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

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 299
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 17
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of sjohansen
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FBBB is an unique beer, specifically made to review on Leap Day, an unique day. There is a strong wave of many scents that waft through the air as soon as the cap is popped. I cant put my finger on many of them specifically, but it is very reminiscent of Chateau Jiahu, it reminds me very much of sake. Peppers, sweet fruit, gummy bears, and meringue are some of the scents that come off the nose. The body has a slight haze, much like a public pool during an August heat wave. It's straw yellow color is topped with a light and fluffy whip, with a mixture of tight and thick, small and large bubbles, that leave leopard spotted print on the glass throughout the session. The tastes is over the top, different, otherworldly. There is a slight bit of heat as the beer warms; not from alcohol, but from some type of spice or pepper used in the brew. The heat just hints, disappearing after a few seconds and returning on the next sip. It almost reminds me of red pepper flakes. The sweet kumquats (Wha!) balance out the spice nicely. It's wild, it's awesome, it made my day today. (1,078 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright lemon yellow, very hazy with a 2 finger meringue whipped white head. Fantastic retention with slight lacing that is constant throughout the drink.

Interesting blend of spices hovering over pale grains, wheat, lemon zest. The sake yeast adds a creamy dampered element on the brightness. Slightly peppery and powdery as well.

Pale malt, wheat twang, crystallized ginger, toast and bright citrus. Smooth and creamy as the yeast adds some earthiness, balanced nicely with some mysterious spices that add depth and complexity. Hay and a resinous orange peel bite in the finish.

Medium bodied and not overbearing despite all the haze from the yeast. Fairly active carbonation with a crisp finish. Yeast creaminess is a very seamless cover for the ABV.

Impressive offering with layers of complexity not often seen in a blonde ale. Subtle flavors and spice notes along with a bright and balanced base. Very refreshing, reminds me of a wit or saison with a very different flavor profile. I enjoyed this very much. (1,023 characters)

Photo of MrTopher
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer hunting for this for a while and finally found some at Provisions, got two but wish I had a case.
Shared this with my wife, which she enjoyed it just as much as I did.

A – A nice light gold color would put it on par with straw color, amazingly clear and fresh looking. Poured into a Duvel tulip and creates a nice white head that has some nice retention and leave some mild lacing.

S – Good spice smell and some fresh citrus fruit as well. There is a little yeast funk borderline sour and that just adds a layer of complexity that I honestly enjoyed.

T – Similar to the smell, nice fresh fruits a little tartness nears the back of the tongue, some spice. Hard to pin point the spice flavor, but its there and adds just that additional layer of character I have grown to love with Bruery and DFH beers.

M – Crisp and very refreshing, the carbonation level is high but it fits this beer. Mouth feel is thin, but again it compliments the style they had tried to accomplish.

O – Like I had said above, I wish I had more of this because I REALLY enjoyed it. Both the Bruery and DFH make some really complex and abstract beers and I love trying them. Thankfully I have one more bottle of this, now it find a time to share this with some close friends that will appreciate it. (1,295 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at a good temperature with a large, off-white, foamy, frothy, head that settles after a bit and a little lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is a subdued blend of malt, yeast, spice, and perfume. Flavor's like nose with sweet slightly on top, then carbonic tang, and bitter bringing up the rear. There is a lovely blend of spice and a little fruit sweetness to augment the picture. Body is perfect, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and drinkable. Great beer! (511 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze to this golden hay, pilsner colored brew. Champagne-like bubbling and an awesome foamy head. This beer has some sounds to it too.

Very light fruity aroma with sake, delicately toasted rice, and some grassy hops. Smells pretty darn good to me. Smells cleansing!

Very bubbly, effervescent palate from start to finish. Dry fruity, yeasty palate with some very faintly toasted malts adding a grainy flavor to this mostly toasted rice beer. But with depth and complexity. I like this beer a lot. (505 characters)

Photo of mindlucent2007
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder poured into a tulip glass a hazy, light golden color body with a bone white, foamy 1-inch head. Lacing that lingers on this great looking brew. Smell is dominated by a sweet and sugary rice-like character and the Sake yeast is apparent. A unique spicy scent that is incredible exists. The taste is rather relaxed and a subtle sweet Sake and rice runs the show. It's a bit grassy with clean and crisp malts noticeable. A mild spiciness resides throughout each sip. Moderate carbonation for sure and no alcohol is detected. A medium weight brew with a smooth wheat aftertaste. A really well-balanced and interesting brew. All of the ingredients seem to gel in this one nicely and the unique choice of kumquats made the deal adding a subtle citrus character to this mysteriously gentle but spicy ale. (828 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a brilliant gold with excellent clarity. Has 4 fingers of loose white head that’s made up of giant bubbles that dissipate slowly. Very lively champagne-like carbonation. A really lovely looking beer.

