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Collaboration Series: ISO:FT | The Bruery

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Collaboration Series: ISO:FTCollaboration Series: ISO:FT

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by womencantsail on 02-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at SAVOR in the Bruery Salon. I have to say this beer is INCREDIBLE.

Beer is reddish / ruby and mostly clear wtih a thin head of small off white bubbles, moderate carbonation, looks great.

Beer smells mildly acetic / lactic and the sweetness of the fruit comes through great. I really like the aroma.

Beer is relatively thin with a mild brightness with a great fruit body to it. The finish is a little dry but overall this is a great drinking beer and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. I would drink a lot more of this if possible but like most great things it is short lived.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass. Thanks to my friend Andrew for cracking this with me.

Really nice looking ruby body. A finger of beige head. Head dies down to next to nothing. No lacing. First pour is quite clear, second is hazier.

Heavy red wine notes. Black currants, jam like dark fruits, some figs. Notes of vanilla, oak, and tannins.

Taste follows nose. Notes of red wine, oak, tannins, black currants. Dates, raisins, and jammy dark fruits. Grapes and plumbs as well. Sourness is subdued. Guava isn't really detectable. Fantastic oaky vanilla finish that lingers really nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some viscousity that seems to come from the fruit. Carbonation is fairly low, and works with the body quite well.

This rocks. I wasn't sure about fruiting a sour with dates and guava, but this is delicious.

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Photo of Overlord
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light, slightly ruddy orange-ish brown. Fairly translucent. Rather surprised how different it looks compared to the base brew .... or maybe it was just that I was shining my one watt blue laser that I purchased from wickedlasers.com on it (wear your safety goggles). No bubbles. *sigh* Perhaps should have let this one sit at room temp a bit longer.

Smells fantastic, particularly as it warms. Dark currants, some plum-my raisin'ed cherries, a bit of tropical notes (guava?? ... I don't know, just kind of .... tropical ... almost pineapply ...) and, well, no dates. Or maybe that's the raisin'ish aroma. A bit of leathery funk and that recognizable acid/sour/vinegar/red wine base from marron, but this is clearly a different animal.

Tastes great. Insanely drinkable. The tropic and currant notes really stand out, and the plum/cherries/raisin background blended with the red/vinegar base makes what could otherwise be an overly caustic/sour beer lively and fresh. Some wood/oak notes as well and a bit, just a bit, of spider-webby sour funk.

Excellent. These wine-ish sours from The Bruery are just getting more and more interesting.

Could use a bit more bubbles.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle at the Bruery/Cigar City salon at SAVOR 2011. Served in a SAVOR goblet.

Pours a fairly-clear tawny copper color with an average off-white head. Sparse lacing and a bit of a collar on the way down. The nose brings forward heavy amounts of fruit with a really, really strong guava presence that sets the tone for the whole beer. A bit of the date character is in the background.

The flavor really takes it up to the next level as the guava and the acidity really pair quite well. Gone is much of the brown sugar from Marron Acidife; instead, this is all fruit with a bit of funk. Lingering sourness throughout and a slight oak presence. The guava and underlying acidity are a beautiful thing in the mouthfeel, producing a tart acidity that's buoyed by a bit of oak. Slight funk in the finish as well. I am very, very much looking forward to having this again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, very hazy and cloudy with a rich tan colored head. Excellent retention left behind thick coating side glass lace.

The first notes to come across were funky and sour, which were to be expected, however, letting this one warm up brought about all sorts of goodness. This one had to warm though to really let you appreciate all of the subtleties that were going on here. Rich notes of caramel and tart cherries, light notes of oak and woodsy like malts. Extremely complex here. The flavor was much more of the same, just absolutely decadent and delicious. This was honestly one of the best flavors I have ever experienced in a beer, and I really mean that. It was tremendously good. Started out a nice rush of Brett funkiness in all of its glory, rich notes of fruit, cherries layered in on top of that with an almost toffee like flavor as the base. This was very reminiscent of a funky KRE in its complexity. A rich cascade of semi sweet flavor then rolled through and tool over as it always does. I have to admit it needed a little bit more punch in the carbonation though it was still very well done.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brownish yellow. No real head to speak of. Smells tart and fruity. I can smells some oak and tropical fruit that i assume is the guava. Tastes sweet and tart. Not very sour but really smooth and drinkable. Can't tell it's 9% for sure. I can taste the guava for sure. And the tart cranberry as well. Quite drinkable and overall a tasty treat. Thanks Ben !

