Provisions Series: Burly Gourd - The Bruery
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Reviews by Gueuzedude:
3.41/5 rDev -7.3%
Sampled March 2012
A steady, mostly soft pour into my tulip glass produces a voluminous, almost four-finger thick, pale brown colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dessert spices with notes reminiscent of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. A second take reveals a spicy, woody, distinctly cedar note here that boosts the overall spice character and even becomes as dominant as, or even more so than the spices. The total spice character is supported by more muted notes of toasted whole grain, touches of roast, and perhaps a hint of vegetal character (is that the squash or the roast malt contributing that). I like how the spices intermingle with the cedar and are supported by the toasted whole grain character here in the aroma; it definitely makes it inviting, if not overly beer like; I certainly wouldn’t have minded if more of the base beer, Milk Stout character had come through.
Somewhat light bodied, the beer doesn’t quite have the richness I was expecting for some reason. Spicy cedar notes and an astringency and woodiness to this beer and there is a roasted note that lingers in the finish. There is also a touch of tartness to this beer that seems contributed by the roast, some nutmeg notes and perhaps a hint of pumpkin character (though this last might be a stretch). The beer is still quite effervescent, despite it taking ten minutes for me to take my first sip. The prickly carbonation and carbonic acid mixes with the cedar and the bitter, burnt roast character to provide a sharpness to the finish that begs for some balancing, creamy malt character up front; unfortunately the malt richness just isn’t here. As the beer warms up, a nice, chewy, whole grain toasted character becomes more noticeable and helps to add some balance to the middle of this beer.
Cedar is definitely a weird beast in beer, because there are so few beers made with it there is a certain “ooh, that is interesting” quality to the beers that I have had with it, but having said that, I have had enough that I now want these beers to have an integrated, well executed use of the cedar. This beer has a touch too much cedar to be balanced; certainly a bit more malt richness would have helped, or better yet, cut back on the cedar. Having said all that though, this is still quite an enjoyable beer; one that I am happy to be drinking, but likely won’t go out of my way to purchase again unless I have heard that the balance of this beer has been tweaked with. This certainly has quite a bit of potential though.
09-30-2013 02:06:03 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
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Dark brown mahogany with a thick, tight brown head that eventually leaves messy spots of lace down the glass. The beer looks particularly thick for a milk/sweet stout. Beautiful.
The aroma is full of cedar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mild pumpkin/gourd characteristics--more earthy than sweet. I find none of the acidity I'm fearful of in milk/sweet stouts.
The flavor is too much dominated by cedar for it to really triumph, hiding some of the more nuanced earthy pumpkin. There's plenty of nutmeg and pumpkin pie character, which is nice, but the cedar is definitely dominating.
Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
A very nice pumpkin pie/cedar beer, though I wish the pumpkin character was more present in the flavor.
01-08-2012 00:23:04 | More by ehammond1
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
On tap at The Bruery Tasting room. Some sour aroma and sour taste, with some pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seed. Reddish brown, sugar to offset it. An OK pumpkin beer slash Belgian, with some flavour and OK drinkability, would like more bold spice. Average mouthfeel.
01-20-2012 03:55:43 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours like a typical bruery beer, by that I mean a giant massive head, otherwise a nice deep brown with tons of lacing and head retention.
The nose is very spicy, with a big blast of pepper, light pumpkin spices, and a bit of roasted malt.
The flavor is very nice, big and malty with roasty grains and chocolate along with spicy classic nutmeg pumpkin flavors. A great mix of flavors and very big at that.
The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.
Very nice, tasty beer, I like the strange complexity.
03-21-2012 23:15:03 | More by bashiba
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cedar, pumpkin, spice, and brown sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, pumpkin, spice, fruit, and subtle brown sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The cedar on this one definitely ran the show in this brew. The cedar dominated the aroma on this one and the flavor while having loads of cedar in it, still allowed the more subtle flavors to come through. Quite a nice brew from the Bruery.
02-10-2012 02:29:33 | More by thagr81us
2.75/5 rDev -25.3%
Pours a dark cola-brown with a foamy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap. Spice (cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg) and cedar dominates the nose, along with some sweet pumpkin, dark roasted malt, and cream. Taste is similarly spice-dominated, with more nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. A bit too spicy for my liking, this moves away from being a "pumpkin beer" into "spice beer" territory. The Milk Stout base is a nice touch, but can't hide (or balance) the high spice quantity. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, with a medium body and a touch too-high carbonation. Overall a decent experiment, but not a very good beer. A rare Bruery miss for me.
05-19-2012 02:46:13 | More by jsanford
2.98/5 rDev -19%
Appearance: Opaque black, surprisingly dark and chewy looking for a lower ABV stout. The initial pour produces 3 fingers of thick foam that slowly settles to a film.
Smell: A lot of cedar and spice, to the point of obfuscating the malt at first. Pretty much smells like a cigar box. As it warms, a bit of sweet toasted malt does come through, but you have to search for it.
Palate: Cedar is dominant again, lending a woody, spicy and tannic character that isn't as abrasive as other beers I've had aged with cedar. Nonetheless it's still too overwhelming for my liking; it doesn't allow the malt to come through much until the finish, which has a mild roastiness and a touch of lactose sweetness and tang. There's plenty of pumpkin pie spice here too, though no real pumpkin flavor.
Not necessarily a bad beer, but not one I'd revisit. Probably would have been much better with toned down cedar and spice.
12-05-2011 05:45:03 | More by largadeer
Provisions Series: Burly Gourd from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.