Vitis Series: Oui Oui - The Bruery

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88
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 20
Gots: 46 | 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:
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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 ObeMaltKinobee
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ffOpusx
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ptykozoon
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 wyatt
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4/5  rDev +2%
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
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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
2.43/5  rDev -38%
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 GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of curly31989
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Holland
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of stxSS07
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of brystmar
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Jakers90
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MrTopher
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Vitis Series: Oui Oui from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.