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Filmishmish - The Bruery

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 571
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 191
Gots: 165 | FT: 20
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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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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 Auracom
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottlesplit from RS. 7-8 oz. poured into a Cantillon flute on June 30th, 2012.

A - Lighter peach coloring, very little head with quick dissipation, slight legs, okay lacing.

S - Lots of citrus and white wine vinegar. A touch of rich apricots, honey, and yeast spices.

T - Tons of front end effervescence that doesn't translate to a particular favor until mid palate. Lots of lemon juice, more vinegar, super bitter limes. Can't really sense any sweetness from the apricots. Moderate sourness overall.

M - High carbonation, light body, dry finish.

D - A bit single-noted. It's plenty accessible for an intro to sours but there's not enough variety of component flavors mixed into here.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of womencantsail (I think.) Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

A: Clear apricot color. No head and some bubbles randomly shoot upwards.

N: Apricots, mandarins, lemon, acetic acid. Has a sharp nuttiness in addition to the grass/straw elements which I attribute to the oak. Some funk.

T: Apricot, oranges, and sour lemon zest. Grainy wood. This is definitely souring up to a sharp point while the fruit declines. Not sure that’s a good thing. Acetic and lactic, but not unpleasant. Liked this better when it was fresh on tap. Grass, straw, no barnyard funk.

M: Light on the tongue. Think is this the most noteworthy aspect of the beer. Too many heavy sours.

O: Recommendable but it’s far better fresh. Will probably re-review when it’s released again.

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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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Hazed yellow-orange with brown tinting. One finger of frothy white head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Tart apricot throughout. Lots of oak with a "tool shed" funkiness. Fairly sweet for a sour with sweetness coming from the apricots and the malts. A light sugariness exists as well. Good amount of lactic acid with a low amount of acetic acid. Grainy herbalness.

3.5 T: Tart pithy apricot. Earthy woody funkiness, "tool shed" can apply here as well. Grainy herbalness with somewhat bready malts. Lots of lactic acid and a moderate puckering acetic component. Good mix of sweet and sour in this.

3.0 M: Bruery sucks with mouthfeel in their wilds. Medium body. Much lower carbonation than the style calls for. Not spritzy at all and also lacking creaminess.

3.5 D: This is no Fou Foune, but it isn't bad. Good flavors, it just needs a bit of refinement.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery glass from a bottle, don't be lazy, just do it.

Beer is yellow and really hazy with no head, moderate carbonation, no lacing, no retention.

Aroma is grainy and sweet with mild lactic notes and some fruit on the backend, although the fruit is mild.

Beer is thin and bubbles on hte palate, tastes fine but there an odd finish to it. A little stingy and again the fruit is mild. This isn't the fou foune replacement I had hoped it would be. Decent though.

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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 johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep yellow color with a smallish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of lemony funk mostly. I get a hint of oak tannin, and some bready sweet malt, but the apricots are hard to find in the aroma. The flavor is lemony and tart, and I found the apricots. Light hit of funk but this one seems to be more about the acid than the barnyard. Faint hint of oak, then a long lingering sourness long after each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart acidic mouthfeel. Decent wild ale, but a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm still waiting for the apricot. Tried side by side with Cascade Apricot. This was slightly less acidic and more in balance. The tartness blended well with the blonde ale and was much smoother than the Cascade. However, if you're going to tell me there are apricots, then I want to taste apricot.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfortunately very lowly carbonated, but orange in color with a definite haze to it. Decently funky on the nose. Lots of apricot which gives a touch of sweetness. A bit of oak and maybe some grass, but fairly simple aroma. The flavor has a pleasant tartness of lemon and a solid apricot flavor as well. A hint of fruit sweetness with a moderate oak presence. Again, a touch on the simple side, but I definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy light apricot color with a very thing white head and a bit of a white collar, though not too impressive on the appearance. The nose brings a pretty good amount of apricot with some lactic sourness and a good bit of wheat in the background. The flavor has some nice lactic sourness and a semi-strong apricot presence. Light body with a good dry, sour finish. Tart and refreshing with a nice wheat presence.

