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Bare Tree Artist Series Weiss Beer 2006 - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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89
very good

40 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 12-28-2006)
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07-19-2012 00:23:00 | More by Yabev15
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smells of yeasty wet wheat bread, sourdough, green apples, fresh air.

Medium amber hued deep golden color with a luxurious and lacing white head, sediment visible throughout.

Immediately spicy is the big surprise. Lemon zest, black pepper, dried fruit, dates and figs are cast in order of appearance. Brief cameos by leaf tobacco and a baseball glove. This is crawling with flavor intrigue and nuance.

Fairly medium bodied all things considered. It has an interesting way of biting the tongue and the CO2 froths in the cheeks.

This is yet another terrific reminder of the virtues of patience and care in cellaring. I had this fresh in 06 and it was alright back then, with some hot alcohol and somewhat cloying wheat sweet as main players. Now it is what I had hoped for all along, it is really, really good stuff 6 years later. I'd wager this could have cellared longer, but I'm not sure just what could have improved.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 23:53:17 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-06-2012 17:03:29 | More by imperialking
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MistaSparkle

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well, My friend founds a bottle of this a week or two ago on the shelf so he picked it up. It may be a bit past its prime or not agedwell, or theres the chance that I don't know barleywine very well (which is very true)

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance: It was very golden in color, every pour had lots of multicolored floaties in it, probably kicked up from bad handling, It ended up with about 1/2" of head and was very viscous in appearance.

Smell: Very sweet and fruity, Apricot, some nuts, smelled a lot like malt extract

Taste, very similar to smell, with wheat malt flavors, again apricots, maybe a hint of apple. Reminded me of some light liquid malt extract I tried, nowhere near as intense, but not as attenuated as most beers (keep in mind, I'm not a barleywine drinker) Lots of viscous body, probably a SG of something like 1.030. The alcohol is covered very well, didn't notice it at all, could be from this bottles old age.

Mouthfeel: Quite Syrupy, very smooth, some carbonation, but not overpowering, I was expecting it to be a darker flatter beer along the lines of a strong ale or an imperial stout (I told you, I'm not a barleywine drinker) but still not unpleasent.

Drinkability: Well, I certainly could not drink a lot of this in a sitting, I was surprised my friend and I finished a bottle between us. This is not something I would see myself drinking throughout the night, too sweet for me, but strangely, I didnt feel the need to sip it as a strong ale or a whisky. I would personally share a bottle of this with 3-5 friends as half a bottle is a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 04:59:33 | More by MistaSparkle
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: caramel color, cloudy, thick foamy head settles to few fingers thickness, nice consistent lacing
s: sweet malts, banana, wheat, slight spiciness
t: sweet caramel malts, heavy wheat overtones win out over the normal barleywine hoppy bitterness, bananas make an appearance, balanced finish (more malty)
m: smooth body with almost-moderate carbonation
d: more like a weizenbock than a barleywine, an excellent beer either way; very well balanced make for a smooth beer

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 02:47:47 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot with a billowy French Vanilla colored head; lots of lacing and great retention

Smell: Bananas, whipped cream and vanilla, with caramel and alcohol underneath

Taste: Starts out like a fruit salad, with banana, pear, apricot and melon; by mid-palate, the fusel alcohol makes an appearance, bringing along a peppery oak character; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors re-emerge, thankfully, to mask the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with gads of bubbly carbonation

Drinkability: Very tasty, although not my favorite wheat wine, as I would prefer a bit more caramel and hop flavors

Tried the 2006 again on 7/16/13 and, while the alcohol has mellowed, most of the flavor is still intact

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 22:12:33 | More by brentk56
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srandycarter

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy rich copper pour, small head reduces to ring. Clingy but limited lacing.

S - Light wheat and lemon smell.

T - Wow. Apples, spices, wheat, small banana, more spices. All over the place. Slightly sour and bitter finish.

M - Rich and thick for a wheat, medium bodied great coating and carb.

D - Not my favorite style, but this one is very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 05:24:36 | More by srandycarter
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mully

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy carmel color -- bright hints -- thick off white head with rather large bubbles, decent retention. There is a bit of yeast still floating around in there.

