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Worry - Heretic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 05-26-2012)
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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

A cloudy hazy dark golden color with some definite purple hues, especially as the suspended sediment tumbles into the glass, with a small off-white head. This leaves irregular ribbons of lace down the glass. Not a particularly pretty beer, though there's nothing wrong with it either.

Big notes of oak and white wine are the most prevalent; the barrel character has really taken over the base beer, at least in the aroma. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but the nose is quite pleasant.

The flavor is a nice balance of white wine, wood, mild hops, some bitterness, candy sweetness, and some bread. It sounds more complex and interesting than it drinks, unfortunately.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. The bit sits somewhat heavy for the style.

Good, interesting, and unique, but not a world-beater.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair provided this bottle tonight... Poured into my HotD goblet... Foamy white head dies pretty quickly.. decent lacing.. slightly hazed golden brew.

Nose shows plenty of oak with pears and sweet apple essence.. a bit spicy.. light clove

Flavor is dry fruitiness with some heavy pale malt essence that doesn't actually add to the sweetness.. White grape and chardonnay notes really open up with warmth.. great barrel presence...

Surprising body for such a dry finish... good carbonation and fairly long finish.

I liked this one pretty much... and I am told it is going to be available for an approachable price.

Thanks a ton Sammy!! Cool brew... I will definitely buy as soon as it hits shelf.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 375 ml with a reluctant cork imprinted CBB 01.

A: Initial 1 finger bright white fine head over a hazy pale orangish yellow which leaves lace rings and smear. Quick swirls return a 1/4-inch foamy top.

N: Juicy white grape skins, spring flowers in bloom, fruits (pears and apples) along with some sweet notes and faint yeast.

T: Belgian yeast is present but not overwhelming or bold. Vinous with mild and subtle oak tannins. Complex fruit and understated spices.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and mellow. Semi-sweet and dry finish.

O: Chardonnay barrel character stands out nicely and plays well with the yeast and grape quality. Very enjoyable.

Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent, semi-translucent, dark golden yellow color with a small off-white head that dissipates leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with vinous white grape skins and oak. Underneath I get some sweet honey maltiness, bordering on rock candy with some green apple and the flesh of unripened plums/peaches. Chardonnay definitely shows it's presence here. Toasted bready/biscuity maltiness emerges as it warms but not much, if any, of the traditional Belgian yeast characteristics.

The tastes begin with that sweet candy sugar maltiness, coupled with the unripened stone fruits. Vinous white grapes and oak hit you mid-palate and then the finish has much more traditional Belgian flavors than I was able to decipher in the aroma; typical peppery and slightly fruity yeast esters/phenols that I was failing to pick out in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry, but not as dry as I was hoping for or expecting for the style. Sweetness slightly over-powers the drying oak flavors.

Overall this is a good first barrel-aged offering from Jamil in a style I normally dislike. A bit too sweet and could have used a bit more time in the barrel or maybe more time in the bottle will allow the sweetness to die down and allow for a more balanced and enjoyable finish for my palate. Worth a go if you can easily find it and are a fan of either white wine barrel aged beers or strong Belgian Pale Ales.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dull brassy colored beer with a good sized white head. Strange color for a beer it just looks off somehow.

Smell is strong vanilla and oak with some wine scent. Despite Chardonnay being involved this does not smell sour as you might expect. Lots of fruity scents grape, and citrus with a hint of cinnamon. I can't smell the coriander or the hops in this at all, it is a unique smell and it is pleasant.

Starts out sweet and a little tart with big vanilla and oak flavors. Little bit of wine flavor and a little sourness but the oak stomps on it pretty good. Tastes like it smells, grape, vanilla, oak, lemon.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a weird beer. Oak simply comes on too strong and obscures the other flavors.

Photo of aasher
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was courtesy of BrewerB in a box I received last week. Thanks Brian!

