The Bruery

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #75
Ranked #29,453
3.8 | pDev: 8.42%
The Bruery
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: A Belgian-style Pale Ale that’s hoppy, refreshing, thirst-quenching, and below 5% ABV? Yes, it is a Bruery beer.
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is fruity, grapes stand out, a touch of spices. Taste is raspberries, grapes, malts, light spices and yeast. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Mar 19, 2020
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Radome from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle bought on sale at Lee's Discount Liquors in Las Vegas. No idea how long it may have been on the shelf.

L - Bright golden color with just a bit of haze. Glows yellow when held up to the light. Fluffy, fairly persistent head is made up of translucent white bubbles, looking very soap-like.

S - Aromas blend lightly sweet, bready malt, with hops notes of lemongrass and herbs. Spicy yeast note at the end. It smells very light and refreshing.

T - In the flavors the herbal hops note dominates, leaving citrus in second fiddle. The malt is way in the background and you seem to skip right past it to get to the spicy yeast note at the end of the palate. The flavors are so herb-dominated that it is not as refreshing as the aroma led you to believe.

F - Light to medium body. Medium carbonation is slightly prickly. Strong hops bitterness. No alcohol presence, as you'd expect for this ABV.

O - This beer was a bit disappointing to me, since I am a die-hard fan of The Bruery and also Belgian Ales. The bottle I tried was missing in malt character and was dominated by a slightly odd herbal note that kept it from being simultaneously malty and refreshing, the way I expect of the style. I'd like to give it another chance with a fresher bottle to see if mine was affected by age.

Feb 03, 2020
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WanderingRonin from Canada (AB)

3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow in color with a sightly hazy appearance that still shows the crazy release of carbonation from the bottom of the glass, pours with a crazy amount of head to it as well, over three fingers worth of puffy off-white colored head with a great amount of retention and lots of patchy lacing.

Good amount of aroma, grassy with a spicy Belgian yeast note and hints of pineapples.

Good aromatic mildly herbal, almost minty, rosemary, green grassy hop flavor forward with a faint hints of some pineapple and orange peel to it.

Mildly sweet, light wheaty base with some slight trace of saltine crackers to it with a soft, semi-dry body with an effervescent carbonation to it.

Light but present Belgian/ Saison, spicy yeast notes on the back end that lingers on the aftertaste along with a grassy/ herbal hop flavor and faint hints of black tea that causes it to finish on dryish side.

Nov 03, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bubbly. Citrusy. Dry. Full.
A luxurious head gives way to swirling protein that tells me The Bruery's penchant for yeast promises pleasure again.
Smells are mostly a blast of lemon. The yeast continues to behave itself in the Taste which becomes increasingly dry despite the fruity attack. My mouth is full and, despite the dryness, enjoying Jardinier.

I've given Big OA Hugs to The Bruery. In part this is because they are certainly in North America's Top Ten Belgian Specialists and maybe its Top Five if I were to get precise. I also recognize that I had not put them on my Belgian Brewers Bucket List of and should. Their website shows they are now more accessible with a second taproom in Anaheim and, even, a store in a DC's Eastern Market. With two more reasons, The Bruery is pushing its way up my BBB List.

Sep 27, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up recently at Joe Canal's in Parsippany, never having had this before. Most of the other beers from The Bruery tend to be a bit overprice and underwhelming but this one hit the mark in both of those aspects as it was quite accessible. While not on par with it's imported counterparts, this was fine for a summer night such as this - even out of a big bottle!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was murky, golden, and topped off with a vivacious head. That took a while to settle but amazingly, there was very little lacing left behind as I worked my way through this. Usual notes of banana, clove, Belgian yeast, apple, and grass in the nose as the taste contained all of those with some pear, tea-like spice, and hints of gin-like botanicals. Nice body and a good carbonation to this but overall, this came across as just a bit too dry and exotic to be rated any higher...

This was a table beer and if there was any bread on hand, that would have been great as it would been the palate cleanser that this called for. It was fine by itself but at the end, I needed a chaser of water to get it completely down. Worth a go once but certainly not as good as the higher-rated offerings from The Bruery...

Aug 01, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The first bottled I opened was a geyser, but subsequent bottles have been a little more tame. A hazy pale amber in color with a massive white head. Definitely plenty of carbonation in this.

S: Lightly hoppy with floral, earthy and citrus notes. Perhaps a bit of pepper in there as well.

T: Earthy and floral with a nice citrus crispness and some tartness, with a hint of funk.

M: Light and crisp, with oodles of bubbles. champaign like carbonation, and a semi dry finish.

O: Overall pretty tasty, and I got a whole bunch of them at a bargain price. Definitely worth it.

Oct 27, 2018
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: dark dirty straw colored with a very white foamy almost bath soap looking head that lingers and is very soft

Smell: Yeast first followed by some other fruity esters in a mellow grain bill

Taste: little on the bitter side definitely has yeast, strong breadiness to it but not necessarily roastiness. Orchard fruits like apples and pears. Low phenolic pepperyness. You can tell a Belgian style yeast was used.

