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Filmishmish - The Bruery


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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%

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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)
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Photo of notchucknorris


4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Provisions

A: Hazy golden color with a thin white head.

S: Pretty sour on the nose. The smell reminded me a bit of temptation. Lots of lemon curd/zest, oak and some vinegar.

T: Damn, this was top notch stuff. Tons of sourness right off the bat. Lots of mouth puckering lemon and vinegar flavor with a great touch of apricot jam and some oak on the finish. I really want a bottle of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 07:21:12 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of rudzud


4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I bought with my Bruery Reserve Society membership. Review #800, taken from notes, bottle shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass a murky dandelion blonde with a half finger white head that fades into a light halo with thin clouding.

S - Just great. Aromas of oak barrel and apricots and other stone fruits. There is a light yeasty wheat like aroma that is quickly over taken by nice tart apricot.

T - Wow wow wow wow...I have to start with the end. Lingering aftertaste of biting into a ripe tree picked apricot. Mouth is so sour but flavour is so tart. The blonde elements are there...faint yeast, faint grains...then POW sour attack go! Coats the teeth with delicious sour. Gaaaah!! I've been looking for a stone fruit beer that delivered and this is it!

M - Wow tart city. One of the sourest beers I've had. The mouth is super tart and dry, almost flemmy. So puckeringly sour and each sip makes me want more. Oh my God...sour patch kids galore.

O - Overall this beer is outstanding. I freaking love it. The apricots play so, so well with the blonde parts. So delicious this beer, I'm appalled I only have one bottle left.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 19:42:03 | More by rudzud
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This bottle has been in my cellar a year.

Poured into a teku glass, the body is a clear apricot gold. Smallish head dissipates quickly to a light ring of foam with some spotty lacing.

Nose of oak, apricot, a bit of mint, pale malt, and a slight amount of bretty funkiness.

Tastes crisp and tart, with fresh apricot, vanilla, oak with a light malt foundation. Oak and bretty spice in the long dry finish with a hint of mint. Enjoyable level of lactic acidity and quite vinous.

Body is light and carbonation is just fizzy enough to provide a crisp and cleansing mouthfeel. Has a long dry finish, with a little spiciness.

This is an excellent, very well balanced apricot sour, quite tasty and very drinkable with no off-smells or flavors. It may not be highly complex, but it is definitely a glass of beery apricot deliciousness. Aging a year has not made this too sour, but I will enjoy the remaining bottles sooner than later while the apricot is still there.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:25:19 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of Khazadum


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow body, like solidified cough drops. Light carbonation.

Smells crisp, tart, lactic and strong lemon pulp. Faint peach and Brett kick on the finish. I think more apricot than peach but still confused.

Tastes.... Very tart. Lactic, clean citrus flavors, light apricot finish with citric acid nature. Not too harsh. It's acetic with light lactic. The citric isnt big enough to bitter the center. It's lemony with peach. So so nice. The Brett nature that does bring memory is.straw, bubblegum character, and diacetyl.

Medium bodied, crisp, lingering tartness. It's got some residual sweetness, maybe well get more Brett.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:12:10 | More by Khazadum
Photo of ShanePB


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 14:57:49 | More by ShanePB
Photo of DovaliHops


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, bright golden color with a hint of orange. Small white head that turn to bubbles very quickly. Scent is quite delightful...the apricots make themselves known immediately. Nice funk and oak aromas with some white wine vinegar, but very faint. A little musty. I really love the nose on this, lets hope the flavors are just as nice. Taste is immediately acidic tartness which turns to lactic apricot flavors in the middle of the tongue. Finishes sweet on the back of the tongue with a lingering tartness. For some reason I was under the impression this one wasn't going to be very sour, but it is DAMN sour, which I love. The sour notes mesh well with the stone fruit flavors and slightly acidic notes. Very fruity and sour! Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated...almost sparkling like champagne...very puckering. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I love this beer. It is absolutely delicious and sour! I will definitely be picking up more bottles once we're allowed to.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 05:42:21 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of jvillefan


4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The most hazy beer I've ever had. It is an incredibly thick yellow/white body with almost no head.

