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Companion Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Companion AleCompanion Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 09-24-2011)
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Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Shango

This beer pours a clear, dark amber with a fluffy head that fades fast. In the right light you might think that you were actually drinking an effervescent rose (ros-ay) given its light body, and potent alcohol. However, when it comes down to the beer's warm, sugary aroma and herbal, honey taste there's no mistaking this for any wine...although maybe a mead.
This is not like any wheatwine I've had either. Its got an intense honey-like taste and mouthfeel. The alcohol provides the necessary bite. I'm really impressed with this beer, it may be one of my favorites by brooklyn thus far.

Round #2 on tap, banana split and chocolate sauce. Almost a totally different flavor.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pretty copper color. Very tiny white head. Nice carbonation.

Sweet fruit aroma, I think apples. Malt background. Noticeable alcohol.

The fruity aroma turned out, for me, to be mostly lemon. Caramel malt present. I picked up a little vanilla in the taste that wasn't there in the aroma.

Even though I could detect the alcohol, it wasn't a "hot" beer. I found it to be quite enjoyable, and easily drinkable.

lordofthewiens, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Green Growler Grocery in Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Pour is super clear, dull lighter amber, minor head, and minimal lacing.

Honey, flowers and yeast in the nose-yum

More honey on the palate, some lite smokyness, biting lime, Belgian yeast goodness, earthy hop dryness in the finish. Tasty stuff...Heady at 10%, but the alcohol is well hidden. Nice night capper kinda brew

Billolick, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at Driftwood--Plymouth

Appearance: copper in color, clear, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel, toffee, wheat, and alcohol

Taste: caramel, toffee, wheat, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: very sweet with alcohol burn, low carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: A nice malty treat. Very heavy bodied, this is a beer I could sit with for a while. I will look for this again if I can find it on tap.

tigg924, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Common Table.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of orange citrus and biscuit malt, with a lot of sugar as well. The flavor is more complex than the aroma. I get a lot of wheat and biscuit malt notes, as well as some alcohol, orange and pepper notes. There is also a little bit of floral notes from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice wheatwine.

Mora2000, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev +3.4%

1Adam12, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small glass.

Appearance: Clear light amber with nice white head.

Smell: Caramel, cherry and light spicy hops.

Taste: Caramel, cherry and light spicy hops. Yes, it is similar to the smell, but fruitier. Subtle, but nice. Barleywine light.

Feel: Low carbonation, silky and smooth body. Great feel.

Overall: Subtle but very nice Wheatwine. Can't taste the wheat, but certainly comes through in the feel.

bsp77, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a very clear golden honey amber with no head lest a small ring on white foam 'round the ring. Nose is sweet like honeysuckle and caramel.

Right off it's very smooth, rich & creamy with a dry & sharp finish, as the nose leads on there's a lot of earthy honey and chewy malts. The alcohol is well hidden but it is detectable. Overall its quite delicious.

kingcrowing, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +3.4%

MattyG85, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Mantooth, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - orange with a short, white head that has little retention

S - wheat, pear

T - peach, apple, white grapes, wheat

M - medium bodied, a little warm, little carbonation

This is a decent beer. It's a simple beer dominated by esters and juicy fruits, but it has a nice flavor profile and good drinkability for the ABV. I won't be looking for this again, but I'll definitely never pass it up.

tdm168, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of zaphodchak
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One finger offwhite head, very fine. Clearish amber body with ephemeral lace.

Nose is honey, pear, very sweet and pretty delicious.

Sweet. Almost syrupy. Plenty of honeyed pear, some wheat and a trace of oak, faint toffee? Tasty but not overstated. Skewed towards sweet; not as pungent as I expected.

Kinda mouth-coating, lingering fruit syrup. Otherwise thick, but not too carbonated.

It's neat, but the smell is the real winner here. You wouldn't guess 10% to taste it. Drinks incredibly well. Later, I returned to the same place and tasted again-- the line was cleaner and more of the fruit came through. Darn fine beer.

zaphodchak, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Ralphs66, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of HuaiDan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

HuaiDan, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +3.4%

nickhiller, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of scootny
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start out saying that wheatwine has almost always been a bit of a letdown for me in the past, with the exception if White Oak, ( a Belgian take on the style). Hefe is my favorite style and I love Belgian Wits. Generally any style that includes wheat I tend to gravitate towards except this one. So I go to the opening of On Tap at Whole Foods Columbus Circle to get my book signed by Garret and check out the place. The Companion was the star of my two flights and I wound up buying 128 oz to in three growlers to take home . While I have notes from which I will post my review of this stuff on tap I will go in depth with the growler I scored and get cozy with what is a really fine beer. This is my personal favorite in this style to date.

