Praecocia | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The great philosopher Pliny the Elder referred to the early blooming peach tree as Praecocia; years later these fruit were recognized not as peaches, but apricots. We took those apricots and added them to a bold, bourbon barrel aged old-ale. The beer, rich in flavors of burnt sugar and toffee, blends seamlessly with the musky, summer-like experience that the apricots supply.

Added by coreyfmcdonald on 10-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by coreyfmcdonald:
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2.03/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a murky dark brown with some amber highlights. Three fingers of head form. They recede fairly quickly, but a thin film stays throughout drinking the beer.

S: Fairly faint in aroma. I get a nice fruity apricot sweetness upfront with a bit of toffee and a touch of oak in the background. A bit butter as well. The flavors don't really meld well together.

T: Apricot is still upfront with some bourbon and a hint of caramel. However, the beer is quite dry, which doesn't really work well with it at all. It's also a bit sour and buttery. Lots of odd flavors that don't work well together at all.

M: Very thin with good carbonation.

O: I'm not sure what they were going for here. The concept is not very good. The execution is also not very good. This is just a poor beer. Drainpour.

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750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
10.5% ABV, 2013 edition

A - Murky dark brown, Praecocia pours with a frenzy of ivory foam that settles to a thin ring of bubbles leaving little lace in it's wake.

S - Dried Turkish apricots, juicy tangerines, and delicious little clementines burst from the nose with a fruity chorus that overlaps the complimentary base of rich bready malt soaked briefly in bourbon barrels. As the beer warms, exceptional nuances of brown rock sugar, vanilla bean, and Cap'n Crunch Berries (yeah, you read that right) pull through the depths.

T - Rustic, earthy malts present a cocoa-dusted bread profile that warms up to include oak paneling before relinquishing flavor to subtle bourbon-soaked apricots misted with vanilla essence.

M - Strong effervescence (so strong that after sitting for 10 minutes, the beer spurted some from from the top of the bottle) cuts through the beer's rich, malty body to even the playing field for a smooth start that finishes with a touch of tartness, oaky dryness, and subtle lingering alcohol warmth.

O - The initial blend of flavors might read with a little speculation attached but apricot essence plays a part in every aspect of Praecocia, blending wonderfully throughout for a fruitiness that works beautifully with the Old Ale base and bourbon barrel aging!

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Praecocia from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 160 ratings