Sweet - esters -- Huge malt not much in the way of hops. Some alchohol but not overpowering may have been more when the beer was young. Some apple maybe pineaple and a hint of banana

Deep malt and wheat blend together well. A lttle bit of heat left. Almost like a desert wine simillar to a botritoused sauvingnion blanc - wonderfully complex. some apple to the finish.

the sweetness cut by the carbonation, very smooth, I like it

So smooth, very drinkable for the abv
I rally like this beer, but it is not yet at it's peak I think it could go for another year easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 04:36:17 | More by mully
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visible yeast caked in the neck of the bottle, similar to Girardin. Fluffy and fine meringue foam poofs up and above the rim of a Duvel tulip, seemingly defying gravity for at least a few minutes and lasting forever. Racing carbonation can be seen through the reddish-amber liquid. Very nice clarity, and a truly visually appealing ale.

Apple and ripe pear aroma, lightly sweet like pie filling, but not cloying.

Rich and very malty, still slightly boozy. lingering earthy bitterness, wheat and spices that remind me of coriander. Flashes of apple, pear, maple syrup, nutty almond or brazil nuts. Lightly carbonated, but not really noticeable, allowing the flavors to take center stage. It's pretty big, i'm wondering how I might finish this 750 now, but it will be an interesting experience trying. This is aging nicely, if you can get more, be sure to pick up an extra.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 02:52:00 | More by emerge077
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- a dark, copper colored body with a finger sized lasting lacy head and tons of visible carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass

S- sweet fruits...apples, pineapples, melon. a bit of alcohol and some spices. hops are nowhere in sight.

T- very complex and spicy. lots of the above mentioned fruits. more than a hint of alcohol. a touch of pepper also.

M- extremely smooth with the right amount of carbonation

D- this one goes down too easily. very smooth and enjoyable. too bad its near impossible to get more of these. ill have to save my remaining bottles for special occasions. check this one out if its available to you.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 03:36:31 | More by jwinship83
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 into the trusty oversized Red Oak glass...

Oooh, awesome, thick, almost coagulated dulce de leche-colored head with staying power. Caramel/butterscotch body has solid carbonation. This looks dangerous.

Exceedingly effervescent aroma of apples and pears with a moderate but pleasant alcohol burn and some slight sarsparilla scent. Hop notes are primarily floral in nature. Oakish wheat/malt texture provides a clean yet solid backbone.

Thick viscous sweetness stays on serve with tone of apples, pears and maybe Muscat grapes. Oiliness of floral hops pairs well with husky wheat and oak to cut the thickness a bit.

Coats the palate gently but with strength. Surprisingly clean for something this formidable. Has a bit of an apple cider feel to it but the wheat component provides good brightness.

This offering is put together very well. Slight disjoints here and there between elements do not detract from the enjoyment of this one - it's big. Sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 09:13:21 | More by IBUnit63
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Slynger

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bare Tree 06 pours a deep, hazy tangerine-amber, with a big fluffy-creamy lid of apricot tinted cream.

Really nice nose of bananas and melons, light vanilla cream, and yeasty wheat.

Full bodied with really, really soft creamy carb feel. Full creamy wheat flavors with nice melon and banana. Light black peppery spice in the finish.

This was my first wheatwine and I'm damn impressed. Not super complex, but a really tasty brew which I enjoyed immensely.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 03:41:18 | More by Slynger
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abankovich

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber orange with good carbonation. A light yellow head with thick, but spotty, lacing.

The aroma was citrusy, bready and with mild hops. Overall though the aroma wasn't too strong though.

There was a slight spiciness in the taste at first that did fade as the beer warmed. A mellow malt taste with wheat and some banana as well.

This medium bodied beer was very well carbonated and very enjoyable. The alcohol was masked very well, although I'm not sure what the actual ABV is on this one. So the good masking of the alcohol is assuming that it is high in ABV.a

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 03:57:33 | More by abankovich
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

actually found this beer about a year ago, and hadn't been able to take it out, however i'm pretty psyched to get to drink it now.