S: A very good sour aroma. There is a dry sour aroma with the smell of sour apples.

T: It is a combination between a gueuze and a lambic. There is a sour apple flavor with a pleasant sour flavor. There is a very subtle musty flavor present as well.

M: Nice body with very heavy carbonation.

O: Great beer. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 17:28:28 | More by jvillefan
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 16:59:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 16:06:38 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of inlimbo77


4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pinocchio's tulip (shared with two others)

A: Pours like a thin orange juice with pulp. Cloudy bright tangerine color. Basically no head on this guy. Some big bubbles with the aggressive pour then a thin ring of white on edges initially that left as soon as it started. No lacing etc.

S: Delicious aroma of apricot as soon as I cracked it. Really pungent tart citrus fruit. Some clean oak aromas, leading to light wood.

T: Tart acidic flavor on the tip of tongue, then you get some of that lingering apricot. It's not overly mouth puckering. Wish there was more but seems to have faded a bit. You get some of that oak to round the flavor. Finish is dry and wine like. Alcohol isn't there at all.

M: light leading to medium. I could drink the whole thing. Little more carbonation would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 18:37:46 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of warnerry


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 01:30:49 | More by warnerry
Photo of jlindros


4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No head, just light bubbles grouping on the sides where a head should be, no real lacing, super cloudy murky peach beige colored beer.

Nose great tart fruit, sour apricot, lambic like, acidic, a bit of a juicy fruit as well, a hint of a malty aroma that gets slightly soured. Definite apricot, and other fruits. Bit of a toasted oak barrel rounding.

Taste starts with plenty of tartness, sour fruit galore. Both watering acidity, and tartness, quite sour one of the most sour beers I've had, makes my eyes water when it sits in my mouth. Some juicy fruit, fresh apricot and even hint of nectarine, stone fruit. A faint hint of an oaky barrel. A bit of a bready malt, fairly funky too. Finish has a long tart sour fruit, light bready malts, plenty of acidity and slight phlegm, a nice fresh apricot taste on the back end, really sour, mega warheads level sour but the flavor still has its day in the sun. Later get a slight carrot apricot orange like V8 juice thing.

Mouth is med bodied, light carb could have a bit more, acidic.

Overall friggen awesome. Great tart fruits and sourness, extremely sour, nice fruit and light bready malts, so delicious keeping me going back for sip after sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 14:43:00 | More by jlindros
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a tulip

Thanks to coreyfmcdonald for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a hazy, pale macaroni and cheese colored orange (remember that Crayola crayon). One fingers width of bright white head builds but then fades away almost instantaneously. Leaves no lacing.

S: Tart lactic acidity, oak, sour citrus like lemon and limes. Sweet apricot is present but is fairly mild. I also get a unique aroma that I can best describe as burnt grass. Quite complex, very nice.

T: Tart lactic acidity upfront, followed by apricot on the finish. Theres an almost salty component. I also get oak, vanilla, and some citrus. Very nice degree of sourness. The more I drink this, the better it gets.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher end, drinkability is good. Tart and crisp mouthfeel.

O: Very nice beer. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 19:47:33 | More by zac16125
Photo of SHODriver


4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 05:00:10 | More by SHODriver
Photo of Halcyondays


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a small white head, some lace.

S: Lemon zest, some light apricot with some earthy hop character.

T: Dominated by delicious lactic acidity, with apricot skin. Not overly fruity, but still quite tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, very dry. High acidity. All lactic, no acetic which is interesting to see from The Bruery.

O: This could give Fou Foune a run for its money, seriously it's that good. Quite a shocker.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 01:02:29 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of kscaldef


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Pours cloudy golden with no head. Aroma is solid apricot. The beer is an intensely fruity sour, with the tart apricots enhancing the acidity. Dry, mildly astrigent, with a long linger. My favorite of the tasting so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:15:01 | More by kscaldef
Photo of Gobzilla


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a orangish yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of lemony citrus noticeable upfront in the aroma with great oakiness, some acidic notes that remind me of a gueuze, very nice barnyard bretty funkiness, some pineapple fruit and hints of peachy apricot fruit.

