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Vitis Series: Oui Oui - The Bruery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 21.93%
Wants: 25
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The second beer in our Vitis Series line of beer that have been fermented with grapes. For Oui Oui we used a first running press of Chardonnay grapes from the central coast and added them to our sour blonde ale. The beer was then aged in oak barrels that had originally been used to store wine, imparting even more of that chardonnay-like quality. The final beer has a pleasant funk which compliments the stone fruit and white wine-like character.
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Review from notes, bottle shared with most of the tasters choice crew and a few others a couple of years back at Matt's in Haverhill. Lightly hazy golden color funky vinous grape aroma and flavor. solid puckering. Faint carbonation hinders this a bit. Decent sour, I wish I had another bottle to see it develop.

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Photo of Phelps
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Um. The bottle says “brewed with Chardonnay grapes;” this looks like actual white wine. A hard pour results in absolutely no head, the liquid’s dandelion-yellow and almost perfectly clear — this is basically wine.

The similarities continue in the nose, but this has gone from smelling like Chardonnay to smelling like a box of Franzia white. There’s a nice, vinous oakiness, but in front of it is an acidic white grape character with a little bite. To the beer’s credit, it does get a little better as it warms, as sweet green apple, white grapes and a touch of white vinegar emerge.

Whoa, and that’s why. I wasn’t aware this was even a wild ale, but this guy is SOUR — Bruery, you need to warn me of these things. Chardonnay grapes are the main contributor, lending notes of green apple with white vinegar and just a touch of barnyard funk. This is what I imagine wine-makers are trying to avoid, but it works here.

As expected, carbonation is very nearly not there. The body’s a heavy medium, and the tartness surprises with its strength every time I swallow. Nice here is that the alcohol is very nearly nonexistent.

Oui Oui is a strange hybrid, more wine than beer, and sour enough to wake a person up from a coma. Not bad, but definitely both intense and uncomplicated enough that one glass is quite enough.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours like a Chardonnay, golden yellow and flat.

S - Smells like a Chardonnay. Fruity sweetness, light tannins, oak, light acidity. The grape notes are really nice in this beer as well.

T - Tastes like a Chardonnay. More fruits and grapes then the nose with less acidity and tannins. If you like wine, you'll like this beer. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden for 9%. Finish is sweet grapes and like oak.

M - Medium, flat, dry finish.

O - I really liked this beer, even with it being flat as a pancake. Being a wine-lover, I think it helped me make amends with it being still and I was still able to appreciate the beer for what it is.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Clear light goldenrod in color with zero visible carbonation. This pours still as water. It's not a particularly unattractive beer, but some carbonation would be nice. This leaves the glass only shiny on its way down the glass.

The aroma is white grape and chardonnay heavy, along with some mild earth, and definitely sweet candy notes. Mild acidic character, but the grapes and wine barrels are definitely dominant. Enjoyable.

White grapes, chardonnay, oak, a bit of sour tartness, and a mild yeast presence make up the majority of this beer's flavor. Sweet toffee notes are present as well.

Thin to medium bodied with zero carbonation. Bubbles would have helped this one.

Good, interesting, and unique, but not a particularly exciting beer. A wonderful beer to introduce white wine drinkers to. Carbonation would have really helped this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4/3/12 the bruery vitis series: Oui Oui
Got two bottles of this being in the RS this year. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a murky, deep yellow color with a few white bubbles and light to mdoerate carbonation evident. Poured this one aggressively like I did the Mother Funker bottle I had last night, but head was the same. Hoping carbonation issues don't become a problem this year.

s - Smells of chardonnay, sour grapes, tart citrus and fruit, oak, funk, and some earthy notes. Lots of acidity and a ton of chardonnay. Funk is very light. Nice but not a ton of funk.

t - Taste again is dominated by chardonnay. Also some sour grapes, oak, acidic notes, hay, and earthy notes. More sour grapes here then in the nose, but the chardonnay dominates once again. Less funk then the nose.

m - Light body and low carbonation, almost non-existent. Lack of carbonation hurts it a bit. Acidic body.

o - Overall a nice beer, but the chardonnay is really dominating, especially in the nose, and the lack of carbonation hurts it as well. Some nice sour grape in the taste, would have liked more in the nose, and more funk all around. Will sit on my other bottle for a bit and see what happens. Much much better then Mother Funker, but not nearly as good as Filmishmish in terms of this years sours.