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Photo of Phelps
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Partly cloudy and apricot-colored. A hard pour results in about half a finger of fizzy, pure white head.

Funky. Lots of hay and barnyard funk, some vinegar and toasted white bread, a touch of apricot.

Nice apricot sweetness here. Lots of fruit and a little caramel make things sugary; bacteria give it a smooth white vinegar tartness. There’s another touch of hay and vinous oak. Sweet apricots linger long into the finish. It’s not too complex, but displays nice balance.

Light, electric tingles of carbonation give the beer some life, but there’s not a lot of it. Sugary and medium-light in body; mildly funky and tart. The acidity goes to town on my teeth a bit.

There’s not much special about Filmishmish, but that’s okay. Not every Bruery sour has to be outrageous. This one’s got good flavor and great drinkability. Perfect for drinking alongside dinner.

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Photo of aasher
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I traded a bottle of Darkness for this since the description is too good to pass up.

Filmishmish pours a light bodied, very cloudy dull tangerine orange in color with no head or lacing at all and appears almost flat. The nose is fruity and tart with nice acidity. It smells of peaches and apricot with some light acetic acid. The flavors are pretty straightforward. You get tart peach skins and dried apricot with plenty of acidity. It's actually not too far off from Hanssens gueuze, just with less acidity. I've been told this is somewhat similar to Fantasia but I think that this has better flavor and much more fruit presence. This beer is very drinkable but the one thing that hurts it it is the watery mouthfeel. This bottle isn't too far from being still. It isn't too far from a few gueuze in that regard. Still, I liked this beer but it didn't exactly live up to expectations.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a modest head; the bubbles literally explode as the head fritters away in no time flat, though the ringlet that remains does leave a filmish pattern of lacing

Smell: Exceedingly acetic with undertones of apricot and oak

Taste: Very acetic on the palate, as well, with the oak and apricot flavors initially playing second fiddle to the leathery Brett tones; after the swallow, the apricot and oak emerge through the vinegary sour tones to add another dimension, though the finish is also quite tart; the apricot is at its best in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; quite puckery

Overall: While I tend to like sour beers, I like the ones that have a bit more balance than this; I know that I am not a true acolyte for the cause but this one is just a bit too vinegary for my palate

Thanks, Tenchi221, for the opportunity

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pured into a Bruery Snifter.

A - Pours a hazy, pale light orange with absolutely no head at all.

S - Oak, funk, and very ripe apricots.

T - Similar to the nose but the apricots stood out more.

D - Lower carbonation and a light body. Good tartness.

O - Light, crisp, and tart. The apricots were nic without being overly sour or tart.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy orange color, off-white fizzy head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Tart fruity notes, oak, light acidity, some citrus. Pretty straight forward and I can't actually pick out the actual apricots that were used in this beer, unlink Fou'Foune.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of tart fruit, oak, citrus. It's good and enjoyable, but not really all that complex. Finish is dry tart fruity notes.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - While I found this beer to be super-drinkable, after half the bottle, I was a bit bored. That said, split even two ways, I would really be able to enjoy and appreciate this one for what it is, a super-easy-drinking American Wild Ale.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a soapy white head that slowly recedes to leave some fluffy bubbles.

Aromas surprised me for how fresh this beer is. I get a lot of oak, grainy malt, light earthiness, lemon zest and white grape skin. Where are the apricots?

The tastes follow the nose; light funk and earthy followed by grape skin, orange/lemon zest and oak combined with lactic acidity. Apricots again are sadly lacking.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Finish is dry oak dominant, acidic light fruit in the background.

Overall this was a tasty beer but not one I was wowed by. The apricot was faint, if present at all, and the lactic acidity is a bit much for my liking. Nothing wrong with this per say, just not something I overly enjoyed to plan to have again anytime soon.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is a straw yellow color, appearing hazy. There is virtually no head, just a few scattered bubbles. The scent is of musty apricots, yeast, and a mild funk presence. Decent enough beer. Apricot presence is there, but the flavor falls short of greatness. Carbonation level is a bit low, but otherwise the feel is pretty good. Mild tartness and acidity. Overall, good but not great. Still, it's always nice to enjoy an apricot sour ale.

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