Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Light Toast
The Bruery

Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Light ToastArbre Dark Wheatwine - Light Toast
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American Wheatwine Ale
4.06 | pDev: 6.9%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Light ToastArbre Dark Wheatwine - Light Toast
Notes: We brewed a dark, decadent wheatwine-style ale with chocolate wheat malt to accentuate the richness imparted through barrel-aging. We then divided the beer into three components, laying each down in new American oak barrels with varying degrees of barrel toast and char. This release showcases the toasty, cocoa and woody spice notes contributed from aging in lightly toasted oak barrels. Taste it side-by-side with its medium toast and alligator char counterparts to bring the barrel-aging journey full circle.
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 3/10/17, had 2/23/19.

Pours a mostly opaque dark cola color, with a short, quickly dissipating head with some brief foamy lacing. Aromas of caramel, malt, brown sugar, raisins, dates, toffee, light molasses and char, some oak, light figs. The flavor seems more focused- caramel, malt, figs, raisins, light dates and chocolate, light char. Smooth, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

Have also had the Medium Toast, and you can definitely tell that there’s less char in this one. This is every bit as good, however. This shows more Wheatwine characteristics than the other two. Great aromas and flavors, very enjoyable. On to the Alligator Char.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 28, 2020
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice off-white and slightly brown head that is nice but dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a good looking charred brown that looks pretty nice.

The smell is good with a moderate caramel note mixed with coconut and light smoked wood notes. There is a slight booze note to it that is good and actually adds to it.

The taste is also good. The taste has a moderate caramel note that dominates the taste but has a slight sweet milk chocolate cocoa note running alongside. There is a bit of a smoke note at the finish that lingers but is a little bit absent from most of the taste.

The feel is heavy with a bit of a thick and syrupy feel without a lot of carbonation to it.

Overall, a pretty good and still indulgent wheatwine.

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4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black and silver striped foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery’s Society. Bottled 3/10/17. Served in a Bruery snifter. Enjoyed 1/17/18.

Pours a dark tea brown with two and a half fingers of manilla head. The froth fades to a partial layer and healthy crown but no lacing finds purchase as the liquid travels down the glass.

Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, wet oak and cereal.

Similar to its sisters in the series, this tastes like a classic wheatwine. Sweet, grainy wheat, caramel, wet oak, cooked sugar, slight berry notes, vague vanilla, some bread and a kiss of booze.

Smooth medium full feel with fairly light carbonation. The aftertaste has more caramel and cereal grain with a little oak character.

I found this third entry into The Bruery’s Arbre wheatwine series to be the sweetest. All three levels of barrel toast have been excellent but the subtle oak and vanilla notes here make it my favorite. I had no clue how much I’d enjoy these and really should have procured more.

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Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Light Toast from The Bruery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 15 ratings