Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus | The Bruery

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Vitis Series: PinotlambicusVitis Series: Pinotlambicus

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dry and vinous beer with hints of smokiness and a touch of oak. First running press of Pinot Noir grapes from Santa Barbara County were added to a year old blonde sour ale (called by many names around here, one you may be familiar with is Cuvee Jeune) and fermented together in stainless. The grape beer was then transferred to wine barrels and aged for 10 months. The beer is pleasantly tart, complex and refreshing; it can easily substitute a sparkling wine for any celebration.

Added by Overlord on 11-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 129
Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting color of medium gold in the middle, much lighter on the sides, with a weird opalesque shimmer to it. Light carbonation...Successful complex aroma of apples, grapes, wine, and oak with little tartness...The taste is a nice surprise, complex still with an great feel for an all around great drinking experience. Dry white wine, oak, grape skins, sour. The feel is super tannic and sticks to your mouth. Easy to drink.

A great new Bruery beer, who knew they had it in them???

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw brown with some tiny brown sediment that will probably settle in about a year.

Smell of strong pinot noir grapes as stated on the bottle mixed with brett, green apples and funk.

Taste of green apples. I was excited when this started out, there was a high level of carbonation, an extremely strong granny smith apple tart flavor (which didnt leave even after flat) and green grape flavor souring on brett mold along with a heavy oaked flavor. As I let it hang out for about a half hour, this really became extremely flat. I cannot honestly remember a beer becoming so flat after opening. Well carbed at opening time, flat within 20 minutes. Typically I think most people would say that beers are a great thing to let breathe / warm up and come to room temperature. I would say that this is not the case with this beer. As some very old wines go, this one has completely transformed within a half hour and I strongly recommend letting it sit for 5 minutes to get that overcarbed tingly feeling over with, then share with a few friends because you will not be able to enjoy it at its prime before becoming flat.

That said, the body is rather light, and I think there is potential, but this one fell flat for me. I like to think it is a rare miss from The Bruery and am glad that I only have two bottles of it as that was the limit to purchase.

Overall : yeah it is a sour, which is a nice thing, but I know they can do better and so do they.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle at the Bruery -bal tasting

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden amber color with a finger or so worth of white head.

S: A nice lactic tartness to this one, but not super powerful. Definitely a strong grape presence to the beer with a soft, subtle oak character. The grapes provide a bit of a sweetness that I wasn't quite expecting.

T: Like the nose, there was more sweetness than I expected, especially when cold. Sort of simple in terms of the flavor with a mild to moderate acidity and not too much overtly oaky flavor. A slight cheese flavor at times, too.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, soft carbonation to it.

D: Why can't these guys just leave Cuvee Jeune as it was? I had pretty high expectations for this and it didn't quite meet them.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle at The Bruery's -bal tasting. Amberish blond in color, looks a bit like chardonnay. Pours from the top of the bottle had good clarity. Carbonation is moderate, creating a small white head that disappears completely after a while.

Musty vinous aroma. Plenty of funk and fruit backed by a mild lactic acidity, a bit sharp and cheesy. Nice interplay between the fruit and bacteria.

Very fruity on the tongue. Lactic sourness meets bright fruity white wine. Lot of musty, cheesy character from the brett and lacto. Light body, light to moderate carbonation; plenty bubbly for the style. The finish is clean with a mild lactic sourness that lingers.

Pretty nice stuff, though The Bruery is still a few steps behind the likes of Russian River and Lost Abbey with their sour beers.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #800


Poured from a bottle at the third session of The Bruery's 2010 Reserve Society -Bal Tasting.

A: Golden with good clarity and a small bubbly cap.

S: Nice aroma. Reminds me of a cross between a lambic and a white wine. I detect notes of white grapes, redolent of Chardonnay. Musty barnyard, cheese, and oak.

T: Lightly tart and moderately sour in a lactic sort of way. Acidity is low. The flavor displays more oak than the aroma, and the taste is of musty white grapes with barnyard notes. The finish is tannic and drying.

M: Low carbonation with tannins and some acidity.

Overall: This was quite good, and a nice change of pace from the big Barrel Aged beers at the event. I liked this, but I think I preferred Cuvee Jeune

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Photo of slayer3604
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

^^^ AGAIN you review first. GRrrr....

A- Gold, haze and some very very sparse head. Actually found solid chunks of (I guess grapes????) floaties/sinkies in the bottle and some that came into the glass. I like that. I like that a lot.

S- Has a nice tart but very subtle nose, with bright fruit, sweet typical Bruery malt background and a little bit of airy funkiness here and there.

T- The equivilant of a nice cask ale in carbonation, but it leaves room for the nice grapey middleground that is promised in the name. This is where Bruery trumps 10/10/10 in their attempt to make a grape beer. Has a balanced sourness, that isn't ambient but rather blends into the rest of the beer. Lots of bright fresh and over ripe fruit and some sweetness in the finish.

M- Even though its not carbonated as much as a "regular" beer, it has a creamy, firm and lasting mouthfeel. Very nice.

D- For 8.4% its very smooth and a damn good beer to boot.

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Photo of Overlord
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden orange. Some light white bubbling, and a thin white crust of large volume-d bubbles, but no real head. I was hoping for some champagne streams, but alas, twas a fairly flat brew.

Smells faintly of vinous notes, with some .... cherry-ish grape ... currents as well. Lot of indiscriminate berry/oak in the nose.

Taste is, oddly enough, perhaps more muted than the aroma. Big pleasant vinegar/vinous/oak base (it's gentler than it sounds ... kind of interesting, actually) and some hints of cherry and grapeskins. Somewhat light for a sour, actually, despite the flat mouthfeel. The rarity does it a disservice, as it's actually a bit more accessible than some of the more bracing offerings out there.

If there's a downside, needs more carbonation.
**even a few extra weeks in the bottle really built up some carbonation.

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Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus from The Bruery
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