N: Apple juice, pear, clove, candy cigarette sticks, white grapes and hints of kumquat.

T: Apple juice, golden delicious apple, pear and notes of kumquat (similar to an orange) upfront. Mid-palate brings in white grapes, candy cigarette sticks (yeah, the chalky ones), clove and notes of lemon. Finishes with a light barnyard funk, hay, white wine and perhaps some coriander.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, extra dry, clean and refreshing.

O: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Crisp apple and white grape throughout with lighter notes of pear and kumquat. Some light spices and funk in there as well. The kumquats come off sweet and citrusy rather than sour as I expected. Very easy drinking and at 8.25% the alcohol is not noticeable at all. Very refreshing. (1,005 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wellington glass (favorite beer glass period).

Appearance: This beer is a semi cloudy gold, Head rose to roughly two fingers length.

Smell:Light yeast and lemon peel not too potent but obviously apparent.

Taste: Unique, not extraordinary but pretty damn good. Feel of light lemon, vanilla, yeast and slightly creamy. If I say anything this beer is your Belgian strong pale ale meets a Hefewiezen. Complex but so smooth.

Overall: I kid you not, if you're a fan of what I mentioned above you will regret walking out without this beer beer. Drink with pride I will be buying this again. Salud! (609 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tiny bubble white head, hold very well. Laces glass on every sip. Hazy yellow beer. Good carbonation.

Smells of Farmhouse yeast. Clean smelling. Not much there, but pleasant. Carbonation helps bring it out aroma.

I like this beer more as the carbonation settles down a bit. Raw grainy flavor to the body. Minimal hop presence. Orange like flavors in the aftertaste. Has a white wine character.

The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of the beer. I detect wheat which softens the sip. But its still nice a thin in body, and very refreshing. Zest leaves a nice tannin coating on the tongue. Respectable ABV. I actually really like this beer.

It was recommended to consume fresh. But I aged this and its still good. (717 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this champagne bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with a thick, 3-finger, white head that quickly disappears into a wispy lace leaving a partial trail down the glass.

S: Spicy sweet aroma with a yeasty Belgian smell. Lots of fruits and citrus in the nose.

T: Very sweet and tart brew which has lots of spices. Citrus and yeast background

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: This was an awesome brew. Great flavors and aromas and enough alcohol to make it interesting. (513 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy straw color with a very nice head that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Smell those kumquats! Underneath, there is rice porridge, pear and banana, as well

Taste: The kumquats, rice and sake yeast elements jump out from the get-go, with other elements, such as the pear, banana, ginger and Japanese spices joining by mid-palate; after the swallow, a slight burn from the cayenne builds; in the aftertaste, I can also detect the sesame and poppy seed influences

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A subtle and complex beer - one where the ingredients are so unusual it helps to go the brewer's website to see what was used as the beer is a good drinker and is more enjoyable when you can pick out the various elements in the flavor profile (822 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeasts, spices, coriander, with some fruity flavors, lemon peel, and wheat.

T - Starts off with some Belgian yeast esters with some lemon peel, fruity esters, and a bit of coriander. Through the middle, some wheat and sake yeast flavors come through with a bit of black pepper. The finish is a mix of kumquats, lemon peel, wheat, Belgian yeast, and some spice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels smooth with an estery, lightly tart, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really interesting flavors in this beer that all really come together nicely. The kumquats and the sake yeast really add some great elements to the beer. (819 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (3,724 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy pale yellow with a fluffy head and good retention. Aroma is mildly sour, peppery, maybe some sake, grain and herbs, Belgian yeast, hint of brett as it warms, this is really hard to pin down. It changes as it warmed, as did the flavor. Creamy mouthfeel with plenty carbonation. Spicy with some tropical fruitiness. I need to drink another one of these, so I can pinpoint some of these great flavors. (409 characters)

Photo of turnstile
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours hazy golden with a thin, white head. Retention is excellent and lacing is superb. Bubbles dance and stream quickly from the bottom of the tulip glass.

