Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder | The Bruery

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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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Ratings: 301 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of socon67
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had for Thanksgiving toast.

A - Pours orange, cloudy, and with some sediment swirling in the glass. A hearty white foam rests on top. Minimal lacing.

S - Some sugary sweet smell of fruit. Has an earthy spice scent, but not easy to place.

T - Initial taste is sweet. Not sure if I taste kumquats, which is what is listed on the bottle. But it is a fruity flavor of grapes, peaches, and some citurs. Spciy notes finish the flavor prfile. A bit peppery, and maybe a cinnamon flavor too.

M - Carbonation makes this a cocktail beer. we had this to toast the holiday meal, and I'd find this the appropriate way to enjoy the beer. The combination of seet and spices is a bit heavy and not the best to enjoy with a meal.

O - Decent collaboration, and from 2 cool breweries I enjoy alot. Worth trying, not worth trying again. Just a fun beer to share with a group once.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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 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 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 patm1986
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fluffy bright white head builds and then collapses quite quickly. The beer is a very bright and perfectly clear brass/gold color. A decent amount of carbonation escapes to the surface. No lacing to left behind.

Aroma is fruity and bright. Have no idea what kumquats smell like so I won’t pretend that’s what it smells like. Some nice pale malt aroma as well. Perhaps a touch of menthol here as well. Definitely some herbal notes.

Ok, so I was a bit concerned about the use of Sake yeast here. I don’t like sake and didn’t like the Mikkeller that used the Sake yeast. (I forget which one it was) But I really enjoy this. Pale malts just below the surface of a wonderful herbaceous explosion. After this there is some nice fruit and then a mild bitterness to finish. There are signs of orange peel and slight citrus notes. Just like the aroma a touch of what I perceive to be eucalyptus. I think this really works and the balance between the herbal notes and fruit produces a really enjoyable taste.

Delicate, refreshing and light bodied.

Have to say that I really enjoyed this. Well done guys!

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Photo of imbibehour
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 Goldstar81
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of lcmir23
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Rckmo10
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a white head. Smells really interesting, heavy on the citrus and spice notes. Not really what I was expecting. I don’t get a lot of sesame or sake characteristics. The flavor has a lot of yeast, citrus peel, and spice. There’s a bit of banana to it as well as plenty of bread. Wasn’t bad, actually.

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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 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 PEIhop
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of mikereaser
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Coriander
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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Photo of ineva
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of thedindaniel
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of snpub540
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale gold hue with a 2 finger white head that leaves fast and doesn't leave much lace on its way out.

Aromas are fruity, with a nice yeasty note and some herbal notes mixed in as well.

Flavor is fruity and sweet up front, with a bread note and the finish I can definitely pick up tagarashi/sesame notes. Very dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin. This was a good beer and definitely something more out of the ordinary. I would drink it again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears as a hazy straw color with a two finger fizzy white head that dissipates down to nothing in about a minute, leaving some interesting abstract patterns of lacing behind. At the moment I popped off the cap, there was a brief burst of semi-sour/spoiled kumquat aroma that fled the bottle and never came back. The aroma upon pouring into my tulip glass was much more pleasant: funky sake yeast on top of a grassy saison-like herbal essence and kumquat / persimmon juicy fruit. Flavor follows the nose but also includes a mild bready yeast element, some freaky (in a good way) white wine and rice sake flavor profiles, and a subdued tangy semi-sour accent note at the finish. Body is light and spritzey like a soda with the carbonation. The fruit elements in this one are also kept nice and dry, they never overwhelm the palate. At no point was the high ABV apparent by taste or smell...dangerously drinkable!

So in summary, this brew comes across to me as a sort of spiced Saison / Sake hybrid thing that somehow manages to be really super complex while staying subtle on the palate. If you are a Saison fan then this is worth checking out, because that's what it primarily felt like to nice exotic Saison.

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Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jkelly482
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder from The Bruery
3.75 out of 5 based on 301 ratings.
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