Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder | The Bruery

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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 kylehay2004
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger bubbly head with nice thick lacing on top of a clear nearly straw colored golden body. This is a very aromatic beer. Aroma is very fruity, makes me think of a saison or belgian dark. The flavor initially is very sweet, tart and syrupy with an almsot cider beer like quality. Mostly apple throughout with spicy charcter. Kumquat, corriander notes. High carbonation and light bodied. Semi dry in thw finish. Overall a very interesting beer which becomes more drinkable through the experience. Almsot like a mix between a saison and a cider beer in a simplified sense.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

been saving this one awhile... pours a hazy honey color with a receding one inch white head. smell is yeast driven and sweet/tart with some fruit and citrus maybe orange in the background. taste very much like a kumquat, for those who know what that is, a piquant orange vibe with a sugary conclusion. rind-like. yeast also in the flavor, a wheat beer mouthfeel, plenty bright and unfiltered. for $12.49 its worth it, complex and totally different. i am also a sucker for collaborations, something about the unity of it all...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 3 inch fizzy white head that settles to a thin film. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles when held up to the light. Random small dots and streaks of lace form sparsely on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, yeast, unidentifiable Asian spices, and some citrus aromas. Taste is mainly of grains, the spices, and a very distinct citrus flavor that I have to assume is kumquat. The aftertaste is a bit acidic and sour but it quickly dissipates into a subtly sweet buttery flavor. There is also a spicy quality to this beer that hits you in the back of the throat. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel that is almost soda-like in nature. I assume this could be due to the fact that sake yeast was used in this one. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not at all what I was expecting. I am glad I picked one up and that a portion of the proceeds go to charity.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a bright looking yellow color with a slightly hazy look to it. The head on the beer is a fizzy and white. There isn't too much lacing or retention. The smell of the beer has a nice tartcitrus aroma mixed with some softer bread like aromas. The taste of the beer has elements of tart fruits with some wheat like flavors in there. The mouthfeel is soft and I little tart. It's also very light. Overall this beer is ok, I can't say that it's anything all that special. It was nice to try.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is transparent dark yellow.

Sm: Light fruit esters, spice, and light barley. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Quite kumquatty, if I say so myself (and I do). Pleasant spices accompany. It's also slightly pumpkiny. It's quite unique, though I wouldn't go so far as to call it complex. Very balanced. I quite fancy it. I've never had a beer quite like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and of apt thickness. Suits the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV. I'd never guess the ABV was that high without knowing beforehand. I've not been a big fan of the beers I've had from The Bruery previously, but I quite fancy this one. Give her a go, lads.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head fades to a thick ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet with a rather strong grape note. Kind of wine like, I'm assuming that is coming from the yeast.

Taste: Tons of yeast coming to the front of this beer. It has a mild herbal quality to it along with a fruity sweetness. There is a hint of white wine with some alcohol heat and a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy yet aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was interested when I saw this was made with sake yeast. I thought the overall flavor was a bit muddles, but not unpleasing.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy straw color with a very nice head that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Smell those kumquats! Underneath, there is rice porridge, pear and banana, as well

Taste: The kumquats, rice and sake yeast elements jump out from the get-go, with other elements, such as the pear, banana, ginger and Japanese spices joining by mid-palate; after the swallow, a slight burn from the cayenne builds; in the aftertaste, I can also detect the sesame and poppy seed influences

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A subtle and complex beer - one where the ingredients are so unusual it helps to go the brewer's website to see what was used as the beer is a good drinker and is more enjoyable when you can pick out the various elements in the flavor profile

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery "Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder" in collaboration with Dogfish Head
25.4 oz. bottle; no apparent freshness dating

Appearance: Poured from a long-standing chilled bottle it's a crystal-clear deep gold. Specks of what might be protein, or possibly yeast or spice, can be seen resting in suspension. Very fine bubbles stream steadily upwards, helping to support the rocky bright-white head. It seems fizzy and highly carbonated at first, but that doesn't seem to be the case as it settles down quickly. Perhaps there's just not enough to the body to hold the CO2 in? Or not.... Unfortunately, the head doesn't hold for very long, and the lacing is limited as well. That must be due to the use of rice in the grain bill, and I think that can be forgiven as such. Subsequent pours rouse the yeast from the bottom of the bottle and it's quite hazy, taking on an almost orange color (and rounding and filling the flavor as well). So, as I don't think it's intended to be clear, and I actually much prefer the cloudy version (in both appearance and taste) let's go with that. Don't bother to be delicate with this one.

Aroma: Interesting. Spicy. Cedar-like. I'm thinking coriander, and there's a slight suggestion of cardamom as well, but I don't think either one is right. Lots of fruitiness makes it's way through, and there's a sweetish malt component to it. It's oddly alluring. It's somewhat tropical with a hint of papaya and melon, but also a spritz of lime and orange.

Flavor: So, the kumquats definitely come through, not that I'd know what they were if that information wasn't included on the label. It's an interesting fruitiness that has a bit of tartness to it, but which is also somewhat sweetish. And of course the spice is there. Ginger really comes through, and it leaves a tingle on the tip of the tongue by mid-glass. Whatever else is in there I really haven't got a clue, except that there's some kind of pepper to be sure (ahhh, maybe that's the source of the tingle on the tongue). Interestingly, it's a kind of basic beer in a way (I guess the closest thing I can liken it to as an example is a Belgian-style witbier), but it's also really complex. The rice flavor is also apparent, and along with the sake yeast, is probably what really makes it so unique. Together they're probably also whats giving me the impression of 'cedar', or some type of dry wood - although spicy dryness should not be ignored either, in that argument, as the spices really lend it a dry quality. It's certainly not as sweet as the aroma suggests it will be. It finishes dry and spicy with a myriad of flavors going on - and to a certain extent, that's where this beer shines.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly fuller than I thought it would be given the pour and dropped head, but also a little bit more carbonated than that visual inspection suggested. Everything considered, I think it's spot on: any more carbonation (or less body) would allow the spicing to run roughshod over everything else; and any less carbonation would leave it dull, just pulling everything down into a muddy mess.

