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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
Ranking:
#345
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
919
pDev:
8.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
462
Gots:
243
Trade:
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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lofreqwave
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaneb818
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkalix
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Poured a clear, golden burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of cherry, oak and vanilla. Great sour cherry taste with wood, oak and vanilla notes.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous burnt copper-red with a khaki, big bubbly collar.

Smell is buttery oak, like white wine, with cherry and light funky cheese.

Taste is sour blueberry and cherry, vinous, with a round body and crisp, semi-dry finish.

This is better than most Bruery sours I've had, but does still skirt vinegar territory, with a hint of toasted sesame and oak.

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Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mig100
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
3.6/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was super stoked to see this on tap at the Bruery, I got me a glass and marveled at it.
Appearance: A light tan head that quickly dissipates to just a ring. The medium brownish red color and medium opaque. The beer appearance is decent.

Aroma: Cherries, mild funk, toasted malt, lemons, touch of grass, caramel, and yeast.

Taste: A medium tartness, cherries, more funk than the nose, lemons, toasted malt, vanilla, wood, caramel, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium tannin, medium light body, medium plus carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall: After drinking this, I felt like this beer could have been better. It is hard to explain but I just thought this could be better.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gerasimos
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a fan of this one! Off flavors in my bottle!

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Photo of chefbigjon
3.61/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
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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4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
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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The Wanderer from The Bruery
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