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Filmishmish - The Bruery


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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%

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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

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Photo of mltobin


4.23/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 00:58:59 | More by mltobin
Photo of jlindros


4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 14:43:00 | More by jlindros
Photo of claaark13


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed a shade under 50 degrees in a Founders snifter.

A - Bright orange with a 1" white head that dies down to some lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Apricots, oak and some tartness. There could probably be more fruit in the aroma.

T - Moderate tartness throughout, with almost a warhead tartness that attempts to emerge after the middle but never quite forces itself through. Mild oak is present, but the apricots come after the first splash of tartness and remain on the tongue on the finish. They aren't too strong in the flavor until the end, and they linger nicely. Simple yet enjoyable.

M - Lighter mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Good for the style.

O - I like the simplicity of this. The fruits could come out more, as could the tartness, but it is really something that I can quite easily finish a bottle of on my own.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 23:25:16 | More by claaark13
Photo of brystmar


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, hazy yellow pour. Tart fruit, funky yeast, & sour funk in the nose, but unfortunately there's a little sulfur in there too.

Good blend of sourness and fruit in the taste. Tart and yeasty, apricot comes through well. Strong acidity which is slightly polarizing (I love it!). An enjoyable sour, though I certainly prefer Mother Funker to this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:12:22 | More by brystmar
Photo of Viciousknishs


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours the color of apricots. Rich orange color with a finger of white head. The head disappears almost instantly. No lacing.

S- tart acidic nose up front with lots of lactic acid and musty Brett funk. Soft oak aromas in the middle with some light horse blanket notes. Jammy fruit hits the nose on the finish with apricots and other assorted white stone fruit characteristics.

T- starts off with a pungent tartness full of acidic cheek eating sour and funky Brett musty characteristics. The oak hits mid palate with a great soft integration. Big fruit note of jammy apricot comes out with a bone dry finish. Tart, fruity and refreshing.

MF- slick soft mouthfeel with a light medium body. Great spritzy carbonation dances lively on the palate.

D- you could drink buckets of this stuff.

Overall a great fruit sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 02:03:09 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of ShanePB


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 14:57:49 | More by ShanePB
Photo of mdaschaf


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 20:11:26 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of DoubleJ


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 04:27:37 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, thanks to my Reserve Society trustee JRSD for getting this one out to me. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Filmishmish pours a completely opaque tangerine/light orange. There aren't even highlights when the beer is backlit. There's maybe a finger of frothy white foam, and it quickly disappears without a trace. The aroma features some fruity brett funk that's augmented well by the apricots. There's also a definite sour element to the nose that isn't very noticeable at the first whiff, but starts to stand out a little more upon further inspection. There's a little bit of wheat in the flavor profile, and the funk has a little bit of an earthy edge to the tropical fruit flavors. The apricot is a little more subdued here, and there's still a tartness to the beer that emerges more with warming. The body is nice and light, thought it could maybe stand to be jut a little bit moreso. It's paired with a nice, expressive carbonation though. Filmishmish is a solid offering from the Bruery, and I look forward to trying more of their sours and experimental beers this year.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 06:32:30 | More by axeman9182
Photo of stakem


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:02:50 | More by stakem
Photo of kscaldef


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Pours cloudy golden with no head. Aroma is solid apricot. The beer is an intensely fruity sour, with the tart apricots enhancing the acidity. Dry, mildly astrigent, with a long linger. My favorite of the tasting so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:15:01 | More by kscaldef
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 23:35:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 21:21:23 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of jmarsh123


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a 2 finger white head. Some lacing down the glass.

Aroma has a good level of funk. The apricots definitely come through, but the funkiness overpowers it a bit.

The flavor is similar. Good apricot flavors with a heavy lactic presence. The sourness definitely picks up as it warms.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation levels.

Very solid beer. The apricot is a good touch although I wish it stood out a bit more. The sourness is pretty intense. This is a good beer now, but I don't see it holding up too well with time. Once the apricot fades, there may not be much left here and the sourness may overpower.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 09:41:23 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of ehammond1

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 23:29:28 | More by ehammond1
Photo of largadeer


3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 07:38:40 | More by largadeer
Photo of drabmuh


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 19:43:57 | More by drabmuh
Photo of notchucknorris


4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Provisions

A: Hazy golden color with a thin white head.

S: Pretty sour on the nose. The smell reminded me a bit of temptation. Lots of lemon curd/zest, oak and some vinegar.

T: Damn, this was top notch stuff. Tons of sourness right off the bat. Lots of mouth puckering lemon and vinegar flavor with a great touch of apricot jam and some oak on the finish. I really want a bottle of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 07:21:12 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 22:04:28 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Thorpe429


3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 20:18:09 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of DovaliHops


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, bright golden color with a hint of orange. Small white head that turn to bubbles very quickly. Scent is quite delightful...the apricots make themselves known immediately. Nice funk and oak aromas with some white wine vinegar, but very faint. A little musty. I really love the nose on this, lets hope the flavors are just as nice. Taste is immediately acidic tartness which turns to lactic apricot flavors in the middle of the tongue. Finishes sweet on the back of the tongue with a lingering tartness. For some reason I was under the impression this one wasn't going to be very sour, but it is DAMN sour, which I love. The sour notes mesh well with the stone fruit flavors and slightly acidic notes. Very fruity and sour! Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated...almost sparkling like champagne...very puckering. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I love this beer. It is absolutely delicious and sour! I will definitely be picking up more bottles once we're allowed to.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 05:42:21 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:31:09 | More by claspada
Photo of IKR


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden-yellow with modest white head that quickly disappeared.

Smell: Barnyard funk, tart citrus notes, and apricots.

Taste: The citrus, mild barnyard funk, and apricots from the nose come through in the taste. The mild funk and citrus hit first but the apricots come through in the middle and finish. The finish is dry and crisp. The beer strikes a balance between tart and sour. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A tasty sour where the apricots feature but don't overpower the taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 06:36:00 | More by IKR
Photo of Khazadum


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow body, like solidified cough drops. Light carbonation.

Smells crisp, tart, lactic and strong lemon pulp. Faint peach and Brett kick on the finish. I think more apricot than peach but still confused.

Tastes.... Very tart. Lactic, clean citrus flavors, light apricot finish with citric acid nature. Not too harsh. It's acetic with light lactic. The citric isnt big enough to bitter the center. It's lemony with peach. So so nice. The Brett nature that does bring memory is.straw, bubblegum character, and diacetyl.

Medium bodied, crisp, lingering tartness. It's got some residual sweetness, maybe well get more Brett.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:12:10 | More by Khazadum
Photo of kevanb


4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a really nice hazy straw color, definitely reminiscent of dried apricots, a thin layer of white soapy head sits atop the beer, doesn't last long and leaves only the faintest of film layers atop the head. The aroma is very pungent, funky, musty, big yeasty elements. The apricots are definitely there, maybe could more pronounced but still a strong and assertive presence, sweet oak, white grapes and some vinegar round off a very wild aroma, not at all atypical of a sour. The flavor is fantastic, very tart, lots of apricots and white grapes, some citrus with plays with an earthy element like lemongrass. Fainter oak, but still adding some depth and variety, a bit more vinegar in the flavor than in the nose, but not distracting or detracting in any way. This is a very complex beer, lots of flavors and each sip brings out more of one than the others. Very bubbly, reminds me of a gueuze in that sense, very clean dry finish like champagne.

Verdict: Exceptional sour from the Bruery, these guys have a knack at making these and this one doesn't disappoint, lots of funk, pungent and sour, nice fruit profile and a crisp dry finish. A job well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 06:02:06 | More by kevanb
Filmishmish from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.