Briscoe | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 04-13-2008

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 32
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle sampled side by side with the Chez.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange without any real head, just bubbles on top of the brew. Aroma is a brash mix of vinegar, acidic notes with lemon zest and big Brett. Oak barrel notes with chardonnay accents. Extremely sour this one nearly singes the nose hairs!

First sip brings a dry, instantly mouth puckering sourness upfront. Big acidic vinegar flavors move into fruit tones with lemon zest, citrus and green apple. Earthy Brett accents move into oak wood. Flows down with an extremely strong sourness. This one is not for the faint of heart!

Mouthfeel has a thin body with very mellow carbonation that is just enough to be noticeable. This one is a sipper due to the depth of the acidic sourness. I was glad I shared this bottle as even a 375ml might be too much for one person. Thanks to sfoley333 for the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of hopdog
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle acquired in trade with Dunk (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with no head. Aromas of wood, some funkiness, vinous, light citrus, and some vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, lighter vinous quality, citrus, some funk, and some wood. Light tart finish. Very soft body with almost no carbonation.

Notes from 9/26/08

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Photo of sfoley333
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sat on this one since the release earlier this year. Finally opened a bottle tonight and poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a slight orange hue. No head even with aggresive pouring to lure one out. Smell is mixture of sour orchaid fruits intertwine with acetic acid, brett( more cheese and not barnyard), and oak. Taste is sour lemon tartness with a green apple profile. Again there is the vingear present but not as sour as the unblended lambic style with a nice balance between sweet and sour not as dry as lot of sour beers. Uncarbonated and while apprioate for the style(unblend lambics should be uncarbonated) I really believe that overall it would of been better off with a low to medium carbonation level considering the mild to slight intense sour level(and since its made in Alpine and not Belgium but respect Pat authenticity in the style). A very drinkable lambic reproduction on par with Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella but diffently not for beginners to sour style beers.

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Photo of Floydster
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle that was originally twelve dollars at the brewery, split with my girlfriend last night, bottle said it had a 5% ABV, took me close to two hours to drink my eight ounce pour, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden orange color with more of a bright yellow tint, miniscule 1/8 inch bubbly white head that faded away instantly, did not notice any sediment, no retention or lacing

S-Brettanomyces, some vinegar, lots of oak, hint of cherry tart, lemon juice, white wine like a chardonnay mostly, some unidentifiable citrusy fruits, and a whole bunch of sourness

T-This beer was right up there with most acidic ones I have had, started off with a super tarty taste, vinegar and citrusy fruit in the finish, with a barley noticeable wood flavor in between, tart barely settled down but was certainly weaker in the last sip than it was in the first, some of the wine characteristics come about later on in the aftertaste, wish this was a little sweeter but I cannot complain because it is a straight lambic and it stays true to its style

M-Sour, dry, and piercing mouthfeel, thin to maybe medium body, would think there is more carbonation but it is pretty average, taste lingered for a long time, still equally aggressive as time went by

D-Would be able to drink a lot of this if it was not for the extreme tart, ABV is low and it is smoother once it warms, but sourness gets to you even though it is light on the stomach, not a smooth lambic

Not near as good as their Chez in my opinion, overly tarty for my palate and I almost choked after a few different sips, still a good lambic indeed though, just glad I got to try this rare treat because there was not much of it to go around, it sold out at Alpine pretty quickly from what I understand, would like to drink it again and compare various bottles, recommended if you can still find one

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Photo of HopHead84
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pleasing vibrant gold color with almost no head. There is a very small amount of sediment visible in the glass.

S: Sweet and sour peaches, cherries, and other fruits. Reminds me of sour candy.

T: Very small amount of bitterness at first followed by a tart bite near the back of the tongue. The tart sensation lingers for a few seconds. A hint of cabernet, sour peaches and cherries, and tart apples. Briscoe displays a level of sourness which is neither over nor understated.

M: Carbonation is a a bit low for my taste. The beer is light bodied and leaves a sticky coating on the inside of my mouth which is heavier towards the back of my tongue.

D: A nice level of drinkablity. With most lambics I have no desire to drink more than one, but as my glass empties (partially my fault) I find myself wanting to open another Briscoe.

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Briscoe from Alpine Beer Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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