Zommelier | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Graaaaaains delicious smoked graaaaaaiiiinnnnss. The mouthwatering braaaaaaaaains behind iNG and Pipeworks have collaborated on this oak smoked wheat wine brewed with toasted black cardamon, black pepper, and lemon peel."

This collaboration with iNG is smokey, spicy with a creamy, subtle lemony finish. It's worth rising from the grave for.

Added by koutkid41 on 04-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 8
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with white head. Aroma is sweet with dark fruits. Taste is sweet with dried dates and spices. Alcohol is well hidden making the beer really drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Heavy pumpkin spice aroma turns me off at first. Taste is not so pungeant with them. Smoked malt and a little tart wheat balance them out. Pretty interesting even if not my preference. Drinks pretty easily, alcohol pretty well hidden. Pumpkin brew fans would like this one.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.3%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #386-387 printed on the label. Yet another new wheatwine creation from the masters at Pipeworks, this one a smoked beer. Another addition to Pipeworks' city wide collab series, also. The bottle lists a 10.00% abv. Not entirely sure what to expect with this one.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a muddy candied sienna orange colored body with just over a finger of soapy khaki head. Almost DIPA like in appearance, with some spotty soapy lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - The smell comes off as quite Belgian at first - bubblegum malt, florals, coriander, some peppery spice. Lightly woodsy and soapy, but I'm not pulling out any distinctive smoke aromas. Mild alcohol fumes.

T - The oak smoked wheat really comes through on the taste. Mild alcohol fumes noticeable. Lots of floral / bubblegum sort of Belgian spice coming through also. Lightly peppery, also. Some indistinct, almost apricot like fruitiness is in there also. Either way, it's not really doing it for me.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy enough - smokey, and lightly syrupy. Full bodied with good carbonation, considering the weighty abv and texture.

Overall, not one of my favorites from these guys, but a well executed beer nonetheless. Probably my least favorite of the wheatwines I've tried from them, but it still makes for a worthy addition to the Pipeworks family, well worth seeking out.

Pipeworks Zommelier ---3.5/5

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3.9/5  rDev +8%

22oz bottle. Batch 386-387 with a 2014 copyright but no bottling date. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours a hazy orange with about a finger and a half cap of pale head. The foam recedes to a thin halo that leaves almost no lace.

Aromas of pear, clove, nutmeg and a vague wheaty caramel or honey-like sweetness. No smoke character detectable in the nose.

The smoke comes through in the flavor but seems more like smoked apple/pear peels than smoked wood or malt. Nutmeg, clove, allspice, pear, apple peel, bannana, faint Belgian yeasty bubblegum, orange zest, caramelly wheat sweetness and a dose of booze. A crazy mixture of flavors that almost translates to alcoholic, spiced, grilled apples. Opens up nicely as it warms. The more I acclimate to this very different approach to wheatwines the more I like it.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with bittersweet grilled pear skin, apple-like yeast and mildly charred caramel.

Zommelier is unlike any wheatwine I've ever had. It uses the inherent caramelly sweetness of the style and packs it with some crazy spices and yeast to create something completely new. A unique experience that I may not seek out again but as a sucker for the style I'm glad I tried.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a lot going on with this ale
& I'm not going to try & pin it all down.
But the wheat & the bottle conditioning & the subtle smoking
make a complex, rich satisfying drink

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter.

Finishing off the night with a Pipeworks smoked wheatwine. I'm hopeful. It pours a cloudy auburn topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mild hickory smoke, Belgian yeast, light orange peel, and a hint of what may or may not be kiwi way in the distance. The taste enhances the smoke, blunting it and forcing it to fight with the yeast, all while a strong vein of candied orange peel flowing nearby. It's a bit of a clash, though not enough to put me off entirely. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly fluid feel. Overall, a nice smoked wheatwine, though I don't think the yeast used here was the most amicable choice to go with the smoke (which was tastefully restrained, relatively speaking).

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Zommelier from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 42 ratings