Bottleworks XII | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by julian on 02-28-2011

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Reviews by CraftFan5:
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to crusianbeer for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with a little bit of tartness mixed in. I also get a little bit of lemon in the aroma but it is fairly faint.

The flavor is a little more complex. I get some tart wheat and lemons, as well as a little bit of orange. There is a slight acidic note in the flavor. The beer is refreshing and easy to drink.

Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means, but I wanted a little bit more out of this beer. Not sure where the raspberries were, but I don't think they were in our bottle.

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Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

(Aged for 1+ year)

Highly carbonated, golden color with a quickly forming, though quickly fading near-white head. This doesn't leave much in the way of stick down the glass. Appropriate.

The aroma is quite sour/tart, with some definite raspberry sweetness, along with some cherry and wood notes. Complete, bright, expressive, and incredibly enjoyable.

The flavor does not disappoint after such a nice aroma. The big lactic sour notes are strong, with complementary flavors of raspberry and oak. Clean, bright flavors.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

This is just as good, if not better, than I was hoping for!

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