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Collaboration Series: ConfessionCollaboration Series: Confession

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Confession is a true collaborative effort between the wine and beer world. A variation of our sour blonde ale, brewed in part by Fess Parker Winery, was blended and fermented with juice pressed from Parker's Riesling grapes, harvested in part by The Bruery team. The result is remarkable. Not quite beer, not quite wine. Fragrant fruit flavors warm the nose, infiltrated by a slight funk from the wild yeast. The first sip is reminiscent of a dry, white wine, but everything changes upon further examination as the flavors marinate and reveal themselves with each gulp.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, slightly darker than a white wine
S: Sweet white wine, riesling grapes, oak, lemon zest, hint of lactose, green apple, light funk, clean
T: Sweet white wine, pear, white grape, champagne, stone fruit, balanced tartness, hint of earthy funk, green apple, mineral, very complex
M: Light bubbles just like champagne, very dry
O: This is the most vinous beer I've ever had. It's great that the tartness is so balanced unlike other Bruery beers. The alcohol is non existent and it is so complex yet also delicate in aroma, flavor and feel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well I think this looks more like beer than wine. Color scheme, head formation, carbonation all lead me to that conclusion.

The aroma is really cool, I think I can, but I dunno if done blindly, but I swear I can smell white wine grapes up in this. The nice tart and sour notes blend with virgin or French oak it seems. Good funk notes.

Taste brings more of that stuff plus some citric fruit and acid notes. Very dry mouthfeel. This is very pleasing, relatively easy drinking stuff. Truly like a blend of wild ale and white wine.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


A: Lots of vinous aroma of Riesling grapes, followed by a lightly funky, lingering sourness

A: Deep yellow-orange, light haze, with a thin white even head that quickly recedes into a ring around the glass.

T: Riesling grape flavor upfront, a bit juicy, followed by a lightly funky and lingering tartness. While it tastes like a Riesling, the beer is not at all sweet with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Great; the beer has a great Riesling aroma and flavor without the sweetness and shows great balance between being a beer and wine.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely outstanding. What a beer or whatever they want to call it. Lots of bright and tight citrus flavors. A very smooth sour. The frothing flavor is not common.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this when I was in Irvine, CA back in April visiting my sister and brother in-law for a long weekend and my sister and I went to the brewery one afternoon while I was there. Poured out of the 25 oz. bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours mainly clear, just slightly cloudy/hazy, light, pale golden color with a cluster of streams of bubble clustered in the middle of the glass fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. The carbonation seems very active here indeed. Has a small white head that's about 1/3 to 1/4 of an inch thick when first poured that settles very quickly to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of the glass. The head makes a fizzing noise as it dissipates very quickly after first being poured in a way that's very similar to soda pop. Not really any measureable lacing here to speak of. Acidic, tart, and funky aromas of citrus and grape to be sure along with some oak and a hint of apricot. Has a fairly tart, slightly salty and vinegary, fairly sour and slightly funky taste with a nice grape, citrus, and oak presence. An excellent mix of flavors here. Has a very crisp, fairly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. In fact, this may be the most carbonated commercial beer I've ever had, or at least the most carbonated one I've had in quite a long time. Has a clean and dry finish and the tart and sour flavors really like to linger on the palate after each sip. A very interesting and excellent take on this beer style!


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Photo of Taybeh
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 44th and France cheese shop, into a wine glass. The Bruery is now in MN, and even though their beers are a little pricey, we could definitely use more beer along the lines of what these guys have to offer. Though this pushes the envelope on what I think of as beer, it is superb and delicious. Pours a fizzy pale gold, with just a small ring of white bubbles that subside quickly and leave little to no lacing. The nose is fantastic -- wheat crackers, light oak, white tart grapes, lemon, almost ripe apricot...I was hoping for a little more funk, but I only get a whisper. The taste delivers what the nose promises, and develops nicely on the tongue, too. Starts out very crisp and tart, and then really opens up into layers of fruit, both sour and jammy at times...flavors are fuller than one is led to believe from the promising nose, and I get a little more funk midway through. The mouthful is crisp, dry, and tart, with a moderate level of sour that is fairly perfect. Light to middle body and high carbonation. Wouldn't guess the abv. Very very good stuff. On a warm humid day, it is almost perfect.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Umberto last night, thanks dude.