First off, this beer had an oddly shaped and soft cork that was impossible to grip. I had to take a corkscrew to it. This beer pours an apple cider, apple juice like, dirty and dingy, dark muddy gold in color with a slight off white head. I expected something a little paler, just more golden really, especially considering what the label says on the side. The nose is odd too. There is ALOT of pale malt, honey, sweet apple, and honey cream with a slight touch of buttery oak on the back end. The flavors are odd too. They present what the nose promises. The pale malt is dominant along with honey and sweet apple juice. There is also a moderate amount of alcohol present. The Chardonnay does finish with a touch of butter to finish it all off. It's an odd mix. It definitely isn't sour or tart. It does what the label promises but this beer sounds a whole lot better on paper. Perhaps if this were lighter in body and the alcohol were more restrained this would be a better experience. As for now, I think Heretic needs to retweak the recipe, unless this s really working for them.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a white head. An interesting aroma to this beer. Floral notes along with an intensely sugary, almost candy, sweetness. Sort of a combination of cotton candy and tangerine. A bit of white wine and oak in there. The flavor is nearly cloying. Cotton candy, sugar, tangerine, and a touch of bread. White wine, overripe fruit (apricots and peaches), and a touch of yeast. Just too sweet for me.

Photo of Samuel906
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:

Pours a foggy yellow brown, reminiscent of fresh cider. Mild effervescing. Very thin head and very watery.

Aroma:

If someone blind folded you and had you smell this you would almost surely guess it was some kind of white wine. The more nasally astute may be able to pick out the chardonnay, or even the oak barrel it was aged in. Nice strong fruit smells: peach, apple, mild citrus.

Palate:

Very light with mild carbonation. Maybe as expected, it feels more like a wine than beer.

Taste:

Sweet, very strong flavor of chardonnay and oak. Apples, vanilla and cider: taste very in line with smell. Not to boozy considering abv.

Overall:

Odd, certainly unique. I don't think I've ever had a beer that tasted this much like a wine. Kind of seems like a very niche beer though and to be perfectly honest, while i enjoy the flavors, it's hard to rationalize spending the significant price, when you would probably enjoy a good glass of chardonnay much more.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1371st Review on BA
Bottle to HF Stemware
375ml C/C

2012 Bottle

Purchased from El Cerrito Liquor

App- Kinda a mingled color. A little bit of apple juice with some white wine clarity and at first a VERY white head with some grey(?) mixed in. Bit of a pancake batter look that receded quickly and then left very small dots of foam.

Smell- When I first opened the very stubborn cork it was the most I have ever thought it was a beer that smelled like white wine. Dry, crisp, tannin and a bit of oak. Nice and aromatic but smelled a bit thick.

Taste- Much like the aromatics on the nose, the flavors carry over nicely. A bit muddled but still a flavorful beer. The wine flavors really pull together nicely and marry with the pale ale to add a little spice, a nice dry crispness and some oaky flavors. A bit thick but nice.

Mouth- The mouth on this one is a bit thicker than I wouldve liked. It needed to thin a bit more and be a bit crisper. As warmed a little bit of apple juice and oak flavors were all I got residually.

Drink- A nice beer, something new and creative from someone who knows what they are doing. A bit thick as me but something I would like to have again.

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2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the style and presentation. I believe this is my first beer from this brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation isues are anticipated.

The wire proves surprisingly difficult to unwind. Amateur.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, decent cream, and okay thickness, but poor retention. Colour is a murky dull hazy dark yellow. Doesn't look all that good.

Sm: Pale hops, vague floral character, crystal malt, and crystal hops. Some fruit - fig. Perhaps spice. Sugar. A mild strength aroma. Somewhat dry.

T: Crystal malt (altogether too much), crystal hops, chardonnay/white wine, light pear, some oak, and slight cidery notes. Pale indeed. I guess I like it, but the alcohol is somewhat present and it lacks depth, complexity, and subtlety. Balance is off.

Mf: Smooth and too dry. Overcarbonated. A bit too heavy and aggressive for the style. Doesn't suit the flavours all that well. Tingly. Above all, dull.

Dr: Somewhat difficult to drink on account of its low quality and poor mouthfeel. There's little here to inspire one to enjoy it. I certainly wouldn't get it again. A disappointment. I'm not at all that excited to try this brewery's other beers. It's pretty meh, and somewhat pricey to boot.

Low C-

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Worry from Heretic Brewing Company
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