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Photo of craytonic
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very little head, golden piss-clear with a very slight haze.

Smell: Sharply acidic with some chardonnay barrels

Smell: Acid, faint chardonnay grapes, oak

Mouthfeel: very thin and low carbonation.

Overall: Not that impressive. Way too acidic with no funk or anything else to add depth of flavor.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours nearly still with just a few bubbles on top of the beer. Light golden and a bit hazy. The nose has loads of Chardonnay and a bit of oak and light acidity. Favor has quite a bit of grape character as well. Light body and low carbonation with a nice, crisp acidity. The lack of carbonation really hurts here, though the rest of the beer is quite nice.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours out looking just like chardonnay. Straw yellow, no head, just a few fine bubbles. Aroma mixes wine, malt and funk. As it warms a buttery note akin to malolactic starts to show up. Vinegary with a bit of acetone and some grape. Low sourness, medium body, low carbonation.

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Photo of Auracom
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Technically a milestone review for me. This is the very first bottle I've opened from my RS membership. 7-8 oz. poured into a stemless red wine glass on March 31st, 2012.

A - Damn, this sure does look like your typical white wine. Light gold coloring with orange hues akin to apple juice. I've seen beer with little carbonation, but this is the first time I've seen zero trace of head from a pour. Alas, no lacing or retention.

S - Enormous, prominent white grapeskins. Underlying lemon peel, floral, and oak barrel notes.

T - Definitely aligned with the aromas. Moderate puckering sourness, good acidic fruit juice, light vinegar, further grapes, and green apple-like tartness. I like what's here, but it's an instance where lack of depth bothers me.

M - Very low carbonation, but very fitting. Doubly-dry finish with an astringent fruit aftertaste.

D - Oui oui very well may breach the point where I would question whether you'd want to just buy an actual (and decent) bottle of Chardonnay. However, I appreciate the added sourness and fruit that this offers over its wine counterparts. I just don't feel that impressed by it.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shipped out with my other RS beers by JRSD. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Oui Oui pours a crystal clear straw yellow. There's barely even a suggestion of head formation. The nose is redolent of white grapes, presenting a strong vinous character. The aromas of oak, and earthy, cheesy funk round things out. As with the smell, the taste of the grape and wine aspect of the beer is right out in front. The brett influence seems to overtake the oak as the secondary flavor. When I describe it as cheesy, for me that's not a good thing, as this is one of the less enjoyable brett flavor profiles I've encountered. The oak does add a nice subtle touch though. The body is as nice and lean as I like in a wild beer, but the carbonation's not nearly as bubbly and lively as usually works for the style. Were it a bit more active, I think the mouthfeel would come across as just a little more light. Oui Oui is the fourth sour from The Bruery I've had in the past week, and probably the most underhwhelming, but it was still an interesting brew.

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Photo of stakem
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into a matching bruery snifter. The brew appears a pale straw color that is fairly clear with a few bubbles during a vigorous pour that doesnt leave any head. A hearty swirl doesn't release any bubbles to the surface.

The smell is bold with white grape notes overtop an earthy lactic character. The vinous notes are bright and lively which is an enjoyable inclusion that mingles well with the lemony scent that is also evident. As it warms up, it gets a bit cheesy and funky across the back.

The taste is quite tart with wild elements that are a bit earthy. The white grape inclusion is also prominent which delivers a nice transition from grape juice into lemony tartness. It gets progressively more sharp with sour qualities as it warms up. The lactic quality mixes with a mild earthen flavor that accents a seemingly strong flavor of grape skins, not just the expected juicy element.

This is a light bodied brew with too low of a level of carbonation. You can't quite call it flat because it does have a very mild touch of carbonation but having some more life to it would have made the flavors pop more and would have increased the overall drinkability quite a bit for me. I enjoy beer with grape inclusion so I was happy to give this one a try. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to what I was hoping. I would certainly drink it again if it had a bit more carbonation but as-is im not totally digging it. After the fact thought: I didnt realize how high the alcohol is in this. To this brew's credit the abv is hidden quite well.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Bruery tulip.