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Photo of jsanford
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany with reddish tints and a off-white head that settles to a thin ring and island of haze. Definitely smells like Marron Acidifie, but sweeter, with a bit of date syrup to go along with the usual red wine vinegar, oak, leather, and tobacco. Taste is pretty similar to the nose, basically a sweeter, less bracingly tart and acidic Marron Acidifie (not particularly a bad thing). More leather, oak, tobacco, vinegar, and cranberry, with sweet fruit and a touch of molasses. Really drinkable, and a beautiful take on one of my all-time favorite beers. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body, ample carbonation, and a slightly astringent, drying finish. Really great beer, glad I got to try this rare variant!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a murky slightly mahogany color brew with a thin off-white/ecru head. There are some slight amber colors on teh edges.

S - Tartness mixed in with some nice dark fruits, dates and prunes as well as some nice sweet caramel. There is some nice fruit sweetness that I can take as the guava. Aroma is delicious. Near perfection with enough spice and funk as well. Some cinnamon is picked up as well as some vanilla and woody hints.

T & M - Flavor starts off clean. There is some nice tartness mixed in with the dates and the slight caramel. The tartness is funky and yeasty with some slight vinegar notes but they are not too intense. THe woody notes are pretty refreshing and clean with some nice oak and slight cinnamon burn. The guava and fruit juice sweetness is more hidden in the flavor and intermingles with the tartness and the woody notes. The beers flavors is delicious especially as it warms the caramel really starts to evolve along with the darker fruit notes and the tartness also starts to get a bit more intense. Not too bad though. Mouthfeel is medium with a clean flavor and a nice clean crisp finish.

O - I think I enjoy this versions better than the Marron. Even though both are good. This is a delicious sour.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool mix of colors, brown, purple, red. Mild tan head in the quarter of an inch range. Aroma was a little acetic, brown wood, dark tropical fruit.

A headier fruit presence than the acidifie version of this beer. For the better. Cedar gives it a dry mouthfeel allowing the fruit to shine better. Pretty sour stuff. Well done. Unique, those darker tropical fruits and cedar are a nice touch, for some reason, smacks of Jester King just as much as Cigar City.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GregSVT for sharing this bottle at the Flying Saucer Beer Tasting.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of dark fruit, with a lot of cherries, cranberries and blackberries. I also get a nice dose of brown sugar and some light tartness.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of tart cherries and other dark fruit, as well as some nice oaked notes. I get a little bit of toffee as well as some light sweetness and brown sugar notes. The sweet and sour components go very well together.

The mouthfeel is relatively thin and the carbonation is pretty low. A very nice sour beer.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my bruery tulip. Pours a hazy amber brown with decent carbonation and a paper thin head. Aroma is of oak, tropica fruits and red wine. Taste follows the nose, sweet and sour tastes, acidic but not too much, the oak is there but not in your face. I tried this at the 100 bottle release from ccb and the fruit was more present then. This has aged into a sweeter marron acidife Which isn't a bad thing by any means just different from the fresh. Mouth feel is smooth despite the pucker and acidity. Overall this is one amazing sour that I am glad I kept for myself. I would be the first in line if this was ever released again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle opened by me, thanks. This was a slow foamer. It didn't quite gush, but the foam was rising slowly and would have overtaken the top of the bottle had I not started pouring it into the snifter.

A: The beer is a nebulous orangeish brown with a small bubbly head. Not much else to report on the appearance. You now have ample information.

S: A healthy dose of dates and a not insubstantial guava presence do credit to the Marron Acidifie. The dates and guava really compliment one another, which is somewhat surprising to me. I detect notes of plum, currant, and prune, as well as oak and vanilla. The beer is certainly sour in a lactic way, but it retains balance. There's a touch of cherry and a little leather, with a moderate acetic presence.

T: The flavor matches the aroma in excellence. Lactic sourness is at a moderate level, mingling with a moderate acetic acidity. Date and guava strike an excellent balance, complimenting one another at every turn. The flavor is piquant, bringing me back for sip after sip. There's a bit of buttery oak that reminds me of Chardonnay. Notes of plum and currant are evident, as well as a touch of vanilla and a dash of leather. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9%, providing warming but almost no flavor.

