Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009 - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev -8.6%
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with virtually no head.
S: Aromas of roasted nuts, toffee, wheat bread, caramel, brown sugar, and earthy hops are present on the nose. This smells nice, but lacks a bit in terms of presence.
T: Notes of caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, praline, heavy cream, nougat, wheat bread, brown sugar, simple syrup, and mild grassy, earthy hops wash across the palate. The finish is warming and simple with wheat bread, syrup, caramel, nougat, and earthy hops underscored by mellow, gentle alcohol. I'm rather surprised that the hop aromas and flavors have held up this well in a nearly three year old bottle of beer. It's certainly not what I would have expected from something that has been cellared this long.
M: Full-bodied, but a bit slick and oily, and with a quick kiss of syrup before the fade. Alcohol presence is obviously noticeable, but very subdued. Doesn't burn so much as it warms. Carbonation is very slight, which is to be expected from an ale of this age.
O: This isn't a bad wheatwine by any means, but as I was unable to try Bare Tree 2009 fresh, I have no means of determining how well it has aged. As is, this is an above-average take on the style, but there are better out there.
04-05-2012 19:42:52 | More by mrfrancis
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
Big thanks to seeswo.... held on to this for a while...
Diggin' the label art.
Pours a dark cloudy orange color, with a tan head that dissipates to a nice frothy ring around the glass. Bits of lace. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, banana, clove, wheaty, with no real notes of booze. Fast forward to the taste, and it's quite similar. A bit of a hop note in there though, but it's aged of course. Stills adds nicely. Very creamy feel, mildly rich and smooth. Nice full body.
Drinkability is nice. This never feels like a chore...which some wheat/barleywines can be to me with the high alcohol and high residual sugar.
I like it a good deal. I am joyous and regretful that I cracked this bottle.
01-12-2012 04:10:01 | More by EgadBananas
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
12.7oz bottle into 6oz tasting glass. '09.
The aroma is exactly as one would expect from a wheatwine, though I think the complete absence of any sour notes here give the score a bit of a bump as well as contribute to the general smoothness of this across the board.
The wheat is noticable but there is a nice malt backbone and a bit of sweetness at the end. A lemony citrus with a white pepper bite is in the aftertaste.
Fine mouthfeel. Middling to light but crisp.
I've enjoyed it, and I have to say this isn't normally a selection that is in my wheelhouse. The malt (or I suppose "barleywine styling") is quite present here, I can't imagine that this needs to age too much longer.
The art on the bottle is quite nice.
07-09-2011 02:20:49 | More by CooperEllis
3.1/5 rDev -16.7%
Poured from a corked 12.7oz bottle, 2010 vintage, into a wine goblet. Ruby/amber in color, with a very short, quickly fading head of foam. Tons of rather unappealing sediment floating throughout the glass.
Aroma-Sharp, spicy yeast, damp wheat
Taste-Tart green apple, spicy yeast. Thin, flat mouthfeel. More winelike flavor than beer. Maybe a fresher bottle would have scored higher with me. Overall, a letdown.
06-06-2011 17:13:09 | More by hosehead83
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
Had this lonely '09 sitting on the shelf at the store I work at for quite some time, eventually decided to give it a loving home and see what almost two years in the bottle did for it.
The appearance is an inviting sunburst palette poured into a tulip glass, growing more fiery orange as it meets the quickly disappearing 3/4 finger head. There's a whole lot of sediment here, but I suppose that's to be expected of the style and age. The aroma is a bit more shy than I expected, but I'm getting some definite sugary Belgian yeast backed by an ultra faint white-wine grape sort of sourness. Yum!
My thoughts scatter a bit as I take my first sip... it's juicy... almost not even like beer. Strong carbonation and a very pleasant Brettanomyces spice are immediately noticed, and a flash of bitterness carries out the finish, joined by a little but of tart white grape. The hops do peak out at the very end, but seem to have been muted considerable with the age of this beer. It's really quite tasty, but doesn't act much like a beer, perhaps more like a lambic? Like almost everything else in this beer, a slight sweet maltiness is present, but quiet. The aftertaste really ties the whole thing together, leaving that lingering lambic/Brett tang.
It's really very nice drinking, especially to be paired with food, but if you were expecting a traditional Barleywine, maybe grab the Old Horizontal. If you're in a Belgian farmhouse funk sort of mood, this is an unexpected treat. Cheers!
03-17-2011 04:00:16 | More by gigaknight
2.65/5 rDev -28.8%
In my continued quest to find the ultimate wheatwine, I had to grab a bottle of the Two Brothers bare tree "barleywine style weiss beer." For undoubtedly being a big beer, poured out of a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle, this beer doesn't bring a whole lot to the table. It tastes like a Weiss beer with a bit more back. You can certainly ascertain that there is some 'barleywine'-like flavors behind it, but not all that much. This beer has a dry flavor that is lacking. Bland and almost selzer-like.
