Befuddlement
Bruery Terreux

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #95
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
96
Ranked #905
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.68%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
242
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Notes: Hoarders Society exclusive blend of our Sour In The Rye and our bourbon barrel aged old-ale, Sucré, with the addition of an incredible number of boysenberries. This deep purple beer is textured with sweet notes of caramelized malts, spicy rye, oak, juicy berries and a pleasantly sour funk. It’s a rather befuddling meld of flavors with an outcome that we couldn’t enjoy more.
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep purpleish red which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger and a half of off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of pleasant oak and sourness with some boysenberries and leather along with some hints of caramel
T: Taste is boysenberries up front with some toasted malts, caramel, leather, hints of funk, touch of furniture polish, and there's a nice underlying sourness thoughout. On the swallow there's some more funk, furniture polish, oak, boysenberries, caramel and lingering sourness.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of heft with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent and just slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really great beer. Fruited dark sours are not often seen and this beer does not disappoint. The beer has a really nice amount of complexity and has held up well despite being from 2014.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, May 14, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

Pours a muddy brown-cedar body with an off white 3 finger fizzy head that reduces to a good layer of retention.

Aromas are much like a Flanders red - sour lactic with vanilla and caramel, vinegar, rye, funk, light berry.


On the tongue are sweet and sour notes, upfront is sour cherry and lactic acidity, followed by sweet caramel, balsamic vinegar and fruits. Drying aftertaste. Low carbonation and medium body.

This was a nice change of pace. Good sourness and flavor, berries made an appearance. Reminded me of a Flanders Red.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Apr 14, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I tend to stay away from the soir series from The Bruery, but this brew is very tasty stuff...not much on the nose, but I get plenty of sweet red grape and oak from the barrel on the taste...

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Photo of thebeers
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crazy color on this one: Pinkish-purplish red with two fingers of tan head. Sloppy sheets of lacing.

Sour, tart aroma with strong berry. Some oak. Way behind that there's some vanilla and maybe even bourbon.

Tart tasting with strong berry presence. Touch of cream. Touch of toffee and vanilla. Maybe a hint of rye spiciness. Definite wood. Has a Flanders-like finish: tannic acid, a little vinegar, some cherry.

Medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation.

A great wild ale with strong, jammy berries. There are only hints of the toffee, vanilla and bourbon behind. Fun sipper!

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Nov 08, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017 bottle poured 3/9/17

Pours a deep red, similar to wine color, except slightly more transparent

Fruity nose, some light elements of funk, jammy berry

Tastes much funkier, slightly tart (not puckering), acidic, a little bit of oak, berry. Not alot of bourbon for me.

Fairly full body, but not sweet. Dry finish. Almost no carbonation.

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TrojanRB from California, Mar 09, 2017
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Moderately strong boysenberries, bourbon, light rye spice, with a moderate sourness.

A: Deep red/purple, pretty hazy,with a moderate uniform pink head that has solid retention.

T: Lots of boysenberries upfront, tart and slightly sweet, with moderate bourbon, light rye spice, coupled with a moderate sourness that lingers through the finish.

M: Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Awesome; the boysenberries provide a great aroma and flavor that contrasts well with the bourbon and complements the beer's sourness.

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Phil-Fresh from California, Feb 25, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017Vintage
9.9% ABV

Appearance: Medium brown with purple overtones and a modest-sized light beige head with purple notes that quickly faded. Good looking beer.

Smell: Mild tart fruit notes and mild grassy notes. I also get some mild Bourbon and a bit of funk.

Taste: Boysenberry, mild Bourbon, mild hay, and mild oak notes are the main players in the flavor profile. The sour level is modest and smooth in this beer likely due to the Anniversary beer blended in. All the flavors play nice with each other to form a smooth tasty treat.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium-bodied which makes for a nice bodied wild ale.. Very mild alcohol presence.

Overall: Tasty beer who's blended makeup combines for a tasty beer. I'm definitely a fan of this beer.

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IKR from California, Feb 20, 2017
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3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2017 release -- perhaps it should get a separate listing? Poured into a Bruery Reserve Society snifter. Huge nose of boysenberries, classic sour-in-the-rye funk, and a hint of caramel. Palate starts off heavily acidic, with caramel notes entering and the dark fruit flavors coming in on the finish. Hmm. If you like acidic, fairly heavy-bodied, dark-fruited beers, you might like this. But I’m afraid that I'm just not feeling it. If you have it, bring it to a share; a small taster would have been plenty.

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floyd_pugman from California, Feb 08, 2017
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3.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Original batch (2014) poured into a teku appears deep mahogany in color with a pinkish hued head that fades slowly and audibly.

