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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 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 StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

not enough rhubarb in beer, so this is awesome. shared generously by a new beer enthusiast throwing lots of resources at it, so thanks man! hazy orange rusty color, pink tinted, but very thick and yeasty with only a short off white head. a nose of warming alcohol and tangy fruit, wheat malt primarily, and an oaky lacto thing thats quite pungent. the fruit is dominant in the taste, with the tartness from both the rhubarb and berries picking up the lacto, which is more prominent in the finish of this one. acidity is medium here for the style, and the oak profile is enormous. raspberry i think is a little stronger than the rhubarb, but both are there for sure. its hot only a little, and i never would have put this over 10% abv. its well hidden in that regard, although its not invisible. thick feeling for a wild ale, lots of yeast in this, maybe a product of its age? carbonation is fine though, and it finishes relatively dry. really fun beer to try, like nothing else. always so stoked to try beer from the bruery, they remain one of my favorites out there.

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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 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 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 Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a dark ruby body with an inch and a half of bubbly, beige head. The head hisses and fades rapidly to nil, giving a still appearance. The aroma does indeed offer both raspberries and rhubarb, each easily discernible. Sour presence is evident immediately. Puckering and piquant. This is my second time opening a bottle of this, and I'm definitely enjoying it again. I perceive less bread crust / pie character and more berry wild ale. Nice balance between the rhubarb and raspberry. Delicious. I'm looking forward to enjoying this nightcap.

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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 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 vfgccp
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright cranberry plum brown body. Thin white head disappears quickly with low retention and almost no lace.

S - Tart wood, rhubarb, strawberry jam, linzer tarts.

T - Dry, super tart cranberry juice. Tannins, bright wood, plant stems. Great rhubarb finish.

M - Medium full frame. Finishes with an arid dryness.

O - Deliciously tart and dry with a great rhubarb flavor.

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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 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 Halcyondays
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a vibrant fuschia to dark magenta with a medium rocky white head, some solid head retention.

S: Pie like with some crust notes and raspberries.

T: Delicious, sweet raspberry and rhubarb come through; it really does taste like liquid pie which is impressive. Very well done.

M: Medium to full-bodied with a moderate acidity. Certainly does not feel like a beer over 10%.

O: One of the better new brews from these guys in a while, glad it showed up at Sour Fest, well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. Outstanding aromas and flavors of rhubarb, and to a lesser extent, raspberry. The ruhbarb is extremely tart (in a good way) and the raspberry lends a bit of sweetness to the mix- nothing artificial or off here at all- clean, pure flavors that sing on the palate. The barrel aging comes through as a spiciness on the finish that further complements the tartness and sweet. I don't get much of the buttery pie crust until the very late finish, where it suddenly blossoms. This beers makes me rethink the rhubarb/ sweet fruit ratio- I think that the next time I use rhubarb, I'll let its sourness shine more.

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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 weeare138
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a glowing orange with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, and funky farmhouse.
Taste is of the aromas with tart berries as the standout.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lactic, and tart in in the dry finish.

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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 sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy ruby red color. Minimal white froth.

(S)- Bright yet zesty jammy fruits. Slight dry oak and acidic kick in the background.

(T)- Again, very jammy fruits: raspberry, rhubarb, and strawberry. Slightly dry acidity. Quite tart.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Great fruits and tart acidity to it. Lighter in body but superb fruits all around.

(O)- This is another good sour from the Bruery. Great fruits with a lighter body, but full of tart acidity

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/15/13 bottling date into a snifter.

dark brown pour with a great head. smell has a ton of sour raspberries. the taste is actually awesome. very tart at first then you get the raspberries and rhubarb. wow. tartness is super and lasting. medium bodied ... mild carbonation.

overall YES. deserves a much higher rating on here.

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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 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 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 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 macrosmatic
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy orange-red - it almost looks like tomato juice. Forms a thin off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Not much carbonation visible in here. Frankly, it's not particularly attractive.

S: Lactic tartness, some berry fruitiness and funk. Smells dry and somewhat sour.

T: Lactic tart first, rhubarb and fruit (I taste both strawberry and raspberry), barnyard funk and some horseblanket character as it warms. Then oaky dry tannins, and it ends dry with lingering fruity funky tartness. The dry and tart aspects of rhubarb really shine through here, getting more pronounced as it warms.

M: The body is heavier than expected, and fairly low carbonation. The alcohol presence is noticeable, but not perceived as "hot".

O: I really quite enjoyed this - though strawberry rhubarb pie is a favorite of mine, so I may be a bit biased. It had more funk than I expected. Not a world-class sour fruit beer, but quite tasty.

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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 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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