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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 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 ummswimmin
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

N-n-now that don't kill me
(Do it faster make us stronger)
Can only make me stronger
(More than ever ever after)
I need you to hurry up now
(Our work is never over)
'Cause I can't wait much longer.
Stronger by Kanye West

When I read the label, it makes me think of this song. Now the song is stuck in head.

The flavor of this beer really stays with you as well. It is a very original offering. You don't forget kumquats as a beer flavoring.

The coloring is like the inside of a kumquat (good description by Naugros). It is a hazy golden. There was a ton of light head on the beer which lead to some very good lacing.

The foam was pretty tasty with good orange-like presence. The nose and flavor have a saison quality with good sour. This leads to a wine-like beer. You also get spice in the roof of your mouth that stays after each drink.

I enjoyed this beer by the Bruery, and I really appreciate the fundrasing efforts by the Bruery and DFH toward the tsunami victims. I wish I could have had more of this very original beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeasts, spices, coriander, with some fruity flavors, lemon peel, and wheat.

T - Starts off with some Belgian yeast esters with some lemon peel, fruity esters, and a bit of coriander. Through the middle, some wheat and sake yeast flavors come through with a bit of black pepper. The finish is a mix of kumquats, lemon peel, wheat, Belgian yeast, and some spice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels smooth with an estery, lightly tart, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really interesting flavors in this beer that all really come together nicely. The kumquats and the sake yeast really add some great elements to the beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of akorsak
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL capped bottle. I forget where it came from through, and no distinguishing price tags to boot. In a snifter.

A: Beautiful, the clearest, cleanest golden yellow that I've seen in a long time. Not an imperfection to be seen. A steady stream of bubbles illuminates the ale, drawing further attention. A white head, dense, moved past two fingers on the first few pours and left ample lacing behind.

S: Fruity aromas mingle with a dry yeastiness, more Belgian than not. The sake yeast adds further dryness. The fruitiness is fleshy, a nice pairing with the yeast. The color, suggesting a pale Japanese lager, doesn't water down the scent.

T: Sweetness upfront, followed by malty breads in the finish. Fleshy fruits, paler varieties, drive the sweetness. Yeast adds to it, adding drying along the way. The ale is well carbonated, to the point of champagne. The bready finish picks up but fruitiness is the lasting hallmark of the ale. Interesting, spritzy and flavorful enough to keep me interested.

M: The yeast does a nice job of directing the flavors; sweet at times and dry bread at others. These collaborations have a nice twist to them, plenty of flavor without much of an alcohol side effect.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized DFH Snifter. How fitting!

This beer poured with a huge 3-4 finger soapy head. It took a few minutes to bubble down, so that I could continue to add more to the glass (which holds about 18 ounces). Hazy golden color- not as cloudy as I expected for an unfiltered brew.

Smell has a tart edge- hints of yeast and barley. Taste is very much like a belgian ale- yeast, but an interesting finish- more of a dry finish, with a very slight tart edge. I have no idea what a kumquat tastes like, so perhaps that's what is "hinting" at me.

The feel of this beer is very lively- very fizzy, very active. It's got a medium body, just a bit on the lighter side of medium.

This is not a bad brew- I think it would be better in warmer weather- this would be refreshing on a late spring or early summer day. Not a bad collaboration effort! And another bottle for my DFH collection...

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Photo of cwguy5
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to jisom123 for this one!

A - clear yellow-golden color with super thick, foamy head that hung around as a slowly bubbling lava-like layer

S - green apple, coriander, belgian yeast (though i know it states sake yeast on the label), slight bitter citrus/kumquat

T - much like nose but even more delicate

M - light bodied with peppery carbonation; very saison-like body and presentation; very light, mild linger

O - i thought this was very much like a saison. complex, sometimes floral, sometimes hebal, notes were complimentary but not outstanding. the kumquat came out more as it warmed which was a good thing imo. glad to have tried it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wellington glass (favorite beer glass period).

Appearance: This beer is a semi cloudy gold, Head rose to roughly two fingers length.

Smell:Light yeast and lemon peel not too potent but obviously apparent.

Taste: Unique, not extraordinary but pretty damn good. Feel of light lemon, vanilla, yeast and slightly creamy. If I say anything this beer is your Belgian strong pale ale meets a Hefewiezen. Complex but so smooth.

