Bancreagie Sour Peated Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Bancreagie Sour Peated AleBancreagie Sour Peated Ale

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by SoDakStout on 01-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 97
Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Champagne's in Warren MI for around $13.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 12deg C in a tulip. Sitting on this one for around 2yrs or so.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny off white head that is gone by the time I put the bottle down. Nice dark ruby red colour and filtered clear

S- Nice peat hints. Not scotchy at all. Hint of sourness

T- Nice interesting complex blend. Has some fruits and a sourness to it that perks the brew up. Never had one like this. Rodenbach on steroids.

M- Hits you with sour than creamy then dry. Very complex

O- Nice brew. Wish I had another. Will buy if I see again though and if you get a chance you should too. No smokiness as others say. I do not like smoke beers at all and this one I got no smoke at all.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went very well with......... Brazed beef short rib in a mushroom sauce.


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Photo of sweemzander
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a clear yet dark sienna brown color. Some minimal grey froth.

(S)- Some deeper malts meets a lightly smokey/brined peat character with some underlying tart oakiness.

(T)- A bigger smokey brine profile meets some tart vinegar notes. Think raisin and grape meets olives. Fairly acidic.

(M)- A good carbonation level. An interesting blend of smoky briney peat meets some tart fruitiness.

(O)- It is different. An interesting blend/idea for a beer. This reminds me of the sweetness of a manahattan combined with the dryness and brine of a dirty martini

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Brau Brothers Brewing's Bancreagie Sour Peated Ale last week for $16.49 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for something new to try and a sour peated ale really caught my eye, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a simple design to it and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a redish brown color that has a little bit of a purple hue to it and when held to the light it takes on more of a ruby color with two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with some fruits being the first to show up and it impart some dark cherry and berry like aromas with the cherries seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some tart aromas that are followed by some smokey aromas that are on the lighter side of medium and impart that signature peat aroma. This beer has a good aroma, it's tart, fruity and smokey.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with those tart fruit aspects being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the cherries still sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of a malty flavor that's followed by the smoke which imparts a nice peated smoked flavor that's still on the lighter side of medium, On the finish comes a little more tartness with a nice fruity ans smokey aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, all the different aspects show up evenly and work well with each other.

M- Smooth, crisp, not acidic, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, I wasn't sure how the smokey and sour flavors would work together, but this beer proved to me that they can actually go pretty well together and I thought they were nicely balanced. This beer has nice drinkability, one glass is the perfect amount for me, but I don't think I would have any trouble drinking the whole bottle to myself. What I like the most about this beer was how well the different aspects worked with each other, it was much better than I thought it would be. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change, it's good just the way it is. I would buy this beer again, it would be nice to have a bottle in the cellar and I would recommend trying this beer, especially if you like sour beers and smoked beers. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I'm glad I took a chance on it. So far this is my favorite beer from this brewery and it's above average as far as sour beers good. Good job guys this is a tasty beer, keep it up.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to Jeff for this novelty. 750ml capped and waxed bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich 2 finger cream colored head with good retention. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Beer is a clear dark cola color. Fantastic looking beer.

Nose reveals an obvious tartness. Nose of tart plum, wood, soy sauce, and pureed red fruit. Aromatic but kind of awkward. I can't tell if this is supposed to be "wild" or the brewery is trying to pass off an infection as intentional.

Opens tart plum, raspberry and blackberry. Peat, oak and mossy tartness in the middle with a rumble of booziness in the back. Some caramel and molasses sweetness struggle to balance out the sour. Ends rather mellow with wood, brown sugar and caramel coming through. Aftertaste of tart red fruit and more peat. Strange but weirdly enjoyable.

Medium bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth but with some bubbles in the mouth and goes down viscous and oily. Finishes messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. For the high ABV, surprisingly drinkable.

This is certainly an "open-mind" beer in that one really has to go into it with no expectation. A weird combination of flavors that kind of works if one is receptive to it, this is definitely unique. Worth trying but no guarantees you won't hate it.

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Photo of AnalogErik
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you walk in knowing, and acknowledging its a peated sour - it is a good peated sour! If you do not like peat, then you wont necessarily enjoy this. I did, but it is quite unique!

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Photo of StoutFox
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: brown, light tan head, looks like a Belgian dubbel.
Aroma: I am certainly getting sour aroma, and a sweetness behind it. and a nuttyness
Taste: Begins a bit sour, which fades to a nutty malt flavor, then back to a bit of sour
Overall. This is a fantastic beer. Very different? absolutely, but never the less very enjoyable
as it warms up it loses a bit of bitterness and in its place a bit more nuttiness (which I liked).

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Photo of zeledonia
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 7 November 2014.

Pours a lovely deep reddish brown. Clear, but dark enough that I can only see through it with light behind it. Two big fingers of dense light tan head with a faint orange tinge. Excellent retention, stellar lacing. Top-notch.

Smell is deep and full of character. Peat, dark earth, with a faint lactic sour bite. Very inviting.

Taste is most excellent. It comes in waves. First a flood of smoky peat, that fabulous wee heavy peat-ness that I love. Then a wash of sour, slick balanced acidic sour, that works really well with those black earthy malts. Finishes decidedly tart, and starts to get a bit fruity, too, with cherries coming through. Fantastic. Great depth, and the flavors play perfectly with each other.

Feel is a great fit for the beer. Heavy and syrupy, viscous but smooth. Medium-low carbonation, just enough to stir the syrup.

