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Provisions Series: Snicklefritz | The Bruery

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3.77/5
Very Good
128 Ratings
Provisions Series: SnicklefritzProvisions Series: Snicklefritz
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Floydster on 09-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
128
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
23
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by Gueuzedude:
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost, three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head leaves a nicely layered, it a touch thin, lacing on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through a couple glasses of this beer. The beer is a bright amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, dark gold / copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a solid biscuit, or sweet brown grain cracker like maltiness to it that is accentuated by a richly toasted character that seems oak derived, but seems to escape from overly woody notes. The effervescent carries bright citrus notes to the nose that is noticeable after the toasted / malty notes. There seems to be a fair amount going on in the nose here with other notes reminiscent of ginger, perhaps a hint of juniper, a light turpene spice character that reminds me of clove or cardamom (though this last only faintly), perhaps a hint of earthy coriander and lots of pale malt cracker character once you really start to dig into the aroma.

Quite effervescent, almost foamy, as it first hits my mouth, and this despite sitting ten minutes in my glass. The beer is quite dry, but some warming alcohol seems to add some sweetness and there is also a soft citrus character that keeps this from being bone dry. The finish has a light spiciness and astringency to it that seems oak derived, but the alcohol also adds some piquancy. The rich, toasted maltiness that is in the nose is also here in the flavor but at a much reduced level; it focuses more on the cracker side of things rather than the more biscuit like character that was found in the aroma. The body is quite light, especially when you consider the strength; it doesn’t stop being a sipping beer though as the alcohol and oak add a heat to the finish that keeps me from wanting to quaff this thing (which is certainly a good thing given the strength). The spiciness is quite a bit muted as compared to the aroma, instead there is a general, floral spiciness to the flavor that can be a bit peppery

I feel like this could use a touch more residual body, at times it can seem a touch too thin, not really from a body standpoint, but that dryness seems to mute a bunch of the spice and malt character that would otherwise be in the flavor. Still this is an enjoyable beer as is, but it seems like it could be quite a bit better without letting the yeast chomp through this quite as much (though it definitely should remain on the dry side).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freshflesh
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jp7161
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Callmecoon
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Deep orange and auburn. Thin white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

A powerful and complex aroma. There is a lot going on in this beer. The citrus is strong and comes in the primary form of orange and stinging lemon, then there is a lot of fresh, herbaceous spiciness: black pepper, coriander, sage, even rosemary?, and a strong, tangy, Belgian yeast element as well. Busy.

And that being said, the flavor is just too busy. There is simply so much going on here it's tough to quantify and then enjoy. The Belgian yeast is combined with a cornucopia of flavors from the herb garden: rosemary, lemongrass, sage, then some citrus and warm bread. Alcohol is undetectable. Interesting, but too busy.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation. It certainly is a proper vehicle for all these flavors.

An interesting, throw-in-the-entire-kitchen-sink BSPA. There's too much going on, though still very complex and tasty.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold, a little bit of orange in the color, pristine white head to it, just right, around 1" per 12oz. Big time belgian yeast aroma. Pretty clean and citrusy for the style.

Moderately hoppy for style, lots of citrus flavors for style, yet no haze from the fruit zesting and whatnot that went on.

Kick ass mouthfeel making 10% go down so easily. How something 10% can qualify as 'refreshing' seems at odds, but it really works here.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottleshare with Alucard4 and Darthkostrizer

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy eggshell colored head. Good retention and low lacing.

Yeasty and bready on the nose with a faint caramel and candi sugar note. Also a touch of sourness.

Flavor starts off good with good balance and a little different for the style IMO. Then as I drank it more it became increasingly tougher to drink. It started getting more and more sugary and sweet. Notes include sugary maltiness, bready yeast, subtle fruit like peach and mango, bitter oakiness, orange zest and a hint of clove.

Medium mouthfeel that gets increasingly heavier through the beer. A little zesty bite with medium-high carbonation.

Overall I just thought it was weird how much my opinion changed through this beer. I can see how some would like it but for me and the others I drank it with, we all felt the same way.

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Photo of leschkie
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery.

A - Brilliant orange-golden color and slightly hazy with a small white head.

