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Collaboration Series: Go Team! - The Bruery

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 84
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 26.78%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 05-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Aggressively carbonated. Off white head of small bubbles with low retention but the fast carbonation holds the head up for a bit.

Aroma is sweet and mildly yeasty perhaps some raisin or candi sugar.

Beer is light and sweet. Nice yeast and a wet finish quite enjoyable and I appreciate a Bruery beer that isn't too heavy just simple and good. Love the low ABV too. Hopefully this is a sign that more sessions beers are on the way from the Bruery. I would have it again.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear red-brown with a finger of frothy tannish head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, some spices, touch of nuttiness.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, some spices, some nuttiness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a fruity and lightly sweet finish.

D - Great mild Belgian Dark Ale. Complex and well balanced.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Lots of bubbles and a frothy head. A dappled surface on top of a highly translucent nut brown beer.

S: I was not expecting this sort of nose from a "Belgian Mild Ale." I can definitely see the BDA classification, and it has some of the rich, spicy fruit I've come to associate with BSDAs. A light tartness or yeastiness as well.

T/M: Incredibly light. Which is great for the mouthfeel, so effervescent as to approach champagne quality. Dry, light, spicy, and puckery. Definitely interesting. The flavour, however, is somewhat anaemic. Some biscuity, buttery malts followed by an endtaste of grassy, peppery, fresh yeast. Bright fruit is suffused with a welcome, but understated tartness. Subtle flavours that are unravelled after many sips. A beer of startling complexity.

O: A worthwhile beer, a good Belgian, and a fine collaboration. Still, not everyday fare and not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Tasting Room in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, malt, spice, and some yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with a light spice bitterness after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Copper and dark rust in color with a fairly large light brown head that billows up quickly, stays for a while, and eventually settles down to a moderately sized film atop the beer. This leaves spots of lace down the glass. Appropriate and pretty for the style.

The aroma is a pleasurable enough combination of bread and yeast, with a touch of dark fruit. Pleasant, though very simple.

The flavor too is quite nice, especially for the style. The yeast, bread, and hint of dark fruits make for an incredibly drinkable combination.

Medium to full body with moderate-high carbonation--marvelously drinkable.

I really enjoy this, especially for the style.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.19.12.

A - Pours a dark brown-amber with a large, explosive light tan head. It's very fizzy and fades very slowly.

S - Fruity, spicy, and some Belgian yeast.

T - Mild spice and Belgian yeast in the background, but pretty muted.

D - Good carbonation with a thin body. Belgian yeast hits you on the finish.

O - Mild and thin, not the best Bruery beer I have had, but nice if you want something lighter.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/24/12 notes. Got this by being a member of the Reserve Society. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a hazy reddish brown color with two fingers of fluffy light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of dark fruits, fruity malts, spices, molasses, sugar, toffee, bready malts, and toasted malts. Some nice fruity to it; quite nice.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits and fruity malts, followed by sugar, bready malts, toasted malts. Taste is sweeter than the nose and a tiny bit too sweet for me, though still nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, pretty smooth body and very easy to drink. Very nice.

o - Overall I liked this one more than I though I would. I think this is the lowest ABV beer I've had from the Bruery so far and would consider it a success. ots of fruit and sweetness to it mixing with some caramel and bready malts, and quite easy to drink. Would have it again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a brown in color with pale yellow highlights and a very thin head that left almost no la cing sticking to the glass.

S: some banana sweet belgian yeast was noticeable upfront on the nose with toffee, hints of dark fruits, slight pear notes, brown sugar sweetness and mild booze coming through as well.

T: toffee brown sugar sweetness was more apparent on the palate alongside belgian yeasty character, sark fruits such as raisins, pear indertones, some slight tart character and boozy accents which were well balanced.

M: the brew was nedium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, yeasty and a thin and sticky finish.

O: I thought it was a solid dark belgian all around. But was a tad thin.

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Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Devil's backbone glass. It poured brown orange in color with a thin, spotty, bubbly head to it. The head all but disappeared pretty quickly though.

The aroma mixes tart, crisp fruits, a little citrus zest and an earthy belgian yeast spice. I get some notes of apple, coriander, orange peel, clove and a little caramel. Pretty good aroma overall for the style, everything seemed pretty well balanced.

The taste shows more of the crisp, sweeter, fruits to it with notes of both apple and grape to it. Some of the zesty citrus flavors come out towards the finish. The earthy, slightly herbal yeast spice is more noticeable in the finish as well. As it warmed I started to get some hints of caramel and a touch of dark fruit. Again, the flavors feel pretty well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. It's not a bold or extreme, but it was It was pretty flavorful, easy drinking and pretty well balanced. It was especially flavorful considering the low abv. Relative to other beers in this alcohol range, I'd say it compares pretty favorably.

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Photo of ediaz
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from DovaliHops, thanks!

A: pours a light warm copper with 1 finger beige head, dissipating in about a minute.

S: notes of spices, light citrus fruits

T: getting more spices and nectarines. Nothing too overwhelming but it is very refreshing.

