Batch #300
The Bruery

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3.93 | pDev: 12.21%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just as I thought I was gonna get under the 40% mark for California in terms of the % of US beers I've reviewed, this jumps into my line of review fire. Oh well. Oh hey, when you read this review, understand I don't like tripels.

Pours a vibrant yellow that seems brighter than most/all tripels I've had. Big white head 4/5" deep, virgin. I can't knock the beer for its appearance, its pristine. The aroma is pretty cool, one of the better smelling tripels, it isn't doused in gasoline (what a lot of tripel yeast smells like, fusel alcohol), but has the biggest citrus presence for style ever, with some nice dry, virgin oak.

The taste was more in line with a traditional tripel than the nose. Alcohol was definitely there with the usual phenolic yeast notes, but the citrus and oak was nice. Carbonation appropriate, dry finish. Damn, I actually liked this. Big shock for me, but also still not in my wheelhouse.

May 20, 2020
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a while since a review was written on this one.

L - Pours an orange/golden opaque body with an eggshell one finger head. Not much lacing on the glass or retention sticking around.

S - Light spices and candied sugar up front that develops into a bready and citrus middle and finishes with some oak notes.

T - The oak is a lot more prominent throughout than on the nose. Juicy citrus comes on in the middle along with some candied sugar. Ends with some coriander spices and bitter orange peel. This is really tasty and has held up well.

F - Medium bodied and low to medium carbonation. It has a dry finish to it.

O - It's a shame this was a one-off. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would back up the truck for it.

Jul 10, 2015
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KFBR392 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a transparent orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour which dissipated quickly and was not present while drinking. Medium active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Citrus notes of orange peel and coriander jump out right away. Buttery, biscuity yeast body provides a pleasant warm feeling. Oaky undertones even out the peppery spiced notes.

Taste: The oakiness of this brew is much more potent on the taste when initially hitting the palate. Lighter fruity tones of tangerines and oranges dance on the front. Heavier yeast tones take over on the second half of this brew and leave a dry texture on the palate which allows some lingering fruity tones to shine through. Oak and lingering spice character also makes itself known entire time while drinking.

Mouthfeel: Bright front which gradually fades to a darker, moderately dry finish. Carbonation was low but could be from the age of the bottle.

Overall: Included as an extra in a deal and I didn't realize that this baby had this much age on it. Carbonation was certainly pretty low but plenty of interesting flavors and aromas still present. Oakiness seems to be winning out at this point.

Apr 16, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with an impressive bone white head that persists forever and leaves lots of lace. Spicy and fruity aroma with a hint of bourbon and oak. Pepper, sweet candy sugars, light sweet fruit, pepper its all there. The flavor is sweeter than I expected with lots of sweet fruits and malts with a bit of caramel in there for fun. Some vanilla and bourbon oak midway through and a hit of alcohol right at the end into a fairly dry finish that does leave a bit of sweetness on the palette. Medium body with a high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice tripel, I quite enjoyed this one.

Sep 06, 2012
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Some light spice and candy sugar notes up front followed by strong chardonnay-like aromas. Woody tanins, fermented fruits, and a slight buttery presence bring up the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some Belgian spices and candy sugar flavors at first. Chardonnay, woody tanins, and fruit follow with a slightly yeasty finish.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little thick and under-attenuated for a tripel, but it's not surprising considering the barrel aging.

O: A solid beer overall, and while the barrel aspects are nice, they overwhelm the tripel aspects a bit too much. Still, it's enjoyable.

Jul 04, 2012
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.29.12.

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a large fluffy cream-colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Hoppy citrus - oranges and lemons, some oaky wood as well.

T - Honey sweet, orange with a slight woody finish.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Woody and citrus sweet. Nice.

