Amulet: Tyler's Magical Unicorn | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Halcyondays on 01-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Photo of vacax
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Amulet: Tyler's Magical Unicorn poured dark reddish-brown, which made it difficult to notice the cloudiness of the brew, so it is visually a lot deeper than the first glance of dark brown. The tannish head had mantastic retention, admirable density, and a good bit of lacing. The aroma hits with tart cherries (even though this has everything but the cherry in it), the wine grapes are not clear but the evidence of them is there, sort of a marshmallowy sweetness, and funky hairy unicorn minge. Sour, sweet, and funky.

Tastes like tart fruits, pomegranate, currants, and lots of funky funk - not just brett but pedio too. Tangy cookie malts behind all of the dark fruits. I like the fruit flavors, but it is a little bit sweet, and the funk gets a little muddled at the end, finishing with a sort of rubbery note. Nice creamy carbonation and medium body. This beer nailed the appearance and feel moreso than the flavor profile for me. Interesting beer to have a glass of.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some crimson notes to it and an off-white head with fairly good retention.

S: The nose really is all over the place on this one. The first thing I notice is the dryness from the Brett and the oak (and probably the grapes as well), followed by a hit of lactic sourness. The grapes and pears really come through on the nose, and perhaps even a touch of spice.

T: The fruit and malt components of this beer are really interesting. There is a mild sweet fruit component which pairs well with the caramel malt notes. The grapes and oak really come through quite strong, as does the alcohol at some points. The sourness is definitely there, but is not the focal point.

M: The body is medium with quite a bit of effervescence (which probably helps the body out). The carbonation also helps the lend the beer a touch of creaminess.

D: The nose gave me such high expectations for this beer and the flavor came through for the most part. A unique take on a wild ale, and I look forward to future iterations of this beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery, a whimsical name for sure, let's see how it is -

A: Pours a translucent/opaque brown with a soft white head, good head retention.

S: Smells rather Oud Bruin like, Rodenbach-style acid and fruit, molasses, balsamic vinegar.

T: There's a definite big amount of dark malt in this brew. Some toasted caramel, almost stout like at points. Really tastes like I'd imagine a sour dubbel to taste like. Acid is moderate, tasting somewhat citric as opposed to lactic on my palate. The raisins and dark fruit are there, with some light grape, though these flavours are not as overt as I would have thought from the description. The pinot/Burgundy influence is noticable but really in the background. Real upfront malty flavours, a unique take on a wild ale.

M: Smooth, the acidity is relatively light, medium-bodied, no alcohol heat, there's no way I'd think this is 9.5%. Creamy carbonation, sits on the tongue for a while with good complexity.

D: I'm always up for a new experimental brew from The Bruery, and this one is quite good. Doesn't have as much of a delicious and complexity factor as Oude Tart, but there's no denying this is quality stuff.

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Amulet: Tyler's Magical Unicorn from The Bruery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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