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Filmishmish | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by wethorseblanket on 01-22-2012

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alefish for this 750ML bottle that showed up on my doorstep Wednesday. Bottle dated 1/9/14, so it’s been lying around long enough. Split with my wife.

The pour looks like pureed life vest that’s been left out in the sun for one season too long. The nose is great. Tart apricot, lightly sugared apples, wood. Simple & really, really nice.

Flimishmish is my kind of sour. Not sour - tart. The apricots take some of that tame edge off the beer & brings the jam…I love jam. I probably eat it five times a week, at least. Rustic woodiness, slight citric bitterness. Clean. So clean, so drinkable. One of the few sours I think I could have a second glass of.

Simple, direct, beautiful, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Tele
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 12.10.15)
Consumed: 3.31.16

A: 4.5 Pours a slightly hazy, yellow-gold. The small, off-white head dissipates rather quickly and doesn’t leave any lace in the glass.

S: 4.5 Aromas are very nice and bring a lot of apricot, honey, flowers, some mild funk, hay, and oak. Lactic tartness, lemon and yogurt start off pretty strong, but back off and give way to the funk as the beer warms.

T: 4.5 Starts off pretty sour with strong lemon, yogurt, and fresh apricots. As the beer warms, more complexity comes through; there’s oak, vanilla, more sweetness, apricot jam, and a slightly grainy finish.

M: 4.5 There’s a creamy mouthfeel with really nice carbonation.

O: 4.5 This is a very good apricot sour; very reminiscent of Map of the Sun or Cascade’s apricot. This is perhaps a bit more complexity than those, but still dominated by lactic tartness.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once you pop the top the smell of apricot and other fleshly fruit fills the room. Taste follows up on the nose, lot of bite here. So phenomenal, but bringing your tums.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy orange with a bright white head, lots of carbonation streaming up the side, no head retention, no lacing, looks like apricot juice, looks good.

A: Apricots, apricot jam, tart, funk, oak from the barrels, picking up some brett like aroma, lots of aromas, fruit, oak, brett, smells pretty good.

T: Hit of sour and tart funkiness up front, touch of oak in the middle, finish is sour and tangy with a touch of apricots, the sour level is moderate but balances well with the oak and the apricots, well done.

M: Light/medium bodied with lots of carbonation, dry finish, sour dry feeling on the palate.

O: Really enjoyed this, nice balance of sour, tart flavors with oak and apricots adding some tang, going to pick up another bottle to cellar and see how this ages, taste awesome fresh.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apricot beer, apricot color. Apricot in, apricot out. Cloudy, soft bubbles. Pungent sour tangy juicy apricot sour aroma, you feel your mouth start watering already.

Taste just keeps dropping wave after wave of apricot sour, almost no sweetness, just tons of sour and fruit. Its real simplistic, and for the better. You want a sour punch of apricot in your face, power in both hands, and this one rocks you for it. Clean, no funkiness or distracting aftertaste, its clean and dry, just to repeat more apricot sour like the waves coming in and breaking on the shore over and over.

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Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -4.1%
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 +2.9%
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 +5.3%
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 +21.1%
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 +2.7%
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 -5.8%
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 +1.5%
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%
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 +2.9%
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 +16.7%
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 -27.6%
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%
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 -1.7%
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 -0.5%
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 +10.4%
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 +8.2%
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 -9.2%

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 +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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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