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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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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Playground in Santa Ana, CA as Raul did his thang thang.

Choo choo! The Bruery is a locomotive that just won't quit! Where am I? The Black Forest? This thang is just glorious. So tart and clean... Raul could swear that he is in a bubble bath with Behatti Prinsloo.

Just wow...

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Photo of errantnight
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

One of my favorite Bruery beers, ever. Balanced and nuanced, with big fresh raspberry notes and a full, dry wit as its base. Wheat character is present but restrained, yeasty esters are on the mild side, but that's pleasant for a beer this big and fruity. Just a joy to drink, and one that I'd be happy to see them enter into regular rotation (and come up with a name for).

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Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to NateDogg! Bottle poured into CCB snifter.

A - Pours and orange, nice white frothy head, sticky spotty lacing, nice cap on top.

S - Raspberries, oranges, tangerines, lacto funk, sour/tart, oak.

T - Nice lacto funk, slight brett, oranges, raspberries, oak. Just an excellent mix of fruity and sour notes, citrus too. So good!

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, soft carbonation, dry finish.

D - Wow, impressive. So damn good and surpassed the expectations I had for this one. Want more, now!!!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite American Wilds out there. It has a good sour bite without being overpowering and a lot of flavor. Easy to finish the bottle with just one person, or perfect for a large share.

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Photo of Verecund
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on August 20, 2011. Shared with the lady.

Pours a barely-cloudy peach/melon with two fingers of white head. Decent lacing - looks like an "imperial" berliner weisse should.

The beer opens with a bright milky, lactic acidity, but it doesn't hide the grassy, fruit, or horsey funk notes. There's some citronella/lemongrass, but what really shines through here is the defined and sharp raspberry tartness and sweetness alongside the surprisingly musty funk. This aroma is hitting on all cylinders.

Smooth wheatiness with a balanced assault of lactic acidity and berry tartness. Raspberry makes up a large portion of the fruit profile, but there's also some lemony acidity that keeps the beer structured, sharp, and refreshing. The mustiness is less evident here, but there is some oakiness to provide contrast.

Crisp and tart. Medium, medium-light in body with upper medium carbonation. Fitting.

A surprisingly excellent beer. I expected this to be good, but didn't expect to come away thinking it was so exceptional - nice balance between acidity and tartness; brightly fruit; and refreshing. I wouldn't say no to another fruited imperial berliner weisse from the Bruery.

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Photo of draheim
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a snifter @ the Bottleworks 14th anniversary event (also had it @ the 12th anniversary). Pours a clear golden orange w/ a big white head sustained by vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is sour, vinous, funky, dry. Intriguing.

Taste is tart, oaky, acidic balanced by sweet berries/fruit. Soft wheat malt. Both complex and straightforward. Reminds me somewhat of Sanctification. And Sweet Tarts.

Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, ultra-dry finish.

Overall a surprising, tasty, unique beer. Glad I had another chance to try this one. One of my favorite beers ever.

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Photo of seeswo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a straw-yellow without a hint of raspberry and a whitish head. The nose is raspberry and musty, horse blanket funk. Smells really interesting and good. There is a strong presence of wheat-funk and sour in this beer, with the sourness being sharp like unflavored sour candy that is reminiscent of beatification. Raspberry, lemon and oak round it all out. This really comes together very well. Soured Imperial Wit beer didn't sound good to me, but it really worked well. Good carbonation with a decent body. Overall, I thought this was a really fantastic beer.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Low lacing, retention, carbonation.. bit of cloudy Apple juice color.

Sulfury, dirty diaper, raspberry seeds. Nasty Brett nature. It's nasty like I like my bass drops.

Puckering citric acid, wheat flavors, grainy finish. Raspberry sweetness is hidden, and red wine deep fruits. Lingering raspberry, dark fruits and wheat finish.

Low light carb. Gentle smooth body, light. Puckers strong. Great linger.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bottleworks.

