Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Medium Toast
The Bruery

Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Medium ToastArbre Dark Wheatwine - Medium Toast
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Style:
American Wheatwine Ale
ABV:
10.8%
Score:
88
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 4.7%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
14
From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Medium ToastArbre Dark Wheatwine - Medium 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 caramel, chocolate, vanilla and slightly smoky notes contributed from aging in medium toasted oak barrels. Taste it side-by-side with its light toast and alligator char counterparts to bring the barrel-aging journey full circle.
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Photo of stortore
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 3/17/17, had 8/4/18.

Pours a very dark cola color, somewhat opaque, with a one inch head and some soapy cling. Aromas of figs, dates, caramel, chocolate, toffee, malt, oak, some char and smoke, raisins, light tobacco. The flavor is malt, oak, char, figs, caramel, chocolate, some raisins, light alcohol. Smooth, a very good medium to full body, well carbonated.

Terrific aroma, great flavor- especially the rich caramel, lots of wood and char. Look forward to having the light and alligator char versions. This was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a voluminous fluffy and brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Th e beer itself is a delicious looking very dark brown that borders on black that is opaque.

The smell is good. It is a bit sweet with a good toast and wooden char note.

The taste is pretty good. It has a nice sugary caramel with a nice oak undertone beneath it. There is also a slight smoke note with light charred toast too.

The feel is decent. It has a smooth, heavy body and moderate carbonation to it. However, it does feel thinner than expected.

Overall, this was another good beer from the series and worth getting. It's a good middle between the light and the dark and holds its own against both of them really well.

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Photo of BWood
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark cola. Not much head at all. Low carbonation showing. No retention. Nothing really special.

S: not much here for me. Base beer has a sweet smell. Some of the oak kicks in.

T: sticky carmel, nice wheatwine base beer. The barrel is great on this one.

F: syrupy feel. Low card. Need body.

O: nice beer. Interesting to have the dark wheatwine style. And the barrel is good. Solid beer. Worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours cola brown, resting in the glass an opaque deep chestnut. An initial fluffy two and a half fingers of ecrue head settles broken patches across the surface and a bubbly ring that leaves no lacing.

Lots of grain on the nose with some complementary notes of caramel, wet oak and toast.

Tastes right on point for the style with some bonus oak character. Caramel, sweet grainy wheat, cooked sugar, toast, wet wood, some berry-like fruit skin, mild notes of dark fruit, a little burnt honey, vague vanilla and a mild dose of alcohol.

Medium full, semi syrupy body with unobtrusive carbonation. The finish is pleasantly sweet with caramel, wheat grain and some wet toasted oak.

As a fan of wheatwines I am quite impressed with the base beer The Bruery made for this Arbre series. So far I’ve tried the Alligator Char and this Medium Toast versions and have really enjoyed them both. There is certainly a discernible difference in the flavors imparted by the various levels of barrel char but for me the stand out has been the base beer. I enjoy the educational aspect but truly hope to see this dark wheatwine return in the future.

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Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Medium Toast from The Bruery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 14 ratings