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Filmishmish - The Bruery

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101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 573
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 164 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wethorseblanket on 01-22-2012

Filmishmish, an Arabic term for “when the apricots bloom”, is a barrel aged sour blonde ale to which apricots have been added. The beer's already fruity esters are enhanced by the hint of fresh apricot jam and wood shavings. Filmishmish is a well balanced beer, keeping the apricot and oak character present, but putting the flavor of the well formed sour ale at the forefront.
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Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

January 2014 batch. Poured September 2015.

Helluva beer. Loved the apricot jamminess and the tart, mild "sour" was perfect for a warm Fall day.

Great zesty, apricot aroma as well.

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Photo of Zaximus
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Light orange color. Big, white frothy head.

S - It definitely smells sour. Jolly rancher and granny smith apple.

T - Taste follows the nose. Really, really tart. Acidic granny smith apple. Sweet tart on steroids. I think I'm missing enamel. That may sound horrible but it's not. Though not great either.

F - I'm not sure. My mouth is still recovering it's feeling.

O - It's really tart. Personally I like a sour with a little more fruit flavor. A little more sweet. This is interesting but not sure I'd seek it out again. Reminds me a lot of Upland Sour Reserve 4.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Filmishmish is incredibly sour - gives Oude Tart a run for its money. Beautiful golden orange color with an aroma that tells you what's coming. Another excellent Bruery sour.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: deep apricot, Amber. Thin off white head. Lots of tight, tiny bubbles
S: very overripe apricot, some lemony sharpness
T: dried apricots, orange sour patch kids, acidic
F: medium body in the mid palate, with a mouth drying finish
O: very good. Would like a bit more apricot nectar to balance the acidity with some juicy freshness.

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great sour. The apricot is so abundant in this. Pours out nice golden orange. Smells like apricots on LSD. Taste like amazingness (which is sweet tarts and apricot jam) with a mouth feel that is so juicy but dry at the same time. I can drink this forever.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jacob for sharing this one!
Bright orange with a thin froth on the surface.
Fuzzy apricot aroma, funky acid, dry oak.
Taste is juicy and acidic, juicy apricot note, dry puckering finish.
Pretty moderate sourness. Clean and crisp. Really good stuff.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's society. Bottled 4/23/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a cloudy, peach hued, pale yellow with a finger and a half white head. Any trace of those bubbles vanishes quickly without leaving any lace.

Smells quite sour with notes of fruit, barrel funk and wet hay.

This bad boy is tart! Huge acidic sour, some vinegar, sour fruit pulp, SweetTarts, oak and a good bit of funk. Apricot jam and faint vanilla become more apparent after the initial palate shock wheres off but there is no getting around the fact that this is some puckering juice.

Medium light feel with some fairly strong carbonation. Finish remains very sour with hints of apricot and oak.

Filmishmish is a brutally tart beast. That said, this brew has some good stuff going on. The apricot and oak that peek through the sour bombardment are what make this worthwhile. I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a '14 and a '15 back to back, thanks to Dave and Barry.

This one pours hazy orange, with a pretty juicy look to it. There's a very small head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

This smells fairly bracingly sour, just stings the nostrils, with a fair amount of apricot flavor. Seems a bit one note, but still smells pretty tasty.

This is quite alarmingly sour, but it's fortunately not too much. The '15 vintage had much more sourness to it, but also had a lot more fruit to it as well. Incredibly prickly and lactic, and fairly funky. Luckily the sourness doesn't devolve into a sort of sour vinegar flavor, that would be a downer. Lots of white wine, as well.

This is medium bodied, with an incredibly tart and very juicy mouthfeel. Definitely a higher level of carbonation.

