Bottleworks XII
The Bruery

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From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
8%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 8.1%
Ratings:
1,042
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 06, 2019
Added:
Feb 28, 2011
Wants:
  363
Gots:
  225
SCORE
96
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Notes: Imperial Witbier, 8% ABV, sour mashed 1-2 days, and fermented with a blend of Berliner Weisse culture and Belgian Witbier yeast. Beer is barrel fermented in large red wine barrels (132 gal. barrels). Raspberries are added to the beer towards the end of fermentation directly to the barrel, and aged on the raspberries for a minimum of 1 month. The Berliner culture contains souring bacteria and the raspberries will add acidity to the beer. Brewed to commemorate Bottleworks 12th Anniversary.
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4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Oct 06, 2019
 
4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey on Sep 14, 2019
 
4.5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Oct 09, 2018
 
4.07 by paulish from New York on Aug 02, 2018
 
4.22 by Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania on Jun 25, 2018
 
4.22 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Mar 25, 2018
 
4.1 by Diet-z from Washington on Mar 16, 2018
 
3.5 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia on Nov 29, 2017
 
4.14 by xShoWTeKx from South Carolina on Aug 14, 2017
 
3.7 by RPM3334 from South Carolina on Aug 14, 2017
 
4.38 by joemochas from Florida on Jul 26, 2017
 
4.14 by chefbigjon from Arizona on Apr 02, 2017
 
4 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Mar 28, 2017
 
3.9 by drone from Oregon on Feb 24, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

Pours a dull orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and no head - just a tight band around the shoulders. Nose expresses citrus and brine. Taste follows nose with the addition of some lactic notes - I don't really get any fruit. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation shy of lively and a mild acidity. All and all, an interesting beer. I definitely get the Berlinner qualities. It seems closer to that than a American Wild Ale.

Dec 03, 2016
 
4.1 by mattboyer182 from Indiana on Nov 27, 2016
 
3.84 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Sep 02, 2016
 
4.14 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Aug 16, 2016
 
4.34 by Mikexw from New York on Jul 31, 2016
 
4.1 by BeersAndBears from Georgia on Jul 11, 2016
 
4.15 by KeyWestGator from Florida on Jul 05, 2016
 
4.35 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Jul 04, 2016
 
4.35 by Tertullian007 from Missouri on Jun 07, 2016
 
4.55 by JoshBrews from Missouri on Jun 03, 2016
 
4 by Zuidman from Illinois on Apr 05, 2016
 
4 by egrace84 from Illinois on Apr 03, 2016
 
4.11 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Apr 03, 2016
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4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Ah time to review another classic. Great peach, purple and pink like notes throughout the color scheme. Gets more yellow with age. Full 1" of white head.

Aroma mixed up sour, tart raspberries, wheat and spice rack. Thankfully the spice rack chills out more with age.

Taste was a great mixture of sour, wheat and berries. Just a treat everytime, a melange of wheat, spice rack, berries, grist, berliner, wild, witbier etc. . .

Very well done and unique.

Apr 01, 2016
 
4.53 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Feb 25, 2016
 
3.51 by hilgart1 from Illinois on Feb 06, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a duvel tulip to a hazy orange with a three finger dense white head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of faint raspberries, lemony sourness, oak and funk
T: Taste is nice tartness up front, raspberries, wheat, slight spice, oak and funk. Swallow is juicy raspberries, a little more tartness and some oak at the back with some lingering funk
M: Light but not watery on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: Another great sour from The Bruery. THis one isn't too tart but it's very good. While the raspberries are a little muted from the age you can still tell that they're there.

Feb 04, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear yellow color with a nice foamy white head that retains nicely

S- aroma is highlighted by lactic sour notes with lots of tart cherry, followed by toasted wheat, lemon peel, peach, green apple & dried hay

T- lots of fruit up front with notes of try cherry, peach, mango, lemon, some vinous white wine. Earthy and woodsy sour finish with a linger of hay and more fruit

M- light body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a puckering dry finish

O- very enjoyable sour that has a nice balance of fruit and tart

Dec 29, 2015
 
4.31 by Beervana from Canada (BC) on Dec 18, 2015
 
3.53 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania on Dec 14, 2015
 
3.93 by Bung from Michigan on Dec 14, 2015
 
3.5 by retry4z from California on Nov 14, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

This is a very interesting beer with a lot going on. Compared to other Bruery sours, the sourness is dialed back. The raspberry flavor is subtle (although it could have just dropped off a bit since this was bottled in 2013). I could have done without the spices, which overwhelmed the flavor profile a bit.

Nov 09, 2015
 
4.28 by Kontraband from Washington on Oct 13, 2015
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Shoutout to our opponents in Los Angeles for this one. A celebratory beer for a Mets playoff appearance for the first time in 9 years. 2013 edition so approximately 2 years old. 750 ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A - Lots of carbonation and head. Not quite a gusher but almost. I expected pinker due to the raspberries, but this one looks like straight up champagne.

N - Tons of funk. Not even sour, just extremely funky. I get some sweet fruitiness just on the edges of the nose.

T - This really tastes more like a brett saison to me. Not a bad thing at all, but I was expecting fruitier and sour-er-er. Yeah, it's plenty tart, but it's mostly a funky tartness. Much like the nose, the raspberry flavor is only marginally distinguishable. Perhaps I waited too long.

M - Very tingly on the tongue, and it's almost buttery. Dry on the finish.

O - A very nice beer. Nothing overly impressive, but enjoyable. Let's go Mets!

Oct 11, 2015
 
4.65 by Vinyl_on_Tap from Texas on Sep 18, 2015
Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1042 ratings