Worry - Heretic Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
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

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 05-26-2012

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 26
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Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep apple cider color with a small amount of flaky black sediment at the bottom. Head is thin, white, short lived and left wispy lace down the glass as it faded into a lasting collar.
S: Fruit dominates including candy fruits, tropical fruits and fruit juice. Light hints of dry oak and bubble gum.
T: Not as dry as expecting nor as much Chardonnay but it's still definitely noticeable. Lightly tart flavors of lemon, peach, apricots, wheat, bubblegum, vinous white grape, spicy woody oak, golden raisin, pear, black pepper and faint vanilla. The finish is bitter, doughy and syrupy, with a very spice-forward aftertaste. Golden ale base easy to pick out. Spicy earthy herbal hop in there as well.
M: Slightly sour, syrupy thick mouthfeel, frothy but very soft carbonation, more sweet than sour, heavy body. Alcohol hidden other than viscosity.
O: Good flavor, could have been more polished, could have been dryer. Sweet and fruity, could use a little work though.

Photo of MicahBurke
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this at Tap 25 in Livermore.

Appearance: Very light gold in color

Smell: no off notes, light floral citrus

Taste: oh yah, lots of orange, robust, very little burn? Hints of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: sparkly soft. I'm not up on the terms, but it's ok

Overall: I really like this local beer, at 10% alcohol, can manage only one.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and slight wine and wood aromas. Taste is very much the same with a mild spice bitterness after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a more subtle barrel aging that works well with the base beer.

Photo of DocJitsu
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours somewhere between a translucent and opaque light, orange-golden color with a short, white, foamy head. Big chardonnay on the nose with some banana and pineapple emerging less obtrusively. Mouthfeel is nice with good balance between the smoothness and carbonation. Noticeable warmth alcohol warmth at the finish. There's quite a bit of disorganization in the flavor. Empty tartness. Some unripe pineapple, a little green grape, a little pear, cinnamon at times, with some sweetness late. Nothing complimentary. It's like drinking stripes with polka dots. There's a pleasing oaky vanilla flavor as the beer finishes. In my opinion, that's its best feature.

Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my large Duvel tulip, Worry is a dark, dull gold with a white head that leaves sticky, foamy lace.

Smell is spicy and sweet, candied apples and cinnamon. Pear.

Taste is basically the same, but hotter, and a more distinct, bready malt back-bone. Like many of the other reviewers, I was initially disappointing, expecting this to be sour. Once I adjusted to the taste, however, I came to enjoy its subtle nuances. Clean for the heat, I could use a little more from the chardonnay barrels though, although they come out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thick, dry side.

Drinkability is ok. It's pretty interesting. Best at about room temp. Worth a try, and well executed, if not to my preferred design.

Photo of peacebone116
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an Allagash tulip glass. No batch number marked on the 375-mL bottle. Tried other beers from this brewery shortly after they were released--picked this one up at the Whole Foods in SJ about a week or two after I first saw it.

A: Small thin head, off-white, that sits atop an unusually hazy body that is a varying gradient of straw-colored to golden.

N: Sweet malts that sit behind the flavors of Chardonay grapes and oak.

T/M: Sweet malt and a very hot and booze-character dominate the flavors. The flavor of oak is also fairly prominent. The beer is medium/light in mouthfeel. The ale is quite dry on the finish.

This one is okay. For the price, I am not that impressed. It seems like some time in the cellar could give the beer some time to develop but right now it is really just a hot, dry mess. The beer lacks a bit of complexity and depth.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 ml cork n caged bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark honey color with a 2 finger off-white head. Nice thick walls of lacing remain on the glass.

S- honey, cider, vinous notes.

T- big toasted malt character, honey, cider and again vinous flavors like the nose.

M- medium body and carbonation. Sligh fizz but fairly drinkable at nearly 10%.

O- just a ok beer to me. Nothing close to a Famnation or something similar in style but glad I got to try it.