Appearance is a clear golden amber with a very large slightly off white head, very good retention and nice amount of lacing. Beer stays covered for the entire glass. Smell is full of floor malt and big chunks of yeasty bread. A light undercurrent of sweet alcohol and pepper. Lovely fruitiness has banana notes and white grapes. Taste is big and bready with the malt being the star of this beer. Floor malted wheat gives a level of depth that I have never experienced in this style. There is a bread flavor that recalls toasted light whole wheat with butter and strawberry jam. I mean the flavors are so British tea time. Biscuits and butter. Jam and toast. The sweetness of the malt and alcohol are beautifully balanced and all I want to do is indulge myself in the flavors swirling around my tongue. Yeasty fruit esters and bakery. Peppery edge hides the alcohol so well you have to let the beer warm to find it. Event then it is stealthy. Hops are earthy and dry with a clean quenching signature. Finish leaves dryness and bready malt along with toasted biscuits. Feel is so light and crisp the only tip off to the strength is when you are legless. The carbonation fine and smoothly crisp with a drinkability so far beyond what I have experienced before that it goes down more like a good lager that a strong ale. You start out treating it like a session beer. This is just a great overall beer with a kick like a velvet hammer. Deliciously full flavored with complexity and nuance, it is more than I expected from the style and just what I expect from Garret Oliver. I am pleased to be rating this one highly. It is the best of the style I have had and is a benchmark for me.

scootny, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of mscudder
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from HopCity @ $12. On to the tasting...

A - Nice golden straw yellow with an average head and no retention.

S - light malts but more boozy than anything else. Purely average.

T - A lot of malty wheat and some strong alcohol warmness towards the end. That being said, the booze is well hidden given its 10% ABV, but there is certainly some high drinkability with this one.

M - Nice strong medium body with a tingly progression throughout. Good carbonation.

O - Overall this is a fine wheatwine. Definitely a unique brew with some good things going for it. If you are looking for high drinkability, solid malty wheat taste and high ABV this one is for you.

mscudder, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful hue of bright golden this poured with a flashy bright white head that was thin but steady.

The fragrance was soft with obviously wheat and wine. The malt was sweet with a fruity note of Apple and pear but maybe even some honey.

The taste is also very soft, almost weak but smooth with honey, wheat, pear and caramel.

This is peppy and effervescent on the tongue and very light. This does not get prickly as its swallowed despite the perceived carbonation.

I like this but felt that it was a bit tepid in its approach. The ABV would suggest that plenty of wheat was used but it simply never grabbed hold.

KYGunner, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This rather nice wheat wine poured from a growler is a brilliant amber tinged golden color
with a nice thick white head that dissipates down to a thin layer of foam and nice light lacing.
Nose of honey, banana, light citrus fruits, apple, and sweet light malts. Flavor is fruity sweet
to the fore and middle. Sides catch a bit of citrus and a lingering banana and apple/pear like
flavor on the back. VERY nice. Almost a Belgian influence, this one has a smooth mouthfeel
and moderate carbonation that makes it highly drinkable. Alcoholic warmth will show itself
with warmth. Another great Brooklyn ale, one I would try again, especially on tap.

Brutaltruth, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Ajlvt, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of awdturboiv
4/5  rDev +3.4%

awdturboiv, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Dylanjf
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Dylanjf, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jlb502, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of karatebartender
5/5  rDev +29.2%

karatebartender, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pretty solid appearance: Lightly hazy medium orange color, with a very minimal off-white head. Aroma was slightly fruity, with a wheaty sweetness, slight citrus. You get NO alcohol in this. It's fruity, with a sweet wheat note, some citrus tones and maybe a faint honey character. It's lighter bodied, not too thick for it's bigness.

Pretty good, nicely drinkable.

EgadBananas, Jan 22, 2012
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Companion Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.