Feel: quite smooth going down, airy, little bit slick on the tongue. Soft carbonation that foams up a little bit on the palate.

Overall: This beer is a good representation of the style and reminds me of the Belgian pale that I had over in Bruges. For the price and the size of the bottle I would get it again.

Apr 25, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold with effervescence spewing from the bottom long into the pour. Pour produces a huge, lively head of somewhat lasting, foamy, white head that leaves a splotchy wash of lace. Aroma is pale malt, esters of peach & apple with lemon, barnyard funk, spice & pepper with a thin white grape hint. Taste is green apple with other white fruits, phenolic, pale malt, lemon, lightly tart, very dry with a distinct but distant bitterness. Cracker malt & soda dryness in the peppery, thin tart finish. Sour white fruit, phenolic, mildly bitter & astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, prickly, dry & mildly astringent. I understand that this is a session brew but for a Belgian Pale the taste is thin and somewhat disappointing. Something slightly less than expected from this fine brewery.

Mar 31, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an enormous, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A kind of muted aroma of citrus, a musty quality, malt, and pepper.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt, a bready quality, a bit of pepper, cloves, a good shot of citrus (lemon, in particular), the aforementioned mustiness, and a grassy quality. The flavor was okay, but a bit on the watery side. It has its good points, but it's not as aggressive as it should be.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Jardinier is, for the most part, an uneven beer. Not bad, but could have been better.

Jun 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a nice looking stiff amber color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was somewhat speckled and clingy.
The aroma had some sweet grassy to light lemon and herbal character rolling over some Belgian breadiness. Light notes of white pepper and a touch of honey, orange and some clove.
The flavor was moderately sweet and then letting some of the clove and white pepper collide just before the aftertaste which was the honey, clove, grassiness and lemon contour - mainly.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps a touch under with a fantastic crisp sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt right on par.
Overall, pretty nice crushable Belgian pale ale by a brewery that knows how to do this style pretty well.

Jun 13, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has been a long time coming. I have been chasing the harder to find beer from Bruery, instead of chasing whales I will catch a trout. The beer is a medium amber color with some golden hues. The clarity of the beer is most clear and some carbonation bubbles are visible. The bright white head is 2 finger thick with good retention. The bright white head is foamy and creamy, tatting some lacing on the glass.
A toasty malt, honey, oranges, a spicy phenol, fruity esters, touch of herbal, pepper, and some nutty notes.
Light toasty malt, oranges, phenols, a touch of pepper, grassy, herbal, floral, and some fruity esters.
The body of beer is light, medium carbonation and medium finish.
This beer is spectacular, it has been a long time for me and it should have not. I have had several Belgian Pale Ales, I got to give Bruery a pat on the back for having restraint here. I really like the crispness of the beer with some funky yeast notes. The beer has a beautiful delicate balance, yet it is refreshing and delicious. Seriously a must try, this beer will be stocked my beer fridge from here on out. Fantastic beer, a must try for a beer connoisseur.

Mar 13, 2017
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, wheat malt, pears and spices. Body is medium and crisp. Funky yeast, wheat malt, sourness and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long sweet-sour with spices. Nice refreshing brew.

Feb 01, 2017
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let this bomber sit in the fridge since the late summer, so it may have fallen off, but... Pours a clear rich light gold with a lot of foam and great lacing. Nose is floral, white pepper, some tangerine peel, a little hay and funk. On the tongue, this is more citrusy than I expected, though otherwise follows the nose. Ends very dry, though part of that is citrus peel that is also has a little twang. This is just fine in January...it would probably be even better in the summer, if you drink it right away.

Jan 21, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Cloudy yellow color with a nice thick white head and good lacing. Very effervescent! Smell is floral with some lemon. The taste is very peppery and herbal with some bitterness. A bit of lemon up front. A good beer!

Dec 07, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Absent mindedly let this sit in the cellar for four months. I'm sure it lost some of the hop-flavors but the beer looked otherwise well intact. The bottle cap lifted with an audible "chk", poured a straw gold hue with a huge, fluffy head that lingers. Looks light as air, like sudsy soap. Aroma of Belgian yeast, fresh cut grass, faint citrus and lavendar. Taste is mostly yeast, peppery spice, orange rind, lemongrass and slightly sweet malt. Drinks easy and finishes powder-dry. Nice beer, very drinkable. Should've got to it sooner.

Oct 30, 2016
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce pour - $6.00 at The Porter in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a hazed, light straw-hued body with half an inch of white foam. Decent head retention.

Smell: Crackery malts, a little bite of grain. Citrus and plucked bitterish greens with a little bit of spicy yeastiness.

Taste: A crackery, light pale maltiness with a slim sweetness a touch of graininess. Citrus fruit, lemongrass and dandelions, greens and all. Medium bitterness. Slightly minerally. Moderately spicy, peppery throughout and into the dry, effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation, a bit foamy on the tongue.

