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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's Good Food, was inspired to collaborate with Patrick Rue and The Bruery after enjoying a homemade Rhubarb Raspberry Pie. The rhubarb's fruity sourness tempered with the sweetness of the fresh raspberries and the wheat crust, begged to be bottled up in the form of a bubbly beer. Keeping the original pie recipe in mind, specialty grains were chosen to mimic the crust, and rhubarb and raspberries were used in varying stages of the brewing and fermentation process. The resulting beer is reminiscent of a fresh country pie, cooling on a farmhouse windowsill.

Added by Halcyondays on 09-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.11/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was not at all what I expected and didn't live up to the brewery's description in my opinion.

To me this was a sour beer, even slightly puckering. A light rhubarb flavour was present but not pie-crust-like sweetness and no sweetness at all really, which you'd expect in a beer made to mimic pie. This was on dimensional and not all all enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Reddish hazy body. Not much of a head, but a few wisps.

Smell - Raspberry and cherry. Oaky. Acidic. Smells nice.

Taste - Much more malty. Less intense on the raspberry, but it's there. Sharp tang. Musty. Oak. Pushes very sour.

Mouthfeel - Sour. Medium heavy and oaky.

Overall - Dramatically worse in flavor than nose. It isn't that terrible. Just rough.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fine but nothing special. Decent rhubarb character, not as much raspberry, fairly tart but as much from rhubarb as acidity. Presumably this would be a lt better with a lot less alcohol but that's true of almost every beer from the Bruery.

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Photo of stakem
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a tulip appears a clear ruby color with a khaki head that fades quick leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is pleasantly fruity with raspberry puree/seeds and earthy rhubarb. I enjoy the way this brew smells but that is where my enjoyment ends.

The taste is sour like unripe raspberry and rhubarb with a bit of herbal character. Some minerals and a touch of neutral oak. A soft hint of oak and increasinglu warming/distracting alcohol in the finish.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Its not terrible....if your serving size is a tablespoon. It is still vibrant with fruit addition but yikes is it sour and the alcohol feel doesnt help matters.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 8/12/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a murky golden hued brown with a bare half finger of pale head which quickly fades to a thin halo. Very little lace.

Smells quite tart with rhubard, lemon and sour raspberry.

Puckeringly sharp sour raspberry, rhubarb, lemony, faint sugar, a touch of butter and a solid alcohol presense.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tart berries in the finish.

I've never had a pie quite that tart but this had some nice flavor to it.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured at the tasting room as part of a flight. Murky brownish Coe with some light khaki head. Aroma is sour, with some extra fruity funk that I was not a huge fan of. Flavor follows with some light sour notes, a bit vinegar, and a funkiness from the rhubarbs. I don't get much raspberry in this one, and I am not sure I like the other flavor influence. A little cheery for an acidic sour, light carbonation. Strange, but not unpleasant.

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Photo of markchristenson
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. It had a lot of potential, but both on the nose and the palate there was a hint of soap that kept this from being a lot better. Like the balance between the rhubarb and raspberries, and the underlying ale, while simple, was a nice canvas. A fun beer, but not a great beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10oz pour on draft at the Bruery Tasting Room in Placentia, CA. Poured into a unlabeled tulip glass today, 1/10/2014.

Pours a dark mahogany ruby body, thin white head that dissipates into a collar fairly quickly. The collar sticks but not much lacing. The colour isn't all that appealing for what's supposed to be a fruit sour.

Smells bleh. Acidic with a little bit of fruity rhubarb tartness and small bits of fruit flavors. Not all that complex. In fact, this is a bit boozy. Not my piece of pie. Don't smell much of what would be a sweet malt presence that would signify some sort of crust.

Same as the nose except its boozy as heck. Pretty acidic though it doesn't demonstrate much complexity. The finish is a nice rhubarb-y tartness. Not much malt presence though. Where is the pie thing coming from?

Medium bodied, a bit watery and obviously some heat. Not undrinkable but I don't really like how it feels on the backend.

Not my favorite. Certainly doesn't taste like pie. Recommended only if you like booze and tartness without much complexity.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into tulip glass; brownish-cranberry color with very minimal head that evaporates almost instantly. 100% opaque.

