Vitis Series: Oui Oui | The Bruery

Vitis Series: Oui OuiVitis Series: Oui Oui
BA SCORE
3.91/5
144 Ratings
Vitis Series: Oui OuiVitis Series: Oui Oui
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The second beer in our Vitis Series line of beer that have been fermented with grapes. For Oui Oui we used a first running press of Chardonnay grapes from the central coast and added them to our sour blonde ale. The beer was then aged in oak barrels that had originally been used to store wine, imparting even more of that chardonnay-like quality. The final beer has a pleasant funk which compliments the stone fruit and white wine-like character.

Added by womencantsail on 02-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
144
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
49
Trade:
2
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours nearly still with just a few bubbles on top of the beer. Light golden and a bit hazy. The nose has loads of Chardonnay and a bit of oak and light acidity. Favor has quite a bit of grape character as well. Light body and low carbonation with a nice, crisp acidity. The lack of carbonation really hurts here, though the rest of the beer is quite nice.

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3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very little head, golden piss-clear with a very slight haze.

Smell: Sharply acidic with some chardonnay barrels

Smell: Acid, faint chardonnay grapes, oak

Mouthfeel: very thin and low carbonation.

Overall: Not that impressive. Way too acidic with no funk or anything else to add depth of flavor.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4/3/12 the bruery vitis series: Oui Oui
Got two bottles of this being in the RS this year. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a murky, deep yellow color with a few white bubbles and light to mdoerate carbonation evident. Poured this one aggressively like I did the Mother Funker bottle I had last night, but head was the same. Hoping carbonation issues don't become a problem this year.

s - Smells of chardonnay, sour grapes, tart citrus and fruit, oak, funk, and some earthy notes. Lots of acidity and a ton of chardonnay. Funk is very light. Nice but not a ton of funk.

t - Taste again is dominated by chardonnay. Also some sour grapes, oak, acidic notes, hay, and earthy notes. More sour grapes here then in the nose, but the chardonnay dominates once again. Less funk then the nose.

m - Light body and low carbonation, almost non-existent. Lack of carbonation hurts it a bit. Acidic body.

o - Overall a nice beer, but the chardonnay is really dominating, especially in the nose, and the lack of carbonation hurts it as well. Some nice sour grape in the taste, would have liked more in the nose, and more funk all around. Will sit on my other bottle for a bit and see what happens. Much much better then Mother Funker, but not nearly as good as Filmishmish in terms of this years sours.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Clear light goldenrod in color with zero visible carbonation. This pours still as water. It's not a particularly unattractive beer, but some carbonation would be nice. This leaves the glass only shiny on its way down the glass.

The aroma is white grape and chardonnay heavy, along with some mild earth, and definitely sweet candy notes. Mild acidic character, but the grapes and wine barrels are definitely dominant. Enjoyable.

White grapes, chardonnay, oak, a bit of sour tartness, and a mild yeast presence make up the majority of this beer's flavor. Sweet toffee notes are present as well.

Thin to medium bodied with zero carbonation. Bubbles would have helped this one.

Good, interesting, and unique, but not a particularly exciting beer. A wonderful beer to introduce white wine drinkers to. Carbonation would have really helped this one.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours like a Chardonnay, golden yellow and flat.

S - Smells like a Chardonnay. Fruity sweetness, light tannins, oak, light acidity. The grape notes are really nice in this beer as well.

T - Tastes like a Chardonnay. More fruits and grapes then the nose with less acidity and tannins. If you like wine, you'll like this beer. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden for 9%. Finish is sweet grapes and like oak.

M - Medium, flat, dry finish.

O - I really liked this beer, even with it being flat as a pancake. Being a wine-lover, I think it helped me make amends with it being still and I was still able to appreciate the beer for what it is.

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Photo of Phelps
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Um. The bottle says “brewed with Chardonnay grapes;” this looks like actual white wine. A hard pour results in absolutely no head, the liquid’s dandelion-yellow and almost perfectly clear — this is basically wine.

The similarities continue in the nose, but this has gone from smelling like Chardonnay to smelling like a box of Franzia white. There’s a nice, vinous oakiness, but in front of it is an acidic white grape character with a little bite. To the beer’s credit, it does get a little better as it warms, as sweet green apple, white grapes and a touch of white vinegar emerge.

Whoa, and that’s why. I wasn’t aware this was even a wild ale, but this guy is SOUR — Bruery, you need to warn me of these things. Chardonnay grapes are the main contributor, lending notes of green apple with white vinegar and just a touch of barnyard funk. This is what I imagine wine-makers are trying to avoid, but it works here.

As expected, carbonation is very nearly not there. The body’s a heavy medium, and the tartness surprises with its strength every time I swallow. Nice here is that the alcohol is very nearly nonexistent.

Oui Oui is a strange hybrid, more wine than beer, and sour enough to wake a person up from a coma. Not bad, but definitely both intense and uncomplicated enough that one glass is quite enough.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of errantnight
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well it developed some carbonation!

Oui Oui is so close to being superb, it's a shame that it isn't. Acetic notes overwhelm the nose, burying the more pleasant fruity brett and chardonnay aromas. It's better on the palate, and not as assaultingly sour as the nose would imply. The body has a smooth creaminess with a tart and pleasant finish.

On first pour, I assumed it would be tough to take down half a bottle, but paired with fresh fruit and cheese, Oui Oui opened up and revealed some stone fruit and pear notes and the sourness never became overbearing.

Enjoyable, but never especially noteworthy. It's great to see subsequent attempts by the Bruery to marry grape and grain are improving (see: Confessions).

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Review from notes, bottle shared with most of the tasters choice crew and a few others a couple of years back at Matt's in Haverhill. Lightly hazy golden color funky vinous grape aroma and flavor. solid puckering. Faint carbonation hinders this a bit. Decent sour, I wish I had another bottle to see it develop.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Vitis Series: Oui Oui from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 144 ratings
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