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Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, BolderCollaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Dogfish Head.
Full name is "Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Gradually, Quietly, Steadily)"

Added by Halcyondays on 10-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of nlmartin
1.99/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer was served in a wide mouthed goblet. A bit too chilled to begin with 15 minutes on the counter and its in the zone.

A: The body of the beer is a clear peach coloration. Very lively carbonation. Nice thick white head with major retention.

S- A confusing jangle of spice hits me in the nose. Prickly pepperyness from alcohol, yeast or is it actually coriander? A bit more spice that I cannot put my finger on ginger. Subdued citrus aromas waft around.

T- Lots of spicey peppery ginger notes assault may palate. The spice combines in a train wreck fashion with hot alcohol. Citrus is noted on the back end along with the fruit pith and zest. Oddly enough I find the Kumquats sucessful. Just a bit too out of whack for my taste.

M- The light body and crisp carbonation almost lift this beer up. I think if the spice was dialed back a hair it would have improved.

O- This beer isnt a drain pour but I wouldnt go out of my way to drink this one again. I expected alot more from DFH and The Bruery.

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Photo of mojiboo02
2.02/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was my first drain pour. The phenolic taste made it smell and taste like drinking band aids. I made it through about 4 ounces of this brew before I let her go down the drain. The appearence was nice and a well finished brew, but I couldn't get through the olafactory hues on this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.17/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A huge amount of white foam off the pour that seems to settle down a little slowly. Has lots of styrofoam like retention. Body color is a cloudy lemon yellow, kind of dull looking.

Nose has some very noticeable movie theater popcorn. I call diacetyl. Nothing much else seriously, where is the fruit on this thing? Some mild spice that is impossible to pinpoint through this butter mess. I get nothing else. Not good.

Taste brings a mild spicy sharp orange, but also a pledge like chemical bitterness. Sharp orange finish is very fleeting on the palate finishing with nothing else to speak of. Butter taste just keeps on coming as I drink this and it warms up. Wine like alcohol warmth, and a vinous texture, I rather like this feel and good carbonation. Some very faint light wonderbread white bread toast.

This is a mess, and for the amount I paid for this, not happy. I am about ready to give up on collaborated beers, they just seem to be frankenstein horror shows all the time no matter who is involved, this is no exception. I enjoy oaky buttery sensations, but not this kind of thing. Yikes a complete failure.

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Photo of SirSketch
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Pale gold color throughout with a sticky soda pop-like head.

S - The yeast character dominates. Smells like a still fermenting, with a lot of bread dough aroma. Even a bit tart smelling like a damp sourdough starter. Underneath is a slight orange aroma.

T - Lots of fruit upfront, including tons of coconut flavor. Not a good coconut, though, but more like suntan lotion. Tangy citrus, too. Not particularly bitter, but pretty astringent.

M - Medium-bodied and effervescent. Actually pretty drinkable given the taste.

O - I know they were trying to push the boundary of traditional styles and flavors, but this beer is a sloppy mess of undesirable flavors.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy straw with a 3 finger white frothy head and good lacing.

Heavy barnyard funk aroma. Lots of malty sweetness with just a little spice.

Starts off with a sweet malt presence. Like the nose lots of barnyard funk, but there's a weird sweetness in the aftertaste that isn't especially pleasant.

Mouthfeel and carb are ok.

This one is a miss for me. Just overwhelming sweetness, with not a lot of complexity. I'll pass on another.

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Photo of flannelman808
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Brewery-Dogfish head: Faster Bigger Better Boulder 2011...

A:  hay colored with a little haze and a barely off white head with a thin rim.  Lacing is poor-ok.

S:  Jelly belly flavored buttered popcorn jelly beans. Also it speaks to honey glazed, funky overripened/rotten fruit.  This reminds me of caramel cheddar popcorn and red candied carnival apple (carnie included).

T:  stewed kumquats (which might have actually happened in the boil now that I think of it), a hint of citric tart bitterness. Its flavor is much better than the rancid nose leads on.  Overall this beer is a shade above god awful.

M:  lingering and slightly bitter.

O: This beer I's not all that unlike hardboiled eggs. It smells like early death and tastes like you could get is anywhere.  

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Photo of kjyost
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at a recent bottle share. Poured at ~5C into 5 oz sampling glasses.

