Provisions Series: Snicklefritz | The Bruery

Provisions Series: SnicklefritzProvisions Series: Snicklefritz
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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
Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -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 John11486
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of axeman9182
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 MikeRMII
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of afksports
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of clarkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Shared with neighborhood beer buddy over Christmas Eve, purchased at Bruery Provisions, Old Town Orange, CA..

One finger white head, small bubbles, fairly quick dissipation with above average lacing over yellow orange ultra-clear body, multiple streams of carbonation rising quickly to surface. Pretty spicy nose, I picked up quite a bit of peppery coriander, some cardamon and ginger balanced by prominent citrus character, more meyer lemon than orange. Taste mirrors nose, more sweet than spicy, though the finish is pretty coriander dominated. Medium mouthfeel, busy effervescence, pretty dry finish due to use of oak chips, ABV well hidden, I wouldn't have guessed this was 10%. Not my favorite of the Provisions Series, but certainly a well made beer, though a bit on the sweet side.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jp7161
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 pwoody11
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of JohnPhillippi
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Provisions Series: Snicklefritz from The Bruery
Beer rating: 59.4% out of 100 with 128 ratings
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