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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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