The Wanderer | The Bruery

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The WandererThe Wanderer

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The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous nice dark amber color with some great ruby hints. The head is a nice 2 inch slightly off-white/ecru. It is dense but not too much and quite active. Very nice looking beer.

S - Delicious aroma. Wow. Sweet cherry notes, cinnamon and slight cider notes complimented with some nice tartness. As it warms the cherry notes get more intense and you perceive some woody notes and funk. The tartness comes in on the back end and balances out the sweet aspect.

T & M - Very fluffy mouthfeel. Wow. This beer is great. Carbonation is fluffy and allows some slight tartness to start creeping in the flavor that later intensifies a bit with some nice vinegar and some tart cherry notes. There is some nice sweetness slight cider notes, some nice sweet/tart cherry and very woody hints. There is some funk in the middle as well. Boy this beer is complex. There are some nice slight caramel sweet notes and some apple cider notes in there. This is all tamed and plays backup to the vinegary sour notes that aren't too overwhelming but clean and refreshing. This beer is delicious. As it warms there is some nice spicy wood that creeps up as well as the cherry and blackberry notes. Mouthfeel is fluffy and nicely carbonated with a nice dry finish.

O - Great sour. Has to be one of my favorites out there. Very well crafted with great sour notes and aromas that work well with the other flavors. The sour notes don't overwhelm but you can feel their presence.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was shared by beeruser with funkydelic, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, others, and myself at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! This was how we started out our evening... BOOM! Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, sour, and tart cherry. The flavor was of sweet amlt, tart cherry, vinegar, and subtle sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a really nice brew. The aroma definitely gave you an idea on what to expect for sure. However, based on the aroma I was expecting it to be much more sour than it was. Can't win them all I suppose. I was really glad to see the vinegar aspect carry over into the flavor though. A really well done brew that I would love to have more of... Worth the trade value if you have it.

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Photo of afksports
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in the West Village. Who knew this would come to NY?

It's a ruddy reddish brown, and it has a lovely tannish head on top at the start of the pour. That quickly goes away and leaves no clue that it's carbonated except when I shake it up.. Just looks like a red and brown still liquid.

Fortunately, the smell is way more inviting. It's complex, sweet, and features strawberry, cherry, wood, and there's jo trace of the 8% alcohol. That fun sensory stimulus stays through the taste of the Wanderer, as it's a sweet and tart and sour combination. It's rounded well, acidic, with sweet hints of vanilla and even water. The more it warms, the better it gets.

The beer feels fine going down, nothing to complain about because the carbonation come through on the way down. Plus this brew is pairing great with my grilled cheese right now. Overall it's a solid beer. Probably not worth the hype, but certainly good for a lunch break.

Now... Humulus Lager before returning to work?

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Photo of unitmonster
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Bruery/DFH collaboration charity event, and at Bruery 3rd Anniversary party (bottle).

A - Dark, rusty looking brown color. Not very appetizing.

S - Delicious acidic, sweet berries, and oak.

T - More delicious sweet berries (blackberry, blueberry, cherry), some oak flavor, and funk!

M - Dry, like a champagne. Does not leave a heavy feel on the throat.

O - I love this beer. I am always seeking out bottles of it.

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Photo of Verecund
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

July 2011. Received in a trade with Popery while in San Francisco. Thanks!

Pours a dark, rusty red-brown with a half finger of head that recedes to a thick collar about the glass.

Vibrant berry medley - blackberry, raspberry, cherry - that provides a pleasant blend of sour and sweet. Some light vinegar (which is often overdone in dark sours, in my opinion) and lactic acidity. I really liked the nose here.

The same tart berry medley, acetic acidity, red wine vinegar, and oak on the finish. Pleasantly vinous. Lots of overt sweet berries; the vinegar and acidity are controlled and provide a nice balance. (More of a 4.25.)

Medium-bodied with an effervescent mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this. It can be tough to cut through the hype sometimes, but this is a solid strong dark sour. Great fruit character.

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Photo of RodneyX
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I actually found this beer kind of ugly as it was a cloudy orange and brown color that didn't leave any lacing. The smell was very nice with lots of berries and barrel aging notes. There was some great funk and sour. Taste was a real winner as well with a great wine quality and tannic notes. Good sweetness and funk.

Its a pretty unique beer, and definitely glad I was able to acquire this one.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Library Ale House in Santa Monica - served in a 6oz glass.

Burnished cloudy dark orange body topped by a soft thick dark beige head. Fine pasty lacing - decent retention.

