Provisions Series: Snicklefritz | The Bruery

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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
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
128
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
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Photo of oline73
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. We opened up this one at a tasting hosted by finewinemike.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt with Belgian spice and some fruity, banana notes. The yeast does most of the work here.

Taste: Quite sweet. There are some herbal, fruity, and floral notes along with a decent amount of bitterness. Some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I thought this was a strange one. I don't know that all the flavors worked together perfectly. The alcohol was a bit too prevalent as well. I don't think I'll search this one out again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you, Andrew. 2011 Provisions release clocking in at 10% ABV.

Pouring a mildly hazy copper, this beer has a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose has plenty of yeasty, fruity esters, with the added citrus kinda dominating the mix. Moderate spice character is present as well, and the oak is rather big, buttery and vanillin heavy. Mild to moderate honey sweetness is present along with a moderate alcohol note. The spice character seems like a blend of clove and nutmeg with a dash of cinnamon thrown in. Decent.

The palate is a lot brasher and boozier than the nose would suggest. A robust alcohol character is present, lightening the body, and enhancing the oak. Flavor-wise, there's some citrus (orange peel), a mellow blend of spices (it's hard to discern with the rather high booziness and heavy handed use of oak and some honey. The oak character is just too much, rather raw, medium-light toast, with some buttery notes as well as a rather high amount of oak flavors and a little vanillin. As for malts, there's a pleasant, enjoyable toffee and caramel character as well. Medium in body with a very nice level of carbonation, this beer is just too boozy and too oaky for it's own good. On the bright side, it doesn't quite taste like the lumber yard that Acer Quercus was, but that's not setting a very high bar, is it? Still, this is drinkable, and I'll probably finish this bottle, but I feel no need to revisit, especially at the cost.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Honey/golden/orange in color. Two fingers of white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of honey, belgian candi sugar, mint, sage and dill.

Taste follows smell, belgian candi sugar, honey, mint, sage, dill, a bit of clove/banana phenols going on, a bit of spicy white pepper, earthy/bitter finish.

Full bodied, carbonation is on point, balance is a little off, too sweet. Fucking Patrick and his addiction to Candi Sugar... he's like the Lamar Odom of the brewing world. Just kidding, but too sweet none the less.

This is ok. I wish the hops had made more of an impact on the beer. Oh well.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

742nd Review on BA
Draft to Goblet

App- This was a very nice golden orange with a bit of a ½ in head that left very quickly. A good amount of lace and cling down the glass.

Smell- This actually had a great deal going on. This started with a bit of fruit and light citrus but then moved along to a spice note but included some oak.

Taste- This was just not a favorite of mine. Had a lot going on and I didn't get the flavors going on. It started with the weird bland citrus notes, followed but the too spicy notes of the nutmeg and clove.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a paired medium carbonation. Left me with a too spicy mamosa like orangy spice note.

Drink- This beer just wasnt for me. Ive loved everything by the Bruery so one was bound to not be liked. Such is life.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Khazadum
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Great head development. Pure white body, rose to a height of 2 fingers, settled down appropriately to a collar and murky topper. Edging has some medium sized bubbles disrupting the creamy characteristic. Toffee colored body hides very tiny bubbles, but a multitude of them.

S- Nice light oak character, less the sweetness and more woody than anything else. Gentle belgian candied sugar. Pretty simple bouquet here, there is a tinge of citrus spice rather than sweetness which is quite welcome.

T- First hit is a citrus rind and spice. Its like oranges dehydrated and sprinkled over the body. The body that I speak of is a light candied sweetness. Like caramels and brown sugar, but woody as well. Gritty, more earthen. The wooden flavors of the oak hit first and fade quickly.

The hops are not gentle, bitter in the front and rising to be high on the back most reaches of my tongue. Perhaps as I drink more I detect cloves and minor banana sweetness as well! Oh, the hidden nature of this beer. For a 10%, the alcohol is very well placed. Definitely doesn't taste hot or alcoholic at all.

M- Full of body, very very creamy. Low carbonation generates some interesting contrasts to the velvet liquid. Perfect stickiness and great bitter retention to the point that it becomes a hassle to drink. Very frustrating at times.

Nice belgian pale ale. Good flavors, nothing amazing.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a orangish brown in color with brown highlights and a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was definitely some spice in the aroma but manage to sniff out clove, molasses, some citrus, and sweet dark fruits.