M: The beer is medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, tannic, and smooth.

Overall: This is great stuff. I enjoyed it slightly more than the tap sampling I had of Marrón Acidifié. Highly recommended.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow into a tulip glass. Slight, vigorous carbonation, not much head at all. Smell is very funky with a fruity, sweet aroma.
For a beer brewed with dates, that flavor is not very prevalent. The guava shows up with just an occasional hint. The alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink this all day, but the 9% abv would be a killer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a clear brown with a tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing is present on this one. Smell is of sour fruits, vinegar, and some funky aromas. Taste is also of sour fruit and vinegar with a very nice funky presence. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour with some nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a brown and almost purple like color, thin beige head to it, less than 1/4" thick. Aroma was all kinds of sour and off the beaten path fruit. What is that pink agave, pear and cedar wood? Works nicely.

Really got to feel the difference between this and the marron acidifie in the taste, whereas marron had more of the brown ale, vinegar and wet wood vibe going, this one leads fully with the fruit mouthfeel, it just takes a lighter and fruitier and better sour vibe, with tartness. Might be some cranberry as well to this. Its that kind of tartness, i.e., not much sugar, high pucker.

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike. Thank you so much to Arenbeer for bringing this bottle. I never thought I would get to try this one. Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish dark amber color. There is a layer of off white head and decent retention.

Smell: Fruity with sweet malt and mild vinegar notes. Acidic and mildly sweet.

Taste: Super tart and a bit fruity. There are some woody notes as well as fruit. The malt balances out the sourness very well. The finish is a bit spicy and sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit spicy.

Overall: The barrel did good things to this beer. I thought this was a real treat to get to try.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for opening this. Served in a Portsmouth tulip. After drinking this I discovered I could nearly copy my entire Marrón Acidifié with minimal alterations.

A - Served with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thick collar and partial cap. Lightly hazed reddish body and a few splotches of lace as well.

S - Red wine vinegar, oak, vanilla, leather, light tobacco, some nice funk and acetobacter. As it warms some guava acidity creeps in.

T - The taste is a bit sweeter - some brown malt character and vanilla. Some nice pucker, very tart, pleasant sour cherry and other nebulous fruits, and mild acetobacter. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Perhaps a bit more dark fruit character from the dates, and a more present oak than I remembered from Marrón Acidifié. It's different, but I'm not convinced it's a big enough improvement to warrant the jump up to 4.5.

M - Nice carbonation zest, dry moisture-destroying tartness. Medium-full body, with some tannic oak in the finish and light residual stickiness. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

D - This is a good beer, but not terribly different from Marrón Acidifié. I'm glad I have bottles of each so that I can do an A/B comparison, as I'm guessing the differences may be more pronounced if I try them side-by-side. Impressive collaboration beer that is stronger than the sours made individually by these two breweries - hope they hook up again.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pour out red-brown, looking very flat, no head. Earthy, leathery aromas. In the taste, I'm getting guava, strawberry, and blueberry. Medium carbonation and linger. Definitely an improvement over Marron Acidife.

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange/mahogany color with no head to speak of. Not particularly appealing appearance.

Smells delicious! Slight acetic and lactic acid sourness. Awesome tangy/sweet ripe (rasp?)berries are very delicious and apparent. Soft oak and leather.

Raspberry is hardly apparent in the taste. The finish is dry, tannic, and oaky. Acetic and lactic acid, leather, and vinous red wine character are present.

Despite the lack of head there is a decent amount of carbonation is present. The tannic finish leaves the mouth with a dry feeling.

The taste makes more sense for an oud bruin than the nose. I really liked the nose though. I would suspect that was derived from the guava. Didn't notice the dates or 9% ABV. This was a tasty beer and I wish I had the base to taste against this version.

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Photo of largadeer
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sandstone. Thanks, Rog.