Overall: I kid you not, if you're a fan of what I mentioned above you will regret walking out without this beer beer. Drink with pride I will be buying this again. Salud!

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Photo of rawfish
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright lemon yellow, very hazy with a 2 finger meringue whipped white head. Fantastic retention with slight lacing that is constant throughout the drink.

Interesting blend of spices hovering over pale grains, wheat, lemon zest. The sake yeast adds a creamy dampered element on the brightness. Slightly peppery and powdery as well.

Pale malt, wheat twang, crystallized ginger, toast and bright citrus. Smooth and creamy as the yeast adds some earthiness, balanced nicely with some mysterious spices that add depth and complexity. Hay and a resinous orange peel bite in the finish.

Medium bodied and not overbearing despite all the haze from the yeast. Fairly active carbonation with a crisp finish. Yeast creaminess is a very seamless cover for the ABV.

Impressive offering with layers of complexity not often seen in a blonde ale. Subtle flavors and spice notes along with a bright and balanced base. Very refreshing, reminds me of a wit or saison with a very different flavor profile. I enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A billowy white head stands dominantly atop. Apple juice coloring has a neat clarity on the first pour showcasing the strong and lively carbonation factor that rises at a moderately quick pace. Patchy lacework on the inside. Really appreciate at times a pale beer, which is so hard to do and often covered up with speciality grains.

S: The aroma was a bit of pale lemony grains, light and not much else memorable about it.

T: Crisp flavor, again very sharp with some hay and buttered grains and lemony notes. Apple juice, soft musky nature with a dash of peppery spice, tropical fruit and a sharp acidic bite. A soft leave of noble warm flowers, and woodsy pine/lemon hints.

M: Sharp intense and bubbly mouthful, light medium body.

O: like the grain body here, but the spicing failed to jump out at me, especially since this is labeled a spice/herb beer. Good, but not great considering the two breweries involved.

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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 sjohansen
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FBBB is an unique beer, specifically made to review on Leap Day, an unique day. There is a strong wave of many scents that waft through the air as soon as the cap is popped. I cant put my finger on many of them specifically, but it is very reminiscent of Chateau Jiahu, it reminds me very much of sake. Peppers, sweet fruit, gummy bears, and meringue are some of the scents that come off the nose. The body has a slight haze, much like a public pool during an August heat wave. It's straw yellow color is topped with a light and fluffy whip, with a mixture of tight and thick, small and large bubbles, that leave leopard spotted print on the glass throughout the session. The tastes is over the top, different, otherworldly. There is a slight bit of heat as the beer warms; not from alcohol, but from some type of spice or pepper used in the brew. The heat just hints, disappearing after a few seconds and returning on the next sip. It almost reminds me of red pepper flakes. The sweet kumquats (Wha!) balance out the spice nicely. It's wild, it's awesome, it made my day today.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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 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 justintcoons
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a brilliant gold with excellent clarity. Has 4 fingers of loose white head that’s made up of giant bubbles that dissipate slowly. Very lively champagne-like carbonation. A really lovely looking beer.

N: Apple juice, pear, clove, candy cigarette sticks, white grapes and hints of kumquat.

T: Apple juice, golden delicious apple, pear and notes of kumquat (similar to an orange) upfront. Mid-palate brings in white grapes, candy cigarette sticks (yeah, the chalky ones), clove and notes of lemon. Finishes with a light barnyard funk, hay, white wine and perhaps some coriander.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, extra dry, clean and refreshing.

