Soroboruo | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Soroboruo is a backwards take on a Scotch ale. As Scotch ales are typically known for big, toffee-like malt and subdued yeast flavors, Soroboruo allows our wild yeast and bacteria to shine full-heartedly, adding a delightful tartness, balanced by the soft floral notes of the heather flowers. A most unusual and quite exciting take on a sour ale.

Added by 2GOOFY on 05-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
158
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
38
For Trade:
12
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Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cvm4
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage

L - Pours a brown body (think flemish or brown ale) with a fizzy tan one finger head. Not much retention or lacing.

S - Top notes of tartness, balsamic vinegar and apple. Back end gives way to some oak, vanilla and bourbon characteristics.

T - Tart balsamic vinegar, dark plums/raisins and funk. There is oak, vanilla and scotch at the end. For me, the bourbon comes through on the nose and the scotch comes through on the taste.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O - Not a typical sour acidic bomb like I'm used to getting from The Bruery. Overall it's very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wellsnb
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass, 2014 edition

A- pours a deep brown color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates completely, leaving nothing behind

S- initially it smells like a Flanders red ale; tart balsamic vinegar, ripe dark cherries, earthy yeast, blackberries. Hints of scotch, vanilla & oak. Underlying caramel malt & toffee

T- tart balsamic vinegar up front resemble a Flanders Red ale, as on the aroma. It transitions into some scotch notes with flavors of oak and hints of vanilla. As it nears the finish, notes of sweet caramel malt kick in with lingers of more scotch barrel and dark tart fruit

M- body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouth feel, that continues to a slightly warming finish. Alcohol hidden well overall

O- a wee sour? It's unique and it's very good. I can always appreciate a beer that thinks out of the box

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Photo of maxifunk777
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: deep brown with clear edges.

Aroma: dark fruit, funk, smoke, earthiness, light acid.

Flavor: big dark/stone fruit, plum, peach, even some tangerine notes paired with this acidity.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, kinda sticky but still finished dry.

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Photo of brentk56
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours coffee brown with a frothy beige head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: Caramel, blackberries, tart apple, balsamic vinegar, funk, Bourbon, vanilla, oak - a wild combination

Taste: The caramel is the first element to hit the tastebuds and it is quickly subsumed by a range of other flavors, though it lingers right through to the finish and the aftertaste; lactic blackberry, tart apple, funk and balsamic vinegar come next with acetic tones overwhelming; after the swallow the oak, Bourbon and vanilla tones emerge though I am having a tough time getting the Scotch barrel flavors at all

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps it took this beer a year to settle down and perhaps the beer was unintentionally infected (as some reviewers have noted) but these things can happen with wild yeast; this beer is drinking very nicely now and is showing of its range of complexity

Thanks, factory, for the opportunity

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Photo of samying
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey3236
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Btip1969
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of notchucknorris
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When I was in the Reserve Society last year, I pretty much snatched up anything and everything The Bruery threw my way. This was one of the ones where I bought it immediately because it was something new, the probably a day later actually looked at the description and just thought, "Dammit. What was I thinking?" So it's been lying around until I decided to go through my cellar recently. And now I'm pissed I only bought one.

A: Pours a dark chocolate color. Rich, but not too syrupy looking, with a thin cream colored head.

S: You get this light sour dark fruit tartness right away. It's like a combination of super overripe red delicious apple, tart plum skin, raisin and maybe a touch of apple cider vinegar. A little bit of oak barrel in there as well as some caramel, maybe a bit of chocolate and toffee.

T: Has this nice mix of slightly acetic dark fruit, rich malt and a sharp tartness on the backend that just sticks to your tongue. I don't know if it was different a year ago, but the bourbon barrel doesn't show too much here, but there's a rounded sweetness to this beer that I think is coming from the bourbon. Finishes with tart red plum, grapefruit and maybe a little tart green apple. This tastes way more like something from Cascade's playbook than The Bruery's. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Domvan
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobertConway
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reedbrew
2.52/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Really disappointed. This just simply failed in my mind. The sour aspect seemed like a flaw more than an attribute (more of a vinegar flavor than sour fruit) and the barrel flavors seemed awash is a poorly blended sea of mediocrity. Poorly carbonated to boot. One of a very select few offerings from the Bruery that I didn't bother to finish.

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Photo of Benjiehorn
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of extralazy
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shanrath
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Soroboruo from The Bruery
3.75 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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