Premiére | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Premiére marks the grand opening of The Bruery Provisions in Old Towne Orange. A barrel aged strong golden ale, its a great introduction to our new location. Spicy with flavors of honey, caramel, light tropical fruits and bourbon. A beer that will surely mature beautifully with age.

ABV: 10.4%, IBU: 30, SRM: 7, Release: One time only

Added by womencantsail on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2010

Poured to a Bruery tulip glass, hazy golden orange with a fingers width of white head. The smell is complex: spices, belgian yeast, slight farmhouse funk & faint bourbon. The taste is top notch: plenty of Vanilla and coconut from the barrels, spices and spicy yeast esters, banana and caramel, tons complexity, tons of balance. Well carbonated with the right amount of flavor lingering. Dry but not too dry. I absolutely love this beer, if I could get my hands on more of these without trading off my first born I'd be thrilled. One of my favorite beers of 2012

Big thanks to Ryan for this one.

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4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Otakuale for sharing this...

poured into a deschutes tulip... produced a nice think but light white head of about 2 fingers

the aroma is amazing a nice complex belgian golden ale... a bit of bread and yeast with some light fruit flavour comign through followed by the bourban and vanilla form the barrel.

the flavor is the exact same... starts off as a light sessionable golden... all the flavors you would expect but then followed up by a smooth oak, vanilla booze hit from the barrel!

Such a complex and drinkable brew!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i had been holding this one for a while and was finally able to crack it open last night. served chilled into a chalice an allowed to warm up through the day.

aroma is very interesting as it is dominated by fresh juicy citrus at first, orange, tangerine, pineapple and loads of nice fruits really push through from the very start, nicely done i have to say. warming though brings a ton of oak out, light spices and hints of nutmeg? there is something there tugging on me. this is shadowed exactly in the flavor and works very, very well. huge flavor here as the citrus explodes and the oak an spices add a level to it that works so well that i was shocked. usually when you get this many things going on it can get tricky but this was sublime, perfect notes of oak and citrus play off each other so well, with pears and apples bring up the back end flawlessly. really just a great bear, not much else can be said.

overall one of the best i have seen them put out in the non stout styles. i could drink this all day as the 10 percent is no where to be found. great job patrick.

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4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

long day at work, cracked open a bottle..

a: golden pour, thin white head. good lacing on the glass.
s: slightly fruity, heavy oak, light yeast
t: the taste is pretty amazing. little bit sweet, peach notes? slight bourbon taste comes through, but very subtle.
m: low carbonation, smooth
d: very easy to drink. i killed this 750ml bottle while watching the game tonight. i can't believe its 10% abv.

overall, this is a great barrel aged golden ale. definitely a nice treat, wish barrel aged beers were cheaper, but don't we all :)

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4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a batch 1 5 minutes ago. Wowowiiiiow.
It turned March into June in my living room. Instant summer in a bottle. reeks of apricots, peaches and other stone fruits. half inch of head when given a violent gang raping pour into a tulip. Head dissipates in a few seconds. story of my life. It tastes initially of booze then when the carbonation clears the palate I taste apricot and a very pleasant vanilla oak combo. Great mouthfeel, chewy and effervescent. Its a little hot but still very drinkable at 10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the LA Beer Week Unio Station festival. 4 oz sample.

Pours a deep golden color with a very cloudy head. Has almost champagne like bubbles. Smells of bright fruits and a woodsy sort of armoa at the end of the nose. Taste of bright fruits and oak. You really get some apple and pear flavors right when it hits your tongue. Very complex, and I was somewhat surprised by the complexity (not sure why, but I was). At 10%, there's no way you could tell this is a high octane beer. The burn is masked very well and the drinkability is through the charts.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a cool beer. Its yellow and light with mild haze and nice white thin head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate. Looks good.

Aroma is like a belgian ale with a nice citrus nose to it. Smells awesome, very awesome.

Beer is light and bright, 10%?!?!? I doubt it, this is about the easiest drinking beer I've ever had. Its not hot, overly sweet, or too dry. Its perfectly balanced. Overall its a great sipping beer, I could drink a lot of this all day.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DAMN YOU, OVERLORD! I was going to review this last night but Premiere is a little strong so I passed out!

Served in a Bruery goblet (OF COURSE), gave this guy 4.5's across the board, just so damn good. Too bad there was a 3 bottle limit.

A- Extremely cloudy pillow of white cropped on a golden body, that has plumes of carbonation reeling throughout the beverage. Looks really rustic, almost like something you'd find in the middle of nowhere, Belgium.

S- Ripe, bright fruit with a tad of oak, and that distinct Bruery caramelized scent...don't know how to put my finger on it, exactly; its not something you find from beer to beer in most breweries! Very clean and fresh smelling. This was the first day it was available for pickup (10/11) so its got a lot of phenolic spice in the nose as well.

T- Creamy, smooth, bright, ripe, pears, cinnamon, plum, over ripe red apple, and a sweet bourbon finish. Can't imagine this beer being any better. Its like White Oak on crack, just so good.

M-Full bodied, with a nice lingering bright finish....almost sticky but not quite, and keeps reviving itself over and over on your palate.