Pours a straw yellow white head that drops quickly. Straw and corn on nose. Hints of dates and sourness in the body with some pepperiness. A lemon tartness comes through over time. Sake and spice in finish. No one was impressed by this beer, and I think I was the most non-plussed... Meh.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of RS membership. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazed light apricot color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries a lot of sake yeast plus a bit of citrus. Far too one-dimensional and not a very nice dimension at that. The flavor is about the same. Not terrible, but not all that appetizing. Light body with crisp carbonation. Meh.

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Photo of popery
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a light, hazy gold with an enormous white head. I gave it a gentle pour, but bubbles immediately filled my glass. The carbonation seems aggressive but the head largely faded after a few seconds.

The aroma is a funky mixture of citrus, salty seaweed, pepper, earth and ginger. There's a lot going on, but it mostly works. The sake yeast lends a crisp fruitiness - it's rather sharp in an interesting way. There's some malt sweetness hiding in there, as well.

Taste is more jumbled than the aroma. The sweetness is more apparent. It still has a sharp quality, but the rest of the flavor should be cleaner to take advantage of that. The aftertaste particularly has an almost solvent-like quality. It's close to coming together, but it's just not quite dry enough. The seaweed note also doesn't work as well on the tongue. It's just a bit much against the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Lots of prickly bubbles.

It's an interesting beer but not something I'd want again. There are just too many notes bouncing around without enough thought as to how they interact. There's an unfortunate boozy note. The mouthfeel doesn't match up to the abv. I think the flavors would have been better served by a lighter base beer.

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Photo of craytonic
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very yellow, big white head, strong carbonation
Smell: aggressive yeast, a bit sweet and bread (think crackers). Coriander and some other weird spices.
Taste: I don't pick up too much of the odd fruits, just the weird yeast and a bit too much sugar. Ginger and orange peel do pop up.
Mouthfeel: medium body, slightly aggressive carbonation
Overall: great cause, but disappointing beer.

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Photo of Hunkernaughts
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

L:translucent cloudy golden; like mead; the coloring is almost perfect aside from the lack of head.
S:light citrus refreshing smell, possible hints of cardamom and coriander.
T: lingering bitterness at the end; light body; strong kumquat flavor. The taste does not match the appearance and scent. A good summer beer.
MF: It is sharp on the tongue- it has a watery bitterness on the sides of the tongue.
O: The beer is a bit of a tease.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle
Served into a tulip glass

A: Crystal clear golden colored body with a seriously active stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Fluffy and foamy white head gathers to about two fingers in height. Once the bottom of the bottle was reached, the sediment mixed in and the clarity degraded into a hazy mess.

S: Faint sweetness, Witbier-like spices, bread, pale malts and an overall graininess to the aroma. It smells like it has a Witbier base with some interesting layers on top of it. I can't say I've ever smelled a fresh kumquat so I'm not sure what I'm looking for in terms of flavor (other than it's a fruit).

T: Light grain, pale malts, more bread and a crisp/quick sweetness towards the mid-palate that's gone almost instantly. I'll assume kumquats. The spice comes in at the back end, rounding this rather one-dimensional profile.

M: Light and crisp, high carbonation with a bubbly feel on the mouth. This makes for a very easy drinking, and rather refreshing beer.

Bottom line, this was sort of boring. I had this in the cellar since last year so I'm sure it lost some characteristics. Nothing great but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of mindspin315
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. The carbonation was booming as it was poured and quite loud. Snap, crackle, and pop loud. White soapy looking head settled down really quick to only a small bubble ring around the glass. Hazy clear yellow with a grey hue. Looks funky. Scattered carbonation bubbles streaming through the body.

The sake aroma is very noticable with a big hint of fruitiness and buttered popcorn. I'm not all that familiar with Kumquats and their smell, but I believe that's what I'm getting here. Vanilla bean, lemon, and a sweet sugary aroma are big on the nose too. A very mild funk sits in the background. Very much reminiscent of a Triple/Golden Ale with a heavy fruity nose.

Sake, rice, green pepper, black pepper, and lemon flavors on the palate. Very high carbonation lends its way to a decent amount of dryness. The carbonation is a little too sharp. The mouthfeel is medium bodied...but the overall flavors become thin because of the carbonation. If it was toned down I think some more of the fruit/spices would come through. I'm left with an astringent palate that has a pepper flavor lingering. The pepper is actually a real highlight here and makes me want to go back for more. The peppery/spice notes became more prevalent after I poured the rest of the beer with the yeast into the glass.

