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

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pDev:
11.79%
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku.

A - Pours straw yellow, with excellent carbonation. Nice white pillow of a head. Good lacing.

S - Insanely complex. Nutmeg, pecan, wheat sweetness along with oak and bourbon.

T - More complex than the nose. Wheat based sweetness is most present with the bourbon barrel giving some toffee, oak and naturally bourbon flavors to the brew. While the base beer throws a very slight lemon grass tartness into the mix.

M - For 11.5% I found the mouthfeel very dry, the taste lingers on the palate for a while. Booze is also fairly present.

O - Phenomenal beer. Only aging half of it in the bourbon barrel was a great call, as I don't see the subtle notes of the wheat and yeast standing up to much more. Probably should have saved this brew to share with some one considering I don't think drinking the entire thing by yourself is very healthy. Going to grab another to cellar as I imagine this brew will be absolutely incredible with a few years.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2013 edition. Another Bruery product available freely (well, not that kind of free) on Alberta store shelves. I actually have been to Placentia, and worked right across the street from the brewery, back when I was unaware of its existence. Sigh.

This beer pours a very hazy medium golden yellow hue, with a rising tower of rather puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a rather strange swath of thick, swoopy, caked lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of sharp wooden barrel staves, the kind well soaked in nutty, corny, and spicy whisky, airborne white pepper, dry vanilla beans, an apple and pear fruitiness, a bit of earthy honey, and thin wheaty malt. The taste is very bourbon-like, leaning towards the sweet corny side, with a lesser, but still present rye component, with the caramel and vanilla notes fairly restrained, the wood big like the titular tree, some middling black pepper wisps and subtle drupe fruit esters, and a grainy wheatiness making surprising strides among it all. The alcohol is pretty well integrated - well, at least obfuscated by all that whisky fuss.

The carbonation is soft, yet a bit gaily frothy at times, the body a solid medium weight, especially for a wheat ale, and doubly so after the barrel treatment, and actually quite smooth, with a strong case made for creaminess. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the woody graininess doing well to cut through the various caramel, vanilla, and orchard fruit essences, not to mention that slowly burgeoning alcohol warmth.

Like the best in the admittedly limited examples of this style that I've tried, White Oak possesses a heady wheat heft, aided and abetted by the elevated, and integrated ABV, an attendant fruitiness, and here, some overarching whisky barrel indoctrination. That's a good thing - oakey dokey, indeed!

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White Oak from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,327 ratings
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