There isn't too much to say about this other than, don't bother. If this were the only wheatwine I had ever had, I probably wouldn't be interested in the style. Oddly enough, the Capital Weizen Doppelbock is a better version of this beer, even though it is allegedly a different style. That beer has a similar feel to it, with much more flavor. It's not like I am not drinking the rest of it, it's just a forgettable brew.
12-15-2010 06:48:57 | More by seeswo
3.3/5 rDev -11.3%
A: Slightly hazy, golden-orange wheat body, with a fluffy white head that lingers a bit, with sticky lacing and plenty of carbonation up through the body. Looks very much like a regular wheat beer.
S: Wheaten, sweet, and vaguely raisin-y nose. A bit of coriander spice, perhaps, but subdued. Distinctly bready aspect, too. No hops, as far as I can tell, but not surprising on a year-old beer.
T: Not as sweet as I was expecting, given earlier reviews. I expected this to dry out, and it has. Some sweetness lingers, however, but I don't find it at all unpleasant. Good carbonation helps. The only drawback is a sort of moldy or wet bread taste, but it's mild and certainly not too bad. I detect just a hint of spice; otherwise, this tastes exactly like a strong wheat beer.
M: Pretty good, actually. Bottle fermenting helped, with a bit of yeasty chew and good carbonation. It might even be a bit too thick, for as light as it looks--a bit incongruent.
D: Not a palate-altering beer by any means, but the booze is nicely hidden and it's well-executed flavor-wise, if one-dimensional. Too expensive for what it is, though. A bomber for this price (7.50, I think) would be more reasonable, but 500mL? An acceptable beer, but that's about it.
12-03-2010 05:33:52 | More by wschmit
3.3/5 rDev -11.3%
Pours out a hazy light orange color with half a finger of white head. leaves decent lacing behind.
smell is a bit stagnant. smells musty with wheat coming through. sweet and wheaty.
taste is much sweeter than other wheatwines i have tried. citrus hop or perhaps grains of paradise are present. wheat is there but malt and other sweetness is a bit overwhelming.
mouthfeel is a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. sticky and stays on your palate.
not very good drinkability. to sweet.
11-27-2010 22:27:21 | More by pdoran10
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam has good retention, and gently recedes to leave patchy lace behind.
S: A big bready wheat aroma. Dry crackers, with a light lemon and apple like fruitiness. Spicy clove and big funky yeast.
T: Big wheat and bread flavors going on. Sweeter than the nose would suggest. A substantial spiciness and yeast flavor. A interesting tartness lingers as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and dry. A big boozer, but still very enjoyable to sip on.
I really do enjoy this, and I feel I should score this higher. Though for whatever reason this did not make a big of splash. Just shy of being a great beer for me. Very enjoyable however. Something that I would recommend.
09-25-2010 04:48:32 | More by champ103
2.93/5 rDev -21.2%
it says barley-wine style weiss beer. didn't know what this was, but was expecting something close to a barleywine. I guess wheatwine makes sense.
a - pours is copper in color, lower carbonation...head dissipates immediately.
s - smells like a malt liquor with some spices. not much going on.
t - wheat, clove, yeast... a ton of clove, which i hate. that aside, its not what i've understood wheatwines to be. I'm not sure what the ABV is on this, but its closer to a wheat ale with a bunch of spice.
m - medium body. lower carbonation leaves a thick syrupy feel.
overall - I'll never get this again.
09-10-2010 02:05:52 | More by levifunk
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
This is my third bottle of Bare Tree, I think it's time for a review. 6-oz. pour into a snifter.
A - Golden, very lager-y appearance. A minimal head forms and leaves no lacing.
S - Caramel malt, wheat bread, and apples. A hint of citrusy hops, but just a tad.
T - Each time I have this beer, it tastes a little better. The malt is smooth, buttery, and pronounced, balanced nicely by sour mash apple cider notes, and what taste like English-style hops. Not super complex, but very good for what it is.
M - Medium bodied, with good carbonation. Finishes sweet, but not too sticky.
D - Easy to drink, but not compellingly so. A nice complement to a poultry dinner.
07-14-2010 02:58:22 | More by AJacob81
2.98/5 rDev -19.9%
I pulled the cork out and got no pop or gunsmoke or anything that is a normal sign of carbonation. It poured out fine and carbonation is there so i dunno.
A- A slightly hazed burnt orange color with really no head.
S- Bran flakes and alcohol. Some fruits like raisins, apples and a little bit of sugary sweetness. Its got an earthy/chalky yeast smell. This smells closer to a tripel.
T- Not the intense flavors I expected. Lots more bran (theres no doubt theres lots of wheat in this). Apples and yeast.
07-03-2010 21:15:06 | More by MbpBugeye
Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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