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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14
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23
For Trade:
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 128
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 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 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 DearthVader
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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 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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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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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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 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 IKR
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Provisions

A: Dark golden color with a thin tan head.

S: Huge butterscotch aroma (think Werther's Original) with some faint belgian yeast and wet hay.

T: Muted peppery hops, caramel malts, lots of butterscotch and some freshly baked bread. A hint of oak on the finish as well. The butterscotch flavor is a bit much, but it kind of works in this beer in a weird way.

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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 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 DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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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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 BrewtifulMind
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from The Bruery Provisions

Pours an orange/amber color with about an inch of white head. Head dissipates into a frothy top layer, leaving behind good lacing. Smells of orange citrus, but also a dominant spice scent. This was spicy up front, leaving a citrusy sweet backend. Alcohol is nowhere to be found for being 10% abv. This one has more carbonation than others, but in no way overpowering. Overall this is one easy drinking and great tasting brew. One of the best Belgian-styles I've had yet.

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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 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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 Vanlingleipa
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of jeff1973
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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 nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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 greggsherman
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Provisions Series: Snicklefritz from The Bruery
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