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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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled March 2012
A soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger and rising, frothy, just off-white colored head that ends up a full two fingers above the rim of my glass. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale straw color when held up to the light. As I pour this lots of fruit aromatics are present and these remind me of pear and apple cider to some degree. There is an earthy note to the nose that is brought out by a by the pale grain character as well as from some of the spice character. Specific aromatic notes of pale wheat crackers, pear blossoms, lemon zest, a musty white pepper note, some bright ginger character, perhaps a hint of nutty - pale grain character, and a definite Sake like character.

The beer is expressively carbonated, the body is fairly light, which helps to accentuate the effervescence and the beer is actually fairly dry as well. Ginger flavors provide some bitter like notes and there is a bright citrus note that lightly infuses things here. The finish has a bite to it that seems to be a mix of alcohol, phenolics and spiciness; it is almost clove like, sort of turpene laden in some ways and suggests at a palate numbing quality. Touches of pale cracker like grain character peak through at times, but the grain really contributes a soft, pale grain sweetness. The body of this beer is actually quite light, it has a touch of viscous character to it, but only just enough to keep it from being watery. The alcohol, along with the lightness, definitely reminds me a bit of sake & I wonder if that is the rice, the Sake yeast or perhaps both. The fruit character in this beer actually leans more towards pear than it does citrus

This is a bit more interesting than I was expecting; I really like that the spice character is fairly subtle, which I also was a little worried about coming into this beer. This has a touch more warmth to it than the alcohol level might suggest, and I wonder if this has been accentuated by the Sake yeast. Not bad, this definitely gets bonus points for striking an interesting balance between beer and Sake (though it is definitely weighted towards the former).

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Served in a Local Option cervoise.

How can a beer become faster...? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunshine blonde topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises white grapes, sweet biscuit, light peach (maybe it was white grape-peach juice to begin with?), light clove, mild sweet lemon zest, a twinge of mild tea, and a vague sense of general funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tea character coming through a bit more pronounced, some wild rice coming through in the background, and some spice mixture I can't quite parse pervading the proceedings. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an interesting amalgamation here, one that I don't think fully expresses what it wants to, but it was still pretty enjoyable in the end.

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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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Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 303 ratings