Imperial Cabinet
Bruery Terreux

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #328
Ranked #2,675
4.18 | pDev: 9.33%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Imperial CabinetImperial Cabinet
Notes: Many things can happen when collaborating breweries come together. Like us and Jester King. We both share a deep affinity for sour and wild beers. But rather than rest on our laurels, we challenged ourselves to brew a beer reminiscent of a nearly forgotten, early 20th century cocktail, the Ramos gin fizz, employing our wildly traditional methods to do so. We began with some of the cocktail's signature ingredients - lemon, lime and orange citrus fruits, botanicals and sweeteners (sorry, no egg whites) - and then let our collaborative brewing process run wild. The result is laden with herbal and floral notes, bright lemon and lime zest, orange blossom honey, vanilla, warm oak and comforting spices. The Ramos gin fizz is a hard cocktail to find, and when you do, it takes 10 minutes to make. Our collaboration with Jester King will be similarly elusive; however, it took nearly a year in the making.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

what a treat! modeled on the gin fizz, this is a highly fragrant and effervescent brew that has a neat mix of wild character from both breweries. this is the second collaboration between the two i have been able to source this year, seems like a cool and fun relationship they having going on. i dont get a ton of the gin botanicals in either the nose or the taste, its a lot more citrus fruit than it is juniper, spruce, or any sort of pine-like or medicinal herbal elements, lime and orange up front for sure. i get a lot of oak right away too, a new sort of clean thing going on, neither vinous nor whiskey soaked it doesnt seem, a cool vehicle for the familiar jester king wild profile, and a little bit of tartness beyond that. i get heaps of vanilla here, maybe all from the oak, maybe its added, but its pungent in nose and is nice with the lightly sour brew and the citrus. notes of green tea, tart berries, and like some kind of fruity essential oil. funky, musty, dry, and active. the carbonation is enormous, and it really makes this refreshing. curiously strong, i dont pick up on the higher abv at all while i am drinking it. a need collaboration here, a beer i am sure will age gracefully as well. it wasnt as gin forward as i was expecting, but i really like the complexity and uniqueness. always a joy to drink beer from both of the breweries involved here!

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Photo of Prager62
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bottle received from the generous BA 2beerdogs a couple of years ago. I usually cringe when I see the word 'spices' on a label and probably sat on this for that reason. Poured in a supplied Bruery tasting glass for the occasion.

Look- Pours a very clean translucent sparkling gold leaving a few centimeters of soapy white foam that quickly settles. Not a trace of lacing to be seen.

Smell- Vanilla, musty oak, herbs/spice, citrus and mild funk.

Taste- Slightly sweet vanilla forward, followed by lemon/lime, allspice and oak.

Feel- Tart and crisp with a very dry finish.

Overall- I can't say with any degree of certainty how prominent the spices were fresh, but they're a perfect accompaniment to the rich vanilla and citrus profile now. A very clean and easy drinking 8.3% make it dangerous on this hot, humid day.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a color that is a little bit in that amber to light copper on the color spectrum. Had a nice 1/2" white head on the top, wasn't expecting it to look that nice, but then it recedes pretty quickly. Aroma hit some tartness, a little bit of citrus, bread, spice rack, flower shop. I don't know why I expected this to be much worse.

Taste, hey this is actually enjoyable, and now I'm kicking myself for not buying bottles already. A light citrus 7up like sweet and sourness similar to decent Chinese food. Vanilla used in the most interesting way here, just not something you run into in this style of beer all that much. Welcome here. The vanilla tempers the usual acidity Bruery can produce, but here its held in check like a NE IPA, but anything but.

