Bellwether | Breakside Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
breakside.com

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit

One of our most peculiar and delicious barrel-aged concoctions. This beer harkens back to the days when our barrel-aging program had only a few barrels in it, and one of those beers was a blend of a sour wheat beer with a double wit in a single second-use gin barrel. The result was delicious: tropical, botanical, tart, malty and very refreshing for a barrel-aged beer. We've recreated this beer adding some kaffir lime leaves for additional complexity and fun herbal notes.

Descriptors: Botanical, lime, tart, spicy.

Added by Resuin on 02-02-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,638
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
63
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
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21
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Photo of shelby415
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap. This is a strange and fun brew. Has a big dollop of sour wheat and herbal grass, sour fruits like pineapple, lime, and apple, and base layer gin, juniper, and hints of mint here and there. A combo of a bunch of styles, truly unique, but not really sure how to rate as a witbier, so rating is truly a guess-timate.

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Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Quafftastic
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
2.94/5  rDev -29%
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Photo of PatGreer
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Row 34 in Boston.

Pours a light amber, with a really nice, fluffy foam.

Smell is unusual, a lot of lime, some gin and yeast. Sorts of like a Gin & Tonic with a bunch of limes in it.

Taste is just... weird, but in the best possible way. Yeasty Gin & Tonic, sort of, with a good helping of lime and some vanilla, I guess from the barrel. Very unique.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, lots of carbonation for a nice fizz.

Overall, this was one of the biggest surprises of my Boston trip. I was warned when I ordered it that I could return it if I didn't like it. Well, I didn't like it. I freaking loved it! Very unique, very innovative and just a treat, Also the first beer I try from Breakside, if I recall correctly. Could see how many people would hate this, tough.

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Photo of rawfish
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FFreak
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased in Hood River for $13. Poured into a wine glass. Beer is a gorgeous clear, straw yellow, with a thin head that leaves just a bit of lace. Aromas of juniper and lime. Taste is amazing, a very unique blend of flavors, with a great balance of sour and sweet. Mouth feel is about perfect, medium body, great carbonation, slightly dry. Overall, another wonderful gin barrel-aged beer from Breakside.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wontonst
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dleiner
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.01/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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5/5  rDev +20.8%
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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

EBF pour. Poured hazy and dark yellow. Aroma was really zesty. Light tartness. Limey. Odd but intriguing. The flavor was less appealing but not by much. Lime, wheat, a weird residual zestiness. Slightly sticky. Gin flavor is there. Odd.

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Bellwether from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 63 ratings