Companion Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Companion AleCompanion Ale

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by John_M on 09-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DrStiffington
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time I've had this out of a growler, the first being New Year's Eve. Everyone really liked it. The second time was for a beer tasting party. It pours a very clear golden color into my tulip glass. Has a strong aroma of honey and booze. Slightly sweet and inviting. I don't get a heck of a lot off the taste. It's pretty understated for a 10% brewmaster type beer. I thought the taste would be more over the top. I have to say, I like Brooklyn's monster barleywine much better. This was not bad, and reasonably priced.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Nice fluffy 1 finger head stays forever, thick lacing, very clear golden tan color.

Nose is interesting, a nutty hazelnut like, a light cordial like booze maybe amaretto, light syrupy sweet malt, light floral rose like with hint of candy, and some light wheat and barley like malty base.

Taste brings wheat, light fruity, hint of apricot and peach like fruits, light sticky syrupy candy like, light malty and fairly thin overall, light booze, hint of honey candy, like honeysuckle, hint of esters, with the booze and even dabbles phenols, light bready malt comes through on the finish, a belgian yeast, grainy and boozy on the finish, with more sticky sweet syrupy candy.

Mouth is thin and lacking, decent carb.

Overall not impressed. it's a wheatwine with some decent malts and wheats but not a lot, some sweeteners, and fruits all decent, but overall just way too thin and lacking in the overall malt category.

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Photo of raveskdr
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Meridian Pint. Served in a snifter.

A - Straw hay color with medium head.

S - Eh, it's there. It smells like beer. Nothing really stands out at all.

T - No wheat, just very blah. It is light and easy drinking for a 10% beer, though.

M - The beer does drink well. Good carbonation and very little alcohol on the back end.

O - Well, I tried it. but I'd never seek this beer out again. A total meh.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a golden color with a one finger of pure white foamy head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is on the slighter side with the biggest aroma being that of a wheat bread smell. Along with this aroma is a little bit of lighter fruits with some apple, pear, and grape.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and somewhat cracker like taste with a bit of a white wine grapey taste. The wine grape taste is on the slightly sweeter side upfront and is combined with a bit of apple and pear to give a somewhat lighter fruit fruitiness to the taste. The apple gets stronger as the flavor advances bringing with it more of the sweetness. At the same time however a bit of a more boozy white wine taste begins developing on the tongue. The wheat, which was slightly smoother upfront, also begins to gain more graininess around the same time. With the booze getting stronger, the fruit getting bigger and the wheat grainier, one is left with a warming, wheaty, wine taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body is actually very nice for the wheaty flavors of the brew, but not quite as nice for the fruit and wine flavors. The average carbonation is a good level road for the mix of flavors, producing a feel that is overall pretty good.

Overall – A rather interesting brew. It has a somewhat odd combo of a wheat beer combined with a white fruity wine. A good one to try, but nothing I would likely go to again and again.

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3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap last night at Meadhall in Cambridge. Served in a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. Dull orange colored body. Not much head, but a good amount of lacing. Smell was mild, with notes of brown sugar. Taste was mostly malty, with a hint of citrus. No real hop characteristics stood out on my palate. Mouthfeel was surprisingly mellow. Very smooth, and no trace of the 10% ABV at all. Not a bad beer, but it was slightly underwhelming. I was hoping for more from a wheatwine from Brooklyn, and wasn't overly impressed.

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3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a fairly clear golden copper with minimal ivory head.

Honey, floral hops, and a touch of wheat form the subtle aroma. Citrus is muted.

There's a candy-like sweetness throughout, initially reminiscent of children's chewable vitamins. Orange is fairly muted. Grain and floral hops make up the backbone. Banana lingers in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to full, with carbonation on the low side, and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

The sweetness is overdone, and the citrus just does not jive well with the banana character. I think the wheat missed the party.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tamed and generic wheatwine missing, or hiding, quite a bit of character.

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a promising note describing rich characteristics of the brew. Shows 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Clear amber pour, thin creamy head, with faint retention, minimal surface memory and no lacing.

S - Soft sweetness with a remote spicy touch... Too cold early on, the brew did not actually do much with its aroma as it warmed up.

T - Wheaty range, light boozy dash with a faint fruity range punctuated by very small spicy touches. The caramel holds a bit of a broader emerging personality as it warms but not much really.

M - Medium to medium-light feel at points... Good soft creamy feel over the small carbonation.

O - Subdued and generic, while pleasing this is not much of a notable wheatwine.

Notes: Maybe the goal here is to do an approachable wheatwine for the uninitiated to coincide with the book? If not … I obviously don´t get it. Sure, quality and quaffable but well short of the mark for anything usually called "Brewmasters Reserve" Too soft and generic in any case for the baseline I expect of a wheatwine. The volume remains recommendable though.

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3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Spring Lounge in NYC.

The appearance is light golden color with a short white head. It has an aroma with banana, toffee and lemon. The notes are more subdued than I expected. Upon sipping the wine glass that the bartender served it in, I taste wheat, booze, candy, some bitterness. Again like the nose, the taste is much more lowkey than some other Wheatwines I recall over the years. Mouthfeel is full, with a warming alcohol quality to it. I was hoping for more from this beer, especially since it shares the name with the recent book release. But, it is solid and worth checking out.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Companion Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 196 ratings