As collaborative efforts go, this is one of the better ones, unique beer that is also fun to drink. Moderate sourness, lots of adjunct feels, good levity, easy enough to drink and share.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with a very thin foamy head. There is no head retention and no lacing. Very tart aroma. I get strawberries and vanilla. Very tart up front and sweet on the end. Big vanilla notes at the end. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is a very unique beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a light orange topped by a finger of dense white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sourness, spices and a boatload of vanilla
T: Taste is tart and fruity up front along with a nice hit of vanilla and some spices. This one has a good amount of acidity going on that remains close to the forefront for the entire drink. The vanilla does a decent job of keeping it in check though. Slightly oaky at times as well. Swallow is more fruity sourness, spices, and lingering vanilla.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel that feels crisp on the palate. The carbonation is just slightly prickly and the acidity gives this one a drying finish.
O: This beer is intense. It has great flavors and some really nice complexity. Kind of funny and different than a lot of other beers out there. This beer caught a lot of ire prior to release due to the cocktail inspiration but it tastes great. Definitely one to try if you like the style.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


A: Lots of citrus (lemon, lime, and orange), vanilla, slightly sweet, coupled with a light spice character and a moderate sourness.

A: Orange color with a yellow hue, hazy with a very thin white head that quickly forms a ring around the glass.

T: Moderate vanilla, gives way to robust vanilla, slight lactose sweetness, light floral, herbal presence, and faint oak that give way to a moderate lingering sourness that lasts through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: The beer has an interesting lemon/lime aroma and flavor, along with vanilla and lactose. While I’m not used to having lactose and substantial vanilla in a sour (outside of a sour stout) the combination of ingredients works very well! Luckily, the floral and spice notes are subtle – which can easily overpower a beer (if too much is used).

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Photo of rand
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle into wine glass

The Bruery has attempted a few brews that intended to emulate non-beer beverages, to varying success. Some have mocked cocktails, others, like Or Xata, everyday refreshment. This is the only offering where I haven't had the drink being emulated, and it's the tastiest brew in and of itself.

Traditional copper-tan color, opaque. Vanilla and tart lime are quickly noticed in the beer's bouquet, followed by a medicinal, phenolic undertone. Varied and layered on the palate, the added citrus and botanicals do come across like a classic cocktail. Lactic acid replaces lemon or lime juice, oak-aging and spices replaces bitters, and there's enough alcohol to have a hint of booze. Lots of floral and spicy notes throughout, the beer closes with a medium, tart finish.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep golden peach color with a small foamy white head that leaves nothing behind

S- spicy woodsy oak mixes with vanilla sweetness up front, floral notes, musk, grape skin, acidic tartness

T- spicy and oaky up front that gives off earthy & musty flavors, along with some floral notes. Undertones of vanilla sweetness at the mid-palate, along with cola-like flavor. Acidic tartness as it nears the finish with a dry fruity linger

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

O- really enjoyed this one, the spicing and the vanilla works very well with the oak, just enough tartness to balance it out

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Photo of Sabtos
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Imperial Cabinet pours a velvet ribbon of transparent, wine-like liquid with hues of saffron and apricot and a hovering golden orb in the center. Very minimal head displays at first pour that fizzles away swiftly.

Lime, vanilla bean, and rolling fields of aromatic wild herbs explode on the nose.

These aromas pop on the tongue, as well as the oak, with an acetic sour character that could put the occasional sting on a dry lip. Juniper, ginger, and allspice come forward as it warms.

The Ramos gin fizz is one of my favorite cocktails, but I'm completely floored to admit that I actually like this "beer" better. It's absolutely phenomenal.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty sharp sourness on this one, which belies the pleasantly vanilla-lima, if slightly oaky and acidic, nose. It's a cool idea, but it's pretty rough around the edges, and definitely suggests some antacids post-imbibing.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 9/2/15.