M: light-med. very dry, thinking of champagne. would have liked a little less carbonation on it.

O: Very refreshing beer for summer. the spice/nectarine combo i get with this is tasty. this is something I can't get in FL, and i'm glad i got to try it out. Not sure i would trade for it, but if it was available i wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, Spring/Summer '12
Victory tulip

A: Pours out like a red ale: hazy cloudy amber color. I guess you could use Mahogany. Reddish hues. Two fingers off white head. Lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom. Bottle conditioning.

S: Smells of Belgian yeast are there. Some peppery hints. Clean euro hop varietals. Some mild bready malts. Maybe light nuttiness. Some candied sugar.

T: Right on the tip of the tongue, you get that Belgian yeast spice and some hop bitterness. Prickly carbonation throughout. Drinks thinner than it looks. Really sessionable. Sweet bready malts that leave you with a little nutty flavor. Definitely those candied sugary notes. The finish is crisp and dry.

M: Light leading to medium. Low ABV and easy going down.

O: B

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

The beer pours a murky brown color with a small off-white head. Most of the aroma is bread and toasted malt. The Belgian yeast gives a little bit of a peppery character, but I was hoping for some banana to it. A rather simple, straight forward aroma. The flavor has a bit more sweetness to it than does the nose. Toffee to go along with the toasted bread. A hint of yeast and a mild spice on the finish.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1317th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml


Purchased from provisions for $8

App- The color of a late sunset with a bit of caramel brown mixed in. Starts out lighter on top and darker on the bottom. A nice two finger eggshell head. Had some bubbles vs. cling in the glass.

Smell- I am going out on a limb and saying this is like a dubbel/quad/kvass minus the boozy notes. A small yeast note with some bready malts.

Taste- A bit of a flat cola flavor with a ton of earthy bready malts. A little like rye to me. Its unusually like a KVASS just amped up. Very light and very mild.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit of a Rye Kvass like finish.

Drink- A good collaboration. I can tell this will be a polarizing beer. You either love it or hate it. I liked it. It was a nice layered little beer.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Props as always to JRSD for being my Reserve Society trustee, and this one was poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Go Team! pours a murky mahogany, with some nice cherry highlights. Three fingers or so of very light tan foam quickly come together atop the beer, before fading away shortly after. Lacing is minimal. The nose is nice, split pretty evenly between some candied raisins and light, delicate clove phenolics. The flavor profile isn't quite as robust, as the balance between dark fruity esters and clove like phenols is interrupted by a slight bready malt middle that makes the whole beer come across as a little more dull. The body is nice and light and lean, but the carbonation just doesn't have the liveliness that the best Belgians do. Go Team! is a decent sessionable Belgian, but it doesn't really distinguish itself.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Labelled 4.7%, not 4.8% ABV. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper with two fingers of tan foam. Settles fairly quickly to a thin covering. No lacing.

Aroma of bready malt and candi sugar. Fruity esters. Some spices.

Flavor is mildly sweet malt coupled with the fruity notes from the nose. Finishes fairly dry and clean.

Light bodied with medium-high slightly-sharp carbonation.

"Mild Ale" is a good description. Tastes good, and is sessionable and inoffensive.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a clouded color of light brown with an effervescent yellowish tan head that surges up to 4 fingers and collapses pretty quick to a thin film across the top. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a half finger of bubble formation around the perimeter of the glass. A light swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the top.

The smell of this brew is sweet like belgian candy sugar mixed with toasty grain to bready elements. Faint citrus to fruity hops are noted in the background. There is a little bit of carbonic quality to the backend of the aromatics which isn't surprising considering the high level of carbonation.

The taste reiterates that belgian candy sugar aspect with a flavor of bread to toast, mild toffee and a lingering caramel sweetness that has a light touch of fruity character. It is somewhat earthy with a hop flavoring towards the back and a very mild kiss of fruity alcohol ester. The belgian yeast is felt with a spicy component of clove.

This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation that is just too much. It is light and easy drinking with a solid belgian influence with both yeasty esters and seemingly belgian style candy sugar aftertaste. It is a light and refreshing beer that I could see myself throwing back on a hot day mindlessly. However, if looking to have your taste buds wow'd, this isn't a good choice. Fans of mild ales will most likely take a big liking to this as it isn't taxing to the palate. My only gripe for this brew is that the carbonation level is so high that it is not only distractingly fizzy on the tongue but some of those carbonic flavors carry over in both the aroma and flavor profile.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a reddish brown/umber with a moderate white head, good lace.

S: Nice nose, has some true Belgian character, hint of banana bread, fig, yeast.

T: Biscuity malt with some solid yeast play, cracked grain. Light notes of allspice and pepper.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, but a tad over-carbonated, makes it hard to really taste the flavours which are good.

O: Nice little beer, the complexities in the malt/yeast play I liked, but nothing wowing here.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice red and brown color, some ruby edges to it, soft off white head, only about 3/8" in depth.

