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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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 58
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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee - thanks Greg! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a marginally pale copper orange color with excellent clarity. Very fizzy with soda like carbonation on the pour. No head even pretends to make an attempt to form on top of the collar, no lacing.

S - Light aroma, fairly tart, quite white wine like, grapey, perhaps some green apples, mildly woody.

T - Again this is quite winey. Lots of grape flavors, apples, mid-level tartness, fruity, white wine, a bit of wood. This would be a very approachable beer for a wine drinker. A bit vinegary, extremely mild malty graininess.

M - Thin, apple juice like in feel. Carbonation is rather low, mildly fizzy on the tongue, but thats about it. Tart, vinegary and very much reminiscient of wine.

O - A rather good wild ale. A bit of a different take on things. Have wine drinking friends that don't like beer?...this would be a good one to introduce them. Extremely similar flavor profiles with the grapey fruit flavors, overall acidity, crisp and rather dry.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Light golden, not much head but some bubbles evident. Red wine notes on the nose. Interesting to compare side-by-side with Oui Oui and see how much the wine grapes are displayed by the beers. The taste is fairly thin, sort of like a watered down Pinot. Much drier than Oui Oui, with a dusty finish. Minimal carbonation. Ultimately a little boring and 1-dimensional.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jlenik
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a mostly golden color with no head retention.

s: smells like a sweet white wine. kinda of grainy and a little tart.

t: apricot notes come through along with a sweet grape taste. definitely tart but drinkable at the same time.

m: the sweetness makes this feel a little thick but the tartness and dryness mostly cuts through it.

o: nice beer. If I didn't know any better I would guess this was an Allagash beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ommegang flute from a 750ml bottle.

A - A very aggressive pour yields no head at all with some slight random bubbles collection on the sides of the glass. The color is nice and pale amber with tons of golden hints. Very attractive color. (4.0)

S - Copious vinous notes. Smells like a Champagne. Dry woody oak notes permeate throughout along with a nice acidic tartness. Slight vinegar is present as well. There are some perceived wheat notes as well as some nice earthy grain and slight bread. Very nice aroma. (4.5)

T & M - Starts off with some nice grape notes. Very vinous almost like a buttery Chardonnay. There is some nice tartness to the brew that is made a bit mild by some woody notes. The grape notes are amazing. This brew is so smooth. The grape notes are amazing mixed in with some nice slight fruit juice sweetness and very nice funk. The body is light and refreshing with lower CO2 but with a nice slight oily dry and sour finish. (5.0)(4.5)

O - Aging this brew probably smoothed it out a bit and IMO it taste amazing with nice sweetness pulling throughout the the tart grape notes to make a very approachable sour. (4.5)

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 130 ratings
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