T: the dark fruitiness was more apparent on the palate with ginger molasses notes and citrus spice accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, spice, and citrusy finish.

D: it did drink pretty decent and was glad to take another stab at this brew to review it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip during today's NFL mini-tasting.

Pours a moderately-hazy golden-peach color with a decent white head. Faint bit of lacing and a thin collar with a bit of a cap. The nose carries some light oak plus a bit of light citrus and spice. Flavor has a bit of spice and oak. Citrus is in the background. Spice and oak really come through in the body. Medium in feel. Pretty good and a nice concept.

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Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

“He ain't getting any of that Pineapple Express...Chris is getting Snicklefritz.”

Originally developed and homebrewed by Kyle Manns, Snicklefritz is spiced with cardomom, ginger, juniper berries and coriander, along with fresh lemon, orange, grapefruit and tangerine zest. After fermentation, the concoction was aged on oak cubes.

Clear and bright apricot on the first pour; cloudy amber peppered with large, dark flakes on the second. Both pours beget a gorgeous, pillowy head an inch tall and pure white that deposits thick trails of lace.

For all that went into it, there isn’t much complexity to Snicklefritz’s aroma. I get pears, white pepper and a bit of orange along with hints of the coriander and ginger that went into it, but overall it smells mostly like your standard Belgian golden strong.

Same deal here. Big on the pear, alcohol and pepper that exemplifies the style; not so much on the other spices. Here, hints of the juniper berries come through, along with hints of honey. Finishes with dry crackers and pithy citrus peel.

Velvety body just one shade under medium, with fairly high, prickly carbonation that breaks the brew into silky fizz. Alcohol is big in the flavor and comes through the nose as well, but it’s not as big as you would expect.

Snicklefritz is an apt choice of name here — a good enough example of the style to make you think you’re getting the good stuff, but lacking the complexity of the ACTUAL good stuff.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8/21/2011

On tap at The Bruery. Snifter.

A: Burnished transparent gold with a creamy white head and much lacing left on the glass.

S: Orange and lemon rind with a prominent spiciness. Juniper berry, ginger, and coriander are apparent. Malt is redolent of sweet bread.

T: Coriander and ginger with a good deal of spiciness. There's a little juniper berry blending with orange, lemon, and grapefruit rind. Malt is bready and sweet.

M: Lower medium body with a moderate creamy carbonation.

Overall: A good spiced golden, but not a style I like all that much so four ounces was sufficient.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange amber in color. Massive white head and a strong carbonation when opened.

S: Aroma of honey, belgian candy sugar, some noble hops and tons of orange with a bit of spicing.

T: The belgian candi sugar takes the front of the stage followed directly by citrus flavors from orange rind and a bitterness probably also from the same thing. A bit of belgian yeast white pepper flavors and a bit of coriander essence. This is really bitter for a BSPA, different which is nice for a change but probably would be more enjoyable a little less bitter.

M: Thick body with a medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy

O: A nice bit of work and a good beer, tough to enjoy a full bottle by one person. I split this up and finished the second half on a Sunday rather than crushing it in one night. Luckily some carbonation was still present after capping.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears orange colored and hazy, with a half inch of white head that leaves some good lacing on the glass. The aroma offers a heavy dose of citrus, along with malt, spices, and subtle wood. The flavor is of woody citrus, with a light, earthy funk about it. Too much wood, a bit out of balance. Medium bodied, with solid carbonation level. Overall, decent.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Caramel orange in color with a 1/4 inch white head and ok retention

Smell: Bready yeast and lots of biscuit upfront and a decent amount of summer fruits like apricot on the backend

Taste: Upfront it taste like there is some citrus that is fighting against the spices that were used. It finishes of with a nice oak character and actually the more I drink it the less I like it.

Mouthfeel: Is maybe just a bit thinner than medium and carbonation is medium

Overall: A decent little belgian golden but nothing to wonderful

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Photo of larryi86
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you womencantsail for sending this!
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear golden orange with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, spices, oak, some sweet tropical notes, candied sugar.

T- Less sweet than the nose, but still sweet. Spices are bold, with some citrus and tropical notes, oak, cloves in the finish, alcohol is noticeable, but doesn't kill the flavor.

M- Full body, and a little chewy.

O- Not a bad beer, but it is seems like it will be forgettable. The more I drink the more the taste comes together, but the alcohol is still there.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Duvel tulip.

