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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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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 301
Photo of ixodus
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear gold in color with a finger thick white head with decent head retention and decent lacing

S: Sweet citrus, oranges, mandarins, apricots, ginger root, candied sugar, pepper, banana. Smells almost saisonesque.

T: Juicy oranges, mandarins, apricot, clementines, lemon rind, ginger, cloves, pepper, and coriander. Almost like a Belgian golden strong or Triple. Juicy yet dry with a spicy finish.

M: Light to medium body with high carbonation an a dry finish. Carbonation muddled the beer a bit.

O: Overall better then I expected. I enjoyed the juicy citrus notes at the front of the palate and the finish was very nice. I wish I knew what a kumquat tasted like before I drank it.

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Photo of jaysephx69
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden color with a billow and very bubbly bright white head that took its time to fade into dense film that left sparse lacing behind.

S: Bright citrus and spices on the nose with scents of kumquats, honey

T: has very light and sweet nectar-like notes that do taste just like kumquats.
M: Medium-full body, with tingly ample carbonation.

O: Sweet overall with yeasty, spicy, flavors. This beer was interesting to drink but once is enough for me.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml purchased back in November '11 from Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured this one into my Lost Abbey snifter. Best served fresh reads the label.

A: Pronounced hiss as I pop the cap. Pours a hazy straw yellow gold color. Two finger bright white pillow of head. Good carbo. Bottle conditioned. Swirl causes it to grow and adds to sticky lacing.

S: Smells clean, like a lot of DFH beers. The sake yeast is almost Belgian like in initial smells. Get some subdued spicy grain notes. Maybe a little touch of funk.

T: Almost champagne like on mouthfeel. You get a little bit of spice on the tip of the tongue, maybe due to sake yeast used. Middle of the mouth it mellows a little with some citrus fruitiness, maybe the kumquats. The finish is very dry and white wine like.

M: Light to medium bodied. ABV is not present.

O: B+ for me. It's a good effort on this one and for a good cause. Probably the most enjoyable DFH brew I have had in a while. Cheers to the collabo.

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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 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 StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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 MarkIntihar
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Jackie O's tulip.

A - Pours an orange-tinted golden color with plenty of foamy white head. Somewhat cloudy but mostly translucent. A nice enough looking beer.

S - Nose is very spicy up front, with a hint of sweet fruit in the background (assuming this is the kumquat). Now that I'm looking up what a kumquat is, the hint of orange peel makes more sense to me. Also picking up the faintest hint of hops. Definitely spice and citrus dominated, though.

T - Taste follows nicely from the nose, again with the spices and citrus dominating. However, where in the nose the spices were more predominant, on the tongue the citrus is the main characteristic. There is a light, floral hoppy finish to the beer as well, which seems to help cleanse the palate after the initial juicy citrus bomb. Altogether nicely integrated and a pleasant taste.

M - Feels juicy in the mouth, as though I'm actually biting into a piece of fruit. Reminds me of the Upland Persimmon lambic without the sour vinegary bite, obviously. The floral hop finish is very nice as well. Leaves a sense of cleanliness on the tongue.

O - Overall a very nice beer. Hides the 8.25% very well and has a pleasant, well integrated flavor profile. Would expect nothing less from two well-respected breweries.

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Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange-peach with a fizzy white head that settles to a slight mound in the center.
S - Fruity aromas of citrus, peach, wheat, and coriander-like spices. Yeast profile is very unusual, you can tell that it's different from a "usual" yeast, but I don't know it "sake" would be my first guess.
T - OK, there's the sake. More fruity peach and citrus flavors (I suppose that's pretty much what a kumquat tastes like) with some delicate spicing.
M - Light and spritzy, with a medium-thin body and fairly sharp carbonation. Very light and refreshing!
O - A very unique beer that work well, this was a great collaboration.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two of my favorite breweries come together to make an OK beer? I'm a little disappointed here. Served in a Bruery tulip. At the time of this review, this beer is the #29 beer on the "Top Beers - Herbed / Spiced Beer" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is yellow, hazy, with a big white head, decent retention, some lacing, aggressive carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is a lot like a tripel, nice yeast, strong malts, sweet, tea like bitterness and a citrusy fruit presence.