Passion fruit, pineapple, Ranier cherries, crab apples, and faint red wine notes in the nose.

Flavor profile is packed with fruit - like a tropical CSA basket - but with a lasting tartness that skirts the line between citrus and vinegar. Mango, grape must, and blackberries in the finish. Complex and gentle - I ordered another one right away!

Creamy, zesty, and lightly astringent mouth-feel.

Very fruity yet well balanced sour ale that defies easy categorization.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky reddish brown. Lots of great white head. Highly highly carbonated. Smells heavily of blackberry and cherry. A bit of oak and vanilla. Very tart/sour. Tastes like it smells. Very nice. The oakiness is very subtle and nice. I love the dark fruit characteristics. Overall too heavily carbonated for my taste but very tasty

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Photo of AgentZero
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer for bringing this one to Chicago and Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza! Been wanting to try it for a while.

A - Murkey brownish/red beer. Small head that didn't stick around.

S - Caramel, brown sugar, some tartness, berries. This one has a somewhat distinct vinegar note to it, although it's not unpleasant.

T - Tannic notes, and the vinegar gives it something of a vinous quality. Cherries and blackberries are a nice touch, more complimentary than dominating.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Liked this one quite a bit, wouldn't say it is world class, but quite enjoyable and worth seeking out.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris for sharing this one with us... pours a dark brown with a bit of read to it, murky, an ok tan head... the nose has lots of cherries, oak, lactic tartness a bit of bready malt... the taste is sour cherries mostly, this is a very acidic a touch too much for me, vinegar, not bad... pretty good

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Photo of pastradul
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Stoen sour fest. Pours a dark brown with a very small light tan head that has good retention and leaves light lacing on the glass. Looks quite cruddy in the glass. The aroma is huge fruit. The blackberry and cherry both come through strongly. Some light bourbon, oak, and acetic notes come through as well. The taste is sweet with big fruit. A lot of berry come through (blackberry, raspberry) as well as the cherry with a good tartness. Light bourbon notes come through in the taste as well. The finish has a bit of an acetic burn to it. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall, quite an enjoyable beer. I look forward to trying it in the future to see how it is as the fruit fades a bit.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auburn to brown appearance, mild head ring to it. Soft sour notes, seems more like a flanders than an american wild, pronounced woody notes to it. Had that funky thing that blackberries seem to produce that isn't the most agreeable to me, but the cherry allowed it to still be enjoyable.

Taste, sour, earthy grittiness to it. Seemed very similar to Marron Acidifie with the vinegar. A little bit of cherry with blackberry. Some caramel I'd guess. On the lower ebb of sour flavor for the Bruery. Did hide the alcohol quite well, a nice development. Pulled a little coconut out of this one later on.

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Photo of paytoplay
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was good on draft. Much like marron on draft. I did have maron out of bottle and was much better. maybe it's the same with this. la folie comes to mind. maybe somewhat like a consecration. Just didn't Wow me, glad as tracking down a bottle for myself looks very difficult. some vanilla oak, nice sourness. wood flavors. some red fruits. maybe time in bottle would also benefit.

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Photo of largadeer
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Retsinis
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer a few times now. The First time was at the Bruery Reserve Society tasting, Clusterfork # 4. Used quite a few of the 10 tasting tickets that day for this one. The second time was at the CoLAboration event next to Blue Palms (8 oz pour at that too, as opposed to 3 oz each ticket at the tasting)

Review is compiled from notes from both occasions.

A: The beer pours a decadent amber brown, hazy, with just a small ring of head.

S: I initially get a scent of Brett, quickly followed a mild tart berry aroma. I even got what I would describe as some lacto, but don't think it's actually in this. Second scents are more dark fruits, cherries, figs, and aged balsamic vinegar.

T: Flavors are tannic, oak, fruity, but with a dry finish. This is well balanced, and as usual with Bruery beers, very little hint of the 8% alcohol.

M: Medium, but with acidity. Carbonation is low, but enough.

O: Good beer, and a treat. It's a sour, to me, that can be appreciate by those that love the style, and those just starting to get a taste for them. All the notes, from the scents to the flavors are in just enough proportions to define it as a Sour/wild ale, but not so intense to be off putting.

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Photo of Madirish76
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Tap at Bruery 3rd Anniv. party.
A: It was a cloudy Ruby/Amber color with good lacing and a frothy diminishing off white head.

S: Not too much there from the fruits, mainly a mild funk. I expected a little more from this.

