Batch 300 | The Bruery

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Batch 300Batch 300
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Halcyondays on 07-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
55
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of dcloeren
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tjfinkle
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Dan25D
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Monteith
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of nataku00
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of MrTopher
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of raveskdr
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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".

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.49/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Batch 300 from The Bruery
3.92 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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