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Companion Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Companion AleCompanion Ale

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very good

76 Reviews
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Reviews: 76
Hads: 195
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 09-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 195
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The lacing persisted for a long time but eventually completely faded away.
S: There are subtle aromas of bananas from the yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has subtle flavors of wheat and fruity yeast and begins to have hints of sweetness as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: Although the alcohol isn’t very noticeable in the taste, this is definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what a great beer this is. pours a straw color with a dense 1 inch head into a brooklyn schooner. smells sweet and fruity, with wheat and crystal malts. taste is so interesting, notes of vanilla and sugary fruit are obvious, but there are other subtleties as well. i cant place it, but there is also some herb or spice in this brew, which gives it a very interesting flavor profile. the alcohol is well masked in the taste, but it must claim many victims. this beer is so smooth and easy drinking you'd never imagine it being 10%. a fantastic winter beverage!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich yeast flavor and an over abundance of wheat set the ground work for this robust beverage of strength and flavor. It catches my attention as more of a Belgian-style Pale Ale except for greater strength and bread.

A very dense looking beer of medium gold and heavy haze delivers a thick creme of foam that has difficulty withstanding the weight of the beer and the alcohol. Low on lace, the beer very much looks like a barleywine except with the yeasty haze and hue.

Belgiany aromas of fruit and spice rise along with the rich yeasty brine of wheat and bread for something that straddles Hefeweizens and Belgian Pale Ales. Background notes of white pepper, almonds, heavy cream, and vanilla all round out the varying scents.

Rich and bready to taste as well with the wheat and light bread flavors governing the flavor profile from begining to end. Sweetness of caramel, vanilla, and cream weave in and out of the yeasty and bready notes. Fruity esters of appricot, papaya, mangos, oranges, and pears seem to intensify the sweetness of malt and allow for a zesty and bright session. White pepper, clove, curacao orange peel, and spicy alcohols balance against the strong sweetness and bready taste.

Richly textured, the beer is received by the palate in a way that more resembles a big Belgian Pale Ale than a Wheatwine. While retaining its mouthfeel until deep in finish, a linger of bready sweetness, fruit, and spice lasts well into the next sip.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with two fingers of white foam on a clear, copper colored body. The head fades slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - spicy yeast notes of clove and pepper. Some light herbal hops in the background.

T - strong clove and spicy wheat up front. More clove and some black pepper in the middle. Finishes with toffee and clove.

M - a thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - considering how rarely this style works on any level, this is a surprisingly good beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Light copper-hued body, good clarity, and with a smallish, white head that thins out into a lasting ring.

Smell: An aroma of half-chewed gum, still leaking out a bit of fruitiness and implied sweetness atop a squirt of liquor and modestly bready malts glazed with golden syrup.

Taste: Lightly malty, with only modest touches of delicately toasted wheat loaf. Then, here's a sweet taste of Bubblicious bubble gum, carrying hints of lychee, white peach, and bland apples. The beer seems to forgo hops and bitterness, leaving you chewing on this gum quality until the lightly warming finish. A curious beer, every cautious sip has me coming up with gum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Not so much a treasured, dear old Companion and more of an Acquaintance, one who you wouldn't hesitate to duck down behind a soup display in a grocery store to hide from. Yes, fellow shoppers, I'm squatting down behind a pyramid of Campbell's fine condensed soups.

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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Nice fluffy 1 finger head stays forever, thick lacing, very clear golden tan color.

Nose is interesting, a nutty hazelnut like, a light cordial like booze maybe amaretto, light syrupy sweet malt, light floral rose like with hint of candy, and some light wheat and barley like malty base.

Taste brings wheat, light fruity, hint of apricot and peach like fruits, light sticky syrupy candy like, light malty and fairly thin overall, light booze, hint of honey candy, like honeysuckle, hint of esters, with the booze and even dabbles phenols, light bready malt comes through on the finish, a belgian yeast, grainy and boozy on the finish, with more sticky sweet syrupy candy.

Mouth is thin and lacking, decent carb.

Overall not impressed. it's a wheatwine with some decent malts and wheats but not a lot, some sweeteners, and fruits all decent, but overall just way too thin and lacking in the overall malt category.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Lunar.

Admittedly, this beer was the reason I even stopped at Lunar this evening. It pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises banana, wheat, mushroom, honey, and tin. Something seems a little weird here, but it's not really offensive; just unexpected. The taste holds notes of honey, lots o' cracked wheat, light rye bread, light greens, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and a vague sense of mustard greens. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, a bit of a disappointment. It's got some strange elements mixed in there, but none of them are truly offensive, but rather off-puttingly odd. That said, I still ended up enjoying this beer for the most part. Weird, right?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/10/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, honey, wheat, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, citrus and caramel. Then a hearty malt and wheat breadiness comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stronger beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewhouse grille in camp hill. Served chilled in a snifter.

