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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.

Added by OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

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

Bomber in to Bruery snifter

A - pours a hazy orange-straw color with active bubbly carbonation; significant white head present that dissipates a bit from a full inch to a half inch after settling; minimal lacing

S - Belgian sugars up front; oak; coconut; vanilla; just a hint of bourbon; some pineapple notes

T - Belgian sugars; bourbon and caramel; vanilla; coconut; wood; wheat

M - this beer is a little overly carbonated...it drinks like a sugary champagne; it's sweet though and pleasant towards the back-end; medium-bodied and hiding that 11.5 really well; really crisp

O - the complexity of the flavors is tasty; the mouthfeel isn't spectacular, at least not up-front; I dig what's going on here with all the flavor, but having recently had WC, this falls short...and I hate to compare the two, but I believe the base beers are the same; despite all that, this is a tasty beer with the Belgian sugars and other flavors coming through nicely.

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

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass

A- pours a hazy golden straw color, a big fluffy white head appears and slowly dissipates, spotty lacing

S- sweet, i get a big hit of coconut, other tropic fruits like mango and pineapple, slightly woody, vanilla notes

T- slight bourbon flavors from the start, wheat, a little bit of caramel, Grain, some coconut notes, some woody oak flavors as well, slightly earthy

M- light to medium body, fairly high carbonation, the alcohol tends to beat up the palate as the beer warms

O- I'm not sure what to think of this beer, maybe a little age would help this, a little expensive for what I got out of it, I might come back to this later

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

$13 for the 750mL bottle. Poured into a mini snifter
Sampled 07OCT12

[A] Average vigor on the pour and a bright head 1 1/2 fingers high is produced. Foamy on the bottom, fluffy on top. Retention is above average. A thick film and collar remains for quite some time. The body is a hazy peachy-orange with a little light showing through. Transparency is low. Lacing in wavy sheets.

[S] Bourbon infused caramel, light Belgian candi sugars, and an air of coconut wood, plus some wheat.

[T] Bourbon and wheat. Quite an unnatural combination of flavors. You can tell that White Oak is a high gravity beer, but I wouldn't have guessed anything close to 11.5%. So, in that respect...pretty impressive.

[M] The mouthfeel is great. Dances across the tongue with a consistent prickle, stays light, remains crisp, and a wheaty, tangy snap on the finish.

[O] While high gravity wheat beers don't really make sense to me, I actually think this would have been a pretty decent beer...sans the bourbon barrel treatment. The Bruery's website describes White Oak as: "50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels...and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale)..." - now, things are starting to make sense.

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

A potent and unusual creation. Pours a lightly hazed, dull orange, with a sizeable white head that has good retention but minimal lacing. This one really changes as it warms; initially it's quite fruity and almost yeasty in the manner of a Belgian triple; over time layers emerge, bringing increased caramel sweetness, woody oak notes, warming bourbon, hints of vanilla, and a coconut character I looked for but didn't find initially.

This one really surges with booze after a while and it's not exactly easy drinking. Medium body and carbonation, slightly sticky, fruity and hot finish. Pretty wild. I probably would have preferred to split this three, rather than two, ways.

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White Oak from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,325 ratings
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