White Oak | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
White Oak is a blended beer-- 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it "White Oak Sap"), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance.

Added by OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,316
Reviews:
304
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
108
Gots:
329
For Trade:
26
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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mbw314
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xanderbock
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2016 release poured from bottle into a wine glass.

L: Pours amber with a white head. Head dissipates rather quickly but a thin ring does stay for the duration.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, light fruit, and oak. Vanilla and bourbon notes are more restrained than a 100% barrel aged and it doesn't smell hot for a 12.5% beer.

T: Great vanilla, bourbon, caramel flavors that are well balanced. Light alcohol notes, but not hot in any way. Caramel and vanilla more present as beer warms up.

F: Full body, but not as thick as you would expect from a barley/wheatwine barrel-aged beer. Slight tingle from the alcohol that gives way quickly to a slight stickiness left on the tongue.

O: An excellent beer that is restrained and approachable while showcasing the great flavors expected from aging in oak bourbon barrels. Extremely smooth for a beer at 12.5%ABV which can be dangerous!

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Photo of Bogdawg
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draft at the Vine on May 28, 2017.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IPA1978
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid BB aged beer. Bourbon flavors aren't to strong which blends well with the wheat wine and golden strong. Nice fruity flavors and sweet malts are just held in check by the barrel aging.

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of megapyro6
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/21/2016, so about 14 months after bottling.

Pours a hazy orange to copper. Carbonation is on the lower end but fine.

The initial aroma is all barrel. Vanilla, coconut, some alcohol and bourbon notes. There is a touch of fruitiness, but it kind of is overshadowed by the wood. Perhaps a little spice, but all blends really well together.

Taste is again vanilla and coconut up front. It's real smooth for so high in ABV. Very light alcohol warming. Back end notes of caramel or toffee like sweetness. A touch of oxidation or vinous notes on the very end.

This is a real smooth beer. There is a touch of warmth, but you'd never guess it's 12.5 ABV. The mouthfeel is slick and solid, but not overwhelming. It just reminds you that you're drinking a larger beer, but it goes down well.

Overall it's maybe a little thin for the size, but imminently drinkable. It drinks like something more in the 8-9% ABV realm. The barrel and bourbon drive this beer, but oh man does it drink well. Judging by other reviews, a little time does this good.

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Photo of drstalker
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johunnic
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jscheuf
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lakamoso
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, burnt orange in color and redolent of light fruit. Another whiff gathers belgian yeast/beer bread, fresh grapefruit and faint spice. Tastes slightly tart and fruity followed quickly by more beer bread, resulting in a soft, somewhat creamy body. Has a spicy alcohol heat to finish.

Very unique. Very tasty.

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Photo of Ardeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OrangeMen
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 vintage
~ 1 year from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a bright golden orange color, transparent. Half finger thick, slight off-white colored head, foamy and soapy. Patches of spotty head lacing on glass, moderate streaky alcohol legs.

Aroma- Fruity esters, crisp green apple, zesty fruits, banana, belgian yeast. Candied syrup, rich maltiness, toffee, hints of caramel and vanilla. Touch of oak and spice.

Taste- Sweet malts, honey, candied syrup. Zesty fruits, orange peel, green apple, banana bread, clove, belgian yeast. Creamy sweetness, caramel candy, toffee, vanilla, sweet bourbon, coconut, earthy oak and spice.

Feel- Medium bodied, lots of sticky sweetness, coating, semi-dry finish. Moderate carbonation, very creamy and smooth.

Overall- Blend of two different style beers is pulled off really well, neither overpowering the other. In the end it comes across as a really sweet and rich belgian strong ale. Lots of fruity esters and belgian yeast characteristics supported by a host of creamy sweet flavors. Barrel aging is subtle, touches of oak and bourbon on the finish. As unique a beer as you can get, something different and enjoyable.

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Photo of chard_wells
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sharp copper-gold hue, little-to-no head, light carbonation. Aroma is very sweet at first - there is an intense apple cider smell with underlying notes of honey, caramel and Kentucky straight bourbon (which takes more prominence as the beer opens up). Taste also is sweet, with more of a honey presence upfront transistioning into warm bourbon caramel. The apple flavor is there but definitely not as much as it is on the nose. No heat or booziness at the end. It ends up tasting like a barrel-aged hard cider, which is interesting & in my opinion satisfying, but your mileage may vary based on how much you like sweet beers or sweeter bourbon notes. It worked for me though. Mouthfeel is fairly slick, medium-to-light density, maybe could have been a bit fuller but that is more of a nitpick.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rydev24
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RPM3334
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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