S - The beer does live up to its billing, fulling capturing the raspberry rhubarb pie as advertised. You can certainly smell the bite of both the raspberries and rhubarb, along with a hint of pie crust and a bit of sugar as well.

T - Extremely tart due to rhubarb and raspberry flavors; sweetness from smell very quickly vanishes. Certainly a fruit beer, but I wouldn't object to this being called a sour whatsoever. Very bitter on the back end.

M - Highly carbonated, which mirrors the bitterness. Very dry feel after each sip.

O - Trying to remove price from the equation here: If you're a fan of raspberry rhubarb pie, you will likely enjoy drinking this beer. It's light enough to enjoy after dinner, while heavy enough to stop you after one bomber.

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Photo of rudzud
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a slightly grey reddish hue with s thin quarter inch head that leaves light wisps.

S - Aromas of TONS of rhubarb, tart and vegetable, with light raspberry seed tartness and sweetness.

T - Taste is outstanding at first, tons of tasty rhubarb good and tart, then generic berry, and all of a sudden half way through it becomes tannic and bitter and slightly unpleasant almost phenolic alcohol note, the finish is nice buttery flakey pie crust.

M - Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated, alcohol is still present which is unfortunate.

O - Overall I was slightly let down by this beer, too much booze and phenols ribs what could have been a delicious sour.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a murky orange-red with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 with a better sour fruit presence in the flavors in my opinion.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy rust color (not the most attractive hue) with a modest head that fades to a ringlet; some streaks of lacing drip down

Smell: Acetic tones of rhubarb more than raspberry with pie crust underneath; funky, earthy tones, as well

Taste: The raspberry and rhubarb flavors appear, up front, with the rhubarb adding an earthy vegetal aspect to the more delicate raspberry tones; very acetic and somewhat tannic, with the sourness building, after the swallow; the pie crust is hard to find underneath the strong fruit character but it is there; adding a slightly sweet biscuity element; funky, earthy tones emerge in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; somewhat flabby for the style

Overall: A very interesting beer and were it not for some of the harsher aspects that clash on the palate, I would rate this somewhat higher

Thanks, JesseLara, for the opportunity

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml, August 2013
The Bruery tulip

A: Not the prettiest brew. Really murky. Almost pink grapefruit like in color, maybe a little darker. Whatever head that was there dissipated to nothing immediately. See some carbonation bubbles. Alcohol feet. At the end almost flat.

S: Raspberry. Rhubarb. Wheat crust. Sweetness. Sugar. BandAid. Oak.

T: Big tartness right up front. I don't know if it's the Rhubarb or raspberries, but fairly aggressive. Lot of fruit character. Might be a little cold still, but not getting much if the "crust" flavor. Very dry. Definitely in that wild ale area. I think this would be much better at a lower ABV.

M: Medium bodied. Fairly carbed so clears palate nicely.

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Photo of More_betterness
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Murky ruby body with a fizzy tan head that recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass.

S: Huge sweet raspberries and lactic notes. Notes of baking spices which I'm assuming are from the oak lead to an aroma reminiscent of pie crust. Although that could just be me "buying in" to the target of the beer.

T: Again, sweet raspberries and lactic acidity. Subtle bready notes, bitterness (rhubarb?), and alcohol tingle round out the flavor. Not overly complex, but still flavorful.

M: Thin and tannic with moderate carbonic bite.

O: Nailed what they were aiming for. Not my favorite beer ever, but definitely an interesting beer to have tried.

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Photo of JasonFromLA
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beachwood Sourfest Beer.

A - Pours dark pink with a mostly white head.

S - Raspberries dominate with some malt to give it a "crust".

T - Much like the aroma. Strong raspberries with some extra tartness, and malt backbone as crust.

M - Good carbonation.

O - Pretty mixed on this one. Maxed my allocation but I'd much rather just have a real sour or a NG Fruit beer without the unnecessary ABV.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud.

Very light bubbles of head, super hazy reddish slight orange color.

