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Filmishmish - The Bruery

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 189
Gots: 161 | FT: 17
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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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Ratings: 527 | Reviews: 90
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Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -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.

Photo of standardcherry
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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?

Photo of jeonseh
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow coloured body, very pretty. Funky sour aroma. Sour story,very good, with apricot and acid well malted down. Fuller mouthfeel. Sipper, impossible to drink too much at a time, as in a day. Finish the water in the vase drying finish.Thanks for sharing John.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to capra12 for this one. Poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden. No head, no lace, and with thin, oily legs. Below average.

Nose is lemon rind, apricot puree, wet wood, must, with a mild cheesiness and band-aid presence. Funkier than expected. Nice.

Opens almost gueuze-like. Straw, hay, apricot puree, wet wood. Lemon tartness at the middle with some more apricot and oak at the end. Finishes dry with a like, fruity-tart aftertaste. Solid.

Light bodied with medium carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth with an accented, spritzy finish. Lingering, filmy, light aftertaste.

The Bruery keeps churning out these slightly above-average sours and I say, keep 'em coming. The apricot presence in this one is pretty prominent and lends a nice, gueuze quality to it. The low alcohol also really helps the body here. Well worth a try.

Photo of IKR
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden-yellow with modest white head that quickly disappeared.

Smell: Barnyard funk, tart citrus notes, and apricots.

Taste: The citrus, mild barnyard funk, and apricots from the nose come through in the taste. The mild funk and citrus hit first but the apricots come through in the middle and finish. The finish is dry and crisp. The beer strikes a balance between tart and sour. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A tasty sour where the apricots feature but don't overpower the taste profile.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one at a recent tasting with beeruser, sincereNc, funkydelic, and 67couple! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apricot, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweetmalt, tart, sour, apricot, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. With the popularity of Fou Foune these days lots of people are looking for alternatives. While this one is good, it is not of the caliber Fou Foune is, so don’t go into it expecting that. If you don’t you will be quite happy with what you find as this is a really nicely well balanced brew that was quite refreshing and enjoyable. The apricot definitely shined through on this one and made its presence known. Just wish there was some funk going on here. Definitely worth trying or trading for if you have not had it and call yourself a sour-head!

Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of claaark13
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed a shade under 50 degrees in a Founders snifter.

A - Bright orange with a 1" white head that dies down to some lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Apricots, oak and some tartness. There could probably be more fruit in the aroma.

T - Moderate tartness throughout, with almost a warhead tartness that attempts to emerge after the middle but never quite forces itself through. Mild oak is present, but the apricots come after the first splash of tartness and remain on the tongue on the finish. They aren't too strong in the flavor until the end, and they linger nicely. Simple yet enjoyable.

M - Lighter mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Good for the style.

O - I like the simplicity of this. The fruits could come out more, as could the tartness, but it is really something that I can quite easily finish a bottle of on my own.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a nice white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light apricot and light tart notes is refreshing. Taste is also a mix between some light apricot notes with a mix between some fruity ester with some tart notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall though I felt a bit letdown by some of the characteristics that were not as dominant as I had expected. The oak is quiet hard to distinguish and a t the end of the day we are a bit far from something like FouFoune.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a sudsy head that settles to a thin ring and wispy haze. Lovely aromas of fresh apricot,lemon juice, oak, and a touch of funk. Really nice, loving the jammy apricot. More jammy apricot, oak, and lemony tartness with a hint of straw and white wine. Light and crisp, with a medium-thin body, moderate carbonation, and a nicely dry finish. Great beer, love the apricot. Solid Bruery addition.

Photo of jmarsh123
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a 2 finger white head. Some lacing down the glass.

Aroma has a good level of funk. The apricots definitely come through, but the funkiness overpowers it a bit.

The flavor is similar. Good apricot flavors with a heavy lactic presence. The sourness definitely picks up as it warms.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation levels.

Very solid beer. The apricot is a good touch although I wish it stood out a bit more. The sourness is pretty intense. This is a good beer now, but I don't see it holding up too well with time. Once the apricot fades, there may not be much left here and the sourness may overpower.

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden body topped by two fingers of head that quickly crackles away to a film.

Smell: Funk - lots of it, somewhat manure-like, though it's not unpleasant. Apricots are there, too, but it's more skin and pit than sweet flesh. Mildly lactic, but the acidity takes a backseat to the fruit and funk at this point in the beer's life.

Taste & mouthfeel: Moderately sour up front, big on the lacto though it thankfully avoids tasting like yogurt. The fruit and funk take over from there, and as the nose implies, this highlights the earthier, drier aspects of the fruit rather than the ripe sweetness found in some of the better batches of Fou' Foune. The mouthfeel is good: moderately effervescent, light but not thin, and the finish is long, leaving a residual note of apricot skin on the palate that I enjoy. I like this beer on the whole, and it seems almost unfair to compare it to Fou' Foune, but ultimately that's the first thing that comes to mind when I think apricot sour, and this definitely falls short. Nevertheless it's decent stuff.

Photo of JulioH
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a clear light gold with a small white head that is slow quick to fade in a duvel tulip
S: acetic acid sourness and a bit of funk. a little chalky and a slight sweetness
T: biting sourness up front with a bit of funk, a bit of apricot, slight sweetness, a hint of oak. swallow is more acetic acid, some oak, slight funk and a bit more apricot
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth that has a nice and slightly prickly carbonation. slightly drying finish but still pretty refreshing
O: very good. nice sourness with a decent funk and complex flavors. another good sour from The Bruery. This one isn't out of control sour like some of their others which makes it nice but it's pretty sour.

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
Served into a Bruery tulip

A: Hazy golden orange, truly the appearance of apricots, with a fluffy foamy white head. Only a little lacing is left behind and the head settles out into a thin ring around the edges. A few swirls regenerates a nice head though.

S: Tart and sweet citrus fruits; apricots, orange, lemon and some funk. A slight must presumably from the oak comes in towards the end but trails off quite quickly.

T: Plenty of apricot, passion-fruit and peach up front with an incredible sourness to it. Back of the palate has a subtle oak note from the barrel with a bit of pale malt trying to perform a balancing act off the tart flavors. This is incredibly well done, very delicious.

M: Bubbly, plenty of carbonation to break things up and deliver the tart flavors to the palate. Happy to see this unlike some of the other Bruery sours with no/low carb.

I loved this beer, hands down one of my favorite beers The Bruery has ever put out. The apricot flavors worked so well with the other citrus qualities, and the oak provided just enough to break things up. Wonderfully done, I wish I could drink this beer year round. Thank you for the bottle, smarcoly!

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a golden hue. There isn't very much head. The smell is light and fruity. I am getting a tart note along with a slight herbal characteristic. The taste is more tart than the smell suggested. I am getting some apricots along with a lemon juice sourness. The sour note has a touch of vinegar to it as well. This is a really nice fruit sour.

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

On tap at the 1st Clusterfork of 2012. Soon to be available in bottles for Reserve Society members.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a white head composed of big bubbles which circle the rim. A vigorous swirl bring a quick 1/4" foam which recedes just as quickly.

N: Tannic oak up front, with some hard to distinguish fruit.

T: Sour and tart, faint apricot, very gueuze-like in the cheesy-funky department. Some oak barrel is apparent along with a nice fruity element. Dusty cobwebs and musty.

M: Lite and refreshing. Good prickly carbonation. Extremely dry finish.

O: Very nice. Wait to see how the bottles turn out. Worth a try.

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Filmishmish from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.