky bright-white head. It seems fizzy and highly carbonated at first, but that doesn't seem to be the case as it settles down quickly. Perhaps there's just not enough to the body to hold the CO2 in? Or not.... Unfortunately, the head doesn't hold for very long, and the lacing is limited as well. That must be due to the use of rice in the grain bill, and I think that can be forgiven as such. Subsequent pours rouse the yeast from the bottom of the bottle and it's quite hazy, taking on an almost orange color (and rounding and filling the flavor as well). So, as I don't think it's intended to be clear, and I actually much prefer the cloudy version (in both appearance and taste) let's go with that. Don't bother to be delicate with this one.

Aroma: Interesting. Spicy. Cedar-like. I'm thinking coriander, and there's a slight suggestion of cardamom as well, but I don't think either one is right. Lots of fruitiness makes it's way through, and there's a sweetish malt component to it. It's oddly alluring. It's somewhat tropical with a hint of papaya and melon, but also a spritz of lime and orange.

Flavor: So, the kumquats definitely come through, not that I'd know what they were if that information wasn't included on the label. It's an interesting fruitiness that has a bit of tartness to it, but which is also somewhat sweetish. And of course the spice is there. Ginger really comes through, and it leaves a tingle on the tip of the tongue by mid-glass. Whatever else is in there I really haven't got a clue, except that there's some kind of pepper to be sure (ahhh, maybe that's the source of the tingle on the tongue). Interestingly, it's a kind of basic beer in a way (I guess the closest thing I can liken it to as an example is a Belgian-style witbier), but it's also really complex. The rice flavor is also apparent, and along with the sake yeast, is probably what really makes it so unique. Together they're probably also whats giving me the impression of 'cedar', or some type of dry wood - although spicy dryness should not be ignored either, in that argument, as the spices really lend it a dry quality. It's certainly not as sweet as the aroma suggests it will be. It finishes dry and spicy with a myriad of flavors going on - and to a certain extent, that's where this beer shines.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly fuller than I thought it would be given the pour and dropped head, but also a little bit more carbonated than that visual inspection suggested. Everything considered, I think it's spot on: any more carbonation (or less body) would allow the spicing to run roughshod over everything else; and any less carbonation would leave it dull, just pulling everything down into a muddy mess.

Conclusion: Quite fascinating. It's initially an interesting beer just because it's so unique, but then layer upon layer of delicate complexities reveal themselves - all beneath an umbrella of some very firm peppery spice - yet it's not overdone! With everything going on here, this could easily have been a train-wreck, and yet somehow they managed to pull it off unscathed, and to a certain extent, in perfect balance. If you are a true connoisseur of beer you should seek this out before it's all gone because it's truly unique - I can think of a few beers on a global scale that are similar, but there are none that are the same.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of white head. Translucent yellow with decent lacing.

Smells like a stanky wheat beer, not the good kind.

Tart but not sweet; I'm guessing that is kumquat. Potent spice but light in body and relatively dry. Champagne-like in taste, I guess.

Fluffy texture, if that makes sense.

Kinda neat. Worth the price? Maybe, but since it's a relief effort, it's for a good cause. Also, it's a saison. Just sayin.

Photo of socon67
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had for Thanksgiving toast.

A - Pours orange, cloudy, and with some sediment swirling in the glass. A hearty white foam rests on top. Minimal lacing.

S - Some sugary sweet smell of fruit. Has an earthy spice scent, but not easy to place.

T - Initial taste is sweet. Not sure if I taste kumquats, which is what is listed on the bottle. But it is a fruity flavor of grapes, peaches, and some citurs. Spciy notes finish the flavor prfile. A bit peppery, and maybe a cinnamon flavor too.

M - Carbonation makes this a cocktail beer. we had this to toast the holiday meal, and I'd find this the appropriate way to enjoy the beer. The combination of seet and spices is a bit heavy and not the best to enjoy with a meal.

O - Decent collaboration, and from 2 cool breweries I enjoy alot. Worth trying, not worth trying again. Just a fun beer to share with a group once.

Photo of hyoung41
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Nickfellow007
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lord Hobo- poured a translucent yellow color with no head, no retention and no lacing.

Smells mostly of yeast, then a little malt and skittle spice (maybe nutmeg).

Tastes a lot like it smells- like yeast and slightly malty with a little hood towards the end.

Mouthfeel is very lively- thin but well carbonated. Good brew but not my favorite blonde.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy yellow/light orange. Big head that overflows the glass.

Smell - Saison-ish in its spice notes. Lemon citrus with a dose of sugar. Peppery. Belgian yeast notes.

Taste - Really lacking the taste to back up the smell. Tough to tell if it's a BPA or a saison or neither. Sweet and peppery in the finish. Bitter with lots of Belgian sugar and yeast flavors. Less interesting than the nose.

Mouthfeel - Light, but a touch sugary. Overly bitter in the finish.

Overall - The flavors are decent, but uninteresting. Lacking the explosion of flavors this bottle advertises.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a couple fingers of shiny and frothy bright-white head. This retains with some sudsy ringing around the edges of the glass, leaving back some thick and patchy swathes of lace. The aroma smells sticky, fruity, and spicy all at once in the nose, with notes of ripe tartness, bready sweetness, and spicy yeast.

The taste continues this, with a sweet and sticky mix of fruit and malt on the palate that leads into a steady spicy dryness that totally parches the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sprightly carbonation that dances those flavors around in the mouth. I will say that any alcohol warmth here is fabulously well hid here the ABV, with it mostly just adding extra fullness to the flavors.

This was interesting. Almost like a Saison crossed with a sparkling cider at times and while I actually liked the lively feel here it’s unfortunately contradicted a bit by the high alcohol and overall chewiness of the flavors. This was worth checking out but I’m glad that I was able to split the bottle with someone.

Photo of morimoto76
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of KSimley
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a a pale straw yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, fruit, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spices, kumquat, fruit, and subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an okay brew. The aroma on this one was very Belgian Pale Ale-ish as was the flavor. I do like how they were able to incorporate the kumquat into this one, but it just fell short for me. Worthy of trying for any true ticker out there, but fell short of my expectations.

Photo of mozim
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder from The Bruery
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