T: bretty barnyard must funk was just as apparent on the palate alongside citrusy lemon twang that helped on the mouth puckering factor with a touch of vanilla, slight peachy apricot fruit and lovely oak accents.

M: the brew was light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a oaky woody, citrusy lemony, bretty funky, sour and mild dry finish.

O: Can't go wrong with the sours from the bruery and this one is no exception. Definitely glad to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:53:03 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of mdaschaf


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 20:11:26 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Viciousknishs


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours the color of apricots. Rich orange color with a finger of white head. The head disappears almost instantly. No lacing.

S- tart acidic nose up front with lots of lactic acid and musty Brett funk. Soft oak aromas in the middle with some light horse blanket notes. Jammy fruit hits the nose on the finish with apricots and other assorted white stone fruit characteristics.

T- starts off with a pungent tartness full of acidic cheek eating sour and funky Brett musty characteristics. The oak hits mid palate with a great soft integration. Big fruit note of jammy apricot comes out with a bone dry finish. Tart, fruity and refreshing.

MF- slick soft mouthfeel with a light medium body. Great spritzy carbonation dances lively on the palate.

D- you could drink buckets of this stuff.

Overall a great fruit sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 02:03:09 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of standardcherry


4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 06:20:37 | More by standardcherry
Photo of ngeunit1


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a thin finger of white head. Fades quickly.

S - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, apricots and other stone fruits, oak, vanilla, tartness, sourness, funky yeasts, lactic acid.

T - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, funky yeasts, tart apricot and other stone fruits, oak, vanilla, lactic acid, and a bit of sourness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Good wild ale. The apricot flavor is nice and sharp.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:53:11 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of kevanb


4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a really nice hazy straw color, definitely reminiscent of dried apricots, a thin layer of white soapy head sits atop the beer, doesn't last long and leaves only the faintest of film layers atop the head. The aroma is very pungent, funky, musty, big yeasty elements. The apricots are definitely there, maybe could more pronounced but still a strong and assertive presence, sweet oak, white grapes and some vinegar round off a very wild aroma, not at all atypical of a sour. The flavor is fantastic, very tart, lots of apricots and white grapes, some citrus with plays with an earthy element like lemongrass. Fainter oak, but still adding some depth and variety, a bit more vinegar in the flavor than in the nose, but not distracting or detracting in any way. This is a very complex beer, lots of flavors and each sip brings out more of one than the others. Very bubbly, reminds me of a gueuze in that sense, very clean dry finish like champagne.

Verdict: Exceptional sour from the Bruery, these guys have a knack at making these and this one doesn't disappoint, lots of funk, pungent and sour, nice fruit profile and a crisp dry finish. A job well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 06:02:06 | More by kevanb
Photo of mltobin


4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draft in a goblet.

Appearance is a hazy orange with a small ring of lace, no head. The nose on this has orange, apricot and certainly some funk. It was a smell that made me smile and drew me in for a sip. Once I had consumed some it, I was happy to see the taste met and slightly my expectations. A sourness was there, some sweetness with the fruit character, some barnyard, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry aspect to the body, leaves your tongue with some tartness. All things considered, a damn good wild ale. It was nice to try something new from The Bruery on the east coast.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 00:58:59 | More by mltobin
Photo of IKR


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 06:36:00 | More by IKR
Photo of cfrances33


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a teku.

Pour: Completely hazy radient orange. Fizzy finger of a head that recedes to a film and leaves minimal lacing at best. Seems flat, but love the radioactive glow to this thing.

Smell: Lactic sourness up front, followed by pear and green apple skins. A musty apricot skin mixes in as well. Slight funk closes.

Taste: Huge sour notes up front. Really with not flavor to start, just a full frontal assault. Gives way to apricot skins, pears, and a nice lemon juice. Super tart all the way through, perhaps the most puckering beer I've had yet. Finishs slightly dry, but if sour is a taste, this beer has it.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, acetic. Slightly dry. That was easy.

Overall: A really nice beer. The most sour beer I've had yet possibly, and I'm okay with that. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:00:47 | More by cfrances33
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Filmishmish from The Bruery
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