Jun 04, 2012
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 300 = tripel style + oak cubes + Citra hops. It looks like just another Bruery experiment, but this recipe was created by a homebrewer who won the Batch 300 contest. Anyways, on to the beer:

That orangish yellow color looks like it's glowing. The head forms at a reasonable inch thickness and drops to a lace and leaves dots of lace around the glass. That nose comes as a change of pace. It's not traditionally a tripe by any means, but it still surprised me. Pear comes first, then the oak and licorice, finally the Citra hop brings a melon and pine note.

While the Citra and oak are east to notice, this beer remains delicate as per style. And it's on the tasty side, I might add. Honeydue, melons, oak. I'm not catching the base tripel besides the strength of the beer, but at the very least it's a good canvas for those two "special" additives. It's medium bodied, yet it seems lighter than that, thanks to its airy characteristic.

I've had a few tripels aged in wood, but I don't recall one that was as hoppy as this (unless you consider those Belgian IPA's to be hoppy tripels). As much as I love Citra hops, they did take some time getting used to in this eventually satisfying tripel.

May 11, 2012
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright and cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus hops, grapefruit, oak, Belgian yeast esters, some spices, and a bit of fruity esters.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops with some grapefruit flavor and bitterness with some Belgian yeast esters in the background. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some more spice, light bready malt, and some fruity esters. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, bitterness, Belgian yeast, oak, and some spice that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a bitter, dry, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. The strong Citra hops in this one add a really nice element to the Tripel style. The oak also gives the beer some good complexity.

Apr 06, 2012
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The veer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin head that fades. The smell is incredible with notes of medicinal herbs, honey, yeast, and intense sweetness. The smell leads me to believe it's got a lot more than just Citra hops and oak. The taste is a smooth tripel with a honey-bitter aftertaste. This is a very tasty beer that seems to have held up very well, although it does smell and taste a lot more like a barleywine...

Apr 06, 2012
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Gobzilla from California

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an orangish brown in color with a thin head which left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of citrus upfront on the nose with a little belgian yeast character, slight tart notes and some slight spice notes.

T: the citrus qualities were much more potent on the palate alongside the belgian yeast notes, hint of spice and touch of booze as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, yeasty, and prickly finish.

O: overall I thought it was a solid triple and would definitely have some more of it.

Mar 30, 2012
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nataku00 from California

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Took a while to dig this up from a box and drink it. Beer pours a golden yellow, hazy, with half a finger of soapy bubbly white head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar and a patch of bubbles. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is light citrus, lemon and orange, light fruity esters that bring up green apple flavors, bread malts, a light oak flavor, and a light spice.

Taking a sip, the oak presence is much more prominent, and is the first thing hitting the tongue, along with an orange zest bitterness. Some ester flavors come through as the beer warms on the tongue, but the beer is pretty citrusy hop flavor and oak dominant where the only reason I would think it's a tripel is because of the mouthfeel.

Medium body, and creamy due to the fine carbonation. Pretty interesting beer, but I think the oak is a bit too prominent now that this bottle has seen some age.

Mar 10, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the day after Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold with an off-white head that fades to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus, spices, and yeast. Taste is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, spices, and yeast. There is a slight woody finish as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good tripel with some nice citrus qualities but I am not getting any real wood from this one.

Mar 06, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden, light amber color with a finger of thick white head. There is a good amount of retention with some nice lacing.

Smell: There is a fruitiness that overpowers the Belgian yeast, but the herbal yeast notes show up. The beer is sweet with some alcohol in there as well.

Taste: Sweet from the malt with less of the fruit notes from the smell. There are some herbal yeast notes, with some bitter alcohol heat in the finish. I'm not a huge fan of the finish, but I enjoy the overall taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild and tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: This beer is really close to being fantastic. The finish is a bit harsh. I wish the fruity notes from the nose were a bit stronger in the taste.

Mar 06, 2012
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raveskdr from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Thanks to Chris (radagast83 on the other site) for bringing this bottle.

A - Right in the zone for a tripell.

S - Yeasty with some Belgian funkiness. You also get slight spiciness.

