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Filmishmish - The Bruery

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 581
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 186
Gots: 169 | FT: 17
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The Bruery
California, United States | website

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 woosterbill
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.


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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 billab914
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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 WillCarrera
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, produces a thin layer of white head, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Apricots and a powerful lactic acidity. Some white wine and oak. Nice funk rounds everything out.

T- Lactic acid and tart, funky notes. Apricot is less noticeable than in the nose. Tart acidity is dominant along with white wine. Oak is also noticeable.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with a dry finish, the powerful acidity produces a bit of puckering.

O- A really nice sour beer, apricot is understated but quite tasty, extremely drinkable overall. If you like powerfully tart beers then this is definitely for you.

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Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 18/7/12 thanks Masterski and Sean9689 for sending the bottle

A hazy peachy orange with lots of bubbles but just a noisy pop like head that fizzes out in seconds leaving nothing behind, lots of bubbles though as the surface looks like its slowly boiling

S funky wood hits me right away, lots of Brett and a little apricot and sour apple

T a little vinegar on top of what I smell, cider notes, and a little more fruit and just as much funk

M not overly sour and acidic, a little fizzy and slick, leaves a nice fruity funky aftertaste that lingers

O 4.25 would work for smell and taste so a little higher here, pretty solid funky blond with a refreshing fruit fix

Interesting stuff with a heavy amount of funk, a nice mix of flavors and I`d happily drink it again

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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 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 thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one at a recent tasting with beeruser, sincereNc, funkydelic, and 67couple! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apricot, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweetmalt, tart, sour, apricot, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. With the popularity of Fou Foune these days lots of people are looking for alternatives. While this one is good, it is not of the caliber Fou Foune is, so don’t go into it expecting that. If you don’t you will be quite happy with what you find as this is a really nicely well balanced brew that was quite refreshing and enjoyable. The apricot definitely shined through on this one and made its presence known. Just wish there was some funk going on here. Definitely worth trying or trading for if you have not had it and call yourself a sour-head!

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a big bubbly head that doesn't last long, leaving no lacing an a small collar.

Aroma is bright and fruity with the apricots coming through with lots of lactic sourness. Very sour and tart with a hint of brett and more than a hint of oak.

The first sip puckers my mouth with lots of lactic sourness, lemons and some apricots I bathe background. Finish is bone dry and zings the palate with lactic more than brett.

Mouthfeel is dry and lightly carbonated.

This is a very sour beer, certainly more than I was expecting from the Bruery. Not all that complex but a nice sour.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jer for this bottle. 750ml into a NB Globe. This is also the first sour from The Bruery that I've had the chance to try.

A: Hazy translucent orange with a few white bubbles that come up and never truly form a head. A few small spots of lacing are left behind.

S: Funky, with some definite apricot notes, some oak barrel and a bit of cereal grains. Musty. Has the typical smells of a nice wild ale. I wish the apricot note was a bit more pronounced, but outside of that, this smells really nice.

T: Nice tartness, missing a bit of the funk that was originally in the nose. Apricots are there, but not overwhelming and mix nicely with a big pedio and lacto profile to make a sour beer. Oak barrel is present in both the form of sour and just a touch of a woody profile. Very tasty.

M: Thin, lightly carbonated, dry and puckering. Absolutely spot on here.

O: A very refreshing sour, especially for the summer months. Very enjoyable beer. I can see this being an OK substitute for Fou Foune.

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Photo of rudzud
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to gcphilli

Pours a pleasant hazed golden straw color with some softer orange hues. A flash of white head dissolves into a few wisps of film with little lacing left behind.

Tart and funky in the nose with a juicy burst of apricot. Faint sweetness from the fruit with acidity and sourness. Wet hay and funk with a touch of oak.

Sour and refreshing up front with faint acidity. A decent helping of apricots with some juicy and softly sweet tones. Funky yeast and wheat with wet hay. Finishes with lasting sourness and another notion of apricot.

Medium body, decent carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue with an invigorating result. I haven't had the opportunity to try all of these new sours from The Bruery, but I was pretty impressed with this one. The integration of the fruit and sourness was pretty well done, and I had no problem drinking a couple pours.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 russwbeck
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of my 2012 Reserve Society allocations I've opened. I learned that filmishmish is an Arabic term literally meaning "in the peaches" which is used to refer to something along the lines of "fat chance" in a funny way. I love apricots, so I have high hopes for this guy.

A: The beer pours out a thick yellow color that glows in the glass. Hardly any head even with a really aggressive pour. The first glass is much less hazy than the second. Even though I left some in the bottom of the bottle, the second glass looks like a fruit smoothie with the amount of stuff floating around. Disappointed about the lack of head, but the color is outstanding.

S: My roommate says it smells like tuna salad, but I disagree. It is pretty funky with a ton of dank apricots. The oak aging is really apparent, and the sour blonde ale imparts some really nice tartness. The balance between sweet fruit and tart sour is phenomenal. I can't stop smelling it.

T: The blonde ale is surprisingly notable on the taste. It's paired with a nice amount of apricots and tartness. The balance isn't quite on the level I wanted here, though. It's more blonde ale than oak, fruit, or tart. I will say it's delicious, but not quite as good as Cantillon Fou Foune. All the flavors are there, they just aren't big enough or blended well enough.

MF: Light with a really low amount of carbonation as I figured from how the beer poured into the glass. The beer is insanely drinkable and fresh and feels tart and crisp on the palate.

O: The apricot and sour blend is a match made in heaven.This is a great beer and I hope The Bruery makes more like it I noticed a number of these Reserve Society beers are sour blonde ales aged in various oak barrels, if the rest are as good as this the society was money very well spent.

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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 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 Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 2014 vintage
- 4oz. pour off tap into tasting snifter at the Tasting Room (Placentia, CA) on 23-Oct-15

High puckering tartness with medium level of acetone. Solid sour blonde.

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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 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 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 mltobin
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Filmishmish from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.