D-For 10.4% *?* abv, this is one of the smoother Strong Golden barrel aged beers I've had in a long long time. Almost like Curieux, but more complex and a better mouthfeel.

Cheers to the Bruery.

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4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took a trip down to the provisions store, which is pretty freaking cool in case you had any doubts, and picked up a bottle of this.

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

This beer has an incredibly murky golden body. I mean it's practically impenetrable. I can barely see a change in color when I put my hand behind the other side of the glass. The head is about three quarters of an inch, fluffy and white. it dies down to a really solid cap of foam on top. Great lacing left behind.

The nose on this is really interesting. Spicey phenolic characteristics, as well as a dry fragrance reminiscent of hay, some tangy almost citrusy fruity esters, and some woody tannins. The nose exhibits little evidence of bourbon.

The taste is also... quite interesting. It starts off with a rustic bread note giving way to some hay, sweet and tangy apples, some phenolic cloves, and then oaky tannins. Then there is a sweet toffee like bourbon note and the end which is quite pleasant and not overpowering. The finish is spicy and surprisingly has some bitter hop notes as well as lingering oak tannins. The apple note becomes more and more apparent as the contents of my glass sadly diminish.

The mouthfeel is smooth, fully bodied, and nicely carbonated. The finish is dry and somewhat bitter. Quite nice.

I think an obvious comparison here is curieux, but I'm pretty certain that this blows curieux out of the water. I'm going to have to get a bottle of curieux to try side by side with my other bottle of premiere. I'm also going to hae to buy more of this stuff, because it is great. I'd love to see them try this with brandy barrels as well. Oh what? This beer is 10% alcohol. Guess I should have planned on it being around that, but it was not noticeable.

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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bruery Tulip with a heavy white head, a hazy straw yellow body and light lacing.

Smell of green grapes, oak, bourbon, spices.

Taste of a very good belgian strong ale - think Duvel - pilsner malts, sweet caramelized sugars, green grapes, bourbon barrel. Toasted marshmallow, pears, Granny Smith Apples. When I received this I thought " I cant wait, another fantastic tasting Bruery 750ml" . Fortunately when I opened it and started tasting it I was more on the "Damn, they did it again and this is better than I thought it was going to be after Pinot Lambicus slightly disappointed me. Anyway, this is more of the quality that I expect and enjoy from the Bruery and team and this is pretty tasty stuff.

High carbonation and a medium mouthfeel for a BSA with high drinkability. Mission accomplished

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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a half-finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of Bourbon and oak with Belgian yeast esters, some spices, lemon zest, vanilla, funkiness, and grains.

T - Starts off with a mix of Belgian yeast esters with some lemon zest and some light spices with just a touch of Bourbon in the background. Through the middle the Bourbon comes through a bit stronger with some oak and vanilla, and a bit of farmhouse flavors and funk. The finish is a mix of vanilla, oak, lemon zest, yeast flavors, spices, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming, spicy, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The Bourbon aging did some great things to this beer. The base beer holds up really well and the complexity and balance are very good.

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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to pick this up today and have a chance to try out its supple wares. I've heard this was a forward, frisky beer. Looking forward to a decadent night.

The nectar of this lithsome lady of a brew glows a nice tanned golden orange hue. For a -bal aged beast, it's got a surprisingly robust half an inch of pure white foam head. Gorgeous looking.

Smells strongly of probing, hard bourbon, with some sweet enveloping honey notes. Its wafting breath is intoxicating and exciting all at once. I can feel myself stirring and growing excited in response.

The taste is a jackhammer assault, that's somehow gentle and invasive and comforting all at the same time. It thrusts and heaves upon your body the sweet nuances of bourbon, but also an aggressively charged heat, along with dozens of flavors. Even with all of the spouting essence a 750 ml bottle can muster, it seemed like I was still picking flavors out until the very end.

It lays upon you the aforementioned bourbon, wet, moist tones of honey, rock candied sugar, sweet caramel, a bit of spicy yeast that lingers, caresses, and dances across one's flesh, some light citrus (oranges? papaya? pineapple?), maybe even a splash of vanilla. It just keeps coming harder and harder until it explodes.

At first sip you might think "bourbon sweetness," but let the beer nuzzle and explore you, and you'll find the flavors erect and reveal themselves.

Great carbonated mouthfeel. I don't usually gravitate towards Belgians, but it's nice to break out the old fishbowl, grab someone else's keys, and swing with something new.

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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy darkish golden, capped by a finger of frothy white head. Retention is good as it slowly recedes to a thin layer of foam and holds steady there.

S: Lots of fruit up front with pears, peaches, apricots, and apples, followed by moderate oaky notes of vanilla. Base of sweet bread and caramel, along with some hints of honey and light, peppery spice.

T: Opens up with sweet bread, caramel and loads of ripe fruit - pears, apricots, apples, and some light grapes. Bourbon comes in on the mid-palate but is very restrained - detectable, but doesn't overpower the rest of the beer. Some light vanilla lingers through the back end along with sweet fruits and some very light sweet spices.

M: Full bodied width creamy, low to moderate carbonation.

D: Could be a little bit lighter, but the aroma and flavors are excellent. Great use of barrel aging.

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