The color is a tanished golden shade with a light chill haze and quick dropping white cap with tiny bead and light lace with visible carbonation. The smell is nice with malt aroma and slight tropical fruit ester with a light alcohol presence and slight wheat toasted aroma. The nose has a mild candy/bubblegum scent. The feel is semi-dry with a bit of booziness and moderately highly carbonated with a mild fruit tanginess an subtle sweetness for the style in the finish. The alcohol influence is very mild for the abv which I like.

This wheatwine has flavors of gentle ripe banana with a slight floral tinge and mild toasted grain with hints of spice and dried fruit. There is a hint of tea(white) and mild woodiness which add to the sweetness and bring out a slight fruit and earthy blend of flavors which are light yet noticeable. The flavor of alcohol is there letting you know this is a high gravity beer, but it is light enough to be pleasant with slight tinges of graham cracker in the finish. The beer is semi-dry in taste as it finishes Overall this is a pretty high quality wheatwine and it gives a nice perspective on the style from Brooklyn. I enjoy the quaffability (?) for a wheatwine it is -possibly depends on you definition but a very low alcohol presence in the taste makes this a recommended example of the style for me.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/04/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Served in a large tulip.

a - Pours a clear reddish amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vanilla, oranges, wood, light fruit, and very light alcohol. A little sweet and pretty nice.

t - Tastes of vanilla, fruit, wheat, oak, bready malts, and oranges again. Again, some nice sweet fruit and vanilla.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and creamy body. A little more carbonation and the mouthfeel could have been amazing, as it's pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall another really good, interesting beer from Brooklyn. Some sweet vanilla-like qualities in the nsoe and taste which make this super smooth to drink. Something I would certainly order again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer on tap at Meridian pint, served in a taster glass. Beer is amber and clear with a thin tan head, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with this sort of biting sharpness to it, yeast character.

Beer is medium to light in body, dry finish, strong wheat and yeast flavors in the front, sweet, not cloying, this beer is fine but probably not a repeat for me.

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Photo of tdm168
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap, I've been looking for this for a bit, glad to track it down.

The Companion poured in the glass a bronze light gold shade with a nice amount of active carb forming a cap of white stuff up top, spotty lace.

Smell is boozy with a bit of grape skin and some wheat with berry and weirdness. Not sure the ingredients used, but knowing Brooklyn and this series, it's gotta be different than the norm.

Taste is not your average wheatwine. The wheat is up front with an odd flavor. Their is a fruity thing going on reminding me of grape. Booze is there yet this aint hot. Small honey in the finish.

Feel is solid, it's above medium with semi prickly carb going for it. Not digging the aftertaste, it's long and drawn out and that's where most of the booze comes out.

Drinkability is not off the charts, I would have a hard time taking down 10oz's of this stuff. 5oz was plenty. This change in scope of having cocktail inspired beers is intriging and are designed to pair well with food which they probably do, but not a lot of ounces.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a clear light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of apricots, light citrus, honey suckle, freshly baked bread, caramel, and black pepper.
Taste mimics the aromas with a very drinkable blend of light sugar and a honey and floral flavor that is lightly fruity in the finish.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, delicate, and easy drinking despite the listed abv of 10%.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really kind of puzzled this hasn't been entered previously into the data base (but did everything I could think of to verify). On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a light copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The is OK, with some brown sugar, light honey and maybe a hint of orange. The beer tastes better than it smells, with some light sweet fruit and a surprisingly un-boozy flavor profile. Neither the sweetness or the alcohol comes across as over the top, which is nice to see. Mouthfeel is actually fairly light, which enhance this beer's drinkability (not entirely a good thing).

A tasty beer, no doubt, but given the abv., I'm not sure how often I'd want to get this.

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Photo of corby112
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a dark golden orange, almost copper color with a one finger foamy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap.  Rings and streaks of lacing left behind.  

Slightly earthy aroma with some zesty spice and light fruit notes.  Floral and perfume like with hints of pepper and faint hops as well as some apricot and other light fruit.

Medium bodied with a strong spice presence up front that lingers into the finish.  Slight creamy texture mid palate with sweet boozy alcohol and light fruit notes.  Hints of apricot and light berries give a sweetness that somewhat counters the spice but overall they dominate the flavor and you can taste all of the 10%.  Still somewhat drinkable but a bit one dimensional and boozy.  

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light auburn tinted gold that is somewhat cloudy with minimal head that take forever to die and leaves lace. For some reason I'm first hit w/ vanilla, peppery spice, then some yeast, then a rush of tart fruits hits me and then I get this caramel/sugary and dry/bready (it's thick) aroma. Some oak comes through as this is a big, chewey beer yet rides real smooth. I like how the sweetness balances with citric flavor notes, clovey spices and some minor tart and tropical (I guess cherry and pears) fruit overtones so nothing is overpowered and then this somewhat heavy beer has a dry, crisp finish (not as much ABV influenced as one might think). A complex beer that is not muddled and a great sipper.