The fruit comes through in this beer, the body is thin and the sweetness of the beer is what really wins out overall. Decent beer but the Bruery is developing this trademark flavor to me, this sweet, nearing cloying sort of body to their Belgian ales that is slightly less than appealing. An interesting bitterness would have improved this beer or more fruit. I don't know. I may drink it again.

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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 roodie
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a Maudite tulip

A: pours a clear straw/golden hue with ample white head, minimal lacing is left behind while drinking

S: citrus is evident, that distinct kumquat tartness with a backbone of a belgian pale or saison. some peppery notes.

T: spot on with the kumquats initially, that classic sweet rind with the acrid pulp, but quickly become very spicy, with hints of club soda.

M: very spicy/peppery on the lips and palate, the crispness of citrus is refreshing. dries out the taste buds.

O: a good beer, wish I had it fresher. Maybe would have been better upon release as it's recommended to drink it fresh.

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Photo of dtivp
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale gold with a finger and a half white heade that fades slowly into a thin cap with light lacing.

Aroma of spice, cloves, pepper and citrus.

Taste of cloves, some ginger, pepper, with hints of of lemon peel, a very slight fruit sweetness and bready malt. As it warms a slight hint of the sake yeast is present.

Mouth Feel is medium body with moderate carbonation, spicy with a touch of sweetness and a slight warming end.

Overall a very interesting beer, a little more spice than I typically like, however, it was very enjoyable. A nice beer to sit back sip and relax.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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 kylehay2004
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Much thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this brew!

A: A pale yellow pear in color, clear and topped with a tall white head.

S: Citrusy and fruity, you can definitely smell a hint of the sake yeast. This has a similar smell to the Saison du buff, although I'm not sure if they used any of the same spices it certainly has that herbal/spice tone. Lemony citrus, and herbal notes.

T: Very interesting. The first taste is a somewhat subdued preserved lemon peel flavor. There is a bit of a tart kick I would assume from the yeast. There is a slight herbal/earthy thing in the finish, the kumquats come out more in the finish with some bitter citrus peel flavor. I almost pick up a hint of coriander in there...

M: Light in body, although I think that part of the lightness is coming from the very fine, and abundant carbonation.

O: Overall a very interesting beer. I tried kumquats for the first time and being a homebrewer, I thought that it would be interesting to use them in a brew.. I was thinking perhaps a saison, this seems to be a pretty good example of what one might taste like. Certainly a change of pace, and it's nice to see breweries helping out a good cause.

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

750ml bottle into NB snifter.

A: Pours a dark golden color with a billow and very bubbly bright white head that took its time to fade into dense film that left sparse lacing behind.
S: Bright citrus and spices on the nose with scents of kumquats, honey, and ambiguous spices. Smells interesting at the least.
T: The sake yeast comes through strongly in the flavor. Citrus is right there behind it although it doesn’t scream kumquat. The aftertaste, however, has very light and sweet nectar-like notes that do taste just like kumquats. The spices are hard to pin down just like the nose, but the finish does have a hint of the cayenne pepper, and there is a very vague salty ocean-ness from the nori.
M: Medium-full body, heavy mouthfeel feel that is greasy feeling, with tingly ample carbonation.
O: Sweet overall with yeasty, spicy, flavors. This beer was interesting to drink and I didn’t not like it, but it definitely took some getting used to and once is enough for me.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a hazy yellow/orange with finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is yeasty with some slight malt flavor and a bit of hops that is showing some bitterness and also letting the sweet malt aroma.

The taste is smooth is light drinking malty flavor that has some rice-like flavor but promise of so malts that are to be in this beer. There is a high sweetness but it seems to be a bit of trickery. Where is this flavor coming from? With a bit of moving around oak is present in the flavor as well as some rice-like flavor and there is a clean, crisp flavor there as well and it is able to wash off my taste buds and renew things for another day.

The feel of this beer is smooth and has a good backbone to push against that it is unheard of to go against the grain.

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

750ml bottle, $17.00 from The Liquor Store in Tygsboro, Mass.

Pours cloudy gold with an inch-plus head of white fluff. A partial skim coat for the duration as well as plenty of elongated streaks of lacing.