Conclusion: Quite fascinating. It's initially an interesting beer just because it's so unique, but then layer upon layer of delicate complexities reveal themselves - all beneath an umbrella of some very firm peppery spice - yet it's not overdone! With everything going on here, this could easily have been a train-wreck, and yet somehow they managed to pull it off unscathed, and to a certain extent, in perfect balance. If you are a true connoisseur of beer you should seek this out before it's all gone because it's truly unique - I can think of a few beers on a global scale that are similar, but there are none that are the same.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour still yields a huge 3 finger fizzy head that fades semi quickly like its scared to be alive, and no lacing, over a semi clear but chill hazed golden honey colored beer with many bubbles rising up.

Nose is like a golden Belgian, lots of golden Belgian malts, quite yeasty too with a Belgian yeast, little farmhouse funky like yeast, some sweetness from the malts with a hint of honey and light candi sugar, hint of citrus candy, and little booze with esters. As it warms it gets a bit of a grainy like malt and some interesting like spice aroma almost saison like.

Taste starts sweeter with more malts, juicy malts, golden Belgian malts with some candi and like sweetness, light honey, and candi sugar. Again sweet citrus like candy flavor, with some light spices, not sure what spices they are but almost saison like. A bit yeasty with some Belgian yeast, eating the big sweet malts for a bit estery with a big booze kick, drinks more like 9-10% beer. Theres an interesting fruit from the yeast as well as something I can only attribute to the kumquats. The yeast gives lots of little bubbles. As it finishes it gets spicier but dry, and quite a bit of booze still almost burning the mouth level of booze. bit more of the fruit almost apricot like fruits now, and light spices and yeast as well as citrus candy.

Mouth is med bodied to slightly heavier, tons of carbonation and lots of booze too.

Overall not bad, a bit too heavy and boozy, interesting flavors though, it would be much better and drinkable without the heavy booze that almost buries the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Loose white foam settles quickly with no lace. Great clarity on a bright yellow gold body.

S - White peach, honey, muscat grape gummies, sweet sticky rice.

T - Saki, rice wine, plum wine, white grape, rainier cherries, dry rice, soft wheat. A really interesting profile.

M - Opens bright and lightly boozy before long, lingering lightly dry finish. Medium frame. Nice carbonation.

O - Unique and well executed. With its distinct asian flair of sweet deserts and alcohols, this is a flavor profile that you're just not going to find anywhere else.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a huge head of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, straw yellow body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - a very spicy aroma of clove, pepper, orange and cinnamon.

T - soft wheat and a fruity acidity up front. Some clove and lemon come out in the middle with a tart, citrus now that lingers through the finish with mild, herbal hops.

M - a thick, creamy body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - kind of tastes like a wit to me, but with more acidity than that style usually has. Fairly enjoyable but not something I would go out of my way to drink again.

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Photo of billab914
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a hazy, pale, golden yellow color with an active, bright white head filling the top two inches of the glass.

The aroma has a strong zesty, citrusy, slightly lemon like flavor to it that I can only assume is the kumquats. They give it a a little bit of a juicy, sweetness along with the zesty citrus. It has some peppery and clove spice notes to it as well.

The taste also has a very strong zesty, citrusy, juicy quality to it throughout. The peppery, clove like spice come out more in the finish. The kumquat, zesty, citrus qualities are a little overpowering in it for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Overall it was a drinkable and interesting beer, but not a great one. The kumquat citrus was a little overbearing for me, and the spices didn't really compliment it as well as they could. Definitely not something I'd buy again for the price, but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
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 Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a couple fingers of shiny and frothy bright-white head. This retains with some sudsy ringing around the edges of the glass, leaving back some thick and patchy swathes of lace. The aroma smells sticky, fruity, and spicy all at once in the nose, with notes of ripe tartness, bready sweetness, and spicy yeast.

The taste continues this, with a sweet and sticky mix of fruit and malt on the palate that leads into a steady spicy dryness that totally parches the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sprightly carbonation that dances those flavors around in the mouth. I will say that any alcohol warmth here is fabulously well hid here the ABV, with it mostly just adding extra fullness to the flavors.

This was interesting. Almost like a Saison crossed with a sparkling cider at times and while I actually liked the lively feel here it’s unfortunately contradicted a bit by the high alcohol and overall chewiness of the flavors. This was worth checking out but I’m glad that I was able to split the bottle with someone.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a 3-inch white foamy head which leaves flocked lace. Interesting audible of bubbles popping in the glass.

N: Yeast, citrus, spices, floral, and fruity (peaches) layered and intertwinned.

T: Sake yeast imparts a unique profile along with the many spices combine with juicy citrus rind. Interesting and unusual.

M: Medium body and full carbonation. Bright and zesty yeast together with spicy citrus fruits make the finish memorable and enjoyable.

O: Creative use of sake yeast, spices and citrus zest.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder from The Bruery
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