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Photo of barczar
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a fairly clear golden copper with minimal ivory head.

Honey, floral hops, and a touch of wheat form the subtle aroma. Citrus is muted.

There's a candy-like sweetness throughout, initially reminiscent of children's chewable vitamins. Orange is fairly muted. Grain and floral hops make up the backbone. Banana lingers in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to full, with carbonation on the low side, and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

The sweetness is overdone, and the citrus just does not jive well with the banana character. I think the wheat missed the party.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours surprisingly clear. Full light penetration. The light intensifies the absolutely magnificent color of the beer. This one blatantly glows. Fluffed head retains quite well. Head is a sudsy consistency. Looks amazing.

S-Light nose. I can tell there is a lot going on in the glass, but I was expecting much more intensity. Sweet and complex, but the aroma is soft and subtle. Alcohol is pretty much a non factor in the nose.

T-The flavor outshines the nose. The flavor is rich and deep. The all-malt bill is one of a kind. Almost tastes like a honey aged in some sort of barrel. Bath soaps. Complex caramel waves. Light citrus. Everything tastes dipped in honey and elderberry liqueur.

M-Very rich. Mellow carbonation. Sticky and but still light. Easy going down, but I can feel the warmth growing in my gut. ABV is more noticeable here that in the nose.

O/D-Very unique. Well worth a try. Never had anything quite like it. Welcome to the Wheatwine style. Kind of an eye opener.

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Photo of Durge
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprising find at Backstage in Torrington, Ct this 10% ABV wheatwine shows a slightly hazy golden hue with a solid velvetty white cover that holds very well. The lacing is outstanding as well. The aroma offers a polite bubblegum sweetness that blends into floral fruitiness. Not bad but a tad surprising for the style. The taste is immediately boozy but it preserves the bubblegum flavor and brings along some floral hop highlights over wheat grain lemon. The body is medium with a lightly crisp feel, fully carbonated but with very tiny bubbles. This brew was highly disappointing in that the flavor was both odd, atypical of wheatwines in my experience, and over boozed. The alcohol defines this brew which I never find very endearing in any kind of beer. Surprising from Brooklyn.

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Photo of champ103
2.06/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Anvil in Houston TX

A: Pours a dull and murky golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of lace is left behind. The color is really a turn off.
S: Dank moldy cloths. A honey like sweetness. Wet cloths and dirty malt. Blah.
T: Follows the nose, and I am not liking this. Dank wet socks. Some honey sweetness. Very muddled with some dirty/moldy like flavors.
M/D: A medium body that has high carbonation. Fairly thin however. Not clean at all. More like sipping dirt. The alcohol does not show much, but this is not enjoyable to drink at all.

To say the least, I am not a fan. I think this is worse than the Concoction. Which is saying something. There is no wheat flavor at all, and everything else is just muddled and tastes like dirty cloths. I do not know how Brooklyn can call this a Wheatwine? Just bad IMO. Avoid.

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Photo of mltobin
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Spring Lounge in NYC.

The appearance is light golden color with a short white head. It has an aroma with banana, toffee and lemon. The notes are more subdued than I expected. Upon sipping the wine glass that the bartender served it in, I taste wheat, booze, candy, some bitterness. Again like the nose, the taste is much more lowkey than some other Wheatwines I recall over the years. Mouthfeel is full, with a warming alcohol quality to it. I was hoping for more from this beer, especially since it shares the name with the recent book release. But, it is solid and worth checking out.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a golden color with a one finger of pure white foamy head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is on the slighter side with the biggest aroma being that of a wheat bread smell. Along with this aroma is a little bit of lighter fruits with some apple, pear, and grape.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and somewhat cracker like taste with a bit of a white wine grapey taste. The wine grape taste is on the slightly sweeter side upfront and is combined with a bit of apple and pear to give a somewhat lighter fruit fruitiness to the taste. The apple gets stronger as the flavor advances bringing with it more of the sweetness. At the same time however a bit of a more boozy white wine taste begins developing on the tongue. The wheat, which was slightly smoother upfront, also begins to gain more graininess around the same time. With the booze getting stronger, the fruit getting bigger and the wheat grainier, one is left with a warming, wheaty, wine taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body is actually very nice for the wheaty flavors of the brew, but not quite as nice for the fruit and wine flavors. The average carbonation is a good level road for the mix of flavors, producing a feel that is overall pretty good.

Overall – A rather interesting brew. It has a somewhat odd combo of a wheat beer combined with a white fruity wine. A good one to try, but nothing I would likely go to again and again.

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Companion Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.