Ukulele | Bruery Terreux

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Bruery Terreux
California, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here's a beer that will pluck on your heartstrings. Just close your eyes and say aloha to Kauai, where the idea for Ukulele began in the form of a Passion Chili Whiskey Fizz, made with bourbon, passion fruit, Thai chili and ginger ale. Ukulele's tone and volume intensifies with each sip, dancing on the tongue with massive, tart tropical fruit flavors and ginger spice, crescendoing with the slow-timed release of heat from ghost chili peppers and warmth from bourbon barrel-aging. Ukulele is truly a gift or reward to share with friends.

Added by halo3one on 10-05-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by markgugs:
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3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
1.5/5  rDev -53%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of acurtis
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of samtrillo
2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Hhmmm. Well it looks cool! Looks like a tropical whiskey drink. Smells of sweet sambucha like licorice (which I personally don't like). Just from the smell I can tell this gonna be syrupy.

It tastes like something a 19 year old me would make mixing together various liqueurs from the parent's alcohol cabinet. And that is not a good thing. The sour is all but blotted out by the sweet and bourbon spice. If this is supposed to mimic a mixed drink just go with the mix drink made by someone who knows what they're doing. A strange bitterness permeates but I can't tell if that is the bourbon aging mixed with spice. This one has too much going on.

The mouthfeel is good if I can get passed tasting it.

Overall, it's not worth a try considering the price you'll have to shell out for trying it. I appreciate experiments but this should have been left at the brewery.

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Photo of Intlpostman
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently this is a beer you love or hate. For my taste, I love the creativity and the effort. But, I also really like the flavor profile, complexity and all around characteristics. This is a layered and layered effort that just keeps on changing and giving. Good by itself and really good with food, especially tropical dishes, seafood and shellfish with spicy sauces. I just couldn't stop going back to this one.

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Photo of Claydoe4
3.87/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely all over the place but it works for me. Doesn't come across as 13%, all passion fruit on the nose and the finish is all heat, but not overbearing. I enjoyed it

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a ruddy brown topped by a dense two finger light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass. They say to pour this one into a rocks glass or tumbler and I just can't.
S: Smells of passionfruit with some ginger, chili peppers, and bourbon barrel notes with a little caramel and vanilla
T: Taste is sweet passionfruit and ginger up front with some caramel and vanilla. Hints of oak as well but the ginger and ghist peppers come in hard toward the end. Still somewhat fruity though. Swallow is warming chili peppers, ginger and passionfruit with a little bit of caramel and vanilla.
M: This beer has a thick and syrupy feel on the palate. Carbonation is slightly prickly but as I drink more it's harder to distinguish between prickly carbonation and pepper heat. Swallow is a little drying but there's still a lot of residual sugars.
O: Overall there's just too much going on with this. It's interesting and it tastes good but I feel like it's just trying to do too much. The peppers are definitely stronger as I drink more of this which will make it a challenge to finish instead of the high abv.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
2.22/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ThickNStout
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 9/15/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a ruby tinted tea brown with a two and a half finger cap of parchment hued head. The loose froth rather quickly crackles away, leaving a large amoeba like center haze and wide uneven collar. No lacing.

The initial aroma is an almost sickly sweet passion fruit Jolly Rancher which opens up to include ginger ale, peppers, faint spoiling produce and intermittent barrel notes.

After what seemed a promising opening, something goes terribly wrong with the flavor. Abrasive, vegital, sugar-soaked ginger, overripe passion fruit, overly hot yet somehow unflavorful bourbon, fetid old peppers, stale hay and a whisper of sour blonde ale. There are several things going on but my palate doesn't latch onto any of them- either it can't or, more likely, it won't just out of abject refusal.

Syrupy thick feel with understated carbonation. Luckily the medicinal, rotting wood and old produce finish fades quickly.

Yikes. Ukulele is just another example of a brew I'll have to agree to disagree with The Bruery over. It looks pretty good, smells interesting and has a body I could enjoy but my palate just does not find this is fit for human consumption.

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Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ebin6
1.98/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I'm not sure what this is supposed to be, other than a hot mess (I know it's supposed to be a cocktail beer). It looks like V8 out of the bottle, smells like boozy Tabasco, and tastes like 3 different beers at once. Starts off with a promising fruity, sour taste, but that quickly gives way to a ton of bourbon and chili notes. The chili hangs around for about a minute after a sip.

For fun, I combined it with one of my coffee stout homebrews. It made it drinkable, otherwise it would have been a drain pour.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Share with rudzud.

Light fizzy head fades quickly, light lacing, hazy cherry red color.

Nose strange, cranberry like tart fruit, maybe speed passion fruit, weird herbal vegetal ginger, weird spices, rotten gourd vegetal pepper thing.

Taste more of the same, big booze out front, tingly pepper heat with the tingly booze, big pepper heat at least, weird rotting fruit again, vegetal and earthy, sticky syrupy, some candied passion fruit, ancho like chili, pepper, candied ginger late, pretty sweet, quite sticky, hot tingly pepper finish, little candied passion fruit paste lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit syrupy, lots of pepper heat, some booze, decent carb.

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Photo of mportnoy
1.25/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.27/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is, IMHO, unfairly maligned. This is a beer INSPIRED BY A COCKTAIL. Read and appreciate what that means. Drives me F'ing crazy that beer folks have such a low attention span that they don't approach beer with the intention in mind and that there's such a low tolerance for experimentation.

The beer is incredibly well balanced from a flavor perspective (again - think like a bartender, cocktail drinker, or even a chef). You've got big bourbon aromas, a lot of vanilla and boozy oak, balanced with the sweet / sour passionfruit, the bite and prickle of ginger in the middle, and a subtle burn in the back from ghost chile.

Ignore these low ratings and instead ask yourself; do you like tropical cocktails that aren't excessively sweet? Do you the fruity and spicy kick you often get from Thai food? If so, dig this.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThePaleRider
2.29/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L- Pours a light brown/dark amber. Looks like a barley wine. Nice white head.

S - Ugh, what is that? Fruity, malty, soda? Ginger is up front on the nose with some cinnamon, and toffee. Weird mixture.

T - Well, this thing is a sweet mess. With the strong abv. and fruit it comes off as a strange barrel aged barleywine, with a hot finish. The heat really lingers and gets hotter with each sip. The pepper spice ended up being the only thing I could taste after a few sips. There's just way too much going on in this bottle. Might have worked with a lower abv. It says sour blonde on the bottle but that seems to be way off the mark. Spicy barleywine.

F - Thick, syrupy body with intense sweetness and heat.

O - Ugh... big miss on this one. I'll keep the rest of my allotment and see how they age. Just seems like a cool idea that became confused.

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Photo of nmann08
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Ukulele from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 61 ratings