Overall this beer shines with a nice aroma that has an inviting fruit note to it and a pepperiness that sits on the palate after the finish. These are two nice highlights of this Collab beer. A toned down carbonation level would've made this beer a heck of a lot better. With that said it is a beer that fails to hit a really good mark. It has a couple highlights but overall it really fails to deliver. Worth a try to say you've had it, but most likely something you won't return to more than once or twice.


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Photo of BostonHops
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a burnished gold tone with a bit of haze; yields a 1" white head, more spritzy than creamy and with below average retention. a bit a lacing in spots. nose is decidedly fruity / yeasty and accompanied by strong spice notes. not bad, kind of intriguing... whets my appetite for a sip.

flavor slaps the palate with a smattering of spice. pepper and coriander are notable along with one or two others i can quite pinpoint... fruit elements are there (citrus and maybe some grape). medium-light on the palate with some zesty carbonation.

overall i'm not quite digging this one. it's quaffable, sure, but doesn't work for me - a bit too heavy on the spices IMO. and/or apparently i'm just not into kumquats. interesting to try but won't seek out a revisit.

(originally reviewed: 11-24-2011)

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

burnished gold tone with a bit of haze; yields a 1" white head, more spritzy than creamy and with below average retention. a bit a lacing in spots.

nose is decidedly fruity / yeasty and accompanied by strong spice notes. not bad, kind of intriguing... whets my appetite for a sip.

flavor slaps the palate with a smattering of spice. pepper and coriander are notable along with one or two others i can quite pinpoint... fruit elements are there (citrus and maybe some grape). medium-light on the palate with some zesty carbonation.

overall i'm not quite digging this one. it's quaffable, sure, but doesn't work for me - a bit too heavy on the spices IMO. and/or apparently i'm just not into kumquats. interesting to try but won't seek out a revisit.

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Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a two finger, frothy white head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma that's slightly earthy with lots of estery fruit and sweet citrus notes. Zesty with hints of pepper, coriander and ginger followed by light fruit and citrus rind.

Medium bodied with a blast of zesty spice that dominates the flavor and lingers into a dry finish. Hints of coriander, pepper and ginger followed by a strong alcohol flavor and some sweet citrus. As it warms and the palate adjusts, the spices are less of an assault and the alcohol and citrus notes come through a bit more. Still, there is plenty of ginger flavor but it compliments the sake yeast pretty nicely. The citrus presence is mostly toward the end of the palate with subtle orange peel and grapefruit. I'm not very familiar with kumquats but the flavor here is slightly tart and not very strong. More heat in the finish. The ABV isn't well masked and the citrus notes are overpowered by the boozy flavor and spice overload. An interesting experiment and for a good cause but kind of one dimensional.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml. poured into a Burley Oak tulip

I think this is one of the few Bruery beers that says, "best consumed fresh" and doesn't explicitly say that it was bottle-conditioned. However, I love DFH and the Bruery (from what little I have had), so when I saw it for cheap ($15 compared to $36), I had to get it.

A: It poured with a nice thick head, which diminishes quickly and leaves no lacing. The color is a deep muddled gold that is cloudy/hazy. There is fine particulate sediment in it as well.

S: There is a sweet smell but also a sour funk combined with yeast like a good lambic or gueuze.

T: It is all yeasty with only a hint of sourness and funk at the end. The sake yeast likely doesn't help, seeing as how I've had it in cider and it produces a most interesting and different taste in beer and cider. There is almost no aftertaste, it is almost palate cleansing and recedes rapidly.

M: There is a lot of carbonation here but it dissipates quickly in your mouth like a flash in the pan. The coarseness is quite sharp.

O: I couldn't finish it, so instead it will be turned into expensive bread or some other kind of food. It might have been a bit better fresh, but the sake yeast does weird things to beer. However, it is a nice bottle. This is probably one of their worse beers, especially with this much age on it, but I love DFH and this is another one that I can say that I had.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge level of carbonation makes pouring a glass challenging. Crystal clear golden yellow color with a huge fluffy bone white head that impales on the glass on the way down. Odd aromas waft out of the glass as soon as the liquid splashes onto the bottom. There's a tart non descript fruitiness mixed into an elixir that is loaded with spices and a hint of earthy yeastiness. The ginger is really the only aroma from the list of ingredients that I can find in the nose. Reminds me a bit of a Belgian Strong with something else added to it. Lightly sweet honey like malts up front followed by a bit of sweet fruit. There are earthy and herbal flavors in here that get a bit spicy and a bit muddled. Again the ginger flavor is there with a bunch of other stuff that all seems homogenized. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I'll give them points for being different, but it didn't really work for me.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, can't remember where I came by this, into a NB Globe.