An outstanding beer. I love this style of beer, and this is among the best I've had. Not quite on the level of Backwoods Bastard or Peat Dunwoody's, but a very different animal.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

This ale pours a lovely reddish-brown with a creamy tan head that leaves lingering lines of lace.
The smell is wonderful -- strong, sweet caramel at first backed by sour apple and a hint of smoked wood.
The sour hit my tongue first, tart apple, acidic fruit, grape juice. There is also a fair amount of balancing sweetness and a bit of that smoky peat flavor. Layer upon layer of flavor that completely hides the alcohol.
A very nice mouthfeel as well, smooth and creamy.
Overall, a wonderfully crafted sour scotch ale.

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red/orange with a lasting thin head that leaves lines of lacing.

The smell is sour with caramel backing and peat smoke.

The taste is of sour with caramel, peat smoke and a hint of dried fruits. The sour is strong, as is the peat smoke but doesn't overpower the sweet caramel and dried fruit (apricot?). Complex in a layered way.

Very smooth, dangerously drinking, the alcohol is very well covered - almost undetectable.

A complex, easy-drinking "sipper". Sour, smoky and sweet, this is an exceptional brew!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, not sure what the bottling date is; poured into a CCB snifter 7/19/2014.

A- Dark mahogany brown-reddish body with a thin, half-finger off-white head without much staying power. Not much lacing. Sort of looks like plum juice.

S- Acetic dark fruits, caramel, tapioca, oak tannins. Cherry, raspberry and plums make up most of the dark fruit character. I don't get a lot of smoke or peat character here but I won't complain too much. But right, this smells fairly sweet but somewhat acidic.

F- Dark fruits- raspberry, plums, figs more so here than in the nose- added onto a sweet malty base with caramel and toffee- mixed in with some lactic acid. Again, not a ton of smoke, but there is a little bit of burnt grain. Finish is oaky and acidic.

M- Medium in body, average carbonation. Could use a little more pep, but otherwise it's quite drinkable. I did not notice it is quite high in ABV until later; it hides it fairly well but when it warms up, I got a slightly astringent boozy character to the finish.

O- This worked out as well as you'd expect a sour peated scotch ale to work. I'd recommend giving it a try if you're feeling adventurous.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bancreagie Sour Peated Ale pours a dark reddish color with a nice big lacing head. There is a sour aroma with big sour grape flavors, almost like a wine. The taste has noticeable, but mellow, sour flavors, sweet and fruity, with some aged wine flavors. Good feel, and not too sour. Overall its very easy drinking and flavorful sour ale.

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Photo of 2Cents
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into a small tulip.

A: a nice copper color, with very little head or lacing.

S: A hint of sour dough, some caramel malt, a little peat and plenty of alcohol.

T: Sweet and sour with a little peat and smoke.

M: Thin and velvety with just enough alcohol and carbonation for a little sting.

O: This is more like a slightly peaty Barley Wine then a Wee-Heavy, but it really good, so who cares. Good on ya, Brau Brothers.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cranberry, raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light smoke, oak, clove, vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt, fruity/funky yeast, and moderate barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cranberry, raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light clove, light smoke, vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light clove, light smoke, vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark malt, fruity/funky yeast, and moderate barrel flavors; with a nice malt/acidity balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately slick, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour scotch ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark malt, fruity/funky yeast, and moderate barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip in for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this simply for the tick. No idea how it's going to turn out. 750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a nice clearish brick red with a small off-white head.

S: Aroma brings raspberry, fig, caramel, egg cream. Fruity in a somewhat acetic way but pretty clean overall.

T: Taste brings bright fruity acidity over a hefty base of peated malt. If someone made smoked raspberries, this is what it would taste like. Strawberry and raspberry cut through caramel, smoky grain, molasses, oak tannins behind.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: The brewers certainly didn't hold back with the smoke, sweetness, or acidity, but nothing is out of proportion. I'd say this is a successful experiment.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a dark, amber color with a slight fizzy head. The aroma is bold with a sour, tart apple scent. The taste is not quite as tart as I expected but there is a lingering peat taste hidden amongst the sour flavors. The taste is decent as is the quality but as far as sour ales go, I have had much better ones for the price.

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Photo of don1481
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 9 fl oz hand-waxed bottle poured into a glass. Purchased at Ray's Liquor, Wauwatosa, WI.

Appearance: Pours a deep red with an off-white with a hint of tan foam that dissipates at a decent clip. Lacing sticks on the side of the glass. A little bubbly on the inside - can definitely see through this one - but not substantially so. Bubbles meander to the top, rather than rise briskly.

Smell: Somewhat that of an apple cider vinegar. Hints of peat and smoke intertwine with soft fruity notes. A little bit of wood as well. Becomes more complex after sitting a little and you get past the vinegar hit.

Taste: Sour, for sure, but really... the peat comes through here front and center. It's a pretty complex taste, with a good amount of fruitiness dancing with ... not liquid smoke, but definitely a smoky taste in the background. This is really, really unique and really really tasty!

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Clean. No nasty aftertaste at all. Very light bodied.

Overall: I think I'm gonna buy another bottle of this at Ray's. This is VERY impressive. I really had no idea what to expect - I bought this without reading anything other than the description that Ray's had put up - and I am VERY glad I did.

Be warned: This goes down VERY easy. One can kill a bottle of this no problem.

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Photo of morimech
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear crimson color with just over a finger of head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Slight vinegar aroma to go along with fruit notes of dates, plums, and figs. Also get some brown sugar, wood, and smoke.

When I read sour peated ale, I thought how disgusting. This beer is not. It all works remarkably well together. Nice amount of lactic sourness compliments the caramel, fruit, wood, earth, and smoke flavors. There is a lot going on here.

Deceptively light bodied to weigh in at 11.5%. Perfect amount of carbonation for a sour ale.

I would call this a Flanders Oud Bruin, a very good one at that. I will definitely be buying more of these bottles. Impressive Brau Brothers. If this carried a Surly label, everyone would want it.

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Bancreagie Sour Peated Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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