Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder - The Bruery
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3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a flared glass at a DFH dinner at Rapture. From notes. Reviewed 16 January 2012.
A: A finger of stark white head fades fast. Lots of bubbles in this pale, clear ale. Decent lacing.
S: Tart kumquats, tripel-ly spices, and clean Belgian(?) yeast. Nope, apparently it's sake yeast. Interesting. Smells like a BSPA.
T: And it *tastes* like a BSPA. Very clean, subdued, grassy flavors. The spices aren't very spicy (i.e., not pepper). Light in taste for 8.2%. Vague clove, but the fruitiness is the star of the show -- light citrus; roundly pleasant.
M: The mouthfeel is excellent. Champagne-like, spritzy, light, refreshing, and, overall, delicate.
O: Good beer, but perhaps not exceptional. Recommended for lovers of odd yeasy and (BS)PAs.
07-04-2014 23:09:41 | More by AgentMunky
3.46/5 rDev -8%
Sampled March 2012
A soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger and rising, frothy, just off-white colored head that ends up a full two fingers above the rim of my glass. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale straw color when held up to the light. As I pour this lots of fruit aromatics are present and these remind me of pear and apple cider to some degree. There is an earthy note to the nose that is brought out by a by the pale grain character as well as from some of the spice character. Specific aromatic notes of pale wheat crackers, pear blossoms, lemon zest, a musty white pepper note, some bright ginger character, perhaps a hint of nutty - pale grain character, and a definite Sake like character.
The beer is expressively carbonated, the body is fairly light, which helps to accentuate the effervescence and the beer is actually fairly dry as well. Ginger flavors provide some bitter like notes and there is a bright citrus note that lightly infuses things here. The finish has a bite to it that seems to be a mix of alcohol, phenolics and spiciness; it is almost clove like, sort of turpene laden in some ways and suggests at a palate numbing quality. Touches of pale cracker like grain character peak through at times, but the grain really contributes a soft, pale grain sweetness. The body of this beer is actually quite light, it has a touch of viscous character to it, but only just enough to keep it from being watery. The alcohol, along with the lightness, definitely reminds me a bit of sake & I wonder if that is the rice, the Sake yeast or perhaps both. The fruit character in this beer actually leans more towards pear than it does citrus
This is a bit more interesting than I was expecting; I really like that the spice character is fairly subtle, which I also was a little worried about coming into this beer. This has a touch more warmth to it than the alcohol level might suggest, and I wonder if this has been accentuated by the Sake yeast. Not bad, this definitely gets bonus points for striking an interesting balance between beer and Sake (though it is definitely weighted towards the former).
09-30-2013 02:21:42 | More by Gueuzedude
Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.