A - Bright pale yellow colour with a few clear bubbles from the pour but otherwise no head at all. Appears to be very lightly carbonated.

S - Sour/tartness up front with some funk. Some lighter oak notes are present (didn't think this one was oak aged though?) but not much else going on. Can't pick out the grapes.

T - A big sour/tartness up front with some funk. Grapes shows up in the middle and add a nice element of flavour to the beer.

M - Light to medium body with very low carbonation. The low carbonation suits the beer very well.

O - An interesting beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours like a glass of slightly carbonated wine. Clear deep golden body. No real head, just a few stray bubbles.

Smell - Lots of grape and wine presence. Slight funk but more of a must about it. Almost like a bit of lambic were poured into a glass of Chardonnay.

Taste - Dominated by wine characteristics. Lots of grapes and green apple tartness. Not really all that sour until a sulfuric bite at the very end. A significant amount of grape juice sweetness. The finish has a bit of wood to it.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, but it helps. It's too heavy and needs as much carbonation as possible.

Overall - Second time drinking this. Wasn't all that impressed either time. Nice aroma, but just way too much grape to let the beer show any character.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

2.5 A: Mildly hazed urine yellow color. No head forms and there doesn't appear to be much, if any, carbonation at all.

3.5 S: This definitely has some strong Chardonnay notes. Vinous tart grape, strong melon, vanilla, oak, and plenty of acetic acid. This is both quite tart and almost as sour for those who can relate to my usage of the words. Also some earthy notes with rotting wood, apple orchard, and some musty basement. Not a whole lot of complexity, but good enough.

3.5 T: I kept waffling between a 3.0 and a 3.5 for this. It's got some good qualities, but also some bad ones with lack of complexity being foremost. Acetic acid sourness. Tart white grape, vinous, melon, vanilla, and oak. The sourness dominates though. It totally overpowers the fruit and funk. Also lots of tangy lactic acid. This is quite tangy.

3.0 M: Medium body. Almost no carbonation. I'm okay with this not having carbonation as it kinda tastes like wine anyway, but it would be much better with some. It would help cut the sourness anyway.

3.0 D: 3.0 here to make up for the 3.5 I gave the taste. It's not a bad beer, but it lacks depth while overemphasizing the sour.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Talk about an odd pour - I poured vigorously to get maybe an inch of very large bubble head - looked like it was more agitation than carbonation. Then, the beer began to fizz and I got a film of dense bubbles which receded extremely quickly. After this, I can see bubbling throughout the beer but absolutely zero head left atop the beer. It is a very nice clear golden color, though.

S: Strong lemony, lactic acid aroma is most evident, with a bit of acetic acid in the background. I get strong chardonnay aromas, a bit buttery but not overwhelming. I also get some horse blanket funk in there add to the complexity. This beer actually smells quite nice.

T: And all the great complexity I got in the aroma is completely gone. This tastes like a mixture of lemon, orange, and grape juice. Not as in I get flavors reminding me of those juices, as in it actually tastes like a mixture of those juices.

M: Basically flat and on the thick side.

O: The aroma of this beer is tremendous. Very complex. The flavor, though, is not good. I guess there were no flavors that were actually bad, it's just the beer tastes like a mixture of juices. I wasn't expecting a ton from this beer, but I didn't exactly expect this.

I'm not sure I've ever had a beer with such a difference in the quality of the smell and the flavor.

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Photo of dcloeren
2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had at our June tasting and had to review this brew because it hurt my taste buds feelings.

Pours a hazy pear juice color with absolutely no head.

The aroma on this beer is atrocious! Stings the nostrils and not in a good way like Sex Panther. The acidity of this beer dominates the aroma to the point that I can't smell any of the subtle aromas. Fail.

The taste pics up the slack a tad from where the nose dropped the ball but it's still below avg. Extreme white grape sourness with equal parts lemon juice. My jaw will be clenched for the rest of the night.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp and about the only category this beer got right.

Overall this beer makes being an REserve Series member not worth it. This beer reminds me of a quote by Ron Jeremy. It can "suck my dick."

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Vitis Series: Oui Oui from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.