1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Filmishmish - The Bruery

Not Rated.
FilmishmishFilmishmish

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

427 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 427
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 162
Gots: 148 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: wethorseblanket on 01-22-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 15, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

tectactoe, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of freshflesh
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

freshflesh, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from May 2012

A - Pours a hazy honey color with one finger of short-lived head. Maintains a collar, but no lacing.

S - Nice tart apricot aroma with a decent funky yeast presence. Some lemon in the aroma.

T - Taste is fantastic. Assertive tartness, but not bracingly sour. Funk presence is somewhat subdued, but apparent throughout. Apricot flavor is also subtle, but very nice and more prominent in the finish. Also a bit of lemon tartness. Very tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium, and quite crisp. A bit of earthy dryness to go with the tart, bitter finish.

O - Very nice. Not Fou Foune, but still very enjoyable and more evidence that apricot should be used in sours more often.

warnerry, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Callmecoon, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Saucer Sam for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma has some nice apricot notes, as well as some wheat and oak. The flavor is similar. I get some very tart apricot notes as well as some white oak, wheat and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Skye1024, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle shared with a couple of people. Poured into snifters.

A: Hazy golden peach color. A bit fizzy at first but completely flat after those bubbles dissipate.
S: Bits of oak, lemon, apricot, and apple. Lots of lactic acid and a bit of funkiness at the end. Very nice.
T: Flavor is different. Lots of lactic sourness. Some vinegary/vinous notes. Followed by lemon and apricots (these are a bit subtle though). Dry, oaky finish.
M: Light/medium bodied with light carbonation. Works well in this case though. Ends dry and with some puckering sourness. Very pleasant to drink in this hot weather.
O: This is an excellent beer. It was a big time want of mine, glad I got to try it.

standardcherry, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

dogfishandi, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Hazed, burnished, dark orange with a very small near-white head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation or head forming, even after a vigorous pour. It leaves small specks and dots of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is a little bit strange and very much unexpected. The combination of funk, simple grain, mild, rotten fruit combine together for something pleasant enough, but this is not a particularly good smelling beer. The funk is slightly dominating and if given this beer blind, I probably wouldn't have guessed this was an apricot beer, though there's definite, obvious citrus.

The flavor is similar, with the funky yeast and grain character leading the way. There's also some bruised apricot flavor, and definite lactic sour presence.

Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Certainly drinkable.

A flavorful attempt, but not near the top tier of sours and/or The Bruery's beers.

ehammond1, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

sourdog, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a few bottles of this already, the last one at the Solar Eclipse party, was like a scene out of Cheech N Chong in the parking lot. Cloudy peach colored liquid, a flimsy bubbled head, opaque. Aroma of beautiful sour nectarines, they did well. Immediately gives me visions of fou fune & cascade apricot, you know you're about to dive into something that is elite, top tier, top notch, top shelf stuff. Literally made my mouth water. You get that juicyfruit song stuck in your head. Really clean oak barrel addition.

Taste is just like the aroma, oh so nice and juicy, not lacking in the sour not fruit mouthfeel department one bit. Just right. Apricot is plentiful and even months later, seems so fresh. A serious amount of acidity, but its overall meld with everything else going on doesn't make it a distraction. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Drinks easily, for being really sour and fruity, not sweet. Oak is still bright, fresh and virgin. Its really excellent in its simplicity if you think about it.

I seriously have much less desire to chase fou fune around anymore. As easy as this and Cascade Apricot are now to get, what's the point?

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

williamjbauer, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jtladner, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -4.5%

stereosforgeeks, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of jeonseh
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in a snifter

A - Bright orange / apricot color with a good amount of haze from the yeast and peach flesh. There is also a consistent string of carbonation moving upwards that does not seem to end.

S - Sweet peach presence meets white vinegar and lactic acid to make up a balanced nose

T - Bright peach up front that blends in well with sweettarts, lactic acid and white vinegar. The peach also comes up in the end before a whiff of tartness comes thru for a clean finish

M - Good amount of carbonation that gives the beer some zip and bite to it that goes well with the beer's tart flavors

O - A solid peach sour that has a good balance with a sharp white vinegar tartness and a light peach sweetness. The peach more cuts the tartness than a peach sour.

jeonseh, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Beer21, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -28.4%

acurtis, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of kslsc400
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

kslsc400, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Reappropriated
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Reappropriated, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

InfernoBoss, May 13, 2013
Photo of Beerontwowheels
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Beerontwowheels, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with a small white head that reduces quickly and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Like the aroma quite a bit, nice apricots and oak, slight tartness and a little funk/barnyard.

T: Great apricot, peach, and lemon flavors, nice acidity/sourness to it. There is a little bit of oak that comes out, more as it warms. Really nice citrus flavors all around.

M: Medium bodied and crisp, nice level of pucker.

O: Very impressed with this wild. Probably the best beer I had during this tasting. Great flavor profile, one of the better sours I have had from The Bruery.

mdaschaf, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of JosephThompson
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

JosephThompson, Oct 09, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Filmishmish from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.