Worry
Heretic Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #287
ABV:
9.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,126
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 15.28%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
69
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Heretic Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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SCORE
84
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Reviews by BirdsandHops:
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3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dull brassy colored beer with a good sized white head. Strange color for a beer it just looks off somehow.

Smell is strong vanilla and oak with some wine scent. Despite Chardonnay being involved this does not smell sour as you might expect. Lots of fruity scents grape, and citrus with a hint of cinnamon. I can't smell the coriander or the hops in this at all, it is a unique smell and it is pleasant.

Starts out sweet and a little tart with big vanilla and oak flavors. Little bit of wine flavor and a little sourness but the oak stomps on it pretty good. Tastes like it smells, grape, vanilla, oak, lemon.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a weird beer. Oak simply comes on too strong and obscures the other flavors.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair provided this bottle tonight... Poured into my HotD goblet... Foamy white head dies pretty quickly.. decent lacing.. slightly hazed golden brew.

Nose shows plenty of oak with pears and sweet apple essence.. a bit spicy.. light clove

Flavor is dry fruitiness with some heavy pale malt essence that doesn't actually add to the sweetness.. White grape and chardonnay notes really open up with warmth.. great barrel presence...

Surprising body for such a dry finish... good carbonation and fairly long finish.

I liked this one a bunch ... and I am told it is going to be available for an approachable price.

Thanks a ton Sammy!! Cool brew... I will definitely buy as soon as it hits shelf.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my large Duvel tulip, Worry is a dark, dull gold with a white head that leaves sticky, foamy lace.

Smell is spicy and sweet, candied apples and cinnamon. Pear.

Taste is basically the same, but hotter, and a more distinct, bready malt back-bone. Like many of the other reviewers, I was initially disappointing, expecting this to be sour. Once I adjusted to the taste, however, I came to enjoy its subtle nuances. Clean for the heat, I could use a little more from the chardonnay barrels though, although they come out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thick, dry side.

Drinkability is ok. It's pretty interesting. Best at about room temp. Worth a try, and well executed, if not to my preferred design.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of drewone
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AndrewK
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of pheggeseth
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent, semi-translucent, dark golden yellow color with a small off-white head that dissipates leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with vinous white grape skins and oak. Underneath I get some sweet honey maltiness, bordering on rock candy with some green apple and the flesh of unripened plums/peaches. Chardonnay definitely shows it's presence here. Toasted bready/biscuity maltiness emerges as it warms but not much, if any, of the traditional Belgian yeast characteristics.

The tastes begin with that sweet candy sugar maltiness, coupled with the unripened stone fruits. Vinous white grapes and oak hit you mid-palate and then the finish has much more traditional Belgian flavors than I was able to decipher in the aroma; typical peppery and slightly fruity yeast esters/phenols that I was failing to pick out in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry, but not as dry as I was hoping for or expecting for the style. Sweetness slightly over-powers the drying oak flavors.

Overall this is a good first barrel-aged offering from Jamil in a style I normally dislike. A bit too sweet and could have used a bit more time in the barrel or maybe more time in the bottle will allow the sweetness to die down and allow for a more balanced and enjoyable finish for my palate. Worth a go if you can easily find it and are a fan of either white wine barrel aged beers or strong Belgian Pale Ales.

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Photo of Philousa
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks like an apple cider: cloudy and dark gold. Hazy. Little head. I definitely get a lot of golden ale characteristics in the nose. Spicy and light. Lots of green apples. Belgian yeast is mild, but I definitely get allspice. Tart Belgian malt flavor starts things off with yeast popping in as well. The Belgian malt sticks to the back of my throat and lingers in a bad way. It's astringent and musty. Light in feel, dry finish.

This isn't very tart or sour, which isn't what I was expecting. So keep that in mind when looking at my review. Expectations aside, this isn't a good beer. It was bland and was way too reminiscent of apple cider. This was supposed to be Jamil's answer to Temptation, and instead it tasted like Martinelli's. I hope I just got a bad bottle or something, because I like his other stuff. I also know it's not easy making a barrel aged beer in this style. That said, I believe this should not have been sold to the public in this condition.

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Photo of claaark13
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber. Mild haze. Small off-white head. Interesting aroma/taste. It has an intense barrel character, which is fairly unique in my experience. The French oak is sorta overpowering, more in the taste than aroma. The flavor is big on cider and sweet apples with milder peach and white grape notes. It comes through more sweetly in the aroma, whereas the sweet fruit competes with a lot of tannic dryness. It's relatively light on the sour flavor, and there's still a considerable amount of simple malt sugariness in the background. That contrast of sweet and tannic bitterness is a bit wearing on the palate. It's just a bit much. Carbonation is pretty normal. All in all, it's a pretty good beer that seems to have gone awry. It just could have been a lot better.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a white head. An interesting aroma to this beer. Floral notes along with an intensely sugary, almost candy, sweetness. Sort of a combination of cotton candy and tangerine. A bit of white wine and oak in there. The flavor is nearly cloying. Cotton candy, sugar, tangerine, and a touch of bread. White wine, overripe fruit (apricots and peaches), and a touch of yeast. Just too sweet for me.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

A cloudy hazy dark golden color with some definite purple hues, especially as the suspended sediment tumbles into the glass, with a small off-white head. This leaves irregular ribbons of lace down the glass. Not a particularly pretty beer, though there's nothing wrong with it either.

Big notes of oak and white wine are the most prevalent; the barrel character has really taken over the base beer, at least in the aroma. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but the nose is quite pleasant.

The flavor is a nice balance of white wine, wood, mild hops, some bitterness, candy sweetness, and some bread. It sounds more complex and interesting than it drinks, unfortunately.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. The bit sits somewhat heavy for the style.

Good, interesting, and unique, but not a world-beater.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of MoreBeer215
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 375 ml with a reluctant cork imprinted CBB 01.

A: Initial 1 finger bright white fine head over a hazy pale orangish yellow which leaves lace rings and smear. Quick swirls return a 1/4-inch foamy top.

N: Juicy white grape skins, spring flowers in bloom, fruits (pears and apples) along with some sweet notes and faint yeast.

T: Belgian yeast is present but not overwhelming or bold. Vinous with mild and subtle oak tannins. Complex fruit and understated spices.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and mellow. Semi-sweet and dry finish.

O: Chardonnay barrel character stands out nicely and plays well with the yeast and grape quality. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 ml cork n caged bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark honey color with a 2 finger off-white head. Nice thick walls of lacing remain on the glass.

S- honey, cider, vinous notes.

T- big toasted malt character, honey, cider and again vinous flavors like the nose.

M- medium body and carbonation. Sligh fizz but fairly drinkable at nearly 10%.

O- just a ok beer to me. Nothing close to a Famnation or something similar in style but glad I got to try it.

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Photo of mhaugo
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Worry from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 69 ratings