Nose is pretty nice, nice mild tart but nice strong rhubarb, good sourness, little raspberry, little sweet honey like almost candy, little cracker like, nice tart fruit like.

Taste sweet syrupy candy like at first, then quickly into tart fruit, nice rhubarb, light generic berry but not really raspberry, little jammy fruit. Some tannin bitter character, with little phenolic almost booze character, fair warning booze too, and little chemically phenol. Then a mild buttery crust, so back into the pie. rhubarb really shines then gets a bit sour and too much. Finish is little dry little flemmy and sticky, nice tart finish, more rhubarb but not much raspberry. Lingering hot phenolic booze.

Mouth is med bod, little flemmy and syrupy, lighter bit decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice characters but gets a little overbearing in booze and phenols.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 11.19.13

A - Pours a murky light brown with a small, fizzy light tan head that is gone fast.

S - Tart subtle fruit, oak barrel.

T - Rhubarb, subtle rasp and a touch of bready malt.

D - Medium body with a lower carbonation.

O - Suitable name. ALl ingredients make an appearance. Not my favorite ingredients however.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thank you, Abraham.

Pouring a mildly murky ruby red grapefruit with a dense, off-white head that slowly falls off to a ring leaving little lacing, this looks pretty nice. The nose has a big, bright, jammy raspberry character, juicy, fruity, pulpy and a touch seedy. To be honest, the raspberry character is rather astounding here. Rounded out by a sour rhubarb aroma with a surprisingly minimal pulp note (rhubarb really reminds me of celery at times), there's a moderate sourness present. No real funk is present, and there is some vanilla and a touch of sugar present. But damn, that raspberry character...

The palate opens with a big raspberry sourness with a moderate rhubarb acidity as well, drawing moisture right off your tongue. As with the nose, the raspberry character is really nice, but due to the relatively high ABV (distracting, IMO), it is not given a stage from which to really show itself off. The rhubarb sourness is particularly clear on the finish, with a touch of the celery note that it can exhibit. The mid-palate has a raw, husky, grainy sweetness, with a flavor that brings to mind graham crackers, oats and spelt. Oak lends a touch of roughness to the palate. Sweet and sour on the finish with a touch of solvent that raspberry can sometimes bring, there's a moderate jamminess as well. Alcohol enhances the sourness, which is unfortunate. Medium in body with light carbonation, this is pretty decent stuff. Worthy, especially if you can sniff this all day. The sourness does hinder the drinkability, though.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a cloudy and rusty looking amber brown with no head and little carbonation. The nose presents mellow pie fruits forward, mainly cherry/raspberry, and a hint of yeast. The taste brings out tart raspberries followed by a slightly bready/yeasty malt character and abrasively bitter rhubarb. It reminds me of a boozier new glarus, but not quite as sweet as most of their fruited offerings. It's a semi-dry and medium bodied beer, with a chewy and fruity mouthfeel, but is overly boozy, under-carbonated, and lacking the dough/pie crust characteristics I'd hoped for. This beer is good at highlighting the fruit/vegetable adjuncts, but has limited drinkability and could probably use additional cellar time before drinking

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/24/13 notes. Bought 1 bottle of this in the RS this year. Bottled 08/15/13, poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with a pinkish tint to it, one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart raspberries and sour dark fruits, vinegar, earthy notes, oak, spices, and yeast. Smells nice and tart.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits and rhubarb, sweet mixed berries, oak, spice, vinegar, fruity malts, earthy malts, bread, and light cinnamon. Mixture of sweet and sour dark fruits, with some spice to it. Light alcohol too; got a little better as it warmed up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic.

