Bruery Terreux

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #216
Ranked #1,766
4.23 | pDev: 8.98%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Notes: The flavors of this bright and tart ale are inspired by limoncello, the famous lemon liqueur of Sorrento, Italy.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage; drank 10/20/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Hazy orange/yellow appearance.

Minimal bright white head; almost no lace.

Tart apple, lime & mild vanilla notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart apple & faint yeast funk flavors up front; mild, smooth vanilla notes on the finish.

Unique & tasty; I'd have another...

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Photo of RyanK252
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Bottle poured into a BJ's Grand Cru glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some light lacing.

S: Tart, lemon, fruity notes, a touch of spice, biscuity malt, and a little vanilla on the back side.

T: Lactic tartness, lemon, some fruity notes, green apple, apricot, and pear, biscuity malt, and some vanilla coming out towards the back end.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Vanilla brings an interesting dimension, but I'm not crazy about it. Might have tasted better when fresh.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy bright yellow, just a bit of white head. Aroma has lactic tartness, vanilla and some herbal tea. Taste starts tart and acidic but then comes the vanilla sweetness, lots of floral flavors and lemon. Light, acidic body. Really nice one, complex and tasty.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 11/6/14.

A: Pours a deep lemon/light orange color with a couple fingers of dense bright white foam that faded into a fuzzy collar leaving wispy streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Very soft and delicate nose full of musty and creamy scents of oak barrel and vanilla. The creamy vanilla smells like custard or crème brulee. I get a just a faint kiss of lemon and basically no tartness.
T: Lemon comes through stronger than the nose, but it is still a sweet and delicate lemony flavor as opposed to an overly tart and acidic blast of lemon juice. The creamy flavors and vanilla are just as strong as the nose and still remind me of vanilla pudding, crème brulee, or custard. There is a subtle musty damp-wood quality throughout the flavor profile. The finish has a blast of tart acid, but the edges are polished and the tartness dissipates quickly. In other words, this beer is not as bright and harsh as I imagine it once might have been as the acid is smooth and easy to drink. The aftertaste is creamy and short-lived.
M: Medium body with a chewy and soft mouthfeel. The acidity is short-lived, and the finish is drying. Carbonation is soft and easy.
O: Very enjoyable and full of creamy vanilla flavors with a kiss of acidic lemon juice. At times, this was reminiscent of limoncello, albeit not as potently flavored. I never had this fresh, but it’s drinking well right now.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw color....half an inch of head that quickly disapated into a ring

Bright lemon, smells like a citrus grove with a bit of funk

tastes like a lemon meringue tart....just the right amount of tartness.

Moderate carbonation with a refreshing acidity.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A: Prominent lemon, coupled with a fragrant vanilla aroma, followed by moderately sharp, lightly funky sourness.

A: Golden color, super hazy, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

T: Lemon flavor, coupled with a pleasing vanilla character, light clean malt, followed by a moderately sharp, lightly funky sourness that lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a light, but pleasing acidity.

O: Excellent; the lemon aroma and flavor is nicely complimented by the vanilla component. The sourness is slightly acidic, but very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of awes02
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic light and sip-able beer. Vanilla and lemon zest come through on the smell with a crisp citrus flavor and pleasant vanilla finish leaving you ready for the next sip. Great sour for a hot day. Excellent after dinner beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Acquired in a trade with vitese, thank you!

Pours a nearly clear golden orange body with a big frothy white head that reduces fairly quickly, leaving little lacing and a little ring of white foam.

Aromas are tart, lactic, and a little funky, some citrus with oak to compliment, definitely vanilla / caramel present as well.

Taste is really nice and balanced, exceeding expectations. Sour citrus, lemon zest, lactic tartness, a nice vanilla bean flavor on the follow through, oak and funk on the finish, but not too sour, and none of the flavors take over. Mouthfeel is really nice too, crisp dry and refreshing, medium carbonation.

Overall a really nice beer with some unique notes, the vanilla and lemon zest really worked together which is surprising considering the odd combination. Really glad I got to try this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mix of amber and gold, peachy kind of appearance color wise. Good white head over 1/2" on it. Aroma was lime and vanilla with some tartness.