S - Aroma is sweet malt, orange peel, oak, and spices.

T - Very interesting with lots of spices (cinnamon, coriander, cloves), orange and other light fruits, and sweet pale malt.

M - Palate is somewhat effervescent with prickly carbonation and medium body.

D - Pretty high. This is a nice beer. Overall very solid and different.

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Photo of IKR
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy medium amber color. Has a fairly generous white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Bready Belgian yeast notes, with some fruity notes that could be described as grapesque.

Taste: Some grape/white wine notes come through with some spicy notes also featuring prominently. Some mild orange notes also come through.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: This beer was one of my first beers from the Bruery at their 1st anniversary party. People can hate on the Bruery all they want, but I feel they aren't afraid to take chances and go for brewing unique flavorful beers. Even though this was not their original recipe this one holds true to that philosophy.
Reviewed on 9/10/2011

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, wood, spices, pineapple, and orange zest. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, banana, wood, spices, floral, orange, orange rine, and orange zest. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I went into this one fairly curious on what this combination would be like. It actually happpened to turn out pretty well as the citrus came across really nicely with the added wood character. This made it quite enjoyable and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Frank (lurchingbeast) for this unsolicited extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a LadyFace snifter with a hazy tangerine color. About a finger of off white head is achieved that dissipates rather slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Slight oak, Belgian yeast, a hint of citrus, and some nice spices.

Taste – The initial flavor is some nice spices and citrus such as clove and orange (making me think of Christmas time). Some nice oaky, earthy flavors mixed in with definite candied brown sugar. Just a bit of vanilla shows itself as the beer warms, and there are definite Belgian yeast characteristics that finish up the sip.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, exquisitely creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall – Honestly, this is a pretty good Belgian pale ale. Nothing that would knock your socks off, but a very appropriate brew to enjoy tonight and enjoy it I am!

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mrbubbler!

Appearance. Pours a clear, gold-amber with two finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Spicy belgian yeast along with some citrus and a little tropical fruit.

Taste. Sweet light grains and some belgian yeast and spices, some citrus fruits and honey.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Very nice belgian pale. A bit sweet for me, but has nice flavours in a nice ballance.

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Photo of bombadil
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DearthVader
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 poured to Green Man oversized snifter.

Pours a glowing burnt orange that just lights up your eyes. You're greeted by a vicious pure white 3 finger head that falls to a half inch and sticks around forever. Very little lacing, but there are slight webs at times.

So many spices in this one, I struggle to pick exact ones out. It's very nice though. It's a spiced up citrus bomb that has the tiniest bit of zest on the finish. Almost like a Saison and I'd probably guess it was a Saison if I didn't know what I was drinking.

Taste follows suit with the spices and gobs of citrus. Nice Belgian yeasts are present, and again it's finished with some lemony tartness that I'm very happy is in there.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very light which makes it very drinkable especially while clocking in at 10% ABV. I wish there were a dry finish in this one since I've been thinking Saison this whole time, but alas, there's not. Still very nice though.

I think this is by far my favorite offering by The Bruery so far. This is the first of their Provisions Series that I've tried, but I might have to start making some regualr trips out there if they continue to stock this stuff.

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Photo of greggsherman
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Apricot/Caramel orange color

Smell: orange, deep apricot, and light oak notes

Taste: citrus & spicy, quick tart & hop notes, but then fades to a mouthwatering finish.

would go great with hot dogs or a pastrami sandwich!

going to finish the rest of this growler whilst deep sea fishing tomorrow; i cant wait!

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip.

Pours a hazy gold with a lovely soapy white head that settles to a nice haze and leaves some sticky lacing. Aromas are of candi sugar, bready Belgian yeast, citrus, oak, and spices. Taste is similar to the nose, rather sweet, with some spicy Belgian yeast, lots of citrus, and lots of spices (getting some allspice, cinnamon, and a touch of clove - in fact there were moments where this reminded me of a clove cigarette). Slightly boozy, the 10% definitely comes through, but it doesn't really detract from the overall experience. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. Overall an enjoyable experience, definitely something unique.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Buck_Jones
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Provisions Series: Snicklefritz from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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