Smell: Potent floral aroma, citrus, pith, honey sweetness, a hint of banana, bready malt and yeast spiciness. Complex, sweet and aromatic. Sake yeast delivering some great complementary notes.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Overall dry, verging on slightly sweet with a sharp tang. Kumquats contribute a mild citrus flavor and slight sourness. Spiciness is faint but apparent. Malts are bready and clean. Body is light and carbonation is crisp, making the mouthfeel even lighter.

Overall: Hits the mark in appearance and aroma. Mouthfeel seems appropriate for the style. Balance is key with this brew, and they nailed it. (781 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a subtley hazed pale straw gold with a huge frothy three fingers of white foam that slowly fizzes down to the surface leaving chunks of lacing on the glass.

S - Has an overall fruity and a bit spicy aroma, somewhat reminiscient of a saison/farmhouse ale. Smells mostly of traditional spices - coriander, black pepper, cinnamon/nutmeg...fruity with orangey citrus, a bit of tartness. Have to confess I don't really know what a kumquat smells or tastes like so will be difficult to identify accurately.

T - Again, much like a saison/farmhouse ale in flavor - spicy coriander and pepper, fruity - loads of citrus: oranges and lemons, lightly tart, rather yeasty (sake yeast?...ummm, not that distinctive, and a bit of alcohol. I know they say this is fermented with a special sake yeast (which I can reasonably assume is not the Bruery's house yeast), but I have to say that this really has a Bruery house saison flavor to it - perhaps a bit oddly mostly to the bretty ones. Blindly, I'd have guessed this was Saison Rue or Saison de Lente - but who knows, side by side may be totally different. Considering those are two of my favorite, goto saisons...I guess I'm liking this.

M - Light/medium bodied and full of carbonation...a bit foamy and a little creamy while still managing a good tingle. As the bottle progresses and warms, flavors change a bit and I get a bit more of an herbal quality to the beer with a spicy, lingering peppery finish...I think this is where the sake yeast starts to show its stuff and gives a bit of a rough around the edges kick that I associate with drinking sake...sort of a dirty fermentation, almost medicinal and phenolic aspect to it.

O - Honestly didn't know what to expect from this bottle...sake is hit or miss for me and kumquats were a real wildcard. I was not expecting so much of a saison-like vibe to this beer, but am happy and pleasantly surprised how nice this is. I'd get this again...price point matches most of the other Bruery offerings available in MA - an interesting beer worth a shot. (2,108 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I passed on it when offered through the reserve society, and was about to do the same when it showed up on local shelves. Then, Tom, the beer guy, talked me into a bottle, a purchase I fully expected to rue after hand. Let's see.

In my Duvel tulip, this beer is pretty glorious. Mostly clear light straw yellow (a good sign, 'cos that means there isn't going to be much caramel malt here!), there's a dense, white head that rises briefly before falling off to a thin disk, leaving no lacing. The nose is bright and fresh, with a mellow spice character and refreshing fruit character. Citrus peel and fruit (not necessarily recognizable as kumquats IMO), there's also a mild white grape and light peach character present. The spice blend is shockingly underhanded, with blend of red pepper flakes (lending a touch of smoke and heat), maybe some coriander and sesame seeds? Apart from the fruitiness, I can't say I get much sake character really. Really enjoyable.

Opening light in body without much malt character, there's a blend of citrus fruit and a very delicate spice character. The complexity of the nose isn't as delicate here, with some red pepper flakes and ginger being most noticeable, especially on the mid-palate. A touch of alcohol is present, especially on the finish. The kumquats are most assertive early on, and the sake yeast lends a fruitiness to the finish. The finish is particularly excellent, with a delicate blend of spice and fruit. Light in body and with a medium-high carbonation, this beer is refreshing. Probably the biggest surprise yet in my RS membership, this is very tripel-like. Excellent. (1,626 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears as a hazy straw color with a two finger fizzy white head that dissipates down to nothing in about a minute, leaving some interesting abstract patterns of lacing behind. At the moment I popped off the cap, there was a brief burst of semi-sour/spoiled kumquat aroma that fled the bottle and never came back. The aroma upon pouring into my tulip glass was much more pleasant: funky sake yeast on top of a grassy saison-like herbal essence and kumquat / persimmon juicy fruit. Flavor follows the nose but also includes a mild bready yeast element, some freaky (in a good way) white wine and rice sake flavor profiles, and a subdued tangy semi-sour accent note at the finish. Body is light and spritzey like a soda with the carbonation. The fruit elements in this one are also kept nice and dry, they never overwhelm the palate. At no point was the high ABV apparent by taste or smell...dangerously drinkable!