o - Overall an interesting beer that I liked the more i drank it and the more it warmed up. At times I felt I got some similar notes to the things I like about Blushing Monk and NG Serendipity, but this is much stronger and the rhubarb bring some major tartness to it, making it different. I know this isn't the Bruery's move but if they made a lower ABV version of this I think it could be really good. Worth checking out and interesting, but glad I spent the money on extra bottles of Oude Tart with Cherries vs. this.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strawberry, fruity berry nose. Hazy darker red orange pink color. Thin, sort of bubbly khaki off-white head, loose bits of lace. Good tart taste, moderate sweet. Bigger body. Soft lighter carbonation, kind of sticky in the finish. Spicy berry flavor, very nice. Awesome fruit beer... Very much like fruit preserves, or indeed a fruity pie.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish orange with a hint of brown. Medium, off-white head. Scent is packed with tart fruit and booze. A good amount of alcohol in the aroma, but also a lot of rhubarb and raspberry. Some notes that remind me of Founders Blushing Monk. I had that beer a long time ago, and the aroma made me think of that beer RIGHT AWAY. Smells more like a high ABV Fruit beer than a wild ale or a sour. Lots of fruit and booze overall. Taste is more tart than the aroma implies. The subtle tartness works very nice with the heavy fruit and alcohol flavor. Lovely raspberry and rhubarb with some tart notes and boozy alcohol. Unfortunately, the "crust" from the pie doesn't shine through very much. As it warms up, there is a bit of spice that could lead to tasting like a pie crust, but not much. Mouthfeel is pretty perfect for this kind of beer. Drinkability is fairly high. I really enjoy this beer...definitely a sipper. Overall, reminds me of a cross between Blushing Monk/Raspberry Tart/Sans Pagaie/Fort... I enjoy this beer.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm surprised that Mischief has a higher rating than this beer. I put this beer on par with Goose Island's Lolita (though Lolita is the superior beer, in my opinion).

A A nice brightness to this one--deep raspberry red with a hint of an almost purple hue. Very pretty.
S Strong raspberry on the nose--sweet and sour sugar
T Fairly tart, though not abrasive. Sweet raspberry undercut by rhubarb and sweet malt
M Fairly carbonated, though I think a higher carbonation level lends itself to the drinkability of this style
O I was very impressed with this beer. Surprisingly drinkable. Beautiful in its simplicity. A classic pairing of flavors.

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Photo of portia99
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, amber color with a reddish/maroon tint. A bit murky overall, but not too bad. A short, fizzy cap of white foam hangs around momentarily and falls away to leave a thin collar and sparse lacing.

S - Raspberries make the first and largest impression but they certainly don't dominate and don't carry the fresh, juicy wallop that many raspberry beers deliciously deliver. I also get a bit of cherry in the aroma. I definitely get a dryish, doughy, pastry crust type of aroma mixed in to give the "pie-like" character that was attempted here. Rhubarb...honestly, not sure what this smells like by itself, only seem to have it in combination with other things. I get a bit of a green, vegetable character, so maybe this is the rhubarb. Lightly tart/sour on the nose overall but not super potent.

T - A bit surprising in the intensity of sour and tart flavors - much more intense than I expected out of the aroma. Clean sourness that leads right into the crisp, tart raspberry flavors, which are also more intense than the aroma indicated. The raspberry still isn't pure in flavor...perhaps the rhubarb is showing its influence on the flavor and tinting the fruitiness of the beer. A bit of dry malt at the base...not exactly pie crust-y, and definitely falling in behind the fruit and the sour.

M - Tart/sour in a medium intensity. A bit of woody oak creeps in to an otherwise straight up tart raspberry beer. Pretty dry overall - much of the fruits sweetness has been overcome with sourness. Lightish medium body with a firm, highly lively and tingly carbonation. Dry, tart, slightly puckering with a lingering salivating effect after the swallow.

O - Overall, quite good. I suppose I should have expected it, but disappointed a bit in the "tainted" raspberry flavor - love intense raspberry flavors. Still plenty of raspberry, but not as crisp as it could be. I get a variable impression of pie crust depending on the sip. Having this beer with food - finding that a sip against something dry - crackers, nuts brings out the crusty flavors in the beer. Very good, not great - hoped for more, but not leaving let down either.

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Photo of cvm4
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pours an almost clear ruby red and the tan head dissipates quickly.

S - Juicy jammy flavors up front, some oak & light acidity.

T - A raspberry & rhubarb tartness with some acidity. Really simple, but delivers.

F - Medium bodied & low carbonation. Dry finish, very puckering.

O - Nice fruit character with a tart acidic backdrop. Really liking it.

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