The Wanderer | The Bruery

The WandererThe Wanderer
BA SCORE
4.37/5
908 Ratings
The WandererThe Wanderer
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:
#354
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
908
pDev:
8.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
462
Gots:
241
Trade:
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, acidic, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty but the fruit presence is fairly subdued.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer inspired a conversation on the relative merits between perfectly simple and perfectly complex. this beer falls somewhere in the middle of simple and complex, but its perfection is hard to debate. another special one from the bruery and their collaborators. it pours a hazy red pink, minimally heady, and lighter in looks than most burgundy type sours, which is where i kind of have to classify this one based on its smell and taste. the nose is fruit forward, love the blend, kriek and framboise are one fruit beers, this is more dynamic than that, and its immediately evident. tart and sweet, a little lactic lemon in there, but smooth too. the fruit is mixed through the whole taste, and the souring bits come late and soft. i like the feel a ton, not being as heavy in body or acid as beers like flanders reds and burgundy sours such as origins from crooked stave or the dissident from deschutes, although i put its fruit profile in line with those beers, and its bacterial presence in the same neighborhood as well. this is more gentle, more drinkable, dialed. its alcohol cannot be tasted, and its acid does not scar the tongue. carbonated beautifully, and only sweet as it needs to be. this is top quality beer, short of sour, but fully tart, a real gem. an exercise in delicacy and nuance, i am impressed. thanks to drlovemd87, who has made way too many world class beers available to me!

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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

This poured out as a hazy amber color with an off white head. The retention is nice with a pretty good lacing. The smell of the beer is of tart and fruity. The taste of the beer is very good, the fruit comes out really well the oak and there is a beautiful vanilla flavor with nice grape-like flavor. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a dry finish. Overall very good sour, leaves a film in my mouth. Still very good stuff.

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at City Beer. This is one of their 5th anniversary beers. Also available in the bottle. This is pretty much a Flemish beer but I'm calling it American Wild Ale as it's not really Flemish. From what I was told by the City Beer employees this beer is a blend of barrel aged beers from the collection housed at the Bruery. It's been aged on cherries and blackberries.

Pours dark red/purple, hazy, low off-white (sort of a redish stain to it) head that doesnt lace the glass nor does it last. Kind of ugly actually.

Aroma is involved to say the least. Cherries for sure (more as it warms), some vinegar, caramel malts, a hint of oak, some (very) light funk, and even a bit of roast. Mostly just cherries and blackberries though.

Flavor contains all the same components as the aroma but it's a bit too sweet and underattenuated. I suspect in a year or two the berries will ferment out. I also catch a little bit of what seems to be bourbon behind the berries, vinegar, chocolate, and lemon. Good but could use some time, assuming the vinegar doesnt take off.

Body is medium and oily, medium/high CO2 levels. Quite good.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours with a frothy head capping the mahogany colored liquid; the head fades rather quickly though it does a lot of dotty lace behind

Smell: The first sensation is from the lacto and the fruit, as it smells like blackberry/cherry yogurt but there is tremendous depth, underneath, with a fig and caramel tone

Taste: The blackberry flavor emerges first, bringing the characteristic sweet and tart tones; black cherries round out the fruit elements and by mid-palate, the lactic tartness really starts to build; underneath, the caramel, fig and brown bread adds depth; after the swallow, the oak, vanilla and a hint of Bourbon creates additional complexity, with the finish being rather dry and tart

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Among the best of the Bruery's sours, this one is a keeper

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

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4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this during the bottle share at Jackie O's during the release event this past weekend. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a large layer of off white head that fades to a ring quickly. The bottle gushed a bit when opened.

Smell: Sweet malt up front, quite tart and fruity. There is a sour vinegar note that is very nice.

Taste: This is very sour but still manages to be extremely smooth. Not biting at all. Sour fruit/wine comes out with a tart finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is just an awesome beer. Sweet and sour compliment each other. The fact that this beer is so smooth was amazing. Wonderful.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this several times on tap and from the bottle, guess I'm due for a review. I slightly preferred it from the keg.

Muddy reddish-brown with a small head that doesn't last. Not the best looking beer, but who cares about appearance.

Really nice aroma. Little bit of brown malt sweetness and bourbon paired with vibrant blackberries and cherries and a mellow acetic sourness. Struck me as more fruity and sweet on tap.

Palate has a nice mix of sour and sweet leaning toward sour. Little coconut and caramel - I'm guessing a bourbon barrel was used here. Nice fruitiness, too; blackberry is dominant over cherry though I do get a nice cherry flavor. Little brown malt character. Mild acetic and lactic acidity. Pretty damn good, a fruited Flanders red of sorts.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
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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4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrEntropy for sharing.

Creamy light head, murky reddish copper brown color.

Nose sweet brown malts, light tart sour malts, caramel, brown sugar, some tart fruit, hints of cherry and berry like fruit, hint of vanilla oak, touch of feusel alcohol.

Taste semi sweet, sour brown malts, tart fruit with light cherry and berry flavor, creamy smooth malts, light vanilla and oak, complex, nice tart light bready malts, light funk and acid with a slight vinegary flavor. Finish lingers forever, lots tart fruit, sour cherry, sour malts, dry and light flemmy, hint of vanilla oak, and bit of booze as it warms.

mouth is med bodied, flemmy, decent carb, light booze warmth.

Overall delicious, almost exactly what I want on a sour, not too sour, nice tart fruit, soured malt flavors, hint of booze, nice vanilla oak rounding, long finish. Delicious.

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The Wanderer from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 908 ratings
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