Wow, this really works. Everything in the nose comes out on the palate, melds well, good interplay, nothing domineering, sourness is clean and steep. This is a really good and unique beer that pushes the envelope, as I can't think of anything comparable to it.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage. This had been on my list for awhile and was very pleased with this. Zippy from the lemon and had some nice grape notes too. Perfect level of tartness and flavor for days. I wouldn't hate getting more of this beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Bright, creamy light apricot orange body. Fine white head pours a finger high with low retention and lace.

S - Interesting nose. Vanilla sugar, oak, and a touch of sour lime.

T - Really nice. Silky smooth vanilla, bright orange zest, tart limes, warm oak, and just a touch of salty preserved lemon.

M - Super smooth medium frame with a tart, crisp finish.

O - A great balance of sweet vanilla and sour limoncello. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of cvm4
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage

L - Pours a golden amber with a fizzy eggshell head that dissipates as quickly as it arrives. No real lacing to the head.

S - Big vanilla and yellow cake batter nose. Lovely lemon zest on the background.

T - Huge wave of sour lemon on the front with the vanilla following up. Nice puckering sour and acidity on the finish.

F - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Great beer that was really fun to drink. I really dug this style.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber, with a frothy head that quickly fades to a ringlet; lots of stringy lacing

Smell: Acetic lemon juice; hints of vanilla and cake

Taste: Acetic lemon juice dominates with bracing sourness; once the tastebuds recover and re-calibrate, the vanilla and cake batter aspect emerges and lingers underneath, but the tart lemon tones continue to overwhelm from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A beer that needs to be shared as the sourness will strip the lining off both tastebuds and stomach lining

Thanks, FlandersNed, for the opportunity

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Liquid lemon panna cotta. Double barrel vanilla beans shot right up the nostrils followed by lemon curd tracers. Remarkabley creamy mouth feel, candied lemon peel and a slight carmelized cream / sugar note (maybe a phantom flavor coming from the strong vanilla. I felt acidity was well balanced compared to some reviewers. It's intense, much like it's inspiration Limoncello, and probably best in 6-8 ounce samples. Would work incredibly well as a light dessert beer or a sweet / tart aperitif.

This is a great example of why I love the Bruery and brush off the haters; they take bold chances, doing things with beer that make sense from a culinary (or other beverage) angle but have no simple analogue in the beer world. Yes, this will piss some people off (also a plus in my book; if no one hates some of the stuff you do, you're not pushing the envelope) because they simply want the obvious, "OMFG, you put MAPLE, Chocolate, AND COFFEE in a STOUT?! Beer genius!"

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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So much going on here... too much unfortunately. Smell is very unique. Vanilla and lemon are there. Taste is same. Vanilla, lemon, sourness. All are there in abundance which is the problem. It never all blends together into a cohesive oneness.

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Photo of jlindros
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another split from Hoarders with rudzud.

No real head, clear golden honey apricot color.

Nose is wow, tons of vanilla cake, big cake batter, yellow cake batter with loads of vanilla, touch of toasted oak in the background, mild lemony zest in the background,

Taste holy of all holies, phenomenal!!! a huge tart sour lemony flavor, not sure lemon just tart lemon flavor, caramelized lemon thing. Then tons of vanilla and cake batter again, Twinkie all over, so delicious. Finish nice sour lemon lingering, tart, vanilla cake barrel lingering. Eventually the nice Bruery sour stone fruit peach taste.

Mouth is great, nice body, great carbonation, nice acidic tart lemon, etc.

Overall crazy amazing.

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Photo of rudzud
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear honey hue with a thin head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of loads of vanilla, vanilla cake, cakey malts, super faint lemon. This smells like a super vanilla golden cake.

T - Taste is absolutely phenomenal. Super bright sour blonde, excellent tart lemons, clean and juicy, then...oh yah...loads of vanilla cake batter. This taste is phenomenal, so so much vanilla cake with loads of bright lemons. Soooo much vanilla and cake batter. This tastes like creme de limoncello.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, bright, crisp, not flemmy at all. Nice and tart.

