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Filmishmish - The Bruery

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 564
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 193
Gots: 164 | 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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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 564
Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Beerenauslese
4.62/5  rDev +13%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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 ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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 SHODriver
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy light orange with no head. The nose is slightly apricoty with a lot of funk and a touch of sweetness. The taste is definitely a dank bruery sourness with a touch of apricot in the finish. This is a great sour that's clearly fruit forward and drinkable. In my opinion the taste compares most to a cascade apricot with less of the popping and dintinct apricot found in fou foune. I'd certainly try this beer again in the future and I'm curious what it would turn into with a bit more age on it. (516 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.17/5  rDev +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. (803 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 inlimbo77
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml
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. (803 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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? (1,154 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Served in a white wine glass.

Pours a hazy blonde with half a finger of off-white foam. Large bubbles settle to a thin ring.

Aroma of baked pie mixed with some astringent notes. A good dose of tart fruit along with the bready malt.

Flavor delivers much of the same. Citrus fruit with light sweetness and a lot of tartness sits on top of bready pie crust dry malt. Some dry oak contribution as well. Lingering tartness in the aftertaste.

Body is medium-light with a good medium amount of carbonation. Dry and tart finish makes this quite drinkable, if a little puckering. (588 characters)

Photo of dhbiker0889
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden color, very hazy. Nealy zero head or lacing

S- Sour, tart heavy scent of peach and apricot. Can detect a hint of the barrel.

T- Very sour upfront almost puckering. Some funk little bit of oak and a hint of apricot.

M- Light bodied nice amount of carbonation.

O- Good sour. A little too much on the citrus flavor for me. (339 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL poured into a tulip. Thanks Shane!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A clean, but quite dry and oaky with fresh acidic peach, lemon, and apricot fruits.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Again, clean, but dry and a small oaky bite to it. Great acidic fruits on the finish.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice balance of dry oak and acidic fruit. Finishes clean.

(D)- A nice solid wild ale. Clean and crisp and with great fruits. (466 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice golden yellow color with some nice orange hues to compliment it. Very little head forms but there are some bubbles that form a small white ring around the glass.

Apricot notes com up fresh and fast. Some nice fruit juice sweetness can be perceived in the nose along with am underlain slight tartness. Definitely some funk can be perceived in the middle of the nose with some husk notes and some barnyard as well. Seems dry.

Flavor is a bit different. Starts off with some sharp tartness. Fruit tartness with some vinegar notes for sure. The tartness is pretty strong but subsides throughout. There is some nice funk in the flavor as well with some husk notes and some nice woody notes. The tartness is very nice and there is some slight sugary notes and some fruity apricot notes. Pretty straight forward sour. Dry and crisp with a refreshing light body.

This is a good sour but I wish there was a bit more apricot. There are some mild notes of it on the nose and some light fructose sweetness in the taste but its pretty mild. The tartness is very nice though and there is some good funk and woody notes. (1,169 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this one.

A: Hazy gold body under a thin, coarse off-white head. Mediocre retention, spotty lace. No better than average.

S: Clean, fresh aroma of apricots and pure lactic acid. Simple and great.

T: Tart lacto right up front, some apricot midway through, and a strangely salty, deeply sour finish. Really tasty, but a bit bizarre.

M: Light-to-medium body with some soft carbonation. Really nice.

O: Other than the saltiness this was terrific. It's no Fou'Foune, but it's a great beer in its own right. Probably the best Bruery sour I've had.

Cheers! (621 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
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)

Photo of billab914
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange and cloudy, minimal head. Aroma shows the sweet apricots nicely with some funky sourness to it. Funky and acidic sourness in the taste. Apricots again come through very well. Really nice sour overall, the apricots are very nice in it. A little more funky and musty complexity and a little less acidic sourness and this would be world class. (359 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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)

Filmishmish from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.