This one pours a light straw yellow, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells super grapey, wonderful, soft, and lightly acidic on the nose, some tart lemon, and a mild fruity funk.

This is a really nice expression of the grapes, with a little bit oak. The grapes are slightly sweet, but mostly tart and acidic, with a nice lemony funk on the finish. This is really, really refreshing.

This is light bodied, with a crisp and super refreshing mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

This one of the better sours from The Bruery I've had yet, it's a really true and excellent expression of grapes, a really cool hybrid.

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Photo of cvm4
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage

L - The body has a look of apple juice with a fizzy one finger eggshell colored head that dissipates quickly.

S - Huge riesling grape nose. It has a tart white grape nose that just grips you.

T - The taste mirrors the nose. Lots of riesling grapes. Light to medium tartness. Very wine like.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Very effervescent. Has a dry finish.

O - I'm really digging this beer. Nicely done and well executed with a great balance between wine and beer.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

- 2013 vintage (aged about 2 years)
- 4oz. pour off tap into tasting snifter at the Tasting Room (Placentia, CA) on 23-Oct-15

Nice Riesling sour that tastes more like a Sauvignon Blnac. The tartness is more on the lower end, but I found this to be very refined in taste and balanced in the mouthfeel. Flawless balance between sour ale and wine. This is one of the best sours I've had from the Bruery.

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Photo of Raziel313
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you don't drink wine then you will miss the loads of riesling grapes in this. This is a spectacular sour beer.
Look very hazy
Smell like a nice riesling wine with sour notes
Taste is incredible with nice grape, riesling grape, juicy flavor.
Feel is medium
Overall just wow. Another great collaboration with a winery from Bruery. This is a must try

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Photo of stakem
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. The brew appears pale yellow in color with a fizzy white head that shows little retention. It holds with just a penline of lace around the edges of the glass.

The aroma is primarily white wine with some earthy brett funk and slight lacto presence. It is a pretty simple nose that is very vinous and mildly wild but fantastic nonetheless.

The taste is tart and strongly vinous with white grape skin. Some sips yield a mild grain sweetness but there is plenty of funk and earth. Some yogurt when warm with lemony lacto.

This is a light bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. A little alcohol impact but very vinous and enjoyable. It is easy drinking to say the least. As advertised, this is a hybrid of white wine and blonde wild, at times you could forget which you are drinking.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very odd beer wine hybrid here, this one using white grapes instead of red ones, its a little more subtle, but to me is overdone, tasting more like wine than beer. moderately hazy pale yellow color, like a big chardonnay, save for the small white head and visible carbonation. the nose is white wine all the way, some oaky sweetness, and then just a bit of wheat malt to round it out. no hops or yeast at all. a little lactic funk, but its way back. the flavor is similarly dominated by the grape. its fruity and juicy, a little tart, a lot tannic, and pretty tasty, but its hard to find a beer in here. more of a fruit drink or a wine than anything. i think it needs more grain to balance the fruit, or maybe a more robust grain, there is just too much grape happening. i do like the woody mellowness to it all, and found a small glass to be the right amount of this for me. light bodied and perhaps refreshing in the right context. a good attempt, but the beer world is still waiting for a truly magical beer/wine hybrid. i dont know if a sour type beer is the right format for this either, but it makes it interesting.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 12.3.13

A - Pours an almost clear, light oragne with a fizzy white head that is gone quickly.

S - Tart, white wine, vinous, oak, ctirus.

T - White wine with a tart grape-oak-citrus-lemon finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Tart and very white wine, heavy tartness and tasty. Good work done here.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very light looking yellow body. Looks like wine. No head.

Smell - White wine. Slightly acidic. Citrus.

Taste - Citrus, some oak. Tons of wine. Tastes like riesling, but not that sweet. Sourness cuts it well.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Nice sourness.

