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Worry - Heretic Brewing Company

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 4
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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Photo of Philousa
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Looks like an apple cider: cloudy and dark gold. Hazy. Little head. I definitely get a lot of golden ale characteristics in the nose. Spicy and light. Lots of green apples. Belgian yeast is mild, but I definitely get allspice. Tart Belgian malt flavor starts things off with yeast popping in as well. The Belgian malt sticks to the back of my throat and lingers in a bad way. It's astringent and musty. Light in feel, dry finish.

This isn't very tart or sour, which isn't what I was expecting. So keep that in mind when looking at my review. Expectations aside, this isn't a good beer. It was bland and was way too reminiscent of apple cider. This was supposed to be Jamil's answer to Temptation, and instead it tasted like Martinelli's. I hope I just got a bad bottle or something, because I like his other stuff. I also know it's not easy making a barrel aged beer in this style. That said, I believe this should not have been sold to the public in this condition.

Philousa, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -32%

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-

kojevergas, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Piddmeista
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Piddmeista, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

SocalKicks, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of akang
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

akang, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of CoolEthan
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

CoolEthan, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -19.4%

illidurit, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -19.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of aasher
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

aasher, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

DocJitsu, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

tlazaroff, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

yourefragile, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of sourpower
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

sourpower, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Samuel906
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%


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


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.


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


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


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.

Samuel906, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

GRG1313, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of DiscOn
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

DiscOn, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Zorro, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

ccrida, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

kawilliams81, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

scottfrie, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of shleepy
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

shleepy, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of peacebone116
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

peacebone116, Aug 15, 2012
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Worry from Heretic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.