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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: 1
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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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 3 inch fizzy white head that settles to a thin film. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles when held up to the light. Random small dots and streaks of lace form sparsely on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, yeast, unidentifiable Asian spices, and some citrus aromas. Taste is mainly of grains, the spices, and a very distinct citrus flavor that I have to assume is kumquat. The aftertaste is a bit acidic and sour but it quickly dissipates into a subtly sweet buttery flavor. There is also a spicy quality to this beer that hits you in the back of the throat. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel that is almost soda-like in nature. I assume this could be due to the fact that sake yeast was used in this one. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not at all what I was expecting. I am glad I picked one up and that a portion of the proceeds go to charity.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of RS membership. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazed light apricot color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries a lot of sake yeast plus a bit of citrus. Far too one-dimensional and not a very nice dimension at that. The flavor is about the same. Not terrible, but not all that appetizing. Light body with crisp carbonation. Meh.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger bubbly head with nice thick lacing on top of a clear nearly straw colored golden body. This is a very aromatic beer. Aroma is very fruity, makes me think of a saison or belgian dark. The flavor initially is very sweet, tart and syrupy with an almsot cider beer like quality. Mostly apple throughout with spicy charcter. Kumquat, corriander notes. High carbonation and light bodied. Semi dry in thw finish. Overall a very interesting beer which becomes more drinkable through the experience. Almsot like a mix between a saison and a cider beer in a simplified sense.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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

Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a bright looking yellow color with a slightly hazy look to it. The head on the beer is a fizzy and white. There isn't too much lacing or retention. The smell of the beer has a nice tartcitrus aroma mixed with some softer bread like aromas. The taste of the beer has elements of tart fruits with some wheat like flavors in there. The mouthfeel is soft and I little tart. It's also very light. Overall this beer is ok, I can't say that it's anything all that special. It was nice to try.

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

On-tap at The Bruery

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a white head. Smells really interesting, heavy on the citrus and spice notes. Not really what I was expecting. I don’t get a lot of sesame or sake characteristics. The flavor has a lot of yeast, citrus peel, and spice. There’s a bit of banana to it as well as plenty of bread. Wasn’t bad, actually.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

been saving this one awhile... pours a hazy honey color with a receding one inch white head. smell is yeast driven and sweet/tart with some fruit and citrus maybe orange in the background. taste very much like a kumquat, for those who know what that is, a piquant orange vibe with a sugary conclusion. rind-like. yeast also in the flavor, a wheat beer mouthfeel, plenty bright and unfiltered. for $12.49 its worth it, complex and totally different. i also a sucker for collaborations, something about the unity of it all...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

How can a beer become faster...? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunshine blonde topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises white grapes, sweet biscuit, light peach (maybe it was white grape-peach juice to begin with?), light clove, mild sweet lemon zest, a twinge of mild tea, and a vague sense of general funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tea character coming through a bit more pronounced, some wild rice coming through in the background, and some spice mixture I can't quite parse pervading the proceedings. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an interesting amalgamation here, one that I don't think fully expresses what it wants to, but it was still pretty enjoyable in the end.

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

A - pours with a huge head of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, straw yellow body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - a very spicy aroma of clove, pepper, orange and cinnamon.

T - soft wheat and a fruity acidity up front. Some clove and lemon come out in the middle with a tart, citrus now that lingers through the finish with mild, herbal hops.

M - a thick, creamy body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - kind of tastes like a wit to me, but with more acidity than that style usually has. Fairly enjoyable but not something I would go out of my way to drink again.

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 jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour still yields a huge 3 finger fizzy head that fades semi quickly like its scared to be alive, and no lacing, over a semi clear but chill hazed golden honey colored beer with many bubbles rising up.

Nose is like a golden Belgian, lots of golden Belgian malts, quite yeasty too with a Belgian yeast, little farmhouse funky like yeast, some sweetness from the malts with a hint of honey and light candi sugar, hint of citrus candy, and little booze with esters. As it warms it gets a bit of a grainy like malt and some interesting like spice aroma almost saison like.

Taste starts sweeter with more malts, juicy malts, golden Belgian malts with some candi and like sweetness, light honey, and candi sugar. Again sweet citrus like candy flavor, with some light spices, not sure what spices they are but almost saison like. A bit yeasty with some Belgian yeast, eating the big sweet malts for a bit estery with a big booze kick, drinks more like 9-10% beer. Theres an interesting fruit from the yeast as well as something I can only attribute to the kumquats. The yeast gives lots of little bubbles. As it finishes it gets spicier but dry, and quite a bit of booze still almost burning the mouth level of booze. bit more of the fruit almost apricot like fruits now, and light spices and yeast as well as citrus candy.

Mouth is med bodied to slightly heavier, tons of carbonation and lots of booze too.

Overall not bad, a bit too heavy and boozy, interesting flavors though, it would be much better and drinkable without the heavy booze that almost buries the rest of the flavors.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head fades to a thick ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet with a rather strong grape note. Kind of wine like, I'm assuming that is coming from the yeast.

Taste: Tons of yeast coming to the front of this beer. It has a mild herbal quality to it along with a fruity sweetness. There is a hint of white wine with some alcohol heat and a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy yet aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was interested when I saw this was made with sake yeast. I thought the overall flavor was a bit muddles, but not unpleasing.

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

Two of my favorite breweries come together to make an OK beer? I'm a little disappointed here. Served in a Bruery tulip. At the time of this review, this beer is the #29 beer on the "Top Beers - Herbed / Spiced Beer" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is yellow, hazy, with a big white head, decent retention, some lacing, aggressive carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is a lot like a tripel, nice yeast, strong malts, sweet, tea like bitterness and a citrusy fruit presence.

The fruit comes through in this beer, the body is thin and the sweetness of the beer is what really wins out overall. Decent beer but the Bruery is developing this trademark flavor to me, this sweet, nearing cloying sort of body to their Belgian ales that is slightly less than appealing. An interesting bitterness would have improved this beer or more fruit. I don't know. I may drink it again.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a 3-inch white foamy head which leaves flocked lace. Interesting audible of bubbles popping in the glass.

N: Yeast, citrus, spices, floral, and fruity (peaches) layered and intertwinned.

T: Sake yeast imparts a unique profile along with the many spices combine with juicy citrus rind. Interesting and unusual.

M: Medium body and full carbonation. Bright and zesty yeast together with spicy citrus fruits make the finish memorable and enjoyable.

O: Creative use of sake yeast, spices and citrus zest.

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up last week at Stateline in MD. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent straw yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of spices, cloves, pepper, citrus hops, bananas, yeast, light soap, and bready malts. Heavy on the spices but not bad. Reminds me a bit of a Belgian tripel.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, lemon peels, spices, pepper, cloves, Belgian yeast, bready malts, fruity malts, floral hops, bananas, and ginger. Again, very spice heavy and Belgian tripel like, but pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A touch overcarbonated, but otherwise pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall an interesting beer that was better than I was expecting after seeing some of the reviews. As I've mentioned, it reminds me heavily of a Belgian tripel as there is a lot of spices, but there is some nice citrus and bananas as well. Worth checking out.

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Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.