Aroma was a nutty maltiness, almost like a red ale, but then it had a very faint Belgian aroma, super mild banana to it, dang, why can't hefe producers makes them something a little more restrained yeastwise like this is.

Very mild flavor profile. Its there. It still shares some characteristics flavorwise comparable to a red ale. But a belgian red with belgian yeast. Cereal grains. No hops, but a weird bitter bite to it, unwelcome in a low abv mild beer like this. Very bready cereal type stuff going on, even if the thickness and viscosity still remains in session country.

A little dark fruit aspect in the mouthfeel. Some spice accoutrement that isn't welcome. Dark candy additions. Complex, yet mild, yet not mild enough. I don't see this beer being made again. I'd frankly prefer the Ovila Dubbel to this any day.

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Photo of rudzud
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Shared with JLindros and poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a muddy off chestnut hue with a killer one finger white head head that just slumped slightly and hangs around indefinitely.

S - Aromas of sweeter sugar malts and Belgian fruity esters. Smells deceivingly good. Very good.

T - Taste is a metallic disappointment. Malty Belgian esters but...slight fruits . Those metallic off flavors is just ...meh. unfortunate. Very unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated here which explains why it was a slow gusher.

O - Overall I was very disappointed with this provision series beer. Glad I only had the one bottle.

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Photo of jsanford
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a fluffy ivory head that never really fades, resulting in a 2-finger cap. Light aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, and Belgian yeast. Kinda reminds me of a Dubbel. Taste is pretty similar to the nose, more toffee and caramel, dark fruit, and phenolic Belgian yeast. Not bad, and I get what they were going for, but really nothing special. Mouthfeel is light and drinkable, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Just an ok beer, nothing to get excited over.

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Photo of thetastywort
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The bruery

A: Very nice amber with a moderate head. Slightly cloudy.

S: I catch a more mellow belgian character with very faint banana. They were brewing a batch in the background and it is overpowering the glass.

T: Belgian mild is a perfect desrciption. Biscuit flavor with malty finish. Not much to this.

M: Higher carbonation, especially for a Bruery beer. Light body and crisp. Very crisp and nice for summer.

O: Not one of my favorite Bruery beers. Very mellow Belgian. A nice beer for newbies or friends who aren't into craft beers.

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Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Share with rudzud.

Erupts slightly and pours a nice fluffy but fizzy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, lots of soapy lacing, super murky mahogany almost purplish red like color.

Nose is lots of Belgian aromas, lots of esters, light phenols that present a booze that's like 8-9% instead of less than 5%. Some biscuit, dark caramel syrupy like malts, but still seems light. Fruity esters mostly take over, hint of Belgian yeast spices too. Not bad so far.

Trade starts with a light bitter tart fruit, super over carbonated and a bit of infection like. Yeasty, light biscuit malt, light Belgian dark malts and candy syrup. Hint of Belgian yeast spices, faint esters and phenols, taste like it should be boozy but not really. The faint infection like taste really destroys the beer. Hint of dark fruits and nuts, but somehow feels really light overall. Finish is drier, a weird light hydrogen peroxide taste from the ridiculous carbonation and infection like funk, very light feel, light fruits and nuts, sticky syrup.

Mouth is lighter bodied, waaaay too much carb, and overall feels thin for what it should be.

Overall not great, nose is nice, but the taste really dies, slight infection, weird hydrogen peroxide, way too much carb, very thin, just bleh.

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Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with a half finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Malt forward and mild. Not particularly sweet. I'm getting mild hints of cherry and amoretto with a slight Belgian spice.

Taste: Not as interesting as the smell. Malt forward with some mild Belgian spice and a hint of bitterness in the finish. The fruity notes aren't here. Kind of boring but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was an alright beer but not very interesting. I loved the name, it was perfect for the olympics.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy reddish-brown color with a medium yellow-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very tame...with some Belgian yeast...along with some German yeast/malt that could easily be mistaken for. A bit of banana and spice. Taste is malty and sweet at first, with some pleasant fig and plum flavor. Quite spicy with a lingering peppery feel on the back of the tongue. Very well balanced and just plain out easy-drinking of a beer. Kinda reminds me of a very light Belgian dubbel. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I understand what they were going for with this beer...and they definitely achieved their goal. It just isn't my style when I'm wanting to enjoy a Belgian-style beer, let alone a session beer. I have a feeling there are going to be many more people who love this beer than dislike it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle opens with an assertive hiss and pours into the glass a deep orange copper color with a huge white head that takes forever to subside. Smells of dark fruits and caramel with bits of pepper and spice. It smells pretty good, a bit sweet and seems like something that's going to be bigger than 4.7%. The flavor up front is pretty good with lots of dark sugary and fruity flavors that you would associate with a mild ale. Then the yeast takes over and it gets a little weird. A little peppery and a little salty and earthy. Light body with a fairly dry finish, excessive level of carbonation and a sweet almost salty mouthfeel. Its nice to try something different every once in a while, but this one just didn't do it for me.

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