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Vitis Series: Oui Oui | The Bruery

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BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
144 Ratings
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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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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Jake.

Pours a nearly flat hazed golden color. Strong aromas of chardonnay (and grapes in general). Quite a bit of oak and a mild note of sulfur. The tartness is moderate, but definitely there. Just a mild earthy funk to it as well. Surprisingly, the grapes are even stronger on the palate. Intense chardonnay flavor with a little bit of lemon peel and green apple. Slightly tannic with a noticeable residual sweetness.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is why I am a RS member, so I can try goodies like this. Bottle opened on 5.15.12.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, sorry to say, urine yellow with a few white large bubbles that are gone instantly.

S - Tart and white wine-like. Grapes for sure.

T - A very tart chardonnay. Super sour.

D - Low carbonation and a thin body.

O - The chardonnay grapes are there, but this one is super sour. Difficult to pick up much else.

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Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this, ObeMaltKinobee!! Love them Bruery sours.

Appearance. Pours a light, hazy straw-gold with no head to speak of, just some fine bubbles in the liquid that don't really seem to even make it to the surface.

Smell. Some sweet wheat and sour white wine grapes along with some great funky barrel. There's a bit of lemon and saltine crackers as well.

Taste. Sour green grapes, lemons and a little apple. Some of that nice oak and funk, and even the saltine crackers that I was smelling, complete with salt. Nice tasting stuff. Where's the booze??

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with low carbonation.

Overall. A great tasting (and smelling) brew. Could have used a little more carbonation, but it's a small complaint.

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