The Wanderer | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Wanderer is a special blend of oak aged ales that we made with Craig and Beth from San Francisco's City Beer Store. Blending a mix of sour ales and our anniversary ale the base of this beer has a delightfully sour tinge on top of a hearty malt backbone. To add to the flavor, Craig and Beth selected blackberries and bing cherries to be added to the ale adding to it's already fruity complexity. This ale went on to win the silver medal for wood & barrel aged sour fruited ales at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.

Added by t0rin0 on 05-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
897
Reviews:
122
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
8.62%
 
 
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463
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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received from @2beerdogs – Ninja box
Can’t find any date on the bottle other than “2013 Edition”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – weak. Some fruit with cherry predominating.
Head large (Maximum 4.4 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, low density froth, fizzy, poor retention diminishing to no ring and no layer.
Lacing – none.
Body – mahogany, cloudy (bottle conditioned).
Flavor – moderately tart when swallowed quickly. As it warms on the tongue, the tartness climbs exponentially past my tolerance level. Some cherry flavor is noticeable as is some tannin and vanillin from the oak. I don’t know what blackberry is supposed to taste like so, no comment. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, watery, fizzy.

I’ve only had a handful of brews from The Bruery, but each has been good and some excellent. This one approaches excellence.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of cvm4
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage

L - Pours a red mahogany body with a quickly fading light tan head. No lacing on the glass.

S - Blackberries and cherries are coming through with some bourbon and oak on the back. Comes off acidic and tart.

T - The taste is following the nose to me. Loads of tart blackberries/cherries with vanilla, oak and bourbon backing it up.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Super tasty, comes off tart but yet juicy.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky red/amber, slightly brown pour with a finger high, off-white, head. Good retention, subtle lacing

S: Earthy aroma to which is floral, tart, fruity: cherries, grapes and berries (straw/black/raspberries). Hints at caramel, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak and hay

T: Rigid acidity and bold fruit character conceal the palate: raisins, grapes, plums, figs, and berries sprawled out across a jazzy terrain. Lightly vinous/touch of red wine and vinegar, and some faint malt character in the background

M: Medium body/feel, where carbonation surfaces slightly above. A tannic, grainy, sweet earthiness yet smooth and creamy with no hints at ABV approximation

O: An intricate funky, tannic, and fruited sour that could have aged out even more (X>2013); perhaps drawing out even more intricacies. Nonetheless, acidic yet balanced, and refreshingly potable

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Photo of JoeMans
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hbmcdrew
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/2/2016. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge sour cherry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, currant, red grape, raisin, plum, fig, leather, pepper, hay, straw, funk, oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light bourbon/vanilla, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour cherry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, currant, red grape, raisin, plum, fig, leather, pepper, hay, straw, funk, oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light bourbon/vanilla, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/lactic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry. berries, red wine, dark fruit, leather, pepper, hay, straw, funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/sourness balance. Lightly puckering but not astringent on acidity/tannins. Moderate dryness from acidity/tannins, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and fairly creamy/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an incredible fruited sour ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite this high acidity/tannins. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of taospowder
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Akeah
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage.

Off white head. Raspberry Ruby color.

Lots of sourness and acidity. Very tart. Sour patch kids. Big berry flavor. Lemon citrus.

Medium bodied.

Solid, but not crazy.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jscheuf
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - opaque maroon no head retention
S- Tart acid, but also a ton of dark, ripe berries
T- Tart up front, but then tons of those dark berries in the middle and a tart finish that fades nicely and leaves you with the sweet berry after taste
F- Nice body for a sour. Not too thin, not too thick
O- Awesome sour. Hits on a lot of what I want in a sour... good pucker, noticeable fruit, drinkable.

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Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 Edition

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep reddish brown topped by a dense two finger light tan head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of oak, sourness, berries, funk, leather and caramel
T: Taste is a huge sourness up front with a whole lot of jammy blackberry goodness. Decent oak and funk as well as a little bit of leather. Swallow is more sourness with blackberries, funk, and slight lingering oak.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation and finishes on the dry side from the acidity
O: Overall, this beer is hard to put into words. It's absolutely exceptional. From the level of sourness, to the fruit addition, to the amount of complexity this beer is damn near perfect. I'm curious to try one of my younger bottles to see how it is fresh. WIth careful aging this beer is simply fantastic.

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Photo of Fusebuddy
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbw314
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reebtaerG
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Klourie
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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