Overall - Like Oui Oui, but better. Everyone else in my group thought it sucked, though.

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Photo of spicelab
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split 4 ways with MrKennedy, danieelol and mulder1010.

Lurid piss-yellow, quite opaque, with a respectable whit head that falls to a strong collar.

Strong vinous white grape overlaying bright acidic orange-lemon citric notes. Moderate vein of organic, cut grass punches through.

Doinant Riesling character, displaying the idiosyncratic dirty, sweaty, but slightly sweet sourness, leavened by lively green apple and lemon sherbet.

Immediately acidic entry. Bright and animated, with even palate distribution. The dominant Riesling influence ensures it's not overly dry.

More good stuff from the Bruery's sour range. The Riesling character wins out, but the base gueuze is solid and well integrated.

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Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With thanks to Rohan

Pours a radioactive darker yellow.

Nose is big on the vinous character. Also imparts some funk.

Extremely Riesling-esque. Quite sour, cuts out just before it gets vinegary to remind you that it's still a beer.

Good unique beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is pale yellow with a mild haze. The aroma brings white wine, grapes, grape skins, funk. A beautiful marriage of white wine and sour ale. Puckering and tart. White grapes are the star of the show. Really delicious. Funky, sour and tart with no acetic presence in the finish. Silky smooth and elegant.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously shared by Sean. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, leaving a few wisps on top but minimal lacing. Lightly hazed pale straw body.

S - Massive Riesling character, with light oak. One of the most wine-dominated beers I've encountered, with sweet grapes and acidic vinous notes galore. Perhaps a faint touch of lactic acidity as well. Alcohol is well-hidden.

T - The taste is again largely wine-focused, with Riesling grapes, light oak, and vinous acidity. There's a touch of stone fruit malt and faint sourness, but I'd be hard-pressed to pick out the beer elements in a blind tasting. It's hard to me to evaluate in the sense that I don't have a developed wine palate, but it's quite enjoyable nonetheless.

M - Medium-bodied, with pleasant carbonation on the lower side of moderate. Some tannins amid the lingering stickiness, and a bit of light warming reveals the 8.25% ABV.

D - Interesting stuff. I liked this, but it verges much further toward wine than beer. Curious if the wild yeast will continue to develop or if this will age more like a wine. I can see this being a great compromise for groups/couples with mixed alcohol preferences.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is VERY wine-forward with some chardonnay and lots of oak. The white grapes are very noticeable in the nose, especially as it warms. Smells somewhat cider-like. Slight funk with some stone fruit, especially pear and peach. Very fruity. Taste is initially sour, fading to tart white grapes. This one is very juicy...with a hint of apple cider flavor. Peach cider as well. Lots of peach, pear, and grape flavor. Not as sour as I was expecting. Some funky yeast flavor, but not much. A good amount of wood, and a hint of booze. Subtle chardonnay flavor. Mouthfeel is soft and perfectly carbonated for this beer. Very dry finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I love the concept of this beer. I also love how it tastes. I wish it was a bit more sour, but it is still very tasty. Wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Abraham.

Pouring a mildly hazy yellow gold with a dense,, white head that falls off to a ring pretty quickly, this looks great! The nose is excellent. It really does remind me of Dogfish Head's Noble Rot in how vinous this beer is. In fact, the most dominating aspect of this beer's nose is its vinous character. Bright, fruity and moderately mineral-y, there's stone fruit (white peaches, some apricot), preserved lemons, pears and a mild floral character. The sourness is secondary here, clean and lactic with minimal acetic character. Mildly buttery as well. Excellent.

The palate opens sour, moderately so (less so than the SitR - Peach from last night). Clean, refreshing and fruity, with a lot of Riesling character - stone fruit, lemon, faint mint and moderate mineral notes, this is quite excellent. Moderately floral as well before the clean sourness comes through on the mid-palate. The sourness is almost entirely lactic with some citrus, and of course, the moderate grape-driven sourness.A touch of apple cider is also present. Mildly tannic on the finish with a white grape skin character, this beer is medium-light in body, medium high in carbonation and has a finish that's sour and fruity. Excellent stuff, highly recommended.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a smaller but decent fizzy bubbly head fades fairly quickly with no lacing, hazy blond like.