A- poured a clear copper, amber color with a big off-tan light head. it fell after a short while, after having built up to an inch, and left pretty solid thick lacing all over the glass.

S- very wheaty, smooth malty. very intense, solid complexity.

T- first thing i notice is the sharp carbonation, which this isnt the mouthfeel, but it gives a strong acidity, but not the sour/lacto kind. very wheaty throughout. malt is strongly present underneath. there is a slightly sweet with a smooth finish, lightly hopped lingering character. i like that this follows the wheat wine 'catagory' as opposed to being the highly hopped barleywine with wheat style.

M- as above, really high carbonation, which i liked better as the carbonation died down a little. it let the more delicate characteristics shine through.

D- solid sipper, hard to drink quickly but very solid, and has aged wonderfully

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 00:05:31 | More by Atron67
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer shortly after release, so I am reviewing from notes. And MAN, do I have a lot of notes to review.

This beer was a nice amber color, with a half finger head that produced nice lacing. It was mostly clear, but there were a lot of floaters in it.

Aroma was slightly sweet, with yeast, cloves, and bananas prominent and a light hoppiness overlaying the whole.

Taste was of strong malt, a big slug of wheat, bitter hops, alcohol, and a hint of bananas. I did not find it to be as sweet as several of the reviewers I have read, but perhaps it sweetened with age.

Mouthfeel was good, rich and full without being too syrupy.

Drinkability has to take a little hit, though, because this was a BIG beer and one bottle that size was more than I wanted at one sitting. Don't worry, I managed to drink it all... and still was able to walk to the sink to rinse the glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 04:48:20 | More by connecticutpoet
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL 2006 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden honey colored clear amber with a one inch tightly packed pure white head that fades away into a thin ring with some decent stick bubble down lace, let's see if it sticks (har har) around a little longer. No it doesn't and the lacing that was there goes away, only a thin ring is left.

S: The short story is it smells like a barleywine with extra wheat thrown in, if you blindfolded me I would say barleywine all the way. On closer inspection pineapple, banana, and toasted caramel malt

T/MF: Buttery smooth with boozy heat highlighted edges and tingling hop bitterness, very active mouthfeel works to convey the complex flavors layered in this beer. Big hit of sweet wheat and malt to open then the black pepper and pineapple and melon being to dance at the party, can't really detect any vanilla and just a bit of oak but there is no lack of richness in this beer. Oh wait I found the vanilla, it is slight but it is there in the opening boozy heat. Very fluffy (as they say) mouthfeel for a beer with the detectable booziness I detect, the finish is long long long lasting and has a candi sugar kind of finish that counteracts the peppery spice from the initial sips.

D: I am only half way through my first glass and already I feel a bit strange and this beer has no lack of sweetness, thankfully the peppery spice keeps things from becoming too cloyingly sweet. Big heavy drinking, complex and not meant to be drank alone but to be enjoyed with friends. It's a shame I don't have any to share the rest of this with.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 02:06:58 | More by bluemoonswoon
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle via Christmas gift. Thanks for the opportunity, Kris.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head holds on well, esp for the style, with intensely think froth coverage. Aroma is Banana, cloves, and spicing. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, dominantly banana in the middle, closing with alcohol and warmth. Aftertaste is lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and smooth, and drinkability is nice and easy with style in mind. This one was worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 01:22:11 | More by ppoitras
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 fl oz brown champagne bottle; served in an oversized wine glass. Vintage 2006.

Slightly hazy, bright copper and auburn; noticeable floating sediment. Creamy white head that slowly settles to a thin sheet. Thin traces of patchy lacing.

Semi-sweet vanilla with a big, creamy malted wheat aroma. Bright, tropical fruity esters: pineapple, apricot, melon. Cognac and rum-like alcohol whaffs.

Sweet candied sugar, vanilla; almost slick malted wheat with an intense sweetness. Honeydew, pineapple, and banana. Notes of rum met by an abrupt peppered spice. Cedar, pepper, and vanilla hints in the aftertaste. Intense and dynamic.

Medium in body; creamy, practically slick due to the sweetness, malted wheat, and alcohol presence.