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a 1.5 finger white head on top, great head retention and lacing

S: Nice tart/sour aroma. Some wheat a little bit of raspberry and a bit of rhubarb. Extremely inviting.

T: Great level of tartness mixed with raspberries, the acidity is spot on. Light funk, oak, and some wheat.

M: Light to medium bodied, easy drinking. Crisp mouthfeel.

O: A fantastic AWA, glad it was still on tap when I got over to BW.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Jun 2013 bottle, opened Sep 2014

A - Really nice head; 3 fingers of creamy white foam with ok retention and lace. Moderately opaque apricot body.

S - Wit-to-saison-like aroma. Wheat bread, orange, hay, dried cilantro, lemon zest, rose water, plant stems, and a wisp of blackberry jam.

T - Really nice balance. Creamy wheat, tart raspberries, black cherry, bitter herbs, dried grass, and bright sour blood orange.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body. Nice dry finish.

O - A well executed, clever take on the style.

4.44 Bottleworks XII
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.00 4.25 3.80 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.01 10% 0.40
S - 4.60 4.60 4.65 4.50 4.68 4.25 4.55 20% 0.91
T - 4.80 4.45 4.50 4.30 4.33 4.25 4.44 40% 1.78
M - 4.60 4.50 4.55 4.25 4.38 4.25 4.42 10% 0.44
O - 5.00 4.75 4.70 4.00 4.40 4.40 4.54 20% 0.91

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle opened with my brother.

A: Nice murky orange with a thin white head.

S: Very tart smell with raspberry.

T: Follows the nose. A very light tart taste followed by raspberry. I actually expected this beer to be a lot more tart, which was a little bit of a let down. Although, it is probably because the base is a Witbier.

M: Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

O: I'm glad I maxed out my allocations. It is definitely an excellent sour. Hopefully it will become more tart with some more time.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL capped bottled poured into stemmed glass at Brouwer's on 4/12/11

A: Beautiful slightly hazy golden peach color with fluffy white head that leaves some lacing around glass. Gotta say I have never seen this color in any beer before.

S: Tart and lots of funk from the berliner weisse culture with hints of raspberries. The funky yeast aroma is much stronger than anything else in here.

T: Tastes significantly better than the nose would lead you to believe. Nice and sour with the crispness of a weissbier. Finishes dry and fruity with a pleasant lingering taste of tart raspberries. The 8% ABV is hidden incredibly well.

M: Very crisp and sour, medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious, crisp and refreshing sour. Highly drinkable, great combination of sourness and tart raspberries. This would be perfect to crack open outside on a hot summer day. Thanks to the guys at Bottleworks and The Bruery for dreaming up and crafting such a great beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a glowing, hazy apricot color with deep golden center and a one finger white head. The head goes down fairly quickly, but leaves a thin surface of large bubbles.

S: Coriander mixed with lemon zest and tart mixed berries upfront. The raspberries are there, definitely with an underripe note to them. A nice lactic aroma as well with just a trace of brett. Fantastic smell.

T: A big load of lemon and intensely tart raspberry upfront with a great lactic sourness. The wit base comes through nicely here, with a touch of coriander and some wheat. Finishes tart and clean with some ripe raspberry and a touch of wine barrel.

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Photo of subemerge007
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very generous friend who picked this up for me.

A - This beer is the color of grapefruit with a nice light pink head.

S - All fruits here, raspberries, apples and funk.

T - The taste sets this apart, more raspberries, lemon, funky in just the right amount. Easy to drink.

M - Really nice, no alcohol.

O - A great beer worth sharing with friends.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to have a few glasses of this beer, on tap, at the recent Clusterfork # 2 tasting event at the Bruery.

The beer pours similar to a pink lemonade or guava juice in color, but not quite as dense, though still cloudy. Light hazy half inch of head.

Aromas are of tart raspberries, along with some oak, yeast, and lemon zesty sprits'. The brett is in there as well, but the raspberries really curbed it down a bit in a good way.

