Filmishmish - The Bruery

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 549
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 191
Gots: 165 | FT: 22
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky apricot gold with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour, funky, and earth apricot and peach aromas. Taste is pretty much solely of sour and funky apricot flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour that is quite tasty and very easy to drink. (508 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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 (915 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,324 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice slightly hazed orange color with a white head that comes and goes within the blink of an eye. There is no lacing on this beer so the visual is kind of blah. The smell of the beer is tart, some nice fruity sour notes fill the nose. The taste is tart, some acidic apricot flavors in there with a very subtle sweetness. The mouthfeel is light bodied, slight oily texture with a high carbonation as well. Overall it's good sour, I would have liked to get a little more of the apricot though... regardless very good and worth trying. (554 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,194 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.99/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Shane. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Late rising and quick-dissolving white foam settles to thin, partial, collar and a few wisps. A careful pour yields a hazy peach juice body. Nice color, crappy head.

S - Smells exactly as the label suggests - sweet apricot flesh mixed with cider vinegar, vinous oak, and farmy, sweaty brett. Maybe a touch of vanilla, possibly from malt and/or barrel.

T - Taste isn't quite as good, with more bracing acidity and less flavor depth. Lots of white wine vinegar, under-ripe stone fruits, and some vinous oak. Only mild lactic and funky notes that show up mainly in the finish. A bit of a palate-bruiser, with pretty intense sour and tart flavors.

M - Pretty acidity stuff - my esophagus began to rebel after about 4oz. Low carbonation, fairly drying, but with a touch of candy-like tooth-coating stickiness. Body is medium and of sufficient heft for the listed 5.8%.

D - If you like highly sour and unsubtle beers, this is an excellent choice. Thankfully I enjoy both, although my stomach may dislike me for it tomorrow. A bit more spritz would take this up a notch. May eventually get too sour, like Mother Funker, so drink up. Still, I had no problem consuming the whole 750ml bottle over the course of an evening - getting a little annoyed with all these high-ABV American Wilds. (1,340 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 02/25/12 notes. Bottle shared by drabmuh; thanks Matt.

a - Pours a murky bright orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Pours with a lot of sediment.

s - Smells of sour apricots, sour fruits, citrus hops, vinegar, wheat, and bready malts. Not overly sour but still quite nice.

t - Taste of vinegar, sour apricots, tart fruity malts, lemon, citrus, funk, wheat, grains. I originally rated this a 3.5, but came back to it later as it warmed up and I enjoyed it a lot more. As it warmed it lot a lot sourer, so bumped it up to a 4.0

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic, and tart feel.

o - Overall a pretty nice sour from the Bruery. The nose isn't overly sour but as it warms up, the taste starts getting funky and more sour fruits come out. I'd suggest letting it warm up a bit, but I'm happy to have a few bottles of this coming my way in the RS.
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Edit: Bumped the Appearance from a 3.5 to a 4.0 and the Overall from a 4.0 to a 4.5. I've had this one 3 times now and have liked it more each time I've had it. Haven't gotten any sediment from the second of third bottles. Overall I think this a very good fruity wild ale. Not overly funky or sour but tasty. (1,231 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a clouded peach color with a fizzy off-white cap that surges to about a finger's strength but quickly fades to just a ring around the perimeter of the glass. A hearty swirl doesn't do much but release a few bubbles from solution. No lacing effect at all.

The smell is wild and funky with a tangy brett and lacto inclusion that sits upfront first and foremost before the onset of some jam-like peach/apricot inclusion. The more whiffs I take, the more it goes back and forth between lactic/sour smelling and naturally fruited with some pitted/earthy character. In the background is a fresh grain quality that is somewhat reminiscent of wheat. A light swirl releases some notes of sulfur and more funk.

The taste is quite tart with a bacterial sourness that borders acidic. Some lemony/yogurt lacto notes are present that blend into a natural fruit flavor of peach/apricots. There is a fresh grainy wheat flavor throughout that lasts into the aftertaste. There is a creamy yeast flavor/feel about this brew that attempts to tame the sourness, but it fails miserably. This is one tart offering with solid fruit inclusion and very mild alcohol impact.

The contrast of fresh fruit verse sweet grain and bacterial sourness is a very nice balance that keeps me enjoying this from start to finish. This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation. This brew nails it for what I expect in a fruited wild ale. The apricots are there with a fresh, natural flavor that is very enjoyable. I wanted to open one of these as soon as possible to see the fruit inclusion before any of it fades. It will be interesting to see what this brew develops into. (1,732 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
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! (1,186 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my 512 glass. Golden orange in color with a thin white head scattered across the top. The head faded pretty quickly after the pour.

The sour apricot flavors show pretty well in the aroma. The sourness is a little light on funk, but the acidicness is also pretty low. The oak barrel is also noticeable with a little bit of vanilla flavor to it. It's got a little bit of a vinous, white wine character to it as well. I really like the sour apricot flavors in it.

The taste also shows a lot of tart and sour flavors to it. The apricots show a little more towards the finish and give it some really good fruit flavors. The finish becomes really dry and tart with some nice sour fruit flavors to it. Just a hint of the oak is noticeable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being low for the style. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good beer. I really liked the sour, tart apricot flavors. I liked the sourness and the low acidicness, but it could have used a little more funkiness to give it some more complexity. Overall though it was a pretty nice beer. (1,096 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bit of a tongue twister, don't you think? My first "full serving" to be enjoyed at Bruery Provisions, on to the beer:

A tint darker than orange and not much of a head served on top. Well, this is a sour, so I'm not really expecting a decoration of foam. But what I do expect is a tart nose, and that I get. A very appetizing one! The mix of apricot and sour is great, though it does seem a little more "sweet" than sour.

Immediately, this is refreshingly sour. But let's not forget the other notes, including little funky blanket, a reasonable apricot note, and a linger of cheese. The tartness of the beer lingers long and far into the aftertaste. As for its mouthfeel, it is medium bodied, and its carbonation is very pleasing and acts like its massaging the inside of the mouth.

It's business as usual for The Bruery to be producing good sour ales. Keep them coming... (878 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (555 characters)

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Filmishmish from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.