T - Pretty average tripel. Belgian funk and spiciness that follows the nose.

M - Nice full mouthfeel. Taste doesn't linger.

O - Average. Well, slightly above. Not something I would ever drink again. Everything about this beer screamed "okay".

Mar 04, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from futhurgone; Thanks Rob! Another want of mine. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for 1-2 minutes and leaves light spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, oak/wood, fruity malts, sweet fruits, yeast, grains, bready malts, and some light spices. And interesting mix of citra hops and oak, with some lightly sweet fruits too. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of citra hops, oranges, lemon, oak, sweet fruity malts, Belgian yeast, light spice, tropical fruits, light vanilla, grains, anf bready malts. Again, a little sweet but too much, and some nice wood and citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and no real alcohol at all. Very easy to drink considering the ABV, a really nice body.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice tripel. It's hoppier then most I'm used to, but the citra hops miz very nicely with some sweet fruits and oak. Also very smooth for the high ABV; didn't feel like 8.2% ABV at all. A very nice beer I'd like to have again, and hope they brew this year for the RS.

Feb 29, 2012
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mdaschaf from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. At the time, consumed blind.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head, on the sudsy side. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Decent aroma, not overly exciting. Lots of Belgian yeast and spice. Some breadiness and cloves. Not as much citrus as I would have expected, doesn't come off like a typical tripel.

T: Slightly oaky, but very doughy/bready with hints of fruit. There is also a little bit of spice mixed in, but nothing overly special.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drank rather easy.

O: Not knowing what the beer was (even though I knew it was Bruery), I probably would not have guessed Batch 300. It was ok, but a little bit too bready for my liking.

Feb 27, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada

3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Nanoslug for sharing this one. Served in Lost Abbey teku glass. Second crack at this review as the site went down for maintenance minutes before I submitted the previous one.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Transparent golden body. Most beers look shitty in this type of glass, so this is pretty impressive.

S - Cereal grains, vanilla, oak, mild orange citrus hops, light Belgian yeast, and some cloying sweet sugary malts, particularly as the beer warms up.

T - Taste is a thankfully a bit less sweet, with citrus and stone fruits prevailing over the oaky vanilla and brown sugar flavors. Hops are less present here, and there's very low bitterness present.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, lower carbonation, juicy and sugary texture, and well-hidden alcohol. By far my favorite aspect of this beer.

D - To sweet for my tastes. Some spicy, estery, or phenolic yeast flavors might help cut the sweetness to a more balanced level. Perhaps it was better when it was fresh, but the mild hops and overly sweet malts makes this tough to drink in large quantities.

Feb 24, 2012
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ikantspel from California

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into a house tulip

Pours an amazing zesty golden color with a full bubbly head thar leaves some lacing on the glass

Hoppy, some floral notes, and spices in the nose

Sweet floral hits right away followed by some strong earthy and piney tones. Finishes sweet.

This is more ipa than tripel. Somehow it just came together in an amazingly orchestrated way.

Feb 21, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive pour in the Affligem chalice. Plenty foamy but really nice lacing in the glass. Quite hoppy, but more of the aromatics. If this is Citra, give me more. I don't taste much oak. Orange and tangerine is the citrus overtone. Base of malty rich flavors. Quite tart with some astringency like grape skins. Sweet and hot. I hesitate to rate this as a Tripel. Call it an American Belgian IPA. But it's quite drinkable with that sweet, tangy, fruity taste.

By far the best beer, to my taste, from the Bruery. Big bottle from Hemet's finest, Mega Liquor. First time I had seen it. Seems to have aged well, but it's just been seven months.

Feb 20, 2012
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled October 2011
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, pale tan, off-white colored head that leaves some thin lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows a lightly hazed, pale amber / gold colored head. Initially the beer smells of spicy and phenolic notes that are typical of Tripels, but from there on out the juicy, hoppy citra hop notes become the dominant note pretty quickly. The citra contributes notes of pine, slightly herbaceous dank notes, a touch of garlic chive (though just a hint) and a juicy, bright tropical fruit note that leans towards tangelo, big lychee, and ample kumquat zest notes. There is a hint towards the finish that suggests at some cracker like malt and perhaps a touch of dried hay like grain.

