Premiére | The Bruery

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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 SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a golden hazy color. About a finger of head is achieved with a moderate pour that subsides quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - A very light aroma overall. Slight vanilla, white wine, malt, orange citrus, and spices.

Taste - Hm, an interesting flavor. I'm not sure where to start with this. Quite sweet up front, fruity esters, an almost candied characteristic to it. I oddly (I say this since I haven't experienced it many if any beers) get a relatively heavy pear flavor, along with banana and orange. The vanilla comes in at the end as well as the oaked flavors. An interesting beer to say the least.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - Relatively so. An interesting -bal aged beer from the Bruery, and pretty damn easy to drink for being 10.4%.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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 ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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 FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

126th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

App- It was the color of sunshine with some apricot orange highlights. A nice one finger head that was quite pillowy and that lasted quite awhile.

Smell- A very odd mix of scents in this glass. Some light citrus with some booze and the hint of bourbon really threw me for a loop. I think it was the wine/grape/ester smell the most grabbed my attention.

Taste- A whole lot going on in here. Its a range of flavors from citrus to booze to the grapiness of a white wine to vanilla and candy. It's quite a pleasant taste though. Made me want more.

Mouth- A medium bodied bigger beer with a great taste that I find to be very different from most Barrel aged beers I have had.

Drink- Super tasty and super different. Patrick and his crew do a fantastic job over there.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
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 mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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 abuliarose
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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 sisuspeed
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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 roodie
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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 nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery - I mean bruery.

Pours a bright slightly hazy golden color with a lasting white head and good lacing.

The aroma is nice, with sweet malty notes, tropical fruits, oak, vanilla, and white wine. Sweet, -baly, and enticing.

The flavor is sweet and also very mildly tart. Big fruity esters, pear, banana, and coconut, along with oaky vanilla notes, Belgian yeast, and a sweet pale malt base.

Medium-bodied and exceedingly smooth with soft carbonation and very mild tannins.

A very solid -bal aged offering from the bru crew. Easy to drink for 10%.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BearsOnAcid
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Verecund
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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 largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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 mikey711
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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 jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with friends, drank from my Narke tulip...Pours a light dirty honey gold with decent retention, ok lacing...The aroma is strong, pears and apples with honey, oak and a lot of bourbon, probably a touch too much...The taste is lot more of the same, honey pears with a little funk a lot of bourbon, needs to be a little more muted but this is a decent combination. At 10% its pretty easy to drink, despite a slight hint of alcohol.

A pretty good beer worth giving a shot.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of johndoe8
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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Photo of drabmuh
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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Photo of billshmeinke
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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Photo of Xul
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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Photo of pastradul
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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Premiére from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 130 ratings