Preservation Series: Or Xata - The Bruery
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
2.71/5 rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - A little hazy. Deep orange. Nice white head. Thick collar and nice surface foam.
Smell - Vanilla is most prevalent. Cinnamon behind it. I guess some graininess. Kinda like a wheatwine.
Taste - Sweet. Lots of vanilla. Spice builds into the flavor and lingers in the finish. The middle is an odd sweet body. I suppose that's rice, because it doesn't taste like malt.
Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet, but not by Bruery standards. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Having had two Or Xata beers, I can safely say I don't think I would enjoy the title beverage.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2014 01:16:27 | More by Alieniloquium
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4/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: poured into a tulip to a deep orange with a small fluffy off white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of vanilla and cinnamon
T: tastes of vanilla, and cinnamon with some creamy sweetness. very impressive. Slight hint of some bitterness but mostly the flavors of horchata. Swallow is more vanilla, sweetness, and cinnamon
M: full and creamy on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: This beer hit the marks they were going for and I'm sure fresh the vanilla was much more apparent. Very well crafted and very well done. I don't know if we'll be seeing this one again but I wouldn't be opposed to it.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 04:30:51 | More by SHODriver
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle poured into tulip.
A- Pours a translucent brownish, orange gold with about a half finger's white head that recedes to a thin layer leaving behind some spotty lacing. Fairly carbonated with a lot of small carbonation bubbles rising fairly fast.
S- Tons of cinnamon, a decent amount of vanilla bean that conflicts with the blonde ale aroma to create a weird slightly off-putting aroma, the rice doesn't contribute too much to the aroma. Fairly aromatic, but not a huge fan.
T- Creamy rice pudding topped with cinnamon, vanilla beans add a nice flavor balancing with the rice qualities, blonde ale aspect with a hint of bitterness hidden on the background and comes out a bit on the finish. This beer tastes extremely unique and quite tasty especially if you like rice pudding (which I definitely do). Overall the taste makes up for what the aroma is definitely lacking.
M- Medium bodied, slightly bitter, very slightly over-carbonated, fairly smooth.
O- I'm not a huge fan of blonde ales however Or Xata does not taste anything like a typical blonde ale and is extremely unique nailing what they are going for. The aroma was way too sweet and unbalanced with too much cinnamon and sweet vanilla bean. However the taste (in my opinion) was as spot on as it could be with nice vanilla bean qualities balanced with a pinch of cinnamon and rice pudding. Overall if you love rice pudding and unique beers I'd definitely check this beer out, if you don't I'd probably stay away.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 23:26:27 | More by jaasen64
3.76/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Stakem for sharing this unique brew,enjoyed with Mandy and August drank chilled from a flute.
The color is deep medium brown with hazed look and thick white cap with fine bead, no lace is left and retention is ok. The smell is nice, lots of spice with a faint sweet aroma, mild alcohol esters with a mellow floral aspect, subtle vanilla and yeast adds a fruity essence. The feel is decent with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with moderately spiced texture and somewhat high alcohol for the style.
The taste is unusual but good, pretty interesting considering the origin of the idea, I have made horchata and shared with others who enjoy this specialty and it is not exactly what you would expect- I think the flavor of the alcohol is what seems to distract from the drink it pays tribute to. I understand the brewer who created this is not known for low alcohol versions of any style, but to me the spice is the best part of the taste a little less rice tangy-ness may have helped. I think this is pretty decent for what it is, but to me it missed the mark if Horchata or Or xata is what they wanted to pay tribute to. I think for a first taste of anything remotely similar to the original beverage it is better than average. Thanks again Adam, so glad I got to try this!
Serving type: growler
01-19-2014 23:35:57 | More by Slatetank
Preservation Series: Or Xata from The Bruery
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