The beer has a nice hoppy, bitter bite to it up front, it gets quite funky in dank, hoppy sort of way towards the middle and there is a cracker like maltiness, some spice and phenolic yeast character as well as some bitter hoppiness in the finish. There is a nice, juicy fruit like hop character that has notes of lychee, kumquat zest and some bitter lemon notes; these never get too aggressive though as this is more of a hoppy Tripel, then a hop bomb that has been fermented with Belgian yeast. The beer is light enough to be a Tripel, it is even quite quaffable, but still has some viscousness to it as well as texture as it flows across the palate. The Tripel flavors of phenolic clove, white pepper, perhaps a touch of ginger and maybe a hint of medicinal notes are here, they almost play a secondary role to the hops though.

Definitely a nice, hoppy Tripel that I am quite enjoying at the moment. This is fast becoming my preference in Tripels, despite it seeming like the lazy way out for a brewer; a really good, traditional Tripel is very hard to execute well, it is quite a bit easier to just add some expressive American Hops and make an enjoyable brew. Having said that, the base beer still needs to at least be good, which this one is.

Feb 15, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, orange, banana, fruit, and subtle sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, orange zest, wood, fruit, orange, and banana. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This brew was definitely a really nice twist on the typical Tripel with all of the spices added to it. This made it quite easy to drink and rather enjoyable. A definite must try if you get the chance.

Feb 12, 2012
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craytonic from District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slighly hazy peach-apricot-orange with s smallish white head

Smell: Somewhat like a tripel, spices, banana, malt, sugar, citrus and yeast. A bit boozy

Taste: A bit too sweet, some citrus hops that are somewhat nice and a yeastiness. Too much booze.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, aggressive carbonation

Overall: Not a very good example of the style.

Jan 29, 2012
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Sammy from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone Brewery Bistro and Gardens. Hoppy and a bit funky aromas. Not a triple. Hazy grapefruit coloured. Well hopped, dry finish. Somewhat complex and unique. Bit above average mouthfeel offset by some astringency, orange rind. More of a sipper.

Jan 22, 2012
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Phelps from Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Wheat-colored and slightly cloudy. Two fingers of pillowy white froth set up camp atop the liquid, dense and pillowy. It descends slowly, leaving behind thick pockets of lace.

White pepper, red apples and a bit of spicy, grassy hops offset fresh oak and a hint of funk. Alcohol is also pretty noticeable.

In the flavor, banana, clove and pepper are behind a blend of apple and pear. Touches of fruity yeast and old grain. I also get a little bit of citrusy hops, but they’re barely noticeable behind the big alcohol and a dry, funky finish.

Fairly viscous, sugary medium body and light, electric carbonation. Some boozy heat blazes through the nostrils. Clean, dry finish.

Batch 300 is an interesting if run-of-the-mill example of a tripel. A little too boozy, and I don't get enough from the oak.

Jan 09, 2012
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zep9865 from Indiana

3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time for a smooth belgian in this tasting with aasher.

Poured into New Belgium snifter with three fingers of white foam head and streaky lacing. Color is an orange/honey/gold variety.

I smell a slight hint of citrus, honey, and banana bread. Alcohol is slightly detectable.

Taste is similar to the smell. A little bit of citrus up front with a refined not overly sweet malt on the backbone. I taste honey, coriander, and belgian yeast without that crazy fermentation aftertaste.

Carbonation, levels of sweetness and bitterness, and different taste notes make this beer fun with every sip

It takes a lot for me to give ultimate praise to a belgian and this one is no exception. Worth the purchase though because it is crisp and makes you think about the elements of it.

Nov 19, 2011
Batch #300 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 161 ratings