O - Overall, this is the best tasting Bruery beer I've had in almost a year. An absolutely stellar beer that not only delivers what it promises but it actually tastes really good! A rare treat.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of mdfb79
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this last year in the RS, cracking tonight. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Nose has a lot of vanilla beans to it which is nice, lemon, citrus, bread malts, oak, fruits, cream, white chocolate. Taste has a lot more lemon and citrus to it. It is sour but not vinegary, or mind numbingly sour...really like the light tartness it provides. Medium body and low carbonation. Lightly acidic and tart.

Overall a pleasant surprise; I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this but liked it quite a bit...very interesting. Nose has lots of vanilla and the taste has lots of lemon, but isn't too sour. Very nice, would like to have it again.

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Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a pale yellow color with a white head that lasts decent leaving spotty lace.

The smell is very unique and enjoyable on this. Unmistakeable vanilla bean ice cream mixed with a touch of lemon citrus. The vanilla has layers seemingly coming from the barrel aging as well as the vanilla beans.

The taste is super tart with plenty of lemon/lime notes. Lots of citrus zest and finishes mildly sweet with that vanilla coming back into play.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. Overall it is off the charts unique with a very peculiar and enjoyable balance of vanilla sweetness verse sharply tart lemon/lime. My only gripe here is this is so excessively sour that it starts to hurt you after 8oz and that ruins the drinkability/enjoyment for me. My wife on the other hand slammed this down and asked if we had any more bottles....Christ maybe im becoming a pussy as I get older.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Bruery's Society. Bottled 11/6/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a bright but opaque straw yellow with a finger and a half white head. The bubbles rapidly shrink to a thin halo, leaving no lace.

Sweet and tart nose of lemons, vinegar, vanilla and sugar. Simple perhaps, but nice.

Flavor comes on strong with puckering lemon pudding, vanilla cream, citrus zest, candy sugar and just a hint of earthy oak. As advertised, this is much like limoncello. Refreshing and quite tasty.

Lightly carbonated, creamy medium body. Lemon zest and vanilla remain the stars of this show throughout the finish.

Sourrento is another successful experiment from The Bruery. It blends the tart lemon and smooth vanilla into an enjoyable beer rendition of limoncello. I'm rather glad I have more to enjoy.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a hazy pale orange color with a one-finger fizzy white head that eventually reduces to a thin layer skimming the top

S- the nose is almost exactly reminiscent of a key lime pie; big notes of lime peel with vanilla cream, brown sugar & yeast

T- tart lime flavor hits immediately, quickly followed by a sweet creamy vanilla note, molasses sweetness with some light toasted malt, boozy finish with more tart lemon on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slick and dry finish

O- a unique wild ale that captures the brewers intentions quite well

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy, 2 finger white head with poor retention. Beer is a semi-clear peach. No lace but thin lace that clings to the side of the glass. Just below average.

Nose actually smells like limoncello. Notes of vanilla, melted brown sugar, lemon zest and liquer, cinnamon and nutmeg. Like a vanilla candle mixed with the fruity booze. Unique and pretty delicious!

Opens lemon sugar, zest and tartness. Juicy in the middle mixed with vanilla, cream and booze. Some overtones of brown sugar and molasses sweetness towards the end. More booze and a bright lemon pulp at the finish. Aftertaste is the same. Kind of like the liquer right at the finish. Pretty unique.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down sparkling and aggressive. Finishes oily and slick with a long, lingering, filmy aftertaste. Solid.

It's been a while since I've tried something from the Bruery. Sourrento doesn't disappoint if you go into it expecting a unique but not necessarily overwhelmingly delicious experience. A fun beer to drink.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Went into this one with some skepticism, but was very much impressed by the result. Great balance between sour notes (especially and obviously lemon) and some sweet vanilla finish as well. Not a regular sour to enjoy, but once or twice as a novelty definitely works.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared by Lunch. Pale yellow, mild haze, nary a head. Aromas of pineapple, mango, yeast, sour funk, vanilla. Orange creamsicle flavor. Sweet with huge notes of vanilla. A bit out of balance and overly sweet. Still, some good shit going on. Interesting...

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is very intersting. Initially there's a funky lemon zest and then a sweet vanilla hits and balances it out nicely. Taste is not as balanced. Sour lemon is dominate. Only get vanilla flavor after swallowing. Mouthfeel is good if you pay attention, though the puckering sourness distracts and makes it hard to appreciate. Overall a good interesting unique sour.

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