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Provisions Series: PremiéreProvisions Series: Premiére

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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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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
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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Photo of pastradul
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
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 +17.9%
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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Photo of johndoe8
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of vissai
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of teamizm
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of slayer3604
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of billshmeinke
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of alpinebryant
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of Overlord
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of Xul
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of roodie
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a maudite tulip

A: pours gold with scant head, which isn't retained for long. lots of carbonation, decent lacing.

S: smells amazing! hints of pear and citrus

T: wow, the pear and citrus really shine through. the beer is sweet and tart at the same time. it's white wine like, but not as light if that makes any sense. some heat at the end, but not overpowering.

M: dry, again like a white wine, fizzy, almost spicy.

D: wow, i love to drink this beer. can't say I'd drink it all day though since it was quite strong. finished a bottle and i was done!

Overall, an excellent offering from an awesome bruer. glad I managed to buy a couple to age.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JMRSN for the bottle!

Pours a clear golden orange with a finger of fluffy white head on top. The head eventually fades to a thin film, but still leaves a tangled web of lacing around the glass. Classy.

Some Belgian spice and citrus rise up from the glass, accompanied by sweet bourbon and oak. Even has some mustiness. Light fruity alcohol notes.

Oak, vanilla and bourbon wash across the tongue with crisp, fruity esters and a pinch of Belgian spice. The side notes from the yeast really add some nice spicy fruitiness on top of the barrel work. The bourbon presence is there, but well blended with the rest of the flavors. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with perfect carbonation. A touch of alcohol lingers on the finish and warms you up.

Drinkability is quite good. For 10% ABV this goes down easy. I love the taste and the barrel aging, not to mention the smooth seductive body. This is a well executed beer. I highly recommend getting a bottle if you can. Nice work Bruery.

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Photo of Verecund
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a (quite) cloudy carrot orange, with a buff head. Large bubbles rim the glass, resembling arachnid eyes. Thinly blanketing lacing. Superb.

Lightly phenolic, spicy nose complemented by pome fruit (e.g., pear, apple), honey, and floral attributes. The bourbon is present, but presents itself softly - vanilla, mostly.

Bready malt backbone curtailed by the yeasty spiciness (think white pepper), bright apple, and the warming vanilla-oak finish. The subtle barrel character quietly coalesces with the rest of the beer, lingering on the tongue; if I were a synesthete, I would describe this beer as 'white'. It's clean, while remaining complex.

Medium to medium-low carbonation. Somewhat slick on the tongue, really. Probably my least favorite part of a surprisingly good beer. It finishes oaky, but it has a nice warming effect.

I had read good things about this one and am pleased (and thankful to a certain generous BA) to have tried it. Quite enjoyable. Hopefully this, and not Gunga, is a tale of things to come for the Provisions series.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color. Sort of cloudy. Thin film white head. Little lacing.

Aroma of a bit of Bret. Sort of some tart lemon. Little slight bit of bourbon. Belgian funk. Smells great.

Tastes sort of like it smells. No tartness like the aroma would suggest. Little bit of Belgian funk. Slight bit of lemon. Tiny bit of spices. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. Great carb and smooth.

Overall a very tasty beer that I am glad to have on tap here at Bruery Provisions. Glad they had some bottles for sale too.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one at a local tasting; thanks Matt.

a - Pours a nice golden/amber color with a few inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass and some nice retention.

s - Smells of oak, bourbon, spices, citrus, and fruity malts. I really like the citrus mixing with the oak and bourbon.

t - Tastes of oak, bourbon, sour fruit, citrus, vanilla, tropical fruits, and a hint of spice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and really easy to drink for 10% ABV; the alcohol is very well hidden.

d - A pretty interesting barrel aged Belgian style ale. I enjoyed the citrus and spice mixing with the oak and bourbon and would like to try it again sometime.

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Photo of bashiba
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden amber with a light white head, quickly dissipating into a soapy ring.

The smell is very vinous and tart, with a big sour and funky nose.

While the smell made me a bit unsure the flavor made me a beleiver, great mix of belgian golden flavors of light citrus, funky yeast and belgiany spices mixing in with subtle bourbon flavors of oak, vanilla, and a light bit of butterscotch. Very balanced and drinkable, a great marriage.

The mouthfeel has a nice fullness to it with a clean dry finish.