Aroma is mineral and carbonic laden with sour indication of seedy earthen boysenberries.

Taste is tart and earthy with unripe berry presence, oak and light caramel and wood. Its herbal and medicinal as it warms up.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Not a big fan of this, Bruery sours just dont do it for me no matter how many I try and how much I want to like them.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Jan 23, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage

L - Pours an opaque brown, somewhat purplish hued, body with a one finger tan head. Not much lacing or rention to talk about.

S - Boysenberry, oak and rye spices on the nose. There's a tart aspect the covers all.

T - The taste is just fantastic! Oak, boysenberries (that come off somewhat jammy) with rye spices on the backend.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Has a dry finish.

O - I'm not sure how this was fresh, but right now it's a puckering tart boysenberry beer. I'm really enjoying it.

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cvm4 from Mississippi, Apr 11, 2016
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a thick purple wax encasing the neck and crown and 2014 Edition marked on the label. Consumed waaay back on May 8th, 2015--honestly, I can't believe I haven't already reviewed this beer based on how much I enjoyed it thanks to BA ThickNStout. Luckily, I have good notes and a pretty stark memory of said enjoyment, so here goes nothing. Poured into a large, rotund tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a slightly viscous consistency with an enchanting violet-burgundy hue that looks like a dark burgundy wine in some ways. The finger of sudsy lavender-cream colored head belies the fact that it is actually beer. Retention is moderate, with the foam hanging around for a bit before slinking away, revealing almost zero lace and some spots of film on the surface of the enchantingly colored liquid.

Smell (4.25) - I'm not sure what I was expecting, given that this beer is a blend of Sour in the Rye and one of the iterations of Bruery's solera-based anniversary beers aged on boysenberries. What I got was a heaping nose full of tartness and acidity, with notes of blackberry and raspberry coming through, but also some sweeter, grain-like profiles and even some faint bourbon caramel as well. But the smell is dominated by the acidic, sour notes from the SitR, with accents punctuated by spicy rye and bourbon. The only criticism is that the specific character of the fruits are overwhelmed by the pure acidity--which is a criticism I also have, in general, for SitR. However, the blending has favored this beer, as the acidity doesn't overpower my senses.

Taste (4.5) - Here, the fruit characteristic from the boysenberries is much more on display. There is a fantastically weird blend of blackberry and raspberry jam with an underlying caramel sweetness peeking through as well. It doesn't seem like this level of sourness should work quite the way it does with the graham cracker and caramel sweetness, but it really is quite harmonious in the end. The finish isn't cloying due to the acidity, but the sweetness takes some of the edge off as well. There is a solid base of oaky tannins throughout the entire experience, adding another layer of complexity.

Mouthfeel (4.75) - As noted, there is a viscosity present to this medium-bodied beer, with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish on the tongue. Any thicker and it would feel chunky, any thinner and I don't think it would hold up to the intense flavors therein.

Overall (4.5), a fantastic and odd (in a good way) beer, one that I'm happy to have gotten the chance to try. I would love to have another bottle of this, but for now I'll have to subside on the memories and notes from drinking it the first time.

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4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drinking bottle with two beautiful Taiwanese girls.

Beer looks like beer. Awesome!!

Smells like a boysenberry muted sour deliciousness. Great.

Tastes better than the smell: berry berry goodness.

Fuck I'm drunk and havin fun. Yeah!!!

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Wolberjs from California, Jan 15, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with rudzud.

Big creamy thick 1 finger head fades at a med pace, decent messy lacing, decent legs too, dark mahogany auburn brown color.

Nose tart, sour dark malts, very berry like, boisonberry and tart blueberry blackberry jam, flemmy mild acidic tart funk, syrupy caramel candy thing, nice berry, nice oak vanilla toasty almost bourbon like.

Taste is nice, mild tart berry, sour malt notes, caramel sweety candy notes, nice oaky barrel and toasty oak, tons of jammy berry, boisonberry and tart blueberry, creamy smooth fruit, little flemmy. Finish little flemmy, nice sour malt, nice jammy berry and candy malts.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, booze hidden well, nice carb, little flemmy.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Oct 31, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a fat one finger white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a giant halo.

S - Aromas of blackberries, boysenberries, jammy, light barrel notes. Nice light rye notes too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of boysenberry notes. Super jammy but not overly sweet. The rye is light with nice caramel notes. Finish is very jammy to.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, though very flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty. Very nice jammy boysenberry with good light barrel notes.

