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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.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. 750 ml bottle.

Poured into a Teku glass, body is hazy gold in color, capped by a dense foam head with low retention, it eventually dissipates to a ring. Just a little lacing. Still, impressive for a sour beer, but this is a witbier, so the malt helps.

Aromas of sweet light malt, wine, fruit, wood, vanilla. Pretty alluring wafts of sweet and sour.

This tastes delicious and complex. Reminds me a bit of Fou F'oune, despite that being a different beast, but there are no apricots here and this has more body. But it has that same level of sour enjoyability. The lactic sourness is very nicely done, overlaid on elements of bread, wood, spice, wine, and raspberry fruit. The raspberry shines through especially towards the finish. Also little pinot like spice in the finish, but that's just my guess, as who knows what kind of red wine was in the barrels. Or it could be the witbier spices they used. Maybe some orange peel. The color gives no suggestion of red raspberries or red wine, but those flavors definitely shine through. I enjoy the moderate sweet malt body, working with the nice bready yeast and pleasant sourness, all working so smoothly with the fruit and wine flavors. Yum!

Body is light, as is the carbonation, giving this a lightly sparkly, refreshing mouthfeel kind of like a soda.

The ABV at 8% is just right to make this a very drinkable, satisfying beer. I can drink this with no problem. A fantastic sour beer, to me, The Bruery's best. Given that it can age up to 2 years, I am getting me some more of this for the cellar.

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Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,035 ratings
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