Always a treat to sip a Wheat Wine and this one doesn't disappoint. Fragrant and flavorful; unique for the tropical fruit aspect. One that should be sought after.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 19:01:14 | More by NEhophead
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I traded for this, and saw it later more widely in the good stores. It comes on as a barleywine with extra measures of wheat. It was not the sweetness of a very wheat beer, but it was lighter than a barleywine. Well hopped. Not very complex, but certainly tasty and consistent distinct characteristic of its wheat-barley taste regardless of warming up or what dish it was paired with. Gorgeous
peach colour. Complete mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 01:36:01 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeasty apricot with everything from fine specks in suspended animation to medium-sized flakes that slowly drift to the bottom of the glass. I'm sure the final pour will murk things up considerably. The head is pale almond with an orange tint and is leaving a good bit of sea foam lace. Quite an impressive display given the ABV, which I think is somewhere around 10.0%.

The nose is nothing like any wheat wine that I've ever had. My nose says 'bananarific hefe weizen'. Since two different yeasts are in use, I'll guess German hefe weizen and some sort of Belgian strain. Other than sweet and spicy banana, there isn't much else going on, but then there doesn't need to be. No alcohol is evident. Absolutely none.

Bare Tree Weiss is only my sixth wheat wine and, again, it is utterly unique compared to the others. If blinded, I would have said Belgian strong pale ale with guesses one, two and three. There's so much banana and clove that Imperial hefe weizen is a valid comparison as well. Although alcohol is now a member of the flavor profile, it's exceptionally well-integrated and gives the beer a certain gravitas. Drink this 2006 version now or wait another few years, the choice is yours.

I don't appreciate all the flavors that the brewers say are present, but let's run through them for fun. Caramel (faint at best). Melon (not really). Apricot (barely, but yes). Vanilla (yes). Oak (maybe... maybe). Black pepper (absolutely). Banana (the dominant flavor). I guess my palate doesn't differ that much after all. Whether I could have come with most of those on my own is a whole 'nother matter.

I thought it would take until after the review to get to the final pour, but I'm only one glassful away at this point. This stuff is disappearing remarkably quickly because I'm trying to get to the bottom of the sneakily complex flavor profile. Time to slow down so I can still type and, more importantly, still make sense. Assuming, of course, that I started out making sense.

The mouthfeel is on the light side for such a big ale. Well, maybe not. Warming brings about a lush, semi-sticky, barely carbonated quality that keeps beer in contact with taste buds for an extended period of time. The mouthfeel is definitely more of a boon to drinkability than a hindrance.

I'm glad that I decided to pop the top on this bottle of Bare Tree Weiss today. I wondered whether one year of rest would be enough since most non-hoppy, double-digit ABV beer needs more than that to reach its peak. This one is nicely drinkable... right... about... now. I don't recall seeing other vintages in my travels, but I'll definitely keep an eye out from now on. This is terrific beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 22:47:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Flyer

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a tranlucent orange with a faint citrusy aroma. It's taste is somewhat unusual, in that it has lots of wood notes right up front, then a malty alcohol flavor with citrus highlights. I can only descibe the aftertaste as "Belgiany." Very nice and interesting -- this is the kind of beer that I suspect would only grow on me with time.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 01:07:14 | More by Flyer
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this at Downtown Liquor and Wines in Boston for $9.70. This is my first Wheat Wine and its not really what I was expecting. I thought it would be like a Weizenbock - thick and cloudy - but its not.

It pours a glowing dark orange with some floculated yeast chunks in suspension and good clarity. The head is shortlived but stays forever as a ring emitting good trails of lace. The aroma shows nutmeg, green tea, melon, pineapple and shortbread. The taste is awash with crisp, citrusy wheat malt. More melon, pineapple and nice caramel bread flavor are also apparent. These delicate malt flavors are met with a very understated hop presence. The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat numbing from the high gravity of this stuff. The finish is citrusy and wheaty with a light bitterness.

This is an interesting beverage. As advertised, its a barleywine with a heavy wheat character. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 02:18:27 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Bare Tree Artist Series Weiss Beer 2006 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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