Pretty much copying my Marron Acidifie review here because the beers are so damn similar. Dark reddish-brown topped by a thin head. Carbonation is low and the body is cloudy and opaque. Tart raspberry/blackberry aroma, very vinous, reminiscent of red wine vinegar. Hay-like funk, reserved acetic sourness with a little brown malt beneath. Guava has a faint presence on the nose, lending a tropical fruit undertone that's pleasant. I can't say that the dates come through much at all. Sharply sour on the tongue, exhibiting a nice balance of acetic and lactic sourness with a lean toward the acetic side. Blackberry fruitiness, subtle guava, integrated oak and some nice vinous dryness in the finish. Very enjoyable, but it's not particularly different than Marron; the fruit adds a very mild layer of flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Didn't think I would ever get to try this, but thanks to rudzud for it.

Pours a light fizzy head that fades almost instantly. Dark murky caramel ruby maroon color.

Nose brings nice blend of sour malts and caramel candy malts, nice toffee and caramel, candy, etc, with great sour tart fruits and souring bacteria, with a nice tart guava and guava extract, and plenty of candied dates, nice buttery vanilla oak, oak is so buttery.

Taste brings sweet and sour, big on both. Are nice barleywine like malt profile, with caramel candy malts and little whisky like barrel note, lots of buttery and vanilla oak rounding. Some sour malt notes, and into tart fruit, nice sour like guava note with big guava juice, into a candied date again, nice dark fruit. Back end gets a bit of a meh sour porter note, and acidic sour vinous note. Finish is sticky syrupy and flemmy, more candied dates and guava paste, bit some bitter tannins as well, little oak barrel and dark sour malts.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, syrupy but sour and acidic, flemmy, hint of booze.

Overall really interesting nice sour, great guava and date fruits, nice sour malts and candy malt flavours, and nice barrel rounding, but that tannic somewhat unpleasant finish takes it down a notch.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Roger for opening this beer. Very much appreciated.

A: The pour is quite hazy and dark reddish-brown in color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: Like with Marron Acidifie, the acetic character is rather in check. Plenty of red fruits and particularly lots of red wine aroma. Nice oak and a touch of leather and chocolate. The fruits don't come through too much, but there is a bit of the guava.

T: A light caramel sweetness to it with just a hint of dates and plums. Red wine, red wine vinegar, and some tart guava. A nice oakiness to it and a little bit of tannins, maybe some leathery funk.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not sure if I liked this or Marron better. Very good either way.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to Matt for sharing with us!

(A)- Pours a cloudy tawny brown color. Some tan froth does show up.

(S)- A nice dry oaky profile up front. Bits of tart fruit and funk.

(T)- Similar to the smell, though it definitely has a sweeter; riper fruit note. Heavier on the oak too with a nice sour profile.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Heavy oak, but a good fruit and tart characters. Superb ABV integration; I would not of guessed it was that high.

(D)- A nice beer. An interesting blend compared to Marron. It was really interesting to have each side by side to compare. This one is definitely fruitier, and sweeter, though I think I still like Marron better overall.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at The Bruery Annaversary party. Poured into small 5oz taster glass. About 2.5oz sampled. Yes I was rincing my glass too. Reviewed from notes

Pours a dark amber color. Thin head dissapated fast to a ring. Little lacing.

Aroma has lots of funk and tartness at first. Some cherries and a bit of figs and caramel malt. Smells great.

Taste is tart and funky. Could use a bit more tartness so if you have a bottle maybe save it for a bit before you drink. Don't know if I completely like the dark fruits added to this version.

Mouthfeel is dry with a slight bitter finish. High carb.

Tasty but not worth the hype IMO. Yeah it's rare and kinda tasty but not worth what you would have to give up for a bottle because each reserve society member only got one.

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Photo of IKR
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light to medium brown color with a reddish purple tint. Thin light beige head head that subsided fairly quickly.

Smell: Sour citrus fruit aromas, tart cherries. and a hint of the guavas come through.

Taste: Sour citrus fruits, with the guava fruit coming through more than in the nose. Some very mild leather notes with the oak from the bal-aging coming through in a fairly dry finish. More tart than sour.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a fairly low level of carbonation. It works but I can't help but wonder if a little more carbonation would help the nose sparkle a bit more.

Overall: The guava and date additions definitely distinguish this from the regular Marron Acidifie with a more tropical fruit nature. Sampled well after the hype at the initial release, I feel this is a very solid Wild Ale, which I wouldn't mind seeing released again.

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