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

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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 17
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Collaboration with Dogfish Head.
Full name is "Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Gradually, Quietly, Steadily)"

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-15-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

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4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev +17%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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