Serving type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Oct 29, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely the sour portion of this beer comes through more than the BA ale portion. Starts sour and then rye, berries, and BA ale all come through at end. Very well blended beer. One of the better sours I've had.

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Kevinpitts from Illinois, Apr 27, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark violet/rusty brown with a creamy off-white/lavender colored head that provides some sticky lacing/blanketing throughout drinking. The nose has that bruery nailpolish-y fruit presence, which definitely accentuates the dark notes from the boysenberry then tart rhubarb followed by some bourbony caramel sweetness & booze in the finish. The taste is big and malty followed by luscious fruit, some acetone, and bourbon. It's an interesting combination of beers and both seem to be present in their own ways. Although there is enough carbonation, the beer seems to sit heavy on the palate and transition back and forth between sweet and sour. Great beer, glad to try it!

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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lilac wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through the Bruery's Society. Bottled 7/3/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a murky brown with burgandy highlights and two and a half fingers of pale lilac cream hued head. The froth dissipates to virtually nothing without leaving any lace.

Very tart aromas of vinegar, barrel funk and sour berries. Plenty of acidity backed by fruit and oak.

An interesting array of flavors. The little bit of rye spice present as it hits the tongue is almost instantly taken over by a powerful acidic tartness. Earthy oak and sweet fresh boysenberries are both distinct but drift in and out of the puckering sour. No hint of the double digit abv. Incredibly sour overall but still exhibits some nice depth by allowing the berries, malt and barrel character to shine through.

Medium feel with soft carbonation. Finishes quite dry with acidic sour and boysenberry jam.

Befuddlement is a tongue buckler for sure but with a good amount of supporting flavor. Perhaps not my favorite but I'm happy to have tried it.

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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
10.6% ABV, 2014 Edition 07/03/14

A - Raisin purple-tinted muddy brown, this cloudy beer pours with a slightly pinkish off-white head that builds quickly and lowers considerably slow for its acidic nose but leaves little lace behind.

S - Sharp acidity pricks the nose with delightfully pungent sourness that leads directly into boysenberry syrup - fresh fruit, not artificial sugary garbage. Spicy rye rises above the dark toasted malts for a pleasing aromatic base that only hints at it's high alcohol level. Toasted oak notes emerge wonderfully on the back end as the beer warms, delicately incorporating earth tones into the funky beer.

T - Spicy rye and toasted malt are immediately overcome by terribly sharp sour acidity that leaves little else on the palate save for mildly sweet boysenberries and dry oak that creep up slowly on the finish.

M - I enjoy sourness of different levels depending on the beer style but I LOVE when a beer is tongue-bruisingly sour and Befuddlement is just that: Sour. As. Hell. Huge dry acidity arrests the tongue immediately and doesn't let go as the beer finishes with further drying alcohol, which remains disturbingly absent otherwise.

O - The Bruery's Befuddlement is reminiscent of many of their other sour beers and, if you've had any of their other sour beers you know, this is no insult. Brash acidity and sourness arrest the senses while spicy rye and oak barrels lay an earthy and complex base. Also like many other Bruery beers, this bottle packs a wallop of alcohol.

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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin, Oct 15, 2014
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4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks ryan for sharing hs with me

fantastic beer! really wins it with the aroma and taste. down the line of the wanderer for me (which sounds like its very much similar to that guy but with boisenberries). drink this soon to take in the banquet aroma and flavor

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KevSal from California, Oct 13, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty excited to try this given that Sour in the Rye might just be my favorite beer.

A: Deep reddish brown, quite like a typical flanders red.
S: Berries, sour cherries, oak, with a touch of booze and caramel.
T: The sourness hits first with a wash of fruit and then melts away into the boozy bourbon toffee and then slightly bitter wood and fruit on the finish. The finish is very reminiscent of a Flanders / Flemish Red.
M: Robust body, minimal carbonation.
O: Pretty solid. I'm not sure it all plays together perfectly and I'll need to try Oude Tart again soon for a good comparison to their actual Flanders Red but I quite like it. There's definitely a lot going on.

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01001111 from California, Oct 07, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottle shared by daknole. Dark brown and murky with a quarter inch of head. Funky, bready, rye aroma with alcohol, berries. A solid beer, though these high abv sours tend to weigh down the palate. Oak and dark, flashy berries, finishing with moderate alcohol heat. Interesting. Split two ways, this would have been a good candidate for sharing six or more ways.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Sep 22, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Thanks to mthomas84 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottled 7/3/14.

Pours a murky dark crimson with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, brown sugar, boysenberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, boysenberry, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice distinct boysenberry qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Sep 14, 2014
Befuddlement from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 242 ratings