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Bruery Terreux

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Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #393
Ranked #4,032
4.17 | pDev: 9.35%
Oct 23, 2021
Aug 24, 2015
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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 Rogerlb
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rogerlb from California

Special Bruery wild ale, no date visible on this blue glass bottle.

Poured into a Resident Brewery tulip glass. Slightly opaque gold, leaning to a muddy orange. Minimal ring of head but with good lacing when you swirl. Aroma is lime, juniper, bit of malt, gin, dead worms and funk like the strawberries have been left out too long. Taste is tart: lime zest, cardomon, sour wood, rose petals, rain. But mostly lime. Feels much more carbonated than the slim amount of bubbles may suggest. They call out "gin fizz" in the description and and it's easy to imagine that gin barrels were part of the process.

Tastes a bit boozy. Wild/ sour aspects fully present. Finish is dry and less sharp. Lime juice with flowers in it.

Oct 23, 2021
4.7 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
4.33 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Apr 06, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours very little head and what little does show up immediately goes away. The beer itself is a good clear golden orange with a slight brown hue to it.

The smell is fairly good. It has a moderate funk note that blends well with the various citrus notes coming out of it. There is a strong lemon note tempered by a light lime and moderate orange that hovers around the edges; alongside a wooden note. There is also a slight herbal note but comes out more in the finish then anywhere else.

The taste is pretty good and better than the smell. The lemon still comes out the most but not for long before it transitions to a lime and orange note. However, it reappears in the finish. The wood note isn't present but the funk along with a noticeable vanilla in the finish.

The feel is light but with a tiny bit of heft to it. It is smooth and acidic with a dry finish.

Overall, an interesting and delicious beer that is definitely worth trying out.

Apr 04, 2020
4.44 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jan 02, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by bubseymour from Maryland

Alcohol well disguised. Not overly funky or complex but a moderate to high acidity and sourness. Very good.

Dec 24, 2019
4.27 by tyjohnson55 from California on Dec 22, 2019
4.16 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Oct 05, 2019
4.39 by cd34 from Illinois on Aug 11, 2019
4.08 by Jason_cs from Florida on Jan 30, 2019
4.07 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Dec 10, 2018
4.31 by mig100 from Texas on Nov 24, 2018
4.45 by BrueryDC from District of Columbia on Oct 10, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!

Oct 01, 2018
5 by redfox405 from California on Aug 05, 2018
4.83 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Jun 18, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Prager62 from Colorado

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.

Jun 17, 2018
4.25 by Kurmaraja from California on Jan 04, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Dec 24, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jngrizzaffi from Texas

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.

Dec 24, 2017
4.23 by taospowder from New Mexico on Nov 16, 2017
4.31 by kell50 from North Carolina on Aug 28, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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.

Aug 28, 2017
4 by Lucoli from New York on May 04, 2017
4.05 by Zach136 from Georgia on Apr 21, 2017
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Apr 19, 2017
4 by oline73 from Maryland on Mar 25, 2017
4 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin on Mar 23, 2017
4.29 by MickeyHops from California on Mar 03, 2017
4.12 by 2GOOFY from California on Oct 20, 2016
3.42 by acurtis from New Jersey on Oct 08, 2016
4.25 by Keith_R from Georgia on Sep 26, 2016
Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Phil-Fresh from California


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).

Sep 20, 2016
3.94 by warnerry from Michigan on Aug 28, 2016
4.51 by dar482 from New York on Aug 23, 2016
3.91 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Aug 20, 2016
4 by Dicers from Colorado on Aug 03, 2016
3.83 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jul 20, 2016
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 20, 2016
3.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jul 18, 2016
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 207 ratings