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Provisions Series: SnicklefritzProvisions Series: Snicklefritz

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 52
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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass. Body is a hazy, translucent amber gold. Poured to a half inch head, the foam is white and sudsy. Good retention, but eventually dissipates to a cap and ring, leaving trace lacing on the glass. A swirl will regenerate some foam, but that quickly dissipates back to a cap and ring. Has the appearance of a belgian golden ale as The Bruery describes it, though more amber in color.

This smells lusciously sweet, like icing on a wedding cake. So much so that a fruit fly dive-bombed into my brew (I hate that) and now it is attracting more. Have to cover this with a coaster in between sips. There are orange and other citrus notes, toffee, and spices like coriander, cinnamon. Has a noticeable alcohol level in the nose.

Tastes of bready and caramel malt, candi sugar, butter, toffee, belgian yeast, hops. Quite a delightful tasting beer overall. Similar to Piraat, but a bit lighter in body. There might be citrus esters from the yeast, but I know this has tangerine and other citrus rind added. The tangerine presence is notable and delightful. As for spices, I'd say there is some coriander, ginger, cinnamon and clove. There is also some metal from the yeast. There is some vanilla and oak in this too. In the long finish (which occurs when you take too much time composing a review) it is dry and peppery. The more I drink of it, and as it warms, the sweeter this gets. There is some perceptible alcohol in the taste, but it is pretty well hidden.

Body is light to medium (the sugar in this adds to the perception of body) and the carbonation is soft, giving this a creamy mouthfeel.

You don't much taste the 10% ABV with this beer, but after a glass, I notice it, so sip, sip, sip. Overall, I think this is a delightful belgian-style golden strong ale. It is definitely on the sweet side but the citrus rind keeps the sweetness in check. Sort of like a buttered belgian waffle with orange curacao that has been flamed off. What do you expect in a beer that seems to be named after a candy bar?

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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 jeff1973
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL pour into tulip. Just "re-released" as a Provisions Series beer.

A - Slightly hazy, burnt orange in color. Nice eggshell head that sticks around for awhile. Decent lacing.

S - Get the orange with spices right away. A little orange sherbet? Also get the band-aid funk from the yeast.

T - Again with the orange sherbet and a little spice. Then it dries out just enough not to be too sweet. No sign of alcohol for a 10%ABV beer. Just a slight bit of funk, just barely noticeable. Very well balanced and refreshing.

M - Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Gives a silky mouthfeel. Nice.

D - Dangerously smooth and refreshing. You really have to remember that this one is 10% ABV and not drink it too fast.

Great easy drinking and delicious beer. I'm glad they brought this one back. I bought an extra to age. If it smoothes out even more, watch out!

Update 8/23/2013
Bottled 8/2011, so 2yrs old.

Maybe a little more horse blanket than I remember, but that was 2yrs ago, so who knows. Pretty much the same as above. Was smooth to start with and is still really smooth. Great beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of oak, banana, clove, citrus fruits, coriander and other spices, ginger, juniper, light fruits, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Starts off with Belgian candi sugar with some coriander, clove, and other spices, banana, and a bit of citrus peels. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some stronger citrus hop and zest flavors, juniper, and some more yeast character. The finish is a mix of banana, clove, orange and grapefruit, yeast flavor and spices, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a spicy, warming, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big and complex with lots of different flavors mixed in, but the end result has a remarkable amount of balance.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

The carnival has come to my tongue. There is so much going on with this Belgian that I was forced, forced I say, to have the fine barkeeps at the Bruery pour me two snifters.

Consumed at a regular 2nd Saturday reserve release, Snickles pours a sparking golden shade, with a full 1/2" head and slippery lacing that slid down the sides of the glass. The aroma promised fruits from the orchard.

The bruery notes on this indicate a fruit medley of fresh lemon, orange and grapefruit. Let's just say the citrus is front and center from the first taste. But the spicy Belgian yeast and coriander are also working at the same time, creating an unusual taste experience. Finished the mouthful, the final act stars a slightly declining flavor of the citrus.

Shame this one was retired. Hopefully the Bruery has a truckload of keys on reserve in their warehouse.

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

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy orange with a nice white head that fades to a layering and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly belgian yeast esters like clove and banana along with nice lemon zest and spice notes. As it warms I pick up a prominent vanilla/oak aroma which is very nice.

T: The taste is a bit better than the nose with big flavors of candied sugar, vanilla, belgian yeast esters, and sweet malt. As it warms the vanilla and a bit of oak come out more and really add to the overall flavor of the beer.

M: The feel is medium bodied and slightly too bubbly for me. The 10% alcohol is nowhere to be seen though.

O: Tasty beer but I wish the oak and spices came through a bit more in the taste and smell. It's still good for the style and something I will have to try again.