Really nice blend of what would seem to be contrasting flavors, very unique, and well done.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass, revealing slightly hazy golden body under a few fingers of airy white head. Some lacing. Smells a little starchy with some lemon and canned corn on the nose, pretty dry-smelling as a whole. Slight spiciness to it with the vegetable overtones. I don't get as much of the vanilla as with many bourbon barrel-aged beers, but there is some woodiness to it.

Lots of bourbon barrel aging on the tongue, though! A sweet breadiness with slight spice from the yeast. Some corn. Spritz of orange citrus. So much yummy vanilla oak. Tender meatiness to it as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy with tiny mouth-filling carbonation. Very, very drinkable.

I like this one very much the way it is. The nose didn't do it so much for me, but the rest was spot on.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of lemons and oranges with some wheat and herbal notes. The flavor is similar with a few added additions.

The main flavor component is made up of wheat and grassy hops notes. I also get some nice lemon and orange citrus notes as well as some candy sugar. One of the best aspects of the flavor is the bourbon notes from the barrel aging. I also get a little bit of maple and vanilla from the barrel aging.

Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A very nice beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle at Black Tuesday.

Appearance: Premiére has a golden, somewhat hazy body. The frothy white head retains well, though the beer isn't as highly carbonated as some Belgian golden ales.

Smell: Estery and lightly phenolic Belgian yeast shines through above all else; there are notes of green apple, pear, a bit of white pepper and clove. Oak and bourbon are evident but understated, lending caramel sweetness and a touch of vanilla. This is rich, but not as over the top as I was expecting.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pleasantly fruity on the tongue, pear and apple flavors come through nicely along with a faint spiciness. Restrained caramel and vanilla, floral undertones, bready pale malt. Very balanced, the barrel is complementary rather than dominant. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps low for the style, though it works fine for this beer. The finish is semi-dry, hinting at oak. Alcohol is barely noticed, making this a little too easy to drink for the ABV.

This really exceeded my expectations. The bourbon barrel doesn't destroy the subtleties of the base beer, which was my concern when Premiére was first announced. The only thing I can think to compare it to is Curieux, but this beer is far superior.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


I've had this a few times in chaotic settings so I failed to review it. Poured into a Bruery snifter.

A: Yellowish orange, but more yellow than orange, with a big fizzy white head that recedes to bit white sempiternal bubbles. Little lacing.

S: Fruitier than a typical Belgian Strong Pale Ale, with notes of granny smith apples, honey, pears, and Chardonnay grapes. Barrels impart a strong bourbon presence that melds very well with the fruit notes, and there's ample vanilla. Oak and phenols are light. There's a slight candied sugar sweetness to the bready malt. This reminds me a hell of a lot of Splinter Gold. Damn similar. Fantastic aroma.

T: Boozy apple with notes of Chardonnay, honey, and pear accompany a Belgian candied sugar bready malt base. Bourbon is more restrained in the flavor than it was in the aroma, but it's still perceptible, and there are faint floral notes. Oak dries out the slightly boozy bourbon finish a bit.

M: Medium body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: This is a really tasty and well crafted beer, and definitely worth seeking out. Too easy to drink for 10% ABV.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stoad for this tick

Poured a murky pale golden yellow with slight orangish highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was pretty nice consisting of belgian yeast character upfront alongside slight citrus, bourbon, vanilla, and fruity aromas that I cannot pin point out exactly what they are. The flavor was above average for a belgian strong pale which had apple apricot fruits, belgian yeast of course, some citrus, and subtle bourbon vanilla notes that were not overpowering the overall taste and making it hard to drink. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, and citrusy finish. It drank great considering the ABV and had me coming back for seconds. Really a solid BSPA and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this at BT, I believe it was the 5th sample, after BT, CR, CCR, and Loakal Red, and this beer still stood out, was multi-dimensional, just very nice.

Dark yellow, tan and orange, lush white head. Crisp light wood nose.

Great big light fruit (apple, pear, banana) come out in just a dollop with the alcohol and hops. Caramel, honey, whiskey. This is a really easy drinking and yet complex and yet big (without throwing its weight around) beer. White grape, slight vanilla, more wood, just heavier oak this time around. Never does any aspect of this beer come across heavy or unwilling to play nice with all the other flavor components. I'm really wondering how they do this.

Read in a few reviews where Curieux came up. This blows the doors off it IMHO.

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