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Provisions Series: PremiéreProvisions Series: Premiére

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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Impressive golden appearance, ample clarity, soft 3/4" white head. Mild wood notes in the nose.

All kinds of fruity ester feels from the yeast, apple, banana, pear, green grape, grass. Alcohol is noticeable, even the hops slightly too. Complex, but not a chore to drink, enjoyable, even in a style I'm not too fond of usually. Even some wood and vanilla creep into the mouthfeel. Good meld going on.

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Photo of cvm4
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2010 vintage

L - Pours a hazy orange with a barely one finger eggshell head. The head has some fight, but eventually dissipates to a ring around the glass. There isn't much lacing to speak of.

S - I'm getting a melon/cantaloupe nose, slight tartness and faint belgian yeast in the back.

T - The strong golden ale base held up nicely. Sweet honey and caramel combined with tropical fruits, banana and clove. The barrel aged notes of bourbon and vanilla add an interesting aspect.

F - Light bodied and light carbonation. The beer comes off slightly cloying and has a wet finish.

O - This beer has held up well and age has treated it wonderfully.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.3.13

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a small fluffy off-white head that fades slowly.

S - Tart melon, subtle bourbon.

T - Smooth bourbon with a soft citrus fruitiness.

D - Lighter body with medium carbonation.

O - Soft and subtle bourbon and pleasant citrus-fruit tones.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in the mail yesterday. Thanks, Chris.

Pouring a hazy, murky orange with a thick white head that falls off rather quickly leaving little lacing, this beer isn't particularly attractive. I shall cut it some slack 'cos I didn't really wait for the yeast to settle down after shipping, though. The nose is rather big and sweet with a moderate Belgian yeast character still present. A big, wet bourbon barrel character is present, lending massive vanilla and moderate coconut aromatics that complement the yeast notes quite well. The malt seems mildly doughy and biscuit-like (some Belgian pils?), not quite working but not failing either.

The palate is a little disappointing. Boozy, yes, mildly spicy (clove and allspice), but surprisingly tannic, with some barrel astringency present. The alcohol does singe the palate a bit too. The bourbon notes don't really work with the Belgian yeast. Vanilla from the bourbon does appear on the mid-palate. Moderately sweet with dough, honey and a little caramel, this beer dries on the finish, especially with the booze, leaving a blend of boozy astringency and moderate spice. Medium in body with a nice, creamy carbonation, this is nice on the palate (except for the finish). Solid stuff, this is quite nice IMO.

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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 edproctor
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- light orange, relatively clear for a bruery beer. a small white head manifests on top but dissipates quickly. almost dark straw around the rim of the glass.

s- smells sour. apples, pears, vanilla, and coconut. that bruery funkiness is there. this is almost seeming like a sour white oak. this is almost a little medicinally, but in a good way, if that makes any sense.

t- same as nose. definitely seeming like a barrel aged sour. reminds me of an albarino wine from spain. this is a surprisingly tart, refreshing beer. it just keeps unraveling, tropical fruits are more prevalent in in the taste..some pineapple, and ripe melons.

m- nice carbonation. smooth, with a slight burn from the alcohol.

o- i liked it. im not really a sour guy but i am open to the style. refreshing on a hot summers night. this beer really held up well.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orangish color with a large white head that takes some time to go down. At first, scent is very comparable to White Oak (the bourbon with the citrus and Belgian yeast aromas). As the beer settles, the aromas makes itself to be much more sweet than White Oak, and with a little more bourbon and vanilla. Some creamy caramel as well with a hint of butterscotch. Taste is citrusy at frst with a lot of lemon and some zesty spiciness to it. There is a good amount af bourbon in the flavor with some boozy components immediately following. More citrus, orange peel and grape flavor, immediately followed by sweeet bourbon and vanilla. Pleasant Belgian yeast characteristics throughout. Mouthfeel is a little on the lighter side, leaning toward medium. Drinkability is fairly high for being so sweet and rich. Overall, very much like White Oak, although White Oak is much more complex. This one is more bourbon forward with more sweetness. A very tasty beer nonetheless.

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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 ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a a light golden with a fluffy white head. It's got a light, smooth booziness that melds well with the beer's spice and sweetness. This is a very drinkable beer with a big brown banana aftertaste... sounds weird to say that. Very sweet with beer that may mellow our nicely with time.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and sour fruits (especially cranberry). Taste is of grain, fruits, vanilla, and wood. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors. I really don't get any distinct bourbon aromas or flavors however.

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy honey-gold with a creamy white head that settles to a thick ring and haze, leaving streaky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Big aromas of Bourbon, oak, caramel, pineapple juice, passion fruit, papaya, and honey. Very unusual blend of tropical and Bourbon, but I'm liking it.
T - A similar mix of sweet tropical flavors and Bourbon goodness. More pineapple, mango, and passion fruit with, vanilla, caramel, Bourbon, and a good amount of oak character. Such a weird beer, never had anything quite like this.
M - Crisp, with a medium body and solid carbonation. The 10% ABV is hidden nicely.
O - A solid beer that takes some time to figure out. I've never had such a tropical fruit-forward Belgian beer, let alone one slapped in a Bourbon barrel. A unique "kitchen sink" experiment that was quite enjoyable!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.

Appearance: This is a cloudy muted golden color with a brown tint. A very small off-white head is all that remains after an aggressive pour.

Smell: There is a very robust smell of bourbon. Soft caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, soft grains, tart lemon, flowers.

Taste: Bourbon is a prime flavor here. Some soft light malts, full bourbon, vanilla, and spicy oak. Some interesting soft, dry malts, honey, and flowers back up the bourbon. The finish has a strange alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: This has a full body for a Belgian Strong Pale, but it feels light for a bourbon barrel beer. The carbonation is on the light side and more creamy than crisp. There is a strange film on the tongue at the end of each sip.

