Worry | Heretic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
hereticbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 05-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.66%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 shleepy
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into round Cantillon glasses (i.e., chadonnay glass shape).

A: Golden-amber color.

S: Burned oak, honey, maybe some sourness.

T: Some sourness throughout, with some sweet notes and lots of that burned / toasty flavor.

M: Medium body / carbonation.

O: Probably the best effort by Heretic yet, but could be better. I don't particularly enjoy the toasty flavor, but the beer would have been excellent with less of it.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an Allagash tulip glass. No batch number marked on the 375-mL bottle. Tried other beers from this brewery shortly after they were released--picked this one up at the Whole Foods in SJ about a week or two after I first saw it.

A: Small thin head, off-white, that sits atop an unusually hazy body that is a varying gradient of straw-colored to golden.

N: Sweet malts that sit behind the flavors of Chardonay grapes and oak.

T/M: Sweet malt and a very hot and booze-character dominate the flavors. The flavor of oak is also fairly prominent. The beer is medium/light in mouthfeel. The ale is quite dry on the finish.

This one is okay. For the price, I am not that impressed. It seems like some time in the cellar could give the beer some time to develop but right now it is really just a hot, dry mess. The beer lacks a bit of complexity and depth.

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Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ADZA
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love the name and Love the idea hope its the same as in my head,it pours a dirty bronze hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and similar lacing,the smell is chardonay,oak,grapes and ripe fruit,the mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied with tastes of bready malts,a slight touch of funky begian yeast,a touch of alcohol,brandied raisins and finished like a sweet fruitcake full of apricots,sultanas,citrus and brandy,overall its definately a nice take on a Belgian Strong but after smell the ageing in Chardonay Barrels doesnt play much part which is really my only disappointment and i think maybe just a little longer time in the barrels would definately play a good part in making this brew better cheers.

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Photo of drewone
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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 claaark13
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Trilogy31
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Skunkdrool
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty musty, like the bottom of your tee-shirt drawer.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a pint glass at Taproom, Bangkok.

Mildly hazed deep golden hue which turns to be clear at last, it tops with one and a half finger of foamy tan head that builds to stand with decent retention. It dissipates to some long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaves small lacing. The head and lacing should be more considering it is Belgian's style.

The aromas of Chardonnay barrel with notes of white grape, spice, boozy, and oaky. Some fruity sourness and tartness that is reminiscent of apple, pear, and orange as well as some acidic. Some chalky yeast and sweet malty dough too.

The taste is dominated also by the characters of its time in the Chardonnay barrel with suggestions of white grape, spicy, oaky, and woody barrel. Alcohol yields sweetness, some heat, and spiciness in the middle together with malt with its sweet dough and toasted bread. There is also fruity ester to bring more complexity with notes of apple and orange, quite complex overall.

Medium body with some carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well smoothly, dry finish. This one is quite hefty and complex brew, good for sipping and slowly enjoying its deep delicacy.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1371st Review on BA
Bottle to HF Stemware
375ml C/C

2012 Bottle

Purchased from El Cerrito Liquor

App- Kinda a mingled color. A little bit of apple juice with some white wine clarity and at first a VERY white head with some grey(?) mixed in. Bit of a pancake batter look that receded quickly and then left very small dots of foam.

Smell- When I first opened the very stubborn cork it was the most I have ever thought it was a beer that smelled like white wine. Dry, crisp, tannin and a bit of oak. Nice and aromatic but smelled a bit thick.

Taste- Much like the aromatics on the nose, the flavors carry over nicely. A bit muddled but still a flavorful beer. The wine flavors really pull together nicely and marry with the pale ale to add a little spice, a nice dry crispness and some oaky flavors. A bit thick but nice.

Mouth- The mouth on this one is a bit thicker than I wouldve liked. It needed to thin a bit more and be a bit crisper. As warmed a little bit of apple juice and oak flavors were all I got residually.

Drink- A nice beer, something new and creative from someone who knows what they are doing. A bit thick as me but something I would like to have again.

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Photo of impending
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

B+

375ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed deep dull orange, minor yellowish head after an encouraging pour, ok lacing.

Wonderfully complex aroma dominated up front by citrus, the barrel contribution is significant. wonderful

Sweet through and through. Fruity. Only a tiny tangy and only a tiny tannic but both are well balanced. Medium bodied slightly viscous mouthfeel.
this is on the cusp of greatness
cheers
jd

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and slight wine and wood aromas. Taste is very much the same with a mild spice bitterness after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a more subtle barrel aging that works well with the base beer.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Worry from Heretic Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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