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:
1,318
Reviews:
305
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
331
For Trade:
26
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the website: "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.

ABV: 11.5%, IBU: 20, SRM: 7, Release: Varies (1st Release October 2009)"

Pours a golden sunshine color showing off some lazy carbonation. Huge fluffy off-white head that begins sticking all over the glass. Pretty solid creamy head. Starts with some haze in the body, but after it warms up, the clarity becomes better.

The beer has a wonderful aroma that blends notes of oak, vanilla, and coconut from the bourbon barrels and a sweet wheat quality that is complimented very well. A robust beer, filled with flavors of sweet caramel, coconut, vanilla and oak, that finishes with an alcoholic bite and some bitterness. There is heat at the finish that warms the stomach in a comfortable way. On the exhale there is more of that oaky, scotch-like quality. Very delicious!
The wheat really lightens up the body, creating an almost fluffy, creamy mouthfeel, but not quite. As it warms, a tinge of tartness hits the back of the palate.

This is maybe my third time with this beer, and I have always been equally impressed with it each time. A great example of how barrel-aging needs to evolve, with a careful touch of blending and a remarkable balance that brings out a deeper flavor to the palate. I will be buying this again...highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of timc100
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold orange with a big foamy white head. Looks like a belgian strong ale

S: Spicy Belgian yeast, slightly musty, lemon. In the background is creamy bourbon sweetness- coconut, vanilla, and caramel nuances.

T: At the front of the tongue it is all Belgian strong ale - yeast, spices, light citrus. It finishes with smooth bourbon sweetness - lots of coconut and vanilla. Very interesting and well balanced.

P: Medium, creamy, smooth

O: Very interesting beer, well balanced and hit on all cylinders

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

A: This poured a cloudy muted gold with thick white head.
S: It smelled like lots of fresh wheat and bourbon and fresh oak and toasted coconut and lemongrass.
T: It tasted like fresh wheat and lemon grass and toasted coconut, with some bourbon and vanilla oak and Belgian yeast. It had a clean sweet and sour aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Nice full and lively body.
D: This was nice and refined and complex. Well executed version of a difficult style, with nice scent and taste and body. It seemed like it could age really well, but it was also very good fresh.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Thanks Cheesemoose! White, frothy head, high retention on a hazy golden body. Soapy, sudsy lacing, sticky. Aroma includes sweet fruits, banana, percimmon, a pleasant tartness and a hint of vanilla. Taste includes candi sugar, slight tartness, slight alcohol, some coconut as advertised. All the flavored work well together and the beer is delicious and highly drinkable for a high abv.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

White Oak from The Bruery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,318 ratings.
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