This was excellent, but I would prefer a bit less sourness to reveal some more depth below.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle. Must have been the last of the bottling tank because it poured like apricot juice. Thick and pulpy. Still very tasty. Would like to try another bottle that didn't require chewing

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle. Pretty golden color. Fairly mild, pleasant apricot aroma, with some flowers/perfume. Juicy and moderately fruity on the palate, with good tart tangy acidity; seems pretty clean/lactic, with only a touch of vinegar. Floral/perfumed finish, mirroring the aroma. Moderate carbonation, with extremely tiny bubbles; works well. Tasty, quite drinkable and refreshing. Thanks Matt!

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer plenty of times over the years. Opened a bottle from 2012 last week and I had an awful allergic reaction. Although the beer was still delish

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Photo of Rifugium
2.99/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Murky yellowish-brown pour, fizzy white head. Funk and lacto sour in the aroma, sourdough. Could already tell it was gonna be an acid bomb. Upon tasting, way too acidic and sour, pretty much too much to make any fruit in there enjoyable. Toasted wheat and a metallic finish. Medium body. Not undrinkable, but I definitely wouldn't want more than a few ounces.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 oz. bottle from Shroud0fDoom poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Cloudy/hazy blonde
S: Funky with some fresh medical glove on the finish.
T: Quite puckering sour. A tiny bit of apricot on the finish. The tartness is throughout.
M: Puckering. Goes down easy outside of that.
O: A sour's sour. Fruit isn't prevalent but it's there. Gives you that sour face.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a teku

A- pours a murky golden orange color with a creamy white head that reduces to a film on top, short lasting lace left behind

S- lots of toasted oak aroma up front with aroma of fresh produce stand, apricot jam mixes with some sour vinous funk

T- oaky flavors follow the nose with notes of orange peel, faint apricot toasted oak and tangerine, dry tart finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a dry tart finish

O- tart and dry, apricots a bit subtle with more citrus notes

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Photo of cvm4
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage

L - Pours a cloudy apricot orange body (surprise!) and a quickly dissipating one finger eggshell head. The carbonation is bubbling up still after the head has dissipated.

S - Acidic, funky, oak and with apricots backing it up. Really not much more to it than that. Simple and delivers.

T - The nose did not lie. The acidic sour blonde base is more oak forward and funky than I was expecting. I dig it. Apricots and a citrus flavor all around. I can see how the acidity can be overwhelming to some.

F - Light bodied, medium carbonation and a dry finish that leaves you wanting another sip.

O - I'm really liking this beer. The acidity can be a bit much for some and can drown out the other aspects of the beer. It just really delivers to me.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Dr. Chups), 2014 (?) vintage, poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

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Photo of dfillius
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed a bottle from 1/14 on 10/6/14
A: 1-2 fingers of loose, fizzy white head with poor retention. Golden and cloudy. Better retention please.
S: Strong on apricot - delightful.
T: Also strong on apricot. Bready finish
M: Tart start with a sweet finish
O: Very tasty. More one-dimensional and less balanced than Fou' Foune, but darn good.

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Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -9%

A fun brew with an upfront apricot flavor as the beer then drives onto almost Christmas spice flavors. A reasonable sweetness helps the beer out along with a medium plus mouthfeel.

Not as crisp and bright as I'd prefer my wild ales, but an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy deep orange, some carbonation and a one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Good bit of oak and funk. Very pleasant apricots.

T-Nice oak, very good funk and then finishes with fruity apricots.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, dry finish.

O-One of their better sours. The apricots and the sour flavors go well together.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.8% ABV, 01/09/14

A - It should come as no surprise that Filmishmish looks like a dirty apricot considering this sour was aged in oak barrels with, you guessed it: apricots. The beer's aromatic acidity cuts through the head retention like a knife through warm butter. Its bubbles fizz out instantly leaving no lace behind.

S - At first, Filmishmish breaks out with bold acidity that's reminiscent of stomach acid - puke, basically. But don't freak out, this beer isn't gonna make you gag (hopefully). It might make you crap your pants though, because the aroma is explosive with Turkish apricots and we all know what those do to our intestines. Truthfully, this aromatic sour smells like an awesome candle you might find at Micheal's.