Aromatics are very Triple-esqe with plenty of Belgian phenols and light spice. Cut grass, citrus, coriander, bubblegum, and cloves.

Light bodied with a crisp, bubbly mouthfeel.

Biscuity malt with orangy overtones and bubblegum start the palate. Earthy, with shades of wet hay and clove-dusted tangerines follow through.

Finishes with lingering clovey phenols, light spice, citrus and some throat warmth.

Tasty enough brew, somewhere between a triple and saison, but the Kumquats don't really shine through much. I certainly was expecting a more interesting beer for $17.00 though.

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Photo of Kranders
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty interesting beer. Pours a great golden color. Nice fruit tones in the aroma. Pretty sweet in taste with a bit of fruit and coriander. Dry finish that cleans up and doesn't last long on the tongue. Overall it seems just a bit too muddled up, trying to do a lot in one beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass a clear golden color with a BIG white fluffy head that slowly settles leaving some lace. Light lemon, wheat, orange, and spice. Light/medium mouthfeel with carbonation. Tasty, light fruit, lemon, orange, corriander, and other spice. Dry. Not sure what role the saki yeast plays in all the flavors but its good and works.

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Photo of turnstile
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours hazy golden with a thin, white head. Retention is excellent and lacing is superb. Bubbles dance and stream quickly from the bottom of the tulip glass.

Smell: Potent floral aroma, citrus, pith, honey sweetness, a hint of banana, bready malt and yeast spiciness. Complex, sweet and aromatic. Sake yeast delivering some great complementary notes.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Overall dry, verging on slightly sweet with a sharp tang. Kumquats contribute a mild citrus flavor and slight sourness. Spiciness is faint but apparent. Malts are bready and clean. Body is light and carbonation is crisp, making the mouthfeel even lighter.

Overall: Hits the mark in appearance and aroma. Mouthfeel seems appropriate for the style. Balance is key with this brew, and they nailed it.

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Photo of billab914
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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 Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice refreshing beer. Better than the reviews suggest I think.

The beer pours a nice orange color that is pretty hazy and has a body of head that lasts a while (nice fluffy white appearance). Has some cascading bubbles, quite nice looking.

The smell is nice, and it gives notes like a witbeer in my opinion, in fact I expected the style to be a witbeer on here, though I suppose with the spice additives it can't classify as that style. The spices do come through in the nose along with some light fruity characters and belgian yeast. Just a bit of sweetness, but mostly a nice dry hop character.

The flavor is quite nice and the feel is great too, it's crisp but has body and depth of flavor. I really like this fruity and vegetable type taste in the middle of the beer, with wit like malts and yeasts surrounding it, almost like a juiciness to it. Has almost a nutmeg like spice to it. Some pears and apple flavors as well and maybe just a bit of spice tinged alcohol. Nice carbonation that compliments the beer quite nicely.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Definitely at least an A- for the style, very well done.

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

Pours a very clear yellow gold color with a large white bubbly head and has continuous heavy champagne like bubbles running up from the bottom of the glass.
The smell is upfront with citrus hops, kumquat, spices, coriander and some lemon pepper.
The taste is similar with clove, coriander, kumquat, some slight hop bitterness and a somewhat metallic finish.
A champagne like feel with a light body, dry and higher carbonation.
A pretty good beer with some interesting uniqueness.

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

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a nice fluffy three finger white head that slumps to leave a nice smooth white blanket.

S - Nice aroma of kumquats, almost honey like sweetness alon with some interesting spice notes that I cant quite place. Almost like a triple.

T - Wow, first thing I get is an assault of sweetness. Lots of orange/citrus sweetness in the first sip for me. Things begin to open up more with each sip, but never too much sadly. There is some kumquat rind with this. I dont get a whole lot of spices in the mouth (mostly belgiany spices) and I get some of that ABV as well.

M - Nice crisp, bubbly carbonation keeps this light and up off the tongue. Cant pick up the alcohol at all.

O - Overall, While I thought this was a nice, interesting beer that big sweetnesshurt it for me. With that sweetness and the ABV that comes with it the beer just doesnt work for me. Its still tasty, but not worth a rebuy.

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