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
Gots:
244
For Trade:
49
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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brennan813
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Curran tonight.

This one pours a slightly chunky looking reddish dark brown, with a small fizzy head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like super sour cherry, caramel, chocolate, vinegar, and a little bit of overripe musty blackberry.

This didn't quite meet my expectations, unfortunately. There's a vinegary and unpleasantly musty aspect to this one that's hard to get past. This goes away slightly as the beer warms, but not all the way. There's very sour cherry, with overripe blackberry, a moderate amount of oak, and some chocolate maltiness. This could have been way better, but the vinegary quality is tough.

This is fairly thick and rich, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Meh. A bit disappointing. Definitely not bad, but far from great.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. 2013
(A)- Pours a murky mahogany brown color with some reddish highlights to it. Some white froth that dissipated quickly
(S)- Silky jam-like fruits. Tart acidic oak meets subtle vanilla. Quite nice and flanders-like
(T)- A great contrast of fruits - tart cherry and rich yet equally tart blackberries. The oak takes a back seat to the barrage of fruits yet adds just a touch of vanilla in the far background
(M)- Great carbonation level. Overall, its a superb combo of big ripe fruits and oak. Good level of sour acidity without it being too sweet or medicinal
(O)- Easily one of, if not the best sour I have had from the Bruery. Its wonderfully balanced. Amazing fruit. And it isnt enamel ripping sour

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wellsnb
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of inkman15
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: murky brown/copper color with a thin head that dissipated almost immediately

Aroma: prominent oak and lactic sourness with (maybe) a touch of cherry/dark fruit

Taste: Puckeringly sour with oak and finishing with a brief but noticeable blackberry and cherry taste before it fades. Leaves a tart aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Super tart and acidic. Thin body and medium carbonation.

Overall: Another winner by The Bruery - wish I could have had it fresh so that the fruit would be more prominent

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Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mlhyatt
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of halo3one
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Had this one a ways back at mattsanders tasting (from notes)

A Gusher but we caught it, murky rusty brown, short lived film, no lace but a short pour after catching foam

S Flanders red with brett, cherries, currents, raspberries, strawberries, brown sugar, a little oak, smells solid

T slightly more funky yeast and slightly less fruit, medicinal but it doesn’t hinder in any way

M medium bodied, heaps of bubbles even after catching the foam, a little sour, fruity finish

O reminds me of a funky Flanders Red and that works well for me

Something I'd like to revisit with a larger serving size, I felt like once I was starting to get to know it my glass was empty

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Photo of john0721
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of shanrath
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DLSheidy
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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