Overall: This is a little bit confusing at first, but in the end I found it to be fairly enjoyable. The bourbon is more than accentuated, it is put on a pedestal and admired. The rest of the beer really fades back and lets the bourbon shine.

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Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stormking47 for this bottle: the description sounds like a beer that's in my Barry Bonds wheelhouse. 750 ML bottle split into two tulips.

Bottle pops mightily, but there's no evident over-carbonation: odd. Pours muddy orange, with tailings of evident debris lilting towards the bottom of the glass. Smell is complex to the point of knotted. Lots of fruitiness, especially pears, very vinuous (white) quality, tiny undertow of oak, spices, & vanilla. Intriguing. Not great, but intriguing.

Premiere has a certain 'kitchen sink' quality to it. The spicing is exponentially greater in the taste than the nose, & really get in your face. Plenty of light fruits, pear, green apple. Halfway through there's an Enola Gay explosion of sugary sweetness. Wood & vanilla are Quiet underneath the Riot.

This is a beer that suffers from too much complexity. The components are nice enough, but they don't really come together, instead waging brass-knuckles on one another. Good beer that might benefit from time for everything to make nice with one another.

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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 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 NittanyBeerFan
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my 750mL bottle into a tasting glass and shared with friends.

The appearance of the beer is pretty average. Nothing stands out to me as either good or bad. It has a clear golden amber-hued color, and it is topped by a fluffy head that leaves moderate lacing and is fairly well-retained. Pretty much par for the course.

The aroma surprises me. Here I was expecting something aged in bourbon barrels with bourbon characteristics similar to the BA Anniversary beers or other special releases, but this is surprisingly devoid of bourbon. There are, however, funky bretty notes in the place of the spirit. The flavor is similar, funky, with notes of both peach, apricot, and pear. The bourbon does come through a bit here, but is still surprisingly absent. Warm alcohol comes through in the finish, though this has come to be typical of Belgian styles of this gravity.

So it wasn't what I was expecting, but I can't fault it for being an interesting take on a Belgian style that is really saturated with beers ranging from mediocre to phenomenal. I would put this in the "very good" category, though there are some things to improve upon.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

A: The beer pours a clear Golden Yellow with about an inch of foamy white head on top, that slowly receded to just a ring of bubbles, leaving spotty lacing on the glass wall.

S: I got some interesting scents off this one, popcorn, toffee, and butter. Compared to fresh, the fruit notes are more subdued now, allowing the other flavors scents to shine through.

T: The taste mirrors the nose, with added layers of oak and bourbon that come though a bit more, as well as some mild vanilla. Alcohol is well hidden, as is typical with so so many Bruery beers.

M: Dry, slight oil consistency. Medium carbonation.

O: Good sipper, wish I had more than I do, and probably in my top 5 of the Provision Series beers. Had this a few times when it first came out, but I was not reviewing beers on here just yet back then. Also have 1 bottle sitting in the cellar which I'm now looking forward too. This review was from the Clusterfork # 4 tasting event at the Bruery.

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Photo of jwjon1
2.86/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Simple review for a simple brew. Bourbon wasn't in your face in the nose and smelled of toasted oak with belgain yeast. Tightly carbed, golden body. Tasted of spritzed bourbon. Harsh, hot finish. Lingering astringency to boot, completely wrecking my palette to both food and drink. Not my cup o' tea.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1 finger of white head that eventually settles to a ring. Color is a clear gold.

Aroma: Wheat, bananas, yeast, citrus, fruits, limes, oranges, pineapples, and other tropical flavors. It has oak and vanilla, but the bourbon isn't too apparent. Pretty decent.

Taste: Vanilla and oak show right away with a little more bourbon and heat here. It has a lot of tropical fruits. Pineapples, oranges, bananas, and more. A light layer of spices.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of dry with a weird aftertaste.

Overall, this was a decent beer and something that really shocked me with the fruit citrus profile. It drinks pretty easily. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
This pours from the bottle with a dirty blond color and a frothy, white colored head. The beer is quite fruity smelling with notes of lime. Other notes of funky, earthy character, a light musty Brettanomyces like character, some oak tannins and a fresh woody plank character are joined by some rip cheese like aromatics.

The beer tastes lightly sweet and quite fruity tasting up front. There is a touch of coconut and some vanillin like notes that speak to the oak presence and some alcohol heat is also accentuated by the spicy oak character. The fruit flavors make me think of pear and green apple notes though this beer does not have tartness to it. There is a sharp astringency and a fresh plank wood character that lingers on the palate as well as some Bourbon'esque heat in the finish. This is not nearly as Bourbon influenced as I had expected; it is really more virgin-oak flavored than Bourbon like to me. This has a good complexity to it in the end, but it somehow seems to be lacking in some dimensions; still it is quite enjoyable.

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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 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 MasterSki
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to t0rin0 for this one. Seems to be somewhat polarizing. Served in a taster glass at yesterday's Flossmoor release.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin ring. Transparent pale golden body, and minimal lace.

S - Bourbon barrel flavors - oak and vanilla. Some fusel alcohol and bourbon aroma as well. Surprisingly understated after some of the other beers we had, although it gets better as it warms up. There's some nebulous sugar and fruit in the periphery.

T - Tastes like the description on the bottle. A Belgian-style golden ale aged in bourbon barrels - vanilla, oak, and alcohol from the latter, and some sweet malt and spicy esters from the former. Surprisingly bland.

M - Lightly zesty carbonation, medium-full body, dry tannic finish, and some light alcohol heat.

D - Meh. The Bruery's vaunted -bals couldn't propel this past slightly above-average. I'd try it again if offered but wouldn't seek it out. Probably best in small quantities.

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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 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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