Hazy sunset orange with a big pillowy head at first, then dissipates into a froth that rests on the top of the beer. Effervescent carbonation can be seen upon pouring which disappears after a minute or two. Some lacing.

Bright orange rind and clove. Subtle notes of sourdough and other citrus fruits. Lemon and tangerine rind more apparent as it warms. Also, almost a stale character to the beer as well. Oak woven throughout most of the aroma.

A touch more sublte on the tongue with tangerine rind, clove and oak. Not much breadyness as the nose but oak is very apparent throughout the beer.

Medium consistency and a real soft body. A tickle of carbonation but not much as the beer continues to rest in the glass.

Nice, bright citrus rind flavors with spicy and bready qualities. A nice experiment by The Bruery but it didn't really knock me out. Glad to try it.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 phichifiji00
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass:

Appearance: Golden in color, hazy, white head that quickly fades.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy, oak, cloves, hoppy, malty in the middle. Almost like a pumpkin beer, but without the nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste: Spicy, citrusy, ginger, cloves, oaky in the middle.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation. A bit boozy towards the end, but deceptive given its 10% ABV.

Overall: A good belgian style beer. I like the spice and oak additions, and I liked this release much more than the 2009 release.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden colored orange, 4/5" of head, white. Yeast was the dominate aroma, citrusy and belgian without the dirty clove.

Decent amount of hopping going on, provides bitterness and a little bit of citrus. Comes of rind like. Light body, ample alcohol but you wouldn't know it, could drink this in spring and it would be just right on a 70 degree day. One of the better big ol belgian imperial pale ales out there, good hybrid of a beer, this is probably bringing in a little cleaner, hoppier vibe of the US.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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 mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/02/11 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one. Served in my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a murky orange amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, and a little oak or wood. Lots of spice in the nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, Belgian yeast, spices, fruity malts, light floral and pine, and some vanilla. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderare carbonation.

o - Overall a decent Belgian style ale from the Bruery. Lots of spices in the nose, but I enjoyed the almost vanilla like qualities in the taste. Would have it again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks jodan.
25.4oz bottle poured into a Bruery Snifter.

A - Pours a light, hazy orange with a two finger cream colored head - small and large bubbles are present. Good retention and lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, citrus-lemons, spicy.

T - Spicy, orange, lemons.

D - Lots of carbonation, light to medium body.

O - Light and very refreshing.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazed dark gold with almost a finger of off-white foam. Settles to a thin ring. Bits of lacing.

Aroma is laden with sweet bright fruit. I also get the coriander and citrus additions. Some booze.

Flavor is mildly sweet and spicy. A lot of alcohol comes on in the middle and through the finish. Sours a bit through the finish as well. Some dry woodiness in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with medium-sharp carbonation. Creamy. Great feel.

Overall a great smell and feel, and a decent flavor, but the alcohol and souring makes it a little harsh.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

was looking for something interesting to drink tonight and this one called my name. enjoyed from a bruery tulip.

a - brew poured a fairly attractive orange with yellow highlights. there was a big foamy and surprisingly creamy head. looks classic belgian belgian. the brew is transparent and has that great lively champagne like steady bubbling. looks really great! reminds me of an ommegang. thick creamy lacing clings to the glass.

s - banana, clove, vanilla, some soft spicing. strong alcoholic heat that gives it an almost fermented apple juice smell.

t - fermented apple juice indeed. classic BSPA flavoring is there with clove and banana, but the spicing and citrus and oak seem to impart more of a juice like vibe.

m - not as creamy as it looks, a bit fizzy but fairly thirst quenching.

o - overall this one was pretty good. has some elements to the look that are perfect to style and the overall flavor profile and nose ends up feeling like fermented apple juice. it was surprisingly quenching.

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Photo of Cinderbike
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Provisions store in Orange.

A - Golden yellow with a thin white head.

S - Biscuit, fruits, estery, tons of citrus and coriander. This is not subtly spiced at ALL.

T - Like a golden strong and a witbier had a baby. Wow. It really does not taste like 10%. Lots of spice and belgian yeast character. Cinnamon, coriander, curaçao, pepper.

M - Medium, tons of carbonation.

O - I was very impressed by this beer. It's a great drinking beer, but at 10% I wouldn't want more than 2 - 3 glasses. It'd be very easy to get drunk on this stuff though, as it's one of the most sessionable beers of this strength I've ever had.

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