T - Nope, it doesn't taste quite like you had a rough night of drinking, though it is quite acidic. It's sour blonde base doesn't leave much room for actual "beer" flavor, what with the funky yeast and slap in the face of oaky apricots. Delish!

M - Prickly carbonation streams across the tongue with intensity, only to be overtaken by a big sour bite that rips at the taste buds with a harshly drying tartness that lasts quite some time. Filmishmish has a perfect mouthfeel across the board for a sour!

O - Sours are polarizing; people either love them or hate them; they're generally not on the fence. Their descriptors can seem disgusting - in the case of Filmishmish, barf comes to mind, but dammit, they're delicious which is downright hilarious! Between the aroma of stuffing your face into a bag of apricots, a Micheal's candle and potpourri, and puke (ok, really just huge acidity), this beer is intense and unique. Fruity, sour, and enjoyable, Filmishmish is another example of The Bruery doing a great job with a sour. At this point the jury is still out on whether it'll make you shit up a storm though.

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Photo of JulioH
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer with not a high alcohol content. Apricots make it sour. It is cloudy and thick. It has a nice head. Tart enough but not a very sour beer. A bit too thick to drink more than one glass. Ideal for sharing and tasting. This could have been a Berliner, but it is too thick.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The bruery wilds can sometimes push too sour but this is phenomenal. Pours pineapple juice color with decent fizzing head. Smells of apricot musk and sour grape. Taste upfront citrus tart but not over puckering. Feel is med to high carb and a bit thin but great complexity and drinkabity. Highly recommend it

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

some of these bruery beers that we never really get to see out here in colorado are just wonderful, and surely it is beers like this that has helped build their reputation as one of the best in the country. an awesome fresh apricot nose to this, i can almost smell the fuzz, the texture on the fruit, its insane. hazy blonde in color with a peachy tint and an airy white head that relaxes pretty quickly. the nose is the best feature, the fruit is so forward, so ripe and delicate, the essence of summer really, just so impressive. lots of intense carbonation tickles my nose as i keep on smelling it. alive as heck, with a nice sourness to it, not nearly as intense as some other bruery sours, this is certainly tempered by wood and lots of it, but the sourness comes through the fruit beautifully. the flavor is just a little less dynamic than the smell, where the sour beer overwhelms the fruit just a bit. its still there, but takes on more of a jam than a fresh fruit vibe, and its only an accent to the oaky blonde sour. awesome beer, and close to the level of the best apricot beers in the game, cascades apricot and fou foune from cantillon. this is not quite as distinct and fruit forward, but the interplay of fruit and sourness is as good as it gets. fantastic beer that i wish we could get regularly in colorado.

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Photo of dgilks
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, opaque pale gold colour. No head.

Funky. Big Brett aroma followed by lemon and touches of fruit. Tart.

Tart apricot and hard fruit. Very sour lemony character.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A crazy tart ale. Nice take on the Fou Foune idea. Works well.

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Photo of Jonada
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Murky orange color. A fairly aggressive pour yielded less than a finger of a white fizz head that dissipated instantly leaving no cap or collar. Body is extremely hazy, almost to the point of being opaque.

Smell: Big acidic sourness, apricots, orange, lemon, barnyard funk, oak, with a very light herbal character as well.

Taste: Big punch of acidic sourness right upfront that carries through all the way to the finish. Underneath that there are notes of apricot, wood, orange/tangerine, and some light funk (more or less the same as the aroma).

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat watery mouthfeel with low, but prickly carbonation.

Overall: A bit of a disappointment. The acidic, and to a lesser extent, lacto sourness overwhelm the palate and overshadow the other aspects of the beer. It's not necessarily that the beer is too sour (for my self, I'm not sure there is such a thing), but the other aspects aren't strong enough to overcome the sour notes. Still not a bad beer by any means, but not worth seeking out either.

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Filmishmish from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.