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Windowsill - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

277 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 277
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 39
Gots: 41 | FT: 11
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-05-2013)
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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, amber color with a reddish/maroon tint. A bit murky overall, but not too bad. A short, fizzy cap of white foam hangs around momentarily and falls away to leave a thin collar and sparse lacing.

S - Raspberries make the first and largest impression but they certainly don't dominate and don't carry the fresh, juicy wallop that many raspberry beers deliciously deliver. I also get a bit of cherry in the aroma. I definitely get a dryish, doughy, pastry crust type of aroma mixed in to give the "pie-like" character that was attempted here. Rhubarb...honestly, not sure what this smells like by itself, only seem to have it in combination with other things. I get a bit of a green, vegetable character, so maybe this is the rhubarb. Lightly tart/sour on the nose overall but not super potent.

T - A bit surprising in the intensity of sour and tart flavors - much more intense than I expected out of the aroma. Clean sourness that leads right into the crisp, tart raspberry flavors, which are also more intense than the aroma indicated. The raspberry still isn't pure in flavor...perhaps the rhubarb is showing its influence on the flavor and tinting the fruitiness of the beer. A bit of dry malt at the base...not exactly pie crust-y, and definitely falling in behind the fruit and the sour.

M - Tart/sour in a medium intensity. A bit of woody oak creeps in to an otherwise straight up tart raspberry beer. Pretty dry overall - much of the fruits sweetness has been overcome with sourness. Lightish medium body with a firm, highly lively and tingly carbonation. Dry, tart, slightly puckering with a lingering salivating effect after the swallow.

O - Overall, quite good. I suppose I should have expected it, but disappointed a bit in the "tainted" raspberry flavor - love intense raspberry flavors. Still plenty of raspberry, but not as crisp as it could be. I get a variable impression of pie crust depending on the sip. Having this beer with food - finding that a sip against something dry - crackers, nuts brings out the crusty flavors in the beer. Very good, not great - hoped for more, but not leaving let down either.

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Appears a glowing orange with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, and funky farmhouse.
Taste is of the aromas with tart berries as the standout.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lactic, and tart in in the dry finish.

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Windowsill from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.