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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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Lemke10:
Photo of Lemke10
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
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 +6.7%
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 t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

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 DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of StoutFox
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Dbrulet
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warmbier804
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of LeeW
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Snow81
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
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 n8opot8o
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of morimech
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of jcMPLS
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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 pBRale
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hopsiam14
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Etan
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

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Bancreagie Sour Peated Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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