T: I have to admit i am beginning on my journey with sours, but this wasn't bad. It had a nice meld of fruit and funk. The most pronounced was the tart raspberries.

M: This had good carbonation and a medium body. I thought it was very lively and bubbly...almost effervescent.

O: Overall, I thought it was a decent sour. It has mild funk, not enough to scare away newbies, but enough to clearly let someone know this isn't another fruit forward beer for girls.

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Photo of Doodler
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Avery Sourfest. I was pouring this beer all day, so got quite a good number of samples of it. Pours a reddish copper color with a modest head. Nice caramel aroma with notes of fruits and funky wood. Slightly tart, but with a nice mouthfeel. The taste is outstanding and similar to the aroma. A great balance of sweet fruits and sourness. Finishes with some maltiness. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink. One of the most popular beers at the fest and I can see why...

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Photo of waltonc
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a bottle last week thanks to JoeySchlitz and several glasses on tap yesterday at Boulder Sourfest. Pours hazy reddish brown. Nose is dominated by the fruit in this brew - tart blackberries and cherries. Flavor is similar - not extremely sour. Pretty refreshing, fruity qualities, light vinegar quality. Body is medium with medium carbonation.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Bruery Annaversary party. Poured into a 5oz glass. about a 2.5oz pour. Glass was rinced. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy mahogany color. Thin light tan head dissapated to a ring. No lacing.

Aroma is nice. Funky and tart with caramel and dark fruits.

Taste is nice and sour tart. Little bit of funk but has a nice caramel sweetness. Soo tasty.

Mouthfeel is so smooth with a high carb. Coats mouth with the flavors.

Overall this was a damn tasty beer. I wish I had a bottle. May need to give up a Veritas to get one.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Provided by the fine folks at ColLAboration.

Pours a rusted orange that glows brightly around the edges on this bright summer day. Just a slight 1/4" off white head that stuck around for my 30 second walk back to my table. No lacing to be seen.

Smells of dark fruits and vinegar. Just how it should.

Taste is upfront with the Brett. Very transitions quickly to a coating berry flavor. Black berries, cherries, grapes, cranberries, all mashed into one. Really nice.

This was an incredibly smooth sour. Crazy drinkable with a nice carbonation and extremely well hidden alcohol.

Well done yet again by The Bruery!

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at collaboration.

Murky amber orangeish color. Off white head.

Smells of minerals grain and vinegar. Some dark berries.

Lots of vinegar up front. Again dark berries, cherry too. A nice mineral quality as well plus some light oak and some acidic notes.

Puckering medium bodied acidic.

Well done Bruery quite a tasty American sour.

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Photo of lestat314
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this 2 times on tap at bruery 3rd anniversary event, and at the provisions store rare beer flight.

A- lovely rich hazy amber color with substantial head that laces nicely. very inviting.

S- substantial tart berry odor, and slight funky aroma rises from the head of this wonderful beer.

T- Very well balanced sour flavor, mixed with complex berry flavors and some wine character as well. loved it.

M- one word.. clean... was just so beautiful to drink down and left my mouth refreshed and happy

O- amazing, well balanced sour. would love to have some at my disposal on a regular basis.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Provisions,

A: Pours a deep orange red with a soft light white head, leaving spotty lace.

S: Gorgeous blackberry aroma, some red fruit, not super pungent, but enjoyable.

T: Blackberries, red currants, and a lone tangerine intermingle in acid to create a great flavour. Very well balanced between the fruit and the acid, quite tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, bright acidity with some oak tannin on the finish.

O: This is rather good, something I've come to expect from The Bruery's sour program. Very rare, but if you can find it, put on some Dion and the Belmonts and enjoy.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel orange, nice beige head with good lacing.

Very sweet - like a brown sugar mixed with cherry, plum, a mix of light and dark fruits.

Now I'm getting a bit of the blackberries. Wow. Lots of cherries and acidity. Medium high sour. I really hope the Bruery makes this one or one like it again - it's fantastic, would sell like porn.

Medium bodied, a sticky finish but not cloying.

The fruit flavors mixed in this wild are very well done - almost perfect. Yeah.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy, caramel copper color with a tan head that collars around the glass. Very rich aroma greats the nose with notes of fruit (raspberry and cherry) and some mild acetic notes. Light mouthfeel. The taste is really nice and is similar to the nose. You get a sweet fruit flavor backed with a low/medium level of sourness. Some caramel as well. This is on the sweeter side of a sour but is rather enjoyable and easy to drink. Glad I was able to try this one.

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