A: Pours a glowing orange with a thick and frothy cream colored head that slowly fizzed away into a faint collar.
S: Very interesting and delicious smelling nose with notes of vanilla, lime, mint, and tons of herbal botanical and earthy spice. Smells a bit like toned down bitters mixed with citrus juice, sweet simple syrup, and vanilla.
T: Follows the nose with creamy and sweet flavors of lime juice, orange zest, lemon drop, floral honey, and vanilla. There is a creamy brett flavor as well as a touch of elderberry, lavender, ginger, and bitters. There is a simple syrup sweetness throughout, with a hint of wood, and earthy herbal spice in the finish. The aftertaste is sweet but has a touch of gritty tannins. Acidity is mellow with just slight twang of acidity. Vanilla and sweetness linger long after the swallow.
M: Medium-full body, creamy and thick mouthfeel with fluffy and soft carbonation. The perfect balance between acidity and creamy brett. I was expecting the typically dry, sharp, lactic acid mouthfeel, but this is extremely soft and chewy.
O: This blew me away. Flavors are very unique and unlike any other sour I’ve had. Combined with the soft and fluffy mouthfeel, this is exceptionally easy to drink. I would drink this often if available.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.19/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 9/2/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque dull gold with a slightly peach hue and just under two fingers of white head. Those bubbles fade to a thin rail around the edge of the glass, leaving only a few small spots of lace.

Smells of sharp citrus, cloves, nutmeg and oak. Ends with what my senses equate to spiced lemonade.

My palate is having a tough time with the flavors in this one. An initial lemony tart bite is met with a strange blend of herbs and spices. Candied lemon peel, cloves, fallen leaves, mild oaken vanilla, a slight boozey tingle and myriad other spices and herbs that I can't quite pin down.

Slick, medium body with light carbonation. Finishes with something like spiced candied lemons.

Imperial Cabinet is a different breed of wild ale for sure. I'm not really sure what The Bruery and Jester King were going for but I've determined that the resulting collaboration is not for me.

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Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A -Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy golden copper hue with a thin thin head.

S - Aromas of orange peel, lemons, lounge, vanilla, . Super fragrant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nicely tart orange creamsicle taste. Very tart, loads of orange peel citrus, nice vanilla cake. Very nice.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, great vanilla cake. Well done.

Servinging type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Spilt with rudzud

Light fizzy foamy head, mostly clear slight hazy golden honey orange color.

Nose weird herbal spices, floral fruity baking spices, a pumpkin pie like spices, weird fruity thing, little oak, faint citrus and flowery.

Taste brings big candy citrus cream, pretty much an orange creamscicle, little tart orange bitter rind, with mild whisky flavours and hint of warming booze, quite acidic and tart, some vanilla cream. Finish citrus vanilla cream, tart flemmy and quite acidic.

Mouth med bod flemmy acidic, nice carb.

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Photo of cvm4
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage

L - Pours a semi-opaque golden orange body with a fizzy one finger eggshell colored head. The head dissipated quickly and left no lacing to speak of.

S - Tart acidity on the front gives way to a medley of lavender, vanilla, citrus juice and orange peel.

T - Green apple tartness pokes you from the beginning. The midway is a warm flavor of vanilla, lavender and citrus. Green apple tartness shows up again on the ending.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth bodied and a dry finish. To me, the body fits to the flavors of the beer.

O - It's different, but in a good way and very unique. It doesn't follow the same highly tart beers the bruery can do. I could see this a seasonal.

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Photo of Myotus
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 42°F from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before drinking. Consumed on 07Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a half fingers worth of white foam that dies completely within 25 seconds. Dark orange in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. There is a very subtle amount of small-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and nearly nonexistent.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour green apple acidity, rosemary, and lavender entangle with mild aromas of vanilla, oranges, lemon zest, lime zest, and hay.
TASTE: Strong flavors of rosemary and mild lavender and juniper berry flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by mild sour green apple and subtle vanilla flavors. Mild flavors of oranges and hay along subtle lemon and lime zest flavors enter lastly as rosemary flavors grow stronger, vanilla flavors grow slightly stronger, and all other flavors maintain.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finsiehs with a mild dryness.
NOTE: An insanely complex and scumptious concoction of a beer! I had no idea that so many flavors could come from a single beer while also not clashing together. This was a true work of art. However, I thought the rosemary flavors were slightly too strong. I have 1 more bottle of this and I'm hoping some aging will tone down those rosemary flavors.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another Bruery cocktail beer...