On taste, the sour brett and acidic bite are upfront, but it quickly yields to the fruit note of raspberries, lemon peel, and orange peel. This beer is very tart in that regard, but is crisp and refreshing. Some yeast and grain in the middle provide a nice backbone as well to the beer. Alcohol, what alcohol? Like so many of the Bruery beers, they are well hidden. Of our group, we drank quite a lot of this, go through our tickets, and buying some glasses of it afterwards.

Mouthfeel was light to medium carbonation, crisp, zesty like fruit juice, with a dry finish.

Overall this beer was very refreshing, and aside from the Sour in the Rye was the highlight of the day for the beers the Bruery was pouring at this tasting. ( the bottle share beers are another matter) Glad I got to try this beer, and from the two, I'm taking a different look at sours now.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle as part of a trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a bottling date of 6/11/13 etched on the side. Poured into a Belgian style tulip glass with an exaggerated flare around the rim.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy golden amber color with notes of apricot and peach flesh depending on how the light diffuses through the body. Atop the body sits two fingers of stark white fluffy meringue-like head that retain for white some time before eventually dissipating to a half finger perma-layer of bubbles across the top. A steady stream of carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass to replenish the head.

Smell - Wonderful blend of ripe raspberry and lactobacillus tartness waft out of the glass, taking over any more traditional elements on the nose you might expect from the base witbier. There is also a nice presence of oak and some wine characteristics come out as well. There is even a faint bit of citrus zest that begins to come through on subsequent whiffs.

Taste - While the aroma was very good, it was only a prelude to the fabulous blend of flavors going on in the taste. Bright acidity and tartness come through from both the raspberries and the lacto, but there is more than just tart--the inherent characteristics of the raspberries come through in a very distinct way, but manage not to overpower the other components of the beer--this is still very much outside the realm of "fruit beer". The barrels come through in a nice way as well, lending a funky oak element along with nice vinous notes reminiscent of wine must.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation that plays well with the high levels of acidity and subtle puckering feel on the palate.

Overall, just a really well-done beer. It's not as full-on sour as many of Bruery's best offerings, but I think that's to it's benefit. The sourness is just one component of a beer with a lot of depth and interest to offer. I love how the use of fruit and lacto take the subtle bit of tartness that you often find in classic witbiers and turn it slightly on its head, amping up the sourness, but not at the expense of the overall beer. I'd love to get my hands on some more bottles of this.

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Photo of kevanb
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip

The beer pours a lovely hazy gold color, hints of straw and honey colors, clear complexion, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a 2 finger, soapy white head that has fair retention with no lacing. The aroma is quite intriguing, hay, straw, wheat, typical berliner funk, a touch of salt, prominent vinous barrel character with just a light touch of prickly raspberry. The flavors are just wonderful, nice wit character with the wheat and lemon, just a touch of funk, a nice salty character with nice red wine character, chewy oak with sweet vanilla with just enough lingering raspberry. The balance between Wit characteristics and Berliner characteristics is stunning, and the barrel aging adds such a nice complexity and the tart raspberry really helps to meld it all together in a spectacular fashion. The body is great, lively, light, yet full bodied, coats the mouth well, dances on the tongue and finishes so smoothly.

Verdict: A wonderful Wild Ale, all of the base elements are so nicely captured and the harmony between them is superb. The flavors are complex, balanced and executed to perfection, a must try for anyone who loves a good sour beer.

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Photo of peensteen
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Laim

Hazy golden colour, one finger of white head, some lace as well. Smell is funky, raspberry and oak, brett, lemony and fruity, some spice with tart with a lingering lactic acidity as well. Taste is of tart raspberry, oak, sour lemon and mild citrus fruit, barnyardy brett, funky all the way through, drying finish with lingering fruit and oak. Spritzy high carbonation, dry medium body. Exceptional stuff, drinks like its 5%, could see myself drinking a lot of this.

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

750ml bottle courtesy of Andre..Thanks again for the generous hook up!

Pours clear light copper with an inch-plus head of whipped white. Thick branches of lacing wrap the glass and a solid coating on the surface for the duration.

