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White Oak | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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

A - Pours a cloudy/hazy orange that slants towards amber. An eggshell white head billows to a two finger head and sticks around for the duration of the drink.

S - Tropical fruit & bourbon collide. Mango, wheat, bready malts, caramel and bourbon are noticeable.

T - Same as the smell. Tropical fruits surround the bourbon. Sweet, vanilla, oak, bourbon characteristics and tropical fruits.

M - Very carbonated... Wet, thick body but not cloying at all.

O - Interesting combo that some thought went into.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a small but bulbous snifter/tulip hybrid glass. I believe this is the 2013 version.

Appearance (4.25) - Ruddy brown-orange with highlights of yellow make up the cloudy body. An yellowish-white head of about a finger and a half rests atop with ample bubbles. A film of head remains throughout the beer, with a little more thickness around the edges of the glass. Lacing is moderate and silky.

Smell (4.5) - An intoxicating smell with note of fruit--mango specifically--along with a grainy wheat presence highlighted by veins of citrus and an underlying boozy element from the high alcohol content. Smells strong, but balanced and promising. Gives the impression of a stronger dessert wine, like a sauterne.

Taste (4.25) - The fruity element continues to have a strong presence, but is now flanked by notes of sweet caramel and even some cinnamon. Vanilla comes through from the heat of the bourbon barrels. Again, the wine-y elements are present to make this a very complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Medium-bodied and highly viscous, with the liquid oozing back down the side of the glass after taking a drink. Carbonation is lower, but enough to counterpoint the thickness of the beer.

Overall (4.25) a wonderful beer from The Bruery, which is probably good, given the cost of this particular 750. Brings to mind the feel of cognac or even moreso a strong brandy. If this was more available, I would definitely keep it around.

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

Pours a hazy orange with minimal clarity and pillowy white head with heavy lacing. Nose has a strong presence of wheat and lemon. Bourbon notes come through and offer up some vanilla and oak. Taste is fruity and citrusy up front with more depth and complexity as it sits on the palate. Bourbon takes ahold by mid palate and some dry oaky notes on the finish. Alcohol Is relatively low key as it is overshadowed by orange and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. Overall, the citrus and wheat really take center stage here and overshadow the bourbon. Lots of bright fruit notes, almost forgot this was wheatwine.

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

Another expensive one from the Bruery…why do I keep buying these. Oh wait, it’s because they’re AWESOME.

2013 Edition, bottled March 9, 2013 (only three months before the date of this tasting).

A: A golden body with a hint of brown to it (like a tawny yellow), capped by a thick white head of sudsy foam. Sizeable retention and a handful of lace strings linger as I drink – quite a good-looking beer.

S: Now this is a nose worth remembering, or at least dissecting: light, dry Belgian character juxtaposed against a substantial wood aroma. Yeast esters at its core are rife with fresh mango and passionfruit, accompanied by an herbal hop scent of lemongrass and lime rind; underneath is hickory sawdust and a hint of smoke, a bit like a rauchbier. Booze sits deep within, coming out with a warm quality you’d find in a big red wine.

T: A robust palate with a powerful wheat flavor: pronounced apricot, mandarin orange, and banana, all with a flaky cereal grain backdrop, form the bulk. Yeasts provide some unique charm to go along with the wheat – a slight tartness of white grape and lemon – as the body flattens out. All that’s left is a bit of funk, booze, and wood flavors, an earthy meatiness reminiscent of cooked mushrooms; finishes with the yeasty snap of dry champagne.

M: Like sparkling wine, it’s full but exceptionally fizzy. Not a refreshing beer by any means, but the bubbles make it nothing like a high-alcohol wheatwine; again, I’ll compare it to a champagne, where you get none of the alcohol but a puckering dryness that hits like lemon juice.

O: Beer that makes you think! Put all the flavors together and you get something that’s anything but conventional, a Belgian wheatwine with enough wood and fruit to make it unique. Even after I look at the empty bottle, I wonder if there’s anything inherently good about this beer that makes it special or if it’s just something different to a palate that demands something different. Though it isn’t a Sour in the Rye or an Orchard White, this beer is damn good – one that I’d buy again at a moment’s notice if it wasn’t almost a dollar an ounce.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark Golden, Big 2 finger white thick head, dissipates slowly, patchy lacing, hazy, opaque

S - white grape, wheat, carmel, bourbon

T - Carmel, coconut, vanilla, wheat, light bourbon, spices, and slightly boozy

M - carbonation is high, fully body, froth is medium, booze does linger a bit

O - really enjoyed. Bourbon doesn't dominate. wheat/vanilla/coconut is balanced out really well. yes, finish is a bit boozy in the finish but real smooth. wish it was a bit more frothy. do recommend.

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White Oak from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,323 ratings
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