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%
 
 
Wants:
463
Gots:
246
For Trade:
49
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Ratings: 897 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of darktronica
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition bottle, poured into a teku. Transparent, dark coppery red with a ring of tan foam. Smells of dark fruits and tartness, with a warning waft that this is going to be sour, indeed. First sip is mouth-puckeringly tart, with later sips yielding a lot more depth and complexity. Blackberry provides much of the up-front punch, with more subtle cherry flavors on the mid and in the finish. Still a fair amount of malt from the base beer, giving the impression of scones. Delicious.

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Photo of Milou
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RNbeerfan
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ross84
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I loved this beer. Normally I don't prefer dark sours, but this one was just fantastic. So tart and with tons and tons of fruits and a good amount of barrel presence from the oak.

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Photo of JoshBrews
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of soco89ziegler
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cp45
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of erjaq
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Tele
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (dated:3.2.16)
Consumed: 4.17.16

A: 4.25 Fairly murky, reddish-brown. The small, light tan head looks nice, but only lasts a minute or so and doesn’t leave any lace.

S: 4.25 Mild aromas of oak, lactic tartness, and berries. A bit of brine and lemon are in the background as well as some funk.

T: 4.75 Flavors are excellent and extremely well layered. It starts off rather tart with some mild cherry flavor before getting a bit dose of oak and vanilla. The sweeter elements and old ale start to kick in, bringing along lots of blackberry and more tart cherry. The finish lingers with light tannins and fresh blackberries.

M: 4.5 Nice body, but slightly low carbonation. The dry finish is really nice though, making up for the low carb.

O: 4.5 I think this is one of The Bruery’s more impressive beers. Flavors are so well balanced and interesting; never too sour or too sweet. This really demonstrates excellent blending on their part. If the nose matched the flavor, this would be almost perfect.

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

Photo of DWolf
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Allow this beer to warm and the dark fruit emerges from the vanilla oak. Very nice.

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

Photo of JoeyStats707
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wiescins
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Furlinator
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy rust brown with a half-inch khaki head that settles as a ring on top and leaves spots of lace. The smell is slightly funky with caramel, vanilla and dark fruit accents. The taste begins with subtle fruit tartness and is followed by caramel malt, oak and vanilla on the finish.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Wanderer from The Bruery
4.29 out of 5 based on 897 ratings.
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