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Preservation Series: Or Xata - The Bruery

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very good

284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 20
Gots: 36 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ehammond1 on 07-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Blonde ale brewed with rice, cinnamon, and vanilla beans.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, vanilla, cinnamon, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, cinnamon, and horchata flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium body mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is more horchata like in the taste versus the smell.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quarter finger head on a hazy copper body with nice lacing. Aroma is a bit light but what's there is nice with gingerbread, cinnamon rum, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. The flavor follows with a stronger presence which for me is a little too unbalanced and sweet with again butterscotch, vanilla, rum, toffee and caramel with light malt presence. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one isn't bad but it doesn't really appeal to my beer tastes. That being said you can still tell its a well brewed beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with rudzud.

Nice creamy bubbly 1 finger head fades at a med pace with plenty of lacing, hazy murky slight chestnut maroon apple brown color.

Nose is really interesting, lots of vanilla and cinnamon, caramel galore, my brain wants to think apple but none, flan thick sweet candy, tons of candied aromas but not burnt, but dulce de leche sweet creamy. Cinnamon and vanilla stick through it all.

Taste is super sweet like maple syrup, very syrupy, I want it on pancakes. Plenty more cinnamon in there again but not spicy cinnamon, candy like, lots of caramel again, so much candy syrup. Mild vanilla in there, more maple creams, fairly creamy too with light rice pudding, light warning apple. Finish is sweet and sticky, plenty more maple candy, caramel, light cinnamon and vanilla.

Mouth is syrupy, thicker, decent carb, decent creamy feel, light warming booze.

Overall, ehhhh, I want to like this, it has the flavors you'd expect, but for me who doesn't eat or drink anything sweet, it's hard to get through more than a sip or two. However, this with dessert, or mixed in ice cream or pancakes yum.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 10/27/13 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip, paired with some Mexican food.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber brown color with two inches of light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vanilla, cream, bready malts, and lots of cinnamon. It is nice; not a lot going on but a lot of vanilla and cinnamon which work well together.

t - Tastes of cinnamon, vanilla, cream, milk, spices, bready malts, and dough. Taste is very close to cream soda. Interesting, and pretty good.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Body is a bit too thin and watery for me.

o - Overall a very interesting beer that smells and tastes good, in small quantities, and I imagine is exactly what they were going for. If I had a 2 oz. pour of this is at a festival, or a 4oz. pour as part of a flight, I could find myself really liking this one even more, but trying to take down half a bottle got a little rough on the back end of the glass, as it is very sweet. Worth checking out, and goes well with Mexican food, but share the bottle with 3-4 other people.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of stakem
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a sort of tea to copper orange color with lighter yellow around the edges. A vigorous pour yields a finger of khaki head that fades back to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet almost like cream soda but with some vanilla and very mild cinnamon spice. At times it almost has a sort of orange marmalade character going on which is strange, yet enjoyable.

The taste is sweet with vanilla and a hint of beet sugar. Mild cinnamon spice and an overall flavor profile that seems more like a cream soda than a beer. As it warms up, a very mild sort of belgian yeast/clove spice emerges along with a complimenting fruitiness mildly reminiscent of pear/apple skins.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a very mild amount of carbonation. Having never had the drink that is the inspiration for this brew, I dont know how to grade this. I will say though that this pretty much drinks exactly as advertised with the listed ingredients. Quite unique and worth a try. I just have a difficult time scoring this since it is unlike anything ive had before and really just isnt beer-like in any way.

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Preservation Series: Or Xata from The Bruery
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