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Vitis Series: Oui Oui - The Bruery

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87
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 19
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-20-2012)
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 18:49:18 | More by Sean9689
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Phelps

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 04:16:12 | More by Phelps
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-08-2014 11:41:44 | More by acurtis
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errantnight

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well it developed some carbonation!

Oui Oui is so close to being superb, it's a shame that it isn't. Acetic notes overwhelm the nose, burying the more pleasant fruity brett and chardonnay aromas. It's better on the palate, and not as assaultingly sour as the nose would imply. The body has a smooth creaminess with a tart and pleasant finish.

On first pour, I assumed it would be tough to take down half a bottle, but paired with fresh fruit and cheese, Oui Oui opened up and revealed some stone fruit and pear notes and the sourness never became overbearing.

Enjoyable, but never especially noteworthy. It's great to see subsequent attempts by the Bruery to marry grape and grain are improving (see: Confessions).

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 18:02:07 | More by errantnight
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-12-2014 15:16:28 | More by SocalKicks
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craftbeerasian

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-17-2014 19:11:04 | More by craftbeerasian
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EB1

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-25-2014 00:27:52 | More by EB1
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stxSS07

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-17-2012 05:17:01 | More by stxSS07
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litheum94

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-04-2013 04:29:35 | More by litheum94
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brotherloco

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-27-2013 05:38:22 | More by brotherloco
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-27-2013 19:06:39 | More by jzeilinger
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DanGolfs86

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-11-2012 20:49:28 | More by DanGolfs86
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-24-2013 08:05:23 | More by zestar
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Holland

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-18-2012 13:07:41 | More by Holland
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-09-2013 23:11:58 | More by Retail1LO
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-27-2013 19:12:46 | More by Knapp85
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-07-2013 18:33:14 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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Auror

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-27-2014 23:06:55 | More by Auror
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-27-2013 04:48:43 | More by Localdrinklax
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womencantsail

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Jake.

Pours a nearly flat hazed golden color. Strong aromas of chardonnay (and grapes in general). Quite a bit of oak and a mild note of sulfur. The tartness is moderate, but definitely there. Just a mild earthy funk to it as well. Surprisingly, the grapes are even stronger on the palate. Intense chardonnay flavor with a little bit of lemon peel and green apple. Slightly tannic with a noticeable residual sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:27:43 | More by womencantsail
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is why I am a RS member, so I can try goodies like this. Bottle opened on 5.15.12.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, sorry to say, urine yellow with a few white large bubbles that are gone instantly.

S - Tart and white wine-like. Grapes for sure.

T - A very tart chardonnay. Super sour.

D - Low carbonation and a thin body.

O - The chardonnay grapes are there, but this one is super sour. Difficult to pick up much else.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 05:06:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this, ObeMaltKinobee!! Love them Bruery sours.

Appearance. Pours a light, hazy straw-gold with no head to speak of, just some fine bubbles in the liquid that don't really seem to even make it to the surface.

Smell. Some sweet wheat and sour white wine grapes along with some great funky barrel. There's a bit of lemon and saltine crackers as well.

Taste. Sour green grapes, lemons and a little apple. Some of that nice oak and funk, and even the saltine crackers that I was smelling, complete with salt. Nice tasting stuff. Where's the booze??

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with low carbonation.

Overall. A great tasting (and smelling) brew. Could have used a little more carbonation, but it's a small complaint.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:49:47 | More by Rutager
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brystmar

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been fortunate enough to try this on numerous occasions since its release earlier this year, and I must say it's already developing quite nicely. The only constant across the bottles I've sampled is that it's ugly: zero head and a translucent, murky body. Must...subtract...beergeek...points...

The earlier bottles had sulfuric qualities to the nose, but thankfully that's mostly gone now in favor juicy chardonnay grapes and must. Taste is funky, tart, and juicy; plenty of sourness and acidity that some may find offensive, although I love it. No sign of the 9%(!) alcohol.

Oui Oui has already improved significantly since its release and is drinking pretty well right now. I'm excited to see how it will change in the next 12 months.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 17:55:40 | More by brystmar
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2012
HF stem

A: Pours slightly hazy. Bright yellow orange. Not a lot of head. Slight collar of bright white head.

S: Dry. White wine. Oak. Buttery. Chardanay like. Funk/sour.

T: Very sour. I actually feel what people have mentioned about oxidized. Dry buttery oak. Dry finish.

M: Lighter side of medium.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:38:22 | More by inlimbo77
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Beerenauslese

California

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened without a pop or hiss. Poured into a Bruery tulip, producing just a few bubbles that quickly disappeared, leaving behind a clear golden flat liquid looking like a lambic.

Smells funky, earthy, and very oaky with a note of turpentine/resin which I find off-putting, but once past that, buttery chardonnay notes come through clearly.

Happily, the wood resin doesn't come through so much in the taste, which is of big, buttery Chardonnay with a bit of acetic sourness, lots of wood, and some butterscotch. It is considerably more sour than wine, but not too sour. Seems the acetic is balanced by the sweetness of the grapes as well as malt. It is definitely a sweet and sour concoction though, with sweetness on the tongue and definite sour pucker on the lips. Has a nice long grapey finish with notes of green and ripe apple with lingering acetic acidity.

It has a medium thick body and a heavier weight on the palate, sort of like a sweeter wine might.

Definitely one of those beers that is hard to distinguish from wine. I'll be having the rest of this with food, since the sour level and the wood is a bit much to sip by itself.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 00:54:47 | More by Beerenauslese
Vitis Series: Oui Oui from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.