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Bottleworks XII | The Bruery

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Bottleworks XIIBottleworks XII

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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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle (2013 vintage) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a faintly hazy barely orange tinted golden color in the glass. Three fingers of fizzy, almost soda-like head forms quickly and falls just as quickly giving way to a very small white collar and an endless stream of aggressive bubbles that cause the surface of the beer to churn a little bit from all of the activity.

S - Earthy and mildly funky aroma up front, a bit musty. Mild fruit presence - can't decide if it is more raspberry or red wine influence...seems to be a combo of both. After getting a few more whiffs, the fruity raspberry presence takes stronger hold of the aroma yielding fresh picked red raspberries with their sweet and tart combination coming thru nicely. Mildly tart, low level graininess for malt backing.

T - Quite fruity with strong raspberry flavors...again, like fresh picked from the garden. Refreshingly tart and lacticly sour...not super sour, but on par with a good lemonade - thirst quenchingly tart. Fruit fades away towards the finish where the red wine character picks up, more tannic, cherry and dark berry-like in its fruitiness. Wood oak flavors from the barrel as well. Base beer is a bit unassuming. Very low graininess, hints of lemony citrus.

M - Lighter body with a very strong carbonation. Tart and refreshing. Very nice fruity character with very fresh raspberry flavors - some of the best, most natural tasting raspberry character I've ever found in a beer. Low musty funkiness that fits in very appropriately.

O - Very good raspberry summer refresher. Great, fresh raspberry character in aroma and flavor. Crisp and refreshing tartness and tingly carbonation. Base beer is pretty basic with the fruit and wine barrel yielding most of the character. Alcohol presence isn't noticeable even at 8%. Mild funkiness. Very nice beer - expected a ruby colored beer with an overwhelming abundance of raspberry. Instead, I got a nicer balance. Tart, a little bit of funk, well balanced and garden fresh raspberry addition and subtle wine barrel influence...what I got was better than I expected...and I had high expectations for this ahead of time.

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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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