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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

942 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 412
Gots: 353 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  14.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The primary component of our "White Oak" ale is a 100% barrel aged wheat wine that we affectionately refer to as "White Oak Sap." Essentially a "summer" barley-wine style ale, but made with a wheat heavy grain base, White Oak Sap is aged in used bourbon barrels for nearly a year and comes out rich in flavors of coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. To compliment the already rich flavors of the beer, we've added cacao nibs and vanilla beans to give this beer the delicate flavor of white chocolate...hence the name.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012)
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drebrew, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Riding on the heels of Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain, expectations are high for White Chocolate. But with a restructured recipe, this ale is like no other!

As the ale pours, its nearly champagne exuberance strikes the eye with its bright golden color, modest haze and racy carbonation. As a partly fizzy head rises, it falls nearly as fast- showing off its cotton white bubbles before they collapse back into the a with hardly a trace of lacing.

Honey-sweetened sugar cookies kick things off with a backing of tangy acidity, vanilla and oak. With an undertow of sourdough, white grapes and green apples- the mix of wheat and sweet takes on complex tangy scents. A finish of pepper, clove and cumin offer up an oddly placed balance to the sweet and tangy balance.

Its taste is complicates as the flavor of vanilla, heavy whipping cream and sugar cookie provide a whimsical creamy-sweet taste early. But the middle lacks much of that as the raw sourdough flavors weave in tart fruit, champagne and spicy flavors instead. Finishing on that dry, tangy, and sourish spice note, the ale challenges the palate with flavor combinations that have never been seen before.

But the texture of the ale is most confusing. Where promises of silk and cream is promised, a dry film coats the palate, just ahead of the acute pang of champagne carbonation and dryness sets in far too soon. Finishing with that spicy oak note, fleeting textures of powder dryness and spicy astringency offers final impressions.

If the ale could have finishes like it started, then the tart and spice would have offered enough intrigue and complexity to fit right in. But because of its misplaced dryness and carbonation, those spices and acidities are left on an island to fend for themselves.

BEERchitect, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Stinger80OH, Dec 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

beagle75, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

CGMLS3, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

AKuehn47, Dec 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.8%

WillCarrera, Dec 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing brew, without a doubt one of my fav from The Bruery (though I just picked up the Reserve Society membership, so god knows what tasty brew is awaiting me in 2014.

For tonight I got mine from a bottle that came as a gift from my boss, served in a Bruery branded tulip. 2013. My pallet is not so refined as others, so forgive the generic and/or weird descriptions:

Pours a beautiful orangish-yellow color, with just a little bit of head. Yeast chunks are present.

I taste sweet fruit, and of course vanilla beans. Literally tastes like white chocolate covered raisins. What strikes me more is what I DON'T taste, and that's alcohol - it's there if you look for it, but it's impressive none-the-less for something that is 14.75% abv.

Something I wish I could drink every night, but that's kind of stuff is how you end up on A&E's Intervention

seandamnit, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

PF15, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

NWer, Dec 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

corysmith01, Dec 16, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours with a certain cleanliness as its Crystal clear orang color shows only loose carbonation through its body and leaves little head.

The aromas are strong and sweet with pronounced honey, caramel malt, vanilla, wheat and wine.

The flavor really reminds me of a wine, though it is a wheatwine. The wheat flavor is evident but has a fermented style with just a touch of alcohol. The mid palate detects some barrel age properties such as a vanilla and oak wood flavor. It ends with more wheat malt.

The feel is crisp and clean but a bit prickly and bubbly.

The trick to this beer is to know your drinking a wheat wine and not a White Chocolate Stout. Once you put aside expectation this is a flavorful "beer" experience.

KYGunner, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jkball01, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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White Chocolate from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.