Aromtics lead off with sweet tarts, pixie stix, grapeskins, and wet hay. Hints of citrus peel and lemon zest follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Sharp and pointed.

Tart, tannic fruit with wine-like overtones start the palate. Shades of lemon-spritzed hay, soured apples, aspirin, and grapefruit follow through.

Finishes with a lingering tartness, fruit skins, and oaky tannins.

Tasty beer. Heavily tart without being sour, plenty of hay-like brett, and tannic fruit. A bit on the tame side for my tastes, more funk please.

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

Thanks to Nate for sharing this! Served in a Stone IRS tulip.

A - Definitely a unique looking brew. A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, along with a few splotches of lace. The body looks like pink lemonade.

S - Fairly heavy on Berliner Weiss character - yeasty, with lactic sourness - but also noticeable brett notes of green funk, diaper, and lemons as well. White wine, oak, and raspberry notes are present but fairly understated.

T - Sour Berliner Weiss character, with lactic acidity, yeast and wheat, mingles with underripe raspberries that impart a tart finish. Alcohol is extremely well hidden - I could see this being 5%. Not quite as good as the smell, but still quite tasty.

M - Zesty carbonation that is style appropriate. Medium body that agrees with the taste, and not the listed ABV. Dry finish with a little pucker.

D - The 8% is a shocker, as this could be mistook for a "heavy" US Berliner Weiss in the 4-5% range. Definitely something I could drink large volumes of, particularly on a hot summer day. In some ways it's a shame this is a Bottleworks Anniversary beer, as it deserves to be a summer seasonal.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - light amber in color. Standard pour produces rather aggressive head that dissipates particularly quickly.

S - your usual cast of characters for an awa: funk, wine, light vinegar, citrus. Looking for the raspberry and it's there but faint.

T - getting all the same elements that showed up on the nose with a much more noticeable raspberry presence. Oak shows up on the back end. Very light acidity but extremely drinkable. Almost like a kicked up Berliner. Very crushable.

M - very nice effervescence, almost Champagne-like. Nice sweet and tart aftertaste.

O - I had very high expectations for this beer and it definitely delivered. It's not as acidic as some of the other Bruery beers. Delicious.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is a murky orange-pink color with a finger of white head to go on it.

S: The raspberries and the tartness of the fruit and Berliner Weiss culture are strong. A lot of lactobacillus aroma to the beer and a moderate oak note. Mild spices and wheat from the base beer.

T: A big raspberry flavor to open things up along with a pronounced tartness. There are notes of cranberries in the beer too. Quite lactic and tart which works nicely with the oak and fruit. The base wheat beer does not come through quite as much as I had expected.

M: Medium in body with moderate level of carbonation.

O: Pleasantly surprised by this beer. The raspberries and Berliner Weiss bugs really have taken control of this and made for an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy hazed yellow straw color with a nice little white head. Good carbonation. The wheat and straw type notes are eveident right off the bat in the nose but you also get some barnyard funk, raspberry, and lemongrass. I am really hoping the taste is like the nose! The flavors in the taste are nice with notes of lemon, wheat, and raspberry. As it warms a bit the barnyard funk flavor moves in and becomes more apparent. I could drink this one all day! There is little to no real alcohol flavors here.

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Photo of julian
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Bottleworks for the 12th Anniversary this morning. Got to meet a few other BAs at this release and it was an awesome time!

A: Spectacular cloudy golden strawberry color. Nice 1-2 finger white head with beautiful decorative lacing

S: Slightly tart fruity aroma, raspberries, a bit of tart apples perhaps, and a nice Belgian wit spice.

T: Has a nice mild fruity flavor from the raspberries, slightly tart which you'd expect from berliner weisse, but enough malt backbone for a nice smooth perfect balance. This was expertly crafted.

M: Great mouthfeel. Slightly tart, balanced malt, crisp, perfectly carbonated. No complaints here.

D: Excellent. Even at 8% this is highly drinkable. Great flavor, great mouthfeel.

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Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
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