Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Alligator Char
The Bruery

Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Alligator CharArbre Dark Wheatwine - Alligator Char
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American Wheatwine Ale
4.13 | pDev: 6.54%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Alligator CharArbre Dark Wheatwine - Alligator Char
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 robust, charred and dark chocolate notes contributed from aging in alligator charred oak barrels. Taste it side-by-side with its light toast and medium toast counterparts to bring the barrel-aging journey full circle.
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Photo of Dope
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 2017

A: Pours nearly black, with hints of mahogany. Medium sized light brown head, a bit soapy in appearance. Head retention is decent, very little in the way of lacing.

S: A bit charry, with tons of toasted marshmallows. Currants and brown sugar for sure, lots of that in there too.

T: Hints of char up front with toasted marshmallow, turning into more currants with a backing of dark chocolate now. Lots of dark chocolate in the middle. Aftertaste is lightly charry, kinda reminds me of bandaids at points.

M: Heavy bodied and thick.

O: Very unique and intriguing beer. I expected it to be super charry but it is not. Really, there are just hints in fact. It adds some complexity and rounds out the beer nicely. It feels sort of like a cross between a stout and a wheatwine. Excellent beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice light brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself a dark, charred black. It certainly does not look like chocolate but more of a heavily burnt and charred wood to the point where it's black but has dark brown notes.

The smell is good. It has a deep and constant charred woody smell. There is some caramel and chocolate but they are pretty light compared to the stronger charred note.

The taste resembles the smell. It has a strong charred note but the caramel is a bit more present and contrasts well with the charred note. there is also a slight chocolate note in the finish. The taste is definitely better and more interesting than the smell due to the slightly stronger chocolate note. There is a tiny alcohol in the finish.

The feel is good. It has a heavy body but a thin texture with biting carbonation. There is definitely a slight alcohol burn through it. Dry, bitter, and roasted finish.

Overall, this is definitely an indulgent and interesting beer worth getting if possible.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black and silver striped foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery’s Society. Bottled 3/31/17. Served in a Bruery snifter. Enjoyed 1/16/18.

Pours a dark, soda brown, so as to rest in the glass completely dark and opaque. The two fingers of cream hued head fade slowly to a thin haze and broad halo, which in turn gradually vanish with neither retention nor lace.

Smells of cooked caramel, wet oak, char and cereal.

Tastes of grainy wheat, caramel, wet wood, oaky char, fruit skins and a bit of alcohol.

Medium full feel with moderately soft carbonation. The aftertaste is full of sweet, grainy wheat with a healthy dollop of wet, oaky char.

My first dip into The Bruery’s most recent Arbre series is pretty satisfying. The base wheatwine is mighty tasty and the barrel char easily apparent.

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Arbre Dark Wheatwine - Alligator Char from The Bruery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 15 ratings