Windowsill | The Bruery

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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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1.25/5  rDev -67.9%

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2.11/5  rDev -45.8%
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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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.02/5  rDev -22.4%
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 -20.6%
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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3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
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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3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
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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3.23/5  rDev -17%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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Windowsill from The Bruery
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