Photo of ADZA
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love the name and Love the idea hope its the same as in my head,it pours a dirty bronze hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and similar lacing,the smell is chardonay,oak,grapes and ripe fruit,the mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied with tastes of bready malts,a slight touch of funky begian yeast,a touch of alcohol,brandied raisins and finished like a sweet fruitcake full of apricots,sultanas,citrus and brandy,overall its definately a nice take on a Belgian Strong but after smell the ageing in Chardonay Barrels doesnt play much part which is really my only disappointment and i think maybe just a little longer time in the barrels would definately play a good part in making this brew better cheers.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some strong Chardonnay barrel character with some oak and white grape, alongside some Belgian yeast esters with farmhouse smells and a bit of spice coming through.

T - Starts off with some white grape and some Belgian yeast flavor with some light coriander and clove and a bit of Pilsner malt. Through the middle, some oak comes through alongside a bit of vanilla and some farmhouse flavors and a bit of tartness. The finish is a mix of white grape and other light fruits, oak, Belgian yeasts, and just a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, light estery, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice BSPA with the Chardonnay barrel aging really adding a good deal of complexity and depth to the beer.

Photo of musicman575
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado in SF. Served at around 48-50 degrees F.

I haven't had much luck with Bay Area Belgian-style beers, but this one was definitely a worthwhile drink.

It was a brilliant, slightly hazy gold with a bit of a white head. Bubbles rose at a moderate speed and it left sexy effervescent legs on the side of the glass.

Smelled sweet with whiffs of bright fruit and brett.

The flavor was almost overwhelming, but totally balanced. A rush of everything I smelled plus some good tartness, finished off by a delicate but noticeable floral hoppiness. Left me feeling plenty warm on the inside, but the booze didn't burn.

I've gotten so used to simply spicy strong Belgians. This one does give other beers something to worry about.

Photo of impending
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

B+

375ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed deep dull orange, minor yellowish head after an encouraging pour, ok lacing.

Wonderfully complex aroma dominated up front by citrus, the barrel contribution is significant. wonderful

Sweet through and through. Fruity. Only a tiny tangy and only a tiny tannic but both are well balanced. Medium bodied slightly viscous mouthfeel.
this is on the cusp of greatness
cheers
jd

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty musty, like the bottom of your tee-shirt drawer.

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

Poured from bottle into round Cantillon glasses (i.e., chadonnay glass shape).

A: Golden-amber color.

S: Burned oak, honey, maybe some sourness.

T: Some sourness throughout, with some sweet notes and lots of that burned / toasty flavor.

M: Medium body / carbonation.

O: Probably the best effort by Heretic yet, but could be better. I don't particularly enjoy the toasty flavor, but the beer would have been excellent with less of it.

Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber. Mild haze. Small off-white head. Interesting aroma/taste. It has an intense barrel character, which is fairly unique in my experience. The French oak is sorta overpowering, more in the taste than aroma. The flavor is big on cider and sweet apples with milder peach and white grape notes. It comes through more sweetly in the aroma, whereas the sweet fruit competes with a lot of tannic dryness. It's relatively light on the sour flavor, and there's still a considerable amount of simple malt sugariness in the background. That contrast of sweet and tannic bitterness is a bit wearing on the palate. It's just a bit much. Carbonation is pretty normal. All in all, it's a pretty good beer that seems to have gone awry. It just could have been a lot better.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very very fragile nose on this one. It has a light fruit character, grapes, peach, apple, and other nice summer fruits. Its a bit too light on aroma for me though.

Halfway hazy on the eyes. It's a dark muddy honey color with specs of black bits in it. I'm not sure what they are. There is a white head, and sheets of lacing.

Big grape flavor coming off those Chardonnay barrels. It almost masks the other flavors. I get a little bit of grain, and its on the sweeter side instead of bitter. Low carbonation with a moderately-full body. It's a smooth drinker, and even at an ABV of almost 10%, its quite easy to drink.

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Worry from Heretic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.