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Companion AleCompanion Ale

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

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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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of capra12
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed out of a growler into a medium snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a 1/2 finger head that dissipates into a slight film. Golden brown with a tinge of yellow.

Smell: Not too prominent of all the areas to review from, but from what I do smell candied sugar, faint caramel, fruit esters.

Taste: Opens with a strong malt back bone. Not too much hop detected on the palate. mid palate the malts subside to unveil a unique Belgian yeast profile that melds with damp alcohol soaked wood. Almost taste as though the alcohol created from the fermentation penetrated an oak barrel drawing away some earthy tones as well as some undertones of vanilla. A bit of heat on the back end, barely noticeable ABV. Leaves a yeasty aftertaste on the palate.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation. this leaves a bit of dryness on the tongue.

Overall: I would have this again but only one. I would recommend this highly to those who enjoy wheat wines and want their bang for their buck for ABV and taste.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a Bklyn Tulip glass on 10-17-11, this pours a dirty golden color. Aroma fills the nose with a sweet, crisp, and mildly tart fruit sided blend of herbal green apple and honey. That's a very smooth 10% abv with a feel that just quietly glides over the palate into a crisp and somewhat mild finish. I can't help but think of the grassy lemon citrus notes of some white wines when it comes to the taste here and how there is clearly a solid malt content present to keep this in the "Beer World"...I also have to mention that this pairs quite well with my Fall spiced roasted chicken. Congrats on another great addition to our library, Garrett, and to this tasty brew...

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't say anything about the appearance of this because it was served in the dark at Alamo Drafthouse. It was described to me as a sweet, strong, and malty ale. It wasn't malty, which makes sense now that I know it was a wheat wine. It was surprisingly sweet, though, and certainly strong. The alcohol was very well hidden, though. The taste was fruity and orangey, and quite yeasty, but not overly so. It was just right. Right on the edge of almost being too yeasty. I don't normally like wheat beers, so I'm glad I wasn't told what this was before I ordered it. Very good stuff.

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Photo of speter
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear bronze with a one-and-a-half finger fluffy white head that lasted for the duration of the drink. Little lacing (but I think that may be the bar's fault).

S: Take a banana split and pour high-proof rum on top. Light it ablaze, and that's what this smells like to me.

T: Unfortunately, the taste closely follows the nose. Lots of banana and booze without any real development.

M: The body and carbonation are very nice. The ethanol burn would be welcome on some nights (think heavy snowfall, roaring fire in the fireplace, etc.).

O: I really wanted to like this one going in. However, the taste really was one-dimensional and not overly pleasant. This might prove to be a decent beer if the banana and rum were toned down somewhat.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brian44556
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a growler picked up from LB Springhurst into a Founder's CBS snifter.

Pours an amber color with a small white head that fades away rather quickly. Sporadic lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Smells of caramel, a hint of wheat, and hint of alcohol. The taste is caramel, a touch of bitterness from the hops, and mild heat from the alcohol. For a 10 %er this one goes down very easy. Has a nice crisp finish and a great texture. Overall a great beer. I think this is only my 2nd wheatwine I have had and would like to seek out more as I really dig the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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