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Vitis Series: Oui Oui - The Bruery

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88
very good

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 47 | 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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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 41
Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Photo of errantnight
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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).

Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of jvillefan
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very light yellow body with almost no head.

S: Very strong funk. One of the strongest I've ever had. Incredibly sour with some wine in the background.

T: Very acidic to start off. It then transitions to a white wine flavor. Grapes come up next. It finishes with a subtle creamy texture.

M: Nice and heavy and silky body. The carbonation is a little low but still good.

O: Very interesting. Very good.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-orange with a thin layer of bubbly head. Fades quickly.

S - Sweet wheat, oak, chardonnay, peach, green apple, and other tart green fruits, lemon zest and some other acidity, some funky yeasts, and a hint of booze.

T - Sweet wheat, sharp sourness, chardonnay, oak, vanilla, green apple, peach, and other tart green fruits, lemon zest, funky yeasts, lactic acid, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, sour, and warming finish.

D - Nice wild ale. Good tart and sourness and good overall balance.

Photo of jeonseh
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared by nasty 31 @ NWI bottle share

A - Light, hazy soft yellow. Light carbonation and no head

S - Tart vinegar, lemon, sweet Chardonnay grape, slight butter

T - Tart white vinegar up front that almost makes you pucker. There is lemon, light oak, and slight butter. Finish is lots of tart vinegar that lingers near the end.

MF - Light carbonation, slight astringent and dry. Actually rather creamy and buttery beer in the middle

O - Solid sour with nice vinegar tartness. Slight buttery, creaminess that you don't always find which make it nice and slightly different than normal

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks merc, back to back with the Pinot lambicus
The beer pours a cloudy light golden yellow with no head. The nose is slightly sweet with slight notes of grape. The taste is very tart with a light grape/oak and distinct sourness. This beer's mouthfeel is intensely sour with a dry & sweet finish. It's very tart (cantillon tart) with a slightly nutty after-aftertaste. Great beer, better than the Pinot lambicus, that's definitely a serious sour.

Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color without much of a head; looks rather like a white wine with just a few bubbles lazily drifting from the bottom of the glass

Smell: Funk and tartness, with a white wine grape character that rounds out the aroma

Taste: The white wine grape, oak and sour flavors merge, up front, with the yeasty funk adding complexity in the middle; the oak as well as a hint of sweetness build in the finish

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium-bodied with very little carbonation

Overall: A worthy wild that verges into the vinous territory

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for bringing this to share at the ORF release

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of ptykozoon
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, no head.

Funk, sour grape, lemon.

Bread, lotsa sour, oak, lime, cherry, complex, very good.

Medium carbonation - perfect for beer, abv tastes about right if not slightly less.

Very tasty beer. One of the best Bruery beers I've had..

Photo of Mora2000
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with no real head. The aroma has a ton of tart wheat in it, as well as some acidic notes like you get from chardonnay. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of tart wheat and apple notes, as well as some oak and white wine grape notes. The tartness level is very high and really makes my mouth pucker. Medium mouthfeel and very little, if any, carbonation. A very nice sour beer.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a honey yellow, not unlike Chardonnay, with some sloppy white head that disappears to a ring almost immediately. Looks still.

S: Burst of sour tropical fruit and lemon, lots of sour, a little funk, and very subtle vanilla/oak which comes out more as it warms. Decidedly vinous.

T: Lemon and some tropical fruits, a little white grape. Very sour, like sour apple Warheads level sour, that's even on the palate through the long finish. The sourness seems to tame as it warms, and more of the oak shows through. Near cellar temperature is a definite improvement over the beer right out of the fridge.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Tasty, and on the higher end of the sour spectrum. A nice substitute for a white wine. The alcohol is not at all noticeable.

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sharing this one at his own pre-marriage tasting! Thanks Alex! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured neon yellow with a minimal white head that subsided to none quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, citrus, citrus rine, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, citrus, citrus rine, tart, and sour. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised at what I found upon first inspection of this one. This was definitely the most our brew that we tasted that evening by far. It had a nice balance to it though which made it quite easy to drink and rather enjoyable. I would have no problem at all crushing a full bottle of this one. Definitely worth seeking out if you have not had it before.

Photo of dcloeren
2.38/5  rDev -39.3%
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."

Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - No head whatsoever here. I mean noting. This pours like a glass of white wine, which while good is not really what I expect. This looks pretty good though.

S - Bursts of grains and Chardonnay. Oak barrels, white grapes. Just insanely enticing bread and vinous.

T - Wow. So much great dry white wine and sourness. Sour white grapes and oak. Some light bread/yeast. Very, very much like a a drie fountene.

M - Flat, absolutely no carbonation at all. Drinks like a white wine. A sour white wine. Very dry and delicious.

O - Over wow, this is a super sour glass of white wine and oak. This is really, really tasty. Wish we had another bottle of this.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.41/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with no head and only a few bubbles despite an aggressive pour.

Smells like chardonnay. Lots of tart white grape along with oak and some mustiness.

May have accidentally opened a bottle of wine. Taste like a slightly tarter chardonnay. Lots of light grape tartness with oak. A bit more sour than the nose lets on. Finishes dry and again chardonnay like.

Fairly light mouthfeel with low carbonation levels.

Bottom line: If you are a wine person especially dry whites, this will be right up your alley. I enjoyed it, but would have preferred a bit heavier carbonation. Curious to see what some age does to my other bottle.

Photo of brystmar
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Vitis Series: Oui Oui from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.