O: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Crisp apple and white grape throughout with lighter notes of pear and kumquat. Some light spices and funk in there as well. The kumquats come off sweet and citrusy rather than sour as I expected. Very easy drinking and at 8.25% the alcohol is not noticeable at all. Very refreshing.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow amber. Lively two finger medium white head on pour, settles quickly to a ring with no lacing. Aroma of light fruit, caramel malt, very light spicing, reminiscent of a Marzen. Taste has light fruit, light citrus, neutral malt finishing dry, sake yeast effect is evident. A touch of wild yeast flavor at the end, probably from the sake yeast. Carbonation and spicing gives this a peppery, lively taste and finish. Light to medium mouth feel. Not quite my style (a bit too dry on the finish), but complex, well made and pleasant to drink. I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a a pale straw yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, fruit, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spices, kumquat, fruit, and subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an okay brew. The aroma on this one was very Belgian Pale Ale-ish as was the flavor. I do like how they were able to incorporate the kumquat into this one, but it just fell short for me. Worthy of trying for any true ticker out there, but fell short of my expectations.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Victory's Golden Monkey tulip glass. An almost crystal clear golden orange color. Two fingers worth of an almost white head. Not a burst of scent from this one, quite mild and spicy, sweet and lemony. Very fizzy mouth feel which is my least favorite thing about this beer. There are a few different things happening taste wise, a lot of spice, kumquat is present but sits behind notes of mostly apple, lemon and banana. Plenty of yeast character and a gummy candy like after taste lingering sip to sip. Enjoyed fresh as suggested. Something I liked overall and geared toward a great cause.

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Photo of ckollias
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this champagne bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with a thick, 3-finger, white head that quickly disappears into a wispy lace leaving a partial trail down the glass.

S: Spicy sweet aroma with a yeasty Belgian smell. Lots of fruits and citrus in the nose.

T: Very sweet and tart brew which has lots of spices. Citrus and yeast background

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: This was an awesome brew. Great flavors and aromas and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid beer that I liked very much. The ratings seem a little low to me, but perhaps this beer just caters a bit more to my taste. I see some similarities here to the Provisions Series: Gunga Galanga- another beer that most people didn't like. While this beer isn't dark, and has a bit more spice, there are some striking similarities between the citrusy creaminess of the kumquats here and the kaffir lime leaves in the Gunga Galanga. I love that citrusy, spicy, creaminess that reminds me slightly of a nice Thai curry, and there are echos of that here. Lots of citrus in the aroma, and a bit less in the taste, but with those lovely cream and spice notes- particularly soon after opening the bottle. I liked it. It's also nice to see a collaboration beer dedicated to such a good cause- the earthquake and its aftermaths were truly horrific.

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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 beagle75
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Hopside-down pilsner glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with one finger of white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and numerous fine streams of bubbles rise in the column.

S: Crisp crackery malt is understated, with bright but similarly restrained tangerine peel. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with very fresh bright citrus fruit and herbaceous hop aromatics. Acidity is moderate, lending additional citric qualities into the snappy clean middle whose overall quality is suggestive of adjunct cereal. The finish adds nuanced interest, finding balance between vegetal spice and fermentation. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft on the palate to the point of being delicate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer seems to confine itself to some mysterious set of boundaries that it masterfully avoids crossing over. All of the advertised elements are evident: dynamic citrus indicative of kumquats, spice that is sometimes green and sometimes nutty, curious fermentation notes, and feather-light carbohydrate influence. It drinks more like a 5% abv lager, so harmonious and controlled are its many facets.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with three fingers of fizzy white head. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast on the nose, definite clove and nutmeg. Good but somewhat one dimensional. The taste is more of the same, dominated by the spiced yeast character but with a touch of fruitiness. The mouthfeel was a little thin but still good. Overall, I was sort of confused by this. It says it was brewed with sake yeast but it felt more like a Belgian tripel to me, but then it was a bit thin, almost saison-esque in that way. I should have expected the unexpected from DFH but if I didn't know the backstory I would have said this was an unremarkable tripel. Worth trying once, but I won't be going back to it.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lord Hobo- poured a translucent yellow color with no head, no retention and no lacing.

Smells mostly of yeast, then a little malt and skittle spice (maybe nutmeg).

Tastes a lot like it smells- like yeast and slightly malty with a little hood towards the end.

Mouthfeel is very lively- thin but well carbonated. Good brew but not my favorite blonde.

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Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lots of grassy and waxy hops, with salty Belgian yeast and some white grapes and copper.
T: It tasted like tart white grapes and sweet candi sugar and creamy bready yeast, with some grassy and waxy hops. It had a clean aftertaste that was bitter and tart.
M: It was thin and very bubbly, like champagne.
D: This was an interesting beer, but nothing too special. The scent was ok, but the taste was better, delicate and fairly complex. The body wasn't what I was looking for, but the alcohol was fairly well hidden, so it was easy enough to drink. Maybe worth a try. Maybe.

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