So in summary, this brew comes across to me as a sort of spiced Saison / Sake hybrid thing that somehow manages to be really super complex while staying subtle on the palate. If you are a Saison fan then this is worth checking out, because that's what it primarily felt like to me....an nice exotic Saison. (1,220 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color with a large white head that goes down quickly. Scent is initially reminiscent of sparkling apple juice...not cider, but juice. Also has quite a salty aroma with faint kumquat scent. Taste is initially citrusy with some lemon and orange zest...then I get some bread-like flavors with sweet kumquat. Nice, peppery spiciness throughout each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a damn tasty beer from two awesome breweries. (507 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery tulip.

Appearance: golden/straw color. Pours 3 inches of thich white head, that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: salty, citrus, spices, kumquat, apple.

Taste: kumquat, citrus, lemon zest, apple, sweet in the middle, and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish.

Overall: Very drinkable. Complex flavors/aromas. Tastes like Salt of the Earth with Kumquats and some subtle spices added. Very nice. (461 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

866th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

2011 Collaboration with Dogfish Head.

App- Damn close to apple juice but more alive and vibrant. A huge slow recededing two finger head. A few dots and cling.

Smell- A lot of fresh juice behind this one. A little earthy and spicy. Smells a bit like a colder and lighter Sorcachi Ace.

Taste- Very crisp and refreshing. A bit of apple and lemon. Retains a bit of spice and a touch grainy. Very balanced and wet. I'm thinking I need to try a Kumquat because I researched and it says citrus but I get apple.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a very well done carbonation level. A bit of citrus, sake grainy and apple.

Drink- I liked this one a lot. It was fresh, flavorful and bright. A very good profile and for a good cause. Well done Sam & Patrick. (801 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight haze and lots of visible carbonation in this soft golden orange ale. A big fluffy three finger white head tops it and dissapates slowly. The smell is wheaty and fruity, but not overly sweet. There is a soft hint of lemon and orange citrus with a nice spice behind it all. Possibly coriander and cloves? Smells very pleasant regardless.

The Japanese influence is actually pretty noticeable right off the bat, most likely from the sake yeast. This actually plays very nicely with the wheat malt and spiciness. Cloves are definitely a part of the flavor profile as is just a touch of coriander and sesame seeds. There is an intense and juicy fruity middle that explodes on the palate and then lingers in the aftertaste, but its not necessarily sweet. More of a dry fruitiness that is associated with grapefruit. Between this grapefruit quality, the spices, and the sake yeast, this is a nicely complex beer with a big and unique taste. The 8.25% ABV is barely detectable as it fits right in with the intensity of the spices and wheat malt. There is a soft prickle from the high carbonation in the middle of the palate followed by a very dry and puckering finish. A breath of alcohol follows.

I really enjoyed this beer. I think the flavors are just intense enough without going over the edge and the dryness of the mouthfeel complements it all, including the juicy burst in the middle. Good and unique one from a cool collaboration. (1,440 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy yellow straw color and formed a huge foamy white head that looked like a float and left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of yeasts, spices, kumquat peach/pear and pepper. The flavor was of yeasts, spices, kumquats and pepper. The body is fairly light and the finish is sprite and peppery. (359 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice refreshing beer. Better than the reviews suggest I think.

The beer pours a nice orange color that is pretty hazy and has a body of head that lasts a while (nice fluffy white appearance). Has some cascading bubbles, quite nice looking.

The smell is nice, and it gives notes like a witbeer in my opinion, in fact I expected the style to be a witbeer on here, though I suppose with the spice additives it can't classify as that style. The spices do come through in the nose along with some light fruity characters and belgian yeast. Just a bit of sweetness, but mostly a nice dry hop character.

The flavor is quite nice and the feel is great too, it's crisp but has body and depth of flavor. I really like this fruity and vegetable type taste in the middle of the beer, with wit like malts and yeasts surrounding it, almost like a juiciness to it. Has almost a nutmeg like spice to it. Some pears and apple flavors as well and maybe just a bit of spice tinged alcohol. Nice carbonation that compliments the beer quite nicely.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Definitely at least an A- for the style, very well done. (1,145 characters)

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