A: A very pale yellow color with a white head that foams up to about two inches and then collapses into a small cap. Decent clarity, lot of bubbles moving through the glass.

S: Pretty interesting, sake yeast, citrus, and lots of different spices, hard to really pick out the individual spices. Really a lot going on. Reminds me a bit of white wine as well. This one kind of has me thrown for a loop.

T: Slightly grainy, with some definite notes of citrus and a lot of different spices. Again white wine is in there as well. Leaves a huge resinous citrus peel aftertaste in the mouth that doesn't fade away, that has to come from the kumquats. No bitterness to speak of.

M: Extremely dry, lively carbonation, and incredibly thin. I attribute this to the sake yeast.

O: An interesting beer, but nothing that blew me away. I don't think this will improve much with age, may try cooking with the other bottle that I have.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of white head. Translucent yellow with decent lacing.

Smells like a stanky wheat beer, not the good kind.

Tart but not sweet; I'm guessing that is kumquat. Potent spice but light in body and relatively dry. Champagne-like in taste, I guess.

Fluffy texture, if that makes sense.

Kinda neat. Worth the price? Maybe, but since it's a relief effort, it's for a good cause. Also, it's a saison. Just sayin.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing, if a bit forgettable and bland collaboration from two breweries that typically deliver more…

Presentation: 750 ml capped brown bottle. Label with the overall branding of the Bruery over a splattered white and blue background with Japanese characters and the logo of Dogfish Center. Front label notes briefly main ingredients, style, collaboration and intent. Back label notes lifespan and serving instructions. Shows 8.25% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy gold pour, fizzy head with moderate retention, correct surface memory and light lacing.

S - Generic fruitiness, something of a hint at a particular complexity in the back end but barely…

T - Fruity and sweet, rather compact, maybe with an unusual sweet edge provided by the kumquats and sake yeast but it is rather gentle and generic… Minimal spice woven with the mix.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Alcohol is dangerously integrated… providing a rather easy flow.

O - Nothing offensive other than the price… Pleasing and forgettable flow.

Notes: Tremendous rip off for a brew this mediocre, seen in the region anywhere from $15 to $24, not the brewers fault but in particular that high bracket hurts the perception of the brew no matter what… Good for them to try to brew it in any case, and while drinkable I´m not sure this is something worth bottling and sharing around. A bit of a missed opportunity… I would surely expect something better-more provocative from these brewers.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a cloudy goldenrod color. Produced a decent white cap of froth. Some lace.

(S)- A light, spicy, almost floral zesty lemon citrus profile. A bit heavy on the yeast, but does blend well with the above mentioned.

(T)- Light, but a zesty yeast profile with a spicy lemon bit in there.

(M)- A high carbonation level. Heavier in the yeast department, but it does have some decent fruit and spice components.

(D)- An interesting beer. A fun and entertaining mouthfeel, but a bit thin on overall flavor and body, with overall balance taking priority.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy yellow/light orange. Big head that overflows the glass.

Smell - Saison-ish in its spice notes. Lemon citrus with a dose of sugar. Peppery. Belgian yeast notes.

Taste - Really lacking the taste to back up the smell. Tough to tell if it's a BPA or a saison or neither. Sweet and peppery in the finish. Bitter with lots of Belgian sugar and yeast flavors. Less interesting than the nose.

Mouthfeel - Light, but a touch sugary. Overly bitter in the finish.

Overall - The flavors are decent, but uninteresting. Lacking the explosion of flavors this bottle advertises.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours an extremely pale and hazy shade of yellow with a three finger, very puffy foam head. It certainly looks interesting...almost like the Hottenroth

S- the kumquat blends nicely with the yeast to create a very spicy aroma...almost just *smells* sour too

T- there's a very slight tartness coming out of this...kumquats are muted...yeast tastes over, almost comes across like your standard Belgian pale. Meh

M- thick bodied, very "puffy" tasting...if that makes any sense at all

O- sigh. I thought this might be different, or special. It's not

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Photo of chugalug06
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear yellow/orange pour, when from the top. Quite cloudy orange from the bottom... no lacing.

S - Very floral and spicy. unique brew!

T - Spicy, high heat. Lots of raisin/grape. Tastes like it's been aged in a Chardonnay barrels.

M - Dry. High heat.

O - What a unique brew. It's good, just not great. I've had better for the style, but this ones still good.

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