Overall: Thirst-quenching, but, well, it's pretty so-so all-around.

Aug 28, 2016
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jardinier pours a hazy yellowish color with a huge lacing head. Big spice notes with lots of fresh ginger. Taste is powerful, lots of spices, some candies, and ginger. Good body and feel. Overall, its a very full and tasty lighter beer.

Jul 29, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: It pours golden-oranage and opaque. It has plenty of head and Belgian Lace.

Smell: It has a funk smell that reminds me of some cheese. There is also a bit of lemon, spice, and floral elements.

Taste: It has flavors of funk, floral hops, lemon, spice, and bread.

Feel: It has a moderate light body with mild bitterness and high carbonation.

Overall, a very funky Belgian Pale Ale without the normal moderate to high fruity esters.

Jul 22, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice BPA pours a lightly cloudy
pale yellow with a fantastic head of white foam that settles to a HUGE thick ring,
nice thick layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of subtle peaches, cracker, subtle
candy malts, and yeasty funk. Flavors exceed the nose with a white peppered
cracker and subtle peach notes on the front and sides, herbal notes fall soundly
on the middle of the palate with a light farmhouse yeast note on the rear with a
subtle herbal hop and a touch of lemon rind. Very nice mouth feel, crisp, dry finish,
and very refreshing----this is a fine brew for summer.


Jul 13, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a LACY 2.5” cream colored foam cap that takes 5 minutes to reduce to ½”. A thin film of head remains all the way to the bottom.

S: Traces of peach, light funk, faint citrus, herbal and a faint suggestion of tomato.

T: Stone fruit, herbs, some earthiness, bread crumb in the background and a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. The yeast driven fruit flavors are moderately high, the hop bitterness and flavors are medium. Pleasant moderate to moderately low level of tartness with more orange flavors coming forward as the beer warms. Overall balance leans towards the yeast.

F: Very effervescent, above average carbonation with a little tingle and a moderate wild yeast texture. The body is just a shade below medium.

O: This is a very refreshing, full flavored beer with a delightful texture.

Jul 06, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light yellow color with white head. Citrus, floral notes, and some light grassy notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with light hop notes and some citrus.

Jul 05, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, spicy, bitter, fruity and coming in at a sessionable strength, this unBruery-like Bruery Belgian beer certainly doesn't recede on character just because it does in its alcohol content.

Jardinier pours the the classic hazy golden straw hues of may Belgian pale ale, equipped with a creamy and expressive froth. Highly aromatic, the nose comes alive with floral orange blossom, fresh grassiness, a peppery tinge, and the quintessential doughy grain and yeast scent of Belgian beer. Soft sweetness plays lightly on the initial palate like angel food cake and vegemite.

As the taste evolves, the citrus esters deliver a punch with lemon and orange with a backdrop of pear, apple and white grape. A spicy counter action to the fruit is the spice and hops which bring their own freshly grated white pepper, cumin, clove, coriander, curry and vanilla. More bitter than usual, the racy hop taste of lemongrass, fresh grass clippings and prairie botanicals give an earthen snap to the beer's final frames.

Medium-light and trending dry, peppery and with a chardonnay-like crispness, the beer takes much more of a farmhouse saison taste and texture the deeper in finish that the beer goes; ultimately gripping the throat with a sharp and grassy bitterness that far outlasts any other flavors.

Jun 14, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow with some lacing. Lemon, perfume, floral nose. Taste has a bit of funk, Belgian yeast, hops are prominent. Thin body and lower than hoped for carbonation.

Apr 12, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow liquid with great clarity and 1" white head. Looks very pretty. Good belgian pale malts, yeast and a delicate hoppiness that is pretty hefty for style.

Great carbonation, good light malt base, flowery hops, this is fun stuff on a summer afternoon.
Can mix crisp and creamy at the same time. The hopping is wonderful and not getting too far apart from style guidelines. Dry almost saison like finish.

Feb 15, 2016
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Bonkinishwa from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Bruery - Jardinier. 4.9% ABV. 750ml bottle split between two snifters. Bottled on 10/5/15.

Look: Hazy lemon yellow body, with a huge three finger white foamy head that slowly dissipates into a thick cap, leaving remnants of sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast and vinegar with a hint of tartness, some hops, and a light amount of citrus fruits; very sweet aroma, reminiscent of bubblegum.

Feel: Light body, relatively smooth with some fair carbonation.

Taste: Beginning a little bitter and tart, the majority of the flavors that come into play are grass, wheat, and bready malt; the citrus fruits are present, albeit very subtle. Upon reaching the aftertaste, the tartness lingers while the bitterness fades.

Overall: At this point I've had plenty of IPAs and a few APAs, but this is my first Belgian Pale Ale. Not bad really, very refreshing, but didn't have a whole lot of flavor profile, at least to me anyway.

Feb 15, 2016
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 394 ratings