White Oak | The Bruery

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BA SCORE
77.1%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 1,321 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#6,644
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
1,321
Liked:
1,019
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
11.79%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
329
Trade:
26
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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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$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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a tulip, hazy yellow pour, plus sized white head. The aroma was kinda weak, slight bourbon notes. The beer has some bourbon notes, bannana, very light clove, lingering finish. The body and carbonation are medium, no noticeable alcohol. IMO a dissapointment, there are much better wheatwines available for a lesser price.

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White Oak from The Bruery
Beer rating: 77.1% out of 100 with 1,321 ratings
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