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Windowsill - The Bruery

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very good

33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 302
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 4.2%
Wants: 47
Gots: 36 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's Good Food, was inspired to collaborate with Patrick Rue and The Bruery after enjoying a homemade Rhubarb Raspberry Pie. The rhubarb's fruity sourness tempered with the sweetness of the fresh raspberries and the wheat crust, begged to be bottled up in the form of a bubbly beer. Keeping the original pie recipe in mind, specialty grains were chosen to mimic the crust, and rhubarb and raspberries were used in varying stages of the brewing and fermentation process. The resulting beer is reminiscent of a fresh country pie, cooling on a farmhouse windowsill.
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 302
Photo of DovaliHops
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish orange with a hint of brown. Medium, off-white head. Scent is packed with tart fruit and booze. A good amount of alcohol in the aroma, but also a lot of rhubarb and raspberry. Some notes that remind me of Founders Blushing Monk. I had that beer a long time ago, and the aroma made me think of that beer RIGHT AWAY. Smells more like a high ABV Fruit beer than a wild ale or a sour. Lots of fruit and booze overall. Taste is more tart than the aroma implies. The subtle tartness works very nice with the heavy fruit and alcohol flavor. Lovely raspberry and rhubarb with some tart notes and boozy alcohol. Unfortunately, the "crust" from the pie doesn't shine through very much. As it warms up, there is a bit of spice that could lead to tasting like a pie crust, but not much. Mouthfeel is pretty perfect for this kind of beer. Drinkability is fairly high. I really enjoy this beer...definitely a sipper. Overall, reminds me of a cross between Blushing Monk/Raspberry Tart/Sans Pagaie/Fort... I enjoy this beer. (1,031 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 8/12/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a murky golden hued brown with a bare half finger of pale head which quickly fades to a thin halo. Very little lace.

Smells quite tart with rhubard, lemon and sour raspberry.

Puckeringly sharp sour raspberry, rhubarb, lemony, faint sugar, a touch of butter and a solid alcohol presense.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tart berries in the finish.

I've never had a pie quite that tart but this had some nice flavor to it. (539 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into tulip glass; brownish-cranberry color with very minimal head that evaporates almost instantly. 100% opaque.

S - The beer does live up to its billing, fulling capturing the raspberry rhubarb pie as advertised. You can certainly smell the bite of both the raspberries and rhubarb, along with a hint of pie crust and a bit of sugar as well.

T - Extremely tart due to rhubarb and raspberry flavors; sweetness from smell very quickly vanishes. Certainly a fruit beer, but I wouldn't object to this being called a sour whatsoever. Very bitter on the back end.

M - Highly carbonated, which mirrors the bitterness. Very dry feel after each sip.

O - Trying to remove price from the equation here: If you're a fan of raspberry rhubarb pie, you will likely enjoy drinking this beer. It's light enough to enjoy after dinner, while heavy enough to stop you after one bomber. (881 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a slightly grey reddish hue with s thin quarter inch head that leaves light wisps.

S - Aromas of TONS of rhubarb, tart and vegetable, with light raspberry seed tartness and sweetness.

T - Taste is outstanding at first, tons of tasty rhubarb good and tart, then generic berry, and all of a sudden half way through it becomes tannic and bitter and slightly unpleasant almost phenolic alcohol note, the finish is nice buttery flakey pie crust.

M - Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated, alcohol is still present which is unfortunate.

O - Overall I was slightly let down by this beer, too much booze and phenols ribs what could have been a delicious sour. (710 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright cranberry plum brown body. Thin white head disappears quickly with low retention and almost no lace.

S - Tart wood, rhubarb, strawberry jam, linzer tarts.

T - Dry, super tart cranberry juice. Tannins, bright wood, plant stems. Great rhubarb finish.

M - Medium full frame. Finishes with an arid dryness.

O - Deliciously tart and dry with a great rhubarb flavor. (375 characters)

Photo of markchristenson
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. It had a lot of potential, but both on the nose and the palate there was a hint of soap that kept this from being a lot better. Like the balance between the rhubarb and raspberries, and the underlying ale, while simple, was a nice canvas. A fun beer, but not a great beer. (290 characters)

Photo of JasonFromLA
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beachwood Sourfest Beer.

A - Pours dark pink with a mostly white head.

S - Raspberries dominate with some malt to give it a "crust".

T - Much like the aroma. Strong raspberries with some extra tartness, and malt backbone as crust.

M - Good carbonation.

O - Pretty mixed on this one. Maxed my allocation but I'd much rather just have a real sour or a NG Fruit beer without the unnecessary ABV. (398 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a vibrant fuschia to dark magenta with a medium rocky white head, some solid head retention.

S: Pie like with some crust notes and raspberries.

T: Delicious, sweet raspberry and rhubarb come through; it really does taste like liquid pie which is impressive. Very well done.

M: Medium to full-bodied with a moderate acidity. Certainly does not feel like a beer over 10%.

O: One of the better new brews from these guys in a while, glad it showed up at Sour Fest, well worth a purchase. (531 characters)

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Windowsill from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.