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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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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 130
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 Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle recently. Served in a snifter.

Pours a golden color with a nice single-finger white head that fades down somewhat quickly and leaves a bit of a cap and a white collar around the edges of the glass. The nose brings a fair amount of bourbon and not too much else besides that. I get a mild oak character and maybe some yeast if I try real hard to identify something else. The flavor is light bourbon with a bit of oak and a mild grainy presence. Slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of booze. Not my favorite beer that Patrick and crew have put out, though I'm curious to see how this ages.

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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 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 SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ipa247 (Jeff) for this one. Shared at a tasting 1/5/11. 5oz. pour from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel sample tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a .5 fine, white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is stringy and patterned with decent stick.

S: Nose is very one-dimensional and pretty aromatic. Apple vinegar and sweet sharp alcohol. Like a very hard apple cider. Unique but just a bit over-the-top.

T: Apples all around in this one. Apple sauce, apple juice, sweet candied apple... and cane sugar sweetness. Alcohol makes its presence known in this one. Boozy from beginning to end. Finish is slight yeastiness with clove and other spices. Aftertaste is bourbon and more apple sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Spicy and lively in the mouth. Very hot. Actually drinks bigger than its ABV. Sliky and pretty smooth going down. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: Another big beer from the Bruery. I'm not surprised that this one seems super hot as this brewery (to me) hasn't learned how to hide the alcohol content yet and continues to display it proudly in all its offerings. This one's definitely unique though... almost like a better Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious... a big, bold apple beer. Worth a try but I wasn't too impressed overall.

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

Shared with speedwayjim, capra12, billyshears. Thanks to speedway for sharing!!!

a-Nice golden color with a thin head that didn't hang around long.
s-The overall consensus seemed to be some sort of appley vinegar. The alcohol was somewhat in your face.
t-Much like the nose apples n alcohol. Super hot but tasty BPA, all the usual suspects for a BPA are present in the flavor.
m/d-Light and easy drinker but way too hot for me. Glad I got to try it, but not something I would seek out with all the other great BPAs out there.

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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 gford217
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a very hazy golden orange with a big bubbly beige head that recedes very slowly to a thin cap with some decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with lots of pears and apples, a bit of candi sugar with a hefty barrel presence with oak, vanilla and bourbon.

The taste is even heavier on the oak and fruit. There is a fruity Belgian backbone with the apples and pears showing up. But they don't stand up as well as in the aroma and, in the finish, it's all about the bourbon, vanilla and oak.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and I actually do get the alcohol prominently.

I like this beer but the drinkability is limited by the alcohol presence along with the huge sugar-coated fruit character. Find someone to split this bottle with.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy thin white head that quickly fades to a ring and light lacing. Very fruity aroma, with mild citrus and strong ripe green fruits and apple. Bourbon and vanilla from the oak also blend nicely with the sweetness of the fruits. Flavor is dominated by mildly spice ripe fruits, pear and apple, less citrus than the nose. Bourbon is present throughout and is well balanced with a slightly hot finish. Very soft and smooth body with light carbonation. This was an interesting Belgian pale but the barrel aging was a little too much for me diminishing my enjoyment.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden hue with a fluffy white head. A little boozy in the nose. Aromas of light toast, vanilla and bourbon come forward first, definitely barrel aged. The base beer has a subtle yeast smell with earthy lemon zest.

The lemon and yeast still comes through in the flavor. Light bourbon taste with lots of toasted oak. Alcohol is hidden. The beer seems very cohesive but not blowing me away.

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

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer appears hazy and light orange in color. There is a half inch of white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind.

S: Spices, citrus (particularly oranges), alcohol.

T: The beer is strong and slightly sweet, with a nice fruit character. Flavors of Belgian yeast and oak add some nice depth and complexity.

M: A bit too strong and a bit too sweet. Otherwise, a decent feel.

D: Overall, not bad. This is an interesting brew, and a slight departure from a typical beer of this ilk. It's definitely worth a try.

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

Thanks to StormKing47 for sharing this 750ml bottle on 12/26/10.

A - Poured a cloudy golden liquid with a creamy, fluffy white cap that yielded spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Bourbon, vanilla and citrus fruit all mingle together quite playfully. Very pleasant aroma overall.

T - Opens with a really flavorful borubon presence with a hint of sweet vanilla and a zesty citrus tang. A hint of alcohol and wood tannins emerge in the middle and last through the finish, while the bourbon presence persists throughout.

M - Medium bodied with a lush texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes sweet on the palate with minimal alcohol warmth, especially for a 10% Strong Ale.

D - While I have yet to be truly blown away by anything from The Bruery, this was an enjoyable, approachable bourbon barrel-aged Strong Ale with a pleasant blend of flavors.

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

From the bottle at the Bruery -bal tasting

A: The pour is a hazy golden-orange color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Not exactly what I was expecting from this beer. Very strong sweet orange notes and some other citrus peel notes. Some vanilla and oak along with the usual spice esters and alcohol.

T: Quite sweet with lots of pale malts and light candi sugar to start this one off. Lots of sweet citrus, spice esters, vanilla, and phenolics. The oak/barrel is not super present but does provide some additional spiciness.

M: The body is medium with a low-medium level of carbonation.

D: I was surprised by how little the spirit flavor came through. But, the beer itself was pretty good. I was expecting a more malt forward beer with less citrus, but I did enjoy it.

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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 mikey711
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this yesterday while watching the giants dominate the seahawks

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a nice fluffy white head that leaves good lace. Nose was some floral hops with hints of vanilla and a touch of pepper. The bourbon in this one was more present as vanilla but there was some nice spice notes and nice floral earthiness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and extremely quaffable for such a big beer.

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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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