Nose is just like a Riesling, great white grape, little fruity, light sweetness, a little floral with the fruity grape, mild tart fruit, bit of apple and pear like, seems to have a slight toasty buttery oak too but that could just be the Riesling, light vinous. A bit if a sweet concentrated white wine too. Light malts and light tart lambic like sour blond malts.

Trade brings more if the same, lots of Riesling flavours, tart fruit, light tart lambic like malts and sour fruit. The grapes bring a nice floral vinous flavor, little apple and pear like fruit, concentrated or iced white wine. There is plenty of oak though, toasty slight buttery oak almost more like toasted oak cubes than barrel though. Hint of warming booze with the sweetness. Nice overall sourness and tart fruit too. Finish is drier, little flemmy, lingering light booze, lots of Riesling wine, good tart notes, some fruit, and light toasted oak.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, more like a sparkling wine feel but maybe over carbonated, some warning booze too.

Overall quite nice, great sour blond with lots of Riesling wine flavors, very tasty and refreshing, with booze hidden fairly well. A lot like a sparkling Riesling with great flavors and aromas, but leaves just enough of the sour beer underneath, and they seem to meld very well. Great beer, and Bruery hits another winner in the sour category, right on their track record.

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Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros

A -Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy light golden hue with a thin quarter inch head that leaves a light halo and no lacing.

S - Aromas of Riesling galore! Musty white grapes, faint blonde notes, super subtle vanilla and a light sour funk note. Solid.

T - Taste is very oaky , tons of grape musk and Riesling flavours. Some light sweetness from the malts and grape. Like a carbonated glass of wine...just delicious. Not too sour at all with super nice wine vinuos notes. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated for the style, sharp and crisp with a good dry finish. Almost overly carbonated but it does make it quite refreshing.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer and there nice oaky lightly buttery barrel going on. Like a nice glass of Riesling. Very well done.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grape, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite woody but subdued in terms of the grape presence.

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Photo of IKR
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light-yellow color with a small white head that faded fairly quickly. Good looking beer but my personal preference is to have a lasting head.

Smell:Mild Barnyard funk, tart grape notes, and some mild hay aromas..

Taste: Tart grapes and white wine notes, faint citrus notes, and some slight funk notes. Very interesting and complex taste profile. Long lingering finish, which is a good thing with a tasty beer. Not very sour but more of a tart taste profile.

Mouth-feel: Light-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Another tasty Bruery sour. No need to hype this, it holds up on it's own merits.

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Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am forced to write a review on this outstanding brew. This is probably the best all around beer I've tasted in a year. I love it. (Yes, a matter of taste but this one really works for me)

Pours golden with a fast fading white head; clear and nice looking. Nose is assertive white grapes and fruit. Very fresh, acidic and appealing.

Mouthfeel may be perfection for a person that likes sours. It is crisp, fresh, bright and welcoming. Very balanced and well rounded and a beer that you can't stop drinking.

Flavor profile is what I'll call "sour 101 on steroids." This could be the perfect introductory sour and a wonderful refreshing and drinkable light sour for the most seasoned or critical sour fan. Full of citric and acidic character the flavors are fresh fruit sour; green apples and tons of white grape/reisling tones, flavors, feel and acidity. It is sweet but not too much; it is sour but not too much. It is inviting in the extreme and wonderful with food. This is the perfect sour as an introduction to the style and yet extremely friiendly.

I don't want to age this; I don't want to collect this; I don't want to disucss it getting better with time - all not relevant. This beer is wonderful NOW. This beer is meant to be consumed and while it may change, it will never "get better" in my opinion and for me. I love the flavor profile in all respects.

Even the finish is acidic, sour, but still super balanced and nicely "grapey."

I like the Bruery and everything about the Bruery - people, site and beer. Yes, I'm a fan. However, this is one of the best that they've produced - period.

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