A: Pours an autumn orange with a quick burning, fizzy head. No lacing to speak of and sits like wine in the glass.

S: Limes, citrus, grape peel, ginger, and vanilla bean.

T: Spritely as the nose implies. Citrusy, spritzy up front with sweet vanilla and orange peel that gives way to a clean, dry white wine finish. Pleasantly tart and refreshing.

M. Medium to high carbonation. Lively brew on the palate. Good blend of textures and flavors. Satisfying.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent golden orange. The thin off-white head quickly disappears completely and leaves almost no lace. The smell is a strange but, amazing blend of apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla. The taste is moderately sour. Apple cider vinegar, vague subtle spice and vanilla. This beer is completely unique and a world class American wild ale.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. The brew displays hazy copper with white topping that fades leaving patchy lace

This smells really strange yet inviting and pleasant like an herbal tonic meets ginger ale but lemony too with some vanilla shining through the back. Once it warms up, it has that familiar bruery blonde sour feel with mild vinegar/brine. Some whiffs even come across like cola/cream.

The taste is sharply sour, bordering acedic with brine and vinegar contrasted by a sort of zesty ginger ale meets cola feel and some sticky sweet vanilla beans. Its hard to pick out behind the sticky vanilla bean inclusion but some oak influence is present.

This is light in body with moderate carbonation. Even by Bruery standards this is weird but i kinda dig it and my wife found it to be absolutely chug-able, so thats kinda cool. After the fact thoughts: this in a large format bottle is cruel. The 8oz or so I drank gave me almost debilitating heartburn...I guess im just a pussy because after finishing off the bottle, the wife wanted more.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant orange color, light white head settles to nothing. Oranges, limes and creamy/vanilla notes. Smells great, kinda reminds me of baskin robins' daiquiri ice cream on the nose and more orange creamscicle from the taste. Really nice beer.

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Photo of shmorf
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer! Not necessarily my style but I can definitely appreciate what Bruery and JK were going for in this collaboration. They really nail the gin fizz taste. Gin herbaciousness comes through with strong citrus sour and a complementing vanilla aftertaste. Did not pick up on barrel elements in the nose or flavor. Worth a taste if nonconventional beer or a cocktail inspired beer sound like your thing!

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Photo of HalfFull
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 Christmas gift poured into a snifter glass. Pours a lightly hazed moderate gold in color. Fizzy head disperses rather swiftly but still shows some lace and carbonation.

Aroma is vinous but sweet in a sense and with a light candied aroma. Orange and vanilla but still candy on the flavor. Bit more depth to the aroma. Spicy and spritzy in delivery, firmly carbonated.

Taste is light, spritzy and yet thin. Without the barrel this one might come up a bti short, but the barrel is there, hmmm. Subtle yet conducive.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy copper color, nice carbonation with tight bubbles, micro-thin lacing.

S - Tangy and tart lime, sweet sour tartness, malt is subdued.

T - Very tangy and tart: lemon, lime, vanilla, ginger, some oak.

M - Heavy medium body that's silky smooth, very wet finish, mouth watering.

O - This is one of the most unique beers I've ever had (in a good way) - hands down. Seek out if you are adventurous. Not a typical beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 9/2/15.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, citrus juice, herb, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, citrus juice, vanilla, herb, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is a nice approximation of the gin fizz cocktail in beer form.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared tonight by Michael, thanks for the opportunity!
Lightly hazy light golden color. Earthy spicy herbal gin like aromas with a bit of sweet maltiness to counter. Taste finishes rather dry with a puckering lemony tartness to it. Interesting brew, but not something I would drink often.

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