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

Pours an almost-clear, golden-orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite hoppy with some noticeable Belgian yeast aromas. Some sweet malt and hints of citrus. Taste is initially hoppy, then quickly followed by bread flavors and a ton of butter! Wasn't expecting this one to be a butter bomb. I like it though. Belgian yeast flavors mix well with the hops and spices. Finishes rather citrusy with more bread and malt flavors. Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. Drinkability is scary high for a 10% beer. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is like no other beer I've had before and I must say I really enjoy it.

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4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

750 mL bottle courtesy of BigTomZ. This one was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Snicklefritzy pours a relatively clear golden color (the second pour brings in some sediment and turns the beer a murky tangerine). There's a monster pile of foam that rises atop the beer. It sails past four fingers in height, and comes as close to spilling out of the glass without actually doing so as possible. Head retention is very good, but the lacing left behind is disappointingly patchy. The nose is an intriguing blast of spicy and citrusy, slightly favoring the former over the latter. Specifically, ginger, clove, and coriander jump out and are met by orange and lemon. That balance is disrupted a bit in the flavor profile by the addition of oak, and the woody notes amplify the spice into a clearly dominant position over the citrusy aspect of the beer. The body is nicely light for a 10% beer, but the carbonation, while solid, is neither as active nor as refined as the best Belgians. Snicklefritz is a fairly good Belgian Strong Pale Ale, and the citrusy edge gives it a bit of a unique twist. I wouldn't mind this being made available again to Reserve Society members in 2012.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a finger of white head. I say surprisingly clear because most Bruery beers aren't.

S: The aroma is very heavily spiced with with a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon notes. There is a bit of yeast along with some mild fruit esters and pepper. Fairly sweet with bread and caramel malt aromas.

T: Sweeter than the nose lets on with nice toffee and caramel flavors. Still very spicy with a lot of nutmeg, mild cinnamon, and some white pepper. There is a mild fruit character of candied pears and apples.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: One of the better "Belgian" beers the Bruery has made in recent memory.

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Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased from the Bruery last weekend for sixteen dollars, ended up drinking this with friends Monday night, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, this beer is described as "a citrusy, spiced, oaked Golden Strong Ale," I thought I saw up on the board that this is 8.5% ABV but I could be off which is why I did not input the alcohol content with the beer, light golden orange color, 1 1/4 inch white foamy head, some very good retention, lacing for a good amount of time too, aroma consists of a ton of oranges, sweet yeast, white pepper, coriander, other citrus, sage, oak, and fruity malts, flavor starts off sweet with orange and lemon attacking the palate, sweet almost Belgian-like yeast with a hefty amount of coriander in the middle, citrus does not back down in the finish, wet oak provides a nice dry parallel to all the fruit and spice flavors, sweet, spicy, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, low to moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers well with citrusy sweetness, I had a few glasses of this and that is saying a lot for a beer of this strength, smooth and not too sweet or spicy, cheers to Kyle and the Bruery staff producing such a unqiue and zesty beer, it molds several different spices with oranges quite well, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange gold color with pretty good head and fair lacing. The nose is impressive in this beer, as I pick up considerable honey, light butter, apricot, gingerale and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this sweet, full bodied beer, but I didn't seem to get the same complexity of flavor on the palate. The sweet tropical fruit flavor really seems to dominate in this beer, though I appreciate how well integrated into the alcohol is into the flavor profile. This beer really comes across as quite rich, with plush, viscuous mouthfeel.

This is a pretty nice beer, but given how sweet and boozy it is, I can't imagine drinking a whole lot of it (thankfully there were plenty of folks to share it with last night).

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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 fatmcb1
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey snifter

Pours a pale golden color that is somewhat hazy. There is a ring of near white lace that leaves lacing.

Tons of spice come through the nose. Cinnamon for sure. There is also some fruit esters. Lemon peel, orange, and grapefruit. It is very sweet with lots of caramel malt.

Very complex taste, with tons of flavors melding together. It is very sweet and spicy. Bready malt is prevalent. Fruit takes a backseat to lots of cinnamon and nutmeg.

It is medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation, which works well for this style and flavor.

I really enjoyed this beer, as I do most Bruery beers. A unique take on the style.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored this one in a trade awhile back.

Poured to a Bruery tulip glass: golden orange with a fluffy white head, two fingers width of head hanging around. The smell is yeasty, mildly citrus, and spicy. Taste is full of fun: a ton of different spices happening, a good bit of ginger, coriander, and black pepper. Belgian yeast is very prominent, much like a Triple. Some citrus and banana as well. Mouthfeel is dry, seemingly the only offering from the oak cubes it was aged on.

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Provisions Series: Snicklefritz from The Bruery
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